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