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PTSC Update: Real Conversations, Statistics, and Resources

Real Conversations, Statistics, and Resources

While it seems like there is no shortage of tough conversations to have with kids these days, illegal drugs are certainly one we cannot ignore. Thank you to Overdoes Lifeline, for allowing us to share these images and statistics! First, let’s look at some statistics for Indiana:

Today I want to drill down to a specific drug that seems to drive a lot of overdose conversations: Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is often added to other drugs. It can be deadly on contact.

Another newer, and alarming trend, is “Rainbow Fentanyl”. This rainbow-colored drug is being used to target younger audiences. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration recently released a warning you can read here. You will see the statistics in increases in overdoses in our youth population.

What do we do as a school system? We continue to provide education. We continue to provide support through our counselors and our mental health partnership with Porter Starke (we have a Porter Starke professional on campus). Our School Resource Officers in every building carry Narcan (overdose treatment). We also work with families as they need support.

We have also put resources online to help support you. On our PTSC Safety website you will find links to resources from Porter County Substance Abuse and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Overdose Lifeline.

Have conversations about this with your children at home. It is never too early to start. It is essential for students to know never to take a prescription medication that has not been prescribed to them from their doctor. It is important for kids to know the real risk and consequences of illegal drug usage. It’s important for them to know who they can trust. If you are looking for help in how to talk to your kids about this, the Porter County Substance Abuse and Prevention roadmap has a podcast on how to talk to your kids about this subject!

Important Dates:

Here are some dates to keep on your calendar!

  • October 13: 30 Minute Early Dismissal All Buildings, Parent/Teacher Conferences PLE/BGE
  • October 13: End of First Quarter
  • October 17: Parent/Teacher Conferences BGMS/BGHS
  • October 18: 30 Minute Early Dismissal All Buildings, Parent Teacher Conferences All Buildings
  • October 20-21: No School, Fall Break
  • November 8: eLearning All Buildings
  • November 23-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20: End of Second Quarter and First Semester
  • December 21-January 3: No School, Winter Break
  • January 4: First day back after break!
  • January 16: No School, MLK Day (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • February 17: No School (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • February 20: No School, President’s Day
  • March 10: End of Third Quarter
  • March 27-31: No School, Spring Break
  • April 7: No School (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • April 10: No School (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • May 2: eLearning All Buildings
  • May 24: End of Fourth Quarter, Last Day of School Students
  • May 26: BGHS Graduation
  • June 2: Alternative BGHS Graduation

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to Lauren Jeffries, Madalyn McGinty, Nathan Crepeau, and Olivia Rayson on being awarded the National Rural and Small Town Award for outstanding performance on the PSAT! This is an outstanding accomplishment for these BGHS students!

Have a PTSC Standout to share? Send it to stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Things to Know/Do:

Want to receive a notification when there is a new post on the PTSC Updates? At the top of the page, click on the menu with the 3 lines and enter your email address. This will allow you to receive notifications as updates are made!

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 your qualifications.

Tell your friends and neighbors about this new way to know what is happening at PTSC! 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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PTSC Update: IREAD-3 Results for Grades 3 and Grade 2

IREAD-3 Results are In!

In 2021-2022, 94.7% of third-grade students at Porter Lakes Elementary School passed the IREAD-3 assessment, the 15th highest percentage of students in a district in Indiana. Way to go, students and staff at Porter Lakes!

Our second-grade students opted to take the assessment for the first time, joining 400 schools across the state and 20,000 other second-grade students. Across Indiana, 62% of second-grade students were on track to pass or passed the IREAD-3 assessment in second grade. At PLE, 86% of second-grade students were on track to pass or passed the IREAD-3 assessment! What’s more astounding is that the Indiana average pass rate for third-grade students was 81.6%! Way to go, PLE students and staff!

Why does this matter?

Reading research shows that third grade is a pivotal moment and learning to read by third grade is one indicator of future academic success. This is why Indiana is measuring reading proficiency in third grade.

