Generosity is OUR Lifestyle: PTSC Weekly Update

Posted: October 20, 2014 in Building Relationships, Communication, Culture of Achievement, Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Leadership
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Generosity is OUR Lifestyle

For me, often much of my day is spent thinking about the curriculum and standards that need to be taught, the assessment and growth of our students, how to better meet the needs of each student, how to improve school safety–you know, the nuts and bolts behind the scenes of running a school corporation.  These past few weeks I’ve had a welcome disruption to my thinking–and this disruption has come through amazing interactions I’ve had with our students and staff at PTSC.  They have been modeling that yes, school is about learning and growing–but not just academic standards.  It’s about learning who we should be as people and citizens of a community.  Here are just a few examples of how I’ve seen this lived out lately:

  • Stuff the Bus–this event to collect donations for the Porter Township Food Pantry resulted in 5,886 pounds of food donated (PLE:  1347 pounds, BGE:  1393 pounds, BGMS:  796 pounds, First Student:  1307 pounds) and $10,696 in donations (the highest total they’ve ever had).  Christine Wallace from First Student led the charge on this–and what an outstanding outcome!  This will result in many people who are food insecure having a meal that they would not have otherwise had.  Great job!
  • BGE Student Council–the BGE Student Council presented at our October board meeting.  It was a great presentation about students who are passionate about the difference they want to make in their school and the lives of others.  Part of the presentation involved detailing ideas they had for service projects and fun events–all of which were to be used to raise money to help others.  These students were fired up about being able to financially help other people!  Outstanding!
  • PLE–as I mentioned in a previous update, PLE has been honored for the way they embed service learning into the life of the building.  These activities are completed as a school–and teaches our very youngest from the time they enter PTSC that life isn’t just about getting more for ourselves–but about taking care of those around us.  Thanks for teaching me, too!
  • BGHS–the Volleyball teams raised money with the help of several BGHS clubs and organizations for families at BGHS that are struggling with cancer.  Even the t-shirts conveyed that we are a community that cares for each other–and that no one fights alone.  I have to think that this is a sentiment that our students will carry with them beyond the walls of PTSC.

These are just the quick examples that were on the top of my head this morning.  It’s easy to read the newspaper and watch the news and lose sight of the great things that are happening around us.  These amazing students are our future–and I am confident these kids can make a positive impact on the world!

PTSC Standouts:

Check out the video below of the BGHS marching band performing at the Chicago Columbus Day Parade last Monday!  Great job.


Congratulations to the BGHS Boys Volleyball Team on their PCC Championship!

Staff standout:  Jim Houldson, BGHS custodian.  The parents for the Boys Volleyball team would like to thank you for being such a huge help now matter what gets thrown his way–especially with Senior night and PCC decorating.  Thank you!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • October 20, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Fall Band Concert at 7 pm at BGHS in the small gym
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 27-30:  Red Ribbon and Spirit Week atPLE and BGE.  ThePLE School Theme This Year Is: “I’d Rather Eat Bugs Than Do Drugs.” Here are the exciting things planned:
    • Monday, October 27th -“Turn Drugs Inside Out & Backward” – Wear all your clothes inside out and backwards day!
    • Tuesday October 28th – “Color our world Drug Free” – Wear as much of your grade color as possible!
    • Wednesday October 29th “Dream, Believe, Achieve, Succeed” – Dress up in the career of choice (What you want to be when you grow up) and Assembly with Officer Chavez.
    • Thursday October 30th-“Team up against drugs” – Wear your favorite sports team jersey/t-shirt a (can’t wait to see all of the Green Bay Packer jerseys)!
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  • October 28, 2014:  Girls’ Tennis Team Panera Break fundraiser from 4 to 8pm at the Valparaiso Panera Bread and the team will receive a percentage of the proceeds from any receipt when a printed flyer (attached) is given or is shown electronically when ordering.  The money raised will go towards the girls’ uniforms.  Come support the Girls’ Tennis Team!
  • October 28, 2014:  EMPOWER Porter County is partnering with the Family and Youth Services Bureau to bring attention throughout Porter County to the Indiana Lifeline Law and to the prescription drug epidemic in Indiana and our county.  We are planning a full itinerary of community events the day of October 28 with Attorney General Zoeller and Norm and Dawn Finbloom (parents of Brett Finbloom who died from alcohol poisoning and whose friends were too afraid to call for help). Please plan on attending our evening presentation for college and high school students and parents.  7:00 p.m. Presentations by Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Dawn & Norm Finbloom  Valparaiso University Library, Community Room  RSVP: Call 219.465.0294 or email
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 1, 2014:  Attention all Zombie fanatics: Key Club will be hosting a 5k Zombie Run on Saturday, November 1st at 10 AM at BGHS. Run the cross country course while being chased by zombies. The run will cost $10 for pre-registered runners and an additional $15 for a t-shirt. T-shirt orders must be in by October 17th to guarantee your size. Registration forms can be picked up in the main office at the high school.
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 21, 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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