March 13-March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Week, Kids.  Here are some things for you to consider:

IU School of Informatics and Computing Summer Camp - This a great way for you to spend some time at Indiana University.  There is a lot of power stepping onto a campus that you are considering for your post-secondary education.  

Marshall County Summer College Success Academy - We are super excited about this opportunity for our 10th and 11th graders.  Please look this over and apply Today. Let us know if we can help you.

National Honor Society: If you are not already a member of NHS, have a 3.3 cumulative GPA, are a Junior or Sophomore, and have been at PHS for at least a semester, you will receive this week a letter inviting you to apply for membership.  If you qualify and do not hear from me by the end of the week, please contact me.

If you are planning on taking Summer School, we will have official registration for those courses during the weeks of March 13 - 17 and March 20 - 24.  The cost for each session is $20.  Unless you qualify for Free/Reduced lunch, you will need to pay the fee when you register in order to reserve your spot.  You can get more specific information about summer school at this google doc: Summer School 2017 Information for Students.

March 5-March 10, 2017

The Grading Period Ends on Friday, March 10

Please make sure you communicate well with your teachers if you have work that needs to be completed/made up before then.  Also, as you consider your grades, please make a Smart Goal or two in order to put yourself in position to finish strong this year.


Summer School Sign Up

If you are planning on taking Summer School, we will have official registration for those courses during the weeks of March 13 - 17 and March 20 - 24.  The cost for each session is $20.  Unless you qualify for Free/Reduced lunch, you will need to pay the fee when you register in order to reserve your spot.  You can get more specific information about summer school here



We're almost done, Sophomores & Freshmen.  This week, if you are enrolled in Biology, you will be taking the Science ISTEP during you regularly scheduled class.  Exceptions to that are those found on this list.  If you are listed here, please report at the time listed to the location listed with your computer.

We also have just a few of you who need to do Make Up Testing from last week.  Again, if you are listed here, please report at the time listed to the location listed with your computer.

February 6-10, 2017

1.  Vocational Courese Site Visits:  Reminding you of our upcoming opportunities:

Wednesday, Feb 8 12:00-2:45

Automotive Technology ---11:30 Central/12:30 Eastern

Welding Technology---12:00 Central/1:00 Eastern

Automation/Robotics--12:20 Central/1:20 Eastern

Graphics--12:45 Central/1:45 Eastern


Wednesday, Feb 15 10:30 - 11:30

Precision Machining

Radio and Television


Thursday, Feb 16 8:00 - 10:00

Early Childhood Education

Permission slips are due in the guidance office by 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Feb 7.

2. College/Career Planning Resource

ACT is offering this Free e-book. Check it out.

3. Homecoming

Next week is Homecoming!!! We are playing Warsaw  Friday (Feb. 10) Here are our SPIRIT DAYS:


Monday: TV/Movie Character Day 


Tuesday: Generations Day 

9th Grade: Little kids 10th Grade: College Prep 11th Grade: Embarrassing Parents 12th Grade: Senior Citizens Teachers: Teenagers

Wednesday: Jersey Day - Support your favorite team! 


Thursday: USA Day! 


Friday: Color Day

9th Grade: White 10th Grade: Tie Dye 11th Grade: Red 12th: Grade: Black

January 30-February 3, 2017

1.  During Home Room this week, you will receive a hard copy score report of your PSAT scores from you teacher.  Please make sure you review the best ways to use these scores on the Guidance page of the PHS Website.

2.  Also on Tuesday, you will receive a form from Mrs. Plothow so that you can submit your Homecoming nominations.  Please take a moment to do that.

January 23-27, 2017

This week is Cash for College Week in Indiana.  Here are a few reminders/things to consider as you plan for Life After PHS:

All Students: Have you heard of Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan? It only takes $10 to start, and your college savings account can grow, free of taxes! Tell your parents or guardians to visit CollegeChoiceDirect.com to start saving today!

Also...It’s never too early—or too late—to start searching for scholarships! Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/Cost for tips on how to search for scholarships to help make college more affordable for you! Follow Learn More Indiana on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about what the FAFSA can do for you! Follow them on Twitter @learnmorein or Facebook at Facebook.com/LearnMoreIN.

January 17-20, 2017

Home Room

On Tuesday, during Home Room, you will receive a copy of your Report Card.  Please take it home and share it with your parents.  Also, please take a moment to review this Diploma Requirements Doc 

If you didn't make it through all of your classes in first semester (or any other semester, for that matter), it is your responsibility to make sure you, as well as your parents and counselor know the plan to recover required credits.

