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FINAL EDITION OF THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!

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PTO ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Thank you for your support of the Dogwood PTO Donation Drive!

Thank you so much to everyone that contributed to the Spring Family Donation Drive, whether you made a direct donation, won a sealed bid, or purchased an end-of-year t-shirt. Together, we raised nearly $14,000 to support the Dogwood PTO! These funds will be designated to the 2021-2022 school year to the planning of our fun community events such as Family Game/Movie Night, and Daddy/Daughter - Mother/Son Events, as well as the support and treats we provide for our classes, teachers and staff throughout the year!


All purchased end-of-year t-shirts were delivered to your child's homeroom on Friday. Virtual students who purchased a shirt may pick it up at the Main Entrance. Thank you again for your support this year!

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Shout Outs


Field Day 2021 was a huge success, but only due to the huge collaborative effort from the Dogwood family who went above and beyond to make this event so memorable for our awesome Dolphins!


A huge shout out to Ms. Martin and Mrs. Guntharp! It is because of their huge hearts for this event that it is even possible! Thank you for working with the kids to get them prepared for this fun day, for all the planning and coordinating, and for executing it all so well last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for each grade level. You ladies are amazing!


To Hayley White for your thoughtful planning and enthusiasm for Field Day. Your energy is contagious! You are truly a master emcee and did such a great job not only leading us each day but throughout the planning, thinking of every detail to make sure our volunteers were taken care of, our equipment needs were met, and most impor and our students had a fun time.


To Carie Alley for her incredible leadership in her role as VP Events! Her organization, planning, and positive attitude are unmatched. Thank you for heading up all of our MANY volunteer needs!


To Karen Viotti, who is our number one Dogwood cheerleader! Thank you for your encouragement and insight throughout the planning process, and for taking on the parent check-in and the parent viewing area during each of the events. 


To the specialists and assistants who stepped up big time and became our lane volunteers, scorekeepers, and line judges this year! You all brought so much enthusiasm and excitement to each day! Thank you for pouring your hearts into field day!


To Ann Gee, for her help in communication with the room parents to fulfill all of our classroom needs and room parent volunteer needs.


To Ryan Strain, who headed up the tent set up and takedown, which was quite a task this year!


To Kathryn Hickey, who used her years of experience with field day to head up the equipment volunteers. 


To all of this year's room parents, who helped prepare each class for their special day and who stepped up and fulfilled our volunteer needs. 


To all the parents who donated items to the volunteer lunch or to their child's classroom needs, and to those who donated a tent for us to use all week!


To the parents who stepped in and volunteered their time and effort... you made it happen! Thank you to: Tina and Clint Thorn, Chad Wilgenbusch, Michael and Lauren Pardue, Tim Brandon, Pete Viotti, Matt Green, Erinn and John Parks, Alex and Sarah Rasmussen, Brian and Beth Ueleke, Jana Savage, Bethany Slocum, Leanne Howell, Annabella Brandon, Elizabeth Gates, Amy Carter, Kara Quihuis, Jennifer Brown, Carrie Mayrhofer, Leigh Osborne, Susan Solomon, Jamie McGill, Aimee Puryear, Jenna Cox, Debbie Brown, Kellen Miller, Michelle Midha, Katie Crews, Lauren Jordan, Lauren Kenny, Vrushali Abhyankar, Maria Miller, Kathryn Nelson, Julieann DeMatteo, Heather Umsted, Stacy High, Mariet Rogers, Renee Lynn, Kelly Medling, Rachel Scoggin, Michelle Wredling, Laura Clark, Ann Parker, Katie Graffam, Lydia Hart, and Susan Wellman.


Shout out to all the amazing room parents during this crazy school year! Thank you for all you did to make this year as normal as possible for the teachers and students! 


Shout out to the 5th grade class of 2021! We are so proud of you, and look forward to seeing all that you accomplish in Middle School and beyond!! Forever a Dogwood Dolphin!


