Big News!  Dogwood is a Reward School!

Congratulations to our students, staff, and parents!  Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee. It is the highest state accolade for a school based on student achievement, growth, and subgroup performance.  Only a small percentage of schools in the state earned Reward status.  

The Dogwood PTO congratulates Farmington Elementary, Riverdale, and Houston Middle for also achieving Reward School status.  We are so proud to be GMSD!  
Family Movie Night

We are looking forward to Family Movie Night. This is always a great event! We need your help to make this year's night a success! Please click here to volunteer!

Box Tops Due This Friday!

Send in your Box Tops! The class with the most completed sheets turned in from August 20th - September 28th will receive a pizza party.  Please send completed sheets to the gym daily. We will keep an on-going count to determine the winner.

A Note from Our Counselors

The counseling department is ready to start the next round of small groups. We are offering small groups on the following topics:
  • Social skills
  • Coping/stress management
  • Time management/organization/study skills 

If you have a student(s) who could benefit from additional small group support, please let us

know.  We will send home group information and permission forms.

If you have any questions, you can email us at or The counseling office number is 752-7946.

Counseling Services Survey

The Dogwood Counseling Department is seeking parent feedback regarding counseling services. 

You may also find the survey by visiting the counseling department website .

Dolphin C.R.E.W

*Please arrive with enough time to park, sign-in and be in your classroom at the designated start time.

*Please read the project plans on Bloomz before you arrive so that you are familiar with the project (hard copies will be in the classroom for you).  Project plans are on the PTO Bloomz site in the Media Section in the Documents section.

*Please contact Holly Kulp with any questions you have.

School Pictures


The numbers are in!  After receiving 99% of our pledges, our students raised $45,689.  Our Dolphins ran a total of 28,866 laps. Way to go! 

Dogwood Cross Country

Both the Boys' and Girls' Dogwood Cross Country teams won first place in the Memphis Youth Athletics meet at Shelby Farms on Monday, September 17th. Go Dolphins! 

Attention DADs!

Any Dogwood father or father-figure interested in joining the Dogwood DADs group and volunteering at the school, please contact Ryan Strain.

Hot Jobs! 

In addition to our special events, we have volunteer opportunities available weekly. Here are two of our hot jobs! You can sign up for a one-time shift or for multiple days. 

Health Room  volunteers are needed daily from 11:00-2:00 to help with minor issues like band-aids and ice packs. No experience required!

Your service allows our school nurse to attend to more urgent issues. You can sign up for one or multiple days or for a shorter time frame if you can't cover an entire shift.

Library volunteers are needed on Mondays and Wednesdays in the library.

If you have an hour to give, please use this link to sign up! 

You may choose as many days as you would like. Thanks so much for participating!


The Yearbook Cover Contest has begun! This year's Yearbook theme is "World Changers." Any student can hand-draw a picture for the cover of the yearbook - the deadline is October 5th! Submit pictures to Mrs. Honan's room (4th grade hall).
The 5th grade yearbook ads are available for purchase at MySchoolBucks.  Once you purchase your ad, you will be contacted about the ad design and content.  The 1/4 page ad is $25 and due by December 22nd.
Business ads can also be purchased on MySchoolBucks. These ads can contain a business card-size picture. They are $25 each and due by December 22nd.
Questions about ads? Contact:

Van's Plan

A new car line procedure has been implemented thanks to a super smart Dogwood 4th grader, Van Arthur, and his mom! 

The car line will be held at the corner of Howell Circle and Dogwood Rd. until 8:25 am

This will free up the in and out for our students who are safety patrols and have other morning commitments to access the driveway without causing traffic confusion!
HHS Pom Dance Clinic

GMSD Family Movie Night Presented by HHS Pom

Please note that this is a separate event from the Dogwood Family Movie Night. 

Walk/Bike to School Day

Wednesday, October 3rd, is Walk/Bike to School Day!  

Get some exercise and help the Earth at the same time by walking or biking to school with your family and friends!

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!

3rd Annual  TN Secretary of State  Civics Essay Contest

2018 Theme: Leadership
Deadline: October 1, 2018

State winners will receive a TN Stars 529 Program College Savings scholarship of  $100, $250, or $500, in addition to a trip to the TN State Capitol.

Grades K-2 : What does it mean to be a great leader? Draw a picture to illustrate.
Word Count Limit: 100 words accompanied by a drawing. Drawings may not exceed 11" x 17" in size. Words can be incorporated into the drawing or attached separately.
Grades 3-5 : There have been many great leaders throughout our nation and our state's history. Select one person from Tennessee's history and describe what makes them a great leader.  Word Count Limit : 350 words
Entries must be submitted to the DES PTO Cultural Arts Chairperson, Shahnila Raza, by October 1, 2018. Two winners per grade category will be entered into the state contest. 

Students must be a TN resident. The essay must be the original work of the student and within the word count limit. For more information visit the Secretary of State website -

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 25 GMSD School Board Meeting 6:30 PM
Wednesday, September 26 Fall Pictures (PK, K, 1, 2)
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Thursday, September 27 Fall Pictures (3, 4, 5)
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Friday, September 28 Family Movie Night 6:00 PM
Tuesday, October 2 General PTO Meeting 9:00 AM
Wednesday, October 3 Walk/Bike to School Day All Day
Thursday, October 4 Dogwood Math Night 6:15 - 8:15 PM
Friday, October 5 Quarter #1 Ends All Day
Monday, October 8 - Friday, October 12 Fall Break - NO SCHOOL All Day
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