S.T.A.R. Awards

It is time once again for GMC PTO S.T.A.R. nominations. DES has three recipients of the STAR award. They can be DES Staff or DES Volunteers. We also nominate a recipient for the Legacy Award who must be a volunteer.

The GMC PTO honors individuals who exemplify the S.T.A.R. attributes:  Service to Schools Time and Talents Invested, Active Involvement, Results Oriented and thus demonstrate exceptional dedication and service to their schools. The S.T.A.R. nominee is kind and caring, brings out the best in others, and exemplifies the four criteria of the of the S.T.A.R. Award.

The Legacy award is awarded to one person each year across the district and should be a parent volunteer who embodies the qualities of kindness, selflessness, and work ethic - qualities exhibited by the late, Kristen Ames Melton.

Please submit any nominations to Holly Kulp by February 5, 2021. Please include the nominee's name, position (if applicable), and a brief reason for his/her nomination. Last year’s DES recipients were: Dana Guntharp, Angela Martin, and Sue Rho. 


Mother/Son Date Night

We hope our Dolphin Boys and Moms had a great night on Friday! Photo submissions of the baking challenge and spy disguises are due by midnight on 2/6 to be entered into the drawing to win prizes! The instructions for submissions are in the baking instructions.

Winners will be announced on Facebook and in the next Dolphin Digest. 


Shout Outs

Shout Out to:

All of our room parents, teachers, and grade level leads for their hard work in planning and supporting our Winter parties/last day of the first semester. Our volunteers, teachers, admin, and staff continue to amaze us with their flexibility and creativity to ensure that our children have a fun and safe school year. 

Katie Laird for welcoming our newest Dolphin families and providing school tours prior to the first day of the second semester.

Marley Slutz for providing our staff with a delicious lunch catered by Panera Bread.

Special thanks to everyone that contributed to our Mother/Son Spy Date, including: Debbie Brown, event chairperson, for planning and organizing an amazing night for our Dolphin Boys and their mothers, Carie Alley for her support in planning and executing the event, Nabiha Huda for creating the printables and gif, Carie Alley, Nabiha Huda, Carrie Mayrhofer and Jamie McGill for packing bags, Carie Alley, Nabiha Huda, Ann Gee, Karen Viotti, Jennifer Brown and Jenna Cox for help distributing date packs, Christina Hester for ordering supplies and financial management of the event, Ms. Sue for copying all the Mother Son Spy date materials and Mrs. Toll for helping to organize the materials.

Special thanks to Memphis Escape Room, Kroger and CRAZE Nutrition for your donations and special pricing.

Our Dolphin Community is the best! If you would like someone recognized, please email Karen Viotti.



Kids Heart Challenge



There is less than one month to purchase your yearbook! Order yours today through My School Bucks. Yearbooks cost $35 and the purchase deadline is Friday, February 26th. You can confirm purchase of a yearbook by logging into your My School Bucks account and clicking "Order History".

The yearbook staff needs your help! If you have pictures from any themed days, please email them to the yearbook staff. Please be sure to include the grade, teacher's name, and event in the email.

Contact Annabella Brandon with any questions.

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Color Run Logo Contest

A new logo is needed for the 2021 GMSD 5K Stampede and 1 mile Color Run!

Guidelines for contest:

  1. Must include a horse somewhere in the design
  2. Must include the phrases "GMSD 5K STAMPEDE" and "COLOR RUN"
  3. Must include the colors of ALL our schools (red, yellow, blue, green, orange)
  4. Must include the year 2021
  5. Must be enclosed in a circular design or outline (see examples on the left)

This year, the winning student and the teacher will receive a $50 gift card!

All entries need to be submitted to the Germantown Education Foundation or to Andrew Martin by February 14th at 11:59 pm. 

A Message from the GMSD BOE

Education Front and Center at the TN General Assembly - Do You Know Your Local Legislators?

The TN General Assembly convened last week for a special session focused on education. Legislation regarding learning loss, funding, accountability, literacy, and teacher pay were considered, and you can have an impact on the decisions being made! Germantown's local legislators include Senator Brian Kelsey (Chair of the Senate Education Committee) and Representative Mark White (Chair of the House Education Administration Committee), among others. Click here to find the names and contact information for your local state representatives.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year has begun, and will close on February 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Due to current student numbers and available space, transfer approvals will be limited. Dogwood will not be accepting NEW, NON-RESIDENT transfers. This does not include Germantown staff members' children.


Open Enrollment applications will be available to all prospective NEW transfers and current GMSD students on an intra-district or inter-district transfer. Transfers will be processed according to Policies 6.206 and 6.2061.

All applications will be processed and approvals/denials will be mailed or emailed by March 12, 2021.

You can access the open enrollment application form HERE.


Germantown Legends

Online registration continues for the Germantown Legends Spring Recreational Soccer season.

Preseason player training sessions for each age group, run by the Legends staff, have been posted on the Germantown Legends Club Calendar, beginning on Monday, February 1st

You can register for the spring season here.


Houston Lacrosse

Registration –

Who – Boys 3rd-5th grade

Registration is open for Lacrosse! We look forward to a great spring season!

For additional information on the boys youth lacrosse program please contact Wally Gardner or call 218-9479. For general club information you can visit the HLC website.



Monday-Friday, February 8-12 Kids Heart Challenge

Tuesday, February 9 PTO Virtual Meeting 9:15 AM

Tuesday, February 9 GMSD School Board Meeting 6:30 PM

Thursday, February 11 Parent/Teacher Virtual Conference Night

Monday, February 15 President's Day/District Learning Day- NO SCHOOL


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