News Archive - May 2011 Syndicate content

May 27, 2011
Students from Lincoln Middle School are working with staff from the City of Portland and Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District on a storm drain stenciling effort to launch Portland’s new "Greener Neighborhoods Cleaner Streams"  program. Read More
May 27, 2011
The East End Community School Glee Club, under the direction of fifth grade teacher Marilyn Melton, recently performed a private concert for Governor Paul LePage in the rotunda of the Statehouse.  The 65-member Glee Club also opened  a session of the Maine Legislature by singing the National Anthem. They were recognized by the chair and received a standing ovation from the Legislature. Read More
May 27, 2011
Marjorie Sampson, the Portland High School teacher who is known as the “voice of graduation,” will retire at the end of this school year after 25 years of teaching.  She will announce her last class of graduates at Portland High’s ceremony on June 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Merrill Auditorium. Read More
May 27, 2011
Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen will visit the Portland Public Schools on June 7.  He will spend time at Casco Bay High School (12-12:45 p.m.), King Middle School (1:15 to 2 p.m.) and Howard C. Reiche Community School (2:15 to 3 p.m.), followed by visits with two organizations that partner with the district, LearningWorks and the Real School. Read More
May 26, 2011
Major changes aimed at improving student achievement are underway at Riverton Elementary School and East End Community School (EECS) in Portland.  The changes include new staff, a concentrated focus on five content areas and a new program for four-year-olds at Riverton. Riverton is finishing its first year of a $3.4 million federal School Improvement Grant.  EECS is completing work on a $1.8... Read More
May 26, 2011
 A team of seventh graders from Moore Middle School in Portland won an award at the Project Citizen State Showcase event on May 20 at the Statehouse in Augusta. The Moore team won an award for best oral presentation for their project about freedom of speech and picketers at military funerals, titled “Words Shouldn't Hurt, Right?” Team members are Max Chabot, Matt Herrick, Emmith Molina, Mohamed... Read More
May 26, 2011
Kristen Fox, a second grade teacher at Reiche Elementary School, began collecting used juice pouches this year after learning that they can be re-made into a variety of everyday items.  Upon sharing the news with her students, they morphed into engineers and designers who produced a variety of uses for the empty pouches. Read More
May 24, 2011
The Deering High School spring concert on May 25 at 7 p.m. will feature four pieces composed or arranged by students in the Portland Public Schools. Angela Liang, a Deering senior, wrote "Without a Care" and "This Just Doesn't End."  Both compositions will be performed in the part of the program honoring Mark Nordli, a Deering music teacher who is retiring at the end of this school year. Read More
May 24, 2011
Presumpscot Elementary School will hold its annual Celebration of Learning on two evenings, and the public is invited to attend. As an Expeditionary Learning school, each grade level has focused on a research topic.  At the evening events, students will showcase the learning that developed through their guiding questions, field studies and final products. Read More
May 24, 2011
Deering High School will hold its graduation ceremony onJune 1, followed by Portland High School and Casco Bay High School on June 2.  Among the many outstanding graduates of the three schools, here are nine students nominated by teachers and administrators for special recognition.Deering High School Read More
May 20, 2011
The Portland Education Foundation's Secret Gardens of Portland tour will take place on June 11 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine.  Funds raised from this event will go to grants for Portland Public School teachers to use on innovative projects that enrich student learning. Read More
May 20, 2011
East End Community School has cancelled the "Broadway on the Hill” fundraiser planned for June 10.  Please help us spread the word that the event will not take place. Read More
May 19, 2011
Lynn Plourde, a well-known children's author, will spend all day June 3 at Reiche Community School in Portland. She will work with students and participate in school-wide assembly. Plourde is the author of “Teacher Appreciation Day,” “Pigs in the Mud,”  “Class Picture Day” and many other books.  Reiche students have created plays, puppet shows, poems, letters and a newscast based on her stories.  Read More
May 19, 2011
Advisory committees made up of staff, parents and community members are screening applicants for two principal openings in the Portland Public Schools.  A pool of candidates will be interviewed during the week of May 23 for the top position at Portland High School.  Portland High’s current principal, Michael Johnson, is moving to Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) to become the... Read More
May 19, 2011
The Portland School Board gave final approval to a calendar for 2011-2012 at the board’s May 17 business meeting.  The calendar will add five days to the school year for students.    Students in first through 12th grade will begin classes on September 6, the day after Labor Day.  Kindergartners will start on September 8.  Students will be released early on Wednesdays from October through May. Read More