Snow Day Make-Up Day on April 6, 2015–on campus!

I am sure you are like me and excited to see temperatures reach the upper 50’s this week.  It fills me with great hope that the intense winter weather is behind us.  I’m ready for spring!

As you know, this year we launched into a new endeavor working to provide instruction on days with incapacitating inclement weather.  This allowed us to continue to provide instruction despite the weather–instruction that was essential to provide prior to our state testing windows.  This is an exciting endeavor as our digital age is allowing us to have resources to not allow us to be hindered by bad weather.  It is never ideal to have unplanned gaps in instructional days.  We learned a lot this year while our staff worked extremely hard to deliver these days.  We are now taking what we have learned and translating that to ways we need to improve.

One thing that we learned was that our snow day make-up days (that are already scheduled and on the calendar) will be best delivered on campus.  While during incapacitating inclement weather our families are often snow-bound themselves, this is not true on our built-in make-up days.  This causes child care issues for parents who otherwise would have planned to send their students to the building.  Our plan for the February date was to have a date, well in advance, where we could practice the online inclement weather day.  When we first discussed and planned this, we had not yet had an inclement weather day online.  As we all know, that rapidly changed!

As we don’t expect inclement weather on April 6 (I hope I didn’t just jinx us!), we will plan to have a regular school day where students come to the school building.

PTSC Standouts:

7th grade girls bball

Congratulations to the 7th grade girls basketball team who won the South County Tourney on Saturday, March 7th.

A team of Rotarians met to select five delegates that will represent the Valparaiso Rotary Club to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award/Conference April 17-19.  Congratulations to Ashley Gaskey from BGHS for being selected for this honor!

Our BG Choir kids have had another spectacular State ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest. Thank you for your encouragement and support of these talented kids.  Ms. Welbourne  (Great job to you, too, Ms. Welbourne!)

The final results are as follows:







6 Ensembles (5 Gold 2 Silver)



Total Medals



Congratulations to Austin Nelson for being named Academic All Conference for the Greater South Shore Conference in wrestling.

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • March 10, 2015:  FAFSA deadline. Don’t wait until the last-minute to get your financial aid for college! File online at Check out ‘Learn More Indiana’ on Facebook and Twitter for helpful videos, tips and more to make the process easier. Follow them on Twitter @learnmorein or Facebook at
  • March 11, 2015:  BGHS and BGMS Choir Concert at BGHS beginning at 7 pm.  Join them as they boogie down to “Songs of the 50’s and Elvis”.  Tickets are $4 for adults and students are $2!  You won’t want to miss this!
  • March 12, 2015:  BGHS and BGMS Band Concert at BGHS beginning at 7 pm.  Come enjoy a night of great music!
  • March 13, 2015:  BGHS Wolfpack Club All you Can Eat Fish and Chicken Fry with Silent Auction beginning at 4:30 pm.
  • March 13, 2015:  School Safety Basketball Game.  Come watch the PTSC staff take on the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.  The game begins at 7pm.  Come and donate to support school safety!
  • March 14-15, 2015:  Come check out the student directed play at BGHS!  Shows are Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 2pm.
  • March 17, 2015:  The BGHS Student Council & National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive on St. Patrick’s Day this year.  Boone Grove has been selected by the American Red Cross to reward a scholarship to one of our students this May. The award amount is based on the number of units collected from the high school.
  • 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: Snow day make-up day–on campus
  • April 15, 2015: Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • April 29, 2015:  The Blunt Truth About Marijuana



Parent’s Edition

Attitudes are changing. Fewer adolescents think marijuana is dangerous. If they think it isn’t dangerous, they are more likely to use. Today, more 10th and 12th graders smoke marijuana than cigarettes.


Marijuana is legal in two states and “medical” marijuana is legal in more states, including our nearest neighbors.


  Parents, you need the latest information.  

Mark your calendars to participate in this frank discussion from health & education professionals on the reality of marijuana use and learn strategies on how to discourage experimentation. Get the facts.



APR. 29, 2015

From 5:45 PM – 8:00  P.M.


Portage IMAX Theater

6550 US HWY 6, Portage, IN

Register by clicking here


or by calling 219.462.0946

  • 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.
  • 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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