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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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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.

Looking for ways to keep your kids working on reading and math skills all summer long?  Here are a couple of free resources for you!

Here’s a great resource you can use for reading–which may help you as you enroll in a summer reading program at a local library!

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And for Math, if you are looking for some great activities you can do with your child, sign up following the information below!

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PTSC Standouts

Did you know that each year the United States Bowling Congress selects one bowler to receive the Annual Zeb award?  For 2019 the winner is Alexander Kobus from BGHS.  WOW!  The link to the award notification is below:

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This came in to BGE about Mrs. Holland’s classroom after an activity that happened in her room–too great not to share!

Joy, Pizza, & Fractions

I’ve been in the pizza business for 30 years, ever since I was 15. I’ve been the sole owner of my own pizzeria for the last 12 years. It’s a little hard to admit, but after the initial excitement of “I own my own place” wore off, I became really weighed down in my spirit by the monotony, the daily grind, and all the little pressures involved in owning my own business. Don’t get me wrong, I have a passion for making pizza, but there’s so much more to it than that.

Do you ever feel like that in your life’s work? I sure did, and it made me miserable for quite some time. I took some time off and really began to look at my life and my business. I asked myself how these two entities could exist in harmony together and how I could (or, IF I could) find a higher purpose in my work.

Somewhere along the journey of my life I discovered that I have a unique ability to connect with people. Well one day, I realized that this could be the missing piece of “true meaning” for my business, and what came out of it was my vision statement for Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria Crown Point.

“To foster an environment of genuine connection with our community, guests, and team through the art of pizza and hospitality”

Once I began to have this attitude in my work, everything changed……dramatically. It didn’t happen overnight, but eventually that weight began to lift off me and I found joy in my work again.

Last week I was invited to Boone Grove Elementary School to share my pizza wisdom with Mrs. Hollands 4th grade math class. Of course I jumped at the opportunity because it perfectly fit my vision. Mrs. Holland used the example of pizza toppings to teach about fractions. You know, a quarter pepperoni, a quarter sausage, and half cheese……..that kind of stuff. Each student had to solve a couple fraction problems on a card to be able to make their own pizza. I was able to walk around and help the kids, and then gave them advice on how to make a great looking pizza. I was amazed at how well they did! Mrs. Holland’s dedication to these kids absolutely left me in awe.

It’s very easy to get caught up in business stuff……..food cost and numbers and paying the bills on time. But it’s opportunities like these that bring me the most joy. I mean just look at those smiles. Every single one of them just had an absolute blast.

I can say without hesitation that I felt a thousand times more joy when I left that school than I could ever feel even on a record breaking night at my restaurant. All those sales figures just go right out the window, because THIS really mattered.

All made possible by pizza, fractions, and a little bit of thinking outside the box. Take care!

Many blessings,

Peter

 

 

There are SO MANY standouts happening right now–we have BGHS STATE Champions in our Interdisciplinary Academic Team and an amazing 2nd place State finish from our English team–and we placed top 10 for our academic competitions this year.  We have PCC Tournaments Champions for Softball.  We have Boys Golf winning the Westville invitational.  We have the PCC Boys Track Champions.  The list goes on and on.  One way to follow all of these highlights is to find folks on Twitter.  You can follow me at @DrStaceySchmidt.  Our Athletic Department tweets at @BGWolvesSports.  You can find Mr. Rosinia at @MrRosinia.  These are some great ways to find out more standouts in real time!

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:

    • 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.