Portage Township Schools | An Indiana "B" School District!
February 28, 2020
This week is not just any week; it's National Public Schools Week! Portage Township Schools is more than a school district. We are every student, every employee, every family, and every community organization that walks through the doors of our 11 schools. This week, and every single day, we are #PortageProud and #PublicSchoolProud!
SOCIAL MEDIA 101 FAMILY INFORMATION NIGHT
Join us for our Social Media 101 Family Information Night! Come learn about the latest social media apps and what we can all do to keep our children safe online. District officials and local law enforcement officers will be in attendance to answer your questions.
Register online at www.portage.k12.in.us.
FEGELY MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEER TRYOUTS
If you DO NOT have a current physical on file, you will need that done. Camp will be held on Wednesday, May 20th, Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd at 3:30p.m. with Tryouts on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Coach D at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHE CAN TECH HOSTS ROBOT ARM WORKSHOP
PORTER COUNTY ESSAY CONTEST
Porter County is hosting an essay contest, and our 4th grade students are invited to participate!
The essay must answer the question “How does your county provide cybersecurity?” One student will win $100 and read their essay at an upcoming Association of Indiana Counties Northwest District Meeting. Click on the flyer below for more information, including how to enter and who to contact for more information regarding cybersecurity in Porter County. The deadline to submit has been extended to March 6. See the flyer below for more information.
GET HEALTHY WITH PTS WEIGHT WATCHERS AT WORK
PTS MOBILE MARKET - MARCH 12
The Mobile Market is back at Portage High School on Thursday, March 12! Everyone is invited to take home a selection of food; all you need is proof of Indiana residency and bags or boxes to carry your goods. The Market will begin at 4 p.m. at Door A of PHS and is first come, first served. See you there!
YMCA HOSTS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Portage Township YMCA is offering a new after school program from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. that includes free meals and activities for students in grades kindergarten through 12! Dinner will be served from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a snack served from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Contact the YMCA at 762-9622 with any questions.
PTS SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY SERIES
Weather preparedness as a safety measure
Making the decision to call a 2-hour delay, school closing, early dismissal, or late dismissal is not one that is taken lightly, but it is always done in the best interest of our students. Altering or canceling the school day is ultimately about keeping our students and staff safe.
Adverse weather conditions include snow, freezing rain and ice, frigid temperatures and wind chill, severe thunderstorms, and tornados. Some of these offer a degree of accuracy that allow us to inform families of changes to the school day well in advance. Meteorologists can predict frigid temperatures and wind chill with a good amount of certainty. However, snowfall totals, the likelihood of ice, and tornados are more difficult to forecast. While meteorologists can determine if conditions are favorable for these to take place, they often cannot give a definitive answer on how much snow will fall, how much ice will accumulate, or when or if a tornado will form. This means we are often left to make last-minute calls on altering or canceling a school day.
When we face the possibility of adverse weather, a team of individuals both within and outside of Portage Township Schools collaborate to determine if we must call a 2-hour delay, school closure, early dismissal, or late dismissal. The process of making a weather-related decision depends on the following three factors:
- Monitoring changing conditions and forecasts: School officials will monitor weather conditions from multiple reliable sources to determine if further action needs to be taken.
- Assessing road and temperature conditions: Our officials coordinate with the Portage Street Department, Porter County Roads Department, the PTS Director of Buildings & Grounds, and the PTS Director of Transportation to determine the ability of our students to arrive safely at school. Our Buildings & Grounds staff will often work during the pre-dawn hours and throughout the day to clear our parking lots and sidewalks of snow, and they will provide updates on snowfall totals, their ability to keep the lots and sidewalks clear, and visibility conditions. If visibility is good, the roads are clear, and wind chill temperatures are no longer dangerous by 6:00 a.m., school will remain in session.
- Collaboration with Porter County school corporations: Many of our students utilize services provided by SELF and the Porter County Career Center; therefore, we must ensure that travel is safe throughout the entire county. Portage Township Schools officials stay in communication with the other seven school districts in the county to determine the ability of our students and families to safely travel to these locations.
We will always notify our families of changes to the school day. Our SchoolMessenger mass notification system will send a call and email to all families and staff. To ensure you are receiving these communications, make sure your phone number and preferred email address are up-to-date with your child's school. (Contact your child's school to update this information, if needed.) We will also post any changes to the school day to the district's Facebook page, Twitter page, website, and Emergency Closing Center website.
For more information on our plans for weather-related emergencies, click here to visit our Emergency Weather Page on our website.
GOOD NEWS AT PORTAGE
Crisman students take virtual field trip to outer space
Fegely students learn about and spread kindness
Our Fegely Middle School students are using the knowledge they gained from a recent social emotional learning activity to spread kindness around the school!
Students recently completed an activity in which students ripped apart a piece of paper every time they said something mean, then tried to tape it back together with kind comments. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t make the paper look as good as it did before. The students learned how much damage mean comments can do, so they decided to spread kindness around the school! They wrote kind notes and Post-Its and put them on lockers across the school. Another class wrote kind words on balloons and delivered them to staff members. We’re so proud of our students for realizing the importance and power of kindness!
Central students practice estimating and measuring
PHS students take Soldiers Oath of Enlistment with the Army
This week, eight of our Portage High School students took the Oath of Enlistment, administered by Army Colonel and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan from the International Space Station. This historic event was the first time the Oath of Enlistment was administered via live stream from the International Space Station.
Congratulations to the following students for taking their Oath of Enlistment:
We are #PortageProud of these young men for enlisting to serve our country in the U.S. Army!
Click on the video below to watch our students take their Oath of Enlistment!
Fegely students learn the hidden meanings in allusions
Verduzco receives Leadership & Scholarship Award
South Haven student showcases STEAM work
Aylesworth students highlight growth on NWEA assessment
Student begins work through vocational program
Congratulations to our PHS student, Jesus, on becoming the first student placed into a job through our Applied Skills Vocational Program! Jesus is learning important workplace skills that will serve him well into his future.
Thank you to the Portage Township YMCA for supporting our program and our students.
Great job, Jesus!
Fegely students play Kindness Scrabble
Myers students use VR goggles to study Dr. King and the Edmund Pettus bridge
Dr. Bewick visits Saylor Elementary
South Haven students learn about farming and planting
Kyle students earn CiCi's Pizza lunch and limo ride
Willowcreek students learn how to ski and snowboard
Aylesworth students manufacture towers
Willowcreek Team E advances to State
Fegely sixth grade classroom wins the "Gold Broom Award"
Fegely comes together to support fellow student
When one of our students found out he would need surgery followed by a recovery period, the students and staff at Fegely Middle School made sure he knew he had their support and good thoughts!
Last week, the students and staff wore red to school in a show of support, and they sent him these photos so he would remember all of the people who would be thinking of him. What a wonderful and kind gesture! This is what it means to be part of the #FegelyFamily!
Kindergarten Registration is now open! Visit out website at www.portage.k12.in.us and click on the Kindergarten Round-Up link for instructions on how to complete your registration and documents to bring to Round-Up Day.
See the flyer below for more information.
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