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Portage Township Schools | An Indiana "B" School District!

March 3, 2021

Happy Wednesday, Portage Township Schools families! We hope you're having a great first week of March.


A new month brings new dates to note. Quarter 3 ends on Friday, March 12; this is now an E-Learning Day for all students so we can all transition into Quarter 4. The new quarter will being on March 15. All students will be on Spring Break from March 22 through 26.

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PTS KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP

Portage Township Schools will be hosting its annual Kindergarten Round-Up event on April 7! All children in Portage Township who will turn five years old on or before August 1, 2021 are invited to attend kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year.


Families can begin registering their incoming kindergarten students starting March 10. For the registration link, list of items to bring to Kindergarten Round-Up, and more information, visit our website at www.portage.k12.in.us.


Questions may be directed to your child’s future school or to ptscommunications@portage.k12.in.us.


We cannot wait to meet our next class of Portage students!

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PTS FOOD SERVICE MEALS EXPRESS

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Good evening, Portage Township Schools families!

Portage Township Schools Food Service and Transportation departments are proud to offer our PTS Meals Express service! Students who are participating in Virtual Learning may now obtain meals at a selection of convenient locations throughout Portage Township from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday. This service is also available to our PHS students on e-learning Wednesdays and any child under age 18 who is not enrolled in in-person learning. See the attached file for a list of locations. Children will receive breakfast and lunch for five days.


Children 18 or under not participating in in-person learning (Virtual learners)

Students or families may pick up five (5) days of breakfast and lunches at one of our Meal Express sites each Wednesday. Families may pick up meals for multiple children at the same location. Those picking up meals for a PTS student who is not present for pick-up will need to show a completed PTS Meal Pick-Up Form. Children who are not PTS students may participate but must be present for meal pick-up. Meals will be provided free of charge to children regardless of free, reduced or paid status eligibility.


Students participating in in-person learning

Students may receive one breakfast and one lunch each day at school. Meals will be provided free of charge to all students regardless of free, reduced, or paid status eligibility.


Students participating in e-learning every Wednesday (PHS)

Our high school students may receive one breakfast and one lunch on e-learning Wednesdays at our Meals Express stops. Those picking up meals for a PTS student who is not present for pick-up will need to show a completed PTS Meal Pick-Up Form. Meals will be provided free of charge to students regardless of free, reduced, or paid status eligibility.


For more information, click here to visit out Meals Express website.

Please email ptscommunications@portage.k12.in.us if you have any questions.

CURRICULAR FEES FOR PTS STUDENTS

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All PTS families have been mailed an invoice for your child's 2020-2021 Curricular Fees. The amount you received includes fees that cover your child's curricular materials, including books, consumables, technology, apps, subscriptions, and more.


You can pay your child's fees in one of the following ways:


Online

Our E-Funds online payment portal is available for you to make a payment with a debit or credit card. Click here to make a payment via the E-Funds payment portal.


Phone

Payments to your child's Curricular Fees may be made over the phone by calling the PTS Administration Building. You can reach the administration building at (219)762-6511.


U.S. Mail

You are welcome to mail a payment to your child's school or to our administration office at the address below. Checks should be made out to Portage Township Schools. Please indicate payment for curricular fees and your child's name on the memo line.


Portage Township Schools Administration Building

6240 U.S. Highway 6

Portage, IN 46368


Textbook Assistance

Families who receive Textbook Assistance will see the assistance applied later this school year. Until we receive the funds to apply to your account, you will continue to see a balance. We will notify families when Textbook Assistance funds have been applied. If you are interested in applying for Textbook Assistance, you will need to submit an application for Free/Reduced Meals. You can do this by creating an account on our Titan portal. Click here to create an account. Once you submit an application, you will be able to track the status of your application.


Questions? Email ptscommunications@portage.k12.in.us.

PTS SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES UPCOMING MEETING

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COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY

PHS SENIORS: College Goal Sunday, Indiana’s largest FAFSA filing event, will be held virtually on March 7th, 2021 from 2 – 4pm (ET). FAFSA filing experts from all across Indiana will be available during the event to help all attendees with filing their FAFSA.
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PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS FOR PORTAGE HIGH SCHOOL'S "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN"

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Portage High School’s annual spring musical is approaching. Based on Charles Schulz’s comic strip, the musical will be “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!” With charm, wit and heart, the musical aims to explore life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang.


