Parcellin's Parent Page

News and Notes for Parents at Plymouth North

High Expectations and Setting the Tone for a Successful Year

At Plymouth North this year, we have started this school year off from day one working to set clear expectations around the type of high achieving school we want to be and making sure that translates in both culture and academics every day.


Our administrators are working harder than ever to maintain student safety, support students where they are and craft meaningful experiences for staff and students that put them in a position to thrive. Our teachers are working harder than implement strategies to maximize engagement and learning growth and craft a classroom environment that pushes students to think and achieve at high levels. Our students are working harder than ever at applying higher order thinking skills to achieve impressive individual goals they set for themselves that transcend grades and simple work production.


It seems that all across education, schools are asked to respond to situations outside the typical or the "norm", and the last few weeks we've seen that even here at PNHS. You should be assured that the administrators, teachers and staff at North refuse to stop moving forward and making progress because of it. We are committed to making sure we have a safe, positive and enriching school environment that has clear expectations for student culture and behavior. We will take all the necessary steps to make sure that is maintained.


In addition to setting clear expectations, we also are committed to constantly improving what we do for our students. We are constantly reflecting on what we do, finding ways to implement new innovative ideas and programs based on research in order to be a better school in so many ways every single day.


Our students are doing some amazing things here at North! Take a look below at all that they have been doing and have coming up... we're excited for a great Fall at PNHS!


Sincerely,

Pete Parcellin
Principal, Plymouth North

In this week's Parent Page...

  1. Key Dates and Upcoming Events
  2. Homecoming Dance 2022
  3. What are Teachers & Admin working on?
  4. Plymouth North Players Fall Show
  5. PNHS StuCo Fall Handmade Craft Fair
  6. College Fair at PNHS
  7. Guidance Update
  8. UK Vocal Student come to North
  9. Music News! Check out the PSMA Newsletter!
  10. Holiday Fundraiser for PN Families in Need
  11. Go Gold
  12. E-Hall Pass
  13. School Council
  14. Sports and Clubs at PNHS
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1. Key Dates and Upcoming Events

  • Today, October 5th: HALF DAY, 11:05am Dismissal

  • Monday, October 10th: NO SCHOOL, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY

  • Thursday, October 20th: PNHS Open House, 6-8pm

  • Friday, October 21st: Plymouth North Players Fall Play, "Trap", 7pm

  • Saturday, October 22nd: Plymouth North Players Fall Play, "Trap", 7pm

  • Wednesday, October 26th: Student Picture Retakes

  • Wednesday, October 26th: School Council Meeting, 6pm

  • Friday, November 4th: Term 1 Grades Close

  • Saturday, November 5th: Fall Handmade Craft Fair at PNHS

  • Saturday, November 5th: VPA Fundraising Concert w/ "High Noon", Memorial Hall, 7pm

  • Tuesday, November 8th: NO SCHOOL, ELECTION DAY

  • Thursday, November 10th: Term 1 Report Cards go home with students in last period.

  • Thursday, November 10th: Powderpuff Tournament, 6pm, Turf

  • Friday, November 11th: NO SCHOOL, VETERAN'S DAY

  • Wednesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 25th: NO SCHOOL, THANKSGIVING BREAK
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2. Homecoming Dance 2022

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At the Biggest Homecoming Dance in the History of Plymouth North, hundreds of Eagles danced the night away under the stars in our beautifully decorated Courtyard. The event was an upbeat, fun, and beautiful night. Students left with big smiles!


Based on a vote of the members of the Senior Class, 10 students were named members of the 2022 Homecoming Royalty. Congratulations to 2022 Royalty: Isaac Uva, Parker Maslowski, Yuna Yi, Kevin Riley, DJ Chase, Ben Young, Drew Adair & Madeline Dempster!


Nick Rodden was named Homecoming King 2022 and Brenna Guiliani was named Homecoming Queen 2022. Congratulations to both!


Kudos go out to the outstanding Senior Class officers, and their advisors Ms. Wolcott and Mr. Hales. GREAT JOB!

