Located on the South Boston waterfront, the Perry School's instructional focus is to provide opportunities for students to explain their thinking with evidence-based oral and written responses. This focus will allow our students to develop the critical thinking skills needed for high school and college. We consistently communicate our school values of "Work Hard. Respect All. Perry Pride." every day to our students, since we truly believe that hard work and respect for all are essential for educational and life success. Our small size allows us to develop meaningful relationships with students so that we can individualize our instructional strategies and students’ social and emotional development.
All Perry K-8 School staff work collaboratively to engage our students in challenging and high interest learning tasks. We provide intervention and supports to students in math and reading through our special education teachers and intervention specialists to ensure that all students are maximizing their academic growth.
Students are positively reinforced every day with “Shark Bites,” "Shark Cents" and “Shark Shout Outs." The Perry School holds monthly assemblies where students are recognized for academic achievement, academic improvement and positive citizenship.
The Perry School has a strong focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics). Student are offered STEAM programs, art, physical education, and music programs every week. Perry School students go on field trips to the Science Museum, the State House, the New England Aquarium, Boston Public Market, start-up engineering companies, Paul Revere’s House, theatrical performances, apple picking, and many other places.
The Perry School is supported by an active Parent Council and community partnerships.
Boston Public Schools Showcase 2018
Please see information below from the BPS Website about the upcoming School Showcase and Perry School Preview times: BPS WebsiteBPS 2018 K-12 School Showcase:
Saturday November 17, 9AM - 1PM, Boston City Hall - 1 City Hall Square
Bus/Train Accessibility: Government Center (Green Line, Blue Line), Haymarket (Orange Line, Green Line), State Street (Orange Line, Blue Line)Plan your trip using the MBTA trip planner: https://www.mbta.com/trip-planner
BPS School Buses will be providing transportation to and from BPS School Showcase from the following locations. Parking will be available at pick-up/drop-off locations, feel free to drive to the bus stops!
Condon School, 200 D Street, South Boston 9:30 AM 12:00 PM
2018 Perry School Preview Times: Perry K-8 (K1-8) 745 East Seventh Street, South Boston, MA 02127 Elaine Cullinane (617) 635-8840 ecullinane@bostonpublicschoolsorg
December 5, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
December 12, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
January 23, 2018 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Perry School Staff: 2018-2019
First Grade Teacher
Second Grade Teacher
Third Grade Teacher
Fourth Grade Teacher
Fifth Grade Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Cafeteria/Before & After School Coordinator
ELA/ESL/Special Education Teacher
ESL & Special Education Teacher
ESL & Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Physical Education Teacher
School Site Council
The School Site Council (SSC) is the central decision making body of the school chaired by the Principal. The Perry's SSC formally consists of 4 elected parents who serve one year terms, together with 2 teacher representatives who serve two year terms. All meetings are open to the public. The SSC works closely with the Friends of the Perry.
Role of the School Site Council
The role of a School Site Council is to serve as the central governing body of the school under the shared decision-making model. Specifically, the role of the Council includes the following:
To review and comment on the entire school budget;
To develop and approve plans for increasing parent involvement in the school;
To approve waivers;
To review and approve recommendations that will have a major effect on the school community;
To participate in hiring through the Personnel Subcommittee
To receive information about all outside programs or professionals who come into the school
In order to provide students with an exceptional curriculum and the best possible resources, the Perry has partnered with a number of reputable organizations which share its philosophy of providing opportunities for ALL students (every child, every day) to productively struggle with learning while engaging in oral and written tasks.
Community Music Center of Boston
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Boston Partners in Education
New England Aquarium
Paraclete Center (South Boston)
“The Ollie” South Boston Neighborhood House
South Boston Boys & Girls Club
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laboure Center, South Boston
Students Learning through Urban Gardening (SLUG)
Boston Schools Fund
Perry School Vision
The Perry K-8 School is a community working together to prepare our students for successful futures. We develop strong relationships with families and students to provide the best education for every child, every day. Our focus is to academically and socially advance our students through innovative experiences designed to positively promote the learning of the whole child.
All Perry School students and staff work towards achieving an instructional focus that states, “we will provide opportunities for ALL students (every child, every day) to productively struggle with learning while engaging in oral and written tasks.” We embrace what it means to have “sweaty brains” because we know that when students’ brains and thinking are challenged, true connections are made!
