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Lyseth Students Compete at Odyssey of the Mind Finals

A team of fifth grade students from Lyseth Elementary School traveled to Michigan State University on May 22 - 25 to compete against more than 825 teams from 13 countries in the 2013 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

The team, coached by Melanie Desjardins and Dorothy Thompson, included Nate Desjardins, Corry Hemond, Elaina Legere, Liam Niles, Aidan Reid, Nicola Seavey and Ben Thompson.  After winning at the state tournament in April, team members and their families raised nearly $10,000 to fund the trip.

District Composts More than 100 Tons of Food Waste

The Portland Public Schools has diverted more than 100 tons of food waste from trash cans to a Portland composting facility since the district launched a cafeteria recycling and composting program in September 2011.

The program involves students in turning table scraps into soil and shows them the importance of their actions in creating a more sustainable environment.  The program also saves the district money in trash pick-up costs and supports the district’s long-term goal of moving toward zero waste.

Mandatory Meetings for All High School Athletes on June 3

On June 3 at 6 p.m., Deering High School and Portland High School will hold mandatory meetings in their auditoriums for all students who will be playing a sport at their schools during any season of the next school year - fall, winter and spring.  Student-athletes must attend, and their parents also are encouraged to attend.

The meetings will explain changes to the eligibility standards for playing high school sports.   Information also will be available about summer programs and students will be able to meet the coaches.

Board to Consider 2013-2014 Calendar Modifications

The Portland Board of Public Education will consider modifying the Portland Public Schools calendar for the 2013-2014 year to ensure that as many students and staff as possible attend the first day of classes.

The modified calendar, which will be considered at the board’s May 28 meeting, would have teacher professional development days on September 3 and 6.  Students in first through 12th grade would attend school on September 4 and 5, then return on September 9.  Kindergartners would begin school on September 9.

CBHS Inducts Students into National Honor Society

Casco Bay High School in Portland held its National Honor Society induction ceremony on May 9.  The following students were inducted based on excellence in scholarship, service, leadership and character: Cole Spike, Maddie Pierce, Oliver Nolan, Noah Williams, Issac Santerre, Zoe Helmick, Emma Pontius, Lilly O'Leary, Jack Melcher, Isabel Handanos, Meghan Suslovic, Ava Koenigsberg and Caroline Bennett.

United Way's Day of Caring Benefits Portland Schools

The Portland Public Schools benefited from United Way’s Day of Caring on May 16.  Volunteers helped with projects such as schoolyard improvements at Presumpscot Elementary School.  Presumpscot first graders partnered with the Day of Caring volunteers.

Deering Players Hold Costume, Prop Sale

The Deering Players at Deering High School will sell costumes, props, games, jewelry, kitchen items and other merchandise on June 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the high school.  The rain date is June 15.  All proceeds benefit the Deering Players.  For more information, please contact Kathleen Harris at harrikatportlandschools [dot] org or 874-8260.

Foundation Awards District Nearly $100K for Summer Program

The John T. Gorman Foundation has awarded the Portland Public Schools $98,710 for a summer learning program at three elementary schools.

Hall Elementary School, Lyseth Elementary School and Reiche Community School all will offer the program free of charge to students who have academic needs.  Research shows that students are at risk of losing ground academically during the summer months.  Those in the program will strengthen their literacy and math skills as they learn about science topics.

Lyseth Students Collect Supplies for Ronald McDonald House

The student council at Lyseth Elementary School recently collected items from students and their families for the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, which provides housing for families who have a child in local hospitals.   A representative from the house visited Lyseth to thank the students personally and to collect the supplies.

Lincoln Students Create PSAs about Invasive Plants

Lincoln Middle School seventh grade language arts students in Eagle House recently created public service announcements about invasive plants in the Portland area.