Did You Skip the Most Important Meal of the Day?

If you’re like me, I’d rather not get up fifteen minutes earlier to make a healthy breakfast, even though I know the benefits of eating well for the most important meal of the day.  As a result I’m often grabbing something on the go to make sure my stomach isn’t empty until lunch.

Starting the day off right with a great breakfast has many advantages and is extremely important for students.  Did you know that by eating breakfast research has shown:

  • Students learn best when they have eaten a good breakfast.
  • Students have improved attendance and are absent and tardy less frequently.
  • Students have higher test scores in reading and math.
  • Students have fewer trips to the school nurse–particularly for hunger related reasons.
  • Students have improved classroom behavior as they have increased ability to attend to task and fewer referrals to the office resulting in more time on learning.

Eating breakfast also helps us to achieve a healthy weight, while skipping breakfast has been linked to risks for obesity.

Mornings can be rushed to make sure that everyone is up and ready to leave on time.  PTSC schools offer breakfast for students.  If students receive assistance for meals, there is not charge for breakfast.

Let’s make sure we start each day right!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to Kennedy Starcevich for setting a new school record for the most digs in a match. She had 34 digs against Wheeler.  What a great fan turnout, too, to support the team!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • September 9, 2014:  Gangs 101 from 6-7:30 PM at Family and Youth Services Bureau (see above)Gangs 101
  • September 17, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • September 21, 2014:  Empower Porter County’s Around the Table Kick-Off event from 2-4 pm at the Duneland, Portage, and Valparaiso YMCAs and Union Township Middle/High School.  This event is to bring families together through food, games, and conversation to help support one another as they embark on improving the quality of mealtime interaction.  To RSVP, visit http://www.empowerpc.org/
  • September 22, 2014:  Blood Drive at PLE
  • October 11, 2014:  Stuff the Bus for the Porter Township Food Pantry (more information to come)
  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break

Things to Know/Do:

  • 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.
  • Have you updated your account information in Instant Alert?  Make sure that you have your cell phone number and your email entered so that you will receive the latest updates we send out.  You can update your Instant Alert Account here.
  • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates?  Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
  • 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.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.  It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!

Welcome Back!

It’s always great to start the year with some great opportunities!  Check out some that may interest you below:

YMCA After School Program

This year PTSC has an after school program (located at Porter Lakes Elementary) from the end of the school day-6:00 pm for elementary age students.  This program is run by the YMCA.  Children will enjoy gym time, health and wellness activities, playground time, healthy snacks, group & board games, crafts, and quiet space for homework.  Students from PLE and BGE are welcome to participate.

Registration Fee: $25 Members/$50 Community

Supply Fee: $40 Members/$65 Community

Fees: 3 days-$40.00 per week

        4/5 days-$55.00 per week

If you are interested in registering, please contact:

Diana Sonnenberg, Youth Program Director at the Valparaiso YMCA

dsonnenberg@valpoymca.org

www.valpoymca.org

(P) 219 464 9543 x7

 

Interested in learning more about Gangs?  Our very own School Resource Officer, Jeremy Chavez, is leading this workshop!

Gangs 101

Empower Porter County:  Around the Table

Empower Porter County’s initiative called “Around the Table” is aiming to help community members/families build authentic, transformative relationships as studies have shown this is a key to preventing substance abuse. Their mission is to provide opportunities that foster interpersonal engagement, compassionate dialogue and resilient relationships for all sectors of the Porter County community.   They are hosting Family Fun Day at the Valparaiso YMCA on September 21 at the YMCA pavilion.  Contact Kaye Frattaccia at Empower Porter County (219.242.3977 or KFrataccia@empowerpc.org) if you would like more details!

PTSC Standouts:

PTSC Students:  Great start to the school year!  We are thrilled to have you back and look forward to a great year!

PTSC Staff:  It is always so great to see all of our staff members taking pride in the building and smiling as students return.  From the preparations the custodial crew made all summer to our teachers working on curriculum and preparing the learning spaces–everyone has been preparing for this year–awesome!

First Student:  Thanks to First Student working to make sure all of our students get to and from school safely, even if a road is closed!

Congratulations to the PTSC Band who marched in the Kouts parade this past weekend.

 Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

 

Important Dates:

  • August 26, 2014:  Open House BGHS at 6:30 PM
  • August 27, 2014:  School Picture Day at BGHS
  • September 1, 2014:  No School, Labor Day
  • September 2, 2014:  BGMS fall pictures
  • September 5, 2014:  PLE Picture Day
  • September 9, 2014:  Gangs 101 from 6-7:30 PM at Family and Youth Services Bureau (see above)
  • September 17, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • September 22, 2014:  Blood Drive at PLE
  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Things to Know/Do:

  • Looking for the PLE weekly newsletter?  You can find it here.  It has lots of great information you won’t want to miss!
  • Have you updated your account information in Instant Alert?  Make sure that you have your cell phone number and your email entered so that you will receive the latest updates we send out.  You can update your Instant Alert Account here.
  • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates?  Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
  • 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.  It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!

Back to School 2014

I’m sure many of you are like me who cannot believe it is already time for students to return to school on Wednesday, August 20, 2014!  It’s an exciting time and the staff at PTSC is eagerly anticipating the start of the 2014-2015 school year.  As a reminder, there is a delayed start on every Wednesday.  That means that our first day of school will start 30 minutes later than our regular start time.

Here are some things we’ve been working on this summer while you were gone:

  1. Updated Culinary Arts facilities for our classes.  We have completed redone a classroom to create a commercial kitchen environment for the students in this program.
  2. Sealed parking lots–although this doesn’t sound exciting, this work we completed after our terrible winter will allow us to maximize the life expectancies of the lots.
  3. BGHS, BGMS, and PLE media center updates:  we installed new computers in the media centers at BGHS and BGMS.  PLE received a new interactive board which was installed in the media center.
  4. Classroom renovations at BGMS:  several classes were relocated and some rooms were renovated to create improved learning environments.
  5. BGE gym floor:  a new gym floor was installed at BGE after water damage occurred from a failed pump.
  6. Office renovation:  BGMS now features new carpet and paint as well as a revised work flow.
  7. Restroom addition at BGHS:  BGHS was in need of a restroom renovation for students with special needs.
  8. All buildings:  deep cleaning by our amazing maintenance team.  When you see a member of our facilities/maintenance/custodial team–make sure to thank them!
  9. All buildings:  cafeteria upgrades–you will have to come and see the cafeterias–they look great!
  10. School Safety Procedures:  the PTSC Emergency Response Team worked hard all summer to update school safety protocol, plan training, provide new resources in buildings, and trained all PTSC staff on the procedures.

These are just a handful of the things that have happened this summer.  The principals have also worked hard interviewing and securing the highest quality teachers for positions which were open.  We have a great team of new teachers that have joined the PTSC family!

PTSC Standouts:

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Check out 8th grade flute player, Katie Brei!  She was selected to perform with hundreds of other middle school band students from throughout Indiana! This band is called “INpact Indiana’s Future Band” and performs before thousands of people at Lucas Oil Stadium before the Drum Corps International World Championships. The band was directed by Dr. Jeff Doebler of Valparaiso University.  They also performed at the Pam Am Plaza.  Great job, Katie!

Also–thanks to Mr. Baum for supporting Katie and encouraging band members to apply for INpact!

How did you represent PTSC this summer?  Feel free to email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt all year at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • August 19, 2014:  Open House at PLE (5:30-6:30 PM), 4th grade at BGE (5-7 PM), 6th grade at BGMS (5-7 PM)
  • August 20, 2014:  First day of school–Note that it is a Wednesday, all all Wednesdays begin 30 minutes later than our normal days
  • August 21, 2014:  Open House at BGE for 5th grade (5-7 PM), 7th and 8th grade at BGMS (5-7 PM)
  • August 26, 2014:  Open House BGHS at 6:30 PM
  • August 27, 2014:  School Picture Day at BGHS
  • September 1, 2014:  No School, Labor Day
  • September 2, 2014:  BGMS fall pictures
  • September 5, 2014:  PLE Picture Day
  • September 17, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences

Things to Know/Do:

  • Have you updated your account information in Instant Alert?  Make sure that you have your cell phone number and your email entered so that you will receive the latest updates we send out.  You can update your Instant Alert Account here.
  • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates?  Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
  • 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.  It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!

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.