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November 9, 2013
The Portland Public Schools community mourns the death of Brendan Conway, who played a key role in Deering High School athletics for many years.  A 1997 Deering graduate, he served as captain of the school’s basketball and tennis teams. Conway was Deering’s athletic director in 2007-2008.  He coached the Deering boys’ varsity tennis team for many years and was beginning his 11th year as part of... Read More
November 6, 2013
Ocean Avenue Elementary School (OAES) received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s to build a garden in the school’s courtyard. The school is partnering with Portland Trails on creating the vegetable and flower garden with an arbor, path and seating areas.  OAES staff, students, parents and community volunteers have helped on the project. Read More
November 6, 2013
The Portland Board of Public Education honored Eileen Dawson’s fourth grade class at Lyseth Elementary School at the board’s November 5 business meeting.  The students organized a school-wide observance of Unity Day, October 9, to show their support for all students feeling safe in their schools and communities.  The day is part of National Bullying Prevention Month. Read More
November 6, 2013
Pious Ali and Anna Trevorrow were elected to open At Large seats on the Portland Board of Public Education in the November 5 election.  They garnered the most votes in a field of six candidates. Laurie Davis was reelected to the District 3 seat.  She ran unopposed. Read More
November 5, 2013
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk and Sarah Thompson, a member of the Portland Board of Public Education, will travel to China on November 6-14 as part of the College Board’s Chinese Bridge Delegation to learn about that country’s educational practices. They will visit schools and postsecondary institutions in Beijing, observe classes, meet with Chinese educators, interact with students,... Read More
November 5, 2013
The Civil War was raging when Portland High School moved to its current site at 284 Cumberland Avenue.  This year marks the 150th anniversary of the building, which was designed with a brick wall through the middle, from basement to roof, to separate girls and boys. Portland High is using the anniversary to help students make connections to the school’s history and to local, national and world... Read More
November 4, 2013
Kindergartners in Lisa Crowley's class at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently learned about volcanoes.  Students created their own "volcanoes" and made them erupt using vinegar, baking soda and food coloring. Read More
October 31, 2013
The Portland Public Schools is seeking approval to purchase and renovate a building in downtown Portland that would house Central Office, the Multilingual and Multicultural Center and the West Program. The $3.6 million project would serve several purposes: Read More
October 31, 2013
Steve Howell received this year’s Robert B. Ganley Award for his 16 years of volunteer service broadcasting Portland High School football games on TV3, Portland’s educational access television station.  Read More
October 30, 2013
The seventh grade class at King Middle School has received the American Lung Association’s Healthy Air Leadership Award for their efforts last spring to raise public awareness about the dangers of air pollution.  U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) presented the award to the students and their teacher, Ruth MacLean, on October 24.  Read More
October 30, 2013
The Portland High School Outdoor Club has received a $500 Teens to Trails grants.  The money will be used for transportation, rental equipment and other club expenses. Portland High students run the club, organizing outdoor activities such as hikes, canoeing, mountain biking, visits to the Portland Rock Gym, ice skating, CPR training, skiing, snowboarding, sledding and kayaking.   Earlier this... Read More
October 29, 2013
Painting for a Purpose, a group that raises money for student-led service learning projects in the Portland Public Schools, will hold a live auction of mirrors painted by local artists on November 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at DiMillo’s Restaurant on the Portland waterfront.  Erin Ovalle, an anchor at WMTW, will be the guest auctioneer. Read More
October 24, 2013
Students at Lyseth Elementary School have learned many lessons from planting, tending and harvesting the school’s garden. This fall, students dug up potatoes and carrots and they picked tomatoes, basil, chives, peppers, kale and other produce from the garden.  They’ve used the vegetables to make pizza, salad and healthy snacks.  Kindergartners sang lullabies to the garden after putting it “to bed... Read More
October 24, 2013
Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk’s Book Club will discuss the new book, “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” by Amanda Ripley on January 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in downtown Portland. Copies of the book are available at Longfellow Books at the discounted price of $22.40; be sure to mention that you are part of the Superintendent’s Book Club.  You also may purchase... Read More
October 24, 2013
Portland Adult Education has received a $68,000 grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation to fund a language-learning lab at the program’s Locust Street school. The learning lab will be equipped with a mix of 20 computers and tablet devices to offer language learning opportunities to students currently on the waiting list for language courses. Rob Wood, director of Portland Adult Education, said... Read More