A Message from your Principal

Posted on 5/20/2016 under Schoolwide

Dear PPE Families,

As the 2015-16 school year comes to a close, I want to thank you for your words of encouragement, support and understanding.

This year was a challenge for me personally as I worked to keep a balance between my priorities as the Executive Principal of Percy Priest and the Network Lead Principal of five MNPS elementary schools while caring for my mother during her illnesses and accidents.  I truly appreciate the many acts of kindness shown to me this year. 

There will be a few changes for next school year initiated by a slight decrease in projected enrollment.  Heather Taylor (K) will leave MNPS for Goodpasture Christian School.

Lovie Lester will move from 2nd grade to teach Kindergarten, Betsy Tune (2nd) will teach 3rd grade, and Erin Parker will relocate from 4th grade to 2nd grade. 

Sandy Stringfellow who has taught technology part-time for the past three years will not return to PPE due to enrollment and budget cuts.  Dr. Kaye Rackard, part-time AP, will transfer to Cockrill ES because I will not be a Network Lead Principal for 2016-17.  MNPS chose to eliminate those positions for next year. 

If you know of any family in the PPE zone that has an incoming kindergarten student who has not been registered, please encourage them to visit the Enrollment Center at Hillsboro High School.

Please check our PPE website for supply lists,  news, and updates throughout the summer. 

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a safe and fun-filled summer.  Please help you child avoid the summer slide by reading daily.


All the best,

Melinda Williams


Posted on 5/20/2016 under Schoolwide


Have you ever wondered where the violent outburst came from when your child displayed it without provocation, or so it seemed? Our son was usually so placid until ‘out of the blue’ came this growling like an animal and then a snap. Such children let their feelings build up until they are ready to burst and then they let it all hang out. Other children have an anger issue and act it out just as they have seen one of their parents do. Children who have seen domestic violence are in danger of mimicking this in their future relationships.

Have you ever heard someone say, “I was born with a temper, so you’ll just have to get used to it.” The implication there is a big fat excuse to exert lack of control in a situation and blame their genetic inheritance. They refuse to own their poor choices or method of dealing with a problem. Everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to get some help to build up coping skills.

Now, anger in itself is not a bad thing. It is one of numerous God-given emotions. It is our method of handling our anger that matters. If we can’t handle our own anger, how can we expect our children to handle their strong emotions? 

10 ways to prevent our children using violence:

Create a positive home environment. 

Refuse to accept criticism, tattling, complaints or whining.

Talk around the dinner table about avoiding violence as an answer to being upset.

Insist that kindness is displayed at all times.

Establish an open communication bond with your children.

Immediately correct children if they use put-downs, insults or derogatory language.

Teach them how to deal with frustration, resentment and anger.

Train them to be assertive without being rude.

Disallow horseplay, hitting, kicking, poking or any other dangerous action.

Ensure you are good models of what you are trying to teach.

A good catch-phrase in your home, one that we adopted long ago is, “If you can’t say something nice, something encouraging or uplifting, then don’t say it.” 

Always move quickly to prevent any violent action (by them or you). “Not in our home! We only have positive attitudes and actions here,” is another good motto.

Really enjoy your family this week and be a blessing and inspiration to others. Have a great summer.

Hospitality Committee 2016-2017

Posted on 5/19/2016 under Schoolwide
The Hospitality Committee is looking for members for the 2016-2017 school year. The committee serves the school by providing food for the PTO meetings and lunch for teachers on in-service days. If you are looking for a way to volunteer in our school but don't have a lot of time, then this is a great way!
Please email Anne Lacy Wallace if you are interested: annelacywallace@gmail.com