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3. Administration & Faculty Initiatives at PNHS

We are very lucky at North: Our educators don't just work hard during their precious minutes in the classroom, they are skilled educators who apply experience and training to deliver an ever improving product that is focused on feedback, research and assessment of results beyond the school day all the time.


Already this year, our staff has dedicated hours to several areas we hope will improve the experience school-wide for students, but also in their classrooms. Here's what we've been working on outside the typical classroom environment:


  • School Wide Data Reflection: Led by our Assistant Principal during our September PD time, teachers collaborated in cross-department groups to analyze school-wide data (MCAS, AP Scores, DESE accountability reports, Student Grades, Attendance and Behavior Data) to identify trends and patterns. They worked to identify student groups at risk, but also identify some next steps and solutions to improve student performance.

  • Freshman Academy Reflection: In Common Planning Time and led by our Assistant Principal during our September PD time, 9th grade teachers worked to review and refine our "Transition Goals" that ensure students are focused on learning growth and personal growth, not just their number grade and work production. They also have worked to reflect on policy and practices to have a more inclusive lens in the work we do.

  • School-Wide Skill and Goal Development: Led by our Assistant Principal during our September PD time, our teachers collaborated in cross-departmental groups to identify key skills we believe all students are working towards school-wide, and gather input from teachers on what goals they believe we all have for students to achieve beyond just acquiring grades and content, and how to express that clearly to families and the community.

  • Development of School-Wide Goals: Our Department Heads have been collaborating on the development of school wide "Transition Goals" that we have for students across the building that develop skills that transcend just acquiring grades or memorizing content. Using teacher, student and parent input, they are crafting a collective sense of the vision we have for our graduates beyond high school, and how we hope to set them on a path to success that goes far beyond a number grade or just turning in work, so we can connect every grade, course, unit and lesson to those goals building wide.

  • Curriculum Reflection and Development: Today in our October PD time, teachers and administrators are working within departments to review and refine their curriculum, instruction and assessment in their individual courses to help improve student learning growth and performance during class time.
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4. Plymouth North Players Fall Show, "Trap"

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Our Plymouth North Players are hard at work preparing for this Fall Show which uniquely makes the audience part of the show! Get there and get ready for an amazing experience!


Make sure you get your tickets ASAP by clicking here!

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5. PNHS StuCo Fall Handmade Craft Fair @ PNHS!

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6. College Fair at PNHS

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7. Guidance Update

Our Guidance Counselors are hard at work setting up students for success and helping to plan for post-secondary pursuits!


Senior Parents: Could your Senior use help with their college applications? Guidance Counselors are after school every Tuesday and Thursday in October in the back corner of the Library to help any senior with their college applications!

Guidance News: Check out the latest Guidance Newsletter from our Department Head, Ms. Kahle!

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8. UK Vocal Students visit PNHS!

After our Vocal Students travelled to the United Kingdom and performed in Plymouth, England this past July, the UK students are coming to visit us this October!


25 students from Plymouth, UK who participate in their A Capella group will be coming to stay with Plymouth families and see Plymouth, MA in late October. They are also going to perform for the public as well! See the performance on Thursday, October 27th at 7pm in the PNHS PAC!

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9. Music News! Check out the PSMA Newsletter

If you were unaware, the PSMA (Plymouth Schools Music Association) is made up of parents, guardians and administrators of Performing Arts students in the Plymouth Public Schools and they do a ton of things programmatically and financially to help support the students in the Performing Arts in our schools.


They issue a quarterly newsletter and they have a ton going on! Check out the events, info and news attached below!

If you're interested in supporting PPS and PNHS performing arts, you can certainly do so at these fundraising events specifically for adults:


  • Saturday, October 8th, 2pm: Fundraising event at Indie Ferm (see newsletter attached above for details)

  • Saturday, November 5th, 7:30pm: Fundraising Concert with Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band "High Noon" at Memorial Hall. Get your tickets online by clicking here!
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10. Holiday Fundraiser for PN Families in Need

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Thank you to Special Ed. Department Head, Ms. Keane & Assistant Principal, Shannon Turner who help identify and find resources for PN families in need during the Holiday Season.


