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Facility Work

This week’s update is to provide information on work that we have completed at our buildings, and to give you a peak at what work is still on the horizon.  I am now in my 7th year at PTSC, and a lot of renovation has happened at our facilities!  Here are a few highlights:

  • New boilers and chillers at BGHS, PLE, BGMS, and BGE
  • New LED lighting at BGHS, BGMS, BGE, and PLE (we are finishing work now at BGHS)
  • New roof work at BGHS, BGMS, BGE, and PLE
  • New office expansion at PLE to create a safer entry
  • Parking lots repaved, milled, or sealed at BGHS, BGMS, BGE, and PLE
  • Updated flooring and finishings at PLE along with renovations to restrooms
  • New windows at PLE
  • Updated technology infrastructure at all buildings
  • Updated classroom heating and cooling at PLE, BGE, and BGMS

Work we are considering this summer:

  • We are still finishing projects started last summer at BGMS/BGE
  • Reconfiguration of the BGHS office space to utilize two classrooms that are currently under-utilized computer labs and transition them to a new front office space.  This new space will have a new exterior door which will be the way that all visitors and guests enter the building, directly into the office.
  • Solar installation at BGMS/BGE on the roof.  BGMS and BGE have NIPSCO as their utility company.  As you may have read, they are proposing substantial rate increases (we hear potentially impacting these two buildings by as much as 16%).  A solar installation would save us dollars the first year it is installed, and will continue to save the district dollars in utility bill expense.  Additionally, this adds the opportunity for us to teach students about another source of energy.
  • Central office repairs (this will likely be in future years):  you may notice that our central office is missing shingles at times as the roof needs repair.  We have additional issues in our technology hub in which we have trouble with heating and cooling, and water seepage.  The building also struggles with accessibility for some of our patrons due to door configuration which needs to be addressed.

 

The great news is that we have been fortunate to work to keep all of these projects tax neutral to the community (although if you have experienced an increase in assessed valuation of your property that means taxes go up, but not due to our projects).  Our buildings are aging and need repair and we have invested into the future with the work that has been completed.  We continue to keep our eyes toward the future with investments that will continue to benefit the district for years to come!

PTSC Standouts

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Wolves Cheer competed at the Hobart Invitational Cheer Competition and made a clean sweep! Both BGHS Cheer and BGMS Cheer took First Place/ Division Champions! They scored over many schools from our area. Thank you, Ladies, for represented PTSC well and for all of your hard work and dedication!

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:

    • March 13: Please join us as the Choir Department Presents:A Choral Tribute to Americana Music on Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm in the Boone Grove High School small gym.  The cost will be Adults $4 & Students & Kids $2.
    • March 14:  Early Learning Night at PLE from 4:30-6:00 pm  Each month we have an “Early Learning Time” where families are invited to come in for fun learning activities at our school. These learning times have themed activities for you to work on as a family.  Please come, meet the teachers, and see our school!  Please enter through the front “F” doors of Porter Lakes Elementary.
    • March 15:  End of Quarter 3
    • March 18:  Apple Controls for Parents–6:30 PM at BGMS  Come and learn all about what you can do through iOS and the controls Apple gives to parents to monitor and shape what kids do on devices!  This is going to be an awesome opportunity for all PTSC parents to learn more about the capabilities available!
    • March 19:  Ivy Tech Parent and Student Night at 5 pm
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    • March 20:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 25-29:  Spring Break–No School
    • April 11:  Early Learning Night at PLE from 4:30-6:00 pm  Each month we have an “Early Learning Time” where families are invited to come in for fun learning activities at our school. These learning times have themed activities for you to work on as a family.  Please come, meet the teachers, and see our school!  Please enter through the front “F” doors of Porter Lakes Elementary.
    • April 17:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • April 19:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • April 22:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • May 27:  Memorial Day–No School
    • May 29:  Last Student Day
    • May 31:  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.

State Assessments are Here!

Our annual assessment windows are here and for many students there will be some things that look different this year.  First, you can find your student’s testing schedule listed below.  It is important to note that these are the dates for all of Indiana.  Each school will set their own specific dates within the window listed below.  Please make sure to watch for communication from your school about when specifically your child will test within these windows.

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As I stated, there are many new things this year with ILEARN.  The Indiana Department of Education has published a video series for parents to help you learn more about ILEARN.  Here are some videos you can watch to see what is to come:

Indiana Assessment System

How Does ILEARN Dig Deeper into Knowledge and Skills?

