Focus on Education

January 2021

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The Holidays Were Bright And Cheery In Our Schools!

Our Brickies were very merry during the last week of school before winter break! They celebrated well while making gingerbread houses, learning Christmas carols, dressing in their best Holiday themes, and finishing the end of 2020 strong. Though we were not able to celebrate the same in school or our homes, we know that everyone made the best out of the day and enjoyed being in the present with your closest loved ones. We hope everyone had a great Holiday and fantastic New Year.
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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!

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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, achievable, 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! #BrickieUP

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NEW Requirements for High School Graduates

Check out this link for ALL the information you need to help your student succeed! Plus there is a fun mini-movie that will help explain the new requirements.

College And Career Readiness at SCOH!

Click the title above to find ALL the information you need to help your student prepare for their future in the best way possible! Whether they are getting certified or working towards a degree, the School City of Hobart is here to help.

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Student Accomplishments With Hobart University!

Hobart University is still relatively new, but thanks to our Superintendent, Administrators, Counselors, Teachers, and partnership with Ivy Tech, our Brickies are accomplishing more than they could ever imagine while in high school... and it is all for free!

During the 2018-2019 school year we had 727 students achieving college credits. We offered 72 courses that were taught by 36 educators, earning our Brickies a total of 6,222 college credits and a savings of $874,946 in tuition!

Last year, during the 2019-2020 school year we had an amazing 829 students achieve college credits while offering 96 courses taught by 49 educators. This earned our Brickies 7,704 college credits while saving an astonishing $1,152,233.20 in tuition!

Over all in the past two years, with the implementation of Hobart University, our Brickies have earned 13,926 college credits while achieving their high school degree and saved over TWO MILLION dollars in tuition! Students gain experience and skills in their field of interest, with some even leaving high school with an Associate degree and all graduating knowing they have the tools, knowledge, and confidence to succeed.

So what are you waiting for? Learn more about Hobart University at

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Learn More Indiana Magazines: Indiana's Guide To Student Success

No matter what your life plans or goals are, education is the one thing that can give you the power to accomplish whatever you set out to do. Learn More Indiana is a complete resource standing behind you, dedicated to helping you accomplish your education the way you want and following your dreams as closely as possible. Get started down your own path, and define your future.

Learn More Indiana publishes Learn More magazines for every age level, from kindergarten to adults, designed to help students take the right steps to prepare for and succeed in college. Magazines are available for downloading and can be viewed by clicking the link below or on our website at along with other helpful information!

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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 Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs for the most recent in-demand careers and wages in the state!
  • 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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HHS's "Careers In The Trades" Newsletter!

Did you know...

That every month a new "Careers In The Trades" newsletter is created? Click on the Smore newsletter below to see career opportunities available right now for our Brickies! Take advantage of experiences that are offered to you and continue to grow into a successful Brickie!

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 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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Porter County Career and Technical Education (CTE) / Vocational Opportunities Through HU!

Did you know????

You’ve heard about Hobart University… but did you know that Hobart University includes vocational trades?

High school students attended presentations by our Ivy Tech and Porter County Career Center partners. During these presentations, they have learned about opportunities to earn college credit AND/OR earn technical certifications that they can use immediately after completing high school.

Did you know about our Energy program? It’s actually Ivy Tech’s Energy program, and it is in partnership with NIPSCO and it begins right here at Hobart High School. Students who start this program in 10th grade will complete it by the end of 12th grade and are guaranteed an interview with NIPSCO. Jobs in this field are moving toward renewable energy, so it’s not “just” about power lines, although if students are interested in that part, we have that too! Ask your kids about the salary. I am certain they will remember it.

We also offer a Medical Assistant program that prepares students to work in the field as a Medical Assistant at the end of the summer after their senior year.

What else do we have through our great partnerships? Diesel, automotive, robotics, cosmetology, just to name a few.

Does your child want to enter the workforce immediately after completing high school? No problem. Interested in the trades? We have direct links to local unions and can assist your child in whichever way he/she wants to go. The possibilities are endless and we talk to your kids about all of them.

