Talk.  They Hear You.

Last week I learned about an app that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed to help parents practice how to have a conversation about substance abuse with their kids.

I serve on the steering committee for Empower Porter County’s Around the Table Program.  At a meeting last week I learned about this app and the help it can be in role-playing scenarios that may arise with your kids.  Research has shown that parents are the main reason kids decide not to drink, and that these discussion should start early (around 9 years old).  Research has also shown that kids who drink alcohol are more likely to use drugs, struggle with grades, and engage in risky behaviors.  Sounds like a great reason to have conversations with your kids often about this topic, and help them know where you stand on the issue.

You can find information about this app on the SAMHSA website.  Find more about the free “Talk, They Hear You.” app and learn more about how to download it to your device.  This is a great tool!

I’ve attached the trifold brochure from Around the Table (Empower Porter County) that provides some additional information.

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PTSC Standouts:

It was a big weekend for our BGMS Cheer Team!  The MS cheer squad participated in the Cheer Championships in Indianapolis.  The squad took first place, were Division Champions, and won a bid to the U.S. Finals.  Congratulations to this hard-working group!



If you didn’t go to the PTSC Staff vs. Porter County Sheriff’s basketball game on Friday night–you missed out!  The PTSC staff handsomely defeated the Sheriff’s team–and are the proud holders of the trophy!  We look forward to our game again next March!


Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • March 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 17:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 17:  Band Concert
  • March 21-25:  Spring Break Week–No School
  • March 28:  School is IN SESSION!  This is our snow day make-up day
  • April 20:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • April 27:  Kindergarten Round-Up at Porter Lakes Elementary School

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  • April 29-May 1:  BG Drama Club’s Production of Beauty and the Beast
  • May 27:  Last day of school for students
  • June 5:  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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