Focus on Education

September 2018

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We Can Help Students Achieve Their Goals and Dreams With Hobart University!

We can ensure achievement of students’ goals and dreams because of the incredible opportunities we provide in the School City of Hobart. Welcome to the inaugural year of Hobart University. Hobart University offers a variety of dual credit Early College programs in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College. What is dual credit and Early College? Students who are enrolled in Early College courses are referred to as having “dual credit” classes; meaning students receive high school credit and college credit at the same time. These opportunities are constantly evolving, and we are committed to providing innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for our Brickies that are aligned with 21st-century skills, changes in higher educational demands, and job market trends. We are very proud of our accomplishments and course offerings. Earning a high school diploma and college credentials is what Hobart University is all about.

These Early College opportunities provide a cost-effective, efficient, and engaging way for students to take courses that align with their career interests. Most of these classes are FREE! Students save money and time by enrolling in our Early College program called Hobart University while attending high school. Students are provided with unbelievable opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have until later in life. Visit our website at to learn more about these opportunities. Talk to your children about preparing for Hobart University! Students need to have good grades to be eligible for Early College, and this means students need to do their personal best at every grade level.

We are working hard for the Brickies by fulfilling our vision and mission daily and striving for Success for All Students from Cradle to Career. We pledge the following to our Brickies:

  • Our Schools Equip Children for Adulthood
  • Our Schools Address the Needs of Individual Students
  • Our Schools Are Community Schools
  • Our Schools Are Committed to Success

Our goals toward this mission include the following: Literacy, Problem Solving, Citizenship, and College & Career Readiness. We have added a Learning Management System called Canvas to aid students and parents in monitoring assignments and grades. It works with Skyward, our Student Management System. Both systems have a portal for students and parents that permit access to grades, attendance, discipline, and messaging. Please use these great tools with our youth to keep them on the road to success. By working together, we can ensure Every Brickie, Every Day will do their personal best and OWN IT for a great year.
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Our Hobart University Energy Students Are Excited For Their Future!

This past month our Hobart University (HU) Energy Students took their first step in achieving their college education and visited the Ivy Tech Campus! Here they enjoyed a tour of the campus, explored the lab, and learned more about the program! They were inspired by what is available to them and thought the tour that Ivy Tech employee, Mike, gave them was great! Way to go Brickies!
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Learn More Indiana - Training Beyond High School

Learn More Indiana is a partnership of state and local organizations working to help Hoosiers of all ages complete education and training beyond high school. Their team offers a variety of helpful resources to help all Hoosiers from kindergartners to adults turn their college and career dreams into reality. Whether your child is just getting excited about starting first grade, or is all set to walk across the stage, you play a huge role in their school lives. From coloring inside the lines, to breaking out of them, your child’s education is an exciting time. Help set up your child for success by visiting this website and "Learn More"!

Furthermore, Learn More Indiana publishes Learn More magazines for every age level, from kindergarten to adults, designed to help students take the right steps to prepare for and succeed in college. Feel free to click on the appropriate link below and help you and your student(s) Learn More!

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Mrs. Osika's Class At Joan Martin Are Loving Their Brain!

Our Brickies understand so much about the brain thanks to Dr. Lori DeSautels who has not only visited our schools several times in the past, but was a guest speaker for all of our staff this school year! Her discussions have encouraged teachers and students to better appreciate our own brains and how much the brain can control the way we react to many different emotions and situations. Whether it be stress, a tough homework assignment, a big game, or the infamous Senioritis - our brains do amazing things! Check out Mrs. Osika's 3rd Grade Class and what they had to say about why the brain is so important to learn about and understand! Below was completely written by them (with Mrs. Osika proofreading, of course.) Great job, Brickies! Way to Own It!

Brain Based Learning

By: Mrs. Osika’s Third Grade Class

Parents and teachers should learn about the brain because they need to teach their children and students about it. When students learn about their brains, they understand why they react the way they do. They also learn ways to control their reactions.

