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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_Heather Long
As a clinic assistant, I strive to maintain the health and safety of the children at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School.  I have been doing this for 4 years now and I absolutely love it!  I have been given such a wonderful opportunity to work with these kids as they begin their journey into academia. 

Every chance that I get,  I do what  I can to work with these amazing individuals. Our district offers classes over the summer and during the intersessions.  Rather than taking the time off, I prefer to be there for those kids that have chronic health conditions.

I know that most people think that a nurse at an elementary school just wipes noses and puts on Band-Aid's.  While I have wiped my fair share of noses, there are so many other things that we do to promote health and wellness amongst our students. We help coordinate vision screenings, shot records, care plan meetings, and many other services free of charge.
For those students that have had health issues from an early age, it can be a real challenge to make it through the school day.  It is a priority of mine to truly understand each one of these kid’s conditions to the fullest extent. I want them to be confident that should something happen, I am here to help.  Their worries should be on getting good grades, not on being sick. 

Another neat thing that we do here at Douglas MacArthur is the “Fly a Flag for Clear Air” program.  Each morning, two students are selected to read the air quality report on the daily announcements. By informing the teachers and student body of the air quality conditions, they are then able to take any necessary precautions. The students then go outside and raise the appropriate colored flag onto the flagpole so that all who pass by Douglas MacArthur can see what the air quality conditions are for the day. 

Our school offers an after school program to our 5th graders called GT Gym.  This is coordinated by Ms. Carrah Campbell.  It is so much fun to be apart of this.  The students get an opportunity to really let loose and have fun in a safe and friendly environment.  It allows me to get to know them on a different level, which is really neat.

Family is a strong word, so I do not use it lightly.  However, that is exactly how I would describe my relationship with both the staff and students here.  I love having the opportunity to build unique bonds, especially with the children. The friendships and memories that I have made here are ones I will never forget.

That brings me to the most challenging part of my job—the last day of school.  As the fifth graders move on, it is heart breaking to see them go.  It’s like saying, “Good bye” to 50 of your best friends all at once.   ~Heather Long
Kelly Wilber Receives Milken Educator Award!
Mrs. Kelly Wilber, Southport Elementary School 4th grade teacher, is a recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award! Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, and National Institute for Excellence in Teaching President and Milken Educator, Dr. Gary Stark made the surprise announcement at an all-school convocation. Kelly was presented with a $25,000 check! Click here to watch a video of the surprise announcement:
Perry Meridian bands on your 2nd Annual Band-O-Rama! The evening included performances by the PMA Band, PMHS Jazz Band, PMMS Blue and Silver Varsity Bands, PMMS Concert Band, PMHS Symphonic Band, PMMS Jazz Band, PMHS Wind Ensemble and the Perry Meridian combined bands. Mr. Ken Belt, Mr. Alan Slightom and Mr. Andrew Wilson served as directors of the nearly 400 band members.
PMMS Speech Team Success Continues
The Perry Meridian Middle School Mustang Speech team followed up their 2nd place finish at Cathedral with a Third Place at Fishers. 

Three Mustangs took firsts: Evan Eels and Sasha Sears in Radio Broadcasting, Maggie Sears took first place in Discussion.

Five Mustangs earned second place finishes: Ava Ward in Drama, the Duo of Grant Christian & Sean Smith, Rachel Harper in Humorous Interpretation, Daisy Robles in Original Oratory, and Moses Mang in Radio Broadcasting.

There were three third place finishes: the duo of Daisy Robles and Madison Anthony, Nun Za Lian in Impromptu, and Charity Merrill in Original Oratory.

Fourth place ribbons were won by the Memorized Duo of Piper Clark & Farrell Jackson, the scripted duo of Lainey Scifres and Meredith Cash, Lainey Scifres also placed 4th in poetry. A fourth place ribbon was earned by Allyson Schneider in Prose.

Cara Geoghagan was 5th in Prose as was Meredith Cash in Impromptu Speaking.

Others placing for Perry Meridian were: Madison Anthony 6th in Prose, Sam Hoke 7th in Discussion.

Original Oratory saw Allyson Haver placing 6th, Gillian Heitzman 7th, Robby Simms and Jasmine Roembke were 8th.

Others participating for the Mustangs were Diana Pyle and Alexis Ellis in scripted duo, along with Elise Houk in poetry.

The PMMS Speech Team is coached by Mr. Brent Speraw.
Middle School Night at SHS
The Southport Middle School cheerleaders performed with the SHS JV & Varsity cheerleaders for Middle School Night at a recent SHS boys varsity basketball game.
Stuti Mathur is PMA's 2015 Spelling Bee Champion!
Stuti lasted over thirty rounds to become Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy’s first Spelling Bee Champion! She outlasted nine other talented competitors. She will be moving on to the compete in the Marion County South Spelling Bee in mid-February.
PMMS Wrestling News!
The PMMS wrestling team competed at Franklin Community Middle School and placed first place in the Franklin Super 12 tournament!  The team is coached by Shaun Richardson with assistants, Joe Steward and Lewis Warren.
K9 Officer, Roscoe, Visits Preschool
Roscoe and his partner (Officer Tom Nolan) visited preschool children in the Early Childhood Academy. Experiences like this are part of a K9's training and will enable Roscoe to become familiar and comfortable in a variety of environments.
Graduation Rate
The graduation rate in Perry Township Schools in 2012-13 was 92.% which is ahead of the Indiana state graduate rate of 87%.
West Point Appointee
Clayton D. Carter, PMHS senior, has received an appointment to West Point United States Military Academy, Class of 2019.  His proud parents are Karri and Tim Carter. 
Waterstep Drive a Huge Success at SES!
Southport Elementary School organized a collection of shoes for Waterstep.  This was a community effort of not only SES families but also the  Perry Township Schools' family. Hundreds of shoes were donated which will help many people all over the world. 
Pennies for Patients
Southport 6th Grade Academy is raising money for Pennies for Patients. Their campaign will run February 2nd - Feb. 20th. The funds will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 
New Keyboard Lab at Mary Bryan
Mr. John Stebbe, Mary Bryan Elementary School music teacher, received a grant of $20,100 from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation to replace the aging keyboard lab at the school! This piano keyboard lab will impact every MB student in a positive way.
2015 Township Youth Drive
Thank you to everyone who donated items to Goodwill for the 2015 Township Youth Drive!
 College Night at PMMS
Please join us at Perry Meridian Middle School (east gym) for College Night on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – students and parents are welcome!

Colleges attending: IUPUI, Herron School of Art, National Guard, Purdue, Indiana University, Ivy Tech, University of Indianapolis, Franklin College, Indiana State University, Ball State University, Butler University, and Central Nine. 

There will be a question and answer forum that includes all of the colleges as well as time to visit each representative at their assigned tables for any specific questions.

*Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be served at this time. 
*College presentations will start promptly at 6:00 p.m.

*Door prizes given away!

Please RSVP to the Guidance Office at 789-4163 or
Upcoming District Calendar Dates:
Presidents Day:
(snow make-up day) February 16, 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

May 29, 2015

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