We utilize our time intentionally to enhance our thematic curriculum. This includes more culturally and currently relevant texts to build an inclusive and supportive learning environment.
Emphasis on "STEAM"
All grades attend science classes with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) focus, such as general science, computers, engineering, robotics, dance, and art. All classes have access to laptops, IPad, and projectors. Robotics programs start in K1. In addition, there is an after-school STEM club for Grades 6-8.
The Perry School provides physical education to its students, believing there is a direct correlation between physical health and a student’s ability to learn. All students also have recess every day, weather permitting.
The music program (voice and instruments) is offered through the Perry School's collaboration with Community Music Center of Boston. At the end of each semester, students participate in a musical performance for the Perry Community.
Oceanfront outdoor classroom created by the Schoolyard Initiative
Sports/ physical education/ gymnasium
Outdoor urban garden
Indoor and outdoor basketball courts
Wellness program, physical education and health
Inquiry-based science curriculum
Music, dance, and art programming
Special needs programs
Projectors, Chromebook carts, Ipad carts, and Macbook carts to support daily lessons
Robotics beginning in K1
Small community school
Literacy and mathematics support
Reading buddies - middle school students partner with early elementary education students for weekly reading
School-wide focus on STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics
Before School: The Perry K-8 School has an on-site before-school program coordinated by Perry School staff. The before-school program is offered Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM for all K1-5 students. To support the success and supervision of this program, families are given a monthly choice of 2, 3, 4, or 5 days/week rates.
Shark Squad: The Perry K-8 School also offers "Shark Squad" a fitness program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school. The program is held both in the fall and spring. Parents have the option for full year participation or just one session. Tuition waivers may be available upon request.
After School: The Perry K-8 School has an on-site after-school program for students in grades K1-5. The program is available Monday-Thursday from 4:00-5:45 PM and also has a monthly rate depending on the days/week selected by families.
Beyond Grade 5: Students in grades 6-8 are invited to attend a variety of off-site programs with the South Boston Neighborhood House, South Boston Boys & Girls Club, the Curley Community Center, Tynan Community Center and the Paraclete Center.
If you would like more information about the Perry School Before & After school programs, please contact Bonnie Houlihan at email@example.com
Perry students are expected to wear navy blue tops and khaki/navy blue bottom.
*If families wish to purchase uniforms with the Perry Sharks logos, the Perry School is happy to announce a partnership with Land's End (School Outfitters) for student uniforms as well as adult selections for staff and parents. Sign up to receive sales and discounts!
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS Lands’ End will be featuring two big promotions in the coming weeks: 1. 40% Full Price Items November 15-18th. I have attached both a JPEG and PDF flyer to send home to parents and/or post to your social media; 2. Black Friday Special – 50% off Home & Totes (which make a terrific holiday gift for staff or Parent Volunteers) and 40% Site wide. The promotion code will be sent out directly.
ALL students in Boston Public Schools will have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and lunch for free every day at their school. For full information on school meals, take a look at the BPS site’s resource page here: https://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/1350
Please see information sent from Interim Superintendent Laura Perille about Boston Public Schools' School Quality Frameworks (SQF):
Boston Public Schools will continue to use the School Quality Framework (SQF) for the purposes of school choice and student assignment for the upcoming school choice season. Data from 2016-17 and 2017-18 were used to calculate metrics and new tiers.
Most schools received a school quality tier under the new framework. However, there are some schools—such as early education centers as well as special education and alternative schools—that are not given a score because they do not have students who take standardized tests or they are specialized schools.
Updated SQF tiers and Quality Scores will be available to families on Discover BPS and in Welcome Centers beginning on November 17, 2018.
One of the prevalent arguments for increasing STEM learning in Massachusetts schools is to ensure that we have the educated workforce needed to compete in an increasingly high-tech 21st-century economy. But another advantage to STEM learning is how it helps narrow the opportunity gap that many students of color face.
As the principal of the K-8 Perry School in Boston, I am proud that we are bringing the power of STEM to our students. The Perry first ran STEM Week in 2016 with the help of i2 Learning, a nonprofit that partners with schools to transform their classrooms into STEM learning labs. They supply teacher training, curriculum, and materials at no cost. For me that is a game-changing idea. Resources are always a challenge and this allows every middle school to participate. I love the equity of that model and the opportunity it has offered our students.
