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February 24, 2014
Evan Peaco and Samuel Freedman, seniors at Portland High School, and Katherine Reynolds and Jordan Roche, seniors at Deering High School, have been named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.  They are among about 20 boys and 20 girls in Maine who are being considered for one of the country’s highest honors awarded to high school students.  Read More
February 24, 2014
Students from the University of New England's College of Dental Medicine visited Riverton Elementary School on February 26 to teach children about dental health. Students in the first, second and third grades learned about healthy teeth and snacks by participating in the national “Lessons in a Lunchbox” program.  UNE students brought each child a lunch box containing a carrot-shaped case with a... Read More
February 24, 2014
The Portland High School varsity boys’ basketball team won the Western Class A tournament on February 22, beating Bonny Eagle by 70-60. Justin Zukowski, a Portland High player, was awarded the George Vinall Trophy as the top player-sportsman in the tournament. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, February 25 at 9 a.m. at the Cumberland County Civic Center for the state championship game between... Read More
February 19, 2014
A dedication ceremony for the newly remodeled school-based health center at Portland High School took place on February 25.  The center, located on the school’s ground floor, was named in honor of the late Amanda Rowe, a longtime school nurse for the Portland Public Schools and a strong advocate for school-based health centers.  See a video of the ceremony.  Read More
February 18, 2014
Lyman Moore Middle School’s Math Counts team placed third in the recent Southern Maine Regional Math Counts Competition at the University of Southern Maine.  A total of 11 teams competed in the meet. The Lyman Moore team, coached by math teacher Julie Myers, will compete in the state competition on March 8 at Kennebec Community College. Team members are James Hawkes, Lucas Profeno, Jacob Libby... Read More
February 18, 2014
Francesca Butterfield, a junior at Portland High School, won this year's Classical Association of New England (CANE) Writing Contest.  Francesca will read her essay, “Eros’s Decision,” at the CANE annual banquet on March 7 at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Francesca advanced to the New England competition by winning first place in Maine.  This year’s topic was “What Mighty... Read More
February 13, 2014
Seven high school students in the Portland Public Schools have been named 2014 National Merit Finalists.   They are among approximately 15,000 finalists nationwide who have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships. The finalists from Deering High School are Cleo Barker, Zachary Duperry and Jordan Roche.  The Portland High School finalists are Samuel... Read More
February 11, 2014
Maxwell Chikuta, a native of Congo, recently visited East End Community School to talk to fifth graders as part of their study of immigration.  Chikuta told of his journey to become a U.S. citizen and college graduate.  He now has a master’s degree and he is working towards a Ph.D.  He spoke about the importance of goals, hard work and appreciating education. Read More
February 11, 2014
Students in the New Media program at Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) will travel to Skowhegan during February vacation to conduct a paranormal investigation of the Strand Cinema, considered to be one of the most haunted places in Maine.  The students also will interview local historians, residents and the Strand manager.  They will use the footage to create a “PATHS Ghost Hunt”... Read More
February 11, 2014
Joel Kahn, a freshman at Deering High School, has advanced to the state Poetry Out Loud competition.  Joel, who won Deering’s school competition, was one of 10 students named champions of the Southern Regional competition on February 6 in Biddeford. Read More
February 10, 2014
Parents with children in the Portland Public Schools are invited to participate in a new survey about their experiences in the district.  The survey was created to enhance parent and community voice in the school system. Read More
February 10, 2014
The Deering High School Chorus will perform with the rock band, Foreigner, on February 18 at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre.  The 26-member chorus will join the band to sing “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Chorus members also will help raise money for the Grammy Foundation by selling Foreigner CDs before and after the show.  The foundation helps support music education in high schools nationwide. Read More
February 10, 2014
Students from Lincoln Middle School’s Generation On club held a food drive on February 2 at Shaw’s Northgate for the Family Crisis Center.  They raised $291.10 and collected five large boxes of food. The Family Crisis Center is a local, 16-bed shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.  Generation On is a national service learning program.  Carlie Connair, a Lincoln math... Read More
February 6, 2014
Lucy Tumavicus, the top finisher in Lincoln Middle School’s spelling bee last month, won the Cumberland County Spelling Bee on February 4.  Maya Denkmire, a fifth grader at Ocean Avenue Elementary School, took third place. Lucy, an eighth grader, will advance to the Maine State Spelling Bee on March 22.  Read More
February 6, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education recognized Riverton Elementary School first graders and the longtime director of Portland Adult Education at the board’s February 4 meeting. The Riverton students were honored for leading a school-wide penny drive to raise money for children in the Philippines recovering from Typhoon Haiyan. Robert Wood has retired as director of Portland Adult Education. ... Read More