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May 2016

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This is the image for the news article titled Peaks Student Trash Project To Get Mayoral Stamp of Approval
Peaks Student Trash Project To Get Mayoral Stamp of Approval
Posted on 05/31/2016
Peaks Island Elementary School students launched a project earlier this year called RRR-Evolution – Reduce-Reuse-Recycle and evolution or change. The purpose of the project was to learn the impact on the island of all the trash residents generate. Now the mayor of Portland is coming to Peaks to “commission” some solutions that the students designed and built to help deal with that trash: a compost container and a returnables container.  more about Peaks Student Trash Project To Get Mayoral Stamp of Approval
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Moore Teacher To Visit Philippines on ‘Global Classrooms’ Fellowship
Posted on 05/26/2016
David Hilton, a Lyman Moore Middle School social studies teacher, is headed to the Philippines in June, in the final step of a fellowship he won from the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program.   more about Moore Teacher To Visit Philippines on ‘Global Classrooms’ Fellowship
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Board Votes to Approve Xavier Botana as Portland Superintendent
Posted on 05/24/2016
At its meeting on Tuesday, May 24, the Portland Board of Public Education voted to approve Xavier Botana as the next superintendent of the Portland Public Schools. The board voted to hire Mr. Botana for a 3-year term.   more about Board Votes to Approve Xavier Botana as Portland Superintendent
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Board To Vote on Xavier Botana as New Portland Superintendent
Posted on 05/23/2016
Following a nationwide search, the Portland Board of Public Education will vote on Xavier Botana, currently an associate superintendent in Indiana, to become the next superintendent of the Portland Public Schools, Maine’s largest and most diverse school system. The board is scheduled to vote on hiring Mr. Botana at a meeting set for Tuesday, May 24, at Presumpscot Elementary School.  more about Board To Vote on Xavier Botana as New Portland Superintendent
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PHS Students to Showcase Engineering Projects
Posted on 05/23/2016
Portland High School students will hold an Engineering Open House on Thursday, May 26, at which visitors can get a firsthand look at the challenging engineering projects students have been working on, including robotics, reverse engineering and 3D printing.  more about PHS Students to Showcase Engineering Projects
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King Students Among Top Winners in Windstorm Challenge
Posted on 05/23/2016
A team of King Middle School students recently took second place in a statewide engineering contest involving building a floating wind turbine.  more about King Students Among Top Winners in Windstorm Challenge
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PATHS Fest Set for May 26
Posted on 05/23/2016
The Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) will be hosting PATHS Fest on Thursday, May 26, to celebrate and showcase the many programs that are offered at the regional career and technical education center.  more about PATHS Fest Set for May 26
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Longfellow Receives $1,000 from University Credit Union
Posted on 05/23/2016
Longfellow Elementary School recently received a donation of $1,000 from its business partner, University Credit Union. The funds will be used to purchase iPads for classrooms.  more about Longfellow Receives $1,000 from University Credit Union
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Peaks Students Add Plays to After-School Repertoire
Posted on 05/23/2016
The Peaks Island Elementary School’s “After School Academy” recently hosted and performed an evening of community theater with a series of plays this spring.  more about Peaks Students Add Plays to After-School Repertoire
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Public Hearing on Elementary School Improvements on May 24
Posted on 05/19/2016
On Tuesday, May 24, the Portland Board of Public Education will hold a public hearing to get feedback from the community as the board considers what it will recommend to the City Council regarding the renovation of Presumpscot, Longfellow, Lyseth, and Reiche elementary schools.  more about Public Hearing on Elementary School Improvements on May 24
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Lyman Moore’s Annual HyperHeart 5k Set for May 21
Posted on 05/18/2016
Lyman Moore Middle School's third annual HyperHeart 5k race will take place on Saturday, May 21 – thanks again to two former Moore students concerned about heart health.  more about Lyman Moore’s Annual HyperHeart 5k Set for May 21
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Proactive Testing in Portland Public Schools Shows Drinking Water Safe
Posted on 05/18/2016
Recent testing by City staff for lead in the drinking water of Portland Public Schools’ facilities shows safe levels in the district’s school buildings and its Central Kitchen and Central Office facilities.  more about Proactive Testing in Portland Public Schools Shows Drinking Water Safe
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Portland Public Schools Named Confucius Classroom
Posted on 05/17/2016
The Portland Public Schools has been named a Confucius Classroom in concert with the University of Southern Maine’s Confucius Institute. In becoming a Confucius Classroom, the district is able to enrich its offerings in Chinese language and culture and expand Mandarin classes at Deering and Casco Bay high schools.   more about Portland Public Schools Named Confucius Classroom
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Walk, Run or Roll for DHS' Purple Madness on May 21!