That first year was a huge success, and it acted as a catalyst for the school to launch similar curriculums and develop new programs. We coined the terms STEMomentum during the fall, and DeSTEMber as a time to celebrate and reflect on what had been accomplished during STEM month; we launched a new computer science class with grant funding; and now three-quarters of the Perry’s specialty teachers are STEM-based.
But more important, it helped us to continue to chip away at that opportunity gap. It does that by giving our students learning experiences designed to enable access and agency. Students have access to materials, and they become their own agents to learn using those materials.
We at the Perry are big on social-emotional learning, and STEM is a great educational model to easily incorporate that for our students and for students across Massachusetts.
Accepting Applications until December 7, 2018 or until 3,000 applications are received
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS Deadline is December 7, 2018. Now is the time for students to finish up their applications for one of 7 $10,000 scholarships and submit. Students and families can learn about all the details of the scholarship by clicking on “APPLY NOW” on the Starboard Scholarship website https://www.landsend.com/starboard-scholarship/
Lands’ End Starboard Scholarship is open for students in Grades 6 and higher.
We will continue to work hard to ensure that we achieve our school vision which states: “The Perry K-8 School is a community working together to prepare our students for successful futures. We develop strong relationships with families and students to provide the best education for every child, every day. Our focus is to academically and socially advance our students through innovative experiences designed to positively promote the learning of the whole child.”
The new system has four categories for ranking schools and districts, which are: - Meeting Targets. This is the designation for 23 BPS schools. - Partially Meeting Targets. This is the designation for 29 BPS schools. - Needing Focused/Targeted Support (requiring intervention.) This is the designation for 41 BPS schools. - Requiring Broad/Comprehensive Support (requiring intervention). This is the designation for nine BPS schools.
Boston Middle Schools Spending Week Focusing on STEM Topics
By Olivia Quintana GLOBE CORRESPONDENT
Students at the Oliver Hazard Perry School are not following their typical middle school syllabus this week.
Eighth-graders at the South Boston school spent Monday morning isolating their own DNA. Seventh-graders were creating light circuits. And sixth-graders were learning about Web design.
“You’ll see a lump of DNA. There was a lot, like a lot, of DNA,” eight-grader Joel Latimer said, after explaining how to isolate the genetic material with Gatorade, ethanol, and soap.
The Perry was among 36 Boston schools being transformed this week into learning labs focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math.
In all, 6,500 middle-school students in the city’s public schools are immersing themselves in STEM study, at a time of increased demand for proficiency on those fields in the working world.
The program, developed by leading STEM organizations, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, i2 Learning, and MathWorks, focuses on hands-on activities so students can learn in a way they wouldn’t ordinarily experience in a classroom.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and school Superintendent Tommy Chang,kicking off the week at the Perry, said embracing the class and others to follow can help them flourish in a rapidly changing world.
“Our students are going to be tackling real-world problems, experiencing how STEM education can help their day-to-day lives,” Walsh said. “We’re committed in Boston to be leaders of STEM education for all our students in our city.”
He emphasized the importance of students knowing about science and technology by the time they graduate from middle school.
“Our whole world is changing and it’s important that our young people have that education to keep up,” Walsh said. “You students in our middle schools, it’s a great time for you guys and girls to learn. This is the time to learn what you guys can do.”
Chang told Perry students that they need to be prepared to fill STEM jobs as they get older and finish school.
“STEM occupations are growing at a rate stronger than non-STEM jobs,” Chang said. “STEM-related jobs also pay much higher. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workers complete such a critical role . . . and we want to help you get ready for those jobs and those careers.”
At the Perry on Monday, students were working diligently to impress their teachers with their new projects and lesson plans.
In Adam Kid’s seventh-grade class, students were creating two kinds of light circuits.
“They have a battery-powered switch and they’re creating simple circuits and parallel circuits,’’ Kid said. “Some groups have gotten three circuits to light up at once.’’
About 230 students (kindergarten through 8th grade) at the Oliver Hazard Perry School in South Boston spelled out One Boston in human form on their playground on Friday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
THE FRIENDS OF THE PERRY SCHOOL The Friends of the Perry School is a BPS approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to raise funds to financially support the Perry School. We aim to keep our fundraisers focused on our mission, which is to provide the best education for every child, every day, and to academically and socially advance our students through innovative experiences designed to positively promote the learning of the whole child.
