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Thank you…

Losing a student is always heart-rending. We mourn for the student and parents. We support our kids, as they are all affected by death in different ways. We lean on one another as colleagues, giving strength and encouragement so that we can then do the same for all our daughters and sons.

At the same time, we are so grateful for the love and support that all of us here have been given by our community. Youth pastors for our community churches checked in on our kids before and after school, making sure they knew that there were so many adults who care about them. Counselors from all the Portage middle and high schools – as well as from Mattawan and Kalamazoo – helped us run counseling groups, so that all our kids could express how they are feeling in a safe and supportive place. Area businesses provided food and encouragement, so that teachers here could focus all our attention on the incredible young men and women we serve. Hundreds of Emails, Facebook posts and a myriad other messages were sent to us, letting all of us know that we are not alone during this tragic time. On a personal level, I have read the post from our wonderful Moms in Prayer group many, many times. Knowing that good folks care about us and our kids can make all the difference.

Thank you for what you have already done as families to support your son or daughter, as well as all our kids. Still, the feeling of loss does not dissipate overnight. These experiences ripple out from us often for days and weeks, and sometimes for months and years. So please keep watching. Continue to check in on our kids to make sure they are in a healthy place. Our kids are like us: they put on their normal face and go back to work. But we have to continue to work together so that we know that they are not masking a problem. To help with that, please go to our website for Working through Loss. There you will find valuable resources that will help guide on on-going efforts to make sure all our kids are safe.

Once again you have shown that we pull together as a community during incredibly difficult times. And again, we are so grateful.

And we always need your on-going feedback

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!

The Portage CommuniTEEN Read selection for this year is The Scorpio ​Races by New York Times Bestselling author, Maggie Stiefvater. We are honored that she will be visiting Portage Central students during the school day and talking with our community on ​March 28th from 6:30-8:30​ pm​.​This event will be held at Portage Northern H.S.​ It is ​free and open to anyone. Book signing will follow. Click here for more information

Portage Central Prom is April 22nd from 8:00-11:00 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. For more information click here.

Portage Central's Day of Kindness will be April 28th.

2017-18 District School Calendar Click here

From the Counseling Office:

Important testing info for students and parents:


Spring 2017 testing will begin for our students on April 11, 2017.  Our 11th graders will be taking the Michigan Merit Exam, which is composed of the SAT with Essay on Tuesday, April 11, the ACT WorkKeys test on Wednesday April 12th, and the M-STEP online assessments on Tuesday, April 18th.


9th graders will be taking the PSAT 9 on Tuesday, April 11th, and 10th graders will be taking the PSAT 10 Wednesday, April 12th.


Recently a letter was mailed to all PCHS families with detailed information about Spring 2017 testing, which you can read here.  Click here for letter.


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.


Attention anyone interested in the volunteer service award:  All hours for the 2016-2017 school year are due to Mr. LaRoy before 11:00 on March 31st. This is the last day before Spring Break!!  Any hours completed over spring break must be submitted no later than April 10.  Only hours completed over spring break will be accepted on April 10th to count towards the 2016/2017 Community Service Award.


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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