Focus on Education

March 2019

Big picture
Big picture

History Has Been Made In Hobart Swimming!

I am sure you have all heard the earth shattering news of our renown sophomore, Emma Wright and her phenomenal State Championship she achieved in the 100 yrd Freestyle. With her achievement came the title of changing the History of Hobart forever by becoming the first swimmer to bring home a State Title! We can't get enough of Emma, with her respectful actions, determined mentality, and constant positivity -- Emma is #DoinItWright! She was welcomed back to Hobart with a police escorted parade through downtown and a warm welcome at the Middle School pool. Later in the month she was invited tot he State house to be recognized. HEre she She was was acknowledged by Senator Eddie Melton, Mayor Snedecor, and Dr. Buffington. She has certainly made a splash in the history books and will undoubtedly be one of the first in the new Aquatic Center at the high school. Congratulations, again, Emma on your State Championship!
Big picture

Cheerleaders Bring Home A First Place!

Last month our Varsity Cheerleaders headed tot he Hoosier Open Cheerleading Competition where they brought their hard work and focus to the floor. Competing in the Varsity Division, our girls jumped, danced, and overall impressed the judges to a first place VICTORY with a zero deduction performance! In addition the team received the Spirit award for having the most spirit, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship out off all of the school in attendance at the competition! This was the first time in HISTORY Hobart has won this award -- talk about Brickie Spirit!

The team also had individual girls competing for best jumps of the competition and out of 5 places, Hobart achieved 3 spots! Freshman, Sydnie Anderson placed 4th; Junior, Taylor Lollis placed 3rd; and Senior, Merqurie Sage placed 2nd! Amazing job, Brickies!

Big picture

Brickiebotics = STATE!

On Saturday, January 26th, Hobart hosted its second VEX IQ elementary robotics competition. This event was organized by the Joan Martin Brickiebotics. Twenty-five teams from Northwest Indiana attended this event. The teams drove in ten alliance matches to score points. Both teams worked together to score points by stacking the hubs in the building areas and then finally hanging their robot from the bar. The top ten scoring teams advance to the finals hoping to win a state bid.

Our Brickiebotics Team B, Noah Prieto, Jayvon Randall, Mason Mitchell, held second place throughout the competition finally earning a spot in the finals and winning by one point. In fact all of our Joan Martin teams scored higher than in the past competitions. Our Brickiebotics Team A also placed in the top ten and competed in the final matches. In March, Team B will be traveling to the state competition, held at the Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis.



During this season, Mr. Doyle and Mrs. Hathaway have seen their team members develop into better problem-solvers, confident builders, and stronger coders. They are very proud of their hardwork this season.

Big picture

Our Youth and Government Received Some Achievements!

At the end of last month our Hobart High School Brickies had an outstanding Youth and Government conference. They had two award winners and one person elected to state office. Max Salazar won outstanding member of the House of Representatives. Jack Huber won outstanding delegate and will have the opportunity to represent the State of Indiana at the Conference of National Affairs in North Carolina! Donovan Ruiz was elected the Speaker of the House and will run the House next year! Finally, Elena Polizotto received an Honor Chord for being a 4 year Indiana Youth and Government participant! An impressive weekend for our Brickies! We could not be more excited for the future with you young Brickies! Way to Go!
Big picture

Hobart Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educators

In recognition of giving their time, patience, love, and teaching skills the Hobart Chamber of Commerce proudly acknowledged three individual teachers at the School City of Hobart. The Chamber had hundreds of teacher nominations this year, which made this moment more enjoyable knowing there were so many loved and honored teachers in our District. However, in the end there were three that shined just a bit brighter than the others. Community of Hobart, let's join together and congratulate these individuals for the hard work and sacrifices they make everyday for our children.

Elementary - Cristina Bullington, Joan Martin 3rd grade teacher

Middle School - Tony Cutalolo, Hobart Middle School Social Studies Teacher

High School - Elizabeth Slough, Hobart High School English Teacher


Congratulations again to these three and all of the teachers that were nominated this year. The every growing nominations from year to year have shown the impact that teacher make on our children and community here in Hobart. Great job and #BrickieUp

Joan Martin's Production of "Annie" Was A Hit!

