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September 2015

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This is the image for the news article titled  Deering Drama Club Costume and Yard Sale is Oct. 10
Deering Drama Club Costume and Yard Sale is Oct. 10
Posted on 09/30/2015
Are you in need of an evening gown, Japanese robes, a punk rock outfit or an animal costume? You’ll find them all at the annual Deering High School Drama Club’s Costume and Yard Sale, set for Saturday, Oct. 10.  more
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Portland Stage Program a Hit with Lincoln Eighth-Graders
Posted on 09/29/2015
Professional actors from Portland Stage treated eighth-graders at Lincoln Middle School to a performance of an abridged version of “Romeo and Juliet” this month.  more
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CBHS Senior’s Blog Makes It To Education Week
Posted on 09/28/2015
Henry Jones, a senior at Casco Bay High School, recently had his Expeditionary Learning experiences on the topic of climate change published as a blog in Education Week, a prestigious national publication covering K-12 education.  more
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‘Ask an Engineer Day’ Educates, Inspires PHS students
Posted on 09/28/2015
Engineering classes at Portland High School on Sept. 24 hosted a group of professionals from the engineering and manufacturing fields. The engineers inspired the students by talking about their work on vital projects ranging from bridges to computers. To view a video on the engineers’ presentations and work with students, click here.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Harvard Pilgrim, Red Claws Hold Day of Service at Riverton
Harvard Pilgrim, Red Claws Hold Day of Service at Riverton
Posted on 09/25/2015
More than 40 volunteers from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England and the Maine Red Claws joined together on Sept. 24 for a day of service at Riverton Elementary School. Volunteers worked on building an outdoor soda-bottle greenhouse, painting murals in the gymnasium and on the playground, and hosted Living Healthy Clinics for Riverton students.   more
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Community Invited to Support Neighborhood School at Public Meeting
Posted on 09/23/2015
The Portland Public Schools is inviting the community to a public meeting regarding the planned replacement of Hall Elementary School. The meeting will be in the Hall School gym on Tuesday, Sept. 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Child care for elementary-school-age children will be provided.  more
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Culinary Students Need Votes To Win Kitchen Equipment
Posted on 09/23/2015
Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) culinary students are seeking to win $2,500 worth of kitchen equipment, but need votes from the public to help them do that. The deadline to vote is Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.  more
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PPS Student Orchestra Serenades New U.S. Citizens
Posted on 09/22/2015
The Portland Public Schools’ "Gig" Orchestra, a group of student musicians that performs as a community outreach group, gave an "outstanding" performance for some new U.S. citizens at a Citizenship Ceremony at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center's Hannaford Hall on Sept. 17.   more
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Peaks Island Teachers Start School Year with a Splash
Posted on 09/21/2015
On warm days, Peaks Island youngsters engage in a rite of passage they call the “dock jump,” in which they leap from the ferry pier into the cold waters of Casco Bay. On Sept. 19, teachers from Peaks Island Elementary School took a dock jump to herald the start of the new school year – as their students watched.   more
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$100K Award Would Help Create Technology-Based Maine Workforce
Posted on 09/18/2015
If Pious Ali, a youth and community engagement specialist with Portland Empowered and a Portland school board member, wins the Larry O’Toole Award, he’d use the money to create a summer camp to help kids learn vital computer-coding skills. The winner of the award is chosen by online voters (the deadline is noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30) and Ali is hoping to generate support – not for himself but for underserved youth in Portland.  more
This is the image for the news article titled King Students Explore Using Robots to Combat Invasive Aquatic Plants
King Students Explore Using Robots to Combat Invasive Aquatic Plants
Posted on 09/17/2015
Throughout the fall, some King Middle School seventh-graders will be investigating invasive plant species in Maine through a technologically innovative expedition called R.E.D. (research, engineering and deployment) Rovers.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Rock the Block at Longfellow’s First Annual Walk-A-Thon!
Rock the Block at Longfellow’s First Annual Walk-A-Thon!
