Last Day of the 2014-2015 School Year

While each year seems to progress quickly, I have to say that I cannot believe we have already reached our final day of the school year.  Our staff and students have done an outstanding job.  During the summer, watch our PTSC Facebook Page for updates for next year.  Enjoy the summer with your kids–and we will be excited to welcome them back in August!

PTSC Standouts:

golf

Congratulations to the Boone Grove High School Boys Golf Team on winning their 10th straight PCC Meet!  Congratulations to Grant Stockwell who was a medalist!  Additionally, Grant Stockwell, Lorenzo Venturella, and Logan Lucas were named to the All-Conference Team.  Great work!

softball sectional champs

Our BGHS Girls Softball Team has had an outstanding year!  Amanda Hawrot, Gianna Hamady, Sarah Brown, and Taylor Stevens were all named to the Softball All-Conference Team.  The team also won the Sectional Championship!  Good luck at Regionals Tuesday night!

Congratulations to the Lady Wolves Track team on their finish at sectionals. Congratulations to Stephaine Ziemniak on her first place high jump place making her a sectional champion and advancing on to regionals.

Congratulations to Jake Morris and Chuck Kidd who earned All Conference for baseball.

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

Important Dates:

  • June 1, 2015: End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 4, 2015:  Sports Physicals at BGHS for students entering BGMS and BGHS–all funds raised support the PTSC Athletics!

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  • June 7, 2015: BGHS Graduation
  • August 19, 2015:  First Day of School

Things to Know/Do:

  • The BGHS Class of 1975 will be having a 40th class reunion  July 11,2015.  The place is still to be determined.  They are in need of several e-mail addresses for classmates.  If you have any contact information to share for the class of 1975, please email Kathy.sherman@ptsc.k12.in.us.
  • 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!

Congratulations to Porter Lakes Elementary School

As you know, each year our third grade students take the IREAD-3 Indiana State Assessment.  This assessment is used by the state to determine if students are ready to progress to fourth grade.  If students do not pass in the spring, remediation is provided along with an opportunity to re-test over the summer.  If the student passes, then they proceed to fourth grade.  I am happy to report that we have 98% of our third grade students that have passed this assessment!  Not only did our third graders do their personal best, but our hard-working staff needs to be commended for all of their efforts to achieve this accomplishment!  Great work!

PTSC Standouts:

2015 is the seventh year Indiana Association of School Principals is recognizing the Top 10 teams in each Indiana Academic Super Bowl enrollment class, based on the cumulative scores of all five rounds at the Area Competition.  Congratulations to Boone Grove Middle School for making the Top 10!  The full list of “Top 10” teams can be viewed online at http://www.iasp.org/pdf/2015SuperJuniorTop10Overall.pdf

Boone Grove Middle School and High School both won gold at the choir competition!  Outstanding!

Logan Lucas and Grant Stockwell both shot 73 today giving the Wolves first place in the Westville invite for golf. Logan and Grant had a playoff round and Logan took first for the whole tournament with Grant taking second.  Great job!

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

Important Dates:

  • May 18-22:  Food drive for the Porter Township Food Pantry at all buildings.  They are in need of hygiene items and “kid friendly” foods, such as Pop Tarts, snacks, canned pasta, etc.
  • May 20th:   BGE, MS & HS ART SHOW and the MS & HS Choirs’ “May 90’s POP Music” Concert.  The Art Show begins at 6 pm and the Choir Concert begins at 7 pm. Come enjoy the visual and musical talent of our wonderful students. The cost for the Choir Concert is only $4 for Adults, $2 for kids

  • May 20th from 6-8 pm:  The Porter County Substance Abuse Council is sponsoring a community discussion about preventing substance abuse. Come listen to four experts talk about prevention, as it relates to substance abuse, overdose, recovery, and more. This free, open-to-the-public event will feature prevention strategies, information about the Indiana Lifeline Law, resources in our community, and other topics. Registration not required.  Speakers include: Aaron Kochar, Porter-Starke Services; Rodrigo Garcia, Parkdale Recovery Center; Chuck Harris, Porter County Coroner; and Emily Kirk, Corizon Health.  This event is in the Hebron High School Auditorium.

