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Caught Up in the Frenzy!

You’re feeling it, right?  You’ve heard about it, right?  It seems like everyone I meet is talking about the shortness of time this year between Thanksgiving and the fast approaching, gift-giving holiday!  For many it seems that this lack of days to prepare has folks feeling in a rush to make a list, and check it twice!

I have to confess I’m no different.  While I love lists and so mine was created some time ago, I always tend to leave the last few details until the end for the frantic rush to get everything I need.

This year our boys are old enough to better understand what is happening, get excited, but also get caught up in the idea of “wanting” and the quest for more.  We have been hard at work to help develop the mindset of gratitude and to counter this mindset of scarcity replacing it with gratitude and the joy of giving to others.  But that’s tough when they are three!

And in all honesty, it starts in our own hearts, right?  If I want my boys to live a lifestyle of gratitude, it will help if I model it.  Research tells us that gratitude actually has many positive benefits to our own lives (thanks Harvard Health, UC Berkeley, and Psychology Today!)  The linked articles are short and worth the read–and give some easy ways to get started.

One easy one is to write some letters to folks to express gratitude.  There’s nothing better than a handwritten letter–and not only does it feel good to receive one it also feels great to send it.  So for me this season, I’m going to work to slow down and write a few letters, and also have my boys do the same (although I will still have to help them with that!).  I hope you are able to find ways to incorporate a lifestyle of gratitude this season as well!

PTSC Standouts

Congratulations to Sydney Dixon (first team), Emma Hylek (honorable mention) and Delaney Starcevich (honorable mention) on being named to the Post-Tribune All-Area Volleyball Team!

Congratulations to Angel Castellanos (second team) and Brandon Root (honorable mention) on being named to the Post Tribune Boys All-Area Soccer Team!

Congratulations to Jake Mayersky and Chandler Murray on being named to the IFCA Class 2A All State Senior Defense Team!

Congratulations also to Mark Holder on being named to the Junior Offense Team!

Congrats to our Post-Tribune All Area football players!
Offense
First Team – Chandler Murray
Second Team – Brae’ton Vann

Defense
First Team – Jake Mayersky
Second Team – Andrew Eriks
Honorable Mention – Austin Lemar

Last week was a humbling night as I was honored with the award for District I Superintendent of the Year.  I had the privilege to stand with other superintendents from across Indiana, all working for the good of boys and girls.  I am thankful for all I continue to learn from my peers as we continue to advocate for public education and what each student needs.

Have you been watching the daily tweets from @DrStaceySchmidt?  Each morning a standout is being tweeted highlighting the awesome things happening 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:

  • December 20:  End of second grading period and the semester
  • December 23-January 3:  Winter Break, No School
  • January 6:  Back to school!
  • January 22:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • February 14:  No School or Snow Day Make-Up Day
  • February 17:  President’s Day, No School
  • February 26:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • March 13:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 18:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • March 23-March 26:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 10:  No School or Snow Day Make-Up Day
  • April 13:  No School or Snow Day Make-Up Day
  • April 15:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • May 5:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day (Election Day)
  • May 25:  Memorial Day, No School
  • May 27:  Last Day of School for Students, End of Fourth Quarter
  • May 28:  Teacher Record Day
  • May 29:  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

Now is the time to be checking out and enrolling in programs available for junior and senior students at Boone Grove High School through the Porter County Career and Technical Center.  These programs offer great opportunities to earn college credit, job certificates, hands-on job experience, networking, stackable credentials and job placement while in high school.  If you are interested in learning more about the many programs offered, or how to enroll, you can find more here.  Here’s a short video introduction of many of the programs:

PTSC Standouts

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Congratulations to Athena Welbourne Swetalla for being named the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce Influential Teacher of the Year.  We’ve known this for years–and it is fantastic to see her be recognized for the amazing work she does with our PTSC students! Well deserved!

Have you been watching the daily tweets from @DrStaceySchmidt?  Each morning a standout is being tweeted highlighting the awesome things happening 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:

  • 2019-2020 Calendar
  • November 27-29:  Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • December 4:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • December 6-8:  Come see the BGHS Drama Department’s performance of Clue!

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  • December 20:  End of second grading period and the semester
  • December 23-January 3:  Winter Break, No School
  • January 6:  Back to school!
  • January 22:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • February 14:  No School or Snow Day Make-Up Day
  • February 17:  President’s Day, No School
  • February 26:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • March 13:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 18:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • March 23-March 26:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 10:  No School or Snow Day Make-Up Day
  • April 13:  No School or Snow Day Make-Up Day
  • April 15:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • May 5:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day (Election Day)
  • May 25:  Memorial Day, No School
  • May 27:  Last Day of School for Students, End of Fourth Quarter
  • May 28:  Teacher Record Day
  • May 29:  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

Virtual Inclement Weather Days–Things to Know!

The weather post last week got me thinking about Virtual Inclement Weather Days (eLearning Days used when we cannot come to school due to terrible weather–snow, fog, ice, extreme cold–days we might otherwise cancel) and I want to talk about them BEFORE we might need to use them!

What are virtual inclement weather days?

These are days when the weather is too bad to come to school and students utilize technology (internet and a device) to access their learning online through our Learning Management System (LMS), Schoology.  Teachers design lessons and place their content on Schoology for students to access.  These could be videos, activities, articles, and assignments with which the students will interact and then demonstrate learning to their teachers.

When does this learning occur?

Anytime, anywhere!  eLearning is asynchronous learning, meaning that it is not dependent on everyone being in the same space at the same time.  This does mean that students can get up early and tackle all of their work and enjoy the rest of the day or sleep in and rush to finish in the evening hours.  However, there are some guidelines in place to help you know what to expect and also for students to know how and when to access the help of their teachers.  (That’s the problem with waiting until night, as access to the teachers will not be possible at that time!) Here are the expectations we have in place:

  • Teachers will have lessons on Schoology by 9 AM of the virtual inclement weather day.
  • The content covered on an eLearning day is to be the content covered in class for the day.  Students may learn new concepts, practice concepts already introduced, or complete a project to demonstrate mastery of a concept.  It depends where the class is in the learning sequence.
  • Teachers will be available for student interaction online during the regular school hours for that building.
  • Students may contact teachers through Schoology.
  • Teachers will communicate through Schoology assignments for students, and when they are due.
  • It should take students about the time of a typical school day to complete school work.  Each assignment or class may be different.  If you have a question or if something is taking a long time, please communicate with your child’s teacher.
  • If a student does not turn in work for a period or for the day, it will be counted as a unexcused absence.
  • If your child is unable to participate in the Virtual Inclement Weather day due to a reason in the handbook, please call the school office to report the absence so that we may mark it accordingly as we would do on any other day of school.
  • If a student does not turn in work, they will also have consequences for incomplete work just as on a normal school day.
  • If you have a technology issue, or experience any problems, please communicate immediately with your child’s teacher.  We cannot help you if we do not know there is an issue.  Contacting us directly is the way to tackle issues quickly, efficiently, and correctly.
  • If the teacher does not have the answer to the issue, they will help connect you with the person who can help you to find the answer.
  • If your child has a question, have them first try and reach out to the teacher themselves.  This is a valuable skill, similar to asking questions in class to get help.

Last year was an interesting year with the polar vortex.  Prior to last year, we had held to the idea of not using more than 2 virtual inclement weather days in a row.  When the polar vortex arrived, we decided to survey parents to receive input on our decision to cancel school or add additional virtual inclement days, even though we were on our second day.  The feedback was overwhelming that since everyone was confined to houses due to the cold, families would rather have kids do school work and enjoy the days off later.  We utilized that input as well as input from our staff and did use additional virtual inclement weather days.  We hope that this year we will not experience another polar vortex!

If you have further questions about Virtual Inclement Weather Days, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or building level administrator!

PTSC Standouts

BGMS had an outstanding Veteran’s Day program this morning.  The band and choir both performed while the National Junior Honor Society ran the program.  Judy Dragon presented a flag honoring her late husband Jim Dragon which will be flown over the school.  Special guest speaker, Mr. Peters, gave a wonderful presentation to the students.  What a great morning honoring the men and women who have served our country in the military!

