Focus on Education

February 2022

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The history of our beautiful Hobart, Indiana goes back to the mid 1800's when George Earle, an English immigrant, bought land from the Potawatomie Native American tribe. George then built a dam on Deep River which created what we know as Lake George. He named the settlement that developed into Hobart after his brother, Frederick Hobart Earle. A few decades later, in 1878, the first school of the city was built and in 1942, Yohan was officially the mascot.

The PRIDE just kept growing from there.


Over the years we have built schools, hospitals, subdivisions, and undergone much construction throughout the town. We have grown closer as a community and still continue to cherish the love and pride for the Brickies. Our schools have grown to some of the best in the State and we will continue to strive for our Brickies to have the best opportunities in front of them when they walk out the school doors for the last time. We have the goal to #BeExcellentOnPurpose.


Our staff, teachers, coaches, and community volunteers have helped us in many ways to achieve the goals we have. The memories and stories that are told of past staff members are constant and every one of them talk about the impacts made and the virtues established in their lives. It takes a village to make all of this happen and we have the best!


Our goal is for our Brickies to #BeExcellentOnPurpose! Choose to do what is right, even when it is hard. Choose to push a little harder to achieve that better grade. Choose to run that extra mile to extend your stamina. Choose to be kind even when it may not be deserved. Simply, choose to #BeExcellentOnPurpose. The biggest goal? Academics. No matter what you choose to do in life, academics is the foundation. We want each of our Brickies to have a strong foundation when they leave. We encourage our Hobart University because it does just that, gives our students the opportunity for success the moment they take a class. Whether you want to pursue a higher education, the Trades, or are undecided - taking these classes will give you college credit for life! Students can graduate with 1-2 years of college already done - FOR FREE! The trades acknowledge the Ivy Tech courses needed for an apprenticeship which gives you a step up towards completion. Finally, should you decide in a year, 5 years, 10 years after graduation that you want to pursue something more - these college credits will give you an edge and boost in your goals.


We express it as much as we can, we are here for our Brickies and their success - every one of us. Take some time to look through the old articles and videos of our past and dive into the present with our goal setting tips, Hobart University, and Brickie accomplishments. "Once A Brickie, Always a Brickie."

PFR Mascot Madness - Hobart Brickies
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Hobart University Web Page

Here you can find all of the details, requirements, expectations, etc. for our FREE Hobart University!

Goal Setting Tips For Our Brickies

Goal Setting Tips For Our Brickies!


Here are some tips that can help students set effective goals:

1. Goals are intentional commitments to action, not a wish list.

"I want to get an A" lacks power. "I will work hard (How), to earn an A," is intentional and powerful.

2. Be specific.

“Find help" is too general. "I will find 5 resources that will help me before the end of the month" is better.

3. Share your goals with someone who cares if you reach them.

Sharing your intentions with your parents, your best friend, or your teacher will help ensure success.

4. Write down your goals and put them where you will see them.

The more often you read your list, the more results you get.

5. Review and revise your list.

Experiment with different ways of stating your goals. Goal setting improves with practice!

S.M.A.R.T. Goals!


Help your child succeed by setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals!

You can work with your students by helping them set specific, measurable, achieveable, results-focused, and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T.) Goals!
Our students can login into Google and access these forms. You can do this together and have them submit to their teacher. Monitor progress together!


Check out our website for the Google Doc and more information!

Use our Google Goal Setting Form to Get Started in 2022! #BrickieUP

Join us virtually on February 10th to learn about your student's Fall PSAT and SAT Test Scores!

CLICK HERE to learn about the Spring All-Test Day!

Links on the image below will be clickable on this page.

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Upcoming State Test Schedule And Resources

Clicking this link will take you to our web page where you can find what tests your student will be taking, the dates they will take them, and helpful information to prepare them in the best way!

Legacy Foundation Scholarship Information Booklet

Click here for access to the 2021-2022 Scholarship Information Booklet for detailed information for all available scholarships!

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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 the Indiana Career Hot Spots for the most recent companies currently hiring in the State or the Hot Jobs in Northwest Indiana where you will find in-demand careers and their wages right here in the Region!

· 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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Comfort Dogs, Crafts, and Yoga Ease The Stress Of Finals

Remember when you were in high school and it was finals week? The stress and tension all throughout was intense. Classes were quiet and serious, down time was spent cramming in some last minute studying, by the end of the week you just wanted to crash and sleep. However, it didn't have to be that way and this year, we changed it.


Our high school counselors worked with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to bring a calming influence to the week. Dogs were brought in to hang out with any students that needed a break and a moment to just relax and forget about the tests. They loved it! Finals were approached with a confident, relax demeanor and our students flourished. The dogs also made a stop in our high school Brickie Kidz class and it was a room full of adorableness! Golden Retrievers and a group of 4 year olds - priceless.


