Attention Students and Parents: The
2015 Michigan Merit Exam (MME) will take place on March 3-4. Juniors
will report to school at the regular 7:35 a.m. start time on Tuesday, March
3 for the ACT, and Wednesday, March 4 for the WorkKeys tests.
Once testing concludes at noon on Tuesday, ALL students in all grades will
attend classes from 12:35-2:50.
Once testing concludes at 10:30 on Wednesday, ALL students in all grades
will attend classes from 10:50-2:50.
The following letters go into more detail of the changes, including the
school schedule for the late starts each day.
9th, 10th and 12th graders
to 11th graders
ATTENTION STUDENTS AND PARENTS, important Spring 2015 testing
Listen up students--important ACT information: We are once
again announcing that students have free access to ACT's online test prep
website. Normally you students would have to pay a fee to gain access
to this website, but our GREAT PTO has given our school a gift and purchased
this for us. Letters have been mailed home to all of our 9th-11th
graders that give you login instructions, and how to navigate the website.
Juniors especially-this is an awesome way to start NOW to prepare for the
ACT, which you will be taking here at PCHS next March. And you
sophomores and freshmen, we recommend you login and begin to prepare as
well, as you will be taking the ACT Aspire test in the spring. So check the mail at home, and hang
onto those login instructions, but if you need help, please see Mr. Phillips
in the Study Lab. Studies have shown that the more you prepare for the
ACT ahead of time, the better you will do!
Help us end distracted driving
Our Student Council is leading a year-long campaign to end distracted
driving among our students. As a staff, we've been inspired to play our part
in this campaign as well. This
video is of one of
the many - too many - real-life stories of the impact of distracted
We hope you watch this
video and discuss
with your son or daughter. Together, let's make sure all of our kids are
Thank you Parents for attending our 8th Grade Parent Night
click here to
view the Powerpoint presentation if you would like to review the
information or if you were unable to attend.
And we always need your on-going feedback
One thing I have learned for sure is, a school 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 3. I would really appreciate it if you
could take a few moments to give us your thoughts.
Thank you so much for your time and your
commitment to the success of all our kids.
In respect and appreciation,
Our annual Day of Kindness will be held April 24th.
For more information on this event please
Check out Portage Central's new
Mustang Moment webcast.
IB testing dates for May 2015 have been
2015-16 Program of Study click
Attendance office direct line:
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!
Looking to come to Portage Central? 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.
A quick guided tour of the new Portage Central.