Bulldog Broadcast

October 6, 2022

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Important Upcoming Events

  • Friday, October 7th - Lockdown Drill - Students should report to their Advisory class to start the day
  • Friday, October 7th - End of the 1st nine weeks
  • Wednesday, October 12th - PSAT (8th Grade Only)
  • Friday, October 14th - 'Snapshot' Grades will be visible in RDS
  • Monday, October 17th - Friday, October 21st - No School - Fall Break
  • Wednesday, November 2nd - KONA Ice (during Advisory)
  • Friday, November 4th - Picture Retake Day
  • 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

22.23 SY Calendar

Please click here for the 2022-2023 CPCSC Calendar

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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
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End of 1st Nine Weeks

The end of the 1st nine weeks is Friday, October 7th. Middle school course grades are calculated as semester long grades. Grades in Buzz are updated real time as scores are input by teachers. When you first login to RDS Parent Access these grades are updated nightly. At the end of the 1st and 3rd nine weeks, all grades for assignments and assessments will be up-to-date. Courses not effected by the transition include 9-week courses in Art, Family and Consumer Science, General Music, Informational Technology, PLTW, and Careers and Technology.

Please reference the 'grade snapshot’ slideshow, including a screencast, for a ‘how to’ in accessing your students grades through Buzz. Our grade snapshot for updated grades and assignments is available on Friday, October 14th.

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PSAT (8th Grade Only)

The PSAT 8/9 measures what students are learning in school and helps determine if they're on track for high school and beyond. All 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12th.

For more information about PSAT, please visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9

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Picture Retakes

Picture Retake Day is: November 4, 2022

Order Code is: 70788F
Your link to order is: https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/70788F

Students who ordered a package on original picture day but are choosing to get their picture retaken MUST bring their original picture package with them on retake day. They DO NOT need to place a new order. If they forget their package on retake day, we will take their photo & write their name down but we won’t order a new package until the old one is returned.

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New Taft Making Great Progress!

Crown Point New Middle School Academic Wing Interior 9-24-22
Crown Point New Middle School 9-24-22
Crown Point New Middle School Auditorium/Performing Arts/Gymnasiums Interior 9-24-22
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Science Olympiad - Fundraiser Night

Taft’s Science Olympiad Team is having a fundraiser at Noodles and Company on Thursday, October 13th. Please see the attached flier for details. Please support by:

  • Going to the Restaurant and presenting the flier when you place your order.
  • Placing your order online at noodles.com/order or use the app.
  1. Once your order is complete, head to checkout.
  2. Enter code “GIVING25” in coupon code and hit “Apply.”
  3. Look for the red check for confirmation and proceed to checkout.

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Club Information

Please see our club offerings below. If you have any questions, please reach out to the club sponsors.
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Cell Phones / Earbuds

Please remind your students that cell phones need to be turned off and in their lockers during the school day. In addition, wireless earbuds will not be allowed at school. All students will receive wired earbuds to use throughout the school year. Students are allowed to bring headphones from home, as long as they are able to plug into their Chromebook.
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School Lunches

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.
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Taft Middle School

Tracy Seibert, Principal ext. 12001

Kyle Hanaway, Assistant Principal ext. 12002

Jennifer Grill, Assistant Principal ext. 12004

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District Information/Updates

Please visit our corporation website for important district and community information https://www.cps.k12.in.us/about/district-news