Nt Filming

Napa, Ca (DATE) – New Tech Network (NTN) announced today that Pinckney New Technology High School was selected as a national filming site for instructional videos. Pinckney New Tech epitomized a school with excellent instructional practices in PBL/PrBL (Project-Based Learning and Problem-Based Learning) classrooms.

A video library of best practices compiled by NTN will feature those schools that exemplify effective instructional practices in Project-Based and Problem-Based Learning. Examples of instructional videos to be showcased are those that generate a project idea and include outstanding methods for helping students progress and gain greater independence in the learning process in large and small group workshops.

“We hear time and again from educators everywhere ‘I want to see great examples of Project-Based Learning’. The schools we are featuring in these videos have teachers who excel in the design and delivery of powerful learning experiences for their students,” said Lydia Dobyns, NTN President and CEO. Pinckney New Tech High will be featured in instructional practice videos that focus on relevant projects that model skills students will need in the real world. This process will highlight teacher led workshops, research protocols and assessment strategies and will be shared with more than 5,000 educators and leaders nationally. New Tech Network recently released its 2014 Data Report showing the high rate of college enrollment is evident in NTN schools in diverse communities across the nation.

New Tech Students:

  • Graduate from high school at a rate 14% higher than the national average.
  • Enroll in college at a rate 9% higher than the national average.
  • Persist in college at a rate of 83%.

The goal of schools in the New Tech Network is to create exceptional teaching and learning experiences that provide paths for students to gain deep knowledge in core curriculum areas, aligned with state standards, and to develop skills and competencies essential to succeed in college and career. One of Pinckney New Tech High School's Mission is to create a culture that draws upon intrinsic motivation to ensure continual practice of student-centered learning using technology, collaboration, and community/industry applications.  Another Pinckney New Tech's vision is to build upon the success we have obtained to create more opportunities for all our students through Project Based Learning and a ubiquitous integration of technology.

“We opened in 2010 and were immediately challenged with a new way to re-imagine teaching and learning. These past years, we have seen an amazing evolution of skills, as our students have become confident public speakers, insightful critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and collaborators. In conjunction with a strong curriculum foundation, these “soft” skills are essential for just about every 21st century career. Our students involved in New Tech gain firsthand experience developing these very skills, which will only enhance their chance for success upon graduating from Pinckney”. Shared Superintendent Rick Todd. Teachers in New Tech schools design rigorous, real-world projects tied to state and district standards and customize them to their location and the interests of students. The result: Students who are deeply engaged in learning and develop important skills such as critical thinking and collaboration.  First introduced in Napa, California in 1996, New Tech Network has proven successful across diverse student populations in urban, rural and suburban public schools. New Tech is emerging as one of the fastest-growing approaches to transforming high school education in the U.S. For a full list of New Tech schools, visit our website at http://www.newtechnetwork.org/newtech_schools

About the New Tech Network

The New Tech design is a blueprint, accompanied by a set of core beliefs, tools and strategies to help each school fulfill its purpose. New Tech design principles provide for an instructional approach centered on project-based learning, a culture that empowers students and teachers, and integrated use of technology in the classroom. Through extensive professional development, personalized coaching and access to Echo, a learning management system, NTN empowers principals, teachers, and students to develop compelling, relevant and meaningful learning communities.


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Spanish Honor

The Spanish Honor Society invited students from all Spanish classes (1-AP) to Mi Zarape Mexican Restaurant in Brighton on Monday, Dec 15.  Fifty students attended and were able to speak Spanish with each other and the staff and the restaurant.  Students had a great time and said they would love to do it again!



Ps Mittens

The students in Ms. Scott & Mrs. Simpsons 8th grade classes recently pledged to help homeless & need children in the Detroit are.  They collected 106 pairs of mittens/gloves, 4 scarves (3 hand knitted by a grandma), 35 hats and 4 pairs of socks.  These items will go to the Mittens for Detroit organization to be distributed to needy & homeless families in the metro Detroit area.



Nhs Logo

On Thursday, November 13th, sixty-nine new members were inducted into the John F. Kennedy chapter of the National Honor Society. The National Honor Society was formed in 1921 as a nationwide organization of talented high school students. Membership is based not only upon a G.P.A. of 3.4 or higher, but also a student’s demonstrated leadership, character and service to the community. Congratulations to those Pinckney Community High students who have chosen to take on the responsibility of representing both their high school and the National Honor Society as new members.

Farly St Joe

Students at Farley Hill Elementary enjoyed a free interactive and fun assembly presented by St. Joseph Mercy Health System this week. The Health Exploration Station team engaged students in game show type activities to help them learn about healthy living behaviors. Students were able to identify the appropriate amount of sleep that they should be getting each night, and they learned about the importance of hand washing to limit the spread of germs. They discovered more about healthy combinations of foods to eat, and the impact of exercise on healthy heart function for life. Students did some careful thinking about safe habits such as wearing helmets when riding bikes or rollerblading. The Farley Hill students and staff would like to thank St. Joseph Mercy Health System for sharing this special learning opportunity with us this week.

Camp Skyline 2014

During the weekend of November 14-16 Pinckney Community High School hosted its 19th annual Camp Skyline Communications/Leadership Training retreat at the Emrich Conference Center.

Each year sixty students, thirty males and thirty females, are chosen to attend.  They are chosen because of their leadership in their own peer group, and based on teacher recommendations. There is the expectation that the school climate will improve as a result of the weekend experience with barriers between cliques being broken down.  In addition to the students, 15 staff members including administrators, teachers, and other staff members participate in, and chaperone the weekend. 

Camp Skyline is an intensive weekend for Pinckney High School students to learn communication skills and gain experience in reaching out to others.  It’s a time where they are taught new ways to have fun and feel good, and to support others in helpful ways.  The heart of the program is the small “skill groups” where students learn more about each other and share concerns, ideas, and feelings in a supportive and caring atmosphere.  The students also learn a lot about leadership in their own environment and one of our primary goals is for them to come back to PCHS and make a positive impact on their own surroundings.   Many students, after attending, have stated “This was the best weekend of my life.”

Pchs Qb

The Pinckney High School Quiz Bowl Team has made it to the semifinals of the "QuizBusters" TV show. It's aired on WKAR -TV at Michigan State University. They have won their first 3 matches against Hartland, Everett,& Owosso. Included in the picture are from left Kenny Behmer, Steven Gaston, Rachel Menosky, host Matt Ottinger, Tyler Root, and Coach Mr. Rob Dubay Pinckney High social studies teacher.