Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. Garcia-Groves!

September 24, 2022

Welcome to fall! We are half way to the end of quarter 1 and Parent Teacher Conferences will be approaching quickly. Please mark your calendars for October 27th. Conferences will be from 5:00-7:30 pm.

This week is College Go Week and while our scholars will not be applying to colleges this week, we are still highlighting a variety of college and career opportunities. On Tuesday, our 8th grade PCC classes will participate in a workshop that will expose them to a variety of career and educational opportunities that they can experience in high school and beyond. Our Gear Up Launch will be Thursday, September 29th.

We are having a Spirit Week in order to celebrate College Go Week. Please note that basic dress code policies still apply: no large holes in pants, no crop tops, spaghetti straps, spandex shorts or images inappropriate for school.

Last Thursday, our scholars had the opportunity to be trained in CPR with several other eighth graders from the Michiana area. It was a great opportunity to prepare scholars to save a life!

Our cross country teams participated in the Larry Morning Start race on Wednesday, and it was an absolutely beautiful day to run. They all powered their way up the hill and ran with pride. Our football team defeated Jefferson and are now 3-0. We were also excited to start soccer season on Monday! So many of our scholars had smiles on their faces as they finally got to practice together. Great job, Cougars!

Have you completed your application for free and reduced lunch/textbook assistance? This must be completed every year. Here is the link We are one of the few states that charge families textbook fees, and this is an opportunity to reduce those fees for qualifying families.

While we embed all of the learner attributes in our daily instruction, each month we continue to highlight one with scholars. October's attribute of the month is knowledgeable.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Dr. Garcia-Groves

School Office Reminders

The school office opens at 8:30 and closes at 5:00 pm. Please remember to send excuse notes for scholars when they miss school. We also need to be notified if a child's transportation (car rider or bus rider) is changing. Do your best to notify the office by 3:00 pm if there will be changes.

College Go Week Seminar

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21st Century

If you have a scholar in 7th or 8th grade please complete the 21st Century Scholars application. Doing so gives you the opportunity to secure free tuition to any Indiana college or university. If you have any questions, contact Roberto Leal, 21st Century Scholars Recruiter, at 574-393-3865.
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Skooli Tutoring

Do your 6th and 9th grade students know about Skooli ?

Skooli is a 1:1 online learning platform designed to provide students with 24/7 unlimited tutoring support delivered by professional educators in over 130 subjects. SBCSC students can connect with a tutor to receive instant, drop-in support, or upload an assignment and receive feedback within 24 hours.

  • Skooli tutors are experienced in virtual teaching and best practices to support students from different backgrounds, and with unique needs. Skooli tutors possess a teaching license, or an advanced degree in the subject they are tutoring in.

  • The Skooli online classroom is accessible via internet browser on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.

  • The Skooli Unlimited classroom includes: audio, chat, interactive digital whiteboard, image upload, and math-focused academic glossary (with 700+ terms).

  • All sessions on Skooli are recorded, providing the ability for students to playback and review any time. This improves efficacy while also ensuring the safety and academic integrity of students in the digital classroom.

  • Student support is available via live chat directly on the platform, and by email at

Cougars in Action

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Dress Code Reminder

I want to take a moment and remind parents that we have a dress code. Spandex shorts are not allowed. CIA shirts can be worn any day and pant colors are black, blue and khaki. Scholars should not be wearing sweatpants to school. We appreciate your help with making sure scholars adhere to the dress code.

We are in need of uniform clothes for our Cougar Closet, particularly for our older scholars. If you have any clothes you would like to donate, please bring them to the main office. Thank you!

Dates to Know

September 15-October 15th: Hispanic Heritage Month

September 26-30th: College Go Week, Gear Up Launch, Best Week Ever and Spirit Week!

October 19: Teacher Record Day (no school)

October 20-21: Fall Break (no school)

October 27: Parent teacher conferences 5:00-7:30 pm

November 8: Election Day, e-learning day

November 23-25th: Thanksgiving break