Posted Date: 12/01/2017
To the community of Perryton,
I am proud to announce that Perryton Junior High (PJH) has been awarded a $25,000 grant for the 2017-18 school year. The grant was awarded to PJH as a result of us being both a focus school and a school that accepts Title I funds. What that means is that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is actively monitoring PJH for academic growth in our areas of need. We have identified those areas as both our English Language Learners (ELL) and our special education (SPED) populations. Traditionally, both ELL and SPED students have scored well below their non-ELL and non-SPED student counterparts. With the help of my campus leadership team (CLT), we constructed a plan of action back in August to address our areas of weakness. To better understand our goals for the 2017-18 school year, please refer to the Mission/Vision/Goals tab under our PJH website.
For now, know that this grant is intended for three things. First, we have hired an instructional coach to continue to work with our campus on quality, instructional strategies. Last year, our campus adopted the Fundamental Five (FF) instructional strategies. To learn more about the Fundamental Five, please watch this two minute, YouTube video (https://youtu.be/V0-Q_CQvRXc). Second, our CLT will be attending training in the early spring to help learn more strategies specific to the needs of our ELL students. Lastly, we will purchase more copies of the FF book and provide them, as well as training on the FF, to our fifth grade teachers. The goal of this last step is to begin working toward common instructional practices across the campuses, and additionally helps prepare our fifth grade students on making a seamless and successful transition from fifth to sixth grade.
So beyond being informed, how can you help? Ask our students about what they are learning in school. Do not let them simply state, “I don’t know.” Make them dig deeper and give you an answer. Come support our children in their fine arts programs, athletics, and extra-curricular events. Encourage them to get involved in their studies and in school activities. The students of PJH need to know that the community is invested in their education.
Thank you for your support of our school,
Dimitri D. Garcia
Perryton Junior High Principal
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