The Mariner Message


A Month at a Glance

The moment all Mariners have been waiting for (drum roll please....) This week we will be sharing the Dance Off video on the Wednesday Night phone/email message to families! We'll also share it on the PTA Facebook page and in the Anchor's Away newsletter. Get off the couch and cut a rug with your young Mariners (and have a good laugh as well :)! Thank you to all of our families for helping us meet our Boosterthon goal.

November 11th-Veteran's Day-No School for students or teachers

November 25th-27th-Thanksgiving Break-No school for students or teachers

Mariner Spotlight-Ronnie and Doris Gilmore

Ronnie and Doris Gilmore are our dynamic duo here at Perry Harrison. Mr. Ronnie, as he is called, is our Lead Custodian and bus driver. Ms. Gilmore is the Instructional Assistant with Ms. Pinnix's kindergarten class and is also a bus driver. They have been here together at PHS since 2006 (Mr. Gilmore started here earlier in 1999).

Outside of their work as Mariners, Mr. & Ms. Gilmore attend Terrell Chapel AME Zion Church where Mr. Gilmore is the Co-Pastor and Ms. Gilmore is the First Lady. They have been together for 30 years and married for 25. They have 3 sons, Maurice, Quentin and Quincy but sadly lost Quincy in 2006 who is now in heaven.

The Gilmores are such an important part of our Mariner community and we are so lucky to have them with us!

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Great information about college preparedness-even for our K-5 students!

Beyond the Classroom - Sherry Andrews, a former school counselor, is providing Chatham County Schools with a daily blog focused on student mental health and best practices for preparing for college. She presently has a consulting business helping families with college applications and scholarships. She has worked with many of our students who have received Morehead-Cain and Parks Scholarships. The link for the blog has been added to your school webpages. Parents and students can subscribe to the blog so they will receive it every day as well. Please share this information with your staff, parents, and students. It is extremely helpful information filled with advice and relevant information for each step of the college and career process.

PTA Updates-Julie Ricker, President

Are you receiving the weekly PTA newsletter each Sunday? Especially with our students not on campus daily, staying in touch with school happenings is more important than ever! Sign up today at You do not have to join the PTA to get the newsletter or attend meetings, but for just $10, you support the school and get a free PHS car magnet:! Even though we can't be present in the school building this year, the PTA is working hard to help our students and staff, so your ideas and involvement are welcome. Please contact to find out current volunteer needs.

You can also support PHS by serving as a Thrift Shop volunteer. The majority of our annual budget comes from thrift shop earnings, and the more we volunteer, the more money we get! Shifts are fun and easy and just involve straightening the store and hanging clothing. It's a fun way to get to talk with fellow PHS parents and staff while helping our school! Students age 10 and up can volunteer with a parent, too! Don't forget that volunteers get 50% off at the store on the day you work a shift. Sign up today at: Please contact to with any questions about the thrift shop or if you want to volunteer on a different day than the work sessions already scheduled.

Parent Surveys

The School Leadership Team and School Improvement Plan Team have created two surveys for parents to complete about their child's learning experiences with us so far this year.

The Virtual Learning Survey is for our families whose children are experiencing their learning virtually. This could be our K-2 students whose families opted for Virtual Academy (VA) or our 3rd-5th graders who are still on Plan C.

The Plan B Survey is for our families whose children are experiencing their learning through Plan B- two days a week in school and three days a week virtually.

Virtual Learning Survey

Plan B Survey

This information will help us, as a school, understand what is working and what we need to do to improve your child's educational experience. We appreciate your honest feedback.

Toys for Tots-Cassy Millman, School Social Worker

As the holidays are quickly approaching, Pittsboro Toys for Tots is currently accepting donations of gifts and applications for family support. If you are in need of assistance with holiday gifts this year, or if you are interested in donating to those in need, please go to