7 skeins of colored yarn

These skeins of yarn were dyed with plants started by Plymouth High School students for the Wade House State Historic Site.

We value innovation & collaboration

Posted February 12, 2018

When the Wade House State Historic Site wanted an authentic way to dye its wool yarn, it turned to Plymouth High School.

Students germinated seeds from heirloom plants in the Food Science & Agriculture Center at the school. The seedlings later were transplanted into the Wade House Dye Garden at the state historic site in Greenbush, and the plants eventually used to color yarn – just as our ancestors did generations ago.

The yarn colors take their names from the plants used to dye them, including Black Walnut, Bright Lights Cosmos, Coreopsis, Marigold, and Purple Rubinato Cosmos.

The project, launched last year, was so successful that the Wade House asked PHS to partner again this year. The school expects to begin growing the provided seeds in March.

This innovative collaboration is just one of many ways in which the Plymouth School District partners with colleges, businesses and community organizations to create solutions.

Other examples of our innovation and collaboration include:
• The Food Science & Agriculture Center facility & curriculum were developed with industry input and built with donations coming equally from individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community
• The LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center was created through a partnership of federal, municipal, LTC, and business sources.
• We were the first district in the area to provide 1-to-1 technology, with a laptop for every PHS student since 2010.
• We were the first in the state with an in-house master’s degree program, to help our teachers keep learning.
• The state Global Studies Certificate is modeled after the one offered at Plymouth High School.


Open Enrollment

Families exploring their options through open enrollment are encouraged to consider the Plymouth School District, which is just the right size to offer personal attention along with a wealth of opportunities. Our mission is to encourage everyone to see and be his/her personal best through successful learning experiences. Become your best!

About Open Enrollment

Wisconsin's inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents of children in kindergarten through 12th grade to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they reside. There is no tuition cost to parents who opt for open enrollment, though families may be charged the same fees as resident students. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school.

The enrollment period in 2018 is from Monday, Feb. 5 to Monday, April 30. The state encourages online applications at http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. Paper applications, available in the Plymouth School District office, must be returned to the office by April 30.

Learn more:

• Read about the value we place on a comprehensive education.
• Visit our Why Plymouth? section to further explore what the Plymouth School District offers.
• Explore our interactive District Report Card to see how an exciting mix of academics, extracurriculars, and other enriching experiences allow our students to truly thrive.
• Contact the district office at (920) 892-2661 to schedule a visit.
• Visit the state’s open enrollment web site at http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment.