September 22, 2022
Important Upcoming Events
- Friday, September 30th - Beach Bash 3-5PM
- Tuesday, October 4th - Hearing Screenings (7th grade Only)
- Wednesday, October 5th - KONA Ice (during Advisory)
- Thursday, October 6th - Vision Screenings (8th grade Only)
- Friday, October 7th - Lockdown Drill - Students should report to their Advisory class to start the day
- Monday, October 17th - Friday, October 21st - No School - Fall Break
- Wednesday, November 2nd - KONA Ice (during Advisory)
- Wednesday, November 9th - Distance Learning Day
- Wednesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 25th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
- Wednesday, November 30th - Kona Ice (during Advisory)
For other information dates, please visit our website at https://taft.cps.k12.in.us/parents-students/calendar-menus
Lockdown Drill - October 7th
- Students will report to their Advisory class to start the day
- Throughout the year, we conduct important safety drills to ensure that our school is one of the safest places for our students. This means preparing staff and students for situations such as evacuations or intruders. Even though it is difficult to think about these situations, there is nothing more important than the safety of our students.
- In 2019, Crown Point School Corporation adopted a safety policy called ALICE. ALICE is a federally endorsed protocol that trains teachers and students to respond to a situation based on what’s happening around them. ALL CPCSC staff are trained in ALICE protocols.
- The threat of an active shooter attack is rare but very real. ALICE seeks to eliminate the “It can’t happen to me” mentality. ALICE training recognizes that individuals should be empowered to make life-saving decisions. Once empowered, individuals must be trained in proactive response options, rather than a passive, mandated, one-size-fits-all response.
- You can find more information about ALICE, including descriptions and video of ALICE training, on their website or at Parent FAQ
Employability Skill Survey
We want to thank our parents/guardians for being valued partners as we work together to educate our students.
While many people often think of student success in relation to grades or test scores, it is also important to consider the social and emotional growth of our students. Starting September 19th-Sept 26th , we will ask students in grades 3-12 for their feedback via a 20-30 minute online survey completed at school. The survey will ask students to reflect on their self-efficacy, emotional regulation, social awareness, and supportive relationships. The results from the survey support our ability to address individual and school-identified needs.
We have previously administered this survey as part of our Ready To Learn student services work. The data was used to implement positive behavior interventions and improve school culture and climate. We look forward to using new data from this school year to identify and align services for students.
If you have any questions about the survey or do not want your child to participate, please contact your school’s main office before September 19th. Students who opt out of the survey will still be able to participate in programs or services created as a result of the data.
CPCSC Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Student ID Cards
In the upcoming weeks, students will receive their annual student ID cards. Indiana legislation has changed the information that schools are required to include on those cards.
House Enrolled Act 1468 (2021) states that all public schools issuing student ID cards to students in grades 6-12 must include a hotline and text information for suicide prevention, crisis, human trafficking, teen dating violence, and sexual assault. Again, this applies to only students in grades 6-12.
The Indiana Department of Education provided recommendations for phone numbers based on a report from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The information below is what students will see on the back of their new IDs.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 9-8-8
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Teen Dating Violence/Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
Suicide Prevention: “Start” to 678678
Crisis Text Line: “IN” to 741741
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 233733
Domestic Violence: “Start” to 88788 (National Domestic Violence Hotline)
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: “Loveis” to 22522
Sexual Assault: “Home” to 741741
Please reach out to our administrative team if you have any questions about this information.
College Go Week!
Cell Phones / Earbuds
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.
We will be conducting hearing screenings on all 7th graders on Tuesday, October 4th and vision screenings for all 8th graders on Thursday, October 6th. 8th grade students that wear contacts or glasses should wear them on October 6th for the screening.
Beach Bash is Friday, September 30th from 3-5. Cost is $5. You can purchase your wristband before school in the media center Monday through Friday (9/26-9/30). Also, wristbands will be available on Friday during the day and at the door. You can purchase your wristband with cash, check (Taft PTO) or online via Paypal
Wristbands will be given out on Friday during Resource class.
There will be games and food for purchase. Also, there will be other things to do that are free of charge, including the Resource Class Tug of War competition. Please see the flyer for more details.
We can still use some helpers or prize/candy donations. Please see the link below for signing up to volunteer. We had over 700 of the 1100 kids at this event last year! We need a lot of help!