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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.

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!