Focus on Education

February 2017

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A First in Hobart! HMS Orchestra Performs at ISSMA Solo & Ensemble

For the first time, our Hobart Middle School Orchestra performed at the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble! They did outstanding by walking away with gold medals in 12 solo competitions, 3 ensemble performances and 1 silver in an ensemble! The large ensemble, pictured below, performed the piece, Dragonslayer, and earned a gold rating! Great job to these young Brickies and to Orchestra teacher, Brian Grenier!
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Hobart High School Diving Won Conference!

Our HHS Diving won the Conference Championship, again! Thanks to diving Coach, Katie Rinas, and the hard work our Brickies put in they were able to swim away without making much of a splash. : ) This year's NCC Conference Champion was our own HHS junior, Jacob Torres! Following close behind him was junior, Eric Zyzanski, who came in 4th! Great job to everyone that participated - just keep swimming!
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Hobart Middle School Wrestlers Are Undefeated - AGAIN!

Our HMS wrestlers did it again...and again...and again, going 3 strait seasons undefeated! These boys have worked very hard achieving a 13 - 0 record for the season and outscoring their opponents 1140 to 322. At the final conference tournament, more than half of the team placed in the top four with three 4th place finishers, four 3rd place finishers, five 2nd place finishers, and eight champions! Those in 8th grade have never experienced a team loss and we know they will continue to shine in high school. Great job to all the wrestlers!

Reality Store at Hobart Middle School

Every year our 8th grade students get to experience that "realities" of life by going through and procuring life's usual costs. They start with an income of the career they aspire to have and from there: purchase a house, insurance, car payments, credit card payments, student loans, cell phone payments, medical bills, groceries and utility bills, and some unexpected expenses. Some even get caught by the police and have to pay the fines!

This event helps to teach our kids the "reality" of life and the importance of working hard to achieve their goals. For many of them it is an eye-opening experience that helps put into perspective what their parents do everyday! The students did a great job!
A special thanks to all who volunteered to make this possible!

Hobart's Annual 'Hoops for a Cure!'

Every year the American Cancer Society, our Hobart Brickies, and the Chesterton Trojans come together for the Coaches vs Cancer program to raise money to help end the fight with cancer. They also take this evening to honor those that have passed from, are fighting, or have had cancer. The boys and girls varsity teams play back to back while raffles, bake sales, auctions, and other items are sold. All profits are then donated to the American Cancer Society. It is a great event that brought many families together. "Hobart is Stronger than Cancer." #gobricks

Maryssa Is Bowling for Indiana Tech!

Senior, Maryssa Carey, is not only one of Hobart's star bowlers, but she is also a star athlete - earning a bowling scholarship! Maryssa recently signed a letter of intent to bowl collegiality for Indiana Tech, a private non-profit university located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. To make this deal even sweeter, she also received an academic scholarship! Great job Maryssa, and best of luck on your future endeavors as an Indiana Tech Warrior!
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Mianna Receives Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship!

Congratulations to senior, Mianna Ruiz, for being selected as a recipient of a Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program award in the amount of $1000! This scholarship program is a nomination-based award and only 1 student per school may be nominated by their principal or guidance counselor. It recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership. Outstanding job Mianna and best of luck on your future journey!
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Senior, Carson, Featured In a Commercial! - Faces of the Region

Our very own HHS senior and Porter County Career and Technology Center student, Carson Scott, recently worked with Alan Weiss Productions in New York! He was there to film a public service announcement, written by PCC students, about distracted driving - a growing concern among all drivers. He stated, "Acting is pretty cool and we're just looking forward to taping the commercial. It's a great opportunity." Check out the article from the Times below. Awesome job Carson!
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Harry Potter Marathon Was a Huge Success!

Thanks to the Hobart Educational Foundation and it's hard working members, the School City of Hobart held its first movie marathon! The magic of the Harry Potter series was captured in a 22 hour long marathon that started at 9am on Friday and continued through until Saturday morning. Many "muggles" came to the all nighter event and were able to enjoy all 8 movies, trivia, costume contests, and even Butter Beer! Tickets were sold that included a lunch and dinner with proceeds going to the Hobart Educational Foundation program. This program in turn distributes scholarships to our students and grants to our teachers - all here in the School City of Hobart!

Joan Martin Visits the Challenger Learning Center!

The Challenger Learning Center located in Hammond, IN, provides some of the best STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for our students at Joan Martin Elementary. Our students were able to experience simulated space missions in the cutting-edge Mission Control room and a high-tech Space Station simulator. It was an unforgettable experience for all that attended and it was so much fun that they may not have even known they were learning! Visit www.clcnwi.com for more information about the programs that are offered, including summer camps!