If you volunteered for an event this year, donated items, served on a committee, participated in our activities, or dressed up your student for a special activity, THANK YOU! In the craziest of times, you made this year memorable, normal, and fun!


Finally, to our teachers, administration, and staff - YOU DID IT! You are the real rockstars! Words can't express how much we ALL appreciate everything that you poured into this year. You gave your all, and loved your students (and their families) so well! Enjoy your much-deserved summer break!

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DOGWOOD ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a rising kindergartener? Sign up for Kindergarten Orientation HERE! Contact Mrs. Moak with questions.

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GMSD ANNOUNCEMENTS

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A Message from the BOE


Though only 7% of GMSD third-graders are reading below grade level, a recently-enacted law could keep nearly 38% of them from advancing to fourth grade based on the results of a single state test. That means more than 1/3 of GMSD third-graders could be retained without input from parents or schools. The Germantown Board of Education asks you to review these GMSD-prepared Infographics and then contact your legislators and the Tennessee Department of Education to insist on changes to the law that will allow school districts and parents more input in the decision to retain or promote Tennessee's third-graders.


If you have any questions regarding this legislation, you can contact any member of the GMSD Board of Education.

GMSD Device Collection


All virtual students in grades K-8 should return their device and charger on Friday, May 21st, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, on the campus of Houston High School (9755 Wolf River Blvd). This will be a drive-thru experience, with no need to leave your vehicle. Please enter campus on the west side, and follow the signs guiding you around to the drive-thru tents. Staff will then direct you to the tent corresponding to your child’s grade level.

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Mask Update


Effective Monday, May 17, 2021, the Germantown Municipal School District will follow the guidance of the Shelby County Health Department at this time and transition the wearing of masks from required to highly recommended. This will also apply to our summer programming.

The decision to wear masks is a personal choice and is an individual responsibility. We encourage our families to discuss their choices with their children and for all students, staff, and parents to be respectful of the decisions of others. If at any point your family has questions or concerns about your decision, please reach out to your school administration


You can also address your questions or concerns via the GMSD Let's Talk Response Center.

Houston High Pom Mini Camp



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HMS Cheer Camp

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HMS Cross Country


Beginner to Advanced Runners (Rising 6th, 7th & 8th Graders)are invited to join the Houston Middle Cross Country team!


Summer conditioning will begin July 6th and races will begin end of August and run through October. Practice will take place 3 to 4 times a week. The cross country meets typically take place on 2-mile non-paved paths. Most races that we participate in are local, and some races are out of town. Over the last ten seasons, our team has qualified and competed in the TN State Championship Meet in Knoxville.


If interested in joining the team, please e-mail Stacey Schwarzmann.

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COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sidewalk Poetry Contest

In collaboration with the Germantown Community Library, and Germantown Parks & Recreation, the Germantown Public Art Commission announces Word Travels, an annual sidewalk poetry contest. New, aspiring or professional writers of any age, living or working in Germantown, can submit a poem or song lyric of up to 150 words. Poems should be unique and must not use copyrighted materials. The inaugural contest theme is Nature. 

A selection committee made up of literary professionals, library staff, and community representatives will select five finalists and three semifinalists. Winners will receive a small monetary award and their poems will be installed on sidewalks in city parks and along trail systems starting in the summer of 2021. 

This project creates a unique opportunity for citizens of Germantown to participate in the city’s new public art program through a project that celebrates public spaces and the literary arts.


Click HERE to submit a poem



SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021


Should you have questions please contact Cat Peña, the Public Art Manager for the City of Germantown.


This project is funded by the Word Travels - Mitch Major Memorial Fund

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THE MONTH AHEAD

Wednesday, May 19 Fifth Grade Picnic, 11:45 AM

Thursday, May 20 Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony, 8:30 AM

Friday, May 21 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, early dismissal at 12:15 PM

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