William Perry Elementary School, in partnership with parents and community,
strives to create life-long learners
with the understanding that
we are all connected, responsible, and actively involved

in making our world a better place.

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Only 4 school days left until Winter Break!


We had another great ending to the week last week!  A cheerful thanks to all of you who attended the Family Reading Night on Thursday Night!  An extra special thank you to Mrs. Yancey, Mrs. Damico, Mrs. Torain, Mrs. Shea, Ms. Reid and all the teachers who spent hours planning and preparing for the Family Reading Night! 

A special thank you to Mrs. Wingfield and the Signature Singers for their beautiful performance at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center graduation on Friday!  A special thanks to parents who attended the heart warming performance!
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On Thursday, our third grade students will present a seasonal concert.  The concert will begin at 6:45.  All students who are performing will need to arrive at 6:30 and meet in the music room. 
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 is a William Perry Spirit Day!  Students and staff are encouraged to wear their, got william perry, t shirts and add seasonal accessories such as a Santa hat, reindeer antlers, etc.!  
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Also on Friday, the Waynesboro High School drama department will present a short play for our students!
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Next week, on Tuesday the 19th, we will celebrate Winter Literacy Day to encourage reading over the winter break!  This is a day for students to celebrate with their teachers.  Staff and students are encouraged to wear their pajamas!   The lessons of the day will revolve around a book that grade level teachers select. Students will enjoy a cookie and hot cocoa during the day and the Waynesboro High School choral students will be caroling throughout the building at some point during the day.  As a student body, we will enjoy a celebratory sing-a-long as we end semester one!  This last day before Winter Break is a full day of school that your child will not want to miss!


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Students who do not miss instruction are much more successful in school and in life.  Let's set our students and your children up for success!

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The Waynesboro Police department has asked our crossing guard to halt left hand turns in and out of our parking lot at dismissal.  Please do not take this out on our innocent crossing guard.  He is just doing his job as instructed.
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For the safety of children, the Police department will be watching for proper safety seats sometime within the next month.  We do not want any child to be in an unsafe situation or for any William Perry family to receive a ticket, please call the school and speak with Thea Jordan if you need booster or car seat assistance. 

For the safety of children and adults, please do not drop your child off in the parking lot in an effort to avoid the car loop.  We are afraid that a child is going to be hit by a car.  If you want to avoid the car loop, please park your car and walk your child all the way to the front entrance.  A reminder that instruction begins at 8 a.m.  Vehicles entering the parking lot after 7:57 a.m. will need to have an adult walk the child or children into the school for check-in. 

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Friday is an early dismissal day for students.  11a.m. is the cut off time for making transportation changes and picking up your child early.  Buses leave school at 11:30 sharp.  All students must be picked up by 11:50 because teachers have meetings beginning at noon.  Bagged lunches are available if ordered on Friday morning.
Friday is an early dismissal day for students.  11a.m. is the cut off time for making transportation changes and picking up your child early.  Buses leave school at 11:30 sharp.  All students must be picked up by 11:50 because teachers have meetings beginning at noon.  Bagged lunches are available if ordered on Friday morning.

Principal's Message

 Meet Ms. Hipes

I am very honored to be the principal at William Perry Elementary School!  This is my 27th year in education and my 3rd year as principal at WPE.  My teaching career in Waynesboro Public Schools began at WPE in 1999 and I taught at WPE for nine years!  Those nine years were the best years of my career and I feel like I have returned home!   

I am now experiencing the privilege of interacting with children of my former WPE students!   I am so proud of my former students and the parents they have become!

After leaving William Perry, I had the pleasure of teaching health and physical education at Waynesboro High School for three years. I also had the opportunity to coach during much of my teaching career in Waynesboro.  After teaching at WHS, I was one of the assistant principals at Kate Collins Middle School for four years.  It was really amazing to be able to see my former William Perry students grow and develop into young adults while I was at WHS and KCMS. 

Prior to teaching in Waynesboro, I taught middle school math, reading, writing and mostly science in both Rockbridge and Augusta County.  

William Perry Elementary School:

We have an AMAZING group of approximately 530 students at William Perry Elementary School!  Teachers and staff work very hard to establish good relationships with students, families and one another.   Our REMARKABLE faculty and staff have high expectations for themselves, each other and for our students.  They are highly qualified, nurturing, creative and inspiring!  They work diligently to provide the best education possible for all students by monitoring student progress on a regular basis in all core subjects and beyond.  

Teachers will communicate with you throughout the year regarding the progress that your child is making in all areas.   However, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher(s) or our office at anytime throughout the year if you have concerns or celebrations!

An important component to academic success is parent involvement and excellent attendance.  Here are just a few ways to stay involved and boost your child’s success:

  • Be one of our WATCH DOGS
  • Complete a volunteer application and volunteer
  • Chaperone a field trip
  • Stay in contact with your child’s teacher (phone, email, or face-to-face meeting) (Attend parent-teacher conferences)
  • Eat lunch with your child (no fast food please)
  • Attend a Parent-Teacher Organization Meeting
  • Help with a PTO event
  • Attend a family movie night
  • Bring the Family to Reading Night or Math Night
  • Make attendance a priority (avoid tardies/early dismissals)

 Our 2017-2018-school theme this year is P.A.W.S:

Practice Respect!

Accept Responsibility!

Work Together!

Stay Safe!


WE ARE READY FOR A PAWS-ITIVE SCHOOL YEAR!  We look forward to working collaboratively with parents and community members to provide our students with a safe, authentic, well rounded and engaging learning environment that focuses on high expectations that will prepare students to be responsible and successful students and citizens during their middle school years and beyond.   

Thank you for continuing to partner with us to make a difference in your child’s education and future.

Tammy Hipes

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