Work Hard. Respect All. Perry Pride.

Prospective Families

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.

Prospective Families

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:

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

  • 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

Boston Public Schools Showcase 2018

Perry School Staff

Geoff Rose


Judy Nee

K1 Teacher

Catherine Flores

K2 Teacher

Kristen Gunning

Special Education/Specialist Teacher

Christa Rozas

Second Grade Teacher

Alicia Carey

Third Grade Teacher

Michelle Sirois

Fourth Grade Teacher

Tracy Doyle

STEAM Specialist/Special Education

Sharon Mulenga

Special Education Teacher

Luisa Sparrow

Special Education Teacher

Adam Kidd

Math Teacher

Rosemary Peckham

Humanities Teacher

Sasha Canzater

ABA Specialist

Bonnie Houlihan

School Secretary/Before & After School Coordinator

Sue Costello


Kristina McGeary

Third Grade Teacher

Maria Aleman

ESL & Special Education Teacher

Mary Moran

ESL & Special Education Teacher

Katie Caster

Middle School Science

Marie Macisaac

Lunch Monitor

Stacey Menjin

Lunch Monitor

Janequa Sheppard

Lunch Monitor

Cynthia Ferris


Kris Graham


Pat Hadaya


Sharon Jordan


Mike Macchi

Principal Fellow

Kailyn Corrado

Middle School ELA/Special Education

Becky O'Donnell

Special Education Teacher

Doreen McCarthy

Specialist Teacher

Michelle Woods

Specialist Teacher

Ellen Wyse

Physical Education Teacher

Kelley Curley

Student Support

Tara Kelly

Special Education Teacher

Laura Baird

Student Support

Cheryl Pedone

Occupational Therapist

Caroline Kiddie

Third Grade Teacher

Maggie Roth

Fifth Grade Teacher

Kendall Morant


Melissa Gold

Special Education Teacher

Nicole Ferguson

ESL/Specialist Teacher

Rachel Menjin


Viergeline Felix

First Grade Teacher

Victoria Labour

K2-2 Moderate Intellectual Impairment Paraprofessional

Taryn Baker

School Nurse

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

Please see the Boston Public Schools School Site Council Manual for full details.

School Site Council 2018-2019

  • Lisa Maki, Parent
  • Bethany Rossi, Parent
  • Lyndsay Picciano, Parent
  • Angela Eastman, Parent
  • Alicia Carey, Teacher
  • Mary Moran, Teacher
  • Ewald Charles, Teacher
  • Geoff Rose, Principal

School Site Council Meeting Dates:

  • 2018-2019 tbd

Community Partners

Community Partners
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
  • Vertex
  • UMass-Boston
  • New England Aquarium
  • Edvestors
  • Paraclete Center (South Boston)
  • “The Ollie” South Boston Neighborhood House
  • South Boston Boys & Girls Club
  • Boston Ballet
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Building Impact
  • Hub Church
  • 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.

Instructional Focus

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.

Instructional Focus

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.

Emphasis on "STEAM"

Physical Education

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.
Physical Education

Music Program

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.
Music Program


  • Oceanfront outdoor classroom created by the Schoolyard Initiative
  • Sports/ physical education/ gymnasium
  • Outdoor urban garden
  • Science Lab
  • Playground
  • 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

Minni Art

Minni Art
Minni Art Partnership begins this week (Grades 1-5): As we continue to collaboratively achieve our school vision and deepen our STEAM innovative learning opportunities, we look forward to “piloting” a new Art Program with our students. Special thanks to Mr. Macchi and the Friends of the Perry for organizing and funding this opportunity!

Monthly Calendar and Newsletter

Monthly Calendars

Past Calendars:

2019 Perry Calendar - Oct.pdf

Family Letter

School Meals

School Meals

Exciting News!
My Way Cafe has officially launched at The Perry - September 23, 2019

We will be able to provide our students with fresh, nutritious and whole food options, cooked on site, for both breakfast and lunch! For more info, please visit the website:

School menus as well as nutrition information can be found online at

*ALL students in Boston Public Schools will have the opportunity to enjoy healthy 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: 

Before & After School Programs

Before & After School Programs
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.

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-Friday from 4:00-5:45 PM and also has a monthly rate depending on the days/week selected by families.

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.

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 the program coordinator Bonnie Houlihan -

For additional information and application: Before & After School Program Overview & Application(19-20).pdf

Uniform Policy

Uniform Policy
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!

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.

Please see the PDF document attached for instructions on how to order or shop now via this direct link:

The Oliver Perry School How To Order.pdf

If you have any additional questions or need assistance with Land's End please reach out to

Transportation Information & Forms

Ensuring that all of our students safely arrive to and home from school continues to be a shared responsibility that relies on COMMUNICATION.
Please continue to reach out with questions about bus stops, times, bus #s if needed!
For more information on the Boston Public Schools Transportation please visit

Transportation Information & Forms

Safe Walking Route

Safe Walking Route
Boston Safe Routes Walk to School Day is Wednesday, May 1. Walking helps us get physical activity, connect with the community and our safety increases with numbers!

