Porter Township School Corporation Weekly Update: February 10, 2014

Posted: February 10, 2014 in and Resource Management, Building Relationships, Communication, Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Leadership, Operational, Organizational, PTSC
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Snow Day Make-Up Days

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I’m sure you are as ready as I am for the flowers to start popping up through the snow, although I’m pretty sure we still have many weeks to wait.  As you will see in our “Important Dates” section of the Weekly Update, the current plan is to use April 21st as a make-up day and then the remaining three snow days will be tacked on in June.

The Indiana Department of Education Friday afternoon released some guidance to school corporations on additional ways we could look to make up our lost instructional time.  This is guidance provided as we are having a catastrophic winter–so these additional ways to make up time are only good this year through the end of June.  You can read one article about this idea that was published in the Indy Star.  I read an article last week in the USA Today about other states using e-learning days to eliminate lost instructional time for students.

We have used online days for the past five years at BGMS and BGHS that are part of our school calendar–so the idea of an online day for a snow day or a snow make-up day has been a topic of discussion at PTSC.

We want to hear your feedback.  Watch your inbox in the next couple of days (and make sure your email is in Instant Alert) for a link to a survey.  This will give you the opportunity to provide us with essential information and feedback.  We will use this feedback to help craft our decision for how to structure our snow day make-ups this year.  Thanks in advance!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to Zach Keilman who represented the Boone Grove Wolves this past weekend at the regional wresting event in Crown Point!

Congratulations to BG artist Megan Calcaterra, whose pointillism artwork was selected to
represent Boone Grove High School in the 2014 IUN High School Biennial Art Show! Megan
will be recognized at a reception Friday, February 28th. The exhibit will be on display February
17 through March 7 at the Savannah Center at 3400 Broadway in Gary. We are proud of you

Important Dates:

  • February 13, 2014:  Middle School Night for basketball, dance, and cheer, along with being National Guard Night.
  • February 15, 2014:  Kirsten Spangenberg will  lead a group, consisting of her classmates, father, and athletic director to a do a Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Valparaiso University. The Wolves are Freezin’ for a Good Reason.
  • February 17, 2014:  President’s Day, No School
  • February 19, 2014:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • February 21, 2014:  Empty Bowls EMPTY BOWLS has come to Boone Grove!!! Empty Bowls is an international effort to fight hunger. Boone Grove elementary & middle school art students have created many handcrafted clay bowls. Now you are all invited to a very special soup dinner. The soups were donated by various local restaurants. In exchange for a cash donation, you are asked to KEEP the ceramic bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is then donated to help end world hunger. Your EMPTY BOWLS soup dinner is Friday, February 21st from 5:00 – 7:30 here in the high school cafeteria. Donations requested are $6.00 for students & $8.00 for adults. Please join us for this amazing opportunity to make a difference!
  • February 26, 2014:  Kindergarten Round-Up for Porter Lakes Elementary  There will be three parent/child meeting sessions, 9:00 – 10:00,  11:00 – 12:00, and 1:00 – 2:00. Parents are asked to phone the school to reserve a space in their preferred session. Spaces are limited, please phone early.  Parents may reach the school at 219-306-8076, extension 5000.  Children that will be 5 years of age before August 1 should enroll in kindergarten. Parents should be prepared to bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of residency to the session.
  • April 21, 2014:  Regular day of school–snow day make up day for January 8, 2014
  • June 2, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 27, 2014
  • June 3, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 28, 2014
  • June 4, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on February 5, 2014

Things to Know:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.

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