Announcements

May 24th
Students - just a reminder to check for your library books at home tonight and put them in a drop box or the library before the 7:25 bell tomorrow morning.

8th grade is still in the lead with the fewest lost books at 50.
6th and 7th grades are neck and neck at 89 and 83 respectively.
Let's see who can get their books in the fastest.

Attention all 8th GRADE ART STUDENTS: the screen printed bags you created this school year are ready to be purchased! For a discounted price of just $3.00, you can be the proud owner of your OWN CANVAS BAG! Please bring your #3.00 to either Ms. Arnold or Mrs. DeRolf-Parente starting tomorrow, Friday May 24 to pick up your bag. REMEMBER - all proceeds go to the Portage Food Bank!


May 23rd
Did you forget to buy a yearbook? You still have a chance! Get your yearbook for $30.00 in the cafeteria during breakfast, or from Mrs. Arnold or Mrs. Rotzien. There are some in the front office also.

There's only one week of school left and there are still about 300 lost library books. Mrs. Bieker and Mrs. Dickson will start issuing debt slips tomorrow. They are asking all students to check their lockers, at home, and even in their classrooms for any library books.
Let's make a Reading Round-Up contest. The grade level that has the fewest books by Wednesday will get a surprise courtesy of Mrs. Bieker.
Here are the standings as of 3:00 p.m. yesterday.
6th grade has 122 lost books
7th grade has 116 lost books
8th grade has 81 lost books
Teachers please help students round up their books. Updated reports are in your mailboxes today.

Kono Ice at Picnic on Friday

All current sixth and seventh graders, Spell Bowl will have a call-out meeting on Tuesday, May 28th. If you like learning new words and competing against other schools, join us on Tuesday in Ms. Hilsmier's room. This meeting will end at 3:30, so please have a ride waiting.

Don't miss out getting the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book written from Rowley's point of view.
You can get this and many other books like Shonen Jump through this Friday at the Book Fair in the media center.

These are the final days to shop, so don't delay. Your favorite book may not be available by the end of the week. The book fair is open before school and until 3:00 after school.

Congratulations to Jamiyah Gross for participation in Girls Track.

Portage High School Sports Physical Fair on May 39th from 6-8 pm. Registration begins at 5:30. Enter Door Q. Flyers on the counter in the front office.

Reminder about IPADS....leave them here. Bring in your chargers!!

Students that have left clothes in the office because of dress code violations need to pick them up in the office.






May 21
Congrats to Alexis Rubens from the Cardinals team for hitting 200 AR points.!!!

We missed a couple of awards in out Award Convocation. We apologize.
Jordyn Zartuche won the Scholar Athlete Wrestling for Quarter 2
Dalton Whitten for team participation in wrestling



May 20
Kona Ice will be here for our picnic on Friday!!!!

Any 8th grade student that went on the cruise on Friday.....If you left something or didn't get your pictures, wee Mrs. Edwards.

Did you forget to buy a yearbook? You still have a chance!! Get your yearbook for $30.00 in the cafeteria during breakfast, or from Mrs. Arnold or Ms. Rotzien! Yearbooks will be distributed by grade level after awards convos.
8th grade - today
7th grade - tomorrow
6th grade - Wednesday

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls! Want to get involved with a new sport? Next week, from May 20th - 23rd, there will be a golf skills camp held by the Portage High School. Get the chance to learn a new lifetime sport while being coached by the current high school girls golf players and coaches. No experience is necessary and clubs will be provided if you do not have any. All girls attending the camp will also receive a t-shirt, golf balls, and an opportunity to play on a golf course! Flyers are available in the main office and the PE locker room or see Mr. Bonez if you have any questions. Hope to see you all there!

There is a call-out meeting for incoming freshmen interested in playing volleyball at the high school in the fall next Monday (5/20) at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be in the LGI room at PHS (enter through Door M). Those at the meeting will receive summer calendars, information on player packs, meet the PVB coaching staff, and have any questions answered.

Any current 6th or 7th grade girls interested in trying out for the Willowcreek Volleyball teams next year can pick up information from Mrs. Haupt in room F5 or Mrs. Scheuer in room C4.

Attention all 6th and 7th grade football players who have signed up to attend the football camp next week. The camp will begin next Monday and continue through Thursday. There will be an activity bus for the kids who need a ride home, all others need to be picked up no later than 4:45 p.m.

On Monday after 11th mod., all players participating in the camp should go to the locker room to change and then head out to the football field and have a seat on the bleachers to wait for Coach Haupt's instructions.



