Focus on Education

December 2017

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PLTW In Our Kindergarten!

Mrs. Adzia's Kindergarten Class is getting a jump start on Engineering! They took some time to create a sturdy "beanstalk" with one goal - it needed to be able to hold the golden egg. After everyone did their best, the beanstalks were evaluated to see if they would, in fact, hold the golden egg! There were many great designs, but in the end only one winner. The class then discussed what a great design would be. They broke down into groups and used what they had learned about, having a sturdy base and a smaller area to hold the egg, to rebuild their design. By the end of the lesson, everyone was able to hold the golden egg! It was a great experience for our littlest Brickies and they loved it! They also learned a valuable life lesson - sometimes your first attempt at something does not always work, so you have to dig deep and use GRIT to keep trying and never give up! Great job Brickies!

Third Annual High School PLTW Balloon Launch!

Another year in the books and another successful journey, expect this time there were two! On November 9th, our high school Project Lead the Way Design and Engineering class took to the Brickyard and launched both high-altitude balloons at 9:58am, they called them Genesis and Exodus. As all of our 4th grade students gathered around, both balloons quickly took off to the East with the high wind conditions carrying it faster then ever before. All teachers were notified with links to watch and track the balloons throughout the day, and it was so exciting! The Genesis balloon landed a couple hours later in a freshly harvested field in Napoleon, Ohio - approximately 162 miles or 3 hours to the East of Hobart. The other balloon, Exodus, went even further and landed in a corn field in Huron, Ohio - approximately 240 miles or over 4 hours to the East! The Exodus was mere miles away from Lake Erie and almost hit an altitude of 100,000 feet in the air! This year's launch was especially meaningful as it was dedicated to the memory of Marvin M. Boetcher from the HHS Class of 1967. The family of Marvin made a donation to this project in his memory which allowed the project to continue for another year and to be expanded to two balloons. Thanks to his family and the other members of the chase team, our Brickies had another successful year with the High-Altitude Balloon Launch. See the statistics below and watch the live videos on the PLTW facebook page at the link below or "Like" and "Follow" all of our school's PLTW on the Facebook page: SCOH PLTW


Statistics:

K9MQ-11 (Genesis)
Distance Traveled: Hobart, IN to Napoleon, Oh - 162 miles

Maximum Reported Altitude: Unknown as this time

Maximum Reported Speed: 115 mph
Total Flight Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Ascending: Unknown

Descending: Unknown


K9MQ-11 (Exodus)
Distance Traveled: Hobart, IN to Huron, OH - 240 miles

Maximum Reported Altitude: 98,848 feet

Maximum Reported Speed: 116 mph
Total Flight Time: 3 hours and 32 minutes

Ascending: 2 hours and 52 minutes

Descending: 40 minutes

Our Brickie Robotics Took Home a 3rd Place Finish!

On Sunday, November 19, the Hobart Middle School Brickie Robotics team competed in the 11th Annual FIRST Lego League Robotics (FLL) tournament at Indiana University Northwest against 32 other teams. This year’s Hydrodynamics theme presented our students with challenge to build and program a robot to complete over 30 missions, complete a project about water issues, and represent their understanding of First Lego League Core Values. Our Bricks took home a 3rd Place Trophy for Teamwork and we could not be prouder!

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The Theatre Department's "Wizard of Oz" was phenomenal!

If you were not able to attend the Hobart High School's Theatre Department's production of The Wizard of Oz, then boy did you miss out! It was phenomenal! This year's group of students actors were incredible and worked so hard to create a perfect production of the play. (Which we feel they achieved!) From the auditions, to rehearsals, the costumes, make-up, scheduling, props, not a single detail was missed. The atmosphere was perfect, the music was spot on, and the audience was always a full house! The Theatre Department did an exceptional job of taking a story that everyone knows and loves and making it their own production. Words cannot describe the level of talent these Brickie actors have and we cannot wait to see what is in store for the community in the Spring. Outstanding job Brickies! Keep "breaking a leg"!

HMS Students Place 2nd at the "We The People" Competition!

Congratulations to these young men and women for their hard work at achieving a second place finish at this year's We the People competition! These students took part in a simulated Congressional hearing with 8 other local teams. Before the hearing the students studied specific topics related to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They then conducted the hearing and had judges listen to the students opening statements and asked the students questions about their statements. The judges there consisted of community leaders, including attorneys and university professors, and were tough to impress but our Brickies came through with a victory! Due to their victory, they have been invited to Indianapolis on December 12 to compete with leading teams from the state of Indiana! Congrats Brickies and Best of Luck in Indy!
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Veteran's Day Will Always Be a Day To Remember and Honor

Again this year, the School City of Hobart held Veteran's Day Programs at each of the schools, inviting anyone that was or is involved in the Military to join us so we may honor them. Again, it was a proud day and an honor to have our Veteran's in our schools. Our students were asked to invite all Veteran's that they knew and have them come to our special event. At the high school, our students proudly escorted their Veteran to their seats while the Elementary school's gave hugs and flowers or certificates to those they brought. The bands and choirs proudly celebrated the day with their music and all took the time to appreciate and respect the meaning of the day. Middle and High school students participated in an essay through the VFW. Winners were chosen from all participants by our local VFW and had the privilege of reading their essay on Veteran's Day at Veteran's Park. It was a very chilly day, but beautiful because of their words about "American History: Our Hope for the Future". Congratulations to our Voice of Democracy winners: Alexa Ray & Sharla Cruz and to our Patriots Pen winners: Oliva Reel, Aliana QUinones, & Morgan Sanchez! Thank you to all that were involved and especially to our Veteran's for their dedication to our Country. Thank you.