PSAT Score Report Night

Also, please note: The Plymouth High School Guidance Department will be sharing PSAT Score Report information with the parents of Sophomores and Juniors on Wednesday, January 18 from 5:45-6:10 in the PHS Studio Theater (This is a change from the original School Calendar).  You already have access to those scores and information has been posted to the PHS Guidance website; however, on this evening paper copies of the score reports will be distributed and students/parents will have the opportunity to ask questions.  We remind you that PHS is a site for the SAT in March and understanding PSAT scores will help you prepare in the best way possible.

December 12-16, 2016

On December 12, students who provided their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet will receive an email reminder from Collegeboard explaining where and how to view their scores. Students can set up a free College Board account at any time.

If you don't see your scores when you log in, you may need to enter an access code.  Let me know and I'll get that to you.

Paper score reports will arrive in mid-December.

Video: Get the Most from Your Score Report

Find out how students can use their online PSAT/NMSQT score reports to take the next steps toward college.

Watch the score report video

Video: Share Test Results with Khan Academy®

Students can use their scores to get free, personalized SAT practice from Khan Academy in just three steps.

Watch the video to learn how to get personalized SAT practice

Online Demo: Student Score Reports

Our new score reports provide insight on skills, access to tools for increasing college readiness, and more.

Take a tour of the online student score report

Weekly Announcements

Check out PHS Weekly Activities here.

TODD GONGWER Presentation

Lifeplex is hosting Todd Gongwer on Saturday, November 12 from 11am-12pm. It is open and free to the public.  See attached for more info.

Hoosier Hot 50: Job of the Month

Each month, this newsletter will highlight one of the Hoosier Hot 50 (HH50) jobs. HH50 is a listing of the fastest growing, high-wage jobs of tomorrow. The list's ranking is based on expected demand and wages in 2022 for the state of Indiana. Although HH50 focuses on the jobs of tomorrow, there are several professions that are hot now.

#35 - Operating Engineer

Average Salary: $49,310
Education Training: Certification
Major Industry: Architecture and Construction

2012 Employment: 8,280
2022 Projections: 9,444
Annual Growth: 14.06%
Annual Change: 300

"The person who would like this job would be somebody who likes a fast-paced environment - that is not afraid of the inclement weather and long hours. For somebody who wants to do my job, the biggest piece of advice that I would give to them is to check in with their local apprenticeship programs and see when they're gonna take applications. There is no school for it...." ~ Steve, Operating Engineer

Check out more "Hoosier Hhttp://links.e.ivytech.edu/rts/go2.aspx?h=70523&tp=i-H55-5M-6o9-3KBeZ-1q-1Yqm-1c-nls-3KAfz-16mZ2Qot 50" jobs at www.hoosierhot50.com

October 3-7, 2016

Happy October, Juniors!  A few things to remember....

Grading Period

The grading period ends on Friday, Oct 7.  Remember to talk to your teachers to get in make up work, etc.  Athletes, you must be taking and passing FIVE classes to be eligible to continue playing your sport this season.

Junior College Visit Trips - Oct 12, 13

Don't forget to turn your permission slip in to your English Teacher (Traditional Students) or your Home Room Teacher (WSOI Students) by Friday, Oct 7.

Also, we need to know what you want to do for lunch.

Please fill out this Junior College Field Trip Sack Lunch Request Form by Friday, Oct 7

PSAT Day - November 2

Wednesday, Nov 2 is PSAT Day for all Juniors and Sophomores.

We will be doing Pre-Administration Activities on Tuesday, Oct 11 during Home Room

College and Career Resource Center

Just a reminder of our hours:

TWTH - 5th hour

MWF - 8th hour

Thursdays - 7:00-8:00 a.m.

Thursday - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

This week we will host: 

Tuesday- SRT- University of Indianapolis

Wednesday - SRT - University of St. Francis

Thursday - SRT - Wabash College

(Here is the overall Calendar)

One more thing to consider...

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare field is growing at a rapid rate. In fact, it is estimated that the growth rate for Registered Nurses through 2024 is 16% -- the national job average is seven. Ivy Tech Community College is known for its healthcare programs – our nurses have been hired at some of the best healthcare facilities in the state. Healthcare is an industry that is not only growing, but will always be hiring.

Ivy Tech offers several healthcare programs.  Students can choose to study any of these programs in our state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.

