Focus on Education
AM Therapeutics Are Heading To The State Science Fair And Advancing On With Innovate WithIn
Wait - there's more! Ball State University, the Indiana Economic Development, and the Indiana Department of Education partnered again this year to continue the high school student competition for Indiana's future entrepreneurs. This year there were over 400 students from 50 high schools that registered to participate in the "Innovate WithIn" competition. More than 150 teams submitted video pitches to be considered in Round 1. Out of these pitches, up to 10 teams are selected to represent their region and move onto Round 2 of the competition.
We are pleased to announce that these Brickies and their amazing invention were selected! They will continue to compete on March 3rd at Purdue Northwest and if all goes well will move on to participate at the State finals in April! We know that their teamwork and collaboration with this create product design will certainly take them far. Best of luck at both the State Science Fair competition and Innovate WithIn!
Chess Is Going To The Scholastic Chess of Indiana State Finals!
Our 3rd grade team: Royce Edwards, Vinny Castellanos, Paige Urbanczyk, Ryan O'Connor, and Owen Payne from Liberty Elementary brought home a 10th place at Regionals after FIVE rounds of matches.
Our 8th grade team: Ben Eberle, Nico Ewing, Juan Velasquez, and Owen Hardesty fought their way to a 6th place victory! Nico had a victory for himself by going undefeated for the day! Both of these teams tore up the boards and will be advancing to State!
Our 4th/5th grade teams did not qualify for state but showed great sportsmanship and Brickie pride. This group consisted of Jack Urbanczyk, Bailey Harrell, Jake Payne, and Eddie Castellanos!
Amazing job by all of these Brickies and best of luck at your future competitions!
ISSMA Instrumental Solo and Ensemble - Some Are State Bound!
WOW! Our kids were FANTASTIC at ISSMA Solo & Ensemble which took place at Munster HS. The Indiana State School Music Association's mission is to provide educationally evaluated music performance opportunities for students and teachers of school music ensembles. This assists in the development of performance oriented standards for music education, promotes inclusion of music as part of each schools curriculum, and offer education support! We are thankful for the opportunity every year to showcase our Brickies and the talents that they each have. If you have not been to one of their performances, you are definitely missing out! Check out these results from the competition and see who advanced to STATE!
Middle School Results:
HMS Band had 14 ensembles with golds and 1 ensemble with silver. Both the 7th and the 8th grade woodwind ensembles earned a PERFECT score!!
There were 10 solos with golds and 2 solos with silvers.
HMS Orchestra had 5 ensembles receive golds and 1 ensemble receive a silver. There were 5 solos with golds, and 1 solo with a silver.
High School Results:
HHS Band had 10 ensembles with golds and 2 ensembles receive silver. There were 18 solos with golds, 7 solos with silver and 2 solos with bronzes. CJ Rodrick earned a perfect score on his group 1 snare drum solo!
The following soloist will be performing at the state level on Saturday, Feb. 29th in Indianapolis: Alli Bradford, Megan Schubert, Brian Corbeille, Lauren Cicillian, Charity Kirk, Max Wojihoski, Tyler Corbeille, Peter Dooling, CJ Rodrick.
The following ensemble members will be performing at state too: Alli Bradford, Jenna Helm, Brian Corbeille, Armando Bernal, Megan Schubert, Lauren Cicillian, Jelena Kolunzidja, Angelina Priestly, Kylee Watts, Charity Kirk, Max Wojihoski, Tyler Corbeille, Peter Dooling, Ben Hammond, Walter Todd, Ayden Ward, Anna Stefaniak, Michael Ramirez, Carmine Stengel and Gus Trezak.
HHS Orchestra had 4 ensembles receive golds and 3 ensembles receive silvers. They also had 5 solos receive gold, and 7 solos receive silver.
