PTS News

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

Welcome to the end of another great week at Portage Township Schools! We hope you will join us next week for all of our homecoming festivities organized by the Portage High School Student Council. Share your homecoming spirit week photos with us with the hashtag #PortageHomecoming2019.


Last week, Fegely Middle School hosted a very special event for their Fegely Family. On D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything And Read), students, families, and staff were invited to read a good book during the last hour of the school day. Research shows that reading every day has countless benefits, and we encourage all of our families to model good literacy skills. Set aside a time every day for reading at home. Help your child pick out books that interest them and share what you are reading. If you are introducing a "Reading Routine" at home, start by reading to your children for just a few minutes and gradually increase the time each day. Reading puts your child on the path to success!

MANAGE LUNCH ACCOUNTS WITH MY SCHOOL BUCKS

The PTS Food Services Department make paying for your child's school lunches easy with MySchoolBucks.com!


MySchoolBucks.com makes it possible for you to view your child's meal purchases and current account balances at a glance. You can see what items they have been purchasing as a way to help them manage their school meal funds. You will also be sent an email reminder weekly when you student's account needs to be replenished. You may sign up to receive an alert when the meal account balance drops below a certain amount.


Visit www.MySchoolBucks.com to sign up and manage your account.


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PTS MOBILE MARKETPLACE

The next Mobile Marketplace will be November 14 at Portage High School (Door A) at 4 p.m. Bring your proof of Indiana residency and bags or boxes to carry your selections. The entire community is welcome!
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VAPING SYMPOSIUM & INFORMATION NIGHT

Learn about the dangers associated with vaping

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 6-7:30pm

6450 U.S. 6

Portage, IN

Portage Township Schools parents, guardians, staff, and community members are invited to join us for our Vaping Symposium and Information Night on October 16 at the PHS West Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.


This informative event will begin with a presentation on how adults can identify vape products and look for signs that their child is vaping. Following the presentation is a panel discussion featuring school staff and community experts who will be discussing the legal ramifications, psychological impacts, and disciplinary consequences of vaping. Participants will leave feeling empowered to have important conversations with their children and students about the dangers of vaping. (*This is an adult-only event.)

GOOD NEWS AT PORTAGE

Kyle Elementary hosts Laps for Learning Fundraiser

Kyle Elementary School held their annual Laps For Learning fundraiser last week. The students had the opportunity to walk, run, or jog around the school yard for 30 minutes while enjoying music. The students collected $8,800 to help buy a new sound system for the school. The ten students who raised the most money are able to choose which teacher or staff member they would like to be for a half day. Congratulations to all of our Kyle students, and great job on a successful fundraiser!

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PHS West hallways feature new College & Career banners

"B" Hall at Portage High School West is home to a new set of banners that focus on college and career readiness. Produced by the PHS Print Shop, the banners feature programs available through the high school vocational program, the branches of the military, trades, and various Indiana colleges and universities. The high school's manufacturing class has been working hard to hang the banners in the hallway.

PTS Mobile Marketplace serves 150 families in September

Thank you to everyone who came to this month's Mobile Marketplace, where we served 150 families in our community!


Thank you to our always amazing MCJROTC volunteers from Portage High School. We would also like to thank Portage High School SRO Officer Mike Steege and his son (who did a great job helping his dad carry groceries to our visitors’ cars!) as well as the ladies of Center of Attention Salon in Portage for volunteering their time at the Marketplace last night. We appreciate your dedication to the community!


The next PTS Mobile Marketplace is scheduled for November 14 at Portage High School (Door A) at 4:00 p.m.


If you or your group would like to volunteer at the Mobile Marketplace, contact our Communications Department at ptscommunications@portage.k12.in.us.

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Advisory class leaves positive message at Willowcreek


Mrs. Scheuer took her seventh grade Advisory class outside last week to create positive messages of welcome at the entrance to Willowcreek Middle School. This was a great way to welcome everyone to the ‘Creek this week!

Fegely hosts Drop Everything and Read Day!

Fegely Middle School held their first D.E.A.R. Day last week! Everyone stopped to Drop Everything And Read. . . and when we say everyone, we mean EVERYONE! Teachers, principals, custodians, SROs, and families joined our students in enjoying a good book for the last hour of the day. It was great to see everyone reading!

Willowcreek girls cross county takes first place

The cross country teams at Willowcreek Middle School participated in the Rensselaer invite last weekend. Congratulations to our sixth grade girls team, who took first place overall at the invite. Great job to all of our runners!
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Myers Elementary first grade visits County Line Orchard

The first grade classes at Myers Elementary School visited County Line Orchard on a field trip last week! The students were given a tour of the orchard, beginning with a lesson about bees and pollination. Next, students learned about the packing of apples by seeing the sorting machine up close. Students then got to see an apple press at work to make apple cider. Finally, classes were able to take a ride on the tractors out to the apple trees, where each student picked their own bag of delicious apples. Overall it was an awesome, educational field trip for our first grade classes!

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Fegely Volleyball sweeps at Merrillville game

Congratulations to our Lady Warriors Volleyball Teams for sweeping their games against Merrillville Pierce this week! The seventh and eighth grade A and B teams all won. Great job!
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STEM Champs are hard at work

Saylor Elementary School fifth grader Levi created a mini robot figurine using TynkerCad. Levi participated in our Summer STEM Champs Camp and used what he learned to create quite a few different projects, so his school's ITS helped him 3D print one of his creations. Levi showed his class around the program and answered questions like a pro. Way to go, Levi!

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