Plymouth School District Report Card

Every year the Department of Public Instruction releases school and district "report cards." These report cards use standardized test scores and a few other demographic data points to grade a district and its individual schools.

While Plymouth Schools see the value in standardized tests as one way to monitor progress, we gauge the success of our schools via many other important factors.

We invite you to explore the links below to see how an exciting mix of academics, extracurriculars, and other enriching experiences allow our students to truly thrive in school while preparing themselves to become their best in any path they choose after graduation.

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o College-bound members of the Class of 2018 had an average ACT composite of 23.1.
o The Class of 2018 ranks second in the East Central Conference for ACT composite.
o ACT indicates our seniors are prepared for college at a higher rate than the state average.
o Members of the Class of 2018 graduated PHS with 11.6 college credits on average. Up to 77 college credits were available to them during their high school career.
o The Class of 2018 earned a total of $1.6 million in scholarships.
o PHS uses a Laude system similar to that used by many universities. The levels are, in order of increasing rigor, Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude.
o For the 2018-19 school year, 541 of the 760 students -- 71 percent! -- are enrolled in at least one Laude-level class.
o PHS has added 16 cum laude classes since the 2014-15 school year, including Accelerated Area Studies, Accelerated Citizenship, Advanced Art, Music Theory, and Statistics for the 2018-19 school year.
o Gwen Nytes, 2017 National Merit Commended Student
o Cooper Ebbott, Zach Holden and Mark Novak, 2014 National Merit Commended Students
o Rebecca Ebbott, 2013 National Merit Semifinalist
o Charlie Martin, 2012 National Merit Finalist
o PHS seniors have earned more than 46 workforce certifications (Certified Nursing Assistant, Microsoft Office Specialist, etc.) since the 2014-15 school year.
o PHS students have had 93 Youth Apprenticeships since the 2012-13 school year.
o 26 PHS students participated in Youth Apprenticeships in 2017-18 - one of the highest participation rates in the county - 8 in manufacturing, 5 in architecture and construction, 5 in health sciences, 2 in STEM, 2 in agriculture, and 1 each in IT, finance/accounting, hospitality/culinary, and transportation
o We plan to address multiple factors that will result in a higher scores in the category of “college readiness,” as scored by the American College Testing Program (ACT).
o We plan to develop achievement/learning measures of student success at the elementary and middle school levels.
o 106 of our 180 teachers -- or 59% -- hold master's degrees.
o 42 teachers have earned master's degrees thanks to an in-house program created in partnership with UW-Green Bay.
o Rather than purchasing boxed curriculum developed by national corporations, we invest time and resources that allow our staff to create and develop meaningful curriculum that meets the needs of our students.
o Spirit of Innovation, Leadership and Service Award from Plymouth Education Foundation 2018: PHS world languages teacher Laura Koebel
o Academic and Career Planning Award from Lakeshore Technical College 2018: PHS technology education instructor Jake Sherman
o Vision of Education Award from UW-Green Bay 2018: Plymouth School District
o Wisconsin School Public Relations Association Award of Excellence 2017: District Report Card
o Wisconsin Technology Education Association Technology Special Recognition Award 2017: Plymouth High School Principal Jennifer Rauscher
o Lakeshore Technical College Top Tech Award 2017: Plymouth High School business teacher June Winkel
o Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association Service Award: Plymouth High School Coach Scott Richards
o Pioneer Athletics Fields of Excellence Award 2016 and 2017: Head groundskeeper Ryan Rusch for Plymouth High School football field
o NorthEast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Tech Ed Teacher of the Year 2015: Greg Gritt
o Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Award 2015: Plymouth School District
o NorthEast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance Education Innovation Award 2014: Plymouth High School
o Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Award 2013: PHS teachers Greg Gritt and Jake Sherman
o National Board-certified teachers: Tina Henriksen, Heather Thompson, June Winkel
o Invited to present at professional conferences: Therese Unger, Megan Hummitzsch, Jodi Timler, Amy Bogenschuetz, Jennifer Rauscher
o Carrie Dassow, for UW-Green Bay, Lakeland University, Marian College
o Dan Mella, for UW-Green Bay
o Todd Hunt, for UW-Green Bay
o Dena Budrecki, for UW-Green Bay
o Amy Bogenschuetz, for UW-Green Bay
o Jennifer Rauscher, for UW-Green Bay
o Kay Tharp, for UW-Green Bay
o Lori Brown Horizon, for UW-Oshkosh
o Tina Henriksen, for UW-Oshkosh
o Amy Kolpin, for UW-Oshkosh
o Dave Coley, for Lakeland University
o Dan Lamb, for Lakeland University
o Jack Daniels, for Lakeshore Technical College
o Connie Lund, for Lakeshore Technical College
o Billie Rau, for Concordia University
o This state-of-the-art facility allows PHS students to gain experience with all phases of the design process, taking projects from conception to completion.
