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13 Reasons Why

From speaking with a couple of parents, they have learned about the show and that their teens are watching it from conversations with their teens.  It is great when our kids come to us to talk about topics such as this.  However, not every child will start the conversation with us.  It is important to know what our kids are watching and be ready to start a conversation about this.  Looking for some help to guide you through that discussion?  Common Sense Media put out a guide for helping parents talk to their kids about this that you may want to check out.  You may want to watch the show with your kids (if they are going to watch it with or without you–with you is definitely better!)

The National Association of School Psychologists has also weighed in.  In a document they put out, they provide this guidance for parents (along with not recommending “that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series”):

  1. Ask your child if they have heard or seen the series 13 Reasons Why. While we don’t recommend that they be encouraged to view the series, do tell them you want to watch it, with them or to catch up, and discuss their thoughts.
  2. If they exhibit any of the warning signs (found in the document), don’t be afraid to ask if they have thought about suicide or if someone is hurting them. Raising the issue of suicide does not increase the risk or plant the idea. On the contrary, it creates the opportunity to offer help.
  3. Ask your child if they think any of their friends or classmates exhibit warning signs. Talk with them about how to seek help for their friend or classmate. Guide them on how to respond when they see or hear any of the warning signs.
  4. Listen to your children’s comments without judgment. Doing so requires that you fully concentrate, understand, respond, and then remember what is being said. Put your own agenda aside.
  5. Get help from a school-employed or community-based mental health professional if you are concerned for your child’s safety or the safety of one of their peers. See Preventing Youth Suicide Brief Facts (also available in Spanish) and Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips or Parents and Educators for additional information.

As I’ve been writing this, I’ve read a lot online about the show/book.  Here are some resources I found particularly helpful:

My first inclination is to encourage folks to not watch the show.  But reality is our children will be exposed to this type of dialogue and media whether they watch the show or not and we need to be active and engaged in their lives as someone with whom they can discuss anything.  One thing I know for certain:  family support and connectedness are essentials for every child.  Every child needs a significant adult in their lives–be it a parent, and aunt, a teacher, a coach, an administrator, a school counselor, or a close family friend.  Navigating these waters is challenging, and our kids need support.  If you need help as a parent navigating these waters or have concerns about your child, don’t hesitate to contact your building administrator, school counselor, or a community based mental health agency.

Most of all, researching this has made me want to wrap my arms around my boys who are too young to understand all of this and think of the ways each day to give them reasons why they matter.  I know that is the cry of every parent’s heart.  Take time this week to have meaningful conversations with your kids, even if they are about tough things.

NWI Works Council Selects the following Porter County CTE Graduates for Prestigious Outstanding 21 under 21 Future Leader Award:   BGHS celebrates with Kennedy Starcevich on this honor!

Tonight four of our BGHS students will be inducted into the Porter County Career and Technical Center’s Honor Society!  This is a terrific honor!  Congratulations to Hannah Christy, Emily Barton, Truman Maxwell, and Eden Priest on their outstanding achievements!

Here is an outstanding email we received complimenting our student athletes and coaches for the track team that says a lot about our staff, students, and the families in Porter Township (AWESOME!):

“On Tuesday April 11th, your track team traveled to South Central for a meet.  I was one of the moms who volunteered to assist at the throwing events.  This was the first time myself and the other moms were completely in charge of the event and we were unsure of all the technicalities.  Your throwing coach could not have been nicer.  He assisted us with going over rules, explained exactly how to measure throws, and how to check for ‘scratches’.  In addition, your boys, I only helped with the boys events, were some of the most polite students.  Too often the positive behavior is not recognized and I wanted to be sure to let you and your school know what a pleasure it was to work with your student athletes.”

