2017 Legislative Session

I received the below information from Dr. Richard Frisbie, Purdue University, through the Indiana Association for Public School Superintendents.  If you follow the legislative session at all, you know how hard it is to keep current with the bills and their current status.  This is a good place to start if you are interested in following the bills impacting public schools.  

PTSC Standouts:

From Ms. Welbourne:

Congratulations to our BGHS Choir Students who competed in the State ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest on Saturday, February 18 at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis.

All 6 Ensembles earned Gold and Soloists earned 9 Gold and 2 Silver bringing the totals for BGHS Choir to 2 Silver Medals and a whopping 128 Gold Medals!!!  Woohoo!!!  

They have all truly worked hard to make Boone Grove proud!

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:

  • March 10:  Fish Fry and Silent Auction at BGHS from 4:30-7:00 PM

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  • March 10:  School Safety Basketball Game featuring the Porter County Sheriff’s Department vs. last year’s winners–the PTSC Staff!  Come out and cheer for the PTSC staff at 5:30 PM!  A perfect night to attend this and the fish fry!

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  • March 12:  Cut-a-thon at European Style Salon and Day Spa in Valparaiso to benefit BGMS student, Payton Igras, and support her in her battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma.

    The cut-a-thon will be from 1-4 pm ( donation based with a min donation of $10).

  • March 15:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • March 16:  End of Quarter 3
  • March 18:  Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for 2007 BGHS alumni Dennis Porter at Salem Methodist Church from 4-7 PM.

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  • 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.

ISTEP+ Part 1 and IREAD3

Today begins the first section of ISTEP+ testing for students in grades 3-8 and 10.  This section is paper/pencil in grades 3-8 and online for grade 10.  All grades test online during the second part of ISTEP+ coming later this spring.

The IREAD3 testing window begins March 10th for all students in third grade.

What can you do to help your child?  Make sure they get a good night’s sleep, attend school every day, and make sure they start the day with a healthy breakfast.  Remind them to do their personal best, read every question carefully, and try to calm fears and concerns.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Do you wonder about the future of standardized testing in Indiana?  Keep your eye on legislation that is developing what comes next in testing. House Bill 1003 has now moved on to the Senate.  ˜This bill replaces ISTEP with ILEARN (“Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network.”) in 2019.

PTSC Standouts:

8 Elementary students participated in Circle the State With Song this weekend.  A lot of practice, time, and preparation goes into this event.  Congratulations to the following students and teacher, Holly Hinchley:

4th Grade:  Sarah Brennan and Jacob Bender

5th Grade: Caden Harretos, Kennedy Blashill, Maddy Martin, Murial Strzechowki, Logan Primeau (2nd year participating) and Ariel Merritt (2nd year participating)

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:

  • March 3-4:  The Boone Grove Athletic Department is hosting Prompalooza on Saturday, March 4th from 9am – 3:00pm. This is a great opportunity to earn money for your old prom dresses and a great chance to buy a dress for prom at a discounted price.  Attached is a flyer with more information on the event. If you have questions please contact Kim at kimstar@comcast.net.

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  • March 12:  Cut-a-thon at European Style Salon and Day Spa in Valparaiso to benefit BGMS student, Payton Igras, and support her in her battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma.

    The cut-a-thon will be from 1-4 pm ( donation based with a min donation of $10).

  • 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.

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.

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.

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!