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:

  • 2019-2020 Calendar
  • November 13:  Early Learning Time at Porter Lakes Elementary is on Wednesday, November 13th  from 5:15-6:30pm!  This month’s theme is: “The Five Senses”Please enter through the front “F” doors at the south end of the building.
  • November 27-29:  Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • December 4:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • December 20:  End of second grading period and the semester
  • December 23-January 3:  Winter Break, No School
  • January 6:  Back to school!
  • 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

College Goal Sunday

Here’s a chance to get some help filling out the FAFSA!  See the information below for this free opportunity at two locations in NWI!  Don’t miss this great opportunity as FAFSA can be confusing–unless you have help!

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PTSC Standouts

 

Porter County Special Olympics want to thank the Boone Grove Key Club for volunteering their time for our Halloween Dance/Party. The athletes had a great time playing games and chatting with them. They all are truly amazing!!  Dr. Schmidt, you really have some outstanding students at Boone Grove.

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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:

  • 2019-2020 Calendar
  • October 28: Follow the Money:  An Analysis of Why Public Education Funding is Not Keeping Pace in Indiana–come out tonight at 6 pm to hear Dr. Phil Downs discuss public school funding.  As you can see from the graphic below, PTSC again falls in the bottom 20 funded schools in Indiana.  Come tonight and get some questions answered!  This session is hosted just down the road at Merrillville High School!Downs

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  • October 28-November 4 (pickup on the 11th):Sadly, Spooky Season is ending…BUT that means food season is upon us! The Junior Class, who puts on the prom, is going to be selling pies to help raise money to make the dance extra awesome! These pies are great for all of your upcoming holiday needs or to just enjoy all on your own while binging Netflix.  There are a ton of really great options to choose from and it all comes from Marilyn’s Bakery! Check out the order form below! If you are interested in ordering some of these amazing pies, get your order AND money to Mrs. Westerman (286) or I (263) at the high school no later than Monday, November 4th! Screen Shot 2019-10-28 at 10.03.07 AM

     

  • November 5:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day (Not a Wednesday–this is election day)
  • November 27-29:  Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • December 4:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • December 20:  End of second grading period and the semester
  • December 23-January 3:  Winter Break, No School
  • January 6:  Back to school!
  • 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 PTSC Family!

 
It’s embarrassing that it took me this long to get my first post of the year out!  But here we are–and we are off to a great start!  I would like to welcome all of our new PTSC families and our new PTSC staff!  In case you haven’t had a chance to meet our new staff members, here’s an introduction!  If you see them, make sure to welcome them to our family!

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PTSC Standouts

Kathleen Smith, who will be taking over as Treasurer and Business Manager for PTSC on January 1, 2020, has just completed several classes through the Indiana Association of School Business Officials.  Congratulations, Kathleen!

Congratulations to our fall sports teams–we are having an amazing start to the year!  Just in the last week, Girls Varsity Volleyball went undefeated, including winning the Chesterton Invite (without losing a single match).  Boys Cross Country had a second place finish.  Girls Soccer went undefeated this week (taking down KV!).  Football added to their wins Thursday night and are now 4-0.  Wow!  Let’s go Wolves!

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:

  • 2019-2020 Calendar
  • October 11:  End of first grading period
  • October 16:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • October 17:  PLE/BGE Parent Teacher Conferences (evening)–30 MINUTE EARLY DISMISSAL ALL BUILDINGS
  • October 21:  BGMS/BGHS Parent/Teacher Conferences (evening)
  • October 22:  Parent/Teacher Conferences all buildings (evening)
  • October 22:  Parent/Teacher Conferences all buildings (evening)–30 MINUTE EARLY DISMISSAL ALL BUILDINGS
  • October 24-25:  Fall Break, No School
  • November 5:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day (Not a Wednesday–this is election day)
  • November 27-29:  Thanksgiving Break, No School
  • December 4:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • December 20:  End of second grading period and the semester
  • December 23-January 3:  Winter Break, No School
  • January 6:  Back to school!
  • 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.