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July 29, 2014
The New Mainers Resource Center at Portland Adult Education has received a $7,500 grant from the Maine Community Foundation to support new Americans in their pursuit of health care jobs.  The center offers health care courses to assist trained health professionals from other countries learn the processes, options and language needed to secure health-related employment in Maine.  The People of... Read More
July 28, 2014
Maine Agriculture in the Classroom has awarded a $3,000 grant, the maximum amount, to the Landscapes & Garden program at Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) to expand its aquaponics system.  Aquaponics is a low-impact growing method that replicates a natural ecosystem.  It increasingly is being used to grow sustainable foods that are dense in nutrients.  PATHS currently has a... Read More
July 28, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education will hold its August 5 business meeting at the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum on Peaks Island.  An executive session will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m. “We have not held a meeting on the island for a long time,” said Board Chair Sarah Thompson.  “This will be an opportunity for the board to see a very special Portland neighborhood... Read More
July 24, 2014
The Portland Summer Success Project helps children avoid “summer slide” by providing access to healthy meals, books and learning activities. The project organized two picnics, on July 24 and 25, to celebrate healthy, active summer learning. The picnics include free music, food, games, activities and books for children under 18.  Children are welcome to bring their family and caregivers. Read More
July 23, 2014
Portland children and their families are invited to attend two Portland Summer Success Picnics with free meals and books, activities, games and special guests. The first picnic will take place on July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Deering Oaks Park (near the ravine splash pool).  The second one will be held on July 25 from 12 to 12:50 p.m. at Peppermint Park on Cumberland Avenue, near... Read More
July 21, 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 1at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Monument Square, Portland.  The public is invited to attend free of charge and no sign-up is required.  The book club will discuss “Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are... Read More
July 21, 2014
The 2014 graduates of the Portland Public Schools will attend nearly 100 colleges and universities beginning in September. Many district graduates have enrolled at Southern Maine Community College, the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine’s flagship college in Orono and branches in Farmington, Augusta and Presque Isle.  Others will attend highly competitive colleges and... Read More
July 15, 2014
Students in the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) woodworking class recently teamed up with Paul MacDowell’s and Ellen Handelman's fifth grade classes at Lyseth Elementary School to make Little Free Libraries. The classes collaborated to learn about math, measurement, collaboration and project planning.  The PATHS students mentored the Lyseth student to create the finished project... Read More
July 14, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education recently honored employees who were retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.   Many of the retirees are shown below with Board Chair Sarah Thompson (left) and Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk (in the back left). Read More
July 14, 2014
Are you 18 or under? Eat lunch free in Portland this summer. ¿Tiene 18 años o menos? Coma comidas de las escuelas gratuitas en Portland este verano. أذا كنت 18 سنة او أصغر يمكنك تناول الوجبات المدرسية المجانية في مدارس بورتند ھذا الصيف.Você tem 18 anos de idade ou menos? Você pode comer almoços grátis em Portland neste verão. Avez-vous 18 ans ou moins ? Venez déjeuner gratuitement cet été à... Read More
July 14, 2014
The Maine Department of Education awarded LearningWorks about $2.5 million over the next five years to provide extended learning opportunities for academically at-risk elementary school students at public schools in Portland and South Portland. Read More
July 1, 2014
Board says contract will contain costs and give school officials greater flexibility to manage staffing in support of student achievement Read More
June 25, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education voted on June 24 to approve a new graduation policy that moves the district from a credit-based to a proficiency-based diploma system. The policy is based on recommendations from the board-appointed Graduation Policy Task Force, with one amendment proposed and approved by board members. Read More
June 20, 2014
Maine Education Commissioner Jim Rier visited Presumpscot Elementary School on June 16 to praise the school’s staff and students for being named a High Performance Reward school.  That designation, achieved by only 19 other Maine schools, recognizes that Presumpscot School has consistently achieved high performance in meeting state and federal accountability standards for English language... Read More
June 19, 2014
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk and Mike Dixon, executive director of Portland ConnectED, will join East End Community School students and students throughout the district as they take the Portland Pledge for Summer Success on June 20, National Summer Learning Day.  June 20 also is the last day of the school year in the Portland Public Schools. Read More