Students in grades 9-11 have also participated in the Taste of HU, which is a “fair” highlighting all of the dual credit and technical certification opportunities that we have.

Whether students want to start a career immediately after completing high school or attend a post-secondary school, we can help them with a head start.

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Brain Breaks Kids Will Love

Quick, easy activities to help kids re-energize, refocus and give their brains a boost.


GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

Parenting Tips

Teen Dating- start discussion early

5 Tips from Positive Parenting Solutions - Teen Dating: 5 Tips for talking to your teen

Positive Parent Solution Newsletter sign up - Free Tips to become the parent you want to be

Self-Care for Families – ideas for families to do together and promote mental health of all family members.

Social Emotional Learning Parent Meetings

Join us for these meetings! More information will be sent via Skyward and on our School City of Hobart Facebook and Twitter pages closer to the date. However, mark your calendar now to join us!

Meeting dates - Feb. 2nd, 16th, 23rd - zoom meetings

Session 1: SEL 101- Feb. 2nd

Definition of Social Emotional Learning
Mental Wellness
How to apply SEL to home.

Session 2: Importance of Routines- Feb. 16

Session 3: Regulation and Self –Control Strategies – Feb 23

Benefits of Mindfulness For Kids

Studies show that the benefits of mindfulness for kids may include:

1. Increased focus, attention, self-control, classroom participation, compassion.

2. Improved academic performance, ability to resolve conflict, overall well-being.

3. Decreased levels of stress, depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior.

Your children will participate in mindful practices focusing in on learning about the science of the brain, breathing and movement. Our goal is to teach your children how to successfully manage emotions, identify & discuss emotions, feel and show empathy to others and build positive relationships as well as make responsible decisions. The SEL tools that students will learn can be applied at home and taken with them to use throughout life. Our SCOH staff has been learning about the science of the brain for a number of years. We’re looking forward to putting plans in place at each level. Students will participate in Mindful Mondays and/or Wellness Wednesdays during Power Hour at HHS, Homeroom at HMS and morning meeting at the elementary level.

Resources for families is located on the School City of Hobart’s website under the title Academics and Social Emotional Learning.
Click here to access the page: Social Emotional Resources for Parents and Families

A Mindfulness Practice For Families

This is an informal mindfulness practice that you can do with your family. It’s the basis of most compassion and empathy training. You can do this practice on birthdays, or when other opportunities to make wishes come around. You can also use this practice to wind down before bed.

  1. To begin, find a comfortable sitting position. You can even place a hand on the heart. Allow your eyes to close or lower your gaze toward the floor.
  2. Bring to mind someone who you really respect and look up to, and who really loves you in return. Notice how you feel as you bring this person to mind.
  3. Make a kind wish and send it their way. What would make them happy?
  4. Next, bring to mind someone else you love and care about: A family member, a friend, a beloved colleague. Just bring this person to mind, sending this person a kind wish.
  5. We’ll move from here to a more neutral person. Perhaps someone you don’t know very well: A parent you see occasionally in the pick-up line, a person who delivers your mail, or makes your coffee in the morning. Just bring this person to mind and imagine yourself sending them some kind of kind wish.
  6. Lastly, bring to mind someone who has frustrated you lately, someone who is a little difficult. Send this last person a kind wish—something nice for them in their life.
  7. Check in with your mind and body as you conclude this practice. Allow your eyes to open if they’ve been closed. Notice if there’s any shift.

The point of is: We don’t have to be perfectly loving beings at all times. We don’t have the psychological, financial, or genetic resources to literally treat everyone as we treat our own child—let alone treat our own child as we’d always like to. Instead, we strive to do our best and aim for that middle path: loving, caring, and acts of kindness. Because compassion, and even self-compassion, runs in families. I encourage you to find ways to practice compassion. What you do now will make a difference for future generations.

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Make Sure To Self-Screen Every Day Before Coming To School

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Practice Your 3 W's Everywhere You Go!

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Complete and File Your Athletic Forms Online!