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  • May 23, 2015:  Kent’s Run at 8:00 am at BGE/BGMS.  Kent’s Run has raised over $257,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come join many of us as we remember our former student, Kent Ribordy.
  • May 25, 2015: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1, 2015: End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 4, 2015:  Sports Physicals at BGHS for students entering BGMS and BGHS–all funds raised support the PTSC Athletics!

Physicals Flyer-JPEG

  • June 7, 2015: BGHS Graduation

Things to Know/Do:

  • The BGHS Class of 1975 will be having a 40th class reunion  July 11,2015.  The place is still to be determined.  They are in need of several e-mail addresses for classmates.  If you have any contact information to share for the class of 1975, please email Kathy.sherman@ptsc.k12.in.us.
  • 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!

Indiana State Testing

If you have a child in grades 3-8 or enrolled in Algebra 1 or English 10–then you know that we have been hard at work tackling state testing!

As you may recall, last spring the state decided to opt our of the Common Core Standards in favor of creating our own version of Indiana Standards.  This last-minute change left teachers across Indiana working feverishly to prepare for the fall of this year when the new standards had to be taught.  Typically new standards are phased in over time to allow teachers to develop curriculum, scope and sequence documents, and also materials designed to cover a new set of standards.  Our teachers worked hard to pull this off in just a short handful of months!

It is also typical to see a state adopt new standards and then roll out a new assessment system gradually as there is always a dip in testing scores when new standards are implemented.  Many states either suspend accountability measures for a year or run two accountability systems side by side due to the research that shows this implementation dip.  Indiana has not elected to go this route.  So, this year the state also rolled out a new set of spring assessments to test the new set of standards that were unveiled just about a year ago.  These new assessments had a very different level of rigor and item format–something you may have heard from your children as they came home from testing.  Our teachers worked very hard to prepare students for this new level of rigor and the new format along with the new set of standards.  We look forward to seeing our assessment results and hope that our hard work allows us to beat the implementation dip odds!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to the following Boone Grove High School Students who were inducted into the Porter County Technology Honor Society:  Andi Burczyk, Andrew Foster, Samuel Pauk, Joseph Rodriguez, and Jordan Vann.  We are very proud of your hard work!

Congratulations to Allegra Shinabargar who won an Award of Excellence at the American Institute of Architecture contest in Indianapolis.

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

Important Dates:

  • May 14, 2015:  Nelson’s Chicken Night:  Sponsored by the Boone Grove Athletic Booster Club from 3-6 pm.

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  • May 14, 2015:  BGMS and BGHS Band Concert at BGHS!  You won’t want to miss it!

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  • May 23, 2015:  Kent’s Run at 8:00 am at BGE/BGMS.  Kent’s Run has raised over $257,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come join many of us as we remember our former student, Kent Ribordy.
  • May 25, 2015: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1, 2015: End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 4, 2015:  Sports Physicals at BGHS for students entering BGMS and BGHS–all funds raised support the PTSC Athletics!

Physicals Flyer-JPEG

  • June 7, 2015: BGHS Graduation

Things to Know/Do:

  • The BGHS Class of 1975 will be having a 40th class reunion  July 11,2015.  The place is still to be determined.  They are in need of several e-mail addresses for classmates.  If you have any contact information to share for the class of 1975, please email Kathy.sherman@ptsc.k12.in.us.
  • 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!

Boone Grove High School Named a Four Star School!

Congratulations to the hard-working staff, students, parents, and community for making Boone Grove High School a Four Star School for the 2013-2014 School Year!  There are many factors that led to being awarded this distinction.  Here are the factors the state examined in determining this honor for Boone Grove High School:

  • Boone Grove High School is an “A” School
  • Boone Grove High School is accredited by the State of Indiana
  • Boone Grove High School assesses at least 95% of their students on the state assessment
  • Combined Passing Percentage:  BGHS was in the top 25th percentile in the State of Indiana for combined End of Course Assessment (ECA) passing percentage on English 10 and Algebra 1
  • Percent Passing Both English/Language Arts and Math: BGHS was in the top 25th percentile for the percentage of students passing both Algebra 1 and English 10 ECA’s

You can read more about the criteria here.  Congratulations to all on this impressive honor!

