Focus on Education

May 2018

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Makers And Innovators Were In The (Field)House!!

Our Brickies did it again, just when we thought it was not possible, they went above and beyond and showcased some mind-blowing creations at this years Brickie Makers and Innovators Showcase! There was slime, custom made drones, photography, art, hand-made items, inventions, robots...the list could go on and on! We also had one of the best turn-outs this year with many people stopping by and seeing our amazing Brickies in action with their own imaginations. Dr. Buffington and Director Of Technology, Chris King, stopped at every table to learn about our students creations and even received some take home gifts! The students were thrilled to showcase their talents and are excited for what next year will bring. Once again, Brickies, you did a great job using your imagination and your inventions were inspiring! Keep up the great work! work! work! #BrickieUp

A Brickie Designer and the Hobart Water Festival!

Meet Eddie Ochoa, winner of the 2018 City of Hobart's Water Festival Poster Design contest! Eddie used Adobe Illustrator during his 6th hour Graphic Design and Layout class at the high school to create his winning design. Now his work will be featured on the City of Hobart and School City of Hobart websites and social medias, as well as on posters that are put up all over the city! Eddie is not only a great graphic designer, but also a great photographer. He also shares his creative talents with the high school yearbook by taking photos and creating layouts. You will see him at the Water Festival taking pictures of all the great events taking place! Great job Eddie and we can't wait to see you on June 16th at Festival Park!
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Scheduling Classes - Be Ready! Hobart University

Why Early College in high school?
We are fully committed to combining high school and college in a rigorous, supportive environment that enables any interested and qualifying Hobart High School student to graduate with high school and college credit.

We know, from research, that Early College students are outperforming their peers nationwide:

  • 90% graduate high school vs. 78% of students nationally
  • 94% earn free college credit while in high school
  • 30% earn an Associate's degree or other post-secondary credentials while in high school


Take a look at the links below for more information!

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Blue Encourages The Brickies To "Be The Best You Can Be!"

Indianapolis Colts' mascot, Blue, stopped by a couple of our schools again to teach and encourage our students to "Be the best you can be!" He attended Liberty and Ridge View Elementary, and through many laughs and giggles, taught our students three important rules to follow so they can be their best: Eat a healthy breakfast, Exercise daily, and Don't be a bully - live positively! The students participated in games with Blue and his assistant and even had a dance off with some of their teachers! The students shared many smiles with their classmates and in the end, walked away having a blast and understanding, even more, the importance of being healthy and being kind! We love Blue and cannot wait until he makes his way back to Hobart! #BrickieUp

Too Good For Drugs Graduation!

April 30th will be a day to remember for our Hobart 5th Graders. They graduated from the "Too Good For Drugs" class and made a promise to themselves that they would be drug free and live a healthy life. The evening was kicked off by our Director of Technology, Mr. Chris King, followed by our wonderful Hobart Officers, Corporals, and Chief, who taught our students life-long lessons that will forever be in their minds. The guest speaker this year was Herb Stepherson; a local author, speaker, and counselor that has lived, first hand, through drug addiction. His speech helped students and parents understand real-life dangers of drugs and how "no one chooses the lifestyle" and "it can happen to anyone". It left all in attendance with the realization of drug addiction and what we can do to stay drug free. Our students all wore a wonderful shirt that had a drawing created by Liberty student, Trista - the overall drawing winner out of all the students. Then, as the evening drew toward the conclusion, the annual "Too Good for Drugs" essay winner was announce, Gavin took home the title of "Best Essay" and a pretty sweet bike! To finalize the evening Superintendent, Dr. Buffington read an inspiring poem and Congratulated our Brickies on their accomplishment. Great job to all of our 5th Grade Brickies!

Hobart's Participates in Their First Unified Track Meet!

For the first time ever, the Brickies participated with seven other schools at the Unified Track Meet in Valparaiso! It was an incredible experience for all that were involved and definitely something we want to do again. Friendships were created and memories made that will never be forgotten.

