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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

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!


Yearbook Photos!


Do you have one or several great candid photos from the First Day of School, Field Trips, Family Picnic, Walk to School Day, Class Parties, etc.?  If so, please upload them for consideration for the PPE Yearbook.  Just follow this link and add a tag such as "K-Benson field trip to Gentry's Farm."

Questions?  Please contact Eileen Wright


A Message From Your Principal


Dear PPE families,

Thank you for making our food drive a huge success! PPE families donated 5,152 canned goods for the hungry in our community. That is 1,308 more items than last year!

The classrooms who will earn a non-SSA day for collecting the most canned goods are:

  • Kindergarten: Ms. Benson
  • 1st grade: Ms. Orth
  • 2nd grade: Ms. Strawn
  • 3rd grade: Ms. Dwight
  • 4th grade: Mrs. Cary

Students may wear non-SSA on Friday, October 20th.  The homeroom who brought in the most canned goods is Ms. Orth’s first grade class.  They will be treated with a pizza party after fall break. We want to thank Ms. Strawn and Mrs. Morrel for facilitating this year’s food drive.

For more information about Second Harvest and other ways you can get involved in fighting hunger please visit

Thank you for helping us make an impact by fighting hunger and feeding hope! 

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable fall break.  Please encourage your PPE tigers to read at least 20 minutes daily and practice math facts to increase their math fluency.

Your partners in education,

Mrs. Melinda Williams
Mr. Mark Mason

Spanish News - El Día de los Muertos


Dear Parents,

After fall break, your child will be learning about the Day of the Dead holiday which is celebrated in parts of Mexico and Latin America at the end of October through the beginning of November. We will be reading stories about the celebration, and each grade level will produce traditional artwork that is typically associated with this holiday. In addition, students will have the opportunity to taste “pan de muertos”, a special bread that is only made for the “Día de los Muertos” celebration. The students will be discovering that the Day of the Dead celebration is a jubilant and festive tradition that unties families and establishes a sense of identity. It is a time for happy memories of loved ones, not scary stories! Families make special foods and picnic at the graves of their loved ones. In this way, the festival is similar to the manner Memorial Day is celebrated in the United States. By studying the art and culture of Mexico as part of our curriculum and learning about this celebration, I hope to create an exciting cultural experience for your child. If you have any questions about the Day of the Dead celebration, please feel free to contact me at school (615-298-8416 ext.1017). Thank you for taking the time to appreciate what your child is learning and creating in Spanish class.

You can find more information about “El Día de los Muertos” at Cheekwood’s 18th annual “Día de los Muertos” celebration will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. It is fun celebration with entertainment, art activities, exhibits, vendors, food and more! Cheekwood members and youth 17 and under are admitted for free!

Lisa Trujillo
Spanish Teacher


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.