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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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School Safety Panel Discussion and Special Presentation

Come out Tuesday night to Portage High School East Auditorium to hear a special presentation on addiction prevention and also see our very own Mr. Ben Parrish as part of a school safety discussion panel!

 

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PTSC Standouts

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I received this great nomination for a PTSC standout from parent, Angela Sinkiewicz.  “I would like to nominate the NJHS group for consideration in the Standout section of Getting Schooled…The students worked at raising money (bake sale, etc.)to support the Angel Tree.  Many of the students then met on a Saturday, along with their teacher, to shop for two selected tags from the tree…NJHS also took part in the Veterans Day program and raised $600 for Wounded Warriors with the sale of Family Express donuts.  Family Express donated a portion of the donuts.”  NJHS sponsor, Mrs. Garcia, added, “We had a bake sale during a basketball game in December and raised over $300 to buy gifts for 2 kids on the PTSC angel tree.  We met at Target and spent a couple of hours shopping and the kids took the gifts home and wrapped them.  And for Veterans Day…we managed to collect $600…and we donated that to the Wounded Warrior Project.”  She also added, “My goal is make the kids think outside of the walls of BGMS a bit and look for ways to help others.  This year I have an awesome group that has great ideas and a fantastic willingness to help others.”  Fantastic work!  We are so proud of how all at BGMS have supported our community and the shining example they are to all of us!  Way to go!

Congratulations to Mrs. Swan on receiving the Lilly Endowment 2019 Teacher Creativity Fellowship!  This is a huge honor and well-deserved!

We received great news on BGHS graduate, Jennifer (Sliwa) Makalusky.  Jennifer was elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 25th Silver anniversary team.  The ceremony will be at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on April 27th, 2019.  Great news!

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
    • 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.

It’s a Virtual, Online Snow Day Make-Up Day

I had several teachers and parents approach me about the idea of making our snow day make-up day an online day.  As you know, PTSC has a rich tradition of using online instruction, and has been doing so for more than a decade now.  Typically we use online days for inclement weather days.  After Thanksgiving, we had a variety of issues that made that decision not the best decision for the day.  We are committed to conducting them with excellence, and we were not 100% confident in our ability to fulfill that expectation.  That is why we had a traditional snow day.

So now it is time to schedule that make up day.

Thank you to all who filled out our survey last week.  We had almost 400 responses!  Of those responses, 87% (87.3% to be precise!) said yes, our family would like the February 15, 2019 make-up day to be an online, virtual day of school.

So on February 15, 2019 we will have a virtual, online snow day make up day.  Your teachers and your schools will send more information out to you–but I wanted to be the first to let you know!

PTSC Standouts:

PARENTS OF FIRST GRADE STUDENTS!  Don’t miss out!  This is a great opportunity–one that we have already enrolled our sons in (even though we can’t yet participate in this Porter County program!).  If you have a first grader or know of someone who has a first grader at Porter Lakes–encourage them to sign up now!  Even if you already have an account like we do, you are still eligible for the $25!  This is a great opportunity!

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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:

    • 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 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.

Preschool 2019-2020

IMG_1764PTSC Parents–please make sure to check your email (sent evening of December 3).  We are in the process of scheduling our snow day make-up day for the day we had off on November 28, 2018. Our calendar provision is to make that day up on February 15, 2019 (the Friday of our 4-day President’s Day weekend break). I have heard some feedback that folks would like to have that day as a virtual, online make-up day as they were planning to be off that day. So here’s your chance to provide feedback!

PTSC Standouts:

 

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Congratulations to Coach Sherwin for 20 years of coaching BG Soccer and all of your career victories!  Amazing!  You have touched the lives of many students!  Thank you for all you do and continue to do!

Parent’s of First Grade Students–don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

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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:

    • 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 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.

Don’t Be Fooled By E-Cigarettes

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth?  If your child was in possession of an e-cigarette, would you be able to spot it?  Do you know how they work and what to look for? We have included some basic information for you below, along with links to additional resources regarding e-cigarettes.