Writing on the ILEARN Assessment

Math Process Skills on the ILEARN Assessment

PTSC Standouts

An amazing Choir announcement from Mrs. Welbourne Swetalla:

Congratulations to our BG Choir Students who competed in the District ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest on Saturday, February 2 at Kankakee Valley Middle School.

The Middle School students earned 71 Gold Ensemble Medals, 14 Gold Solo Medals and 1 Silver Solo Medal.  ~ The High School students earned 80 Gold Ensemble Medals, 60 Silver Ensemble Medals, 21 Gold Solo Medals and 5 Silver Solo Medals, bringing the totals for Boone Grove Choir to 66 Silver Medals and a whopping 186 Gold Medals!!!   

A special congratulations to our 55 BGHS Choir Students who qualified for State and competed this past Saturday at State ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis.

4 Ensembles earned Gold, 9 Soloists earned Gold and 7 Soloists earned Silver bringing the totals for BGHS Choir to 7 Silver Medals and a 89 Gold Medals!!!  Woohoo!!!  

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

 

Congratulations to Jeremy Kranz and Seth Aubin winning wrestling’s individual conference championship!

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:

    • February 27:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 14:  Early Learning Night at PLE from 4:30-6:00 pm  Each month we have an “Early Learning Time” where families are invited to come in for fun learning activities at our school. These learning times have themed activities for you to work on as a family.  Please come, meet the teachers, and see our school!  Please enter through the front “F” doors of Porter Lakes Elementary.
    • March 15:  End of Quarter 3
    • March 18:  Apple Controls for Parents–6:30 PM at BGMS  Come and learn all about what you can do through iOS and the controls Apple gives to parents to monitor and shape what kids do on devices!  This is going to be an awesome opportunity for all PTSC parents to learn more about the capabilities available!
    • March 20:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 25-29:  Spring Break–No School
    • April 11:  Early Learning Night at PLE from 4:30-6:00 pm  Each month we have an “Early Learning Time” where families are invited to come in for fun learning activities at our school. These learning times have themed activities for you to work on as a family.  Please come, meet the teachers, and see our school!  Please enter through the front “F” doors of Porter Lakes Elementary.
    • April 17:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • April 19:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • April 22:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • May 27:  Memorial Day–No School
    • May 29:  Last Student Day
    • May 31:  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.

ILEARN Assessment

As this year will bring a new assessment, here is some information from the Indiana Department of Education to help you know more about what is to come!  You can find many more resources here, and they continue to add new items to the menu!

 

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(Find this flyer online here)

PTSC Standouts:

This week’s shout out goes to Mr. Banning.  As we move into sectionals (some of which we host), as we move from soccer field to volleyball court to cross county course to golf to football field to BGMS softball and baseball to preparing for sport seasons yet to come–Mr. Banning is behind the scenes at them all.  Long hours, challenges, celebrations, schedules, weather delays and changes–he handles it all.  Next time you see Mr. Banning–thank him for all he does for our student athletes.  His hard work should not go unnoticed!

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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    • October 17:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • October 18:  PLE/BGE Parent/Teacher Conferences–30 minute early dismissal in all buildings
    • October 22:  PLE/BGE Parent/Teacher Conferences–30 minute early dismissal in all buildings
    • October 23:  BGMS/BGHS Parent/Teacher Conferences evening
    • October 25-26:  Fall Break–No School
    • November 14:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • November 21-23:  Thanksgiving Break–No School
    • December 21:  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
    • December 24-January 4:  Winter Break–No School
    • January 7:  Classes Resume
    • January 23:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • February 15:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • February 18:  President’s Day–No School
    • February 27:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 15:  End of Quarter 3
    • March 20:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • March 25-29:  Spring Break–No School
    • April 17:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • April 19:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • April 22:  Make-up Day (No School or make-up day if needed)
    • May 27:  Memorial Day–No School
    • May 29:  Last Student Day
    • May 31:  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.

News from the Porter Township School Corporation

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

We know there is a lot coming at you for the start of the year, but here is some information we wanted you to have before the first day!

