Plymouth Public Schools
Voyager Express Newsletter - October 5, 2018
The outstanding performance of "This Is Me" by our VPA students at opening day has inspired many across the world. Our students truly value the arts opportunities that are available to them at all of our schools but understand that not all public school students are this fortunate. Our VPA department has put together a recorded, downloadable version of "This Is Me" to raise funds for Mr Holland's Opus Foundation to help give ALL students and ALL schools the power of music education.
The track features over 200 students involved in the VPA programs of the Plymouth Public Schools. It was recorded in our very own studios at both PNHS and PSHS. This recording will be available for purchase on iTunes as well as the Google Play Store. All proceeds will go towards Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, an organization that supports public school music programs across the country through the donation of instruments and grants for music education support.
Visit Google Play or iTunes to purchase for $0.99! Thank you for supporting the arts.
Google Play: Tinyurl.com/thisismeplymouthgoogle
iTunes Store: Tinyurl.com/thisismeplymouthitunes
Happenings in our Community
This popular town wide tradition of community service helps keep our open spaces, parks, beaches conservation lands and neighborhoods beautiful. Families, neighbors, school groups, clubs, businesses and organizations all pitch in. Thank you for doing your part in the past and we hope you’ll join us again this year. If you’ve never done it before, don’t miss it this fall – it’s a good way to instill civic pride in our children and it’s fun.
The Town offers purple bags for collecting the litter and will pick up full bags from your drop location. Contact Patrick Farah at Town Hall at 508 747-1620 x10204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Let him know an area you’d like to clean up or he will suggest a group you can join.
Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative (PYDC)
Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
Science, Technology & Engineering
This week students have been learning about the different parts of an apple, where apples come from and what you can make with apples. Miss Nancy, our speech-language pathologist, made an apple orchard in the hallway where students acted out a Matt and Molly apple story. They also sang an apple song and played a fun apple toss game, where students threw their "apple" into the big, medium or small basket. Great job Miss Nancy!
Students had fall items such as apples, acorns, and leaves at their science centers where they explored using pan balances and magnifying glasses to see inside of an apple. In Miss Gabby's class the room smelled of cinnamon as the students pretended to make "apple pies" in the sensory bin. With Miss Jen, our physical therapist, students climbed a ladder in the classroom and picked from "apple trees". In Miss Donna's room they had apple tasting where the students were able to peel the apples and even make apple faces after!
Cold Spring was recognized for performance on state testing!
This Is Me! Meet SES Staff
In keeping with our district’s #ThisIsMe theme this year, we will be highlighting SES staff members over time so you can learn more about us.
First up - Dr. Blaisdell, our principal and Mrs. Racicot, our assistant principal.Mrs. Nordberg, Secretary and Mrs. Dever, Grade 2 Classroom Teacher!
Problem Solving in Mrs. Dorr's Class
PCIS Visits Bridgewater State University
To help build college awareness For our students, PCIS 8th grade students visited Bridgewater State University. Students learned about what it is like to be a college student and took a tour of the campus. We hope this trip helps student to start thinking of life after middle and high school.
Enjoying the Weather
What a perfect time of year to enjoy the double benefit of outdoor gym class and playing with friends. Pickleball, touch football, and running are the units in which students are currently participating. Let’s hope the nice weather lasts a few more weeks!
Students are wrapping up our unit on kinematics and have just studied projectile motion and circular motion. Today's lab was for students to use a CPO launcher to project vertically. They were (are asked tonight) to calculate initial velocity after finding max height and time to max height. They are applying constant acceleration formulas to do that. However, I am not telling them how to get the answer nor which formulas to use. They have to justify their usage and explain it. We'll see what I get for results. One method is wiser to use so I am curious to note how they think it through.
Art and the Community
Board of Selectman’s meeting in which students from Art and the Community helped present our mural proposal. The presentation went well and the Board is excited to see the mural created later in the month.
Homecoming weekend was a major success! Starting with the Friday afternoon Tailgate, whipping up Eagle spirit which was a great start to the evening for the students. The game win with the enthusiasm from the fans, music from the talented marching band, color guard, dance team and cheerleaders. Congratulations to our Homecoming Queen, Helen Frazer and King, Edmund Payzant. Also, congratulations to the Homecoming Court Abby George, Carolyn Reimer, Anna Sheehan, Taysia Hatch, Aidan Campbell, Cole Gustin, Tyler Nguyen, and Marcus Johnson. Thank you to all the chaperones at the games, events & at the dance. The events were a tremendous success with your help.
PLYMOUTH SOUTH ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Congratulations! Emma Diamond & Cam Sullivan
Emma Diamond - Cross Country: Junior Emma Diamond is one of the most dedicated runners on the Cross Country team. She comes to practice every day and is willing to go above and beyond to improve. Emma never complains about anything she is asked to do and is extremely coachable. Emma has made great improvements in her times already this season and it is due to her commitment and dedication. She is a quiet leader who leads by example.
Cam Sullivan - Cross Country: Freshman Cam Sullivan has had a fantastic start of the cross country season. He has put in 100% effort in every practice and his hard work is paying off as he has done great in our first two meets. In our first meet against Hingham he scored varsity points meeting his personal goal and at Quincy he was the number two runner for South. At the Martha's Vineyard Invitational he medaled in the freshman race placing 11th out of 100 runners. Cam is very dedicated and has a great desire to improve.