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On Thursday, April 13, 2017, Commander Charles of the Indianapolis Division of the USO came to Boone Grove Elementary to pick up donations the 4th and 5th graders at Boone Grove Elementary collected for deployed troops as part of their Valentine’s/Friendship Day celebration.  The children collected everything from razors and socks to snacks and playing cards.  We had over 2,000 items donated!
Commander Charles is a veteran that served in the Marines for many years before retiring and joining the USO.  He spoke to several students and told them there are approximately 400 troops set to be deployed this month and the items that were brought in by our generous Boone Grove Elementary families and students will be given to these troops as well as sent overseas to others already deployed.  Commander Charles explained to several students how much the troops appreciate any little donation they receive while they are deployed and that they usually only receive items around Christmas, not throughout the year.
Commander Charles also honored Kennedy Blashill with a USO Challenge Coin for her hard work with organizing and taking inventory of the donations received.  Commander Charles also gave the children that helped to load up his vehicle some fun USO sunglasses!
Thank you to each 4th and 5th grader for their selfless acts, for thinking about those that are making such scary sacrifices for our country, and especially to ALL the fourth and fifth grade teachers who were so patient, supportive, and letting us use a corner of each of their rooms to store the donations.  Boone Grove definitely has wonderful families!
[Pictured clockwise are:  Hayley Takacs, Annie Blanchard (secretary), Patrick Fuller (assistant-principal), Barb Blashill, Ashlyn Ramos, Nicholas Ramos, Leah Lewin, Natalie Meinert, Kennedy Blashill, and Madison Martin.]  –Special thanks to Barb Blashill for sending this to me!  We agree wholeheartedly and are grateful for the example our 4th and 5th grade students have set for the entire district!

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:

  • April 24-May 26:  ECA Spring Testing Window
  • May 2, 2017:  Beyond the Influence Workshop Series on Marijuana by Todd Willis

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  • May 26:  End of Quarter 4/Semester 2–Last day for students
  • May 27:  Kent’s Run–The 10th and final Kent’s Run 5K will be held on Saturday, May 27th, at 8 am at Boone Grove Elementary School.  Over the past nine years this event has raised over $350,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The entries are capped at 1,000 participants.  Race details and a link to the registration page can be found at www.KentsRun.com.  As always, there will be live music on the course, finisher medals for all participants, and a free pancake breakfast to all participants.

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  • 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.

Boone Grove High School Named a Four Star School!

Congratulations to the hard-working staff, students, parents, and community for making Boone Grove High School a Four Star School for the 2013-2014 School Year!  There are many factors that led to being awarded this distinction.  Here are the factors the state examined in determining this honor for Boone Grove High School:

  • Boone Grove High School is an “A” School
  • Boone Grove High School is accredited by the State of Indiana
  • Boone Grove High School assesses at least 95% of their students on the state assessment
  • Combined Passing Percentage:  BGHS was in the top 25th percentile in the State of Indiana for combined End of Course Assessment (ECA) passing percentage on English 10 and Algebra 1
  • Percent Passing Both English/Language Arts and Math: BGHS was in the top 25th percentile for the percentage of students passing both Algebra 1 and English 10 ECA’s

You can read more about the criteria here.  Congratulations to all on this impressive honor!

PTSC Standouts:

Wednesday is School Nurse’s Day!  We have fabulous nurses here–make sure to let them know how much you appreciate them!

It is also Teacher Appreciation Week–a great chance to thank a teacher!  We have amazing teachers here–it is wonderful to celebrate such great staff members this week!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • May 9, 2015:  BGHS Prom
  • May 14, 2015:  Nelson’s Chicken Night:  Sponsored by the Boone Grove Athletic Booster Club from 3-6 pm.

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  • May 14, 2015:  BGMS and BGHS Band Concert at BGHS!  You won’t want to miss it!

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  • May 23, 2015:  Kent’s Run at 8:00 am at BGE/BGMS.  Kent’s Run has raised over $257,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come join many of us as we remember our former student, Kent Ribordy.
  • May 25, 2015: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1, 2015: End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 4, 2015:  Sports Physicals at BGHS for students entering BGMS and BGHS–all funds raised support the PTSC Athletics!

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  • June 7, 2015: BGHS Graduation

Things to Know/Do:

  • The BGHS Class of 1975 will be having a 40th class reunion  July 11,2015.  The place is still to be determined.  They are in need of several e-mail addresses for classmates.  If you have any contact information to share for the class of 1975, please email Kathy.sherman@ptsc.k12.in.us.
  • 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!

Building Resilience in Children and Teens

“The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.”  Woodrow Wilson

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.  Babe Ruth

We gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face.  We must do that which we think we cannot.  Eleanor Roosevelt

Anyone who spends much time with me at all learns very quickly how competitive I am.  Part of the joy of life for me is making things into a game and then winning that game.  But in life we do not always win.  There are unexpected twists and turns in the road, an unforeseen obstacle or injury, and even other folks that try to stop us from succeeding.  Failures happen.

