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Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  Our staff has been hard at work to prepare for today–one of my favorite days of the year.  As we welcomed first time students to PTSC, helped kindergarten students find their classrooms, and gave warm welcomes to returning students I am reminded again of why we are here.  We are here to meet the needs of every student, every day, to help each student reach his or her fullest potential.

We are thrilled to have you as a teammate on this journey.  Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher and school if you have any questions.  Open lines of communication are so important for this team to function well!

New this year to PTSC is our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Porter County to provide before and after school opportunities for PTSC students.  It’s not to late to take advantage of this opportunity if it is something that could be of assistance to your family.

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If you are looking to stay connected to the PTSC team–following this blog is a great place to find updates.  We also post to the PTSC Facebook page and Twitter (@DrStaceySchmidt).  All are great ways to stay connected–and in the know on the latest news, including weather delays and closings.

It is going to be a great year!

I am thankful for staff members, parents, and community members that send great things happening with our students to share here!  Here is a great one I received updating us on our talented BGMS student, Liz Hedger!  I don’t know what you did this summer–but I have to say Liz is one to watch as she continues to compete! Liz sure inspires me!

The photo below is Liz standing next to her swimming role model, Erin Popovich, just outside the Olympic Training Center’s pool. Erin Popovich, who has the same form of dwarfism as Liz, won 16 gold medals spanning three Paralympic Games, and was considered the female Paralympic version of Michael Phelps, who giant photo isn’t far away on this same exterior wall of the pool.

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Liz after winning the 100-meter backstroke at the World Paraswimming World Series meet in Indianapolis.  A week shy of her 13th birthday, Liz dropped time in most of her events and won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 2:13.80, earning her second medal of 2017.

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Liz & her friend who went 1-2 in the Junior Girls 13-15 Discus competition at the 2017 World Dwarf Games in Guelph, Ontario.  Liz’s Junior B soccer team won a bronze medal for Team USA against Great Britain, she won three gold medals and a bronze in swimming and earned the silver in the discus for Juniors 13-15 (an event she learned last spring at BGMS). Her silver-medal throw measured 11.22 meters.
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Liz and Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, a Paralympic gold medalist in Rio, who was injured in combat prior to starting her Paralympic swim career. She has won an ESPY Award for courage-what a role model!  Liz competed at the U.S. Paralympic Swimming World Championship Trials, held July 21-23 at the U.S. Air Force Academy natatorium. Liz didn’t qualify for the IPC world championship, which will be held Sept. 30 to Oct 6 in Mexico City, but given her age, she had an outstanding meet. Battling the effects of high elevation, she dropped time in four of six events, including a 15-second drop to finish second in the S6 Division’s 200 IM (4:17.58). She also finished second in the 100-meter freestyle (1:40.63), second in the 50-meter butterfly (54.11) and third in the 50-meter freestyle (44.11).

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Thanks to Liz and the Hedger family for sharing these awesome accomplishments!

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:

  • August 16:  All Wednesdays are delayed start.  Students report 30 minutes later than regularly scheduled.  If a 2 hour delay is called on a Wednesday, students will report 2 hours later than regularly scheduled!
  • August 16: BGE 5th Grade Open House
  • September 4:  Labor Day-No School
  • September 13:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 11:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 16:  End of first quarter
  • October 19:  30 minute early dismissal for all students
  • October 19:  Parent/Teacher conferences for elementary students
  • October 23:  30 minute early dismissal for all students
  • 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.

Tour the Renovated Porter Lakes Elementary School!

Come on out to Porter Lakes Elementary School on Thursday, April 13th, between 6-6:30 pm to have our student tour guides show off the newly renovated Porter Lakes Elementary School!  We’d love to see former students, current and former PTSC teachers, parents, and community members as we show off all of the work that happened in a very short window at Porter Lakes this summer!  All are welcome–bring a friend!

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I had to read this email I received about three times to let it all sink in.  I will read it another day when I need a reminder about the amazing students we have in PTSC!  This speaks volumes and I am so proud of all of you!

“I wanted to let you know about the amazing 4th and 5th grade children at Boone Grove Elementary.  As part of their Valentine’s/Friendship Day parties, they decided to bring in donations for our deployed troops.  They brought in almost 2,000 items, from razors and socks to snacks and playing cards.  Several classes also decorated the boxes containing their donations as well as made cards and wrote letters.  Additionally, we raised $120 in monetary donations to give to the troops.  I wanted to give a huge shout out to them 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.  I will be meeting with Commander Charles (former Marine) from the USO, Mr. L., and Mr. Fuller this Thursday, April 13th at 9:15 a.m. at Boone Grove Elementary to give him the items the children brought in.” (Thanks, Barb Blashill, for sending this to me!)

