Making sure kids in foster care have educational stability is the goal of a new policy approved by the Plymouth School Board last week. It calls for Plymouth Schools to enroll foster students immediately, even if they don’t have all the documents that would normally be required, like birth certificate, immunization records, or proof of residency.
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.
The Plymouth School Board updated a few agreements and approved some regular end-of-the-year items, when it met Tuesday. Board members voted to renew the corporation’s service agreement with Go Solutions Group for 2018. Continue reading
The Plymouth Community School Corporation is updating some of its food service guidelines. The nutritional standards approved by the school board Tuesday deal with food and drinks that are sold to students during school, but aren’t part of the official school lunch or school breakfast program. That includes items sold à la carte or in school vending machines.
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.
Changes to high school graduation requirements are being discussed during today’s State Board of Education meeting. Among the local school administrators following the issue is Plymouth Schools Superintendent Andy Hartley. “There are concerns with respect to the access to earning a high school diploma for all students,” he told the Plymouth School Board Tuesday. “Those were and have been voiced by me and several others, and so we’ll see where things land.”
The Plymouth School Board will get a closer look at Plymouth High School’s accountability grade when it meets tonight. The report is expected to look at various factors, including ISTEP scores, graduation rate, and college and career readiness.
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
Getting Plymouth Schools’ technology back up and running after an emergency is the goal of a policy approved by the school board last week.
If an emergency forces the evacuation of a Plymouth retirement community, plans are in place to house residents at a couple local schools.
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
The Plymouth School Board has approved the corporation’s master teacher contract for the current school year.
The Lincoln Junior High School building project is now entering the design and development phase. Continue reading
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.
Children new to the English language will be getting some extra help, during Plymouth Schools’ upcoming intersession period.
Kindergartners and first-graders got a chance to see what it’s like to go to college, thanks to the Marshall County Promise program. A group of first-graders from Webster Elementary School discussed their recent Walk into My Future trip with the Plymouth School Board last week. Continue reading
Local elementary school students who need some nutritional assistance get help from Blessings in a Backpack. Now, some Plymouth students will get to be on the other side of the program, according to School Superintendent Andy Hartley. Continue reading
The Plymouth Community School Corporation has tightened its policies on background checks and drug testing for school employees. State law now requires school employees to have a background check every five years, not just when they’re first hired.
The Plymouth School Board formally adopted the corporation’s 2018 budget Tuesday. It calls for a General Fund of just under $26 million and a Capital Projects Fund of over $3 million.