Focus on Education

June 2019

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Congratulations Class of 2019!

It turned out to be a beautiful night as we celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2019! The stands were packed with cheerful family members, each with a boasting smile and pride for their graduate. As the Brickies walked into the Brickyard, cheers erupted as the celebration of their journey was finally here. The commencement was inspiring with students speaking about their years at the School City of Hobart and the memories, awkwardness, laughs, tears, and late nights they experienced together. The staff spoke about the wide-open future and the goals that can be achieved with hard work, determination, and the confidence that you find within oneself. They spoke of the infamous "Once A Brickie, Always A Brickies" and how this now has a new meaning as they leave and start their next chapter - they will always have a family here in Hobart. Finally, the diplomas were received as students smiled with achievement and families yelled with excitement! Tassels were moved and our Brickie Class of 2019 officially became alumni. Congratulations to each of you and leave with the confidence that you can change the world! #BrickieClassof2019 #BrickieAlumni

College and Career Signing Day!

Here at the School City of Hobart we encourage our students to celebrate their future plans! Whether they want to pursue a College or University, trade, Military - it is a major step in their future. We joined the country to celebrate this epic occasion during National College Signing Day! The Reach Higher initiative strives to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their goals past high school. The future is here and it Better Make Room for these Brickie graduates!
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Kindergarten Graduation - Class of 2031

It is a big world to these little Brickies, but they graduated from Kindergarten and are ready to conquer the halls of 1st grade this fall! If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing a Kindergarten graduation you should know that it is a priceless event. As our littlest Brickies walk in with their robes hanging off one shoulder and a cap that is crooked, they happily wave at their parents proud of their accomplishments. Then after a brief speech from their Principal, the students sing to their parents with fun moves to the lyrics and a tear-jerking song with sign-language about their parents love and growth. Finally, class by class they walk on stage to receive their certificate of completion as their parents cheer for their child who is growing up too fast. The students get to dance to one more song before exiting the gymnasium and meeting their parents for cake and celebration! We know these Brickies will do great things in their new schools and we can't wait to watch them grow!
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Kart Club

Kart Club is new to Hobart High School this year, but you would never know it. Our Brickies, under the direction of their teacher, Mr. Shultz, embraced this experience with big dreams and huge goals. They did not disappoint! The time, effort, frustration, practice, and grit to took to design, construct, build, and test drive their Kart was time consuming and grueling. In true Brickie style the persevered and competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where they earned top scores in race placement, energy efficiency placement, project management and marketing, outreach placement, and an amazing 3rd place in engineering design placement giving them an overall 10th place finish out of several schools!! Not too bad for their first year! We are very proud of their hard work and look forward to their accomplishments next year! A BIG thanks to all that helped sponsor the Kart Club and making this possible for our students.
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ISSMA All Music Awardssss 2019

The Hobart HS Band Department received the Indiana State School Music Association All-Music Award this school year. To receive this award, during the school year, the band program must receive a gold medal in each of the following areas: Marching Band Contest (Scholastic, festival or Open Class), Jazz Band Contest, a group 1 solo (the most advanced level of music) at Solo & Ensemble, a group 1 ensemble at Solo & Ensemble, and concert band at organizational contest.


This is a great achievement for our Band Program! We are extremely proud of the hard work of all of our band students involved in the band program.

#BrickiePride

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Academic Hall of Excellence

Congratulations to these individuals who have excelled tremendously in their academics. These 8th grade students have GPA's that are 4.0 or above and their drive, passion, and mentality shows in all aspects of their young lives. Achieving such an honor is not an easy task and often times puts a lot of added stress on each of them, however they use that stress and turn it into a powerful tool that will help prepare them for their future endeavors. Great job to these young Brickies! We look forward to seeing what you can bring us at the high school level. #BrickieUp
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Water Festival Poster Winner!

Congratulations to Lauren Romeo, winner of the 2019 City of Hobart's Water Festival Poster Design contest! Lauren used Adobe Illustrator during her 2nd hour Graphic Design and Layout class at the high school to create her winning design. Great job, Lauren! We hope to see everyone at Hobart’s Water Festival on Saturday, June 15th from 10 am – 4 pm at Festival Park. They will have live animals, kayak and aqua bike rentals, activities, games, food, music, and performances by Animals for Awareness, Dumpster Drummers, Birds of Prey, and the DNR Canine Unit.

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Brickies Rally For Kindness!