PTSC Standouts:

Wednesday is School Nurse’s Day!  We have fabulous nurses here–make sure to let them know how much you appreciate them!

It is also Teacher Appreciation Week–a great chance to thank a teacher!  We have amazing teachers here–it is wonderful to celebrate such great staff members this week!

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

Important Dates:

  • May 9, 2015:  BGHS Prom
  • May 14, 2015:  Nelson’s Chicken Night:  Sponsored by the Boone Grove Athletic Booster Club from 3-6 pm.

Full Ad-Nelson's JPEG

  • May 14, 2015:  BGMS and BGHS Band Concert at BGHS!  You won’t want to miss it!

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 1.19.11 PM

  • May 23, 2015:  Kent’s Run at 8:00 am at BGE/BGMS.  Kent’s Run has raised over $257,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come join many of us as we remember our former student, Kent Ribordy.
  • May 25, 2015: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1, 2015: End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 4, 2015:  Sports Physicals at BGHS for students entering BGMS and BGHS–all funds raised support the PTSC Athletics!

Physicals Flyer-JPEG

  • June 7, 2015: BGHS Graduation

Things to Know/Do:

  • The BGHS Class of 1975 will be having a 40th class reunion  July 11,2015.  The place is still to be determined.  They are in need of several e-mail addresses for classmates.  If you have any contact information to share for the class of 1975, please email Kathy.sherman@ptsc.k12.in.us.
  • 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!

Building Resilience in Children and Teens

“The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.”  Woodrow Wilson

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.  Babe Ruth

We gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face.  We must do that which we think we cannot.  Eleanor Roosevelt

Anyone who spends much time with me at all learns very quickly how competitive I am.  Part of the joy of life for me is making things into a game and then winning that game.  But in life we do not always win.  There are unexpected twists and turns in the road, an unforeseen obstacle or injury, and even other folks that try to stop us from succeeding.  Failures happen.

This is true for our kids, too.  Life isn’t always easy.  Sometimes there are bumps and unexpected challenges.  It is important for our kids to learn early in life that these failures do not have to define us–but rather we must “not give up after a defeat” and “never give up” as we “do that which we think we cannot”.  One way to help build this in our kids is to help them process through disappointments in life and get back on a positive track.  These are hard conversations–but will help kids to be prepared for what they face in life.

Here are some resources that may help you in these conversations:

PTSC Standouts:

Thank you to all of our students and staff who are working so hard to do their personal best for our state testing this year.  Testing is happening now for the ISTEP+ in grades 3-8 and has started today for English and Algebra at the secondary level.  The teachers have worked hard to prepare the students–and the students are working hard to show what they know!  Keep up the great work!

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

Important Dates:

  • April 29, 2015:  The Blunt Truth About Marijuana

SAVE THE DATE

THE BLUNT TRUTH ABOUT MARIJUANA

Parent’s Edition

Attitudes are changing. Fewer adolescents think marijuana is dangerous. If they think it isn’t dangerous, they are more likely to use. Today, more 10th and 12th graders smoke marijuana than cigarettes.

 

Marijuana is legal in two states and “medical” marijuana is legal in more states, including our nearest neighbors.

 

  Parents, you need the latest information.  

Mark your calendars to participate in this frank discussion from health & education professionals on the reality of marijuana use and learn strategies on how to discourage experimentation. Get the facts.

When

FRIDAY

APR. 29, 2015

From 5:45 PM – 8:00  P.M.

Where

Portage IMAX Theater

6550 US HWY 6, Portage, IN

Register by clicking here

Register

or by calling 219.462.0946

http://www.portercountysac.org

  • May 14, 2015:  Nelson’s Chicken Night:  Sponsored by the Boone Grove Athletic Booster Club from 3-6 pm.
  • May 14, 2015:  BGMS and BGHS Band Concert at BGHS!  You won’t want to miss it!
  • May 23, 2015:  Kent’s Run at 8:00 am at BGE/BGMS.  Kent’s Run has raised over $257,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come join many of us as we remember our former student, Kent Ribordy.

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  • May 25, 2015: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1, 2015: End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 7, 2015: 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!