Anthony Representing Portage at State Choral Festival
Senior Tony Anthony is representing Portage at the State Choral Festival, making him the first PAHS student to advance to that level in many years. After three days of practice, Anthony and the other singers will perform in concert at the Hershey Theater on Saturday, March 28, at 11:30 a.m. PAHS choral director Kelli Myers noted that during the first day of practice, Anthony was ranked 7th out of 20 in his section, "which is awesome!"
Faculty Uphold Unbeaten Basketball Record
The faculty came out victorious in the closely contested senior-faculty basketball fundraiser held Monday at PAHS. Despite trailing the senior sports captains for most of the game, the teachers rallied and took the lead before the final buzzer. The final score was 48 to 44, with the faculty continuing their perfect record.
Honor Society Adding 20 Members in Monday's Ceremony
The National Honor Society will be hosting it's annual induction ceremony on Monday, March 30, in the high school auditorium. The ceremony, which is open to the community, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Portage branch of the society will be inducting 20 new members, whose names--along with those of current members--are listed in event's program.
Students Compete to Create Tasty, Cute Cupcakes
Students in the Family & Consumer Sciences I class recently had the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills in the Cupcake Wars baking competition. The class was divided into four teams, each group having to create cupcakes to be judged by four staff members. The decorating theme was animals and the required “secret ingredient” was at least one citrus fruit. The winning team, named Crazy Cupcakes, impressed the judges with a lemon flavored cupcake featuring a shark and palm tree. (Photos)
Board Releases Calendar for the 2015-16 School Year
At their March meeting, the PASD Board of Directors approved a calendar for the 2015-16 school year. According to the plan, subject to change, teachers will return to school for three days of in-service from Tuesday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, the 27th. They'll be off Friday the 28th. Students' first day will be Monday, Aug. 31. Graduation and the last day of school will be Wednesday, June 1, with teachers reporting the day after for in-service. Presidents Day and Easter Monday will be used as make-up days if needed. Additional make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.
Foundation Pays for Trip to Holocaust
Museum and Other D.C. Sites
A generous contribution from the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies paid for the entire senior class to take a recent day-long fieldtrip to Washington, D.C. The focus of the trip was a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, but the group had time to tour several other cultural and historical sites around the National Mall. The death or failing health of Holocaust survivors who once spoke to students around the county, including Portage, has made the existance of the Holocaust Museum all the more important as a profound reminder of what can happen when one group declares superiority--to the point of genocide--over another. (More)
End of Third Marking Period Moved to April 6
A flurry of snow days has pushed the end of the third marking period into April, specifically Monday, April 6. That day had originally been scheduled to be part of Easter break but is now a make-up day.
Assuming No More Changes: Graduation June 4
If the district can get through the rest of the school year without any more cancellations, the last day of school for students and graduation will be Thursday, June 4. Teachers will report the following day for in-service.
Senior Project Is One of the Final Hurdles to Graduation
Members of the Class of 2015 are wrapping up their senior projects and preparing to present overviews of those projects to evaluators in approximately one month. The projects are being completed in fulfillment of a graduation requirement established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. (More)
Fourth Annual Bunny Dash Slated for April 4
The 4th Annual 5K Bunny Dash will be held on Saturday, April 4, with proceeds to benefit Critchton-McCormick Park. The race will begin at 9 a.m., preceeded by same-day registration beginning at 8 a.m. Advance registration, which ends Friday, March 6, will cost only $7 for students and $12 for adults. Additional information can be found on the race flyer, and an online registration link can be found at http://www.facebook.com/BunnyDash5k . Many district employees assist in organzing the event.