PTS News

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

September 11, 2020

Welcome to the end of another great week at Portage Township Schools! We have a number of important pieces of information to share with you this week and, as always, a lot of great news coming from our students and staff.

All families were sent an email containing important information regarding quarter 2 of the school year. This email contains a letter from Dr. Alaniz and a Quarter 2 Planning Form that must be submitted for all students. The form is due by September 18. Questions should be emailed to Click here to access the Quarter 2 Planning Form.

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The Portage Township Schools Board of Trustees meets twice at month for the purpose of conducting business for the corporation. Masks are required to be worn by all persons in attendance. All meetings are live streamed and available on the Portage Township Schools Live Stream channel.
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Portage Township Schools students will now receive breakfast and lunch at no cost through our Mobile Meals program through the end of quarter 1. Beginning Monday, Sept. 14, families will not need to bring money in order to obtain meals. Families will be reimbursed for meals paid for since September 1 with the money being placed on student lunch accounts.

Click here to access the order form for the week of September 14. The menu for this week is located below.

Additionally, our enhanced online food service portal is now available for your convenience. You may use this portal to apply for free or reduced meals and textbook assistance. You may also make meal account payments at any time for a nominal flat fee and include multiple students in one transaction. Please visit the Family Portal at On your first visit, you will need to set-up an account.

Please visit our website for our meal charge and wellness policies.

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The Mobile Market is coming to Portage High School on September 17 at 4 p.m. Families are welcome to join us to take home a selection of grocery items at no cost. All you need is a valid state ID. Pull up your vehicle to Door F at PHS and remain in your car while your groceries are loaded. Thank you to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana for supporting our families through the Mobile Market.
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Our students are doing a great job logging into their Google Meets and engaging with their teachers and classmates! As we continue with virtual learning this quarter, students can use the tips below to make the most of their live class time.
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Order your PHS yearbook today and receive $30 off the final price of the book! This sale ends September 14. Visit to place your order.
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Fegely student artwork displayed in Drive-Thru Art Show

Our Fegely Middle School students created some amazing artwork last year, and they finally had to the chance to showcase their work! As families stopped by the school to pick up their materials, they enjoyed the artwork on display. The rolling display boards you see were funded through a grant from the Portage Township Education Foundation.

Jones teachers offer material pick-up

The teachers at Jones Elementary School enjoyed seeing their students last week during material pick-up! Families were able to drive through the school's parking lot so teachers could greet their students and provide educational materials.

Saylor teachers take students on a virtual Disney trip

Our third grade students at Saylor Elementary School went on a virtual field trip to Disney last week! Mrs. Tharp and Miss Fisch took the students on virtual rides, spent "Disney Money," and incorporated Disney characters into their lessons.
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Myers kindergarten teachers are using innovative virtual learning techniques

Shout out to our kindergarten teachers at Myers Elementary School! Mrs. Cantrell, Miss Tampier, and Mrs. Jewell have each developed unique ways of teaching their students virtually. (Yes, Miss Tampier IS wearing a Baby Shark costume!)

Crisman kindergarten students learn reading techniques

Our Crisman kindergarten students read "Brown Bear Brown Bear" by Bill Martin and discussed how to read a book by reading the pictures, reading the words, and retelling the story. Miss Greer retold the story of Brown Bear using masks to represent each character.
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Kyle Elementary hosts material pick-up

Kyle Elementary staff was excited to see their students at their material pick-up last week! Mrs. Torres greeted families as she helped hand out packets of supplies to the Kyle families.
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PHS Choraliers complete Lip Sync Battle assignment

The Portage High School Choraliers recently collaborated in teams to create music videos! The group typically participates in a summer camp each year. When this year's camp was canceled, the Choraliers continued the tradition in a virtual format. The final products are awesome! Great job to our Choraliers!
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CTE health sciences students begin Human Body Systems project

The students in the PHS CTE Health Sciences class are starting their Human Body Systems project! The students select a body system of interest, such as the skeletal, cardiovascular, or muscular system, and create that body system on an outline of their own body traced on paper. They will then draw the involved organs and label the anatomical parts throughout the body. The students will use these paper creations to introduce each anatomical unit of study as they progress through the school year.

PHS comfort dog delivers treats to staff

A visit from Isaiah AND donuts? What a way to start the day! Portage High School’s comfort dog, Isaiah, and Mr. Kunstek delivered treats to the staff this week as a thank you for their hard work and dedication. Thank you to Isaiah, Mr. K, and the Comfort Dog Ministries for treating our PHS staff!
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Fegely Dean of Students demonstrates flag folding procedures

Fegely Middle School assistant principal Mrs. Combs gained a new skill last week! Mr. Bachan, the Fegely Dean of Students, is an Air Force veteran and a pro at properly folding the American flag. Last week, Mrs. Combs joined him in lowering the flag and received a lesson in the procedures for folding it.
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Fegely teachers create a bright virtual learning environment

Shout out to our teachers at Fegely Middle School! They have found some great (and sometimes sunny!) places to teach their students during virtual learning.