February 17th - March 10th

March 5th - March 10th

Germantown Education Foundation continues registration for the GMSD Stampede
The GEF is still registering folks for its biggest fundraiser of the year.  The money raised helps to pay for teacher grants later this spring.  Last year, over $40,000 was awarded to GMSD teachers.  Join in on the fun and help us promote this meaningful event.  Find out more here
 
 
 
Last week, Sean Yang and Marie Ensell won the GEF sponsored youth talent show.  Between the two of them they won around $1,500 in scholarship monies.  Proceeds from the event were earmarked for the GMSD Fine Arts Program.  
 
Germantown Municipal Schools seeks public feedback on design of proposed new school 
As our staff prepares to envision the new school and work with the architects, we would like to hear from our stakeholders—especially our elementary school teachers. What type of school would you like to see? It's important to have weigh in from teachers and parents alike--as we are shaping the brand of our school district year decades to come.  The survey will remain open through the end of March.  See more here
 
GMSD Gets Ready for its Close-up:  School Snapshots--Please spread the word. 
Do you know someone who might be interested in teaching at one of GMSD's exceptional schools? Suggest that they register below 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.  Read more here
 
 
 
Focusing on STEM this month...
We'll be working hard to feature any and all STEM-related classroom activities and happenings, including featuring several teachers and students in this month's Spotlight on Excellence. 
 
Germantown Municipal Schools is proud to host the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) for an open house at both Houston High School and Houston Middle School on March 23. Houston High and Middle are two of ten schools across the state that will be showcasing the effective ways they are integrating STEM into their learning. Read more here

 
 
HMS student a finalist in NASA sponsored contest--wins the school a 3D printer
Saksham Saksena, a current 8th grader at Houston Middle School, was recently selected as one of four finalists for the MARS Medical challenge sponsored by NASA. Read the full story here
 
 
 
Houston High CyberPatriots Secure State Awards 
Six teams of students from Houston High School recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the ninth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. Read more here
 
 
 
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. Read more here
 
Looking for a camp for your younger set?  Camp Invention is back and better than ever this year.  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.
 
Speaking of instruction 
 
TOY stands for Teacher of the Year
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
 
  
 
11 Exceptional Educators Receive Tenure Status
Congratulations are in order for these eleven exceptional educators! Last Monday, they were honored at the School Board Meeting along with their chosen instructional mentors.  Each newly tenured teacher got a special pin during the ceremony.  See the full list of who received tenure here
 
 
 
From PD Expo to Practice: Farmington hosts Operation Day for its 3rd Graders
GMSD loves to see ideas learned at PD day put into action!  A quick shout out to the third grade team at FES for putting on their own Operation Day complete with owl pellet dissections, character trait surgeries, Band-Aid contractions, and several other great lessons. The team was inspired by a PD session led by their cousins, the Dolphins!
 
 
 
 
 
As most of our elementary teachers and parents were aware, last week was all about Suess! Here are some of our favorite pictures of costumes and community readers.  A special thanks to our K-5 librarians for organizing these great events.
 
 
 
 
Did you know that this is Brain Awareness Week?
A little science for you this afternoon…In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, Houston Middle's Mr. Saulsberry and Mrs. Harlow invite guest instructor Dr. Detlef Heck to teach students about the brain. At the conclusion of the lesson, the students are invited to hold a human brain in their hands!
 
 
 
Two Second Staff Shout-Outs
 
Our GMSD Ninja Warrior, Mario Aviles, who teaches PE at Farmington Elementary School, shared this encouraging statement video via social media this week-- 
 
Michael Ruiz, Assistant Principal at Houston Middle School also made our newsfeed this week with a touching story about his personal connection to Agape North (see story below).
 
Mrs. Teresa Price, Dogwood Principal availed herself to become a human ice cream sundae in celebration of her students reaching their Kids Kan goals. (more on this story next week!)
 
 
 
And a quick shout out to Jennifer Mock, librarian at Farmington, who organized an Adopt a Cop program that gave each of our GPD members a care package of sweet treats.
 
Emily Deaton, wrote a published blog article about Wit & Wisdom in her classroom, here
 
United Sound adds a life-changing addition to the HHS band's concert
Those that attended the Houston Band's annual Pre-festival Concert last week were treated to something truly special.  Three students with cognitive disabilities joined them for their full concert, and the results could not have been more harmonious.  Read about Matt Taylor's personal passion for the new group, United Sound, by reading the full article here
 
 
 
GMSD Employable Outcomes Initiative is featured on 98.1 The Max--Listen here
Sarah Huffman and Anne Quinn from the GMSD Department of Exceptional Student Services were on the radio last week spreading the good message as they continue to focus efforts on increasing employable outcomes for their students (individuals with cognitive disabilities). Read more here
 
 
 
On the court--and on point--the week in Athletics.
 
