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December 16, 2014
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk presented the Portland Public Schools’ District Scorecard 2.0 to the Portland Board of Public Education at its Dec. 16 business meeting. The scorecard reports data on student progress and sets annual performance goals, in line with the district’s Comprehensive Plan. Read More
December 16, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously at its business meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16, to approve a new two-year agreement with the teachers’ union. Highlights of the contract include increased instructional time for students, more professional learning time for teachers and a 2 percent cost-of-living salary increase in the 2015-2016 school year. Members of the Portland Education... Read More
December 16, 2014
Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce was described as the kind of educator who dares students “to do the impossible,” as he was awarded the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 3rd Annual Larry O’Toole Award on Dec. 16. The award, which included a $100,000 check that will go to enhance student programs at CBHS, is given out each year to proponents of student-centered learning. Read More
December 15, 2014
Portland’s three public high schools are listed among the top 50 in Maine in Niche’s 2015 list of The Best Public High Schools.Pittsburgh-based Niche runs a ranking and review site with information on K-12 schools, colleges, cities, and neighborhoods.It ranked Casco Bay High School as the 10th best public high school in Maine. Portland and Deering high schools were ranked in the top 30. Read More
December 12, 2014
Seniors from Casco Bay High School marched down Congress Street from the Portland Museum of Art to the downtown post office on Dec. 12 to mail their college applications. It was CBHS’ second annual March to the Post Office, an event in which students make mailing their college applications a public affirmation of their higher education goals. Read More
December 11, 2014
King Middle School teacher Karen MacDonald is one of 30 teachers nationwide to receive a $2,500 grant through the Farmers Insurance “Thank a Million Teachers” program. Thomas Hyman from Farmers Insurance and Maine State Sen. Anne Haskell presented King Middle School students in the K-PAC after school program with the $2,500 grant check in early December. MacDonald, Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the... Read More
December 10, 2014
Casco Bay High School will hold an 8th Grade Family Night on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is designed to allow families to learn about CBHS as their eighth-graders decide which of Portland’s three high schools they want to attend next year. Read More
December 9, 2014
The Landscapes and Gardens Program at the Portland Public Schools' Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) is holding its annual holiday sale at the greenhouse from now until Dec. 23. The students have made wreaths, evergreen swags, botanical products and table arrangements. Delivery is available or stop by the greenhouse during school hours or by appointment.The following items are... Read More
December 8, 2014
About 80 Casco Bay High School juniors attended a daylong conference at the University of Maine School of Law on Dec. 8 to learn about the law and legal careers. The conference was the culminating event of the Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, which strives to create more diversity in the legal profession. Read More
December 5, 2014
The cPort Credit Union College Aspirations Scholarship Program gets “elementary school students thinking big about their future plans for college,” according to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk.Caulk is featured in a new video about the innovative scholarship program that offers elementary school students $100 scholarships to get them to start planning early for college. Read More
December 5, 2014
In the latest edition of “Let’s Talk Portland,” Portand Public Schools students tell Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk how their experiences with job shadowing and internships have benefited them. “Let’s Talk Portland” is a video series in which Caulk interviews guests about initiatives in the Portland Public Schools. Read More
December 2, 2014
The Portland Public Schools offers eighth-graders a unique opportunity to choose between three high schools, each with its own distinctive personality  and offerings. Open houses at each school, being held this month and next, and other upcoming events will help eighth grade families decide which school to choose by a Jan. 30, 2015 commitment deadline. Portland students may attend any of the... Read More
December 1, 2014
At a ceremony at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 1, the Portland Board of Public Education inaugurated its newest members and then voted unanimously to elect at-large school board member Sarah Thompson, who has been school board chair for the past year, to a second one-year term as chair.Thompson thanked fellow board members “for placing their trust in my leadership ability” and she thanked teachers... Read More
December 1, 2014
Beginning in February, the Portland Board of Public Education will hold its regular meeting on the first Tuesday of each month in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The board will hold its second regular monthly meeting – which takes place on the third Tuesday of each month – at alternating schools around the city. A calendar of meeting locations will be posted on the Portland Public Schools’... Read More
November 25, 2014
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk will host the winter meeting of the Superintendent’s Book Club on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Monument Square in Portland. Caulk will lead the discussion of “21 Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and Into the Future” by Gary Marx. The public is invited to attend the event free of charge and no sign-up is... Read More