Goals for the Summer?

Today we began our final four days of school.  While this brings a variety of emotions, it also presents a variety of opportunities!

Educationally, summer can be challenging as there is a potential for learning loss.  As we currently have a calendar that potentially has this pitfall, it’s important to take action to combat summer learning loss.  Here are some ideas:

  • Check out the public library!  If you cannot participate in any of the Porter County Library’s summer programs (which starts tomorrow and has opportunities for all ages!) create your own family reading challenge.  Pick books to read together, have a family book club, or set a goal for reading for the summer.  You can also participate in the Indiana Department of Education’s Hoosier Family of Readers which also offers some digital resources.
  • At BGMS, contact Assistant Principal Adam Metzger to learn more about how to participate in summer learning activities through My Big Campus.  This is a great opportunity to potentially minimize summer learning loss and provide students with activities during the summer.
  • Headed on a vacation?  Why not do some research before you head out about the area?  This could be a high interest topic for your child and provide some great learning opportunities before you ever leave home!  Better yet, have them help to plan the trip!
  • Have your child start a blog.  Perhaps you can provide some topics, or this can be a place for them to write about things that interest them.  If you are looking for ideas, here is a list of the best student blogs for 2013.
  • Be fully present.  I think this one should have gone first in the list.  It seems these days that it is so challenging to cut away the many things that distract us as we are always connected via our smartphones.  Set aside times where you minimize those distractions.  Perhaps it’s mealtimes or on a ride in the car.  Use that time to reconnect as a family and learn from each other.

I hope that you can set some goals for your summer and use this time away from school to reconnect as a family and find opportunities to continue learning.  Modeling for students that we are learners as adults can be a powerful example of what we value.

PTSC Standouts:

I would like to thank our students, parents, and staff for collecting pop tabs for Riley’s Children’s Hospital.   Our school collected 181 pounds of aluminum.  A check in the amount of $90.50 will be sent to the Riley’s Children Foundation.   A huge thank you to PTO for purchasing ice cream cups and topping to the third grade winning grade level.  Keep saving your pop tabs!  Your grade level could be the winner next year!

Mrs. Taylor, PLE

2014 Team Champ (3)

Congratulations to the BGHS Golf Team members Brad Bobrowski, Jeremy Shaffer, Zach Wagner, Grant Stockwell, and Logan Lukas on an outstanding PCC Golf Invitational.  Not only were these top golfers on the course, they brought home a team championship and were named all-conference!  Great job!

Important Dates:

  • 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
  • August 20, 2014:  First day of school

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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