Focus on Education

May 2020

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Schools Out For The.....Wait, Already?

We cannot be more proud of our students, from Seniors down to Kindergartners, who all have shown immense grit, determination, and perseverance as we live through something that we have not experienced before. You each embraced eLearning like a pro and never quit! The school year was cut short and many common memories were missed, but several NEW memories are being made. This situation is nothing like we wanted to experience but we are so proud how you each have embraced it and we celebrate you PROUDLY!! Congratulations to all of our Brickies for there hard work, to our Kindergartners, 5th graders, and 8th graders that are moving on to new schools next year, and especially our Seniors who we will miss saying good-bye to physically, but definitely not emotionally. Each of you are in our hearts and we cannot wait to see how you grow! Stay #BrickieStrong and always remember "Once a Brickie, Always A Brickie!"
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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week - May 4 through May 8!!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We appreciate our hardworking teachers and all that they do. Share a thoughtful memory, funny story, or why your favorite teacher(s) is the best!

Option 1: Click this link: flipgrid.com/hhsappreciation and create a video explaining a memory, funny story, or why your favorite teacher(s) is the best! You can submit more than one video!

Option 2: Click this link:https://forms.gle/qm8HYiitH6qSppDv9 to fill out a form explaining a memory, funny story, or why your favorite teacher(s) is the best! You can submit more than one form!

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21 Day Challenge!

Find more information about the 21 Day Challenge on the Student Prep page either via the Cool Tool on the main web page or by visiting www.hobart.k12.in.us/StudentPrep! Together we can spread positivity all around us! It is all about perspective Brickies, let's show the community how to make the best during this new norm. #WeGotThis


The 21-Day Happiness Challenge: Five Ways To Be More Positive (Shawn Achor)

The Happy Secret to Better Work (Shawn Achor TedTalk)

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See what our Brickies have been doing for the 21 Day Challenge at the links below! Each page has galleries of our Brickies spreading their creative positivity by work, work, working toward a brighter future!

Remember to send your pictures and videos to webcontact@hobart.k12.in.us and we will post them on our websites and social media! We want to show everyone how positive we are and how we can make a difference!

www.hobart.k12.in.us/gratitude

www.hobart.k12.in.us/journaling

www.hobart.k12.in.us/exercise

www.hobart.k12.in.us/meditation

www.hobart.k12.in.us/kindness

Our Brickie Spirit Stays Strong Through This Pandemic!

Thank you to everyone for the countless emails and photos of our amazing Brickies and their pride! They have had crazy hair, patriotic day, superhero day, tie dye day, and of course Brickie Pride plus many more! We enjoyed seeing all of your spirited photos and hope that you keep up the fun while on summer break. Great job adapting to the change and keeping your spirit alive and proud. Take a peak at some of our spirited Brickies below!
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Health Occupations Student of America State Leadership Conference!

Our Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference was held virtually this year. The students that were planning on attending the conference and competing in various healthcare events decided to submit their work for the virtual conference and did amazing adjusting to the sudden change in plans. They were competing against all other Indiana HOSA students in their event.

Some of the events they competed in were Biomedical Science Laboratory Skills, EMT, Pathophysiology, Prepared Speaking, and Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking. Some of these events were testing knowledge and some involved submitting a speech or paper.

The following students received awards for their work.

Prepared Speaking (Topic: Towards Tomorrow!)

Top 10 Metalist: Elijah Puente and Bridget Chavez

Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking (Topic: Big Pharmaceuticals - Creating More Cures or Clients)

Top 10 Metalist: Shanena Knight

And #1 in Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking out of all Indiana students that submitted work is Hope Gaetano! She is now able to move on to the Virtual International Leadership Conference which was supposed to be in Houston, Texas.


We are so proud of our Brickies for adapting to the changes and taking on the challenge! They did amazing and we could not be more honored to be represented by these outstanding students!

Innovate WithIN Results

We are sure many of you have heard how incredible our Brickies are and how they did with the Virtual InnovateWithIN Competition, but we had to highlight them because we not only received a 1st place out of the State competition, but also brought home a 2nd place!! That's right, we had two groups participate this year with their inventions. They have been working all year on their inventive products, created pitches, won competition after competition and in the end our AM Therapeutics won the Regional spot and our Trifecta Sports Solutions were the wild card choosen from the judges. This brought them to the final State Competition, which was changed to a virtual conference, and rocked it! Many tuned in when they were live for their event and our Brickies nailed it! They adjusted their advertisement and marketing, made several slides, had cool backgrounds, and literally stole the show! AM Therapeutics went live first and had a perfect presentation. They answered the judges questions diligently and professionally with incredible knowledge which gave them the 1st place Title! Our Trifecta Sports Solutions followed shortly after and, as true Brickie spirit, stole the show - awarding them the 2nd place spot. Two Brickie teams taking 1st and 2nd in the STATE - nothing can be better than that. Read more about each invention below and check out the newspaper article and video from our amazing students! Also - check out their TV appearance at minute 33! So proud of our Brickies!