This year to fund the effort, they are running a fundraiser where you can purchase items such as candles, home goods, baked goods and wrapping paper that will be shipped directly to you from Meadow Farms and a portion of the proceeds go directly back this program.


Log on to the site today to get your orders in and help North families in need this holiday season!

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11. Go Gold!

The PPS "Go Gold" campaign to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer Research was in full effect this year at PNHS. We had a "Go Gold" themed spirit day, a "Go Gold" themed student section at our home Homecoming football game and our student council sold North Specific Gold T-Shirts to wear on "Go Gold" day! Overall, our student council, class officers and school overall raised double last year's total to contribute toward the district campaign!
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12. E-Hall Pass

Across the secondary schools at PPS we are moving towards electronic hall passes through the "E-Hall Pass" system. Here at North, we gave teachers a training and opportunity to learn the system this September, along with a video training for all students during K Block.


We fully launched "E-Hall Pass" on September 22nd. The system is designed to allow efficient, prompt and accurate approval for students to obtain permission to go just about anywhere in the building to minimize the impact on learning and class time.


Students can now initiate passes on their chromebooks that teachers can approve as they move around the room or on their tablets, phones or laptops. Others in the building like counselors, the library, academic support and beyond can also now issue "appointment" passes where they set up meetings ahead of time with students and both the teacher and student receive notifications without disrupting class.


With anything new, we're constantly adjusting and refining the system to allow it to work with ease and to maximize its potential in the building. We continue gather feedback in order to adjust rooms, limits and the program to work best with our kids and staff... but so far it's been a big success at helping students and staff travel efficiently and with minimal disruption and allows us to have valuable data to use in crafting our practices and policies going forward!

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13. School Council

We are always looking for more members of our School Council!


School Council is made up of teachers, students, parents, and school committee members to provide feedback on events at North from academics, culture, development of the budget and crafting the building-wide School Improvement Plan. The meetings are monthly, and mostly via Zoom... so it's an easy lift!


Our first meeting is Wednesday, October 26th at 6pm via Zoom. If you're interested, certainly reach out and let me know!

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14. Sports and Clubs at PNHS!

See below for information on all our sports and our after school clubs at Plymouth North!


You can also check for all sorts of information in our Daily Announcements which are posted online every day. To see them, click here!


SPORTS UPDATE AT PNHS:

PN Athletics are doing very well this Fall!


The updated "power rankings" in preparation for statewide tournament seedings came out this week, and we have some of the strongest teams in the league and state this fall!


  • Field Hockey is ranked #26 in Division 2!
  • Volleyball is ranked #26 in Division 2!
  • Girls Soccer is ranked #5 overall in Division 2 and the highest ranked in the Patriot League!
  • Boys Soccer moved up to #3 overall in Division 2 and the highest ranked in the Patriot League!
  • Golf has worked hard to improve and notch 4 big wins in the last week of play!
  • Boys XC just got a big win over Whitman-Hanson this week, and Girls XC has had several meets with great personal bests and many times with the fastest runner overall with the impressive work of Macey Shriner!
  • The Cheer and Dance teams continue to perform and practice, and we can't wait to see how they will do in their upcoming competitions this fall after their impressive success last year!


If you're looking to see some games, you can see an up to the minute schedule online by clicking here. Here's the upcoming schedule this week and next:


Today, Wednesday, Oct. 5th:

  • Girls Soccer @ NQ, 4pm
  • Boys Soccer HOME v. NQ, 4pm
  • Volleyball @ Scituate, 5:30pm


Thursday, Oct. 6th:

  • XC HOME (Forges) v. Marshfield, 3:30pm
  • Field Hockey @ Hanover, 4pm


Friday, Oct. 7th:

  • Golf HOME (Atlantic CC) v. Hanover, 3:30pm
  • Girls Soccer HOME v. W-H, 4pm
  • Boys Soccer @ W-H, 4pm
  • Volleyball HOME v. SL, 5:15pm
  • Football HOME v. Duxbury, 7pm


