PTSC Weekly Update: It Takes Courage

Posted: March 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

It Takes Courage

Have you ever made one of those decisions that a day or two later you wonder what you were thinking when you committed to that?  Recently I was presented with the opportunity to run the Chicago Marathon in October in order to raise dollars to help provide clean water to folks that do not have it in Africa.  While I love to run, I love to run 3-6 miles on a lovely day–for fun.  Running 26.2 miles never has crossed my mind as a good time, or been a goal for my bucket list.  However, it is a great cause, I have friends and family running, and it seemed like a challenge–and I love a good challenge.  But a couple of days later–fear set in.  Self-doubt set in.  Other folks opinions of my decision to run were shared–siding with the position that this might not be the best idea.  Perhaps even a bit of logic and clear thinking set in and at some point I had to stop and reflect on this decision that was made.


While I believe reflection is essential for any leader, this can also be a paralyzing practice.  When we reflect obsessively, this can cause us to become over-sensitive or unable to make a decision.  Finding the balance of taking time to weigh the options and then make the decision that seems the best for the facts at hand is the only way to move forward.  It takes resilience and grit to make a decision, buckle down, and make it happen.  That’s what I’m doing.  I submitted by race registration and tackled a long run on Saturday (which turns out isn’t all that long when I will still have 20 miles left to go on race day!) taking small steps toward accomplishing my goal and beating this challenge.  But it is still scary.


What does this have to do with PTSC?  I’m glad you asked!

Our kids need to see us living out a lifestyle of courage, and modeling that life isn’t always easy–but that perseverance and persistence packaged together with courage is the way to see tough situations through.  We need to acknowledge that sometimes it is scary–but that we cannot let our fear paralyze us.  Sure, there may be an easy way out–but it may not be the right way.  We need to help our students understand that success is a journey and that the road isn’t always easy to navigate.  We need to help model resilience and sticking to things even when they are hard or the challenge seems too big.  And ultimately sometimes we fail.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  –Winston Churchill

When failures come, how do we greet them?  I don’t know that anyone ever really willingly invites failure, but sometimes that is what comes.  It is in that moment that there is the opportunity to model the courage to pick up and keep going–and that the failure does not have to define us.

What courageous decisions did you make today and how have you shared them with your children?

PTSC Standouts:

Our Video and Media Productions program returned from their state competition this week with the highest honor, the prestigious Best Program Award.  They collected 5 first place awards, three 2nd place awards, and a 3rd place award.

First place winners from BGHS were:

Megan Gulotta – Video Magazine, Boone Grove

Kennedy Starcevich – Television Package, Boone Grove

2nd place winner from BGHS:

Kennedy Starcevich – Sound Design, BG

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • 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!
  1. Ruth Schmidt says:

    Great article, Dr. Schmidt!!! 🙂

    Sent from my iPad


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