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What do I do when I’m having a tough day or when I need a dose of inspiration?  The answer always resides in our students!  Whether it is having a conversation with them, visiting a classroom, or interacting in the hallway–they always remind me of what is important and provide me with a valuable perspective–one that is uniquely theirs.

This month at our board meeting we had the chance to learn from some amazingly articulate BGMS students.  I will let their teacher, Kristin Schumacher, tell you about the project and then some of the student responses will follow.  Our future is bright in the hands of these great, young minds!

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PTSC Standouts:

Thank you to all who attended (and played in) our School Safety Basketball Game last Friday night!  Congratulations to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department on their victory!  If you would still like to support school safety at PTSC, you can still donate even though you were unable to attend the game.  Drop your donation off (or mail to) the PTSC Central Office and your donations will be used to increase our School Resource Officers at PTSC!

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.  She counts on you to send her updates all can celebrate PTSC student accomplishments!

Important Dates:

  • Approved 2018-2019 Calendar
  • March 13:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 14:  BGMS and BGHS Online Day
  • March 20:  Wake Up Call Stairway to Heroin Educational Series–for those age 21 and above (this is a great opportunity, and if you cannot make this one at Chesterton, you can go to Lake Central on March 1 from 6:30-8 pm, or Highland High School at 6:30 pm on April 11th, or Lake Station High School at 6 pm on April 25th.)

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  • March 26-30:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 2:  Snow Day Make-Up Day (Currently we will not have school this day–fingers crossed!)
  • April 18:  BGMS and BGHS Online Day
  • April 25:  Kindergarten Round Up

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  • April 30:  “Why Teens Kill” presentation by Frank DeAngelis, former Columbine High School Principal, and Phil Chalmers, leading authority on teen violence (see below for more information)

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  • May 24:  End of Quarter 4 and Second Semester
  • May 24:  Last Day for students
  • May 25:  Potential Snow Day make-up day
  • May 28:  Memorial Day
  • June 1:  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.
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School Safety (Part 2)

As we continue to make this a top priority at PTSC, I have been asked by a few different people what a parent can do to help!  Great question!  Here are three ideas:

  1.  Reinforce the idea that if you see something or hear something–say something.  This goes for parents, too.  Telling a staff member immediately is one of the most vital roles you can play in keeping our schools safe.  Encourage your children to do the same.
  2. Be involved in your child’s social media and online interactions.  Do you know what direct messages are happening on Snapchat and Instagram?  Are you watching text exchanges or gaps where some have been deleted?  This is a daily role for a parent in today’s digital age.
  3. Come to our Porter County Sheriff’s Department vs. PTSC Staff basketball game on Friday night.  All monies collected go to benefit the PTSC school safety fund.  Can’t attend the game?  You can still make a donation to the PTSC school safety fund.  We will use these funds as we increase the number of School Resource Officers we have on a daily basis at PTSC.

 

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to our 63 BGHS Choir Students who competed in the State ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest on Saturday, February 17 at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis.

7 Ensembles earned Gold, 1 Ensemble earned Silver and all 8 Soloists earned Gold bringing the totals for BGHS Choir to 17 Silver Medals and a whopping 148 Gold Medals!!!  Woohoo!!!  

They have all truly worked hard to make Boone Grove proud!

 

Do you have a standout to include in this section?  Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us to make sure your standout is included.  She counts on you to send her updates all can celebrate PTSC student accomplishments!

Important Dates:

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  • March 8:  Choir Concert:
    Hello Boone Grove Community! Please join us as the Choir Department Presents: 
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    Thursday, March 8 at 7pm in the Boone Grove High School Aux. Gymatorium.  The cost will be Adults $4 & Students & Kids $2 
  • March 9:  Wolf Pack Fish Fry and School Safety Basketball Game

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  • March 13:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 14:  BGMS and BGHS Online Day
  • March 20:  Wake Up Call Stairway to Heroin Educational Series–for those age 21 and above (this is a great opportunity, and if you cannot make this one at Chesterton, you can go to Lake Central on March 1 from 6:30-8 pm, or Highland High School at 6:30 pm on April 11th, or Lake Station High School at 6 pm on April 25th.)

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  • March 26-30:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 2:  Snow Day Make-Up Day (Currently we will not have school this day–fingers crossed!)
  • April 18:  BGMS and BGHS Online Day
  • April 25:  Kindergarten Round Up

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  • April 30:  “Why Teens Kill” presentation by Frank DeAngelis, former Columbine High School Principal, and Phil Chalmers, leading authority on teen violence (see below for more information)

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  • May 24:  End of Quarter 4 and Second Semester
  • May 24:  Last Day for students
  • May 25:  Potential Snow Day make-up day
  • May 28:  Memorial Day
  • June 1:  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.

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  We are off and running and excited to have all of our students back!  It has been an exciting summer as we have been in the midst of a complete renovation to Porter Lakes Elementary School including the addition of a new office.  It was an incredible amount of work to complete in just a handful of weeks, but the classrooms are ready!  The classrooms received new HVAC systems, lights, windows, cabinets, ceilings, and interactive projectors and whiteboards.  Additionally, we reconfigured space moving the office from the interior of the building to the front of the building.  This new office helps to improve security.  There is still work happening at the building, but we are thrilled with what has already been completed!

