On December 12, 2012, Plymouth Community School Corporation was one of 17 recipients of the 2013 Summer eLearning Conference Grant. This competitive grant is for $15,000.
The Indiana Department of Education’s Office of eLearning is supportive of providing technology-rich professional development for corporations that focus on student-centered teaching and learning.
There will be more information this spring about each of the 17 recipients and the excellent learning opportunities that will be provided. PGP points will also be available for members of our staff who participate in this conference coming this summer 2013.
Congratulations to the eLearning Team of Dan Funston, Janice Curtis, Brooke Busse, Allison Holland, responsible for writing the grant.
Make plans to join us on Thursday, December 20, 2012 for a couple of Weidner School of Inquiry events.
First, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. there will be a Student-led Technology Fair in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please enter through the north doors.
Also in the Multi-Purpose Room from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., there will be a fundraiser for the Weidner School of Inquiry. Bruce's Big Grill BBQ will be providing pulled pork sandwiches, bbq beans and cole slaw. Tickets are $8.00 each. A bake sale will also be going on in conjunction with the dinner.
A special thank you to the preschool classes at Washington Discovery Academy for decorating the central office Christmas tree. Ms. Hunter's and Mrs. Hissong's preschool students made our tree look amazing!
At approximately 11:30 a.m., we received notification that there was a fugitive who might have been armed and dangerous on the loose from police. All schools were immediately locked down until further investigation could be done.
After investigation, we found that the fugitive was in the Walkerton area. At no time were students or staff in danger. All schools were then notified that the lock down had been lifted at approximately 11:40 a.m.
The Lincoln Junior High Speech Team competed Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Brebeuf in Indianapolis.
Twenty schools competed with almost 500 entries in the eleven different events. Twenty-eight out of the thirty-one team members competed. Compared to past years, this year's team is smaller, but that didn't matter. Each member contributed to the team's impressive 5th place finish.
The following team members brought home individual ribbons: Garrett Garver - 1st in Discussion; Erin Hunter - 1st in Broadcasting; Carson Pifer - 2nd in Prose Interpretation; Maggie Nate - 2nd in Declamation and 3rd in Poetry; Ashley Harrell and Carson Pifer - 3rd in Scripted Duo; and Ellie Switzer - 4th in Impromptu.
This fall, 5th and 6th grade students at Riverside Intermediate participated in a greeting card design contest sponsored by the Delta Theta Tau Sorority. In art class, students learned how artists use journals to document their lives and brainstorm ideas. Then after studying the elements and principles of design and experimenting with a variety of materials, students created a mixed media design for an all occasion greeting card. Some students illustrated beautiful scenery while others mixed crayon, colored pencil, and watercolor to make abstract patterns. Over 500 entries were submitted and Delta Theta Tau Sorority picked twelve Riverside Intermediate winners.
Congratulations to all twelve students for their hard work and brilliant ideas. The greeting cards will soon be for sale at Riverside Intermediate, as well as a number of local businesses.
Students from left to right front row: Anna Turner, Bryce Carmichael, Hugh Smith, Carly Poczik, Kelly Erickson (sorority representative)
Back row: Anthony Collins, Phillip Milton, Jaylan Hartwell, Mickaela Bush, Zoe Denney, Jada Anglin, and Ahn Tran
The School Board of Trustees will meet on December 4, 2012. At the meeting, they will deal with the following list of business items.
3.1 The first agenda item is to appoint someone to the Plymouth Public Library Board. The recommendation will be to reappoint Lisa Miller.
3.2 The next item is to appoint someone to the Redevelopment Commission. This appointment has to be someone from the Board.
3.3 On the third item, Mr. Tyree will ask the Board to roll over administrative contracts. Principals and Central Office Administrators generally work under a three-year contract. Assistant Principals and Directors generally work under a two-year contract. We have moved these appointments to December because Dec. 31 is the legal date for notification of the dismissal of administrators. Mr. Tyree will recommend that all contracts should be rolled over.
3.4 After holding a Legal Hearing for the Superintendent’s contract in November, the Board President will make a recommendation for rolling over the Superintendent’s contract along with the raise advertised in the hearing. The Superintendent’s contract is generally a four-year contract.
3.5 In the December meeting, Mr. Tyree has to make a recommendation for the date of the first Board meeting in January. His recommendation will be to hold the first meeting on January 8, 2013. There will actually be two meetings in January. The first meeting is a regular school board meeting. The second meeting is a board of finance meeting.
3.6 Aimee Portteus, Guidance Director at Plymouth High School, will give a report on last year’s graduating class. She will also report on the ACT/SAT results of this year’s senior class.
3.7 Mr. Funston will present new administrative guidelines and polices to the Board for their second reading. This is an action item for the policies only. After the Board has approved the policies, both the administrative guidelines and policies will go into our Board Policies.
3.8 Mrs. Riise will give a report on the ENL and Migrant grants. Her report will explain how the rules and regulations from these grants have changed and how we are now legally permitted to spend the money in those grants.
3.9 Mrs. Tinkey will ask the Board for a year-end resolution to transfer funds and to pre-write checks. This is typically done at the end of the year to prepare for the next budget year and to ensure that we don’t incur interest or penalties for paying vendors late.
3.10 Mrs. Tinkey will ask the board to pass a resolution giving the corporation the authority to advertise for temporary warrants. In plain terms, we are asking permission to borrow money so that we have the cash flow to meet payroll and pay vendors. And, we all want to get paid!
3.11 In the last business item, Mrs. Tinkey will ask the Board to sign an agreement with an Indiana Health Care Provider. Basically, we are signing an agreement with a company that will process our Medicaid claims.