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A Spark for Change: Why Not?

sparkforchange rotator2-newI grew up hearing, “Erin, you can be anything you want as long as you put your mind to it and are willing to work for it.” That led to dreams of being president and the greatest WNBA player of all time. After not growing past 5’5” and not always enjoying the darker side of politics, those two career paths were taken off the table only to be replaced with others.

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Love Makes the Ride Worthwhile

CarlyVoices1There are people in this magnificent world who detest love. Maybe they went through a rough breakup. Maybe they lost a loved one. Just know, that behind every broken, bitter heart is just a wounded individual begging for a band-aid.

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Congratulations to Porter Lakes Elementary School: PTSC Weekly Update

porter-township-schools-logoAs you know, each year our third grade students take the IREAD-3 Indiana State Assessment. This assessment is used by the state to determine if students are ready to progress to fourth grade. If students do not pass in the spring, remediation is provided along with an opportunity to re-test over the summer. If the student passes, then they proceed to fourth grade. I am happy to report that we have 98% of our third grade students that have passed this assessment! Not only did our third graders do their personal best, but our hard-working staff needs to be commended for all of their efforts to achieve this accomplishment! Great work!

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VHS Bands Concert Forms Historical Connection

vhs-bands-connection-1On April 15th, 2015 the Valparaiso High School Bands presented a concert celebrating the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War. They played many pieces reflecting the times of the 1861-1865 era. One of the pieces was Vicksburg Memorial, composed by Leland Forsblad. The piece presents the battles and the siege of the city of Vicksburg—that was under the command of General Grant and the Union armies.

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A Spark for Change: Age is but a Number

erin-parker-familyThe 20s are like the month of March. They come in like a lion and leave like a lamb. What starts as one crazy blur turns into stabilizing days filled with routine that wasn’t possible or wanted years before. I am quickly moving my way into my late twenties, seeing my days with no cares far in my rearview mirror and my future shining brightly ahead. There is one lesson that I stumbled upon just because of a personality quirk that is a must for everyone. It is one that completely changed my life, and it has the power to do the very same for others: Befriend and spend a great deal of time with those who are at least 10-20 years older than you. Here is why…

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Listen to Your Mother 2015 Looks to Bring Together Voices About Motherhood

ltym-practice-2015As Mother's Day and the excitement of the upcoming Listen To Your Mother event approaches, a gamut of emotion and thought consume me as I pause with reflection on all the moments of happiness, excitement, pride, love, and the occasional sleep deprived, embarrassing moment that has filled my years of being a proud mother of 3. I, too, think of how fortunate I am to have the incredible blessing of my own mother, who at 87 years young, still never ceases to amaze me!

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Building Resilience in Children and Teens: PTSC Weekly Update

porter-township-schools-logoAnyone who spends much time with me at all learns very quickly how competitive I am. Part of the joy of life for me is making things into a game and then winning that game. But in life we do not always win. There are unexpected twists and turns in the road, an unforeseen obstacle or injury, and even other folks that try to stop us from succeeding. Failures happen.

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