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The power of quality relationships

The power of quality relationships

Portage Township Schools has been focusing on the 40 Developmental Assets provided by the Search Institute for the past several years. These assets are proven to influence positive youth development relative to academic, social and emotional success. As a school district, we continue to buil…

October 19, 2014 12:00 am
Continuing a tradition

Continuing a tradition

Tucked back within a well-established neighborhood, bordered on three sides by homes and just south of the Central Avenue/Hamstrom Road intersection, sits a building that has been part of the foundation in the young men and women of Portage.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am
Energizing Portage

Energizing Portage

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP | This past summer, Portage Township Schools participated in the Energizing Indiana Program, a united effort by the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and NIPSCO to offer comprehensive energy efficient programs that bring savings to schools and other entitie…

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
Open communication is key

Open communication is key

The return to school is a highlight of the year for so many of us. It was exciting to have the students return to school a few weeks ago. As professional educators, our lives are more fulfilled when the students are in the buildings.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Communities help raise children

We have all heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The education of our children is a community event.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Together we succeed

The motto of Portage Township Schools is “Together We Succeed.” That short phrase speaks volumes about our schools and what we believe. It is a motto and sentiment that sets a frame for today’s work and a projection for our future. Working together, we can achieve much more than we can indiv…

August 03, 2014 12:00 am

PTS online registration 2014 -15 begins in July

Online registration for the 2014-15 school year will be open July 14 through 25. With the new registration process, parents and guardians can register your elementary, middle and high school students online. Online payment will be available by going to the appropriate links.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am

Portage graduates 615 students

As the Graduation of 2014 commences today at Portage High School, let’s take a walk down memory lane. What was the world like when these graduating seniors were born back in 1995 or 1996?

June 08, 2014 12:00 am

Portage prekindergarten partnerships

Parents and educators alike tend to agree that preschool education helps children to enter kindergarten ready to thrive with the social, cognitive, motor, and communication skills they need.

May 18, 2014 12:00 am

What’s new at Willowcreek?

This academic year Willowcreek Middle School introduced the nationally renowned Project Lead the Way STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program to our seventh- and eighth-graders.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am

The Thin Blue Line

The topic of law enforcement might not be a topic one would associate with our schools, but all school employees walk the same halls and interact with the same kids.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am

Rounding up future kindergarten students in Portage

Beginning kindergarten marks an important milestone in a child’s education. At Portage Township Schools, we want to help get your child off to a great start.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am

Kindergarten Round Up April 2

PORTAGE | Kindergarten Round Up in the Portage Township Schools will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m., and 6 to 7 p.m., at each elementary school for children who will be five years of age on or before August 1. Parents may pre-register online prior to…

March 17, 2014 4:30 pm

Our own Olympics

Like most of you, I enjoy taking a break and watching the Olympics. Over the Winter Break, I began to pay attention to those “Thanks Mom” commercials.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Supporting your student during the ISTEP process

It’s that time of year again! As we attempt to thaw out from the winter freeze, ISTEP review is in full swing at most Indiana schools.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am

Paraprofessionals make a difference in Portage Township Schools

Porter County Education Services, which provides special education services to students throughout Porter County, currently employs nearly 200 paraprofessionals, with over 30 paras working directly with students in Portage Township Schools.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am

Don’t forget to daydream

We have all heard a child say at one time, “When I grow up, I’m going to be…” This, in its simplest form, is daydreaming and at times becomes lost in our daily routines and commitments. Some may say daydreaming is not important or is a waste of time when in fact it is as valuable to our kids…

January 19, 2014 12:00 am

Stay healthy this holiday season

With the holiday season and winter upon us we are exposed to holiday cheer and, unfortunately, a variety of germs. Colds and flu as well as other ailments tend to get passed around as we are indoors with a variety of people and exposed to many public places. The stress of getting ready for t…

December 08, 2013 12:00 am

Girls on the Run

“Girls on the Run is so much fun!” said our Jones Elementary School Girls on the Run team.

December 01, 2013 12:00 am

Healthy boundaries necessary when children use technology

Portage Township Schools and the Portage community are committed to encouraging positive, healthy, life practices in children.

November 24, 2013 12:00 am

Keeping safety a priority in schools

During the past few decades, school safety and security has become a mandatory part of day to day school operations.

November 17, 2013 12:00 am

Staying fiscally healthy

It may seem that the Business Office has little to do with the actual outcome of educating the children of Portage, but in reality, our staff supports every aspect behind the scenes.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am

'Breakfast of champions'

Does anyone remember that catchy advertising phrase for Wheaties cereal? At Portage Township Schools, we certainly embrace that sentiment but with a little twist, we fix breakfast for our champions: our students.

September 08, 2013 12:00 am

The fire within – Portage's marching band

“Band, Ten-hut!” “Pride!”

September 01, 2013 12:00 am

Remaining relevant

A quote that I believe to be particularly relevant as we begin the new school year is by William Pollard that reads: “The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”

August 18, 2013 12:00 am

Save these dates: July 18-26

Registration for 2013-14 School Year for all Portage students is July 18-26

June 23, 2013 12:00 am

Ready Set Kindergarten preschool program offered for Portage schools

Kindergarten today looks more like yesterday’s first grade.

