KEVIN JAMISON : A case study of a Portage Northern Student
Quaak, Brenda M.
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Portage Northern High School is located in the north west part of the City of Portage. Portage population is made up mostly of white, white collar and middle class workers with a small,but growing, minority population. The teaching and administrative staff as far as was observable was all white except for one black administrator in training. The minority students mostly encountered during the teaching internship, were of East Asian origin and of the 85 students that were my responsibility, there were only four black students. The students in the classroom ranged from, kids with good family structure and socioeconomic backgrounds, to students from poor socioeconomic single parent families. Most of the students were found to be well supported by their families and motivated if not highly motivated toward school and learning. Portage Public Schools are out of state formula and receive their monies from property tax. They also have a some large and medium size industry that add to the tax base. While teaching in the district there was a bond issue that was voted down on. The money from the bond was to be used for capital improvements and the effects of the vote could mean a delay in a much needed computer lab for the mathematics program and renovations to the science laboratories. My responsibilities at the school were varied and interesting. The school day started at 7 :00 am with Mr. Kitchen. This hour before school was time set aside to discuss and plan my two hours of class with his math students. George Kitchen teaches and is the mathematic department's head at Portage Northern High School and departmental representative for both of the high schools curriculum in the Portage Public School system.Administrator only due to personally identifying information in case study.