There are three main parts of the brain that we learned about, and they are the prefrontal cortex, the hippocampus, and the amygdala. The prefrontal cortex is the part in your forehead. We use the nickname Tex (the Smart Sheriff) to help us remember the prefrontal cortex. Its job is to help us make smart choices and control our emotions and reactions. The hippocampus stores your memories. We use the nickname Hippo (The Librarian) for the hippocampus. If the amygdala takes over the hippocampus can’t do its job, which makes it hard to learn or remember information. The amygdala alerts you when you are in danger, but sometimes it will alert you when it doesn’t need to. The amygdala is in the middle of your brain. The nickname for the amygdala is Amy (the Jumpy Superhero).

It’s important to know about the amygdala so it won’t be afraid of a threat that is not there. If the amygdala is on high alert, you can’t think or make memories. The other parts of your brain can’t do their jobs. The amygdala puts you in fight, flight, or freeze mode, in order to keep you safe. When you go into fight, flight, or freeze mode all the blood goes to the parts of your body that would help you to escape danger. That means there is not as much blood going to the areas that help you learn or think. This is not good if you are in this mode when there is no actual danger.

It’s important to know about the prefrontal cortex because you can use it to calm down your amygdala and help you make smart choices. It is important to know about the hippocampus because it helps make and store important memories.

There are lots of strategies you can use to calm down your amygdala. These include:

  • Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • Drink water (which forces you to breathe).
  • Do yoga
  • Draw. There is a special kind of drawing called bilateral drawing that we practiced in class (see pictures).
  • Think about something that makes you happy.

Steps for bilateral drawing/scribbling

1. Have a coloring tool in each hand with the paper in front of you.

2. Draw horizontal lines until teacher says stop.

3. Draw vertical lines until teacher says stop.

4. Draw arcs until teacher says stop.

5. Draw circles until teacher says stop.

6. Draw dots until teacher says stop.

7. Look at your drawing and give it a title.
8. Look at your drawing and notice if it reminds you of anything or tells you anything about yourself.

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YouthMover, Brandon Lee White In Our Schools!

He's back and we are Owning It! This year @YouthMover, Brandon Lee White will be visiting all of our schools to encourage and motivate students to build positive character, teamwork, courage, self-discipline, exercise, and anti-bullying in a fun, energetic, humorous way! As a former professional ballroom dancer and entertainer, he uses sports, dance, and pop-culture to relate to students of all ages! He creates a positive impact on and moves students so that they can grow and move toward success. Our Brickies did a great job "Owning It" and are encouraged to sign their school banner (pictured above) by taking the personalized School City of Hobart pledge:

"I pledge to embody the qualities of Yohan and live out what it means to be a Brickie: kindness, integrity, responsibility, determination, and pride to build a better world starting with me."

Want to know more about him? Read what former Middle School Assistant Principal, now High School Co-Principal, Mrs. Scheuneman has to say about him after his visit last year and the impact that he made!

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brandon after his visit to HMS last year. I am a huge fan of his message and his mission, and I never would have believed that he could get 300 8th graders to swing dance in the gym. It was one of my favorite moments ever. What was more impressive, though, was that for the rest of the year, students talked about “that time we danced.” They would even greet each other in the halls with, “Hi, person I danced with.” This seems like a small thing, but it’s a big deal. Brandon has the ability to help people see each other and themselves, to realize they are part of the same team, and to just go ahead and own it. Sometimes owning it is easy, and sometimes it’s not. I love that we had someone come in this school year to start this conversation again. And he is not just coming one time... we have the pleasure of working with Brandon throughout the whole year, for a total of 5 visits. I love the way the Own It message will be threaded into our days at HHS. I can’t wait to see what this school year and experience will bring.

"The Own It Movement provides character and leadership development to empower students to take ownership of who they are, what they want, and what holds them back."

For more information regarding Own It, check out his website:

Or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as @YouthMover!

SCOH's MISSION through partnership with the Own It movement:

To empower Yohan’s 5 characteristics in each student to “build a better world starting with me.”

5 Characteristics of Yohan:






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Coach Cook's English Classes are inspired by their Brickie Pride and Walt Whitman!

