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Walorski Schedules Local Stops on Education Tour

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s education tour will make several stops in the area today and tomorrow. She wants to hear from education officials, community leaders and students about ways to improve opportunities and prepare students for a globally competitive workforce. Continue reading

Plymouth School Registration Information Released

 Plymouth Community School officials have announced the registration schedule for the 2014-2015 school year.

All schools will register at Plymouth High School on July 30 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. On July 31, registration is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. School officials recommend that you park in the north lot and enter through door 5.

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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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RoboNinjas at PHS Continue to Push Toward World Championships

The robotics team at Plymouth High School continues to push forward in the championship as they now head to the Indiana State Championships on Saturday, March 1, to defend their title as the 2013 Indiana State Champions. This past Saturday, Feb. 15, the RoboNinjas, comprised of Josh Kuhn and Kennedy Schnieders, traveled to Warren Central where they competed against 85 other teams from Indiana in a VEX Robotics Competition.

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RoboNinjas Travel to State Championship

A pair of robot enthusiasts at Plymouth High School are climbing the ladder to become tournament champions in the Vex Robotics competition. Last year, Josh Kuhn and Kennedy Schneiders made it all the way to the world championships in Anaheim, Cali., finishing the competition and ranking 18th in the world.

The duo were tournament champions at a competition held in Zionsville on Nov. 23, ultimately competed against the last remaining undefeated team in Indiana and beat them, winning the tournament to go on to the state championships in early March and the U.S. Open in Nebraska in April.

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Local Marching Bands Competing in ISSMA Open Class Semi-State Festival

 Marching bands from two local high schools are among 80 from across the state who have been selected to participate at today’s ISSMA Open Class Semi-State Marching Band Festival. The Plymouth High School band will compete in Class B at Pike High School at 3:10 p.m., and the John Glenn band will compete in Class C at Decatur Central High School at 4:28 p.m. The bands qualified for semi-state by being one of the top 10 scoring bands in their enrollment category at their open class regional site on Oct. 12. Today’s competition will determine the 10 bands that will represent each class at the 40th anniversary of the Indiana State Marching Band Finals next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Weidner School of Inquiry to Host Event on Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is set for Friday, Oct. 4 and plans are in motion to observe this event.

The Weidner School of Inquiry at Plymouth High School will welcome Mark and Joel Neidig from ITAMCO from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET on Friday and tours of the Precision Machining Facility will take place at 1 p.m. ET.

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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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Area Proms Prompt Law Enforcement to Step up DUI Patrols

With area schools holding their proms and post-prom events within the next month, local law enforcement departments are stepping up DUI patrols throughout their communities. Police will saturate areas around each prom and post-prom site in an effort to cut down on potential alcohol and drug use, with a zero-tolerance policy toward the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. In addition, those who provide alcohol to minors will be targeted and jailed.

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PHS, John Glenn Named Among Top Schools in State

An area school has been named one of the top schools in the state by the U.S. News and World Report, ranking in the top 50 best high schools in the state for 2013. John Glenn High School in Walkerton came in at number 21 in the state while Plymouth High School ranked number 26 for the state, following U.S. News’s review of 21,035 United States public schools.

Only 105 Hoosier schools made it into the running. With more than 1000 students and 51 teachers, PHS boasts a larger enrollment than most schools in Indiana. John Glenn High School has 605 students and 32 teachers, ranking 1576th in the nation.

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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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VanMeter to Retire from Plymouth Schools After 33 Years of Service

After serving the school for more than three decades, Sharon VanMeter has announced that she will be retiring from Plymouth Community Schools. VanMeter started at the Plymouth Community School Corporation in 1980 at Jefferson Elementary, where she served as a teacher’s aide. In 1994, she transferred to Plymouth High School as a secretary.

Throughout her 33 years at the corporation, VanMeter has become a well-known face to thousands of staff and community members, teachers, parents, and students, having worked under five different principals.

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Police Turn Bomb Threat Suspect Over to Proseuctor, Probation

police investigation 2A police report concerning the case involving a 15-year-old Plymouth High School student who reportedly admitted to writing a bomb threat on the boys bathroom wall in the high school on Jan. 23 is now in the hands of the Marshall County Prosecuting Attorney and the Marshall County Probation Department.

 Plymouth Police Chief Dave Bacon said they have been investigating the incident since it happened and had narrowed the suspect pool down to a few students and then this student confessed to the act.

 The student had reportedly written that a bomb would go off in the high school library at noon on January 24. Several police agencies searched the school and didn’t find any evidence of a bomb.

 The student allegedly told police that he never meant any harm to students or faculty.

 The Marshall County Probation officer and Prosecutor David Holmes will make a decision on what the juvenile’s charges will be and a decision has not been made yet.

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 High School Jazz Ensembles Aim for All-Music Award

Plymouth High School Jazz Ensemble

Plymouth High School Jazz Ensemble

Plymouth High School Jazz Combo

Plymouth High School Jazz Combo

On Friday, March 1, the Plymouth High School Jazz Ensembles went head-to-head with other schools in the annual Indiana State School Music Association’s annual jazz contest under the direction of band director Bryan Ames.

Ames said that this year, the school took two groups to the competition: both their full jazz ensemble and jazz combo group gave outstanding performances, earning the top-rated gold awards. The jazz combo performed first, playing two Latin selections featuring improvisational solos by senior guitar player Jacob Harley.

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Plymouth PD is Narrowing Down School Bomb Threat Suspects

A week since the bomb threat was originally discovered, Plymouth Police Department officers have announced that they have “narrowed down” the suspect pool after reviewing surveillance footage near the boy’s restroom where a bomb threat was penciled on the wall at the Plymouth High School.

The threat claimed that a bomb would go off in the high school library on Jan. 24 at 12:30 p.m., prompting the school to undergo a two-hour delay that morning to allow more than a dozen state troopers, two bomb dogs, and local police to search the school for an explosive. Fortunately, the threat turned out to be a hoax; no bomb was found.

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Plymouth Schools Now in Session

Plymouth Schools are now in session after being placed on a two-hour delay for an alleged bomb threat that was reported at Plymouth High School.

The alleged threat was found on the wall of the boy’s bathroom yesterday afternoon stating that a bomb would go off in the high school library today at 12:30.

The Superintendent’s office has confirmed that the Plymouth Police Department did not find any evidence of a bomb and a thorough search conducted by the Indiana State Police and their bomb sniffing dogs this morning found nothing.

Additional police officers are present to provide extra security at the school corporation.

PHS Band Members to March In All-State Marching Band and Indy 500 Parade

Plymouth High School Band Members will represent their school at All-State Marching Band and Indy 500

Plymouth High School will be sending six members of the Pride of Plymouth Marching Band to march in the Indiana All-State Marching Band at the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade on tomorrow.

Students from high school band programs throughout Indiana are selected for this event based on teacher recommendation and student applications. Plymouth has one of the largest numbers of students involved in the band. Students will spend Friday rehearsing on the Butler University campus and then perform in the Festival 500 Parade in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday morning.

College Goal Sunday Set in Plymouth

Students looking for help on the FAFSA form can get that assistance during College Goal Sunday on February 12th at Plymouth High School.

This free program is designed to assist you in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form. The FAFSA is required for students to be considered for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships at most colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools nationwide. The deadline to file for the FAFSA is March 10th. In one afternoon at College Goal Sunday, you and your parents can get help in finishing the complicated form and get it filed online.

Tax forms and other income and benefit information are required. For more information, visit this website.

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