March 10th - April 13th

March 10th - April 13th

GMSD BREAKING NEWS
Parents and Staff are preparing for Spring Registration
As the transition to Skyward moves forward, it is essential that staff and parents are sharing information about the upcoming online registration dates/FAQs. Click below to read what parents of current and new students need to know to prepare for 2017-2018. Our Communications Department plans to release a Bright Arrow email next week that will list upcoming registration events. Does our department know about yours?
Window to apply for classroom and school level grants through the GEF opens
The Germantown Education Foundation has announced they are ready to receive applications for their 2017 Individual Educator and School Grants. "It's time to imagine ways to enhance your classroom," said GEF Executive Director Stephanie Brockway.
Speaking of the grant application window opening—help the GEF raise funds for our GMSD teachers! Rock climbing wall, food trucks, vendors, 2 entertainment stages, and more- join us for the GMSD Stampede on April 23. You can also support the GEF by attending tonight's Talbots event.

GMSD to vote on contract to purchase land on the Broer-Schaeffer Property
Some exciting news released from our Superintendent--Germantown Municipal School board to vote on a contract to purchase real estate at Forest Hill and Poplar Pike location on April 5th.
It's official! Germantown Municipal School District is accredited by AdvancEd.
The State has issued digital versions of its parent guides. Teachers/parents may consider sharing with your class/PTA lists. "A year in the classroom should produce a year of learning. TNReady is Tennessee’s statewide assessment designed to measure what students have learned at the end of class."
ACTION ITEMS
GMSD Gets Ready for its Close-up: School Snapshots--Please spread the word.
We need your help getting the word out about the best teaching jobs in TN. Please share with any of your teacher friends who may be considering a change, your student teachers, etc. Make sure that they REGISTER to attend GMSD School Snapshots-A chance for casual conversation with teachers, administrators, and a few other surprise guests. Our team can hardly wait to see what the schools have in store this year. We are still in awe of the 'speed dating' witnessed at Riverdale last year.
Currently seeking volunteers who would like to share information about their jobs with our amazing students.

BIG WINS OF THE WEEK

Keri Eldridge and Jessica Minton advance to State-level Teacher of the Year competition
Each year, the Germantown Municipal School District selects three Teachers of the Year; Pre-4th, 5th-8th, and 9th-12th. Join us in celebrating Brianna Gould, Keri Eldridge, and Jessica Minton by reading about what makes them successful educators. See the full article here.
Memphis Business Journal--While the local public and private ACT scores for area high schools had private schools primarily at the top, the college readiness grades for local high schools are more balanced, with a good mix of public and private schools with top grades.
More than 17,000 public schools were ranked based on Department of Education scores, test scores, college data and ratings by Niche users. Houston High is ranked #5 out of all public high schools in Tennessee.
GMSD wins big at the Perennial Math Competition
Out of a total of 50 winning individuals/teams placing in the top three positions, GMSD schools garnered a little over half of them! 28 of our students and teams earned big prizes--which you can see for yourself here in the published list of winners.
Job Well Done-a Houston Athletics Exclusive
Read a thorough examination of the state championship game played by our Lady Mustang Basketball team.
On Saturday, the HMS chess team competed in the 2017 Team Finals Tennessee State Scholastics Championship. The team is racking up the prizes as they take another title and earn a perfect score of 16-0! Read more here.

Houston is very proud to announce that its students took first place in both the teams and individual competitions. Congratulations to Vincent Wang, Adam Kim, Jonathan Wang, Mary Park, and Jake Manuel.