Unified Sports were first developed by the Special Olympics as a means of providing a quality experience for sports training and competition in an inclusive environment that allows friendships to form. It is the vision of this joint IHSAA/Special Olympics Indiana (SOIN) sports project to allow high school students with and without intellectual disabilities to collectively represent their high school in an IHSAA sanctioned activity by participating together on a Unified Sports team.

This was an amazing opportunity that Hobart plans on becoming more involved with as more is learned about the program. Our Brickies rocked it and more importantly, had an amazing experience! #GoBricks

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Help your child succeed by setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals!

You can work with your students by helping them set specific, measurable, achieveable, 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!


Student Plan to Achieve My S.M.A.R.T. Goal -
https://goo.gl/forms/qle9Kv4RAgfnte7k2


S.M.A.R.T. Short-Term Goal Setting Worksheet -
https://goo.gl/forms/l0AlcQs4UwdApvAr1


3rd Quarter S.M.A.R.T Goal -
https://goo.gl/forms/Gfoo13evpbWqdJMG2


4th Quarter S.M.A.R.T Goal -

https://goo.gl/forms/VRsMP9RIBv7xrKvJ3

Academic Brickyard

“A leader's job is not to do the work for others, it's to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.” - Simon Sinek


Over the past few months, a group of HHS senior students (Samantha Meyer, Rebecca Meyer, Emily Zanolla, and Paige Nestich) met with our Superintendent, Dr. Buffington, and our Director of College and Careers, Mr. Krieg, and together created the Academic Brickyards. The Academic Brickyards are modeled after writing centers and tutoring centers found at most colleges and universities. During their Success Period, these students (along with some other senior student leaders they recruited) voluntarily give up their time in order to serve others. They meet with their peers to help them with Math or English work. In doing so, they are modeling the leadership skills Sinek points out since they are helping their peers figure out how to solve difficult math problems, work through syntactical difficulties, navigate the blurry lines involved in a citation, apply difficult concepts and mathematical formulas, and other related concepts. Together, they are helping one another succeed beyond what was once thought to be possible.



Our student leaders are determined to leave a legacy, and this legacy is all about service and helping our Brickies build their skills, knowledge, and competencies brick-by-brick. As leaders, this group of students is already planning the next phase of what these Academic Brickyards could entail. They are meeting with English and Math teachers, talking with Administrators, and most importantly getting feedback from their peers. In addition, they are even utilizing marketing approaches they learn about in their Business courses to promote the Academic Brickyards. They even worked with Mr. Crouch (Radio/TV Instructor) to create a promotional video that was shown to all of the students at Hobart High School, and they worked with our Director of Technology to create Academic Brickyard banners (as displayed) that are now displayed in front of each converted Learning Centers. From time to time, an English tutor may even go over to the Math Lab to get some extra help and vice versa.



Looking to the future, these students are even looking to recruit the next group of student tutors who can pick up where they left off. Leadership, as these students are experiencing, is much like a relay race - they’re running their leg but getting ready to pass the baton off to the next leaders. Not only are our Brickies getting extra help, but our student leaders are also growing as leaders and gaining experiences that will yield dividends for years to come. As these student leaders say, they hope their peers take advantage of this resource and build their knowledge and abilities one number or one word at a time.

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Khan Academy - Can Help You Achieve More On Your SAT's! Just Ask Zack!

Zack Fattore is currently a senior at Hobart High School. He serves as a leader in a number of ways, including serving as the Senior Class President and a captain of the wrestling team. He is graduating at the top of his class with a 4.61 GPA and is currently ranked as the number 2 wrestler at 170lbs in Indiana. In the Fall, he will be attending the University of Chicago on scholarship for both academics and wrestling.

His GPA and class rank were not the only things that guaranteed his acceptance into a great college or university. There is another piece of the college application puzzle that he, like every other student planning to go to college or earn a technical certificate, had to face - the SAT. With a goal in mind to help educate others about the importance of the SAT, Zack worked with Dr. Buffington, Mr. Krieg, Mr. Crouch, and the Radio/TV class to script, film, and produce a public service announcement on how Khan Academy helped him earn a PERFECT score of 800 on the Math section of the SAT and raise his overall score by over 200 points in just 15 months. You can see the video below!

