Focus on Education

May 2022

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Our Brickie Makers & Innovators Are Impressive!

It was another great year at the Brickie Makers & Innovators Showcase and we were SO happy to be back in person! The opportunity to walk around and speak with our Brickies about their creations and innovations was inspiring, as usual. From the start of their idea to the process of making and innovating and finally the presentation, they each brought unique style and personality. There was technology, arts, science, crafts, jewelry, 3-D creations, food and samples, our Innovate WithIn teams, and so many more.

Superintendent, Dr. Buffington and our Director of Technology, Chris King walked around to each of the tables to hear about their ideas and inventions. They gave words of encouragement to help the students take their idea to the next level as many already have established online business! They sampled food items like cookies and beef jerky, saw live 3-D printing and designs, watched science experiments and learned amazing information about space, enjoyed the creations of elementary art creations, and even designed some custom jewelry! Another amazing design that deserves some maker and innovator recognition is a doorbell for hearing impaired people that two incredible 7th grade Brickies made, Jade and Gabriela. The Brickie Makers & Innovators Showcase is one of our most favorite events of the year and we are excited to see more students at next year's event!

Brickie Makers and Innovators Video 2022

Innovate WithIN Rocked The Stage At Finals!

On April 18th we tuned in to watch the live pitches from our Innovate WithIn finalists. We were blown away at how well our Brickies did! There were 11 teams competing for a spot in the State competition from the Region 6 finals and one by one they took the stage. Pitch after pitch we couldn't help but feel that our Brickie teams were on fire. They had poise, pitched their presentations perfectly, and were on point with their answers to the questions asked by the judges. Their research and innovating of their products was impressive and we were so proud watching them complete.
In the end, we anxiously waited as the judges deliberated to announce the top two winners. First up was 2nd place, "and the winner is 'WRM Medical Bands'"! Yes! Jelena's invention took the 2nd place title. Next was the announcement for the 1st place finisher and the team that would advance to State to complete in the ultimate Innovate WithIn competition. Drum-roll please...."Patchables"! Kayla and Isis gave a flawless presentation and impressed the judges with their product, pursuance of material and production, and responses to the questions. Not to mention the fact that they have already sold several Patchables!

Outstanding job to all of our Brickies that competed in the Region 6 finals. We are proud of your ideas, hard work, perseverance, and grit. We know you will keep innovating your products and have a successful future.

Our Brickie Region 6 Final competitors were:

Certikey by Conner Niemann, Andrew Navarro, and Brett Herrin

Clockworks of Indiana by Ethan Pinegar and Leandra Kelly

Flower Power by Morgan Sanchez and Elijah Puente

Patchables by Kayla Davis and Isis Fleming

WRM Medical Bands by Jelena Kolundzjia

Innovate WithIN 2022 Region 6 Pitch Competition

"Willy Wonka Jr." From Our Theatre Department!

We got the Golden Ticket with our Theatre Department at this year's children's play. Our Brickie students did an AMAZING job putting together, directing, and acting. Our students in kindergarten through 3rd grade took a trip to the high school to see the play before it opened to the public and they loved it! There were smiles and cheers, laughter and applause - it was wonderful to see a theatre full of excited, engaged Brickies! Following those performances our high school students put on the show for anyone to come and enjoy, with almost all of the seats sold the performance went off without a hitch and perfection hit the stage. Every person in the seat enjoyed the show and the kids that came thought it was the best play they have ever seen!

We are so very proud of the hard work that our students put in this show to make it possible for the community to see and enjoy. The talent that takes place behind the scenes and on the stage is impressive and we are excited to watch your continued growth. Bravo, Brickies, Bravo!

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Hobart Middle School Academic Super Bowl!

Our Hobart Middle School Academic Super Bowl competed against other MS Teams at Pierce at the end of April and did an amazing job! Our teams were assembled and we were able to practice for only three weeks. Check out these results:

2nd place class 1 Science!!

2nd place class 1 Math!