o Facility highlights include CNC mills, a plasma cutter, 3-D printers, a welding training facility, engineering/CAD Labs, and an automotive lab with hydraulic hoists.
o The facility has received strong support from the business community:
-- The Kohler Foundation donated $65,000 to launch a robotics and automation program.
-- The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has awarded Plymouth High School a $25,000 Fab Lab grant to help fund a high-tech router.
-- Sargento donated a high-speed packaging machine and a 3-D printer.
o Learn more about this innovative facility, which serves students in engineering classes as well as those learning skilled trades, LTC students and community members.
o This modern research facility better provides students and community members with skills needed by key local industries.
o Facility highlights include a 30-by-90-foot greenhouse, a 30-by-80-foot attached classroom with 6 state-of-the-art lab stations, hydroponics (where plants are grown in water), aquaponics (a growing system with fish and plants), and refractometers (which measure sugar levels in produce).
o Learn more about this innovative facility, which serves students in seven academic disciplines.
o We were the first district in the area to offer nationally recognized Project Lead the Way engineering courses, which feature a hands-on, project-based and problem-based approach that adds rigor to traditional technical programs and relevance to traditional academics.
o The Plymouth program received an “exemplary school” designation and was re-certified for five years in 2014, which means students can get credit from the Milwaukee School of Engineering for all high school classes.
o We offer seven Project Lead the Way courses at the middle and high school levels, taught by science and technology education teachers.
o 12% of PHS students are enrolled in at least one Project Lead the Way course for 2018-19.
o 31.4% of PHS students indicate engineering as a potential career on Career Cruising
o PHS Technology Education and Engineering Club activities include:
- Formula High School
- High Mileage Vehicle
- Project G.R.I.L.L.
- Beat the Heat
- Manufacturing Job Co-Op
o STEAM opportunities at Riverview Middle School include:
- Riverview seventh-graders designed and built mini-golf course holes in a multi-faceted STEAM initiative with guidance from local businesses.
- Riverview Techno Targets team qualified for FIRST Lego League sectionals in 2017 and 2018.
o Modeled after the PHS Global Studies certificate, the state certificate requires 4 credits in one world language; 4 credits in courses with global content; reflections on 8 books with global content or up to 4 reflections on art, music, or film; participation in schoolwide global activities; and at least 20 hours of global service learning.
o 6 PHS students have earned the Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate since its inception in 2014.
o A PHS teacher serves as Local Education Guide to ensure students have the support they need, a personal connection not always found with online schools.
o Classes are offered through Wisconsin Virtual School.
o The district prizes its Summer School program as an excellent opportunity for students to keep learning through the summer, with about 80 classes offered in 2018.
o Plymouth High School has offered a laptop computer to every student since 2010.
o Soft skills are non-academic skills that increasingly are seen as valuable by employers, college admissions officials and scholarship award committees. Plymouth focuses on these three: collaboration, respect and work habits.
o Learn more about our soft-skills evaluation, including a list of student employers who support the initiative and have agreed to ask applicants for their soft-skill scores.
o PHS student travel opportunities include regular trips to Germany and Costa Rica; plus recent trips to Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Spain, Mexico, and Botswana.
o PHS enjoys regular visits by students from Germany, Colombia and Thailand, as well as a very active AFS program.
o Twelve Plymouth High School students were awarded Global Navigator Scholarships to travel abroad during the summer of 2018.
o Four PHS students were awarded Global Navigator scholarships in 2017.
o Nine PHS students were awarded Global Navigator scholarships in 2016.
o Plymouth High School has hosted a visiting Arabic teacher, thanks to the Teachers of Critical Languages program offered through the U.S. Department of State.
o Elementary schools regularly sponsor food and clothing drives.
o Our schools, staff, students, and families take time each holiday season to help others.
o The Horizon Knitting Club donated more than 20 hand-knitted hats to Family Resource Center clients.
o 79 percent of our graduates go on to higher education.
