The class produced academic honor graduates, National Merit honorees, 21st Century Scholars and more than 250 scholarship recipients. Students will be attending a variety of educational institutions, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Yale, Georgetown, Bradley, Columbia, Old Dominion and the Air Force and Naval academies.
Our staff members simply never stop to take a breath. This will be a busy and productive summer for the staff and students in Perry Township. Our summer schedule began Monday with instruction offered at the secondary and elementary levels. High school courses include English 10, algebra and physical education; students also have the opportunity to use the Indiana Online Academy. In addition, Title I kindergarten programs will provide authentic experiences for children.
Beyond the traditional academic offerings, students may elect to participate in enrichment classes such as theater camp, marching band, sports camp for elementary-age children, swimming lessons, athletic conditioning/practice and online classes.
We will once again offer the program Summer Servings, which provides free breakfasts and lunches to children ages 18 and under at convenient locations throughout the district on weekdays through July 24. Visit www.summerservings.org for times and locations.
The focus of continuous growth and improvement of our skills is built into the staff culture in Perry Township. Our staff clearly models the concept of a lifelong learner. This summer the district will offer more than 70 staff development workshops; we have already received 1,150-plus registrations. Workshops range from Google apps to quadrant model for math to SIOP training.
As a result of the positive support of the referendums in May, bids are being accepted for the Winchester Village Elementary project. Construction will begin in early August. In addition, designs for the four kindergarten centers are being reviewed.
As usual, annual maintenance and deep house cleaning in all facilities has begun and will be completed by the end of July. This summer will also bring a bevy of technology projects to our schools. All district email users will be upgraded to a Gmail-based system.
Student registration, orientation and back-to-school night planning is underway. We are training our new teachers so they will be prepared when the 2015-16 school year starts July 29. At that time my weekly column will resume.
Thank you for reading “Little Observations.” I appreciate the many positive comments we receive regarding this weekly column. It is an honor to be able to share the exciting things happening in Perry Township Schools each and every week. I am looking forward with great anticipation to the new school year.