PTS News

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

November 20, 2020

Hello, Portage Township Schools families! Next week will be shortened week for all PTS students. Remember that there will be no school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in celebration of Thanksgiving. We hope that you enjoy this time with your families.

PHS MUSIC DEPARTMENT AWARDS NIGHT

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PHS THESPIANS PRESENT "WAR OF THE WORLDS"

The Portage High School Thespians present WAR OF THE WORLDS this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7:00 p.m.! Tickets to this year's virtual performance are just $3.00, and you'll receive a link to listen to the show online. (Listeners heard Orson Welles's original "War of the Worlds" in 1938 on the radio at home, so this is a pretty authentic experience!) Click on the link below to listen to a sneak peek of this year's show and to purchase your tickets.

https://portagethespians.anywhereseat.com/channel.php
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MOBILE MEALS THROUGHOUT VIRTUAL LEARNING

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Portage Township Schools Food Service and Transportation departments are proud to make Mobile Meals available to all children age 18 and younger while our students are learning from home. Students may obtain meals at a bus stop near their home from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Monday. Children will receive breakfast and lunch for the week.

Click here to view our routes and find a stop near you.

• If your child is not present at the Mobile Meal stop, adults picking up meals for PTS students must bring print and bring a student information sheet. Click here to download a copy of the Student Information Sheet.
• Children who do not attend PTS may pick up meals and must be present at the bus stop.
• Face masks are required to be worn while picking up meals from a Mobile Meals stop.
• Meals are free for all children age 18 and younger.
• All times for our Mobile Meal stops are approximate.

Click here to reserve your meal packs!

Questions? Email us at ptscommunications@portage.k12.in.us.

IT SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL-ISSUED DEVICES

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HOT SPOTS AVAILABLE TO QUALIFYING PTS FAMILIES

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Portage Township Schools has a limited number of hot spots available to families who need internet access. These hot spots provide wifi access that students can use to complete their online assignments. To request a hot spot, contact your child's school.


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.


PHS SENIORS: FILE YOUR FAFSA

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GOOD NEWS AT PORTAGE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

English Learner team presents at INTESOL conference

Our English Learner team recently presented at the virtual INTESOL (Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference! Portage Township Schools was represented with two presentations.


Jen Hernandez-McDuell, Maria Figueroa and Nancy Talmage presented their process for creating the Elementary English Learner support videos that we have been using for both virtual and in-person learning this year. Mrs. Herenandez-McDuell also did a presentation featuring the Creative Virtual Research Project completed with her high school EL students.


We are very proud of the great work happening to create engaging lessons for our English Learner students!

Fegely students write letters to veterans

Our Fegely Middle School students wrote letters to Veterans last week!


Fegely Middle School Dean of Students Mr. Bachan, who is an Air Force veteran, led the lesson on Veterans Day. Our students watched a YouTube video about Veterans Day during their advisor class. They then wrote letters or drew pictures to thank veterans. They also participated in a moment of silence at 11:00 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month).


Mr. Bachan will be sending the letters, cards, and pictures to the Indiana Soldier Home in West Lafayette.

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Myers students build boats that float

Our Myers Elementary School students spent some time last week completing a STEM activity! The students built boats using popsicle sticks, straws, and tape. The boats needed to be able to float and also transport "jewels." To test this, students took turns placing their boats in water and adding marbles to see how many the boat could carry before sinking. The winning boat was able to carry 11 marbles! All of our students did a great job!

Fegely recognizes Hoosiers of the Week

Congratulations to our Fegely Middle School Hoosier Team Students of the Week! These students always do the right thing, even when no one is watching. Great job!

Myers students participate in an Autumn Scavenger Hunt

Our fifth grade students at Myers Elementary spent time participating in an autumn scavenger hunt last week! The students were excited to spend some time outside learning about nature during the fall season. They all did great and had lots of fun!
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Sixth graders Chalk the Walk at Fegely

Our Fegely Middle School sixth grade students celebrated their school by creating messages with sidewalk chalk around the school! Check out their amazing creations and see what Fegely means to them in the video below.
Fegely 6th Grade Chalk the Walk

Kyle Kids Can do virtual learning support

Our students at Kyle Elementary School are doing a great job with their virtual learning! Some students have been coming to the school for virtual learning support during the week, and they have been listening in on their Google Meets and completing their work. Great job, Kyle kids!
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PHS Construction Technology class pours foundation for housing project

Our Construction Technology students at Portage High School hit a big milestone on their housing project this week!


Mr. Bontrager’s Portage Student Builders worked hard to pour and finish footings for their latest home. The class gives the students the opportunity to build a home from the ground up. This up-and-coming house is part of a group of homes that the construction classes have built over the last few years.

PHS Construction Technology - Concrete Day

Portage High School provides meals for families

Thanks to generous community donations, Portage High School was able to provide Thanksgiving meals for 25 families this year. Each family received supplies for a full Thanksgiving meal plus a few additional goodies. Mrs. Monahan’s classes also created a Thanksgiving decoration for each family as they picked up their meal.


Thank you to all of our generous donors. We love seeing our community come together to support each other! #PortageProud

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This week's Virtual Learning Stats

Our students are doing an awesome job continuing with their learning from home! Check out our virtual learning statistics for this week.
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