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!

Upcoming Projects at PTSC–All Tax Neutral

This year we’ve been talking about our strategic plan and items that need to be addressed with our school facilities.  While there are many to consider, we are focused on being considerate of our community tax payers and want to address our facility needs without any increase to tax bills.  As we have been working to plan this, our next steps involve addressing safety and energy efficiency at Porter Lakes Elementary School.  I have covered some of our needs in previous PTSC Weekly Updates (re-read them here and here) and we are now at the point of taking steps to plan just what that could entail.  We have partnered with a group called EMCOR to begin to look at our needs at Porter Lakes and to help us develop a plan.  The two goals of this project are first and foremost student safety followed by updates needed to the building that will result in a more energy-efficient building.  On top of all of that our commitment has also been to do this all without causing an increase to tax bills.  We are excited about these first steps as we begin to address the needs at Porter Lakes–watch for more information to come!

PTSC Standouts:

What a great week it was for the staff at BGHS!  The students from the student council made the week very special through making posters, special little gifts, and an awesome lunch–all to appreciate the staff.  I know I was personally thankful for the special thoughts and care that was shown to me–and I heard that from many other staff members as well.  In case you didn’t know–not only do we have a great staff, but we have some totally amazing students, too.  Thanks to all who made us feel so special!

Did you know it is Administrative Assistant’s Day on Wednesday?  Make sure you tell your school office staff thank you for all of the hard work they do each and every day!  I thank you, too!

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 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!

BGMS and BGE Moving to 1:1 for 2015-2016

At the school board meeting last Thursday, a plan to move to each student having an iPad at BGE and BGMS was approved.  The staff at the two buildings have been hard at work this year investigating and exploring what they wanted to be able to do with a device instructionally and what they wanted each student to be able to do as they create and curate material.  This is an exciting expansion to our existing 1:1 program at BGHS.  As many things have been learned over the past two years of 1:1 at BGHS, the staff has been able to share what they have learned as well as ideas as the expansion continues in grades 4-8.  We are excited about the 2015-2016 school year!

PTSC Standouts:

Ms. Granzow finished a series of three presentations to the PTSC School Board about the great things happening in our elementary music program.  Ms. Granzow is a passionate teacher that is sharing her love of music with her students.  When you see her–thank her for all of her hard work with all of our elementary students!

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

Important Dates:

  • April 14, 2015:  Spring Music Program BGE
  • April 15, 2015: Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • April 15, 2015:  Spring Music Program PLE
  • 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 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!

Home Stretch–It’s Time to Push to the End!

It seems each year I am somehow caught off guard by arriving at the fourth quarter of the school year.  It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming students for the first day–but as opening day is happening in baseball I know we’ve reached the last quarter of the school year!

Even though we have reached the home stretch, that does not mean we need to coast to the finish line.  Now is the time to do the hard work necessary to finish strong!  As I’m sure you remember, sometimes it can be hard as a student to maintain that motivation to excel at the end of the year.  Sometimes students need an extra push!

Don’t forget to use our resource in Harmony to login and take a peak at your student’s assignments and grades.  Keeping up with where they are achieving academically through Harmony can help to ensure that each quarter is strong.  Taking a few minutes each week to update yourself on your child’s progress will help keep motivation high!  Login today!

PTSC Standouts:

Have you thanked a member of your school office staff lately?  Those secretaries and nurses do an outstanding job of keeping our buildings safe, answering questions, and helping folks get what they need.  They are amazing–find a chance to tell them!

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

Important Dates:

  • April 15, 2015: Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • 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 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!

Welcome to Mr. Ben Parrish

Mr. Ben Parrish began today in a new role–he will now be the PTSC Assistant Superintendent overseeing our Alternative School Program, our High Ability Program, School Safety, and other key district functions.  As you may know, Mr. Parrish was previously the Assistant Principal at Boone Grove High School and most recently was the Assistant Director of Facilities.  It is great to welcome Mr. Parrish to a new role in the district!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to Kerrie Schludecker who was named as a member of the IIAAA/IHSAA Athletic Directors’ Advisory Committee.  Ms. Schludecker is the Senior District 1 Director for the State of Indiana.  Way to go!

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

Important Dates:

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  • April 6, 2015: Snow day make-up day–on campus
  • April 15, 2015: Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • 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 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!