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Huskie Tracks Newsletter

Lots happening over these next short weeks!  Find all the details and dates in our May-June edition our monthly newsletter.

Grad Bash 2022

Tickets and permission slips are available on line: https://2022-grad-bash.cheddarup.com or in the first floor office or the main office with cash or check made to ‘PN Grad Bash 2022’.  Senior parents, Sign Up Genius is available so you too can be part of the fun or to make a donation.  

Senior Calendar

Lots of times, date and details coming up in these next weeks leading up to graduation for the Class of 2022!  Find everything you need to know on our Senior Calendar.

Future Huskies

We welcomed the Class of 2026 at our Future Huskies Night on February 16, 2022.  Each department pre-recorded a brief video about the options in each area, plus other important information to know for the transition to Portage Northern.  While the Q+A links on that handout were for ‘live’ meetings, the links to the pre-recorded sessions are available at any time as well as the email contact links.


A tardy is when a student arrives within the first 9 minutes of their class.  Tardies cannot be excused by parents, including first hour tardies.  Each student is given two tardy waivers per class, per semester.  They can be used just like they sound – to waive a tardy consequence for arriving late due to traffic, ice roads, alarm clock malfunction, etc.  Once those two waivers are used, regular tardy consequences apply.

Attendance Policy Updated

We have an updated attendance policy this year, with a little more give in how absences are counted. Find it in our updated Student Handbook on pages 9-11.

Dress Code

The world of work requires a standard of dress, and so must schools.  Find ours here.  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.  Portage Northern reserves the right to make adjustments on proper attire and appearance during the course of the school year.

Lunch Passes

Off-campus lunch passes are available to all grades with parent permission – simply read and complete this form. The form does NOT need to be printed. The student then brings $2 cash to the main office before or after school for a monthly pass. We will confirm parents have completed the form and will issue the pass.

The pass will require a new sticker for each month. Stickers will go on sale during the last couple of days of each month for the following month – follow the daily Headlines for exact dates. The form does not need to be filled out again, but students should stop in the main office with $2 cash for a renewal sticker.

Office Hours

Office hours are 7:30am-3:30pm. Visitors may only enter the building at the main office.

Chromebook Repairs

If a student’s Chromebook needs repairs, please fill out this form. Our building IT specialist will reply shortly with the process for the next steps. Also, find here some great troubleshooting topics and pointers.

Work Permits

Minors under 18 years of age must obtain a work permit between the employer and the governing school district before starting work. If the minor changes jobs, a new work permit is required for the new employer. A work permit may be revoked for poor academic performance. A work permit is required even if the minor is home/cyber/virtual/online schooled, does not attend school, or is an out-of-state resident.

Here are the steps:

  1. Print a blank from these links, or can pick up a hard copy in the 3rd floor offices. Print the CA-6 Work Permit for minors under 16 years of age (landscape format) or Print the CA-7 Work Permit for minors 16 to 17 years of age (portrait format).
  2. Student completes the top portion.
  3. Employer completes the middle section.
  4. Student bring the completed form to the 3rd floor office and Mrs Clemens will complete the bottom portion. Bring a form of ID if you have it to speed up the process. We can use the school record to verify identity, but it will take a bit longer.
  5. We will make a copy to keep in the student’s file.
  6. Take the original completed work permit back to their employer.

Please note: All required fields (including signatures) must be legible, and all needed fields must be complete. If a signature is not legible, please also print the name. Incomplete or illegible permits will be delayed.

For more information on the State of Michigan’s Youth Employment Standards Act, please read more here.

Transcript Requests

All transcript requests for college or scholarship applications are processed directly via Parchment. If you have questions, contact [email protected].

link to Parchment

Note: Student’s unofficial transcripts can be found in their Skyward Portfolio (tab is on the left side of the student’s Skyward page).

For PNHS graduates, the PPS website has complete instructions to request transcripts.

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 contact Mrs. Marsh.

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

Band Concert

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

IB Celebration

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Orchestra Concert

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Senior Exams – details TBA

May 23 @ 12:00 am - May 25 @ 12:00 am

NHS/NMS Choir Concert

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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