June 02, 2013 12:00 am

Physicals and Immunizations: Getting Ready for the 2013-14 School Year

The summer is a great time to get your child ready for the next school year. Besides the usual new clothes and school supplies there are several health items that can be ticked off the list as well. New immunizations, sports physicals and health condition updates are a few of those items.

May 26, 2013 12:00 am

A Parent’s guide to reciprocal teaching

Reciprocal teaching is a research based method of improving reading comprehension that is being used throughout many classrooms in Portage Township Schools. It was often used as an learning method for struggling readers, but has since been shown to be effective for all students. Some of thes…

May 19, 2013 12:00 am

High ability programming

High ability students in Portage Township Schools are students of all cultural and economic backgrounds who demonstrate or show the potential for exemplary achievement beyond students of their same age or experience. 

May 12, 2013 12:00 am

The Switch

As many of you know, I have been the school resource officer for the Portage Township middle schools for about a year now.

April 28, 2013 12:00 am

Improvement continues at Portage schools

The Portage Township School Corporation earned the distinction of being graded by the state of Indiana as an Exemplary or Grade A school corporation. The distinction is due primarily to the academic performance of our students in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.

April 07, 2013 12:00 am

Adults learn their A-B-C’s as well

We are all familiar with the A-B-C song and how it contributes to children learning their A-B-C’s.

March 31, 2013 12:00 am

True friendship and peer pressure

The Developmental Assets Team created surveys to be completed by all students of Portage Township Schools. The survey’s intent was to service each school with specific data to meet the needs of the students, while also communicating with families and the community. The Internal team divided …

March 17, 2013 12:00 am

Portage High School life skills program

Students at Portage High School have a unique opportunity to share their talents and mentor their peers with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Approximately 65 students are currently enrolled in the Peer Tutoring program. Students can enroll in the course at the beginning of their so…

December 30, 2012 12:00 am

The unseen curriculum

When we talk about curriculum most everyone would think that we are talking only about academics. We share expectations, lesson designs and methods all aimed to advance learning. But curriculum is more than the academics and getting results. Curriculum is also about creating the environment …

December 16, 2012 12:00 am

Welcome to the age of technology

Tweet, hashtag, avatar, IM, bluetooth, app, cloud, emoticon, 4G, friending, cut & paste.

November 24, 2012 8:15 pm

Teamwork stressed by maintenance department

Portage Schools has 17 facilities, 8,229 students and 1,250 faculty members that are cared for each day by 95 custodians and 15 maintenance staff members.

November 11, 2012 12:00 am

What does lunch have to do with learning, anyway?

I have to confess. I can’t help myself. I read the blog, or comments section after many of the articles in the newspaper. I’m not sure if this is a good confession. Sometimes the comments end up not even connected to the topic. But every so often there is a tidbit of information or a respons…

October 21, 2012 12:00 am

Child nutrition

In May of 2012, federal legislatures voted the “2012 Childhood Hunger Free Act” into law. This law directly affects all Child Nutrition programs across the country, including our school feeding programs.

August 19, 2012 12:00 am

PTS registration for 2012-13 dates set

Portage Township Schools will once again offer our “Student Registration and Residency” this summer for the 2012-2013 school year the week of July 23 to 27 at Portage High School West cafeteria.

June 24, 2012 12:00 am

Childhood hunger doesn’t take a vacation

We will soon have banners across the community announcing that this summer we will be feeding hungry children in Portage, beginning Monday through Aug. 3.

June 10, 2012 12:00 am

Making the most of your summer

Summer is the time when many students and parents look forward to because it is a time to relax, get outdoors or maybe even vacation.

May 27, 2012 12:00 am

Retirement open house to honor Michael Berta Jr.

PORTAGE | A retirement open house in honor of Michael J. Berta Jr., Superintendent of Portage Township Schools will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at

May 15, 2012 5:10 pm

Challenge Ed provides students opportunity to practice critical values

Throughout the district, students constantly are reminded of the 5 Critical Values identified by Portage Township Schools.

May 13, 2012 12:00 am

We are on our way to the top

I think the accomplishments of students and staff is often overshadowed by the "business" of education. Likewise, reports of abhorrent behavior seem to fill some undefined desire for negative stories. Thus, at each Portage Board of School Trustees meeting a portion of the agenda is dedicated…

March 04, 2012 12:00 am

Meet the Portage Township Schools maintenance staff

The Portage Township Schools Maintenance Department is dedicated to keeping all facilities safe and operational 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

February 12, 2012 12:00 am

New IREAD test comes to Indiana

The first IREAD-3 test (Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (IREAD-3) Assessment) will be administered March 19-21. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1367, also known as Public Law 109 in 2010, requires the evaluation of reading skills for students who are in third grade beginning in the spr…

February 02, 2012 1:46 pm

Identifying vision and hearing loss in school-age children

It would come as no surprise to anyone that a child dealing with undiagnosed vision or hearing loss would struggle in school. Many children are not seen by a medical professional for these issues unless the parent notices an obvious problem. Quite often it is detected during the basic screen…

October 30, 2011 12:00 am

Portage Township Schools Food Service Department Free and Reduced Program questions and answers

We receive many phone calls about our free and reduced program, so we felt this column would be a great opportunity to answer questions and give information on this important and sometimes misunderstood program.

October 16, 2011 12:00 am
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