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Last Day of School and Final Exam Schedule

It’s the news we have been waiting for. It’s official, Thursday June 13, 2019 will be the last day of the 2018-19 school-year. This is the originally scheduled last day of school and will be a half day. PPS will not need to add additional days to the calendar to make up for snow days.  On Friday May 10, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4206. This legislation forgives four additional snow days, which occurred while Michigan was under a state of emergency due to the extremely cold temperatures.

Finals Exam schedule will be as follows:

Monday June 10

7:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.      1st Period

9:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.     2nd Period

Specific Neighborhood buses leave @ 12:10 (Maps available at school office)

Study Hall is available in the afternoon in the cafeteria & regular buses will leave at the usual times.

Tuesday June 11

7:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.      3rd Period

9:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.     4th Period

Specific Neighborhood buses leave @ 12:10 (Maps available at school office)

Study Hall is available in the afternoon in the cafeteria & regular buses will leave at the usual times.

Wednesday June 12

7:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.       5th Period

9:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.      6th Period

Specific Neighborhood buses leave @ 12:10 (Maps available at school office)

Study Hall is available in the afternoon in the cafeteria & regular buses will leave at the usual times.

Thursday June 13

7:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.       7th Period

9:50 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Make Up Exam Time


  • Breakfast is available each morning in the Huskie Café.
  • Café will be serving pizza & sandwiches to-go 11:55-12:30, Monday and Tuesday only.
  • Seminar classes do NOT meet.
  • Students must take their final exams in order to pass their class.
  • During Exam sessions – no deliveries will be made.
  • Students must remain in the classroom until the exam period ends.
  • If your student must leave a session early, this MUST be arranged with their Grade Office PRIOR to 7:35am.

May/June Huskie Tracks

The May/June issue of our Huskie Tracks is available and filled with all the end-of year news, dates and details.  If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Marsh, our communications coordinator.

Senior Calendar

Graduation is ever so close for the Class of 2019!!  This last quarter of senior year is filled with dates and details and things to know – get out your planner and coordinate with our final senior calendar.  Note there have been some changes from previous published calendars so please look over the dates carefully!  The calendar linked here is definitive.

New Traffic Patterns at North Middle and Northern High Coming Soon

As we approach the completion of the new North Middle School construction and prepare for the current building and pool area to be demolished, anticipate new traffic patterns around the schools through the summer.  To assist in navigating our campus during these improvement projects, refer to this map and key with details:

1.  Idaho Avenue will be closed through the summer beginning Monday April 29. The city is replacing water and sewer infrastructure so we anticipate a complete closure between South Westnedge and Oregon until late August.

2.  There is a new middle school drop off loop at Milham and Constitution. We encourage all middle school parents to drop their students off using this loop. While not fully paved at the time of this printing, it will become the permanent drop-off location in the fall.

3.  The current middle school drop-off loop is now staff parking and is also available for drop off or pickup during the school day thru the balance of this school year.

4.  Current high school students who drive to school are asked to enter the school parking lot via Monticello Ave.  This will alleviate congestion on Oregon for parents who are dropping high school students at the current Northern High School loop.

5.  The bus loop configuration will remain unchanged.

6.  Monday June 16, demolition of the old North Middle School and staging for the new natatorium will begin. During this demolition, the entire ‘main lot’ in front of Northern High will be blocked, with no parking available. All high school traffic should enter via Monticello and park in the staff and/or student parking lots on the north side of the school. All visitors should enter via the Lower Commons entrance and proceed up the stairs to the Main Office to check in.

Dress Code Standards

The world of work requires a standard of dress, and so much schools.  Find ours here.  Portage Northern reserves the right to make adjustments on proper attire and appearance during the course of the school year. No dress code can itemize every item of dress that is unacceptable for school. We ask students to use common sense, have an attitude of cooperation, a concern for modesty and a realization that some clothing is not appropriate for the school setting.

Khan Academy and College Board Presentation

In conjunction with parent-teacher conferences, Principal French led a College Board and Khan Academy session on Monday March 11, including PSAT/SAT score reports interpretation, online test prep resources and individualized test prep.  If you were unable to attend the March 11 presentation by Principal Jim French, find the slides here.  If you have further questions, please contact our counseling office at 323-5475.


If your student needs to arrive late, leave early, is going to be away from school for just a few minutes or will be gone all day, thanks for keeping us in the loop.  You may either call your attendance office OR send a note with your student.

9th+11th grades, Mrs Fern: 323-5562

10th+12th grades, Mrs Clemens: 323-5471

For more details and FAQs about attendance, visit our Attendance page or our Student Handbook.

Huskie Stadium Legacy Bricks

Have you seen the personalized legacy bricks at Huskie Field and Huskie Stadium?  You can still purchase your own brick for installation at either location.  New bricks ordered will be installed in the spring or fall following the order deadline for that season’s installation.   The next installation available is spring of 2019 and those bricks can be ordered at pnbricksale.com.

Stay in the Huskie Loop!

If you’re a parent or student who likes to know what’s going on around here, you’ll want to opt-in to receive our daily announcements.  You’ll get the same information that is presented daily in the building, delivered right to your inbox every morning.  Just click on this link: portageps.org/parents/email or contact Brenda Marsh.

Are you on Facebook?  Did you know we have our own Page where you can get updates, news etc right in your news feed?  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PortageNorthern.


If a student has been added to the roster of a sports team, musical cast/crew or other activity, there may be Pay-to-Participate fees that are due.  View the Pay-to-Participate information and worksheet for complete details.  Additionally, here are instructions to pay athletic or activity fees via Skyward.

Lunch Money

If you’d like to see our daily menus, nutritional information or add money to your student’s account, visit the PPS Food Services page.

Skyward Family Access

Here is a direct link to Skyward Family Access.

Students login with their firstname. lastname that matches their PPS email and their network password.  If your student does not know or does not remember their password, they can check in at their grade office or see Brenda Marsh in the 3rd floor offices.

Parents, if you don’t know your password, here are easy instructions to reset:

1. Make sure your email is on file and up to date with your school.  This should have been included with your enrollment information.

2. Navigate to skyward.portageps.org to access the log in screen.

3. Click on the “Forgot Password” link, which is just underneath the ‘Sign In’ button.

4. Enter the email you have on file with your school and click “submit”.

​5. You will receive a link in your email inbox with a Login ID and instructions to reset your password.

If you have other questions about Skyward, please contact Brenda Marsh by email or call 323-5466.

Upcoming Events

Senior Breakfast

May 23 @ 7:00 am - 7:30 am

Senior Sign Out form pickup

May 23 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Talent Show

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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