While we take the approach that we do not like to solely base a child’s learning on one test given at one moment and use that to determine a student’s proficiency level or as the sole determining factor of future success (we prefer to look at multiple assessments, multiple factors, and what our teachers see in the classroom every day along with all of the ways a student can show intelligence)–we are proud of our students and staff as they demonstrate high levels of proficiency!

Important Dates:

Here are some dates to keep on your calendar!

  • Sept 5: No School, Labor Day
  • October 13: 30 Minute Early Dismissal All Buildings, Parent/Teacher Conferences PLE/BGE
  • October 13: End of First Quarter
  • October 17: Parent/Teacher Conferences BGMS/BGHS
  • October 18: 30 Minute Early Dismissal All Buildings, Parent Teacher Conferences All Buildings
  • October 20-21: No School, Fall Break
  • November 8: eLearning All Buildings
  • November 23-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20: End of Second Quarter and First Semester
  • December 21-January 3: No School, Winter Break
  • January 4: First day back after break!
  • January 16: No School, MLK Day (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • February 17: No School (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • February 20: No School, President’s Day
  • March 10: End of Third Quarter
  • March 27-31: No School, Spring Break
  • April 7: No School (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • April 10: No School (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • May 2: eLearning All Buildings
  • May 24: End of Fourth Quarter, Last Day of School Students
  • May 26: BGHS Graduation
  • June 2: Alternative BGHS Graduation

PTSC Standouts:

Check this out! Art teacher, Mr. Boyer has an upcoming art exhibition! Way to go, Mr. Boyer!

Mr. Boyer Exhibition

Have a PTSC Standout to share? Send it to stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Things to Know/Do:

  • INDOT will be closing SR 2 east of CR 500 W at the end of this week for the next 6-8 weeks to replace a structure and then pave the unpaved portion. This is a small stretch of roadway that will be closed, but you will not be able to reach CR 500 W from Valparaiso on Hwy 2.
  • Want to receive a notification when there is a new post on the PTSC Updates? At the top of the page, click on the menu with the 3 lines and enter your email address. This will allow you to receive notifications as updates are made!
  • 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 your qualifications.
  • Tell your friends and neighbors about this new way to know what is happening at PTSC! 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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PTSC Update: Welcome New Teachers!

Welcome to the Wolf Pack!

Important Dates:

Here are some dates to keep on your calendar!

  • Sept 5: No School, Labor Day
  • October 13: 30 Minute Early Dismissal All Buildings, Parent/Teacher Conferences PLE/BGE
  • October 13: End of First Quarter
  • October 17: Parent/Teacher Conferences BGMS/BGHS
  • October 18: 30 Minute Early Dismissal All Buildings, Parent Teacher Conferences All Buildings
  • October 20-21: No School, Fall Break
  • November 8: eLearning All Buildings
  • November 23-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 20: End of Second Quarter and First Semester
  • December 21-January 3: No School, Winter Break
  • January 4: First day back after break!
  • January 16: No School, MLK Day (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • February 17: No School (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • February 20: No School, President’s Day
  • March 10: End of Third Quarter
  • March 27-31: No School, Spring Break
  • April 7: No School (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • April 10: No School (Potential Snow Day Makeup Day)
  • May 2: eLearning All Buildings
  • May 24: End of Fourth Quarter, Last Day of School Students
  • May 26: BGHS Graduation
  • June 2: Alternative BGHS Graduation

PTSC Standouts:

Great job to our amazing bus drivers as they navigate construction and the first few days of school. As you know, it takes time to learn routes, and students, and make revisions to make routes better. Thank you to all of our bus drivers for the hard work!

Thank you to our amazing School Resource Officer Team–now located daily at Porter Lakes, the Complex, and the High School. Special thanks to Officer Palleson, who volunteered time on his day off to make our first day go well. We have an amazing group of Officers who serve our community and care about our students!

