Focus on Education

June 2020

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Congratulations To All of Our Graduates!

This year's graduating Class of 2020 has by far been the strongest we have ever seen! They have had missed memories like prom, live celebrations, a sudden end of school, and so much more, but they never faltered. The persevered, stayed strong, stayed kind, and supported each other with grace and maturity. From our Kindergartners to our Seniors we could not be more honored and proud to call them all Brickies. Congratulations to all of our Brickie Class of 2020!
Kindergarten Graduation!

Our Kindergarten Graduates were all smiles - even at home - when they received their caps and diplomas! Their virtual graduation was wonderful and the families enjoyed celebrating in their home safely. Congratulations to our Brickie Class of 2032!

Class of 2020 Parade!

As a prelude to the virtual graduation that took place Sunday night our Brickies joined together in style and paraded around town. Many celebrated and cheered as our proud Class of 2020 celebrated! Congrats Brickies!

This is an amazing class of students who had to persevere through a huge disappointment in high school with all of the missed end of year events. Whatever we can do to celebrate them should be done! We do think these students are showing us that they are ready no matter what life may bring – they can handle disappointment and do it with grace. This class was extraordinary before the pandemic with innovation and ideas. They are always serving others. They will have a huge impact on others no matter what direction they choose! And… Once a Brickie, Always a Brickie! Check out some of their accomplishments:

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For the Class of 2020:

Out of ~300 Graduates

190 seniors with the 6-credit CTE Concentrator sequence

235 seniors earning college credits

167 seniors earned 15+ credits

8 earned STGEC

4 earned Associate’s Degree



5568 dual credits earned $807,415.68

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21 Day Challenge!

Together we can spread positivity all around us! It is all about perspective Brickies, let's show the community how to make the best during this new norm. #WeGotThis



The 21-Day Happiness Challenge: Five Ways To Be More Positive (Shawn Achor)

The Happy Secret to Better Work (Shawn Achor TedTalk)

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College & Career Readiness at School City of Hobart!

Click here to find ALL the information you need to help your student prepare for their future in the best way possible! Whether getting certified or working toward a degree - the School City of Hobart is here for you!

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!

Get hired! Class of 2020 (link to document below)
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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.

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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  • 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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How To Prevent That Summer Slide!

Learn about the summer slide — and how to avoid it! — so your child is primed for school success in the fall.

https://youtu.be/8-pxqeO24Ww
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Reading is important because it develops our thoughts, gives us endless knowledge and lessons to read while keeping our minds active. Reading books can help us learn, understand and makes us smarter. Not to mention the knowledge, vocabulary expansion and thinking skills we develop, so read a good book today!
Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza!

The free program unites communities in a nationwide campaign that celebrates. For 2020, a brand new kids experience is Scholastic Home Base, a free digital destination which offers full books, live events, and games in a safe community for readers!

2020 CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: IMAGINE YOUR STORY

The benefits of summer reading: Children are motivated to read and develop positive attitudes about reading. Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation. Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.

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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 ree 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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Take a look at the NEW STATE REQUIRED Immunization Requirements for the 2020-2021 School Year!

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COVID-19 Information, Social Distancing, And How You Can Help.

This is a new experience for all of us, but it is all about perspective! We are doing our best to continue the education of our students, supply lunches to those in need, and inform you as much as we can on how you can help control this pandemic. You can visit our website for updated information on COVID-19 at www.hobart.k12.in.us/coronavirus. Please be aware of the stay order from the Governor and social distancing guidelines. Together we WILL get through this. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Home.
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Dr. Lori Desautels Strategies To Help Us Adjust.

Dr. Lori Desautels helps us define what is happening in our brain & develop strategies for self care during this difficult time. Hear her strategies for all of us to use during this difficult new "norm" that we are experiencing. #WeAreInThisTogether
Taking Care of Our Brains in This Time of COVID 19 For Parents Students and Educators
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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
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LIVE Brickie Class of 2020 Graduation!

Thursday, July 16th, 6pm

Hobart High School Brickyard!

Join us and the Class of 2020 as we celebrate our Brickie Graduates! It may not be the usual time, but we cannot wait to celebrate your graduation in the Brickyard!
CDC guidelines will be followed with limited tickets.
A LIVE link will be available to watch from home.

Watch for details in the near future!

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Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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