Academic Brickyard

“A leader's job is not to do the work for others, it's to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.” - Simon Sinek


Over the past few months, a group of HHS senior students (Samantha Meyer, Rebecca Meyer, Emily Zanolla, and Paige Nestich) met with our Superintendent, Dr. Buffington, and our Director of College and Careers, Mr. Krieg, and together created the Academic Brickyards. The Academic Brickyards are modeled after writing centers and tutoring centers found at most colleges and universities. During their Success Period, these students (along with some other senior student leaders they recruited) voluntarily give up their time in order to serve others. They meet with their peers to help them with Math or English work. In doing so, they are modeling the leadership skills Sinek points out since they are helping their peers figure out how to solve difficult math problems, work through syntactical difficulties, navigate the blurry lines involved in a citation, apply difficult concepts and mathematical formulas, and other related concepts. Together, they are helping one another succeed beyond what was once thought to be possible.



Our student leaders are determined to leave a legacy, and this legacy is all about service and helping our Brickies build their skills, knowledge, and competencies brick-by-brick. As leaders, this group of students is already planning the next phase of what these Academic Brickyards could entail. They are meeting with English and Math teachers, talking with Administrators, and most importantly getting feedback from their peers. In addition, they are even utilizing marketing approaches they learn about in their Business courses to promote the Academic Brickyards. They even worked with Mr. Crouch (Radio/TV Instructor) to create a promotional video that was shown to all of the students at Hobart High School, and they worked with our Director of Technology to create Academic Brickyard banners (as displayed) that are now displayed in front of each converted Learning Centers. From time to time, an English tutor may even go over to the Math Lab to get some extra help and vice versa.



Looking to the future, these students are even looking to recruit the next group of student tutors who can pick up where they left off. Leadership, as these students are experiencing, is much like a relay race - they’re running their leg but getting ready to pass the baton off to the next leaders. Not only are our Brickies getting extra help, but our student leaders are also growing as leaders and gaining experiences that will yield dividends for years to come. As these student leaders say, they hope their peers take advantage of this resource and build their knowledge and abilities one number or one word at a time.

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PNW International Educator Program Students Visit HHS!

Purdue Northwest's College of Education and International Affairs Office have formed a joint effort to host International Educator's seeking to come to America to observe our education process. In August, fourteen educators from South Korea, including elementary and secondary teachers, counselors, and principals, arrived at Purdue Northwest's campus in Hammond. Several are working on their Ph.D.'s and are writing their dissertations on the differenes in American and Korean schools. One student in particular, SeonYoung Yun, is a frequent guest on Korean radio discussing the varied after-school clubs and activities and the importance of students participating in them. She is seeking to learn of new clubs and activities that she can in turn offer to Korean students. All of the Korean educators are especially intrigued by the student-centered approach to learning in American schools and intend to implement implicit instructional strategies in their classrooms upon returning to South Korea in February.

The group that visited our school was assigned to PNW Professor, Carolie Warren, who's Teaching and Learning at the K-12 Classroom course brought them to Hobart High School for two days and observed, first hand, a high school in America. They were able to observe Project Lead the Way classes, the theatre department, radio and tv classes, physics, english, math, and many more! They will be returning in January to visit our Hobart Middle School and Elementary schools.

Our JROTC Did a Classroom "Take Over" at Ridge View! By: Natalie Atkosh - JROTC Cadet

Junior Achievement: Another Year of Success

Between the months of October and November, Junior ROTC cadets at Hobart High School have tirelessly prepared for a special event the battalion upperclassmen participate in annually: Junior Achievement. The goal of Junior Achievement is to teach younger generations simple economics and work readiness skills. On November 24th and 30th, over eighty cadets successfully taught one hundred and thirty-five lessons to first through fifth-grade students at the Ridgeview and Liberty Elementary schools. Cadet leader Victoria Wehmeyer described the students she taught as “an enthusiastic classroom eager to become entrepreneurs one day.” The cadets were extremely professional in their presentations and received compliments from each of the teachers. Mrs. McKee, a fourth-grade teacher for Ridgeview Elementary, described the event as an “overall great learning experience” for her class.

