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A Spark for Change: What's a Slicer?

sparkforchange rotator2I have lived in La Porte my whole life. The amount of times I have been asked what a Slicer is has reached an astronomical number. Teams have tauntingly chanted it across gyms, and people from places I have visited have innocently inquired about our unique mascot. I would gladly regale others with the story of the local meat slicing company generously donating money to our school, but I feel now I know the reason La Porte has the Slicer mascot.

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Parkview Elementary School Has Big Reasons To Be Thankful

valpo-community-schoolsParkview Elementary School students and staff are thankful for volunteers. Parents, grandparents, retired educators, friends of staff members and our neighboring Valparaiso University students all give their time and talents to help the children of Parkview. Volunteers often come in groups like Our Greater Good of Valparaiso and Calvary Serves, an extension of Calvary Church of Valparaiso. We value each one of our volunteers and are grateful for their contributions.

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Superintendent Dr. Stacey Schmidt Selected for National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday at White House

porter-township-schools-logoDr. Stacey Schmidt, Superintendent of the Porter Township School Corporation, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 117 top school leaders from across America to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the White House.

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Northview Elementary Introduces the K-Kids

Northview-ElementaryAmong the many things happening at Northview Elementary there is a group of fourth and fifth graders who meet in a first grade classroom on Tuesdays. Those kids are the Northview K-Kids. K-Kids is an international student-led organization sponsored by local Kiwanis clubs. The Northview K-Kids have been sponsored by the Sunrise Kiwanis of Valparaiso, since we started seven years ago. K-Kids has been a wonderful way to help some of our students find a place where they can belong, grow, and make a real difference in their school, community and world.

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A Spark for Change: Playing for Jake - Final Four

Slicers-Play-for-JakeI stood in the middle of the frozen field at Elkhart Central listening to chants of "Play for Jake," watching parents, students, and players hug, and feeling like we all were one big family. Above it all, I felt there was someone else there with us, someone who was giving us life, strength, and a sense of overwhelming pride to wear the Slicer name. I, along with everyone else, knew it was Jake.

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Great Health Resources: PTSC Weekly Update

porter-township-schools-logoHeather Lint, Director of Nursing at PTSC, has been hard at work updating the PTSC Health Services website. When you visit our main webpage, click on "Services" in the left column and then pick "Student Health" to find many great resources. It is an amazing wealth of information--all available at your fingertips! Great work, Heather!

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Transforming Kindergarten with iPads

voicesmemorial-111014Magnetic ABC, Drawing Carl, and Letter Book are transforming how students learn in the kindergarten classrooms at Memorial Elementary School. This year the kindergarten students and teachers are piloting on demand iPads and integrating them in many subjects throughout the day. Students are motivated and proud to show what they know, and teachers can easily prepare differentiated standards-based lessons, track what their students know, and collaborate.

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