Posts Tagged ‘volleyball’

Caught Up in the Frenzy!

You’re feeling it, right?  You’ve heard about it, right?  It seems like everyone I meet is talking about the shortness of time this year between Thanksgiving and the fast approaching, gift-giving holiday!  For many it seems that this lack of days to prepare has folks feeling in a rush to make a list, and check it twice!

I have to confess I’m no different.  While I love lists and so mine was created some time ago, I always tend to leave the last few details until the end for the frantic rush to get everything I need.

This year our boys are old enough to better understand what is happening, get excited, but also get caught up in the idea of “wanting” and the quest for more.  We have been hard at work to help develop the mindset of gratitude and to counter this mindset of scarcity replacing it with gratitude and the joy of giving to others.  But that’s tough when they are three!

And in all honesty, it starts in our own hearts, right?  If I want my boys to live a lifestyle of gratitude, it will help if I model it.  Research tells us that gratitude actually has many positive benefits to our own lives (thanks Harvard Health, UC Berkeley, and Psychology Today!)  The linked articles are short and worth the read–and give some easy ways to get started.

One easy one is to write some letters to folks to express gratitude.  There’s nothing better than a handwritten letter–and not only does it feel good to receive one it also feels great to send it.  So for me this season, I’m going to work to slow down and write a few letters, and also have my boys do the same (although I will still have to help them with that!).  I hope you are able to find ways to incorporate a lifestyle of gratitude this season as well!

PTSC Standouts

Congratulations to Sydney Dixon (first team), Emma Hylek (honorable mention) and Delaney Starcevich (honorable mention) on being named to the Post-Tribune All-Area Volleyball Team!

Congratulations to Angel Castellanos (second team) and Brandon Root (honorable mention) on being named to the Post Tribune Boys All-Area Soccer Team!

Congratulations to Jake Mayersky and Chandler Murray on being named to the IFCA Class 2A All State Senior Defense Team!

Congratulations also to Mark Holder on being named to the Junior Offense Team!

Congrats to our Post-Tribune All Area football players!
Offense
First Team – Chandler Murray
Second Team – Brae’ton Vann

Defense
First Team – Jake Mayersky
Second Team – Andrew Eriks
Honorable Mention – Austin Lemar

Last week was a humbling night as I was honored with the award for District I Superintendent of the Year.  I had the privilege to stand with other superintendents from across Indiana, all working for the good of boys and girls.  I am thankful for all I continue to learn from my peers as we continue to advocate for public education and what each student needs.

Have you been watching the daily tweets from @DrStaceySchmidt?  Each morning a standout is being tweeted highlighting the awesome things happening at PTSC!

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:

  • December 20:  End of second grading period and the semester
  • December 23-January 3:  Winter Break, No School
  • January 6:  Back to school!
  • January 22:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • February 14:  No School or Snow Day Make-Up Day
  • February 17:  President’s Day, No School
  • February 26:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • March 13:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 18:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • March 23-March 26:  Spring Break, No School
  • April 10:  No School or Snow Day Make-Up Day
  • April 13:  No School or Snow Day Make-Up Day
  • April 15:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day
  • May 5:  BGMS/BGHS Online Day (Election Day)
  • May 25:  Memorial Day, No School
  • May 27:  Last Day of School for Students, End of Fourth Quarter
  • May 28:  Teacher Record Day
  • May 29:  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

Fall Sport Success!

This fall we have had some awesome results shown from our student athletes!  Check out some of these highlights from this past weekend:

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Congratulations to PCC Mental Attitude Award winner Lauren Casbon! This is a fantastic accomplishment and says a lot about the athlete you are!

Cameron Jones CCCameron Jones advances to semi-state in Cross Country! Great work!

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Congratulations to our Boys Varsity Soccer Team on their Regional Championship!

The Girls soccer regional championship was postponed until Monday at 7 PM CST,  at Newton Park in LaVille.  Good luck, Ladies!

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Girls Volleyball brings home a Sectional Championship (and has quite the winning record this season!).  Great work!

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Congratulations girls soccer all-conference players Hannah Wojtyska, Brook Burbridge, Jessica Conner, Lexi Darnell, and Lauren Casbon!

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Here’s 4 of 5 PCC boys soccer all-conference players! Branden Hill, Max Kidd, Kyle Wauro, and Josh Dragomer. Not pictured, Logan Tatalovich.

Thanks to @BGWolvesSports for tweeting out all of the updates and photos!  You keep our community connected!

 

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to all of our BGMS and BGHS Choir members on an outstanding performance on Thursday!

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, the BGMS Library received a very large donation of 188 books plus magazines from the Grant family.   This was a huge help to the library as there were many books here that are frequently requested.  BGMS would like to remind parents that we are ALWAYS accepting appropriate book donations at all of our libraries!  Awesome!