The benefits for cadets seem even greater, however, as the preparation period taught extensive leadership skills. As senior cadets are regularly taught in JROTC, people often overestimate the event and underestimate the process. In the Junior Achievement exercise, cadets are shown the importance of practice for the development of confidence and knowledge. The process is proven to be more difficult than the event as cadets are tested on how thoroughly they understand their materials and how effectively they can present the lessons. Group leader Ashley Alcala stated that because of her experiences in Junior Achievement, she has “become a leader that got [her] out of [her] comfort zones.” Despite the pressure put on cadets, they impressed the elementary school teachers and earned titles such as ‘great leaders’ and ‘role models’. Hobart’s cadets did an incredible job teaching the children while having fun with them too!

The Hobart Sewer Department Visits Ridge View Elementary!

Our Ridge View 5th grade students were treated to a great presentation on water pollution from the Hobart Sewer Department. Sherryl Doerr came prepared to WOW our students with macroorganisims and knowledge about how they can help prevent water pollutions in our neighborhoods.

The students were very excited to identify organisms that may be in their water and learn how to keep themselves safe from polluted water. We take for gratned that our water is cleand and that how we live our daily lives could take a toll on it.

Ridge View is so excited for this partnership and look forward to it growing as the needs of our school grow. It is important for our students to work hand in hand at a young age with city departments to keep Hobart a wonderful place to live. Thank you to the Hobart Sewer Department!

The SCOH earned a rebate from NIPSCO for our Energy Saving Projects

Last month, the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) presented a check for $128,621 to the School City of Hobart for participating in the utility’s energy efficiency program designed to help commercial and industrial customers install energy-saving measures in their facilities.

The School City of Hobart, with the help of their Director of Support Services, Felix Perry, have participated in four different NIPSCO energy upgrade projects since 2010 that included: converting their High School gymnasium and field house and the Middle School pool and gymnasium to high bay fluorescent lighting, and converting 32w bulbs to 25w bulbs district wide. Most recently they have completed the the phase of their current project which included upgrading existing lighting to LED lighting in classrooms and hallways at the high school, middle school and elementary schools and the high school parking lot. The project will save the district about 1.5 million kilowatt hours per year which equates to approximately $194,000 in annual cost savings. The second phase of this project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018, and will include upgrading the remaining parking lot lighting District wide and all the cafeterias and gymnasiums in our elementary schools.

Dr. Peggy Buffington, Superintendent for the School City of Hobart stated, “Mr. Perry and our team models being green and taking action to be energy efficient. He has involved students in the process which is a wonderful experience. In addition, it is a welcome partnership with NIPSCO and the savings generated to invest in our children elsewhere in our budget. We are extremely proud of the work and dedication that has gone into our energy program.”

Pauline Katsouros, Manager of Energy Efficiency Programs for NIPSCO added, “For commercial buildings such as schools, lighting is one of the largest energy users. LEDs not only use less energy, they last longer than traditional bulbs which means they don’t have to be replaced as often. Hobart Schools are a great example of a local organization that is proactive about finding ways to be more efficient.”

A special "Thanks" to everyone involved and for all of the hard work that was put in to make this possible! #BrickieUp

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Khan Academy - You Can Keep Learning 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. Recently, a study was completed that proved that using Khan Academy's free Official SAT Practice is associated with an average score gain of 115 points! Nearly double the average score gain for those students that don't use the free test prep. The Official SAT Practice is free for everyone and personalized for each student. If you don't have 20 hours to practice, don't worry! Shorter periods of time is also correlated with meaningful score gains - in fact, 6 hours of studying can bring an average of 90 point increase! Below you can find the link to the Official SAT Practice, a link to Khan Academy's main site, and the video explaining their recent study and the benefits of using Khan! Get your Khan on!
https://youtu.be/8-pxqeO24Ww
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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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FAFSA Completion Events

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 8-11am

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Students and paretns 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. Call the High School at 942-8521 with any questions.

FAFSA Completion Events

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 4-7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Students and paretns 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. Call the High School at 942-8521 with any questions.

Middle School Christmas Choir Concert

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 7pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

Enjoy the vocals of our middle school students and get in the Holiday spirit! Park in the back parking lot and enter through Door #5.

Santa Breakfast and Polar Express

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 8:30am-1:30pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Twas a few weeks before Christmas and we thought it would be fun, to take two events and combine them into one! Join the HHS Junior Class for their pancake breakfast anytime from 8:30am - 11am. Only $5 a person with proceeds helping with the 2018 Prom! Then starting at 11:15am is the free annual showing of The Polar Express! For more details, see the flyer up above or call the Administration Office at (219) 942-8885.

Joan Martin 2nd Grade Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 6pm

301 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

It is Grandparent's Day for 2nd grade students at Joan Martin and they are ending it with a phenomenal 2nd grade performance! Come and enjoy the little, but powerful, voices of our 2nd grade students!

Middle School Christmas Band Concert

Thursday, Dec. 14th, 7pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

With Christmas being only 11 days away, come and relax with the beautiful orchestrated music of our middle school band!

High School Choir Holiday Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 20th, 7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Come and enjoy the beautiful Holiday music sung by our talented high school choir. Under the direction of Dean Wolff, it is sure to please everyone!
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Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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