Weather Flexibility: PTSC Weekly Update

Posted: October 6, 2014 in Building Relationships, Communication, Culture of Achievement, Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Leadership
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Inclement Weather Days

Last year we sent out a survey to determine how we would make up our snow days.  The results were fairly split between making them up at the end of the year, trying online days to make them up, or working with a Saturday schedule.  Ultimately it was difficult to find online days on which to schedule our makeup days and we decided to use our built-in snow days along with additional days at the end of the year.

One challenge with this is that instruction is missed in the middle of the units and prior to state assessments.  Extending the school year did allow us to cover the necessary content, but not necessarily in the instructional timeframe that had been designed.

This year the Indiana Department of Education has once again put out guidance for inclement weather days–including the possibility of utilizing online days on the day of a snow day.  While this would be extremely challenging if the weather system was unexpected–if one knows the day before that there is that potential than the district can make sure to prepare.

We are just beginning to discuss this idea as a staff, and have many things to work through.  What would instruction look like for all students?  How will teachers be available to students?  How will learning targets for the day be delivered?  There are many questions left to answer.  PTSC is currently working with a group of other districts to learn from what they are doing.  There are many districts who utilized the flexibility provided last year, and two districts conducted online days on an actual snow day and were successful.

We will keep you informed as this idea progresses–but as we have seen with the shift in the weather–the snow will be here before we know it!

 

PTSC Standouts:

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Congratulations to the Boone Grove High School Boys and Girls Volleyball teams along with the Student Council, Key Club, National Honor Society, the Boosters Club, and the Yearbook for working together to host an amazing cancer game raising $1000 for current PTSC families struggling with the disease.  It was a great night with a great crowd cheering on two great teams that had wins that night!

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

Important Dates:

  • October 11, 2014:  Stuff the Bus for the Porter Township Food Pantry (Read a great article about this from this weekend in the Times!)
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  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 16, 2014:  The BOO’ Grove Choir Dept. Presents:  Spook’tober Singing Show at 7pm!  Thursday, October 16 is the “Boo” Grove Spook’tober Singing Show.  Come and enjoy fall concert music and spooky Halloween songs.  The show begins at 7 p.m. in the High School Small gym.  It’s only $2 for lil’ Ghouls (students) and $3 for Monsters (adults).  Hope to see you there to cheer on our talented witches and werewolves!!!
  • 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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