Coach Cook is the 10th and 11th grade Creative Writing Teacher and Head Wrestling Coach and he is inspiring our students to OWN their Hobart pride! Recently he had his classes write poetry that was inspired by Walt Whitman, but with a Brickie twist. This inspiring piece was proudly written by Caleb Huffmaster, Brett Goad, and Nathan Roscoe! Take a look at their work below. Great job Brickies and Coach Cook!

Click here to open the pdf.

For more great things that our Brickies are doing, visit the link below that acknowledges how our students are Owning It! #BrickiePride

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Joan Martin's 4th Grade Classes Are Dedicating Time To Help Others!

Joan Martin students are inspiring! They recently listened to our Superintendent, Dr. Buffington, speak about College, Careers, and Service to others. After being inspired by her passion for those around, they decided they wanted to dedicate some of their time during the school year to do service projects that will help inspire others. To kick it off, they chose to share their joy in hopes of boosting spirits of patients right here in St. Mary's hospital! They spent time creating cards and encouraged others to join in. The outcome was impressive! Take a look at some of the cards below and share the story with others. You never know how one person can impact the community! #BrickieUp

The Aquatic Center Is Officially Underway!

We are beyond excited for the new Aquatic Center and now that it is officially underway, the anticipation of it being completed has encroached upon us. To help ease some of the excitement we will post pictures from time to time on our website that shows the progress! You can get a sneak peek of what it will look like and see the photos of the progression on our website! Just click the link below and just keep swimming!
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Tall Cop Says Stop! Coming to You This Month!

Tall Cop Says Stop was created by Officer Jermaine Galloway, an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1997. Regarded as one of America’s top experts in various drug and alcohol trends, he has specialized in underage drinking and drug enforcement for more than 15 years.

Since 2009, Officer Galloway has won four national awards and one international award for his work. In addition to his numerous talks at conferences and other events, he has personally trained more than 105,000 people nationwide.

Officer Galloway’s many years of experience have taught him one thing above all else. In his words, “You can’t stop what you don’t know.”

He will be hosting a community presentation on September 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. The event will take place at Thomas A. Edison High School in Lake Station. The event is free, we just ask for the community/parents to register. All ages are welcome. Register at the link below!

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Khan Academy - A Personalized learning resource for all ages! For Free. For Everyone. Forever.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Their mission? To provide a free, world-class education for anymore, anywhere. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Khan has also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. Get your learn on!

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Hobart's Homecoming Parade!

Friday, Sep. 14th, 4:30pm

Downtown Hobart!

Join the School City of Hobart, the students, teachers, and additional staff members as well as the community at our Annual Homecoming Parade! Show your Brickie Pride downtown and then head up to the football game that evening! #GoBricks

New Elementary School Ground Breaking!

Thursday, Sep. 20th, 5-6pm

Mundell Field, Hobart, IN, USA

Hobart, IN

Join the School City of Hobart Board of Trustees, Superintendent, and Community Members at the ground breaking for the New Elementary School! We are excited and thankful for the opportunity to build at this location and would love to share in the excitement with you! Afterwards, join us for some appetizers and to mingle! Get a sneak peek of the new elementary school by watching the video on our website!

20th Annual Taste of Autumn!

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 5-8pm

3550 East Lincoln Highway

Merrillville, IN

We cannot express enough how much fun this event is and the best part is that all proceeds raised from the silent auction go right back to the students and teacher here in the School City of Hobart! Your $40 ticket will include entry, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, and more! Visit the Facebook page at to learn more about the event and to ask any questions. This year you can purchase your tickets online at or from any Hobart Educational Foundation Member or the School City of Hobart Administration Office! We hope to see you there!

Suicide Awareness Walk

Monday, Oct. 1st, 3-4:30pm

Hobart High School Field House

Join us as we put the focus on National Suicide Awareness Month! Why we walk? Each year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Yet suicide prevention doesn't receive anywhere near the funding as other leading causes of death. It's up to Walkers like us to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.

Suicide Awareness Parent Night

Monday, Oct. 1st, 6-7pm

Hobart High School Board Room

Parents, please join us for this brief but informative meeting in regards to suicide awareness and mental health. Young adolescents and teens have different pressures than when we, as adults, had growing up. Come and learn how to see the signs and ways that you can help your child(ren) handle some of these pressures.

Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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