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)
STUDENT INFORMATION FORM.pdf
Answers to some common questions about Staph and MRSA (.pdf)
Core Curriculum Areas include: Language, Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social
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 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
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.
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:
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
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.
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.