Math teachers at Lincoln Middle School have organized an after-school group for students in grades six through eight called AAARGH! (Arithmetic And Algebra Resource Group Help).
Students from Portland and Deering high schools come every Thursday after school to work with Lincoln students. The Lincoln students come if they have math questions, need math help or want to work on one of the school's "problems of the week."
U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy (USDA) Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced that the Portland Public Schools has received a USDA Farm to School grant of nearly $100,000 to increase local foods in the school meals program.
Portland’s goals for the project include increasing the proportion of local food purchased by the food service program, increasing student consumption of local food and increasing public awareness and community engagement in local food efforts.
The project plan includes:
Ben Knop, a student at Portland High School, sang the National Anthem to an audience of more than 70 veterans and their guests and families at a ceremony honoring veterans that took place at Unum on November 9. A contingent of Portland High students attended the event.
Lincoln Middle School recently received two grants to enhance students’ nutrition and physical activity.
The Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council awarded Lincoln $3,980 for “Fuel Up to Play 60,” an in-school nutrition and physical activity program. The grant will be used to help create a fitness center at Lincoln and to implement a program that provides sixth graders with breakfast in the classroom.
The school also received a $1,000 mini-grant from Maine’s Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program to purchase a rolling ball cart for recess.
Presumpscot Elementary School will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new outdoor classroom on November 16 at 5 p.m.
Presumpscot students and families worked together to build the city’s largest outdoor classroom. Several local businesses and nonprofit groups helped with the project.
The project began three years ago, when students in Brandi Surace’s third grade class envisioned having an outdoor space where they could wonder, imagine, think, observe and learn. They created several designs for an outdoor classroom.
The Portland Public Schools has hired Oak Point Associates, an architectural and engineering firm based in Biddeford, to help plan for replacing Hall Elementary School and renovating or expanding four other elementary schools.
Christine Bearce, the physical education teacher and assistant principal at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland, has received the highest award for leadership given by the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
The award, given at the association’s recent conference in Rockland, recognizes Bearce for her significant contributions to the physical education profession over many years.
The Portland High School Outing Club recently hiked in the Bigelow Mountains of western Maine. See a video made by Gerry White, the club’s co-adviser, about the trip.
Students in Lyman Moore Middle School’s eighth grade participated in an integrated election unit that involved having all teachers work together to develop a hands-on learning experience.
Some of the activities included Capture the White House (flag football version), Presidential Jeopardy, Garage Band patriotic music composing and walking to polling places to conduct exit interviews.
The school held its own election, and all staff and students voted.
Peaks Island Elementary School sponsored the island’s first orienteering event on November 4. This public event marked the culmination of a school project funded by grant monies received from the Peaks Island Fund, through the Maine Community Foundation.
The school contracted with Deb Humiston of Ultimate Treasure Hunts in New Hampshire to teach the basic skills of orienteering and making maps of areas of Peaks Island to be used for designing courses.