#FutureReady Summit 

I returned from Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening after having been selected to be part of the Future Ready Summit.  This was certainly something that is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was so honored to have been chosen.  When I looked around at the other participants in the room—I was surrounded by big names in the nation and folks I frequently hear speak or read what they have written.  Many of my Twitter heroes were sitting right next to me—and it is pretty great to meet face to face with folks that are part of my professional learning community.  

The events started Tuesday.  The Department of Education has partnered with the Alliance for Excellent Education for much of this work (http://futurereadyschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1).  So, this group hosted a networking event on Tuesday night.  Folks like former Governor Wise (http://all4ed.org/people/bob-wise/) spoke at the event along with the Department of Educational Technology Director Richard Culatta (http://tech.ed.gov/richard-culatta/).  

The next day we were to the White House by 7:15 to start one of many security checkpoints to actually enter the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House.     We spent much of the day hearing from Senior White House Officials and offering ideas and feedback.  Along with Richard Culatta and Superintendent in residence Seth Andrews, Arne Duncan, President Obama (should’ve listed him first), Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President, and many others were there to meet with us.  

We also heard a teacher and two principal ignite presentations that were awesome.  They had two panels they ran that were discussion panels that had some of my most respected folks from my professional learning community—that was amazing.  At the end, Arne Duncan took our questions, heard some of our concerns, and presented to us, too.  

 The best part of all was heading to the White House (though some additional security checkpoints) for a reception and then to hear President Obama speak.  The superintendents then all digitally signed the pledge.  What a gifted public speaker—he is hilarious and rolled with many things that weren’t on the teleprompter (I know because I looked!) to personalize the talk.  It was truly an honor to even be in the same room as the leader of the free world.

Below is also a video of the president’s speech and some articles on the day.  The real work starts now as this was just the first step to rolling out regional summits for superintendents and taking this message across the nation.  There is so much more to come!

If you would like to see some pictures I took at the event, click this link!

PTSC Standouts:

Great job to BGMS and BGE on outstanding Veteran’s Day programs!  A lot of hard work went into those programs by staff and students and were very fitting ways to honor those who have served and given their lives for our country.  Way to go!

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

Important Dates:

  • All November and December:  A Night Out at Chili’s: PTO is sponsoring a Family Fundraiser at Chili’s for the entire month of November and December (no weekend or hour restrictions). You can visit Chili’s at the Merrillville or Valparaiso location and as long as you have the Chili’s voucher – this is a delicious way to help earn money for your school plus if you purchase a scrip Chili’s card you will earn an additional 11%! Vouchers will be coming home very soon – they will not be available at  Chili’s. Additional copies of voucher can be downloaded from the school website or the PTO Facebook page.
  • Now through December 19, 2014:  Take the Speak Up Survey.  You can access it at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/.  Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology.
  • November 19-December 16, 2014:  SAAC is hosting an Angel Tree, at the high school, from November 19th-December 16th. All donations will be delivered to the Porter County Career Center to be distributed amongst families in need. The Club is also collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Pop bottle tab holders, donated by Bed Bath & Beyond, are available in the high school.
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 5, 2014:  The Athletic Department and Winter Sports are hosting a Nelson’s Port-a-Pit Night!  *SAVE THE DATE: December 5th, 5-7:30PM, in the high school cafeteria. Invite friends and family for a fun night out! Come for dinner, basketball games, Homecoming festivities, and a raffle! Please see the document below as it is a pre-order form for the dinner. The deadline for order forms is Friday, November 28th. Get your order forms in to ensure your dinner, as quantities will be limited after the deadline and will go quickly! Order forms, along with payment, can be turned into any PTSC main office.

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  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 5, 2015:  Classes resume
  • January 16, 2015:  End of 1st Semester
  • January 28, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • February 13, 2015:  Snow day make-up day or break day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 19, 2015:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 23-27, 2015:  Spring 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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