The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that high school juniors may enter by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of about 1.5 million entrants, 16,000 students are notified in September that they have qualified as Semifinalists. In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists will be notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. Of these, about 8,000 will be picked up as Scholars. Platteville currently boasts 74 National Merit Semifinalists, Finalist & Scholars whose photos line the perimeter of the commons. Emma Li and Eric Wells will soon join this prestigious honor as they are the latest to represent PHS as National Merit Semifinalists and hopeful Scholars.
ACP stands for Academic and Career Planning. Whether a student plans on pursuing military, apprenticeship, certification, technical college, or university dreams, PHS strives to support and encourage our students in their planning. To assist individual student’s exploration of their interests, abilities, and goals, Platteville High School provides the electronic portfolio system Careercruising. We look forward to helping students expand their horizons and build an individual portfolio utilizing this comprehensive tool. Encourage your student to share their portfolio with you at www.careercruising.com.
In the last year, the Platteville Community showed their support for their school district by passing a multi-million dollar referendum that paved the way for building improvements in every building. Because of this support, renovations were completed over this past summer in the high school science and principles of engineering rooms, front entrance, main office, and faculty lounge. These improvements not only included renovations to the physical rooms, but also the electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems were also updated to code, including a new generator.
There were many important aspects to these projects. One of the most important was updating the high school's front entrance to make it more safe and secure. Now, when entering the building during the day, visitors must enter the main office first, allowing for a much better flow of incoming and exiting traffic. To accomplish this, the main office was completely redesigned to make it more functional.
In the science and principles of technology rooms, which were a complete redesign and remodel from the ground up, students now experience what we believe is the premier high school science facility in Southwest Wisconsin. Not only were classrooms updated, but we were able to better design the space to include more prep area and breakout rooms for students, which didn't previously exist. Other districts are visiting and taking notes as they remodel their schools, demonstrating to us that our improvements are impressive in functionality and the ability to serve our students in the best way for years to come.The renovation is this area also included straightening the hallways, which improved the ability to supervise this section of the building. Student bathrooms were also remodeled in this area.
Finally, the staff lounge was remodeled. The most significant part of this renovation was the addition of staff bathrooms. Before this renovation, teachers didn't have a private bathroom area. The use of space in this area was thoughtfully designed to incorporate two new bathrooms, a work room, and kitchen/dining area.
Overall, PHS had four major renovations completed over the summer. Platteville High School is very thankful to everyone who supported the referendum, which made the improvements at the high school and all of the other buildings within the district possible. The total cost of renovations at the high school came in at just over $2.75 million