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PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to our BGHS and BGMS Choir Students who competed in the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest at Kankakee Valley Middle School.

The Middle School students earned 86 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals.  The High School students earned 144 Gold Medals and 36 Silver Medals, bringing the totals for Boone Grove Choir to 38 Silver Medals and a whopping 230 Gold Medals!  

60 Students, including 11 Soloist and 7 Ensembles, have advanced to the State competition on February 18 in Indy.  They have all truly worked hard to make Boone Grove proud!

Thank you, Ms. Welbourne, for all of your work with these students!  Your hard work and dedication makes all of this possible!

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.

Important Dates:

  • February 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • February 20:  No School, President’s Day
  • February 24:  Empty Bowls from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

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  • March 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • March 16:  End of Quarter 3
  • March 27-31:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • April 19:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • May 26:  End of Quarter 4/Semester 2–Last day for students
  • May 30:  Last day for teachers
  • June 4:  BGHS Graduation

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.
  • 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.

Learning in STEM Areas

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has been the talk among educators for the past few years.  You may also hear about STEAM, which is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  No matter which term you use, PTSC also focuses in these areas.

Recently we added two robotics kits (Sphero SPRK+) at Porter Lakes and Boone Grove Elementary and Middle Schools.  These little sphere robots allow kids to use their iPads to program the robots to complete various tasks.  Teaching kids to code in an engaging way, this is a step beyond some of the basic coding apps we use as kids are able to actually see in real life how the program they wrote actual works (and have to account for real-world problems like the slope in a floor).  Very fun!

Beyond just the push in STEM areas, kids learn a lifeskill even more important–the lifeskill of resilience and what to do when you fail.  As a kid myself that never liked to fail, later in life it was tough for me to persevere when things were not always easy or when I had to try multiple times to come to the outcome I desired.  Teaching kids how to fail, fail fast, and then make a correction to what was being done provides our kids with skills they will use throughout life.

This is true even for adults!  I rolled out an activity for our leadership team using Sphero SPRK+ (and very little instruction) and watched our district leaders all struggle in their own ways until they were able to tackle the obstacle course with their robots after having successfully written their code.  Having the ability to fail the course, not give up, and rewrite their code led to success.  I will also say–it was also an engaging activity whether they tackled it individually or worked as a team!

PTSC Standouts:

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Congratulations to Boone Grove Elementary School on becoming our first school certified through Common Sense in Digital Citizenship!  Teacher Megan Bush led the charge and helped the school achieve this fantastic status.  Thanks to the staff at BGE for all of their hard work to achieve this status!

More great news out of Boone Grove Elementary School!  The BGE Science Bowl team Finished 2nd in the RED division in the STATE!  We await final calculations, but it looks like we may have a 9th place overall finish in the state!

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.

Important Dates:

  • February 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • February 20:  No School, President’s Day
  • February 24:  Empty Bowls from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

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  • March 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • March 16:  End of Quarter 3
  • March 27-31:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • April 19:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • May 26:  End of Quarter 4/Semester 2–Last day for students
  • May 30:  Last day for teachers
  • June 4:  BGHS Graduation

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.
  • 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.

Porter County Career and Technical Center

Have you heard about the amazing offerings through our Porter County Career and Technical Center?  Boone Grove High School students have the opportunity to take advantage of these course offerings as Juniors and Seniors in high school.  Many of our students that take these classes end up graduating with certifications and are extremely prepared for college or career after high school.   There are a variety of courses (some resulting in certifications) offered.  Culinary Arts (hosted at Boone Grove High School), Emergency Medical Services, Entrepreneurship/Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Health Science Education I and II w/Anatomy Physiology, Precision Machining (we had a student receive a full ride after this program last year), and Video Production and Media Studies are just a few of the many courses.

It is competitive to get into these programs.  Students need to maintain a high GPA in high school and show through their attendance and hard work that they are serious about success.  Even with that, there are not unlimited spots in these programs.  It is important to talk about these opportunities with your kids even when they are in elementary and middle school so that they know that grades matter and can anticipate what opportunity they might like to pursue.

If you are interested in learning more, I would encourage you to check out the website where they have videos to watch about their programs.  You can learn more about the many course offerings they have for next school year through their program brochure.  Better yet, attend one of the open houses–and there is one tomorrow night!  Check it out from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Porter County Career and Technical Center!