Thank you to our custodial and maintenance crew, who worked hard all summer to prepare our buildings for our students to return! They look great!

Thank you to our office staff for registering our students, helping new families feel at home, and handling the many questions that came your way! We appreciate you!

To all of our support organizations–thank you! I saw photo opportunities at open house, fun baskets, spirit wear, and I’m sure many things behind the scenes that you do to support our schools. Thank you!

Parents–thank you for sending us your most precious things–your kids. We look forward to helping them grow this year!

Have a PTSC Standout to share? Send it to stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Things to Know/Do:

  • INDOT will be closing SR 2 east of CR 500 W at the end of this week for the next 6-8 weeks to replace a structure and then pave the unpaved portion. This is a small stretch of roadway that will be closed, but you will not be able to reach CR 500 W from Valparaiso on Hwy 2. As we know more, we will share more.
  • Want to receive a notification when there is a new post on the PTSC Updates? At the top of the page, click on the menu with the 3 lines and enter your email address. This will allow you to receive notifications as updates are made!
  • 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 your qualifications.
  • Tell your friends and neighbors about this new way to know what is happening at PTSC! 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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Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year, PTSC Families!

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year, PTSC Families!

We can’t wait to get our school year started.  As we prepare for our students to arrive on Wednesday, August 10, we wanted to send out a few reminders.

  1. All Wednesdays begin with a 30-minute delayed start.  This includes the first Wednesday, August 10, 2022. 
  2. Debbie Crouch does an outstanding job with our bus transportation through First Student (219-464-3899).  For the first couple of weeks, the bus often can run early or late for pickup and drop-off. Please be patient with our drivers who are working hard to keep students safe.  Having your student out and waiting for the bus will make this process as smooth as possible. 
  3. Online registration begins next week. Information will come from each school (dates and processes are specific to each school) and you can also check online at www.ptsc.k12.in.us.
  4. Our school calendar has been modified following the legislative session. We will no longer have monthly e-learning days at BGMS and BGHS. We will now have whole district eLearning on days that are typically election days (November and May), even if there is no voting in Porter Township. Voting will now occur at two of our campuses and it is a school safety concern as we have a lot of visitors in and out of our school buildings on those days. These eLearning days will require students to be present for live Zoom instruction with their teachers for half of the instructional day. More information will come from your child’s school prior to the eLearning days. A copy of our revised calendar can be found at https://www.ptsc.k12.in.us/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Revised-District-Calendar-2022-2023_6-9-2022-1.pdf.
  5. With the change in legislation, we can conduct three eLearning days as we have previously conducted our eLearning days. We are reserving these days for inclement weather days.
  6. Building-specific schedule and calendar information will be distributed from each building prior to the start of the school year. If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s principal.
  7. The USDA did not extend the free meals program for this school year.  As a result, students will return to paying for breakfast and lunch. It is extremely important that you fill out the Free and Reduced meal application as soon as possible.  Please have these applications filled out before school starts so your child/children can use the benefits for which your family qualify. You can get to the online application by going to https://www.ptsc.k12.in.us/food-services/  and scrolling down to the Free and Reduced Application link https://family.titank12.com/application/new?identifier=X2GRPQ. Once your application has been received and processed you will receive an email with the benefits for which you and your family qualify. Have questions or need help? Contact Tonia Batesole, Director of Food Service, 219-306-8600 ext 2141, tonia.batesole@ptsc.k12.in.us.
  8. We will continue to do PTSC Updates online. Subscribe so that you do not miss one! You can find our updates at: https://portertownshipschoolcorporation.wordpress.com/.

We anxiously await the start of school! I hope you and your kids are getting excited, too!

