Back to Dexter Day – Sept 13 – Perry, IL

Something Different buttonThe annual “Back to Dexter Day” celebration will be Saturday, September 13 at the Dexter School House east of Perry. This is a get-together for past students, old friends and new friends. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. A carry-in potluck meal will be held in the yard, beginning at noon. Bring food to share and a lawn chair. This will be followed by a short program with some entertainment and memories of “old Dexter.” Auction will follow.

Perry Pioneer Days – Aug 23-24 – Perry, IL

PCH festivals fairsPerry Pioneer Days will be held Saturday, August 23 through Sunday, August 24.
Friday, August 22 will be a set up day. Beginning at 6 pm, volunteers are needed to help set up the stage, bleachers, and tents. Food stands will also be open Friday.

Town-wide yard sales will begin at 8 am on Saturday, August 23. The Jr. Miss Perry contest and Little Mr & Miss Perry contest will begin at 9 am. The baby contest will be held at 10 am. Crowning of Jr Miss Perry will be at 11 am. The Perry United Methodist Church chicken dinner will begin at 11 am and from 11-2 the Perry Pioneer Days food tent will be open. Beginning at 1 pm, Madyson Woods will perform on vocals and guitar.

The Pioneer Day grand parade and kiddie parade will begin at 2 pm. Antique tractor show, games, a hay scrabble, balloon toss and kiddie tractor pull will be held at 3 pm. The pie eating contest is scheduled for 4 pm and the Jr variety show will begin at 5 pm as well as the fish supper. Buffalo and catfish will be available. Presentation of the 2014 Perry Pioneer Day royalty and honored citizens, Jack & Dianna Phillips, will be at 6 pm.

“Timewell Spent” will perform from 7-10 pm and a teen dance at the North Pike Firehouse will be held from 8-10 pm. The dance is open to 5th – 8th grades.

A community church service will be held in the Perry Park on Sunday, August 24 at 9 am. Registration for the Rainbow Run 3K will begin at 1 pm at the Griggsville-Perry Jr High parking lot and the run will begin at 2pm. Proceeds go to Autism Speaks.

Griggsville-Perry School Year 2014-2015 Back to School Info

pch back to schoolGriggsville-Perry schools will open for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, August 20, 8:30 am for first full day of school.

August 20 – August 29: School will begin at 8:30 am and dismiss at 2:30 pm.

September 2: Regular daily hours (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) will begin.

Pre-K classes will meet in Griggsville-Perry Elementary school building located in Griggsville. All Pre-K students must have up-to-date immunizations, including chicken pox, physicals and lead screenings. First day of Pre-K is Thursday, August 21. Pre K screenings (for students not screened last spring) will be conducted 9-11 am on Monday, August 18 by appointment only in Griggsville. Appointments may be made by calling the school office 833-2352 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday. There is a mandatory parent meeting Thursday, August 14 at 7:00 pm in the music room at Griggsville school. This is for all new and returning Pre-K parents. At least one parent must attend. Childcare will be provided in the Pre-K room.

Kindergarten students must have a physical, dental exam, vision exam, immunization record, social security number, and certified birth certificate on file before entering school. To enroll, students must be five years of age before September 1, 2014. Kindergarten is a full-day program, which also begins Wednesday, August 20.

Grades K-4 and 9-12 are requested to register in the Griggsville building Tuesday, August 5, 9:00 am until 6:00 pm and Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, Augusdt 7 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

Grades 5-8 are requested to register at Perry building. Registration is Tuesday, August 5 from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm and Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.

The law requires all students from out-of-state and those entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, Sixth and Ninth grades have current school physicals.

Kindergarten, second, and sixth graders must have dental exams. Kindergarten students need a vision exam on a state vision form done by an actual eye physician; 6th – 12th grade must have a TDAP shot and either 2 Chicken Pox shots or proof of having the disease before. These must be turned in before or on August 20 (1st day of school) or student will not be allowed to attend school until it is taken care of. It is necessary for all students to have their immunizations updated by August 20, 2014.

Registration fees (all fees include all technology fees, lab fees, and fine arts fees):

High School – $60

K-8th grade – $50

Ag shop fee – $15

Driver’s Ed – $100

Each student in grades 5-12 will be required to purchase a P.E. uniform. Cost of this uniform is $20. There are no waivers for the cost of this uniform.

Activity fees will be assessed of all students. They are: $20 for K-8, and $25 for 9-12. The activity fee pays transportation costs for field trips, helps fund special activities such as assemblies and guest speakers, and includes an all-sports pass for free admission to all regularly scheduled home contests. It does not allow free admission to any tournaments.

Regular lunch costs is $2.00 for students in grades K-4; $2.25 for students in grades 5-12; and adult prices are $2.75. Breakfast is $1.25 for grades K-12. Milk is $0.35. Griggsville-Perry schools have closed campus for lunch. Students will be allowed to charge only $25.00 in cafeteria costs at one time. After the $25.00 has not been paid, the student will bring a sack lunch until charges have been paid in full. There will be no charges allowed in the 2014-2015 school year until any charges from the 2013-2014 year have been paid.

