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February 24, 2021

Hello, Portage Township Schools families!


We are in the middle of our Quarter 4 Planning Form. This is how all PTS families will indicate their preference for virtual or in-person learning for the fourth quarter, which runs March 15 through the end of the school year. All families must submit a new form by Friday, February 26. We will be sending reminders throughout the week.


You must have activated your ParentSquare account in order to complete the Quarter 4 Planning Form. We will be using ParentSquare for a variety of tasks in the future as well, so it is imperative that you activate your account as soon as possible. You can do so by following these steps:


1. Visit https://www.parentsquare.com/signin

2. Enter your email address in the "Sign Up/Create Password" box (You MUST use the email address that we have on file for you in PowerSchool.)

3. You will receive an email from ParentSquare with a link to activate your account.


If you have having difficulties activating your account or accessing your child's form, please email ptscommunications@portage.k12.in.us.

PTS MARCH CALENDAR

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THE PORTAGE HIGH SCHOOL THESPIANS PRESENT: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

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Portage High School’s annual spring musical is approaching. Based on Charles Schulz’s comic strip, the musical will be “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!” With charm, wit and heart, the musical aims to explore life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang.


Being mindful of COVID-19 restrictions, the Thespians are offering a virtual pre-recorded version of the musical for the community. However, they are hoping they will be able to have an in person audience.


PHS Theater Director Mahaffa Thompson said. “The spring musical will be hosted on April 23 and April 24, but if we have to go completely virtual then the musical will be available the following week kicking off with April 25 and going until May 1,” PHS Theater Director Mahaffa Thompson said. “I just hope we can give our students a taste of normalcy by having an audience in the house.”


With the cast being shortened to six people, limitation was the biggest inspiration for the musical.


“I normally love to do giant productions with as many people onstage as possible. However, COVID-19 makes everything different,” Thompson said. “A small cast means we have the best of the best while the production value will be high with many students working backstage as techies or designers.”


Both in person and virtual tickets can be purchased online now. In person tickets are on sale for $6 for students (18 and under) and seniors (65+) and $10 for adults at portagethespians.ludus.com. Virtual tickets are on sale for $6 per device at portagethespians@anywhereseat.com.


Story by KwaTashea Marfo, PHS senior & PTS Public Relations Intern

CURRICULAR FEES FOR STUDENTS

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All PTS families have been mailed an invoice for your child's 2020-2021 Curricular Fees. The amount you received includes fees that cover your child's curricular materials, including books, consumables, technology, apps, subscriptions, and more.


You can pay your child's fees in one of the following ways:


Online

Our E-Funds online payment portal is available for you to make a payment with a debit or credit card. Click here to make a payment via the E-Funds payment portal.


Phone

Payments to your child's Curricular Fees may be made over the phone by calling the PTS Administration Building. You can reach the administration building at (219)762-6511.


U.S. Mail

You are welcome to mail a payment to your child's school or to our administration office at the address below. Checks should be made out to Portage Township Schools. Please indicate payment for curricular fees and your child's name on the memo line.


Portage Township Schools Administration Building

6240 U.S. Highway 6

Portage, IN 46368


Textbook Assistance

Families who receive Textbook Assistance will see the assistance applied later this school year. Until we receive the funds to apply to your account, you will continue to see a balance. We will notify families when Textbook Assistance funds have been applied. If you are interested in applying for Textbook Assistance, you will need to submit an application for Free/Reduced Meals. You can do this by creating an account on our Titan portal. Click here to create an account. Once you submit an application, you will be able to track the status of your application.


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

SENIORS: PHS SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES ARE APPROACHING

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SENIORS: Our generous local businesses and organizations are providing our Portage High School students with the opportunity to earn money to offset the cost of your post-high school studies. There is still time to submit your local scholarships. Click on the link below to visit the high school's Scholarships page for more information.
Portage High School Scholarships Page

View available scholarships and apply here

ACCESS E-BOOKS AND AUDIO BOOKS WITH SORA

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PTS EARNS GRANTS TO MAKE ADDITIONAL HOT SPOTS AVAILABLE TO QUALIFYING FAMILIES

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Portage Township Schools has been awarded a grant through T-Mobile to provide qualifying PTS families with hot spots to support student learning.


The grant supports a number of 100 GB hot spots that families can use for their students to complete their assignments or participate in enrichment activities.


These hot spots, which will be allocated to in-person learners, support the district's Kajeet hot spots used by our virtual students.


Interested families may contact their child's school to check qualifications. Students who qualify for a hot spot may keep it through the end of the school and have it re-issued in the fall. Families may receive only one device per household.


