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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 Mrs. Sarah Anderson
Sarah is the 2013-14 Custodian of the Year for Perry Township Schools. She grew up in Perry Township and attended Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, Perry Meridian Middle School and graduated from Perry Meridian High School.  Her father, Mr. Harrold Scalf, is a retiree of the district, having served as the Director of Transportation for many years.
For the past 21 years, she has served the district as a custodian at Winchester Village, Burkhart and Southport 6th Grade Academy.  She is part of the original staff who opened SA in 2004, where she is the head custodian.
She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Aaron, for 21 years.  They are proud of their 3 children:  Kristin (Southport 6th Grade Academy teacher), Nichole (Southport 6th Grade Academy café staff member) and Samuel (a junior at Center Grove High School).  They are also delighted to have 1 grandchild, Joseph, who is 2 ½ years old.  Also part of her family are Bella and Mabel, their two dogs.
Kim Campbell, Principal of Southport 6th Grade Academy says, “I have been principal of this building since it's opening and it looks as good today as it did when it opened in 2004.  That is due to the hard work of Sarah and her crew.  When people set foot into our building they always compliment on the cleanliness  and how beautiful it is. Many times they cannot believe it is 10 years old.”
    
 B105.7 Choir CompetitionWinner!

Representatives from Forum Credit Union visited Burkhart Elementary to award the All That Jazz choir with a check for $2,500 for winning the B105.7 Christmas Choir Contest! These funds will help cover the cost of the choir’s trip to the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thank you to Forum Credit Union and B105.7 for sponsoring this contest and supporting music in education!

Mr. Robert Bohannon, Mrs. Vickie Carpenter and Dr. Tom Little made pancakes at their annual PTAD holiday breakfast held at the Perry Township Education Center.
PMMS and PMA Students Meet Author
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the PTA, Perry Meridian Middle School and Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy experienced the once-in-a-lifetime event of meeting the real-life writer of a book they have read. Award-winning author, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, spent the day sharing with students and staff her process for researching and writing historical fiction and non-fiction. She shared the importance of making personal connections, family stories, primary sources, secondary sources, and telling the story with honesty and research-based facts. Sponsor of the event was Mrs. Leslie Preddy, PMMS Media Specialist.
Southport Middle School student, Julia Brookshire, was part of Bulter University Ballet's holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.
Darius Bryant, SHS Cardinal, was named Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50!
Kyle Ball, PMHS Falcon, was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association Junior All State Team.
Cub Scouts from Pack 183 led the Pledge at the December School Board of Education meeting. Their Cubmaster is Erica Shoop. 
Brenda Perez, PMMS 7th grade student, was the first place winner! Blue made a surprise visit to PMMS to deliver the exciting news! Both Brenda and Mrs. Russell received an iPad. Brenda also received four tickets to an upcoming Indianapolis Colts football game where she will be featured on the big screen during the game.
Students in Mrs. Cathy Wessel’s Discovery class at Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy visit Green Park Terrace Senior Living Center once a month for fun and friendship. In their most recent visit, students wished the residents a wonderful Christmas by joining them for Bingo, enjoying cookies, and bringing them presents provided by the students.
Second grade students in Mrs. Alison Staton’s class at Jeremiah Gray-Edison Elementary were given cards to decorate and send to Marines on active duty. Each student wrote a heart-felt message and wished each Marine a very Merry Christmas.
Southport 6th Grade Academy collected toys to donate to WISH TV News 8’s holiday tradition, the Salvation Army’s WISH Tree Toy Drive. These combined efforts will make a child’s holiday special.
PMHS Hosts Best Buddies Friendship Ball
The PMHS Best Buddies Chapter was honored to host the Best Buddies Indiana 2nd Annual Friendship Ball. There were approximately 600 attendees from over 36 middle schools, high schools and colleges at the event. The night was spent with friends dancing, eating and enjoying company. All in attendance donated canned food items to Gleaners Food Bank which filled two 55 gallon drums.
Blood Drive
Southport High School recently held a blood drive for the Indiana Blood Center.  Thank you to the students, staff and community members who donated the gift of life!

IDOE Individual School Grades

Indiana’s A-F model holds individual schools and corporations to high standards and provides an assessment of their performance by incorporating student academic growth, graduation rates, as well as college and career readiness assessments.

We are extremely proud of each and every school and the academic achievement that has been recognized.  Individual school grades in the district are:

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary – B
  • Clinton Young Elementary – A
  • Douglas MacArthur Elementary – A
  • Glenns Valley Elementary – B
  • Henry Burkhart Elementary – A
  • Homecroft Elementary – A
  • Jeremiah Gray-Edison Elementary – B
  • Mary Bryan Elementary – A
  • Rosa Parks-Edison Elementary – A
  • Southport Elementary – A
  • Winchester Village Elementary – C
  • Perry 6th Grade Academy – A
  • Southport 6th Grade Academy – A
  • Perry Meridian Middle School – C
  • Southport Middle School – A
  • Perry Meridian High School – B
  • Southport High School – B

As we celebrate the success of Perry Township Schools, I want to extend my sincere thanks to our entire community for their support and engagement in the education of our children in the Perry Township community.

Upcoming District Calendar Dates:
 
Winter Break, No School:  December 19, 2014 - January 2, 2015

Goodwill Township Youth Donation Drive:  January 2 - February 1, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, No School:  January 19, 2015

 
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