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Pictured below is the cast of 'Up the Down Staircase', our upcoming Drama Club performance. The performance will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 6th and 7th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jr/Sr High Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 each and are available at the door.
Seven High School musicians from our String Orchestra Program participated in the Area All State Music Festival at Indian River High School, NY on Nov. 15th & 16th. These musicians were selected by applications submitted last June after NYSSMA Solo Festivals concluded. Musicians received music about six weeks prior to the festival in order to be prepared. Friday all day & Saturday morning consisted of rehearsals with conductor Dr. James Mick of Ithaca College. The culmination was an impressive performance on Saturday afternoon. All musicians will be receiving a ribbon pin for participation at the festival.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Students across campus, in cooperation with the Key Club, National Honor Society (NHS) and the College For Every Student Program, collected food and coins recently for a "Fill the Bus" themed event. Students packed up and delivered the collected items to the Peru Soup Kitchen. Members of the NHS and Key Club also worked at the Soup Kitchen that same night. Thanks to teachers Jeanne Caron and Tricia Sardella for helping to coordinate this charitable activity.
Congratulations to our student body for their collaborative efforts to help the families of our community during the holiday season!
On Thursday, November 21st, Peru CSD cafeterias across campus offered their 'Thanksgiving dinner'. Thanks to all of our cafeteria staff for preparing a delicious and nutritious meal.
Pictured below are Elementary students who led the Pledge of Allegiance and presented at the November Board of Education meeting. First graders provided a presentation in recognition of Military Service Veterans across the community. Fourth graders dressed in colonial wear as they shared their recent experiences at 1812 Homestead in Willsboro, NY.
Two resolutions were recently passed by the Board of Education in support of additional funding for activities related to art, music, and sports. As part of Peru's mission and vision, the Board continues to engage our learners to strive for excellence and reach their highest potential.
On October 17th, Secondary School French and Spanish students traveled to Montreal to visit Marche Atwater, Musee des Beaux Arts, and Mount Royal Park. It was an excellent opportunity for the students to put their listening, reading and speaking skills to use in a Francophone milieu.
On Friday, October 18th, students and staff across campus participated in a parade on school grounds as part of Spirit Week.
Students continue to tend to the District's herb garden. Pictured below are students from a Family and Consumer Science class caring for herbs that were used to make homemade vegetable pizza, which students enjoyed as a recent lunch item.
From October 15th - 18th, first grade students in Peru were busy learning about fire safety this week. This relates nicely to fire safety month in October. The students visited the mobile instructional unit that was parked on campus all week. They identified fire hazards, discussed the importance of safety rules to help prevent fires, and learned what to do in the event of a fire in their home or at school. Peru Fire Department volunteers were gracious with their time and even donned fire-fighting equipment so that the children would not be afraid if they ever should encounter a fire fighter in full gear. We are very grateful to the Peru Fire Department and its volunteers for taking the time to educate our students on such an important topic.
Peru CSD teachers Richard Hathaway II, Patricia Cannamela, Catherine Butts, and Jenifer Jensen were recently selected as New York State Master Teachers. The NYS Master Teacher Program was established by Governor Cuomo to identify, reward, and support master math and science teachers throughout New York State. The role of master teachers as professional mentors and content experts is key to developing the current cadre of outstanding educators as well as developing skilled future teachers.
As part of School Spirit Week and Homecoming Week activities, Peru CSD Secondary School students celebrated 'Character Day' on Thursday, October 17th. Pictured below are some of the outfits that the students chose to express their spirit and creativity.
On October 12th, six Peru CSD alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The Peru Athletic Hall of Fame committee spanned six decades in coming up with the newest members for induction as the Class of 2013. Elmer Duprey (fifties), John Neyenhouse (sixties), Scott Woodward (seventies), Mike Hogan (eighties), Steve St. Clair (nineties) and Matt Bezio (2003) will take their place among Peru greats. Please click here to view some of their accomplishments.
Congratulations to all!
