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Many of our students and staff members participated in activities to learn about and remember the events of September 11, 2001. Explaining that day in a meaningful, yet age-appropriate, way can be challenging. One way our staff members choose to address the anniversary of 9/11 is by enforcing the importance of kindness. This is a simple skill that we can all model and enforce every day. Make sure to read more about Myers Elementary School's annual Pinwheels for Peace event in this week's newsletter.

HIGH RELIABILITY SCHOOLS & PROFICIENCY SCALES

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Portage teachers are helping students believe in themselves with the power of "I can!"


Proficiency scales allow students to be more aware of how they are progressing in a unit of study. Educators provide a numeric value on a scale of 1-4 to indicate how well their students understand specific skills. This method of standards-based grading allows parents and teachers to have honest, straightforward conversations with students about their learning and achievement.


The standards are purposefully designed to be "I can" statements to help facilitate these crucial conversations. You can encourage your child to master each standard by simply asking what they learned at school each day. What can your child do today that they couldn't do yesterday?


That is the power of "I can!"

Portage Township Schools Curriculum Development

See how our teachers use I Can statements to assess students and drive instruction.

HOMECOMING WEEK 2019

Get ready to celebrate Homecoming Week September 23 to 27! The Portage High School Student Council has a number of fun and exciting activities planned for our community throughout the week. Check with your child's school for information about Spirit Wear activities.


Wednesday, September 25: POWDERPUFF FOOTBALL GAME

6:00 p.m. | PHS Football Field | $5.00


Thursday, September 26: PORTAGE HOMECOMING PARADE

5:30 p.m. | Central Avenue (Aylesworth Elementary to Founders Square Park) | FREE


Friday, September 27: HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME

7:00 p.m. | Portage vs. Chesterton


Saturday, September 28: PHS HOMECOMING DANCE

7:00 p.m. | PHS West Gym | $15 | Open to PHS students

BUS SAFETY IS A COMMUNITY EFFORT

The safety of our students must be a priority at all times, including while they are traveling to and from school. School bus safety takes a concerted effort from all members in our community.


Failing to yield to a school bus stop arm puts the lives of our students at risk. Driving past an activated school bus stop arm or driving around a bus with its stop arm extended carries heavy penalties and fines. You can help our bus drivers safely transport students by practicing good driving habits.


  • Slow down in school zones, especially in the morning and after school;

  • Put your phone down while driving and limit other distractions in your vehicle; and

  • Give yourself extra time to travel in the hours before and after school.


DID YOU KNOW?
You can visit our website at www.portage.k12.in.us to report a Stop Arm Violation. Even if you do not obtain the driver’s plate number, providing the general area in which the violation occurred helps our local law enforcement agencies monitor these areas and ticket violators.

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SEPTEMBER IS ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH

One of the biggest predictors of student success is attendance. Missing 18 days (or 10%) of school can drastically affect a child's academic performance and serves as an indication that a student may not graduate high school. Even missing one or two days of school a week


Contact your child's school if you have questions or concerns about their attendance. Portage Township Schools offers a number of services to help break down the barriers that may be affecting your child's ability to regularly attend school.


Here are some ways you can make school and good attendance a priority for your child:


  • Develop a "schedule" for your child that includes a morning routine, homework time, and a consistent bedtime.
  • Designate a person as a backup in case you are unable to take your child to school. Mark your calendar with our Late Start Wednesdays and E-Learning Days.
  • Avoid setting medical and dental appointments during the school day, if possible.
  • If school makes your child anxious, contact your child's School Adviser or Guidance Counselor. There may be an underlying issue, such as bullying or academic challenges, that is the cause of the anxiety.
  • Encourage meaningful after-school activities, such as sports and clubs.


Follow our district Facebook and Twitter pages this month for more facts about school attendance and helpful tips.


Source: AttendanceWorks.org

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JOIN OUR TEAM AT PORTAGE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

Portage Township Schools is hiring for a variety of positions throughout our district. Click the link below to learn more about our available jobs and apply.

GOOD NEWS AT PORTAGE

Come to the Crisman Carnival

Crisman Elementary School is hosting their annual Crisman Carnvial on October 5. Come support the students and enjoy the fun and games planned by the fifth grade class.
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Fegely Middle School Walk-A-Thon

Fegely Middle School students participated in a Walk-A-Thon fundraiser last week! Students who raised $150 or more were able to come to Mrs. Caballero’s office with a friend and enjoy lunch from Five Guys! Students were able to order anything they wanted from the menu. Sixth grade teacher Mr. Heimberg and LCpl Caballero (Mrs. Caballero’s son, a U.S. Marine!) spent time talking movies, video games, and weekend plans with the students. Congratulations to the winners!

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PHS Jazz Combo Night

The PHS Jazz Band held its annual Jazz Combo Night this week. This concert is their first of the school year and showcases all the students have learned in this first month of school. Click on the link below to listen to the concert.

Lunch in the Library

Fegely Middle School is giving students the opportunity to have Lunch in the Library! Students enter a drawing after every book they read. If their name is drawn, they can skip the lunch line and bring two of their friends to the media center to eat lunch, play games, and hang out. Congratulations to our first winners of the school year!

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Pinwheels for Peace

This past Wednesday, Portage Township Schools remembered the events of September 11, 2001. Myers Elementary School held its annual Pinwheels for Peace event that morning. Local first responders joined the students in placing pinwheels outside of the school to remind everyone that kindness contributes to a peaceful community.

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Schoology Professional Development

Instructional coach Mr. Wilkins and Fegely Middle School teacher Mr. Heimberg led a professional development session on Schoology for Fegely's sixth grade teachers last week. They instructed teachers on linking courses, publishing assignments, including links, creating assessments, and setting up and syncing grade books from Schoology to PowerTeacher. We thank them for providing this valuable learning opportunity for our teachers!

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Isaiah, Portage High School's Compassionate K-9

Portage High School's comfort dog, Isaiah, visited with the freshmen students during lunch this week. Isaiah is a specially trained Compassionate K-9 who provides comfort and compassion to anyone in the school who needs it. Mr. Kunstek, the PHS Dean of Students, is Isaiah's handler and takes him to visit students throughout the school each day.

Mindful Breathing at Central Elementary

Central Elementary School students have been starting each day with mindful breathing. Every day, Central's School Adviser, Mrs. Slack, leads the students through a breathing exercise that helps them prepare and focus for the day ahead. Click below to watch the video of Mrs. Cruz's class doing their mindful breathing.
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