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A Message From Your Principal


Dear PPE Families,

The next nine weeks, please help your child get into the habit of coming to school on time every day.  Studies show that missing school regularly - especially in the early grades – can hurt both the students who miss class AND their classmates.

When students miss school, they miss out on learning.  When they return, they have to work hard to catch up.  And since most subject matter builds on previous lessons, it doesn’t take long for students to fall behind.

As a result, students who frequently miss school have lower levels of achievement throughout their school careers. Research shows that, by sixth grade, students who miss an average of just one day a week are more likely to drop out of high school.  

(Source: “Strengthening Schools by Strengthening Families”)  

Let’s work together so your child doesn’t miss out on learning! 

Our 2017-18 Invest in Your Child campaign is coming to an end, and we hope everyone who participated and pledged has satisfied their commitment.  All pledges should be fulfilled by Monday, November 13th, so we can continue providing professional development for our teachers, purchase supplemental books and materials, and continue updating our STEAM labs.  To pay your Invest pledge, please visit our Invest payment page. Thank you for your continued support of PPE!

The Hillsboro Players (drama) would like to share an exciting event in conjunction with their production of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up!  There will be a special matinee on Saturday, October 28th at 2:00 p.m. for PPE students and siblings to wear Halloween costumes to the show and join the cast immediately afterwards for Trick or Treating and a photo op event with the cast.  The performance will also be interpreted for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  We hope you will support Hillsboro High School, our cluster high school. To download the flyer for more information, click here

Your partner in education,

Mrs. Melinda Williams

PPE Voted Best Elementary School!


Congrats to Percy Priest Elementary School!!! We were voted the BEST elementary school in Nashville by the Nashville Scene. 

We are so proud of this accomplishment. Way to go teachers, staff, kids, parents, and all of us who make PPE such a wonderful school!

Go Tigers!

Whitney Conyers & Courtney Evans
PTO Presidents

A Note from your PPE Librarian


Percy Priest Elementary Library

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.Love of books is the best of all.”   ~Jacqueline Kennedy

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

I apologize for not communicating with you earlier in the school year. Know that I have enjoyed getting to know your children over the past few months!  I attended PPE K-4th grade and am incredibly honored, humbled, and happy to have the privilege to return as the librarian. A few quick notes for you:

  • "Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift."  ~Kate DiCamillo
  • Kindergarten classes come to the library once a week. Due to district policy, we are not on a fixed schedule. Therefore, the day your child comes to the library might change each week. I apologize for any inconvenience and frustration this causes.   
  • Kindergarteners may check out one book at a time. Books can remain checked out for 2 weeks, but students may return books and choose another at any time. This is subject to individual teacher discretion.
  • Emails and phone calls about overdue library books are done through the district and are out of my control. I know these can be a bit annoying – my apologies.
  • Lost and damaged books are the responsibility of the student. A replacement form will be sent home if needed.

I hope the library becomes a place of discovery, learning, and happiness for your child.  Sharing stories, recommending books, dishing out hugs, and helping your students as they continue to develop a love of reading and learning is such a joy. AND, PPE’s team of Kindergarten teachers is the best in the country. They are truly phenomenal. Do not hesitate to call/email me with any questions.


Emmie Stuart
Ann Greer 

2nd Grade Newsletter


Ask your second grader:
• What was the main idea or our anchor text this week? Can you support your main idea with 3 details?
• If you come to an unfamiliar word while reading, how might you figure out the meaning of the word using context clues?
• What was the author’s purpose of in the book The Story of the Statue of Liberty?
• How do you decompose 314 + 235? How do you solve the same problem in a vertical algorithm?

Upcoming events:
• Report cards go home on Monday!
• Harvest parties are October 31st. No costumes, please!
• Conferences are November 1st. A form for sign-ups will be sent soon.
• Our first field trip is Friday, October 27th. We will see Mr. Popper’s Penguins at the Nashville Children’s Theatre. Look for the field trip permission slip in the Friday folder. Please pay the field trip fee online as soon as possible (information for payment is on the permission slip). We will be eating lunch at school before leaving.

Upcoming skills:
• ELA: main idea and details, non-fiction text features, root words and prefixes. Digraphs th, sh, wh, ch
• Math: place value, number sense, addition and subtraction (without regrouping)
• Science: space
• Social Studies: American Symbols

Have a wonderful weekend!
The 2nd Grade Team

Hillsboro High Prospective Parent Night


Hillsboro High School Prospective Parent Night

Hillsboro would like to invite prospective parents and students to Prospective Parent Night at Hillsboro High School on November 2 at 6 pm.

J.T. Moore Open House - October 30th



All 4th graders & their parents are invited to attend J.T. Moore’s Annual Open House on Monday, October 30th. The program starts at 6 p.m. and includes a tour of J.T. Moore’s campus. Parents will get a peek into the wide range of academic, athletic, fine arts, and extracurricular programs at our amazing neighborhood middle school. Also, 4th grade art will be on display for parents to enjoy. 

Free Pizza, Sock Wars and other games will be provided for 4th grade students while their parents tour the school.

If you cannot attend, current J.T. Moore Parents will be hosting four coffees in their homes this November, in which you can personally meet with Dr. Hughes, the Principal of J.T. Moore.

Grandparents and Special Friends Days


Mark your calendars and plan to share lunch with your student(s) in the Tiger Café followed by a fun shopping trip to the Book Fair in the PPE Library. 


Dates and times are as follows:


Thursday, November 16th: Kindergarten (12:05) 4th Grade (12:35)

Friday, November 17th: 1st Grade (11:35) 2nd Grade (10:35) 3rd Grade (11:05)


Due to limited space we ask only Grandparents or Special Friends plan to attend.  

Look for forms in Friday folders in early November.


Please contact Katie Cameron or Eileen Wright with questions.

PPE Night at Green Hills Grills: October 30th


Monday, October 30th is Percy Priest Night at Green Hills Grille. Percy Priest PTO will get 10% of all the evenings proceeds, including dine-in, delivery and to go! 

Lost and Found


Several Percy Priest spirit wear articles of clothing have landed in the PPE lost and found.

They include:

  • Youth Medium – new gray PPE dri-fit half-zip
  • Youth Large – new gray PPE dri-fit half-zip
  • Youth Medium – charcoal gray hoodie Percy Priest Tigers
  • (3) Youth Large – light gray hoodie sweatshirts Percy Priest Elementary

Save the Date: Spring Auction


Spring Auction Date Is Set - Mark Your Calendar!

The auction committee is excited to announce that this year's event will be on Friday, April 27, 2018 at City Winery.   Please save the date and look for more details in the spring!