A New School In Carpentersville - 1967
Construction of Josephine Perry Elementary School was completed in 1967. The original cost of the building
was $436,083. The building was open for classes at the beginning of the 1967-68 school year.
- 1970 - North Corridor (included, an industrial arts room, a home economics room, an art room, two science
rooms, a library area, and two additional classrooms.
- 1977 - Media center, larger gym and back corridor
Long before Mr. Besinger's dream of affordable homes for the returning World War II veterans became a reality, and a few decades after the last of the Native Americans were relocated west of the Mississippi River. Josephine Esther Perry was born on December 13, 1888 on a farm near the present day site of Spring Hill Mall.
Loved for over half a century by her pupils at Dundee Elementary, admired by her colleagues, revered by school administration, and respected by the entire community, Miss Perry was in her fifty-third year of dedicated teaching at the time of her death, March 13, 1963. The schools, the community, and more than a thousand of her former students are better and greater because of her long life of devoted service.
In 1967, the Board of Education deemed it a happy privilege to name the building the Josephine Perry School in her honor.
- In 1967 the building was originally planned for a non-graded intermediate elementary program. In the first year of existence the building housed kindergarten, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. Kings Road School housed students in kindergarten up to third grade. During the 1968-69 school year the building housed fourth, fifth and sixth grade students in a non-graded program. Many educators from surrounding school districts visited the building to see a sample of this non-graded concept in practice.
- In 1970 Perry adopted the Middle School Concept and served students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. This is also the year Perry became the attendance center for the district's Title I program.
- During the 1972-1973 school year the middle school operated on a seven period day starting at 8:00 A.M. and ending at 2:37 P.M.
The majority of the students would go home for lunch during a noon hour break.
- In 1983 Perry School reverted back to an elementary school for approximately 800 students when the School Board determined that Kings Road School was too crowded.
- On Sunday November 15, 1987 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Perry School celebrated 20 years of existence with a program titled, "Josephine Perry School Celebrates Twenty Years of Educational Excellence." During this celebration community members and all previous students and faculty members were invited to observe a computer demonstration, a self-produced puppet show, and a lesson from the innovative new math series called Math Their Way. On the stage second grade students performed the musical Sounds We Found. A mosaic depicting the Village of Carpentersville was also created and is still displayed in the front hallway of the building.
- In 2009, the school serves students in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade. The school day begins at 8:15 A.M. and concludes at 2:45 P.M. Current programs include regular education, special education, and transitional bilingual.
1972-73 school year - 38 certified staff, 7 non-certified staff, and approximately 500 students.
And More About Perry Middle...
Who was Josephine Perry?
Josephine Perry was born on December 13, 1888 on a farm near the present day site of Spring Hill Mall.
Josephine's father's family migrated from County Cavan in Northern Ireland. Her mother's family were of Scottish descent and were among the earliest settlers in Dundee Township. Her mother died when she was very young, so Josephine lived with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Binnie, in West Dundee. After graduating from Dundee High School in 1908, she began her teaching career in 1910.
Loved for over a half a century by her students at Dundee Elementary School, admired by her colleagues, revered by the school administration, and respected by the entire community, Josephine Perry was in her fifty-third year of teaching at the time of her death, March 13, 1963. The schools, the community, and her former students are better because of her long life of devoted service.
I remember the day that Perry Middle opened and was in the very first 5th grade class. One of the top priorities was to choose a mascot, would it be the Blue Devils or the Wildcats? Of course it was the Wildcats that won the vote, those were great days.
Be sure to check out the 1968 6th Grade School Play -Trigger Mortis, Frontier Mortician
Scroll Down To See The Images From The Past
In This Photo ... Wendy Dewar, Geoff Pfaff, Bob Stoltzman, Larry Magdelin, Shawn Pfaff, Steve Noon,
Mike Disimoni, Fred Tuisl, Justin Tennison, Chuck Engels, Dennis McCafferty, Rich Geiger,
Kathy Nelson, Richard Roberge, and many more.
Miss Wells' 5th Grade Class 1967 - 1968 (thanks to John K.) (click on image for larger view)
Miss Wells' 5th Grade Class From Josephine Perry Middle School Carpentersville, Illinois in 1967 - 1968.
I got this picture at the C'Ville get together in December 2012 from John Kelly.
Photo includes: Art Little, Kevin Ruetsche, Wendy Dewar, Karen Headtke, Mike Carpenter, Sandra Hayden,
Tom Neuzel, Rick Jovita, Laurie Erdmann, John Kelly, Dennis McCafferty, Mary Barber, Calvin Burroughs,
Lori DeBartolo, Mike Borman, Randy Blades, Nancy Roper, Marty Admire, Jeff Reichenbach, Danny Peters,
me (Chuck Engels), Debbie DeWitt, Richard Roberge, and me among others.
If you know anyone else in the photo please let me know, I can't remember them all.
Hope to get a better copy of the photo and some of the other great stuff that John has stashed away over the years.
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