What’s on Your Bookshelf?

Have you read anything great lately?  There are a handful of folks in my life that are my go-to referral sources for great reading material.  Recently I bumped into one of them at a meeting and was thrilled to get a referral for the best book he has read in the last year.  So, off to the library I went to borrow my own copy of “Creativity, Inc.:  Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration”.  At any given time I usually have three books on my reading pile:  a non-fiction book to better me as a leader, a fiction book purely for fun, and something inspirational.

While watching the Super Bowl last night, I was chatting with a friend who was sharing a story about her adventures in parenting and commented to me about the value of her time sitting in the living room with her son, both of them reading.  Later on in the evening I was reflecting on that conversation and realizing the power not just for mom and son to be together in the same room, but also of the modeling that she was doing of taking time to read, learn, grow, and sometimes just relax.

I think sometimes we forget the ways that the little things we do speak volumes to those around us.  Be it the way we live our lives with integrity choosing what is right over what is easy, or the way we modeling learning, growing, spending time with family, and relaxation.  It’s always a great reminder to me to check that the words I am speaking match with the things I am doing–and if they don’t, to make the necessary adjustments to bring them back into line once again.

And, for those wondering, I’m not far into my latest book checked out from the library, but I’m sure looking forward to an extended weekend to finish it!

 

 

PTSC Standouts:

Awesome message received from a parent (and we agree–Ms. Welbourne is amazing!):

My name is Jennifer Bailey and I have two girls that attend BG.  My oldest is Ashley she is a junior and Alyssa is in 7th grade.  Both of my Girls participated in the ISSMA singing competition at Kankakee Valley this past Saturday w/ Ms. Welbourne.  I must tell you she is truly amazing and we are SO lucky to have her at BG.  This was our families 5th year going and listening to Ashley sing, this was Alyssa’s first year. My main reason for my email is this,  I wanted to let you know that not once but twice Ms. Welbourne was complimented by the judges after our  BG students sang.  One group of girls got not just a Gold but a PERFECT!  Wow!  The judge called Ms. Welbourne up and told her in front of the whole room that whatever she is doing to keep doing it. Another judge said it sounds like you have been singing together for awhile.  Like I said this was our 5th year going and usually we don’t see the judges complimenting the choir teacher….and to have it happen twice in one day that I witnessed.  My girls came home with 3 Gold Medals each and we have Ms. Welbourne to thank for that.  The self confidence that she gives to our kids is amazing!

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

Important Dates:

  • February 12:  Snow Day Make-Up Day or Break Day
  • February 15:  President’s Day–No School
  • February 17:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • February 19:  Empty Bowls Event

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  • March 11:  Annual All You Can Eat Fish Fry at BGHS to benefit the Football Program
  • March 11:  Annual Porter Township School Corporation Staff vs. Porter County Sheriff’s Department Basketball Game at BGHS at 7pm.  All proceeds benefit the School Safety Fund
  • March 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 17:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 21-25:  Spring Break Week–No School
  • April 27:  Kindergarten Round-Up at Porter Lakes Elementary School

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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!

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 1–5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

If you see our wonderful counselors this week (Pam Kassner, Jennifer Gibbs, Anastasia Hernandez, Kelly Johnson) make sure to let them know you appreciate all they do!

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PTSC Standouts:

The following students were recognized as Outstanding Students for the 2nd grading period at the Porter County Career and Technical Center:

Jon Hugar

Boone Grove

Building Trades

Emma Awdey

Boone Grove

CAD 

Bryce Vann

Boone Grove

Machine Trades 

Johnny Newell

Boone Grove

TV Productions 

Emma Awdey also passed the very difficult Solidworks Certification exam which is nearly unheard of for a 1st year student.  Awesome work!

 

I read this quote at BGE today and it’s a great reminder to all of us (thanks, BGE!):

“A word is not a bird–when it flies you can not catch it.”

 

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

Important Dates:

  • February 12:  Snow Day Make-Up Day or Break Day
  • February 15:  President’s Day–No School
  • February 17:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • February 19:  Empty Bowls Event

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  • March 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 17:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 21-25:  Spring Break Week–No School
  • April 27:  Kindergarten Round-Up at Porter Lakes Elementary School

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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!

Hoosier Family of Readers

Did you know that you can access thousands of free books through the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Hoosier Family of Readers program?  The IDOE has made it possible for families to utilize the myON program for downloading books.  There are picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, tons of non-fiction choices–and all at varying reading levels.  These books can be downloaded anywhere and at anytime, as long as you have an internet connection.  Books can even be downloaded for offline reading at a later time.

These resources are available through the end of the year–so make sure to take advantage of this great, free resource while it lasts!

Want to learn more?  Here are some links to help you get started:

 

PTSC Standouts:

IMG_9464Congratulations to the BGHS Varsity Boys Basketball team on their PCC Championship!