HHS All-Metro Player-of-the-Year Semifinalists
It was another banner week in the athletics department (note: our Lady Mustangs are off to the state finals again).  Meanwhile, a staggering number of HHS athletes were honored as semifinalists for the Greater Memphis area by The Commercial Appeal Sports Awards. Congratulations to those nine fine young men and women.  See the full list here.  
 
 
 
Mustang Pride…State Bound
..After winning the District Tournament by an average of 39 points per game, Our Lady Mustangs prepared for one of the toughest Regions in the State and We were more than ready for the challenge… read more here.
 
Schools Giving Back
 
Riverdale families "SHAMROCKED" it out!
Riverdale's 31st annual Math-A-Thon, which benefits Make-A-Wish, raised over $5,800 this year. See the full article here
 
 
 
Riverdale's PTSA goes above and beyond for Teacher Appreciation Week 
Riverdale PTSA did something totally unexpected this year for Teacher Appreciation Week.  See here how they are showing teachers the love. 

HMS partners with a local organization to give back in Memphis 
Michael Ruiz, Assistant Principal at Houston Middle School, started a partnership 3 years ago with a local organization that has affected hundreds of children in Memphis. To read a touching story and see a short film, click here.

Farmington is Family—Local elementary school promotes annual day to celebrate its international population
A small group of teachers tirelessly prepared for Farmington Elementary School’s annual Multi-Cultural Festival.  An FES tradition for eight years running, the day was a smash success.  See the full article here
 
 
 
GREAT WORKS AND OTHER HAPPENINGS IN GMSD THIS WEEK AND LAST...
 
Beware of Ogres: Riverdale's Shrek Jr. dazzled audiences last week
A special shoutout to the teachers, parents, and the community members who devoted a tremendous amount of work to this year's Riverdale production.  The show was spectacular.  Read more or see some backstage pictures here
 
 
 
Bound for National PTA Reflections Contest
14 GMSD students received awards for the 2016-2017 Tenneessee PTA Reflection’s Competition. Several advance to the national competition level.  Go, GMSD, Go!  And, look for their work at an upcoming PTA meeting near you. To find out who's being honored and why, click here
 
From the City of Germantown:
 
GMSD Offers Update on Riverdale Expansion Project
 Germantown Municipal School District reports that the project is on schedule and has reached 75% completion.
 
Those who have driven by Riverdale Elementary School have likely wondered when the project will be complete. Germantown Municipal School District reports that the project is on schedule and has reached 75% completion. Most of the exterior work has been completed, including roofing, brickwork, masonry and HVAC units.  Glass work for windows and storefront glass is underway.  The building interior is taking shape also. Drywall work is nearing completion.  Soon flooring, painting, and installation of tile, lockers, and bleachers will begin. 
 
Built for a full capacity of 800 students, Riverdale currently houses 1,200 students. For more than 17 years, this overage of students has been accommodated by 22 portable classrooms located behind the school building. Following several meetings with stakeholders, which included Riverdale School administrators, teachers, parents, and other community experts, original plans for the school expansion were fine tuned. What began as a plan to simply replace the portables with brick and mortar classrooms evolved into a space that includes a full science lab, art studio with space for a kiln and a band room with built-in instrument storage and private practice rooms.  Abundant natural light has been factored into the design as well as additional restrooms for faculty and a new conference room providing a place for meetings with parents.
 
Construction is scheduled for completion in May. A live video feed allows residents to check on the project online at https://app.oxblue.com/open/res/addition.

From other Community Partners
 
Teachers, you're invited to a special Brooks Museum focus group
Are you interested in helping the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art improve our offerings to teachers? See more information here
 
Superintendent Jason Manuel featured on The Spark
Raising the Roof of Success" is the theme of The SPARK February 2017. Interviews highlight Center for Transforming Communities, a nonprofit focused on asset-based community development; Germantown Municipal School District, a school district focused on achievement, philanthropy and leadership that also has the highest ACT average in Tennessee; and Medford Roofing, a local commercial roofing contractor
with a heart for service and helping our city. We’ll also share a special moment from our SPARK Awards 2016. Watch the show here.
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