PLMS Spring Vocal Concert - Perry
NEWSLETTER MAY‐JUNE‐JULY 2015 PLMS Spring Vocal Concert
The PLMS Spring Vocal Music Concert was held on
Wednesday, April 22nd. The evening began with the 5th grade, who
performed TV Show Theme Songs from The Addams Family, The
Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Tiny Toon Adventures, Full House and
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Students contributed to the speaking parts and
commercials that were between each song, and special appearances
were made by The Fonz, Babs, Buster Bunny,Will Smith and more.
The 6th grade continued the concert with the VH1 Special “Way Back Wednesday,”
which featured songs from decades all the way back to the 1960s. Songs included “I’m a
Believer,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “We Will Rock You,” “Eye of the Tiger,” and
“Ice, Ice Baby.” Bailey Wheeler and Caidon Quinlan were featured as VH1 hosts and there was
a special appearance by Rocky Balboa (Hayden Robb).
The 7th and 8th grade choirs finished the evening with past and present pop songs
including “Pompeii” and “Some Nights”. The PLMS men were featured in “Free Ride” and the
PLMS women were featured in “Leader of the Pack.” The 7th and 8th grade performance also
included a trio and solo performance.
Congratulations to the PLMS choir students for a very entertaining evening!
8th Grade concludes the year with Promotion Ceremony
The 8th Grade Promotion ceremony is set for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May
18th in the Perry-Lecompton High School gymnasium. During the
ceremony, the 2014-2015 KSHSAA Citizenship Award winners will be
recognized as well as a past award winner will speak to our students.
1 PLMS Industrial Tech Students Build Condo !
The PLMS Spring Industrial Technology Class recently completed two Peregrine Falcon Nests for the
Hamm’s Wildlife Habitat Council’s reclamation project. Hamm’s, as a component of this project, had
inquired of the Perry-Lecompton Industrial Technology Department if there was a class that would be
interested in participating in the building of these nests. Mr. Winchester volunteered his 8th Grade PLMS
Industrial Technology class to provide the labor for the construction of these boxes.
The Hamm’s Corporation provided the material and the
plans. The “Western Cedar” was reclaimed lumber,
donated by Westar Energy. This lumber had been
harvested from used utility poles, but the lumber had not
been treated with any preservatives or creosote. The
lumber was delivered on April 20 by Mark Jordan of the
Hamm’s Corporation. Upon delivery of the cedar, the
students assembled panels using glue and clamps. These
panels were then cut to size per the plans provided.
Students then assembled the cut pieces using galvanized
screws. After the “falcon condo” was completed, a nesting
and perch area, made of donated dimension lumber, was
The nests will be placed in strategic areas that have been
reclaimed at the Douglas-Jefferson County Landfill,
approximately 10 miles east of Perry. In an email to PLMS
Principal, Josh Woodward, Mark Jordan of Hamm's
Corporation expressed "thanks to Pat Winchester and the
2015 8th grade wood shop class at Perry-Lecompton Middle
School. We are very impressed with the Peregrine Falcon
Nest Boxes. Great Job and we look forward to seeing
Peregrines making use of these to raise their broods for many years to come."
2 Social Studies Students Enjoy Backyard History
On Thursday, April 30th, the 8th grade students took advantage of the amazing history we have
right across the river. They visited Lane Museum and Constitution Hall in Lecompton.
At Lane Museum the students took on the roles of proslavery and antislavery settlers in Kansas
as they participated in a town hall meeting at Lane Museum. This meeting took place in 1854.
There were cheers from the antislavery side, as John Brown and James Lane addressed the
meeting, and cheers from the proslavery crowd when Samuel Jones spoke to the people. The
meeting was held to debate whether Kansas should be a free state or a slave state as it entered the
John Brown addresses the Town Hall Meeting of 1854.
After the town hall meeting, the students were able to tour Lane Museum and Constitution Hall. They
stood in the very same room that the Lecompton Constitution was written in over 150 years ago. This
made the history that they have been learning throughout seventh and eighth grade more real to the
students and sparked their interest in other topics that they will follow up on in class.
James Lane gives a speech denouncing the Lecompton Constitution (Bogus Laws) that was written 159 years ago.
3 PLMS Scholars Bowl Team Crowned Big 7 League Champions
Congratulations to the PLMS 7th grade Scholars Bowl team, winners of the Big 7 League
Championship held on Tuesday, March 24th in Sabetha. Both the 7th and 8th grade Scholars Bowl
teams competed hard throughout the short, month long competition season bringing home four
1st place finishes, two 2nd place finishes and three 3rd place finishes. Great job Scholars Bowl
8th grade Scholars Bowl Team
7th grade Scholars Bowl Team
Reactions from the PLMS staff when asked a Scholars Bowl Question!!!!
4 PLMS Relays - A Northeast Kansas Tradition
For many years, PLMS has hosted an annual track meet. In fact, it was difficult for retired head track
coaches Bill Culver and Karl Kasten to agree on the initial year. In an effort to determine the exact year,
PLMS administrative assistant, Marla Bailey contacted the California based medal company who has
provided medals for every single meet. When asked, a company representative giggled and said she most
likely filled that first order as a high school student, while helping her Dad run his new company. Now
her Dad is retired and she is running the show. It was determined that the first batches of medals were
ordered in February of 1982. “Poltergeist” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” were hit movies. “Physical”
by Olivia Newton-John and “I Love Rock 'N Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were hit songs.
