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Strong Schools Reflect a Strong Community!
We had another great year celebrating health and fitness during the 2015 Coach Hathaway's Running South Event. It was fun watching young and old alike run and walk through the neighborhoods around Perry Stadium. This year I was assigned to direct traffic and runners and found out it's not that easy. Congratulations to everyone who participated especially our vendors and volunteers.

Dr. Tom Little

Falcon Football Players Encouraged by MacArthur Students
The fourth grade students, in Mrs. Richardson’s class at Douglas MacArthur, wrote letters to the Perry Meridian High School football team to encourage them to play their hardest this season! Coach Marsh and several senior football players came to Douglas MacArthur to thank the students for their letters and well wishes. The team also left behind a PMHS football jersey for the students. Douglas MacArthur wishes the Perry Meridian Falcons a great season. GO FALCONS!

PMHS Students Celebrate WIDA 5.0

Several Perry Meridian High School students, faculty and administrators celebrated Wednesday by honoring those students who earned a 5.0 or higher on their latest WIDA test. "This is a huge accomplishment and we are very proud of them", said Geography and History teacher, Andrea Hagenmaier. WIDA or World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment is an educational consortium of state departments of education. Currently, 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico participates in the testing which measures the proficiency standards of those students who are English language learners. Congratulations!

Perry Meridian Senior Invited to Panel with Education Secretary
The Indianapolis Office of Education Innovation welcomed U. S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to the city September 17th. Duncan’s visit was part of his “Ready for Success” bus tour. Perry Meridian senior, Sara Allman, joined the Secretary and other students on a panel. Allman plans to major in pre-law with a double major or minor in musical theater. Superintendent Dr. Thomas Little Jr. and Assistant Superintendent Bob Bohannon accompanied Sara for the event. Secretary Duncan hosted the education discussion to celebrate the successes of connecting families to schools and closing the Achievement Gap.

Community Based Instruction

Mrs. Wampler and Ms. Gridley, at Abraham Lincoln Elementary, have worked hard selling Smencils to raise money for community based instruction trips for their K-5 Special Education students. Recently, they were able to take a trip to RubyTuesday's where they worked on choosing from a menu, ordering their own food, table etiquette and more.

All About Me Projects
These students in the Map/Reach Program at the James Whitcomb Riley Building are standing in front of their finished "All about me" projects. The students designed a poster board which included a bio-poem, a family coat of arms and a list of favorite items, which used all components in the writing process
Student Mentors
Every Thursday afternoon when the Southport football team comes out for practice, they play music. The kids in the pre-school, at PTEC, always run to the fence at the back of the playground to watch the football players and dance to the music. Recently, several Southport players surprised the kids by running over to meet them at the fence giving the kids high-fives and letting them touch their helmets. These high school football players are like celebrities to the preschoolers and it totally made their day. Thanks, Southport Cardinals, for being great role models for our little preschool students!
SHS Class of 65 Returns
Thursday September 10, 2015 was an afternoon of smiles, hugs and handshakes at the Perry Township Education Center as the Southport High Class of 1965 returned for a 50th anniversary reception hosted by Dr. Little and Perry Township Board of Education President Gwen Freeman. President Freeman is a proud member of the SHS Class of “65”. The group enjoyed cupcakes and took a tour of PTEC visiting the SHS Alumni room where a lot of reminiscing took place. From PTEC The Class of 65 was shuttled to the high school for tours then to a memorial ceremony to honor their classmates who are no longer with us. These graduates help lay the foundation for what is today a strong and thriving school district. Congratulations to the SHS Class of 65. We salute you!


SHS Wins Homecoming Against Franklin Central

Southport won its homecoming game over Franklin Central 34-21. Several groups were honored during homecoming but the highlight of the evening was a tribute to former SHS Football Coach Ken Haupt, who’s battling cancer.

Upcoming District Calendar Dates:
Food Service During Fall Intercession:
Baxter YMCA
Breakfast 7:30-8:30 / Lunch 11:30-12:30
October 12-23
Fall Intersession:
No School - October 12-23
Veterans Day
November 11, 2015 (school in session)
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