Portage Township Schools | An Indiana "B" School District!
October 30, 2020
E-LEARNING DAYS: NOV. 3 AND 4
HAVE A FUN AND SAFE HALLOWEEN NIGHT
SMART911 HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
PTS COVID-19 DASHBOARD UPDATE
The PTS District COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated on our website at www.portage.k12.in.us under COVID-19 Information. The intention of this dashboard is to keep our PTS community informed for all positive cases of COVID-19 in our schools since the return to in-person learning on October 20. Communications with our school communities will be archived on the dashboard website as well. Click on the link below to view our dashboard and related communications with families.
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MEALS FOR VIRTUAL LEARNERS
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
NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH
PHS VIRTUAL FINANCIAL AID PRESENTATION
GOOD NEWS AT PORTAGE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
McCulloch qualifies for weekend's State XC meet
Myers students enjoy P.E. outside
Hollowell received NFL Way to Play Award
Portage High School’s very own varsity wide receiver, Mey-Sin Hollowell, was selected by the National Football League to be the recipient of the NFL Way to Play award. In addition to the award, Hollowell received a special distinction from the NFL and a segment on the NFL Network while Portage High School will receive a $1,500 equipment grant through USA Football.
“I was really surprised and at a loss for words when I heard I was the recipient. Regardless of this fact, I try my best to stay humble even though it is all really big to me,” said Hollowell.
Based on a weekly vote by a handful of NFL representatives, such as Troy Vincent and Roman Oben, the NFL Way to Play award was created to promote proper playing technique. Hollowell was picked by the NFL based on a block he delivered on Jakar Gordon’s 80-yard touchdown run against Valparaiso on October 9.
While the NFL Way to Play award is a major accomplishment for Hollowell, he admits there has been a special motivation behind his success. Hollow said after the passing of his sister, Cher-Lin Hollowell, he struggled to find the motivation to play his last season of high school football.
“With all things considered, I think my greatest accomplishment this season was my ability to play through everything I've gone through,” said Hollowell. “Since the passing of my little sister, I honestly just wanted to drop out. I wasn't motivated to do anything, but I knew I had to keep pushing and at least aim to make it to play college ball for her.”
Without the presence of his sister to cheer him on at his games, Hollowell has found a way to keep her presence with him.
“For one, I chose the number 11 for my jersey again this year because it was always a number me and my little Cher-Lin shared. Whenever we got the chance, we always picked that number,” said Hollowell. “Additionally, as a pre-game ritual I wear a chain with my sister's ashes. I make sure I give it a kiss, listen to music we used to listen to, and lastly I pray and ask for her to help me with whatever challenges come my way on the field.”
With the difficulties he faced this year, Hollowell still remains optimistic.
“To be honest, sometimes it's really hard to stay motivated, but I just have to keep pushing,” said Hollowell. “This will always be one thing I'll have to do in life since the outcomes aren't always what I expect. Regardless, I’ll always be motivated by all my friends and family back home in Arizona and my little sister.”
After his football season ends, Hollowell plans to join the track team in hopes of earning a scholarship.
Myers students create cards for U.S. soldiers
PTS honors 2020 retirees
The Portage Township School Board of Trustees and PTS Superintendent Dr. Alaniz recognized our 2020 retirees and thanked them for their years of service. Thank you for the impact you have made at our schools and for supporting our students!
Linda Rodenbarger, Saylor Elementary Teacher
Paula Weise, Portage High School Art Teacher
Felicia Demass, Jones Elementary Teacher
Carrie Sanidas, Willowcreek Middle School Science Teacher
Sandy Povlinski, Crisman Elementary Teacher
Bridget Nadolski, Myers Elementary Art Teacher
Lenora Ramian, Fegely Middle School Science Teacher
Dan Merrill, Willowcreek Middle School Health Teacher
Birthel Messinger, Transportation Colleague
Marian Bytnar, Kyle Elementary School Instructional Assistant
MaryAnn Balding, Food Service Colleague
Lynn Clapp, Saylor Elementary School Teacher
Susan Jeffrey, Willowcreek Middle School Special Education Teacher
Regina Hammond, Transportation Colleague
Myers students have strong start to quarter 2
PHS HOSA students recognized for philanthropic work
Our Portage High School/Porter County Career Center HOSA students enrolled in Mrs. Wilson's Health Occupations vocational class are being recognized by their Indiana HOSA chapter for their generous donation to Beacon Children's Hospital!
Last school year, the students hosted the Prom Fashion and Expo Show as a service project for the class. The students raised $3,700 for the pediatric cancer patients at Beacon Children's Hospital. The money will be used to create family and patient care baskets.
Great job to our HOSA students on hosting a fun event for our community and raising money for an important cause!
PTS honors Stronger Together initiative
The Portage Township School Board of Trustees and PTS Superintendent Dr. Alaniz recognized our community organizations that provided support and assistance throughout the pandemic. These organizations provided access to food and virtual learning assistance, and we are thankful for their efforts in supporting our students and families.
Mayor Sue Lynch, City of Portage
Trustee Brendan Clancy, Portage Township
Shannon Burhans, Portage Township YMCA
Portage Boys & Girls Club
South Haven Boys & Girls Club
Ma’s Lil Champs Learning Academy
Portage Child Care Center