2nd place class 1 SS!

1st place!! Interdisciplinary class 1

Overall HMS had highest score totaling all team scores!!

Way to go, HMS!

Special Shout out to our Sponsor (Tammy May) and Coaches:

Tammy May, SS

Laura Weller, Math

Crystal Kistler, Science

and Jody Gawthrop, ELA

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Brickie JROTC Raiders Did Outstanding!

Your Hobart JROTC Raider teams hosted the top 25-teams in the Midwest Saturday.

The team of Gage Catlin, Jacob Tanas, Devin Sippel, Chris Sachs, Nick Molchan and Jesse Elieff earned third place overall in the male division.

The team of Johah Wells, Alphonse Parker, Liam Garcia, Reggie Gilbert, Andrew McKnight and Owen Wells placed a close second overall, falling to the reigning National champions by narrow margin.

The team of Nevaeh Costilla, Isabella Reynolds, Roxy Dominguez, Emma Stout, Angie Wates and Aeris Lopez earned a second place overall in the female division, while the team of Olivia Garcia, Kierstin Rotz, Makenna Rotz, Zoe Stout, Victory Cortez and Kayla Webber dominated the field, swept every individual event and brought home the championship trophy.

Congratulations on a very successful season!

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Dutch Kramer Award Awarded to Athletic Director, Mike Black!

The Dutch Kramer Award is presented to a person outside of the Association who has made significant contributions and efforts to support Lake County Athletic Officials Association. Named after long-time Coach and Official Dutch Kramer, this award is nominated and selected by the Board of Directors. Congratulations to our Athletic Director, Mike Black. Well deserved! Icing on the cake was that HMS teacher, Deb Glass presented!

A fun side note, Barb Mathis won this award a few years ago and never told anyone! Congrats to both Barb and Mike!

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Brooke and Shanena Are Going To France!

Brooke Blanchard and Shanena Knight were recently selected to participate in the IUHPFL Study Abroad experience. As they are the last class to be able to reach French 5, this is an honorary experience to represent Hobart High School as they study abroad in Brest, France.
This program is a very selective program, only accepting top students within the state of Indiana. To apply, they had to go through a lengthy application process making sure not only their French was sufficient for immersion, but their personalities aligned with a program of such rigor. In addition to filling out an application, a parent had to complete one, and three teachers had to submit recommendations for them. In the classroom, they had to complete a timed essay in French, which professors from Indiana University examined with high standards of excellence. This included proper use of verb tenses, spelling, and overall following the prompt provided.
As mentioned above, this is a full-immersion program, so they will be speaking French for the entirety of the 6 weeks with their host family in Brest, France. A unique aspect of IUHPFL is the no phone policy that they will abide by to fully immerse themselves. Additionally, they will be taking courses that consist of literature, culture, and communication. All of which are going to help them adjust to their new lifestyle and provide them with an educational aspect to their time abroad.
Outside of the classroom, they will go on excursions to explore our city Brest, Mont Saint-Michel, Versailles, and last but not least Paris where they will spend their last three days.
They are incredibly grateful to have an opportunity as such and plan on becoming regional ambassadors to share their experiences. Hobart High School will be their first stop!

Early College and Career Week In The School City of Hobart!

Every year the School City of Hobart joins the Center of Excellence in Leadership and Learning (CELL) in showcasing and celebrating Indiana Early College High Schools. The goals of Early College and Career week are to promote partners' roles, elevate the successes of Early Colleges, and encourage the expansion of the model. It was an honor to create the videos that you see below that showcases our Brickie seniors and their achievements, Brickie high school staff that help make Hobart University possible, our Hobart University Program where students can graduate with an Associate degree, 1 year of college, or even certifications for trades and career advancement, our Brickie Alumni, and finally a shout-out to our partners that helped make Hobart University come to life, Ivy Tech and Purdue Northwest! Check out the videos below!
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Hobart University Web Page

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

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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!

