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Marshall County Safety Commission Meeting Tuesday

 

Marshall County Safety Commission members are expected to meet tomorrow to discuss safety plans for the upcoming winter season and more. EMA Director Clyde Avery explained that his portion of the meeting will address the plan in place when significant winter weather is forecast. Avery will make sure that the school emergency plans are up to date with current contact information plus critical components such as communications, command and management, emergency notification, public information, and other needs. Continue reading

ISTEP Scores Mixed for Area School Corporations

Indiana Department of EducationIndiana students overall showed improvement on their ISTEP scores in both math and language arts. Scores released yesterday by the Indiana Department of Education indicate 80.7 percent of students passed English, compared to 79.5 percent in 2013. Math scores went up from 83 to 83.5 percent statewide. Continue reading

Open House for The Crossing

The CrossingThe new alternative faith-based school, the Crossing, hosted an open house Wednesday at their location in Knox. So far about 10 students are enrolled to attend. They will be hosting another open house today from 8 a.m until 3 p.m at the old Sears store in the Mint Leaf Plaza off of U.S. 35.

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Back to School Immunization Requirements

aAre your children up to date on their immunizations? Before school starts, you must be sure they are. Continue reading

Local Schools Awarded Money through Secured School Safety Grant Program

 More than $9 million was approved in grant funding for several local schools through the Secured School Safety Grant Program.

The program gives matching grants to school corporations that request funding to conduct a threat assessment, purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders, or employ a school resource officer.

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Plymouth High School Named Silver Medalist High School

Plymouth High School has made the U.S. News and World Report as one of the top schools in Indiana.

The high school is ranked as a Silver Medalist High School. The school came in 12th place.

The U.S. News and World Report used a three-step process to determine the best high schools. The first steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. The third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

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Plymouth High School Music Program Receives National Award

 The Plymouth High School Music Department has been chosen as one of 96 schools in the country to receive the “Support Music Merit Award”.

The NAMM Foundation awards school music education programs with the “Best Communities for Music Education” (BCME) and individual schools the “Support Music Merit Award”. The BCME program recognizes the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders working to assure that music education is part of the core curriculum. Overall, 376 districts were designated as “Best Communities for Music Education” and 96 individual schools were “Support Music Merit Award” winners.

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Plymouth Schools Announce Make Up Days

Plymouth School Corporation officials have announced plans to make up five remaining days of school. Students in grades 9-12 will have a “virtual day” on Saturday, April 12. Students in all grades at Plymouth will attend classes on Good Friday, April 18. Kindergarten through 8th grade students will be in class on Tuesday, June 3. Students in all grades will attend school on Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5. The remaining instructional day will be made up by adding half an hour to the instructional day for the remaining 12 Fridays of the school year starting today.

The last day for all students in the Plymouth School Corporation is Thursday, June 5. Teachers in grades K-8 will use Friday, June 6 as a teacher work day. It will be a half work day for teachers in grades 9-12.

Schools May Be Able to Waive Snow Makeup Day

Indiana Department of EducationSchools that canceled classes due to the extreme winter conditions may not have to make up the day of missed instruction. “The Elkhart Truth” reports that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has authorized schools to apply for a one-day waiver from the required 180 days of instruction. The waiver was initially offered after school districts across the state canceled classes on Monday. However, the director of the office of accreditation for the education department told the paper that the waiver will be offered to schools on Tuesday as well. He says the waiver means that schools can escape the “very severe financial penalty” they would otherwise incur by canceling one day of instruction. The waiver has only been used a few times in the past several years to offset instructional days lost due to severe weather. School districts typically build in makeup days in the event of snow, but if they miss more days than they have built into the calendar they’re forced to extend the school year into summer vacation in order to meet the state’s requirements.

Plymouth School Board Approves $500,000 for Summer Projects

The Plymouth School Board this week unanimously approved several summer maintenance projects with a total cost of $585,369.49, and Maintenance Director Dave Schoof said most of the expenses will be taken out of a refunding bond for the school. The projects include renovating Lincoln Junior High and Riverside Intermediate to allow the accommodation of the new Innovation Academy, and the refinancing of the bonds has made these renovations possible. The Media Centers at both schools will be converted into space to allow project-based learning.

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Plymouth Music Boosters to Host Cafe Jazz Festival May 18

The Plymouth Music Boosters will soon transform the Plymouth High School multipurpose gymnasium into a jazz nightclub for an evening, filled with great jazz music and dinner. The group announced they will be hosting their annual Cafe Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 18, with an admission cost of $10.

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O-D’s Riley Ready to Revamp Plymouth Ag Offerings

ffa_logoPlymouth High School’s recently hired agriculture instructor is working to develop combined science and agriculture classes for the School of Inquiry.

Jacob Riley plans to keep the traditional agriculture course offerings as well and says he hopes to expand the school’s existing program. He starts his new job with the Plymouth school system in July. He will also serve as the faculty adviser for the school’s Future Farmers of America program at Plymouth High School.

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Plymouth High School Student Admits to Writing Bomb Threat

A Plymouth High School student has reportedly admitted to writing a bomb threat that shut down the school for a few hours on January 24.

A 15-year-old male student came forward Monday and admitted to Plymouth police that he wrote the bomb threat on the boys restroom wall. The student allegedly expressed to police that he had no intentions of harming other students or faculty.

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Plymouth Hires O-D Ag Teacher, FFA Sponsor

A local high school will soon be looking for a new agriculture teacher and FFA coordinator. Jacob Riley is leaving Oregon-Davis at the end of the school year to take a job with Plymouth Schools. Riley has taught a number of agriculture classes at O-D for the past nine years including courses in the school’s new tech model for the past two years. He holds three degrees from Purdue University. Riley will begin his teaching duties at Plymouth in June with summer agricultural experience classes.

J.E.S.S.E. Co-op to Reorganize

The J.E.S.S.E. Co-op is reorganizing. Rochester schools recently pulled out of the special education cooperative that administers more than 80 different special classes and resource programs which leaves 9 school corporations in our area participating in the program.

With the withdrawal of Rochester, Knox Community School Superintendent A.J. Gappa said the majority of the financial services will now come out of Plymouth Schools.

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Regional Marching Band Competition to Feature Local Bands

The Knox Redskin Brigade will be performing in the Regional Marching Band competition tomorrow at Chesterton High School at 1:49 p.m. CT. Knox will be in competition with the John Glenn Falcon Pride band in Class C. John Glenn will play at 1:10 p.m. CT.

Plymouth will be performing tomorrow at Lafayette Jefferson High School at 6:35 p.m. ET. If the bands advance from the Regional competition, students will perform in the semi-state competition and then on to State competition at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.