Over 80 families attended the annual Father's Walk at Oliver H. Perry. DJ Incognito from WENZ 107.9FM along with Charles Ausbrook, the CMSD Attendance Office, served as speakers of the event. In addition, our very own security officer, Mr. Chisholm, who is also a father of one of our 7th graders shared his story.
The Cleveland Board of Education has named the media center at the new Oliver H. Perry School in honor of Cleveland political icon George Voinovich, his wife, Janet, and their daughter, Molly.
George Voinovich, who died in 2016, served as Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor and a U.S. senator.
Along with his wife, he made annual donations to the school, where Molly, was a fourth-grader when she died in 1979. Molly was walking to school after lunch when she was struck and killed by a van that ran a red light. Each year, the school holds a Molly Day celebration in her honor.
The new school, located on Schenely Avenue, opened in January.
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Students from Oliver H. Perry PreK-8 School moved just across the property to a new building on Jan. 24.
But the upgrade advanced their educational environment by nearly a century. The school they left behind dated to 1927.
“That really was an old building with old problems,” media specialist Virginia Weedon said. “The media center was boiling hot. Sometimes you had to open a window in the freezing cold, and it was hard to get the window down again.”
Students had waited and watched the construction next door for months, then a weather-related closing pushed back the move-in date another 24 hours.
Jaden, an eighth-grader who has attended Oliver H. Perry since kindergarten, described coming to the new building as “a relief.” The first child through the door, a kindergartner named Makiyah, was awed by what she saw.
“It was amazing,” she said. “I love my new school.”
Oliver H. Perry is so excited about our shift towards inquiry-based learning. Our fourth and fifth grade classes participate in weekly mini-courses with our community partners, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and GigaLearn. Students had the option of photography, screenprinting or Gamebot for a ten week mini-course during the school day. In addition to mini-courses, students in all grades are creating questions about what makes them curious and teachers are utilizing those questions to guide instruction. We are looking forward to our move into a new building in January. In our new building, we have a project lab on the third floor and collaborative learning spaces on each floor to take our inquires to the next level. Enroll your child today!
Have you had a chance to see what’s going on, at our new OHPS?
It’s going up fast - & it’s going to be wonderful!
Meanwhile . . .
Two things actually:
First off, one part of this shiny new building, is preserving memories of the old one. One the key elements to that, of course, is that grand old clock, that still stands in ONPS’s hall.
We want to restore this - & even put it back to working order.
But we need pictures! So . . . if you’re got photos of it (and stories about it too) please do contact us.
And . . .
If you’re connected to OHPS in some way - as a former student, teacher or staff member - do please become part of our newly started Oliver Hazard Perry School Alumni Association. This group would work on ideas to enhance OHPS. Interested? Do please contact us!
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Here at Oliver H Perry we have numerous amazing staff members that work diligently to make our school a warm, engaging and inviting environment for our scholars. During this issue of the Eagle Eye we’d like to take the time to recognize our school guidance counselor, Ms. Alison Abiecunas. Ms. Alison join our OHP team in 2015. She works with all different age scholars in the school who are interested in/in need of one-on-one emotional/social support. Ms. Alison enjoys working in this particular area because she spent much of her childhood here, with her grandparents who lived nearby. She also especially enjoys working with the scholars of our building. Their strength in the face of adversity and their ability to be resilient in even the most unfortunate situation gives her pride. Her favorite thing about Oliver H. Perry is the fact that it is a small school, where “everyone knows everyone” and there is always someone willing to lend a hand. We are so grateful to have Ms. Alison in our building and our scholars truly benefit from her contribution to their education and development.
On February 24th we held out Black History Arts Performance. Students in grades Pre-K through 5th had been working with Ms. Emma from Arts Inspired learning to create interactive art pieces, raps, dances and other speaking performances honoring historical African American figures.
Our first classroom spotlight is focused on Mrs. Salomon’s kindergarten class. Friday mornings are a busy time in room 119. The students can be found interacting with various hands-on center activities. Mrs. Salomon chooses these activities for specific groups of students who are currently working towards mastery of the same skill and standard. On this particular morning, students were either working with sight words to create and write their own sentences, practicing their CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) blending abilities, working in a small writing group guided by Mrs. Salomon, or exploring educational apps on Ipads. Not only does center time give young students a chance to practice skills that are concentrated on their abilities and development, but the students are also gaining the skills and confidence to be more independent in their learning.