Superintendent Dr. Stacey Schmidt Selected for National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday at White House 

Dr. Stacey Schmidt, Superintendent of the Porter Township School Corporation, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 117 top school leaders from across America to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the White House.

Superintendent Schmidt is among exemplary local school chiefs who will be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. This unique conference will bring together officials from throughout America to share with one other and the Education Department promising approaches to using technology in classes.

“School districts across the country are helping teachers harness the power of technology to create personal learning environments for all students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “We want to make sure every child – whether he or she is in the inner-city, in a rural community or on a Native American reservation – has access to knowledge and the chance to learn 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The White House summit will be followed by a series of 12-15 regional summits that will focus on the digital progress both made and possible by local school districts. The events will also include the unveiling of digital tools that facilitate incorporation of technology into short-term and long-range education planning.

To help spotlight the value of technology in schools, the Education Department is sponsoring a Future Ready Initiative aimed at showcasing outstanding school leadership and strategies.

“The Future Ready Initiative highlights the critical role of district leaders in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content, and expertise necessary for thriving in a connected world,” said Richard Culatta, director of the Department’s Office of Educational Technology.

Future Ready superintendents demonstrate effective use of technology in some of the following ways:

  • Fostering and leading a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship;
  • Transitioning schools and families to high-speed connectivity;
  • Empowering educators with professional learning opportunities;
  • Accelerating progress toward universal access to quality devices;
  • Providing access to quality digital content;
  • Creating access, equity, and excellence – particularly in rural, remote, and low-income districts;
  • Offering digital tools to students and families to help them prepare for success in college;
  • Sharing best practices and mentoring other districts in the transition to digital learning.

“Technology has the potential to transform education in America, allowing students to learn more, to do so at their own pace, and to develop the knowledge and skills employers demand,” Culatta said. “And yet, fewer than 30 percent of classrooms have the broadband internet to support today’s education technology needs.”

In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative, starting with a goal of connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation connectivity within five years. Model schools and districts across the country are using technology to create personalized learning environments; technology will play an increasingly crucial role in the future.

For more on the work of the Department’s Office of Educational Technology, including resources for students, parents and educators, click here.

PTSC Standouts:

Academic All State Honorable Mention Volleyball:  Congratulations to Carrie Kovacik and Lexi Thill on this recognition!  Very well deserved!

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

Important Dates:

  • All November and December:  A Night Out at Chili’s: PTO is sponsoring a Family Fundraiser at Chili’s for the entire month of November and December (no weekend or hour restrictions). You can visit Chili’s at the Merrillville or Valparaiso location and as long as you have the Chili’s voucher – this is a delicious way to help earn money for your school plus if you purchase a scrip Chili’s card you will earn an additional 11%! Vouchers will be coming home very soon – they will not be available at  Chili’s. Additional copies of voucher can be downloaded from the school website or the PTO Facebook page.
  • Now through December 19, 2014:  Take the Speak Up Survey.  You can access it at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/.  Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology.
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 21, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 5, 2014:  The Athletic Department and Winter Sports are hosting a Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Night!  *SAVE THE DATE: December 5th, 5-7:30PM, in the high school cafeteria. Invite friends and family for a fun night out! Come for dinner, basketball games, Homecoming festivities, and a raffle! Please see the document below as it is a pre-order form for the dinner. The deadline for order forms is Friday, November 28th. Get your order forms in to ensure your dinner, as quantities will be limited after the deadline and will go quickly! Order forms, along with payment, can be turned into any PTSC main office.

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  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 5, 2015:  Classes resume
  • January 16, 2015:  End of 1st Semester
  • January 28, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • February 13, 2015:  Snow day make-up day or break day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 19, 2015:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 23-27, 2015:  Spring 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!

Great Health Information:

Heather Lint, Director of Nursing at PTSC, has been hard at work updating the PTSC Health Services website.  When you visit our main webpage, click on “Services” in the left column and then pick “Student Health” to find many great resources.  It is an amazing wealth of information–all available at your fingertips!  Great work, Heather!

PTSC Standouts:

Great job to all involved with the Snowfest Craft Fair.  Many hours of work went into the event–and special thanks to Kerrie Schludecker for all of her involvement!

