Standards, Assessment, and Curriculum–Oh My!

Posted: January 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

What informs our curriculum?

Our teachers work hard on their lessons and curriculum.  Gone are the days when a teacher would pick up a teacher’s manual for a textbook and start at the beginning and teach right through.  Our teachers now begin with standards and use that to guide instruction pulling resources from many sources to develop what is taught each day.  Standards are not curriculum.  Standards help determine what a child should know at each grade level. Teachers also work to make learning relate to the world, and do so in a creative way.

If you would like to see what standards are guiding your child’s instruction–that is easy to do.  You can learn more about these standards by using the following links:

It takes a lot of work to develop lessons to help move students forward along a scope and sequence.  Our teachers work hard to monitor student progress using formative assessment to drive instruction.  I hope you find the above resources helpful.

PTSC Standouts:

Jen Gajda, from Hebron High School, is currently enrolled at New Horizons Learning Center located at Boone Grove High School.  Jen is a punctual and self motivated student. She has a 97% attendance rate and has completed 7 course credits since joining New Horizons at the beginning of this school year.  Jen is the first student to arrive at school on most days along with the first to gather her supplies and fulfill her daily responsibilities.  She sets goals for herself and is accountable for her behavior, academic success, and her motivation.  Jen is a caring individual who always wants to help. We put new students who are unacquainted with New Horizons next to her to assist them with their transition, and model our expectations for students.  She embodies all of those characteristics in her own right without our help.  Way to go, Jen!


Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at to make sure your standout is included.

Important Dates:

  • January 13:  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
  • January 24:  Porter County Career and Technical Center open house 6:30-7:30 pm
  • January 25:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • February 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • February 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • February 20:  No School, President’s Day
  • March 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • March 16:  End of Quarter 3
  • March 27-31:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • April 19:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • May 26:  End of Quarter 4/Semester 2–Last day for students
  • May 30:  Last day for teachers
  • June 4:  BGHS Graduation

Things to Know/Do:

  • Now hiring a Computer Technician!  If you know someone who might be interested, send them to the link above!
  • 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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