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1st Grade News


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2nd Grade Newsletter


Ask your second grader:
• What has been their favorite science experiment so far?
• In what experiment did a solid dissolve?
• What is the expanded form of 321? The standard form? The word form?
• Which 2nd grade class has the most food collected for the food drive?

Upcoming events:
• Please help us support Second Harvest Food Bank by donating a few of their most needed items next week. The food drive will end Thursday, October 5th.
• We have enjoyed teaching all of the 2nd graders during our science rotations. Please encourage your child to talk about what he/she has learned about changes of matter this week.
• Class picture day is Tuesday, October 3rd.

Upcoming skills:
• We will be reviewing skills covered this 9 week period.

Have a wonderful weekend!
The 2nd Grade Team

Third Grade News


Hi, parents! Cannot believe we are approaching our last week of the first quarter. Time is flying! Here is what we have going on.

  • There will be no school on Friday, October 6. This is a teacher planning day.

  • All yellow field trip permission slips (bottom half of the yellow sheet) should be turned in by Monday. Your child will not be able to attend our first field trip if we don’t have written permission.

  • Our field trip to Edwin Warner Park is next week! On Tuesday, Dwight and Morrel classes will go. On Wednesday, Marchesoni, Bray and Snyder classes will go. We will leave the school at 9:30 AM and return around 1:00 PM. Please have your child wear his or her field trip shirt and comfortable hiking shoes. Layered clothing is recommended because we will be hiking in the woods and it can sometimes get chilly. Also, please have your child bring a lunch that is 100% disposable (no glass/plastic containers or metal utensils, please). We are looking forward to our first field trip!

Here is what else we are up to!
Reading/ Writing: We will finish our two-paragraph narrative comparing ourselves to Roberto Clemente.
Grammar: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
Math: We will work on multi-step word problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
Science: Ecosystems; Food Chains

Thank you!

4th Grade News


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JT Moore Open House


Calling all 4th Graders and Parents

Come and get a taste of the Matador experience at JTM Prospective Parent Open House. This is a great opportunity to see what your local community middle school has to offer. If you cannot attend, current J.T. Moore Parents will be hosting four coffees in their homes this November. This will provide you an opportunity to personally meet with Dr. Hughes, the Principal of J.T. Moore, and get answers to questions you are dying to ask! Be looking for the dates!

What: Prospective Parent Open House - Parents will tour the J.T. Moore campus and hear from teachers and staff. Students will enjoy free pizza, games (sock wars!), and face painting

Who: Current 4th Graders and their Parents/Guardians

When: Monday, October 30th 6:00-7:30 pm 

Where: JTM Auditorium, Gym, Classrooms, Cafeteria—Tour the entire school!!

PTO Meeting Recap and Advocacy Committee


Presentation from September PTO meeting
Thank you to all the parents and staff who joined us at September's PTO meeting.  Dr. Craig Hammond from MNPS gave a fascinating presentation on the MNPS budget, where Percy Priest falls on the MNPS renovation list and ways our parents and the PTO can work together to raise awareness of the renovation needs at Percy Priest.

If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like to review the presentation, you can find it here.  If you have questions about the presentation or the meeting, please reach out to Courtney Evans or Whitney Conyers.

Percy Priest Renovation Advocacy Committee Wants You!
Are you interested in serving with other Percy Priest parents and staff on a Percy Priest advocacy committee?  A committee is being formed to explore how parents and staff at Percy Priest can advance our school's request for a major facility renovation.  If you would like to be a part of this committee, please reach out to Katie Cameron.


TSU Football Game This Saturday


On behalf of Tennessee State University Athletics, we would like to extend an invitation to you, your students, and neighboring youth to attend our Kids Day football game during the John Merritt Classic on this Saturday, September 30th at 6:00 pm. The game will be played at Nissan Stadium and for this game only, ALL students, grades K-12 will receive FREE admission. This is a great opportunity for your students to experience a Division 1 college football game, as well as enjoy food, fun and inflatables at the TSU Tiger Town tailgate.

Important Info:

  • Seating Section for Kids/Parent: 116-121

  • Parent/Chaperone tickets are $20

  • Tiger Town Tailgate Zone is between Lot H&K

  • Kids can enter FREE through any gate entering the stadium

  • Parking is NOT FREE

PAC Orientation/Informational Session


The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is under construction. Please join other MNPS parents, in one of two orientation/informational sessions, to help build support strategies that will allow for genuine parent input on important district issues and further support effective two-way communication. If you would like to attend, please email with your name and the school(s) your child attends. 

Click here for the PAC Orientation Schedule. 


Parenting Blog: Alas The Tyrant



Now, tyrant isn’t a word we use in our everyday communications, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t tyrants around. Yes, we can quote some world rulers, dictators and such that we recognize as tyrants. What about in the home? I was asked years ago to counsel a couple whose marriage was disintegrating. I knew them as members of our church, but not as personal friends. We had been to their amazing house for a Hawaiian Luau, but that’s about it. They presented really well on the outside and you wouldn’t know anything was amiss.

Here were two quite mismatched people. I found that he was a controlling tyrant and she a wife and mother of teenagers who either had always been indulgent with her children all along, or she had taken the other extreme to counter her husband’s uncompromising behavior. Smiles didn’t come readily to him at home, only in public. I could just imagine him saying to his family, “Whatever happens inside our home stays in our home. Right? So put on a smile and go face the world.” That marriage ended.

A friend, a female this time, is a tyrant to her children and picks at them even when they are not misbehaving. I think she must have got the message somewhere along life’s journey that to be a good mother you have to be continually harassing your children. I have been to her home many times and have experienced it first-hand. My input was sought on numerous occasions, but never heeded. She has alienated her children at a very vulnerable point in their lives and has lost her marriage.

What causes a person to be a tyrant? The need for power and control is probably the greatest reason. I have noticed through my many years of observation and counseling that so often  controllers have experienced one of their parents using the same tactics and have imitated what they know. For others, everything was done for them by an indulgent parent and they never felt they had any control over anything in their lives. Suddenly they find that there is something where they can exercise power and control…their spouse and children!

Folks, it never works. Failure and misery is usually the outcome. Loss of spouse and children, or at least a very strained set of relationships ensues like a hungry wolf. It foments. It destroys. It’s pathetic and ignorant behavior. Too often I have been the one to soothe the children from these homes and give them skills for coping. I have counseled grown adults, even one in her 60s, victims of tyrannical parents. You know, the pathetic thing is that the tyrants don’t recognize or admit to being one!

We don’t own anyone. If you admit to being controlling, please seek help or just stop it. The best thing we can do is to love unconditionally and to seek the best for our spouse and children. It doesn’t mean being weak on discipline, but it does preclude ruling with an iron fist. Balance is always the best answer. It means, too, parents being on the same page with discipline. Endeavor to create a positive home environment where everybody is equally valued, one in which seeking to bring out the best in each other is your prime mission.

Written by Brian Burgess, School Counselor, Nashville TN. These are not necessarily the opinions of PPE.