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November 2014

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Superintendent’s Book Club to Discuss 21st Century Trends
Posted on 11/25/2014
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk will host the winter meeting of the Superintendent’s Book Club on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Monument Square in Portland. Caulk will lead the discussion of “21 Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and Into the Future” by Gary Marx. The public is invited to attend the event free of charge and no sign-up is...  READ MORE...
School Board Inauguration Set for December 1
Posted on 11/25/2014
The Portland Board of Public Education will hold a ceremony to inaugurate its newest members on Monday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. in Portland City Council Chambers at Portland City Hall. The board will inaugurate two new members who won seats in the Nov. 4 election: Stephanie S. Hatzenbuehler, the new District 4 representative; and John M. Eder, who was elected to an at-large seat. Also inaugurated will...  READ MORE...
Portland Public Schools Launches First Community e-Newsletter
Posted on 11/25/2014
The Portland Public Schools today released the first edition of its new Community e-Newsletter. The e-Newsletter is designed to better inform parents and other community members about successes and initiatives in the public schools and spur more engagement in education.  READ MORE...
Portland Public Schools' Students To Perform in Winter Concerts
Posted on 11/24/2014
The public is invited to hear young musicians perform at several free concerts in Portland’s public secondary schools during December. The schedule is:December 3, 6:30 p.m., Portland High SchoolDecember 15, 6 p.m., Lyman Moore Middle SchoolDecember 17, 6 p.m., King Middle SchoolDecember 17, 7 p.m., Deering High SchoolDecember 18, 6 p.m., Lincoln Middle School   READ MORE...
PATHS' Harvest Meal Helps Students, Community
Posted on 11/20/2014
The delicious turkey dinner that students in the Food Services program at Portland Arts and Technology High School dished up Thursday, Nov. 20 not only helped them learn about working in the food industry but also resulted in food donations for hungry Maine families. PATHS’ Harvest Meal is a tradition at the school that dates back more than 20 years, according to PATHS instructor Rebecca Davis.   READ MORE...
STEM Expo Creators, Organizers Receive Recognition
Posted on 11/19/2014
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk this week honored five staff members who spearheaded the creation and organization of the school district’s first STEM Expo. Recognized were Community Coordinators Kathy Cole and Tina Mikkelsen; Lincoln Middle School teacher Thomas Fournier; Executive Secretary Rebecca Dore; and Coordinator of Family & Community Engagement Chanda Turner.   READ MORE...
Portland Board of Public Education Votes To Extend Superintendent’s Contract
Posted on 11/18/2014
PORTLAND, MAINE (Nov. 18, 2014) – The Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously on Nov. 18 to extend Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk’s contract by three years, to June 2019.  READ MORE...
Lyseth Students Are “Girls on the Run”
Posted on 11/18/2014
Students at Lyseth Elementary School this year are participating in Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based youth development program for girls that teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. Girls on the Run-Maine is a grantee of the Maine Women’s Fund, which recently posted a newsletter article about Lyseth students' participation in the program.   READ MORE...
Deering Music Program To Reprise Historic Cookbook
Posted on 11/14/2014
About 70 years ago, Deering High School band parents put together a cookbook filled with delicious recipes and ads from local companies. Now, Deering students, staff, parents and alumni are invited to join in a project to reprint “Cooking To Beat The Band” as a fundraiser for the school's musical programs, according to Gil Peltola, Deering’s music director.Anyone interested in participating in...   READ MORE...
Longfellow Students Give Sweet Thanks to Veterans
Posted on 11/12/2014
In honor of the Veterans Day holiday this week, Longfellow Elementary School students presented local veterans with cards and cookies that were decorated red, white and blue. On Monday, Nov. 10, second graders in teacher Jena Kerns’ class partnered with their fourth-grade book buddies in teacher Megan Markgren's class to decorate patriotically themed cookies and create cards for the U.S. Veterans...  READ MORE...
PPS Students Lead the Way in STEM Learning
Posted on 11/10/2014
The Portland Public Schools, in partnership with EnviroLogix, held its first STEM Exposition on Monday, Nov. 10, at Portland’s Ocean Gateway Terminal, which was filled with crowds watching students demonstrate their knowledge in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math. The exhibitions included one in which students used a 3D printer to print such plastic objects such as a toy frog and...   READ MORE...
Casco Bay High Elects School Board Student Rep
Posted on 11/07/2014
Casco Bay High School students on Nov. 4 elected junior Sophie VanDerburgh to be the school’s new representative to the Portland Board of Public Education. VanDerburgh had already been serving on the board as CBHS’ interim representative since mid-October. At that time, VanDerburgh replaced student Eliza D’Anieri, who stepped down because of a conflict between board meeting times and a college...   READ MORE...
Ocean Avenue Students To Hold 'Beautiful' Veterans Day Event
Posted on 11/07/2014
Ocean Avenue Elementary School students will honor veterans at their annual Veterans Day assembly, at which older students teach younger ones about the day, with help from veterans. The assembly starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 10.  READ MORE...
Portland Public Schools, EnviroLogix To Hold First STEM Exposition
Posted on 11/06/2014
The Portland Public Schools, in partnership with EnviroLogix, will hold the first Portland Public Schools STEM Exposition on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland. At the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Portland Public School students, local businesses, and post-secondary schools will share their learning in STEM – science, technology, engineering and...   READ MORE...
PHS Senior Stands Out as Jazz Drummer
Posted on 11/05/2014
Joanna Quinn, a Portland High School senior, is one of just four drummers across the state to be accepted into the Maine Jazz All-State Festival, which will be held early next year, according to Andrew Chipman, PHS music teacher. She auditioned Oct. 24, Chipman said.He said, “The Jazz All-State Festival only accepts four drummers from high school students around the state. They have many, many...  READ MORE...
Hatzenbuehler, Eder, Marrione School Board Winners
Posted on 11/05/2014
The Portland Board of Public Education has two new members after Tuesday’s Nov. 4 election: Stephanie S. Hatzenbuehler and John M. Eder. Also, Marnie S. Morrione was re-elected to the District 5 school board seat.Hatzenbuehler is the new District 4 representative to the board. Hatzenbuehler was vying with Rebecca Wartell for the seat. Official tallies showed Hatzenbuehler won 3,300 votes, or 69...  READ MORE...
Portland Public Schools' Orchestra Students Excel
Posted on 11/04/2014
A record 40 students from the Portland Public Schools’ Orchestra Program have been accepted in the District 2 Honors High School and Honors Middle School orchestras, according to Julianne Eberl, the district’s secondary-level orchestra teacher. “This is the largest number of my students to be accepted,” said Eberl, who has been with the district 14 years. She said a record 47 students auditioned...   READ MORE...
Academic Engagement Specialists Sought for Students
Posted on 11/03/2014
The Portland Public Schools is looking for Student Engagement Specialists to give a learning boost to students whose native language is not English...  READ MORE...
Auction Features Clocks Made by PATHS Students
Posted on 11/01/2014
Painting for a Purpose will hold its annual auction on Thursday, Nov. 13 at DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant, located off Portland’s Commercial Street at 25 Long Wharf. The auction will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Featured in the live auction this year are 40 clocks that were made by the carpentry class at PATHS, the Portland Public Schools’ Portland Arts and Technology High School, in a project...   READ MORE...
Deering High School Musical is Intergalactic!
Posted on 11/01/2014
The Deering High School Drama Department will present the Tony-nominated musical, Starmites, on Nov. 14, 15 and 16. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. All tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling 874-8260. Performances will be held at the school auditorium, located at 370 Stevens Avenue in Portland.  READ MORE...