Too many kids all over the country, and right here in Portland, fall victim to so-called “summer slide” - missing meals, losing healthy exercise habits, losing academic ground, and arriving at school in September out of physical and academic shape.
That’s why the partners of Portland ConnectED have risen to the challenge to ensure that all Portland children have access to free summer meals and to active summer learning opportunities.
The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, named Jared Bell of Deering High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Maine Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the track. Now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced in June, Jared joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports.
Seneca Ward and Mariah Coyne, third graders at Lyseth Elementary School, held a fund raiser for the American Red Cross during the annual school fair in early June. The Red Cross is providing relief to victims of the recent Oklahoma tornados.
The proceeds totaled more than $200. The girls presented the money to Tammy Atwood of the American Red Cross.
The Maine Association of Special Education Directors has chosen Patti Dyer of the Portland Public Schools as the Special Education Support Person of the Year. She was honored at the group’s annual awards banquet on June 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.
In a new video, Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk encourages students to read during summer vacation. He tells how they can find free books at the local library and bookmobile, in addition to books assigned by their schools. See the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3I4m7qyoJ0
Members of the Portland Board of Public Education and Portland Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk held a special ceremony on June 18 to recognize 24 Portland Public Schools’ employees who have chosen to retire at the end of this school year.
The Portland Public Library's bookmobile will have the following schedule:
Monday, June 24
11:30-12:15 Ocean Avenue School
12:30-1:15 Kennedy Park CC
Tuesday, June 25
The Deering High School Outdoor Club recently went on a three-day kayaking trip in St Johns Bay near Bristol, Maine. Thirteen students from eight countries participated; it was the first time that several of them had ever kayaked or camped.
Many students brought food to share from their respective countries. The weather was perfect and most students took a quick swim in the cold water. The group visited Fort William Henry, where a Revolutionary War re-enactor brought history to life.
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk is launching a book club in September. The first featured book is “One Size Does Not Fit All” by 17-year-old Kikhil Goyal.
While still in high school, Goyal interviewed hundreds of people about public education, including well-known experts and many students. He calls for changes to make school more engaging, spark students’ creativity and hone their critical thinking skills.
A team of automotive technology students from Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) ranked 15th out of 50 teams in the national Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition in Dearborn, Michigan on June 11.