PTSC Weekly Update: ISTEP+ Updates

Posted: February 23, 2015 in Building Relationships, Communication, Culture of Achievement, Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Leadership
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ISTEP+ Update:

ISTEP+ Assessments for students in grades 3-8 begin on February 25th, 2015 and run through March 13th, 2015.  This is the Applied Skills portion of the assessment that is being taken through a paper and pencil test.

After receiving considerable negative feedback on the length of the test this year, the legislature, IDOE, and governor Pence have worked to reduce testing times.  This has been tricky as the goal is to maintain validity and reliability of the test.  Schools have now been assigned to take portions of the test rather than the entire test in order to reduce testing times.

IREAD-3 begins on March 12th and runs through March 18th for all third grade students.

Our final round of ISTEP+ assessments is the online, multiple choice section of the test which will run from April 27-May 15, 2015.

It is important for students to get a good nights sleep, eat a healthy breakfast in the morning, be at school each day, and do their personal best on the test.

PTSC Standouts:

Our BG Choir kids have had another spectacular Solo & Ensemble Contest. Thank you for your encouragement and support to these talented kids.  The final results are as follows:







5 Ensembles



Total Medals









7 Ensembles



Total Medals



BG Medal Grand Total



HS STATE Contender Totals





Approximately 50 students qualified

Congratulations to Coach McKay on his 300th career win!  What an accomplishment and high level of commitment to our student athletes.  We are proud of you!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • Now through February 27, 2015:  Complete the YMCA survey!
  • February 27, 2015:  Empty Bowls at BGHS
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  • 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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