May 17th
Due to the weather, we will not be going outside at lunch today.
Kona Ice will still be here.

Students going on the cruise today need to bring jackets with them. Weather will be cold.

There is a call-out meeting for incoming freshmen interested in playing volleyball at the high school in the fall next Monday (5/20) at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be in the LGI room at PHS (enter through Door M). Those at the meeting will receive summer calendars, information on player packs, meet the PVB coaching staff, and have any questions answered.

Any current 6th or 7th grade girls interested in trying out for the Willowcreek Volleyball teams next year can pick up information from Mrs. Haupt in room F5 or Mrs. Scheuer in room C4.

The Hurricane Team would like to congratulate Sophia Torres on earning her way into the 200 point Reading Club! Thank you for being an exemplary reader. We are so proud of you! That makes 13 Hurricane students that are in these honorable ranks and we have a few more that are very close. Keep up the great work!

Any 6th grade girl or boy interested in participating in Cross Country next school year as a 7th grader needs to check the Schoology message board for a link to an online sign up form that must be completed by any current 6th grader interested in joining the team.

On Monday, May 20th there will be an informational meeting for those who are interested to learn more details about the program and to provide information on upcoming summer runs with the team. This meeting will take place in the gym immediately following student dismissal to class. Those who are interested should stay in the gym bleachers after morning dismissal.

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls! Want to get involved with a new sport? Next week, from May 20th - 23rd, there will be a golf skills camp held by the Portage High School. Get the chance to learn a new lifetime sport while being coached by the current high school girls golf players and coaches. No experience is necessary and clubs will be provided if you do not have any. All girls attending the camp will also receive a t-shirt, golf balls, and an opportunity to play on a golf course! Flyers are available in the main office and the PE locker room or see Mr. Bonez if you have any questions. Hope to see you all there!

Attention all 6th and 7th grade football players who have signed up to attend the football camp next week. The camp will begin next Monday and continue through Thursday. There will be an activity bus for the kids who need a ride home, all others need to be picked up no later than 4:45 p.m.

On Monday after 11th mod., all players participating in the camp should go to the locker room to change and then head out to the football field and have a seat on the bleachers to wait for Coach Haupt's instructions.









May 14th
The 6th grade girls ended their first middle school track season at the Conference Meet at Portage High School on Friday, May 10th, with a 5th place finish. Jocelyn Martinez was conference champ in both the 1600m run and the 800m run. Ava Colon took 3rd in the high jump. The 4X2 team of Alicia Cisneros, Alana Bohl, Ariel LaGace, and Callie Moseley took 5th. The 4X1 team of Ariel LaGace, Alyssa Keller, Alana Bohl, and Alicia Cisneros finished 6th, The 4X4 relay team of Mariah Rivera, Kayla Pleasant, Callie Moseley, and Jocelyn Martinez took a 4th place finish. In the 400 m dash, Kayla Pleasant finished 7th and Alana Ford finished 12th. Sienna Janes finished 10th in the 800m run. Ariel LaGace finished 5th in the high jump. Ava Hibbard finished 12th in the shot put, and Presley Wellestat came in 13th, Coach Travis wants to thank you all for a wonderful season!

Students you need to be careful going home. Walking on the sidewalks, crossing at the corners!!

The 8th grade Lady Braves showed an amazing team effort at Friday nights Conference meet.
Ribbon Winners were:
Payton Peele placed 2nd in the 100m dash
Kayla Witsmeer placed 3rd in the 200m dash
Ella Stokes tied for 3rd in High Jump
Josie Alexander placed 5th in the shot put
Makayla Vaclavik placed 8th in the mile.
The 4X100 team placed 5th - Payton Peele, Kayla Witsmeer, Ryanne Sandifer, and Ella Stokes.
Coach Karbler is very proud of all of these young ladies and their hard work. Great job. Please see Coach Karbler for your ribbons.

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls! Want to get involved with a new sport? Next week, from May 20 to 23, there will be a golf skills camp held by the Portage High School. Get the chance to learn a new lifetime sport while being coached by the current high school girls golf players and coaches. No experience is necessary and clubs will be provided if you do not have any. All girls attending the camp will also receive a t-shirt, golf balls, and an opportunity to play on a golf course! Flyers are available in the main office and the PE locker room or see Mr. Bonez if you have any questions. Hope to see you all there!

High School Boys Cross Country
This information is for any current 8th grade boy interested in running cross country next year at the high school. There will be a call out meeting May 15th (next Wed) in the LGI room at the high school. This meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. Please plan on attending if you are interested. Coach Erikson will be discussing summer running schedule as well as information for the upcoming season.

