Superintendent of Perry Township Schools
As you are aware, many Perry Township Schools have received state and national awards for their academic and extracurricular achievements during the past few years.
To name just a few: Burk-hart Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School; Southport Elementary is a Title I Award-winning school; and Southport and Perry Meridian high schools are nationally recognized as exemplary Advanced Placement schools. The most recent achievement tests scores rank your schools as an A district. There is a great deal to be proud of in Perry Township.
I recently had the pleasure to attend another program that recognized our award-winning teachers, principals and students. Your Perry Township School Board celebrates the success stories of your students and staff at the beginning of each meeting.
Clinton Young Elementary was the only school in Indiana to be awarded $10,000 Dec. 15. The check was presented during an all-school assembly that I attended with Assistant Superintendent Vickie Carpenter, Principal Andrea Korreck and computer teacher Mary Arnold, who along with us administrators graciously accepted the donation on behalf of the school and district.
The science and technology-based program known as Code.org provides support to teach students how to write computer programming codes. This company sponsors only one $10,000 award in each state.
This is yet another shining example of the power of corporate partnerships with our schools.
Mrs. Arnold took the initiative to complete the grant application and provided instruction on code writing to every child at Clinton Young. She was able to showcase the fact that all of our Clinton Young students participated in coding lessons through her computer class. The grant is meant to expand the computer science environment for our students. The money will be used to purchase computer equipment and accessories such as 3D printers and robotic equipment that students can program.
In addition, IUPUI will also be joining in this partnership with Clinton Young to apply for grant opportunities through technology companies to secure even more experiences for our students.
As a condition of the grant, they will also host workshops to give parents an opportunity to learn of the great STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs that your children are involved in.
The holiday season is a great time to count your blessings and reflect on 2015. There were many success stories over the past year, and I am extremely fortunate to serve Perry Township as its school superintendent.
Happy New Year!