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

Important Dates:

  • All November and December:  A Night Out at Chili’s: PTO is sponsoring a Family Fundraiser at Chili’s for the entire month of November and December (no weekend or hour restrictions). You can visit Chili’s at the Merrillville or Valparaiso location and as long as you have the Chili’s voucher – this is a delicious way to help earn money for your school plus if you purchase a scrip Chili’s card you will earn an additional 11%! Vouchers will be coming home very soon – they will not be available at  Chili’s. Additional copies of voucher can be downloaded from the school website or the PTO Facebook page.
  • Now through December 19, 2014:  Take the Speak Up Survey.  You can access it at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/.  Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology.
  • November 12, 2014:  Susan Gleason, the Coordinator of the Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition will be holding a town hall meeting on the rapid rise of the youth use of hookah pens, e-cigarettes, and other nicotine delivery devices.  The meeting will be held on November 12th at 3:30 at the Valparaiso Community Schools Administrative board room (3801 N Campbell St, Valparaiso).

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  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 21, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 5, 2014:  The Athletic Department and Winter Sports are hosting a Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Night!  *SAVE THE DATE: December 5th, 5-7:30PM, in the high school cafeteria. Invite friends and family for a fun night out! Come for dinner, basketball games, Homecoming festivities, and a raffle! Please see the document below as it is a pre-order form for the dinner. The deadline for order forms is Friday, November 28th. Get your order forms in to ensure your dinner, as quantities will be limited after the deadline and will go quickly! Order forms, along with payment, can be turned into any PTSC main office.

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  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 5, 2015:  Classes resume
  • January 16, 2015:  End of 1st Semester
  • January 28, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • February 13, 2015:  Snow day make-up day or break day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 19, 2015:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 23-27, 2015:  Spring 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!

Speak Up Survey:

Students, parents, educators, and community members are invited to participate in the Speak Up 2014 Survey.  This survey gathers valuable data from across the country.  When you go to the website, click on your group (students, parents, educators, community) and then it will allow you to enter information to find the school you attend, work in.  The information you provide is valuable–please take the chance to share your thoughts!

PTSC Standouts:

The 8th annual Kent’s Run 5K, sponsored by Walgreens and held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, raised $46,000 for the Indiana Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  In its seven years of existence, Kent’s Run has raised a total of $257,400 for LLS.  Kent’s Run was established in honor of Kent Ribordy, a 16-year-old young man who loved farming, his family, country music, water skiing, snow skiing, snowmobiles, go-carts, tractors, and his pick-up truck.  Kent died of leukemia on June 17, 2007, and although his loss has left a hole in the lives of those who knew and loved him, his passion and intensity has left an indelible imprint on their hearts.  Kent didn’t just live life; he loved it – and he inspired those around him to love it, too.  The 8th annual Kent’s Run 5K sponsored by Walgreens will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Boone Grove Elementary School in south Porter County.  For more information visit www.KentsRun.com.  KR5 can also be followed on Facebook (Kent’s Run 5K) or on Twitter (@KentsRun5K).  If you are interested in sponsorship information or volunteering for the 2015 Kent’s Run 5K, please contact the race director at KentRun5K@gmail.com.

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Congratulations to our BGMS Cheerleaders for their hard work and support of the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk.  They cheered on the walkers, performed, and also raised close to $1000.  Great job, ladies!

We have many PCC All Conference standouts for the fall season!  Congratulations to all who achieved this honor!

Cross Country:  Megan Jordan, Cameron Jones, Abe Maxwell

Soccer:  Samantha Wolf, Sarah Brown, Allie Hill, Sara Martinez, Brad Kaminsky, Austin Aguilera, Austin Rocha

Volleyball:  Kennedy Starcevich, Lexi Thill, Carrie Kovacik, Andrew Foster, Tyler Bauman, Issac Mioduski

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

Important Dates:

  • All November and December:  A Night Out at Chili’s: PTO is sponsoring a Family Fundraiser at Chili’s for the entire month of November and December (no weekend or hour restrictions). You can visit Chili’s at the Merrillville or Valparaiso location and as long as you have the Chili’s voucher – this is a delicious way to help earn money for your school plus if you purchase a scrip Chili’s card you will earn an additional 11%! Vouchers will be coming home very soon – they will not be available at  Chili’s. Additional copies of voucher can be downloaded from the school website or the PTO Facebook page.
  • November 4, 2014:  Picture retakes and PLE and BGE
  • Now through December 19, 2014:  Take the Speak Up Survey.  You can access it at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/.  Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology.
  • November 8, 2014:  Snowfest Craft Fair at BGHS from 9am – 3pm
  • November 12, 2014:  Susan Gleason, the Coordinator of the Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition will be holding a town hall meeting on the rapid rise of the youth use of hookah pens, e-cigarettes, and other nicotine delivery devices.  The meeting will be held on November 12th at 3:30 at the Valparaiso Community Schools Administrative board room (3801 N Campbell St, Valparaiso).

