December 1st - December 14th

The Recap

The Recap: December 1st-December 14th

Big news in the Commercial Appeal, it’s been confirmed once again that Germantown Municipal Schools are a wonderful place to work. Read here about how we earned a spot in The Top 60 Workplaces in Memphis. 
The “GMSD within a Parade” at the Germantown Holiday Parade was a smash success. With over 20 GMSD entries and 6 GMSD floats, our schools were a force to be reckoned with! The Farmington Elementary float, a riff on the Macy’s Day Parade depicted a city skyline complete with balloon floats and student announcers. A team of teachers from FES created the float. Their efforts outside of the classroom paid off, as the float took third place in the parade. Also squeezing out a win in the contest for best float, the GMSD float earned second place. If you were wondering, it’s Huey’s that beat us out—be we are ready for holiday parade 2017!
Check out some photographs of the day here. (available to staff only)
In other holiday related contest news, there were two other victors this week. Dogwood reigned supreme in Saddle Creek’s Deck the Deer Contest and find out who won the Administrator’s Annual Door Decorating Contest. You’ll have to click each link to see the entries—as you won’t believe how intricate and well done these doors were.
Last week, we also swore in three board members two new and one returning. Congratulations to Linda Fisher, Amy Eoff, and Suzanne Jones. Read about the celebrated new members by clicking here
This week, the new board traveled first to Nashville for some TSBA training. Next, the central office staff hosted a boot camp that introduced the new board to the staff and challenged them in some team building exercises. One team. One Mission.
In other political news, we invite all staff and parents to join us next month to discuss the potential school sites: 
And as always, our five WONDERFUL schools have had no shortage of great news…

A staggering 24 students from HHS were selected for the All-State Choir
Congratulations to the 18 outstanding GMSD musicians who were selected for the TN State Honor Choir. Comparatively, HHS had the most students selected for the choir in our region. Including alternates, HHS placed 24 students in the choir.  Click here to read the article.
39 GMSD Orchestra students selected for All-West
Congratulations to Dr. Long Long Kang and Stephen Short for a strong showing at this year's competitive All-West auditions.  Click here to read the article.
Farmington Falcons explore different corners of the world through Skype
This week, Farmington Elementary School sent its students out all across the world—in a virtual way. Click here to read the article.
Houston High's CyberPatriots Set the Bar High for Cyber Security
Houston High CyberPatriots had their first round of competition in November. All six teams did an excellent job of securing their operating system images against cyber security threats and vulnerabilities. Click here to read the article. 
Local student works to increase Aids Awareness
For Juli Anna Stanford, the issue of HIV/Aids hits very close to home. A student at Houston High School in her junior year, this year Stanford aims to do something big to increase awareness amongst her suburban peers. Click here to read the article.
Houston Middle School receives a new space age water fountain
Last summer, Houston Middle School Assistant Principal Jessica Woody was walking through the airport and saw a water bottle filling station for the first time. “Immediately, my wheels started turning,” she laughed. As soon as she returned to school, her mission was clear, “…HMS needed one of those stations”.  Click here to read the article.
A very special outdoor classroom space gets a makeover
A group of students provides a much needed makeover to an outdoor classroom space at Houston High School.  Click here to read the article.
Hour of Code invades GMSD classrooms
A national event focused on the classroom of tomorrow, GMSD teachers are joining in on the fun to offer some unique experiences for their students. Click here to see pictures of the event.
Sparkle Effect takes the students of Houston High to heart
As students with and without disabilities cheer together under the Friday night lights, they showcase a loud and public symbol of acceptance, forever changing a school’s culture to one that values diversity and kindness. The students on Sparkle Effect teams visibly relay a simple message: at our school, all students are respected and included, regardless of ability.  Click here to read the article.
And so much more!
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