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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
MeeMrs. Leigh J. Wilkins
Mrs. Leigh J. Wilkins, MSW, LCSW is a licensed school social worker, serving the east side of the district.  Her degrees include a BA Political Science, a BS Secondary Education and a Masters in Social Work.  Leigh is married and has 6 grown children and 13 grandchildren. With grandchildren living in California, she flies to the sunny state to visit them several times a year.
 
“In five years working for Perry Township Schools, I’ve learned the key to my job is to be flexible! There is no typical day….I just go, go, go! 
 
I work in 7 different schools for 7 wonderful principals.  Each school is unique in both its leadership and climate.  It’s great for me. I schedule myself to be in each building at least a portion of the day each week.  In my role, I manage attendance concerns, meet with parents, teachers, and students as necessary and assist with other family concerns. I am always interested in helping our students be successful in any way I can.  I enjoy seeing students really take hold of education and see they have great possibilities in their future.  Our community partners ( Lenscrafters and Dr. Windoff,  Dr. Aaron Wilkins, DDS,  Dr. Moody of Moody Eyes, Ray Skillman Foundation, Southport United Methodist Church, Christ Fellowship of Indianapolis,  Sam's Club, and Walmart....to name a few)  make my job easier when I need to ask for their help. I am never finished…..but then, there is always tomorrow.

I have a wonderful cat named Bondi who has a family pedigree from Australia! My hobbies are swimming, yard work, my pond and traveling. I love to eat out and love my church.  Most people probably don’t know that I lived in Australia for 18 months.  It was an amazing experience; I rode a camel in the Outback on Thanksgiving Day!”  Leigh Wilkins
 

TAP Award of Distinction

The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) surprised Perry Township Schools with the TAP Award of Distinction for their achievements in improving instruction and student learning using TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement.  This award recognizes an organization for its commitment to advance educator effectiveness and comes with a $10,000 prize. 

United State Naval Academy Appointee
Chris Allman, PMHS senior, has received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Congratulations, Chris!
 Butler Tuition Guarantee Scholarship
Congratulations to PMHS Valedictorian, Jackie Hsu! He is the recipient of Butler University’s Butler Tuition Guarantee Scholarship. He will receive full tuition from Butler University for the next four years.

Lauren Beatty, DAR Essay Winner

Students from Mr. Manning’s class at Southport 6th Grade Academy participated in the Daughter’s of the American Revolution essay contest. The topic was an essay titled, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.” Students researched what it was like to immigrate to the United States and what is was like to come through Ellis Island. Using the information they gained, they wrote an essay to a relative back home about their experience.

Lauren Beatty was selected as the Mary Bryan Chapter winner. Her essay was entered into the state competition. Lauren will be honored with a bronze medal at a ceremony at Bethel Community Church.

CyberCards Receive Imagery Award
The SHS CyberCards competed in the Indiana FIRST District competition held at Lawrence North High School. They were presented with the Imagery Award for the aesthetics of their robot, pit, and team. 
Cyber Blue: District Event Success
Cyber Blue from PMHS was honored with the prestigious Chairman's Award at the Indianapolis FIRST District Competition held at Lawrence North High School. This award celebrates the team’s impact on their school and community in promoting STEM.   At the Kokomo competition, the team won the with their alliance partners Team 135 from Penn High School and Team 3865 from South Bend. 
Congratulations to the Following Groups that Earned  ISSMA Gold Ratings!
Gold:  PMHS Then & Now and S.R.O. Choirs
Gold: PMMS Vivaldi and Bach Orchestras
Gold:  PMHS Jazz Ensemble
Gold:  PMMS Jazz Band

JGE Math Bowl Team Takes 1st Place

Jeremiah Gray-Edison Elementary''s Math Bowl team, under the coaching talents of 5th grade teacher Ms. Crissy Vandercook, took FIRST PLACE at their competition! The team stayed after school four nights a week for many weeks and worked extremely hard to secure their knowledge.

