HAZARD — The District Wide Pep Rally has become an annual tradition for the Perry County School District. Students from all of Perry County schools travel to Commodore Field on the campus of East Perry Elementary to celebrate their achievements. Each student at the event receives a free T-shirt, which also enables them to enter all school sponsored events, including ballgames, with free admission.
This year the pep rally happened a week after KPREP results for Kentucky schools were released. Staff and students utilized the event to celebrate all of the hard work they placed into maintaining standards within the district. These are some of the statistics Central Office shared as motivation for the celebration, prior to the district wide pep rally:
The Perry County School District scored a proficient rating in KPREP for the second year in a row. In the field of technology, 1,500 Chromebooks have been purchased and distributed to students and teachers since 2013, students 8 through 12 are using Google Classroom and apps for educational purposes, the STLP programs are expanding and dense wireless networks have been installed in all schools.
In terms of attendance trends, the district continues to linger near the 92.5 percent mark. College and career readiness statistics maintain a steady rise; nearly tripling over the course of 5 years and the District Snapshot indicates a rise from the 8th percentile to the 81st percentile in Kentucky during the same 5-year time period.
Extra curricular activities including academics, arts, JROTC, career motivation and athletics are considered part of the celebration too. The District Wide Pep Rally serves as part of a PR initiative that was launched in 2014 by Superintendent Jett and Central Office staff, siting a need for stronger public relations and community engagement in the school district. This fall, along with the pep rally, the PR Team will also organize the annual outreach Thanksgiving dinner for families within the community that are in need. The dinner feeds an estimated 1,000 individuals.
The catalysts of achievement in our schools and the true reasons to celebrate another school year are the students and teachers, who work extremely hard in hopes of molding a brighter future for our community and our world. With bright young folks, like we have living in the mountains that roll from Buckhorn all the way to Leatherwood, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.