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Summer Vacation Starts on June 20

The last student day of the 2012-2013 school year will be June 20.  It will be a half-day, with dismissals at the following times: 11 a.m. - high schools; 11:30 a.m. - middle schools; noon - elementary schools.

Portland High School Will Host Naturalization Ceremony

Portland High School, which has educated generations of immigrants to the United States, will host a naturalization ceremony for 45 new citizens on May 3 at 10 a.m. in the school auditorium.

Portland High students will greet the new citizens as they arrive.  An art class taught by Barbara Loring prepared a giant American flag as a backdrop for the ceremony.  Posters and flags representing the applicants’ nations will be displayed.

King Hosts Celebration of Learning, Seminar

King Middle School’s annual Celebration of Learning will be held at the Portland Expo on May 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Ten learning expeditions will be showcased at the Expo, with students serving as guides and talking about their work.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Celebration of Learning will take place during the annual Expeditionary Learning site seminar at King.  More than 90 educators from around the country will join King teachers, students and community members at the seminar on May 9 and 10. 

Superintendent Shares Thoughts on School Grading

Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk has written a letter to the Portland Public Schools community about the state's new Maine School Performance Grading System, also known as A-F school report cards.  Read the letter in Acholi, Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Khm

Grant Puts Ukuleles in the Hands of Elementary Students

A future Tiny Tim could be tiptoeing through the tulips at Ocean Avenue Elementary School.

The Portland school will receive 25 ukuleles on April 30, purchased with a $1,000 grant from the Rusty Rocket Music Fund.  Music teacher Paul McGovern plans to use them in music classes for grades three through five.  “I am hoping that perhaps this might evolve into a group of more interested students wanting to go further with it,” he said.

District Showcases Student Work at May 3 Art Walk

Students from the Portland Public Schools will present dance, poetry readings, an orchestral performance, art, sculpture and photography exhibits and an event to raise awareness about childhood hunger at Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on May 3. 

Here is the schedule of events:

Portland Public Schools, Portland Community Chamber Launch “Principal for a Day”

The Portland Public Schools is partnering with the Portland Community Chamber to launch the region’s first “Principal for a Day” program. 

During a 10-day period, leaders of 20 businesses and nonprofit organizations will spend a day in one of the district’s schools.  Each chief executive officer will be paired with the school’s principal and will see the school in action.  See the schedule.

CBHS Presents David Ives Play

Students in Casco Bay High School will present the David Ives play, “All in the Timing,” on May 3 at 6 p.m. and May 4 at 7 p.m. in the third floor dance studio of Portland Arts and Technology High School, 196 Allen Avenue, Portland.  Admission is free.


School Board Approves 2013-2014 Calendar

The Portland Board of Public Education voted on April 23 to approve a calendar for the 2013-2014 school year.

A steering committee of parents and staff considered various options and issued a final report calling for several changes in the calendar.  The board voted to keep the same basic calendar as this year while considering changes for future years.

Deering Holds National Honor Society Convocation

Deering High School (DHS) held its National Honor Society convocation on April 25 to induct new members and recognize present members.