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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. Angie Kendall
Mrs. Angie (Ardizzone) Kendall is a Master Teacher at Southport Elementary School.  She has served the district for 10 years.  As a student, she attended Perry Township Schools, including:  James Whitcomb Riley School grades K-1, Edgewood Elementary School grades 2-5, Keystone Middle School grades 6-8 and Southport High School grades 9-12.  Her teaching degree was earned in Indianapolis at Butler University. 

“I met my husband, Derek, when we were both students at SHS.  We have been happily married for 22 years and have 4 children who attend Perry Township Schools.  Anne and Mary are twins and will graduate from PMHS this year.  Michael is a freshman at PMHS and Grace attends Douglas MacArthur. 
My favorite things to do outside of work are attending my kids’ sporting events and running.  We attend St. Roch church.  I love going on family vacations to Florida, Cedar Point and camping at state parks.

I knew I wanted to be a teacher since I was in first grade.  I love getting to teach students AND work with teachers.  I also love being challenged by my leadership team to grow professionally each day.  It is a challenge to provide in-depth support to each teacher.

My typical day begins by leading professional development before school with a group of teachers; teaching them instructional strategies as well as strategies they can teach their students.  I follow up with several teachers each day and observe/evaluate a teacher(s), team-teach or model teaching strategies for them.  I also participate in leadership team meetings, meet with mentor teachers, gather for a pre or post conference, teach my own lesson in a classroom(s), and support teachers with their Individual Growth Plans.

I have been blessed with so many positive role models in my life that continue to inspire me as an educator.  These would include many amazing teachers I had throughout my education in Perry, and my parents; especially my dad, who was a teacher and coach for over 30 years.”   Angie Kendall
January School Board Meeting Pledge Leaders
Pack 139, under the leadership of Mr. David Ashbrook and Mr. Mike Mattingly, opened the February School Board meeting by presenting the colors and leading the pledge.
Valentine's Day Suprise
Preschool children in Mrs. Rebecca Hauber's class surprised Dr. Little with a handmade Valentine's Day card and candy!
Brandon James, PMHS Wrestler Remains Undefeated 
Brandon James, PMHS Falcon, finished in 1st place in Sectional, Regional and Semi State in the 138 weight class. He is currently undefeated. Brandon will compete in the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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.
PMHS Cheerleading Clinic
The PMHS Falcon cheerleaders hosted a cheerleading clinic for 2nd-6th grade girls. Over 40 future Falcons worked all afternoon learning cheer motions, jumps, chants, and dances. To top it off, ALL the cheerleaders entertained the crowd with what they had learned at halftime of the Varsity Boys Basketball game that evening. What an experience for these future (and current) Falcon Cheerleaders!
SHS EL Level 5 Celebration
Southport High School hosted its first-ever Level 5 celebration to recognize 70 English Learner students who have tested to an overall level of 5 (fluency level) on their most recent English diagnostic tests. Each student received a certificate and a t-shirt. SHS Principal Barb Brouwer and Perry Township administrator, Jane Pollard, spoke at the event, which was also attended by Assistant Superintendents, Bob Bohannon and Vickie Carpenter.
Sarah Clem Signs with Georgetown College
Sarah Clem, PMHS senior, signed to attend Georgetown College in Kentucky where she will play volleyball. Congratulations, Sarah!

Pictured are PMHS, Coach Heidenreich, PMHS Coach Carlson, Sarah Clem, Georgetown Coach Griffin and Sarah’s Club Coach Tadros.
SHS Cardinal Energy Dance Team
The SHS Cardinal Energy Dance Team had an outstanding showing at their recent competition. The girls received a “High Superior” rating, received the highest points and won 1st place. Congratulations to the Cardinal Energy Dance Team and their coach, Mrs. Jessi Walpole.
College Night
PMMS held College Night with representatives present from two year colleges, four year colleges, trade schools and the military. Over 550 parents attended this informative evening.
Through Sleet and Snow, our Buses Go!
Thank you Transportation Department for safely transporting our students in spite of snow, sleet, rain and fog 180 days a year!
Valentines for Vets
Several classes from Abraham Lincoln Elementary School participated in Congressman Andre’ Carson’s “Valentines for Vets” project. The students created Valentine cards and wrote letters to our vets in appreciation for their service. The following teachers’ classes participated: Kindergarten – Mrs. Fawn Harris, Mrs. Eileen Marta; 1st grade – Mrs. Susan Hendrick, Mrs. Stephanie Hale, Mrs. Danielle Richey, Miss Tara Tracey; 2nd Grade – Mrs. Vicki Cameron, Mrs. Marinda Grove; 3rd grade – Mrs. Mindy Williams; Interventions – Mrs. Jo Anne Sherry, Mrs. Staci Drake. 
RPE Student Collects Pop Tabs for Riley
Kinza Sagri, RPE 3rd grade student, collected pop tabs for over two years for the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana. These pop tabs were added to the growing collection in the RPE office for donation. Collected pop tabs are recycled and generate funds to support the Ronald McDonald House. Way to go, Kinza!
PMA Service Learning Club
Mrs. Cathy Wessel’s Service Learning Club at Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy recently hosted a drive to collect hygiene items for the Julian Center. This initiative, called the Sharing and Caring project was organized and led by students. Over the course of the project, 2, 695 items were collected!! 
Penny Wars for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 
PMHS's National Honor Society recently raised $1,712.78 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in its annual Penny Wars event. 
School Smiles at Burkhart
Burkhart School partnered with School Smiles, a school-based dental program, to offer dental services to all interested students. Many students received cleanings, x-rays, and other dental services without having to leave school for an outside appointment.
2015 Township Youth Donation Drive
Perry Meridian Middle School ranked #1 for overall all Marion County schools with a total donation of 5,947.86 pounds of items donated to Goodwill in the 2015 Township Youth Donation Drive.
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

 
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