 

 

PTSC Standouts:

Here are some awesome standouts from over the summer!  Make sure to send me your standouts so that they can be included!

Congratulations to Austin Rocha who received the top Richard Lugar scholarship worth $20,000.

Congratulations to the Boone Grove boys golf team who took 2nd at the Rensselaer invite on Saturday May 7.Grant Stockwell and Logan Lucas took 1st and 2nd place for the whole tournament out of 16 schools.  The team went on to win the Boone Grove invite and have an impressive end to their season.  Logan Lucas qualified and made it to the state round for golf finals and finished 26th in state.  Super impressive!

Have you heard about Liz Hedger, who is 11, and a 7th grader at BGMS?  She swims for a club in Valparaiso called MAKO Swim Team.  She has already competed internationally, when she was 10, at the 2015 Speedo Can-Am Paraswimming Championships in Toronto, where she set a bunch of new personal best times. She was the youngest competitor there by two years, after hitting qualifying times.  Liz’s dream is to swim for the United States in the Paralympic Games and win a medal. Liz got to meet 17-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long at this meet and had her picture taken with Jessica, who will be competing in her fourth Paralympic Games this summer in Rio.  Way to go, Liz!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • September 5:  Labor Day–No School
  • September 14:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 12:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 19:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 25:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 27-28:  Fall Break–No School
  • November 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • November 24-25:  Thanksgiving Break–No School
  • December 21-January 4:  Winter Break–No School
  • January 13:  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1

 

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!

PTSC Weekly Update:  Highlights Not to Miss!

  • YMCA:  The Valparaiso YMCA is looking to expand services to the south Porter County area.  They are looking at providing summer programming and have developed a survey to help gauge interest.  Check out this link to provide feedback to the YMCA!  This is great for our community!

Community Child Care Needs Assessment Survey

  • Virtual Inclement Weather Make-up Day:  Don’t forget, we will be having virtual make-up days on February 13, 2015 and April 6, 2015.
  • ISTEP+ Testing:  You may have read about ISTEP+ testing times in the newspaper this weekend.  This year we have new standards to assess and the state is also implementing “technology enhanced items” on the test this spring.  Both of these items lead to increased testing times–adding up to about 20 hours in grades 3-8 for this spring.  This encompasses both the practice tests and the testing sessions for the applied skills and the multiple choice tests.  Obviously this is a lot of time spent in testing.  These test scores are used to determine if each student is making adequate growth, and to determine a school’s A-F grade (measuring teacher effectiveness).  Spending this much time testing is a challenging way to accomplish this goal.  What can you do?  Reach out to Governor Pence, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, or your Senator or Representative.

*This just in:  Governor Pence has signed an executive order addressing the length of the ISTEP+ assessment.  I’m sure more news stories will pop up–but here’s one I found in Google search:  Pence Signs Executive Order to Shorten the ISTEP

  • Empty Bowls:  Watch for more information on the Empty Bowls event which will be held at BGHS to support the Porter Township Food Pantry.

PTSC Standouts:

All of our teachers and administrators did a fantastic job preparing for our first ever inclement weather virtual day!  Our students did a great job working on assignments and interacting virtually with their teachers!  Great job to parents who emailed me great pictures of their child learning–and for helping other parents who had questions.  We learned a lot and will continue to make these days even better.  Best of all–we were able to not miss out on the instructional minutes needed at this time of the year!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • February 13, 2015:  VIRTUAL Snow day make-up day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • February 27, 2015:  Empty Bowls at BGHS
  • 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:  VIRTUAL Snow day make-up day
  • April 15, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • 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.
    • Have you updated your account information in Instant Alert?  Make sure that you have your cell phone number and your email entered so that you will receive the latest updates we send out.  You can update your Instant Alert Account here.
    • 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!

PTSC Virtual Inclement Weather Day

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We are part way through our first virtual, inclement weather day!  Here are some pictures that I have received from families working on their online assignments for the day (feel free to email me your photo at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us).  Our teachers have worked hard to put out learning targets for the day and have been accessible to teachers and parents.  Our technology team has worked hard to handle any questions, concerns, or issues that have popped up during the day.  Our administrative team has been poised and handling questions as they have come.  Most of all, we are thrilled that an instructional day does not have to be lost due to our crazy winter weather! Having our students safe, warm, and learning makes today a great day!

Don’t forget, we will be having virtual make-up days on February 13, 2015 and April 6, 2015.

PTSC Standouts:

BGHS Girls JV Basketball Team is playing for the PCC Championship on Wednesday, February 4, 2015!  Go team!

Austin Nelson placed third at wrestling sectionals and will advance to regionals.  Great job, Austin!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • February 13, 2015:  VIRTUAL Snow day make-up day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • 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:  VIRTUAL Snow day make-up day
  • April 15, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • 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.
    • Have you updated your account information in Instant Alert?  Make sure that you have your cell phone number and your email entered so that you will receive the latest updates we send out.  You can update your Instant Alert Account here.
    • 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!