Other options our students had were to relax and let their artistic side blossom. Students painted canvases, worked on puzzles, and explored their inner talents. It is amazing what tension can be released when you just sit and be in the moment. Others relieved their body by practicing some Yoga. Though a calming exercise, our students stretched, laughed, and showed off some yoga skills! There were no cell phones, no assignments that needed done, it was an opportunity to focus on their inner selves and calm the mind. They loved it - we loved it - and their finals loved it!

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Our Key Club Is Changing The World!

One person at a time, our Key Club members and sponsor, Mrs. Polizotto, are changing the world to be brighter and more positive - all while learning valuable life lessons and gaining perspective.


In December, our Key Club delivered 92 care packages of essentials, some including handmade sleeping mats, to people in Chicago that are experiencing homelessness.
Tugs at the heart strings, we know.

They quickly realized that life, without warning, can instantly change and becoming homeless is no one's desire or goal - but it happens and more than we realize. Student and member, Elijah, stated "It was an unforgettable experience to actually go into the streets of Chicago to hand out these care packages. Seeing these communities first-hand, and every individual's genuine appreciation for items we see as a basic essential, was quite humbling. It was a 'privilege-check' for all the students."


It is simply amazing what can be done when a handful of people come together. This group of teenagers, though small in numbers, made a tremendous impact in the Chicago community and continue to serve our community and those around us. They have touched thousands of lives already and we are so proud to call them Brickies. Take a moment to read the article below!


"You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." - Harriet Tubman

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'We The People' Is Our Future!

Over the past few months you have read articles, seen posts, and experienced the journey our Hobart Middle School 'We The People' class has gone on. When they competed they were 1st place in the Region, excelled at State, and learned more than they ever imagined. Every student in the class has expressed the importance of our future and the power that they have to make a change - all while humbly and open-mindedly voicing their oppositions in debates. The growth that teacher, Mrs. Hairston, has seen since the start of the year is immeasurable and they just keep growing.


So what is 'We The People'?


Aside from it being an elective class that our 8th grade students can choose to take, it is hope. As PBS Michiana-WNIT stated "If you want hope for American's future, you will find it in the eighth grade class at Hobart Middle School."


Learn all about 'We The People', hear from our own Brickie students and teacher, and get excited because the future is so bright!

EducationCounts_Michiana - We the People

Asia Makes History In Hobart!

It has been history in the making since Asia Donald stepped foot as a freshman on the basketball court at Hobart High School. The drive and passion that she has for the sport can be seen instantly by anyone that has every watched her on or off the court. Her determination to constantly learn and improved is seen everywhere and her ability to inspire has never been more relevant.

We proudly acknowledge Asia for making HISTORY in our Hobart schools by becoming the first Lady Brickie EVER to join the 1,000 Club! Through her basketball career she has been unstoppable on the court both with her sportsmanship and her skills. In early February, while competing at an away game against Chesterton, Asia scored her 1,000 point! It was an incredible celebration and a goal many pursue, but only few have accomplished. Congratulations for making history in our schools and forever being known as the First Lady Brickie in the 1,000 Club! #GoBricks

Hobart High School Student, Rylee, Gets Poem Published!

Rylee was very proud when she arrived to Writers Club and showed sponsor, Mrs. Hunt-Lounges, her published poem titled Summer's End. Rylee's poem was one of thousands of poems that were submitted for an opportunity to be published and immortalized in a collection of poetry. This book, published by the American Library of Poetry, contains a collection of poems from all ages and grade levels and can be found at most libraries. We are so very proud to have a Brickie poem forever out in the world for everyone to read. Take a moment and read her amazing words!


Summer's End
The youthful wood, the jubilant leaves.

Colors of lifeful green, the budding flowers breathe.

It may seem to last forever, but nature always deceives.

The wood will grow older, the leaves will fall.

As summer reaches its end, the season of autumn will rapidly crawl.

The youth of blossoming flowers will wilt

and the colors of green will change without guilt.

It may be gone, but the season of summer will still lie in our core.

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Joan Martin Brickie Leaders Make A Huge Impact!

Our Joan Martin Brickie Leaders along with their sponsors brainstormed what they could do to help the community. It was a no brainer - the animals! They created posters, spread the word, and received countless donations to support the wonderful pets at the Hobart Humane Society. From food and blankets, to toys and cash donations - they were able to make a tremendous impact at the shelter and supported all the animals that are there waiting for their new home. The best part is seeing the impact they made. After all donations were collected and sorted, they headed over to the Humane Society and were able to experience the feeling of giving and making a difference. They then toured the facility, hung out with some adorable pets, and left with a heart full of joy! Thanks for all that you do, Brickie Leaders! #BrickieUp
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Our School City Of Hobart Chess Club Competes At State!