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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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May's Wellness Calendar

Click this button to access May's Wellness Calendar! This month is focused on exercising your mind and body. Get outside - Spring is in the air! Focus on positivity and being active. Set a small goal for yourself, conquer it, and set another one!

Parent and Caregiving Wellness

Social Emotional Learning
K-5 SEL lessons will include opportunities to notice gratitude and share gratitude with others.

Gratitude – Making a new habit of noticing the good in ourselves, each other, & our community.
Please take a few moments each day to reflect on what you are personally grateful for with your family.

K-5 students will be encouraged to view a normal day and how my time is spent on a device. Let’s encourage a healthy diet of digital, face to face time and time outdoors in nature.
Feeling stressed? Here are Tips for how parents can help teens de-stress.

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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month!

For weekly inspiration, text MENTALHEALTH to (317)-676-6730.

Change the Frequency – Positive messaging and support at your fingertips.
I signed up for the weekly inspirational messages too! I hope you will.

May is Mental Health Month; however, each day time can be spent on mental wellness.
Use the resources below to continue making mental health a habit in your daily routine.

Division of Mental Health and Addiction -

Activities for families -

Daily check list of mental health awareness -

Family Activities: Memorial Day is May 30th
Summer will be here soon! Use these activities for family fun!

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!

*NEW* School Resource Officer Safety Minute

Take a moment to listen to Corporal Jimenez's Safety Minute, SRO at Hobart Middle School!
Simply visit or watch the video below!
Safety Minute - May 2022
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2022 - 2023 Registration: Open For Everyone!

Please note:

NEW to the District implies that you do NOT have other children in the School City of Hobart. If you are simply registering a new student, such as a kindergartner, then you can do that through your parent Skyward.

Affidavits: If you are needing an affidavit, you must have an appointment. Appointments can be made at

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6th Grade Orientation Parent Night Information Too!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 5:30pm

Hobart Middle School

Parents, you should have received an email during the end of March with all of the details regarding 6th grade orientation. Also, feel free to join us for the parent night taking place that evening where you can meet and experience the staff and school just like your Brickie did!

1st Grade Orientation

Tuesday, May 10th, 5-7pm

Your child's home school: Joan Martin, Liberty, or Veterans Elementary

Mark your calendar and get ready to bring your 1st grader to their new school! This gives your child a great opportunity to meet the staff and see the classrooms with you by their side. Then you can talk about how exciting it will be over the summer! Keep your eye out for all the details.

Too Good For Drugs Graduations Ceremony

Monday, May 16th, 6pm

Hobart High School Gymnasium

Join your 5th grade student at the Too Good For Drugs Ceremony! Our students take pride in this course and build great relationships with our Hobart Police Department throughout it. Let's celebrate their pride together on May 16th at Hobart High School!

Class of 2022 Graduation Parade

Wednesday, June 1st, 5:30pm

Throughout downtown Hobart!

Join us as a community as we celebrate our Brickie Class of 2022! We love this new tradition for our Brickies and hope that many of you will come out and support with pride and of course some purple and gold. More information, including the parade route, will be posted on social medias closer to the date!

Students Last Day of School!

Thursday, June 2nd, 7am

School City of Hobart

Another year almost done and our Brickies are finishing it strong! Keep it up - less than 1 month left!

Kindergarten Graduation - Class of 2034!

Thursday, June 2nd, 6pm

Hobart High School Gymnasium

We are excited to celebrate our Class of 2034! We love watching our Brickies grow and know they are excited and ready to head off to their new elementary school next year. Congratulations Brickies!

Hobart High School Class of 2022 Graduation

Sunday, June 5th, 6pm

Hobart High School Brickyard Stadium

Join us as we proudly celebrate our Brickie Class of 2022. Their high school career was a journey and they were persistent, adaptable, determined, and successful. We are excited for their future as they move on to the next chapter. #BrickieClassof2022

*Rain date of June 6th at 6pm - HHS Brickyard Stadium

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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