Porter Township Schools Weekly Update: April 7, 2014

Posted: April 7, 2014 in Building Relationships, Communication, Culture of Achievement, Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Leadership
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Strategic Planning Update–Input Needed!

Our strategic planning committee is hard at work crafting a new strategic plan.  This will be a living plan that will provide flexibility to quickly meet the challenges and demands of PTSC.  Right now the group has been working to prioritize areas of focus for our strategic plan goals.  There overarching focus areas are:

  1. Curriculum and Instruction
  2. Finance and Operations
  3. Community Engagement and Communication

Within each of those areas the committee will pen goals, objectives, strategies, and measures.  During our first meeting, we brainstormed items in each of those areas.  Here are some of the brainstormed ideas in each area (in no particular order):

Curriculum and Instruction:
  • Investigate hybrid (also called personalized, customized, blended) learning
  • Increasing course selection at BGHS
  • Providing reading interventions/ELL
  • Expanding math and science
  • Expand verbal communication skills
  • 1:1 resources
  • Increasing student engagement
  • Increasing vocational opportunities
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Expand 1:1 to middle and elementary schools
  • Expand technology at PLE
  • Expand the use of Algebra 1 or Geometry at BGMS
  • Provide professional development for new technology and resources
  • Career mentoring at BGHS
Finance and Operations:
  • PLE entry
  • Security Cameras
  • PLE technology
  • PLE classroom space
  • PLE needs updating
  • Key cards for doors
  • Administrative office security windows
  • Carpet
  • Wireless technology BGE/BGMS/PLE
  • BGHS locker rooms
  • Football field
  • Field house
  • Data warehouse
  • Update Harmony (student information system)
  • Professional development
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Fine arts center
  • Compensation for employees
  • 21st century learning resources
  • Safety and security
  • New PLE building
  • Add advertising to website, bus, fence
Community Engagement and Communication:
  • Increase parental involvement opportunities
  • Focus on marketing our school corporation
  • Increase press releases
  • Peer tutoring (BGHS to PLE and BGMS to BGE)
  • Send more surveys through Survey Monkey
  • Preschool/Daycare
  • Before and after school care
  • Jefferson awards for civic responsibility
  • Increase communication through the website
  • Increase opportunities for the community who do not have kids in school
  • Focus on community service in Porter Township
  • Library for community
  • WIFI for community
  • Field house
  • Fine arts center
  • Focus groups
  • Community Classes
Our next meeting is scheduled next week.  If you would like to chime in to provide any ideas or input on the priority of items, hit the comment button and share what you think!  Your input is important and valued!

PTSC Standouts:

State Science Fair Results 2014:  Abbey Marek, Meg Parpart and McKayla Tucker competed Saturday in the 26th Annual Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair at IUPUI in Indianapolis .  There were 107 high school projects participating from the 12 regional science fairs across Indiana.  Abbey Marek’s project was selected as the top 10th grade project. She received a plaque and a $500 cash award.  McKayla  Tucker earned the top award from the Osteopathic Society which earned a certificate and $100 cash prize.  As always, the students did a great job representing our school in a very impressive field of projects. We should be very proud of these students for their accomplishments at both the regional and state competitions.

Important Dates:

  • April 7-11, 2014:  Book Fair at PLE and BGE
  • April 10, 2014:  South Shore Brass Band Concert at 7:30 pm at BGHS
  • April 11, 2014:  Mr. BGHS at 6:30 pm at BGHS
  • April 15, 2014:  American Teens in Crisis Conference (www.pathblazer.org/ATIC2014)
  • April 21, 2014:  Regular day of school–snow day make up day for January 8, 2014
  • April 21-June 4, 2014:  ECA Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1 Testing Window
  • April 28-May 13, 2014:  ISTEP+ Multiple Choice Online Testing Window Grades 3-8 (extended window)
  • May 5-23, 2014:  CoreLink Online Assessment Grades 3-8 (extended window)
  • May 23, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Band Concert at 7 pm at BGHS.  Come out and enjoy the last band concert of the year!
  • 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
  • June 5, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on March 12, 2014
  • June 8, 2014:  BGHS Graduation

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.
  1. Jane Richardson-Kobus says:

    A few comments:
    Blended Learning: what results do you have for your current blended learning (% of assignment completion for online days, comparing online grades vs in class grades do they vary or remain consistent?, how are online day assignements determined?, there is never any instructure led education for online days it is just a long day of tests and assignements – very little interactive education – I don’t know that self paced learning is what children need.

    Expanding learning beyond the classroom
    Have you considered after school programs that promote expanded education?
    Why didn’t the 6th grade participate in Math Bowl this year?
    How about a Chess Club – great critical thinking and fun? I cannot teach the students competitive Chess but would be willing to donate initial chess boards for the club
    Reading Book Club
    What if reading partners were started where middle school students read to the elementary younger students/classes?
    Spanish Club
    I have been told that the honor society is only for the eight grade. How do you celebrate 6th and 7th honors students? Is there a reason why the honor society could not be expanded?
    For the middle school there are many sports opportunitiies but limited opportunities for non-sporting activities (I know of spell bowl, builders club and art club – all great but would like to see more).

  2. Lisa Hedger says:

    It would be good to at least consider building a pool and add that idea to the list. This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to build a swim team, but also great for the community. A pool could be the perfect opportunity for swim-lessons, an age-group swim team, and also community members could swim laps there in certain hours, which could be a revenue-source. Some communities charge x-amount for adults/seniors to swim during an “open-swim” area. The amount could vary per day or per month. Swimming is one of the best activities for your body. You can go to a YMCA and see people in their 80s swimming because it is so good for your bones. Right now, Boone Grove’s swimmers have no choice to be to join other communities to swim. This is a very good sport with many community opportunities and should certainly be something on our wish-list even if it’s not an immediate plan.

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