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Lyseth Odyssey of the Mind Team Wins State Tournament

The fifth grade Odyssey of the Mind team from Lyseth Elementary School won first place in the Maine State Tournament on April 6.  Their problem was "Tumblewood," an engineering-based structure building challenge. 

The team will represent their school, city and state at the World Finals Tournament  at Michigan State University in late May. Team members (left to right) are Cory Hemond, Elaina Legere, Ben Thompson, Aidan Reid, Liam Niles, Nate Desjardins and Nicola Seavey.

Juniors Learn about Maine Career Opportunities at Expo

All juniors at Portland High School and Deering High School will attend the district’s first College and Career Expo on April 26 to learn about career opportunities at Maine companies and the training needed to prepare for those jobs.

The day-long expo will take place at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center on the Portland campus.  Portland High students will attend from 8 to 10:45 a.m., and Deering students will attend from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FY 2014 Budget Referendum Set for May 14

A citywide referendum on the Portland Public Schools’ budget for the 2013-2014 school year will take place on May 14.   Voters also will be asked whether they want to continue school budget validation referenda for another three years. 

All polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Residents can register to vote in person at the city clerk’s office or on the day of election at their polling place.

Portland Public Schools Art Show Opens April 25

The Portland Public Schools Art Show will take place from April 25 through May 16 at Portland City Hall.  The free exhibit features work by hundreds of students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including sculptures, drawings, paintings, jewelry and more.  

Moore Students Win School Speech Contest

Lyman Moore Middle School sixth graders recently participated in the Modern Woodmen of America's School Speech Contest by giving speeches on the theme of “A Person Who Has Overcome.” 

District Holds Informational Meetings on Common Core

The Portland Public Schools will hold three informational meetings about the Common Core and its impact on teaching and student learning.  The meetings, all at 6 p.m., will take place on May 1 in the Deering High School cafeteria, on May 9 in the Ocean Ave Elementary School cafeteria and on May 15 in the King Middle School cafeteria. 

District Holds Kindergarten Readiness Night

The Portland Public Schools will hold a Kindergarten Readiness Night on April 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at East End Community School, 195 North Street.  Children who turn five on or before October 15 are eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall.

A panel of staff members from across the district will answer questions related to kindergarten.  The event is sponsored by the district’s pre-school programming staff.

Four Student Projects Receive Painting for a Purpose Grants

The nonprofit group, Painting for a Purpose, has awarded grants to four projects planned by students in the Portland Public Schools.

The grants are:

Deering Athletes Clean Fields, Sports Facilities

Deering High School’s student-athletes recently worked to spruce up the school’s fields and other sports facilities. 

The softball team completed work on their field and the courtyard/bicycle area.  The lacrosse team worked on Memorial Field, while the tennis teams tackled the Deering tennis courts.  The Deering baseball team will be working to clean Harlow Field while track works at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Moore Students Present Project Citizen Showcase

Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland will present its annual Project Citizen showcase on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at three locations in downtown Portland: Portland City Hall (City Council Chambers and the State of Maine room), the Cumberland County Courthouse (Courtroom 8) and the second floor of DiMillo’s Restaurant.  The event is free and open to the public.