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Longfellow Fourth Graders Raise and Release Salmon Fry

Fourth graders at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland raised salmon eggs in their classrooms and released the fish into a stream near Highland Lake in Westbrook as part of the Fish Friends program.  See a video.

CBHS Student Seeks Participants for Creator Expo

Sam Pierce, a senior at Casco Bay High School, is hosting a Creator Expo on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, located at 196 Allen Avenue.  The event is free and open to the public.

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.