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

Check the month of August off your calendar! It's hard to believe we have been in school for two and a half weeks. Labor Day is Monday, September 2, and all school buildings and offices will be closed for the holiday. We will see everyone back at school on Tuesday, September 3.

LATE-START WEDNESDAYS

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Portage Township Schools will have Late Start Wednesdays on the first Wednesday of each month. Late Start Wednesdays allow us to provide valuable Professional Development opportunities for our staff members.


Students in high school and middle school will arrive to school 60 minutes later than normal, and elementary students will arrive 30 minutes later than normal. On Late Start Wednesday dates, families can expect bus pickup times, breakfast times, and school start times to be 30 minutes later at our elementary schools and 60 minutes later at our middle schools and high school. Student dismissal at the end of the day will occur at the normal time.


Below is a schedule for each of the buildings, including breakfast time and the official start of the day. All eight elementary schools will follow the same schedule.


Elementary Schools

Bus pickup: 30 minutes later than scheduled

Breakfast: 8:45 a.m.

Arrival: 9:10 a.m.

School start time: 9:25 a.m.


Fegely Middle School

Bus pickup: 60 minutes later than scheduled

Breakfast: 8:25 a.m.

Arrival: 8:35 a.m.

School start time: 8:55 a.m.


Willowcreek Middle School

Bus pickup: 60 minutes later than scheduled

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.

Arrival: 8:00 a.m.

School start time: 8:25 a.m.


Portage High School

Bus pickup: 60 minutes later than scheduled

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.

Arrival: 8:00 a.m.

School start time: 8:30 a.m.


Mark your calendars for the following Late-Start Wednesdays

October 2, November 6, December 4, February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6

MOBILE MARKETPLACE

Join us for the next Mobile Marketplace on September 12 at Portage High School (Door A). Bring your proof of Indiana residency and bags or boxes to carry your selections. The Marketplace begins and 4:00 p.m., and we will continue serving until 6 p.m. or we have served all of our goods.


The following Mobile Marketplace will be November 14 at Portage High School. There will be no October or December date. We will release our 2020 schedule in December. Thank you to everyone who visits our Marketplace.

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PHS COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR and FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

Families of our high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to join us for our annual College & Career Fair and Financial Aid Night on Monday, September 9 at 6 p.m.


Over 70 colleges, military branches, and apprenticeship programs will be there to answer any questions you may have. Presentations on how to apply for and obtain financial aid will take place at 5:30 and 7 p.m.


Enter through Door B at PHS East; the fair will be in the commons area. Participants may register online at www.strivescan.com.

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SEE SOMETHING? HEAR SOMETHING? SAY SOMETHING!

As the new school year is underway, we would like to remind our families that we take the safety and security of our schools very seriously. Threats made against students and staff are always thoroughly investigated by our administrators and school resource officers, and the proper disciplinary actions are taken.


As a member of the Portage Township Schools community, you are a crucial line of defense against a school emergency. Contact your child's school, the PTS Administration Building, or your local law enforcement agency if you have any reason to be concerned about the safety of our students and staff.


We encourage our families to have a conversation with their children about reporting possible threats to a trustworthy adult. Students can speak with any staff member at their school if they see or hear something that causes them concern.


We would also like to encourage our families to speak with their children about being mindful in what they say and do. Our School Advisers and teachers educate students on how to select their words carefully and convey their emotions in the proper way; support from our families in this endeavor is key. Remind your child that words can hurt, and bullying or threats of violence will result in consequences.


Together, we can make this a great school year. Remember: If you see something or hear something, say something!

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PORTAGE #REDforED DAY

Show your support for Portage Township Schools and public education by wearing Red for Public Education on Wednesday, September 4. Share your photos of your Red for ED on Wednesday using the hashtag #PortageREDforED. Include what your child loves about their school, and you could be featured on our PTS Facebook page.


#RedforEd is a movement to increase awareness for public schools across the country. When you wear red, you're showing support for your school district, your child's school, and everyone in the building that makes learning possible.

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GOOD NEWS AT PORTAGE

Fegely's Back to School Bash

Our Fegely students celebrated the start of the new school year at their Back to School Bash last week. The after-school celebration included soap suds, kickball, basketball, tug-of-war, bumper balls, and more. Thank you to the local organization The Avenue to sponsoring the event. We would also like to thank the Portage Fire Department for bringing their trucks and creating the ultimate sprinkler. The students and staff had a great time.

Teamwork and STEM


Mrs. Sopko's fourth grade class at Saylor Elementary School completed a Paper Chain STEM activity on Friday. Students were put into groups and given a sheet of paper, scissors, glue and instructions. They had 30 minutes to use their materials to make the longest paper chain in the class. Students had to plan before they began and work together to build their chain. Great job to Mrs. Sopko's class!

NLMK Indiana donates school supplies

Portage Township Schools would like to thank NLMK Indiana for their generous school supply donation. The company recently hosted a school supply drive, and their employees collected over 2,000 items to donate. Thank you for your generosity and support of our students and staff.

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Golden Living Center Fountainview Place donates classroom materials

The Golden Living Center Fountainview Place made a generous donation to Jones Elementary School. Mrs. Rumler’s class received three levels of a math review set, two sets of Colorations Math Review Stampers, a class set of 20 Letters Alive books, and additional school supplies. We thank them for their generous donation to Mrs. Rumler's classroom.

Kyle Elementary kindergarten building confidence through reading

The kindergarten classes at Kyle Elementary are learning about ways to feel confident as they begin school. This week, the students read "The Kissing Hand," a story about a young raccoon who is afraid to leave his mother to go to school. After reading the story, the students made raccoon masks. They are increasing their confidence, learning, and having fun at the same time.
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