PTSC Weekly Update:  Highlights Not to Miss!

  • YMCA:  The Valparaiso YMCA is looking to expand services to the south Porter County area.  They are looking at providing summer programming and have developed a survey to help gauge interest.  Check out this link to provide feedback to the YMCA!  This is great for our community!

Community Child Care Needs Assessment Survey

  • Virtual Inclement Weather Make-up Day:  Don’t forget, we will be having virtual make-up days on February 13, 2015 and April 6, 2015.
  • ISTEP+ Testing:  You may have read about ISTEP+ testing times in the newspaper this weekend.  This year we have new standards to assess and the state is also implementing “technology enhanced items” on the test this spring.  Both of these items lead to increased testing times–adding up to about 20 hours in grades 3-8 for this spring.  This encompasses both the practice tests and the testing sessions for the applied skills and the multiple choice tests.  Obviously this is a lot of time spent in testing.  These test scores are used to determine if each student is making adequate growth, and to determine a school’s A-F grade (measuring teacher effectiveness).  Spending this much time testing is a challenging way to accomplish this goal.  What can you do?  Reach out to Governor Pence, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, or your Senator or Representative.

*This just in:  Governor Pence has signed an executive order addressing the length of the ISTEP+ assessment.  I’m sure more news stories will pop up–but here’s one I found in Google search:  Pence Signs Executive Order to Shorten the ISTEP

  • Empty Bowls:  Watch for more information on the Empty Bowls event which will be held at BGHS to support the Porter Township Food Pantry.

PTSC Standouts:

All of our teachers and administrators did a fantastic job preparing for our first ever inclement weather virtual day!  Our students did a great job working on assignments and interacting virtually with their teachers!  Great job to parents who emailed me great pictures of their child learning–and for helping other parents who had questions.  We learned a lot and will continue to make these days even better.  Best of all–we were able to not miss out on the instructional minutes needed at this time of the year!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • February 13, 2015:  VIRTUAL Snow day make-up day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • February 27, 2015:  Empty Bowls at BGHS
  • March 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 19, 2015:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 23-27, 2015:  Spring Break
  • April 6, 2015:  VIRTUAL Snow day make-up day
  • April 15, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • May 25, 2015:  Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1, 2015:  End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 7, 2015:  BGHS Graduation

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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