o Plymouth High School inducts new members into its Alumni Hall of Fame each year.
o Learn more about the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees: Ralph C. Stayer and Allen Nohl
o Learn more about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductees: Gary Gritt, Joel Dudley, Beau Hoopman.
o Learn more about the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees: Dar Blanke, Thomas Kestell, Lisa (Peplinski) Jaster.
o Learn more about the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees: Gilbert G. Gilman, Roger Boeckmann, Sharon (Blanke) Chappy.
o Learn more about the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees: Luther F. Schriefer, David G. Wacker, Joan Vorpagel.
o Learn more about the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees: James Hemauer, Nancy Blick Jusky, Bill Miller.
o Learn more about the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Gentine, Wayne Huberty, Laura Schwartz.
o Learn more about the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees: Anthony Evers, Philip Krueger, Barbara (Koehler) Lavallee, Kathryn Schilling.
o Learn more about the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees: Carol Edler Baumann, Kazuhiko Maekawa, Timm A Zimmermann.
o 2017 West Point appointment - Kalei Hering
o 2016 Air Force Academy appointment - Ryan Holec
o 2016 US Navy ROTC - Abigail Nicholson
o 2015 US Navy ROTC - Izack Ohman
o 2012 US Army ROTC - Dustin Schulz
o 2011 US Naval Academy appointment - Lukas Ohman
o 2010 US Naval Academy appointment - Greg Poser
o 2009 US Naval Academy appointment - Logan Roy
o 2005 US Naval Academy appointment - Marshall Witkowski
o Admiral Luther F. Schriefer – Class of 1955 - went from PHS homecoming king to a 37-year Navy career. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval War College, and received a master’s in international affairs from George Washington University. He was trained as a carrier-based pilot, and served two tours in Vietnam. Over the course of his long Navy career, he was promoted to various command posts – including an aviation squadron, two carrier air-wings, an anti-submarine warfare wing and two naval ships. Admiral Schriefer spent 23 of his 37 years in sea assignments. In his last naval position, he commanded the San Diego Naval Base, which included two air bases, a submarine base and a naval station. After retiring from the Navy, Admiral Schriefer held a variety of high-level positions for the U.S. Defense Department.
o Lisa Peplinski - Class of 1996 - was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She graduated with a degree in civil engineering, and, as an officer, was deployed in both Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002-2003. She stepped down from active duty in 2007, but returned to the Army in 2012 as a reservist, and three years later made national history by becoming one of the first three female graduates of the Army’s Ranger Program.
o PEP Talks (short for Plymouth Educational Plan Talk) are meetings between a counselor, a student and his or her parents or guardians, held during the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th and 11th grades. The focus of the talk varies somewhat with the student's age, moving from focusing on individual strengths in the lower grades to career exploration in the middle grades to career preparation in high school. But the emphasis is always on each student's talents and plans for the future.
o Each fall, students are encouraged to Plan Your Future through a week of engaging activities to reinforce the district vision that all students graduate with a plan.
o Students find your passion, shape your path through our Academic and Career Planning.
o Students also develop a plan for their futures using Career Crusing.
o We plan to incorporate data demonstrating post-secondary persistence and beyond.
o Seniors involved in extracurriculars have an average GPA of 3.42.
o PHS had 37 athletes named Academic All-State during 2017-18.
o 79 percent of PHS students are involved in at least one extracurricular activity.
o In the past 8 years, PHS has produced:
- 57 Conference Champs
- 16 Regional Champs
- 12 Sectional Champs
- 11 Team State Qualifiers
o PHS senior Bryce Ladwig received one of 8 National 2018 Spirit of Sport Awards.
o The PHS Trap Shooting Team won county and state competitions and sent a team to Nationals in 2018.
o The PHS boys bowling team qualified for State for 4 years in a row.
o Business
- PHS Future Business Leaders of America placed second at regionals, as 30 students qualified for State. Four students advanced to Nationals.
- PHS inducted 20 new members into its chapter of the National Business Honor Society, to join 11 existing members.
o Drama
- PHS One-Act garnered numerous state awards for its 2018 one-act play: Critic's Choice Award, Outstanding Ensemble Award, Outstanding Directing Award, and three individual Outstanding Acting Awards.
- PHS One-Act garnered 10 state awards for its 2017 one-act play: Critic's Choice Award, Outstanding Ensemble Award, Outstanding Crew Award, Outstanding Directing Award, and six individual Outstanding Acting Awards.
