Focus on Education

November 2018

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The CURE! Courtesy! Understanding! Respect! for Everyone!

This past month we had the privileged of meeting and hearing Miss Elizabeth Gonzalez, a Junior at Crown Point High School and a "Power of Children Award Winner". This phenomenal lady has made an incredible impact in her community and now ours, all starting with a story she wrote when in the 4th grade that her parent's stated "expressed how you can find beauty in everything". Elizabeth has a simple motto "Let Go of Bullying and Embrace the Future of Kindness" while encouraging others to do the same. She has started what is called "The Cure" and designed "Stop Bullying" signs that, after many City meetings, was approved and is now posted with stop signs in the community of Crown Point. She is a remarkable young woman that met with our Brickie Leaders from the high school, middle school, and elementary schools to tell her story and inspire them to go beyond the school and impact our community and the world around them - no matter where they are. We would like to thank her for taking the time and know, without a doubt, that she will be a bright star in the future. Check out her video below! Go Bulldogs and Go Brickies!
The Power of Children 2017 | Elizabeth Gonzalez

Cruel Online Behavior Can Happen Anywhere and to Anyone - Here's How to Handle

This past month there was a great article in The Times that talked about cyberbullying and digital madness - what it is and how you can handle it with your child. Real-life scenarios happen all of the time with kids teasing and picking on others, but what do you do when it turns over to the 24-7 social media world? Take a look at this brief, but informative article that discusses several topics including hate speech, rumors, exclusion, griefing, and more. Together we can help combat the digital madness and cyberbullying and create a better environment for our students.
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Brandon Created an Amazing PSA - "Escape the Vape"

Meet Brandon Ison, an 8th grader at Hobart Middle School that is taking his passion for STEAM and leaving a motivating, influential mark on our Brickies and community. Brandon has always been an avid participator in the annual Makers and Innovators Faire here at the School City of Hobart, and over these years has formed a relationship with our Director of Technology and Superintendent. More recently he asked what he can do to help with anything in the School District. Dr. Buffington's response? "Can you create a Drug-free campaign?"


Challenge accepted!


Over a brief time period (and after some of his files were lost during his rendering), Brandon OWN IT by creating a beautiful PSA for students to "Escape the Vape" trend. Take the time to watch his incredible creation below -- completely made by him! We hope it makes you more aware of this growing trend among our youth. Way to go, Brandon! #BrickiesOwnIt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a8uHXhoxW8
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HHS Space Cadets Present at Purdue University!

Hobart High School freshman and team member, Emma Duggan has found a great passion - engineering and television! She and other team members: Jerry Fuller, Ben Molchan, Olivia Garcia and CJ Rodrick, took a trip down to West Lafayette and enjoyed the opportunity. See what Emma had to say about the experience at Purdue University that her and the team had.


"Our team, the Space Cadets (made up of 4 HHS students and 1 HMS student) presented at Purdue West Lafayette on CAD (Autodesk Inventor that our teammates have learned at Hobart High School) and 3D printing techniques that assist with competitions.

The Purdue FIRST forums are an all-day opportunity for teams to learn from one another about programming, building, fund raising and engineering notebooks. Over 500 individuals were in attendance.


We are grateful for the skills we learn in PLTW and Radio TV at HHS! THANK YOU!"


Their journey to Purdue was an eye opening experience and they brought back some great knowledge that will help and encourage our Brickies to grow! Check out their video below videoed by the collaboration of the team and edited by Jerry! Way to go, Space Cadets!

https://youtu.be/diiK1yXxK7E

JROTC Represented at the Raider Biathon!

Congratulations JROTC Raider Biathlon teams! Over a dozen biathlon teams met at Marion HS on Saturday September 29 to compete in a run and shoot biathlon. Teams were comprised of 2 people who each had to run 4 kilometers and shoot 15 times from a standing position at 1 inch targets. Each miss added 200 meters to their run total. So, if a competitor shot a perfect 15 (no one did) they would run 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). If they missed every shot, they would have to run 7 kilometers (4.3 miles). Team member times were added together and scored in three competition categories – men, women and co-ed.

Ares Marks and Darrin Johnson earned 3rd and Jay Murphy and Nathan Wright earned 2nd in the men's division. Trinity Salinas and Victoria Wehmeyer won the women's division. Brittany Burger and Gage Nush earned 2nd and Justice Greenleaf and Noah Payne won the co-ed division!

