Dear PPE Families,

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to Percy Priest!  We had a great first week and look forward to a wonderful second semester.

We want to thank you for your generosity shown to our amazing support staff, office staff, teachers, and administration during the holiday season.

Your monetary donations helped make the support staff’s holiday much brighter.  The many acts of appreciation shown to Mr. Mason and me were very much appreciated.  Thank you so much for your kindness and thoughtfulness!

MNPS Attendance Expectations

School attendance is a critical component in order to ensure that a child is successful at school. Our students are developing the habits that will shape their future. When students attend school daily, they will have a better opportunity of having higher student achievement and feel confident about their work at school. Tennessee law requires children ages six through 17 attend school.


  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
  • By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.


We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school.  If your student is going to be absent, please contact your child’s teacher and Mrs. Cathy Gerald, Attendance Secretary, at  Parent or guardian absence notes will not be accepted after five absences, regardless of if the absences are consecutive or not. Physician notes will be required for students after reaching this number of absences.


We know there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges.

There are many people at PPE prepared to help you if you or your student face challenges in getting to school regularly or on time.

We promise to track attendance daily, to notice when your student is missing from class, communicate with you to understand why they were absent, and to identify barriers and supports available to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school.


It is important that you understand our district policies and procedures, as well as Tennessee State Law, to ensure your child is successful in school. State law for mandatory attendance requires children from age six to 17 to attend school.  A student is considered to be truant after he or she has more than four unexcused absences in a school year. When a student has five unexcused absences, the principal may make a referral to juvenile court so the court can intervene with the student’s truancy if school level interventions have failed. For more information on district attendance policies, please review our district’s Student-Parent Handbook available on the MNPS website at

Your partner in education,

Mrs. Melinda Williams