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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…
“Girls on the Run is so much fun!” said our Jones Elementary School Girls on the Run team.
Portage Township Schools and the Portage community are committed to encouraging positive, healthy, life practices in children.
During the past few decades, school safety and security has become a mandatory part of day to day school operations.
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.
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.
“Band, Ten-hut!” “Pride!”
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.”
Registration for 2013-14 School Year for all Portage students is July 18-26
Kindergarten today looks more like yesterday’s first grade.
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.
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…
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.
As many of you know, I have been the school resource officer for the Portage Township middle schools for about a year now.
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.
We are all familiar with the A-B-C song and how it contributes to children learning their A-B-C’s.
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 …
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…
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 …
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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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Throughout the district, students constantly are reminded of the 5 Critical Values identified by Portage Township Schools.
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…
The Portage Township Schools Maintenance Department is dedicated to keeping all facilities safe and operational 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
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…
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…
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.
What is "Bullying"? The school handbook defines it as: "overt, repeated acts, including physical, verbal, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the other student". Bul…
The Portage Township Schools Transportation Department is dedicated to providing students and staff with safe and efficient transportation. Currently serving more than 8,000 students to and from school daily, students are transported to eight elementary, two middle, and the high school in P…
With summer quickly approaching, many parents are asking, "What can I do to help my child over the summer months?" Regardless of your child's age, setting aside time to read each day is essential to help develop good habits and improve skill development at all levels.
While I was growing up in Gary, Ind., much of what I learned about life was the result of the neighborhood I lived in. The area around 11th Avenue and Polk Street was rich in culture and wisdom.
Year after year the Portage Township Schools maintenance department is dedicated to keeping all facilities safe and operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school, but children and adults should follow these tips to keep the trip as safe as possible.
Frigid winds, snow and ice trigger important winter weather safety reminders to motorists, students and parents.
On Monday November 29, 2010, a group of parents and children filed into Paul Saylor Elementary library for a special reading event.
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Portage Township Schools is a corporation that looks beyond the educational process to make sure all our students are able to work at their full potential. Many students find themselves unable to achieve that full potential due to illness, visual problems and hearing problems. In these tough…
About two weeks ago, the Portage Township Schools Home School Advisors wrote an article on bullying prevention. This is another take on bullies -- on the Internet.
Bullying represents a significant problem in schools across the nation, affecting one of every three students.
At the end of the 2009-10 school year, Mr. Michael J. Berta Jr., superintendent of Portage Township Schools, asked all district leaders to reflect on the work of their departments, capture those moments of pride and submit them to his office. The following is a selection of those items:
Entering kindergarten can be not only a joyful experience, but a time filled with anxiety for both parents and children. There are several ways to ease this transition, and Portage Township Schools has several recent initiatives to help with this process.
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.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is an economic stimulus package enacted by Congress in February 2009. Nationwide, billions of dollars have been provided to strengthen education as well as stimulate the economy. A portion of these funds was designated for Title I pro…
Teenagers often are thought of as individuals that think mainly of themselves and not of others. Many Portage High School students have proved that theory wrong. Our students frequently give their time to benefit their health and the health and well-being of others.
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