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Speak Up 2017

Here’s a great chance to be part of research on digital learning!  Please see the instructions below and take a handful of minutes to provide your input!

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PTSC Standouts:

 

Guy Fisher, from Goodwill, reports the following about the drive to help with Hurricane Relief Efforts:  “I’m happy to report that the drive resulted in $1,000 being sent to Hurricane relief in Southeast Texas.  Goodwill Industries of Michiana (your Goodwill region) sent a total (to date) of $5,000 to our sister Goodwills in that region. Those Goodwill operations are in the heart of the impact area and are working directly with families in need.”  Thank you to all who donated, and to Kathy Lis for organizing and making this possible!  Great job!

Did you hear about the virtual field trip the 5th graders at BGE took last week?  Paris, Outer Space, the Smithsonian (just to name a few)–awesome job and great opportunities for our students!

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.  She counts on you to send her updates all can celebrate PTSC student accomplishments!

Important Dates:

  • 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.
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Speak Up Survey

Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, more than 4.5 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.

Each year we invite PTSC staff, community, and students to participate.  See below if you’d like to take the survey!

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PTSC Standouts:

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BGMS Cheer participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Valparaiso Central Park on October 16. They performed in Opening Ceremonies, cheered on the survivors, fighters, and supporters during the walk at the beginning and ending tunnels, and raised $500 towards the cause. Go pink!  

Have you checked out the awesome work being done by the Porter County Career Center?  Students have been working on renovating the Grand Trunk Train Depot.  There have been a few articles recently in the paper.  Jacob Dobrowski & Truman Maxwell are two BGHS students working on renovating the depot.  They have put in a lot of time and effort to this project–and it is fun to watch the Depot come back to life!  Great work!

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:

  • 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 a Computer Technician!  If you know someone who might be interested, send them to the link above!
  • 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

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PTSC Standouts:

Veteran's Day

We had a fantastic day last week celebrating Veteran’s Day!  Thank you to all of our PTSC staff, family members, and community members that served our country in the armed forces!

Madison Magiera and Lindsey Ruthkay will be performing in Indiana Ballet Theatre’s production of the Nutcracker.  Madison Magiera is a senior at the high school and will be performing as Clara.  Lindsey Ruthkay is in first grade at Porter Lakes and will be performing as a gingerbread.  The show is at the Star Plaza Theatre on December 2 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and December 3 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  It is fantastic to see such talent being showcased by the Indiana Ballet Theatre!  Way to go, Madison and Lindsey!

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

Important Dates:

  • November 18:  Online Day, BGHS and BGMS
  • November 26:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • November 27:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 21-January 1:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 15:  End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Things to Know/Do:

  • Have you had the chance to watch this video put out by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department?  This is a powerful look at the growing problem in Porter County–and is something that every parent should watch.  It is even more powerful to watch it with your child.  Take the time to watch it today!

  • 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!