BGHS Golf Heads to State!

Posted: June 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

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The Boone Grove High School Golf Team (pictured here) won Sectionals with an impressive team score of 300.  The team finished 3rd at Regionals, with a team score of 309, which qualifies them for the State Championship. This is the second time in school history!  Today was the State competition–watch for updates!  We are proud of our team!

Goals for the Summer?

Today we began our final four days of school.  While this brings a variety of emotions, it also presents a variety of opportunities!

Educationally, summer can be challenging as there is a potential for learning loss.  As we currently have a calendar that potentially has this pitfall, it’s important to take action to combat summer learning loss.  Here are some ideas:

  • Check out the public library!  If you cannot participate in any of the Porter County Library’s summer programs (which starts tomorrow and has opportunities for all ages!) create your own family reading challenge.  Pick books to read together, have a family book club, or set a goal for reading for the summer.  You can also participate in the Indiana Department of Education’s Hoosier Family of Readers which also offers some digital resources.
  • At BGMS, contact Assistant Principal Adam Metzger to learn more about how to participate in summer learning activities through My Big Campus.  This is a great opportunity to potentially minimize summer learning loss and provide students with activities during the summer.
  • Headed on a vacation?  Why not do some research before you head out about the area?  This could be a high interest topic for your child and provide some great learning opportunities before you ever leave home!  Better yet, have them help to plan the trip!
  • Have your child start a blog.  Perhaps you can provide some topics, or this can be a place for them to write about things that interest them.  If you are looking for ideas, here is a list of the best student blogs for 2013.
  • Be fully present.  I think this one should have gone first in the list.  It seems these days that it is so challenging to cut away the many things that distract us as we are always connected via our smartphones.  Set aside times where you minimize those distractions.  Perhaps it’s mealtimes or on a ride in the car.  Use that time to reconnect as a family and learn from each other.

I hope that you can set some goals for your summer and use this time away from school to reconnect as a family and find opportunities to continue learning.  Modeling for students that we are learners as adults can be a powerful example of what we value.

PTSC Standouts:

I would like to thank our students, parents, and staff for collecting pop tabs for Riley’s Children’s Hospital.   Our school collected 181 pounds of aluminum.  A check in the amount of $90.50 will be sent to the Riley’s Children Foundation.   A huge thank you to PTO for purchasing ice cream cups and topping to the third grade winning grade level.  Keep saving your pop tabs!  Your grade level could be the winner next year!

Mrs. Taylor, PLE

2014 Team Champ (3)

Congratulations to the BGHS Golf Team members Brad Bobrowski, Jeremy Shaffer, Zach Wagner, Grant Stockwell, and Logan Lukas on an outstanding PCC Golf Invitational.  Not only were these top golfers on the course, they brought home a team championship and were named all-conference!  Great job!

Important Dates:

  • June 2, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 27, 2014
  • June 3, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 28, 2014
  • June 4, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on February 5, 2014
  • June 5, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on March 12, 2014
  • June 8, 2014:  BGHS Graduation
  • August 20, 2014:  First day of school

Things to Know:

  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start.  If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • Now hiring substitute teachers!  Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.

What is Your Legacy?

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the dinner for the 2014 BGHS Academic Hall of Fame.  It was a wonderful celebration of students who have worked hard and achieved top honors at BGHS and each student also honored a teacher that has made a difference in their lives.

Dr. James Comer says, “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”  I know it’s true for me–that teachers impacted my life and inspired me to tackle great challenges.  It was awesome to sit and listen to these students talk about the difference their teachers have made in their lives.  In the words of the students, they stated that these teachers had prepared them for the future, shaped who they are today, learned more from them than any book can provide, that his class was the reason they wanted to go to school, influenced my character, believed in my when others didn’t, taught me valuable lessons, told me I could do anything I have my mind set on, teach you like you’re a person, that they aspire to be that caring, and that small amounts of human kindness can make a difference in a person’s life.

How awesome for these students to identify why the teacher they had chosen had made a difference in their lives and to share it with them.

We each have that opportunity every day.  I challenged the students to take what they had learned from these great teachers and not just keep it for themselves, but to be that type of person to those around them.  If we all take those lessons learned by these students from their teachers and share them in our own lives our community and world would start to look like a better place–and that’s pretty exciting!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to the BGMS Interdisciplinary Team which were the Class 3 Indiana State Champions!  Members of the team included Samantha Williams (Captain), Erick Blank, Warren Glisk, Cory Bender, Linnaea Awdey, and Katarina Grant.  Outstanding!

