PTS News

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

October 23, 2020

Hello, Portage Township Schools! The beginning of each new quarter always brings a fresh start for our students, but this quarter 2 was particularly special as we welcomed back our in-person learners. Seeing our students in the hallways brings happiness, and this is certainly no exception. Welcome home!


Our virtual learners are continuing to work hard and demonstrate their determination and dedication to their education. To our virtual families: Remember that we are always here to support you, and we will welcome you back to your schools when you are ready. Keep up the great work!

NOVEMBER CALENDAR FOR PTS

The month of November contains a number of important dates for all families. All in-person and virtual learners will participate in our two E-Learning Days and our three days off for Thanksgiving. Virtual students will not have live sessions with their teachers on the E-Learning Days. All students should check their learning management system (Schoology, SeeSaw, or Google Classroom) for their lessons and assignments.


Parent/Teacher Conferences have been rescheduled for later this school year, so there will be no conferences held on November 3 as previously scheduled. This will still be an E-Learning Day in observance of Election Day.


Portage Township Schools will be hosting E-Learning Days on the first Wednesday of each month. This takes the place of our previous Late-Start Wednesdays. On these days, all students will learn from home so our staff members can participate in valuable professional development. This month's E-Learning Wednesday will take place on November 4.

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PTS COVID-19 DASHBOARD

We have launched our PTS District COVID-19 Dashboard, which is available on our website under COVID-19 Information. The intention of this dashboard is to keep our PTS community informed of all positive cases of COVID-19 in our schools since our return to in-person learning on October 20. The dashboard will be updated each Friday. Click on the link below to view our dashboard and related communications with families.

MEALS FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS

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All virtual learners have the opportunity to pick up a week of breakfasts and lunches every Wednesday at no cost. Meals must be pre-ordered through this link: https://forms.gle/poJFKRVKBRER6tNY6.


Families must pick up meals at their child's school at the following times:

Aylesworth Elementary, Door B, 9:30-10:00

Crisman Elementary School, Door E, 9:30-10:00

Central Elementary, Orange Cone, 9:15-9:45

Fegely Middle School, Door F, 8:30-9:00

Jones Elementary School, Door A, 9:30-10:00

Kyle Elementary, Door A, 9:30-10:00

Myers Elementary, Cafeteria Door, 9:30-10:00

Paul Saylor Elementary, Door H, 9:30-10:00

South Haven Elementary, Door A, 9:30-10:00

Portage High School, Door Q, 8:30-9:00

Willowcreek Elementary, Door M, 8:30-9:00

GOOD MASK HABITS

Our students and staff have been doing a great job wearing their masks while at school! It is important that we continue these good habits to help keep everyone safe and healthy. Below is a reminder of how to put on and remove a face mask. Review and practice these tips with your child and provide reminders throughout the school year. Tell them to keep up the great work!
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VIEW YOUR CHILD'S BUS TRIP WITH MYSTOP

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Families can now view your child's bus route in real time using Versatrans MyStop. Download the yellow Versatrans MyStop app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and log in with the same username and password as you use for Versatrans E-Link. Once your child's bus driver begins their route, you will be able to view the location of your child's bus in real time.


Click here to download MyStop from the Apple App Store.


Click here to download MyStop from Google Play.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY REMINDERS

With the return of our students to school comes the return of our school buses. Our buses are back on the roads, and our drivers are dedicated to safely transporting students to and from school each day. Our drivers are highly trained and use the latest technology to ensure a safe trip. However, bus safety takes everyone in our community.


School buses are equipped with stop arms that deploy whenever the bus is stopped to pick up students. It is the law to stop for a stop arm and yield to a school bus. When a bus is stopped and the stop arm is deployed, there are children present. Drivers who pass a deployed stop arm or go around a stopped school bus with its stop arm deployed are putting our students in harms way.


The graphic below details what our students and community members can do to keep our students safe on the school bus. Additionally, community members can report school bus stop arm violations on our website or by clicking on this link: https://forms.gle/JimEcbU4qE4Tgb68A.

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GOOD NEWS AT PORTAGE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

Willowcreek students "spread kindness, not germs"

Our school nurses are ready to welcome our students back and teach them how they can stay healthy! Our nurses at Willowcreek Middle School created an informative bulletin board and are reminding students to "Spread Kindness, Not Germs."
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Mr. Haupt introduces "guest instructors"

Willowcreek Middle School health teacher Mr. Haupt had some guests joining his virtual meets last quarter! These special guests gave our students some great advice as they learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.
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Marching Band putting in overtime

Our Pride of Portage Marching Band has been putting in some serious overtime! They took advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend to practice on Saturday morning. We cannot wait to see and hear them this weekend at halftime of the Homecoming game!

PHS Virtual Pep Rally

Last week, PTS celebrated our students with Homecoming Week! Congratulations to PHS seniors Gina Butz and Mason Elizondo on being named Homecoming Queen and Mr. Football! Visit our Facebook page to see all of the awesome pictures we received of our students dressed up for Spirit Week. If you missed our Virtual Pep Rally, check it out in the video below.

Fegely music teachers welcome back students

Our music teachers at Fegely Middle School are excited to welcome their students tomorrow! Mrs. Sherwood and Ms. Rich created a new bulletin board that features a note for each student on their giant music staff.
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Welcome our newest bus drivers

Join us in welcoming our newest bus drivers! They completed their CDL training with us recently and were ready to greet our students bright and early on Tuesday morning!
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Freshmen receive WC Honor Roll certificates

Congratulations to our former eighth grade students who received their Honor Roll certificates from Willowcreek Middle School from last school year! The high school recognized these now-freshmen students at their Freshmen Orientation Day last week. Great job!

PHS students receive Tribe Pride honors

Congratulations to our Portage High School Tribe Pride winners for this week! These students are serving as role models to their peers and have gone above and beyond in the classroom. They earned some awesome prizes! Great job!