Every year the School City of Hobart takes time at each school to acknowledge individuals and groups for going above and beyond in some way that helps others - and doing so without wanting praise. We call them "Kindness Awards" and students and staff are selected by an administrator, teacher, coach, mentor, and this year even by a couple of students! They submit a form explaining what they do to make the school, community, and world a better place. Some examples were students that helped a classmate by purchasing a planner for them, or even some grub at the downtown Dairy Queen - just out of the kindness of their hearts. Another student helped de-escalate a fight on a school bus and got everyone to calm down before an adult intervened. And others were acknowledged for changing the world with their good actions and defining character. The list goes on and on as these Brickies already see that the value of life is not measured by what you have but instead by what you give. Our Brickies have kind hearts that are taught at home and challenged when they are independently on their own. Their character is defined by their actions when no one is looking and these students and staff are great examples of Kindness and Character. Way to go, Brickies!

Joan Martin 4th Graders Year Long Mission and Kindness Cake!

Our 4th grade teachers at Joan Martin Elementary started a mission this year with their students - to have a year long goal of doing kind things for our community! Each class created cards and ornaments for St. Mary's, they painted inspirational rocks to hide around for people to find, gave cards to our city workers for all that they do, and continued to create, make, and spread kindness! To celebrate all that they did, Dr. Buffington got the 4th grade class "kindness" cake as a thank you. These Brickies were so appreciative but learned that their good deeds impacted more people than they will ever realize - and that is the sweetest part of it all. :) Great job, Brickies and Staff!

Riley's Fundraiser Rolls In A Wagon And Makes A Splash!

Every year Joan Martin raises money for Riley's Children's Hospital but this year was different as three of our Joan Martin Brickies were actually at Riley's getting treatment for their forms of cancer. So, they made an undaunted goal of raising $2,500 so that they can put the name of these 3 Brave Brickies on a wagon at the hospital. These wagons are often used by the patients as a fun way of transportation, so to see their names on a wagon would not only be priceless but a huge inspiration to them as they would know a whole community is back home cheering for them. Well, we are proud to share that they surpassed that bold goal of $2,500 and raised over $5,000!! Talk about supporting our Brickies! As a way to celebrate the hard work of our students raising money they held a party where students were drawn to dunk a teacher (and some teachers took turns dunking their co-workers too!) and then had a dance party to celebrate! It was a great day and a great way to celebrate the courageousness of our Brave Brickies and the accomplishments of our students. Check out the article in the Chicago Tribune - Amazing job, Brickies!

Elementary Cross Country Runs - Building Healthy Brickies

We have some professional runners in our schools and they are also stellar motivators! Our Kindergarten and Elementary schools took to the fields one last time before the year ended and conquered another 1/2 mile run! Every student was able to get outside and enjoy the few sunny days we had all while having fun being active. This year many students were seen finishing their run only to jump back at the end of the pack and encourage the runners to finish strong! It was a beautiful sight to see as our Brickies were spreading the kindness while supporting their classmates. A big thank you to Coach Betty Funkhouser "Funky" for your non-stop motivation and energy and making this possible for our Brickies! The students gain a new sense of self-esteem when the complete the run and we hope to keep Building Healthy Brickies!

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4 Simple Benefits of Summer Reading

The school year is winding down, and parents and students alike feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as they close their books for the last time. Biology is done! History is over! No math until autumn! It’s time to swap pencils for pool noodles and online classes for family road trips. Summer is here so it’s time to relax…with a good book.

“Wait!” you cry. “I just found the last book under a pile of Junior’s dirty socks and managed to squeeze it onto the bookshelf. It’s staying there until little Josephine needs it one day. We need a break from books.” Of course, we all need a change of pace from time to time, and that’s one of the great joys of summer. So take a few days to unwind, but then consider the following reasons why you and your students should keep some books handy all summer long.

Freedom

The beauty of summer reading is the freedom of choice. Nothing is assigned. Pleasure reading means you choose the books that appeal to you and replace them if they lose their luster. Wander the stacks at your local library or browse through your Kindle and open any book that piques your interest. Research shows that reading for fun outside of school impacts educational success and has positive emotional and social results. The key word here is fun. You don’t have to wade through Tolstoy’s War and Peace to sharpen your mind or expand your social consciousness. As long as you enjoy what you’re reading, you reap the benefits.