Gasoline was $1.20 per gallon, Ronald Reagan was in his first term as President and Perry Middle School
hosted its first Perry Middle School Relay event. On Monday, April 20, PLMS hosted its 33rd Annual
Previously to 1982, Perry-Lecompton was a member of
the Jefferson County League. Unfortunately, the Jeff Co
League disbanded and PMS (as it was called in those
days) found itself searching for teams to compete against
in all sports, which was difficult due to no league
affiliation. The first objective was to organize a meet
where our kids could simply participate. However, there
was another motive in organizing this medal meet. PMS
had a talented group of track athletes and our coaching
staff had aspirations of organizing a competitive track
meet where our kids could not only compete and
participate, but also be challenged. Suffice it to say, the
second objective was to organize a meet with the top
track programs from nearby leagues. The original six
schools were Lansing, Tonganoxie, Holton, Silver Lake,
Topeka Logan and Perry Middle School. Evidently, the
coaches had a good feel for the talent level of that 1982 PMS track team because the group went on to
win the 1986 4A State High School Championship in track and field.
Some other interesting facts:
There were only two divisions in the first meet. (Boys and Girls). After joining the Kaw Valley
League in the early 1990's, the meet was expanded to four division including 7th boys, 7th girls and
8th boys, 8th girls.
The only change to the PLMS Relay medal is the addition
of the L to PLMS. Other than that, former and retired
track coaches believe the medal design has been the same
for thirty-three years.
Ed Nealy - one of the most respected track and field
starters in the northeast Kansas was the starter for the
PMS Relays for many years. He also was a starter for the
Kansas State Track and Field Championships in Wichita.
5 Perry-Lecompton Cavalcade of Bands
Cavalcade : kav-uh l-keyd - any noteworthy series, as of events or activities, or large gathering.
The Instrumental music department presented their final performances of the 2014-15 school year on
May 6th. The 14th annual Cavalcade of Bands is a chance for each of the 5th through 12th
grade bands to showcase their growth and accomplishments from the entire year, as well as listen to the
The 5th grade band started the night off with two songs, “Javaleon” and “Big Rock Candy Mountain”,
followed by the 6th grade playing “Castles and Dragons” and “March Britannia”. Both groups have made
great strides this year in playing their instruments and learning the fundamentals that will make them
The 7th and 8th grade band played the
two pieces they used this year at their
contest performances. “Old Irish Tune”
and “Hymnsong Variations”. The band
received “II” or excellent ratings at both
the Washburn Rural Middle School
Festival as well as the Worlds of Fun
Music Festival. Mr. Maloun felt they
played even better at the concert
The PLHS Band finished the night with
their contest pieces as well. The H.S.
band received a “I” or Superior rating
for the 6th straight year at the KSHSAA
State Large Group Festival. They
played “Arioso” by Darren Jenkins and
“The Gathering of The Ranks at
Hebron” by David Holsinger. We also took a few moments to honor our seniors who have dedicated 8
years to the band program. Those seniors include: Tyler Archinal, Brittney Hamersky, Scott Hirsch, Laura
Holt, Patrick Laird, Amber Pearson, Amber Remboldt, and Delana Schwyhart.
The PLHS Jazz band provided the pre-concert
entertainment and the PLHS Saxophone
Quartet performed during one set change.
Congratulations to Co-John Phillips Sousa
Award Winners, Scott Hirsch and Laura Holt.
Laura Holt was also awarded the Louis
Armstrong Jazz Award.
The music will be available for download next
week for a small fee to cover the cost at
Thank you to all who attended the concert.
You were a great audience and we really
enjoyed sharing our music with you.
Director of Bands, Mr. Mike Maloun
6 Last Week Activities for PLMS
Friday, May 15
8th grade trip to Worlds of Fun
Monday, May 18
8th grade Promotion Practice in PLHS gym.
8th grade Spring Awards Assembly in PLHS gym.
8th grade Yearbook Signing
8th grade barbecue in multipurpose building.
8th grade students dismissed with parent note
8th grade Promotion in PLHS gym.
Tuesday, May 19
9:00-11:00 - 5/6 Field Day (PLHS/MS Football Field)
12:30 – 5th Grade Awards in the 5/6 Commons
1:00 – 6th Grade Awards in the 5/6 Commons
Wednesday, May 20
5/6 Awards Assembly/Talent Show in 5/6 Commons
7th grade Awards Assembly
7th grade Yearbook Signing
Thursday, May 21
Last day of School - Reward Trips
Mr. Woodward visits with Jake and Elwood Blues of the Blues Brothers!
7 Beginning of School Year Events for 2015-2016
Mark on Your Calendar!
Monday, July 27 and Tues. July 28
9:00-2:00pm Individual Building Enrollment
Wed. July 29
12:00-7:00pm Individual building enrollment
Wednesday, August 12
Fall Sports Information Night
Football Equipment checkout
Thursday, August 13
4:00-6:30pm PLMS Open House (grades 5-8)
Friday, August 14
First day of school
Friday, August 21
PLMS Fall Picture Date
Friday, August 28
PLMS STUCO Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick-off date (Duration - 1 week)
Thursday, September 3
PLMS Football HOME vs. Riverside
PLMS Cross Country @ Jeff West
Monday, September 7
NO SCHOOL for students/staff
Tuesday, September 8
PLMS Volleyball HOME vs. Riverside
8 Why READ this summer?
Summer Reading FUN!
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and I have to say that I agree with the titles they have chosen. Take a look-- you will probably feel the