5th grade parent night
powerpoint slideshow featuring a general overview and talking points is
available online at
. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our counseling
office at 323-8687 or email Dr. Nancy Clinton at 323.5676.
are now available for sale in the front office, courtesy of the CMS PTO
for only $1.00 and there are limited supplies, first come, first served.
All athletes need a physical exam done on or after April 15, 2012 on file before they may participate.
Mustang Mentors and
FREE opportunities for students to come to the media center for support
with core academics
Tuesday through Thursday,
from 3:05 to 3:35.
The Mustang Mentors are Central High School National Honor Society
Students who are volunteering their time to tutor our CMS students in
core academics, such as math and world language. Students can also make
time to read, do homework, or use the computer. For our early birds,
students may come to the media center get help with core academics before school from 7am
to 7:40am on Tuesday through Thursdays.
There will be 3 certified teachers available to help students with their
Portage Community Outreach Center Free Tutoring:
free tutoring for students who live in the Portage school district, or
attend a Portage school. Tutoring will start on October 1, 2012
3:30-4:30 or 4:30 -5:30 pm. We will have sessions Monday-Thursday during
the identified time slots. If you are interested in signing up for
tutoring, or signing up to become a tutor,please contact Rachael Kohler
for more information, 323-1942, or by email at
ATYP: Are you an exceptional student in reading,
writing or math? If so, you might be interested in classes in the
Academically Talented Youth Program [commonly known as ATYP]. The
classes meet weekly at WMU.If you are interested, please go to the
Counseling Office to get additional information. For a copy of the
letter sent out to PPS families,
The CMS school store is open every Thursday morning.
It includes school supplies, breath fresheners, and Portage Central
spirit wear that can be viewed
at this link.
Staff, students or parents, do have something to share?
If you have news that you would like to share with the CMS Community,
please email your info to
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IMPORTANT ITEMS TO REMEMBER...
All adults, including parents, please assist us in keeping our school
safe and orderly by signing in at the front office and getting a visitor
pass sticker before walking down the hallways before school starts, as
well as during school hours, as a safety precaution for our students.
When a child becomes ill at school…6 easy steps:
1. Student tells the teacher.
2. Student sent to counseling office.
3. Student calls parent using school phone.
4. Mrs. Leblong confirms with parent/guardian.
5. Student is issued a blue hall pass to go to locker.
6. Student turns in blue hall pass at front desk/front office and waits
for parent to arrive.
Back in November of 2010, Portage Central Middle School sent a letter
out to our corporate citizens asking for their help in donating a gift
card or any other type of prize and/or products
to be used as rewards for our Positive Behavior Support program.
The response was terrific! We collected enough donations
to run the program for two years! The goal of the Positive Behavior
Support program is to create a learning atmosphere that is best for
student achievement. Adhering to our nationally acclaimed
Character Counts program, we
encourage our students to subscribe to the 6 Pillars of Character:
Fairness, Caring, and
We look for students modeling
the behavior that we want to see in our school.
Those students who are
“caught doing the right thing” are positively reinforced.
However, midway through our 3rd year, we find ourselves in need of
additional donations, so we are actively accepting gifts large or small!
Special thanks to the Shaver Road Meijer for their recent gift
card contribution that will be used to purchase various prizes for
Expectations and reminders
--All student cellphones are to be off and put away the entire school day, from
the moment you enter until the moment you leave the building after
school. After 3pm, students are free to use their phones. Thanks!
--It is the Responsibility of all CMS students to bring their
assignment notebook to all core classes. Students are expected to
copy the class agenda. When absent, it is the students
responsibility to fill in agenda for days missed. Every other Friday
at the beginning of 4th hour a school wide assignment notebook check
will occur. 1st Offense for not showing a pattern of using
assignment notebook is a teacher conference with student.
Consecutive offenses will result in detentions and parent contact.
An updated, legible assignment notebook provides students with a
tool for academic success.
is the responsibility of all CMS students to have a lock on
their locker. If a locker does not have a lock on by the end of
the day Monday, October 15th, a permanent school issued lock will be
installed. Please keep your locker locked.
Walking out to the bus…
Please remember to stay on the
sidewalk while exiting the building to your bus; in other words, do not
cross the parking lot and do not walk between or behind the busses.
Safe Routes to School Initiative
Walking & Biking Safely to School
Safe Routes to Central Middle School
Dress Code…take a look at pages
6 and 7 in your assignment notebook.
Since spring seems to be greeting us with
open arms, so please remember that shorts and skirts must be at least
mid-thigh, BELOW the fingertips. In addition, shirts and blouses must
not reveal the midriffs, meaning no skin showing in the middle!
Spaghetti straps, low cut tops, halter tops, backless tops and/or mesh
tops are also considered violations of the dress code. Please save these
types of apparel for when you are not at school. Thanks to the great
majority of you who meet our school expectations each day!
MyCokeRewards for CMS!
Click on the
link below to donate points from the codes found on all Coke products.
Thanks to student Max Nicolai for
organizing this project! You will see our school's total points,
view the wish list, and search for fun ways to get involved. “The more
points you donate, the more you help every student learn and grow
stronger in all aspects of life.”
School Closing Hotline
Emergency closings are also posted on the home page of the Portage
Public Schools website at
www.portageps.org or by calling the School Closing Hotline 323-6800.
Pay to Participate Information
click here for information regarding the new Pay to Participate
program for middle and high schools.
Voluntary Student Accident Insurance Program.
During this school year the Portage
Board of Education made available a voluntary student accident insurance
program. Since the District has made this insurance available, an
increasing number of parents/guardians have been taking advantage of
this inexpensive policy. This fact dictates that as a community
service, we will continue to offer this voluntary insurance. The
District offers this program because of trends in rising family health
and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, and co-payments.
Furthermore, in an attempt to limit the Districts' rising insurance
costs, this program provides an alternative for claims due to accidental
injuries that unfortunately occur on our property. This is the
case for both during and after school hours. The plan described in the
brochure you'll receive in the fall has been designed to respond to
diverse family insurance needs. Coverage provided can help
decrease the burden of unexpected medical and dental expenses, including
those left unpaid due to family insurance deductibles and co-payments.
As it relates to middle and high school interscholastic athletics, this
voluntary insurance plan also provides coverage for all sports except
grades 9 through 12 tackle football. In that the District
requires athletic insurance, you should consider this policy for the
coverage it will provide you and your child. A separate policy for
high school interscholastic football is also made available before
practice begins in August. Please watch for the enrollment forms at the
start of the next school year.
Pest Control Service Dates
Due to Acts 636 and 637 of the
Michigan State Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Notification of Schools, we
are required to inform you of the scheduled pest control service days.
Please note that the exterior of our building is scheduled to be trated on the
2nd Tuesday of each month.