Hobart Middle School Cafeteria Construction

The NEW cafeteria at HMS has been underway and they are making some great progress! Take a look at this time lapse video filmed and edited by our own middle school student, Jerry Fuller! Our Brickie spirit must be rubbing off because they know how to "Work! Work! Work!"
HMS Construction Time Lapse 1/13/17 - 1/19/17
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WAKE UP CALL - Special Presentation!



Wake Up Call Special Presentation

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hobart High School

6:30-8:00 PM



Parents, Educators, and Community Members are invited to attend an eye-opening presentation taking place on Monday, February 27th at Hobart High School from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Free childcare is available for the event, as well as a complimentary pasta dinner that will be provided at 5:30pm.


Wake Up Call is a life-size exhibit of a teen's bedroom with more than 20 "red flags" that can signal drug or alcohol use. The Wake Up Call bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use. The goal of this presentation is to educate parents and other adults who are influential in the lives of youth so they know what seemingly innocent items can actually be as indication of substance abuse.


In addition to learning about various hiding spots and items that may indicate use, audience members will also learn about the signs and symptoms associated with alcohol and drug abuse. There will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and get a closer look at the items located in the bedroom.



For more information or to register for this FREE event, please visit:

https://wakeupcallhobart.eventbrite.com - be sure to indicate if you will need childcare and would like to reserve a spot for dinner.


This event is sponsored by the School City of Hobart, Your Choice to Live, Inc. and Rosecrance


For questions about the Wake Up Call presentation, please contact Sarah Ramos at (219) 942-8885 or sramos@hobart.k12.in.us or Sandi Lybert at (262) 367-9901

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Important Information and Dates for Testing!

Below you will find some helpful links from our school website with loads of information about the upcoming tests for our students! Parents and students can access online practice guides for tests that are broken down into by age and grade level, test dates for upcoming state required tests, and information on understanding your child's score. Visit both links and help you and your child succeed!
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Khan Academy - Learn Anything. For Free. For Everyone. Forever.

Khan Academy is a resource that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning that empowers learners to study at their own pace. Students can work on skills in math, science, computer programming, PSAT/SAT Test Prep, and more. Additionally, parents can coach and monitor their children while they work through the program. Join us at Khan Academy for Parents and we’ll look at Khan Academy and how it works, and we’ll show you how you can become a coach. See below for the date and time of the Khan Academy for Parents Workshop!

Khan Academy for Parents Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 6-7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

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Need Help with Math and Science? Just askrose.org!

You can get FREE math and science homework help from askrose.org! This Homework Hotline is for Indiana students in grades 6-12 who may need some extra assistance. The tutors are Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students who major in math, science, or engineering - which means they are more than equipped to help with virtually any math or science homework problem. They can call, email or chat online with one of 140 tutors available. The tutor starts the session by reviewing the problem and then guiding the students through the problems until he/she understands the solution! On average, a call only takes about 12 minutes! So, next time you are stumped...just askrose.org!
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Middle School PSAT Score Night for Parents

Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 6pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

Want to learn more about the PSAT and how and what the scores mean? Come to the informative meeting about them!


As you consider a PSAT goal in 2016's competitive scholarship qualification process, it is wise to understand the average scores and qualifying scores for various scholarship programs. Taking the PSAT gives you a chance to qualify for several scholarship programs, most notably the National Merit Scholarship Program. The PSAT is also excellent practice for the SAT and can help you stand out to colleges. PSAT scoring can be pretty complex and we would love to help explain them to you. Please come to the informative meeting and get all of your questions answered about how they are tested, scoring, and why it is so important! Can't make it but would like more info? Visit http://hobart.schoolwires.com/collegeboard

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Digital Public Library of America - Great Tool for Research!

Do you have a child doing research for a report or assignment? Possibly learning about something or someone new and they want to know more? Check out this link for the Digital Public Library of America! This website contains an incredible amount of free resources for parents and students curated from museums, libraries, and archives. Results are searchable by topic, date, exhibitions, apps (including historical GIFs), and contributing institution, resource type, or maps. You are sure to find something that you need!
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Apply for Scholarships Through the Legacy Foundation

The Legacy Foundation's Common Application is now open! Deadline to apply for scholarships is Feb. 15! Need tips? Attend a scholarship "How-To" event for tips on your essays, best defining extra-curriculars, what community service is, and so much more! These events are being held at 3 different times and locations. See the flyer below or visit, http://www.legacyfdn.org/scholarships.php
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FAFSA Completion Event

Thursday, March 2nd, 8-11am

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Students and their parents looking for help completing the FAFSA are encouraged to attend one of these workshops. ISM College Planning Team Members will be at Hobart High School to help families complete the FAFSA on the Web or answer any questions a family may have.