On Saturday January 29, 2022 the School City of Hobart Chess Team competed at the Scholastic Chess of Indiana State tournament. Ten players, spanning from 3rd grade through 12th grade, had previously qualified at the SCI Regionals. The Hobart Chess Team exemplified true Brickie spirit throughout the course of the 9 hour tournament with each playing 5 matches in the day, some matches lasting over an hour and a half. While they brought home some wins, losses, and some hardware, they all brought home smiles after having a good time.

Representing the middle school, 8th grader and first year competitor Daniel Lahaie did awesome and placed 4th out of 32 – winning 4 out of his 5 matches. Also, 8th grader Adrian Stojkoski competes in the Championship Division, a separate, much more difficult division for elite players. Adrian battled his way to 6th in his division. Other MS and elementary competitors that displayed true Brickie Grit were 6th graders McCoy Swanson and Cody Paterson; 7th graders Ayden Bardachowski and Gavin Diaz; and 3rd grader Zachary Reno.

For the high school, we had two veteran and one first year players compete. Junior Jeffrey Howard battled his way to 6th place in the 12U division, having to play his longtime fellow Hobart teammate, senior Dakota Vanderberg, in the last round. Dakota won all of his four matches prior, and ended with a draw against Jeffrey. Dakota took 5th place in the 12U division. This is Dakota’s last year competing, and he’s been with the club from its Day 1 startup. His character and mentorship that he brings to the club will be greatly missed. Junior Israel Gibson also displayed true Brickie Grit throughout the day’s competition.

All in all it was a long, highly-stressful, yet fun day for all involved. SCOH is proud of all the competitors and their commitment to #BeExcellentOnPurpose. Indeed, it’s always amazing to witness the collaboration and mentorship that is displayed by the players in between their rounds, with often the HS players giving advice to the younger MS and ES players.

Any questions about chess club please contact Mr. Reno @ jreno@hobart.k12.in.us

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Hobart Middle School Robotics Team Competes For The First Time!

The Brickie Builders of Hobart Middle School competed in their first-ever competition last month. Both teams brought an innovative mindset and dive to the robotics competition which was held at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. They went up against 22 other teams from throughout the region! Though they fell short of moving on to State, they gained a great learning experience. The Brickie Builders consisted of the bright minds of Ramon Magdaleno, Chandler Johnson, McCoy Swanson, Jack Urbanczyk, Caleb Fraley, Abigail Rinas, Alivia Tetzloff, Jurnee Woods, Shaylen Hoover, Tyler Gething, and Grant Navarro. Coach Griffith, Hathaway, and Markos are proud of the HMS robotics team and are convinced that the Brickie Builders will dominate the competition in the near future! #BrickieUp
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Wolffgang Members Perform At ISSMA Solo and Ensemble!

Congratulations to our choir students who performed at the District 1 Solo and Ensemble contest at Munster High School! Kayla Walker earned a Gold Medal and Superior Rating in her solo performance advancing her to STATE!


The congratulations continue as the members of Wolffgang sang beautifully and earned Gold Medals and a Superior Rating as well. They too are advancing to STATE! These students will perform at the STATE Solo and Ensemble contest on February 19th down in Indianapolis. The State-wide contest is sponsored by the Indiana Secondary School Music Association.


Amazing job to each of the members: Oliva Aichner, Maddy Baltrushaitis, McKenna Beck, Nicole Drapac, Meghan Horn, Kaylie Johnson, Kayla Walker and their incredible sponsor Mr. Wolff!

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Esports at HHS Is Growing And Unstoppable!

Click the tab to read the article! The Esports scene has been continuously growing over the past couple years & in true Brickie fashion our students always show up! Read about Senior, Brett, who won a tournament & the whole team which keeps growing!

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Mrs. Torres Recognized For Her Excellence In Teaching!

Mrs. Torres teaches Business at Hobart High School and also sponsors the Business Professionals of America Club. Her goal is to make sure every student is prepared for the workforce from resumes to attire, proper etiquette at interviews, and empowering them with confidence! She has assisted several students with finding a job, filling out an application, and then the knowledge to succeed. Every month she also puts together the Career Newsletter that lists several job opportunities that are available right now! I guess you can say that she teaches them how to open the door of opportunities! Outstanding job, Mrs. Torres, and congratulations on the recognition!
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February's Wellness Calendar

Click this button to access February's Wellness Calendar! Here you will find a great daily schedule to help support strong mental and physical health!

February SEL Classroom Lessons

During February, students will discuss and share ideas of how digital tools can help and harm. We’ll take a look at mental health, time spent on gaming and scrolling social media. Please use this as a reference from Family Education as you are monitoring your time and your child’s online time.