HMS & HHS have partnered with FinalForms to offer an online program for parents and students to complete and file athletic forms electronically. Registration is now open - submit yours today!

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FREE Mobile Program To Help Young Individuals Quit Vaping

Indiana teens are more likely to use vaping devices than cigarettes. The increase in vaping among youth is rising at such an alarming rate that the U.S. Surgeon General is calling it an epidemic that “demands action to protect the lives of young people.” The age for cigarette purchases has risen to 21, but this won't help those that are already addicted. Furthermore, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has been investigating vaping-related severe lung injuries since early August and have already reported 5 deaths caused by vaping. The number of vaping-related lung injuries continues to rise steadily in Indiana and nationwide. Vaping is the only common factor in these injuries to date. Most individuals have reported vaping THC, the ingredient in marijuana, or other substances, but it’s unknown what specific products, brand or substance is causing these injuries. More information is being learned as new cases are investigated and data analyzed.

In Indiana, the use of e-cigarettes and vaping among youth has risen more than 350 percent among high school and middle school students since 2012.

So what to do? Sign up with Truth Initiative's "This Is Quitting" program which is the first-of-its-kind program to help young people quit vaping, This is Quitting gives youth and young adults the motivation and support they need to ditch JUUL and other e-cigarettes. It is a free mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind text messaging 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 DITCHJUUL 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.

Those who are not ready to quit receive at least four weeks of messages focused on building skills and confidence. Users with a quit date receive one week of messages prior to that date and at least eight weeks of messages after their quit date. Throughout the program, users can text COPE, STRESS, SLIP or MORE to receive instant support. Upon completion of the program, users receive periodic text messages from truth® and may continue to use supportive keywords for as long as they like.

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Nurse's Corner for January

Happy New Year!

Flu -A flu shot a year makes the flu virus disappear! Hand-washing is so important! 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

Sick students-



100.4 degrees, CHILLS, SORE THROAT, COUGH( especially new onset, uncontrolled

cough), DIARRHEA, VOMITING, HEADACHE( particularly new onset of severe headache,



DIFFICULTY BREATHING. 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. Again, if you have any questions or concerns

please contact your school nurse. For more information, please visit our website:




Notify your school immediately of COVID-19 symptoms or any exposure to a COVID-19

positive test:

COVID-19: When a student, faculty, or staff member can return to school (Indiana Department

of Health) Updated 8.25.20

Indiana COVID-19 Testing Sites - Added July 18, 2020

Click Here to access the Indiana State Department of Health's Indiana COVID-19 Testing Sites

Note: For each testing site, the following information is provided: Location, Scheduling Options, Hours, Requirements to be Tested, Payment Options, Phone Number, Days/Hours of Operation, Format of Testing Reporting.

Current Testing Sites in Lake County (As of July 18, 2020):

● Methodist Hospital-Southlake Campus - 8701 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410

● Family Urgent Care - 1217 US HWY 41, Schererville, IN 46375

● Methodist Hospitals-Northlake Campus - 600 Grant St, Gary, IN 46402

● NW Indiana ER & Hospital - 7904 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN 46324

● Physicians Urgent Care Indianapolis - 10343 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 46322

● HealthLinc Community Health Center - 1313 W Chicago Ave, East Chicago, IN 46312

● ISDH Drive-Thru at Ivy Tech CC - 410 E Columbus Dr, East Chicago, IN 46312

● ISDH Drive-Thru at Oliver P. Morton High School - 6915 Grand Ave, Hammond, IN 46323

COVID-19: When to Isolate (ISDH Resources) - Added 8/12/2020

COVID-19: When to Quarantine (ISDH resource) - Added 8/12/2020

Don’t Touch Your Face

To help prevent infections, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. WHY?

Touching the mucous membranes on your face with your dirty hands allows germs that

cause respiratory infections to enter the body.

Why Is Not Touching Your Face SO Important?

It is estimated that people touch their faces about 23 times per hour! Respiratory infections

can be caused by many different bacterial, viruses, and other disease-causing germs. When

you touch your face with dirty, unwashed hands, germs can take up residence in your

mucous membranes which can lead to an infection.

