Dogwood Elementary School gets a makeover including, a new front entrance and ADA upgrades

By Teacher Lisa Navarro

Germantown, Tennessee--September 10, 2020--The past few months have been busy at  Dogwood Elementary preparing for this school year. The 44 year- old building went through many renovations this summer concluding in time for the teachers and staff to return. The improvements included new ceiling tiles and lighting, handicapped accessible new secure entrances, and upgraded bathrooms.
In July, before moving back into the school, the teachers took part in professional development on topics including technology, communications, ethics, personal health, and on the GMSD reopening plan. 
Teachers had help from family and PTO members in moving all furniture back into the classrooms and then began preparing for 6 feet apart seating, and other safety procedures for masks, handwashing, and social distancing activities. 
Finally, after virtual meet the teacher introductions in August the Dogwood Dolphin student body returned to class in person or began distance learning at home! 
Assistant principal Joye Phipps said, “We are so excited about all the improvements and updates that our district has invested in Dogwood.   The hard work from our teachers and staff to get moved in and set-up for this unique welcome back to school has been unreal. It really has felt like a Dogwood family reunion.”  
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Superintendent Manuel and Principal Woody on the 1st day of school



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