Also, Nathan Wright was the fastest overall man followed by Gage Nush and Noah Payne (top 3!) AND justice Greenleaf was the fastest woman followed by Trinity Salinas (top 2!). Justice beat all but 7 men in the competition! It was an amazing day!

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Holly Takes It All The Way To STATE!

Let's take a moment and give a shout out to Holly Shaginaw who made the solo journey down to STATE this past month for the Hobart High School Cross Country Team! She has constantly improved her running skills and time. She has dedicated an incredible about of time off season to accomplish her goals and we could not be more proud. After having a great season and qualifying with great times, she waited until the STATE competition to run her best! She represented herself and the Brickie community proudly! Great job, Holly!
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Khan Academy - A Personalized learning resource for all ages! For Free. For Everyone. Forever.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Their mission? To provide a free, world-class education for anymore, anywhere. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Khan has also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. Get your learn on!

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Do You Like eLearning? eLearning Day on November 6th!

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Access Lake County Library Books Anywhere!

Your school has partnered with Lake County Public Library which means that you’ll receive a Digital Access Card allowing you to access library resources without setting foot in one of our buildings and the best part: no fines or fees! Use all of our digital resources even if you don’t have a library card with our system. Once you receive your Digital Access Card you are ready to start accessing digital resources using your barcode and pin number.


Students, finish your homework without leaving your house by using databases as your research tool. Make your teachers happy by using authoritative, credible, and current information. Databases are more credible than Google searches because publishers have checked the contents for accuracy and reliability.

Teachers, check out our databases for curriculum based teaching tools like videos and lesson plans.

Also, download and stream music, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and comics!

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Halloween In the School City of Hobart!

Our schools are always ready to bring in the Halloween holiday with unique costumes and this year, they did not disappoint! The High School held a fundraiser for a student that is battling cancer and had a great turnout at the Hailoween party. The Middle School held their annual bash where students were able to dress up and looked great! Then on Halloween, our teachers and administrators had their chance to show what they can do and were hysterical! This holiday is always a fun time to show your personality and we hope you all enjoyed it too! Happy Halloween!
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Nurse's Corner for Novemeber

Flu - Don’t Waste Fall By Being Sick. Get A Flu Shot! It’s Super Quick! Don’t forget to get your flu shot and stay protected. Contact your healthcare provider or make an appointment at our Brickie Clinic 219-945-9383.

Vaccinations - All students are required to have up to date immunizations- Letters will be going home November 1st for student that are not up to date on their shots! Make sure you send the records to the school nurse so we can update our records.

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.

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/healthservices for more information on student health, school forms, and other helpful links
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eLearning Day and Voting Day!

Tuesday, Nov. 6th, 9am-3pm

School City of Hobart, Hobart, IN, USA

Hobart, IN

The School City of Hobart will be having an eLearning day where students will stay home and work on school work from home to earn their attendance for the day. Each class has gone over what to expect and we have a great website that can help you troubleshoot should you have any questions! Your child's teacher(s) will be available from 9am - 3pm via email as well so don't hesitate should you have questions! www.hobart.k12.in.us/elearning

Fair Haven Parent Meeting

Monday, Nov. 12th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

The School City of Hobart partnered with Fair Haven's, Shana Robertson, to bring some great information to the table. Join us to learn more about the curriculum that we are offering our K-12 graders to provide a balanced perspective that keeps students strategies and education about abuse, child luring, and listening to instincts.

Next Level Jobs Informative Meeting

Monday, Nov. 19th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Hobart University if for our students....this is for the parents!!

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 5 high-demand fields: Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health & Life Sciences,
IT & Business Services, and Transportation & Logistics.


Join us for more priceless information!

Current Drug Trends in Our Community and Region - Adult Only Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

As a parent we think we are knowledgeable and prepared, but are we? The information we have learned will shock you and you can't stop what you don't know. Join us for a drug awareness meeting that is unlike any you have ever been to before. It is for adults only, but we encourage you to bring your friends, relatives, and others in the community and region. The more you know, the safer we can be.

Thanksgiving Break!

Wednesday, Nov. 21st, 7am to Friday, Nov. 23rd, 3:30pm

School City of Hobart, Hobart, IN, USA

Hobart, IN

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday with your friends and family! Students will not have school on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23. We will see everyone back on Monday, Novemeber 26th! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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