Have you heard about Liz Hedger?  Here’s an update on her amazing activities I received last week from her family!  “Just wanted to give you an update on another international swim meet my daughter Liz Hedger, seventh grade Boone Grove MS, just competed in over Spring Break.  We got back Monday from Windsor, Ontario, where she competed in her third CanAm Paraswimming Championships meet … the 2017 Windsor Speedo CanAm Paraswimming Championships.

 Liz, who’s classified in the S6 division, competed from Friday to Sunday. She swam seven events and set personal records in six of them. She won her first CanAM gold medal in the 200 freestyle, dropping her best time by seven seconds, and finished third overall in the S6 classification for both the 50-meter freestyle (45.02 seconds) and 50-meter butterfly (54.47 seconds). In each of those races, the only competitors to finish ahead of Liz were on the Canadian and Mexican national teams, and both are in their 20s.

 She also swam a relay leg on one of two U.S. teams in the 4×50 meter freestyle relay, which was Liz’s first time officially swimming for Team USA in international competition.

 The meet included swimmers of all ages from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and was used as a time trial by Mexico and Canada to determine their rosters for the 2017 World Paraswimming World Championships, which will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 in Mexico City, Mexico.  Liz’z next big meet will be June 9-11 am in Indianapolis, where she will compete in a World Paraswimming World Series event at the IUPUI Natatorium.  She swims for Mako Swim Team, which trains at Valparaiso University.”

Way to go, Liz!  Way to drop that much time–truly impressive!

To round out this week’s awesome news–how about a TWO full ride scholarships for Boone Grove High School students?  That’s what Bryce Vann and Lukas Steinhilber received last week from Urschel Laboratories!  Outstanding work, Bryce and Lukas!  We can’t wait to see what your future holds!

 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 17:  Snow Make Up Day or Break Day (Right now a break day!)
  • April 17-May 5:  ISTEP+ Part 2 Testing Window
  • April 18:  FYSB workshop on Synthetic Drugs

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  • April 19:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • April 24-May 26:  ECA Spring Testing Window
  • 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.

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  We are off and running and excited to have all of our students back!  It has been an exciting summer as we have been in the midst of a complete renovation to Porter Lakes Elementary School including the addition of a new office.  It was an incredible amount of work to complete in just a handful of weeks, but the classrooms are ready!  The classrooms received new HVAC systems, lights, windows, cabinets, ceilings, and interactive projectors and whiteboards.  Additionally, we reconfigured space moving the office from the interior of the building to the front of the building.  This new office helps to improve security.  There is still work happening at the building, but we are thrilled with what has already been completed!

 

 

PTSC Standouts:

Here are some awesome standouts from over the summer!  Make sure to send me your standouts so that they can be included!

Congratulations to Austin Rocha who received the top Richard Lugar scholarship worth $20,000.

Congratulations to the Boone Grove boys golf team who took 2nd at the Rensselaer invite on Saturday May 7.Grant Stockwell and Logan Lucas took 1st and 2nd place for the whole tournament out of 16 schools.  The team went on to win the Boone Grove invite and have an impressive end to their season.  Logan Lucas qualified and made it to the state round for golf finals and finished 26th in state.  Super impressive!

Have you heard about Liz Hedger, who is 11, and a 7th grader at BGMS?  She swims for a club in Valparaiso called MAKO Swim Team.  She has already competed internationally, when she was 10, at the 2015 Speedo Can-Am Paraswimming Championships in Toronto, where she set a bunch of new personal best times. She was the youngest competitor there by two years, after hitting qualifying times.  Liz’s dream is to swim for the United States in the Paralympic Games and win a medal. Liz got to meet 17-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long at this meet and had her picture taken with Jessica, who will be competing in her fourth Paralympic Games this summer in Rio.  Way to go, Liz!

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

Important Dates:

  • September 5:  Labor Day–No School
  • September 14:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 12:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • October 19:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 25:  Parent/Teacher Conferences and Early Dismissal
  • October 27-28:  Fall Break–No School
  • November 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • November 24-25:  Thanksgiving Break–No School
  • December 21-January 4:  Winter Break–No School
  • January 13:  End of Quarter 2/Semester 1

 

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!