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PPS in the Press

Below is a sampling of media coverage highlighting the great students, staff, schools and programs of the Portland Public Schools:

 Photo from Bangor Daily News, April 5, 2024: Maine students welcome new citizens to the 'American salad bowl'

Lyman Moore Middle School students deepened their understanding of what it means to be an American when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalized more than 50 candidates for citizenship during a ceremony at the school on April 5. Hosting naturalization ceremonies is a decades-long tradition at Moore. In the nearby cafeteria, seventh-graders handed out American flags, bottled water, hot coffee and cake, welcoming the new citizens to what students were once taught to call the “American melting pot” but are now learning to think of as the “American salad bowl.” 

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 Photo from Bangor Daily News, April 5, 2024: Maine students welcome new citizens to the 'American salad bowl'

PORTLAND, Maine — A diverse group of 51 people from 25 countries raised their right hands took the oath of allegiance and became Maine’s newest United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the Lyman Moore Middle School gymnasium on Friday morning.
Packed onto the pull-out bleachers behind the group, friends and family cheered. Many took pictures. A few wiped away tears.
In the nearby cafeteria, seventh-graders handed out American flags, bottled water, hot coffee and cake, welcoming the new citizens to what students were once taught to call the “American melting pot” but are now learning to think of as the “American salad bowl.”

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WGME Channel 13 TV, March 20, 2024: Kindergarteners explore sugar house and Wabanaki origins of maple sugaring in Portlandof maple sugaring in Portland

PORTLAND (WGME) - Kindergarteners in Portland made a “sweet” trip on Wednesday to check out a sugar house and learn about the indigenous origins of maple sugaring. Portland Public Schools says it's part of a Wabanaki studies unit.

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WCSH NewsCenter Channel 6 TV, Feb. 29, 2024: Black History Month wellness fair discusses mental health, community need for resources

Cross Cultural Community Services hosted its annual Black History Month Community Wellness Fair in Portland in February. A TV story featured social worker Blanca Santiago, who has spent many years serving PPS students, speaking about the progress Maine and Portland have made in providing mental health services to people of color and kids who come to Maine with their parents as either economic refugees, or fleeing oppression. 

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Portland Press Herald, Feb. 20, 2024: 2021 law required African American studies in Maine schools. A new bill would strengthen it.

A 2021 law requires African American studies in Maine schools, and legislators this year are considering updating the law to ensure compliance and provide resources in all K-12 schools. The Portland Public Schools is a leader in developing an African American studies curriculum. This Feb. 20 Portland Press Herald features a class taught at Portland High School.

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Portland Press Herald, Feb. 20, 2024: Cooperative Girls' Swim Team State Champs!

The RamDogs, the cooperative girls swim team of Deering/Portland high schools (which also includes students from Casco Bay High School and Baxter Academy) won the Class A girls’ swimming and diving state championship on Feb. 20. A hearty Baah-Woof! to these outstanding athletes!

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