Focus on Education

January 2020

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Goal Setting Tips For Our Brickies!

Here are some tips that can help students set effective goals:

1. Goals are intentional commitments to action, not a wish list.

"I want to get an A" lacks power. "I will work hard (How), to earn an A," is intentional and powerful.

2. Be specific.

“Find help" is too general. "I will find 5 resources that will help me before the end of the month" is better.

3. Share your goals with someone who cares if you reach them.

Sharing your intentions with your parents, your best friend, or your teacher will help ensure success.

4. Write down your goals and put them where you will see them.

The more often you read your list, the more results you get.

5. Review and revise your list.

Experiment with different ways of stating your goals. Goal setting improves with practice!

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S.M.A.R.T Goals!

Help your child succeed by setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals!

You can work with your students by helping them set specific, measurable, achieveable, results-focused, and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T.) Goals!
Our students can login into Google and access these forms. You can do this together and have them submit to their teacher. Monitor progress together!


Check out our website for the Google Doc and more information!

Use our Google Goal Setting Form to Get Started in 2019! #BrickieUP

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  • Start by visiting Indiana Career Explorer
  • Compare the estimated net price of attendance at Indiana colleges through Indiana College Costs
  • Learn about career interest inventories, education requirements for different careers and more at Learn More Indiana.
  • Check out Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs for the most recent in-demand careers and wages in the state!
  • O*NET® Career Exploration Tools - Self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help you consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. The tools are also designed for use by students who are exploring the school-to-work transition.
  • Go to My skills. My future looks at the jobs you have held in the past to determine some similar positions for you in the future. It also allows you to learn more about those recommended careers.
  • Skills Profiler - Use the Skills Profiler to create a list of your skills and match them to jobs that use those skills
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3D Christmas Ornaments Made By Love - By Mrs. Pratt, 5th Grade Teacher

This year 5th Graders at Joan Martin Elementary started their 3D Printing lesson with a research project. Students researched the history, uses, and pros and cons of 3D Printing. The students really enjoyed doing the research and it created even more excitement to learn how to design and print!

The most fun cam when students designed a Christmas ornament in Tinkercad to hang on their trees at home! Some of the designs really surprised the teachers. The students really got creative and took it to the next level beyond what we learned how to do in the program. That is a Brickie for you - always work, work, working to improve and be better!

Joan Martin's Student Council Gives Back To The Community!

It is a tradition that has been around for many years! The Joan Martin's Student Council raises funds so they themselves can go shopping for items to give to the Hobart Food Pantry and those in need right here in the City of Hobart. After the enjoyable grocery shopping trip they head to the food pantry to assist in organizing all of their goods to help distribute for the Holidays. As a small reward for their kind gesture, a stop at Dairy Queen is a must! : ) We hope that all of the students enjoyed this humbling experience and see how this has impacted those all around them. We are proud of you, Brickies!

Medical Detectives Class at Hobart Middle School - by teacher, Miss Alexander

Miss Alexander, in partnership with fourth year medical student, Halley Staples, invited medical school students from Indiana University into her eighth grade Medical Detectives class. The students had previously learned about and practiced taking vital signs and diagnosing patients through case files and interviews as well as learning the different parts of the brain and performing brain dissections. The medical students assisted HMS Brickies with hands-on experience in completing patient exams - which included using stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes, and tuning forks. Students were thrilled to learn about their potential future in medical school in addition to practicing their exam skills with the soon-to-be doctors!

Middle School's Reality Store Gives Students Adult Responsibilities

Every year our 8th grade students attend the Reality Store. In the Middle School gym, tables are set up with different adult responsibilities; mortgage payments, car payments, bills, student loans, military costs, unexpected bills, cell phones, and possibly a glimpse into what bad behavior can get you. The students start by getting a career with an annual income, then are randomly given a size of family, and from there they budget out their monthly income among the bills, loans, and misc. expenses. What amount they are left with in the end is a surprise to many of our students. They see the value of their parents hard work and also think for financial responsible toward their futures. It is a energetic, fun, encouraging atmosphere for all our Brickies and volunteers. Thanks to all who made this possible!

Our Middle School and Ridge View Elementary Team Up Over Grinches!

This Holiday Season Mrs. Winland's Middle School class took a trip over to Ridge View Elementary and teamed up with Mrs. Gabriel and some of her fifth graders. Together they had a goal of taking the Grinch and disguising him so that he could not be recognized. The teamwork and interactions between our middle school students and the fifth graders were encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring. Our older Brickies were great role models for our Ridge View students and will always take pride in this experience. Thanks for making this possible Mrs. Winland and Mrs. Gabriel! Brickies supporting Brickies - always a beautiful thing.

Natalie Wins the Red Ribbon Poster Contest Grand Prize!

