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Graduation Pathways Recommendation

There has been a committee working at the state level (consisting mainly of folks who are not public school educators) to create a graduation pathway recommendation for the State of Indiana. This recommendation will go to the Indiana Department of Education for approval.  I have attached a draft of their recommendations.  Please note that as of 2022, students must satisfy all three requirements.  Within each requirement there are choices for how to achieve that requirement.  In the second page of the document there are further details including the impact on students graduating prior to 2022.

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You may submit public comment at gradpathways_comment@sboe.in.gov until the December 1, 2017 Indiana State Board of Education meeting.  The final decision on the graduation pathways is expected to be made at the December 1 State Board of Education meeting.

 

PTSC Standouts:

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Check out BGE 5th grade teacher Amanda Hurley!  Miss Hurley takes her school spirit to a whole new level and brought joy to all with her zany outfit!

Congratulations to our BGHS football team–they are headed to the Sectional Championship game this Friday night at 7pm!

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:

  • 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.
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Speak Up 2017

Here’s a great chance to be part of research on digital learning!  Please see the instructions below and take a handful of minutes to provide your input!

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PTSC Standouts:

 

Guy Fisher, from Goodwill, reports the following about the drive to help with Hurricane Relief Efforts:  “I’m happy to report that the drive resulted in $1,000 being sent to Hurricane relief in Southeast Texas.  Goodwill Industries of Michiana (your Goodwill region) sent a total (to date) of $5,000 to our sister Goodwills in that region. Those Goodwill operations are in the heart of the impact area and are working directly with families in need.”  Thank you to all who donated, and to Kathy Lis for organizing and making this possible!  Great job!

Did you hear about the virtual field trip the 5th graders at BGE took last week?  Paris, Outer Space, the Smithsonian (just to name a few)–awesome job and great opportunities for our students!

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:

  • 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.

Fall Sport Success!

This fall we have had some awesome results shown from our student athletes!  Check out some of these highlights from this past weekend:

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Congratulations to PCC Mental Attitude Award winner Lauren Casbon! This is a fantastic accomplishment and says a lot about the athlete you are!

Cameron Jones CCCameron Jones advances to semi-state in Cross Country! Great work!

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Congratulations to our Boys Varsity Soccer Team on their Regional Championship!

The Girls soccer regional championship was postponed until Monday at 7 PM CST,  at Newton Park in LaVille.  Good luck, Ladies!

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Girls Volleyball brings home a Sectional Championship (and has quite the winning record this season!).  Great work!

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Congratulations girls soccer all-conference players Hannah Wojtyska, Brook Burbridge, Jessica Conner, Lexi Darnell, and Lauren Casbon!

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Here’s 4 of 5 PCC boys soccer all-conference players! Branden Hill, Max Kidd, Kyle Wauro, and Josh Dragomer. Not pictured, Logan Tatalovich.

Thanks to @BGWolvesSports for tweeting out all of the updates and photos!  You keep our community connected!

 

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to all of our BGMS and BGHS Choir members on an outstanding performance on Thursday!

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, the BGMS Library received a very large donation of 188 books plus magazines from the Grant family.   This was a huge help to the library as there were many books here that are frequently requested.  BGMS would like to remind parents that we are ALWAYS accepting appropriate book donations at all of our libraries!  Awesome!

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:

  • 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.

“UnSelfie” by Michele Borba

I was recently introduced to a book called “UnSelfie” by Michele Borba by a superintendent colleague.  The book looks at the core need for society (but this book is focused on our children) and the need for empathy.  The premise is that our society is becoming more and more concerned with “Me” rather than “We”.  The author quotes Daniel Goleman who states that, “Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion.  When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large.  But when we focus on others, our world expands.”  The author continues on in the book to lay out empathy skills or habits which we can practice ourselves and also teach our children.  I’ve included below a TedX talk by the author and also a segment for parents from the Today Show.  For those of you interested in the book–they have it at the library and I’m happy to loan out my copy!  It’s a great read!

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Congratulations to our 2017 PCC BGMS Baseball Champions!

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.