Focus on Education

October 2016

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Brickies! Work! Grit!

"Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint."

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth

Have our kids gotten soft? Five ways to teach them grit! Videos are included in this link.

What do Brickies do?


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With the growing complexity of the world and the increasing demands of the 21st century workforce, there is little question that all students should graduate from high school fully prepared for college AND careers.

From an academic perspective, college and career readiness means that a high school graduate has the knowledge and skills in English and Mathematics necessary to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing post secondary coursework with the need for remediation -- simply put, a high school graduate has the English and Math knowledge and skills needed to qualify for and succeed in the post-secondary job training and/or education necessary for their chosen career path.

Our college and career readiness page is a great place to start! You can access so many links by clicking here. You will find endless amounts of information, such as skill tests and career searches, selecting a college and seeing their requirements, help with building a 4 year college plan and figuring out how you can afford it! It is never too early or too late to start preparing!

Below you will see more of what we do directly in our schools to help educate and inspire our young Brickie minds! Students dressed up in their future careers, dressed for success, teachers decorated doors and sported their college gear and the week was finished off with some awesome in classroom experiences! Dr. Buffington took all the 4th grade students on a tour of the High School where they visited different classrooms, met with different teachers and got a glimpse into their aspiring future.

To further our students knowledge of higher education, 5th grade students with join Purdue University Northwest in November for the Hobart Indiana Promise Partnership's "Walk Into My Future". In addition, all HMS students at each grade level will visit two local college campuses throughout the year. Of course, HHS students will continue the college visits until they make that important decision of where to attend!

See the link below for more pictures from the week!

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Calling All Parents of 5th Graders and Kindergartners! Free Cash to Get Started!


● Enroll in CollegeChoice 529 accounts at school 529 campaign events in the School City of Hobart for all 5th graders and Kindergartners on the following dates:
- Joan Martin - October 10th, 4-7 p.m.
- Liberty - October 11th, 4-7 p.m.
- Ridge View - October 12th, 4-7 p.m.
- ELC - October 14th, 4-7 p.m.

● Participate in age appropriate college and career discovery lessons in the classroom

● 5th graders experience college at the “Walk Into My Future” field trip to Purdue University Northwest

● Invite “champions” to provide encouragement to your child and to make an investment in your child’s CollegeChoice 529 account during the month of October


● Just for completing enrollment in a CollegeChoice 529 at school registration, Legacy Foundation and the Hobart Chamber of Commerce will make a $25 investment in new accounts for Kindergarten and 5th Grade.

● Youth raise $25 for their match.

● As part of college and career discovery lessons in their classrooms, youth ask their champions to make a gift of $5.29 or more into their 529 college savings account.

For more information visit:

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Financial Aid Night

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

FASFA Completion Event

Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 8-11am

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

FASFA Completion Event

Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 4-7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

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Here Comes the Bus is a bus and student tracking software tool that helps keep you informed and your children safe as they travel to and from home and school on the school bus. Here Comes the Bus gives you real-time bus location and alerts to help you get your children to the bus stop at just the right time.

Here Comes the Bus will show you your child’s officially assigned bus stop. Please make sure your child uses the correct, assigned bus stop each day to ensure their safety and the accuracy of our tracking system. Thank you for your help in this matter!

With Here Comes the Bus, your child will use their student ID card (Bus Pass – their code is their lunch ID number) or the Here Comes the Bus app on their smartphone to scan as they board or exit the bus, or the bus driver may log them in if they forget the Bus Pass or do not have the app on their phone. Students will receive their card (Bus Pass) at school. This gives us AND you the comfort of knowing your child got on the right bus and off at the right stop.

Simply download the Here Comes the Bus app, create a secure account, add your students and you’re all set!

What will you see with Here Comes the Bus?

  • Real-time location of your child’s bus on a map
  • Scheduled and actual bus arrival times at home and school
  • Confirmation that your child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
  • Your child’s scan data including bus number, time and location of scan
  • Push notification* and email alert when:
    - Bus has entered the radius around the home stop
    - Bus has been substituted
    - Your child scans on and off the bus, including bus number, time and location

Here Comes the Bus is starting in October. Listen for a Messenger phone call from your Principal on the date your school will begin using the system.


Getting Started with the App:

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Kindergarten & Coffee

@ the Early Learning Center on Friday, Ocotber 28th!

9:30am in Room 9

Topics to be discussed…

· Independence/routine for your child

We will discuss ways to set up good morning/night/homework routines for your child

· Beginning Reading Strategies

We will discuss ways to help your Child become a successful reader

· Improving number, letter, & word recognition

We will teach you some strategies and games to use at home with your child

Facilitators- Margie Potter-Interventionist & Charlene Zager-counselor

Special Guests- Amy Adzia-ELC Teacher & Sara Gutierrez-Director of Early Learning and Education

Kindergarten & Coffee is a parent support group that will meet after student drop off throughout the school year to help you adjust to the full day kindergarten curriculum and give you strategies to use at home with your child. Come in for some coffee and discussion with educators and other parents!

We will meet October 28th at 9:30 am at the Early Learning Center! Please let us know if you will need babysitting for younger siblings. If you have any questions, please contact the office –942-7263.

Brickies Connect with Nature!

The Dunes Learning Center and The Field Museum's Mighty Acorns program teamed up with the City of Hobart and Voyageur Canoe Canoemobile program to create real-life experiences for our 3rd through 6th grade Brickies! Mighty Acorns is an elementary environmental education program that engages students and teachers in the Midwest in stewardship, explorations, and meaningful interactions with their local ecosystems through field studies and hands-on, action-based learning opportunities that allow them to develop a lasting connection with nature. The program strives to build an environmentally literate next generation that has the know-how and inspiration to take care of nature in their communities resulting in a healthier planet.

Recently, the students rotated in small groups working with Dunes Learning Center employees to examine the vegetation that grows around our Lake George. They were taught which species of plants were great to have around us and our water and which species were not. Those that are invasive to our environment were trimmed back by our students and teachers so that others could thrive. Then, the groups worked with the Voyageur Canoe captains on team training skills, and a trip through Lake George. Some students had never been on a boat before and most saw places in Hobart that they did not know even existed! It is amazing what our great Lake George can show us! This was an educational journey for the students and all enjoyed seeing a side of our great city from a different view and creating a better understanding of the environment and our beautiful planet. Student groups will continue to travel Lake George through October 7th.

Our youngest Brickies at the ELC have already started their adventures in nature by exploring the world around them at the Stewart Mattix Prairie. Students will continue being connected with Nature at the Stewart Mattix Prairie and the lands protected by the Shirley Hines Land Trust Biodiversity and Humans. They will observe animals and vegetation, learn how populations live in a variety of habitats, and how change in those habitats affects the organisms living there. As a Stewardship Activity, students will remove invasive plant species or collect and plant seeds. Way to go Brickies for taking care of mother earth and Hobart's natural resources!

To see more pictures from their recent adventures visit the link below:

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Click here to visit our District Calendar for more events happening in our schools!

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