Posts Tagged ‘Porter Lakes’

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!

Porter Lakes Elementary School Construction

Since I came to PTSC in 2012, we have been talking about renovations that needed to happen at Porter Lakes Elementary School.  After years of planning and structuring the project so that it is tax neutral–we are finally to the point of seeing the work happen!
The first signs of this project beginning will roll out this week as construction fencing will be put in place in the PLE parking lot and in the front of the building, resulting in the closure of the front entrance door this Thursday.  This must happen as construction on the new office is set to begin.  (You can read some former PTSC Updates about this project here, here, and here.)   This is just one of many things we will be doing at the building, many of which will happen over the summer.
While this construction will certainly bring about change in how to access the building, we are excited about the enhanced safety it will provide for our students once the office is complete.  Here are some things you may wish to know to make accessing the building easier:
  • The front entrance will be closed this Thursday.
  • The new main entrance to PLE for visitors will be at the back of the building at the door closest to the cafeteria (Door D).
  • There is a camera and a buzzer system already at this door.  The procedure will be the same to gain access to the building.
  • Visitor parking will be in the main, north lot (the portion not fenced in for construction).  Park in the main lot and walk to Door D.
  • Bus riders will still be dropped off and picked up in the front of the building.  They will now enter and exit from the front, south door (which students practiced this morning).
  • The car rider line will still be in the same place, although it will not go as far up the sidewalk as it has in the past due to the construction.  Car riders will exit from the back of the building and cars will be loaded by the back cafeteria door.  PLE sent out a map showing this new configuration in their weekly newsletter.
  • All construction workers must wear badges and have background checks as we require.

Even with the most meticulously made plans, there is always need for flexibility.  We often talk to our students about the need to be flexible and believe it is an important lifeskill.  We are all anxious for the day (hopefully before the end of the school year) when we open the doors on the new office–all to provide increased security.  We appreciate your patience while construction is in process!

PTSC Standouts:

The PTSC Fine Arts are hard at work this December–concerts and performances have been happening all month.  Our buildings are full of music and song (and great visual displays!)–don’t miss out on all the hard work our students and staff are putting in making this season bright!

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

Important Dates:

  • December 21-January 1:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 15:  End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • January 27:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • February 12:  Snow Day Make-Up Day or Break Day
  • February 15:  President’s Day–No School
  • February 17:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 17:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 21-25:  Spring Break Week–No School

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!