Pacers Media Night
Eleven Southport High School student journalists traveled to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to attend the Pacers Media Night. The group listened to a presentation by Indianapolis Star sports reporter-Curt Cavin, and a discussion by a panel consisting of Pacers radio broadcaster-Mark Boyle, Pacers TV analyst-Quinn Buckner, Pacers TV announcer-Chris Denari and Indianapolis Star sports columnist-Gregg Doyel. Afterwards, the students attended the Pacers-Knicks game.

Underground Railroad at JGE

Second grade students at JGE spent several weeks learning about the Underground Railroad during Social Science. They finished up the unit by running as escaping slaves following Harriet Tubman, Peg leg Joe’s clues, and the drinking gourd. Fourth grade actors participated by playing both historic and fictional characters that may have helped along the way.

Pennies for Patients
Glenns Valley Elementary raised over $3,533 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society via Pennies for Patients. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.
Charlene’s Angels Visit DM
Friends from Charlene’s Angels, a group with adult members from the special needs community, visited Douglas MacArthur to share with each other in celebration of our unique abilities. The Spotlight Singers performed three songs for our visitors as well as for all 4th and 5th graders. Each grade level participated in activities and watched videos that shared ideas about what it means to have a disability
Pacers School Fundraiser Winner
Annah Wasiak, Rosa Parks-Edison Elementary School second grade student was the top seller in the Pacers School Fundraiser contest. She sold 117 discounted Pacers tickets as part of the team’s fundraiser program. As the top seller, Annah and her family were guests at Pacers vs 76ers game. They met Paul George before the game and Annah's photo with Donald Sloan, Pacer guard, was on the cover of the game program.

Hornet Heat Earn their Treat

Homecroft Elementary's HORNET HEAT Club recently celebrated Dairy Queen’s 75th anniversary by going to Dairy Queen to enjoy a free vanilla ice cream cone. However, there was a catch. Students had to EARN their treat by jogging to the Southport Dairy Queen. Once they arrived, they could receive their free ice cream cone outside while recovering. Afterwards, students jogged back to Homecroft Elementary.

The HORNET HEAT Club is made up of 4th and 5th grade students that are interested in learning about healthy eating and nutrition. The Dairy Queen adventure allowed students to learn that you can still enjoy treats occasionally if you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying active.

Student Leader Luncheons
Dr. Little held his spring luncheon with student leaders at PMHS and SHS. They shared a "working luncheon" and discussed current successes and challenges in the district. Their conversation included school spirit/pep sessions, commencement, snow days, high school schedules/classes, the balanced calendar, increased elementary school enrollment, high school dress code and more. Discussions like this impact school and district decisions.

2015 Summer Swim Program

The Perry Township Summer Swim Program will be conducting “learn to swim” Red Cross classes for students from age 3 on up. Summer Swim will be held at Perry Meridian High School this year. Registration will be held at Perry Meridian Middle School on:

April 25th (Sat.) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in the cafeteria
April 29th (Wed.) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the sports lobby
May 6th (Wed.) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the sports lobby

Two 2-week sessions are offered this summer. Each class meets for 50 minutes Monday through Friday for a two-week session. We are offering an evening session between each session. The cost is $55.00 per child, except the Parent/Tot class (ages 6 months-36 months) is $50 and is offered for 30 minutes. Our session dates and times are:

Session 1 – June 1 – 12 (9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm)

Night Session – June 8 – 19 (5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm)

Session 2 – June 15 – 26 (9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm)

This is a great opportunity for your children to get comfortable with water and learn swim strokes. If you have any questions, please contact the director, Lori Beaupre. E-mail: lbeaupre@perryschools.org

Great Clips Grant Recipient
Mrs. Jane Fletcher, Homecroft Elementary second grade teacher, was selected by Great Clips for a $100.00 adopt a classroom grant. Congratulations, Mrs. Fletcher!
2015 YHBA T-shirt Design Contest Winner 
Noah Pendleton, Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy student, was selected as the 2015 Young Hoosier Book Award T-shirt Design Contest Winner by the Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE). Noah’s winning design will grace the front of this school year’s YHBA t-shirts that will be worn throughout the state of Indiana. As a reward for his award-winning artwork, Noah will receive a free t-shirt, a Young Hoosier Book Award nominated book of his choice, and an award certificate.
Upcoming District Calendar Dates:
 
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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