Dear Perry Local Families,
As some of you may have noted, our COVID numbers in the area have been improving recently, and while our top priority is the safety and security of our students and staff, it has taken the help of the entire community to help us maintain that goal. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep our kids in school, and that hard work has paid off as evidenced by our students still being able to attend in-school classes as we head into March. However, even though our numbers are improving, we must continue to be meticulous in containing the virus. Please continue to wash your hands, wear your mask and practice social distancing. Continue to use common sense, and we all will benefit from the collaboration. As part of our own due diligence, Perry Local Schools Staff will receive their second round of vaccinations on Saturday, March 6. It has been a trying time for so many, and we are happy to take one more step in ensuring the safety of all within the Perry School District.
To allow for recovery from the vaccination shots, we are closing Perry Local Schools on Monday, March 8, with a return to school Tuesday, March 9.
In an abundance of caution, we are being proactive in anticipating staff members possibly having symptoms due to the vaccine. We have seen other school districts practice this precaution with success and we are using this opportunity to continue our practice of prioritizing the safety of all. Again, thank you to all who have made this school year a success during a demanding time. We all should be proud of the work of so many including our teachers, staff, students and families throughout the district.
Scott Beatty, Superintendent
The Perry Local School District is currently celebrating Black History Month, with events and curriculum focusing on the heritage and history of African Americans in U.S. history. The planning for the month’s events began this past summer when PLSD implemented a Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) District Committee to help promote unity within their schools. It wasn’t just teachers and staff coming up with ideas for Black History Month, Perry High School students were also involved in the planning, helping plan projects and generate new ideas. This involvement was something that K-6 Virtual Academy Principal and DEI committee member, DaNita Berry said was an important part of the preparation. “We want to learn with the student body,” Berry said. “We don’t want to come across as being the experts. We wanted it to be an opportunity for students to engage with their peers and their teachers. They wanted to have the opportunity to talk in smaller groups, believing their peers would open up better with more intimate conversations.” Because of this collaboration, the district’s schools are utilizing interesting projects and lessons for students, including a theme for each week in the month of February. During the first week, students focused on “The Arts,” recognizing many of the great writers, painters, musicians and other artists whose contributions have helped shape our nation’s cultural identity. Week Two centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and the influence of so many African American scientists and educators. For Week Three, Perry students are focusing on black athletes and the positive impact they have on American culture and social change. To close out the month, students will focus on the theme of “Where do we go from here,” something Perry High School Associate Principal and DEI committee member, Catrina Burwell said is an important way of prolonging the recognition of African Americans in our country. “Right now, we are focused on Black History Month,” she said. “But we want to build on that throughout the year and continuously have those conversations of inclusion, and make sure every person of every color and background is acknowledged. We really want to have thoughtful conversations and reflections. Our goal is to have a community, not just a district, that is inclusive.” To help facilitate lessons, PLSD is utilizing “Mirrors and Windows,” a website set up by Perry teachers as a way of supplementing stories into the lesson plans. The idea stems from “relational scholar” Emily Style’s philosophy of utilizing stories like mirrors reflecting who we are as a way of helping strengthen our own identity, while also using stories as windows into other cultures and philosophies. On the “Mirrors and Windows” site, students and families can watch videos of popular books being read aloud while also engaging with discussion questions about each book.
Kindergarten registration is for residents of Perry Local Schools only and students must be five years of age on or before August 1, 2021. Registration is scheduled for March 1-5 with appointments available from 8 a.m.-12p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Evening appointments will be available on March 2 & 4 from 5-7 p.m. Walk-ins are discouraged; all appointments will be taken prior to walk-ins.
Please complete the online registration forms and schedule your registration appointment when prompted to do so. Click here to get started.
The Mirrors and Windows website was built to honor diversity, build awareness, and foster open, respectful conversations within our schools and with our students and families. On this website is the Black History Month page, where teachers and parents will be able to access resources to share with students. The resources vary and some are geared for different age levels. We hope that conversations around diversity and inclusion will extend past Black History Month, and continue to include many other forms of diversity in the future.
While students will not be in session on February 12 &15; Grab & Go Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be available for all Perry Local Students. Pick-up on Thursday, February 11 at PERRY HIGH SCHOOL from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Main Door #1. PRE-ORDERS REQUIRED BY Tues, Feb. 9. Use the following link to Pre-order: https://forms.gle/UkM4PwcTxYgeGD4S7
2021 Waterfront Lifeguard Certification will be held at the Perry High School Natatorium. We are offering lifeguard training February 16-March 18. The sign up deadline is Friday February 5. There are limited spots. For more information click on this link. Lifeguard Recertifications are also available. Click here for recertifications.
February 2021 Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday and Thursday February 9th and 11th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM each evening. All conferences will be held virtually. Specific information for student conferences will be communicated by the teacher(s). Conferences registration will open on *Sunday, January 31st at 6:00 PM.* Conference registration will close on Sunday, February 7th at 11:00 PM. There is no school for students on Friday, February 12th and Monday, February 15th.
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We are excited to share with the community a new Perry Local website. We took into account the areas that parents, guardians and students needed to access quickly and put them in easy to access places. As of now, the district site is the only one on the new platform. The rest of the schools will be migrated over during the coming months. Click here to take a look around and access the short tour video for the new website.