The sun will come out---hopefully soon! But until then we have the talents of the Joan Martin Dram Club to warm us up! They had their theatrical play of "Annie" and all of the students did an outstanding job. From the singing and dancing, to the rehearsed lines and lighting, to the costumes and make-up -- these young Brickies would have given the Oscars a run for their money! The audience was beaming from ear to ear while watching their kids, grand-kids, friends, and family on the stage acting out a well known hit. Great job to ALL that were involved in putting such a memorable play on. We can't wait to see what this young group or actors and actresses will do.
Big picture
ILEARN is Indiana’s new online computer adaptive assessment designed to measure your child’s proficiency of the Indiana Academic Standards in Grades 3–8, Biology and U.S. Government. ILEARN fulfills both state and federal legislative requirements as the accountability assessment for Indiana students.



*What resources are available to help prepare my child for ILEARN?

• Indiana’s Released Items Repository allows students to interact with released items and try some of the tools and features at: https://www. doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-sample-items-and scoring.

• Indiana’s ILEARN Portal provides information and resources for understanding the assessment at: https://ilearn.portal.airast.org/.

• The ILEARN for Families website answers questions about ILEARN at: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ ilearn-families.


Check out our School City of Hobart Parent/Student Learning Center at the link below!

Big picture

Get Ready for the PSAT and SAT!


Are you ready? Game Day is just around the corner!

Just like athletes prepare for their upcoming games, musicians prepare for concerts, and actresses prepare for performances — students prepare for exams! Why? Because practice puts brains in your muscles like Sam Snead once said.


On April 9, students in grades 7, 8, and 9 will be taking the PSAT! The PSAT — long known for being a Practice Exam — plays a much different role nowadays. PSAT scores are used to predict college, and career readiness AND are used to fulfill prerequisite requirements so students can earn college credit for classes they are already taking while in High School.

If you haven’t already heard, Hobart University — at HHS— now offers a ton of programs and courses for students to earn free college credit! BUT, they have to qualify!

Also, juniors will be taking the SAT. The new legislation in Indiana requires that current high school students either pass their graduation qualifying exam (ISTEP+) or opt into the Indiana Graduation Pathways. By earning a qualifying score on the SAT, students can fulfill the third graduation pathway requirement thereby demonstrating postsecondary ready competency.

Whether taking the PSAT or SAT in April — Game Day is quickly approaching.

For those taking the PSAT, a 26+ in English, Reading, Writing (ERW) and a 24.5+ in Math is the cut score needed for many dual credit courses. For those taking the SAT in need of fulfilling the postsecondary ready competency requirement, a 480 in English Reading, Writing (ERW) and a 530 in Math are needed to fulfill the SAT College & Career Readiness Benchmark!!!


Go to www.khanacademy.org/sat to diagnose skills, take full-length practice tests, familiarize oneself with instructions, and work on differentiated practice based on precisely what each individual student needs! Parents / Guardians, there’s even a way to monitor progress - go to www.khanacademy.org/sat to get started!



Big picture
Big picture

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!!!

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
https://youtu.be/8-pxqeO24Ww
Big picture

"When Doctors Say 'Read', New Parents Listen" by The Hechinger Report

The Clinton Foundation's Too Small To Fail campaign has been using doctors to reach out to low-income parents about the importance of talking, reading and singing with their young children, and the work has been having an impact, according to an evaluation of the campaign. The results showed that, after speaking with a doctor, 63% of parents said they wanted to try new approaches at home with their children. Read the article below from the Hechinger Report to learn more about this campaign and it's strategies!
Big picture

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
Big picture
Big picture

ReThink App For Tweens, Teens, And Everyone!

ReThink™ is an award-winning, non-intrusive, innovative, patented technology that detects and stops cyberbullying before the damage is done! When an adolescent tries to post an offensive message on social media, ReThink uses its sophisticated context sensitive filtering technology to determine whether or not it’s offensive and gives the adolescent a second chance to reconsider their decision. Research shows that when adolescents are alerted to ReThink their decision, they change their minds 93% of the time. In this internationally acclaimed study, using ReThink™, the overall willingness of the average adolescent to post an offensive message reduced from 71% to 4%.

