Empowering students for a successful future through enhanced educational opportunities, programs, facilities and activities within the 549 School District.
Dollars Awarded in Grants to the Perham Dent Schools
Dollars Awarded in Grants in 2017-2018
Dollars Awarded in Grants in 2016-2017
Dollars Awarded in Grants in 2015-2016
Projects benefiting from raised funds include the following:
Tegu Blocks – These magnetic wooden blocks bring open-ended imaginative play to the classroom with the feel of all natural wood and the powerful wonder of magnets. The Classroom Kit allows small groups of children to build big and learn unique lessons from science to math to art.
BrainPOP – This educational website/application that offers hundreds of animated educational videos across a wide variety of topics, all of which are accompanied by interactive quizzes, activities, and games. Students from Kindergarteners through 8th Graders use BrainPOP throughout the school day, but also have access from home.
Ukuleles for Elementary Music – Students will learn chord structures and harmonization with a classroom set of ukuleles for elementary music classes. They will be introduced to reading new notation styles, while improving rhythm skills and finger dexterity and coordination.
Romeo & Juliet at Guthrie Theatre – Shakespeare plays come alive for the students when they are seen, and this project is a one-day adventure to the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis to see a live performance of Romeo and Juliet.
Laurentian 2017 – The Laurentian Experience is an interdisciplinary unit that focuses on building lifelong learning skills in the areas of teamwork and outdoor survival. Eighth grade students have the opportunity to work with their peers and develop leadership skills that might no occur within the traditional classroom setting.
Robots for STEM Classes – Age-appropriate robots will help students learn coding in a fun and interactive way. Younger students will get a jump start on beginning coding practices with the STEM Robot Mouse, while older students will learn programming and coding with Dash.
Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge – Third grade students will visit the wildlife refuge three times throughout the year to better understand how seasons affect nature and our habitats.
Itasca State Park Visit – The second grade classes will travel to the park to explore and learn the importance of its history and preservation, as well as gaining an appreciation of nature and restoration. They will break into four groups: study MN frogs and their life cycle, hands-on learning at Interpreter Center, visit the Headwaters, and a museum/nature walk.
2017 Chicago Choir Trip – Choir students will travel to Chicago via coach bus to participate in the Windy City Choral Festival from March 16th – 19th. This festival concludes with a performance at Chicago’s Historic Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. Any 9-12 PHS Choir Student is eligible to attend.
Laurentian 2016 – The Laurentian Experience is an interdisciplinary unit that focuses on building lifelong learning skills in the areas of teamwork and outdoor survival. Eighth grade student has the opportunity to work with their peers and develop leadership skills that might not occur within the traditional classroom setting.
Enrichment Education – Funds will go towards providing various kits and activities for students in the Enrichment Program at HOTL. The instructor will be providing STEM & STEAM opportunities that focus on an active and student centered learning environment while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content.
“Rock the Presidents” – 4th Graders traveled to Detroit Lakes’ Holmes Theatre to see the production of “Rock the Presidents.” It was a musical full of facts about presidents of the United States. The production met Social Standards, as well as fulfilling the music standards required.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – One hundred 2nd graders traveled to MSUM Campus to see the play. They got to experience theatre and performing arts in hopes of instilling a love for the arts.
Carrie Hartman Author Visit – During I Love to Read Month, Author/Illustrator Carrie Hartman will conduct 4 presentations during the school day to all 1st-4th graders. You can learn more about her here. She will be an excellent main event for the month long reading celebration.
CNC Router for PHS – The router will enhance the Vocational Education program at PHS by students more opportunities to become familiar with machines & technology used in today’s industry. It is an expansion to other CNC machines in the wood shop and metal shop.
4th Grade Ski Trip – The entire fourth grade class will learn to ski at local ski club, Detroit Mountain. Skiing is a lifelong recreational activity for some, and a once in a lifetime experience for others. This is a great opportunity to introduce our students to the recreational sport.
Pear Deck – It is an interactive presentation tool used to actively engage students in individual learning. Teachers can use Pear Deck to create interactive presentations that allows students to work independently to respond to various questions throughout the deck.
Perham High School Close Up Trip – Nine students will be attending the Close Up Gathering in Washington DC. Close Up is a week long learning experience where students will attend learning seminars based on Supreme Court decisions and current political and governmental issues.
Seussical, A Play at the Holmes Theater – The kindergarten and first grade classes will be traveling to the Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes to see the play, Seussical. A company from New York will put on a musical play of some of the stories from Dr. Seuss.
6th Grade Band Trip to Trills and Thrills Music Festival – Our band will be one of the many different bands and choirs from around the region performing for a panel of judges during the music festival. Once the performance is complete, the students will spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying Valleyfair Amusement Park.
4th Grade Trip to In Their Own Words Veterans Museum – The fourth grade class is performing a musical that tells the true story of an American plane that was shot down over France by the Germans during World War II, and of the members of the French Resistance who helped the crew escape to safety. The trip to the museum will help them connect with the music and gain a better understanding and appreciation of the history behind it.
Kindergarten to Chahinkapa Zoo – The entire kindergarten class will travel to Wahpeton to visit the zoo for the day. As part of the core standard in science, students spend an entire unit learning about the zoo and its animals. Visiting the zoo is a great way for students see the animals live instead of looking at pictures.
Lubitz Farm Visit for Kindergarteners – The entire kindergarten class will travel out to the Lubitz Farm north of Perham. This annual trip for the kindergarten class has happened for many years. The students visit the dairy farm, which is full of things to explore. They see animals that they can hold or pet, look at the large farm equipment, and get ice cream and goodies from the dairy council.
Itasca State Park Visit for 2nd Graders – The second grade classes will travel to the park to explore and learn the importance of its history and preservation, as well as gaining an appreciation of nature and restoration. They will break into four groups: study MN frogs and their life cycle, hands-on learning at Interpreter Center, visit the Headwaters, and a museum/nature walk.
Itasca State Park – 2nd Grade
MSUM Children’s Theatre
Magna Tiles Project
Literacy K-4 Library
Habitat Through the Seasons
Holmes Theatre – 4th Grade “Big Friendly Giant”
De Kovash Technology Innovation
Dorian Coral Concert
Micro 3D Printer – 5th & 6th Grade
4th Grade Ski Trip – Andes
Festival of Nations
Special Education Steamroller
Lubitz Farm – Kindergarten
Chahinkapa Zoo – Kindergarten
Percussion Equipment for PWMS Marching Band
Go Team! High School Athletics in Otter Tail County – 6th Grade