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  • Our PHS Virtual DanceFit fundraiser kicks off this week and our students and staff are so excited!

    Donating is now officially open on!

    Please support our school today by registering, it's quick & easy!

    This year EVERY student receives a FREE DanceFit T-shirt!!

    Thanks to our generous business sponsors for making this happen: Blake's on ElliottCountry Farm & HomeGet Rooted NurseryMorgenstern Orthodontics, and Chatham Pediatric Dentistry
    You may pick up your child's shirt between 3-4pm any afternoon this week at PHS!  

    1. REGISTER your student(s) on today.
    2. SHARE! Students will earn rewards just for sharing from, Text Message or Email)
    3. GIVE a donation if you are able to give. 

    • All students get to participate daily, earn classroom rewards and take part in the DanceFit finale, regardless of financial participation.

    • This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit and celebration!

    Thank you for supporting our school - we are grateful for our amazing school community!

    Donating is Now OPEN!
    Register on FUNRUN.COM, SHARE, & GIVE!
    Fundraiser Kick Off - 9/21 
    DanceFit Event Day - 9/30


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    Next Virtual PTA Meeting: Thursday, October 1 at 7:30pm
    More information and zoom registration details coming soon!
     Parent Representatives Needed!  
    Help us build connected communities in our classrooms this year!  If you are interested in serving as the Parent Representative for your child's classroom this year, let your teachers know or contact  
    Join the PTA & get a FREE PHS car magnet!
    Joining the PTA is another way to show your support for our students and staff. Sign up today for as little as $10.  All members receive a Perry Harrison car magnet so you can show your Mariner pride around town.  Magnets are being distributed at the school this week with Boosterthon t-shirts. 

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    We would like to showcase how our students are learning at home on our school webpage. Please email pictures to Mrs. Spell at


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  • Doty's Letter

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    I know it is hard to believe that we have started a new school year and in a very different way than in other years. As always, thank you for your support and commitment to working alongside us to maximize academic outcomes for your student(s).  I am writing to share that our school, like many other schools in NC, has been designated as a Targeted Support & Improvement Additional Targeted Support (TSI-AT) school by the North Carolina State Board of Education.  Under Federal law, North Carolina is now required to identify schools for targeted support and improvement. TSI-AT schools in North Carolina are those that have a subgroup that is under-performing. For our school, this group of students is our Students With Disabilities (SWD).While we are making progress in a number of areas, we accept the fact that better is always possible. 

    All public schools in North Carolina are required to develop a comprehensive school improvement plan that specifically addresses how each school will increase student achievement. Perry Harrison, along with all schools in our district, proactively adopted the state-recommended school improvement framework, which is based on national research. Our school’s plan (which was approved by the Board of Education last year) addresses the following areas:1) instructional excellence and alignment and 2) Professional Capacity-Quality of Professional Development. To date, we have: met with grade-level teams and the Students with Disabilities team to review both past and current data around math and reading to help guide instructional plans to meet the various levels of students in the classroom, continue to work with all teachers on how to provide differentiated work in all content areas and worked closely with teachers to ensure reading and math small group instruction is happening every day.  In addition, we have established the following focus goals for this year:

    • By the end of this school year, all of our SWD will make a year’s worth of growth in reading as measured by the Text Reading and Comprehension assessment (STAR).
    • By the end of the school year, all of our SWD will exceed the typical growth percentile in math as measured by the STAR assessment. 

    Research has proven that there is a strong correlation between family engagement and student performance. As such, strengthening family engagement is at the heart of our school improvement efforts and our district's strategic plan. We look forward to our continued partnership with you!

    Below are a few additional resources that you may find helpful. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.


    Amy R. Doty, Principal
    Perry Harrison Elementary School


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    Growth Mindset Resources


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  • Anonymous Bullying Reporting

    Anonymous Bullying Report Form: Use this form to anonymously report patterns of bullying.
    Please note we define bullying as “repeated and intentional behavior that hurts another person physically or emotionally”.
    Bullying may include:

    • Physical Bullying
    • Verbal Bullying
    • Relational Bullying
    • High Tech Bullying
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Virtual School Tour

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Mrs. Doty's Wednesday Night Message

Principal's Message

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    Hello Mariners! 

    I want to take this opportunity to say hello to our newest Mariners and welcome back those who are returning. These last couple of months have been like no other and, as you can imagine, preparing for this new school year has brought about its own unique challenges. One thing I do know for sure is that the faculty and staff here at PHS are excited to work and support all of our families this school year, whether it is through Zoom or face to face.

    Our school community looks very different this year than it has in the past. The new school, Chatham Grove, is finished and we lost ⅔ of our families and staff to that community. We are now a much smaller school (around 300 students), which gives us some great opportunities to do things we were not able to do before.  

    The most important first step is for all of us to get to know each other and  build strong, positive relationships with one another so that we can work toward the same goal-providing the best educational experience possible for our students here at PHS. 

    Our PTA is already at work doing some of these things. The PTA board is reaching out to parents to encourage them to join the PTA and come together for virtual meetings. They are also working on recruiting volunteers to serve in different capacities to support our staff and students. Finally, the PTA is working to build strong lines of communication to keep parents well-informed about all happenings within the school. 

    The second step that I would like for us to embark upon is the revision of our school’s mission and vision statements. 

    “Your school’s identity is about defining who you are as a school and communicating that clearly to all of your stakeholders. It is about creating clear mission and vision statements that support excellence and define what your school stands for.” 

    As this quote states, it will be important that we have all stakeholders’ input in this process. This work will begin as soon as school starts through our school improvement team. I will send out more information in the August newsletter, The Mariner Message. 

    It is my greatest hope that we are all back to school face to face as soon as possible. Until then, please stay safe and reach out to us if there is anything you need. 

    To keep parents in the loop on all the great things going on at PHS, they can:

    • Receive my monthly newsletter, The Mariner Message
    • Listen to or receive through email The Weekly Top 5
    • Log into the PTA website at
    • Read Anchor’s Away, the PTA weekly newsletter which is found on the PTA website.
    • Follow Perry Harrison School PTA on Facebook