Posted on 09/16/2015
Do you like to walk and help kids? You can do both at the same time by participating in Longfellow Elementary School’s First Annual Walk-A-Thon, which will raise funds for the school.   more
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School Board Gets Overview of ‘Smarter Balanced’ Test Results
Posted on 09/16/2015
At its Sept. 15 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education listened to a presentation on the district’s data from the Smarter Balanced state assessment, a new online standardized test that Maine students took this past spring.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Hall School Students ‘Stars’ of New Video on Immigration
Hall School Students ‘Stars’ of New Video on Immigration
Posted on 09/15/2015
What is it like being a kid and a new immigrant to Maine? This past summer, 35 Hall Elementary School students shared their feelings on being new Mainers and welcoming newcomers in a video that will premiere on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Portland Public Library. The event also features the release of Maine author/illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien’s new children’s book, “I’m New Here.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Portland vs. Deering Game Nets $2,000+ for Cancer Research
Portland vs. Deering Game Nets $2,000+ for Cancer Research
Posted on 09/15/2015
On Sept. 14, the Deering and Portland high school field hockey teams supported the family of a Deering player whose mother has been battling breast cancer with a fundraising Play4theCure match at Deering High School. Portland won the game and the teams raised more than $2,000 for cancer research.  more
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Lincoln Middle School Math Teachers Chosen for Poincaré Institute
Posted on 09/15/2015
Two Lincoln Middle School math teachers have been invited to be instructors at the Tufts University Poincaré Institute in Everett, Mass. Working mostly online, Claire Olson-Crocker and Zachary Brown will help other teachers enhance their mathematics teaching skills  more
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Help Pious Ali Win $100,000 for a Computer-Coding Camp for Kids!
Posted on 09/14/2015
Pious Ali, a youth and community engagement specialist with Portland Empowered, is this year’s Maine nominee for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 4th Annual Lawrence O’Toole Award. Ali, a school board member, is eligible to win a $100,000 grant, which he would use to start a summer camp program in Portland to teach computer-coding skills to underserved students.  more
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Peaks Parents/Community Members Invited to Meet Superintendent
Posted on 09/14/2015
New Interim Portland Public Schools Superintendent Jeanne Crocker will make her first school-year visit to the Peaks Island School on Wednesday, Sept. 16. She is inviting parents and other island community members to meet and talk to her about the school, school concerns and its promising present and future.  more
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Pious Ali Nominated for $100,000 Lawrence O’Toole Award
Posted on 09/11/2015
Pious Ali, a youth and community engagement specialist with Portland Empowered, is this year’s Maine nominee the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 4th Annual Lawrence O’Toole Award. Ali, a school board member, is eligible to win a $100,000 grant, which he would use to start a summer camp program in Portland to teach computer-coding skills to underserved students.  more
Tour of Riverton to Precede School Board Meeting
Posted on 09/11/2015
The public is invited to a tour of Riverton Elementary School, which will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 15, prior to the Portland Board of Public Education meeting being held at the school that evening.   more
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Multilingual Back-to-School Fair Set for Saturday, Sept. 12
Posted on 09/10/2015
Multilingual families are invited to a Back-to-School Fair on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the East End Community School, located at 195 North St. The fair runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  more
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Hall School PTO To Host 5K Fundraiser on Sept. 27
Posted on 09/10/2015
The Hall Elementary School PTO will host its inaugural Planet Hall 5K race on Sept. 27. The event features a tree-lined course through one of Portland’s most attractive neighborhoods and nearly a mile of trail running on Portland Trails. Runners of all abilities, walkers and strollers are welcome. The race starts at 9 a.m. but there is a free one-mile fun run for kids at 8:30 a.m.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Longfellow Teacher Wins Award for ‘Green’ Teaching
Longfellow Teacher Wins Award for ‘Green’ Teaching
Posted on 09/08/2015
Richard Johnson, a fifth-grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School, has been named as the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) 2015 Outstanding Educator for his work helping students learn about ecofriendly ways to do yardscaping and protect a local watershed.  more
Sept. 14 Forum to Focus on Preparing Students for College
Posted on 09/08/2015
Two Portland Public Schools’ educators are slated to participate in an upcoming public forum that will focus on public schooling, higher education, and Maine’s economic future.  more
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King Middle School To Present Expeditionary Learning Portfolio
Posted on 09/03/2015
King Middle School, a high-achieving, highly diverse Expeditionary Learning public school at the forefront of national school reform, will present its Expeditionary Learning (EL) Credentialing portfolio on Tuesday, September 8.   more
This is the image for the news article titled Book Drive Nets More Than 1,000 Books for School Libraries
Book Drive Nets More Than 1,000 Books for School Libraries
Posted on 09/02/2015
Thanks to the South Portland store of Books-A-Million and its generous customers, the Portland Public Schools now has more than 1,000 new books to add to the shelves of its school libraries.  more
This is the image for the news article titled DHS, PHS Field Hockey Teams to Hold a Play4theCure Game Sept. 14
DHS, PHS Field Hockey Teams to Hold a Play4theCure Game Sept. 14
Posted on 09/01/2015
This month, the Deering and Portland high school field hockey teams have decided to dedicate their regular season rivalry to supporting the family of a Deering player whose mother is battling breast cancer. As a fundraising activity, the teams will hold a Play4theCure game on Monday, Sept. 14, starting at 5 p.m. at Deering High School.  more