What do e-cigarettes look like?

For those of you not familiar with e-cigarettes, they come in many different shapes and sizes.  Some look like regular cigarettes, pipes, and pens, while others have a box-like tank system.  Many of the new devices look identical to a USB drive and are very difficult to spot.  We have included some pictures of various e-cigarettes below.

What terms are used to describe e-cigarettes?

Terms used to describe e-cigarettes include vapes, vape pens, mods, e-cigs, tank systems, e-hookahs, and JUULing.

How do e-cigarettes work?

Most devices contain a battery, heating element, and a cartridge or reservoir that holds the e-liquid.  E-liquids contain varying amounts of nicotine, flavoring, and other chemicals.  E-cigarettes work by heating the liquid to produce an aerosol that is then inhaled by the user. Unlike regular tobacco products, such as cigarettes, that give off a strong odor, many e-cigarettes omit little to no odor. This makes it even more difficult to know when an individual has been using them.

Are e-cigarettes harmful?

Most of the liquids used in e-cigarettes contain nicotine.  Nicotine is a highly addictive drug found in regular tobacco products. Studies have shown that nicotine can harm brain development in adolescents.  One e-liquid pod can be equal to the amount of nicotine found in 20 cigarettes. Along with nicotine, e-cigarette aerosol has been found to contain other harmful ingredients including ultra-fine particles, heavy metals (nickel, tin, lead), and other cancer-causing chemicals.

Can e-cigarettes be used to deliver drugs?

Some e-cigarette devices are designed for this very purpose. Companies are now selling devices that serve as a marijuana delivery system.  Many individuals are modifying the flavor pods in e-cigarettes and adding oils, waxes, and other THC concentrates.  THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the active compound found in marijuana responsible for the sensation of feeling “high”.  Studies have found that the concentration of THC in these liquids can be dangerously high, and in many cases, up to thirty times higher than the concentration of THC in dry marijuana leaves.

What can we do as parents?

Educate yourself!  Know what to look for.  Have open conversations with your child about e-cigarettes and their potential dangers. Monitor your child’s social media accounts and look for clues that may indicate they are using e-cigarettes. Set firm expectations and consequences for your child.  Set a positive example by choosing to be tobacco-free.

Below are some links to resources that will help you learn more about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

https://www.in.gov/isdh/tpc/2340.htm

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/electronic-cigarettes-e-cigarettes

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html?s_cid=osh-stu-home-slider-004%20

https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Full_Report_non-508.pdf

https://truthinitiative.org/news/what-is-juul

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-many-us-kids-are-vaping-marijuana

https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Richmond-Center/Pages/Electronic-Nicotine-Delivery-Systems.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/substance-abuse/Pages/E-cigarettes.aspx

 PHOTOS OF VARIOUS E-CIGARETTES

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Graphic taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_cigarette

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Graphic taken from https://www.juul.com/

PTSC Standouts:

Kyra Flesvig, a freshman at BGHS, received all-state honorable mention recognition from the Indiana Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. She was a semi-State qualifier and also finished 2nd in the PCC Championship race. Way to go, Kyra!  We look forward to continuing to watch you grow as a runner during your next three years!

Check out the latest addition of the Porter County Career Center’s Newsletter.  Congratulations to outstanding students Dominic Adams, Elise Richards, Harris Gustafson, Spencer Tragesser, and Sam Jones!

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BGHS students just returned from the Natural Helpers retreat which occurs in the fall and spring of each year.  Mr. Isch and Ms. Lawrence feel incredibly lucky to be able to share this opportunity with the students.  Ms. Lawrence said, “The Rainbow Staff worked so hard to make this retreat a success and special for every single person that attended.”  What an honor for each student to be able to attend!

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
    • November 14:  BGHS/BGMS Online Day
    • November 15:  Elementary Spell Bowl Competition
    • November 17:  BG Baseball Mattress Sale Fundraiser from 10AM-5 PM at BGHS
    • 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.