Tonight the Board will meet in executive session to study in detail the school safety audit conducted by David Rambo.
Regular Meeting - Business Agenda Items
The following is a brief description of the board agenda for tonight's meeting. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask.
1. First grade students from the classes of Erica McIntire, Aimee Rooney and Lisa Setser (Webster Elementary) will demonstrate how they are using their iPads to enhance their learning of basic skills and develop their abilities to manipulate technology.
2. Dan Funston will inform the Board about the $100,000 grant Plymouth Schools was awarded by the Indiana Department of Learning. The IDOE Imagining and Creating eLearning grant is a $300,000 grant that will be split between three schools: Garret, Plymouth, and Danville. The focus of this grant is to help staff members develop personalized learning. Initially, the grant will help students in grades 3 and 4 learn at their own pace. The grant will also help fund a SOLE class (self organized learning environment) at Lincoln Junior High. This is the sixth grant that Plymouth has won. There were over 50 schools who applied for this grant. Seventeen schools were awarded grants.
3. To be transparent, we will get permission from the board tonight to hire the following positions: math and physics teacher at PHS and math coach for PCSC. The math coach is funded by the grant from the IDOE.
4. David Schoof, Director of Facilities, will ask the Board’s permission to renovate the bus garage and service center. The renovation will create a new learning lab for a dual credit class entitled Precision Machining. It will also create another classroom, renovate the alternative school, and give a face lift, both inside and out, to the remainder of the building.
5. Tonight will be a second reading for policies and guidelines provided to PCSC by NEOLA. NEOLA is a legal firm that provides policies and guidelines that meet new laws or court cases that set new precedent.
6. K-6 Student Handbooks will be presented to the Board for approval.
7. 7-12 Student Handbooks will be presented to the Board for approval.
8. Michele Riise will ask the Board to sign an agreement with St. Mary's College. St. Mary's is starting a Speech and Hearing Therapy program and would like to have their students do internships in PCSC.
9. Kandi Tinkey will ask the Board to sign an addendum to the nursing contract with St. Joseph's Regional Hospital to provide a nurse for summer school.
In the interest of students safety, Plymouth Community School Corporation is on a 2 hour delay Monday, April 29, 2013.
The PHS Band Department was recently offered a chance to perform a community or school service project in an effort to raise funds for the band program. Oliver Ford will be doing another "Drive-4-UR-School" fund-raising event with the music department on Saturday, May 18th. Ford Motor Company is offering incentives for school organizations to double their fund-raising proceeds by performing a service-based project for their community or school.
The PHS Band decided to do their service project for the high school in an effort to clean up and improve the campus before the upcoming graduation ceremonies. The band students chose the north entrance to PHS (commonly used by most parents to enter for graduation) for their project. The band members pulled weeds, raked and seeded bare spots in the grass, planted over a dozen hostas and other perennials, and replaced all of the mulch around the north side of the school.
The students will also be planting flowers in bed around the PHS sign in front of the school.
If you drive by the north side of the school, you will see a huge improvement in the appearance of the lawn.
THANK YOU to all of the band members for their efforts to improve our campus!
Members of the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra holding the Gold Award plaques from this past weekend.
On Saturday, March 20, 2013, the PHS Orchestra, under the direction of Mrs. Jodi Kallenberg, made their first-ever appearance at the annual Indiana State School Music Association's Organization Contest for concert bands, orchestras, and choirs.
Due to the PHS Orchestra becoming a full year course offering this year, the ensemble was able to prepare for and compete in the event. The orchestra received an overall Gold Award rating and an additional Gold rating in the sight-reading division.
On Friday, March 19, 2013, the PHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Bryan Ames, also gave outstanding performances at the ISSMA contest.
Both PHS bands came home with Gold Award ratings on their performance and in sight-reading. But, the most impressive part of the performance was both bands scoring nearly perfect scores overall. Both bands qualified for the "With Distinction Award" only given to the top scoring bands. The PHS Symphonic Band had 1 perfect score, 1 score that was 1/2 of a point from perfect, and 1 score that was a point from perfect. The Wind Ensemble received 2 perfect scores and one score that was 2 points from perfect. Both bands will be among a small handful of schools across the state to earn the "With Distinction" title and this was the first time the PHS bands have been awarded this honor.
With these Gold Awards, the PHS Band will be the recipient of the state's prestigious "All-Music Award" given to less than 10% of the competing schools in the state. Only the schools that receive Gold ratings at every ISSMA event (marching band, jazz band, concert band and state finals solo and ensemble contest) qualify for this award. This will be PHS's 10th consecutive year for the band to receive this award and Plymouth is only of only a few schools in the state to have received this award annually for this length of time!
Congratulations to all of the students in the band and orchestra on their outstanding presentations at the ISSMA competition this past weekend! You represented our school and community with class!
Make plans now to join us on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Webster Elementary for the Annual Fun Fair. The Fun Fair will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
There will be games and activities for the entire family. Tickets will be available at the Fun Fair for $.25 each or 5 for $1.00. A silent auction will also be held that evening with several great items donated by our community. Students can participate in the Children's Raffle. A concession stand including ice cream, pop, hot dogs and chips will be available.