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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Parent Camp 2018
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Select 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were invited to participate in our Panther Power Hour tutoring program.  This begins this Monday (meaning tomorrow) and will be every Monday and Wednesdayuntil April 11th with the exception of the teacher workday on Monday, February 19th and the week of Spring Break! 

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The third graders have been working hard to get things ready for a living museum that will be in their classroom and will represent an ancient civilization of their classes choosing. For the following week of February twenty sixth through March second, and an additional day on March fifth, each room will spend a morning running a living museum. Each museum will share food, decorations, traditions, and clothing from a specific culture. Because it is a museum and is to show a culture from ancient times students are permitted to dress according to their civilization. 

Students will not be permitted to bring fake or authentic weapons in for their costume, however some civilizations may be allowed to bring a bo with no arrows. Your child's teacher will let them know if that is allowed, if they have not already done so. 

Mr. H's class will represent China on Monday, February twenty sixth.

Ms. Sprouse's class will represent Rome on Tuesday, February twenty seventh.

Ms. Arehart's class will represent Greece on Wednesday, February twenty eighth.

Mrs. Pizarro's class will represent Egypt on Thursday, March first.

and Ms. Craven's class will represent Mali on Monday, March fifth.

If you have questions for your child's teacher contact them through email, or call the school. We look forward to another great year of our ancient museums! Have a wonderful Thursday evening, and thank you again for all of the support you show us at William Perry!

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 Mark your calendar for Spring pictures!  Pictures will be either on March 1st or 2nd.  Teachers will communicate which date their class will be taking pictures and we will post the schedule on the school website, the PTO Facebook Page and channel 13.

Spring Picture Schedule – WPES

March 1 and 2, 2018


We will have 1 photographer each day. We will take pictures on the stage. Due to all the variables, the schedule is never perfect…thank you, in advance, for your flexibility J


March 1

March 2









Paulson (K)


Lancaster (K)


Goodberry (K)


Cornish (K)


Harris (3)


Phillips (1)


Callinan (4)


Hofecker (4)


Wood (4)


Horowitz (4)


Craven (3)


Campbell (1)


Arehart (3)


Pearce (1)


Sprouse (3)


Anderson (1)


Pizarro (3)




Condrey (5)


Laroche (5)


Bradley (5)


Chance (5)


Brown (2)


George (2)


Greenfield (2)


Henry (2)






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Another important event to mark on your calendar is Family Math Night which will take place on March 15th

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1st Ever William Perry Reading Challenge is going on NOW!
For more details click on the Library tab above

The Book Fair is Here!!!
For more info click on the Library 2017-2018 Tab above the staff picture!

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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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