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This Friday!  PTSC Virtual Inclement Weather Make-Up Day!

As a reminder, this Friday is our Virtual Inclement Weather Make-Up Day.  Here are some things which I hope you will find helpful as we head toward Friday:

  • Teachers will be posting their materials on Schoology, our Learning Management System (LMS) no later than 9 am on Friday morning.
  • Teachers are available during school hours to assist students.  If your child has a question, remind them to message their teacher!  (Which school hours?  The hours of the building your child attends.)
  • Building administrators are also available during school hours to assist students and parents.  The first place to go to get a question answered is always the teacher.  If you still need help, contact your administrator.
  • While each student has an iPad, one can access Schoology online via a smart phone or a computer as well.
  • If you have a device issue or an internet issue, do not panic.  Please contact your child’s teacher or administrator immediately and they will work with you to resolve the issue.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to complete all work and submit it.  If a student does not complete and submit work, the student will be marked as an unexcused absence.  If your child is sick and cannot participate, please contact your school administrator.  As with any absence, your child is still responsible for the work missed.

Now let’s just hope that this current impending ice turns out to be just rain tonight!  Wouldn’t that be great!  Fingers crossed!

 

PTSC Standouts

Last week was School Counselor Week!  If you get a chance, thank your child’s school counselor for all that they do.  We have amazing folks at PTSC who truly care about the students, and making sure they are successful.  Our School Counselors are a huge part of making that happen and we are so thankful for all they do!

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 15:  Virtual, Online Make-up Day
    • February 18:  President’s Day–No School
    • 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.
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Indiana Graduation Pathways

As you have read in previous updates, the Indiana Graduation requirements are changing.  I am going to keep talking about this because what it takes to get a diploma is about to look very different and parents need to stay informed!  Here is a graphic put out by the Indiana Department of Education to attempt to capture the changes.  You can find more resources online through the Indiana Department of Education and through Indiana State Board of Education (scroll to the bottom of the page).  Boone Grove High School has used and will use the Indiana Graduation Pathways as a way to help students meet graduation requirements.  As we move closer to the implementation, more information will be coming!

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And for a bonus this week, here is a video that the Indiana Department of Education put out about the shift in state assessments that is fast approaching this spring.

PTSC Standouts

Congratulations to Jacelyn Benkovich who received her CPR/lifesaving certification this weekend!

Have you checked out the latest awards happening at BGHS and BGMS?  Students of the week are being handed out and it is so great to see our kids celebrated for the awesome things that are happening each week!  Way to go!

Did you know Mrs. Dombrowski at BGMS has an after school coding club?  I love the ways we are supporting our students, student interest, and teaching skills that will be useful in college and careers!  Way to go, Mrs. Dombrowski!

There’s nothing like the PCC Tournament, even if we don’t land in the championship.  Great job to our fans who came out to support our teams and made our cheering blocks festive.  Great job to our basketball teams, our cheerleaders, and our dance team!

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:

    • January 23:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • February 15:  Virtual, Online Make-up Day
    • 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.

2018-2019 Speak Up Survey–Deadline is January 31

Each year PTSC parents and teachers are invited to participate in the annual Speak Up Survey.  This survey helps gather information for the PTSC, but also gathers data for the state and national levels as well.  It takes about 20 minutes to complete.  I have provided a short bit of information directly from the Speak Up website below to provide more information for you about the survey.  There will be a link below if you’d like to dig in even more!

“Speak Up is the research tool districts use to learn what students, educators, parents and the community have to say about education issues.

The Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, is both a national research project and a free service to schools and districts everywhere. Since fall 2003, Speak Up has helped education leaders include the voices of their stakeholders in annual and long-term planning. More than 5 million participants have made Speak Up the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, schools of the future, science and math instruction, professional development and career exploration. National-level reports inform policymakers at all levels.”  (Taken directly from https://tomorrow.org/speakup/about_SU.html)

If you’d like to learn even more about the history, methodology, development of questions, or data from the survey, you can research more here.  We think it’s important for everyone to have a voice, and here’s another chance for you to do so!

 

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PTSC Standouts

 

I had the pleasure of being served by Eric Cheek at Culvers the weekend.  He was so professional, polite, kind and was excelling in his position.  He even wished my boys a happy birthday!  Thanks for representing Boone Grove High School so well out in the work force!

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:

    • January 23:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • February 15:  Virtual, Online Make-up Day
    • 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.

Porter County Career and Technical Center

Hopefully you have already taken the opportunity to visit the Porter County Career and Technical Center to tour and learn about the many programs offered.  These courses are for students pursuing four-year college degrees, students looking to earn an associate degree, and for students who plan to enter the workforce and will need a credential to do so.  In short, the Porter County Career Center has a program to benefit all students!

Dual credits are available through many of the courses and student walk away with college credits while still in high school.  Additionally, industry recognized certifications are imbedded into many of the programs allowing students to graduate from these programs eligible to enter the work force in high-wage, high-demand jobs.

If you have been following the updates about the Graduation Pathways, you will see that these programs fit right into what is needed for high school graduation.  Watch this legislative session–there may be more legislation proposed for what is required of high school students prior to graduation!

The window is tight to enroll.  Make sure you have completed the form below and returned it to Miss Horvat or Mrs. Gibbs.  If you want to learn more about the programs, click on the link above and follow the programs link to learn more about each program and the job potential for the future!

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PTSC Standouts:

 

National Standout!  Fantastic job to Mrs. Holland’s class–and to Peyton Brown!

Paper Airplane Challenge

At the beginning of the school year, our class( Mrs. Holland 4th grade) began a 6 week stem unit on aerodynamics.  Part of this unit included submitting a video of our class’ longest flight of a paper airplane modified by adding a simple motor to a national competition by PowerUp Toys.  For many of my students, just building a paper airplane was a foreign concept.  They had spent so much of their free time with electronics like PlayStations and Xboxes, that this old fashion concept of folding paper into planes was very challenging and exciting for them.

They learned about aerodynamic terms of lift, weight, thrust and drag. Working with their classmates, we had discussions on what is the best design for a simple paper airplane and how we could change the design to improve distance, time in flight, and direction of flight.  Over the course of the unit, students learned about parts of planes and their functions. They applied this to their design by cutting flaps to make rudders and change the way they folded their planes to improve on the flight.

After all their studies, the students then tested their plane designs by flying them in the gym. When they were confident they had a good plane, a small motor was added. Once the motor was added, we videotaped their test flight.  The longest flight was made by Peyton Brown. That flight was submitted to the National Contest.  To our delight, her entry won third place in the United States.  The First Place entry was from– Mike Benson’s 6th Grade science class from Our Lady of Grace in Edina, Minn. Second Place – Suzanne Schedin’s 5th Grade class from Herold Pond Elementary School in Milford, N.H.

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
    • December 21:  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
    • December 24-January 4:  Winter Break–No School
    • January 7:  Classes Resume
    • January 8:  School Safety Panel Discussion and Special Presentation–all are invited
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    • January 23:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • February 15:  Virtual, Online Make-up Day
    • 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.

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.