First Day of School:  August 15, 2018

  • Please be patient as our buses may run a bit late the first couple of weeks as they make the routes as efficient as possible

Boone Grove Middle School and Boone Grove Elementary School Renovations

  • This summer we have been working on many things in these two buildings. Here are some items you may notice:
    • New paint throughout the building
    • New ceilings
    • New floor in the cafeteria
    • New heating and air conditioning
    • New roof
    • New LED lights (also at BGHS)
    • New clock, speaker, and intercom system
    • Air conditioning in the BGMS gym
    • New exterior doors (with a few exceptions which had already been replaced)

School Safety

  • As you may have seen in the news, Governor Eric Holcomb’s office announced an initiative to provide handheld metal detectors to all Indiana schools who request them—and PTSC did request them. It is our intention to use these devices as needed on a case by case basis where reasonable suspicion exists. With guidance from the Indiana Department of Education, we are currently working on policies and procedures regarding the use of these handheld metal detectors, along with training for the staff members who will use them.
  • Raptor Visitor Management System in all buildings:
    • Upon entering the building, everyone must have their state issued ID such as a driver license or identification card.
    • The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency.
    • If you are entering the building to meet with a staff member, the system will print an ID badge with your picture, name, date, time, and reason for your visit. This visitor badge must be displayed while in the building.
    • Once your business has been completed in the school, you must return to the main office to sign out of the system.
    • If you are signing your student out of school for any reason, you will present your ID and the Raptor system will cross check the parent, guardian, and emergency contact information in Harmony for the student you are signing out.
    • If the person attempting to sign out the student is not listed in Harmony as an authorized individual to sign that student out, the system will alert the staff member and that individual will not be allowed to remove the student from the building. It is very important that you have all the parent, guardian, and emergency contact information accurate and up to date in Harmony.

iLearn

  • iLearn is the new Indiana Assessment that will be replacing ISTEP+ (if you want to take a deep dive—you can learn more here: https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/assessment/understanding-indianas-new-assessment-final.pdf)
  • ILEARN measures all Indiana Academic Standards, including content literacy and media literacy standards on the English/Language Arts assessments, process standards on the Mathematics assessments, and the new computer science standards on the Science assessment
  • iLearn will be for grades 3-8 (there is a Biology assessment at the high school level as well)
  • English/Language Arts and Math will still be assessed grades 3-8
  • Science will still be assessed in grades 4 and 6
  • Social Studies will still be assessed in 5th grade
  • There will be one testing window (April 22-May 17, 2019)
  • The assessment will be untimed
  • This is an adaptive test in English/Language Arts and Math (student response determines the next question—read more here: https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/assessment/computer-adaptive-test-cat-module.pdf)
  • Results will be available in 12 days (after year one—cut scores must be set in year one and results will take longer to get)
  • Learn more here: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-families

We are looking forward to a great school year and partnering with you to meet the needs of every student, every day—helping each student to reach his or her full potential.

Stacey Schmidt, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Ben Parrish
Assistant Superintendent
Chief Safety Officer

Helpful Links

Ever wonder how to find the Indiana College and Career Ready Standards?  These standards were rolled out by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and are what drives our curriculum at all grade levels.  If you would like to take a look at this standards, you can find them on the Indiana Department of Education website.  It’s a great resource for parents as well as educators.

If you are looking for other resources, here is a list of items which may be of interest to you.

  1. PTSC Website
  2. PTSC District Calendar 2016-2017
  3. Indiana Office of eLearning
  4. Digital Citizenship Resources (This is an amazing resource for families!)
  5. College and Career Readiness
  6. Hoosier Family of Readers (Great resources here with access to thousands of books for free!)
  7. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s Back to School Message to Families

Do you have a question you’d love to see addressed in a weekly update?  Don’t hesitate to send Dr. Schmidt an email and it may be the topic of an upcoming PTSC Update!

PTSC Standouts:

 

INpact with DCI at Lucas Oil Stadium:  We had several Boone Grove students perform for thousands of people in Indianapolis earlier this month and it was a great honor for those students who were selected from across the state.  The students were Hayden Neis, Ashlee Ramos, Emma Grant, Anthony Young, Robert Young, Rachel Stewart, and other members of the Boone Grove Middle School band.  The students met and played with famous trumpet player Al Chez and played for hundreds of people at the Pan Am Building and at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Congratulations to those students and for the time, effort, and energy they spent working on their skills this summer!  

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

Important Dates:

  • September 2:  PLE picture day
  • 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 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!