Each Friday, ASB* sponsers a spirit day in which they play music during lunch, sell snacks, and sometimes have fun games in which 6, 7th, and 8th grades compete against each other.
Additional activies may include students vs. staff sports games and handball tournaments.
*ASB stands for Associated Student Body and is a group of student who take a leadership class, manage fundraisers, and plan dances and other fun activities for the school.
The Garden /Art Club is a club that meets at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Mr. Blake, the art teacher, in room 602. The Garden club is a club that plants California Native plants, waters them, and cares for them inside the school campus. The class also helps to learn more about California Native, wildflowers and other plants and how to plant and water them. We also talks about what plants are adapted to drought tolerant, hot, cold, windy, or snowy climate. It is a club where students also learn about the history of California, The Portola Expedition, The Rancho period (Rancho Santa Ana de Abajo that used to be on this site) and plants that were around during those times, and how to keep a sustainable native plant garden. The club paints signs and murals to accentuate the gardens.
Chess ClubThe Chess Club is a club that meets on Tuesdays with Mr. Barron, who is a history teacher, in room 203. It is club that shows you how to play chess! It is a very fun club to be in because you will learn how to play chess and compete with other people.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
National Junior Honor Society is a nationwide organization, made up of students who have performed well academically in school and have proved to be model citizens as well. Its purpose is to give its members the opportunity to serve their fellow students and their community, in hopes that they experience the virtue of charity. In Portola’s National Junior Honor Society, it means tutoring students in different academic subjects, helping their teachers, and walking charity miles to support St. Jude hospital’s research to help kids suffering from cancer.
Pure GamesIf you are interested in soccer, our Pure Games program is something to consider when coming to Portola Middle School. Pure Games is run by the head coach Mr. Romero. Every Tuesday a soccer game is held at lunch that is free to anyone to join.
Several times a year ASB holds school dances with different themes, such as a Hawaiian theme, a Halloween theme, etc. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are all welcome to attend. A professional DJ runs the music and gets students involved in some group activies. There may be photo booth, snacks for sale, and lots of fun and laughs.
- Dances are typically held on a Friday, from 3pm to 4:30pm.
- Dance tickets are $5.00, but you can get it for $2.00 if you buy an ASB card at the beginning of the school year.
- Students who purchase a dance ticket also get free dress for the day of the dance.
- A permission slip is required at the beginning of the school year for students to attend dances.
- There IS a late bus after dances for students who ride the bus home.
Each year Portola's Music and Theater department put on two performances. The Winter Concert is in December, and the Spring Concert is in late May or early June.
Each concert features a short drama from the Musical Theater class, and musical performances by the Orchestra, Beginning Band, Advanced Band, Guitar, and Choir classes. Each performance is shown for two nights, and last about one hour, typically from 6-7pm.
Come support all of our students' and music teacher's hard work by coming to these wonderful performances. You will not be dissappointed!
Parents! - We need parent volunteers during concerts to help with snack bar, which raises money for Portola's music program. Thank you for your help!