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Congresswoman Visits PHS

September 4, 2014

WeidnerSchoolOfInquire_Walorski_1Congresswoman Jackie Walorski made a stop at Plymouth High School on Thursday as part of her northern Indiana educational tour. While at PHS, Walorski was able to see the school’s most progressive programs including Project Lead the Way, ITAMCO Manufacturing Center (precision manufacturing classroom) and Weidner School of Inquiry.

WeidnerSchoolOfInquire_Walorski_2Guides for the tour were Libby Read, PHS Senior, and Caleb Koss, PHS/ WSOI sophomore.

WeidnerSchoolOfInquire_Walorski_3PHS Principal Jim Condon said, “The common theme between the programs the Congresswoman visited today is the development of partnerships between PHS, local businesses, and post secondary education, specifically Ivy Tech, as we prepare today’s high school students for tomorrow’s opportunities.”

Walorski was able to get first hand information the programs from Scott Kaser, Ivy Tech instructor who oversees the ITAMCO program; Rich Schiebar, instructor for PLTW; and Jennifer Felke and Michael Delp, co-directors of the WSOI. She also met with Albert Hanselman, CTE director.

ITAMCO students can receive dual credit through Ivy Tech for a successful completion of the program. Project Lead the Way instruction is centered on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and Weidner School of Inquiry offers students the opportunity to work cooperatively on projects. The students in WSOI just completed a project on WWII veterans.

Carol Anders Correspondent

3 Responses to “ Congresswoman Visits PHS ”

  1. Thor on September 7, 2014 at 10:20 am

    It is also important for people to realize that only 10% of the school budget is supported by federal funds while they want to control 100% of the curriculum. It is time to say no to the federal involvement.

  2. Thor on September 6, 2014 at 10:02 am

    What Mike appears to by trying to say is that she supports reform of our government run schools. Schools, funded by property taxes, comprise the largest part of the IN budget and now that the federal government is trying to take control of them we will see a continuing decline of educational performance by those who graduate. Control of the school systems needs to be released back to the local communities and the focus needs to be more education and less indoctrination.

  3. MikeB on September 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    What a hypocrite. This tea party darling strongly supported the Daniels-Pence-Bennett effort to destroy our public schools.