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One thing I have learned for sure is, a school is a reflection of its community. The community’s values, its hopes and dreams for our all our kids are woven into the fabric of the school that serves it. So it is so important – actually, essential – that we as school-folk hear you, that we listen and understand your perspectives and ideas.


We do this in a number of ways. We talk together at parent-teacher conferences. We see each other at musicals, concerts and athletic events. We visit at gas stations, after church and even in the produce department of Meijer. These conversations are so important for our understanding, yet we know we cannot listen to everyone that way.

So for years we as a school have surveyed our students and our parents to get as many ideas and perspectives as we can. This feedback informs our decision making, our school-improvement efforts and the day-to-day work for all our kids. We have been so grateful for this feedback in past years; it has helped us continue to grow as a school and as a team of educators.


We need to continue to ask you for your concrete ideas and your long-term hopes for this wonderful and very human place. So below is a brief survey for parents and another for students, and they will be open until Friday, April 7. I would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your thoughts.

Parent Survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Prnt17
Student Survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stdnt2017
Thank you so much for your time and your commitment to the success of all our kids.
In respect and appreciation,
Eric


It's never too early to think about graduation
All our seniors already have our Senior Guide. Here is a more up-to-date version of all the things to think about on this incredibly special day, from the date of the Mustang Ride Out to when we all meet at Wings Stadium for graduation. See you there!

Do you want information about the county’s Early Middle College program?

Come to West Middle School on Wednesday, March 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. to talk with Lisa Bartell, EMC coordinator, as well as with PPS administrators to see if this program could be helpful for your freshman daughter or son who will graduate in 2020.


From the Counseling Office: 

Important testing info for students and parents:
Spring 2017 testing will begin for our students on April 11, 2017.  9th graders will be taking the PSAT 9, 10th graders will be taking the PSAT 10, and juniors will be taking the Michigan Merit Exam (which is the SAT, ACT WorkKeys test, and the M-STEP).

Juniors-
we encourage you to begin to practice online for the upcoming SAT, using your Khan Academy account.  If you have any questions about this process, please visit the Counseling Office.

Click here and go to All About Testing tab for lots of information, a schedule for each day of testing, and much more!  If you have any testing questions, please feel free to email our test coordinator Trish King at TKing@portageps.org.

Deadline for community-service hours
The last time to turn in Community Service Award hours will be 11:00 a.m. on March 31.  All hours received after this date will not be accepted for the Community Service Award for the 2016-2017 school year but instead will be counted toward the 2017-2018 school year. We have this date so that we can tabulate all the hours accurately so we can recognize these students at our Academic Awards Presentations this spring.

Thank you to all the 8th Grade Parents who were able to attend our 8th Grade Parent meeting.  If you were unable to attend or would like to review what was cover in the meeting please click here to view the presentation.  


The 2016-2017 Senior Guide is now available!
 So much is going on during senior year, from college applications to Grad Bash, from yearbook information to where you pick up your diploma after graduation. All seniors received a copy at our class meeting, and you can also download an electronic copy here so you can make sure you are up to date with the responsibilities and rewards of being a Mustang senior!

Student Council's online suggestion box.

Attention Students: are you falling behind in your classwork, want help developing better study habits, or just need help in a certain class?  Study Tables is your answer.  For more information click here

Attendance office direct line: 323-5259  If your son or daughter is going to be away from school just a few minutes or all day, thanks for keeping us in the loop!

Thinking about coming to Portage Central? Take a look at our Activities Guide to see all the cool athletics and activities we offer to get all our kids engaged outside the classroom. If you would like to speak with staff about Portage Central or to schedule a tour of the building for you and your student, please contact the Portage Central Main office at 323-5200.

 

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