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 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.

Inclement Weather Days

Last year we sent out a survey to determine how we would make up our snow days.  The results were fairly split between making them up at the end of the year, trying online days to make them up, or working with a Saturday schedule.  Ultimately it was difficult to find online days on which to schedule our makeup days and we decided to use our built-in snow days along with additional days at the end of the year.

One challenge with this is that instruction is missed in the middle of the units and prior to state assessments.  Extending the school year did allow us to cover the necessary content, but not necessarily in the instructional timeframe that had been designed.

This year the Indiana Department of Education has once again put out guidance for inclement weather days–including the possibility of utilizing online days on the day of a snow day.  While this would be extremely challenging if the weather system was unexpected–if one knows the day before that there is that potential than the district can make sure to prepare.

We are just beginning to discuss this idea as a staff, and have many things to work through.  What would instruction look like for all students?  How will teachers be available to students?  How will learning targets for the day be delivered?  There are many questions left to answer.  PTSC is currently working with a group of other districts to learn from what they are doing.  There are many districts who utilized the flexibility provided last year, and two districts conducted online days on an actual snow day and were successful.

We will keep you informed as this idea progresses–but as we have seen with the shift in the weather–the snow will be here before we know it!

 

PTSC Standouts:

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Congratulations to the Boone Grove High School Boys and Girls Volleyball teams along with the Student Council, Key Club, National Honor Society, the Boosters Club, and the Yearbook for working together to host an amazing cancer game raising $1000 for current PTSC families struggling with the disease.  It was a great night with a great crowd cheering on two great teams that had wins that night!

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

Important Dates:

  • October 11, 2014:  Stuff the Bus for the Porter Township Food Pantry (Read a great article about this from this weekend in the Times!)
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  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 16, 2014:  The BOO’ Grove Choir Dept. Presents:  Spook’tober Singing Show at 7pm!  Thursday, October 16 is the “Boo” Grove Spook’tober Singing Show.  Come and enjoy fall concert music and spooky Halloween songs.  The show begins at 7 p.m. in the High School Small gym.  It’s only $2 for lil’ Ghouls (students) and $3 for Monsters (adults).  Hope to see you there to cheer on our talented witches and werewolves!!!
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • September 26, 2014:  Family Fun Night (Bingo) at PLE at 6:00 PM
  • September 30, 2014:  Picture Day at BGE
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 8, 2014:  Family Skate Night at 5:00 PM at Franklin Middle School
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 22, 2014:  PTO Fall Fun Fair at BGE
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  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.
  • 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!

Did You Skip the Most Important Meal of the Day?

If you’re like me, I’d rather not get up fifteen minutes earlier to make a healthy breakfast, even though I know the benefits of eating well for the most important meal of the day.  As a result I’m often grabbing something on the go to make sure my stomach isn’t empty until lunch.

Starting the day off right with a great breakfast has many advantages and is extremely important for students.  Did you know that by eating breakfast research has shown:

  • Students learn best when they have eaten a good breakfast.
  • Students have improved attendance and are absent and tardy less frequently.
  • Students have higher test scores in reading and math.
  • Students have fewer trips to the school nurse–particularly for hunger related reasons.
  • Students have improved classroom behavior as they have increased ability to attend to task and fewer referrals to the office resulting in more time on learning.

Eating breakfast also helps us to achieve a healthy weight, while skipping breakfast has been linked to risks for obesity.

Mornings can be rushed to make sure that everyone is up and ready to leave on time.  PTSC schools offer breakfast for students.  If students receive assistance for meals, there is not charge for breakfast.

Let’s make sure we start each day right!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to Kennedy Starcevich for setting a new school record for the most digs in a match. She had 34 digs against Wheeler.  What a great fan turnout, too, to support the team!

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

Important Dates:

  • September 9, 2014:  Gangs 101 from 6-7:30 PM at Family and Youth Services Bureau (see above)Gangs 101
  • September 17, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • September 21, 2014:  Empower Porter County’s Around the Table Kick-Off event from 2-4 pm at the Duneland, Portage, and Valparaiso YMCAs and Union Township Middle/High School.  This event is to bring families together through food, games, and conversation to help support one another as they embark on improving the quality of mealtime interaction.  To RSVP, visit http://www.empowerpc.org/
  • September 22, 2014:  Blood Drive at PLE
  • October 11, 2014:  Stuff the Bus for the Porter Township Food Pantry (more information to come)
  • October 15, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • October 22, 2014:  End of Quarter 1
  • October 24, 2014:  No School, Fall Break
  • October 31, 2014:  No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 19, 2014:  Online Day for BGHS and BGMS
  • November 27-28, 2014:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22-January 2, 2014:  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.
  • 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!