All students participating in sports must have proof of insurance or a signed insurance waiver turned in to the office, a physical, and have paid the participation fees before starting any practices. Original forms for insurance waivers as well as the payment for participation fees must be turned in to the student’s home school office. NO EXCEPTIONS. A waiver of insurance must be signed and submitted to the office prior to practice. Participation fees will be a fee for each Jr High sport, $40.00 with a max per family of $80.00, and for each High School sport $60.00 with a max per family of $120.00.

The shuttle bus will leave Griggsville school campus at 7:50 am each morning to transport students to Perry building. Shuttle bus transportation will be provided from Perry to Griggsville at 8:00 am at Perry.

Lady Tornadoes Softball Clinic – July 14 to 18 – Griggsville, IL

School Events and Activities BoardThe Lady Tornadoes will host a softball clinic July 14-18 at the Little League Diamond. This clinic will run from 5:30 to 7:30 each evening. The clinic will be for girls going into the 6th grade through 10th grades. Cost is $30 (includes a shirt). All proceeds go to the Lady Tornadoes softball fund. Entry forms can be picked up a the school office or call Robert Kennedy at 217-473-0651. Form and fees must be turned into the school office by Monday, July 7.

Rainbow Run Early Bird Pre-Registration

rainbow run 2014It’s finally time for Early-Bird Pre-Registration! To get the discount you must go to and pay for your entry fee! The day of the event if you haven’t registered you can still sign up and we will accept Debit/Credit cards, Cash or Checks. But remember if you haven’t Pre-Registered we can’t guarantee shirt sizes and other goodies!!

Have you heard about the Rainbow Run?! It’s the “Most Colorful 3k in Pike County”. Every year 100’s of eager patrons come to Perry, IL on the 4th Sunday in August to Run/Walk through Color Zones! In these zones the Rainbow Runners are bombarded with bright colored powder, which at the end turns into an amazingly Rainbow’ed Runner. 100% of the proceeds from this AWESOME event are donated to a different charity every year. This year’s charity was chosen through a vote of our past runners and the charity chosen was Autism Speaks. Our goal is $2500!

***THIS IS FOR PRE-REGISTRATIONS ONLY. NO ORDER WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP IN ADVANCE. All orders will be available on site the day of the Rainbow Run, August 24th, 2014, one hour before the run begins.


JWCC AG Department Orientation Session – June 16 – Perry, IL

jwccNew & prospective students interested in learning more about John Wood Community College’s agriculture, agribusiness, agronomy, animal science, beef and swine specialist programs are encouraged to attend a special orientation and registration session Monday, June 16 at 9 am. The session will be held at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center on Route 104 near Perry.

Registration is encouraged by not required. Contact the JWCC Center at 217-236-4711 or 217-641-4558 to register or for more information. Details about JWCC’s agriculture courses, certificates and degrees will be shared and University of Illinois representatives will explain the unique opportunities available for JWCC students through the Orr’s Research Center. Other presenters will provide overviews of JWCC Student Government Association, Agriculture Club, Livestock Evaluation Club and Alumni Association. JWCC academic advisors will be on hand to register participants for fall classes. JWCC Agriculture Alumni Association will provide a complimentary lunch at noon.

JWCC fall semester classes begin the week of August 18. Many classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays only and students may attend full or part time. Classes can also be taken individually based on students’ schedules. The last day of regular registration for fall semester is August 8.

County wide VBS at Perry UMC — June 16-20 — Perry, IL

VBSPerry and Griggsville United Methodist Churches are teaming together this year to do a combined Vacation Bible School June 16-20 at Perry United Methodist Church, 106 E. South St. There will be music, crafts, lessons, snacks, worship and drama and is open to any child in Pike County, for those leaving Kindergarten to those leaving 6th grade.

Curriculum is Group’s Wilderness Escape. Closing is Sunday, June 22 at 9 am at Perry Methodist. “We take words of Christ seriously when He says ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbidthem; for of such is the kingdom of God: (Matthew 19:14). We are striving to share Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with children around us. Bring your own child and invite friends and neighbors to join us.”

Pre-register by calling Bright Star Parish office at 217-833-2575 or just show up June 16 at 9 am. Anyone from Griggsville who needs a ride can call the parish office to arrange for transportation. For more information call 217-833-2457 or 217-833-2575.

Perry Pioneer Days Needs a Band!

PCH festivals fairsThe Perry Pioneer Days (Aug 23rd, 7-10pm) festival needs a band! They are looking for a band that plays country, old rock, gospel, blues or bluegrass. If you have a band or know of one that would like to play, please contact Jennifer Liehr at 217-236-9701 today!

JWCC Summer Hours – Pittsfield, Perry, Quincy, & Mt. Sterling IL

jwccJohn Wood Community College center offices in Quincy, Mt. Sterling, Pittsfield and Perry will operate on summer hours, 7:30 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday, May 19 to August 8. Summer classes will meet as listed on students’ schedules. ¬†Additionally, all offices and classrooms at JWCC will be closed May 24 to 26 for Memorial Day and Friday, July 4 for Independence Day. Regular office hours for the academic year will resume on Monday, August 11 from 8 am to 5 pm. For more information please visit their website at