Focus on Education

November 2017

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Manufacturing Day In Our Schools!

On October 6th, our Brickies joined in the celebration of Manufacturing Day! The first Friday of October has been dedicated to this celebration since 2012. Manufacturers invite students, educators, businesspeople, media, and politicians to their facilities in a collective effort to educate about manufacturing careers and improve public perseptions of manufacturing. So much went on in our schools this year. Ridge View Elementary took their students on virtual tours of major companies located near us, discussed careers and salaries, and learned about modern inventions like a robot that helps fight fires! Joan Martin and Liberty Elementary dicussed the economy, marketing, the job market, and had discussions about careers their families work at that are manufcaturing. At the High School and Middle School, some students took a tour of nearby businesses. Our High School toured a Modern Forge Plant to learn about forging different metals and alloys as well as CATCO to see how catalytic converters are made. (See them in the image below!) The Middle School toured MonoSol to learn about the dissolvable plastics, such as Tide Pods! It was a great Manfacturing Day in all of our schools where the students learned about the industry and future career options!
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Middle School PLTW Course on Manufacturing Enterprise!

Mr. Marsh's 8th grade Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students were engaged in a 9-week course of a Manufacturing Enterprise! The first step was to decide on a product - abiding to a specific set of parameters. Once the product is decided upon, which in this case was a lamp, isometric working drawings are made in order to make a mock-up of their idea. This is done in several small design teams, which are then discussed and voted on. The class then selects a prototyping team to do the Research and Development work to come up with a proposed prototype using the information gained through their mock-ups.


The rest of the class then becomes the Marketing team. This team was responsible for the company name, product name, logo, and slogan! This group's company is "Project Light the Way" and the product they are making is a Hikari Cube. (Hikari means "light" in Japanese) They then created a logo of an 3D "H" as a symbol for Hikari and topped it off with the slogan of "Life Just Got Brighter"!


After this process, the class is placed into groups to create advertising posters as well as tooling in order to mass produce the prototype. This process was time-consuming and frustrating to some of the students, but they showed true grit and were successful in their attempt! Once the tooling is complete, they determined the plant layout and jobs needed, create a job application, and hire employees. A trial run is conducted to point out and fix necessary modifications and be able to properly produce the product, as quality control and assurance are key factors in creating a great product!


Check out the photos below which show the assembly line process and a culmination of their efforts throughout their 9-week course. The were also able to participate in a manufacturing field trip to see the automated process involved in making dis-solvable film at MonoSol in Portage!


Great job Mr. Marsh at giving our students a complete dose of manufacturing and the process in your PLTW class!

Red Ribbon Week in Our Schools!

Our schools did a great job celebrating Red Ribbon Week! October 23 - 31 was Red Ribbon Week to spread awareness about drug abuse and prevention. SInce 1988, the National Family Partnership has held the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign. The campaign works to inform students about the damage that drugs can have on their life by teaching students about the harmful effects of drugs, explaining how they can say "no", and passing out red ribbons for students to wear in support of the movement. They also educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activites. Finally, our 5th graders and Middle School students were encouraged to drug drug free posters and up to 3 were chosen from each school. These posters were then submitted to the Lake County Sunstance abuse Council to be a possible overall winner. Proud of our Brickies! Check them out below or by visiting the post on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

HHS Cross Country Represented All the Way!

Great job to our HHS Cross Country Teams who had another impressive season this year! Both teams were tough competition all season long and showed no weakness when they ran. Our Girl's and Boy's teams competed all of the way to Semi-State where they competed with the top runners of all schools in half the state. From this competition, though all ran a great race, only one made it through to advance to State! Holly Shaginaw represented the Brickies well in Bloomington and we are very proud of her and the successful season our Brickies had! Great job runners!

Building Healthier Brickies

Our Brickies are running toward a healthier future thanks to our teachers and coaches! Miss Funkhouser, Mrs. Eubank, and Mr. Osika worked with our elementary school's to plan a mini cross country event for our Brickies. From kindergarten through 5th grade, every class participated in a 1/2 mile run that had them run around their school's grounds. Volunteers were there with music, pom-poms, and words of encouragment at every corner! Finally, the kids sprinted in toward the finish line to high five Yohan and enjoy their water and snack.

