Latest News for Perry Local Schools

Jeremiah Jackson – Stark County Player of the Year

Congratulations to Perry High School senior, Jeremiah Jackson on being chosen the Stark County Boys Basketball Player of the Year.  Jeremiah, or JJ, broke the Panthers single season scoring record that was set by Chip Hare, scored a school record 45 points against Jackson, named Federal League player of the year and made 2nd team All-Ohio.  Click here to read his story from the Canton Repository and click here for a list of his accomplishments. (Photo courtesy of Stewart)

Matt McLeese (1981-2013)

The following is a statement released by superintendent of Perry Local Schools, Marty Bowe.

“The loss of Matt McLeese is devastating to the Perry family.  Matt was a wonderful young man and an outstanding teacher.  As a 6th grade science and social studies teacher, Matt touched countless students in his 9 years of teaching with his permeating smile and his always positive attitude.  He was one of those guys that everybody loved.  It’s left our community and schools stunned. He was so involved–he coached our track kids, helped the tech department in the summer months, and was very (more…)

Science Fair Winners Earn Excellence

Six freshman competed at the District 13 Science Fair on Saturday, March 16th and 3 of them earned Superior and qualified for the State Science Fair in May. Erin Kessler, Katy Krepp and Hannah Pettiti will continue onto the State Science Fair by earning a Superior Rating. Chis Chapanar, Gwen Kochur and Jake Zartman earned Excellent ratings at the District Science Fair.  Together these 6 students combined to earn Perry High School the School of Science Excellence Award.  Chris Chapanar was awarded the Diebold award for Engineering and Katy Krepp received the U.S. Army top 10 projects award!

PHS Art Show

If you’re seeing the Broadway Musical MAME this week, be sure to arrive early to stop in The Palette Room art show.  The art show is a collection of works from PHS students.  The show is open March 20-24 from 6:00-7:30pm each night.  The Palette Room will be showcasing the art work of the Senior Ap Studio students as well as other artists.  Click here for the flyer for more information.

Perry Local and YMCA of Stark County Partner

Perry Local Schools are proud to announce a partnership with the YMCA of Central Stark County and the YMCA of Western Stark County. Programs from  SilverSneakers to youth summer sports camps may be offered as early as this summer to the Perry community. Plans are to start with a few key programs and grow into what serves the community.

PHS Students Limitless on Love

Perry High School students Madi Chapanar, Sami Grochowski, Matti Vance, and Shane Stockall know that the smallest acts of kindness make the biggest difference. The four seniors created and run the nonprofit organization Love with No Limits which helps in aiding families and children in Africa.  Click here to read the Independent’s article on four seniors who make Perry proud.  (Photo Courtesy of IndeOnline / Kevin Whitlock)


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-The Canton Repository

English Language Learners Program Big Success

Carolyn Stearns, Perry Local’s ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, works with over 30 students in the Perry District to help them become proficient at English.  This program has been in Perry for the past seven years.  Mrs. Stearns works with students of all ages and her program was recently the subject of a news article in the Massillon Independent.  Click here to read the article and learn more about the English Language Learner program throughout Perry Schools.  Photo courtesy of B. Dettman

PHS Speech Coach Inducted into Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Perry High School teacher and head speech coach, Mrs. Kathy Patron, for her induction into the Ohio High School Speech League Coaches’ Hall of Fame. In order to be eligible  for this honor, an individual has to have coached a minimum of 17 years and served as a member of any OHSSL committee.  Mrs. Patron was inducted in her first year of eligibility.

Over the course of her 17-year tenure, Mrs. Patron has coached an estimated 1,300 student competitors, some 85 state finalists, 6 state champions, 60 national qualifiers, and a national finalist. Thank you Mrs. Patron for your dedication to your students, and for making Perry proud!

Power of the Pen Competes at Mount Union

Congratulations to Edison’s Power of the Pen team who recently competed at Mount Union.  The writers did an excellent job with the 8th grade team taking 4th place overall out of 19 schools. Individual 8th grade placers were Samantha Rinaldi earning 15th place honors and Kelly Harter taking 14th place. Individual 7th grade placer was Kaitlyn McGeorge taking the 5th place spot. Great job to all competitors and runners!  The Power of the Pen Regionals team also competed at Malone University on Saturday, March 2.  Team members included seventh graders, Kaitlyn McGeorge, Justin Gillilan, Carlie Cooper, and Gavin Friedrichsen (runner) and eighth graders, Christen Miller, Sam Rinaldi, Cassidy Burger, and Kelly Harter. Many team members were successful, earning the rank of “1” in their writing rounds.  Individual honors went to Christen Miller, who placed 3rd overall and, in turn, qualified to the State Tournament in May! Christen also won the prestigious “Best of Round” Award for her story titled, “Wanted.” This was a very rewarding day for all of our writers and we are extremely proud.