Any 8th grade girl interested in playing high school soccer this fall should attend a call out meeting with their parents on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the Portage High School LGI room. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Plawecki through email.

The last day to order your yearbook online at Jostens.com is this Wednesday! AFTER Wednesday, yearbooks may be purchased at school for $30.00. There are very few left, so do not miss your opportunity to get your copy.

Ballet Folklorico will meet today from 2:30 - 3:45. We will finish watching our movie.

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls. If you are interested in playing golf, there is a golf camp next week at Robbinhurst Golf Course. If you are interested, please see Mr. Bonez or Mrs. Gonzalez for more informatio.









May 13th

The 6th grade girls ended their first middle school track season at the Conference Meet at Portage High School on Friday, May 10th, with a 5th place finish. Jocelyn Martinez was conference champ in both the 1600 m run and the 800 m run. Ava Colon took 3rd in the high jump. The 4x2 team of Alicia Cisneros, Alana Bohl, Ariel LaGace, and Callie Moseley took 5th. The 4x1 team of Ariel LaGace, Alyssa Keller, Alana Bohl, and Alicia Cisneros finished 6th. The 4x4 relay team of Mariah Rivera, Kayla Pleasant, Callie Moseley, and Jocelyn Martinez took a 4th place finish. In the 400 m dash, Kayla Pleasant finished 7th and Alana Ford finished 12th. Sienna Janes finished 10th in the 800 m run. Ariel LaGace finished 5th in high jump. Ava Hibbard finished 12th in shot put, and Presley Wellestat came in 13th. Coach Travis wants to thank you all for a wonderful season!


The 7th grade girls track team finished 4th overall in Friday’s Conference meet.


Congratulations to the 4x200 Relay team on an undefeated season. The team consisted of: Jamia Adams, Lakayla Whittington, Taylor Pusateri, and Aniyah Powell


The following athletes also placed in the top 8 at the conference meet:


100 dash -Taylor Pusateri and Lakayla Whittington


200 dash - Lakayla Whittington and Aniyah Powell


400 dash - Jamia Adams


800 dash - Miranda Rivera


Hurdles - Emma Ortiz


4x100 Relay - Jamia Adams, Brooklyn Demercedes, Aniyah Powell, and Emma Ortiz


4x400 Relay - Chloe Szumanski, Emma Pugh, Grace Watt, and Sydney Woodworth


Shot Put - Alante Wright and Kyra Cooper


High Jump - Kianah King



6th Grade Boy’s Track


On Friday night, the 6th grade boys competed in the Lake/Porter Conference Track meet. At the end of the night, here are the individuals who left with ribbons:


John Peters was conference champ in the 100 meter dash.


Cameron Woods took 8th place in the 200 meter dash.


James Finley took 4th place in the 400 meter dash.


James Finley took 3rd place in the hurdles.


Arnez Smith took 8th place in the hurdles.


The 400 meter relay team consisting of John Peters, James Finley, Cameron Woods, and Arnez Smith took 2nd place.


The 800 meter relay team consisting of Tristan Pusateri, John Peters, Ronnie Jones, and Arnez Smith took 3rd place.


The 1600 meter relay team consisting of Austin Simko, Mason Conrad, Jordey Ellison, and Izaiah Mendez took 7th place.


Mason Conrad took 8th place in the long jump.


Tristan Pusateri took 4th place in shot put.


Coach Swindle would like to thank all the 6th grade boys who came out for track this year.



May 10th
8th graders going on the Navy Pier Cruise - it is ONE week away!!! If you have any last minute questions, please see Mrs. Edwards after announcements. Remember, you must be back at school by 3:45 p.m. as the buses will leave promptly at 4:00 p.m.

Don't be a sucker....come to the Scholastic Book Fair and play the sucker-pull. For 25 cents, students can buy a sucker, and if the stick has a colored dot on the end, they get $5.00 off any book in the Book Fair. The Book Fair will be open from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. every day from Monday, May 13th to May 24th. Bring your quarters, buy a sucker and pick out your books!

Any 8th grade girl interested in playing High School soccer this fall should attend a call out meeting with their parents on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the Portage High School LGI room. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Plawecki through email.

Reminder to all incoming NJHS Members who will be participating in Honor Society next year as 8th graders - rehearsal for the induction ceremony is today after school. Please be seated in the cafeteria by 2:40 so we can begin organizing. Rehearsal will last until approximately 4:15, and you'll need to have arrangements made to get home.

Open Volleyball for 6th grade girls only!
If you are interested please pick up a flyer from the front counter.