#GMCPTACELEBRITIES honored at City Hall
Each year our PTAs name 2-3 recipients of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award—an honor given to either parents, teachers, or community volunteers who go above and beyond. Last week, the GMC PTA hosted a wonderful event at City Hall to celebrate their 2017 picks.
From Dogwood: Peter Simons, Alison Fondaw, and Teresa Price
From Farmington: Aneika Savariau, Lauri Carter, Jill Southern, and Joy Williams
From Riverdale: Sarah Lewis, Terri Harris, Karen Barbieri, and Elisabeth Moskovitz
From Houston Middle: Jamie Earnest, Sherrie Hicks, Karla Templeton
From Houston High: Kris Stewart, Ellen Catanzaro, Seulah Lee, Candace Plaisance
And, finally, a new and special award, The Kristen Melton Award, which will be honored each year was given to the Melton Family in a very touching moment.
Click here to watch the video recap of the event.

Jennifer Mock was named teacher of the month by the Education Commission (see more on this in the next Recap).
GMSD TRAVEL DIARIES

The Houston Choirs journeyed to Italy over Spring Break—you can read their travel blog, here.
Meanwhile, fifth-graders from Farmington Elementary traveled to Washington DC.
After the break, the Houston Band marched in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World…
…and last weekend the HMS chamber orchestra, HMS orchestra, RES orchestra, and RES band traveled to the World Strides Festival in Atlanta to compete. A fine showing by all groups in the competition and a trip to provide memories that last for a lifetime. Catch the full story here!
Finally, this week our GMC PTA sponsored a field trip to Nashville for their annual Day on the Hill with a great group of students. See more pictures of their adventures, here.

GMSD SPOTTTED! GREAT TEACHING AND LEARNING

Reading Mentors at Dogwood increase Accelerated Reading participation
If you walk down the first grade hallway at Dogwood Elementary right after announcements, you will hear a lot of reading going on. Fourth grade students have been paired one-on-one with first grade students in a reading incentive program.

Kindergarten Rodeo do-si-dos to the delight of Dogwood parents
Last Friday, Dogwood hosted their annual Rodeo. A unique event led by P.E. teachers, the Rodeo featured their tiniest Dolphins dressed in western attire. Click here to see some photos.
Principal Teresa Price wore a special "Sundae Suit" in honor of the Kids Kan collection...

NEWS FROM OUR PRESCHOOL DEPARTMENT
Two GMSD Pre-Schoolers show their American pride in the JAC Art Contest
Look at these sweet students who won first place in the Junior American Citizens Art Contest-Banner division, Pre-School, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
GMSD Preschool seeking Positive Peer applicants
Peer Model students provide positive peer interactions, demonstrate play skills, and model appropriate language and behavior for children with disabilities while in the classroom setting. Applications are due by April 10th.
COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES
Future of Foreign Language Committee Now Forming
As Germantown Municipal Schools continues to develop, a thorough analysis of how foreign language in grades K-8 should be instituted will be conducted. In response, GMSD is forming a new committee to explore the different options. GMSD staff and teacher applicants have been chosen, but the window for parents to apply has been extended.
The guidance department has arranged for a counselor from Bradford Health Services (located in Germantown) to come to Houston High School on April 6th to talk with middle and high school parents about adolescence and substance abuse issues.
Local company seeks host families for exchange students
AFS wants you to host a high school exchange student this fall! AFS-USA the American Field Service is a nonprofit organization that offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, nonprofit AFS Organizations.
Unique Opportunity for parents of students with intellectual disabilities
Join the Jamie Mays of the Memphis Chapter of the Exceptional Foundation for a presentation about opportunities available to students with intellectual disabilities over the summer and outside of the regular school day.
SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES
From Robots to Rockets: A summer camp that excites.
Star Wars STEM Camp premieres this summer! Houston Middle School is excited to again be hosting this special version of GMSD STEM Stangs Summer Camp for middle school students.

Looking for a camp for your younger set? As usual, children of GMSD staff are entitled to a sizable discount. Here are photos from last year's camp and an article about the it in the Commercial Appeal, Camp Invention Stirs Up Creativity About Physics. Email [email protected] with any questions.
There is a lot going on throughout the district. Have you visited our master calendar lately?
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