The Week At A Glance
District News
      The homecoming football game will be held, Friday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Come watch the Portage Mustangs take on the Ferndale Yellow Jackets and see who will be crowned the 2018 Homecoming Queen. In addition to the game, Portage Senior High School will be hosting the first annual Homecoming Dance on Saturday, September 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the high school gymnasium for grades 9-12. Advanced tickets can be purchased during all lunch periods for $5.00/person, tickets at the door are $10.00. (more
National Guard Visits PASD with Blackhawk Helicopter
      Recently, the Army National Guard came to visit the students of Portage Area. This visit was special because the members of the National Guard arrived in a Blackhawk Helicopter. Elementary teachers and High School History teachers were encouraged to take their students to the track to ask questions and to climb into the helicopter. A special thank you to Sgt. Joseph Myers for arranging the event. (Scrapbook)
Students Learn About a Non-Traditional Medical Profession 
      On Wednesday, September 12, Dr. Kevin Whaley from Forensic DX visited our G&T students to give a presentation on Forensic Pathology.  The main focus of his presentation was conducting autopsies.  His time with us was interesting to say the least as he introduced many concepts and procedures that he uses on a daily basis.  Often, his work is presented in courts; sometimes, it is to give a family peace of mind.  One of our senior students, Summer Viscusi, had this to say, "It was very interesting to see this perspective of medicine from a non traditional medical profession."  All of our students had an eye opening experience and we would like to thank Dr. Whaley for his time with us.
Financial Aid Night for Parents
      The Admiral Peary Vocational Technical School will host a Financial Aid Night on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Financial Aid Representatives from area colleges and universities will conduct the financial aid workshop. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be discussed and questions will be answered. Parents are encouraged to bring the FAFSA Web Worksheet to the workshop. The program is sponsored by the Admiral Peary School Counselors Association. 
Immunization Reminder
      The PA Department of Health has new regulations regarding immunizations and must be implemented for the 2018-2019 school year or your child will be excluded from school. (More)

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.

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most 

       Cambria County Drug & Alcohol along with Remembering ADAM will host the prevention program “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” in the Portage area from March 1 through June 1.  This program sends a unified message that teen alcohol usage is unhealthy, unsafe, and unacceptable.  The program provides parents and adults with accurate information about the health and safety risks associated with underage drinking and the legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors.  Would you be willing to help us collect data on this program?  It’s easy, just click the link and take the short survey, it will take about 2 minutes.  No names are collected, it’s completely anonymous.  With your help we can begin to create positive change within the Portage community.  Only adults over the age of 18 are eligible to take the SURVEY

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