The after-school program run by LearningWorks at four Portland elementary schools will add LEGO Robotics to provide students with new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities.
Texas Instruments has awarded LearningWorks a $25,000 grant to support the program that provides students in grades three through five at Reiche, East End, Ocean Avenue and Presumpscot schools with homework help and STEM enrichment activities.
The entire senior class of Portland’s Casco Bay High School (CBHS) will march down Congress Street from the Portland Museum of Art to the downtown post office on December 13 at 1 p.m. to mail college applications.
The parade will include a police escort, music, roller-skaters and TD Bank’s WOW! van. Downtown workers and other community members are encouraged to line the streets and cheer for the students.
Zach Duperry, a senior at Deering High School, has been selected as one of two Maine delegates to the 2014 U.S. Senate Youth Program. He will participate in a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and he will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
Youth program delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies. They also will participate in a meeting with a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Portland’s public high schools are among a growing number of schools in Maine and across the country that are using Youth Courts as an alternative to more traditional disciplinary processes.
Trained student volunteers serve as judges, jurors, and advocates in Youth Court cases involving peers. The volunteers apply the principles of restorative justice by considering the needs of the victim, community, school and the youth respondent in each case.
The Ocean Avenue Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization recently hosted the first Parent Teacher Organization/Association (PTO/PTA) Networking and Resource Exchange for the district’s elementary school organizations. The purpose was to strengthen, unify and celebrate their work on behalf of the Portland Public Schools.
Sylvie Montello, a community coordinator at several schools, noted that the PTOs and PTAs have had a big impact in areas such as greening of school grounds, enrichment programs and opportunities to learn beyond the classroom.
First graders at Riverton Elementary School led a school-wide penny drive to raise money for children in the Philippines recovering from Typhoon Haiyan.
With the motto “every penny counts,” first graders visited classrooms throughout the school, enthusiastically collecting - and celebrating - all donations.
“Students were excited about every single penny they collected,” said Kim Elliott, first grade teacher. “They know that every little bit can make a difference.”
The Portland Board of Public Education on December 3 recognized the three elementary math teams that took top places at last month’s All City Math Meet. Twelve teams participated in the meet at Ocean Avenue Elementary School on November 19.
East End Community School’s Team A won first place. Team members are: Max Cheever, Johnny Silvain, Sierra Aponte-Clarke, Stella Garland, Oscar McNally and Sidonia Summers.
The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is partnering with Reiche Community School to expand the curriculum in Reiche’s kindergarten classes with a variety of music-based programs. The kindergartners will develop their social and academic skills as they learn about music.
“Reiche kindergartners will have the incredible opportunity to interact with some of the area’s finest musicians,” said Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk. “This pilot program will support students’ success in mathematics, literacy and many other academic areas.”
The Portland Education Foundation (PEF) has awarded 25 grants totaling $14,825 to teachers in the Portland Public Schools to support a wide range of innovative efforts to transform students’ learning experiences this school year.
Here is a summary of the funded projects:
U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) visited East End Community School on December 2 to highlight the school’s efforts to promote students’ healthy eating and active living.
“A big part of solving our health care problem is having people be healthier,” King said. He added that education plays an important role in that effort.