Looking for the safest walking route to the Perry School?
Check out the Suggested Walking-Route Map, provided by the BPS Health and Wellness Department as part of the Safe Routes to School Boston program.
2019_03_29_OLIVER_HAZARD_PERRY_WalkingRouteMap (1).pdf

The map was created under the direction of the BPS Transportation Department and Toole Design, Inc., an engineering firm that has been working with BPS over the past few years to evaluate the infrastructure surrounding schools across the city.
As part of their work, they evaluated the neighborhood around the school. Not only did the engineers consider basic infrastructure such as cross walks and signals, they evaluated crash data in the area, where crossing guards may be located, and other factors such as the convenience of travel for students living in the area. This map provides estimated travel times from various locations, and includes options for mass transport, including bus routes and MBTA locations.
The purpose of the map is to help families in our school community who walk, to encourage them to walk together, and to do so safely. It may also prove useful for identifying potential locations where parents/guardians might park the car and walk a shorter distance to school.


Perry Updated to a Tier 1 School!

Perry Updated to a Tier 1 School!

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.
  • For more information on the School Quality Framework please visit:
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Summer Reading Lists

Summer Reading Lists: We hope that all students have opportunities this summer to continue to build their sweaty brains (and stay active and healthy while sweating!). Please see a list of many books that are available at all Boston Public Libraries (and available electronically).

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Parent Climate Surveys

Parent Climate Surveys - Through June 14th: We know there continues to be various surveys we are asking families to complete. This info helps inform our next steps so please complete and help us to achieve our goal of having over 75% families complete this survey! The survey should take between 10-15 minutes (there are 44 total questions)

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Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Focus

Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Focus: Gratitude & Appreciation: Over the next three weeks, we will continue to integrate Boston Public Schools’ SEL (Social-emotional learning) standards into our lessons and tasks! 
o    Social Relations (SR 2.1): Demonstrate an understanding of the thoughts, feelings, behavior and perspectives of oneself and others.
o    Expectation #1: We use respectful words and actions.

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Perry School Awarded Two Prestigious Grants!

Perry School Awarded Two Prestigious Grants!

November 1, 2018

The Perry School was awarded the "Good to Great" grant by the Boston Schools Fund Board which will provide our school community with up to $250,000 over the next few years!

The Perry received a $20,000 award for being a finalist for the Edvestors School on the Move prize!

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Boston Globe Article by Geoff Rose, Principal of the Perry K-8 School

October 22, 2018

STEM helps narrow the opportunity gap

STEM learning provides greater educational access and agency for students of color.

By Geoff Rose  

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.

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Lands End Starboard Scholarship Application

Lands End Starboard Scholarship Application

Accepting Applications until December 7, 2018 or until 3,000 applications are received

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

Lands’ End Starboard Scholarship is open for students in Grades 6 and higher. 

Scholarship Poster.pdf

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The Perry K-8 School is one of only 23 Boston Public Schools to meet or exceed our school’s targets!

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.

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Perry School featured by the McGovern Institute (For Brain Research at MIT)

Perry School featured by the McGovern Institute (For Brain Research at MIT)

“There’s a slogan in education,” says McGovern Investigator John Gabrieli. “The first three years are learning to read, and after that you read to learn.”

To read the full story please use this link.

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Perry School Featured in Boston Globe, October 3, 2016

Boston Middle Schools Spending Week Focusing on STEM Topics

Joel Latimer showed his science laboratory project to Superintendent Tommy Chang at the Oliver Hazard Perry School on Monday. The school is one of 36 in Boston focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math learning this week.

Joel Latimer showed his science laboratory project to Superintendent Tommy Chang at the Oliver Hazard Perry School on Monday. The school is one of 36 in Boston focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math learning this week.


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.’’

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Perry School students featured in Boston Globe, April, 2016

Perry School students featured in Boston Globe, April, 2016

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.

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  • $50
  • 03/23/2019 07:00 PM - 03/23/2019 11:00 PM
  • The Social Register, 401 D St, Boston, MA 02210, USA

Come dance, sing, laugh & drink with friends at the 4th Annual Perry School Rocks Fundraiser! Tickets are $50 at the door, both cash and credit cards accepted.

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  • $5
  • 01/12/2019 04:00 PM - 01/12/2019 06:00 PM
  • DCR Murphy Memorial Skating Rink

$5/per person (max $20/family), includes skating, pizza, drinks and desserts. **Free Skate rentals available (first come, first serve)** courtesy of Teddy Cunniff

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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.

• 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

Please see the below dates/times for our Friends of the Perry meetings. 

September 20, 4:30 @ Perry in Mrs. McCarthy's room

October 18, 6:30 @ south Boston library (in back room)

November 15, 4:30 @ Perry

December 13, 6:30 @ South Boston Public Library

January 17, 4:30 @ Perry

February 28, 6:30 @ South Boston Public Library

March 21, 4:30 @ Perry 

April 25, 6:30 @ South Boston Public Library

May 16, 4:30 @ Perry 

June 13, 4:30 @ Perry

**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 or 617-838-5079 to reserve your spot(s).

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  • 745 E. Seventh Street South Boston, MA 02127 United States
  • Principal: Geoffrey Rose
  • (617) 635-8840
  • 2017-2018 School Year Hours 9:30 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. Early Dismissal, the day before Thanksgiving and last two days of school: 2:10 p.m.