Dental Assisting

Dental Hygiene

Healthcare Specialist

Health Information Technology

Imaging Sciences


Medical Assisting

Medical Laboratory Technology

Nursing and Practical Nursing

Paramedic Science

Physical Therapist Assistant

Radiation Therapy

Surgical Technology

Therapeutic Massage

Each of these programs translates directly into high-demand careers in the health care field.

September 26-September 30, 2016

Good Morning, Juniors.  Let's take a deep breath and relax into this week together.  Here are some opportunities for you to consider.  

Building Resilience

We all can develop resilience as we walk through life together. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned over time. Each week, let's think about another way to do this:

Make connections

Make some friends by practicing the skill of empathy, or feeling another's struggle. Really look others in the eye and hear what they have to say.

Be the kind of friend you would like to have. 


Build a strong family & friend network so you have support through life's inevitable disappointments and hurts. 


At school, watch to make sure that no one is not being isolated. Connecting with people provides social support and strengthens us for the day. 


What can you do to make a difference today?


College Go Week

It is College Go Week. YOU are in the driver’s seat now. I’ve got a question: would you buy a car you’ve never driven? I don’t think so! And you shouldn’t attend a college you haven’t visited. Visiting campuses is the best way to know where you’ll succeed. Come talk to your school counselor about getting passes for college visits, or plan a trip on the weekend. Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/college for information on college visits.


College and Career Resource Center

Just a reminder of our hours:

TWTH - 5th hour

MWF - 8th hour

Thursdays - 7:00-8:00 am

Thursday - 3:30 - 4:30 pm

This week we will host: 

Monday- Lunch- Purdue Polytechnic South Bend

Tuesday- SRT- Anderson University

Tuesday- Lunch- Grace Bible

Wednesday - Lunch - St. Joseph's College

Thursday - SRT - Valparaiso University

Friday - SRT & Lunch - University of Northwestern Ohio

September 6-September 9, 2016

We are pleased to share with you the Opening of our brand new 


College and Career Resource Center


This space will be available for you and your parents to get assistance with:


*  Post-secondary Planning

*  Applications

*  Resumes

*  Interview Skills

*  Scholarships/Financial Aid


We will kick off this service with an all school open house on Wednesday, September 7 beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Come check us out and give us ideas of what you need.


After that, hours will be:


T/W/Th during 5th hour

M/W/F during 8th hour

Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

We also will take app'ts during other times, as available.  Just email Mrs. Portteus or stop by and see Mrs. Flynn.


We also want to remind you that you should be considering how you will complete College Entrance Exams this year.


You will be taking the PSAT on November 2, 2016.


We are a site for the November 5 SAT, the deadline to register is Oct 7.

We are a site for the February 11 ACT, the deadline to register is Jan 13.

We are a site for the March 11 SAT, the deadline to register is Feb 10.


Please make a plan with your parents and sign up today.


We can help you do that in the College and Career Resource Center or contact your counselor.

August 29-September 2, 2016

Things to think about this week:

Post Secondary Information/Opportunities:

1.  On Wednesday Ancilla College will be in the lunchroom providing information about their programs.  Stop by and see wha they have to offer.

2.  On Wednesday, during SRT, Purdue will be here.  If you are interested in becoming a Boilermaker, check them out.  We will announce what room early in the week.

3.  On Thursday, during SRT, Hanover will be here.  This is a great chance for you to gather some good info from them.  Again, we'll announce the room early in the week.

4.  Still thinking about what you want to do after high school?  Consider IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing. https://soic.iupui.edu/about/.

Hoosier Hot 50: Job of the Month for September

Each month, the Guidance Department will highlight one of the Hoosier Hot 50 (HH50) jobs. HH50 is a listing of the fastest growing, high-wage jobs of tomorrow. The list's ranking is based on expected demand and wages in 2022 for the state of Indiana. Although HH50 focuses on the jobs of tomorrow, there are several professions that are hot now.

#6 - Licensed Professional Nurse 

Average Salary: $39,900
Education Training: Certification
Major Industry: Registered Nurse, Surgical Technologist; Radiologic Technician, Clinical Laboratory Technologist

2012 Employment: 19,055
2022 Projections: 23,268
Annual Growth: 22.1%
Annual Change: 886

"I believe the kind of person that would like this career would be somebody that was able to talk to people and be patient with the family members. And, somebody that really enjoys science and math, because you do a lot of science and math in the nursing career field.." ~ Jason, Licensed Professional Nurse

Check out more "Hoosier Hot 50" jobs at www.hoosierhot50.com