Being held in the Learning Center at HHS - Room 1111 - Please enter at Door #1

FAFSA Completion Event

Thursday, March 2nd, 4-7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Same as the earlier session - Students and their parents looking for help completing the FAFSA are encouraged to attend one of these workshops. ISM College Planning Team Members will be at Hobart High School to help families complete the FAFSA on the Web or answer any questions a family may have. Come to this and stay for the Paying for College Workshop held at 6pm!


Being held in Room 1316 - Please enter at Door #1

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Go For Launch! Program

The Go For Launch! program is a 3-day program for high school students, running from 9am - 5pm each day, that uses Space Exploration as a platform to launch student involvement in:


  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math)
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Leadership

You can expect to learn about human spaceflight directly from experts in the fields of space & STEAM including:


  • An Astronaut and Astronaut Instructor
  • International Space Station Flight Controller
  • Scientists and Engineers

Students will work in teams on collaborative activities over the 3 days and define and design their own space experiment! They will present this to the judges of the Space and STEAM fields and if chosen the winner, will continue on to compete against other projects in the same division. The winning experiment will be launched into space!



Go For Launch! is a unique experience that gives high school students the tools and skills that can lead to success in any venture that requires imagination, leadership, teamwork, and problem solving skills. To register your high school students and for more information visit http://higherorbits.org/student-programs/go-for-launch/hobart-college-2017/

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The Spring Drama of a Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world. Come see our Brickies bring it to life! March 10th,11th, and 12th!
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6th Annual SpringFest!

Can you believe that it is almost that time of the year? The annual SpringFest is fast approaching and we would love to see everyone there! March 17th will be a great day full of fun for all ages with bounce houses, carnival games with prizes, face painting, pie in the face, magic shows, raffles, silent auctions and SO MUCH MORE! Something new this year is our concessions which will feature our Brickie Burger, corn dogs, cheese pizza, and fresh baked pretzels with cheese! The event is completely managed by volunteers and all profits go to the School City of Hobart's Building Brickies program which works with families of children ages birth - 5 years old and helps prepare them for Early Education. If you are interested in volunteering visit http://signup.com/go/5Y6cdh to sign up or you can help by donating a gift basket for our silent auction! Call (219) 942-8885 with any questions!
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Midwinter Band Concert

Thursday, Feb. 16th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Let the Brickie Band warm your heart during the Midwinter Band Concert! Come and pack the theatre with family and friends while listening to our award winning band. These Brickies are phenomenal - you do not want to miss this performance!

HHS Choir Concert

Wednesday, March 22nd, 7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Enjoy our high school students as they bring in the spring season with their glorious voices! Open for all to come and enjoy!
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How do we distinguish a delay or cancellation.

School Delays and Closings
Due to Inclement Weather

The School City of Hobart's first priority is the safety of our students and personnel. We encourage you to have a plan in place for school delays, cancellations, and emergency dismissal situations.

Many factors go into the decision to close or delay the opening of school. It is important for you to know the process.

Monitoring Current Conditions & Forecasts: School City of Hobart personnel continually monitor forecasts and live radar. Depending on the certainty of weather conditions, the close or delay school call may be made the prior evening.

Personnel on the Street: The School City of Hobart and City personnel (Hobart Police Department and Street Department) drive Hobart's streets to determine actual road conditions. They begin the process as early as 2:00 am when bad weather is expected. The roads are continually assessed for safety, and we remain in contact with city, county, and state transportation departments. If by 6:00 am the roads are favorable and conditions are expected to be good to get the students safely to school, then school will be open.

Ability to Clear Pathways: The School City of Hobart also factors in our ability to clear school sidewalks and parking lots in a timely manner, or if snow will accumulate faster than we can clear.

Visibility: Blowing snow is also a factor in a delay or cancellation.

Beliefs

  • Parents have a child specific perspective regarding their child and the threat of inclement weather.
  • A parent may make a determination for their child, and should respect the perspective of another parent regarding their child.
  • The School City of Hobart respects a parent’s determination regarding their child’s attendance at school during inclement weather. If school is open, or delayed, because of inclement weather, the school will respect the parent’s decision to keep their child at home. Parents are expected to contact the school and inform school officials of their determination. The student will be counted as absent, per state code, and students will be given an opportunity to complete their academic work in the same manner as an excused absence from school.
  • The School City of Hobart believes the public expects schools to be open and to provide education, supervision, and other services to its students (including meals that are provided for free and reduced lunch children).
  • The School City of Hobart believes all parents are committed to keeping children safe and these parents will dress their children appropriately for the weather when sending the children to school.
  • Variable weather conditions are to be expected in Northwest Indiana. The School City of Hobart believes parents have plans in place for weather related delays and closures.


Delaying or Closing School is Based on Multiple Variables

Freezing Rain/Sleet

  • The most unpredictable weather variable is freezing rain/sleet. Freezing rain/sleet is temperature sensitive and fast-occurring. It begins and ends with little notice. When freezing rain/sleet are predicted, the decision regarding school is delayed until the latest possible time in an effort to observe the most current and local conditions. Such a decision will generally be made in the morning.

