The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 2011 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre. The board:
Click here to watch video of the most recent Board of Education meeting, courtesy of Plymouth Community Television Channel 14.
The board heard a report about the one-to-one computer initiative, which provides a netbook for each student at Plymouth High School.
The initiative launched a year ago with sophomore and juniors receiving netbooks. The netbooks were returned to this year’s juniors and seniors and distributed to freshmen and sophomores, so now all four grades have the computers.
Very few repairs to the netbooks were needed last year, said Mike Briggs, computer director. All of the machines were returned in working order, he said.
Students valued the machines and took care of them, because they allowed them to be more engaged in school – plus they’re cool, said PHS Principal Dan Mella.
To get teachers ready to incorporate the netbooks into their curriculum, the district offered professional development last summer, said Carrie Dassow, assistant superintendent for curriculum & instruction.
At the end of the first year, the school surveyed students about how much the netbooks were used in each class. Nearly half said they used the computers often in class, for such things as research, collaboration, individual and group writing, and using web 2.0 tools.
The district was able to eliminate three computer labs and decrease the corresponding budget, Mr. Briggs said.
Looking forward, the district wants to see:
Click here for a slide show about the netbooks.
Sandra Nicholson, Plymouth High School German teacher, updated the board on the ongoing student and teacher exchange program with a sister school in Germany.
Seventeen German students visited here for three weeks last fall; they were at the high school nearly every day and also spent time at Riverview Middle School.
Fourteen PHS students returned the visit in June. They spent two weeks staying with families and visiting the school there, and one week traveling Germany.
This year will involve a teacher exchange. Thirteen German teachers are coming Oct. 7 for a one-week visit before they head to Madison and Chicago. Plymouth teachers will travel to Germany during spring break.
Mrs. Nicholson said she hopes the exchange goes beyond her classroom to generate shared projects in areas such as science, band, etc.
The board approved a limited-term contract with Mary Kreple to teach special education part time at Parkview Elementary School. Ms. Kreple retired in June after 20 years with the district.
The board also learned of the following support staff transfers:
The board approved three out-of-state travel requests:
Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, Plymouth School District communications coordinator