Plymouth School Board 3-6-18_pic1Six students from the Innovation Academy gave an overview to the Plymouth School Board on Tuesday night of a project they helped to formulate to bring a more positive atmosphere to the students attending the Academy and students attending the traditional school at Lincoln Junior High.

The six presenters, Marilla Shafer, Darling Canas; Brighton Bird, Ivan Turcious, Bryon Jiménez, and Jacob Preece,  were representing the 120 students in the project based Humanities class co-taught by Rachel Anders and Angie Bronicki. The Humanities class joins Language Arts with Social Studies. Anders said, “They have grown as academic students.” “They are school leaders as well.” said Bronicki.

Bird said, “They are always telling us we broke the mold.” The students then spoke about brainstorming ideas for a pep assembly along with game ideas for Spirit Days. Using Olympics games as a model, the students worked through a constructive response challenge to bring about more school spirit.

According to Shafer, both Assistant Principal Craig Hopple and Principal Reid Gault say the positive assembly will now be a requirement every year.

Another portion of their presentation showed how they used what they called “The Geography of Happiness” to help all students.

Front row L to R: Marilla Shafer, Darling Canas, Brighton Bird
Back row: Ivan Turcious, Bryon Jimenez, Jacob Preece

Carol Anders Correspondent