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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
April 11, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously on April 10 to approve a $101,773,613 budget for the Portland Public Schools for Fiscal Year 2015.  The budget is $586,663 below Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk’s proposed budget due to lower-than-expected health insurance costs.  Caulk’s budget factored in an estimated 8 increase in health insurance costs, but the actual increase... Read More
April 10, 2014
The fifth graders in Nancy Smith’s and Debra Fenton’s classes at Lyseth Elementary School were swept up in the struggles of a fifth grader with cerebral palsy, as told in the book “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper.  Their teachers read them the story last fall as part of a Global Read Aloud project that connects classes around the world. Read More
April 10, 2014
Kelley Holmes, a teacher at Longfellow Elementary School, has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 25 fellows from the United States and Canada will embark on Lindblad voyages aboard National Geographic Explorer for a hands-on experience. Holmes teaches first and second grade.  She is participating in an ongoing... Read More
April 10, 2014
Lyman Moore Middle School will host a naturalization ceremony on April 18 at 10 a.m. in the school gymnasium.  People from 30 countries will become U.S. citizens. Students in sixth grade have spent the past seven weeks learning about immigration.  They will participate in the ceremony by greeting the new citizens, hosting them at a celebratory breakfast and decorating the school with homemade... Read More
April 10, 2014
Students from the Portland Public Schools will present art exhibits, dance and orchestral performances, and displays from classroom projects at Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on May 2.  The events will take place at several locations in downtown Portland.  The Portland Public Schools Art Show, featuring hundreds of works by students in kindergarten through 12th grade, will have its opening... Read More
April 10, 2014
The Portland Public Schools is launching Let’s Talk Portland! - a simple way for parents, teachers, staff, students and community members to submit feedback to the school district 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Read More
April 9, 2014
Portland city and school officials announced that the Maine State Board of Education voted unanimously today to add Portland’s Fred P. Hall Elementary School to the state’s Major Capital Construction Approved Projects List. Schools on the list receive state funding for their projects, and Hall Elementary is one of six schools that were added to the list today. Replacing Hall is expected to... Read More
April 9, 2014
Sixth grade students at Lincoln Middle School will perform a historical play about Mexico, “The Conquistador’s Wife,” on April 15.  The students are the first in Maine to participate in Spirit Series, a literacy and character education initiative that involves students in studying, co-writing, staging and performing one-act historical biographies.  Lincoln students spent three weeks working on... Read More
April 9, 2014
Portland High School held the 35th induction ceremony of the National Honor Society on April 3.  Members must have the highest qualities of scholarship (a 93 or above grade point average), leadership, service to school and community and character. Read More
April 9, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously on April 8 to approve a  calendar for the 2014-2015 school year that sets the first day of classes on September 2, the Tuesday after Labor Day. Read More
April 9, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously on April 8 to set June 20 as the final day of classes for the current school year, assuming there are no more cancellations. That will result in 177 instructional days for students.  The state requires 175 days. The board also approved amending the calendar to set June 23-25 as professional development days for all staff.  The teaching... Read More
April 4, 2014
A first grade class at East End Community School (EECS) and the Culture and Linguistics class at Deering High School won the first-ever Portland Spotlight awards for the best films submitted by classes in the Portland Public Schools to the Portland Children’s Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers contest. Kristina Singer’s EECS class won in the K-5 category for their film, “The Biggest Change.” ... Read More
April 2, 2014
Students in Janie Young’s art class and the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates class at Deering High School worked together to create clay bowls for a project that helps fight hunger around the world.  Read More
April 1, 2014
Lyman Moore Middle School’s Odyssey of the Mind team won a first place award at the state competition on March 29 in Waterville.  Longfellow Elementary School’s team won a second place award.  Both teams are eligible to compete at the World Finals on May 28-31 at Iowa State University. Members of the Moore team are all sixth graders.  They are Ben Thompson, Liam Niles, Laini Legere, Nate... Read More