On behalf of the staff, parents and community at Plymouth School, I am happy to welcome you to the Plymouth web-site where you can see that “Dragons read deeply and write with details daily!”
At Plymouth, we provide a meaningful learning environment. We strive for academic excellence using rigorous teacher designed curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards. This year, teachers developed rigorous units of study with the focus on writing. Therefore our moto at Plymouth is:
~Dragons read deeply and write with details daily!~
Along with our rigorous language arts content, we provide rigorous math instruction with Swun math, also aligned to the Common Core State Standards. We differentiate our instruction so that students have the ability to learn the content in a way that is meaningful to them. This often means that students learn in a small group setting with the teacher’s total attention. This system for learning along with regular assessments allows our expert staff to meet the individual needs of each student. But when students struggle, we provide before or after school tutoring so that students can meet common core state standards and grade level expectations.
But school is not only academics for our dragons… we know the importance of a positive campus environment. Our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support plan addresses the needs of all students. Our set of behavior standards and expectations, keep our students feeling safe and engaged. Monthly Achieve and Believe Celebrations (ABC), Dragon Dollar events, Books and Blankets parent luncheons, Scholastic Book Fairs, annual Holiday Shoppe, Seussical reading incentives, “AttenDance parties” and “So You Think You Can Write” writing celebrations make for a fun, positive campus environment. And at Plymouth we offer even more programs to prepare our 21st century learners for a 21st century world.
Over the last two years, our School Site Council has approved over 200 Chromebooks for student use. Our school is actively working on integrating blended learning and providing one to one devices to all of our students. Our school participated in the “Hour of Code” this year and students write code on a weekly basis in many of our classrooms. We also provided “Code to the Future” as a free afterschool enrichment program for 4th and 5th graders. We are looking to expand this opportunity to all of our students in the future.
We also offer a Mandarin foreign language program. Currently, this program serves two classrooms, a kindergarten/TK class, but will be offered to Kindergarten and 1st grade next school year (2016 – 2017). Our 50/50 program provides students with opportunities to learn about Chinese language, culture and traditions. We also provide a free after school Chinese class to students. Twice a week, 35 students have the opportunity to attend a Mandarin class for 6 – 8 weeks where they learn Chinese language, culture and traditions. If you’re interested in learning more about our Mandarin program or after school classes, we provide tours throughout the week or give us a call.
With everything we offer, we look to having a productive partnerships with our community and families to ensure that Plymouth students achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with the community will make a great difference in your students’ education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.
We ask that parents guide and support their student’s learning, in these 6 ways. Make sure your student:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills. (20 – 30 minutes daily).
4) Verbally shares school experiences at home so that parents are aware of his/her school life
5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support emotionally or with any academic subject
6) Knows that you expect him/her to work hard to succeed in school and go on to college or a vocation they choose.
As you review our website, please consider joining our school PTA. Our wonderful PTA provides programs which benefit our students. We also seek volunteers to help us with the following activities: 1) Reading with children who need extra help 2) School-wide events 3) Student recognition events 4) Parent and community volunteers
At Plymouth we are looking to provide cutting edge computer science, rigorous curriculum in language arts and math; as well as enrichment with Mandarin and coding. We value the whole child and provide a positive environment where students thrive and succeed.
Contact us with more questions or for a tour of our beautiful school.
Mrs. Heck, Principal
(626) 471 – 2400
Dragons read deeply and write with details daily!