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  • PHE STEM Fair

    Perry Harrison Hosts Elementary STEM Fair

  • PHS Self-Portrait Mural

    Students in Ms. Ritz's art class each created a self portrait in a different color of the rainbow. Thanks to Ms. Ritz for taking her Friday night to create a beautiful representation of our diverse students.

  • Teacher of the Year

    Please join us in congratulating Donna Stevenson, Reading Specialist, on her selection as Perry Harrison's TEACHER of the YEAR.

  • Teacher Assistant of the Year

    Congratulations to Vicky Partin, our Teacher Assistant of the Year.

  • Reading Rocks!

    Students in Ms. Ritz's Art Classes created their idea of what our new stage might look like! Reading Rocks funds will go toward improving our Multipurpose Room into a Magical Theater!

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Reading ROCKS!

Reading Rocks at PHS!  
Read and Raise Money to re-do our Multipurpose Room into a Real Theater!

Week 1:  Collect Pledges! Ask everyone you know to support you in reading for the Reading Rocks Fundraiser.  All pledges will be based on your reading log for Week 2!

Week 2:  READ! READ! READ! Keep track of your reading each day and get an adult to sign your reading log! If you are the top reader in your grade level, you will win your choice of prizes from the Reading Rocks Display Case in the Media Center!

Week 3:  Go back to your Pledges to collect money based on your reading.  Turn your money collected in to your teacher, you could win Principal for a Day or Assistant Principal for a Day if you raise the most money!

Bus 182 - Adjusted PM stop times

This morning we received updated stop times from the district’s Transportation Department for several stops on Bus 182’s route. An e-mail was sent to parents of students that ride Bus 182 with the adjusted stop times. If you did not receive this e-mail, please contact the school if you need to verify the updated stop time. If your child is in grade K-3, please be ready for the bus approximately 10 minutes ahead of the estimated stop time in case the bus is running early. Thank you for bearing with us as bus routes settle during the first weeks of school. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this week arising from issues with stop times.

Meet Our New Teachers!
Matthew Claar - Fifth Grade Teacher

Welcome Mariners! I am new to North Carolina, having just moved to the Chapel Hill area from a small town in Pennsylvania. I received my bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. During my undergraduate work, I was fortunate enough to qualify for a study abroad experience in New Zealand. It was refreshing to experience firsthand, a very unique education system that enriched my personal teaching philosophy. After graduating, I began working for a nonprofit agency in Pennsylvania, providing a myriad of different services from prevention/life skills programs, substituting within multiple districts and facilitating after school and summer camp programs for underprivileged youth. 
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This quote embodies my desire to making learning a relevant and enriching tool, uniquely tailored to the interests of each student. Learning should not be something that feels insignificant, but a useful tool that opens up students’ minds to the world of lifelong learning. I am very excited for the upcoming school year!
Feel free to contact me by phone at (919)-967-9925 or at mclaar@chatham.k12.nc.us
Maura McKeon – Kindergarten Teacher

Maura McKeon is originally from New Jersey, but has enjoyed making North Carolina her new home over the last three years.  She graduated from New Jersey City University and received her teaching certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as a Bachelor’s in Psychology.  After graduating, she became a member of an Americorps program that specialized in improving Education here in North Carolina.  Since then, she has taught in the preschool level and worked as an assistant teacher in Kindergarten at Perry Harrison last year.  She is very excited to be at Perry Harrison and is looking forward to a fun new year!
Taylor Scannell – Second Grade Teacher

Taylor Scannell recently moved from Florida to teach in North Carolina Schools.  She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in December of 2012 and received her professional teaching certificate in Elementary Education K-6. After graduating, she was fortunate enough to become a permanent substitute in first grade. Once the school year ended, she was asked to return as a second grade teacher. Since then, she was offered a second grade position at Perry Harrison School. She is excited to make memories at the best school in Chatham County. Go Mariners!
Emily Langdon – First Grade Teacher

I am Emily Langdon and am going into my 9th year of teaching. I was born and raised in Knightdale, NC. I attended East Carolina University where I graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary Education in 2006. I began teaching Kindergarten in 2006 while attending graduate school at ECU part time. I completed my Masters degree in Elementary Education in 2009. I received my National Board Certification in 2010. I taught Kindergarten for 5 years at Wintergreen Primary in Greenville, NC and then moved to Wilmington, NC where I taught Kindergarten for 2 years and Second grade for 1 year at Pine Valley. I have recently moved to Pittsboro, NC to be closer to family and am looking forward to continuing my teaching career at Perry Harrison. I enjoy reading, waking/running with my dog, kayaking, biking, and an afternoon on the lake. 
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