PTSC Update: Public Service Announcements–a Picture of Courage

Posted: February 22, 2016 in Building Relationships, Communication, Culture of Achievement, Curriculum, Instruction, Instructional Leadership
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Public Service Announcements–a Picture of Courage

At the February board meeting, 8th grade students from Boone Grove Middle School came to present Public Service Announcements (PSA) they had created in Mrs. McKee’s class.  While they were all quite impressive, there was one that captured my heart.  8th grader Cooper Humphrey presented a griping PSA on Autism.  It takes a lot of courage to create a PSA with a personal story–and I am so proud of Cooper for sharing this glimpse into his life at the board meeting.  Not only did he share it at the meeting, I am so pleased that he agreed to have me share it here, as it is worth sharing widely.  Helping us understand what it is like to have Autism through his eyes is a powerful tool to help those around him understand Autism just a bit better.  Courageous!

Once again, this is a tribute to the passion, creativity, and intellect our students bring with them each day to school.  These PSAs truly allowed our kids to pick a topic important to them and let that creativity and passion shine.  Great job to all of the students (and great project, Mrs. McKee)!

And now, take a couple of minutes to watch Cooper Humphrey’s PSA:


PTSC Standouts:


The Empty Bowls event last Friday night was a huge success!  Students made beautiful pieces of pottery, worked the event, and raised money for a worthy cause (Porter Township Food Pantry).  Congratulations to the BGMS Art Club and Builder’s Club for putting on such a great event, three years running.  Raising awareness about food insecurity in our own community and in the world around us helps us to remember how fortunate we are and how we can help be part of the solution.  Awesome job, Ms. Majors and Mrs. Atwood!


Our teachers go the extra mile.  This weekend I was thankful for Amanda McKee who demonstrated her compassion and care for students going above and beyond the call of duty working with a family.  Thank you, Mrs. McKee, and all of our PTSC staff who truly care about our students!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • February 25:  Math Bowl at BGE
  • March 11:  Annual All You Can Eat Fish Fry at BGHS to benefit the Football Program
  • March 11:  Annual Porter Township School Corporation Staff vs. Porter County Sheriff’s Department Basketball Game at BGHS at 7pm.  All proceeds benefit the School Safety Fund
  • March 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 17:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 21-25:  Spring Break Week–No School
  • April 27:  Kindergarten Round-Up at Porter Lakes Elementary School

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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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