Focus on Education

November 2021

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Hobart High School's Key Club Definitely Has Talent!

After such a successful 2020 Key Clubbers Got Talent talent show telethon chaired by the Fab Four (Elijah Puente, Mary Daw, Nejere Onomakpome, and Emma Ramirez), junior HHS Key Club member, Gianna Rodriguez, picked up the baton and chaired the event for 2021. This time, though, she would lead the state of Indiana to raise over $16,000 for Riley Hospital for Children, up from last year’s goal of $10,000.


Gianna Rodriguez was the Club Secretary last year, but serves the state as the Lieutenant Governor of the Potawatomi Division and the SubCommittee Chair of Key Clubbers Got Talent. She continues to serve Hobart as the committee chair for the Kiwanis chili supper and the annual Christmas party. It was her desire to raise the goal to $15,000 and worked with members from Hobart and around the state to bring this goal to fruition. Gianna was in charge of organizing the committee, handing out the directives, and making sure that everything was running like clockwork. She and her committee learned the art of graphic design, copyright, trademarks and logos, branding, and fundraising through t-shirt sales, getting sponsorships, and of course, streaming a talent show telethon through Streamyard on Oct. 9. Their telethon was streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.


This year, Gianna and her committee (Danica Dunn of Vincennes, Evan Pound of Terre Haute, Karli LoDuca of Valparaiso, and Alyssa Toscani, Shanena Knight, and Olivia Aichner of Hobart) were able to organize and disseminate information to over 100 Key Clubs in Indiana and even more around the country and world. This year, they collected talents from Indiana, Florida, New Jersey, the Bahamas, and Japan. Talent submissions included singing, dancing, instruments, soccer tricks, tennis tricks, hamster mazes, and more!


Key Clubbers Got Talent, as of Oct. 9, surpassed their goal of $15,000 and earned $16,343 by the end of the stream! Their Riley website is still open and is still collecting donations. Wouldn’t it be something if they hit $20,000?! To donate, simply visit this website and click on any team member button: https://give.rileykids.org/team/368300


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The Hobart JROTC Raider Team Competes at Regionals!

The Hobart JROTC Raider team recently competed in two regional Raider competitions on their road to nationals. On October 2, the Raiders traveled to Marion, IN, home of the defending national champion Marion Giants to take on not only the Giants, but 16 other teams from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The five events mirrored that of the National Championship in Marion, GA, including two obstacle courses carrying military equipment, a fitness course, building and crossing a rope bridge and a challenging 3-mile team run.

The team of Gage Catlin, Andrew Clemmons, Aaron Doeing, Liam Garcia, Reginald Gilbert, Sean Johnson, Ben Molchan, Olivia Garcia, Kierstin Rotz, Victory Cortez, Zoe Stout and Kayla Webber defeated 16 teams and fell short only to the defending national champions on their home course.

The next Saturday, October 9, Hobart hosted a meet of 18 teams from Indiana and Michigan including the Marion Giants. The meet consisted of the same five events. Again, the team of Clemmons, Doeing, Garcia, Gilbert, Johnson, Molchan, Andrew McKnight, Garcia, Rotz, McKenna Rotz, Stout and Webber fought their way to defeat all but Marion. The Hobart team did set a course record on the rope bridge.


They did amazing and remind us that working together can accomplish great things.

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Hobart Middle School's PLTW Class Engineering Challenge!

The 8th graders for Mr. Marsh’s Advanced PLTW class took on an engineering challenge to mass produce a product of their choice on an assembly line – in just 9 weeks! The product selected through presentations and voting was a portable desk. Research and Development Teams were formed to create mock-up versions of their concepts out of cheap foam core. Those mock-ups were modified, fine-tuned and fully discussed in order to further produce a prototype. Once they had their prototype, tooling was developed so that the desk could be mass produced on an assembly line. Marketing groups came up with the company name, product name, logo and slogan in efforts to create posters to advertise their endeavor. Eventually, jobs were posted and applied for via a student-created application. Training was completed and the assembly line was under way!!! Teamwork, cooperation, along with problem-solving abilities allowed these students to find success. Way to go BRICKIES! - Greg Marsh, HMS PLTW Teacher

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Cross Country Competes At Semi-State!

Last month we had 4 Brickies qualify and compete in the Semi-State! They represented us well and ran their hearts out. We could not be prouder of each of them!

Ella Hornak, sophomore, took to the course for the 2nd time in her high school career. She ran like a CHAMPION and finished 100th overall on the doorstep of the state finals. She was a FANTASTIC representative of Brickie XC on Saturday and all season long! Getting to experience the IHSAA semistate for the 2nd time should help motivate her to return again next year with a little different mindset that could help her get one step further and make it all the way down to Terre Haute! Outstanding job, Ella!


Joe Meagher, senior, Owen Stankich, sophomore, and Felix Lopez, freshman, competed in this year's Semi-State for the boys! Joe finished 141st in his last XC race for the Brickies. A 2-time semi-state qualifier and all-conference performer, Joltin' Joe has been an impact runner his entire career and SO much fun to watch compete! His comeback this year from a severe ankle injury to qualify for the semistate is nothing short of REMARKABLE! CONGRATULATIONS on such a GREAT CAREER in purple & gold Joe ... WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!!

Owen finished 78th overall to lead the Brickies for the 3rd straight week! He and Felix (103rd) both proved they belonged on this stage racing for a shot at the state finals ... and this experience should be both satisfying and motivating for them as the 2021 season comes to a close and they begin thinking about 2022!


