Bulldog Broadcast

March 9, 2023

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Important Upcoming Events

  • Friday, March 10th - ILEARN Practice Test
  • Monday, March 13th - Friday, March 17th - Book Fair
  • Wednesday, March 15th - St Baldrick's Event at CPHS 4-6PM
  • Wednesday, March 22nd - KONA Ice during Advisory
  • Monday, March 27th - Friday, March 31st - No School - Spring Break
  • Friday, April 7th - No School - Good Friday

For other information dates, please visit our website at https://taft.cps.k12.in.us/parents-students/calendar-menus

22.23 SY Calendar

Please click here for the 2022-2023 CPCSC Calendar

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Employability Survey

We want to thank our parents/guardians for being valued partners as we work together to educate our students.

While many people often think of student success in relation to grades or test scores, it is also important to consider the social and emotional growth of our students. Starting March 6th - 17th , we will ask students in grades 3-12 for their feedback via a 20-30 minute online survey completed at school. The survey will ask students to reflect on their self-efficacy, emotional regulation, social awareness, and supportive relationships. The results from the survey support our ability to address individual and school-identified needs.

We have previously administered this survey as part of our Ready To Learn student services work. The data was used to implement positive behavior interventions and improve school culture and climate. We look forward to using new data from this school year to identify and align services for students.

If you have any questions about the survey or do not want your child to participate, please contact your school’s main office before March 10th. Students who opt out of the survey will still be able to participate in programs or services created as a result of the data.


CPCSC Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Indiana Employability Skills and Competencies

Copy of Student Competency and Well-Being Survey

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ILEARN Practice Test - Friday, March 10th

On Friday, March 10th, we will administer our ILEARN practice test. This test provides students an opportunity to become familiar with the different tools and resources that will be available to them during ILEARN, the state standardized test. The practice test is guided by the teacher and is not scored. All students should bring a fully charged Chromebook and earbuds with them on Friday. Please remind your student to report to their Advisory class to start the day.
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Incoming 9th Grade Information

8th Grade Families - Thank you for all of your support and partnership in creating a successful transition for your student to Crown Point High School. If you missed the CPHS Incoming Parent Orientation, please see the documents below.

If you have any questions, reach out to Vince Bauters, vbauters@cps.k12.in.us

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St Baldrick's Day Fundraiser

Help Taft Middle School raise money for Crown Point’s annual St. Baldrick’s Day! St. Baldrick’s is an annual event that raises money to fight childhood cancers.

You can also support our team by attending the big event at Crown Point High School on March 15th from 4- 6pm. Please donate to this worthy cause.

Donate from now until March 15th. Use this link to donate https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/1117141/2023.

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Book Fair Coming to Taft

We are excited to announce that the Scholastic Book Fair is back! This event will take place from March 10th - March 17th. Please see the link below for additional information.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with this event, please use the signup link below:


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New Taft Making Great Progress

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Redistricting Information

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Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks for the 2022-2023 school year can be purchased for $40 through www.jostens.com.
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PTO Information

8th grade parents:

We are starting to plan the 8th grade celebration which will take place at Taft on Friday May 19th from 3-4:30. If you are interested in helping plan this last big event at Taft, please email taftmspto@gmail.com.

Also, we will soon be selling 8th grade yard signs. We will post more information in the next couple of weeks.

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21st Century Scholars

Attention 7th and 8th grade families: It’s never too early to start planning for college. The 21st Century Scholars Program allows income eligible Indiana students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school. In order to be considered, applications must be completed by June 30th of the student’s 8th grade year. For more information, check out Scholars.IN. gov –or- visit the Taft website under “Links and Resources”. You can also view a short video using the following link: https://youtu.be/AqtLkTX_-ww .

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Guidance and Counseling Department.

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CPCSC Job Opportunities

As we kick off second semester, there are part time and full time positions available throughout CPCSC. Join our team! More information is available at www.cps.k12.in.us/jobs
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If you would like to get out of the house for a few hours a day and earn some extra cash, please consider working in our cafeterias and or kitchens. Plenty of time to have breakfast at home, do some house work and then head into work for a few hours and be back at home in time for the kids to get home from school. Various positions available in several of our schools. Please call Pam Maloney if you have any questions 219-662-6480.

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Textbook/Student Fees

Please make sure to check your students account for any outstanding balances. Balances can be viewed and paid through your Parent Access account. Prompt payment is appreciated.

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Did you know that you can adjust the notification settings in ParentSquare? Simply log in to your account on your computer's web browser or the ParentSquare app. Click on "My Account" and "Notifications". More instructions are available on the ParentSquare website.

ParentSquare syncs with RDS for parent contact information. Be sure you keep your RDS information current so you never miss a message!

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Please remind your students to charge their Chromebooks each night when they get home.
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Club Information

Please see our club offerings below. If you have any questions, please reach out to the club sponsors.
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Cell Phones / Earbuds

Please remind your students that cell phones need to be turned off and in their lockers during the school day. In addition, wireless earbuds will not be allowed at school. All students will receive wired earbuds to use throughout the school year. Students are allowed to bring headphones from home, as long as they are able to plug into their Chromebook.
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School Lunches

The federal program that provided free breakfast and lunch for all students has ended. If you need meal assistance OR textbook assistance, you must complete a free/reduced application at www.cps.k12.in.us/food.

The cost for a full lunch this year is $2.65. Various items can also be purchased ala carte. Breakfast costs $1.50. The school menu is highlighted below and is subject to change.
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Taft Middle School

Tracy Seibert, Principal ext. 12001

Kyle Hanaway, Assistant Principal ext. 12002

Jennifer Grill, Assistant Principal ext. 12004

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District Information/Updates

Please visit our corporation website for important district and community information https://www.cps.k12.in.us/about/district-news