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Strong Schools Reflect a Strong Community!
In Perry Township Schools, there is a strong legacy within our community.  Our newsletters will feature a staff member or student who exemplifies the strong family ties within our school community. 

Dr. Tom Little, Superintendent
Meet_Mr. Matthew Willeyl
Mr. Matthew Willey serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Perry Township Schools.  The primary mission of the Technology Department is to assist staff and students in meeting curricular goals by providing both the best technologies and support to staff.  The Technology Department designs, implements, and manages the data and voice infrastructure within the township. Through a series of capital and time investments, the district has one of the most advanced and stable infrastructure networks in public schools.
 
Technology statistics at a glance: 
  • 18,000 e-mails per day on average
  • Over 800 Smartboards/Projectors, over 6,000 netbooks, over 3,000 Chromebooks, 1,000 virtual machines, 2,000 telephones and over 5,000 desktop computers
  • Over 5,000 files are accessed each day in the Google environment
  • Over 200Mb/second of internet bandwidth is utilized on average
  • The HelpDesk receives 55 calls per day on average 
“Despite being born in California, I am a Hoosier at heart now.  I was raised in Cicero, Indiana and moved to Indianapolis after receiving my teaching license and bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from IUPUI.  I joined the Perry Township Schools' family in 2002.  My wife, Melinda, and I have been married for over 11 years and we have a great little boy, Nicholas.  Nicholas is a second grader at Rosa Parks Elementary and keeps us quite busy.  With his (and my) love of hockey and nature, you can find our family spending our quality time at church (St. Jude), camping, boating, traveling, playing sports, or just being active.  This summer we rented an RV in Anchorage, Alaska and camped our way through a small part of such an amazing state.
 
I value education and believe technology is a critical part of our everyday life now. It is my goal to ensure that our staff and students have reliable access to the tools needed for an equal, quality learning environment.  My love of technology led me to build a company from the ground up while in high school and college that provided internet service to Noblesville, Indiana.  It has also guided me back to school to get my Masters in Technology Curriculum and Instruction from IUPUI.  I’ve spent over 20 years of Friday nights and Saturdays as a Sports Production Director for local and national television covering high school and collegiate sports.  I cannot imagine a world in which technology does not enhance students’ perceptions, well-being, and interest.”  Matthew Willey
 
SHS Honors 1990 Boys Basketball Final Four Team
The Southport High School Alumni Association, under the leadership of Jay Danner, hosted a celebration of the silver anniversary of the 1990 Boys Basketball Final Four Team coached by the highly regarded Bill Springer.  The 1990 team was joined by the current SHS boys basketball team for this photo.
Jennifer Bastien Receives $10,000 Creativity Fellowship Program Grant

Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Bastien, SA art teacher!  She received a $10,000 Creativity Fellowship Program Grant from Lilly for her "California Garden Smart Tour".  Mrs. Bastien will:
• Travel to the state of California to familiarize herself with the “Garden in Every School” initiative
• Volunteer at community gardens
• Attend organic cooking classes
• Start a “Garden Smart” program at Southport 6th Grade Academy
• Build a school vegetable garden

Abe Lincoln Circle of Valor Awards

The Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis honored 25 area high school seniors who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives at the 40th annual Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards banquet. Congratulations to second place recipient, Victoria Updike, Southport High School student. She received a $12,000 scholarship.
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Student Choirs Perform Joint Concert
Students from Douglas MacArthur, Rosa Parks-Edison, Glenns Valley and members of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir shared their joy of music and joined their voices at a recent concert. Students from each school sang one individual song and the students in ICC shared additional songs. The finale included “Yonder Come Day” and “America” performed by all groups together for a very enthusiastic and appreciative crowd.
Congratulations to the Southport Middle School band and orchestra members who participated in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) solo and ensemble contest. Over 80 students were represented in 12 ensemble events and 8 solo events. The ensemble events received 9 ratings of gold and 3 ratings of silver. All 8 soloists received gold medals.
Music Recruiting Concert at PMMS
Over 625 5th graders from Glenns Valley, Henry Burkhart, Douglas MacArthur, Winchester Village, Abraham Lincoln and Rosa Parks Elementary schools arrived at Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy for the annual Music Recruiting Concert by the Perry Meridian Middle School Performing Arts department.  The students heard performances by the Jazz Band, Vivaldi Orchestra, Concert Choir and Concert Band as the music sign up season kicked off into full swing.
Congratulations PMHS Wrestlers 
Perry Meridian High School had 4 wrestlers advance to the IHSAA Wrestling State finals with all 4 wrestlers finishing in the top 6 in the state. 

