Focus on Education

September 2019

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Our Brickies WILL Create A Better World With Their Dreams!

A Million Dreams 2019

What Dreams - You Ask? Well, Going To The Olympics Is A Good One! By Steve McDonald

Emma Wright went down to Greensboro, NC as the only swimmer to represent the Hobart Tiger Sharks in the Speedo Futures Championship Meet. Out of 56 teams, Emma led the Tigers Sharks to a 32nd place finish all by herself. She had some amazing swims to accomplish this final standing.

Emma kicked the meet off on Saturday morning with the 50 Free which she was seeded 40th with a time of 27.22. She had a strong swim dropping 0.19 going 27.03 putting her in 12th to come back for finals that night. She had another solid swim in finals dropping another 0.18 going 26.85 and moving up one spot to finish 11th overall out of a total of 107 swimmers. Emma also swam the 100 back as a bonus swim coming into the meet seeded 103rd out of 118 swimmers. She had a great swim going 0.60 off her lifetime best moving herself up to a 79th place finish. Sunday, Emma came back ready to race again in her 3rd and final event of the meet, the 100 Free. She came in seeded 7th out of 116 swimmers with a time of 58.16. She swam just off her lifetime best going 58.58 in prelims which was enough to bring her back in the championship final heat that night seeded 6th. Emma capped off her Futures Championship meet with a 5th place finish beating her time from that morning by 0.16 going 58.42.

Going for the Gold (Next steps):

Speedo Futures Championship (meet just attended)

Junior National Championship

Senior National Championship

Olympic Trials

Olympics


Emma has Junior National cuts in both the 50 and the 100 Free. She will be attending Winter Junior National Championships in December. Senior National Championship times are almost identical to Olympic trial times. Emma is 0.86 away from the Olympic Trial cut in the 50 Free and 1.87 away from the Olympic Trial cut in the 100 Free.


SO CLOSE - the Brickies know that she can do it! #DoinItWright #GoBricks

Our Brickies Are Taking The STOP/LOOK Bus Pledge

Our Brickies are smart students, but some of the drivers on the road are not. : ) That is why we educate ALL of our Brickies in bus safety and to always stop and look before crossing to get to a bus. Each Student Resource Officer will do various activities to help our Brickies understand the importance of safety both on and off the bus. Once students pledge, they will sign the banner (see below) and proudly display that they took and accepted the STOP/LOOK Bus Pledge.


Our littlest Brickies spent the past week learning about bus safety at their school with SRO, Corporal Clemmons! They made the pledge to follow safe bus procedures both on and off the bus and signed their name to prove it!


Help keep our Brickies safe by always following the guidelines to road safety around buses. If you see the stop sign out - STOP!

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State Superintendent, Dr. McCormick, Visits!

We were honored this past month to have our Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jennifer McCormick, stop by for a READY NWI meeting that took place at Hobart High School! The meeting entailed an abundance of information for our administrators, professors, and community business partners. The main part of the meeting was focused on the graduation requirement changes and what it means for our students. For more information, visit the link below for more information and a great video! Or visit the Indiana Department of Educations website for additional information. Together - we will help our Brickies succeed!


https://www.doe.in.gov/school-improvement/student-assistance/indiana-graduation-requirements

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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.

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https://youtu.be/8-pxqeO24Ww
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HHS's "Careers In The Trades" Newsletter!

Did you know...

There are a lot of workers who spend fiver 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!

Careers In The Trade Newsletter

There's more than college - Be Career Ready Too! Check out this year's 1st edition!

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What's The Best WAY To Read A Book?

Neuroscience explains the astonishing benefits of reading books like a writer—even if you don’t plan on becoming one

Here’s a question that’s probably never crossed your mind: “What’s the best way to read a book? ”

Of course, the logic goes that if you can read words and understand the meanings behind them, you can easily digest a book from start to finish. But your reading technique (a.k.a. how you process information in books) can largely influence your brain’s performance and how you approach certain things in life. Read on about the different reading techniques and figure out what works best for you!


Read the Article by Todd Brison here!

Book Smarts: The Brain Benefits of Reading

Have you read a good book lately? The benefits of reading may go beyond entertainment, by teaching you valuable skills, and even increasing various aspects of intelligence.

A new article on Big Think explores the effects of reading: How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy. The title is a bit hyperbolic—“rewiring your brain” can almost always be replaced with “learning,” which is closer to what is really going on, though it doesn’t sound as sophisticated.

Maybe that’s why reading doesn’t come up much in the world of brain training programs, nootropics, and biohacking: it’s not a new technology or technique. Reading has been there all along, making our brains better using the traditional but long-proven method of teaching us how to think better.

