Safety is a Priority! PTSC Weekly Update

Posted: September 16, 2014 in Building Relationships, Communication, Culture of Achievement, Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Leadership
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New Safety Procedures at Building Front Doors

Hopefully you have noticed some new safety procedures at the front doors of our buildings.  This summer we worked on safety plan revisions for the district and our buildings.  Part of what we looked at was how we “buzz” people into our buildings.  Some buildings had already made some changes last year, but others are just rolling out these changes this year.

We are asking that each person be “buzzed” in at the front door.  Think of it like an ATM–it’s common for there to be a line at the ATM and what most folks find works best is to give the person at the ATM some space while waiting their turn.  This allows our awesome office staff the opportunity to know who is coming into the building.  This may also mean that they will ask you some questions like your name and the purpose of your visit.  This isn’t to be rude or prying into your business, this is to help us know who is in our buildings and helps us keep our buildings safe.

This also means that we ask that you not hold the door for the person behind you.  I know this feels rude–I’ve felt it myself!  When I find myself in this situation I take a moment to explain to the person behind me that I’m not trying to be rude but that we value the safety of all of our students and so each of us has to wait to be “buzzed” in.  That at least lets the person know I’m not trying to shut the door in their face and that we value the safety of all of our students.

We have also worked with our students to make sure they know not to open the door for others.  This just happened today!  Our students were waiting to go to class and an adult approached the door to get in.  I’m sure it seemed odd that nobody opened the door for them, but our students did exactly the right thing and pointed to the signs on the door asking for adults to push the buzzer to gain access to the building.  Way to go, kids!

I know safety is as important to you as it is to us.  Thank you for supporting us in making that happen!

PTSC Standouts:

Today was the career fair day at BGMS.  The fair is focused on how math is used in various career fields.  There were too many careers to mention in one post–but tables were filled in the gym and the parking lot with folks helping kids understand what they do in their career and how math is important!  Thanks to all of those folks for taking time to teach our kids today–it was amazing!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • September 17, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • September 21, 2014:  Empower Porter County’s Around the Table Kick-Off event from 2-4 pm at the Duneland, Portage, and Valparaiso YMCAs and Union Township Middle/High School.  This event is to bring families together through food, games, and conversation to help support one another as they embark on improving the quality of mealtime interaction.  To RSVP, visit
  • September 22, 2014:  Blood Drive at PLE
  • October 11, 2014:  Stuff the Bus for the Porter Township Food Pantry photo
  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • September 26, 2014:  Family Fun Night (Bingo) at PLE at 6:00 PM
  • September 30, 2014:  Picture Day at BGE
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 8, 2014:  Family Skate Night at 5:00 PM at Franklin Middle School
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 22, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break

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.
  • Have you updated your account information in Instant Alert?  Make sure that you have your cell phone number and your email entered so that you will receive the latest updates we send out.  You can update your Instant Alert Account here.
  • 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!

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