BGMS had other students complete on academic teams as well.  The Science team members were Ethan Anderson, Connor Crowe, Cory Bender, Coit Dolhover, Nathan Buehrer, Samantha Williams, and Alex Reed    Competing on the English team were Warren Glisk, Samantha Williams, Linnaea Awdey, David Boner, Katie Brei, and Grace Beckham.   Representing BGMS on the Math team was Linnaea Awdey, Cory Bender, Nathan Buehrer, Dillion Richmond Walters, Katarina Grant, Kevin Burke, Katie Feero, and Angeline Moreno.     The academic teams were rounded out with the social studies team of Erick Blank, Peyton Darnell, Colin Poynter, Blake Bellar, and Warren Glisk.  Great job to all who participated!

Westville High School hosted the 2014 Westville Golf Invitational at Legacy Hills Golf Course in LaPorte on Saturday, May 17.  Boone Grove won the team championship with an over all score of 315!  Boone Grove (315): Brad Brobrowski (80), Jeremy Shaffer (77), Zach Wagner (77), Grant Stockwell (81), Logan Lucas (88).  Way to go!

Congratulations to the students who made the 2014 BGHS Academic Hall of Fame pictured below!

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Important Dates:

  • Now-May 30, 2014:  PTSC will be accepting applications for transfer students for the 2014-2015 school year until May 30, 2014.  There are openings in every grade level.  Please contact Linda Dusek at 219-477-4933 ext. 1000 if you are interested in applying and share this information with those you know who may be interested.
  • April 21-June 4, 2014:  ECA Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1 Testing Window
  • May 21, 2014:  The Porter County Substance Abuse Council is sponsoring a Town Hall meeting at the WaterBird Banquet Center in Chesterton starting at 5:15 pm with refreshments.  The program begins at 5:45 pm.  Register today by calling 219.462.0946.
  • May 22, 2014:  BGE Spring Choir Concert at 7 pm
  • May 23, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Band Concert at 7 pm at BGHS.  The band will be premiering compositions written specifically for PTSC by a local composer as well as a piece written by one of our very own BGHS students!  You won’t want to miss this!  Come out and enjoy the last band concert of the year!
  • May 24, 2014:  The 7th annual Kent’s Run at 8:00am. If you would like to participate, please visit www.KentsRun.com for a link to online registration. If you would like to volunteer, please email KentsRun5K@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed for parking, course management, packet pick up, the water station, and assistance at the pancake breakfast. All volunteers will receive a Kent’s Run Event Staff t-shirt and free pancakes.
  • May 27, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Choir Concert at 7 pm
  • June 2, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 27, 2014
  • June 3, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 28, 2014
  • June 4, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on February 5, 2014
  • June 5, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on March 12, 2014
  • June 8, 2014:  BGHS Graduation

Things to Know:

  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start.  If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • Now hiring substitute teachers!  Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.

Sharing a Meal Around the Table

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Recently my husband and I were eating dinner together and we found ourselves needing to set perimeters for cell phones at the table.  As we were discussing this topic, we were also talking about how different family meals have become even since we were kids.  It seems like we are all so busy that it is a challenge to find multiple nights a week to sit down and eat dinner together.

Did you grow up eating together as a family?  Check out these interesting statistics I read recently from The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University:

“Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (5 to 7 per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than 3 per week) are almost 4 times likelier to use tobacco; more than twice as likely to use alcohol; 2 ½ times likelier to use marijuana; and almost 4 times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future, according to The Importance of Family Dinners VII, a new report from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia).”  It goes on to say, “Parental engagement in children’s lives is key to raising health, drug-free kids and one of the simplest acts of parental engagement is sitting down to the family dinner.”  (If you want to read the entire report, you can find it here.) 

According to the study, the transformation isn’t so much about the food as it is about the quality of time spent together.  Spending this kind of time together increases connectedness to each other, improves the quality of relationships, and improves communication.  Including honest conversations about life issues also plays an important role in these statistics.  Kids need to know that parents disapprove of drug and alcohol abuse and what to do if they ever find themselves in a situation where they are facing a difficult decision.

This week set a goal to share some time together as a family around the table.

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to the BGHS English Academic Team on their tie for fourth place at the state competition.  The team put in lots of time in effort to prepare for the competitions and we are so proud of your accomplishments!

Congratulations to Destiny Billings on having her poster chosen to be used during Red Ribbon Week.  You can read more about this honor and even see a picture in the article in the Times!

We had many students from BGHS inducted into the Porter County Technology Honor Society on May 6, 2014.  Please join me in congratulating Kristen Buth, Bradley Kaminsky, Nicole Malouhos, Stephanie Montreuil, Tyler Pelfrey, Jeremy Personius, Thomas Schafer, Marissa Scott, Kennedy Starcevich, and Quintin Striker.

