Central Elementary school serves over 400 students, Y5 through 5th grade. The educational requirements of the students at Central Elementary are cared for by over 50 staff members.  Our building is comprised of one young 5 classroom, and three sections of kindergarten through fifth grade.  We are also supported by our MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) team, which includes two Title 1 teachers, two resource room teachers, a reading specialist, a school psychologist, and a behavioral specialist.

Students at Central Elementary are offered physical education, music, art and media instruction weekly (Spanish for fifth grade).  Thanks to our supportive community, we will be going one-to-one with technology for our third through fifth grade this year.  Every student will receive a chromebook to assist and enhance their learning. 

Leadership opportunities are provided for our students through the Student Leadership Team, The Guardians, and Safety Patrol.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in activities such as Ski Club and Girls on the Run.

Class Placement Procedures (.pdf)

Young 5s Supply List
Kindergarten Supply List
1st Grade Supply List
2nd Grade Supply List
3rd Grade Supply List
4th Grade Supply List
5th Grade Supply List

Staph/MRSA Information
Answers to some common questions about Staph and MRSA (.pdf)

Annual Report

Core Curriculum Areas include: Language, Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies.

The following programs have been implemented to enhance the core curriculum:

Young Five's: an alternative program for children who are eligible for Kindergarten but need need the benefit of more time and experience to secure success in Kindergarten and beyond.

ESL (English as a Second Language): a program offered to our students who meet the following criteria: 1. the student's native tongue is a language other than English and is a language other than English spoken in the student's home environment. 2. If yes, then he or she will take the WIDA screener. If the student shows a deficiency in the areas tested on the screener, we will provide additional support as needed to the student.

Title 1:   Title I is a federally funded program that uses research based interventions to support students in reading and math.

E2 (Enrichment Program): academically advanced, gifted and talented students, grades 3,4,5 are offered E2 in a one-day per week pull out class at the E2 center which is located in the Portage Public Schools administration building

Art: Students study artists, art elements, materials and techniques, and arts of other cultures. Students create two and three dimensional projects using a variety of mediums, which are then displayed throughout the school and community 

Music: Students experience music through singing, playing musical instruments, movement, games, and listening. Performance opportunities include concerts, musicals, and a fifth grade choir.

Physical Education: Our physical education program offers a variety of innovative activities related to health-related fitness and sport skill development. The curriculum aligns with current state and national content standards.

Spanish: All 5th grade students receive 48 minutes of Spanish instruction per week.

Special Education Services
For students with special needs, assistance is provided by these professionals as determined by their IEP:

  • Special Education Teachers and Consultants
  • School Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Specialist


Media Center: An automated library media center staffed part-time by a professional media specialist supports the curriculum and promotes reading and research using large collections of materials and the newest in available technology. All students receive instruction in library, media and computer skills.

Computer Lab: A 30 station computer lab where students receive instruction in keyboarding, and in productivity and curriculum-related software.

Classroom Technology: All classrooms have a TV, DVD, telephone, document cameras, and a networked computer.

Networking: A Local Area Network(LAN) connects all classroom, office, lab and media center computers for video, voice and data. A Wide Area Network (WAN) connects Lake Center's computers to the internet, to the entire school district and to the world.

Learning Expectations
Click here to see the Learning Expectations for students in grades Y5-5.


The Central Elementary Community will continually challenge and support our children to grow toward their maximum potential.


The Central Elementary Community will continue to learn and grow with commitment and peace.

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