The following soloists will be performing at the state level on Saturday, Feb. 29th in Indianapolis: Aoife Combs and Reggie Gilbert
The following ensemble members will also be performing at state: Dulce Rabadan, Reggie Gilbert, and Mikayla Fuentes
**It's important to note that since the orchestra program is so young, these are the first orchestra students in the history of HHS Orchestra to go to state. This is very exciting for them!**
In order for a student to qualify for state, they have to perform a solo or an ensemble off the required "group 1" list. The music is the highest level of difficulty. They have to receive a gold medal in order to progress to the state level. At the state level they will perform the same piece of music, this time it is judged at an even more challenging level.
Amazing work Brickies and proof that these students and our band directors are dedicated to what they do! If you have not seen them perform in person - join us next time! You will not be disappointed!
ISSMA Choir Solo and Ensemble - Wolffgang Received A Gold At State!
Way to go Brickie Choirs! As mentioned above ISSMA is a great association that puts music educationally on the forefront. Students work tirelessly to learn their parts, feel the tempos, and stay in pitch. Then they are challenged by being put on the spot in front of judges where they usually perform a cappella - no music, no instruments, just their voice and any errors that may occur. That is if you make any errors. These Brickies did AMAZING at their competition in early February and with great teachers and Mr. Wolff skyping in at the competition - who wouldn't! Congratulations to all who are involved and participated and an extra shout out to Wolffgang who continued on and competed at State to bring home the GOLD! Check out their performance below! Great work Brickies!
Twenty Hobart choir members earned superior ratings and gold medals for their performances at the District Solo and Ensemble competition in Munster. Seniors Noelani Howland and Marco Castillo earned Gold medals for their group 1 solos and performed at State. Leila Castro and Mia Perez also gave amazing solo performances!
Wolffgang and Dyna-mics earned Gold medals for their group 1 ensemble pieces and also performed at State. Wolffgang really showed their talent at State by bring back a GOLD! Members include Mattie Willis, Brooke Rosenbaum, Noelani Howland, Amelia Marshall, Adrianna Serrano, Rory Good, and McKenna Beck!
Dyna-mics include Nichole Drapac, Alyssa Bulow, Meghan Horn, Olivia Aichner, Jazmine Alvarez, Maddie Baltrushiatis, Nathaniel Resendiz, Marco Castillo, Noelani Howland, Ruby Winn, Kayla Walker, and Kaylie Johnson!
Congratulations to all who participated and outstanding peformances!
Tri Kappa Spell Bowl Winners!
Trevor and Tyler Wrestle Their Way To Indy For State!
Trevor walked onto the mat as a Freshman - a feat in and of itself - and wrestled hard but took a fall at the end of the period to finish his season. Though it was heart breaking he quickly realized that he was one of the handful of freshman there and looks forward to being back in the Fieldhouse next year.
HHS Junior, Tyler refused to except a loss on Friday night and wrestled hard finishing with a victory and mindset that he is already one of the top 8 wrestlers in the State! Saturday's competition determined what place he would finish in as he took on a undefeated senior in his first round and took a loss. From there he continued to wrestle two more times to finally earn the 6th place State Title for the Hobart Brickies!
Both of these young men did a fine job representing themselves, the wrestling community, and the Brickies! The best part - they will both be back next year!
Hobart High School Junior, Emma, Heads To State - Again!
Our Robotics Teams Are On Fire And Heading To State!
Our Ridge View Ridgebots definitely showed up to the competition! They were divided into two teams - boys and girls - and each did amazing! The teams worked together well with the girls finishing in the top ten and the boys bringing home a first place finish! This put both teams in the bid to compete at State! One member even mentioned that "this is the first and last time Ridge View will compete at State. Next year we will be Veterans!" You may be at Veterans Elementary next year, but you will always be a Ridge View Ridgebot at heart! Best of luck!
Liberty Elementary's Brickie Builders are brand new this year and did an outstanding job throughout the season. At the VEX IQ Challenge they showed tremendous grit and determination and though they fell short of qualifying for State they earned the Judge's Award!
