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See Something, Hear Something, SAY Something!

As you may recall, this was one of my first posts this year!  I wanted to take a moment to point out how that was so important this past week!

On Thursday at 7:16 pm I received a call from Lieutentant Chavez, PTSC School Resource Officer and Porter County Sheriff’s Department Officer.  He had received a call from a parent sharing a concern about a bus driver allowing students to drive the bus.  This parent saw something, heard something, AND said something RIGHT away–and most importantly–to someone who could help solve the problem.  This parent got the information into the hands of someone that could help even though it was after school hours.  This was perfect!

This allowed PTSC administration to immediately call First Student, our contracted bus service provider, and let them know we would no longer be utilizing this driver and that there needed to be a different driver on that bus Friday morning (and permanently).  This information allowed First Student to mobilize the investigation they needed to begin on Thursday night.  PTSC administration was then able to coordinate the investiation efforts that would continue Thursday morning in cooperation with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.  All of this work resulted in the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, in cooperation with the Porter County Prosecutor, being able to make an arrest before noon on Friday.

Why was this able to happen?  Because a parent heard something, saw something–and immediately said something.  Here is the key–they didn’t just post it on social media.  They didn’t wait and say something after something terrible happened and then post about it after the fact.  They didn’t wait until the school opened in the morning.  They found someone that could immediately take action and got the information in their hands!

Safety is all of our responsibility.  The quick actions of this parent helped PTSC take quick actions to handle a situation.  If you hear something or see something–say something.  And say something to someone who can solve the problem!  (I think we all thank this parent!)

PTSC Standouts:

 

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Congratulations to Coach Antone and the BGMS Baseball Team for the repeat PCC 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:

    • Approved 2018-2019 Calendar
    • October 12:  End of Quarter 1
    • 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.
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See Something, Say Something!

As you may recall reading a couple weeks ago, we made several additions to school safety over the summer.  We have prioritized our School Resource Officers and hopefully you have noticed them when you have been to our buildings.  Safety continues to be a top priority for PTSC!

We need everyone to be part of school safety.  What we share with students, but is a great message for all of us all the time, is that if we see something we should say something.  It’s important for all of us to be aware of our surroundings and report when something doesn’t seem quite right.

For our students, we tell them to talk to their teachers, or an adult at their school to get help.  For parents, you may start with a teacher or if it is something you notice at an event you may want to talk to the Athletic Director or Administrator.  School safety involves each of us!  Thank you for being part of our team!

 

PTSC Standouts:

Mrs. Wotherspoon is our teacher standout this week!  As you know, we spent the summer working on BGE and BGMS completing many projects (read about them here!).  Mrs. Wotherspoon was in over the weekend and noticed an issue with our cooling system. Her quick reporting of the issue helped us to have the building ready for students on Monday morning–getting the chiller up and running again!  Way to go, Mrs. Wotherspoon!  Thanks for seeing something and saying something!

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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  • September 3:  Labor Day–No School
  • September 12:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
  • October 12:  End of Quarter 1
  • 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.

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.

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.

Head of Nursing Services for PTSC

We are looking for a Head of Nursing Services candidate.  This position must have a four-year, registered nurse (RN) degree.  This is a great position for an RN looking to work during the school year with a schedule typical to that of their children.  It’s a great position for an RN that loves students!  It’s a great position for an RN that wants to work in a supportive, family environment!  In short, it’s a great position and we are looking for the right person!

If you know someone who might be interested, you can direct them to the posting.

PTSC Standouts:

Kim Corman, Angela Long, and Kyle Isch were all nominated for the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Inspiring Educator Award!  These teachers were chosen as they:

  • Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their educational profession.
  • Develop students to reach their full academic potential.
  • Provide an outstanding learning environment within their sphere of influence.
  • Demonstrate the value of community by contributing time and energy to improve the quality life in the community.
  • Congratulations, Mrs. Corman, Mrs. Long, and Mr. Isch on this recognition!  You have inspired many students along the way!

    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:

    • November 11:  Craft Fair at BGHS at 9 AM
    • November 15:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
    • November 19:  Mattress Fundraiser for the BG Athletic Department

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    • November 22-24:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
    • December 9-10:  Madrigal Dinner at BGHS–get your tickets now before the sell out!

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    • December 22:  End of second quarter and first semester
    • December 23-January 7:  No School, Winter Break

    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.