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Our Chess Club competed at STATE!
Earlier this month the School City of Hobart had five competitors participate in the 2019 Scholastic Chess of Indiana Regional Qualifier. From the high school we had: Alex Termini, Andrew Romes, and Nathaniel Roscoe while the middle school was represented by Jeffrey Howard and Alex Wick. The competition took place at Hammond Morton high school where the competition lasted the entire day. Each competitor played a grueling 5 matches that could (and some did) last a total of 80 minutes! The Brickies stayed strong throughout the competition, never wavering in their determination to do their best. And in the end, it produced some awesome results.
At the high school level, out of 48 total competitors, Alex Termini finished in 22nd place; while Andrew Romes powered his way through to 7th place! Both spots qualified these high school competitors for the 2019 SCI Individual State tournament. At the middle school level, Jeffrey Howard finished in 11th place out of 60 total competitors! This spot also qualified Jeffrey for the State competition which took place on January 26th and they did not disappoint! They all traveled to Elkhart, Indiana for the all-day tournament where in the 12th grade and under division, Alex took 13th place while Andrew took 16th place out of 30 total competitors in the division.
A special shout-out to 8th grader Jeffrey Howard. In his 8th grade and under division, over 50 total players competed. Jeffrey ended up winning 4 out his 5 matches, with a couple lasting over an hour, which placed him 4th in the State of Indiana for his division! Way to go, Jeffrey! Proud of our Brickies and their hard work - we can't wait to see what you do next! Also, a special thank you to Chess Coach, Josh Reno for inspiring these individuals!
Amber's Talent Got Her a Scholarship and Acceptance Into Her Dream College!
FTC Robotics Team "INSPIRE" Their Way To State!
Not one, but two LifeChanger Nominees in our District!
Let's come together and congratulate Miss Brooke Burczyk - English teacher at Hobart High School and Mr. Scott Swanson - Social Studies teacher at Hobart Middle School!
How can you help show your love and support? Click on their links below and leave a supportive comment or share a story about how they have changed your life. The nominee whose community demonstrated the most support for their nomination will receive a Spirit Award, a $5,000 cash prize to be shared between them and their school! Let's show our Brickie Spirit and our support for our teachers! #BrickieUp
Miss Burczyk's link:
Mr. Swanson's link:
ILEARN for Parents!
*What resources are available to help prepare my child for ILEARN?
• Indiana’s Released Items Repository allows students to interact with released items and try some of the tools and features at: https://www. doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-sample-items-andscoring.
• Indiana’s ILEARN Portal provides information and resources for understanding the assessment at: https://ilearn.portal.airast.org/.
• The ILEARN for Families website answers questions about ILEARN at: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ ilearn-families.
Check out our School City of Hobart Parent/Student Learning Center at the link below!
Get Ready for the PSAT and SAT!
Are you ready? Game Day is just around the corner!
Just like athletes prepare for their upcoming games, musicians prepare for concerts, and actresses prepare for performances — students prepare for exams! Why? Because practice puts brains in your muscles like Sam Snead once said.
On April 9, students in grades 7, 8, and 9 will be taking the PSAT! The PSAT — long known for being a Practice Exam — plays a much different role nowadays. PSAT scores are used to predict college, and career readiness AND are used to fulfill prerequisite requirements so students can earn college credit for classes they are already taking while in High School.
If you haven’t already heard, Hobart University — at HHS— now offers a ton of programs and courses for students to earn free college credit! BUT, they have to qualify!
Also, juniors will be taking the SAT. The new legislation in Indiana requires that current high school students either pass their graduation qualifying exam (ISTEP+) or opt into the Indiana Graduation Pathways. By earning a qualifying score on the SAT, students can fulfill the third graduation pathway requirement thereby demonstrating postsecondary ready competency.
Whether taking the PSAT or SAT in April — Game Day is quickly approaching.
For those taking the PSAT, a 26+ in English, Reading, Writing (ERW) and a 24.5+ in Math is the cut score needed for many dual credit courses. For those taking the SAT in need of fulfilling the postsecondary ready competency requirement, a 480 in English Reading, Writing (ERW) and a 530 in Math are needed to fulfill the SAT College & Career Readiness Benchmark!!!
Go to www.khanacademy.org/sat to diagnose skills, take full-length practice tests, familiarize oneself with instructions, and work on differentiated practice based on precisely what each individual student needs! Parents / Guardians, there’s even a way to monitor progress - go to www.khanacademy.org/sat to get started!
HHS's "Careers In The Trades" Newsletter!
Did you know …
There are a lot of workers who spend five years or less in every job they take on? In January 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average employee tenure was 4.2 years, down from 4.6 years in January 2014.
It’s more important than ever for you to make sure you have options for what skills you develop and what credentials you earn so that you are marketable.
What will it take for you to be successful?
The successful worker is one who is up-to-date on trends in their industry and who is always learning and refining skills and abilities.
What can you do now to prepare for the future?
By taking dual credit classes while in high school and working to earn a certificate, technical certificate, or associate's degree - you can save a lot of time and money while working towards finding and keeping your dream job. Talk to your counselor and see what HU can do for you!!!