Hobart Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educators
High School - Mrs. Sara Basiaga, Chemistry
Middle School - Mr. Ryan Williams, Math
Elementary - Miss Allie Boudreau, Early Learning Center
That is not all though! This year was extra special as the Chamber personally nominated two more outstanding educators for their contributions to the community, schools, students, and beyond. These two men are beyond role models for our Brickies - they are mentors, friends, counselors, educators, encourages and build relationships that last a lifetime. Let's all join in as we congratulate Mr. Dean Wolff and LTC Scott Buhmann!
Mr. Dean Wolff - Outstanding Achievement for Contribution to our Community
LTC Scott Buhmann - Outstanding Achievement for Raiders National Championship
Joan Martin's Production of "Alice In Wonderland"!
2020 Census and Indiana Schools - Help Support Our Brickies By Doing Your Part!
You can help our Brickies Shine even more by filling out the Census!In mid-March, home across the country will begin receiving invitation to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail!
So why is it important to fill out the Census? Simple, it helps the community in many ways! Census results help determine how BILLIONS of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. Census numbers provide money for education, housing, health, and public safety! The more accurate the number of people counted, the more help our community gets! Kids Count Too - so make sure to include them when filling it out. A few minutes of your time can make a BIG difference in our community!
More reasons why it is important for Hoosiers to fill out the census in 2020?
- Census data drives dollars for education, housing, health, and public safety.
- Legislative and school districts are determined using census data.
- Census data impacts strategic planning decisions about statewide job training, locations of new businesses, and public transportation projects.
- The U.S. Constitution mandates that census data apportion seats in the House of Representatives.
- The Census data Shapes Indiana's Future!
The process is simple and again can be done by phone, online, or simply mailing the info back to them once you receive the invite. Let's make sure we all count in this United States 2020 Census! More information can be found at www.census.indiana.edu
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!
Hobart University (HU) was founded in 2018 & is part of the Early College High School Initiative in the United States. This allows students to meet the high school graduation requirements while also earning college credits and trade certifications!
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.
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!
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.
Porter County Career and Technical Education (CTE) / Vocational Opportunities Through HU!
Did you know????
You’ve heard about Hobart University… but did you know that Hobart University includes vocational trades?
High school students attended presentations by our Ivy Tech and Porter County Career Center partners. During these presentations, they have learned about opportunities to earn college credit AND/OR earn technical certifications that they can use immediately after completing high school.
Did you know about our Energy program? It’s actually Ivy Tech’s Energy program, and it is in partnership with NIPSCO and it begins right here at Hobart High School. Students who start this program in 10th grade will complete it by the end of 12th grade and are guaranteed an interview with NIPSCO. Jobs in this field are moving toward renewable energy, so it’s not “just” about power lines, although if students are interested in that part, we have that too! Ask your kids about the salary. I am certain they will remember it.
We also offer a Medical Assistant program that prepares students to work in the field as a Medical Assistant at the end of the summer after their senior year.
What else do we have through our great partnerships? Diesel, automotive, robotics, cosmetology, just to name a few.
Does your child want to enter the workforce immediately after completing high school? No problem. Interested in the trades? We have direct links to local unions and can assist your child in whichever way he/she wants to go. The possibilities are endless and we talk to your kids about all of them.
Students in grades 9-11 have also participated in the Taste of HU, which is a “fair” highlighting all of the dual credit and technical certification opportunities that we have.
Whether students want to start a career immediately after completing high school or attend a post-secondary school, we can help them with a head start.
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!
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
- 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
The Benefits Of Reading Everyday - Even For Adults!
FREE Mobile Program To Help Young Individuals Quit Vaping
Indiana teens are more likely to use vaping devices than cigarettes. The increase in vaping among youth is rising at such an alarming rate that the U.S. Surgeon General is calling it an epidemic that “demands action to protect the lives of young people.” The age for cigarette purchases has risen to 21, but this won't help those that are already addicted. Furthermore, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has been investigating vaping-related severe lung injuries since early August and have already reported 5 deaths caused by vaping. The number of vaping-related lung injuries continues to rise steadily in Indiana and nationwide. Vaping is the only common factor in these injuries to date. Most individuals have reported vaping THC, the ingredient in marijuana, or other substances, but it’s unknown what specific products, brand or substance is causing these injuries. More information is being learned as new cases are investigated and data analyzed.
