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How to Get a Diploma in Indiana

You may remember last year reading about Indiana’s new Graduation Pathways.  Graduation Pathways will be required starting with the class of 2023.  Here are some things to know:

  • Students in the classes of 2019-2022–requirements for graduation can be found on the Indiana Department of Education Website here.
  • It is possible to work with BGHS to look at using the Graduation Pathways as an option for graduation prior to 2023.
  • If your child falls into the class of 2023 and beyond–now is the time to start looking at these requirements as they are vastly different from previous graduation requirements.   The short version of the Graduation Pathways can be found here, including what is required starting with the class of 2023 for graduation.
  • While long and detailed, you can get an in-depth look at the Graduation Pathways here.
  • PTSC has been hard at work since the Graduation Pathways were passed (and even before) to consider how we can offer even more opportunities for students.  Watch for more information to come!
  • Middle school parents–make sure to take advantage of opportunities to visit the Porter County Career Center to check out opportunities available to your child.  These are wonderful programs that are part of our PTSC school day.  We are looking at how we can expand our programming there and offer even more students the opportunity to participate in these programs.

PTSC Standouts:

The Boone Grove Wolves won their 6th sectional title in 8 years on a Saturday night.  The team defeated Andrean by a score of 5 to 11, earning a repeat sectional championship.  Congratulations to the team and Coach Sherwin!  The Wolves will face the winner of the Bremen/LaVille Sectional Championship (being played 10/8) in the Argos Regional at 11:00 AM Central Time.  Good luck to the team! (Taken from the Athletics Page)

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 10:  Wednesday, October 10 is the “Boo” Grove Spook’tober Singing Show.  Come and enjoy fall concert music and spooky Halloween songs.  The show begins at 7 pm in the High School Small gym.  It’s only $2 for lil’ Ghouls (students) – $4 for Monsters (adults) – & FREEEEEEEE for BG Staff!!!  Hope to see you there to cheer on our talented Spooks!
    • October 11:  Early Learning Time is on Thursday, October 11th from 4:30-6:00pm! “A Farmer’s Market” is the theme this month.  Porter Lakes Pre-School would like to invite families with children ages 5 and under to our monthly early education learning times.  At these times, children and their families will listen to readings and participate in a variety of themed educational activities.Early Learning Time will take places at Porter Lakes Elementary from 4:30-6pm on the following dates during the 2018-2019 school year: October 11th, November 8th, January 10th, February 14th, March 14th, and April 11th.
    • October 12:  End of Quarter 1
    • October 13:  Love Will Stuff the Bus 2018

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    • October 17:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • October 18:  PLE/BGE Parent/Teacher Conferences–30 minute early dismissal in all buildings
    • October 21:  The class of 2020 is holding a 5k Color Run/Walk at Boone Grove High School as a fundraiser for Prom.  The Junior class would love if you could come out and support them on October 21st.  Bring your families because we are also having a kids dash (1k) for any kids 10 and under. Registration is available on Eventbrite.com and search Halloween Hustle.  Register by Monday, October 15th to guarantee a t-shirt.

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    • 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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ILEARN Assessment

As this year will bring a new assessment, here is some information from the Indiana Department of Education to help you know more about what is to come!  You can find many more resources here, and they continue to add new items to the menu!

 

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(Find this flyer online here)

PTSC Standouts:

This week’s shout out goes to Mr. Banning.  As we move into sectionals (some of which we host), as we move from soccer field to volleyball court to cross county course to golf to football field to BGMS softball and baseball to preparing for sport seasons yet to come–Mr. Banning is behind the scenes at them all.  Long hours, challenges, celebrations, schedules, weather delays and changes–he handles it all.  Next time you see Mr. Banning–thank him for all he does for our student athletes.  His hard work should not go unnoticed!

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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    • 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.

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.

News from the Porter Township School Corporation

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

We know there is a lot coming at you for the start of the year, but here is some information we wanted you to have before the first day!

First Day of School:  August 15, 2018

  • Please be patient as our buses may run a bit late the first couple of weeks as they make the routes as efficient as possible

Boone Grove Middle School and Boone Grove Elementary School Renovations

  • This summer we have been working on many things in these two buildings. Here are some items you may notice:
    • New paint throughout the building
    • New ceilings
    • New floor in the cafeteria
    • New heating and air conditioning
    • New roof
    • New LED lights (also at BGHS)
    • New clock, speaker, and intercom system
    • Air conditioning in the BGMS gym
    • New exterior doors (with a few exceptions which had already been replaced)

School Safety

  • As you may have seen in the news, Governor Eric Holcomb’s office announced an initiative to provide handheld metal detectors to all Indiana schools who request them—and PTSC did request them. It is our intention to use these devices as needed on a case by case basis where reasonable suspicion exists. With guidance from the Indiana Department of Education, we are currently working on policies and procedures regarding the use of these handheld metal detectors, along with training for the staff members who will use them.
  • Raptor Visitor Management System in all buildings:
    • Upon entering the building, everyone must have their state issued ID such as a driver license or identification card.
    • The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency.
    • If you are entering the building to meet with a staff member, the system will print an ID badge with your picture, name, date, time, and reason for your visit. This visitor badge must be displayed while in the building.
    • Once your business has been completed in the school, you must return to the main office to sign out of the system.
    • If you are signing your student out of school for any reason, you will present your ID and the Raptor system will cross check the parent, guardian, and emergency contact information in Harmony for the student you are signing out.
    • If the person attempting to sign out the student is not listed in Harmony as an authorized individual to sign that student out, the system will alert the staff member and that individual will not be allowed to remove the student from the building. It is very important that you have all the parent, guardian, and emergency contact information accurate and up to date in Harmony.

iLearn

  • iLearn is the new Indiana Assessment that will be replacing ISTEP+ (if you want to take a deep dive—you can learn more here: https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/assessment/understanding-indianas-new-assessment-final.pdf)
  • ILEARN measures all Indiana Academic Standards, including content literacy and media literacy standards on the English/Language Arts assessments, process standards on the Mathematics assessments, and the new computer science standards on the Science assessment
  • iLearn will be for grades 3-8 (there is a Biology assessment at the high school level as well)
  • English/Language Arts and Math will still be assessed grades 3-8
  • Science will still be assessed in grades 4 and 6
  • Social Studies will still be assessed in 5th grade
  • There will be one testing window (April 22-May 17, 2019)
  • The assessment will be untimed
  • This is an adaptive test in English/Language Arts and Math (student response determines the next question—read more here: https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/assessment/computer-adaptive-test-cat-module.pdf)
  • Results will be available in 12 days (after year one—cut scores must be set in year one and results will take longer to get)
  • Learn more here: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-families

We are looking forward to a great school year and partnering with you to meet the needs of every student, every day—helping each student to reach his or her full potential.

Stacey Schmidt, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Ben Parrish
Assistant Superintendent
Chief Safety Officer

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