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PAES Celebrates "Read Across America"- How The Grinch Stole Christmas

PAES Celebrate "Read Across America Day"

“Read Across America Day” is an annual reading program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2nd.  Every year at the beginning of March, children across the country kick-off the month by celebrating the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss and the many characters that have been immortalized in his children’s books.  It’s a day to bring awareness to the importance of reading in education and helps to motivate kids to read more.

Check out these fun ways students and staff are celebrating reading throughout the week in the elementary school: 


Monday:  How the Grinch Stole Christmas (wear head-to-to Christmas)

Tuesday:  Cat in the Hat Day (wear a hat)

Wednesday:   Wacky Wednesday (wear wacky or mismatched clothes)

Thursday:  If I Ran the Zoo (bring your favorite stuffed animal)

Friday:  The Sleep Book (wear pajamas)


 Stay tuned for some pictures and videos throughout  the week. 

A special thank you to the PTO for providing Dr. Seuss treats to all students this week. Thank you PTO!


“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child!”- Dr. Seuss



Where to Find the District's Live Streaming Events  

Some sporting and other district events are streamed live on Youtube.  The site for watching those events is Portage Area SD Live on Youtube. As a back-up, the district has a second Youtube account at Portage Area HS.

*See main link under upcoming events.

* For the second Youtube account link, go to the Teams schedules under the Athletics page.

Inclement Weather Update 


With the unpredictable weather and our later start to the school day, it was time for me to develop new procedures for delays, Flexible Instructions Days (FID) and closures. With the HS operating remotely the past couple of weeks, we were able to avoid having to deal with using any of these possibilities. That changes this week when our HS students return. I'm sure these new procedures will be modified/corrected as we move forward and identify ways to improve the schedule for the benefit of our students. See procedures  HERE


-Mr. Zelanko, Superintendent




*District Offering Limited Number of New Winter Coats 


Books to the Ceiling by Arnold Lobel

Upcoming Events


**Please see the team schedule page under athletics.  The schedule for  athletic events changes during inclement weather. 
Third Grade Snow Fun
Click on the picture below to see more photos. 
art flyer

Student Artwork Featured in Museum Exhibit

Last weekend, the artwork of 22 Portage Elementary students were on display at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, located on the campus of St. Francis University in Loretto. The show will continue until April 3rd for parents that were unable to attend the opening. (registration is encouraged but not required).  Click HERE to see more information.


Click the image above to see a slide show of PAES students celebrating 100 days of school.