"When Doctors Say 'Read', New Parents Listen" by The Hechinger Report
"Teens, Technology, and Romantic Relationships" by Pew Research Center for Internet & Technology
Teenage years bring a lot of firsts. For most, it means the first date, first kiss, first job and perhaps first time driving a car. It’s the time when schoolyard crushes turn into romantic relationships and, for the teens of today, social media often plays a big role.
Flirting can happen via text, Snapchat, and other platforms. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 63% of teens with dating experience have sent flirtatious messages to someone they like, and 14% of teens without dating experience have done so.
Often teens will say things online such as “hey you are cute” and other compliments. Teens tell me that they would not say these things face-to-face but online it is fun. Often a person can tell someone is interested just by whether they send a Snapchat or a direct text (a direct text carries more weight).
Clearly, tweens and teens might not have any interest in discussing flirting with their parents. But I believe that talking about the pressure that can come along with, or masquerade as flirting, is important. Masquerading is when a person is more interested in “hooking up” than they are getting to know someone better and moving toward a relationship. (The term “hooking up” is ambiguous, it includes anything from kissing to sex. Unfortunately, the clearer term “making out” no longer exists).
The Pew study examined the extent to which not all flirting behavior is appreciated or appropriate. Thirty-five percent of teen girls surveyed had blocked or unfriended someone who was flirting in a way that made them uncomfortable, which is double the 16% of boys who had taken that step. And 10% of teens who were in a relationship reported their partner used the internet to pressure them to engage in unwanted sexual activity.
Even though teens may be well-versed in using and communicating via text messaging and social media, they surely have things to contemplate regarding relationships—we all do.
Discussing personal issues with youth (and, yes, their social world does feel very personal to them) can be nerve-wracking for parents. This national survey should give you gusto. It found that kids age 10-15 are ready to talk about tough issues before their parents are, including the issue of being pressured into sexual activity.
ReThink App For Tweens, Teens, And Everyone!
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 hereTo find out more about how you can help, please watch the video from founder Trisha Prabhu below!
Nurse's Corner for January!
Flu- Roses are Red, Violets are blue, please get your shot so you don’t get the FLU! Its flu season! Please contact your healthcare provider or make an appointment at our Brickie Clinic 219-945-9383.
Vaccinations- All students should be up to date on their vaccinations. Indiana state law requires you to have up to date immunizations. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.
Health Conditions- If your student has a specific health condition or needs special care during the school day such as medication, treatments, or monitoring, please inform your school nurse and provide your nurse with a care plan. Individual health care plans help keep your student safe and healthy.
Sick students- Please keep all sick children home from school- this includes fever greater than 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea. If you are unsure, please call your healthcare provider or school nurse for advice. Please do not send your student to school and instruct them to go directly to the nurse before the school day begins. If your student is sick, please follow the call off procedures. Again, if you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse. Please see attached chart to assist you in knowing when to keep your student home.
Head Lice- It’s that time of year where our students break out their coats, scarves and hats. Please encourage your child not to share such items as hats, scarves, brushes or any personal items. Lice is not a danger to your child’s health, it is simply an annoying problem that comes around this time of year, so no need to panic. Please know that anyone and everyone can get lice. Getting lice has nothing to do with you being clean or dirty, it only has to do with the fact that you are human. It is very important to check your family for lice this time of year regularly. If you find any live lice or eggs, it is absolutely necessary to treat each “infected” person, but more importantly, you must notify the school so that we can effectively and confidentially assist you with monitoring. The school nurse can assist you with proper treatment options as well as identify and demonstrate for you what to do.
CLOTHING- Please make sure your student has an extra change of clothing in his/her backpack incase needed for unseen circumstances that may arise during the school day.
If you have any questions, please call your school nurse or visit our school web page at http://www.hobart.k12.in.us for more information on student health, school forms, and other helpful links
Help ALL Brickies Get A Lunch!
Here Comes The Bus App
Showcase of Preschools
Thursday, Feb. 7th, 5-7pm
400 North Wilson Street
Building Brickies will be hosting the Showcase of Preschools on February 7th from 5-7pm at the Early Learning @ George Earle. Local preschools will be present to answer your questions about their programs and assist with any needs you may have.
This is a free event open to all Hobart families.
No registration needed!
Park in the back parking lot at the Early Learning Center and enter through Door #8. Attendees will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a free SpringFest wristband!
Fun with Your Favorite Movie Characters sponsored by the Junior Class
Saturday, Feb. 9th, 10am-1pm
2211 East 10th Street
Band LEGACY Concert for our Senior Citizens!
Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 6pm
2211 East 10th Street
Brickie Kidz Preschool Open House
Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 5-7pm
Held at both the Early Learning Center and High School locations!
Thursday, Feb. 14th, 7pm
2211 East 10th Street
SpringFest! SAVE THE DATE!
Friday, March 15th, 5-9pm
2211 East 10th Street
Annual Brickie Makers and Innovators
Wednesday, April 10th, 6-8pm
Hobart High School Field House
Class of 2019 Graduation - Save the Date!
Thursday, May 30th, 6pm
Hobart High School Brickyard
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