The Precedent

Including special needs students has evolved

Kenna Cassey, Staff Reporter

September 28, 2018


Filed under Double Truck

Kids with disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome are often outcasted in schools and in society. In some schools, students with disabilities are pushed to the furthest corners of the campus, but not at PHS. Since it opened in 2007, PHS has made a concerted effort to include its special needs ...

Inclusion is a necessity– not a burden

Anna Myers, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under Opinions

We have the privilege to witness and live through a historical moment. Revolutions of the past are built on comprehensive action and profound change, and our battle against discrimination is no exception. The fight for inclusion for individuals with special needs -- in all aspects of our lives as stu...

A golden year for inclusion, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics

A golden year for inclusion, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics

Anna Myers, Staff Reporter

September 20, 2018


Filed under Double Truck, Showcase

As the Special Olympics organization celebrates its 50th anniversary, students play their part in the inclusion revolution. Whether students with disabilities, like autism, a cognitive disability or down syndrome, are cooking in the culinary kitchens, painting in art, singing in the choir, or perfo...

Spread the word campaign brings awareness to campus

Macie Miller, Staff Reporter

April 24, 2018


Filed under News

The “R” word is one that has become all too common to hear in the hallway passing by a group of friends joking around with each other or in the courtyard passing by a group of immature teenagers. Not many people consider it offensive to call someone a retard because it has become socially acce...

Unified program extends to the arts

Unified program extends to the arts

Sawyer Del Fosse, Staff Reporter

November 29, 2016


Filed under News

Perry’s special education program is supported with different groups like the Puma Pals or Unified Sports. These organizations aim to provide the students in the special education program with an opportunity to be more involved in school activities. There is a new addition to that list of clubs. Senior Emily Nar...

History teacher balances life at home and school

History teacher balances life at home and school

Mackenzie Ness, Staff Reporter

September 25, 2014


Filed under Features, News

Keeping roughly 185 students engaged is always a struggle, but when trying to balance a chaotic and busy family life, it becomes much more difficult. David Arrington, World and U.S. history teacher, is someone whose main goal is focusing on the individual needs of each student. Yet it is his family...

New and old members in Puma Pals make for lively energy

Mia Irvin, Staff Reporter

September 5, 2014


Filed under News

During your conference hour in the Perry Gym, there is the unmistakable sound of laughter.  The source?  Puma Pals.  Puma Pals was founded in 2008, by Heidi Peek.  Peek was the teacher of the first self-contained classroom at Perry, and was searching for a way to integrate her students.  Pe...

Special Ed classes continue work on Perry Gardens project

Special Ed classes continue work on Perry Gardens project

Mckinlee Neubauer, Staff Writer

May 21, 2014


Filed under News

One of the great mysteries of PHS is the seemingly unoccupied buildings or ‘offices’ on the north side of the student parking lot. While the identity of the people working in the offices is still unknown, tucked in between the buildings is PHS’s own garden. Run by Heidi Peek and the special...

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