Dogwood's Teachers of the Year

Dogwood is thrilled to announce that two of its exceptional educators have been named Dogwood's Teachers of the Year, 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Laura Allen, and ESL/Music teacher, Mrs. Melody McGaughey.

When asked about her peer, Tasha Britcliffe described Mrs. Allen by saying, "Laura Allen is an incredible teacher. She goes above and beyond in all areas of teaching. She is a supportive and encouraging member of our faculty and always finds ways to not only support her students in unique, outside the box ways, but also our first grade team of teachers and other members of our faculty!"

Upon being asked about Mrs. McGaughey, fellow teacher, Cassidy Fernandez, said, "Melody is the most selfless and sweet person. She brings joy and her love of learning to all students. She loves bold lipstick and unique jewelry with gems and different colors!"  

Congratulations, Mrs. Allen and Mrs. McGaughey!  Your Dogwood family loves you!

2019-2020 PTO Board Nominations 

Attention Dogwood Parents:  The Dogwood PTO is currently accepting nominations for the 2019-20 school year.  We need creative, committed, energetic volunteers to serve our students, teachers and families.  Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know!  Nominations forms are due by Tuesday, February 5th.  

Contact  Hayley  White at with any questions.   

Mother-Son Neon Night

Mark your calendars and get those neon outfits ready for the Annual Mother-Son Dance on February 1

Please RSVP by January 27th so we can plan accordingly for our Mother-Son Neon Night! We are so excited about this fun event. Let's glow!

We are looking for some rockstars to volunteer to make this event a success! Can we count on you? (Yes, YOU!!)

Volunteer (there are slots before, during, and after the event!): 

National Geographic GeoBee

Congratulations to Audrey Savage (winner), Zachary Randall (runner up), and all the participants in Dogwood's inaugural National Geographic GeoBee! 

Audrey will have the opportunity to compete in the state GeoBee. Thank you to Mrs.  Alexa Patterson Guynes for organizing the competition for the 5th grade students. And thank you to Elizabeth Hamner with FOX13 Memphis for hosting the event.


Yearbooks are available for purchase on the My School Books website.

Yearbook sales will close on Thursday, January 31st.

Please remember that you must use the website and not the app to purchase yearbooks.
Volunteers Needed

Our wonderful Art Teachers need help preparing for our annual Fine Arts Night! They need help filling out forms for each student and preparing the artwork for display. It is just an hour and ANY help is appreciated!! Thank you!

If you can help fill out forms, but cannot come to the school, you may take some home. Reach out to Ms. Drury:
Dolphin CREW 2.0

Dolphin CREW 2.0 is comin' atcha!  Save the date for this event and be on the lookout for the volunteer sign-up that will be coming from your child's room parent. 

Dolphin CREW is a volunteer opportunity for parents who would like to be involved in the classroom. Parent volunteers will be interacting with students to help them create individual works of art to be used in a school-wide art installation.

3rd, 4th, and 5th grades -
Monday, February 11
K, 1st, and 2nd grades - 
Tuesday, February 12

Read Across America Day

Kids Heart Challenge

Be sure your child is signed up to participate in the Kids Heart Challenge! The jumping event will take place on Friday, February 15th. 

Dolphins Choose to be NICE

The following students received a Dolphin Dollar and were invited to sign the Choose to be NICE wall in the cafeteria on Friday.

Daniel Trotter, Barron Graves, Lily Altomar, Mason Clemons, Harper Brown, Maryam Ibrahim, Sawyer Cotton

The criteria for selecting students is based on having demonstrated the following characteristics:
Please help the counseling department reinforce the importance of being NICE and how it shapes character and promotes becoming a world changer.  
Dolphins Choose to be NICE Reward Movie

Students who were selected to sign the Choose to be NICE board during the second nine weeks were rewarded with an afternoon movie in the cafeteria.  


DolphinFest is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd from 10:00 - 3:00. This annual tradition includes an amazing silent auction, games, bounce houses, and face painting.  Volunteers from our Dogwood family are the heartbeat of this event. So, mark your calendars. We need your support to make this event a huge success.
Contact Tiffany Smith or Maura Parks at  if you can help.

Check Your Child's Grades

Did you know that Skyward offers an app for smartphones that enables parents to check their children's grades on the go? Click here to watch the one minute tutorial about how to install the app and view grades with ease.

You can also access Skyward at:
Anonymous Alerts

What is the Anonymous Alerts app?

The Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying and safety app reporting system helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. 

For more information go to:

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will begin January 28th at 10am and end on February 8th at 11:59pm. The application will be available at

Due to current student numbers and available space, transfer approvals will be limited. 

Students within the Exceptional Students program that currently have an intra-district transfer will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with their individual needs being considered. 

Open Enrollment applications will be AVAILABLE to all perspective NEW transfers and current GMSD students on an intra-district or inter-district transfer. Transfers will be processed based on policy  #6.206 &  #6.2061

All applications will be processed and approvals/denials will be mailed by March 15, 2019. 
GMSD Open Houses and Tour Dates

Please visit the following page for dates and times for upcoming open houses and school tours for GMSD schools:

Houston High School Choirs to Present Concert

The Houston  High  Choirs  present their annual concert and silent auction fundraiser, "and Nature sings" on Tuesday, February 12 at Germantown Presbyterian Church.  $5 tickets - auction begins at 6:00 pm and concert begins at 7:00 pm.  Please make plans to come out and support the award-winning  Houston  High  Choir  program.

HHS Choir Concert

Forest Hill Elementary Updates
Forest Hill Elementary

As many of our families will be zoned for Forest Hill Elementary next year, we will use this space to communicate information concerning the new school as we receive it. 

Please follow this link for information and  upcoming events for Forest Hill Elementary School:

If your family will be zoned for Forest Hill Elementary next year, save the date for a Parent Q&A on  Monday, January 28th, at 6:30pm at Houston High School

Join the Forest Hill Elementary Facebook Page

Be sure to Like and Follow Forest Hill Elementary's official Facebook page: 

Community Involvement
Nominate a Teacher of the Month

The Germantown Education Commission recognizes teachers who make a significant difference in the lives of students, schools, and the community. Nominate a deserving Dogwood teacher for the Teacher of the Month!

You Don't Want to Miss...
Upcoming Events

Monday, January 28 Q&A for Future FHES Parents
(at Houston High School)
6:30 pm
Thursday, January 31 Last Day to Purchase Yearbooks All Day
Friday, February 1 Mother/Son Neon Night 6:30 pm
Tuesday, February 5 PTO Meeting 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 5 Last Day to Submit PTO Board Nominations All Day
Thursday, February 7 Parent Conferences 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Friday, February 8 Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL All Day

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