This is true for our kids, too.  Life isn’t always easy.  Sometimes there are bumps and unexpected challenges.  It is important for our kids to learn early in life that these failures do not have to define us–but rather we must “not give up after a defeat” and “never give up” as we “do that which we think we cannot”.  One way to help build this in our kids is to help them process through disappointments in life and get back on a positive track.  These are hard conversations–but will help kids to be prepared for what they face in life.

Here are some resources that may help you in these conversations:

PTSC Standouts:

Thank you to all of our students and staff who are working so hard to do their personal best for our state testing this year.  Testing is happening now for the ISTEP+ in grades 3-8 and has started today for English and Algebra at the secondary level.  The teachers have worked hard to prepare the students–and the students are working hard to show what they know!  Keep up the great work!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • April 29, 2015:  The Blunt Truth About Marijuana

SAVE THE DATE

THE BLUNT TRUTH ABOUT MARIJUANA

Parent’s Edition

Attitudes are changing. Fewer adolescents think marijuana is dangerous. If they think it isn’t dangerous, they are more likely to use. Today, more 10th and 12th graders smoke marijuana than cigarettes.

 

Marijuana is legal in two states and “medical” marijuana is legal in more states, including our nearest neighbors.

 

  Parents, you need the latest information.  

Mark your calendars to participate in this frank discussion from health & education professionals on the reality of marijuana use and learn strategies on how to discourage experimentation. Get the facts.

When

FRIDAY

APR. 29, 2015

From 5:45 PM – 8:00  P.M.

Where

Portage IMAX Theater

6550 US HWY 6, Portage, IN

Register by clicking here

Register

or by calling 219.462.0946

http://www.portercountysac.org

  • May 14, 2015:  Nelson’s Chicken Night:  Sponsored by the Boone Grove Athletic Booster Club from 3-6 pm.
  • May 14, 2015:  BGMS and BGHS Band Concert at BGHS!  You won’t want to miss it!
  • May 23, 2015:  Kent’s Run at 8:00 am at BGE/BGMS.  Kent’s Run has raised over $257,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come join many of us as we remember our former student, Kent Ribordy.

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  • May 25, 2015: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1, 2015: End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 7, 2015: 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!

Upcoming Projects at PTSC–All Tax Neutral

This year we’ve been talking about our strategic plan and items that need to be addressed with our school facilities.  While there are many to consider, we are focused on being considerate of our community tax payers and want to address our facility needs without any increase to tax bills.  As we have been working to plan this, our next steps involve addressing safety and energy efficiency at Porter Lakes Elementary School.  I have covered some of our needs in previous PTSC Weekly Updates (re-read them here and here) and we are now at the point of taking steps to plan just what that could entail.  We have partnered with a group called EMCOR to begin to look at our needs at Porter Lakes and to help us develop a plan.  The two goals of this project are first and foremost student safety followed by updates needed to the building that will result in a more energy-efficient building.  On top of all of that our commitment has also been to do this all without causing an increase to tax bills.  We are excited about these first steps as we begin to address the needs at Porter Lakes–watch for more information to come!

PTSC Standouts:

What a great week it was for the staff at BGHS!  The students from the student council made the week very special through making posters, special little gifts, and an awesome lunch–all to appreciate the staff.  I know I was personally thankful for the special thoughts and care that was shown to me–and I heard that from many other staff members as well.  In case you didn’t know–not only do we have a great staff, but we have some totally amazing students, too.  Thanks to all who made us feel so special!

Did you know it is Administrative Assistant’s Day on Wednesday?  Make sure you tell your school office staff thank you for all of the hard work they do each and every day!  I thank you, too!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • April 29, 2015:  The Blunt Truth About Marijuana

SAVE THE DATE

THE BLUNT TRUTH ABOUT MARIJUANA

Parent’s Edition

Attitudes are changing. Fewer adolescents think marijuana is dangerous. If they think it isn’t dangerous, they are more likely to use. Today, more 10th and 12th graders smoke marijuana than cigarettes.

 

Marijuana is legal in two states and “medical” marijuana is legal in more states, including our nearest neighbors.

 

  Parents, you need the latest information.  

Mark your calendars to participate in this frank discussion from health & education professionals on the reality of marijuana use and learn strategies on how to discourage experimentation. Get the facts.

When

FRIDAY

APR. 29, 2015

From 5:45 PM – 8:00  P.M.

