Your GMSD news highlights:
Important Changes to Dress Code Being Considered
Welcome to the LAST week of school. We made it. The Germantown Board of Education met on Wednesday evening to discuss the Other Funds Budget, an RFP for the new employee health clinic, and several policies which include important changes to GMSD’s dress code, how TCAP and EOC scores are used in students’ grades, and many more. P lease reach out to your school board members if you have input. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd.
This will also be your LAST GMSD Connection until next school year. Our team cannot thank you enough for sharing your stories, your wins, and your opportunities for students to make connections with one another.
Even though there won’t be Weekly Roundups throughout the summer, our team will still be happy to showcase your good news on social media. Submit your information and a photograph through our Let’s Talk System or directly to [email protected].
Congratulations to the Class of 2022
The lead story this week is that the Class of 2022 has graduated! Congratulations to GMSD’s newest alumni–who collectively earned over $39 million dollars in scholarships. A special congratulations also goes out to our seven GOAL graduates, the first students to graduate from our fully virtual school.
Here are a few fun facts about the Class of 2020:
- Over $39 million in scholarships
- 8 Ned McWherter Scholarship Finalists
- 7 Ned McWherter Scholarship Winners
- 11 National Merit Finalists
- 1 Presidential Scholar
- 226 Different Colleges Accepting HHS students
- 7 perfect ACT scores
- 103 ACT scores over 30
More than any class they have intentionally found ways to build community among their cohort--from developing a virtual peer tutoring program last year to the newly added senior sunrise and sunset--they have looked for ways to support each other and soak up senior year together.
We will remember how they encouraged one another. Students like Jacob Ward who attended nearly EVERY school event or both Anjali Chheda and Priyanka Phaniraj who spent their after school free time tutoring and checking in on virtual students. We will also never forget Sydney Dacus working hard to make sure that anyone who needed a prom date found one. This class learned that being together was not to be taken for granted. Good luck out there, Mustangs Class of 2022!
Thank you to all of the families that attended our final parent engagement workshop with Allison Edwards on Thursday night. If you missed this great session on the Emotional Effects of Social Media on children, this recording will be available for seven days.
Meet our new GMSD Student Ambassadors & Intern Team
GMSD is proud to announce its 22-23 Student Ambassador & Communications Intern Team. We are excited to welcome Zora Cunningham, Hannah Moore, Faith Degawa, Grace Magnini, and Sarah D’Souza to our district office family.
Perfect performances & Top Scores: Tales from Music in the Parks & Introducing DR. John Hagan.
In fine arts news, our middle school band and orchestra teams did an extraordinary job at Music in the Parks last week–including one group who took Best Overall Band and 1st Place Middle School Band. Meanwhile, DOCTOR John Hagan earned his doctorate last week. Dr. Hagan is one of our band directors at Houston High School.
@YouAreHouston Athletics Spring Season Updates
Continuing a long-standing tradition of excellence the Houston High School Track and Field team qualified over 30 students for the state championship meet next week in Murfreesboro TN. Included in that group, the 4x200 girls relay team qualified with the fastest time in the state of TN–making them the favorite for the win.
Track & Field State Qualifiers
- 800 - Trevor Hodgson, Caden Meeks
- 1600 - Robert Randall, Samuel Tankersley
- 3200 - Robert Randall
- 4x200 - Carter Nelson, Karlos Humphreys, Chase Manning, Timothy Toney
- 4x400 - Karlos Humphreys, Ronald Robinson, Trevor Hodgson, Caden Meeks
- 800 - Zoe Marsh
- 1600 - Zoe Marsh, Gracey Owens
- 3200 - Anissa Pokorny-Yadav
- 400 - Eva Gautreax
- 200 - Karlisa Mungen
- 100 - Olivia Freeman
- 4x100 - Olivia Freeman, Karlisa Mungun, Takyia Mungun, Abby Johnson
- 4x200 - Olivia Freeman, Karlisa Mungun, Takyia Mungun, Abby Johnson (TN #1 Time)
- 4x400 - Zoe Beard, Zoe Marsh, Gracey Owens, Eva Gautreax
- 4x800 - Ava Stockdale, Emma Thweatt, Anna Tamura, Lindsey Barnes
- High jump - Malone Jimerson
- Discus - Kymia Kendrick
Houston High Baseball plays its final game on Friday evening and the Boys Soccer team on Saturday for one last chance to make it to their state championships.
- Plays in Sectional Final vs Rossview at Rossview High School on Friday, May 20 - 7:00 pm
- The winner goes to the State Tournament, which begins Tuesday, May 24.
Boys Soccer - Defending 2021 State Champions
Plays in Sectional Final vs Rossview at Rossview High School
Saturday, May 21 - 6:00 pm
The winner goes to the State Tournament, which begins Tuesday, May 24
Our district is also sending a doubles team to the tennis state championship. Additionally, Dogwood, 9-year old, Kelvin Kang earned 1st place in the USTA Junior Tennis Circuit in Nashville.
From an Anonymous Colleague:
Debra Roberts (Houston Middle School) is someone who is steadfast in her work, has a calm and approachable manner, has expertise in her knowledge in how to serve students, parents and teachers.
Just a lovely employee who is grounded in her works of service for others that come across so salt of the earth like and graceful in appearance.
From an Anonymous Parent:
Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Leslie Morrow, rejoiced and celebrated the Muslim Eid holiday with her students last week with Palestinian themed cupcakes and a poster board all about the Eid holiday.
Eid is such an exciting time for our little ones that marks the end of Ramadan, and for it to be celebrated in class with friends is so great. We are so thankful for her kindness, consideration and always making our little one feel included.
Two HHS teachers were invited by the Tennessee National Guard to participate in the annual Educator's Flight. Ms. Christy Boggan and Ms. Christa Phillips got to learn more about opportunities for students with the National Guard and experienced the thrill of riding on a Blackhawk helicopter during the event at the Agricenter on May 13.
New high-tech basketball training facility hosts GMSD last weekend--fun was had & skills were sharpened
GMSD was well represented today at Shoot 360 for an exclusive, FREE event. We had administrators, teachers and students from each GMSD building participate in this weekend's community engagement healthy-living initiative. Look for other fun events and opportunities that will benefit our GMSD students in the 2022-2023 school year.
Shoot 360 is also hosting a summer camp. See in the Community section for details.
Seventh Grade Mustang Experience Day brought middle school students to Houston High to explore CTE pathways and fine arts
Finally, Houston High School invited 460 seventh graders onto its campus for what we hope will be a new tradition. 7th Grade Mustang Experience Day welcomed our middle school students into activity sessions to help students prepare for college and career. Sessions like Chopped! Welcome to the Houston Test Kitchen, STEM, Mechatronics, HNN News, The Club Connection, HHS CSI and looks inside of our fine arts programs were enjoyed by students and parents of the Class of 2027. Go Mustangs!
Mustangs Baseball Camp is available this summer June 6 - June 9 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for Grades K-7. Registration and payment can be made online. Walk - up registration the first day of camp is accepted with check/cash payment only.
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