Tuesday, October 11th:


  • Golf HOME (Plymouth CC) v. W-H, 3:30pm
  • Girls Soccer HOME v. Scituate, 4pm
  • Boys Soccer @ Scituate, 4pm
  • Volleyball @ Middleboro, 5:30pm


Wednesday, October 12th:

  • XC HOME (Forges) v. SL, 330pm
  • Unified Basketball @ Duxbury, 4pm
  • Field Hockey HOME v. Somerset-Berkeley, 4pm
  • Volleyball @ Hingham, 5:15pm


Thursday, October 13th:

  • Girls Soccer @ SL, 4pm
  • Boys Soccer HOME v. SL, 4pm


Friday, October 14th:

  • Field Hockey @ Hingham, 3:30p
  • Volleyball HOME v. Duxbury, 5:15pm

CLUBS AT PNHS:


  • Senior Powderpuff: Sign-ups for players and coaches are Friday, Oct. 7 at 7am in Rm. 331 until the team fills up. You must have a check for $15.00 made out to PNHS SAF when you sign up. Any questions see the information on google classroom or Mrs. Wolcott in Rm. 331.

  • Corn Hole Tournament: Join us for a fun and exciting corn hole tournament next Thursday, Oct 6th on the football field from 6pm-8pm. Come field a team. Help bring down last years champions Josh Murray and DJ Chase. It is $20 a team to enter. See Mr. Hales or Mr. Tocci for sign up forms.

  • Freshman Class Council: Attention Freshman...those of you that are interested in being part of the decision making team for the Class of 2026 need to pick up an application for Freshman Council with Ms. Jalbert in Rm. 308. Completed applications are due to Ms. Jalbert by October 12th. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a leader for the Class of 2026.

  • Interact Club: Interact Club had its first meeting of the year and has begun to generate ideas for community service opportunities and projects for our members to get involved in. Interact will meet on the first and third Thursday of each month during K block and after school as necessary. Interested students should join our Google Classroom using the code "ag4zbd7" page to be sure to receive all club news. See Ms. Lewison for more information.

  • French Club: Students who are interested in using French beyond the classroom are encouraged to join the French Club. At our first meeting of the year, students indicated their interest in exploring French through food and other hands-on activities. With this in mind, the French Club will meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month during K block. Students who want to receive club announcements should join our Google Classroom using the code "gceigxh". See Ms. Lewison for details.

  • Chess Club: The Chess Club will start meeting in November. It will meet every Tuesday after school in Rm. 322. See Mr. Perlow or Mr. Hales for questions.

  • Mindful Moments: Are you looking for a quiet space to spend your study K block? Would you like to relax or de-stress through meditation or light yoga? Do you need strategies to cope with stress or anxiety? Do you want to sit in a dark, quiet room for a minute to collect your thoughts? Come to Mindful Moments- Ms. Cartmill's Rm. 225 for K block on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays No appointment necessary!

  • Art Club: Art Club will hold its first meeting Thursday, October 6th in Rm. 125. Any students interested in joining should attend.

  • Game Club: Game club meets Thursdays from 2pm-4pm in Rm. 108J. Join them for board, card and video games! See Ms. Carrozza for details.

  • Model UN: Model UN meets every Friday during K Block in the Library. See Mr. Clark for details!

  • Crochet Club: Crochet Club meets once a month on Thursdays in Rm. 338 from 2pm-3pm. The next meeting is tomorrow, Thursday, October 6th from 2pm-3pm. ALL skill levels are welcome - and help us create our community blanket of granny squares! Follow us on Instagram @pnhs_crochet_club and on our google classroom “cipehlw” for news about upcoming meetings! See Ms. Jenkins-Brown for details.

  • World Language Honor Society: This is the third week of Hispanic Heritage Month and the World Language Honor Society of PNHS is honoring Mexico with music, food, and crafts during k block. The last two weeks we celebrated Peru with the help of our very own Sr. Escobar, as well as the nation of Cuba! Follow our Instagram @pnhs_wlhs for updates on more upcoming celebrations and events!