Posted on 05/17/2016
Purple Madness, a race to benefit Deering High School's Project Graduation, will take place this Saturday, May 21.  more about Walk, Run or Roll for DHS' Purple Madness on May 21!
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New Elementary, Middle School Bell Schedules Set for 2016-2017
Posted on 05/16/2016
The Portland Public Schools has set new start and end times for most of the district’s elementary schools and two of its middle schools for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.  more about New Elementary, Middle School Bell Schedules Set for 2016-2017
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‘I Made It Happen!’ Celebration to Honor Graduating ELL Students
Posted on 05/16/2016
A celebration of achievement will be held Wednesday, May 18, for more than 80 graduating seniors from the Portland Public Schools’ Make It Happen! program. The students didn’t grow up speaking English as their native language, but now they not only have learned English and are graduating from the city’s public high schools, but most also are headed to college.  more about ‘I Made It Happen!’ Celebration to Honor Graduating ELL Students
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PATHS Plant Sale Ongoing Throughout May
Posted on 05/13/2016
The Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) Landscapes and Gardens program annual Spring Plant Sale is still going on through the end of May. A variety of vegetable and flowers seedlings are available as well as houseplants and succulent gardens.  more about PATHS Plant Sale Ongoing Throughout May
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King Staff Recognized for Expanding School Breakfast Program
Posted on 05/12/2016
King Middle School staff were honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker this week for their successful efforts to provide more students with school breakfast.   more about King Staff Recognized for Expanding School Breakfast Program
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Riverton Special Olympians Have ‘Awesome School Spirit’
Posted on 05/10/2016
Staff and students at Riverton Elementary School cheered on their Special Olympians as they headed to the Cumberland County Area Games at Bonny Eagle Athletic Facilities in Standish on April 29.   more about Riverton Special Olympians Have ‘Awesome School Spirit’
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PHS Wins $5,500 Grant to Start Steel Drum Band
Posted on 05/10/2016
Portland High School has won a $5,500 grant to start a percussion ensemble.  more about PHS Wins $5,500 Grant to Start Steel Drum Band
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Portland Voters Approve School Budget
Posted on 05/10/2016
Portland residents on Tuesday, May 10, voted to approve the Portland Public Schools’ $103.6 million budget for fiscal year 2017. Portland Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker issued the following statement in response:   more about Portland Voters Approve School Budget
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Reiche-Waynflete Project Boosts Love of Reading
Posted on 05/09/2016
A strong partnership has developed between Reiche Community School and Waynflete School. More than 60 students from Waynflete, a private school located in Portland’s West End, visit Reiche, a public school in the same neighborhood, each week. Through a program called The Story Boost Project, the older Waynflete students read to Reiche kindergarten students to help foster a love of reading.   more about Reiche-Waynflete Project Boosts Love of Reading
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King Middle School Named EL Education Mentor School
Posted on 05/05/2016
ing Middle School recently was named a 2016 EL Education Mentor School, an honor given to high-performing EL Education schools that have not only reached the organization's high standards for quality, but also have demonstrated a readiness and willingness to share their expertise with new network schools.  more about King Middle School Named EL Education Mentor School
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Presumpscot Student’s Winning Video Combines Math, Storytelling
Posted on 05/05/2016
Xavier Bradford, third-grader at Presumpscot Elementary School, has won first place in a competition for creating a video that combines math and engaging narration to tell an adventure story that he wrote.  more about Presumpscot Student’s Winning Video Combines Math, Storytelling
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Student Art Shows To Be Featured at First Friday Art Walk, May 6
Posted on 05/04/2016