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  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 21, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 5, 2015:  Classes resume
  • January 16, 2015:  End of 1st Semester
  • January 28, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • February 13, 2015:  Snow day make-up day or break day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 19, 2015:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 23-27, 2015:  Spring 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!

Generosity is OUR Lifestyle

For me, often much of my day is spent thinking about the curriculum and standards that need to be taught, the assessment and growth of our students, how to better meet the needs of each student, how to improve school safety–you know, the nuts and bolts behind the scenes of running a school corporation.  These past few weeks I’ve had a welcome disruption to my thinking–and this disruption has come through amazing interactions I’ve had with our students and staff at PTSC.  They have been modeling that yes, school is about learning and growing–but not just academic standards.  It’s about learning who we should be as people and citizens of a community.  Here are just a few examples of how I’ve seen this lived out lately:

  • Stuff the Bus–this event to collect donations for the Porter Township Food Pantry resulted in 5,886 pounds of food donated (PLE:  1347 pounds, BGE:  1393 pounds, BGMS:  796 pounds, First Student:  1307 pounds) and $10,696 in donations (the highest total they’ve ever had).  Christine Wallace from First Student led the charge on this–and what an outstanding outcome!  This will result in many people who are food insecure having a meal that they would not have otherwise had.  Great job!
  • BGE Student Council–the BGE Student Council presented at our October board meeting.  It was a great presentation about students who are passionate about the difference they want to make in their school and the lives of others.  Part of the presentation involved detailing ideas they had for service projects and fun events–all of which were to be used to raise money to help others.  These students were fired up about being able to financially help other people!  Outstanding!
  • PLE–as I mentioned in a previous update, PLE has been honored for the way they embed service learning into the life of the building.  These activities are completed as a school–and teaches our very youngest from the time they enter PTSC that life isn’t just about getting more for ourselves–but about taking care of those around us.  Thanks for teaching me, too!
  • BGHS–the Volleyball teams raised money with the help of several BGHS clubs and organizations for families at BGHS that are struggling with cancer.  Even the t-shirts conveyed that we are a community that cares for each other–and that no one fights alone.  I have to think that this is a sentiment that our students will carry with them beyond the walls of PTSC.

These are just the quick examples that were on the top of my head this morning.  It’s easy to read the newspaper and watch the news and lose sight of the great things that are happening around us.  These amazing students are our future–and I am confident these kids can make a positive impact on the world!

PTSC Standouts:

Check out the video below of the BGHS marching band performing at the Chicago Columbus Day Parade last Monday!  Great job.  http://abc7chicago.com/family/chicagos-2014-columbus-day-parade/344029/

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Congratulations to the BGHS Boys Volleyball Team on their PCC Championship!

Staff standout:  Jim Houldson, BGHS custodian.  The parents for the Boys Volleyball team would like to thank you for being such a huge help now matter what gets thrown his way–especially with Senior night and PCC decorating.  Thank you!

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

Important Dates:

  • October 20, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Fall Band Concert at 7 pm at BGHS in the small gym
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 27-30:  Red Ribbon and Spirit Week atPLE and BGE.  ThePLE School Theme This Year Is: “I’d Rather Eat Bugs Than Do Drugs.” Here are the exciting things planned:
    • Monday, October 27th -“Turn Drugs Inside Out & Backward” – Wear all your clothes inside out and backwards day!
    • Tuesday October 28th – “Color our world Drug Free” – Wear as much of your grade color as possible!
    • Wednesday October 29th “Dream, Believe, Achieve, Succeed” – Dress up in the career of choice (What you want to be when you grow up) and Assembly with Officer Chavez.
    • Thursday October 30th-“Team up against drugs” – Wear your favorite sports team jersey/t-shirt a (can’t wait to see all of the Green Bay Packer jerseys)!
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  • October 28, 2014:  Girls’ Tennis Team Panera Break fundraiser from 4 to 8pm at the Valparaiso Panera Bread and the team will receive a percentage of the proceeds from any receipt when a printed flyer (attached) is given or is shown electronically when ordering.  The money raised will go towards the girls’ uniforms.  Come support the Girls’ Tennis Team!
  • October 28, 2014:  EMPOWER Porter County is partnering with the Family and Youth Services Bureau to bring attention throughout Porter County to the Indiana Lifeline Law and to the prescription drug epidemic in Indiana and our county.  We are planning a full itinerary of community events the day of October 28 with Attorney General Zoeller and Norm and Dawn Finbloom (parents of Brett Finbloom who died from alcohol poisoning and whose friends were too afraid to call for help). Please plan on attending our evening presentation for college and high school students and parents.  7:00 p.m. Presentations by Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Dawn & Norm Finbloom  Valparaiso University Library, Community Room  RSVP: Call 219.465.0294 or email  hharrigan@empowerpc.org
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 1, 2014:  Attention all Zombie fanatics: Key Club will be hosting a 5k Zombie Run on Saturday, November 1st at 10 AM at BGHS. Run the cross country course while being chased by zombies. The run will cost $10 for pre-registered runners and an additional $15 for a t-shirt. T-shirt orders must be in by October 17th to guarantee your size. Registration forms can be picked up in the main office at the high school.
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 21, 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!

