Monday, April 22, 2013
Plymouth Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gary E. Maestas, sent the following email to Plymouth families on Sunday night. The letter includes links to resources on how to talk to children about the bombings.
Monday is the first day of school for Plymouth school children, since the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gary E. Maestas sent the following letter to parents and guardians of school-age children in the district. Good Day Plymouth Families: Over the past week, the events surrounding the Boston Marathon have left us all with a sense of heartache for the lives lost in Boston and the many people injured in the bombing. Traditionally, I have made time on Patriot’s Day to watch the Boston Marathon on TV since it has always been a dream of mine to run in it. While watching the early runners finish, I once again experienced that desire to run in next year’s race. A couple of hours later, I turned on the TV in …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
West Elementary fourth and fifth graders vote for their favorite books and design the cover for those books.
West Elementary fourth and fifth grade students recently completed the Massachusetts Children's Book Award Program, which encourages reading for pleasure by involving students in grades 4-6 throughout the State in an "election" determines the most popular book title from a list of 25 professionally-selected nominees. The winning author is awarded the MCBA based on ballot tallies from all participating Massachusetts students in grades 4-6. Library media specialist Linda Shannon and Art specialist Elyse Robbins collaborated on the book cover project. Students were given the assignment to use their imaginations to create a book cover based on their interpretations of character, plot, theme, or setting of their selected MCBA nominee. The cover…
Monday, March 11, 2013
Nathaniel Morton Elementary School celebrated its 100th anniversary.
On Feb. 15, the students and staff at Nathaniel Morton Elementary took part in an afternoon of activities to celebrate both the 100th day of school and the 100th year of the school. Students rotated throughout the school with 100-based activities like building with 100 cups, rolling dice 100 times, exercise moves for 100 seconds, designing with 100 pattern blocks, and putting together picture puzzles from 1913. Students also brought in items via a food drive that they used to create a "Can-struction" and were able to donate over 1,000 food items to the Plymouth Food Pantry. Students celebrated the school's birthday by singing and creating an expressive Happy Birthday poster with each child's finger print represented. Finally, all the …
Friday, March 8, 2013
High tide came with 20 foot waves that pounded Bert's and Warren Avenue.
UPDATE: 5 p.m. Friday Land access to Saquish and the Gurnet has been cut off, according to the Plymouth Fire Chief. The last crossover has washed out leaving the peninsula inaccessible by land. --- Not much snow has stuck to the ground along Plymouth's coastline, but the waves continue to pound the beaches, homes and roads. Check here for David Curran's dramatic video of Bert's being submerged and hit with 20 ft. waves. Warren Avenue was flooded during high tide, but has reopened this morning. Taylor Avenue in Manomet has also flooded. So far there have been few power outages. The Red Cross continues to keep a shelter open at Memorial Hall for those who need it. Just after Thursday night's high tide, a Plymouth couple pulled a woman from …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Plymouth high school students scored along the state average on the SATs but the scores varied significantly between the two high schools.
Curious how Plymouth students did on this year's SATs? Here’s your answer, straight from the numbers released this week by the College Board, which administers the test to high school juniors and seniors. Plymouth North and South testers scored along the state average in Critical Reading, Writing and Math [See Chart Below] Plymouth also scored better than Wareham but lower than Carver, Silver Lake and Duxbury across the board. The averages for both North and South varry significantly, Plymouth North students scored higher in critical reading (502 to 492) and significantly higher in math (529 to 502) than Plymouth South students, but significantly lower on writing (495 to 529); 211 Plymouth South students took the test to 170 Plymouth North…
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Plymouth students, on average, scored higher on the MCAS than the rest of Massachusetts. Check out the table below.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
From the Department of Education. Here's the table for Rising Tide Charter School. Here are the statistics for all students in the state:
Friday, August 24, 2012
They don't roast freshmen at Plymouth South's Freshmen Barbeque, but it was fun regardless.
This was on Plymouth South High School's Facebook page Friday: "Great Freshmen Barbecue last night - thanks to all who attended and articipated....see counselor Ms. Saba in our new College Kiosk." This is just one of the ways Patch can useful for you during the upcoming school year. The school year is approaching fast, (school starts Sept. 4), and Plymouth Patch will be there to cover all the big news for all of Plymouth's schools. But we can’t do it without your help. To make sure you get the most out of Patch this school year, we invite you to get active in the news-gathering process. There are five things you can do to make sure your school and its students get all the coverage they deserve from Patch: You can also become a blogger and …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Is it harmless fun, a stupid dare, or something more dangerous? Plymouth School officials warn parents about the viral video and possible dangers of swallowing a tablespoon of cinnamon.
A spoonful of sugar it is not. Recently, the Bridgewater-Raynham school district warned parents of the potential dangers of a YouTube meme called the cinnamon challenge. Plymouth Public School officials are seconding that warning in Superintendant Gary Maestas's weekly email. "We would like to make you aware of what this is so that our children will not be at risk," Maestas writes in his "Friday Notes." In this challenge, people try to swallow a spoonful of the spice without drinking water, in the videos, this always results in choking and coughing by the participant as the cinnamon apparently burns their mouths and noses. Cinnamon is naturally caustic, meaning it burns and even corrodes body tissue. Nationwide, there have even been …
Friday, October 7, 2011
The Plymouth Public Schools are committed to locating children before their third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four-year-olds.
Friday, October 7, 2011
It is the responsibility of the Plymouth Public School Department to identify any child who is a resident of Plymouth, who may have a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability. It is also the responsibility of Plymouth Public Schools to evaluate those students to determine which are eligible for special education or related services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) or 603 CMR 28 (Massachusetts Special Education Regulations). The Plymouth Public Schools are committed to locating children before their third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four-year-olds. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development and would like to have him/her screened, …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Various resources help Plymouth Public Schools maintain consistent budgets.
Thanks to various sources of supplementary funding, Plymouth Public Schools are ready to operate at a similar level of funding that they have over the last few years. “We’ve been very fortunate,” Plymouth Superintendent Gary Maestas said. “We’ve applied for and received stimulus funds that have helped to offset budget cuts from the state level; given that, the budget has not been impacted nearly as much as it could have been.” As a result of this supplementary funding, staffing levels have been stabilized as well. Michael Spencer, the principal of Nathaniel Morton Elementary School, confirmed that they have been able to maintain programs given the budget decisions that have taken place throughout the town. “The challenge now is to grow …