The Week At A Glance
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Police Dogs and Tomahawks and Magic Shows, Oh My! 
 Tons of fun, interactive and educational events are taking place in the elementary school. Recently, two police officers and their K9 partners visited the third grade students. During their visit the officers read the students a story and also demonstrated how the dogs are trained to apprehend criminals.
      In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, Johnstown Tomahawks, Colin Price, Roman Kraemer, Joe Kile, Hunter Toale, Carter Dwyer and Cam Hebert read various Dr. Seuss books to the third grade students, answered questions and signed autographs for all of the students. 
      As an incentive for the entire elementary school, Magician Steve performed magic tricks and incorporated the wonders of reading with the students. The "Reading is Fun" magic show was sponsored by the PTO and funded by collected Box Tops. (More)

ATOMS Recharged
       The Appalachia Intermediate Unit 08 is now accepting applications for the summer ATOMS Recharged Program. Online Registration is now open for students completing grades 2-8. For more information, including campus and classes offered, please visit

Sossong Sixth in the State

      Congratulations to Cole Sossong who placed sixth in the PIAA State Wrestling Championships in the 160 pound weight class. Cole is the fourth Mustang Wrestler to place at the State level. 

      Congratulations to Mrs. Sara Erzal who was the recipient of the Teacher of the Month Award for February presented by Allied Milk Producers and WTAJ. Click here to view the video from WTAJ News broadcast. 
Honoring Our Outstanding Students
      Representative Frank Burns presented Taylor Glass, Olivia Kissell and Cole Sossong with certificates from the state House of Representatives for their outstanding achievements in sports during their time at Portage Area Junior/Senior High School.
      Taylor was honored for reaching 1,000 points as a member of the high school's basketball team and Olivia reached an impressive 1,000 assists during her volleyball career. Cole garnered an impressive 100 wins with the high school's wrestling team.

       Mr. Christian Serenko, Principal of the Elementary School has announced that the Portage Area School District will hold registration for Pre-School (K-4), new Kindergarten (Kdg) and New First Grade (1st) students on
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in the Nurses’ Suite of the Elementary School.   Registration will be completed with the School Nurse. Children already attending Pre-School or Kindergarten classes at the time of registration will not need to register again.  Children need not be present at the time of registration as no testing will be administered. (More)

2019-20 Financial Aid Planning 
      PHEAA has created a video with some helpful tips for financial aid planning. Click here to see the video. 

Understanding 2018 PSAT/NMSQT Results 
      Follow the link provided to view a Parent Tutorial for better understanding 2018 PSAT/NMSQT results. (Tutorial)

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