Perry High School

Newsletter #16 (1/10/2020)

Message from the Principal

Happy New Year!

The weather may seem like early Spring yet we are truly just beginning the winter season. There is no snow in the upcoming forecast yet it is always a good time to remind your student about being extra cautious on the roadways during this time of the year. The roads may become more slippery with some reduced visibility at times, so being patient and focused is important. With this in mind, there's no better way to start practicing safe driving habits then right now while the weather still looks favorable.

As always, thank you for your continued support. Go Panthers!!!

PHS Teacher selected for amazing visit to NASA

Congratulation is extended to Mr. Keith Brown (PHS Media Broadcast Instructor) for being selected from applicants throughout the country to attend the launch of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 411 rocket carrying the Solar Orbiter spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. A total of 50 social media users were selected worldwide to attend this two-day event scheduled for Feb. 4-5, 2020, and will be given access similar as news media.

During this incredible opportunity, Mr. Brown will have the opportunity to view the launch of the ULA Atlas V rocket, tour NASA facilities at the Kennedy Space Center, speak with representatives from NASA, the European Space Agency and ULA, and also meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media. Mr. Brown hopes to be able to live stream the launch and other activities to the PHS Facebook page and will be utilizing PHSNews Twitter, PHSNews Instagram and the PHS Facebook page to post updates and videos. There may also be an opportunity to connect back with some classrooms for virtual tours or Q/A sessions.

This launch, currently targeted for Feb. 5, 2020 (11:15 PM), will address central questions concerning our closest star, the Sun. Solar Orbiter is an international cooperative mission between European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. Solar Orbiter will study the Sun, its outer atmosphere and what drives the constant outflow of solar wind which affects Earth.

We wish Mr. Brown all the best as he participates in this tremendous opportunity at NASA while looking forward to following all the action from Florida in February.

Bond Levy Information

The Perry Local Schools will be placing a bond levy on the March 17, 2020 ballot in an effort to address its aging school buildings. Specific details regarding the upcoming levy may be accessed through the following link: For more specific information and Frequently Asked Questions, there is a FAQ portion to this website as well that may be accessed through the following link:

We hope that you will familiarize yourself with this information, and as always, please feel free to reach out to have any specific questions answered. Finally, a levy flyer is attached to this week's email with some key thoughts.

Speech & Debate Continues to Receive accolades

Congratulations to the Perry Speech and Debate Team on their first place sweepstakes finish at the Canfield Varsity Speech and Debate Tournament this past weekend. Individual champions and their events were: Sydnie Oakleaf - Champion United States Extemp; Nick Forchione - Champion Lincoln Douglas Debate; and Mason Knepper - Champion Humorous Interpretation.

Other students receiving individual recognition for placing in the top six in their events were: Zach Ferko, Dom Crozier, Drew Tyler and Abby King, Jacob Kleve and Reid Kennedy, Sarah McCaulley and Kierra Kimble, John and Tim Tasseff, Diontae Three-ts, Abby Blose, Lily Stuart, Kenny Anderson, Micah Morris, James Wayman and Payton Daugherty, and Samantha Jones. Many Perry students advanced to the semi-final rounds of competition, as well!

In more Speech and Debate news, congratulations to Ally Purdy and Diontae Threats who earned their 4th bid to the state tournament in December at the McKinley Varsity Power Round Tournament, which means that Ally and Diontae will represent Perry at the state tournament in March.

Academic Challenge Team News

PHS shows their competitiveness in an assortment of areas that extends far beyond the confines of the athletic program. With this in mind, congratulations is certainly in order for our Perry High School Academic Challenge Team who came from behind to defeat Jackson in a final question win. In speaking with the students on the Team, the intensity and determination throughout the entire match was tremendous and the group overcame the stress of ensuring that their responses in the final moments were precise. The final score was 69-68. We wish the Team the best of luck in their next meet at McKinley on Monday, January 13th.

CCP Courses at PHS

College Credit Plus is a program through the state of Ohio that offers qualifying students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school at no cost to the student for passed college courses. These courses may be taken at PHS or on the college campus.
Perry High School offers over 20 CCP courses during the school day at the high school that are taught by our faculty. To learn more about the program opportunities, we invite you to attend the Perry High School College Credit Plus (CCP) Information Night to be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The meeting will be held at Perry High School in room AV200 and will start at 6:00PM. All CCP policies, procedures, and forms will be reviewed and available that night.

Part of qualifying for the program is having a qualifying ACT or NexGen Accuplacer score. The NexGen Accuplacer will be administered at Perry High School on January 22, 23, 28 and February 4 and 5. There is no cost for the tests. Students will receive an email through their Perry Local email account with the link to register for the test. Registration is required.