Focus on Education

March 2022

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Kindness Is Free - Let's Spread It Like Our Brickies Do!

February was "National Kindness Month", and our teachers and administrators took the time to point out the moments of kindness that took place all around them - it was inspiring! We all know we have some great Brickies in our schools, but the way the kindness spread was amazing. We have had some pretty incredible moments of kindness take place recently. At the Early Learning Center, one of our own knitted her whole class stocking hats. At Joan Martin, a student asked her Grandmother if she could make scarves for her whole class, they were beautiful! All the schools acknowledged outstanding kindness from students, thanked their SROs, donated time to help decorate, and so much more. You must check out Hobart Middle Schools video below that was created by teachers Mr. Swanson and Mr. Guzman - it was an ad for their spirit week but their words can be applied every day!

Moments like these happen all around us all the time, and if we make it a point to notice them, we will find ourselves doing more positive actions. Just like a frown or grouchy action can ruin one's day, a smile and act of kindness can make one's day. Always choose to create your day and start by smiling and doing a kind deed. You will be amazed at how it can spread.

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Bein' Kind - Hobart Middle School Kindness Week Kickoff - Mr. Swanson feat. Mr. Guzman - Random Acts

Youth And Government At Hobart High School!

Hobart High School students have participated in the Indiana Youth of Government since 1992 and this experience was no different...amazing! Nothing can prepare oneself for the feeling you get when you enter the room. It is exciting, nerve-racking, and a moment to just sit back and absorb. Our Brickies did just that and then rocked it when it came to their bills and the debate. Congratulations to all of you!

Letter from Indianapolis:

The 2022 INYaG conference held in Indianapolis at the Statehouse was again a rewarding experience for our Hobart High School delegates. As an InYaG leader for the past 32 years I've had the opportunity to see our youth find their voices and advocate for what they believe and gain confidence as they write their bills, debate them and serve as officers, committee chairs, Senators, Representatives, Attorneys and Justices.

Colin May , teacher advisor and Sharon Tarry, Director Hobart Family YMCA, part of the Crossroads YMCA Association, appreciate the support of Dr. Buffington and SCOH School Board for their continued support. Delegates who served as officers: Brennis Carrillo, Chief Justice, Sydney Belk, committee chair and Hobart's Y & G President, Ty Vann, committee chair, Aydan Ward, Deputy Secretary of State. Jackson Ray, 2023 Youth Governor candidate, and Donovan Ruiz, Outstanding Senator.

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Brickie Ben Competes In The National Marksmanship Competition!

Many of us may not know about this competition, but it is intense and being able to compete at the level that sophomore Ben did, is nothing short of impressive.
In December, the Civilian Marksmanship Program announced the team and individual finalists for the National Sporter Rifle Marksmanship Championships. In the JROTC Army division, only 18 of the more than 165 teams qualified for the 3 day event. Here comes the amazing part...ONLY 8 of over 1,550 NATION-WIDE cadets qualified for one of the finalist spots from our state. Ben qualified as the 2nd individual overall!! He is the SECOND qualifier in Hobart History to make it that far! (Justice Greenleaf competed in 2019)

He went on to represent Hobart High school at the Army JROTC National Marksmanship Championship in Camp Perry, OH this past February and did FANTASTIC! The top 75 Sporter Class Marksmen in the Army JROTC competed with the mindset to #AimSmallMissSmall and Ben did just that and finished 31st in the NATION!

Amazing work out there, Ben. You certainly made the Brickie Nation proud!

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Brickie Wrestlers Took The #BrickRode To STATE!

We had Brickies young and old dominating the mats this year, so it was no surprise to see 2 seniors and 2 freshman make their way down to State this year. Aidan Costello and Seth Aubin represented the freshman Brickies while Trevor Schammert and Jake Simpson took the mats for the final time as seniors. However, it was equally an amazing experience for all of them.

The first rounds took place Friday night and early Saturday morning with Aidan and Seth taking on some fierce competition and while holding their ground, came to the send of their season with a loss. We can't help but be proud of these two young men for making it down there and being one of the top 16 wrestlers in the state for their weights. The next few years will be exciting!

Trevor and Jake conquered their first matches which instantly put them in the top 8. They both fell to some hard losses with their second matches, but remained confident and hit the mat for the final time. They left it all out on the mat and they both finished 6th in the STATE! That is a great way to finish your senior year. Way to go, Bricks!

Ethan Dives His Way To STATE!

"Wow, amazing!" is what we keep hearing in regards to senior Ethan Ferba. Ethan left it all on the diving board this year and astounded the city again with his crazy diving skills. He dove his way to victories at Sectionals and Regionals which took him down to the infamous IU Natatorium for the THIRD time!

These State Finals were no different than the others he had seen. The talent was fierce, but nothing was going to stop Ethan from achieving his goals. He had 8 dives to conquer to make it into the top 16 and qualify for the finals - he did phenomenally! The finals were no exception, Ethan performed each dive with composure and was a joy to watch, whether live or on the screen! In the end his senior diving season ended with a 9th place title at STATE and we are so proud. Ethan, you did not let anything stop you from achieving your goals and your perseverance will take you far in life. Congratulations on a great season!

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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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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, the School City of Hobart will start doing the 2022 - 2023 school year after July 4th. You must have an appointment, they can be made at

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Goal Setting Tips For Our Brickies

Goal Setting Tips For Our Brickies!

