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Indiana Graduation Pathways

As you have read in previous updates, the Indiana Graduation requirements are changing.  I am going to keep talking about this because what it takes to get a diploma is about to look very different and parents need to stay informed!  Here is a graphic put out by the Indiana Department of Education to attempt to capture the changes.  You can find more resources online through the Indiana Department of Education and through Indiana State Board of Education (scroll to the bottom of the page).  Boone Grove High School has used and will use the Indiana Graduation Pathways as a way to help students meet graduation requirements.  As we move closer to the implementation, more information will be coming!

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And for a bonus this week, here is a video that the Indiana Department of Education put out about the shift in state assessments that is fast approaching this spring.

PTSC Standouts

Congratulations to Jacelyn Benkovich who received her CPR/lifesaving certification this weekend!

Have you checked out the latest awards happening at BGHS and BGMS?  Students of the week are being handed out and it is so great to see our kids celebrated for the awesome things that are happening each week!  Way to go!

Did you know Mrs. Dombrowski at BGMS has an after school coding club?  I love the ways we are supporting our students, student interest, and teaching skills that will be useful in college and careers!  Way to go, Mrs. Dombrowski!

There’s nothing like the PCC Tournament, even if we don’t land in the championship.  Great job to our fans who came out to support our teams and made our cheering blocks festive.  Great job to our basketball teams, our cheerleaders, and our dance team!

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.

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.

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.