Welcome to Central Middle School

The offices of Central Middle School are closed for the summer effective June 27, 2017 and will reopen on August 1, 2017 under the leadership of new Principal Jeff Hamilton who is replacing the retired Chuck Haskin.

►Maintaining a safe and orderly school environment must come first in order for all our kids to do their best. CMS has put in place many safety measures to enhance an already-safe environment.  Perhaps the most important components to a safe environment are engaged parents, students, and staff.  Here are just some of the safety measures that we have in place at Central Middle:

  • A Portage Police Department officer stationed on the Central campus

  • Single point of entry for visitors via a secured vestibule staffed full time to great all visitors

  • 2 full time hall monitors

  • A Crisis Team, comprised of veteran colleagues, who help our kids through difficult situations

  • Comprehensive emergency procedure manuals in every classroom and regular emergency drill practice.

  • Reviews and reminders of our Code of Conduct with students

  • Regular visits by drug-detection dogs

  • Telephones in every classroom and two-way radios for administrators, office and supervision staff

  • Dozens of surveillance cameras internally (hallways) and externally (building perimeter)

  • Heart defibrillator (AEDs) near the gymnasium and pool

  • Fast 50, Ok2Say, and bully reporting hotlines/web links

  • Supervision of all after-school events 

►Student expectations: At the end of each quarter we celebrate the success of students who meet our 7 targets by having a reward day. The targets are: zero failing grades, 0-2 assignment notebook referrals, 0-15% days absent, 0-2 minor referrals, 1 or less major referrals, and 4 or fewer tardies. Leading up to each reward day, we will have daily character counts and behavior expectation lessons during homeroom, including our CMS Behavior Expectation video courtesy of Mrs. Franks and her classes. Special thanks to CMS alum Nathan Ginter, for his production.We appreciate Mr. Ken “Scorsese” Haughn and his team of movie makers whose original video serves as the blueprint for all school behavior motion pictures!


►Character Counts! Catching kids doing the right thing!  The goal of the Positive Behavior Support program is to create a learning atmosphere that is best for student achievement.   Adhering to our nationally acclaimed Character Counts program, we encourage our students to subscribe to the 6 Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. look for students modeling the behavior that we want to see in our school. Those students who are “caught doing the right thing” are positively reinforced. However, midway through our 5th year, we find ourselves in need of additional donations, so we are actively accepting gifts large or small!

►CMS Annual Education Report and letter is here

►Before and after school help and assistance Tuesday through Thursday, from 7:15 to 7:40am and then again 3:00 to 3:30 in the media center.  Students can  make time to read, do homework, or use the computer. Certified staff available to help students with their assignments. In the afternoon session, there are also Portage Central High National Honor Society students volunteering to tutor our students.

►As part of our anti-bullying policy, students and parents are encouraged to report incidents as part of our 3 step program: Ask them to:

  1. “Stop doing what they’re doing” and use our school’s stop signal.  

  2. Then Walk away form the problem behavior.

  3. If the behavior doesn’t stop, Talk to an adult. You may also use this online referral to report it.




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