Cornelious Elliott (12th) finished 6th
Brandon James (12th) finished 3rd
Ngun Uk (12th) finished 6th
Tristen Tonte (10th) finished 2nd
 PMMS Boys Swimming Relay Team
The boys PMMS swimming relay team continue to dominate their opponents this season. These 4 boys have won every relay race and broken all 3 school relay records; 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, and 400 Freestyle Relay.
Left to Right: Sean Hanley (8th), Connor York (8th), Drew Shellenberger (7th), and Drew Reinke (8th)
Edison Schools Recognized at National Catapult Conference
Rosa Parks-Edison and Jeremiah Gray-Edison were recognized for their achievement and growth made in regards to student performance at the National Catapult Conference.

"Reading Madness Month at PMMS"

PMMS staff members wrapped up "Reading Madness Month" and honored "Read Across America Day" by dressing in homemade "Sneeches" shirts and participating in a school-wide reading of "The Sneetches and Other Stories" by Dr. Seuss.

Reading Madness Month, organized by the PMMS Literacy Committee, promotes, supports, and encourages students to read in a variety of community-building and motivating social reading activities during February.

Members of the Literacy Committee are Cassie Bennett, Lauren Buesking, Denise Britt, Barb Davis, Alison Dillman, Angi Gunkel, Kim Manoil, Jackie Miller, Nina Phagan, Leslie Preddy, Kristen Prusiecki, Sarah Reuter, Dave Rohl, Brent Speraw, with special contributions from Doc Rissel and Jessica Thompson.

HE Homecroft Invention Convention Grand Award Winner
Congratulations to Claire Slusher, Grand Award winner at Homecroft Elementary's Invention Convention for her 'Target Toilet'. Claire is in the 3rd grade.
JGE’s 'Jump Rope for Heart' Raises $8,386 
Students in Mr. Nathan Helton and Ms. Briana Young’s class at Jeremiah Gray-Edison Elementary School demonstrated the core value of compassion by participating in ‘Jump Rope for Heart’. During this 3 week unit, students learned various jumping techniques and strategies to keep their hearts healthy for a lifetime. JGE raised a total of $8,368.06!  The American Heart Association uses this fundraiser to help save lives around the world. 
CY's Pennies for Patients
Clinton Young Elementary students raised over $2,000 in just two weeks in their Pennies for Patients endeavor! Shown here is CY student, 5th grader Tearcy O’Dell, an official “Honored Hero” as a leukemia survivor with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with Principal Andrea Korreck.
 Rachel Titzer Receives $10,000 Lilly Grant  to Study in Costa Rica
Congratulations to Ms. Rachel Titzer, Mary Bryan Elementary teacher, for receiving a $10,000 grant for Lily to study in Costa Rica this summer for 6 weeks.  What a great opportunity for her  to learn about another culture and bring new skills back to her classroom and the district. 
President’s Volunteer Service Award
PMHS senior, Morgan Vonderheide received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Upcoming District Calendar Dates:
 
ISTEP Testing (Applied Skills):
March 2, 2015 - March 11, 2015
Spring Intersession:
March 23, 2015 - April 3, 2015

District Elementary PE Program:  
April 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at PMHS

District Art Show:
April 16-17, 2015 at PMHS


ISTEP Testing (Multiple Choice Online/Career and College Readiness Transition Assessment):
April 27, 2015 - May 15, 2015

Commencement:  
May 29, 2015

PTEF Golf Outing:
June 11, 2015 at The Legends

First Day of School for Students:
July 29, 2015

Coach Hathaway's Running South:
September 26, 2015

 
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