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EECS Chess Team Wins Trophy

Students in grades two through five at Ocean Avenue Elementary School, East End Community School (EECS) and Falmouth’s elementary school participated in a recent chess tournament to compete for the Frank W. Smith Championship Trophy.  

The trophy is named in honor of a former Portland Public Schools administrator who has volunteered his time to teach chess to Portland elementary students for more than a decade.

Deering Students Make Bones for National Exhibit

Deering High School students in Audrey Rolfeʼs art classes and Karen Shiblesʼ forensic science classes crafted bones that were displayed on the National Mall, in Washington D.C. on June 8-10 as part of One Million Bones.

District's Transportation Director Wins EPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Kevin Mallory, the Portland Public Schools’ transportation director, has won a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in reducing pollution from the district’s school bus fleet and raising awareness about the benefits of greener school transportation.  The award was presented on June 26 at the EPA’s Boston office.

More than a decade ago, Mallory began working to reduce exposure to school bus diesel emissions that can accumulate in and around idling buses and pose a significant health risk, especially to children. 

Moore Seventh Graders Create School Garden

Seventh graders in Lyman Moore Middle School’s Baxter house built and planted a school garden in the courtyard near the library. 

Working with teacher Naomi Holmes, the students also created a garden website with photos, a plant list, student posts about their experiences making the garden and a web cam trained on the garden.

The students plan to maintain the garden once a week through the summer and replant it every year.

Project Citizen Teams Present Projects on Teen Sleep Loss, Child Nutrition

Students involved in Project Citizen at Lyman Moore Middle School presented their research and recommendations for addressing child nutrition and teen sleep loss to the Portland Board of Public Education at its June 4th meeting.

The two groups of students, led by teacher David Hilton, had presented their work at the state Project Citizen showcase at the Statehouse in May.

Members Sought for New Budget & Revenue Task Force

The Portland Board of Public Education has created a Budget and Revenue Advisory Task Force to identify financial opportunities to support the district’s work.  The district seeks people interested in serving on the task force who have a background in raising or providing major funding and in-kind donations to support large organizations or programs.

Deering Presents "Don't Make It Weird"

Deering Drama presents “Don't Make It Weird,” a one-act play directed by Deering alumnus Andrew Barnes, on June 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. in the  Deering High School auditorium.  Admission is $5 and tickets will be sold at the door. 

PATHS Preschool Has Openings for Three-Year-Olds

The Early Childhood Occupations program at Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS), operated in partnership with Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, has openings for Portland three-year-olds for the 2013-2014 school year.  Children should be three years old by October 15, 2013.

The tuition-based program is located at 196 Allen Avenue.  Students attend on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

For more information, please contact Eva Eldridge at 874-8165 or eldrieatportlandschools [dot] org.

Contest Seeks Students' Images and Essays about Freedom

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade in the Portland Public Schools are invited to participate in a drawing and essay contest about freedom sponsored by the “Portland Press Herald.” 

Portland Adult Education Holds Graduation on June 13

Portland Adult Education (PAE) will host its graduation ceremony on June 13 at 6 p.m. in Merrill Auditorium for the 30 students who attained high school diplomas and the 153 students who passed the GED test.  The King Middle School Chorus, led by Joseph Farrell, will perform.

Four students - Jennifer Chason, Muna Disso, Zakia Momand and Thomas Wyman - will be featured or will speak at the graduation ceremony.