Of course, you are reading right now, but sorry, it doesn’t count. The most important benefits come from devoting the time and attention to longer, deeper content, such as a novel. Don’t go fooling yourself into considering a scroll through Facebook as a brain workout.

- By Cambridge Staff Scientist , Mike Battista


Read the great "Big Think" article by Derek Beres that Mike refers to here!

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Tech Talk And Your Family

The filmmaker behind the ever growing in popularity Screenagers movie has a great Tech Talk Tuesday blog that gives us access to great topics and conversation starters. Dr. Ruston shares weekly topics to share with your family to help manage and decrease struggles around screen time. You will read brief articles about social media, video game use, tech tips, latest research, and more! Every month we will give you direct access to a couple of our favorites, but check our their webpage for all of their topics and to sign up yourself! www.screenagersmovie.com
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The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet.

Under the overarching theme of ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’, the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is focused on encouraging personal accountability and proactive behavior in security best practices, digital privacy and draw attention to careers in cybersecurity. NCSAM 2019 will address the following online safety messages and identify opportunities for behavioral change:

  • Own IT.

    • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media
    • Update Privacy Settings
    • Keep Tabs on Your Apps: best practices for device applications
  • Secure IT.

    • Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases
    • Double Your Login Protection: turn on multi-factor authentication
    • Shop Safe Online
    • Play Hard To Get With Strangers: how to spot and avoid phish
  • Protect IT.

    • If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems
    • Stay Protected While Connected: Wi-Fi safety
    • If You Collect It, Protect It: keeping customer/consumer data and information safe
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1st Ever Purple and Gold Panic!

Join our community and those surrounding us to support the Hobart High School's Athletic Department at their first ever Purple & Gold Panic! Register by September 4th to be GUARANTEED a shirt and run kit - but know that they will take registrations up until the race begins! Visit www.hobart.k12.in.us/purplegoldpanic for the registration form and more information. #GoBricks
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Nurse's Corner for September!

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 2019-20 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.


Sick students- Please keep all sick children home from school- this includes fever greater than 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea. 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. If your student is sick, please follow the call off procedures. Again, if you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.


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 confidentially 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 http://www.hobart.k12.in.us for more information on student health, school forms, and other helpful links

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

Here Comes The Bus App

Many of our parents and students take advantage of the Here Comes The Bus App and with it's new improvements, it is better than ever! You can view in real-time the location of your student's bus, when and where your child boards or exits the bus, receive notifications when the bus is near, and be able to do this all on your smartphone, tablet or computer! Visit the link below for the easy step-by-step directions and take the worry away!
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BINGO To Benefit The Brickie Lunch Box Program

Saturday, Sep. 14th, 7pm

143 South Hobart Road

Hobart, IN

Join our Food Service Department at the annual BINGO event! ALL proceeds go to the Brickie Lunch Box Program which helps feed those Brickies that may not have money to purchase a lunch. There will be raffles, hot balls, door prizes, and more!

PSAT/SAT Scores

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 6pm

Hobart High School Board Room

Join us to learn more about PSAT/SAT scores and what they mean. This event is open to all parents and students who wish to learn more about the PSAT and SAT!

ELC's Fall Fest!

Friday, Sep. 20th, 5-7pm

400 North Wilson Street

Hobart, IN

This event is for all Kindergartners and their family! Come join Principal, Mrs. Gutierrez, and the rest of the staff for a fun night of bounce houses, face painting, games, and concessions!

21st Annual Taste of Autumn!

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 5-8pm

3550 East Lincoln Highway

Merrillville, IN

The 21st Annual TASTE OF AUTUMN is happening soon! Get your ticket for $40 from the Administration Office located behind Hobart Middle School - price includes unlimited appetizers, beverages, and access to the BEST silent auction around! It is always a fun night & experience. Just ask your friends who attended in the past - it is a casual time hanging out with the Brickie community, eating delicious food and beverages, and an amazing silent auction! The BEST part? Proceeds go back to the students and teachers right here in the School City of Hobart! Everyone knows a great school system starts with it's community - let's show the world what we can do!

1st Annual Purple & Gold Panic!

Sunday, Sep. 29th, 11:30am

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join the Hobart Athletic Department for the 1st Annual Purple & Gold Panic! It is a simple 3k run/walk where proceeds will go to benefit the 21 sports here in the School City of Hobart! Sign up and submit your registration form to Pam at the athletic office by September 4th to be guaranteed a shirt and running kit! #GoBricks #21Sports1Team
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Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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