Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Plymouth Middle School students sewed blankets for a group of children impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The blankets will be delivered this week.
When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast last fall, homes and buildings in Far Rockaway, NY arguably received the most damage. In an already poor community, months after the hurricane blew through the town, some residents are still without power. But this week, 3 and 4-year-olds who attend the city’s Bays Water School will receive a small token of hope. Misty Maruska, a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Plymouth Middle School, packaged and sent 45 handmade blankets to Bays Water School pre-kindergarten students. Maruska’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders spent the last few months sewing the blankets in an effort to give back to a community that has so little. “I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this donation,” Maruska said…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Superintendent Aldo Sicoli will recognize the performers of the school's Wizard of Oz play on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
At a ISD 281 School Board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 20, Superintendent Aldo Sicoli will welcome Plymouth Middle School students who will be performing in the fall musical, "The Wizard of Oz." According to school board documents, student performers include: *** Want to go to the play? Performances are at Robbinsdale Middle School, 7:00 p.m. on November 30, December 1, 7 and 8. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Victoria Arabanos was awarded the honor by Education Minnesota, a group that represents teachers and educators throughout the state.
In a statement released Nov. 8, Education Minnesota announced that Victoria Arabanos would be named the Education Support Professional of the Year for 2013. Arabanos works at Plymouth Middle School and supervises in-school suspension. Arabanos has also spent time as volunteer assistant coach for the STEP dance team at Sandburg Middle School. Currently she volunteers with Plymouth Middle School's rugby team. "Mrs. Arabanos is someone that people trust and respect," Krista Range, assistant principal at Plymouth Middle School, said in the release. "She is truly an inspiration to everyone." According to the statement, Arabanos is vice president of her local union and is a building representative for the Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Victoria Arabanos was named the 2012 Educational Assistant of the Year for District 281.
Victoria Arabanos, an Academic Behavior Support supervisor at Plymouth Middle School was named the district’s 2012 Educational Assistant of the Year. Arabanos, with past experience serving in the military, brings a strong example of leadership, confidence, discipline and character to her students, serving as a supervisor for In-School Suspension (ISS) at PMS. “I have supervised ISS for ten years,” said Arabanos in her screening survey.“Over the years, I have learned the most important technique of all is the ability to listen and read between the lines, so to speak, when dealing with students. I allow them to tell me in their words the reason they are in ISS, and help them discern what went wrong through a step-by-step process.” Self-…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A Plymouth Middle School student was selected to attend the Sphinx Summer Performance Academy in Ohio.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Anthony Brown-Norton, an eighth grader at Plymouth Middle School (PMS) in the Robbinsdale Area Schools, has been selected to attend the Sphinx Summer Performance Academy at Oberlin Conservative in Ohio. The academy is a very competitive national program for aspiring African American and Latino string players, and is the only one of its kind in the nation. “Anthony has been a wonderful role model for his peers in everything he’s been involved in at Plymouth Middle School over the last three years,” said Rachel Rogness, orchestra teacher at PMS. “This kind of rigorous program will only strengthen his solid leadership and skills, which he will share with his fellow musicians next year at Armstrong High School.” (The preceding information was …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Students from Plymouth Middle School and Neill Elementary are off to the Destination Imagination Global Tournament.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Students and families at Plymouth Middle School and Neill Elementary School have a double reason to be proud, both Minnesota Destination Imagination (DI) teams placed first in state in their category and are headed to the Global Tournament. It’s the second year in a row that some of the teams’ members are headed to that destination. The Plymouth Middle School Pink Ladies team of Mia Hanson, Alyssa Egstad, Ciarra Fagerlie, Kelly Mikkelson, and Leah Baker will use their experience from the Global competition last year as part of the Neill DI team to help them this year, along with new teammates Julia Roston and Alexa Johnson. The team of all girls scored a perfect score on their instant challenge at the state DI tournament, and with the …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Teams from Plymouth Middle School and Neill Elementary School are both off to the Destination ImagiNation state tournament April 14.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Two teams from the Robbinsdale Area School District are headed to the state Destination ImagiNation tournament in April, after both took second place in their divisions at the West Metro Regional Tournament Feb. 25 in Maple Grove. The DI team from Plymouth Middle School call themselves "The Pink Ladies" and the team is comprised of eighth graders Julia Roston and Alexa Johnson, and sixth graders Mia Hanson, Alyssa Egstad, Kelly Mikkelson, Leah Baker, and Ciarra Fagerlie. The team is coached by Heidi and Todd Roston. The Destination ImagiNation (DI) team from Neill Elementary is no stranger to the state tournament; it went on to compete in the Global Destination ImagiNation Tournament last spring after capturing second place in the state …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Compared to last year, the percentage of students who met state standards dropped at nine out of 11 of the district's schools.
Almost two-thirds of the Robbinsdale Public Schools students tested in science in March failed to meet state standards, according to data the Minnesota Department of Education released Friday. While state scores mainly remained flat from last year, most Robbinsdale schools saw a decrease in the number of proficient students over last year. (Details on each school’s performance are available here.) The percentage of fifth-graders who were not proficient increased by more than 6 points over last year, from 62.1 percent to 68.5. Only two elementary schools beat the state average of 54 percent not proficient: the Spanish Immersion School with 46.5 percent and Zachary with 45.9 percent. The Spanish Immersion also improved over last year's …
Friday, May 13, 2011
The first annual Seven Dreams Education Foundation Empty Bowls event draws hundreds to Plymouth Middle School for a night of hunger relief.
720 eclectic bowls each handcrafted or personally touched by a local student served as colorful centerpieces Thursday night, for an effort to raise awareness about the growing hunger problem in the community. “Everyone’s little personality is in the bowls,” Tri-Chair Sharon Pleimling said. Pleimling, known as the ‘super volunteer’ by many, has been devoting at least 30 hours a week since September to prepare for the first annual Seven Dreams Education Foundation’s Empty Bowls event. All proceeds will help serve the PRISM and NEAR food shelves for the Robbinsdale Area Schools Community. “It’s a fundraiser that’s affordable for everyone. Anyone can come and you can bring in all your kids and you can pay what you want.” The Empty Bowls …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Students from Golden Valley, Robbinsdale and New Hope win state honors for their writing.
How do human rights apply to you and your peers in your school and community? That was the topic of this year’s League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions (LMHRC) statewide essay contest, for which students from Plymouth Middle School won honors. This is the ninth year that the New Hope has sponsored the statewide essay contest in cooperation with Plymouth Middle School eighth grade teachers Sue Lundquist, Lieschen Schoenert, Malinda Swalboski and Justin Moe, who weave the topic into their curriculum to make it more relevant for their students. Statewide, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students are eligible to participate by submitting one entry. Essays are typically one to three pages in length, and students learn a lot by engaging in…