Thursday, May 21, 2009

Where are they now?

April DeLaPaz had a perfectly good job at the Marshall County Courthouse in Plymouth. She graduated from Plymouth High School in 1998 and had a child. She worked full time and was raising her son, Caleb. But there was something that drew her back to education. Thinking back, she said, “It was office work. It was so confining. I knew I had to go back to school.”

She started to take one class per semester in 2003 at Plymouth High School where IU South Bend classes are taught in the evenings.

It has been a long time in coming but she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Through her studies she has acquired a passion for the earth, ecology and research. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in marine ecology and to teach at a university someday.

When she first came to IU South Bend, she was intending on pursuing an education degree. However, through three summer study trips abroad – two in Belize and one to Africa – she became excited about research. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of field work. I like to plug in the numbers,” she said. “I learned so much from the trips. I wish every student could do a study trip.”

April had a few second thoughts about pursing a degree in biology. “I didn’t think I could do it but (biology) Professor (Ann) Grens said I could to it and she was right.”

There were adjustments to becoming a student and a full-time parent. She is first generation in her family to go on to college. Her mother, Irma, is originally from Mexico. Both her mother and father, Chris, have supported her educational cause and have helped with Caleb.

Her son will turn 11 in August and he is so proud of his mother’s accomplishments that he also is thinking of becoming a biologist.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

2009 PHS Academic Hall of Fame - 5-17-09

Row 1 (left – right) Doug Booth, Business Education, Mark Danielson, Mathematics, Chad Griewank, Performing Arts, Andrew Sanchez, English, Jeremy Renz, Health/Physical Education

Row 2 (left – right) Serena Constable, Vocal Music, Krista Krpan, Science, Bailey Capper, Instrumental Music, Sarah Griewank, Student Publications, Kasey Greer, Social Studies, Erin Galt, Broadcasting.


I would like to apologize for being down the last 48 hours. Blogger had detected that we might be a spam blog site and shut us down. We wrote an appeal and now we are open for business again.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Summer Food Program

Anyone under 18 years of age eats free! Adults may eat - Breakfast $1.00 and Lunch $2.00

Plymouth High School
June 1-July 31, 2009



Lincoln Junior High
July 20-31, 2009




Riverside Intermediate
July 20-31, 2009




Washington Elementary
July 20-31, 2009



Bus Information for 2009-2010 School Year

There will be NO new buses for next school year.

THEREFORE all students will be riding THE SAME BUS and time as this year.

Reminder slips will be sent with the drivers for handouts later this month.

IF they move over the summer - we need to be contacted with this new information.

Thanks for your help!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

School Lunch Program - Update

Elementary and Riverside School Lunch Program

As an incentive for students to participate in the school lunch program, we will be offering a 3rd option.

Presently, we offer the lunch tray with an entrée, vegetable, fruit, milk & grain item.
Also, a chef salad is the 2nd option for students.

We are introducing a 3rd option:
PBJ Uncrustable & string cheese.

Students may take this option in place of the entrée item & can still take all of the items listed on the menu for that day.

We encourage all students to eat breakfast and lunch everyday to keep them healthy.

Washington Parent Academy

A Washington Elementary committee completed the Indiana Academy for Parent Leadership this year in Fort Wayne. The committee included Michele Riise, Brenda Lewis, Barb Peden, Shannon Whitley, Carol Anders, and Brandy Babcock (not pictured). Superintendent Dan Tyree joined the committee for the Graduation in Indianapolis.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

2009 Jefferson Fun Fair

The 2009 Fun Fair at Jefferson School was a big success. Mr. Remenih got involved!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Blog Bits

Plymouth Community School Corporation is proud to announce a new partnership with Purdue University. At this stage, the partnership is involved in a grant writing proposal to the federal government that will focus on science lessons in grades three through six. These lessons would include the use of mathematics, technology, and engineering. If this partnership’s grant proposal is accepted, Plymouth Community Schools will provide students with a great advantage over other schools our size. We look forward to working with Purdue University.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

PHS Speech Team Garage Sale

The Annual PHS Speech Team Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 9th only, 7 a.m. -2 p.m., on the Plymouth High School Stage. Please enter through loading dock doors on the north side of the building.

All proceeds go to the PHS Speech, Theatre, and Broadcasting Departments.

Furniture, clothes, shoes, toys, house wares, tools, holiday decorations, nick-knacks, and more!

Monday, May 04, 2009

4th Diamond Key Coach Recognition

The National Forensic League is proud to announce that Charlotte Tyree from Plymouth High School, has earned a fourth diamond. Ms. Tyree attained a total of 10,038 points on March 31, 2009, (more than one hundred thousand points in debate and contest speaking). Coaches receive 1/10th of their student’s points. Under Ms. Tyree’s instructions, her students earned over 100,380 credit points. Coaches qualify for membership and advanced degrees according to the same schedule provided for students and must apply and pay a membership fee. Coaches who obtained membership as a student can request their points be added to their coaching record. One-tenth of the points earned as a student will be transferred without application or fee.

On attaining a total of 1,500 points, coaches are entitled to wear a diamond-set NFL key or pin; additional diamonds accrue at 3,000, 6,000, 10,000 and each 3,000 points thereafter. Minimum time for each diamond is five years as an NFL member coach. Also the degrees for three coaches within each chapter count towards district standings and tournament apportionment.

In June, Charlotte Tyree will receive special recognition at the Lincoln Financial Group/NFL National Tournament for her devotional dedication in training effective leadership skills. This year’s Stars Fell on Alabama National Tournament will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, June 14-19, 2009 and will draw 2,700 students and 1,500 coaches, school administrators and parents. The National Speech Tournament has been held continuously since 1931 (except for the W.W. II years) and has appeared on the approved list of the National Association of Secondary School Principals National Advisory List of Contests and Activities since origination of the list.

The National Forensic League is a non-partisan, not for profit educational honor society founded in 1925 by Bruno E. Jacob at Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin. Its purpose is to encourage and motivate high school students to participate in and become proficient in the forensic arts: debate, public speaking, and interpretation.

Since its founding, NFL has enrolled over 1,307,458 members in all fifty states, U.S. possessions and several foreign countries. Currently over 93,000 high school students and over 6,500 high school teachers are active members.