Portage Township Schools is eager to provide this service as we continue to support student learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

PTS STUDENTS & STAFF HONOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Fegely students share the impacts of historical and modern-day figures

Our Fegely Middle School students are celebrating Black History Month! In addition to participating in lessons in their classes, the students are starting their academic day by sharing what they have learned about a historical or modern day person they feel has made an impact on our world. The students are proud to celebrate and share their knowledge with their Fegely Family.

Central students create portraits of historical figures

Our Central Elementary fifth grade students created some beautiful works of art in honor of Black History Month! They selected an influential individual, drew a portrait of their person, and wrote a brief summary of their impact on the world. Our students did a phenomenal job!

Myers students research historical moments in Black history

During Black History Month, our fifth grade students at Myers Elementary studied famous figures in African American History. They began by discussing MLK and his famous speech and importance in Civil Rights, followed by Ruby Bridges and her importance in American education and desegregation. Other figures discussed and researched included Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, George Washington Carver, Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Louis Armstrong.


The students enjoyed learning about all these important figures in African American figures! #PortageProud

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PHS social studies students create beautiful works of art

PHS social studies teacher Mr. Hills facilitated an assignment for his students in honor of Black History Month! Students selected an influential individual who had a positive and permanent impact on our society and created a presentation, piece of artwork, poem, song, or video to represent the positive change the person had on society. Check out some of their beautiful creations! #PortageProud


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PHS principal teaches students about lesser-known influencers in Black history

The PHS Social Studies Department compiled an autobiographical list of ground-breaking, African-Americans that maybe not everyone has heard of. Principal Mr. Stills shared one of those individual biographies each day of Black History Month during the PHS morning announcements!

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PHS INN staff highlights history-makers

Our PHS Indians News Network students highlighted profiles of Black history-makers for Black History Month during their morning announcement broadcast! The students chose an individual, researched them, and filmed and edited their segment.

GOOD NEWS AT PORTAGE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

A day for fun in the snow

Our Willowcreek students took some time to enjoy the snow last week! They played in the snow and made some awesome creations!

PHS Interact members make and deliver Valentines

The Portage High School Interact Club members created Valentine's Day cards for the residents of Miller's Merry Manor! The in-person and virtual members of the group created three or more cards each and delivered them during Presidents Day weekend. Thank you to our Interact Club members for spreading cheer in the community!
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Congratulations to our State wrestler!

Congratulations to Portage High School senior Bradley Conrad on qualifying for the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament! He competed last weekend and made an impressive showing. You make us Portage Proud!
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PTS siblings spread kindness for Valentine's Day

Two of our Portage Township Schools students were spreading Valentine's Day cheer to the members of the Bonner Senior Center!

Ethan Collins, a fifth grade students at Jones Elementary, and his brother, Evan, a freshman at Portage High School, passed out valentines to the Bonner members in a drive-thru manner during our Presidents Day break. We are so proud of the Collins family for reaching out to the community to spread kindness and joy on their day off of school!

Kyle kindergarteners experiment with STEM activities

Our kindergarten students at Kyle Elementary School are learning about engineering during their STEM time! Mrs. Burgess's class used a variety of tool and their problem-solving skills to create structures.

Fegely Middle School names Boilermakers of the Week

Congratulations to our Fegely Middle School Boilermakers of the Week! These students showed innovation, integrity, honesty, hard work, and genuine effort in their classes.
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Thank you to our PTS Maintenance Team!

Let's give a huge shout-out to our PTS maintenance crew! This has been a tough winter season, and Mother Nature was particularly brutal last week. They worked tirelessly to ensure that our parking lots and sidewalks were clear for our students and staff to return to school following this week's winter storm. Thank you for all of your hard work!
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PHS construction class receives donation from U.S. Steel

Our construction program at PHS received a generous donation from U.S. Steel!


PHS construction teacher Mr. Kerr partnered with U.S. Steel to purchase supplies needed for his Introduction to Construction class. U.S. Steel Gary Works staff members Shakeia, Milcah, and Terry delivered a generous donation of safety glasses, gloves, hammers, tape measurers, speed squares, ear plugs, and safety glass cleaner.


Thank you U.S. Steel Gary Works for your generosity and helping our construction students have the supplies they need!

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Crisman students learn about space exploration via NASA rover

Ms. Collins's second grader students at Crisman Elementary spent some time this week learning about space and space exploration! In honor of the landing of NASA's Perseverance land rover on Mars this week, the students built their own rovers, tested out their landing skills, and watched the Perseverance land in real time. They students were excited to learn more about space and witness this historical event!

Vocational students gaining valuable experience in the classroom

Our vocational students accomplish some amazing things! Macintyre, a junior at PHS, created this beautiful style in her Cosmetology class at the Porter County Career Center. We love the color and detail! Great job!
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