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Now Hiring Bus Drivers!

Posted: May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

First Student, the transportation company that serves the Porter Township School Corporation, is looking for drivers for the 2018-2019 school year!  If you are interested in this position, please contact Debra Crouch at 219-464-3899!

Will your child be 4 years old on or before August 1st of the upcoming school year?

The Porter Township School Corporation is gathering information to make a decision about offering a half day (either morning or afternoon) preschool program five days per week for children who will be 4 years old on or before August 1, 2018.  We are gathering information about those who would like to enroll for August of 2018 in order to make an informed recommendation to the school board about programming for the 2018-2019 school year.  This would be a fee-based program, taught by an Indiana licensed teacher, and located at Porter Lakes Elementary School.

If you would like to get your child’s name on the list for this potential program or if you would like more information, please call Porter Lakes Elementary School at 219-477-4933 extension 5000.

Parent Survey for the Indiana Graduation Pathways

I have posted previously about the proposed Indiana Graduation Pathways. In December, the State Board of Education approved those Pathways, despite many hours of testimony primarily against the plan as it was presented. While there were good ideas within the plan, many of us feared that it was too fast to approve a plan that had so many details left to be developed.

I have been asked by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents to serve on a Superintendent’s advisory panel to the State Board of Education as they prepare guidance documents on the new Graduation Pathways. In order to provide me with some insight for that group as well as to provide guidance on what we need to develop at PTSC, I have developed a short survey to get your feedback and input to drive the guidance documents developed. The survey is not long, and if you would be willing to take a few minutes to complete it I would greatly appreciate it!

Indiana Graduation Pathways Approved Plan 

PTSC Indiana Graduation Pathways Panel Survey

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to BGMS student, Ty Knight on being chosen by Senator Charbonneau to be a Senate Page!  Great work!

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Congratulations to our BGHS High School students who performed in the Madrigal.  The Madrigal Performance was recently featured on Lakeshore PBS’ Segment “Eye on the Arts.”  Fantastic and great work to all involved!

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 24:  BGMS and BGHS Online Day
  • February 14:  BGMS and BGHS Online Day
  • February 16:  Snow Day Make-Up Day (Currently we will not have school this day–fingers crossed!)
  • February 19:  President’s Day–No School
  • March 13:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 14:  BGMS and BGHS Online Day
  • March 26-30:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 2:  Snow Day Make-Up Day (Currently we will not have school this day–fingers crossed!)
  • April 18:  BGMS and BGHS Online Day
  • May 24:  End of Quarter 4 and Second Semester
  • May 24:  Last Day for students
  • May 25:  Potential Snow Day make-up day
  • May 28:  Memorial Day
  • June 1:  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.

 

Learning in STEM Areas

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has been the talk among educators for the past few years.  You may also hear about STEAM, which is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.  No matter which term you use, PTSC also focuses in these areas.

Recently we added two robotics kits (Sphero SPRK+) at Porter Lakes and Boone Grove Elementary and Middle Schools.  These little sphere robots allow kids to use their iPads to program the robots to complete various tasks.  Teaching kids to code in an engaging way, this is a step beyond some of the basic coding apps we use as kids are able to actually see in real life how the program they wrote actual works (and have to account for real-world problems like the slope in a floor).  Very fun!

Beyond just the push in STEM areas, kids learn a lifeskill even more important–the lifeskill of resilience and what to do when you fail.  As a kid myself that never liked to fail, later in life it was tough for me to persevere when things were not always easy or when I had to try multiple times to come to the outcome I desired.  Teaching kids how to fail, fail fast, and then make a correction to what was being done provides our kids with skills they will use throughout life.

This is true even for adults!  I rolled out an activity for our leadership team using Sphero SPRK+ (and very little instruction) and watched our district leaders all struggle in their own ways until they were able to tackle the obstacle course with their robots after having successfully written their code.  Having the ability to fail the course, not give up, and rewrite their code led to success.  I will also say–it was also an engaging activity whether they tackled it individually or worked as a team!

PTSC Standouts:

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Congratulations to Boone Grove Elementary School on becoming our first school certified through Common Sense in Digital Citizenship!  Teacher Megan Bush led the charge and helped the school achieve this fantastic status.  Thanks to the staff at BGE for all of their hard work to achieve this status!

More great news out of Boone Grove Elementary School!  The BGE Science Bowl team Finished 2nd in the RED division in the STATE!  We await final calculations, but it looks like we may have a 9th place overall finish in the state!

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.