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September 2014

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Portland Principal Wins $100,000 Grant for School
Posted on 09/30/2014
Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce has won the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 3rd Annual Larry O’Toole Award. He’ll receive a $100,000 grant for his school, which will be used to further student learning. The win marks the first time a Maine principal or school organization has won the award, for which there is one nominee from each New England state.  READ MORE...
Three Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/29/2014
Three high school students in the Portland Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students will be recognized by the Portland Board of Education at its Oct. 7 meeting, and they have an opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring.The three Semifinalists are Olivia Blom of Deering High School, and Carlo...  READ MORE...
PHS students benefit from "Ask an Engineer Day”
Posted on 09/26/2014
Portland High School’s three engineering classes recently hosted a group of professionals from the engineering and manufacturing fields. The engineers inspired the students by talking about their work on such vital projects as bridges, concert halls, jet engines and naval ships.  READ MORE...
Portland Schools Committed to More Local Foods
Posted on 09/22/2014
Portland Public Schools (PPS) Food Services Department is a leader in using local food in school meal programs. During the 2013-2014 school year Portland served over 128,000 pounds of local fruits, vegetables and proteins. This school year, PPS Food Services Department has committed to increasing local foods with the goal of serving 225,000 pounds of local fruits, vegetables and proteins in the...  READ MORE...
Casco Bay High School Featured on 207
Posted on 09/17/2014
Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce and student Maggie Ruff sat down this week with 207's Caroline Cornish. They talked about Pierce's nomination for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation's Larry O'Toole Leadership Award. The award recongizes excellence in implementing student-centered learning practices, including learning that is personalized, engaging, competency-based and happens...  READ MORE...
Portland Principal Nominated for $100,000 Award
Posted on 09/10/2014
Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce has been nominated for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 3rd Annual Larry O’Toole Award. If selected, Pierce will receive a $100,000 grant for his school. The Larry O’Toole Award is bestowed each year on a school leader or organization exhibiting great leadership through innovation in moving student-centered learning approaches forward in New...  READ MORE...
Superintendent Visits Schools on Bicycle on Opening Day
Posted on 09/10/2014
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk visited several schools on bicycle on the first day of classes, September 2. At each stop, he greeted students and staff and encouraged them to make the most of the new school year. At his final stop, King Middle School, Caulk answered the challenge from Karen MacDonald, a King teacher and 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year, to participate in the ALS Ice...  READ MORE...
District Starts Maine’s First Spanish Immersion Program
Posted on 09/10/2014
The Portland Public Schools is launching Maine’s first public full immersion program in Spanish this fall. The district has hired Susana Balasch, a teacher from Pamplona, Spain, to teach the program based at Lyseth Elementary School. The program will begin with a kindergarten class. Students will be taught a regular elementary curriculum in Spanish; music, art and physical education will be...  READ MORE...