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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
March 14, 2014
The Portland High School VEX Robotics Team took first place in programming skills at the state meet.  The four-student team qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship on April 23-26 in Anaheim, California. Students are holding a number of events to raise approximately $7,000 to cover the cost of the trip.  For more information, contact lammrportlandschools [dot] org (Rosalee Lamm,) the... Read More
March 14, 2014
Students in Suzanne Dodson’s Culture and Linguistics class at Deering High School recently investigated the problem that many students face getting to and from school without access to a school bus. Read More
March 14, 2014
The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has named Presumpscot Elementary School as a “High Performance Reward School” based on student performance and improvement. The 20 Maine schools in that category and another 19 identified as “High Progress Reward Schools” have consistently demonstrated high progress or achieved great performance toward meeting state and federal accountability standards for... Read More
March 14, 2014
Peaks Island Elementary School celebrated Pi Day (3.14), Albert Einstein’s birthday and the school’s high scorers for the week in the First in Math program.Students in Cindy Nilsen’s class derived pi through the use of strings, calculators and many different-sized circles.  The class read the book “Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein,” and Principal Nilsen wore a wig in Albert’s honor. Read More
March 12, 2014
The Portland Board of Public Education recognized several students for their recent accomplishments at the board's March 11 business meeting: Read More
March 11, 2014
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk has proposed a budget for Fiscal Year 2015 with strategic investments to strengthen the Portland Public Schools’ core academic program, stimulate progress for all learners, drive innovation and improve infrastructure.  See the budget presentation.  Read More