PERRY – Perry Middle School, home of the pirates, is on path to being #1 in learning. It a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and it was recently recognized as an innovative learning network school. "Everyone at this school really works hard to keep it improving, keep it innovative, keep it interesting,” 8th grader Olivia Kline said.
The mission at Perry Middle School is to inspire all students to achieve personal excellence and to become self-directed, lifelong learners. “Perry Middle School offers the students a great and fun academic learning environment. For example, in science we are learning about gravity and inertia and we are using Lego cars to do that," 5th grader Jacob Brass said.
An emphasis has been placed on STEM classes -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and on Design Learning. Eighth graders learn how to build and program robots. "We're learning about design process which is a process that can help solve a problem if you're making an invention. It helps with team work,” 8th grader Patrick Hurley said.
Design Learning extends from the core curriculum to Digital Art Class where students earn high school credit. "We’re doing fantasy creatures. We’re learning how to mash photos together and make new things and use art in a different way. We use a couple of different programs to do these and if one program doesn't work out, you can go to another," 8th grader Brooke Ward said.
Students follow the Pirate Code: to always be respectful, responsible and ready to learn. And, they have their reasons why Perry Middle should be recognized as a Fox 8 Cool School. “I think Perry is a cool school because we offer many opportunities that other schools don't offer. And, we have an after-school program that can help you with homework and other academic work. Everyone here is really supportive of each other and we're like one big, crazy family," some fifth graders said.