Peru students from all across the campus throughout many grade levels and disciplines participated recently in the 'Pinwheels for Peace' project. Teachers used this event to spark units on such things as politics, wind energy, kinetic art, humanitarianism , poetry, collaboration and global issues, just to name a few.
Fifth-graders recently crafted roosters as part of their historical study on the Battle of Plattsburgh. The legend of the rooster recalls an incident said to have occurred on Sept. 11, 1814, during a naval battle in Plattsburgh Bay between the British and Americans. Captain George Dowie, commander of a British frigate, fired cannons at an American vessel commanded by Lt. Thomas Macdonough, killing or wounding many of his crew. According to legend, when a cannon ball fired by the British smashed into a coop on the deck of the American vessel, a rooster flew out, flapped his wings and crowed lustily. The American sailors cheered what they considered to be a good-luck omen, fought on and were victorious.
The students were given the opportunity to admire each other's work and vote for their favorite roosters in a variety of categories including: Most Realistic, Most Colorful, Most Comical, Most Interesting, Best Use of Natural Material, and Best Rooster Featuring Recycled Material.
Students in Mr. Testo’s Family & Consumer Science classes have been taking good care of our potted Herb Garden. Our homegrown basil was recently added to a new school lunch menu item. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil and olive oil were combined into a Caprese salad. This nutritious option was a hit!
A copy of the public presentation on the upcoming STAR registration program seen at the last Peru Central School Board meeting can be found here.
Peru Central School District welcomed back students on Wednesday, September 4th. The District looks forward to the 2013-2014 school year as we continue our mission to empower all students to be lifelong learners by providing a nurturing environment in which they are inspired to pursue their dreams and contribute to the global community.
Encompassed by the symbol of trust, Secondary School staff participated in an 'All In' opening day activity.
Please note that a change in the 13-14 calendar has been implemented. March 25, 2014 will now be an Early Dismissal day. April 1, 2014 will now be a Full In-Session day. You may view the entire 2013-2014 academic calendar by clicking on 'District Calendars' to the left.
At its July 9th Regular Board Meeting, the Board of Education received and discussed updates/revisions to the District's Wellness Policy and plan. The District's current policy can be found here. Please click here for the proposed updates/revisions. Peru CSD welcomes your input on the proposed changes. Please feel free to comment by e-mailing email@example.com. We thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us.
Pictured below are members of the Class of 1963, who participated in their 50-year reunion on July 20th at the Peru Elementary School. Everyone enjoyed sharing their memories of their wonderful experiences at Peru Central School District.
The Peru CSD K-6 Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) sponsored its annual ice cream social on June 13th. The event included music, create-your-own sundaes, outdoor activities, and more. Special thanks to students from the Positive School Environment Team (PSET), pictured below along with Elementary School Administrator Mr. Coakley, who graciously provided their assistance during the event.
Peru Elementary students lead the community in the Pledge of Allegiance at the June Board of Education meeting. Pictured below are the students, along with Elementary Principal Mr. Matthew Slattery and Board President Mrs. Donna LaRocque.
Twenty-eight fourth and fifth grade students joined Elementary Music teachers Mrs. Lavin and Mrs. Peck on a Saturday in April at the PEAK Classroom Music Festival in Champlain, NY. A total of 160 enthusiastic students and parents from elementary schools throughout Clinton County joined their music teachers in a fun day packed with movement, singing and playing classroom instruments. A demonstration ended the day with parents accompanying and playing classroom instruments for the student chorus.
The Honors Chemistry students have been working with Miner Institute this year as part of the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) initiative at Peru Secondary School. After an initial trip to Miner Institute to simulate water quality experimentation, and a visit demonstrating the Stella II Model for Phosphorus Levels in Lake Champlain, the students embarked on a trip to Flatrock Cabin, along a portion of the Flatrock watershed. Students gained valuable first-hand experience with watershed systems, ecology, animal tracking, and other related environmental topics.
