GMSD Staffer September 2019

Catch up on this month's staff spotlights, a word on work-life balance from the Superintendent, and highlights from the last two board meetings.

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Are you 'unplugging' from work?

As you are enjoying time with your family and friends over Fall Break, it’s a great time to reflect on your work-life balance.  Maintaining a good balance will help you to keep your focus on the most important thing in the district—our kids.  The fall and winter seasons can be stressful both inside and outside of the classrooms, but being the best for our students starts with being the best “you”.  You have to make sure that you are taking care of yourself so that you can be of service to others.  Similar to when you are listening to your flight attendant go over airplane safety instructions—I am reminding you to “put the mask on yourself before you assist others.”  Consider ways that you can mentally and emotionally unplug from work when you are not there.

Did you know that Germantown Municipal School District is ranked in the top 2% of school districts in the U.S. on  The evidence of your good work continues to accumulate.  So, I challenge each one of you to enter the second quarter with a renewed interest in maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Jason Manuel, Superintendent 

Social Media Reminders and Tips

Social Media is a wonderful tool for communication and school promotion, when used correctly.  GMSD has staff members with active professional profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Other staff members prefer  closed platforms like Bloomz and Schoology.  Many staff members also maintain personal accounts across social media platforms. 

REMINDER: Please be aware that posts can have an effect on your professional image and that you have agreed to abide by the GMSD Policy 5.611, TN Teacher Code of Ethics and GMSD Employee Responsibility and Ethics, linked below.  

TIP: Are you new to Instagram?  Check out this article about setting up Insta Story Templates.  Keep your classroom-brand a step above the rest with these easy to implement tactics.  Also, consider using your official HEX school colors in your templates:

DES: #007ff; accent color #91afd9

FES: #16ac6b; accent colors #0a5236 and #f0bd27

FHES: #014b86; accent colors #eb862c and #768ab3

HMS & HHS:  Black and White; accent colors #dde1e2 or #c4203b

RES: #323f7b

GMSD Policy 5.611: Code of Ethics


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The District Update 

The GMSD Master Facilities Planning Committee met earlier this month and presented their work to the school board in October, for highlights from their facilities priority list, click to read the report here.  Also discussed in October, the relationship of resident and non-resident students continues to balance--as resident numbers grow non-residents decline leaving GMSD with a steady enrollment number.  In September, the Superintendent spoke about the rigorous and time consuming TEAM evaluations and how GMSD believes in developing its employees.  You can read that report here.  Lastly, the district office move-in day is officially October 16.  Wednesday is the last day in the Carrefour Shopping Center.  The new address is 3350 S. Forest Hill Irene Rd.  All phone numbers are staying the same.

Video Clip of the Month:

Tainted Love

Houston High School Film students worked on their very first Ultra High Definition 4K projects this month, putting Germantown Municipal Television on the cutting edge of TV broadcasting.  This should make you smile--it's a music video remake of Tainted Love by the talented film students from Drew Hamilton and Ryan Sweeney's filmmaking classes.  

OCT-NOV 2019

Looking for something to do ?  From state tournaments to Fall Festivals and Book Fairs, there's something to discover on our GMSD Master Calendar.

Do you have story ideas or submissions?
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Haunted Houston at Houston Middle School takes place October 25-26 and is fun time for GMSD families!

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