Focus on Education

April 2019

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We Have Distinguished PLTW Schools!

Project Lead The Way program is a nationwide program that provides transformative learning experiences for PreK - 12th grade student and teachers. PLTW classrooms help engage students with hands-on classroom projects and empower them with in-demand knowledge and skills that will help them succeed and thrive. Their pathways help provide experiences in computer science, engineering, biomedical science, and lay the foundation for the future.


Each year the program recognizes districts and schools that are achieving exemplary results from their PLTW programs. This recognition program honors those committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in and out of the classrooms. This year we are very proud and honored to say that 5 out of our 6 schools received this distinction! Not only that, but we are 5 of the 426 schools across the country that received this honor! Way to go, Brickies! Let's give a big acknowledgement to the administrators, teachers, and support staff at these five schools: The Early Learning Center at George Earle, Ridge View Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Joan Martin Elementary, and Hobart Middle School!

Want Even More Big News? SCOH Is STEM Certified!

Thanks to the inspiring students here at the School City of Hobart and our 'above and beyond' staff we are happy to announce that the Indianapolis Statehouse, on behalf of the Indiana Department of Education and the Office of Workforce & STEM Alliances, made a BIG announcement - our ENTIRE district is STEM Certified!


Maybe you are thinking, "What's the big deal? I am sure most schools are STEM Certified." Well, in the state of Indiana, there are only 60 schools who have received this distinction and we have SIX of them! This means that 1 out of 10 schools in Indiana who are fully STEM certified are in the School City of Hobart! Truly amazing!


To become certified, each applicant went through a rigorous application and review process.

Schools are chosen to receive certification based on their commitment to teaching the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the entire school. STEM Certified Schools exemplify a highly non-traditional approach to education, employing a great deal of inquiry, project based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student centered classrooms, integration into humanities and related arts, and out of school STEM activities. STEM Certified Schools accomplish this while following educational policies set by the state and excelling under the system of accountability.


Without the sustained leadership of faculty in the School City of Hobart - our students would not have the opportunities to partake in these STEM activities and courses. If not for our Brickies and their families, however, all of this work would be in vain. Our students are our X factor. Our students are our WHY. At each of our schools, you will notice banners that celebrate this accomplishment. Way to go, Brickies!

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Our Brickies Can Innovate WithIn & Are Heading To The Finals!

The following is a press release from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation:

"Indiana High School Students to Showcase

Ideas at Innovate WithIN™ State Finals

INDIANAPOLIS (March 27, 2019) – Eleven teams of Hoosier high school students will gather in Indianapolis on April 4 for the final round of the 2019 Innovate WithIN™ pitch competition, a statewide initiative hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), Indiana Department of Education and Ball State University.

"Innovate WithIN™ empowers Indiana's young entrepreneurs to draw upon their creative thinking and problem-solving skills to develop, execute and present an idea for a business, product or venture," said Elaine Bedel, president of the IEDC. "We're overwhelmed by the support and encouragement expressed by Hoosier students, parents, school administrators and teachers throughout this process, and can't wait to watch as our finalists showcase their innovative ideas during the state competition."

After submitting video pitches for the first round of the competition, more than 65 teams were selected to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas at regional competitions across the state. The nine regional finalists, who each received a $1,000 cash prize and qualified for the state competition, are:

  • LyfePack, led by Cameron Klein, Colten Mouzin and James Hancock at Rivet High School in Vincennes, developed a tech-integrated, kevlar backpack that promotes energy efficiency and improves student safety.
    Region One (Southwest Indiana)
  • Kolt Electronic Solutions, led by Koltan Hauersperger and Brooks Wathen at Jennings County High School in North Vernon, plans to create a power line monitoring system that tracks voltage and detects obstructions and damages.
    Region Two (Southeast Indiana)
  • Urban Harvest, led by Jesse Kogge at the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship in Bloomington, plans to utilize indoor hydroponic farms and a vending machine-style distribution system to combat food deserts.
    Region Three (West Central Indiana – Terre Haute)
  • 3D Printing Filament Waste, led by Steven Bass, Austin Robinson and Daniel Joven at Greenfield-Central High School in Greenfield, developed a cost-effective recycling method for polymers used in 3D printing.
    Region Four (East Central Indiana)
  • Calm Balm, led by Kaleigh Newton and Allison Santa Rita at Noblesville High School in Noblesville, created and marketed all-natural lip balms utilizing essential oils to relieve stress.
    Region Five (West Central Indiana – Lafayette)
  • RearVue, led by Andrew Romes, Alex Termini and Faith Spencer at Hobart High School in Hobart, seeks to improve bicycle safety through a distance measurement sensor harnessing LED technology to warn cyclists of approaching vehicles.
    Region Six (Northwest Indiana)