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Our BGMS Cheerleaders also earned a first place finish at their competition! Congratulations, ladies!

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

Important Dates:

  • January 27:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • February 12:  Snow Day Make-Up Day or Break Day
  • February 15:  President’s Day–No School
  • February 17:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 17:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 21-25:  Spring Break Week–No School
  • April 27:  Kindergarten Round-Up at Porter Lakes Elementary School

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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!

Indiana Academic Standards

Our teachers at all levels work hard to prepare lessons for students each day.  This takes hours of work and creativity to bring content to life in ways that relate to the world.  The Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards play a staring role in the lessons that are created.

It is a great idea to look at the standards for your child’s grade level to see what they are expected to know.  Additionally, you may find it helpful to look at what is to come in the next grade level.

You can learn more about these standards by using the following links:

PTSC Standouts:

 

“The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting.”  –Walt Disney

Here’s a huge thank you to the Varsity Girls Cheerleaders.  They held a mini-cheer clinic for the elementary students so that they could perform at the half time of the Friday night basketball game.  There was a glitch in the music working–but they did not give up.  The girls started singing the song and helped the elementary students finish the routine.  As parent Melissa Bowman so perfectly pointed out, “They could have easily giving up and told the girls sorry, but they let the girls finish and showed them not to give up and to make the best of a situation!”  I think that says  a lot about our cheerleaders–great work, great role models, and that was definitely a win!

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

Important Dates:

  • January 27:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • February 12:  Snow Day Make-Up Day or Break Day
  • February 15:  President’s Day–No School
  • February 17:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 17:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 21-25:  Spring Break Week–No School

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!

Your Child’s Social Media Usage

Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, Yik Kak, Facebook–it’s hard to keep up with all of the options available for social media usage.  Over the winter break I spent some time with my nieces and nephews and heard (and saw) how they are using many of these tools.  The Snapchats were flying (after waiting a prescribed amount of time before responding that was greater than or equal to the amount of time it took the sender to reply) and although they were away from home, they were never disconnected from their friends.  And I have to say, what I saw was not anything that was too concerning to me.  But I know I saw what I was allowed to see.

I watched an interesting segment called “Being Thirteen:  The Secret World of Teens” by Anderson Cooper on CNN over break.  One observation made (after working with a panel of middle school students) was that really they are not addicted to social media, they are addicted to each other.  That made me stop and think.  I think I’ve had this backwards for a long time.  Perhaps my opinions are shaped by watching a group of teenagers in the same room who are all staring intently at their phones often even Snapchatting with each other while in the same room.  (My nieces and nephews did this as well–often times to communicate something funny without the rest of the adults in the room knowing!)  But perhaps this constant connection is more about the need and access to always be connected to their friends than the actual tool they are using.

This segment was eye opening to say the least.  It certainly made me think I wanted to share it with our PTSC parents as most parents that I talk to about this don’t really realize the depth of what is happening online and don’t even know where to begin to monitor their child’s usage.  Perhaps this group of kids selected for this segment were ones that would up the shock value for what they were posting online, or perhaps it is more normal than what we think.  Either way, it is something every parent should watch and consider for themselves how to monitor their child’s online activities.  Are you checking what your child is Tweeting or posting on Instagram?  How do you handle Snapchat?

DISCLAIMER:  Anderson Cooper does not really filter much of what he discovers.   Watching this is not for the faint of heart–and the content shared is real, and often highly offensive.  I don’t often share things like this–but that’s how important I believe it is for parents to see this.

What I walked away contemplating most was how we can create life-affirming opportunities for community for our students.  If I think back to my teenage years–I can certainly remember some of my own behavior which was not so life-affirming.  What I also remember were the great adult mentors that I had shaping my beliefs about the right and wrong ways to interact with others.  I know those mentors made a difference in my life.  For whom are you making a difference?

Looking for some resources after watching this?  Here are great places to start:

PTSC Standouts:

Here’s a great email I received over break–way to go BGMS!

Dear Dr. Schmidt,

I would like to send a huge thank you to the angels that donated to the angel tree at Boone Grove Middle School, but I’m not able to because it is all done anonymously. I thought maybe you could mention them as PTSC standouts. I would really like them to know that their generosity did not go unnoticed and that it was much appreciated.

This holiday season was going to be very difficult for my family and me. The past few years, my husband and both of my children have had several serious medical issues. This year we were financially drained because of it.

The angels truly made this Christmas a joy for my family. Their generosity was incredible. I would not have been able to give to my children like they did. I am forever grateful to them.

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

Important Dates:

  • January 15:  End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • January 27:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • February 12:  Snow Day Make-Up Day or Break Day
  • February 15:  President’s Day–No School
  • February 17:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 17:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 21-25:  Spring Break Week–No School

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!