With ReThink™, our goal is to conquer the silent pandemic of cyberbullying that is affecting millions. When cyberbullying occurs, children are often advised to block the bully and tell a parent or guardian. Research has found that 9 out of 10 children suffer in silence - they do not tell anyone. Cyberbullied victims suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and more likely to drop out of school. Several solutions that are in place today address bullying after the damage is done. ReThink is the first ever solution to proactively prevent cyberbullying before the damage is done. ReThink stops cyberbullying at the root of this issue, before hurtful messages go out on the internet.
ReThink™ provides an important opportunity for adolescents to change their minds and not post hurtful messages online. With a moment to pause, review and reconsider their decisions online, adolescents learn to make better choices on and off of the internet.\

Parents, ReThink™ is a free app that is available for download on Android and iOS devices. Empower your child to make positive decisions online with ReThink. With ReThink, children can learn to think before posting or sending any offensive content that may later regret. Encourage your child to become a responsible digital citizen while enjoying peace of mind.

To install ReThink on an Android Device click here

To install ReThink on an iOS Device click here

To find out more about how you can help, please watch the video from founder Trisha Prabhu below!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Nurse's Corner for March!

Flu- The lucky leprechaun says get your flu shot before your luck runs out! Its flu season! Please contact your healthcare provider or make an appointment at our Brickie Clinic 219-945-9383.

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. Please do not send your student to school and instruct them to go directly to the nurse before the school day begins. If your student is sick, please follow the call off procedures. Again, if you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse. Please see attached chart to assist you in knowing when to keep your student home.

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.

CLOTHING- Please make sure your student has an extra change of clothing in his/her backpack incase 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

Big picture
Big picture

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
Big picture

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!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

PSAT Information Night

Tuesday, March 5th, 6pm

Hobart High School Board Room

As you consider a PSAT goal, it is wise to understand the average scores and qualifying scores for various scholarship programs. Taking the PSAT gives you a chance to qualify for several scholarship programs, most notably the National Merit Scholarship programs. The PSAT is an Early College entrance exam. In other words, the score determines if you are eligible to take Early College classes in high school. PSAT scoring can be pretty complex and we would love to help explain them to you. Please come to the informative meeting and get all of your questions answered about how they are tested, scoring, and why it is so important!

HHS Theatre Department's Production of "The Crucible"

Friday, March 8th, 7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join our talented Theatre Department for their Spring production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller -- March 8th and 9th at 7:00pm and on Sunday (Legacy Foundation Event) at 3:00pm.

Freshman College and Career Day

Monday, March 11th, 3-7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Our 8th grade students will be bused over to the High School to tour the school and learn about the possibilities of their high school career. Then they will eat a free meal before the parents join them at 6pm. It will be a great evening for everyone and we look forward to meeting the incoming Freshman! For more details, see the image above in the newsletter.

SpringFest! SAVE THE DATE!

Friday, March 15th, 5-9pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Come join us for the Annual SpringFest where you will find a fieldhouse FULL of bounce houses, a gymnasium FULL of games with prizes, a cafeteria FULL of food and a theatre FULL of entertainment! Seriously the best night of the year! More details will be posted soon so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date! #BrickieUp

Spring Choir Concert

Wednesday, March 20th, 7pm

Hobart High School

Come and enjoy the beautiful voices of our Choir at their Spring Concert! Legacy Foundation event will be held on March 19th at 6pm.

Spring Break!

Monday, March 25th, 7am to Friday, March 29th, 3:30pm

School City of Hobart

Enjoy your Break and we will see you back on Monday, April 1st!

Chasing Dream's Prom

Saturday, April 6th, 5:30pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join Chasing Dreams at their annual Prom being held at Hobart High School. It is an all inclusive prom night that you will remember forever! Enjoy the royal treatment, walk the red carpet, and dance the night away!


This experience is open for individuals with disABILITIES ages 14 & older from local and surrounding communities and people without disABILITIES ages 16 & older who attend Hobart High School.


See the flyer above in the newsletter for registration link!

Annual Brickie Makers and Innovators

Wednesday, April 10th, 6-8pm

Hobart High School Field House

Full Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) ahead! Tinkerers, storytellers, scientists and artists alike: come show off your talents and inventions at the 5th Annual Brickie Makers and Innovator Showcase. Students have the opportunity to present original creations during an evening of mad genius! Creations can be original designs from home or school. For more information or to sign-up, visit www.hobart.k12.in.us/maker

Class of 2019 Graduation - Save the Date!

Thursday, May 30th, 6pm

Hobart High School Brickyard

Join us in celebrating our Class of 2019 on their very special day!

Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

The School City of Hobart does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or disability, including limited English proficiency.


Contact us through the directory.