Academic Benefits

“What kind of benefits?” you wonder. Well, you won’t be surprised to learn that reading outside of school brings rewards during the school year, but you may not realize just how significant they are. A report out of New Zealand found that students who enjoyed reading scored higher in math, reading, and problem solving while a UK report revealed noticeable progress in vocabulary, spelling, and math among book lovers compared to book neglecters. But the improvement goes beyond what a standardized test can measure. Pleasure reading creates deep reservoirs of imagination and creativity that allow students to soar beyond basic educational goals. British author Neil Gaiman makes an excellent case that fiction reading in particular provides the fodder for literacy. After being lost in a fantasy world, we find ourselves better equipped to meet the challenges in our world. (Gaiman also makes a lovely case for honoring libraries as depositories of all good things.)

Emotional/Health Benefits

You probably didn’t need to be persuaded that reading is good for students, but did you know the advantages extend beyond grades? The same NZ report also showed that students who continued reading after assignments ended demonstrated above average scores for school engagement, close family ties, and strong friendships. In addition, reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy, allowing for greater compassion and understanding between peers. Plus, researchers from the University of Sussex have learned that reading reduces stress better than other relaxation techniques such as listening to music, going for a walk, or playing a video game, making it the perfect summer activity for kids and parents.

Together or Alone

If academics and extracurriculars have scattered your crew all year long, you may be ready for some memorable family time. Choosing a read aloud everyone will enjoy is easier than you think. You can ask your park day friends which tales they’ve adored, check with your local library for summer reading lists, or go online for great ideas from Simple Homeschool, Focus on the Family, and Read-Aloud Revival. Or maybe you’ve been a little too close since September and everyone needs some space. Let each family member read his or her pick by the pool and share the best parts during a weekly summer barbecue. You can even use our Summer Reading download to hold your own Literary Academy Awards. It doesn’t matter how you go about it, as long as you do it.

When you read for pleasure, whether it’s immersive, intellectual, social, or work-related pleasure, you are building the foundation for academic and social success in school and in life. Now, that’s not a bad way to spend the summer.

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Tech Talk And Your Family

The filmmaker behind the ever growing in popularity Screenagers movie has a great Tech Talk Tuesday blog that gives us access to great topics and conversation starters. Dr. Ruston shares weekly topics to share with your family to help manage and decrease struggles around screen time. You will read brief articles about social media, video game use, tech tips, latest research, and more! Every month we will give you direct access to a couple of our favorites, but check our their webpage for all of their topics and to sign up yourself! www.screenagersmovie.com
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ReThink App For Tweens, Teens, And Everyone!

ReThink™ is an award-winning, non-intrusive, innovative, patented technology that detects and stops cyberbullying before the damage is done! When an adolescent tries to post an offensive message on social media, ReThink uses its sophisticated context sensitive filtering technology to determine whether or not it’s offensive and gives the adolescent a second chance to reconsider their decision. Research shows that when adolescents are alerted to ReThink their decision, they change their minds 93% of the time. In this internationally acclaimed study, using ReThink™, the overall willingness of the average adolescent to post an offensive message reduced from 71% to 4%.

With ReThink™, our goal is to conquer the silent pandemic of cyberbullying that is affecting millions. When cyberbullying occurs, children are often advised to block the bully and tell a parent or guardian. Research has found that 9 out of 10 children suffer in silence - they do not tell anyone. Cyberbullied victims suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and more likely to drop out of school. Several solutions that are in place today address bullying after the damage is done. ReThink is the first ever solution to proactively prevent cyberbullying before the damage is done. ReThink stops cyberbullying at the root of this issue, before hurtful messages go out on the internet.
ReThink™ provides an important opportunity for adolescents to change their minds and not post hurtful messages online. With a moment to pause, review and reconsider their decisions online, adolescents learn to make better choices on and off of the internet.\

Parents, ReThink™ is a free app that is available for download on Android and iOS devices. Empower your child to make positive decisions online with ReThink. With ReThink, children can learn to think before posting or sending any offensive content that may later regret. Encourage your child to become a responsible digital citizen while enjoying peace of mind.

To install ReThink on an Android Device click here

To install ReThink on an iOS Device click here

To find out more about how you can help, please watch the video from founder Trisha Prabhu below!
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IMPORTANT! Please Read!

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Help ALL Brickies Get A Lunch!

Help Hobart High School students who don't always have the means to eat a lunch by donating to the "Brickie Lunch Box"! This new program will help ensure all student's are eating lunch & getting the nutrients & energy needed to be a successful Brickie.
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National Night Out!

Tuesday, Aug. 6th, 6-9pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

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Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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