Blue from the Indianapolis Colts!

The School City of Hobart joined Blue from the Indianapolis Colts earlier this month to hear about the importance of choosing love over judgement and bullying. With social media broadening, it has become easier to hide behind who we really are. This hour long event was a reminder to our student to be themselves and connect with those around you in a real way. Our students did great at engaging in the show while laughing the entire time and Blue was able to get a very important topic across to all of our students. We hope all of our Brickies walked away choosing to Connect, Love, and Act! #brickieup

We Have Bright Minds in Hobart!

Every year the Indiana Department of Education gives each individual school in a corporation a report card grade based off of the student's ISTEP scores. This year's grades were outstanding with our elementary schools achieving an "A" and our middle and high school achieving a "B"! We are so very proud of the hard work our Brickies are putting in and a big thanks to our teachers and administrators who work endlessly to assist in the preparation of their education and the ISTEP test. In celebration of this great success, Dr. Buffington went to every school with a banner to proudly be hung, certificates for every staff member and students to show-off their accomplishment, and to make it sweeter - everyone celebrated with cake! Dr. Buffington is definitely each school's Super Fan! Hard work pays off and these grades prove it! "All My Life I Want To Be A Brickie! Work, Work, Work!"

Our Students Paddled Their Way Through Hobart!

Again this year the School City of Hobart, in partnership with the Dunes Learning Center, had the Wilderness Inquiry come to Lake George with their Canoemobiles! All students in 3rd - 6th grade and our 8th graders were able to enjoy this experience where they teamed up with an educator from the Inquiry and then embarked on a journey in the water! They were able to see Hobart from a different perspective and many students were experiencing canoeing for the first time. Everyday was a beautiful day for them with calm waters, color changing trees, jumping fish, and wildlife flying all around them! A special thanks to everyone who made this possible - our students gained an unforgettable memory!

Khan Academy - You Can Keep Learning Anything. For Free. For Everyone. Forever.

Khan Academy is a resource that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning that empowers learners to study at their own pace. Students can work on skills in math, science, computer programming, PSAT/SAT Test Prep, and more. Additionally, parents can coach and monitor their children while they work through the program. Recently, a study was completed that proved that using Khan Academy's free Official SAT Practice is associated with an average score gain of 115 points! Nearly double the average score gain for those students that don't use the free test prep. The Official SAT Practice is free for everyone and personalized for each student. If you don't have 20 hours to practice, don't worry! Shorter periods of time is also correlated with meaningful score gains - in fact, 6 hours of studying can bring an average of 90 point increase! Below you can find the link to the Official SAT Practice, a link to Khan Academy's main site, and the video explaining their recent study and the benefits of using Khan! Get your Khan on!

https://youtu.be/8-pxqeO24Ww

School City of Hobart's VISION 2020!

Below you will find some information about our VISION 2020! Please read more factual information at hobart.schoolwires.com/referendum.

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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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6th Annual Christmas Market

Saturday, Nov. 4th, 9am-3pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

The Building Brickies program is hosting it's 6th Annual Christmas Market! Vendors, crafters, refreshments, entertainment - so much to kick-start the Holiday Season! NEW VENUE this year - it will be held in the Hobart Middle School's NEW cafeteria and admission is FREE! It is a great space - come and check it out while getting some Christmas shopping done!

HHS Theatre Play - Wizard of Oz

Friday, Nov. 10th, 7:30pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join the Hobart Theatre Department at their Fall Musical of The WIzard of Oz! Taking place on 5 different days: November 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th at 7:30pm and also on November 12th at 3pm. (This day is sponsored by the Legacy Foundation.) "It's not where you go, it's who you meet along the way!"

FAFSA Completion Events

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 8-11am

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Students and paretns looking for help completing the FAFSA are encouraged to attend one of these workshops. ISM College Planning Team Members will be at Hobart High School to help families complete the FAFSA on the Web or answer any questions a family may have. Call the High School at 942-8521 with any questions.

FAFSA Completion Events

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 4-7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Students and paretns looking for help completing the FAFSA are encouraged to attend one of these workshops. ISM College Planning Team Members will be at Hobart High School to help families complete the FAFSA on the Web or answer any questions a family may have. Call the High School at 942-8521 with any questions.
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Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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