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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.
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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.

Drive Safe Chicago PSA Contest

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PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to our BGHS and BGMS Choir Students who competed in the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest at Kankakee Valley Middle School.

The Middle School students earned 86 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals.  The High School students earned 144 Gold Medals and 36 Silver Medals, bringing the totals for Boone Grove Choir to 38 Silver Medals and a whopping 230 Gold Medals!  

60 Students, including 11 Soloist and 7 Ensembles, have advanced to the State competition on February 18 in Indy.  They have all truly worked hard to make Boone Grove proud!

Thank you, Ms. Welbourne, for all of your work with these students!  Your hard work and dedication makes all of this possible!

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:

  • February 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • February 20:  No School, President’s Day
  • February 24:  Empty Bowls from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

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  • March 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • March 16:  End of Quarter 3
  • March 27-31:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • April 19:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • May 26:  End of Quarter 4/Semester 2–Last day for students
  • May 30:  Last day for teachers
  • June 4:  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

Have you heard about the amazing offerings through our Porter County Career and Technical Center?  Boone Grove High School students have the opportunity to take advantage of these course offerings as Juniors and Seniors in high school.  Many of our students that take these classes end up graduating with certifications and are extremely prepared for college or career after high school.   There are a variety of courses (some resulting in certifications) offered.  Culinary Arts (hosted at Boone Grove High School), Emergency Medical Services, Entrepreneurship/Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Health Science Education I and II w/Anatomy Physiology, Precision Machining (we had a student receive a full ride after this program last year), and Video Production and Media Studies are just a few of the many courses.

It is competitive to get into these programs.  Students need to maintain a high GPA in high school and show through their attendance and hard work that they are serious about success.  Even with that, there are not unlimited spots in these programs.  It is important to talk about these opportunities with your kids even when they are in elementary and middle school so that they know that grades matter and can anticipate what opportunity they might like to pursue.

If you are interested in learning more, I would encourage you to check out the website where they have videos to watch about their programs.  You can learn more about the many course offerings they have for next school year through their program brochure.  Better yet, attend one of the open houses–and there is one tomorrow night!  Check it out from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Porter County Career and Technical Center!

PTSC Standouts:

A BGHS student in the Porter County Career and Technical Center’s Video Productions program, who submitted Public Service Announcements to the Chicago Auto Show, was selected as one of the top three proposals in a multi-state competition.  

Our student winner will receive a $1000 award for their production.  The Chicago Auto Show is flying a professional production team from New York into town to work with this student (and the student from another school) to produce their safety videos.

Congratulations to Hannah Christy on this tremendous honor!  

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:

  • January 24:  Porter County Career and Technical Center open house 6:30-7:30 pm
  • January 25:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • February 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • February 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • February 20:  No School, President’s Day
  • February 24:  Empty Bowls from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

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  • March 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • March 16:  End of Quarter 3
  • March 27-31:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • April 19:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • May 26:  End of Quarter 4/Semester 2–Last day for students
  • May 30:  Last day for teachers
  • June 4:  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.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs. If you are interested, please apply online. It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!