In Indiana, the use of e-cigarettes and vaping among youth has risen more than 350 percent among high school and middle school students since 2012.
So what to do? Sign up with Truth Initiative's "This Is Quitting" program which is the first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping, This is Quitting gives youth and young adults the motivation and support they need to ditch JUUL and other e-cigarettes. It is a ree mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind text messaging program incorporates messages from other young people like them who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes. Our messages show the real side of quitting, both the good and the bad, to help young people feel motivated, inspired and supported throughout their quitting process. We also send young people evidence-based tips and strategies to quit and stay quit. This is Quitting is tailored based on age (within 13 to 24 years old) and product usage to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting.
To enroll in This is Quitting, teens and young adults text DITCHJUUL to 88709. The first messages they receive will ask for their age and product usage so that they are able to receive relevant messages. Users receive one age-appropriate message per day tailored to their enrollment date or quit date, which can be set and reset via text message.
Those who are not ready to quit receive at least four weeks of messages focused on building skills and confidence. Users with a quit date receive one week of messages prior to that date and at least eight weeks of messages after their quit date. Throughout the program, users can text COPE, STRESS, SLIP or MORE to receive instant support. Upon completion of the program, users receive periodic text messages from truth® and may continue to use supportive keywords for as long as they like.
Nurse's Corner for February!
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
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 - NEW 2020-2021 IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS: Indiana State Department of Health Immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year Two (2) Hepatitis A vaccinations are now required for ALL grade levels for the upcoming school year. The Hepatitis A immunization consists of two (2) doses with a minimum interval of 6 calendar months between the first and second dose. Immunization doses given less than 6 months apart are considered invalid, and will require a third dose. The first Hepatitis A dose should be given in the month of February 2020 to ensure that the second dose can be provided in the month of August. Please provide the school nurse with a copy of your student’s updated shot record after receiving any immunizations. Updated immunization information must be submitted during registration for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions regarding immunizations, please feel free to contact your student’s 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. . If you student stays home with these symptoms please make sure you are cleaning shared surfaces to prevent reoccurrence within the household
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 and nurses office if necessary incase needed for unseen circumstances that may arise during the school day.
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT TALK 4TH AND 5TH GRADERS -
Parent Night- Monday April 13th 6pm-8pm- HHS Board Room
Liberty and Ridge View Schools- Wednesday April 15th
Joan Martin School - Thursday April 16th
Below is the Girl and Boy Video Links. Some parents asked to have the link before the meeting.
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.
Take a look at the NEW STATE REQUIRED Immunization Requirements for the 2020-2021 School Year!
Help ALL Brickies Get A Lunch!
Here Comes The Bus App
HHS Theatre Department's Spring Play!
Thursday, March 5th, 7pm
Hobart High School Theatre - Door 21
March 5th, 6th, or 7th at 7:00pm!
Pasta and Salad Dinner offered before the show on March 7th!
Special Legacy Foundation performance on March 8 at 3:00pm!
Join our amazing Brickie performers as they take the stage for "Burning Bluebeard'! We are the first ever high school to put on this performance based on the true story of the of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire and playwright by Jay Torrence - same as "Roustabout"! This is a 100 mins. performance with no intermission and is recommended for those 13 years and older. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/hhstheatre
More details can be found above in the newsletter under "Opportunities and Information"
Spring Fest 2020
Friday, March 13th, 5-9pm
2211 East 10th Street
Find more information above in the newsletter under "Opportunities and Information"!
School City of Hobart Aquatic Center and Brickie Clinic & Immediate Care Dedication
Sunday, March 15th, 2-5pm
Hobart High School Aquatic Center
Freshman Orientation - Save the Date!
Wednesday, March 18th, 2pm
Hobart High School
Monday, March 23rd, 7am to Friday, March 27th, 3:30pm
Anywhere you are!
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