Strategic Planning:  Facilities

Last year we worked on building a strategic plan for PTSC.  Under the area of Finance and Operations one goal was as follows:

Goal Statement: PTSC will invest in our facilities and staff to optimize the quality of the learning environment and contribute to a safe and positive school climate.

When the committee worked to develop this goal, they landed on some specific areas of focus in looking at the learning environment and a safe and positive school climate–and that was at Porter Lakes Elementary School.

As you may know, Porter Lakes Elementary School is a wonderful building and has served PTSC well for many years.  Porter Lakes has not had any major renovations since it was built.  Additionally, with our focus on school safety, we must look at addressing the office location of the building.  The staff has done a terrific job with cameras, monitors, door buzzers, and vigilance in screening visitors but we must look at the layout of the office in the building.  Additionally, there are ways to increase energy efficiency that will lead to guaranteed savings for the district.

Right now we are asking the tough questions about how we can relocate the school office and increase energy efficiency for the building.  Watch for more updates to come as we work to tackle these issues!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to Porter Lakes Elementary School as they collected 831 pounds of food in their food drive!  That’s awesome!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

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  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.
  • December 5, 2014:  BGHS Homecoming.  The Homecoming Games will be played on Friday, Dec. 5th.  The Homecoming Semi-Formal Dance will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6th, from 7-11pm in the main gym.
  • 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!
  • December 13-14, 2014:  The Boone Grove Choir presents the Madrigal Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 13th and Sunday, Dec. 14th, at 2:00pm in the high school cafeteria.
  • 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!
  1. tosha hanvey says:

    I’m not real sure that I understand the problem with the PLE office. It is functional and seems like it is in a good place. It is right there when you come into the building it is the first place besides the gym that you go to. Please explain more why it needs to be changes. I personally don’t have children at PLE anymore but I would like to see the money go to other areas such as helping children learn better instead of telling parents that are interested in their Childs education that they are not going to be held back because of behavior when they clearly need to be held back. Put the funds towards teachers that can be used to actually teach the students.

  2. Tosha Hanvey says:

    I am curious as to what is physically wrong with the office at PLE. It is functional and the camera’s and buzzer works just fine
    I don’t understand why funding needs to go into fixing something that has nothing wrong with it. If it is not broken don’t fix it.
    Why not put the funding into something better like kids education and making sure every child is treated fairly ‘
    and has a proper education. How about putting the funding towards the teachers to teach them how to deal with children
    that have certain issues. How about holding children back when parent request it because they are failing instead of pushing the child onto the
    next grade. Leave the building alone. How about putting the funding to the teachers who need the money for class
    room supplies instead of having them rely on parents that may or may not be able to buy them.

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