Stacey Schmidt

Superintendent

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PTSC Update: Thankful for our School Resource Officers

PTSC Update: Thankful for our School Resource Officers

May 15-21, 2022 is National Police Week and having just attended the Porter County Sheriff’s Department Memorial Service, I’m reminded that there is a real cost to this public service. We have an amazing crew of School Resource Officers that show up at our buildings prepared to run toward the danger and protect our students, no matter the cost. We hope they never have to do that–and there is so much more our Officers do. You can find our School Resource Officers (who are Officers with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department and the Valparaiso Police Department) in the cafeteria, hallways, classrooms, gym, and on the playgrounds interacting with our students. They are there when our students arrive and there when they are heading home. Building positive relationships with students is central to what happens each week. Want to learn more about our School Resource Officer team? You can find them on our website at https://www.ptsc.k12.in.us/safety-and-security/. If you see one of our SROs, please make sure to thank them for all they do to keep our kids safe!

PTSC Standouts:

Congratulations to Cinthia Jones, Aidan McCormick, Cayden Crum, Emma Carpenter, Erica Hoffman, Grace Tomaszewski, Jarrod Benkovich, and Sean Lambert-Knight for being chosen by their vocational teacher as the Outstanding Student for the fourth grading period. 

Congratulations to the following athletes that placed in the middle school track meet against South Central and Washington Township!

BoysGirls
1st place
400m dash-Josiah Davis with a time of 59 seconds!
1st place shot put- Justice Conner
2nd place 
Long Jump-Tegan Jackson-long jump
Shot put-Nikko Zoumis
400m relay-Josiah Davis, Case Epler, Nikko Zoumis and Tegan Jackson
2nd place 
100m hurdles-London Casbon
100m dashShot put-Brooke Pearson
3rd place
110m hurdles-Sal Montes
Shot put-Case Epler
200m dash-Josiah Davis
3rd place
1600m relay-Brooke Pearson, Abby Ewing, Auddrey Stanage, Clara Strzechowski
400m relay-Brooke Pearson, Justice Conner, Morgan Shurr, Jordyn Botma
4th place
High Jump-Hyatt Nies
200m hurdles-Sal Montes
100m dash-Tegan Jackson
Shot Put-Sal Montes
Discus-Case Epler
400m relay-Maxx Pagorek, Justin Pearson, Nehemiah Holloway, Hyatt Neis
4th place
1600m run-Abby Ewing
400m dash-London Casbon
Long jump-Morgan Shurr
100m hurdles-Juliana Whelpley
200m hurdles-Raina Penrod
200m dash-Justice Conner
100m dash-Justice Conner
400m relay-Raina Penrod, Audrey Wellestat, London Casbon, Claire Wilson

Big shoutout to the members of the Key Club for putting on a wonderful Daddy Daughter Dance!  They worked so hard to make this happen in a very limited time frame.  In addition to this, they have volunteered routinely at Gabis Arboretum, Lakeshore Paws, and have tidied up the high school grounds. Great work, BGHS Key Club! 

CONGRATULATIONS to the English and Interdisciplinary Academic Teams who both competed and placed at the state competition at Purdue University! The English team placed third in the state and the Interdisciplinary team placed second in the state! Congratulations to Jessica Hampton, CJ Acevedo, Maia Obrochta, Nicole Hampton, Kyle Janda, and Taylor Francis! We are very proud of you!

Have a PTSC Standout to share? Send it to stacey.schmidt@ptsc.k12.in.us.

Important Dates:

Here are some dates to keep on your calendar!

  • May 24: Last Student Day
  • May 27: BGHS Graduation

Things to Know/Do:

  • INDOT will be resurfacing SR 2 between Valparaiso and Hebron and replacing two structures.  One structure is located near the intersection of US 30 & SR 2 (west junction, near the Speedway), and the other is to the east of CR 500 W on SR 2. These projects are scheduled to begin at the conclusion of this school year. The bad news is they are likely not to be complete until the mid to end of August. As we know more we will share more.
  • Want to receive a notification when there is a new post on the PTSC Updates? At the top of the page, click on the menu with the 3 lines and enter your email address. This will allow you to receive notifications as updates are made!
  • 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 your qualifications.
  • Tell your friends and neighbors about this new way to know what is happening at PTSC! 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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