  • Empathy Easel, led by Kristina Rea at Adams High School in South Bend, designed and packaged custom art kits allowing its customers to express their emotions through artwork.
    Region Seven (North Central Indiana)
  • Millie & Mabel, led by Lillian Herrmann at Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School in Manchester, created a line of homemade jewelry aimed at empowering Hoosier women and helping boost their confidence.
    Region Eight (Northeast Indiana)
  • Other Side, led by Kaikeyi Paxton and Karissa Nielsen-Baker at Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, developed custom office supplies for left-handed individuals.
    Region Nine (Central Indiana)

New to this year's program, the runners-up from each region competed in a Wild Card round, which allowed the public to vote for two teams to advance to the state competition. Receiving 2,339 out of the 7,608 total votes, the two Wild Card teams are:

  • Student Services, led by Isabel France, James Booth and Kallen Kelsheimer from Wabash High School in Wabash, started a business specializing in lawn care and other services for homeowners in northeast Indiana.
    Region Eight (Northeast Indiana)
  • Puma Sips Coffee Shop, led by Zoey Lewis and Dawnyai Jones from Indianapolis Metropolitan High School in Indianapolis, launched an in-school, student-run coffee shop.
    Region Nine (Central Indiana)


These 11 teams will compete at the 2019 Innovate WithIN™ state competition for the chance to win $10,000 cash prize, $10,000 toward one year of in-state tuition, internship opportunities and mentoring services.

About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov."

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Brickiebotics Compete At STATE!

Earlier last month the Brickiebotics team took part in the Indiana State VEX IQ Competition! This competition was fierce and unlike anything they had experienced, which is an accomplishment in and of itself! It was a huge venue, at Lucas Oil Stadium, with 201 elementary teams competing for a bid to Worlds. Our Brickies started off strong, but unfortunately had a bad round with one alliance partner. In true Brickie fashion the team fought hard to pull back up TWENTY positions but still fell short of a bid to Worlds. However, this year was a blast for them and they learned a lot. Mr. Doyle and Mrs. Hathaway are so very proud of these boys. They are winners in all of our books! The team said they know what needs to be done for next year and Brickiebotics will definitely be back at State and then on to Worlds! "If you believe, you can achieve!" #BrickieUp

Chess Teams Head To STATE And Brought Back Some Hardware!

On Saturday, March 23rd, Hobart Chess had 2 teams compete at the SCI Team Championships in Martinsville, Indiana. The competition lasted a grueling 11 hours where twenty-nine teams from around the state competed in the 12th and Under division. Hobart Team B - Jeffrey Howard, Nathaniel Roscoe, Ethan Cover, and Brennis Carrillo - finished in 17th place bringing home some hardware! Hobart Team A - Eddie Starzyk, Andrew Romes, Dakota Vanderberg, and Alex Termini- finished 10th IN THE STATE! These are great results! As the season comes to a close, the team will be missing Alex and Andrew who will be graduating this year but set a great course for other Brickies to follow. Head Coach, Mr. Reno, wanted to give a shout-out to the parents/families of the team for making the trip and most of all, to Mr. Bennett for assisting this year and making the travel to the tournaments. Thanks for the commitment to the team! #GoBricks

Congrats To All Of Our National Honor Society Members!

To become a member of the National Honor Society or National Junior Honor Society, one has to demonstrate great leadership, service, academics and character. In doing so, it shows a commitment to their school and community, and provides them an opportunity to network and better their leadership skills. The NHS and NHJS, which has chapters in all 50 states and many US territories, is an organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging these students and we are proud to acknowledge these Hobart Brickies as this years members. Congratulations to each and every one of you and know we are excited to see what you will do in the future!

Lady Brickies Wrestle Their Way To NATIONALS!

You read that right! Three of our lady Brickies took to the wrestling mat and dominated -- "taking down" the competition all the way to Oklahoma where they competed in the USA Wrestling's Girls Folkstyle Tournament! As Hobart High School's head wrestling Coach Cook stated, "There are a lot of tournaments with the word "national" in them these days, but this is THE National Folkstyle Championships for these girls. What an accomplishment for our All-Americans!"

What an accomplishment is right! Our HMS Brickie, Joy, brought home a 5th place finish. Our Liberty 3rd grader, Julianne, brought home an 8th place finish, and our Ridge View 2nd grader, Corabella, brought home a 4th place victory! With the rise of girl wrestlers, we are proud that these lady Brickies are stepping up and making a name for themselves! If you see these young ladies, give them a shout out! #GoBricks


Corabella and Joy also got a call from Team Indiana and will be wrestling for them at the Heartland National Duels tournament in Iowa next month!!! Best of Luck, Bella and Joy!

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ILEARN is Indiana’s new online computer adaptive assessment designed to measure your child’s proficiency of the Indiana Academic Standards in Grades 3–8, Biology and U.S. Government. ILEARN fulfills both state and federal legislative requirements as the accountability assessment for Indiana students.



