PPS in the Press
Below is a sampling of media coverage highlighting the great students, staff, schools and programs of the Portland Public Schools:
Young actors from Casco Bay High School, Bowdoin College and the University of Southern Maine present testimonies written in 2010 by teens who lived through war in Gaza. They said the words need to be heard now more than ever.
In his January column in The Forecaster, Superintendent Ryan Scallon gives an update on efforts to develop a new strategic plan and features some innovative student service projects.
If methane were personified as a villain, what would it look like? Maybe a sinister figure, manipulative and cunning, with a malicious charm, able to stay invisible and undetectable? Perhaps there’d be an entire origin story, an arch nemesis, and an evil agenda. It’s the kind of project a student could really get into.
In this op-ed, PPS alum Hope Carroll, now a student at the University of Maine, writes about the need for Maine school districts to expand their curriculum to include Wabanaki Studies, and gives credit to PPS for leading the state in doing that.
In his December column in The Forecaster, Superintendent Ryan Scallon gives an update on the upcoming Portland Public Schools' budget for the 2024-2025 school year, noting that it will be a particularly challenging budget for three three primary reasons. He also writes about joyful celebrations that our schools held in December.
In many high schools, only the top few highest-performing students get the chance to give a speech sharing a reflection on their school journey. But at Casco Bay High School, in Portland, Maine, every graduating senior experiences this opportunity.
Through a series of introspective writing exercises, students craft a speech to deliver to an audience of classmates, family, and the greater school community that helps them make meaning of their four years of high school and look to the future with confidence. The result is a powerful, joyful event—and an established rite of passage that the school’s younger students look forward to.
The play wasn’t designed to produce a touchdown. But Portland High sophomore Cordell Jones had other ideas. Sure, the play call was about as basic as it comes: Take a direct snap and run up the middle, and, in all likelihood, let the clock run out and take your chances in overtime against Oxford Hills.
But Jones saw the possibilities with about 30 seconds left and the game tied. “Every time I get a chance to touch the football and have my offensive line in front of me, I’m very confident in them to make big plays,” Jones said. “All of them made great blocks and allowed me to break off a (76-yard) touchdown run and get this game over with.”
Jones banged through a tackle attempt about eight yards after the line of scrimmage and raced through open space for the final score in a wild 29-22 victory Saturday as the top-seeded Bulldogs won the Class A North football championship at Fitzpatrick Stadium.
BELFAST — Frank Myatt, coach of the Portland boys’ cross country team, waited patiently outside the scoring tent Saturday afternoon in a grassy field outside of Troy Howard Middle School, unwilling to assume anything about the outcome of the Class A state championship meet.
One free kick goal was all it took for the Deering boys’ soccer team to go where no Rams team has ever been.
Nick Simon Mboumba's free kick goal in the first half held up for the Rams to win the A South title.
On Monday morning, across much of the state of Maine, teachers and school administrators huddled, preparing for what was sure to be a day unlike any other — the return to school following the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. But as they worked out a plan for how to welcome their students back following the trauma and fear of recent days, it quickly became clear it wasn’t just the students who were reeling.
”I don’t think I can give the message anymore that they’re going to be safe,” said Cindy Cormier, a teacher at the Elm Street School, an elementary in Mechanic Falls, just 10 miles from Lewiston, where a gunman killed 18 people last Wednesday. “You’re not safe anywhere anymore.”