When we asked Zack about how he prepped for the SAT using Khan Academy, he said:

“When I practiced, I first learned how the SAT is formatted. This helped me because when I took the SAT, I was aware of how the test works and what common questions it asks. The second thing I did was that I took a practice test to determine my current skills. After I saw where my weaknesses were, I planned to improve them. You must do the same and utilize the website’s full potential by targeting what you need. Khan is useful for learning personalization. Once I knew the test and strengthened my weaknesses, the best thing I could do was continually take practice tests and learn from what I was missing.” In Zack's closing statement, his best advice was "Start early. I made so much progress in just 15 months, when I wasn't even practicing the entire time. Imagine if you have 2 or 3 years of practice under your belt. You need to invest your time in this website because it is extremely beneficial.” Hear more from Zack in his video below!


If you haven’t already done so, please go to khanacademy.org and sign in with your school-provided Gmail account.


You Khan do it!


https://youtu.be/-Foc7G8rVGg
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Barnyard Book Bash at the ELC!

The Early Learning Center spent some time reading the infamous Charlotte's Web and then celebrated at the Barnyard Book Bash! All students received a copy of Charlotte's Web while meeting the characters during an assembly singalong. Throughout the journey of reading the chapters, students created farm themed art, writings, and enjoyed hearing and imagining the characters come to life. The on April 24th, they finished the book as a school and showed off their hard work during the Barnyard Book Bash! Everyone was able to go on a story walk, meet some of the characters, listen to what the student wrote during the open-mic session, line dance, munch at the popcorn bar, and so much more! It was a wonderful evening for all that came and a great time for our students! They were able to showcase the hard work that they have been doing during their first year of school and their smiles showed the reward. Great job Little Brickies!

Middle School Home Economics Class Is Teaching Life Lessons

Mrs. Hanson is teaching some very important lessons that our Brickies will be able to carry with them forever! How do we know? Because she is helping our students understand the responsibilities of normal everyday life! In her class students get to participate in cooking and baking, sewing, cleaning and maintaining the Virginia Curtis Apartment, and getting a tiny glimpse of what it would be like to care for a baby! The students really enjoy the class and are also taught etiquette as they serve some of their teachers. Overall, it is a great experience for them as they learn about responsibility. Great job to Mrs. Hanson and all of her students!
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EL (English Learner) Parent Night!

Join the School City of Hobart as they go over the ACCESS reports that your child took in February and discussing the EL ILP (Individual Learning Plan). They will also answer any questions you may have. Please RSVP by sending the form in to your students school.

2018 - 2019 School Year Calendar

We know that many of you enjoy vacations and look forward to planning them! Take a look at our 2018 - 2019 School Year Calendar for scheduled dates we have off so you can enjoy your vacation without missing school! Click on the link below to access our calendar on our website and happy planning!

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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Middle School Choir Concert

Tuesday, May 1st, 7pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

Enjoy the last middle school choir concert of the 2017-2018 school year! Our students are working hard to give you their best performance yet!

High School Band Concert

Tuesday, May 1st, 7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Join the high school band at their final performance of the year! It is sure to be an amazing performance.

Orchestra Concert

Thursday, May 3rd, 7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Come and enjoy the beautiful music created by our orchestra! They are truly amazing!

Middle School Band Awards Concert

Thursday, May 10th, 7pm

36 East 8th Street

Hobart, IN

It will be their last performance of the year and also their awards night! Much deserved for all of their hard work! Great playing Brickies - keep making the music!

High School Choir Concert

Tuesday, May 15th, 7pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

This is the final choir performance of the 2017-2018 school year! Come enjoy your evening at the high school while hearing our talented Brickies!

6th Grade Parent Orientation

Wednesday, May 16th, 6pm

Hobart Middle School, 37 East 8th Street, Hobart, IN, USA

Come and learn about the expectations of Middle School! It is an exciting time for your child, help them prepare by becoming informed!


Being held in the Brickie Cafe.

High School Band Concert

Tuesday, May 22nd, 6pm

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Come enjoy the final concert of the year! They are sure to play their best and look forward to performing for you! All are welcome!

Published by:

Dr. Peggy Buffington and Sarah Ramos

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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