 

Important Dates:

  • Now-May 30, 2014:  PTSC will be accepting applications for transfer students for the 2014-2015 school year until May 30, 2014.  There are openings in every grade level.  Please contact Linda Dusek at 219-477-4933 ext. 1000 if you are interested in applying and share this information with those you know who may be interested.
  • April 21-June 4, 2014:  ECA Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1 Testing Window
  • May 17, 2014:  The National Honor Society is raising funds for charity by hosting a spring plant sale.
    WHERE: Boone Grove High School’s east parking lot.
    WHEN: Saturday, May 17th, 8-12 (noon).
    OFFERING: tomatoes, gallon tomatoes, herbs, scented geraniums, and pinto geraniums.
  • May 23, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Band Concert at 7 pm at BGHS.  Come out and enjoy the last band concert of the year!
  • May 24, 2014:  The 7th annual Kent’s Run at 8:00am. If you would like to participate, please visitwww.KentsRun.com for a link to online registration. If you would like to volunteer, please email KentsRun5K@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed for parking, course management, packet pick up, the water station, and assistance at the pancake breakfast. All volunteers will receive a Kent’s Run Event Staff t-shirt and free pancakes.
  • June 2, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 27, 2014
  • June 3, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 28, 2014
  • June 4, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on February 5, 2014
  • June 5, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on March 12, 2014
  • June 8, 2014:  BGHS Graduation

Things to Know:

  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start.  If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • Now hiring substitute teachers!  Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.

Finishing Strong!

I can’t believe it–but we are in the final month of school.  Each year seems to go by at a more rapid pace.  Although it is our last month of school, we still have a lot left to accomplish!  As you know, ECA and ISTEP+ testing have been going on last week.  Thankfully we did not experience the volume of disruptions that we did last year!  We continue with testing this week.  Even though we are completing those tests, there is still lots of teaching and learning left for the remainder of the month!  For those of you who are runners, you are familiar with “hitting the wall” and the challenge of keeping moving when your body is tired.  This is the point in the race where one can gain ground and make great advances by keeping focused on the task at hand and pushing through.  Join us in reminding students that we have important learning left to do this year–and to push through giving the best effort right until the very last day!  I love crossing the finish line of the race and feeling good about what I have accomplished–something I hope our students will reflect on at the end of the school year.  For now, it’s important to enjoy the moments that are happening in anticipation of crossing the finish line at the end of the year!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to the Boone Grove High School English Academic Team who have qualified for the state meet which is happening this weekend!  The team has been working hard preparing for the competitions reading novels, short stories, and poems based on this years theme of westward expansion.  We wish you luck this weekend!  We are proud of you!

The following student athletes were recognized by the Porter County Conferences as All-Academic Athletes:  Elizabeth Barton, Tyler Bauman, Nicole Malouhos, Michael Meyne, Macy Miller, and Ben Tomasik.  To earn this honor these students had to meet GPA requirements and have lettered in a PCC sport this year.  Way to go!

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Important Dates:

  • Now-May 30, 2014:  PTSC will be accepting applications for transfer students for the 2014-2015 school year until May 30, 2014.  There are openings in every grade level.  Please contact Linda Dusek at 219-477-4933 ext. 1000 if you are interested in applying and share this information with those you know who may be interested.
  • April 21-June 4, 2014:  ECA Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1 Testing Window
  • April 28-May 13, 2014:  ISTEP+ Multiple Choice Online Testing Window Grades 3-8 (extended window)
  • May 5, 2014:  Nelson’s Port-A-Pit Night at BGHS! The BGHS Athletic Department is sponsoring a fun-filled fundraising evening on Monday, May 5th, from 4:00 – 7:00 at the high school. There will be ballgames, raffles and dinner from Nelson’s Port-a-Pit.
  • May 9, 2014:  PLE Spring Carnival from 5:00-7:00 pm.  The cost is $5 and it will be a fun night!
  • May 23, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Band Concert at 7 pm at BGHS.  Come out and enjoy the last band concert of the year!
  • May 24, 2014:  The 7th annual Kent’s Run at 8:00am. If you would like to participate, please visit www.KentsRun.com for a link to online registration. If you would like to volunteer, please email KentsRun5K@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed for parking, course management, packet pick up, the water station, and assistance at the pancake breakfast. All volunteers will receive a Kent’s Run Event Staff t-shirt and free pancakes.
  • June 2, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 27, 2014
  • June 3, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 28, 2014
  • June 4, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on February 5, 2014
  • June 5, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on March 12, 2014
  • June 8, 2014:  BGHS Graduation

Things to Know:

  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start.  If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • Now hiring substitute teachers!  Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.