- PHS won numerous state awards for its 2016 one-act play: Critic's Choice Award, Outstanding Ensemble Award, Outstanding Directing Award, and two individual Outstanding Acting Awards.
o Technical education
- PHS Formula High School cars won at Road America.
- PHS Tech Ed Club members took first and second in the 2018 chair-building contest sponsored by the Sheboygan County Home Builders Association.
o Culinary Arts
- PHS was a state finalist at the 2018 Whipping Up Wellness Student Chef Competition.
- PHS brought home 6 medals from the 2017 Lakeshore Culinary Competition.
o Other PHS successes
- A Plymouth High School team and a PHS senior took first at the Lakeland University High School Math Meet.
- A Plymouth High School team took first out of 67 teams at the 2018 UW-Oshkosh Mathematical Problem Solving Contest.
- The Plymouth High School student newspaper, Hi-Lights, received a 2018 Red Ribbon from the Northeast Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association.
- PHS took 2nd place at the 2018 East Central Conference Academic Bowl.
- PHS brought home 13 Model U.N. awards from Marian University.
o Riverview Middle School successes
- The Riverview Lego League team qualified for sectionals after performing well in regional competition.
- The Riverview Math Team finished second at the Lakeland University Middle School Math Meet.
o PHS varsity coaches average 36 years of coaching experience; freshmen and JV coaches average 12.5 years.
o 65 percent of PHS coaches are current or retired teachers.
o We are working to increase the number of district-based extracurricular opportunities at the elementary level.
o We won’t be satisfied until we have all students involved in at least one extracurricular.
o We will continue our initiative to become the hub of community activities.
o Plymouth High School had 445 students - or 58% enrolled in at least one arts class in 2017-18, plus 263 participants in arts-related extracurriculars.
o All Riverview Middle School students take an arts class, and 169 participated in arts-related extracurriculars in 2017-18.
o Plymouth High School brought home two national awards from the WorldStride Heritage Festival of Gold in Nashville, Tenn.
o PHS advanced 88 events to the 2018 State Solo & Ensemble, among the highest representations from a single school.
o PHS One Act
- PHS One-Act garnered numerous state awards for its 2018 one-act play: Critic's Choice Award, Outstanding Ensemble Award, Outstanding Crew Award, Outstanding Directing Award, and two individual Outstanding Acting Awards.
- PHS One-Act won 10 state awards for its 2017 one-act play: Critic's Choice Award, Outstanding Ensemble Award, Outstanding Crew Award, Outstanding Directing Award, and six individual Outstanding Acting Awards.
- Plymouth High School won numerous state awards for its 2016 one-act play, including Critic's Choice Award, Outstanding Ensemble Award, Outstanding Directing Award, and two individual Outstanding Acting Awards.
o State Honors Music Project
- Four Plymouth School District students were selected for the 2018 State Honors Music Project.
- Six Plymouth School District students participated in the 2017 State Honors Music Project.
- Eight Plymouth School District students participated in the 2016 State Honors Music Project.
o PHS grad Carter Krzyzaniak is part of the highly selective Wisconsin Singers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
o PHS student Alex Turicik is part of the Kids from Wisconsin cast for the third year in a row.
o 2016 PHS grad Ella Harpstead is part of the highly regarded St. Olaf Band.
PHS German Band
o Only high-school German Band in the United States
PHS German Band
o Only area school participating in the ComedySportz High School League, the PHS Jolly Pranksters
o We plan to elevate the impact of our visual arts program so that it is on par with our performing arts offerings.
o We are expanding into the technical side of arts, creating opportunities for student experience with music and stage composition and production.
o Horizon planted its first Golden Garden in 2009.
Horizon garden
o Plymouth High School, which has long had a greenhouse, added a garden in 2012 and the Food Science & Agriculture Center in 2015.
PHS garden
o The Riverview/Youth Center garden has been growing since 2013.
Youth Center garden
o Parkview installed its first two garden boxes in 2015, then fourth-graders added six more in 2016, and a seventh was added as an Eagle Scout project.
Parkview garden
o Fairview created a garden area with six raised boxes and a long row in 2016.