*What resources are available to help prepare my child for ILEARN?

• Indiana’s Released Items Repository allows students to interact with released items and try some of the tools and features at: https://www. doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-sample-items-and scoring.

• Indiana’s ILEARN Portal provides information and resources for understanding the assessment at: https://ilearn.portal.airast.org/.

• The ILEARN for Families website answers questions about ILEARN at: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ ilearn-families.


Share with Parents and Educators! Short Assessment Videos

Our office is developing several three-minute videos to share with parents and educators about assessment systems and transitions to support assessment literacy. Please share these valuable resources via newsletters or parent messages.



Check out our School City of Hobart Parent/Student Learning Center at the link below!

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Get Ready for the PSAT and SAT!


Are you ready? Game Day is just around the corner!

Just like athletes prepare for their upcoming games, musicians prepare for concerts, and actresses prepare for performances — students prepare for exams! Why? Because practice puts brains in your muscles like Sam Snead once said.


On April 9, students in grades 7, 8, and 9 will be taking the PSAT! The PSAT — long known for being a Practice Exam — plays a much different role nowadays. PSAT scores are used to predict college, and career readiness AND are used to fulfill prerequisite requirements so students can earn college credit for classes they are already taking while in High School.

If you haven’t already heard, Hobart University — at HHS— now offers a ton of programs and courses for students to earn free college credit! BUT, they have to qualify!

Also, juniors will be taking the SAT. The new legislation in Indiana requires that current high school students either pass their graduation qualifying exam (ISTEP+) or opt into the Indiana Graduation Pathways. By earning a qualifying score on the SAT, students can fulfill the third graduation pathway requirement thereby demonstrating postsecondary ready competency.

Whether taking the PSAT or SAT in April — Game Day is quickly approaching.

For those taking the PSAT, a 26+ in English, Reading, Writing (ERW) and a 24.5+ in Math is the cut score needed for many dual credit courses. For those taking the SAT in need of fulfilling the postsecondary ready competency requirement, a 480 in English Reading, Writing (ERW) and a 530 in Math are needed to fulfill the SAT College & Career Readiness Benchmark!!!


Go to www.khanacademy.org/sat to diagnose skills, take full-length practice tests, familiarize oneself with instructions, and work on differentiated practice based on precisely what each individual student needs! Parents / Guardians, there’s even a way to monitor progress - go to www.khanacademy.org/sat to get started!



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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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"10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day" by Lana Winter-Hébert

When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant oatmeal packet?

If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.

Reading has a significant number of benefits, click the link below or watch the video for the top 10 reasons as to why reading is beneficial.

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Tech Talk And Your Family

The filmmaker behind the ever growing in popularity Screenagers movie has a great Tech Talk Tuesday blog that gives us access to great topics and conversation starters. Dr. Ruston shares weekly topics to share with your family to help manage and decrease struggles around screen time. You will read brief articles about social media, video game use, tech tips, latest research, and more! Every month we will give you direct access to a couple of our favorites, but check our their webpage for all of their topics and to sign up yourself! www.screenagersmovie.com
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ReThink App For Tweens, Teens, And Everyone!

ReThink™ is an award-winning, non-intrusive, innovative, patented technology that detects and stops cyberbullying before the damage is done! When an adolescent tries to post an offensive message on social media, ReThink uses its sophisticated context sensitive filtering technology to determine whether or not it’s offensive and gives the adolescent a second chance to reconsider their decision. Research shows that when adolescents are alerted to ReThink their decision, they change their minds 93% of the time. In this internationally acclaimed study, using ReThink™, the overall willingness of the average adolescent to post an offensive message reduced from 71% to 4%.

With ReThink™, our goal is to conquer the silent pandemic of cyberbullying that is affecting millions. When cyberbullying occurs, children are often advised to block the bully and tell a parent or guardian. Research has found that 9 out of 10 children suffer in silence - they do not tell anyone. Cyberbullied victims suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and more likely to drop out of school. Several solutions that are in place today address bullying after the damage is done. ReThink is the first ever solution to proactively prevent cyberbullying before the damage is done. ReThink stops cyberbullying at the root of this issue, before hurtful messages go out on the internet.
ReThink™ provides an important opportunity for adolescents to change their minds and not post hurtful messages online. With a moment to pause, review and reconsider their decisions online, adolescents learn to make better choices on and off of the internet.\

Parents, ReThink™ is a free app that is available for download on Android and iOS devices. Empower your child to make positive decisions online with ReThink. With ReThink, children can learn to think before posting or sending any offensive content that may later regret. Encourage your child to become a responsible digital citizen while enjoying peace of mind.

To install ReThink on an Android Device click here

To install ReThink on an iOS Device click here

To find out more about how you can help, please watch the video from founder Trisha Prabhu below!
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IMPORTANT! Please Read!

