Plymouth Public Schools
Voyager Express Newsletter - January 31, 2020
Plymouth Education Foundation’s 10th Annual Valentine Gala
Administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and members of the community are cordially invited to attend the Plymouth Education Foundation’s 10th Annual Valentine Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2020. This black-tie optional event will take place at Waverly Oaks Golf Club in Plymouth, from 6:00 – 11:00 PM. Individual tickets are $100. A table of eight may be purchased for $725.
Highlights of the evening will include dinner, a cash bar, live music, dancing, and raffles. Former Superintendent Of Schools, Barry Haskell will receive the Adele Manfredi Excellence In Education Award, in honor of his exemplary commitment to education and the community. Indian Brook Elementary School Principal, Erica Manfredi, will present the award in memory of her late mother.
Visit http://www.plymoutheducationfoundation.org/news/gala to purchase your tickets.
Hello I am: Not My Addiction
It's rare nowadays to meet someone who hasn't been directly or indirectly impacted by addiction. To the friends and families of those who struggle, they are so much more than their substance use disorders. They are fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends. They are athletes, lawyers, trades workers, doctors, designers, artists. They are compassionate, skilled, caring, friendly, kind, giving, intelligent, empathetic. While the symptoms of addiction often overshadow these qualities, occupations, and roles, we must remember that there is always hope for recovery.
STUDENT SERVICES / GUIDANCE
Advanced Placement (AP) Orientation Night
Visual & Performing Arts
Massachusetts All-State Chorus
PNHS Drama presents The Addams Family Musical!
English Language Arts
After a pilot program, Poetry Out Loud is now in its second year of full implementation at both high schools. All students learn and recite poems in their English classes and class winners are given the opportunity to compete in the schoolwide semi-finals. Top-scoring students then compete in an evening event where they are scored on accuracy, physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and overall performance.
We are so proud of all of the student finalists who did an amazing job! Special congratulations go to Megan Johnson (runner-up) and Olivia Free (winner) from Plymouth North and to Madison McWhirk (runner-up) and Elisabeth Carlin (winner) from Plymouth South. Olivia and Elisabeth are on to the regional competition in a few weeks, and we wish them the best of luck!
Thank you to the teacher coordinators and judges who gave their time and efforts to make this program such a success. We look forward to many more years of inspiring poetry performances to come!
Science, Technology & Engineering
Biomedical Applications Now Available
The program connects students to courses and experiences that promote career exploration and readiness. Biomedical Science Staff work collaboratively to create an instructional program that is rooted in project based learning and that which fosters partnerships with professionals that expand on the opportunities for Plymouth students.
In order to be considered for acceptance into this program, interested students must complete an online application (bit.ly/biomedapp). Applications are due on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. For more information, check out these links (bit.ly/biomedinfo and bit.ly/pltwbiomed). Note that only current 8th grade students are eligible to apply.
23rd Annual Early Childhood Fair
Researching Winter Animals
Different is awesome!
The story- A little boy brings his older brother, born with one hand, for show-and-tell. The students ask him all sorts of questions about how he does things with one hand and realize that he can do anything they can do, he just does it differently. Along the way, they notice that we're all different in one way or another, leading to the realization that not only are differences a similarity we all share, but, they are what make us unique - AND AWESOME!
This is in sync with the IBES motto-We may all be different fish but in this school we all swim together. This presentation reminds us that starts with appreciating our differences because they serve to connect us rather than divide us.
Everyone has a talent!
Mark Kenny inspires children by recalling his love of the Guinness book of world records and setting a goal as a child to get into the book by achieving a world record of some kind.
He demonstrates juggling, marshmallow toss, egg toss and finally how step by step he mastered hand walking.
MES P.R.I.D.E. Assembly
One School, One Book
Booster Fun Run
Glow Run Fun!
Function Machine Project!
Officer Miranda Making Connections with Students
Strolling through the hallways at PSMS and studying the displayed work gives a glimpse into what is being learned in the classrooms. 6th-graders have been reflecting on their holiday breaks and the new year; they illustrated both what they did and what they would like to accomplish. A different group was learning about the main Hebrew leaders, namely Moses, David, Abraham, and Solomon. 7th-graders studied how art helped Islam spread; in the process, they created examples of Islamic-inspired art, with its geometric patterns and tesselations. Other 7th-graders designed covers for companion books.
Poetry Out Loud Competition
Empty Bowls Workshop and Emerging Young Artists
During the Emerging Young Artists show at Umass Dartmouth. 2 AP students from North got their work into the show (they are circled on the attached poster)- Kady Whynott did the self-portrait with hands and Jillian Webster did the gorilla/skull study. It's a highly competitive show with 276 entries from across the area, and only 79 pieces selected! It's a great honor and we are so proud of them.