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Middle school matters: Perry Hall Middle School
03/11/2016

In honor of national Middle Level Education Month, this March we are taking a closer look at Baltimore County Public Schools’ wonderful middle schools. Every day during March, one or two more school profiles will be posted. To see all that have been posted, please click here.

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Principal: Allen Zink (quoted below)
Feeder elementary schools: primarily Chapel Hill, Gunpowder, Joppa View, Kingsville, Perry Hall, and Vincent Farm

School website: http://perryhallms.bcps.org/

Academic achievements

During second quarter, 248 students earned straight A’s.

One thousand students (more than half of the school’s total enrollment) made the honor roll for second quarter.

“Next month, we are going to induct 347 students into our chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.”

Recent awards and grants

In 2009, the Maryland Music Educators Association honored the school with its Exemplary Music Program Award. “Our school has really strong music and visual arts programs with our students winning awards at the local, state, and regional level. This year, more than 1,250 students are participating in our musical performing groups.”

Perry Hall Middle was named a Maryland Green School in 2011.

The school received a 2012 Character Education School of the Year Award from the Maryland Center for Character Education School.

In 2013, Perry Hall Middle received an Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education Award from the Maryland State Department of Education and the State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education.

Special academic programs offered

The school offers world languages instruction in Spanish, French, and Chinese for students in Grades 7 and 8. Next year, students in Grade 6 also will be able to select one of those three languages to study.

“Our technology education teachers have created an outstanding tech ed program for the school. It is engineering-based and project-based. The students work on projects such as hovercrafts, robotics, and air-powered cars.”

Popular/unique extracurricular activities

“We have 23 afterschool clubs and offer six sports.  Our anime club is very popular. It was generated by students who found a teacher to sponsor it. It got so large that we had to break it into two sessions.”

Other popular clubs at the school are strategic games, chess, and engineering.

Music-related groups also meet after school, including the jazz band, flute ensemble, Treble Choir, Show Stoppers (a song and dance group), clarinet ensemble, and honor strings orchestra.

“The school has had a drama club for more than 20 years. Next week, club members will stage ‘Into the Woods.’  They started working on the show in October. It’s a huge undertaking involving a lot of students, parents, staff members, and volunteers.” Past productions have included “The Wizard of Oz,” “Willy Wonka,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Seussical.”

School traditions

“One of our biggest school traditions is our annual Turkey Trot race in November. Hundreds of students participate. It is held after school and is a real community event with lots of parents, family members, and neighbors in attendance. The winner at each grade level receives a turkey. The top 10 winners in each grade earn t-shirts.”

Bet you didn’t know…

That Perry Hall is the largest middle school in Baltimore County, with 1,756 students.

That “this building opened as Perry Hall High School in 1964. Last fall, the Perry Hall High School Classes of 1965 and 1966 held a joint 50th reunion in our building because this was their school.” The facility became a junior high school in 1968 and a middle school in 1982.

That “we have a bomb shelter in the basement of our school.”

 

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