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Moore Students Win School Speech Contest

Lyman Moore Middle School sixth graders recently participated in the Modern Woodmen of America's School Speech Contest by giving speeches on the theme of “A Person Who Has Overcome.” 

District Holds Informational Meetings on Common Core

The Portland Public Schools will hold three informational meetings about the Common Core and its impact on teaching and student learning.  The meetings, all at 6 p.m., will take place on May 1 in the Deering High School cafeteria, on May 9 in the Ocean Ave Elementary School cafeteria and on May 15 in the King Middle School cafeteria. 

District Holds Kindergarten Readiness Night

The Portland Public Schools will hold a Kindergarten Readiness Night on April 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at East End Community School, 195 North Street.  Children who turn five on or before October 15 are eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall.

A panel of staff members from across the district will answer questions related to kindergarten.  The event is sponsored by the district’s pre-school programming staff.

Four Student Projects Receive Painting for a Purpose Grants

The nonprofit group, Painting for a Purpose, has awarded grants to four projects planned by students in the Portland Public Schools.

The grants are:

Deering Athletes Clean Fields, Sports Facilities

Deering High School’s student-athletes recently worked to spruce up the school’s fields and other sports facilities. 

The softball team completed work on their field and the courtyard/bicycle area.  The lacrosse team worked on Memorial Field, while the tennis teams tackled the Deering tennis courts.  The Deering baseball team will be working to clean Harlow Field while track works at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Moore Students Present Project Citizen Showcase

Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland will present its annual Project Citizen showcase on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at three locations in downtown Portland: Portland City Hall (City Council Chambers and the State of Maine room), the Cumberland County Courthouse (Courtroom 8) and the second floor of DiMillo’s Restaurant.  The event is free and open to the public.

Finance Committee Sends $98 Million Portland School Budget to Full School Board

The Portland Board of Public Education’s Finance Committee Thursday adopted $1.5 million in cuts to the proposed FY 2014 budget for the Portland Public Schools, as recommended by Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk.  The committee’s budget totals about $98 million and would result in a 3.69 percent increase in the school portion of the property tax rate.

The full board will discuss the budget at a business meeting on April 9 at 7 p.m. in Room 250 of Casco Bay High School, and the public will have an opportunity to comment at that time.

MacDonald Named Semi-Finalist for Maine Teacher of the Year

Karen MacDonald, a teacher at King Middle School in Portland, has been named one of six semi-finalists for Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the Year award.  MacDonald and the other semi-finalists are being honored on April 4 in a Statehouse event with Governor Paul LePage and Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

Free Film Screening Showcases Multilingual Program

A free screening of “Make IT Happen!,” a film about a Portland Public Schools program of the same name, will take place on April 7 at 3 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine’s Masterson Hall as part of the Second Annual Portland Children's Film Festival.  A discussion will follow.

Labor Mural Play Will Be Performed in Hallowell, Lewiston

Students from Deering High School will travel to Hallowell and Lewiston this month to perform “Tribute: The Maine Mural Play,” a one-act written by Deering teacher and drama coach Kathleen Harris.  The play was inspired by Judy Taylor’s controversial mural depicting scenes from Maine labor history.