The Superintendent congratulated his staff on another great school year in a letter this week.
It was also announced that TNReady scores would NOT count in students’ grades this year. Please click here to see more information.
NEWS FROM THE CLASSROOM
With field days, promotion ceremonies, yearbook signings and the like, it’s been extremely busy in all of our classrooms over the last two weeks. As we sign off for the summer, we’d be amiss not to mention a few spectacular happenings submitted to our news team:
Houston High School leads the news with a well-done job on their graduation ceremony. The Class of 2017 has broken the record for scholarship dollars again at $34.9 million—exceeding last year’s record even though this graduating class was smaller than last’s.
This week several HHS students are “headed to ‘Boro’” for state championships
Four spring sports are sending students to the big state championships in Murfreesboro over the course of the week. So, send your well wishes and positive thoughts to Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Boys Track/Field, and Boys Baseball as they work to secure some more state titles! We’ll be retweeting many of their updates each day from @gmsdk12—but for up-to-the-minute updates follow @YouareHouston, the GMSD Athletic Twitter Feed.
Houston High comes homes with SEVEN HSMTA Awards
The HMSTAs is an awards show, modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, that works to recognize excellence in all areas of musical theatre throughout the Mid-South. From the thirty-three schools participating, shows and performers are nominated for various awards and, in the week preceding the show, come to the Orpheum to put together fantastic displays of talent for the evening.
Houston High School garnered 15 nominations, the most of any other Mid-South high school. Win after win, they walked away with the following awards from the star-studded event:
Oustanding Featured Dancer: Tim O'Toole, Houston High School
Best Supporting Actress: Sarah Cate Melton, Houston High School
Outstanding Choreography: Leah Beth Bolton, Houston High School
Best Dance Execution: Houston High School
Outstanding Chorus: Houston High School
Outstanding Student Orchestra: Houston High School
Outstanding Overall Production: 42nd Street, Houston High School
Dogwood Idol, hosted by Miss Tennessee, showcases the incredibly talented students of DES
Acts ranged from piano players to singers to dancers and gymnasts. The winners crowned in the K-2 division were: 2nd Place, Molly and Graham Pearson on stringed instruments and 1st Place: Angela Zhuang on the piano. Third through Fifth Grade winners were Isabel Cyriac, first place, and Misha Agrawal, second place. Both of these performed Indian dances. Over $300 was raised for the Germantown Animal Shelter.
Days of Diversity exceeds attendance expectations and celebrates students
An annual school-wide event centered on a theme dedicated to providing education and experience of world culture to students, Days of Diversity, “One World One Voice” at Houston Middle School was outstanding this year. Take a look at some of the photos of the HMS building which was transformed into a vibrant globe of countries from around the world.
The Houston Bears make their way into new hearts, new homes
At Houston High School, Andra Davis' fashion design students have been working on a year-long project. "The Houston Bear Project" which satisfies course requirements is solely aimed at giving back. "The students have been producing outfits for teddy bears throughout the year," said Davis. Each bear comes with an assortment of handmade clothing.
Dogwood Students had the opportunity to stimulate their creative minds during Innovation Week in May. Students learned about STEAM and the design process by: identifying problems, brainstorming, designing, building, testing, redesigning, and sharing. Students were given options to work individually or in groups.
We love this!
Parents of eighth graders at Riverdale recreated this precious photo from their students’ first day of Kindergarten.
GEF night at the Redbirds game offers special perks to GMSD families
Come support the Germantown Education Foundation on Friday, June 2 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $16 each for field box seating. The Germantown Education Foundation receives $4 from each ticket sold at www.MemphisRedBirds.com/groupportal.
Safety City available to rising Kindergarten and first graders this summer
The City of Germantown puts on its annual summer program. Click here for more information.
Four HMS students (we were still waiting for names at press time) have taken the top four positions in the state of TN for their scores on the 61st annual Statewide High School Mathematics Contest sponsored by the Tennessee Mathematics Teacher’s Association. A special congratulation goes out to 8th grade Algebra I instructor, Pam Tate, for producing Tennessee’s TOP four performing high school test takers in her subject area. Also producing students to make the list this year: Sharon Reeder (Geometry), Jenna Kitchens (Algebra II), and Ashley Coates (Pre-Calculus).
Both 4th and 5th grade FES students win first place in national math competition
Some students recently competed in Perennial Math, an international organization of various math competitions whose mission is to encourage and inspire young mathematicians. Fourth grader Hunter Cowles snagged first place nationally, and Bryan Ding also won first in his fifth grade division. In addition to those exemplary fellows, Farmington also had thirty-three other students place on the national level.
Three HHS students earn the top scores on the national French exam
Three students earn the top scores on the national French exam from the American Association of Teachers of French. Platinum level winners were Cady Baltz, Brady Bush and Catherine Carlin.
HHS German gents and ladies do incredible on national exam
German students collaboratively won thirteen gold medals, sixteen silver medals, and seventeen bronze medals on this year’s exam, which each demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the language in both its written and spoken form.
FES student wins national Smokey the Bear poster contest for the SECOND consecutive year
Every year the National Garden Clubs Inc. offers a nationwide poster contest for students that promotes conservation, fire safety, and environmentalism in schools. This year’s theme revolved around “caring for the land”, and GMSD Student Khushi Patel won the National Grand Prize out of over 65000 entries for her fantastic poster.
HHS student wins STEM essay contest with a project focused on surgical robots
Joy Adeyemo, a junior in the Houston High School STEM II class, recently won the 2017 West TN STEM Hub STEM Essay Competition for her project “Surgical Robots”.
Christa Phillips to receive the Excellence in STEM Teaching Award by the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network
The Excellence in STEM Teaching Award recognizes a teacher who exemplifies integrated, STEM-infused teaching strategies, classroom innovation, and whose work has led to positive student learning outcomes. Christa Phillips is a secondary STEM teacher at Houston High School in Germantown, TN.
Several award winning teachers are recognized at May School Board Meeting
Briana Gould, Keri Eldridge, Jessica Minton, Christa Phillips, Carla Christian and Liz Dias (among several staff and community members who served on the GMSD 5K Committee) are recognized for recent awards.
Retirees honored at an elegant luncheon for their years of service
Read more about the celebration of Renee Blackwell, Roger Harris, Suzanne Hatsell, Nicole Kavoian, and Tara Martin by clicking the title.
GMSD honors its newest employees with a special pinning ceremony
At the end of the school year, 53 teachers were pinned to mark their completion of a first year working in Germantown Municipal Schools. “Blue Chips” as they are called, include any new teacher to the district. The Blue Chip program is entirely unique to Germantown Municipal Schools and is described as, “a developmental non-tenured teacher program that provides a pathway towards success,” by Human Resources Supervisor Elissa Stratton.