Helping Your Child with Homework

Have you wondered how you can better help your child with their homework or even what role you should take in homework as a parent?  You are not alone!  Homework is often a widely debated topic.  Here are some resources from great organizations that have published information to help parents navigate how to handle homework.  Click on the links below to learn more!

Wall Street Journal

Kid’s Health

U.S. Department of Education

PBS

NASP

RIF–Beyond Homework

NEA

PTA–many resources

PTSC Standouts:

Firefighter convocation

The third graders at PLE wanted to do something nice for the LOFS fire department as a thank you for choosing our third graders to receive pizza during lunchtime.  PLE decided to have a 3rd grade coin jar wars competition.  Students could bring in a penny, nickel, dime, or quarter.   We are delighted to report the amount of money collected was $689.43.  Way to go third grade students and teachers!

2014 Varsity VB team closeup

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Volleyball Team for completing the regular season 12-0!  With great leadership and teamwork they have pulled together this season and made us all very, very proud. This is a great athletic accomplishment while still keeping a focus on academic success. Next up is the PCC tournament–good luck, boys!

Congratulations to Senior Alex Morgavan and teacher Jori Swan for completing the Chicago Marathon Sunday.  That’s an awesome accomplishment–and one few achieve!  Congratulations and great job!

Saturday was a great Stuff the Bus event–watch for future newsletters in which I share the total raised to help the Porter Township Food Pantry.  Sneak peak–it’s pretty amazing!

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

Important Dates:

  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 16, 2014:  The BOO’ Grove Choir Dept. Presents:  Spook’tober Singing Show at 7pm!  Thursday, October 16 is the “Boo” Grove Spook’tober Singing Show.  Come and enjoy fall concert music and spooky Halloween songs.  The show begins at 7 p.m. in the High School Small gym.  It’s only $2 for lil’ Ghouls (students) and $3 for Monsters (adults).  Hope to see you there to cheer on our talented witches and werewolves!!!
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 27-30:  Red Ribbon and Spirit Week atPLE and BGE.  ThePLE School Theme This Year Is: “I’d Rather Eat Bugs Than Do Drugs.” Here are the exciting things planned:
    • Monday, October 27th -“Turn Drugs Inside Out & Backward” – Wear all your clothes inside out and backwards day!
    • Tuesday October 28th – “Color our world Drug Free” – Wear as much of your grade color as possible!
    • Wednesday October 29th “Dream, Believe, Achieve, Succeed” – Dress up in the career of choice (What you want to be when you grow up) and Assembly with Officer Chavez.
    • Thursday October 30th-“Team up against drugs” – Wear your favorite sports team jersey/t-shirt a (can’t wait to see all of the Green Bay Packer jerseys)!
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  • October 28, 2014:  Girls’ Tennis Team Panera Break fundraiser from 4 to 8pm at the Valparaiso Panera Bread and the team will receive a percentage of the proceeds from any receipt when a printed flyer (attached) is given or is shown electronically when ordering.  The money raised will go towards the girls’ uniforms.  Come support the Girls’ Tennis Team!
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 1, 2014:  Attention all Zombie fanatics: Key Club will be hosting a 5k Zombie Run on Saturday, November 1st at 10 AM at BGHS. Run the cross country course while being chased by zombies. The run will cost $10 for pre-registered runners and an additional $15 for a t-shirt. T-shirt orders must be in by October 17th to guarantee your size. Registration forms can be picked up in the main office at the high school.
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 21, 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!