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March 26, 2014
The Portland Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) on April 2-6 presents internationally acclaimed children’s films, a children’s filmmaking competition and special public events focusing on films and filmmakers. Highlights include: Read More
March 26, 2014
On March 25, the Portland Board of Public Education honored the district’s 10 teachers who have achieved National Board Certification.  The board also recognized a Presumpscot Elementary School custodian and three Presumpscot teachers for outstanding work.  Jean Goodson, a member of the district’s custodial staff since 1990, was cited for giving 150 percent, building positive relationships with... Read More
March 25, 2014
Deering High School's chess team won first place in the Novice division at the recent state chess meet in Augusta.  Deering student Shervin Sabeti scored a perfect 4-0 to win the individual title in the Novice division.  The team tied for fourth place in the Championship division.Deering teacher Jeff Borland coaches the team.  The following students participated in the meet: Thoalfakar  Alsaady... Read More
March 25, 2014
Maddie Pierce of Casco Bay High School (CBHS), Christopher  “Tophe” Thorne of Deering High School and Annette Denekas of Portland High School have been selected to receive 2014 Principal’s Awards.  Sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA), the awards are given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship. Read More
March 25, 2014
More than 500 students from the Portland Public Schools learned about locally grown foods that are used in the district’s school lunch program at a first-ever local foods showcase on March 27 at Ocean Gateway.  Students sampled and rated dishes such as homemade applesauce, seaweed salad and marinated tofu to help determine which will be featured on future school menus.  They learned about where... Read More
March 24, 2014
Lucy Tumavicus, an eighth grader at Lincoln Middle School, won the Maine State Spelling Bee on March 22 after 94 rounds, the longest competition in at least five years.  She will represent Maine in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 27-29 in Maryland.Lucy was the top finisher in Lincoln's spelling bee in January and she won the Cumberland County Spelling Bee on February 4.  Read More
March 21, 2014
Maine Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland cited a project on Maine hunger at Lincoln Middle School in his remarks at a legislative hearing on March 21. The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee was considering L.D. 1819, a measure sponsored by Alfond to create a task force to end student hunger in the state.  The task force would identify and promote best practices, such as providing... Read More
March 21, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education will honor the 10 district teachers who have achieved National Board Certification, an advanced teaching credential. The teachers who will be recognized at the board’s March 25th business meeting are: Read More
March 19, 2014
The Kindred Spirits and Sisterhood groups of Deering High School present the third annual Best of Both Worlds show on March 27 at 6 p.m. in the Deering auditorium.  The show will feature dance, song, poetry and a little magic from cultures around the world.  Tickets ($6 adults, $3 children/students) may be reserved by emailing valenkportlandschools [dot] org.  Proceeds support the groups’... Read More
March 18, 2014
Teams at Lyseth and Longfellow elementary schools and Lyman Moore Middle School won first place awards at the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament on March 15 in Brunswick.  Two other Lyseth teams and two Lincoln Middle School teams won second place awards, and a Reiche Elementary School team won a third place award. All of the teams will advance to the state competition on March 29 in... Read More
March 18, 2014
Dr. Sima Samar, chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, visited Deering High School on March 18 and spoke to students about her work to further women’s rights and human rights. Dr. Samar met with student leaders at a breakfast reception.  She told them about her determination to get an education despite many barriers.  Several students said they were inspired by her example. Read More
March 18, 2014
Sarah Thompson, chair of the Portland Board of Public Education, delivered the 2014 State of the Schools Address to the Portland City Council on March 17.  See a video of the speech.  Read coverage in the Bangor Daily News. Read More
March 17, 2014
Four hundred eleven Tanzanian villagers will have clean water as a result of paper beads made by Deering High School ninth graders.  Read More
March 17, 2014
Two seventh graders at Lyman Moore Middle School were recognized in the Scholastic Writing Awards of Maine competition.  They participated in an awards ceremony at the University of Southern Maine on March 14. Taryn Zima received Gold Key recognition for her short story, “Chasing the Moon.”  Lauren Paradise received Silver Key recognition for her short story, “Dark and Desperate Days.”  Read More
March 17, 2014
More than 500 sophomores and juniors from Portland High School, Deering High School and Casco Bay High School attended a college and career expo titled “Live, Learn and Earn - Right Here in Maine” on March 14 at the University of Southern Maine. Students participated in interactive panel discussions and mock interviews.  They also had the opportunity to talk to representatives from 16 colleges... Read More