Great performance from all the runners this season. With a young team, we know that BIG things will be coming from this crew in the future. #GoBricks

Red Ribbon Week In The School City of Hobart

Every year National Red Ribbon Week is celebrated and acknowledged the last week of October. In the School City of Hobart, we take this week to draw special attention to the importance of being the best you can be for yourself and the community by practicing and remaining drug-free! We do themed days throughout the district, give fun and educational books to our elementary students, and cool wristbands to all of the students as a reminder for making the right choice. As with a lot of things, we hope that you as parents will continue to educate your child as well by being open and honest with them about drugs. Together we can help build a generation that can defeat the pressures and dangers of drugs and create a better future for themselves.


Check out some of the photos throughout the week below!

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Parents, make sure that your students are on the right track and eligible for early college!

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Upcoming State Test Schedule And Resources

Clicking this link will take you to our web page where you can find what tests your student will be taking, the dates they will take them, and helpful information to prepare them in the best way!

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Hobart Police Department and School City of Hobart Are Acknowledged!

During a recent SAFE meeting, the Hobart Police Department and the School City of Hobart were highlighted for our partnership for school safety signage as well as the blue pumpkins for individuals with special needs with the help from Hobart Tri Kappa! Attendees at the meeting thought these projects were incredible, and several communities are planning to use this information for their own community. How awesome is that?! A big Thank You to our Hobart Police Department and more specifically, our own Student Resource Officers. Each of you go above and beyond for our students and community - we are forever grateful.

Join the Battle to End Vaping

This is Quitting is a free and anonymous text messaging program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind quit 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 DITCHVAPE 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.

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November's Wellness Calendar

Click this button to access November's Wellness Calendar! Do you think you can complete the whole month?

Social Emotional Learning Parent Resources and Updates!

As parents we tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life. The commonality of always on the go - running from here to there - planning as much as possibly but also being flexible for those curveballs we get thrown our way. What we often forget is that "Time is our most precious resource". We forget to create those little moments when we can. Below is a parent resource that simply gives you 10 things to do together when you have 10 mins. It is a creative way to get more involved in your child's life and them in yours. So next time you are waiting in a car line, or at the grocery store, practice, etc. - take a moment and enjoy the precious time.


Parent resource:

10 things to do together when you have 10 minutes


SEL Updates for November
*SEL Lessons this month will focus on forgiveness and gratitude with an emphasis on strategies to regulate self through breathing. K-5 families can practice these strategies at home by discussing the lessons students participate in each week.

*Wellness and self-care is something adults and children need. It seems we take better care of our phone than we do ourselves. As soon as our phone’s battery nears a low battery, we plug it in to recharge. How are you recharging yourself or are you pushing through when ‘your battery’ is empty or is near red? K-12 families can use the Wellness Calendar for the month of November to recharge. Take a few minutes as a family each day to practice wellness together. Take time to recharge your battery each day.
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United Ways Resource Round Up

Need assistance? The Lake & Porter County United Way are teaming up with this great resource!! Assistance with food, utilities, rent, clothing, mental health, burial, child care, computers, education, dental, domestic violence, & much more!

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Chatting With Your Child Parent Roundtable Via Zoom! Why Conversations Matter

Talking, playing and reading with a young child can be fun and seem silly all at once! Parents and caregivers often do not realize how much these fun times affect their child’s brain and overall development.

In 2018, a team of researchers at MIT published two papers that examined the impact of conversational turns on the area of the brain most responsible for language. What they had discovered through their research, was that the number of conversational turns or the back and forth conversation between caregivers and children directly correlated with academic, language and social-emotional success later in life. (Rachel R. Romeo, 2018)

This research, along with others, show that conversational turns in early childhood show an increase in a child’s brain matter, reading scores and IQ as they enter elementary school and beyond. Most recently, researchers in Brazil have empirically shown that the number of conversational turns between caregivers and children at 18 months directly correlate with a child’s ability to regulate their emotions at 30 months old. (Esteban Gómez, 2021)

Talking with our children not only helps them to be smarter and better readers, but it also helps them to be better regulated and connected emotionally to others around them.

YOU make a difference in your children’s lives. What can you do?

5 Tips on chatting with your child from the Raising Children Network of Australia:

1) Give your child your full attention and eye contact.

2) Use your body language to show interest in what your child is saying.

3) Respond to your child’s attempt at language even if you cannot understand it.

4) Talk about everyday things as you go through your day.

5) Repeat or rephrase what your child is saying to reaffirm that you are listening and understand.

To find out more on chatting with your child and how your conversations matter most sign-up for our “Chatting with Your Child Parent Roundtable”. Sign-up here. Parents who attend will be entered for a Strack and Van Til Gift Card give-away.
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Scheduled eLearning Day!

Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 7am-3:30pm

School City of Hobart

This day is one of our scheduled eLearning days. Students will login to Canvas for any assignments from their teacher(s) and can reach out to them with any questions via email between 9am and 3pm.

FAFSA Completion Day!

Tuesday, Nov. 9th, 2-7pm

Hobart High School

Attend the FAFSA Frenzy event with the Learn More Indiana team. They will be presenting information about the FAFSA and financial aid, as well as answering questions from attendees. On November 9th anytime from 2pm - 7pm!

Rehearsal For Murder - Fall Play by the HHS Performing Arts!

Thursday, Nov. 11th, 7pm to Sunday, Nov. 14th, 6pm

Hobart High School Theatre

A brilliantly written melodrama murder mystery that will keep you engaged from start to finish. Join the Hobart High School Performing Arts for their fall play, "Rehearsal For Murder"! More information can be found on the flyer posted above.

Thanksgiving Break!

Wednesday, Nov. 24th, 7am to Friday, Nov. 26th, 3:30pm

School City of Hobart

Take this time to enjoy the moments and time with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving, Brickies!
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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.


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