This year marked the 5th annual Living History Event, sponsored by the North Country Teacher Resource Center, at Peru Central School. The English 12: Local History and Literature classes, taught by Julia Miller, hosted two of the 5th grade classes, taught by Mr. Korth, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Kelley, and Mrs. Duval, to share a day of learning about 1800's clothing, food, dance, military history, and fun. This year's event included 94 students from both buildings, and 10 adults. Guest presenters included Cathy Butts and Charlie Mitchell, both high school science teachers and reenactors, and Kate Besaw, retired Peru teacher and reenactor. All students engaged in the five learning stations completed Common Core Standards activities aligned to both 12th and 5th grades.
On May 1st, SUNY Plattsburgh pre-service teachers helped make science come alive for Peru Intermediate School Fifth graders. As part of a semester-long project, 72 teachers-in-training were challenged to take a simple science concept and expand it to a higher level such that elementary students can experience real world applications to everyday living. The college students, working as teams of two or three created 32 different science stations; focused on a variety of topics that included surface tension, gravity, chemical reactions, sound waves, and plant growth to name just a few. All exhibits were interactive by design with an emphasis on understanding key principles and laws of science.
Students from Peru showed their appreciation for the morning long event by composing over 140 personalized thank you notes for their college mentors.
On May 7th, Officer Robert Light, with the SUNY Plattsburgh University Police, led an assembly teaching second grade students bicycle safety rules. His talk included how to wear a helmet, how to check your bicycle for safety and how to ride following the "rules of the road." On May 21st, a team of riders led by Officer Light arrived at Peru Elementary and were greeted by all the second grade students waving posters in support of bike safety. Safe Kids Adirondack volunteers, with the help of the Peru Lions, fitted each of our 153 second graders with a free Bell bicycle helmet and provided additional bicycle safety education. Helmets were provided to our students by the CVPH Foundation and the David Reuter Free Helmet Fund. Many thanks to Officer Robert Light and Kerry Haley, Executive Director of the CVPH Foundation for inviting Peru Elementary to be a part of this fantastic program!
On March 9th, the first North Country Jr. Iron Chef Competition was held at St. Lawrence University in Canton. Seventeen teams from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties participated in developing healthy recipes using a combination of local and USDA foods that could be prepared in a school cafeteria. They cooked their recipe and presented it to a panel of distinguished judges - including school administrators, food service personnel, elected officials, and local restaurant chefs. Featured below is team "Peru Blue" preparing their stuffed zucchini recipe.
Congratulations on a job well done!
The Peru Central School District was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $1,000 from the Foreign Language Enhancement Fund. A large portion of this money was used to support one of St. Augustine's weekly soup kitchen meals on April 10th. Seventh and eighth grade students, currently enrolled in Spanish courses, spent the day preparing an authentic Spanish meal which consisted of an orange and almond salad, Spanish potato omelets, turkey meatballs with rice, and almond cakes! Some students, along with their parents, returned that evening to serve and sample some of the cuisine. Special thanks to Mr. Dave Viti for assisting Ms. Emma DeLucas and Ms. Lacy Branch with this amazing event.
Pictured below, along with Secondary School Administrators Mr. Christopher Mazzella and Ms. Cheryl Felt, are the Top 10 percent of the 2013 graduating class, as measured by grade point average. These students are slated for county-wide recognition and Peru School Board recognition this spring, prior to graduation.
Congratulations to all on their exemplary academic accomplishments!
Students from Peru, as well as several other local districts, participated in the Ithaca Gospel Festival Invitational on April 13th. They joined students from New York City, Boston and Maryland to perform a concert of traditional Gospel repertoire, led by Dr. Keith Hampton. After two hard days of rehearsal, they played to a packed house at Ithaca's Ford Hall. Please see http://www.ithaca.edu/music/live for a video recording of the performance. Congratulations to these very talented students!
Spirit Days occur four times a year for the students in Kindergarten, First and Second grades. They gather together and sing our school song, “Be The Best You Can Be.” Each grade level participates by showcasing some aspect of their school days. Different grade levels perform at a designated Spirit Day. At the latest Spirit Day, on March 27th, first grade sang a recycling song to remind everyone that everyone can help the Earth by recycling.