Fairview garden
o Regular participant in farm-to-school events, including Apple Crunch Day
o Mulberry Bush: For children 6 weeks until they enter 4K; open 6:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday year round; located at Horizon Elementary School.
o Berry Branch: For 4K and 5K students; open before and after school from 6am to 6pm weekdays and during the summer; located at the elementary schools.
o Extra Mile: For students in 1st through 4th grades; open before and after school from 6am to 6pm weekdays and during the summer; located at the elementary schools.
o Youth Center: For students in grades 5-8; open after school until 5 p.m. with at least one adult present at all times.
o Community Ed & Rec operates a Community Fitness Center and offers more than 100 fitness & wellness opportunities each year.
o Hall Walking and a Community Fitness Center available to the public at Plymouth High School.
o Learn more about current Community Ed & Rec opportunities.
o We would like to improve the dedicated exercise and wellness areas at the elementary schools.
o We plan to extend our farm-to-school initiatives and our homemade meals further into the elementary level.
o We want to see continued impact from our staff wellness program, as we explore new initiatives for keeping our employees healthy.
o Our teachers belong to at least 51 community organizations.
o Nearly half of our teachers are involved in at least one community organization.
o About two dozen teachers have leadership roles in community organizations.
o Parents, grandparents and other community members are encouraged to volunteer their time in Plymouth schools, either on an ongoing basis or for a one-time event.
o Dozens of special guests visit our classrooms each year to share their expertise and enthusiasm with our students.
o For years, Plymouth Lions Club volunteers have put in countless hours to screen Plymouth students for vision problems.
o The public is invited to help care for school gardens during the summer months.
o Each year, Plymouth High School hosts:
- A Homecoming Celebration, with many events open to the public
- A Veterans Day program open to the public
- PHS Car Show, with the public invited to enter vehicles as well as to view them
- Panther Greenhouse Plant Sale, featuring student-grown plants for sale to the public
- A NASCAR Xfinity Series Hauler Parade
o Other ways Plymouth High School students help:
- PHS students helped build a Habitat for Humanity house in Plymouth.
- The PHS automotive program provides free vehicle inspections each fall for disabled persons and senior citizens 60 and older.
- The PHS Pi Day celebration annually raises thousands for charity while honoring a key mathematical concept.
- PHS cross country runners help community organizations each fall.
- Plymouth FFA trick-or-treated to collect 1,000 pounds of canned goods for the Plymouth Food Pantry.
o Riverview helps:
- Student Council hosts Game On, an opportunity for students and adults to play games together.
- The public is welcome to use the disc golf course on school grounds.
o Elementary schools help:
- All elementary schools collect used markers for the Crayola ColorCycle recycling program.
- Horizon coordinates the One Book One Community Elementary Book Read each year, with a free book for participating families.
- The Parkview Bird Club hosts an annual International Migratory Bird Celebration, which helps maintain Plymouth's Bird City designation.
- The Horizon Knitting Club donated more than 20 hand-knitted hats to Family Resource Center clients.
o Entire district helps:
- Our schools, staff, students, and families take time during the holiday season to help others.
- Plymouth students created thousands of valentines for Project Angel Hugs.
- Our schools helped collect gallons and gallons of aluminum can tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Milwaukee.
o Kohler Co. sponsors Lego League, encourages job shadowing, hosts high school interns, offers STEM tours, and donated a $65,000 robot to Plymouth High School. Company employees also demonstrate problem-solving methodology for the capstone engineering class at PHS and support the school's Formula High school efforts.
o Curt Joa, a manufacturer based in nearby Sheboygan Falls, offers instructors summer employment to help them gain better insights into what is expected of students going into industry. The company also has provided students with industry blueprints and parts, as well as tours of its manufacturing facility.
o The Food Science & Agriculture Center is testing hydroponic foam for Plymouth Foam.
o The Science & Technology Center used its 3-D printer to print parts for TruNorth, which in turn brought a portable FARO Arm to show students how the coordinate-measuring device provides highly accurate measurements and quick reverse engineering.
o 24 Plymouth School District educators received master’s degrees from UW-Green Bay in 2015 and another 17 graduated in 2017, thanks to an innovative partnership that provides the district with a unique in-house master's degree program.
o Plymouth High School has agreements with numerous colleges -- including the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Lakeland University and Lakeshore Technical College -- to offer college credit to PHS students.
o At least 2,399 individuals of all ages participated in Community Ed & Rec programs in 2017-18.
o Community Ed & Rec partners with the Plymouth Public Library on the One Book One Community - the Plymouth Chapter Community Book Read each year.
o We want to broaden our connections to more individuals and organizations throughout our community.