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Portage Township Schools | 2018-2019 School Year

A Note from the Superintendent

Welcome to the start of another great school year with Portage Township Schools!

Many of you have been busy over the summer with work-related activities and training, and we appreciate all that you do to make sure our students have the best start to the school year. Now that we have concluded our first week with students, I would like to present some updates and reminders for the school year. I hope you find the information presented here helpful.

Amanda Alaniz

Superintendent, Portage Township Schools

Orientation Days

The orientation days at Willowcreek Middle School, Fegely Middle School, and Portage High School gave our students the opportunity to find their classes, meet their teachers, gain access to their lockers, and learn about the rules of the building. Thank you to the teachers and administrators who participated in their schools' Orientation Days and welcomed our students into their new schools. Click on the links below to access the Facebook albums of our new sixth- and ninth-grade students.

Department News


Former PHS teacher Melissa Deavers-Lowie is now serving as our Director of Communications and will be conducing public relations and marketing business for the district. She and her team of high school public relations interns will write press releases, take photos, create videos, and design promotional items. Melissa is looking to promote classroom projects, school events, and initiatives throughout the district. If you would like her to help you share your good news with the public, send her an email.

School Advisors

Our Home/School Advisors have taken on a new title of SCHOOL ADVISORS. This change reflects a more accurate description of their jobs and clears up the misconception that they coordinate homeschooled students.

We would like to thank all of our School Advisors for the work they have completed on our K-12 social/emotional curriculum alignment. Our students will benefit from the work they have put into this.


Dewayne Ellis is working on a project to add plants, flowers, and other aesthetic items to our school courtyards, and we are trying to complete this through donations from local businesses and organizations. If you have a connection with a local business that would be willing to make a monetary donation or provide any of the following items, email Dewayne.

• Benches • Flowers & Grass Seed • Mulch • Gazebos

• Shrubs & Plants • Fountains • Tables & Chairs

• Garden Fabric • PVS Pipe • Hog Wire • Landscape Timbers

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A Comprehensive, Collaborative Approach

On June 13, the Portage Township Board of School Trustees approved the PTS Comprehensive and Collaborative Approach to School Safety. The graphic above showcases the seven components of the plan that contribute to our students' overall safety. These components include the following:

• K-12 social/emotional curriculum alignment

• Partnering with a mental health provider

• Monitoring student 1:1 devices to alert school officials to self-harm, cyberbullying, and threats made online

• Participating in the Porter County Safe Schools Commission and aligning with the One County, One Protocol plan (view the One County, One Protocol video here)

• Continuing to provide the Bully Hotline and supporting our efforts with the Anonymous Reporting Digital Tipline

• Enabling faster response times via the Guard911 and Hero911 apps

• Incorporating Restorative Justice to correct negative student behavior and prevent further incidents

• Implementing a PTS School Resource Officer (SRO) program that has doubled the total hours of SROs the schools


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