Press Release Syndicate content

Portland Public Schools Announce Graduation Dates

The Portland Public Schools will hold the following graduation ceremonies:

Mayor, Superintendent Urge Support for FY 2014 School Budget

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk today (May 13) urged city voters to pass a referendum on the Portland Public Schools budget for Fiscal Year 2014.  A referendum will take place on May 14 on the $96,360,549 budget approved by the Portland City Council and accepted by the Portland Board of Public Education.

Hall Fifth Graders Plan American Red Cross Blood Drive

Fifth graders at Portland’s Hall Elementary School are working with the American Red Cross on a blood drive to honor school nurses.  The drive will take place on May 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the gym of Hall School, 23 Orono Road.  To find out more and to sign up, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

Public Invited to Review Preliminary Concept Plans for Portland’s Elementary School Improvements

Oak Point Associates will present its preliminary concept plans for five Portland elementary school buildings at a public forum with the Portland Board of Public Education on May 14 at 7 p.m. in Room 250 of Casco Bay High School.

The consulting firm was hired by the district to develop preliminary concept building and site plans, proposed construction schedules and estimated costs for replacing Hall School and improving Longfellow, Lyseth, Presumpscot and Reiche schools as part of the Buildings for Our Future project. 

Senator King Video Conferences with Portland High Students

U.S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr. (I-Maine) held a video conference on May 8 with students from Portland High School as part of his ongoing Capitol Class with Angus series.

About 150 students participated in the 30-minute class.  The student-led discussion covered topics such as minimum wage rates, the burden of student loans and U.S. engagement around the world.  See the video conference.

Longfellow Student Organizes School Clean-Up

Noah Canter, a fourth grade student at Longfellow Elementary School, organized a clean-up of the school yard and recruited 11 other students to help.

They picked up trash and raked leaves and sticks. They took three full yard-waste bags to the dump.  The students also collected sticks and rocks from the school grounds and brought them to the fairy village at nearby Baxter Woods.

Superintendent Caulk Thanks Employees

Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk expresses his appreciation for employees of the Portland Public Schools with a special message during Teacher Appreciation Week, National School Nurse Day and School Nutrition Employee Week.

Voters to Consider $96.4 Million Budget for FY 2014

A citywide referendum on the Portland Public Schools’ budget for the 2013-2014 school year will take place on May 14. 

Longfellow Receives $4,470 for Technology

The Portland Public Schools has received $4,470 from the Anne Foss Computer Curriculum Fund to purchase six iPads and AppleTVs for Longfellow Elementary School.

Longfellow requested the items to help improve classroom projection of materials and to increase student engagement.  The school’s building technology leader advocated for these items as an alternative to more costly interactive whiteboard systems.   

Students Shared Work, Performances at May Art Walk

Students from the Portland Public Schools presented dance, an orchestral performance, art, sculpture and photography exhibits at Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on May 3.   Most events took place at City Hall, where the Portland Public Schools Art Show was underway.