Focus on Education

May 2019

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Brickie Makers And Innovators Were In The (Field)House!

Every year it just gets better and better! Our Brickies never cease to impress us and we LOVE IT! This year was a little different - we had even more makers and innovators! The fieldhouse was full of tables that contained many inventions, creativity, displays, and projects. There were baked goods, sewing projects, slime, legos, electronics, go-kart, robots, and more! The best part is talking with the students who create these inventions. To hear about the process of coming up with their invention - the planning, trials, errors, re-testing, grit, determination, more re-testing, and finally success - is the best part of the night. We are preparing these individuals to think beyond the wall, to live outside the box, and to embrace the possibility of making a difference!

RearVue Is Riding Toward A Bright Future!

Seriously, they are unstoppable! After receiving high accolades and a 3rd place finish at the InnovateWithIn STATE competition last month, our RearVue team went on to compete at the Purdue Northwest Big Sell! This is an event that is open to the anyone who thinks they may have the next BIG idea - high school students, college students, and adults! Well, our Brickies tore up the competition with RearVue and brought home another victory - 3rd place! You would think that with their amazing success with InnovateWithIn State, then their amazing success with the PNW Big Sell that they would feel on top of the world! Well, they want to show their worth and continued on to Louisville to pitch to the Nationwide Shark Tank television show! They won't know if they made spot on the show for a few weeks, but we wish them the best!

Brickies Earn Microsoft Specialist Certification!

The students in Mrs. Kovats high school Administrative Office Management class earned their Microsoft Office Specialist Certification for Microsoft Word! They had to demonstrate mastery in technically advanced features of Word in a rigorous Certiport proctored 50 minute project based examination. They are currently studying for the Excel Specialist Certification exam that is scheduled for late May. The students are, Elena Sfirnaciuc, Cora Moyers, Victoria Arevalo, Kaitlyn Anderson, and DJ Lipke. These students are able to proudly display the distinguished certification badge in all of their professional listings such as their the portfolio and their resume. Way to go Brickies!

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Scheduling Classes? - Be Ready! Hobart University!

Why Early College in high school? The School City of Hobart is committed to combining high school and college in a rigorous, supportive environment that enables any interested and qualifying HHS student to graduate with high school AND college credit! From research, we have seen that Early College students are out performing their peers nationwide with earning college credits before graduation and possibly even earning an Associates degree or other post-secondary credentials WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL! Think about graduating and starting your professional career WITH A DEGREE right away! Visit the informative newsletter below to see all of the college credit courses available and plan for your future! Go conquer the world, Brickies!
https://youtu.be/TZY2hLoZO5o

Too Good For Drugs Graduation!

"The start of an addiction does not come from the chemical that you put in your body, but the decision to say yes."


This quote is one that our fifth grade Brickies should know thanks to the "Too Good For Drugs" guest speaker, Herb Stepherson, who did an amazing job presenting at this year's graduation. Too often we tell our kids to say "no" but never explain to them the "why". This program with our Hobart Police Department does a great job explaining the occurrences and pressures our students will face in their lifetime, but also the "why" our kids should say no. It educates them on the dangers and addictions of drugs and how to handle situations that they will most likely experience. They have learned that saying no is not unpopular or uncool, it is a personal decision and one that will be respected by their true friends and peers. They have learned that walking away will only make you stronger and more courageous and others will respect you on a different level. We are very proud of our Brickies and know that they will take this information and move in a positive direction toward their future goals!

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Key Club Brings Home Awards!


Seven Key Club members traveled to Fort Wayne to represent the School City of Hobart at the District Leadership Convention. After a year of hard work, our Brickies applied for and received

several STATE awards! Every year we are impressed with our students and the goals they set out to achieve. We are very proud of these Brickies and know they will have a bright future!

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Our JROTC Raiders Rock!

Great job to our RAIDERS who competed against 17 other schools from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana this past April. They competed in 10 events and earned 5 first and 5 second places. As far as the overall team trophy, they tied for first with this year's National Champion team. But, the other team won in a tiebreaker, which gave our Brickies the 2nd place title. They were amazing! Our Raider team consisted of Justice Greenleaf (captain), Trinity Salinas, Olivia Garcia, Brittany Burger, Noah Payne, Jay Murphy, Nathan Wright, Max Bruner, Ben Hammond, Darrin Johnson, Gage Nush and Ares Marks. Way to go, Brickies!
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Hobart Did Great At The Unified Track Meet!

It was one of the beautiful days that we have been blessed to experience this year and our Brickies showed up to compete in the 2nd annual Unified Track Meet! Their determination to do well and represent the purple and gold would warm the coldest of hearts and we were ecstatic to see them succeed in their events. There were competitions in both track and field events with our Brickies competing in long jump, shot put, relays and races. Everyone did a great job and their smiles were worth more than any 1st place victory! Great job Brickies!
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ILEARN is Indiana’s new online computer adaptive 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-and scoring.

• 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.


Share with Parents and Educators! Short Assessment Videos

Our office is developing several three-minute videos to share with parents and educators about assessment systems and transitions to support assessment literacy. Please share these valuable resources via newsletters or parent messages.

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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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"10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day" by Lana Winter-Hébert

When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant oatmeal packet?

If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.

Reading has a significant number of benefits, click the link below or watch the video for the top 10 reasons as to why reading is beneficial.

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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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Nurse's Corner for May!

Important Info- The end of this school year is coming soon! Don’t forget to pick up any medication that is in the nurse’s office before the last day of school. New forms for medication need to be filled out each year with medication needed. No medication can be transferred to the next school year.


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 about the new school year 2019-20 requirements, please contact your school nurse.

-Due to the measles outbreak in the U.S this year, any student that doesn’t have the MMR series is at risk. You should have received a letter and phone call about this. If you have any further questions, 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.


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

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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Preparing Hoosiers For Next Level Jobs!

Tuesday, May 7th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Next Level Jobs provides Hoosiers with FREE (yes FREE)
state-wide training in high-paying, in-demand industries.
Through the Workforce Ready Grant you can remove the financial barriers that may prevent you from furthering your schooling and training for a career in one of Indiana's five high-demand fields:

Advanced Manufacturing,
Building & Construction,

Health & Life Sciences,
IT & Business Services,

and Transportation & Logistics.

E-Learning Day!

Tuesday, May 7th, 9am-3pm

School City of Hobart, Hobart, IN, USA

Hobart, IN

Students will stay home and work from their computers on this E-Learning Day!

6th Grade Orientation!

Tuesday, May 14th, 6pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

Join the Hobart Middle School staff for your child's 6th grade orientation! You will go on a tour of Hobart Middle School, learn about Hobart University, and learn about the NEW opportunities that are at the school! We encourage all parents and their student to attend this informative event. Students that come will get a free prize!

HHS Choir Concert

Tuesday, May 14th, 7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join our Brickies for the last concert of the year!

End of Year Band Concert

Tuesday, May 21st, 7pm

Hobart High School

Join our Brickie Band as they bring the year to an end!

End of the Year Orchestra Concert

Thursday, May 23rd, 7pm

Hobart High School

It has been a great year for our Orchestra - join them as the celebrate the school year!

Class of 2031 Graduation - Save the Date!

Wednesday, May 29th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join us as we celebrate our Class of 2031!

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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