How Are Respiratory Infections Spread?

Respiratory infections, like pneumonia or the flu, can spread through droplets in the air

when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks near you. Respiratory infections can also be

spread by direct contact with bacteria, viruses, and other disease- causing germs. When we

touch people who are sick, or touch dirty surfaces, we contaminate our hands with germs.

We can then infect ourselves with those germs by touching our face.

How Can I Protect Myself From Respiratory Infections?

There are several ways that you can protect yourself from getting a respiratory infection:

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Never touch your face with dirty


● Wash your hands frequently. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way

to get rid of germs in most situations.

● Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands if soap and water are not


● Get a flu shot every year. Encourage your family and friends to get a flu shot too!

● Ask your healthcare provider if the pneumonia vaccine is right for you.

● Avoid being close to people who are coughing and sneezing


Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from

getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.

How Germs Spread

Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrheal

infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces

when you:

● Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

● Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands

● Touch a contaminated surface or objects

● Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or

common objects

Key Times to Wash Hands

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often,

especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

● Before, during, and after preparing food

● Before eating food

● Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea

● Before and after treating a cut or wound

● After using the toilet

● After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

● After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

● After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

● After handling pet food or pet treats

● After touching garbage

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, you should also wash your hands

● After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may have

been frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps,

shopping carts, or electronic cash registers/screens, etc.

● Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter our


Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread

of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and

throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and


Follow these five steps every time.

1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply


2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your

hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday”

song from beginning to end twice.

4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.

Use Hand Sanitizer When You Can’t Use Soap and Water

You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and

water are not available.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If

soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that

contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by

looking at the product label.

Sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. However,

● Sanitizers do not get rid of all types of germs.

● Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

● Hand sanitizers might not remove harmful chemicals from hands like pesticides and

heavy metals.

Caution! Swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning if more than

a couple of mouthfuls are swallowed. Keep it out of reach of young children and supervise

their use .

How to use hand sanitizer

● Apply the gel product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct


● Rub your hands together.

● Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 20 seconds

CDC’s Handwashing Campaign: Life is Better with Clean Hands

CDC’s Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign encourages adults to make handwashing

part of their everyday life and encourages parents to wash their hands to set a good

example for their kids. Visit the Life is Better with Clean Hands campaign page to download

resources to help promote handwashing in your community.

For more information on handwashing, visit CDC’s Handwashing website or call


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

about the new school year 2020-21 requirements, 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.

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 confidentialy 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 for more information on student health, school forms,

and other helpful links

Help ALL Brickies Get A Lunch!

Help School City of Hobart students who don't always have the means to eat a lunch by donating to the "Brickie Lunch Box"! This program will help ensure all students are eating lunch & getting the nutrients & energy needed to be successful Brickies.
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Scheduled E-Learning Day for ALL students!

Friday, Jan. 8th, 7:30am

School City of Hobart, Hobart, IN, USA

Hobart, IN

To assist our teachers with curriculum prep for this school year we have added 6 E-Learning days that ALL students will participate in. They will log in to their computer during regular school hours and complete the assignments that are presented to them in Canvas. Teachers will not be doing any live teaching.

HHS - Records Day

Friday, Jan. 15th, 7:30am

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Hobart High School teachers will be working on records this day. Hobart High School students will NOT attend school, in-person or e-learning. **Kindergarten through 8th grade students will attend school like usual.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Monday, Jan. 18th, 7:30am

School City of Hobart

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., schools will be closed today!

"The time is always right to do what is right" - MLK Jr.

Parent Teacher Conferences for K-8 *No School for K-8 Grade

Friday, Jan. 29th, 7:30pm

All K-8th Grades Students at the School City of Hobart

Parent Teacher Conferences for our K-8th grade students will take place on this day, therefore student's in those grades will not have school on this day. More details about the conferences will be sent to you closer to the date. **Hobart High School Students will attend school like usual.
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Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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