SOME OF THE INITIATIVES YOUR SUPPORT HELPS THE FOLLOWING: • Funds for teachers to purchase much needed materials and supplies for their classrooms; materials that aren’t covered under the Boston Public Schools existing budget • School-wide music program • Enriching field trips for our students • Literacy support • Technology in the classroom • Annual Field Day
The Friends of the Perry School meet once a month from 4:30-5:30 (mostly on-site at the Perry School). Everyone is welcome to join the Friends of the Perry School. If you wish to learn more about the Friends of the Perry and/or are interested in helping in our fundraising efforts, please contact the Friends of the Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the below dates/times for our Friends of the Perry meetings.
**The Perry School After school program is available during the Friends of Perry Meeting for Perry students only on a complimentary basis. Please contact Bonnie to reserve your spot by 5pm on the Tuesday before the meeting at email@example.com or 617-838-5079 to reserve your spot(s).
Support The Perry School
DONATE If you would like to donate to the Perry School, please click on the "donate" tab and fill out the requested information. All donations to the Friends of the Perry School are 100% tax deductible and go directly to supporting our fantastic students and extraordinary teachers. If you have any questions or difficulty making your gift, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternative donation method: If you wish to make a donation to the Perry School via check, please send checks to the Perry School, c/o Friends of the Perry School, 745 East Seventh Street, South Boston, MA 02127. GIVING PROGRAMS Matching Gift Program: This is an “easy” way to increase our fundraising efforts. Please contact your Human Resources Office to determine whether a charitable Matching Gift program exists at your company. If there is, please consider completing the required paper work that will enable them to match your generous donation.
Yankee Candle Sales: Each year, students and families have the opportunity to buy and sell Yankee Candles to friends and family. A significant portion of Yankee Candle sale proceeds go to benefit The Perry School!
Online ordering will be open until January 9th and orders will be delivered directly to the purchasers home. Shop at yankeecandlefundraising.com using Group Number 990044665
Stop and Shop A+ Rewards: You can sign up for Stop and Shop A+ rewards and support Perry School every time you use your Stop and Shop card (even when you shop Peapod) between September 7, 2018 and March 16, 2019! To support a school (up to two schools can be supported) you need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number found on the back of the card. Visit www.stopandshop.com/school-rewards click on SIGN IN, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, SAVINGS & REWARDS, to create or log into your on-line account.
Shop AmazonSmile: AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to The Friends of the Perry! You can link your amazon account using this link smile.amazon.com/ch/82-3025265 Start shopping today at smile.amazon.com !!
Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser: Clothing labels, name labels for lunch boxes and containers, allergy labels, medical labels, bag tags and more! Going to camp, preparing for next school year, whatever the reason- shop our fundraiser through Mabel’s Labels and 20% of your purchase will go to Friends of Perry! Labels are fully customizable and get shipped right to your home! Start shopping and be sure to select “Friends of the Perry School (South Boston)” from the list. https://mabelslabels.com/
Box Tops for Education: Save your Box Tops! Any time you see a Box Top for Education (General Mills products, Kleenex, Pillsbury products…just to name a few places) cut it out and save it. Clip Box Top coupons from hundreds of grocery products and send them into school in your child's school folder. Attach them to the other side of collection sheet page or put them in a bag. Be sure to include your name and grade and bring them to school by October 15th. The class with the most box tops will receive a prize! For each box top that we submit we get 10 cents, so get your friends and family to save them too! To find participating products and to see how much money we raised last year visit www.boxtops4education.com/ BoxTopeducation_collectionsheet_50.pdf
GIVING EVENTS Annual Parents' Night Out: At the start of each school year, the Friends of the Perry School hosts a casual parents' night out for Perry School parents to get to know one another, catch up with friends, and support the Perry School. (2018 date and location to be advised)
Friends & Family Skate Night: On January 20, 2018, the Perry School held its first Friends & Family Skate Night at the Murphy Rink in South Boston. This event brought over 200 Perry School families and members of the South Boston community together for a fun evening of ice skating, raffles, prizes, food and refreshments. "Blades" from the Boston Bruins was also on hand to skate and take pictures. we hope to try again in 2019!
Spring "Perry School Rocks" Event: Every year, the Friends of the Perry School hosts the "Perry School Rocks" event to benefit the Perry School. This event features South Boston's own Thomas Park Band, silent auctions, raffles, drinks and dancing. All are welcome at this event to celebrate and benefit the Perry School. 2019 date tbd