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BGHS Academic Competition Champions

 

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Our Boone Grove High School Academic Teams have been out on the road competing in two recent completions.  The first took place at Purdue Northwest and placed Boone Grove High School up against all of the other Porter County public high schools (Chesterton High School, Hebron High School, Kouts High School, Morgan Township High School, Portage High School, Valparaiso High School, Washington Township High School and Wheeler High School).

The schools compete in a variety of subject areas, vying for the opportunity secure victory in each discipline.  Teams compete in disciplinary competitions in Science, English, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Math, and an Interdisciplinary competition.

BGHS placed first in the overall competition.  WOW!  Great work—and a show of dominance for our students and the hard-working staff members that coach these teams.

BGHS won individual competitions in English, Fine Arts, and Interdisciplinary and took second in Social Studies.

Just this past weekend, BGHS also competed in the Porter County Conference (PCC) Academic Competition against Hebron, Kouts, LaCrosse/Wanatah, Morgan Township, South Central, Washington Township, and Westville.

BGHS placed first in this competition as well!  Additionally they won individual competitions in Social Studies, Math, Science, Fine Arts, and Interdisciplinary.

A lot of work happens in preparation for these competitions.  Our students did a fantastic job and dominated both competitions.  Great job to our Coaches (Mrs. Swan, Mrs. Sarnowski, Mr. Snow, Mrs. Welbourne Swetalla, and Mr. Creech.

Watch for more news in April when the competitions continue at Wheeler High School–this time with our teams competing to head to State!  Go Wolves!

PTSC Standouts

 

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Congratulations to our 2019 PCC Boys Volleyball Champions from BGMS!  Way to go, Team!

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Congratulations to both BGHS & BGMS Wolves Cheer as they took First Place/ Division Champions this past weekend in the CheerMax Battle Of Champions Indiana down in Muncie!  Great work!

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:

    • 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!
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    • March 19:  Ivy Tech Parent and Student Night at 5 pm
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    • 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)
    • April 26, 27, 28:  BGHS Spring Musical!
      Boone Grove High School Drama Club Presents:
      Little Shop Of Horrors Musical
      3 SHOWS ONLY!
      Friday April 26-7pm
      Saturday April 27-5pm
      Sunday April 28- 3pm
      Tickets $10
      Students/Senior Citizens $8
      BGHS Faculty FREE
    • 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.

State Assessments are Here!

Our annual assessment windows are here and for many students there will be some things that look different this year.  First, you can find your student’s testing schedule listed below.  It is important to note that these are the dates for all of Indiana.  Each school will set their own specific dates within the window listed below.  Please make sure to watch for communication from your school about when specifically your child will test within these windows.

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As I stated, there are many new things this year with ILEARN.  The Indiana Department of Education has published a video series for parents to help you learn more about ILEARN.  Here are some videos you can watch to see what is to come:

Indiana Assessment System

How Does ILEARN Dig Deeper into Knowledge and Skills?

Writing on the ILEARN Assessment

Math Process Skills on the ILEARN Assessment

PTSC Standouts

An amazing Choir announcement from Mrs. Welbourne Swetalla:

Congratulations to our BG Choir Students who competed in the District ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest on Saturday, February 2 at Kankakee Valley Middle School.

The Middle School students earned 71 Gold Ensemble Medals, 14 Gold Solo Medals and 1 Silver Solo Medal.  ~ The High School students earned 80 Gold Ensemble Medals, 60 Silver Ensemble Medals, 21 Gold Solo Medals and 5 Silver Solo Medals, bringing the totals for Boone Grove Choir to 66 Silver Medals and a whopping 186 Gold Medals!!!   

A special congratulations to our 55 BGHS Choir Students who qualified for State and competed this past Saturday at State ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis.

4 Ensembles earned Gold, 9 Soloists earned Gold and 7 Soloists earned Silver bringing the totals for BGHS Choir to 7 Silver Medals and a 89 Gold Medals!!!  Woohoo!!!  

They have all truly worked hard to make Boone Grove proud!

 

Congratulations to Jeremy Kranz and Seth Aubin winning wrestling’s individual conference 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:

    • 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.

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.

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.