Every year we have students that enter the Red Ribbon Poster Contest that takes place in Lake County Indiana. This year was extra special because we not only had a winner from our school, but her poster went on and was chosen as the overall Grand Prize winner! This is a great accomplishment that will make her drug-free design become a reality on local billboards throughout the month of January. You will be able to see her billboard at the intersection of 61st Ave and I-65 as well as on U.S. 30 near the Team Volkswagen dealership. On top of that incredible display of her drawing - she also received a brand new laptop! Outstanding job to our Hobart middle school student, Natalie, for being creative and achieving this honor. We can't wait to see your billboards!
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High School's Government Honors Class

Our Government Honors classes worked on a bill and experienced what it was like to introduce, adjust, and move to approve a bill. The picture on the right shows our 2nd hour Brickies serving as the House of Representatives and introducing the bill. The middle picture is 1st hour acting as the Senate and adjusting the bill. The other picture shows members of both classes serving as a conference committee and working to approve the bill before being sent to the President. Unfortunately due to a variety of circumstances it wasn't approved and the bill waits in limbo, but the students had a great experience!
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College and Career Readiness at SCOH!

Click here to find ALL the information you need to help your student prepare for their future in the best way possible! Whether getting certified or working toward a degree - the School City of Hobart is here for you!

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HHS's "Careers In The Trades" Newsletter!

Did you know...


There are a lot of workers who spend five years or less in every job they take on? In January 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average employee tenure was 4.2 years, down from 4.6 years in January 2014.


So what?

It's more important than ever for you to make sure you have options for what skills you develop and what credentials you earn so that you are marketable.


What will it take for you to be successful?

The successful worker is one who is up-to-date on trends in their industry and who is always learning and refining skills and abilities.


What can you do now to prepare for the future?

By taking dual credit classes while in high school and working to earn a certificate, technical certificate, or associate's degree - you can save a lot of time and money while working towards finding and keeping your dream job. Talk to your counselor and see what HU can do for you!

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NEW Requirements for High School Graduates

Check out this link for ALL the information you need to help your student succeed! Plus there is a fun mini-movie that will help explain the new requirements.

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https://youtu.be/8-pxqeO24Ww
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The Local Scholarship Book is attached below, as well as the chart outlining each scholarship. This information will also be posted on the grade level Canvas page. Please review carefully as some scholarships have changed. The application MUST be typed and will be returned to the student if it is hand-written (with the exception of signatures). My recommendation is to type it all in one sitting if using the Chromebook, as it typically will not save the information typed into the PDF. Also, please do not forget to submit the essay.

All seniors are eligible to apply! Students can only win 1 scholarship from the book. After they win, their name is removed from all other scholarships. The deadline to turn the HHS Local Scholarship Book in is Friday, January 31st by 3 p.m. to the Guidance Office.

Any questions should be directed to Danielle Adams at dadams@hobart.k12.in.us or your school counselor.

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Seven Strategies For A Highly Effective Reader

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Tech Talk And Your Family

The filmmaker behind the ever growing in popularity Screenagers movie has a great Tech Talk Tuesday blog that gives us access to great topics and conversation starters. Dr. Ruston shares weekly topics to share with your family to help manage and decrease struggles around screen time. You will read brief articles about social media, video game use, tech tips, latest research, and more! Every month we will give you direct access to a couple of our favorites, but check our their webpage for all of their topics and to sign up yourself! www.screenagersmovie.com
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Nurse's Corner for January!

Flu - Each New Year We Face the Flu, Vaccinate so it Doesn’t Get You! Contact your healthcare provider or make an appointment at our Brickie Clinic 219-945-9383.
Handwashing - Handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Handwashing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. You can find ways to make it fun, like making up your own handwashing song or turning it into a game. Building handwashing skills takes time. At first, your child will need regular reminders of how and when to wash hands. It is especially important to remind children to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after touching pets, after playing outside, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose. But, once handwashing becomes a habit and a regular part of your child’s day, they will practice it throughout their lives.
Vaccinations - All students should be up to date on their vaccinations. Indiana state law requires you to have up to date immunizations. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse
Health Conditions - If your student has a specific health condition or needs special care during the school day such as medication, treatments, or monitoring, please inform your school nurse and provide your nurse with a care plan. Individual health care plans help keep your student safe and healthy. Sick students- Please keep all sick children home from school- this includes fever greater than 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea. If you are unsure, please call your healthcare provider or school nurse for advice.
Head Lice - It’s that time of year where our students break out their coats, scarves and hats. Please encourage your child not to share such items as hats, scarves, brushes or any personal items. Lice is not a danger to your child’s health, it is simply an annoying problem that comes around this time of year, so no need to panic. Please know that anyone and everyone can get lice. Getting lice has nothing to do with you being clean or dirty, it only has to do with the fact that you are human. It is very important to check your family for lice this time of year regularly. If you find any live lice or eggs, it is absolutely necessary to treat each “infected” person, but more importantly, you must notify the school so that we can effectively and confidentially assist you with monitoring. The school nurse can assist you with proper treatment options as well as identify and demonstrate for you what to do.
EXTRA SET OF CLOTHING - Please make sure your student has an extra change of clothing in his/her backpack in case needed for unseen circumstances that may arise during the school day.

