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Portage Township Schools Update, November 10, 2017

Saylor Elementary Extreme Energy
Saylor students were able to experience Extreme Energy last Friday. Extreme Energy is a science based assembly program where students were able to see, feel and create energy. Our guests gave examples of heat, wind and electrical energy. In addition, they used an infrared camera to show that we are made of energy too! Students really enjoyed the interactive assembly!


Saylor Elementary Mighty Acorns
Saylor 4th Grade students, took a Mighty Acorns Trip to Imagination Glen this week. Students learned about seeds and the different ways they are dispersed. In addition, they collected various seeds to be planted next season. It's a wonderful hands on experience, that allows them to get familiar with their environment.


PHS Microsoft Certification
Congratulations to our Portage students who have received their first Microsoft Certification of the year. Most of these students are earning college credit while in high school and developing skills necessary for the workplace. In addition, Marc Biggs and Zachery Gertzen have even received the challenging Expert Word Certification.


PHS French Class
French 3 and 4 students are voice recording skits that they wrote about meeting up with friends at an amusement park. They have to talk about what they just did and make plans to do something together. Students wrote original skits with their partners and then used the app "Voice Record Pro" to record themselves and submit the assignment to schoology. This app allows students to record their oral work in the target language, while freeing up class time, because the teacher doesn't have to use a day or more of time to listen to students during class. Their recordings can be graded after school, and because the students submit through schoology, they can get immediate written feedback from the teacher. Using this kind of technology saves class time and engages students in using appropriate and specific technology to accomplish an important task. Multiple academic state standards are included in this type of activity, but most important is that students get to display their abilities and accomplishments, and they also get personalized, written feedback in return.


PHS History Class
On Friday, October 13th, Mr Dye's PHS U.S. History students attended the Pullman National Monument in Chicago, IL. Students had an opportunity to visit a company town from the 1880s. After viewing artifacts in the museum, students were given a guided tour of the town, which included the church, stables, residential housing, and hotel.


Cadets from Portage MCJROTC celebrated the Marine Corps 242nd birthday on 3 November 2017. The guest of honor was Portage Township Schools Superintendent Mrs. Amanda Alaniz. The ball was a great success and a fine time was had by all.


PHS Students Visit PNW
Sophomore Looping students attended Purdue Northwest to learn about admission requirements, degree offerings, and available facilities. Pictured are students from Mr Hodges’ and Mr Kretz’s Looping team.


New PLTW STEM Room Prepping for Dedication
Portage High School Graphics Imaging Technology student Dakota Fryer is putting the finishing touches on the new PLTW / STEM room in PHS West. Mr. Mark Fischer's print shop produced the large window decal in a partnership with the PLTW Department. With the efforts of many Portage Township Schools departments, the Project Lead the Way room has been under construction since summer. With Phase 1 complete, the room is host to pre-engineering students throughout the day. The PLTW/STEM Lab will be officially dedicated during the "PHS West Showcase" event, Thursday, November 19, 2017 at 6:15 PM. Enter though door F at Portage High School West. The room is B15.


Kyle Elementary
Today, at Kyle Elementary, we honor our Veterans. We honor, and thank all the men and women who have served our country.

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