PTSC Standouts:

A BGHS student in the Porter County Career and Technical Center’s Video Productions program, who submitted Public Service Announcements to the Chicago Auto Show, was selected as one of the top three proposals in a multi-state competition.  

Our student winner will receive a $1000 award for their production.  The Chicago Auto Show is flying a professional production team from New York into town to work with this student (and the student from another school) to produce their safety videos.

Congratulations to Hannah Christy on this tremendous honor!  

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.

Important Dates:

  • January 24:  Porter County Career and Technical Center open house 6:30-7:30 pm
  • January 25:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • February 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • February 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • February 20:  No School, President’s Day
  • February 24:  Empty Bowls from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

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  • March 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • March 16:  End of Quarter 3
  • March 27-31:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • April 19:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • May 26:  End of Quarter 4/Semester 2–Last day for students
  • May 30:  Last day for teachers
  • June 4:  BGHS Graduation

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.
  • 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!

What informs our curriculum?

Our teachers work hard on their lessons and curriculum.  Gone are the days when a teacher would pick up a teacher’s manual for a textbook and start at the beginning and teach right through.  Our teachers now begin with standards and use that to guide instruction pulling resources from many sources to develop what is taught each day.  Standards are not curriculum.  Standards help determine what a child should know at each grade level. Teachers also work to make learning relate to the world, and do so in a creative way.

If you would like to see what standards are guiding your child’s instruction–that is easy to do.  You can learn more about these standards by using the following links:

It takes a lot of work to develop lessons to help move students forward along a scope and sequence.  Our teachers work hard to monitor student progress using formative assessment to drive instruction.  I hope you find the above resources helpful.

PTSC Standouts:

Jen Gajda, from Hebron High School, is currently enrolled at New Horizons Learning Center located at Boone Grove High School.  Jen is a punctual and self motivated student. She has a 97% attendance rate and has completed 7 course credits since joining New Horizons at the beginning of this school year.  Jen is the first student to arrive at school on most days along with the first to gather her supplies and fulfill her daily responsibilities.  She sets goals for herself and is accountable for her behavior, academic success, and her motivation.  Jen is a caring individual who always wants to help. We put new students who are unacquainted with New Horizons next to her to assist them with their transition, and model our expectations for students.  She embodies all of those characteristics in her own right without our help.  Way to go, Jen!

 

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.

Important Dates:

  • January 13:  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
  • January 24:  Porter County Career and Technical Center open house 6:30-7:30 pm
  • January 25:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • February 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • February 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • February 20:  No School, President’s Day
  • March 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • March 16:  End of Quarter 3
  • March 27-31:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • April 19:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • May 26:  End of Quarter 4/Semester 2–Last day for students
  • May 30:  Last day for teachers
  • June 4:  BGHS Graduation

Things to Know/Do:

  • Now hiring a Computer Technician!  If you know someone who might be interested, send them to the link above!
  • 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.
  • 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!

Thankful

I so wish that I would write these types of posts not during the week of Thanksgiving.  But, here I am again reminded, as I so often am, just how many things I have for which to be thankful.  This year I’m working not just to show gratitude, but also consider my impact on those around me.

Have you stopped recently to consider this?  When you look at the impact you make on the world around you and on the people in your sphere of influence–is the result a net positive?

Perhaps what I will do this week, in addition to being reminded of how blessed I am, is to resolve to make it a net positive for this upcoming year.  By my words and my actions it will be easy to determine that my influence is a positive one.  That has to not just be when it is easy, but when it is hard to find the positive.

Why is this important?  First, I have to imagine if we all worked on this our society would be a better place.  Second, I have to consider what my words and actions are demonstrating for my boys.  Finally, I want to be a positive leader even in the midst of challenges and struggles.

Have a terrific Thanksgiving–and may you, too, find the many reasons you have for which to be thankful!

PTSC Standouts:

An amazing celebration of our Veterans happened at Boone Grove Middle School and Boone Grove Elementary School through their annual programs.  At Boone Grove Middle School, I had the privilege of listening to Molly Novak, special education teacher at BGMS, talk about her service to our country.  Thank you for your service!img_5848img_5849

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.

Important Dates:

  • November 24-25:  Thanksgiving Break–No School
  • December 21-January 4:  Winter Break–No School
  • January 13:  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1

Things to Know/Do:

  • Now hiring a Computer Technician!  If you know someone who might be interested, send them to the link above!
  • 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.
  • 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!