Superintendent of Perry Township Schools
The primary responsibility of Perry Township Schools is to prepare students academically to pursue their dreams and discover a career that is rewarding.
While our focus is on the educational development of our students, we are also proud of those who excel in extracurricular programs. The challenge for the student who decides to take on the rigors of a tough academic schedule and the demands after-hour programs is to be admired.
It’s no easy task for many of these students, especially high schoolers, to rise before dawn and attend practice before classes start. And after school there is another practice. Then its time for dinner, homework and sleep. During the season this schedule is followed five days week and some Saturdays.
Some of our high school football players were recently honored for their achievements.
Congratulations to Perry Meridian offensive lineman Kyle Ball and linebacker Brett Johnson for being named to the All-Marion County team. Honorable mention went to Christian Buchanan, Jordan Marion, Matt McCloskey, Dylan Roth and Alec Patch.
Southport’s All-County player are Andrew Maple, academic Most Valuable Player; Luke Johnston, quarterback, county Player of the Year; Evan Higgs, tight end; Kyle Williams, defensive line; Matt Garrett, Great Player Award; Justin Herring, defensive back; and Blake Evans, wide receiver.
Many of these players are involved in basketball and will continue to practice and play during the Christmas break. It takes commitment, physical determination and courage to represent your school on the field of play and in the classroom. We appreciate all those who make the high school experience at Perry and Southport more enjoyable for all of us.
As parents and members of the community, your participation at events helps us to keep costs down for all of our programs and is a strong statement that you care and support our students who work so hard in developing these skills.
I attended the annual jazz cafe at Perry Meridian Middle School, where students in Grades 6-12 performed. The music was outstanding, and observing Mr. Slightum, who directs the middle school program, and Mr. Belt, who directs the high schoolers, was a treat. This is a cohesive program that begins with a strong foundation in the sixth grade, and it has a clear progression to excellence at the senior level of play. I commend these gentlemen for their efforts.
High school will always be about academic achievement, but those who can balance the demands of another activity beyond the four walls of a classroom traditionally can handle the demands of life that require organization and focus.
We have a great story to tell about all of the success and accomplishments in Perry Township.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!