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April 24, 2014
Leslie Ouellette has volunteered her time as the accompanist for the Hall Elementary School Chorus for 23 years.  Long after her own children graduated from Hall, she shows up each week to play piano during chorus rehearsals. Roger Severance devotes 300 to 500 hours a year helping prepare Portland Adult Education students for the U.S. citizenship test.  His tutees have remarkable success in... Read More
April 24, 2014
All Hall Elementary School students will be offered a free breakfast in the classroom beginning April 28.  Kathy St. Clair, a Hall teacher, was given donations from several of her family members to cover the costs through the end of the school year. “If the kids are fed in the morning, they will be able to better focus on their school work, increase on-task behavior, decrease behavior problems in... Read More
April 23, 2014
The Graduation Policy Task Force created by the Portland Board of Public Education is recommending a number of changes in the graduation requirements for Portland Public Schools. The task force began work four months ago.  Its proposals are designed to bring the district’s graduation policy into alignment with a new state law requiring a proficiency-based system. Read More
April 23, 2014
Leaders of local businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations will spend a day as guest principals at Portland’s public schools during the week of April 28 as part of the second annual Principal for a Day program, run in partnership with the Portland Regional Chamber.  See a video about the program. Read More
April 22, 2014
Students in Angie Marcotte’s chemistry classes at Deering High School decided to collect and recycle old cell phones after they studied the elements used to make the phones and the environmental effects of disposing of them. The students are collecting phones until May 2.  They may be dropped off in the box in the Deering main office.  The phones will be given to Goodwill to recycle. Read More
April 22, 2014
The Portland school district is working with the Mayor’s Office, the University of Southern Maine and other community partners on a parental survey about the district’s school lunch program.  The goal is to increase participation.  Parents are invited to take the brief survey. Read More
April 22, 2014
Janice Parker, a retired teacher, will receive a 2014 Real Heroes award from the American Red Cross for her volunteer work at Longfellow Elementary School.  The award will be presented on April 30. Longfellow Principal Dawn Carrigan and nine other school staff members cited Parker’s “courage, kindness, and unselfish character in her service to others” in their letter nominating her for the award... Read More
April 18, 2014
Larry Nichols, a technology teacher at Deering High School, was selected by his colleagues to receive the 2014 Russell Award for excellence in teaching. Each year, the University of Southern Maine, under the auspices of the Walter E. Russell chair in philosophy and education, honors a Deering teacher who demonstrates a firm commitment to the teaching profession, the ability to share with students... Read More
April 17, 2014
The Portland Public Schools is registering kindergartners for the 2014-2015 school year.  Registration takes place by appointment at the child’s neighborhood school: Read More
April 17, 2014
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk and Karen MacDonald, Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, will host the spring meeting of the Superintendent’s Book Club on May 21 at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Monument Square, Portland.  Read More
April 17, 2014
A citywide referendum on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the Portland Public Schools will take place on May 13.  All polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Absentee ballot applications are available now through May 8 from the Portland city clerk’s office.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The office will stay open on May 8 until 7 p.m.  Absentee ballots... Read More
April 17, 2014
The Portland High School Math Team competed in the 38th Annual Maine State Math Meet in Bangor on April 8.  The event featured 900 students from 90 high schools applying their math prowess in an all-day contest.The problems encompassed all categories of high school math, including number theory, probability, algebra, geometry and trigonometry.  Students worked individually and as a team to... Read More
April 17, 2014
The Deering Outdoor Club went to New Hampshire for one night and two days of snowshoeing with teachers Jeff Borland and Kirsten McWilliams. Twelve students and the two leaders snowshoed two miles up Black Mountain, carrying clothes, sleeping bags, water bottles and other supplies.  Half the group slept in a cabin.  The others slept in tents set up in the snow.  Although it was very snowy and cold... Read More
April 16, 2014
The founding partners of Portland ConnectED, including Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk and executives from education, civic, business, and philanthropic sectors, introduced their Baseline Report at a media conference on April 16.  Read More
April 16, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education recognized several students for outstanding achievement at the board’s April 10 business meeting. Maddie Pierce of Casco Bay High School, Christopher “Tophe” Thorne of Deering High School and Annette Denekas of Portland High School were honored for winning their school’s 2014 Principal’s Awards.  Sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, the awards... Read More