The Week At A Glance
District News
Elementary Christmas Concert
      The Elementary Band and Chorus concert will be held Friday, December 14 with parent performances at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the elementary auditorium. 

Drama Club Christmas Production
  The PAHS Drama Club will present two short Chr
istmas plays, "A Fairy Tale Christmas" and "Christmas Everyday" on Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, 2018.  Both shows begin at 7:00 p.m. and will have a bake sale to help raise additional funds for the drama club.  Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.

Students Attend Science Day at SFU

      On November 20, Mr. Kargo and Ms. Kenny took a group of G&T and A&P 2 students to St. Francis University for their annual Science Day.  Once again, SFU did a great job hosting the event which happened to be their 25th year.  The day consists of break out learning sessions from the many disciplines of Science for all of the students.  These courses range from Physiology to Chemistry to Biology to Physics to even Scuba Diving.  While the break out sessions are happening, many schools enter a team into the Science Bowl.  The Science Bowl is a Jeopardy-like game where teams of students are asked many questions involving the Sciences.  As always, our students had an informative day and the hospitality at SFU was first class!

Honoring Our Veterans 
On Friday, November 9, students at the elementary school honored local veterans with a concert. The Portage community band provided entertainment prior to the start of the show.  Preschool kicked off the show with the Pledge of Allegiance.  Third grade provided a brief explanation of Veterans Day and thanked all of the veterans in the audience.  Each grade level entertained the crowd with a patriotic song that they learned in music class.  Some grade levels prepared poems for the audience too.  Fifth grade speakers spoke about the five branches of the military and honored veterans who served during the various conflicts in U.S. history from World War II through present day conflicts.  The show ended with the elementary chorus singing "God Bless the USA".  

Xtreme Team PTO Incentive


      Recently, the students at the elementary school were able to see the Xtreme Team basketball show.  The students met the PTO's fundraising goal and got the show as a reward.  The Xtreme team is a touring trampoline dunk team.  They have experience at half-time shows for NBA teams.  Students who sold seven or more items were given VIP seats and got autographs and pictures of the team.

Secret Santa Toy Collection
The Portage Area School District is once again collecting donations for the Secret Santa Program. Unwrapped donations are due by Friday, December 7. Please click here to see a list of rquested items. 

Single's Surgeons
      Students in Mrs. Single's 2nd grade class take a different approach to learning math problems. Each student dressed in surgeon gear and was given a patient who was covered in double digit math problems.  If the problem was incorrect they covered it with a band-aid and fixed it. Once the patient was double checked after "surgery" the students picked a hospital gown and slippers with more math problems that had to be completed and then checked.  When everything was correct the student colored the patient, gown and slippers. (More)

2nd Place in the State

Congratulations to Lauren Shaffer who placed 2nd at PIAA Girls A State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 3. 

Order Your 2018-19 Yearbook Today 
     Don't miss the opportunity to purchase your copy of the 2018-19 Yearbook. Yearbooks will be delivered by the end of the school year and will include all school clubs, sports teams, events and happenings. Click here for an order form.  

Young Wins Championship for Sled Hockey Team AGAIN

      Brickwall Brayden Young, played a four game tournament in Cranberry on October 13th and 14th. He had three shutouts and took the championship game into a shootout. He blocked all three shots from the Pittsburgh team. His teammate scored the only goal in the shootout.

October Happenings in the Elementary School
The month of October proved to be a busy one for students in the elementary school. In addition to the usual costumes and candy, Students carved pumpkins, participated in an end of the first quarter incentive, Fire Prevention Week, a Pep Rally, and visits from Carnegie Science Center, the Altoona Curve as well as Home Depot.

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Safe School Helpline
      The Portage Area School District has partnered with the “Safe School Helpline” to provide an avenue for our students, staff, parents and community to report any concerns relating to the safety of our schools. If you are aware of any activity or communication that may impact the safety of our students, staff or schools, please call the “Safe School Helpline” to report your concern: The Safe School Helpline 1-800-418-6423, Extension 359  or 1-800-4-1-VOICE, Extension 359.  A verbatim report will be generated and sent to your school’s administration for their review and potential school action.   
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