May 9th
High School Boys Cross Country
This information is for any current 8th grade boy interested in running cross country next year at the high school. There will be a call out meeting May 15th (next Wed) in the LGI room at the high school. This meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Please plan on attending if you are interested. Coach Erikson will be discussing summer running schedule as well as information for the upcoming season.



May 8th
Thank you to everyone who attended the Art Showcase yesterday evening! We enjoyed seeing so many students and their families. If you did not get a chance to come view it in the evening, check it out today. Remember to be respectful about the students work hanging.
A special congratulations to Trevor Young! Trevor, you won our door prize! Please see Ms. Arnold today to get your prize!

Don't be a sucker....come to the Scholastic Book Fair and play the sucker-pull. For 25 cents, students can buy a sucker, and if the stick has a colored dot on the end, they get $5.00 off any book in the Book Fair. The Book Fair will be open from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. every day from Monday, May 13th to May 24th. Bring your quarters, buy a sucker and pick out your books!

Any 8th grade girl interested in playing High School soccer this fall should attend a call out meeting with their parents on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the Portage High School LGI room. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Plawecki through email.

Any members of track team wanting to purchase a Conference Meet t-shirt can do so in the back office. Cost is $15.00

There will be a call out meeting for all 8th grade girls and their parents interested in being a member of the Portage High School Girls Cross Country Team. The meeting will be held on Monday May 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the LGI Room at the High School. Use entrance M. Help carry on the Portage tradition!

Any boys interested in trying out for the 7th and 8th grade boys' basketball teams next year should attend an informational meeting on Friday, May 10th in the gym at 7:20 a.m.

If you plan on playing football for Willowcreek next year your SIGN UP sheet must be turned into Coach Haupt in room D6 by Friday.

The Physical Fair at the High School is on May 30th from 6:00 - 8:00, enter through Door !. The cost for your physical is $25.00. You must have a physical to play football next year.


May 3rd
The Eagles are very proud to announce that Alana Bohl and John Peters have completed the 40 book challenge! Way to go!

The 6th Grade Lady Braves track team came out on top of "crosstown" competitors, Fegely, on Monday with a score of 50-36. Scorers for the meet were Kayla Pleasant in the hurdles and the 400m dash; Jazlene Godines in the 100m dash; Jocelyn Martinez in the mile and the 800; Alana Ford and Catherine Wiemeyer in the mile;Sienna Janes and Alexis Rubens in the 800, Savannah Jones in the 200; Ava Colon and Ariel LaGace in the high jump; Katy Lightner and Alexis Rubens in the long jump; the 4X1 relay team of Ariel LaGace, Alana Bohl, Alyssa Keller, and Alicia Cisneros, and the 4X4 relay team of Mariah Rivera, Kayla Pleasant, Cali Moseley, and Jocelyn Martinez. Way to go!



May 2nd
Congratulations to Elle Steuer for completing 100% of the 6th grade Khan Academy today!!!

Congratulations ALana Bohl for completing 100% on Khan Academy,

Congratulations to Matthew Krostag for completing the 40 book challenge! Great job!

The 8th grade boys track team defeated Fegley 46-32 last night. First Place Finishers were:
Colton Wilkie
Roman Guerrero
Johan Cerros
Aiden Barney
Dawon Davis
Antoine Pierson
Michael Ligenfelter
Ethan Miranchek
Miles Conrad
Chase Reyes
The Boys travel to TJ tonight.



 May1st
Any 8th graders trying out for PHS Cheer - please remember all packets are due back by May 1st. Also, there is going to be an open gym on Wednesday at PHS gymnastics room 3:15 - 4:45. It is not mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Willis.

Any boys interested in trying out for 7th or 8th grade boys basketball teams next year should pick up summer workout information available in the main office.

The 7th Grade "A" Lady Braves Volleyball Team lost to Chesterton last night in two games. Highlights of the games included Lauren Zeman serving ten points in a row for strong comeback effort in the second game and Kianah King and Emma Ortiz with multiple plays and kills at the net. Assisting these plays were Lauren Zeman and Ava Melendez. The girls next game is tonight against Kesling in LaPorte.
Wrestling and 7th and 8th grade boys basketball will begin next month. Get your physicals turned into the main office. If you are interested in participating or trying out for these teams you need to have an updated physical on file. Remember, any physical turned in last year will not be valid for this year. See Mr. Johnson if you have any questions.
The Eagles team would like to congratulate Jason Looney for being the first student to complete the 40 Book Challenge. Way to go, Jason!