Who You are Matters

As most of you know, my husband and I became parents to handsome twin boys this year.  What you may not know about me is that I’m an avid reader, researcher, and all around over-planner for most everything in life.  True to form, I’m constantly seeking after new knowledge about how to best raise our boys and help them through all of their developmental milestones.

But as parents, we know it isn’t just about the learning our kids are doing in mastering standards (or for my kids, crawling and learning to walk).  There is so much more to helping them become caring, kind, and well-rounded people.  The knowledge is important, but we cannot forget that we are also shaping our future generation and helping them to know how to interact and relate to other people.  For my husband and I, this has meant that we intentionally focus on helping our boys to seek justice, love kindness, and be humble.

This is important for us at PTSC, too.  Not only are we trying to be great role models for our students, but we are also intentionally trying to build positive relationships with students while being explicit in our instruction of what it looks like to seek justice, love kindness, and be humble and hard-working in all that we do.  It may be in life that you have to learn a new skill or fact in order to succeed and that isn’t the most difficult thing to do.  What is really difficult to do is to learn and practice how to be ethical, hard-working, kind people who believe the best about others and do not spread bitterness and lies.  Aren’t those the kind of folks we all want to surround ourselves with as friends, hire in our businesses, and live next door to?

Our intellectual knowledge and the ability to apply it to real world situations is extremely important.  But one cannot overlook the vital task that we have as parents and educators to help develop our children and students into people of high character.  I am excited to be on the journey together with you to do just that!

 

 

 

PTSC Standouts:

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The Boone Grove Middle School Cheer team shared their school spirit with parade goers at the Popcorn Festival!  Thanks for representing PTSC well and great job on the float!

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

Important Dates:

  • September 22:  The American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive at Porter Lakes Elementary on Thursday, September 22 from 3:30 – 7:00 PM in the Cafeteria.  Please call 1-800-RED – CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org,  sponsor code:  iporlaelem to schedule your blood donation appointment
  • October 12:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS

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  • October 15:  “See the Need” Stuff the Bus! To Help Support The Food Pantry Of Porter Township “Stuff The Bus” Fundraiser.  Help us bring in food donations, cleaning supplies and toiletries.  Following the food pantry drive there will be the Porter Township Food Pantry Annual Fundraiser Chili Souper Supper from 5:00 – 6:30.  You can jump on the bus! Bring your friends, food and donations…and don’t forget the pantry needs cleaning supplies and toiletries as well! The stop at Porter Lakes is at 4:30, BGMS at 4:00, and BGHS at 4:15.  Admission to the Chili Souper Supper is $6 Children under 10 are FREE.  Salem Church Hall, 756 W 350 S
  • October 19:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 25:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 27-28:  Fall Break–No School
  • November 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • 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!

Digital Citizenship Week

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The Porter Township School Corporation, along with other schools in Indiana, are celebrating Digital Citizenship Week!

As we all know, the face of learning and interaction has shifted with the use of technology.  Personally, I have seen the power of how a tool like technology can transform the face of teaching and learning right here in Porter Township.  The power that is available for curation, creation, and communication opens doors to endless possibilities.  But with great power comes great responsibility.  We each live a digital footprint, and the story your digital footprint tells has the potential to impact your acceptance into college and your ability to secure a job as folks are paying attention!  This impact doesn’t have to be negative, a digital footprint can be what sets you apart from others!  Just as you work to teach boundaries and safe use of technological tools at home, those are important lessons for us to teach at school, too.

We believe that students are going to live in a world in which they are going to interact with others online and we want them to be responsible, safe, and respectful as they do so.  In a 21st Century world, students are going to need to have skills to collaborate, think critically, solve problems, and interact in a digital environment and we believe it is important to prepare students to meet the demands of the world they will face when they leave PTSC.

While this may be Digital Citizenship week in Indiana, we work to incorporate these themes into what we do throughout the year.  We appreciate our families who work to partner with us on this for our students.  As I mentioned in the last update, there are amazing resources from Common Sense Media for families.  With the rapidly changing online world it is hard to keep up with all the new things our children encounter.  These folks make it their passion to supply parents with great resources.  Make sure to check them out!

Digital Citizenship Resources (This is an amazing resource for families!)

 

PTSC Standouts:

We had our first safety lock down drill of the year last year–and our staff and students did a fantastic job!  This is just one of the many things we do to help create a safe learning environment and to help us be prepared.  Great job!

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

Important Dates:

  • September 14:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 12:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 19:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 25:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 27-28:  Fall Break–No School
  • November 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • 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!

Helpful Links

Ever wonder how to find the Indiana College and Career Ready Standards?  These standards were rolled out by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and are what drives our curriculum at all grade levels.  If you would like to take a look at this standards, you can find them on the Indiana Department of Education website.  It’s a great resource for parents as well as educators.

If you are looking for other resources, here is a list of items which may be of interest to you.