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HHS Performing Arts WOW Us With "The Crucible"

In 1953, The Crucible, was first performed on stage and this year, our Brickies brought it to life with their unbelievable performances in our theatre. This play, written by Arthur Miller, is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-1693. If you attended any of our Hobart High Schools performances of the play, you would have been taken back to the 1600's and experience a show unlike any other. The cast members were real and moving, the crew was on point and never faltered, and the Directors did a great job with the production encouraging our students along the way. It was overheard, as many left the theatre, simple yet powerful words of "Wow", "That was great", "They were each SO good", and "Brilliant performance"! Outstanding job to ALL that helped make this production one of the best!

"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets" - Arthur Miller

SpringFest Was A Blast!

Another SpringFest is in the books and we think it was the best one yet! First, a BIG thank you to everyone who came and supported the Building Brickies Program which has already been able to assist more families here in Hobart because of the event. Anther thank you goes to our Mayor, who ran the bozo buckets and helped make many of our Brickies smile with laughter. It was a joy to see! We can't say enough about SpringFest, it is truly a fun event that has something for everyone. Whether you want to play chess or complete in Smash Bros., grab a bite or get a pie in your face, win some prizes or bounce the night away, watch some magic or take your chance at some stellar raffles - there was fun every where! We hope that everyone enjoyed the night and can't wait until next year! It was a pleasure to see our community come together in one place and have a good time. Thank you again and #BrickieUp!
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Nurse's Corner for April!

Flu- This is not an April Fool’s joke…. Get your flu shot today! Its flu season! Please contact your healthcare provider or make an appointment at our Brickie Clinic 219-945-9383.

Vaccinations- All students should be up to date on their vaccinations. Indiana state law requires you to have up to date immunizations. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.


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. Please do not send your student to school and instruct them to go directly to the nurse before the school day begins. If your student is sick, please follow the call off procedures. Again, if you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse. Please see attached chart to assist you in knowing when to keep your student home.

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 for more information on student health, school forms, and other helpful links

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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

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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Hobart University College and Career Open House

Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:30pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

We encourage parents & students who will be in high school for the 2020-2021 school year to attend this event where we will discuss programs offered at the School City of Hobart through Hobart University! Whether your child is thinking college or trade, Hobart University can get them ahead of the game and on their way to a successful future.

FAFSA Completion Workshop

Thursday, April 4th, 4pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join us for FAFSA help! Get the most out of filling the FAFSA out with our help! See the post above for more details!

Chasing Dream's Prom

Saturday, April 6th, 5:30pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join Chasing Dreams at their annual Prom being held at Hobart High School. It is an all inclusive prom night that you will remember forever! Enjoy the royal treatment, walk the red carpet, and dance the night away!


This experience is open for individuals with disABILITIES ages 14 & older from local and surrounding communities and people without disABILITIES ages 16 & older who attend Hobart High School.


See the flyer above in the newsletter for registration link!

Kindergarten Kick-Off

Monday, April 8th, 6pm

400 North Wilson Street

Hobart, IN

Join the ELC at their Kick-off where you will meet the principal and teachers, tour the building, and have fun! Registration starts the week after! See the post above in the newsletter for ALL of the details. Can't wait to meet the Class of 2032!

Annual Brickie Makers and Innovators

Wednesday, April 10th, 6-8pm

Hobart High School Field House

Full Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) ahead! Tinkerers, storytellers, scientists and artists alike: come show off your talents and inventions at the 5th Annual Brickie Makers and Innovator Showcase. Students have the opportunity to present original creations during an evening of mad genius! Creations can be original designs from home or school. For more information or to sign-up, visit www.hobart.k12.in.us/maker

Middle School and High School Talent Shows!

Thursday, April 11th, 7pm

Middle School and High School

Join the Middle School and High School Brickies for their talent shows! Both are performing the night of April 11th and the High School is performing again on the 12th! More info can be found in the images above in the newsletter!

Too Good For Drugs Graduation

Monday, April 29th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join the 5th grade class for their Too Good For Drugs graduation! They have officially completed their drug abuse resistance education and are more prepared for situations they may get into. Let's celebrate their accomplishment!

6th Grade Orientation!

Tuesday, May 14th, 6pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

Join the Hobart Middle School staff for your child's 6th grade orientation! You will go on a tour of Hobart Middle School, learn about Hobart University, and learn about the NEW opportunities that are at the school! We encourage all parents and their student to attend this informative event. Students that come will get a free prize!

Class of 2031 Graduation - Save the Date!

Wednesday, May 29th, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join us as we celebrate our Class of 2031!

Class of 2019 Graduation - Save the Date!

Thursday, May 30th, 6pm

Hobart High School Brickyard

Join us in celebrating our Class of 2019 on their very special day!

Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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