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PTSC Update: eLearning Days

PTSC eLearning Days

Porter Township School Corporation will utilize eLearning in two primary ways for the 2022-2023 school year:

  1. Scheduled eLearning Days in grades K-12 utilizing synchronous and asynchronous learning (These are what we are scheduled to use on November 7, 2022, and May 2, 2023.)

These days are scheduled and built into the school calendar.  Students in grades K-12 receive instruction through Schoology, the PTSC Learning Management System (LMS).  A portion of the school day will be “live” instruction with the teacher, which happens virtually. A portion of the day will happen asynchronously, meaning students can complete work at any time. During the asynchronous learning portion of the day, teachers work in their buildings on professional development activities while also interacting with students through the LMS. Teachers are available for assistance during the school day for asynchronous learning activities. 

  1. eLearning Days in grades PK-12 for inclement weather utilizing asynchronous learning

These days typically happen on the day of bad weather (cold, snow, ice, fog) and allow instruction to continue when it would be unsafe for students to travel to school.  Teachers design lessons and place content on Schoology for students to access.  

Porter Township also utilizes online learning for blended and online courses at the high school level.  Many of these courses are authored by PTSC teachers.  Some courses, primarily used for credit recovery, are from a purchased course provider.  Additionally, BGHS uses online learning for a portion of the student body (who qualify and select this option) on Wednesdays (less than 50% of enrolled students).

What does PTSC believe about learning?
Learning can occur anytime, anywhere!  

eLearning can be synchronous (same time, different locations) or asynchronous learning (not dependent on everyone being in the same place at the same time). 

Asynchronous learning means that students can get up early and tackle all of their work and enjoy the rest of the day or sleep in and rust to finish in the evening.  However, some guidelines are in place to help you know what to expect and also for students to know how and when to access help from their teachers.   

eLearning is a valuable way to learn as it is an essential skill for students to have in the future!

eLearning is an integral part of helping students prepare for life beyond PTSC. Whether students are headed to the workforce and Zoom meetings or off to college–both will require them to function in online environments. Feedback provided by our graduates indicates that having the ability to complete coursework synchronously and asynchronously is essential for future success.

Relationships matter!  

When learning online, we work to build relationships.  It is essential to foster connections between teacher and student and the students to each other.

The teacher is still the artist in the classroom.

Face-to-face instruction and eLearning take a master teacher to work.  Even though the experience may be different, the eLearning environment takes a lot of careful work and preparation on the part of the teacher for it to be effective.  

PTSC eLearning Guidelines for asynchronous instruction (anytime, anywhere)–inclement weather days:

  • Teachers will have lessons on Schoology by 9 AM on the eLearning Day.
  • The content, rigor, and quality covered on an eLearning day are to be the content, rigor, and quality covered in class following Indiana’s Standards. 
  • Students may learn new concepts, practice concepts already introduced, or complete a project to demonstrate mastery of a concept.  It depends on where the class is in the learning sequence.  
  • Teachers will be available for student interaction online during the regular school hours for that school building.
  • Students may contact teachers through Schoology or student email.
  • Teachers will communicate through Schoology about assignments for students and when they are due.
  • It should take students about the typical time of a school day to complete school work.  Each assignment or class may be different.  Please communicate with your child’s teacher if you have a question or if something takes a long time.  
  • If a student does not turn in work for a period of the day, it will be counted as an unexcused absence.  
  • If your child cannot participate in the eLearning day due to a reason in the PTSC handbook, please call or email the school office to report the absence so that we may mark it accordingly, as we would do on any other day of school.
  • Students who do not turn in work will have the same ramifications for incomplete work as on a typical school day.  
  • Please communicate immediately with your child’s teacher if you have a technology issue or experience any problems.  We cannot help you if we do not know there is an issue.  Contacting us directly is how to tackle issues quickly, efficiently, and correctly.
  • If the teacher does not have the answer to the issue, they will help connect you with the person who can help you to find the answer.
  • If your child has a question, have them try and reach out to the teacher to get the answer themselves.  This is a valuable skill, similar to asking questions in class to get help.  
  • If a student lacks an internet connection, the family will work with the building administrator to help them access community support. The Porter County Public Library provides free mobile hotspots available for checkout. Additionally, many internet providers have offered reduced-cost internet options. The building administrator will work out a plan to meet the needs of each family.

PTSC eLearning Guidelines for synchronous instruction (scheduled time, different locations)–Scheduled November 8, 2022 and May 2, 2023:

  • Teachers and administrators will communicate the “live” learning schedule.
  • The content, rigor, and quality covered on an eLearning day are to be the content, rigor, and quality covered in class following Indiana’s Standards.
  • Students will be required to participate in scheduled “live” sessions to be considered in attendance.
  • If your child cannot participate in the eLearning day due to a reason in the PTSC handbook, please call or email the school office to report the absence so that we may mark it accordingly, as we would do on any other day of school.
  • Students who do not turn in work will have the same ramifications for incomplete work as on a typical school day.  
  • Please communicate immediately with your child’s teacher if you have a technology issue or experience any problems.  We cannot help you if we do not know there is an issue.  Contacting us directly is how to tackle issues quickly, efficiently, and correctly.
  • If the teacher does not have the answer to the issue, they will help connect you with the person who can help you to find the answer.
  • If your child has a question, have them try and reach out to the teacher to get the answer themselves.  This is a valuable skill, similar to asking questions in class to get help. 
  • If a student lacks an internet connection, the family will work with the building administrator to help them access community support. The Porter County Public Library provides free mobile hotspots available for checkout. Additionally, many internet providers have offered reduced-cost internet options. The building administrator will work out a plan to meet the needs of each family. 

Why Did PTSC Change the Way Virtual Days Happen?

House Enrolled Act 1093 introduced new regulations for how virtual learning is conducted in Indiana. When a school uses virtual learning for at least 50% or more of students on a school day, the school needs to have 50% of the day as synchronous instruction and the other half asynchronous (or the entire day as synchronous).

The law provides for the use of three virtual learning days that do not meet the above requirements. PTSC has chosen to hold those for use on inclement weather days.

PTSC Forms:

Student Internet and Technology Responsible Use Policy

Student Internet and Technology Responsible Use Agreement

PTSC iPad Informational Presentation

Learning Management System:  Schoology

Schoology Parent Access

Schoology Student  Access

Parent Guide to Schoology

Login Issues April 2020–Help Sheet from PTSC IT Department

Student and Parent Resources:

Student Email Login

Porter County Public Library

Porter Township School Corporation Library

PTSC Student Handbook

Harmony Family Access (Student Management System)

Important Dates:

Here are some dates to keep on your calendar!

November 7: BGHS Picture Retake Day

November 7: BGHS STEM Club Fundraiser at Valpo Culvers

November 8: eLearning All Buildings

November 18 (7 pm), 19 (2 pm and 6 pm), and 20 (3pm) Come see The Outsiders at BGHS. Get tickets at https://bghsdramadept.ludus.com/index.php?show_id=19937

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)

January 20: Porter County Sensory Night (more information to come!)

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:

On October 24, Mrs. Gibbs, Chris Vargas, and Maddie Epler attended a Rotary luncheon in Valparaiso.  Maddie and Chris were recognized as two leaders at BGHS. They had an opportunity to talk about their experiences and our school and to learn what Rotary does for our local, national, and international communities. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Swan for being named the October Boone Grove High School Teacher of the Month! Many students nominated Mrs. Swan for her hard work and dedication to education at Boone Grove. Thank you for your service!

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

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 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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