Bulldog Broadcast

January 12, 2023

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Important Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 16th - No School - MLK Day
  • Tuesday, January 17th - Friday, January 20th - No Name Calling Spirit Week
  • Wednesday, January 25th - KONA Ice during Advisory
  • Thursday, January 26th - Incoming Freshmen Family Orientation
  • Wednesday, February 1st - E Learning Day
  • Monday, February 20th - No School - Presidents' Day
  • Tuesday, March 7th - E Learning Day
  • Monday, March 27th - Friday, March 31st - No School - Spring Break

For other information dates, please visit our website at https://taft.cps.k12.in.us/parents-students/calendar-menus

22.23 SY Calendar

Please click here for the 2022-2023 CPCSC Calendar

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E-Learning Day - 2.1.23

Wednesday, February 1st is a scheduled e-learning day for all CPCSC students. Teachers will be participating in professional development.

The e-learning day will be asynchronous. Teachers will post the agenda in Buzz for students by 7:30am. Activities will be assigned to review or practice previously taught content, continue work and development of on-going projects or assignments, or introduce new content with supporting activities that are achievable by the student independently.

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Middle of the Year - NWEA Testing

The middle of the year window for NWEA is approaching. NWEA supports students and educators by creating assessment solutions that measure growth and proficiency - and provide insights to help tailor instruction.

Taft will administer NWEA on the date(s) below:

  • Math - Week of January 9th
  • ELA - Week of January 16th
  • Make-ups - Week of January 23rd
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Incoming Freshman Family Orientation

On Thursday January 26th Crown Point High School will be hosting an orientation night for the families of incoming freshmen students. This orientation is open to parents, guardians, and current 8th grade students. Parents and guardians are invited to join in the CPHS auditorium for informational presentations. Students are invited to meet in the CPHS cafeteria where they will meet with upper-classmen student-leaders who will take the incoming freshmen on a tour of the high school. Afterwards, there is a chance for parents and students to meet with high school counselors and department chairs.

A timeline for this event is provided below:

  • 5:30pm: Optional presentation on Advanced Placement and Dual Credit
    • This is an optional presentation for any families interested in learning more about Advanced Placement and Dual Credit classes. This presentation will take place in the CPHS auditorium. Students may attend this presentation with their parents.

  • 6:00pm: Parent Presentation
    • Parents and guardians meet in the CPHS Auditorium for a presentation on the transition from middle school to high school. This presentation will have a particular focus on the scheduling process.
  • 6:00pm: Student Tours
    • Students meet in the cafeteria. Upper-classmen student-leaders will take the incoming freshmen on a tour of the high school. This is also a time for students to ask questions about high school and the classes they can take as a freshman.
  • 6:30pm: Parents & Students Meet with Counselors and Dept. Charis
    • Parents and students reunite in the CPHS cafeteria at 6:30pm
    • There will be an opportunity to meet high school counselors
    • There will also be an opportunity to meet department chairs from every department at the high school.

  • 7:00pm: Event ends
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CPCSC Job Opportunities

As we kick off second semester, there are part time and full time positions available throughout CPCSC. Join our team! More information is available at www.cps.k12.in.us/jobs
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No Name Calling Week

The Week of January 16th - January 20th, Taft will celebrate No Name Calling Week. This is a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools. Our students will participate in different lessons/activities throughout the week.
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Unpaid Balances

Please continue to check your students' mealtime balance. All cafeteria purchases are to be prepaid before meal service begins. Parents may send payment three different ways:

  1. Send cash in an envelope with student’s name on it.

  2. Households can prepay on line their student accounts by visiting mymealtime.com.

  3. Parents can also send in a check for any amount of meals desired.

We appreciate your help with this. If you have questions, please reach out to Kim Oostman (219-663-1507 ext. 12603)

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PSAT Results

Results for 8th grade students who took the PSAT are in. Please visit K–12 score reporting portal.

Important Reminders:

  • Encourage your students to create a College Board account so they can easily access their scores online and unlock a robust set of personalized resources to help them understand their scores
  • Students will be seamlessly connected to other College Board opportunities, Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy®, college readiness resources, and scholarships.
  • Students who are 13 and over who provided their email address on their PSAT 8/9 answer sheets will receive an email reminder to view their September–October PSAT 8/9 scores online.

If you have any questions, please contact College Board at 888-477-7728.

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Did you know that you can adjust the notification settings in ParentSquare? Simply log in to your account on your computer's web browser or the ParentSquare app. Click on "My Account" and "Notifications". More instructions are available on the ParentSquare website.

ParentSquare syncs with RDS for parent contact information. Be sure you keep your RDS information current so you never miss a message!

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Please remind your students to charge their Chromebooks each night when they get home.
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Club Information

Please see our club offerings below. If you have any questions, please reach out to the club sponsors.
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Cell Phones / Earbuds

Please remind your students that cell phones need to be turned off and in their lockers during the school day. In addition, wireless earbuds will not be allowed at school. All students will receive wired earbuds to use throughout the school year. Students are allowed to bring headphones from home, as long as they are able to plug into their Chromebook.
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School Lunches

The federal program that provided free breakfast and lunch for all students has ended. If you need meal assistance OR textbook assistance, you must complete a free/reduced application at www.cps.k12.in.us/food.

The cost for a full lunch this year is $2.65. Various items can also be purchased ala carte. Breakfast costs $1.50. The school menu is highlighted below and is subject to change.
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Taft Middle School

Tracy Seibert, Principal ext. 12001

Kyle Hanaway, Assistant Principal ext. 12002

Jennifer Grill, Assistant Principal ext. 12004

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District Information/Updates

Please visit our corporation website for important district and community information https://www.cps.k12.in.us/about/district-news