The Mustang Update
from the desk of David M. Zula, Superintendent
2019-2020 School Year
It is difficult to believe that the summer is almost over as we prepare to open our doors for the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, August 27th. It is with great pride that I will begin my first full year as your Superintendent. Since being here, I have learned that the tradition of excellence exists due to wonderful people of our community and the hard work of our students and staff.
The West Perry School District is not only known for its academic excellence and extracurricular programs, but also for the positive and healthy relationships between staff and students. One of the things that I believe in, as Superintendent, is that we have an obligation and a duty as public educators to meet the needs of all our students. Whether that need may be academic, social, or emotional. I also believe that every student has the opportunity to be successful in his or her chosen field, and by working together with parents and community members, we can help all students grow and develop towards that goal.
It is in this manner that we continue in our daily mission to serve students, helping them reach their goals. Working with a dedicated school board, administrative team, faculty, and staff, I hope to continue to build on the successful programs we have in place while we continue to develop and implement new programs to keep our students competitive and engaged in the world around them. It is critical to future success that students graduate with habits and skills necessary to pursue and achieve their goals and dreams.
If your child/children are returning students at West Perry, I look forward to seeing you again at various school events this year. If you are new to the district, I welcome you and encourage you to become involved with our many programs. I want all of our students’ experiences at West Perry School District to be valuable and to serve as the foundation for their future. In that, I welcome your support and partnership during the 2019-2020 school year.
West Perry School District
Elementary 8:00AM - 2:50PM
Middle School 7:55AM - 2:45PM
High School 7:45AM - 3:00PM
Two Hour Delay
Elementary 10:00AM - 2:50PM
Middle School 9:55AM - 2:45PM
High School 9:45AM - 3:00PM
Three Hour Delay
Elementary 11:00AM - 2:50PM
Middle School 10:55AM - 2:45PM
High School 10:45AM - 3:00PM
Elementary 8:00AM – 11:30AM
Middle School 7:55AM – 11:30AM
High School 7:45AM – 11:45AM
The West Perry School District is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Ident-A-Kid Visitor Management System in all of our district schools for the 2019-2020 school year, in an effort to increase student and staff safety. Part of the district’s program for campus safety is monitoring who is in our buildings at all times. The Ident-A-Kid system will better allow us to track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for all of our students and staff.
Upon entering any district building, visitors will be asked to present a valid state or government issued photo identification card, which will be scanned into the Ident-A-Kid system. It is important to note that the system is only scanning identification cards for the visitor’s name, date of birth, and photo for cross-referencing with the national database of Registered Sex Offenders. Once entry is approved, the Ident-A-Kid system will issue a badge that identifies the visitor with the date and purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be issued for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office, pick up paperwork, or signs a student in/out of school. If a person does not have identification, the campus administrator will be notified to assess the situation. In the event that a person is confirmed as a match in a Registered Sex Offenders database, Administration will be notified and will intervene to address the request to visit the school.
If you are interested in learning more about the Ident-A-Kid Visitor Management System, please visit the Ident-A-Kid website @ https://identakid.com/. If you have any questions regarding this system, please contact the office of the school that your child is attending.
SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
Riding the school bus for the first time is a big step for your child. Help your kids get a gold star in school bus safety by following these tips.
Top Tips for Riding the Bus
- Walk with your young kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Make sure drivers can see the kids at your bus stop.
- Teach kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
- Teach kids to wait for the school bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and not to walk behind the bus.
- If your child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it’s safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
- Instruct younger kids to use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If your child drops something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.
- Drivers should follow the speed limit and slow down in school zones and near bus stops. Remember to stay alert and look for kids who may be trying to get to or from the school bus.
- Slow down and stop if you’re driving near a school bus that is flashing yellow or red lights. This means the bus is either preparing to stop (yellow) or already stopped (red), and children are getting on or off.
West Perry Athletics
Home vs Juniata 7:00PM
@ Greenwood 10:30AM
@ Trinity 6:30PM
@ Big Spring 10:00AM
@ Trinity 8:30AM
Boys Cross Country
@ Bishop McDevitt 4:30PM
Girls Cross Country
@ Bishop McDevitt 4:30PM