Where

Portage IMAX Theater

6550 US HWY 6, Portage, IN

Register by clicking here

Register

or by calling 219.462.0946

http://www.portercountysac.org

  • May 14, 2015:  Nelson’s Chicken Night:  Sponsored by the Boone Grove Athletic Booster Club from 3-6 pm.
  • May 23, 2015:  Kent’s Run at 8:00 am at BGE/BGMS.  Kent’s Run has raised over $257,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Come join many of us as we remember our former student, Kent Ribordy.

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  • May 25, 2015: Memorial Day, No School
  • June 1, 2015: End of Second Semester, Last Day for Students
  • June 7, 2015: 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!

Speak Up Survey:

Students, parents, educators, and community members are invited to participate in the Speak Up 2014 Survey.  This survey gathers valuable data from across the country.  When you go to the website, click on your group (students, parents, educators, community) and then it will allow you to enter information to find the school you attend, work in.  The information you provide is valuable–please take the chance to share your thoughts!

PTSC Standouts:

The 8th annual Kent’s Run 5K, sponsored by Walgreens and held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, raised $46,000 for the Indiana Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  In its seven years of existence, Kent’s Run has raised a total of $257,400 for LLS.  Kent’s Run was established in honor of Kent Ribordy, a 16-year-old young man who loved farming, his family, country music, water skiing, snow skiing, snowmobiles, go-carts, tractors, and his pick-up truck.  Kent died of leukemia on June 17, 2007, and although his loss has left a hole in the lives of those who knew and loved him, his passion and intensity has left an indelible imprint on their hearts.  Kent didn’t just live life; he loved it – and he inspired those around him to love it, too.  The 8th annual Kent’s Run 5K sponsored by Walgreens will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Boone Grove Elementary School in south Porter County.  For more information visit www.KentsRun.com.  KR5 can also be followed on Facebook (Kent’s Run 5K) or on Twitter (@KentsRun5K).  If you are interested in sponsorship information or volunteering for the 2015 Kent’s Run 5K, please contact the race director at KentRun5K@gmail.com.

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Congratulations to our BGMS Cheerleaders for their hard work and support of the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk.  They cheered on the walkers, performed, and also raised close to $1000.  Great job, ladies!

We have many PCC All Conference standouts for the fall season!  Congratulations to all who achieved this honor!

Cross Country:  Megan Jordan, Cameron Jones, Abe Maxwell

Soccer:  Samantha Wolf, Sarah Brown, Allie Hill, Sara Martinez, Brad Kaminsky, Austin Aguilera, Austin Rocha

Volleyball:  Kennedy Starcevich, Lexi Thill, Carrie Kovacik, Andrew Foster, Tyler Bauman, Issac Mioduski

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

  • All November and December:  A Night Out at Chili’s: PTO is sponsoring a Family Fundraiser at Chili’s for the entire month of November and December (no weekend or hour restrictions). You can visit Chili’s at the Merrillville or Valparaiso location and as long as you have the Chili’s voucher – this is a delicious way to help earn money for your school plus if you purchase a scrip Chili’s card you will earn an additional 11%! Vouchers will be coming home very soon – they will not be available at  Chili’s. Additional copies of voucher can be downloaded from the school website or the PTO Facebook page.
  • November 4, 2014:  Picture retakes and PLE and BGE
  • Now through December 19, 2014:  Take the Speak Up Survey.  You can access it at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/.  Speak Up, a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning 21st century education and technology.
  • November 8, 2014:  Snowfest Craft Fair at BGHS from 9am – 3pm
  • November 12, 2014:  Susan Gleason, the Coordinator of the Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition will be holding a town hall meeting on the rapid rise of the youth use of hookah pens, e-cigarettes, and other nicotine delivery devices.  The meeting will be held on November 12th at 3:30 at the Valparaiso Community Schools Administrative board room (3801 N Campbell St, Valparaiso).

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  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 21, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 5, 2015:  Classes resume
  • January 16, 2015:  End of 1st Semester
  • January 28, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • February 13, 2015:  Snow day make-up day or break day
  • February 16, 2015:  No School, Presidents Day
  • February 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 18, 2015:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • March 19, 2015:  End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 23-27, 2015:  Spring 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.
  • Have you updated your account information in Instant Alert?  Make sure that you have your cell phone number and your email entered so that you will receive the latest updates we send out.  You can update your Instant Alert Account here.
  • 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!