Bulldog Broadcast

May 4, 2023

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Important Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th - Spring Play 6PM
  • Wednesday, May 17th - KONA Ice during Advisory
  • Friday, May 19th - Career Day
  • Friday, May 19th - 8th Grade Celebration 3-4:30PM
  • Wednesday, May 24th - Awards Night 5:30PM
  • Friday, May 26th - Students Last Day

For other information dates, please visit our website at https://taft.cps.k12.in.us/parents-students/calendar-menus

22.23 SY Calendar

Please click here for the 2022-2023 CPCSC Calendar

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End of the Year - NWEA Testing

The end of the year window for NWEA is approaching. NWEA supports students and educators by creating assessment solutions that measure growth and proficiency, while providing insights to help tailor instruction.

Taft will administer NWEA on the date(s) below:

  • Math - Week of May 8th
  • ELA - Week of May 15th
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Summer Learning Opportunities

Current 6th and 7th Graders:

Recommendations for summer school have been sent to families. Summer school will be:

  • June 5th - June 22nd
  • Monday - Thursday
  • 8:45 - 11:00AM
  • At Colonel John Wheeler MS
  • Onsite school transportation will be available

Please reach out to Kyle Hanaway (khanaway@cps.k12.in.us) if you have any questions and/or are interested in sending your student(s) to our Summer Learning Program

Current 8th Graders:

Crown Point High School course offering and schedule can be found here.

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Attention All 8th Graders

Summer School Gym: Those of you taking high school gym during the summer need to turn in the yellow physical card (dated on or after April 1, 2023) to the gym teacher on the 1st day of class. Yellow cards can be found in the nurses office or our school’s website. For students with asthma needing to use their inhalers before or during gym, turn in the Asthma Action Care Plan to the high school nurse before gym class starts.

Physicals: All incoming freshman need to get a physical, (dated on or after April 1. 2023) and turn it into the high school nurse on the 1st day of school-August 16, 2023. Those of you involved in sports will need a physical AND an IHSAA form to be completed.

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From the Nurse

All medication in the nurse's office needs to be picked up by 2 pm on May 30th. All medication that is not picked up by May 30th will be discarded. We cannot send medication home with students for safety reasons, so all medication needs to be picked up by an adult. Due to moving into a new building, we cannot keep the medication any longer than this date. If you have any questions, please contact the nurse at 663-1507 ext. 12081.

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Incoming 9th Grade Information

8th Grade Families - Thank you for all of your support and partnership in creating a successful transition for your student to Crown Point High School. If you missed the CPHS Incoming Parent Orientation, please see the documents below.

If you have any questions, reach out to Vince Bauters, vbauters@cps.k12.in.us

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Redistricting Information

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Unpaid Balances

Please continue to check your students' mealtime balance. All cafeteria purchases are to be prepaid before meal service begins. Parents may send payment three different ways:

  1. Send cash in an envelope with student’s name on it.

  2. Households can prepay on line their student accounts by visiting mymealtime.com.

  3. Parents can also send in a check for any amount of meals desired.

We appreciate your help with this. If you have questions, please reach out to Kim Oostman (219-663-1507 ext. 12603)

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Yearbooks from the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school year are available for purchase. Yearbooks are $40. If you are interested, please reach out to Mrs. Joy Cramer (jcramer@cps.k12.in.us)
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PTO Information

Teacher appreciation is next week! You can show your appreciation by donating via PayPal or cash/check (made payable to Taft PTO). You can drop off cash or check to the office. Your donation will be used for goodies/food throughout the week for our awesome teachers!


8th Grade PTO Information

Please click above for information regarding yard signs, bus class photo, 8th grade celebration, baby photos and t-shirts

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21st Century Scholars

Attention 7th and 8th grade families: It’s never too early to start planning for college. The 21st Century Scholars Program allows income eligible Indiana students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school. In order to be considered, applications must be completed by June 30th of the student’s 8th grade year. For more information, check out Scholars.IN. gov –or- visit the Taft website under “Links and Resources”. You can also view a short video using the following link: https://youtu.be/AqtLkTX_-ww .

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Guidance and Counseling Department.

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CPCSC Job Opportunities

As we kick off second semester, there are part time and full time positions available throughout CPCSC. Join our team! More information is available at www.cps.k12.in.us/jobs
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If you would like to get out of the house for a few hours a day and earn some extra cash, please consider working in our cafeterias and or kitchens. Plenty of time to have breakfast at home, do some house work and then head into work for a few hours and be back at home in time for the kids to get home from school. Various positions available in several of our schools. Please call Pam Maloney if you have any questions 219-662-6480.

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Textbook/Student Fees

Please make sure to check your students account for any outstanding balances. Balances can be viewed and paid through your Parent Access account. Prompt payment is appreciated.

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Did you know that you can adjust the notification settings in ParentSquare? Simply log in to your account on your computer's web browser or the ParentSquare app. Click on "My Account" and "Notifications". More instructions are available on the ParentSquare website.

ParentSquare syncs with RDS for parent contact information. Be sure you keep your RDS information current so you never miss a message!

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Please remind your students to charge their Chromebooks each night when they get home.
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Club Information

Please see our club offerings below. If you have any questions, please reach out to the club sponsors.
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Cell Phones / Earbuds

Please remind your students that cell phones need to be turned off and in their lockers during the school day. In addition, wireless earbuds will not be allowed at school. All students will receive wired earbuds to use throughout the school year. Students are allowed to bring headphones from home, as long as they are able to plug into their Chromebook.
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School Lunches

The federal program that provided free breakfast and lunch for all students has ended. If you need meal assistance OR textbook assistance, you must complete a free/reduced application at www.cps.k12.in.us/food.

The cost for a full lunch this year is $2.65. Various items can also be purchased ala carte. Breakfast costs $1.50. The school menu is highlighted below and is subject to change.
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Taft Middle School

Tracy Seibert, Principal ext. 12001

Kyle Hanaway, Assistant Principal ext. 12002

Jennifer Grill, Assistant Principal ext. 12004

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District Information/Updates

Please visit our corporation website for important district and community information https://www.cps.k12.in.us/about/district-news