Indiana Academic Standards

As you may have heard last spring, Indiana pulled out of the Common Core Standards and worked to create our own Indiana College and Career Ready Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics.  These standards were rolled out by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) just before the end of the school year and will be the standards assessed on spring assessments.  Our teachers worked hard this summer in Language Arts and Mathematics to unpack the resources provided by the IDOE on these standards and to revise curriculum and maps to reflect the changes made.  If you would like to take a look at this standards, you can find them on the Indiana Department of Education website.  Standards are used not as the curriculum, but as what drives the curriculum.

 

PTSC Standouts:

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PLE Kids Caring and Sharing celebration:  You may remember last year that we celebrated at PLE as they completed a service learning project that put them in a drawing for a financial award.  This was sponsored by the Carpenter’s Union and all Lake and Porter County Schools were invited to participate.  Great news!  PLE has done it again!  Friday PLE received an award and Congressman Visclosky was in attendance.  Awesome job, PLE!

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Golf:  Congratulations to Meaghan Spalla who qualified for and competed in the 2014 Lafayette Jefferson Girls Golf Regionals.  She had a great showing!

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

Important Dates:

  • September 30, 2014:  Picture Day, BGE
  • September 30, 2014:  On Tuesday, Sept. 30th at 5:00, Boone Grove Varsity girls and boys take on Hebron in a conference volleyball match. Please come and support the girls and boys volleyball teams
    support the cause! There will be t-shirts sold, a 50/50 raffle, and a bake sale. All proceeds go to
    the player’s families that have been affected by cancer.
  • October 11, 2014:  Stuff the Bus for the Porter Township Food Pantry (Read a great article about this from this weekend in the Times!)
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  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • September 26, 2014:  Family Fun Night (Bingo) at PLE at 6:00 PM
  • September 30, 2014:  Picture Day at BGE
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 8, 2014:  Family Skate Night at 5:00 PM at Franklin Middle School
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 22, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • 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!

Future Ready?

At about this time last year I spent a week posting about some intriguing questions posed by David Warlick about how we are to prepare students for a world which we ourselves cannot imagine.  This fall I seem to be returning to the same types of questions–this time about how to help our school districts, staff, students, and families be future ready.

The United States Department of Education has been working to help schools become future ready by working to provide high-speed wireless capability to students.  This has happened through funding we receive through the government in the form of erate; funding that hopefully will continue to expand.  As part of this initiative, they have asked superintendents from around the country to sign a Future Ready Pledge.  As this pledge fits with where we need to go as a district to be ready for the future, I have signed this pledge on behalf of Porter Township School Corporation.  The bullet points below are taken directly from the pledge, but fit right in with what we are trying to accomplish here at PTSC.  At PTSC we desire to:

  • Foster and lead a culture of digital learning within our schools (we are always open to trying new things and work to support our teachers in expanding digital learning, supporting new classroom instructional techniques, and in preparing our students for a digital future with ideas like our online learning days)
  • Help schools and families transition to high-speed connectivity (we have added additional access points at BGE and BGMS and have a plan to add to PLE)
  • Empower educators through professional learning opportunities (buildings are given a professional development budget and asked to design a professional development plan for the year)
  • Accelerate progress toward universal access for all students to quality devices (even where we are not yet 1:1 we have been adding mobile labs to buildings)
  • Provide access to quality digital content (Indiana has been leading the charge on developing digital content as a state and continues to build the content library)
  • Offer digital tools to help students and families (there are some on our website, but we need to do better in this area!)
  • Mentor other districts to help them transition to digital learning (this is a regular part of my schedule to help others and share what we are learning on the journey)

This is a journey and by taking the pledge it does not mean we have arrived, but that we will continue to grow.  Even though we encounter bumps in the road and have to recalculate our course, it is exciting to be transforming teaching and learning.  I don’t believe we will ever truly arrive.  As we face the challenge of preparing our students for a world which we cannot imagine we must continue to press forward and I am excited PTSC is committed to taking the challenge!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to the 7th grade girls volleyball team at BGMS on their tournament championship!

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

Important Dates:

  • September 22, 2014:  Blood Drive at PLE
  • October 11, 2014:  Stuff the Bus for the Porter Township Food Pantry (Read a great article about this from this weekend in the Times!)
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  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • September 26, 2014:  Family Fun Night (Bingo) at PLE at 6:00 PM
  • September 30, 2014:  Picture Day at BGE
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 8, 2014:  Family Skate Night at 5:00 PM at Franklin Middle School
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 22, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • 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!

New Safety Procedures at Building Front Doors

Hopefully you have noticed some new safety procedures at the front doors of our buildings.  This summer we worked on safety plan revisions for the district and our buildings.  Part of what we looked at was how we “buzz” people into our buildings.  Some buildings had already made some changes last year, but others are just rolling out these changes this year.

We are asking that each person be “buzzed” in at the front door.  Think of it like an ATM–it’s common for there to be a line at the ATM and what most folks find works best is to give the person at the ATM some space while waiting their turn.  This allows our awesome office staff the opportunity to know who is coming into the building.  This may also mean that they will ask you some questions like your name and the purpose of your visit.  This isn’t to be rude or prying into your business, this is to help us know who is in our buildings and helps us keep our buildings safe.

This also means that we ask that you not hold the door for the person behind you.  I know this feels rude–I’ve felt it myself!  When I find myself in this situation I take a moment to explain to the person behind me that I’m not trying to be rude but that we value the safety of all of our students and so each of us has to wait to be “buzzed” in.  That at least lets the person know I’m not trying to shut the door in their face and that we value the safety of all of our students.

We have also worked with our students to make sure they know not to open the door for others.  This just happened today!  Our students were waiting to go to class and an adult approached the door to get in.  I’m sure it seemed odd that nobody opened the door for them, but our students did exactly the right thing and pointed to the signs on the door asking for adults to push the buzzer to gain access to the building.  Way to go, kids!

I know safety is as important to you as it is to us.  Thank you for supporting us in making that happen!

PTSC Standouts:

Today was the career fair day at BGMS.  The fair is focused on how math is used in various career fields.  There were too many careers to mention in one post–but tables were filled in the gym and the parking lot with folks helping kids understand what they do in their career and how math is important!  Thanks to all of those folks for taking time to teach our kids today–it was amazing!

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

Important Dates:

  • 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 photo
  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • September 26, 2014:  Family Fun Night (Bingo) at PLE at 6:00 PM
  • September 30, 2014:  Picture Day at BGE
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 8, 2014:  Family Skate Night at 5:00 PM at Franklin Middle School
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 22, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • 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!

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!