Plymouth School Board Updated on Career and College Readiness

The Plymouth School Board got an update last week on the Class of 2017. Of the high school’s 282 graduates, 69 percent of them had a solid plan, according to Director of Guidance Aimee Portteus. Forty-six percent of Plymouth graduates now attend a four-year college, 16 percent went to a two-year college, and others planned to pursue technical training or enter the military.

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Plymouth High School Assistant Principal Discusses School Accountability Grade

Plymouth School Board members got a closer look Tuesday at last year’s high school accountability grade. Plymouth High School received a B for the 2016-2017 school year, in the Indiana Department of Education’s A-through-F grading system. Assistant Principal Kyle Coffman explained that grade is determined by several factors.

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Plymouth High School Sees Success at IUPUI Mobile App Challenge

Samuel Carroll, Bridget Schafer, Borias Miller, Kobe Johnson, Isabel Nuñez, Andrew Fornash, Max Duncan, Brandon Hudson (Plymouth Community School Corporation Photo)

Computer programming students at Plymouth High School recently had some success in a statewide competition. A group of eight students under the supervision of Math Teacher Lindsay Moore took part in the IUPUI Mobile App Challenge on November 4. Continue reading

Plymouth Students Recognize Manufacturing Day with Tours Around Town

Today, various businesses around town will have a chance to meet the next generation of workers as more than 260 Plymouth High School students tour facilities as a part of Manufacturing Day.

In a media advisory, the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation said this national event gives manufacturers the opportunity to open their doors to showcase their businesses and foster an interest in manufacturing careers.

The number of local businesses involved increased from 2016 and the ones participating are considered to better reflect the variety of work opportunities in Plymouth. Continue reading

Plymouth High School Students Discuss World War II History Trip with School Board

Some Plymouth High School students got to experience World War II history firsthand this past summer. The Plymouth School Board had the chance to hear about their trip during Tuesday’s meeting.

A group of 13 students spent roughly two weeks visiting Europe in July, according to teacher Ryan Wolfe. “This trip was focused on World War II and the Western Front,” he explained. “So everything that we did was really focused on World War II, which curriculum-wise, really hits both World History and U.S., but it was probably more focused on U.S. History, which students take as a junior. Most of our kids had had either World or U.S. prior to going.”

The trip took the students to England, France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria. Six of the students were at Tuesday’s meeting to highlight some of the places that stood out to them. Some focused on the beaches of Normandy, and U.S. and German cemeteries, while others reflected on visits to a Nazi concentration camp and a Holocaust memorial. Continue reading

Plymouth School Board to Continue Planning for Lincoln Junior High Project

The Plymouth School Board will hear comments from the public tonight on the lease finance process for the Lincoln Junior High School building project. The corporation plans to replace much of the school with a new building, while the original 1926 structure will be left in place and renovated for other uses. On top of that, renovations are also planned at Plymouth High School, Riverside Intermediate School, and Washington Discovery Academy.

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Plymouth Schools to Host a Variety of Veterans Day Programs

This Friday, Plymouth Schools will be holding a few different programs in honor of Veterans Day.

To start off the day, members of the Plymouth High School student council will be hosting a breakfast from 7:45 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. Local veterans are encouraged to contact the school corporation ahead of time to reserve their spot. In order to be a part of the Veterans Day Breakfast, which will feature free coffee, doughnuts, eggs and other breakfast foods, contact 574-914-4849 prior to Friday. Continue reading

Local Woman’s Legacy Still Helping Spread Breast Cancer Awareness

IBCAT Founder Nancy Jaynes

According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in women. They say 1 in 8 American women will have breast cancer at some point in their life. The good news is that when the cancer is detected early, it can be treated and the survival rate goes up substantially. In order to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and to promote mammograms and self-examinations, we recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) is a not-for-profit organization that improves access to breast cancer screenings and diagnosis and support services while also increasing awareness. They accomplish all that by selling Breast Cancer Awareness specialty license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. A $25 donation is generated through every license plate sold. Continue reading

FAFSA 101: PHS Parent Workshop Tonight

Graphic Designed by PHS Senior Josie Koontz

Parents of senior students from Plymouth High School, Weidner School of Inquiry and surrounding schools are invited to attend an hour long FAFSA workshop at 5:30 p.m. tonight in the PHS cafeteria.

The FAFSA is an application that helps determine financial aid eligibility for students applying to college. The application must be filled out and submitted each academic year and in order to be considered for federal student aid for the 2017/18 award year, the application needs to be submitted by midnight on June 30th, 2018. Continue reading

Plymouth High School Student Organizes Second 5K Against Domestic Violence

One Plymouth High School Senior is doing her part to make her community safer by organizing the second Marshall County 5K Against Domestic Violence. Loren Mattern decided to put together this event to honor the memory of Serenity Wilson, a local two-year-old girl who lost her life in September of 2015, after being beaten unconscious by a person who was considered to be a ‘family friend’.

The event will take place on October 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Young Amphitheater located at the corner of Baker St. and Randolph St in Centennial Park. Continue reading

Plymouth School Corporation Welcomes New Teachers, Staff Members

Superintendent Andy Hartley and Assistant Superintendent Jill VanDriessche (Plymouth Community School Corporation Photo)

The new school year has brought a few changes at the Plymouth Community School Corporation. Andy Hartley has recently taken over as superintendent, while Jill VanDriessche will soon take over his old position of assistant superintendent.

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Local School Receives Advanced Placement Award

The Indiana Department of Education announced the 2016 Advanced Placement award recipients. In order to receive the recognition, schools must have at least 25 percent of their 2016 graduating class received a 3 or 4 on an AP exam.

Plymouth High School is among the list of 73 schools chosen to receive the Advanced Placement award. An award ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon in the Indiana Statehouse.

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Plymouth High School Students Earn College Certificate

Back Row: John Gerard, Edgar Gallardo, Dylan Manuwal, Hudson Yoder, Travis Owen, Garrett Garver, and Dillon O’Brien.
Front Row: Anna Bockman, Natasha Craft, C’Airra Stephens, Alicia Dennie, Seth Grimmett, and Isaias Frias.

Thirteen Plymouth High School seniors recently received Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) certificates in an Ivy Tech commencement ceremony at the University of Notre Dame.

The students fulfilled general education requirements while in high school in order to receive this certification. According to Jennifer Felke, Weidner School of Inquiry at Plymouth High School Co-Director, the partnership between the Plymouth Community School Corporation and Ivy Tech allowed students to earn 30 credit hours in this program which can be transferred to any state public school and possibly some private schools. The value of this certificate is close to $25,000 which is equivalent to a college freshmen year of tuition, room and board.

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Plymouth Community School Board Approves Bid for Paving Project

Five bids were received for the paving project at Plymouth High School and one was approved this week to complete the job.

Four sections of the parking lot were specified for bids in the advertisement for contractors. Five bids were received for those four areas. The lowest bid was submitted by Niblock at $310,700. All of the required base quotes and alternate bids, bid bonds and supplementary forms were included in the bid packet. The highest bid received was over $400,000.

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