Focus on Education

February 2019

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Schools Out For The...Oh, Wait! It's Just Freezing Out There! eLearning!

Our Brickies (and Brickie parents) had an experience that may not happen for many more years, an entire week of eLearning! While we know it was tough for some of you, you showed your true Brickie attitude and persevered with great determination and positive mindsets. Many of you shared your photos with us and it was magical to see how the minds stretched and imaginations soared with their assignments. No two images were alike as they thought outside of the box and created masterpieces and assignments that were individually theirs. We loved seeing this in our Brickies, but we are also happy to have you back! Great job at eLearning, Brickies! You were an inspiration to all of us!

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!

Senior Amber has a gift that many of us only dream of! She is an amazing, confident artist that took her skills to Chicago to compete in the Senior Scholarship Competition day at the American Academy of Art! This competition is a one shot chance for artists to compete to receive a scholarship for this prestigious Academy and it is all done in one day. Students arrive with all the supplies that they will need, or think they will need, and are then given drawing assignments. First, they had to paint a still life of their choice in a 3 hour time period - only 3 hours! Then they turn around and get another 3 hours to do a figure drawing from life. At the end the two works of art are judged for a chance at a scholarship. Well, out of 32 possible placements Amber came in 11th and WON a SCHOLARSHIP! She is the proud recipient of a half a year scholarship to the American Academy of Art in Chicago and is officially accepted into the school! It is an outstanding accomplishment and the school is proud to acknowledge her hard work. Amazing job, Amber, and best of luck at the American Academy of Art!

FTC Robotics Team "INSPIRE" Their Way To State!

Early this month our FTC Robotics Team, the Space Cadets, took to the League Championship at Indiana University Kokomo for a full day of competitions! They made the trip well worth the drive as they brought home not one, but several awards for their hard work. The achieved a 1st Place Alliance award for their robot play, 2nd runner up spot for the Motivate Award, the Promote Award for the video you see below that was created by the team as well, and finally the most prestigious award you can win at a FIRST competition, the INSPIRE award! Outstanding job to our Brickies for all of the hard work they put in to making this experience the best it can be and best of luck in March as they attend the State Championship!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzL6enH8NdQ&feature=youtu.be

Not one, but two LifeChanger Nominees in our District!

Earlier this month two of our teachers were notified that they were nominated by a student for the LifeChanger of the Year award! This award is a nationwide acknowledgment for K-12 employees and educators who make a positive difference in the lives of students. As nominees they are in the running to receive one of seventeen cash prizes and the ultimate Grand Prize of $10,000 that would be split with them and their school!


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:

http://app.lifechangeroftheyear.com/nomination_detail.cfm?NominationID=3232&NominationYear=2018


Mr. Swanson's link:

http://app.lifechangeroftheyear.com/nomination_detail.cfm?NominationID=3231&NominationYear=2018&SchoolState=IN

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ILEARN for Parents!

ILEARN is Indiana’s new online computeradaptive assessment designed to measure your child’s proficiency of the Indiana Academic Standards in Grades 3–8, Biology and U.S. Government. ILEARN fulfills both state and federal legislative requirements as the accountability assessment for Indiana students.



*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!

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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!



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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.

So what?

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!!!

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"When Doctors Say 'Read', New Parents Listen" by The Hechinger Report

The Clinton Foundation's Too Small To Fail campaign has been using doctors to reach out to low-income parents about the importance of talking, reading and singing with their young children, and the work has been having an impact, according to an evaluation of the campaign. The results showed that, after speaking with a doctor, 63% of parents said they wanted to try new approaches at home with their children. Read the article below from the Hechinger Report to learn more about this campaign and it's strategies!
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The School City of Hobart teaches Internet Safety to all students K-12, and also speaks directly on social media and safety. It is our goal that our students learn to use technology safely and responsibly. Though there are huge benefits to the Internet and social media, there are also significant dangers for users who aren't taught how to navigate safely. We encourage parents to learn as much as they can about the technology their children use, and actively engage with them. Click this link or the page below to access our web page full of resources to help parents and students with technology. https://www.hobart.k12.in.us/Page/10213
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"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.

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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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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
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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.
https://youtu.be/HMIaz60RqT8
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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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Showcase of Preschools

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 5-7pm

400 North Wilson Street

Hobart, IN

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

Hobart, IN

Join the Junior Class representatives for an event like no other! Come and enjoy snacks, making a special craft, face painting, a showing of Inside Out in our theatre and pictures with some of your favorite characters - only for $5 per child! We ask that you RSVP to Sarah Ramos at sramos@hobart.k12.in.us or call our Administration Office at 219-942-8885. Also, feel free to dress up as your favorite character and be ready to have fun!

Band LEGACY Concert for our Senior Citizens!

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Our band is constantly putting out great tunes, so we encourage our Hobart Senior Citizens to join us for the Legacy Foundation sponsored event where you will arrive at 5pm and enjoy our delicious desserts before hearing the sweet sounds of our band! We do ask that you RSVP so please call 942-8521 and enter extension 8193. You will have to leave a message with your name, number, and how many will be attending - we will take care of you from there!

Brickie Kidz Preschool Open House

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 5-7pm

Held at both the Early Learning Center and High School locations!

Have a child that will be 4 years old on or before August 1st? Join our Brickie Kidz Preschool teachers and staff to learn more about our great program and how we help our Brickies prepare for Kindergarten! Call 942-8521 ext 8140 for more information!

Orchestra Concert

Thursday, Feb. 14th, 7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Bring your Valentine and join us for a night of musical bliss as our Brickie Orchestra takes the stage for your enjoyment! Take your sweetheart to dinner before and then surprise them with a orchestra concert! So romantic. <3

JROTC and Hobart Bands Mattress Fundraiser

Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 10am-5pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Come get a better night’s sleep AND support the 2nd annual Hobart High School (Indiana) JROTC and Band Mattress Fundraiser! Every purchase benefits the school!

SpringFest! SAVE THE DATE!

Friday, March 15th, 5-9pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Come join us for the Annual SpringFest where you will find a fieldhouse FULL of bounce houses, a gymnasium FULL of games with prizes, a cafeteria FULL of food and a theatre FULL of entertainment! Seriously the best night of the year! More details will be posted soon so follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date! #BrickieUp

Annual Brickie Makers and Innovators

Wednesday, April 10th, 6-8pm

Hobart High School Field House

Full Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) ahead! Tinkerers, storytellers, scientists and artists alike: come show off your talents and inventions at the 5th Annual Brickie Makers and Innovator Showcase. Students have the opportunity to present original creations during an evening of mad genius! Creations can be original designs from home or school. For more information or to sign-up, visit www.hobart.k12.in.us/maker

Class of 2019 Graduation - Save the Date!

Thursday, May 30th, 6pm

Hobart High School Brickyard

Join us in celebrating our Class of 2019 on their very special day!

Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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