If you have any questions, please call your school nurse or visit our school web page at http://www.hobart.k12.in.us for more information on student health, school forms, and other helpful links

Help ALL Brickies Get A Lunch!

Help Hobart High School students who don't always have the means to eat a lunch by donating to the "Brickie Lunch Box"! This new program will help ensure all student's are eating lunch & getting the nutrients & energy needed to be a successful Brickie.
https://youtu.be/HMIaz60RqT8
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Here Comes The Bus App

Many of our parents and students take advantage of the Here Comes The Bus App and with it's new improvements, it is better than ever! You can view in real-time the location of your student's bus, when and where your child boards or exits the bus, receive notifications when the bus is near, and be able to do this all on your smartphone, tablet or computer! Visit the link below for the easy step-by-step directions and take the worry away!
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PSAT Parent Night

Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 6-7:30pm

Hobart High School Board Room

Join us for our PSAT Parent Night! Here you will learn from the experts about the PSAT: what it is, why the students take it, what their score means, how to practice and prepare, ways to ease your child mentally, and much more. It is a great opportunity to learn about it as a parent so you can better understand and help your child.

7th and 8th Grade Chamber Music Concert

Thursday, Feb. 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

Join us at the stage in the Middle School Cafe for the yearly performance of our 7th and 8th grade musical students! It is amazing they growth they have from the start of the year until now. Mark your calendar and join us for this musically talented event!

Showcase of Preschools!

Thursday, Feb. 6th, 5-7pm

Early Learning Center Gymnasium

Join us at the Early Learning Center where you will find all the information about several local preschools! Each will have their own booth so you can find our more information like curriculum, schedule, costs, and more! Figuring our which preschool will work best for your child and you can't get any easier than this!

Hobart Middle School Valentines Dance

Friday, Feb. 7th, 5-7pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

Ahhh, young innocent love...or just a good ole' dance party at the Middle School. Save the date for what will be a fun night for our Brickies. More information will come out closer to the event!

FAFSA Completion Event - Two Times To Attend! (AM Session)

Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 8-11am

Hobart High School - Learning Center 1111

Join the experts anytime during our FAFSA Completion Events to help you properly fill out the FAFSA and get the most in financial savings! They are there to assist you with any questions or issues you may come across while filing it out online. Don't get frustrated at home and wonder if you are doing it right - come to one of our events! Two times to attend are available!

FAFSA Completion Event - Two Times To Attend! (PM Session)

Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 4-7pm

Hobart High School Board Room

Join the experts anytime during our FAFSA Completion Events to help you properly fill out the FAFSA and get the most in financial savings! They are there to assist you with any questions or issues you may come across while filing it out online. Don't get frustrated at home and wonder if you are doing it right - come to one of our events! Two times to attend are available!

Brickie Kidz Open House - Both ELC and High School Locations!

Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 5-7pm

Early Learning Center or Hobart High School

Join us at either location to learn more about the Brickie Kidz Preschool! These preschools are located in two of our buildings, the Early Learning Center at George Earle or Hobart High School - you decide which location works best for you! Both are ran with similar curriculum to help prepare your Brickie for Kindergarten expectations. Classes are overlooked by teachers while students in the College and Career Class assist with teaching and building your young ones minds. It is a successful, fun, structured preschool that are located in the comfort of the School City of Hobart schools. Join us for more information!

Next Level Jobs Information Night - For Parents and Alumni!

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 6-8pm

Hobart High School Board Room

Are you are parent or high school graduate wondering and wishing about getting a high education but are frightened by the expenses of it. You have no reason to be! Join us to learn all about the Next Level Jobs program through Ivy Tech. Next Level Jobs provides Hoosiers with free state-wide training in high-paying, in-demand industries. Next Level Jobs also provides Indiana employers with reimbursements up to $50,000 to train their employees in these high-growth fields. This has no affiliation to the School City of Hobart - we just want to see everyone succeed! So if you are thinking that higher education could get you that promotion at work or started in a career that you love, February 12th is your chance to learn more!

Spring Fest - Save The Date!

Friday, March 13th, 5-9pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Save The Date for the extraordinarily, entertainingly, fun Spring Fest! As always there will be bounce houses, carnival games with prizes, silent auctions, toddler play section, face painting, performances, food, and great times. Mark your calendar and prepare yourself for some fun!
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Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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