Principal's Message

All that we do at C.W. Perry rests in the connection we want to make with our students and broader school community.  A culture of “interconnectedness,” with and amongst our students has far-reaching and significant implications for teaching and learning.

As a school, it is important we connect with the social, emotional, and physical well being of our students through a personalized teaching approach that acknowledges each student’s social and emotional states, strengths and abilities.  It is important to us that we understand and work within the complexity and challenges faced by today’s learner, moving each student forward from where he or she is by providing the appropriate and necessary learning supports to ensure the best chance for success.

Teaching and learning should also always be designed to engage our students in instructional practices that create a personal relevance to the world in which they live.  While it is important that we explore and maintain aspects of past best practice, we as a staff believe it is also important that we involve ourselves in reciprocal teaching strategies/practices with students where we become the advocator and initiator of challenging and active student learning.  Through instructional practices that support literacy and numeracy and encourage reflective study, we also want student learning to be generative and goal oriented.

At C.W. Perry we strive to encourage collaborative cross-disciplinary learning that focuses on teacher/student feedback and structure.  Critical thinking, inquiry and project based learning where students are given choice and leeway to pursue areas of interest should be evident in the way we teach and learn at C.W. Perry. Our building, which has multiple gathering areas, meeting rooms, and teacher collaboration areas is designed to facilitate this kind of teaching and learning.   We want our students to be involved in a process of learning that allows for collaboration within a focused and deliberate framework for learning that encourages creation and celebration.  Within this process, it is understood that the use of technology is a dynamic, interactive tool that must be used to support, extend and engage students in deep learning that will help students achieve their potential.

We do know that nowadays the work of a school extends beyond the classroom.   It is imperative that we connect with our students in ways beyond the scope of academic achievement.  The students must also be engaged with the school through 21st century character education, citizenship and student leadership initiatives.  Extracurricular activities, intramurals, clubs, fine arts and band programs all help create collaborative structures that will help us engage and connect to/with our students.    It is our hope that this connection and engagement will also extend into the homes of the parents of our students, and that our interaction with the home will go beyond “simply informing” parents of what is happening to encouraging them to play as active and meaningful role in the learning of their children as possible.

While teaching in today’s world is both exciting and rewarding, we also know that it is challenging, multi-layered and demanding.  We know that we will have to build upon our strengths as a profession and as a community, and it will be our perseverance, dedication and unwavering commitment to our students that will allow us to create a school culture where we can truly make a positive and profound difference in the lives our students.



J.S. Forrest

Principal, C.W. Perry

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