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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.
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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.

Promise Porter County

Have you heard about Promise Porter County?  This program is designed to help our students start college savings accounts–and have donors providing a match to get this started!  This video highlights the Walk Into My Future event at Valparaiso University in which first graders from Porter County headed to the University for this culminating experience.  Want to know more?  Check out the website above or watch the video!  If you are a parent of an eligible student (first grader), enroll today!

PTSC Standouts:

Check out our awesome Cheerleaders (BGMS and BGHS)!  These photos were taken at Jr. Wolves night from the Varsity game and from the Popcorn Festival Parade!  These are some busy ladies out representing PTSC well!

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We are so proud of Ben Abraham and Annabelle Williford!  These two BGHS students are the members of the very first Firefighter class!  Dr. Schmidt and Mr. Parrish had the privilege of touring our new Firefighter program through the Porter County Career Center.  This program is going to be amazing for our students, and we are fortunate to have access to such high quality programs for two of our amazing students pictured above!

Have you heard about our new “Try It Tuesdays”?  PTSC Food Service is exploring lots of new things this year–and the first was Hummus!  “Try It Tuesday” began at PLE with Hummus and the students had to vote if they thought it was yummy or would say no thank you!  The next week it moved to BGE and BGMS and they also got to try Buffalo Hummus!  What a great way to introduce kids to new foods.  Next up:  Radish!  (That might even stretch some of us adults!)  Additionally, PTSC Food Service, under the new leadership of Tonia Batesole are getting ready to explore new options on our menus.  During online day this past week, our kitchen managers were able to sample some new hand-made pizza options, creating their own pizza creations.  Some of these delicious creations are pictured above and are made with fresh bread and toppings–and I think the kids will love this!  I can’t wait to see what Tonia and her team bring out next!

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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Preschool Survey

At PTSC, we like to explore many options for meeting the needs of our community.  One area of impact that has been identified is preschool.  We know from research that those formative years before kindergarten are so important.  (Here’s a great article on that!)

For that reason, we are in the very early stages of exploring what a public school preschool program would look like for Porter Township.  We currently have no plans for implementation and are in the information gathering stage.

If you have preschool aged children or know folks who do (in PTSC or in surrounding areas), please feel free to send them the link to our survey.  It is very short and won’t take but a couple of minutes to complete!  We will let you know what we learn!

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I have to admit that it is pretty awesome when you randomly receive a text from someone bragging about our PTSC students!  This one was from a group of students that participated in the “Out of Darkness” walk.  Great job, guys!

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.

Important Dates:

  • Now through September 29th!  Help for Hurricane Harvey & Irma!

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  • October 11:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 14:  Flapjack Fundraiser for BGHS Academic Teams

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  • October 14:  Stuff the Bus 2017

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  • October 16:  End of first quarter
  • October 19:  30 minute early dismissal for all students
  • October 19:  Parent/Teacher conferences for elementary students
  • October 23:  30 minute early dismissal for all students
  • October 23:  Parent/Teacher conferences for all students
  • October 24:  Parent/Teacher conferences BGMS and BGHS
  • October 26:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 27:  No School, Fall Break
  • November 15:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 22-24:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • 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.