  1. PTSC Website
  2. PTSC District Calendar 2016-2017
  3. Indiana Office of eLearning
  4. Digital Citizenship Resources (This is an amazing resource for families!)
  5. College and Career Readiness
  6. Hoosier Family of Readers (Great resources here with access to thousands of books for free!)
  7. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s Back to School Message to Families

Do you have a question you’d love to see addressed in a weekly update?  Don’t hesitate to send Dr. Schmidt an email and it may be the topic of an upcoming PTSC Update!

PTSC Standouts:

 

INpact with DCI at Lucas Oil Stadium:  We had several Boone Grove students perform for thousands of people in Indianapolis earlier this month and it was a great honor for those students who were selected from across the state.  The students were Hayden Neis, Ashlee Ramos, Emma Grant, Anthony Young, Robert Young, Rachel Stewart, and other members of the Boone Grove Middle School band.  The students met and played with famous trumpet player Al Chez and played for hundreds of people at the Pan Am Building and at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Congratulations to those students and for the time, effort, and energy they spent working on their skills this summer!  

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

Important Dates:

  • September 2:  PLE picture day
  • September 5:  Labor Day–No School
  • September 14:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 12:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 19:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 25:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 27-28:  Fall Break–No School
  • November 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • 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!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  We are off and running and excited to have all of our students back!  It has been an exciting summer as we have been in the midst of a complete renovation to Porter Lakes Elementary School including the addition of a new office.  It was an incredible amount of work to complete in just a handful of weeks, but the classrooms are ready!  The classrooms received new HVAC systems, lights, windows, cabinets, ceilings, and interactive projectors and whiteboards.  Additionally, we reconfigured space moving the office from the interior of the building to the front of the building.  This new office helps to improve security.  There is still work happening at the building, but we are thrilled with what has already been completed!

 

 

PTSC Standouts:

Here are some awesome standouts from over the summer!  Make sure to send me your standouts so that they can be included!

Congratulations to Austin Rocha who received the top Richard Lugar scholarship worth $20,000.

Congratulations to the Boone Grove boys golf team who took 2nd at the Rensselaer invite on Saturday May 7.Grant Stockwell and Logan Lucas took 1st and 2nd place for the whole tournament out of 16 schools.  The team went on to win the Boone Grove invite and have an impressive end to their season.  Logan Lucas qualified and made it to the state round for golf finals and finished 26th in state.  Super impressive!

Have you heard about Liz Hedger, who is 11, and a 7th grader at BGMS?  She swims for a club in Valparaiso called MAKO Swim Team.  She has already competed internationally, when she was 10, at the 2015 Speedo Can-Am Paraswimming Championships in Toronto, where she set a bunch of new personal best times. She was the youngest competitor there by two years, after hitting qualifying times.  Liz’s dream is to swim for the United States in the Paralympic Games and win a medal. Liz got to meet 17-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long at this meet and had her picture taken with Jessica, who will be competing in her fourth Paralympic Games this summer in Rio.  Way to go, Liz!

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

Important Dates:

  • September 5:  Labor Day–No School
  • September 14:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 12:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 19:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 25:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 27-28:  Fall Break–No School
  • November 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • 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 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!

ISTEP+ Round 2:  Online

Next week begins our next installment of the ISTEP+ assessment for grades 3-8 and 10th graders.  Following the ISTEP+ window our high school students will jump into ECA testing.  Our high school students this year are in a transition year where they have to take ECA and ISTEP+.

But isn’t the state transitioning away from the ISTEP+ assessment?  Yes, but we still have one more year in this current system (using a new assessment company for this year and next year).  While lawmakers have said that they no longer want to use the ISTEP+ assessment, they have yet to decide what comes next.

What is my hope?  My hope is for an assessment that measures individual student growth.  My hope is that this new assessment does not take long to administer.  My hope is that the new assessment model provides for in-the-moment data that actually helps to drive instruction and help close skill gap areas for students.  While I understand there needs to be summative data, if it can have summative and formative data in one quick and easy to use solution that would be ideal.  On top of that, it is my hope that this can be done without spending the unconscionable about of money that is currently being spent for a system that is not effective.

The purpose of great assessment is to drive instruction.  That requires timely feedback based on the individual student’s needs and growth.  What I will be sharing with anyone who will listen is that this is our time to make state assessment meaningful.  But for now, here comes ISTEP+ part 2!

 

PTSC Standouts:

Michael Skoda, our PTSC System Administrator, recently created his very first app!  After hearing teachers in multiple buildings talk to him about what tool they really needed and seeing that it currently did not exist (or at least for free), Mike took the dreams of the teachers and translated them into an application!  He took the initiative to learn what he needed to learn on his own, tested it out in many environments, worked with teachers to try it, and finally was able to roll it out to the district.  Great work, Mr. Skoda!

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

Important Dates:

 

  • April 20:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • April 27:  Kindergarten Round-Up at Porter Lakes Elementary School

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  • April 29-May 1:  BG Drama Club’s Production of Beauty and the Beast
  • May 27:  Last day of school for students
  • June 5:  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!