Two art shows featuring work by Portland Public Schools’ students will be on display during the city’s First Friday Art Walk on May 6.  more about Student Art Shows To Be Featured at First Friday Art Walk, May 6
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DHS Reprises Historic Cookbook as Fundraiser for Music Program
Posted on 05/03/2016
“Cooking to Beat the Band,” a cookbook created by some Deering High School Band parents in the 1940s, successfully raised enough money to buy new band uniforms at that time. Now the historic cookbook had been reprised with both old and new recipes and is on sale once again. The proceeds will benefit Deering’s music program today, which includes band, chorus and a handbell choir.  more about DHS Reprises Historic Cookbook as Fundraiser for Music Program
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City Council Approves School Budget; It Goes to Voters May 10
Posted on 05/03/2016
After a second public hearing on the school budget at its meeting on Monday, May 2, the City Council voted to approve it. Portland voters now will be asked to give final approval to the Portland Public Schools’ budget in a citywide referendum on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Maine’s School Administrative Reorganization Law requires all school districts to hold elections for approval of their budgets. The budget must be approved by a majority of voters.   more about City Council Approves School Budget; It Goes to Voters May 10
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DHS/PHS Unified Basketball Team Honored by School Board
Posted on 05/03/2016
The new Deering/Portland Unified Basketball Team was honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker at the board’s April 26 meeting.  more about DHS/PHS Unified Basketball Team Honored by School Board
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School Board Announces Two Finalists for Superintendent Position
Posted on 05/02/2016
After conducting a nationwide search, the Portland Board of Public Education has narrowed the field of applicants for the position of superintendent of the Portland Public Schools down to two finalists. They are Xavier Botana, an associate superintendent in Indiana; and Teresa A. Lance, an assistant superintendent in Colorado.  more about School Board Announces Two Finalists for Superintendent Position
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PATHS Automotive Students Champions in Technical Challenge
Posted on 05/02/2016
Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) automotive class students Victor Graviss, whose sending school is Deering High School, and Zachary Holmquist, who attends South Portland High School, finished in first place recently at the 2016 New England Top Tech Challenge, sponsored by the Universal Technical Institute.  more about PATHS Automotive Students Champions in Technical Challenge
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PATHS Construction Cluster Yard Sale on May 7
Posted on 05/02/2016
The Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) will hold its 2016 Construction Cluster Yard Sale on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Items include some furniture, many household items and children's toys. PATHS is located at 196 Allen Avenue.  more about PATHS Construction Cluster Yard Sale on May 7
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DHS Students To Present ‘It Could Happen to You’
Posted on 05/02/2016
Deering High School students on Tuesday, May 3, will present an original performance titled “It Could Happen To You,” which exposes the reality of sexual exploitation of minors in Maine. In partnership with Stop Trafficking ME and under the direction of DHS drama teacher Kathleen Harris, students will perform this free, public production at 6:30 pm in the Deering High School auditorium.   more about DHS Students To Present ‘It Could Happen to You’
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King Middle School Students Exploring Starting Food Pantry
Posted on 05/02/2016
On Tuesday, May 3, King Middle School eighth-graders will host Katie Brown, executive director of The Locker Project, for a discussion about Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” – freedom from want, freedom from fear, freedom of speech, and freedom of worship.   more about King Middle School Students Exploring Starting Food Pantry
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PATHS Spring Plant Sale Starts May 7
Posted on 04/29/2016
The Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) Landscapes and Gardens program will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale starting Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  more about PATHS Spring Plant Sale Starts May 7