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Staff & Community Newsletter - April 4, 2024


FY25 Budget Update

The Portland Board of Public Education is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote next week on an FY25 school budget to recommend to the City Council. The Board’s hybrid meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 9, beginning at 6 p.m. in person at Casco Bay High School and also virtually via Zoom. Joining information and the agenda will be posted on BoardDocs.

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PPS to Give Eclipse Glasses to Students

There will be a full solar eclipse viewable in Maine on Monday, April 8, at 3:28 pm. While the full eclipse will only be visible elsewhere in Maine, there will be a partial eclipse visible in Portland. To help Portland Public Schools students be able to view the eclipse safely without harming their eyes, the Foundation for Portland Public Schools has protective purchased solar eclipse glasses for all students that will be distributed in school on April 8.

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Moore To Host Citizenship Event April 5!

Lyman Moore Middle School students will deepen their understanding of what it means to be an American when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalizes 55 candidates for citizenship during a ceremony at the school on Friday, April 5.

Hosting naturalization ceremonies is a decades-long tradition at Moore, said grade 7 social studies teacher David Hilton, who leads the effort to have USCIS select the school as a host site.

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It’s Assistant Principals Week!

National Assistant Principals Week, April 1-5, 2024, is a time to honor and celebrate the contributions of our assistant principals to the success of our students. Assistant principals have complex jobs. Their duties include supporting teachers and their principal, motivating students and creating a positive learning community – as well as facing the many unpredictable challenges that land on their desk each day. Portland Public Schools is deeply grateful to all these key staff members for all they do to ensure that our students succeed. Thank you!

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Technology Coordinator Wins MASL Award

Courtney Graffius, the Portland Public Schools’ technology integration coordinator, is the recipient of the 2024 School Administrator of the Year award presented by the Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL).

The award honors administrators who have helped to develop strong and effective school library media programs in their district. Courtney was nominated by PPS librarians in recognition of all she has done to help build and advocate for library programming in the Portland Public Schools, said Meg Rooks, teacher-librarian at Talbot Community School and the district’s library coordinator.

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PATHS Students Excel at SkillsUSA conference

The Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) recently announced the outstanding achievements of students participating in this year's Maine SkillsUSA State Conference. “These talented PATHS students have showcased exceptional skills, dedication, and perseverance, setting the bar high for excellence in their respective fields,” said PATHS Director Kevin Stilpen. “Please join us in celebrating the following students for their remarkable accomplishments:

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Upcoming Events

Rock Around the World
April 26, 2024
High School Redesign
May 8, 2024
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Seal of Biliteracy
May 20, 2024
Make It Happen Senior Celebration
May 21, 2024