AM Therapeutics

After witnessing several friends and family members restrict their own daily activities due to arthritis and the pain that it yields, we felt a strong desire to help individuals with arthritis combat their symptoms with ease and efficiency. Throughout this pitch, AM Therapeutics, a local start-up based out of Hobart, Indiana, aims to illustrate the impact that arthritis has and the need that individuals display. We use this pitch as a means of introducing our newest product: The Remedy Glove. Equipped with vibration, compression, and heating features, The Remedy Glove is a revolutionary form of therapy. Furthermore, The Remedy Glove combines affordability with accessibility, making it the ultimate choice for individuals with arthritis. AM Therapeutics is determined to make a difference by lending others a hand!

Trifecta Sports Solutions

In high school football, head injuries are one of the most common injuries players face. Our mission is to make high school football safer. We developed an innovation directed towards contact sports, more specifically football. Our goal is to make a helmet that not only is safer but also more comfortable than what is out on the market today.
Inside Indiana Business Live Stream 5/3/20
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College & Career Readiness at School City of Hobart!

Click here to find ALL the information you need to help your student prepare for their future in the best way possible! Whether getting certified or working toward a degree - the School City of Hobart is here for you!

Hobart University - College and Trade Opportunities!

Hobart University (HU) was founded in 2018 & is part of the Early College High School Initiative in the United States. This allows students to meet the high school graduation requirements while also earning college credits and trade certifications!

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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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NEW Requirements for High School Graduates

Check out this link for ALL the information you need to help your student succeed! Plus there is a fun mini-movie that will help explain the new requirements.

Porter County Career and Technical Education (CTE) / Vocational Opportunities Through HU!

Did you know????

You’ve heard about Hobart University… but did you know that Hobart University includes vocational trades?


High school students attended presentations by our Ivy Tech and Porter County Career Center partners. During these presentations, they have learned about opportunities to earn college credit AND/OR earn technical certifications that they can use immediately after completing high school.


Did you know about our Energy program? It’s actually Ivy Tech’s Energy program, and it is in partnership with NIPSCO and it begins right here at Hobart High School. Students who start this program in 10th grade will complete it by the end of 12th grade and are guaranteed an interview with NIPSCO. Jobs in this field are moving toward renewable energy, so it’s not “just” about power lines, although if students are interested in that part, we have that too! Ask your kids about the salary. I am certain they will remember it.


We also offer a Medical Assistant program that prepares students to work in the field as a Medical Assistant at the end of the summer after their senior year.


What else do we have through our great partnerships? Diesel, automotive, robotics, cosmetology, just to name a few.


Does your child want to enter the workforce immediately after completing high school? No problem. Interested in the trades? We have direct links to local unions and can assist your child in whichever way he/she wants to go. The possibilities are endless and we talk to your kids about all of them.


Students in grades 9-11 have also participated in the Taste of HU, which is a “fair” highlighting all of the dual credit and technical certification opportunities that we have.


Whether students want to start a career immediately after completing high school or attend a post-secondary school, we can help them with a head start.

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  • Start by visiting Indiana Career Explorer
  • Compare the estimated net price of attendance at Indiana colleges through Indiana College Costs
  • Learn about career interest inventories, education requirements for different careers and more at Learn More Indiana.
  • Check out Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs for the most recent in-demand careers and wages in the state!
  • O*NET® Career Exploration Tools - Self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help you consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. The tools are also designed for use by students who are exploring the school-to-work transition.
  • Go to My skills. My future looks at the jobs you have held in the past to determine some similar positions for you in the future. It also allows you to learn more about those recommended careers.
  • Skills Profiler - Use the Skills Profiler to create a list of your skills and match them to jobs that use those skills
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Reading is important because it develops our thoughts, gives us endless knowledge and lessons to read while keeping our minds active. Reading books can help us learn, understand and makes us smarter. Not to mention the knowledge, vocabulary expansion and thinking skills we develop, so read a good book today!
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FREE Mobile Program To Help Young Individuals Quit Vaping

