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Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa
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Plymouth South High School - NASSP Tampa

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  • 1. Plymouth South High School Creating a Culture that Prioritizes Personalization and Leads to Effective School Change March 8, 2012 NASSPMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 2. Where is Plymouth, Massachusetts?Monday, March 5, 2012
  • 3. Location - 40 miles south of Boston, MA Largest town in Massachusetts: population - 52,000, 134 square miles 9 Elementary Schools - 2 Middle Schools - 2 High Schools Birthplace of the NationMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 4. PSHS Mission Statement The mission of Plymouth South High School is to deliver a quality education in a caring, safe, and respectable environment that encourages a diverse student body to become independent, critical thinkers and productive citizens in a changing society.Monday, March 5, 2012
  • 5. Facts about PSHS: Relatively New School (Opened with students in 1989) 1400 Students 203 Staff members True Comprehensive High School (chapter 74 - 14 shops) 19% Special Education 25% Low Income (Free/Reduced Lunch) 6% Non-White Overcrowded facility (school built for 1200 students)Monday, March 5, 2012
  • 6. Compass Activity North “Let’s do it!” Likes to act, try things, plunge in West East “Paying attention to details...” “Speculating...” Like to know the who, what, Like to look at the big picture when, where, and why before and the possibilities before acting acting South “Caring” Like to know that everyone’s feeling have been taken into consideration, that their voices have been heard, before actingMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 7. Why a culture shift was needed... NEASC Status Dropout Rate Multiple study halls per student Discipline/Attendance/Aggressive Behaviors Grade 9 Failures Low Behavioral Standards Crowded Hallways No Staff Ownership/AccountabilityMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 8. What we do well... School Culture Freshman Academy Advisory Communicate Collaborate Promote Student SuccessesMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 9. School Culture Staff Accountability Advanced Placement Recognition Literacy Initiative - “Write On!” Faculty Senate - Rumor Control Leadership Team - Common Vision Technology Upgrade Student Discipline/High StandardsMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 10. School Change Implementation Timeline 2005-2006 - Freshman Academy 2006-2007 - Freshman Academy with Housemaster 2007-2008 - Initial Review/Research Advisory Program 2008-2009 - Advisory Pilot - Schedule Review 2009-2010 - New Schedule - Advisory Grades 9/10 - Voluntary 11/12 2010-2011 - Old Schedule - Advisory - Senior Project ResearchMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 11. PSHS Freshman Academy History - Team Structure - Seventh Consecutive Year Common Planning Time - Technology Housemaster - Guidance - Staff Teams Reading Lab - SRI Testing/Lexile Scores Grade 9 Events: Camp Clark, Barbecue, Academy Awards, etc. Website - Teacher & Housemaster Blogs ENHANCED Communication with FamiliesMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 12. Logistics of Advisory Fourth consecutive year Freshmen and Sophomores mandatory Juniors and Seniors optional Curriculum Binders by Grade Level 9th - Transition into High School; Study Skills 10th - Career Exploration; Driver’s License 11th - Personal Finance; Stress Management 12th - Conflict Resolution; Post-Secondary Process Looping for four yearsMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 13. Longitudinal Data for Advisory 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 (Pilot Program) Advisories Per Two Days Two Days One Day Two Days Week 25 Minutes/Day 25 Minutes/Day 25 Minutes/Day 25 Minutes/Day Yes Yes Curriculum Yes * provided to teachersJune * additional units created Yes before Sept. start based on teacher input Advisors compensated No $400.00 stipend $400.00 stipend Stipend for meeting time (hourly rate) compensation (SLC Grant) (SLC Grant) Professional Yes Yes Yes Yes Development (added CPT) # of Teachers 12 Teachers 61 Teachers 76 Teachers 89 Teachers Involved % of Students 13% of student 63% of student 76% of student 87% of student Involved population population population populationMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 14. Personalization Goals of PSHS...Achieved!! Effective Freshmen Senior Advisory Academy Project Program Reduced freshman failures Real life application of education Reduced Dropout Rate - Sustainability DRASTICALLY - Improved School CultureMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 15. Senior Project The purpose of the Senior Project is to empower all students to explore an area of great personal interest that extends beyond the classroom setting. Through this project based learning, students will apply knowledge and connect research that culminates with a showcase demonstrating their learning stretch. Students will produce physical/ written products, oral presentations, and portfolios. “6 P’s” Proposal Paper Practicum Product Portfolio PresentationMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 16. Panther TV StoryMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 17. Student PerspectiveMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 18. Seniors: Mariah McKenna and Anna Gleason Anna - Social Media and the Athlete Real World Application Positives Mariah - The Evolution of Lacrosse Networking ChallengesMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 19. Teacher PerspectiveMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 20. Obstacles Implementing Change Contractual Obligations Disgruntled Staff Senior Project - Next Steps Advisory/Senior Project Facilitator Bell schedule Other - must keep moving forwardMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 21. Where do we go from here? Redistricting - New North Increase Population of Senior Project Students Maintain Advisory Program Sustain Strong School CultureMonday, March 5, 2012
  • 22. Questions/Answers “Change is optional; growth is mandatory” -Michael FullanMonday, March 5, 2012

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