Productions will take place April 23 and 24 in the PHS East Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. A virtual performance will be available online on April 25 from 2:00-10:00 p.m.


Being mindful of COVID-19 restrictions, the Thespians are offering a virtual pre-recorded version of the musical for the community. However, they are hoping they will be able to have an in person audience.


Both in person and virtual tickets can be purchased online now. In person tickets are on sale for $6 for students (18 and under) and seniors (65+) and $10 for adults at portagethespians.ludus.com. Virtual tickets are on sale for $6 per device at portagethespians@anywhereseat.com.

LOVE & LOGIC PARENTING WORKSHOPS

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GOOD NEWS AT PORTAGE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

Jones students learn about coding

Our 5th grade students at Jones Elementary are learning about coding! Our Instructional Coach, Mr. Dietrich, visited with Mrs. Whitten and Mrs. Leuthart’s classes to show them how to code using Tynker, an online platform that teaches creativity and technology through fun STEM activities.

WMS pilots AVOID vaping prevention program

Mr. Constandar's seventh grade class at Willowcreek Middle School is working with Valparaiso University to pilot the AVOID vaping prevention program. The sessions are facilitated by Mason Knapp, a senior Public Health student from Valparaiso University. Mason is keenly interested to work with middle school students on this important topic.
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Jones students earn Digital Citizenship certifications

Our Jones Elementary fifth grade students have been sharpening their Digital Citizenship skills by exploring the worlds of Google's Interland!


Interland is an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about digital safety and citizenship interactive and fun—just like the Internet itself. Here, kids will help their fellow Internauts combat badly behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers, and bullies by practicing the skills they need to be good digital citizens. Students are challenged to successfully navigate through 4 different levels. Once all challenges have been completed correctly, the students then earn a certificate of Internet Awesomeness. Congratulations to our fifth grade Internauts!

PHS senior earns honors at state DYW competition

Portage High School senior and Distingushed Young Woman Holly Heldt made us #PortageProud at last weekend's Indiana DYW State virtual competition! Holly is the Overall Talent winner, a Top 10 Finalist, and the 2nd Runner-Up! Congratulations, Holly!
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WMS students sharpen their non-verbal skills

Our seventh grade students at Willowcreek Middle School are learning the importance of strong non-verbal skills! During their life skills class, the students played Nonverbal Charades to practice these skills.
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Aylesworth student reaches the 600 point AR club

Aylesworth Elementary student Fiona Steuer has made the 600 point AR club! She was also the top reader for their Reading for Feeding challenge in December to raise money for the Portage Food Pantry. Every avid reader always wants more books, so she received a Barnes & Noble Gift Card for her achievements. Congratulations!
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Saylor students make and test airplanes

Our Saylor Elementary students in Mrs. George’s second grade class did a lesson on Pioneers in Flight! They learned about Jamail Larkins and then built their own airplanes and tested them out.
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Fegely art students create ceramic tea bowls

Our Fegely Middle School students in Mrs. Schulz and Miss Hernandez’s seventh grade art class learned about the Japanese Tea Ceremony! Students created their own Japanese tea bowl out of clay and had the opportunity to try matcha tea out of the bowls they created. Traditionally, a sweet is served before the bitter tea, so students ate a marshmallow.
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Willowcreek students collaborate for test review

Ms. Ferrel and Mrs. Swanson's sixth grade math classes at Willowcreek Middle School joined each other on a Google Meet to review for their unit test! The students all joined the same "Trust No One" GimKit while their teachers joined a Google Meet so students could collaborate and share information between classes. They did a great job reviewing for their test and practicing their collaboration skills!

Portage Township Autism Action Coalition donates Sensory Kits

The Portage Township Trustee’s Office recently donated Sensory Kits to each of our schools through their Portage Township Autism Action Coalition! The kits contain dry erase boards, communication cards, and other items to help our students with Autism navigate stressful situations. Thank you to the coalition for providing us with these vital tools to further support our students!
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