Here are some tips that can help students set effective goals:

1. Goals are intentional commitments to action, not a wish list.

"I want to get an A" lacks power. "I will work hard (How), to earn an A," is intentional and powerful.

2. Be specific.

“Find help" is too general. "I will find 5 resources that will help me before the end of the month" is better.

3. Share your goals with someone who cares if you reach them.

Sharing your intentions with your parents, your best friend, or your teacher will help ensure success.

4. Write down your goals and put them where you will see them.

The more often you read your list, the more results you get.

5. Review and revise your list.

Experiment with different ways of stating your goals. Goal setting improves with practice!

S.M.A.R.T. Goals!

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!

Check out our website for the Google Doc and more information!

Use our Google Goal Setting Form to Get Started in 2022! #BrickieUP

CLICK HERE to learn about the Spring All-Test Day!

Links on the image below will be clickable on this page.

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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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March's Wellness Calendar

Click this button to access March'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!

March's SEL Classroom Lessons

This month students are applying the skills that they have been learning this year during the SEL lesson.

Students will practice using growth mindset, checking in with their emotions and practicing breathing, movement, journaling, and drawing to support how they feel.

This is a great time to use the March Wellness Calendar at home. (above)
This will support your student applying what he/she has practiced and learned this school year.

Parent and Caregiving Wellness

Again this month we included our 1000hrs of outside time goal! It is amazing and, though sounds intimidating, is very doable! Especially when we have a great National Park within minutes of us!

Our body and mind still need fresh air and sunlight. Even though it may be a little chilly outdoors, we can still go for a nice walk or play at the park. As the sunlight increases, let’s all set a goal of getting 1000 hours of outside time. Here is a tool to keep track of your time as well as ideas. 1000 Hours Outside Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Zoladz for this resource. This has become a goal of their family this year. 1000 hours – We can do it! Let’s get outdoors and begin to enjoy the fresh air.

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Finally, it is Conversation Time!! Yes, actual face to face conversation!

A meal together may be brief as we have many activities in the evening; however, use the time as a chance to learn and listen to each other. As you sit down together for a meal, give these conversation cards a try.

No matter if you are a single parent or co-parenting, we can all use support.
Check out the following site for parenting support, tips and resources to further your parenting skills.

Pandemic Co-Parenting & Single Parenting — Pandemic Parenting (
Most of all, be honored and PROUD of being a parent and the capability to give love and support your child. The most valuable virtues you can teach your child - are free.

Sibling Support from Big Life Journal
Do your children need sibling support? Below are a few ideas from Big Life Journal as a free download - simply click on the image! Use these as opportunities to begin conversations and support the relationship between your children.

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!

Join the Battle to End Vaping

"This is Quitting" is a free and anonymous text messaging program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping. The first-of-its-kind quit program incorporates messages from other young people like them who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes. Our messages show the real side of quitting, both the good and the bad, to help young people feel motivated, inspired, and supported throughout their quitting process. We also send young people evidence-based tips and strategies to quit and stay quit. This is Quitting is tailored based on age (within 13 to 24 years old) and product usage to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting.

To enroll in This is Quitting, teens and young adults text DITCHVAPE to 88709. The first messages they receive will ask for their age and product usage so that they are able to receive relevant messages. Users receive one age-appropriate message per day tailored to their enrollment date or quit date, which can be set and reset via text message.

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Focus On Your Wellness With A Dry January!

Check out this month's SAFE newsletter that is focused on your health and wellness while helping support addiction free environments!

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Spring Musical - "Back To The 80s!"

Thursday, March 3rd, 7pm

Hobart High School Theatre

MARCH 3rd, 4th, 5th at 7pm and March 6th at 1pm and 6:30pm - Senior citizens get in for free at either time on March 6th!

Buy your tickets at

Join the class of 1985 as they experience the fun and heartbreak of growing up in a totally awesome decade.

Back to the 80's tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School, as remembered through the eyes of now thirty-something Corey Palmer. Seventeen-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good looking — the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin, III, whose best friend is his computer and who believes the crazy notion that one day, CDs will replace cassette tapes.

Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80s party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will delight and amuse audiences of any age!

All Day Test Day for Hobart High School

Wednesday, March 2nd, 7am

2211 East 10th Street

Hobart, IN

Students will be participating in either the PSAT, Knowledge Assessment, or SAT. More information can be found above in the newsletter on the flyer.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration Opens!

Monday, March 7th, 7am to Friday, March 11th, 7pm


Our Kindergarten and 1st grade RoundUp begins on March 7th! We ask all parents to get your 2022 - 2023 Kindergartner or 1st grade student registered this week. Orientations for these will take place closer to the start of the school year in August. More information can be found on the flyers above in this newsletter!

Spring Break At The School City of Hobart

Monday, March 21st, 7am to Friday, March 25th, 4pm

The School City of Hobart

Enjoy the ENTIRE week off and embrace the changes around you! Bring on Spring!

Scheduled eLearning Day and Freshman Orientation!

Friday, April 1st, 7am

School City of Hobart

This day is one of our scheduled eLearning days. Students will login to Canvas for any assignments from their teacher(s) and can reach out to them with any questions via email between 9am and 3pm.

Freshman students will be attending their tour today at the high school. More information was sent to the parents via Skyward.

6th Grade Orientation - Save The Date

Tuesday, May 3rd, 5:30pm

Hobart Middle School

This is a Save The Date!

Details are still be finalized and will be sent to our parents via Skyward in the near future.

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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.

Contact us through the directory.

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