Building Resilience in Children and Teens: PTSC Weekly Update

Posted: April 27, 2015 in Building Relationships, Communication, Culture of Achievement, Instruction, Instructional Leadership, Leadership
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Building Resilience in Children and Teens

“The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.”  Woodrow Wilson

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.  Babe Ruth

We gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face.  We must do that which we think we cannot.  Eleanor Roosevelt

Anyone who spends much time with me at all learns very quickly how competitive I am.  Part of the joy of life for me is making things into a game and then winning that game.  But in life we do not always win.  There are unexpected twists and turns in the road, an unforeseen obstacle or injury, and even other folks that try to stop us from succeeding.  Failures happen.

This is true for our kids, too.  Life isn’t always easy.  Sometimes there are bumps and unexpected challenges.  It is important for our kids to learn early in life that these failures do not have to define us–but rather we must “not give up after a defeat” and “never give up” as we “do that which we think we cannot”.  One way to help build this in our kids is to help them process through disappointments in life and get back on a positive track.  These are hard conversations–but will help kids to be prepared for what they face in life.

Here are some resources that may help you in these conversations:

PTSC Standouts:

Thank you to all of our students and staff who are working so hard to do their personal best for our state testing this year.  Testing is happening now for the ISTEP+ in grades 3-8 and has started today for English and Algebra at the secondary level.  The teachers have worked hard to prepare the students–and the students are working hard to show what they know!  Keep up the great work!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • 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 14, 2015:  Nelson’s Chicken Night:  Sponsored by the Boone Grove Athletic Booster Club from 3-6 pm.
  • May 14, 2015:  BGMS and BGHS Band Concert at BGHS!  You won’t want to miss it!
  • May 23, 2015:  Kent’s Run at 8:00 am at BGE/BGMS.  Kent’s Run has raised over $257,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come join many of us as we remember our former student, Kent Ribordy.

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  • 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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