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September 2, 2014
The Portland Public Schools is launching Maine’s first public full immersion program in Spanish this fall.  The district has hired Susana Balasch, a teacher from Pamplona, Spain, to teach the program based at Lyseth Elementary School.  The program will begin with a kindergarten class.  Students will be taught a regular elementary curriculum in Spanish; music, art and physical education will be... Read More
September 2, 2014
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk traveled by bicycle to visit several schools on the first day of classes, September 2.  At each school, he greeted students and staff and encouraged them to make the most of the new school year.  At his final stop, King Middle School, Caulk answered the challenge from Karen MacDonald, a King teacher and 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year, to participate in the... Read More
August 25, 2014
Portland High School and Deering High School have added volleyball to their fall athletic offerings.  The girls’ team sport was added as part of the district’s response to a 2011 Title IX audit. The audit discovered that the district’s participation rates of males versus female student-athletes was not in compliance. Read More
August 25, 2014
The Portland Public Schools has hired Michael Dery as the district’s technology services director and Barbara Stoddard as talent development strategy coordinator. Read More
August 21, 2014
Deering Drama will hold its annual costume and yard sale on September 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front lawn of Deering High School.  The rain date is September 20 at the same time and place.  All funds raised will support the school’s fall musical, “Starmites.”  This is a great opportunity to find Halloween costumes and dress-up clothes. Read More
August 20, 2014
Campers at the John T. Gorman Summer Science Academy at Lyseth Elementary School worked on literacy skills while investigating plants and insects for five weeks. Rising first, second and third graders participated in Farm Camp by gardening in the school garden, planting new plants and raising insects.  They observed and monitored the life cycles of mealworms, Painted Lady butterflies and milkweed... Read More
August 19, 2014
Three teachers from the Portland Public Schools completed a week-long summer institute at the University of Maine working with the Maine Elementary Sciences Partnership.  The teachers - Karen Fream, Marcia Salem and Lisa Crowley - have become science resource partners for the state by completing the Talk Science institute as well as the Cross Cutting Concepts of the Next Generation Science... Read More
August 18, 2014
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk and Derek Pierce, principal of Casco Bay High School (CBHS), will host the fall meeting of the Superintendent’s Book Club on October 15 at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Monument Square, Portland.  Note the new date.  The public is invited to attend free of charge and no sign-up is required.  Read More
August 18, 2014
Students in grades 10 through 12 at Portland High School will have a choice of four career pathways beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.  Each pathway will cover core academic courses.  Students will be able to explore future career interests by taking elective courses in topics such as theater, emergency medical training and engineering software and design. Read More
August 13, 2014
A student and a teacher from Lincoln Middle School’s student wellness team joined more than 100 students and adult leaders from across New England at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on August 12 for the first regional Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Summit. Read More
August 12, 2014
The Portland Public Schools is working on many fronts to encourage students to continue learning throughout the summer.  The big sign on Ocean Avenue near Ocean Avenue Elementary School (OAES) gives passersby specific ideas of how to prevent "summer slide" - students losing ground academically in July and August.  One side of the sign advises reading at least 30 minutes a day.  The other side... Read More
August 11, 2014
The Portland Public Schools will offer an AP Music Theory course for the first time this year.  Open to students at all three high schools, the two-year course will meet at Deering High School on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.   Julianne Eberl, the district’s secondary-level orchestra teacher, will teach the course.  The Fund for Teachers chose her as a 2014 fellow and paid for her to attend the... Read More
August 11, 2014
Students in grades one through 12 in the Portland Public Schools begin classes on September 2.  Kindergartners start on September 4.  The class day is as follows: Read More
August 7, 2014
The Portland Public Schools has hired the following administrators to fill key positions: Read More
August 7, 2014
A diverse group of 16 recent high school graduates from the Portland Public Schools is getting a head start on college with guidance from a designated success coach thanks to a new program at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) called MySuccess.  The MySuccess program is the product of a unique partnership between SMCC, Portland Public Schools, the John T. Gorman Foundation and Portland... Read More