How Social Media Can Affect Your Child from Family Education

Students will continue to learn about listening to another person when they may have a disagreement, along with compromise and the steps to apologize.

Parent and Caregiving Wellness

Pressures of Parenting
As a parent, we have pressures we place upon ourselves as well. Let’s work to be a positive parent without undue stress. I found this resource from Big Life Journal to be a support for my own parenting goals. 7 Habits of a positive parent (page 1 only) can be found on this link:
The 7 Habits of a Positive Parent - Big Life Journal.pdf - Google Drive.

When we lose our patience, make a mistake, or just need a break; let’s be human and take what is needed for our bodies and minds so we can be the very best for others. 2 minutes to breath could be the restart that you need. Feel free to use this image to “take what you need” as a reminder of your own mental health. At any moment, take a deep breath and know you can begin again each day.

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Need a little movement?
Our body and mind still need fresh air and sunlight in the winter. Even though it may be cold outdoors, we can still go for a brisk walk or play at the park. As the sunlight increases, let’s all set a goal of getting 1000 hours of outside time. Here is a tool to keep track of your time as well as ideas. 1000 Hours Outside Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Zoladz for this resource. This has become a goal of their family this year. 1000 hours – We can do it! Let’s get outdoors and begin to enjoy the fresh air.


Looking for winter themed art projects for your family? Check out these awesome snowman activities! No snow needed for these fun ideas!



COOL SCIENCE WITH SNOWMEN

Melting Snow(man) Science in a Jar

Melting Fizzing Baking Soda Snowmen

Melting Snowman Oobleck


JUST FOR FUN

Glittery Snowman Bottles

Snowman in a Bag

Melting Snowman Slime​

Picasso Snowman Activity


Free Early Learning Game

Roll-a-Snowman

TRY THIS

Minute to Win It with marshmallow snowmen! Grab a bag of marshmallows, the smaller the marshmallow the harder the challenge. Set the timer for one minute. Make as many marshmallow snowman as possible by stacking three marshmallows on top of each other. It's harder than it sounds!

P.S. Have you gotten our newest STEM project pack yet? Click here to see it!

United Ways Resource Round Up

Need assistance? The Lake & Porter County United Way are teaming up with this great resource!! Assistance with food, utilities, rent, clothing, mental health, burial, child care, computers, education, dental, domestic violence, & much more!

Join the Battle to End Vaping

"This is Quitting" is a free and anonymous text messaging program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind quit 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 DITCHVAPE 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.

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Focus On Your Wellness With A Dry January!

Check out this month's SAFE newsletter that is focused on your health and wellness while helping support addiction free environments!

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Showcase of Preschools Goes LIVE!

Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 7am

www.hobart.k12.in.us/VirtualShowcase

Starting February 3rd, our Building Brickies Program will have a live link to their web page detailing the several preschools that are in our area! You will be able to look at costs, curriculum, structure, hours, and more for each preschool and all from the comfort of your home. Check it out, starting February 3rd, at www.hobart.k12.in.us/VirtualShowcase.

PSAT/SAT Information Night

Thursday, Feb. 10th, 6-7:30pm

Virtual Zoom Meeting

During this informative zoom meeting you will learn to better understand your child's score, what is means for their future, and game-planning tips for a successful future! Join Dr. Krieg at the link listed on the informative flyer above!

FAFSA Completion Event

Thursday, Feb. 10th, 2-7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Sign-up and Join us for a one-on-one session with filling out your FAFSA! Experts will be there to assist with the process and assure that you get the most out of it. SIgn-up for a 30 mins. time slot at www.hobart.k12.in.us/FAFSA.

No School - Presidents Day!

Friday, Feb. 18th, 7am to Monday, Feb. 21st, 3pm

School City of Hobart

We all get to enjoy a long 4 day weekend of NO SCHOOL as we celebrate and honor our Presidents! Happy Presidents Day!

Scheduled eLearning Day!

Monday, Feb. 28th, 7-9am

School City of Hobart

This day is one of our scheduled eLearning days. Students will login to Canvas for any assignments from their teacher(s) and can reach out to them with any questions via email between 9am and 3pm.

Spring Musical - "Back To The 80s!"

Thursday, March 3rd, 7pm

Hobart High School Theatre

MARCH 3rd, 4th, 5th at 7pm and March 6th at 1pm and 6:30pm - Senior citizens get in for free at either time on March 6th!



Join the class of 1985 as they experience the fun and heartbreak of growing up in a totally awesome decade.

Back to the 80's tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School, as remembered through the eyes of now thirty-something Corey Palmer. Seventeen-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good looking — the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin, III, whose best friend is his computer and who believes the crazy notion that one day, CDs will replace cassette tapes.

Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80s party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will delight and amuse audiences of any age!

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Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington, Sarah Ramos, and Beth Black

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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