Indiana teens are more likely to use vaping devices than cigarettes. The increase in vaping among youth is rising at such an alarming rate that the U.S. Surgeon General is calling it an epidemic that “demands action to protect the lives of young people.” The age for cigarette purchases has risen to 21, but this won't help those that are already addicted. Furthermore, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has been investigating vaping-related severe lung injuries since early August and have already reported 5 deaths caused by vaping. The number of vaping-related lung injuries continues to rise steadily in Indiana and nationwide. Vaping is the only common factor in these injuries to date. Most individuals have reported vaping THC, the ingredient in marijuana, or other substances, but it’s unknown what specific products, brand or substance is causing these injuries. More information is being learned as new cases are investigated and data analyzed.

In Indiana, the use of e-cigarettes and vaping among youth has risen more than 350 percent among high school and middle school students since 2012.


So what to do? Sign up with Truth Initiative's "This Is Quitting" program which is the first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping, This is Quitting gives youth and young adults the motivation and support they need to ditch JUUL and other e-cigarettes. It is a ree mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind text messaging program incorporates messages from other young people like them who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes. Our messages show the real side of quitting, both the good and the bad, to help young people feel motivated, inspired and supported throughout their quitting process. We also send young people evidence-based tips and strategies to quit and stay quit. This is Quitting is tailored based on age (within 13 to 24 years old) and product usage to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting.


To enroll in This is Quitting, teens and young adults text DITCHJUUL to 88709. The first messages they receive will ask for their age and product usage so that they are able to receive relevant messages. Users receive one age-appropriate message per day tailored to their enrollment date or quit date, which can be set and reset via text message.

Those who are not ready to quit receive at least four weeks of messages focused on building skills and confidence. Users with a quit date receive one week of messages prior to that date and at least eight weeks of messages after their quit date. Throughout the program, users can text COPE, STRESS, SLIP or MORE to receive instant support. Upon completion of the program, users receive periodic text messages from truth® and may continue to use supportive keywords for as long as they like.

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Take a look at the NEW STATE REQUIRED Immunization Requirements for the 2020-2021 School Year!

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COVID-19 Information, Social Distancing, And How You Can Help.

This is a new experience for all of us, but it is all about perspective! We are doing our best to continue the education of our students, supply lunches to those in need, and inform you as much as we can on how you can help control this pandemic. You can visit our website for updated information on COVID-19 at www.hobart.k12.in.us/coronavirus. Please be aware of the stay order from the Governor and social distancing guidelines. Together we WILL get through this. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Home.
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Dr. Lori Desautels Strategies To Help Us Adjust.

Dr. Lori Desautels helps us define what is happening in our brain & develop strategies for self care during this difficult time. Hear her strategies for all of us to use during this difficult new "norm" that we are experiencing. #WeAreInThisTogether
Taking Care of Our Brains in This Time of COVID 19 For Parents Students and Educators
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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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VIRTUAL Brickie Makers and Innovators Showcase

Friday, May 1st, 7am

Anywhere you are!

Tune in on May 1st to see our VIRTUAL Brickie Makers and Innovators Showcase! Our Brickies are so creative and imaginative that we had to show it off! Instead of coming into our field house, we will be doing a Virtual Showcase for all to see! More information on signing up and participating can be found above in the newsletter or at www.hobart.k12.in.us/maker

Virtual Kindergarten Graduation!

Friday, May 8th, 6pm

Wherever you are!

Join in the celebration of our Kindergarten Graduates on May 8th at 6pm! We are excited to celebrate this milestone with them and know they will do great things in their new elementary schools! Great job Brickies!


Visit www.hobart.k12.in.us/celebrate for the link!

Class of 2020 Hall of Scholars!

Friday, May 15th, 6pm

Wherever You Are!

Join our Top 15 students at their annual Hall of Scholars. These Brickies have always gone above and beyond in everything they do and we are very proud to acknowledge them and their hard work. Best of luck with your future plans! We know you will change the world, one Brickie at a time!


Visit www.hobart.k12.in.us/celebrate for the link!

Virtual Class of 2020 Graduation!

Sunday, May 31st, 6pm

Wherever You Are

Join us and the Class of 2020 as we celebrate our Brickie Graduates! Though we are not able to celebrate and say our goodbyes in person, know we are beyond proud of each of you and cannot wait to see the what great futures you have ahead of you! Keep being strong and moving forward!


Visit www.hobart.k12.in.us/celebrate for the link!

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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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