Snowfall

  • Snowfall is more predictable than freezing rain/sleet. Meteorologists generally give a 2 inch variable when predicting snow accumulation. Because the variation in actual snowfall, when compared to predicted snowfall, the decision regarding school status is delayed until the snow accumulation indicates a need for action. Such a decision, except in extreme situations, will generally be made in the morning.

Extreme Snowfall Situations

  • When snow has accumulated to a significant level, or is at such a level with more snowfall predicted, then the decision regarding school may be made the previous evening. A significant level is one in which local authorities have indicated it is unlikely streets will be passable by the following morning.

Extreme Cold

  • Temperature prediction is increasingly accurate. The School City of Hobart uses the hourly temperature predictions for its zip code from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov). If air temperature is predicted by NOAA to be -10 degrees or below (the starting point for wind chill concerns with calm wind) at 6:30/7:00 a.m. the school will consider a two-hour delay for the start of school. If the air temperature is predicted to remain at -10 degrees or below at 9:00 a.m. the school will consider closing. Such a determination will be made as early as possible, perhaps the evening before, but certainly by 6:00 a.m. in the morning.

Extreme Wind Chill

  • Wind chill prediction is not as accurate as temperature prediction because wind speed is more variable by time and location. While NOAA observations and predictions are based upon the open conditions of the Gary Airport, these conditions are often different Northwest Indiana. Local observations of wind speed will affect the decision regarding delaying or closing school. Wind chill concerns emerge at a predicted wind chill temperature of -20 degrees. If wind chill is predicted by NOAA to be -20 degrees or below and local wind conditions are predicted to mirror the airport wind conditions at 6:30/7:00 a.m., the school will consider a two-hour delay for the start of school. If the wind chill is predicted to remain at -20 degrees or below and local conditions mirror the airport wind conditions at 9:00 a.m., the school will consider closing. The variability of wind speed is a key factor. Such a determination will be made as early as possible, perhaps the evening before, but certainly by 6:00 a.m. in the morning.


Functional Facilities and Transportation

  • Utility issues (gas, electricity, water) may cause a school to close. Issues associated with cold, including water supply to a building and electricity to a building or neighborhood, may cause school to be cancelled.
  • Buses are critical to transporting students. Issues associated with cold, including not starting, may cause school to be delayed or cancelled depending on the severity of the situation.

Delayed Start

In order to provide time for roads and weather conditions to improve and become safer for travel, the School City of Hobart may use a delayed start of school.

A delayed start to school allows the school district to do the following:

1. Provide more time to assess for safe conditions to start school including roads, buildings, and transportation.

2. Project whether a closure of school is needed.

3. Allow school to be held with improved conditions and not have to make up a weather day because of a school closure.

If a two-hour delay is called lunch will be served.

The following schedule for classes will be used:
Hobart High School will start at 9:45 a.m.
Hobart Middle School will start at 9:45 a.m.
Elementary Schools will start at 10:55 a.m.
Early Learning Center @ GE will start at 11:10 a.m.
*When riding a bus, please catch the bus two hours later than you normally would.

School Cancellation

All School City of Hobart schools will be cancelled. This includes all after-school events, meetings, and practices. Exceptions may occur with approval by the Superintendent if the emergency situation no longer exists, but will be on a case to case basis. The state of Indiana requires 180 student days. Please refer to the school calendar regarding make-up days. Additionally, the School City of Hobart will communicate these dates with you on the School City of Hobart Website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Emergency Closings and Delays

In the event of inclement weather or other conditions, notifications regarding delays and closures may be obtained from the following:

Radio: WAKE (1500am), INDIANA (105.5fm), WZVN (107.1fm), WGN (720am), WBBM (780am)

Television: CBS (Channel 2), NBC (Channel 5), ABC (Channel 7), WGN (Channel 9), FOX (Channel 32), CLTV, Lakeshore Public TV

Internet: School City of Hobart Website: Information will be posted in large red letters; please make sure to refresh your web browser each time you check. Information is also posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Phone: School Messenger Notification System: Parents can control what numbers are contacted in an emergency through Skyward under the Skylerts tab. Please ensure that your contact information is updated.

Emergency Closing Center: Emergency Closing Center

Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings and delays.

Here Comes the Bus

Parents and students are encouraged to use Here Comes the Bus to determine when the bus is approaching and know when to go to the bus stop. Here Comes the Bus allows for the monitoring of bus location with GPS. If you need more information, or to sign up for Here Comes the Bus, visit the Here Comes the Bus website. The school code to sign up is 46342. Please contact the Transportation Department for assistance. (219) 947-2413.

Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

The School City of Hobart does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or disability, including limited English proficiency.


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