Staff & Community Newsletter - Jan 9, 2022
LETTER FROM INTERIM CO-SUPERINTENDENTS
As the new Interim Co-Superintendents of the Portland Public Schools, we’d like to take this opportunity to share with you our priorities over the next six months until the Board can hire a superintendent on a permanent basis.
As we stated when the Portland Board of Public Education appointed us on Jan. 3, we accept this interim appointment with mixed feelings, but with full hearts and total commitment to our community and to our colleagues. We want to assure everyone that we will focus on supporting our school and Central Office teams as we respond to the current challenges and continue to center equity in all of our work. We are grateful to have worked under the leadership of Superintendent Xavier Botana and remain committed to following through on his and our community’s shared vision in the Portland Promise, the district’s strategic plan.
SCHOOL BOARD NEWS
Following the Dec. 16 resignation of Superintendent Xavier Botana, effective this month, the Portland Board of Public Education at its Jan. 3 meeting appointed assistant superintendents Melea Nalli and Aaron Townsend to be interim co-superintendents until a new superintendent is selected by June. Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed, currently co-principal at Deering High School, will take on the role of interim assistant superintendent for the transition. The team will move fully into leadership after Jan. 13.
Portland Board of Public Education Chair Sarah Lentz presented the 2022 State of the Schools address to the City Council and the public on Monday, Dec. 19. The City Charter requires that the Board chair deliver an annual address to the Council on the state of the public education system in Portland.
Alma Advisory Group, the professional search firm that the Portland Board of Public Education hired last month to aid in the search for a new superintendent, met with the Board and the Superintendent Search Committee earlier this week. Alma made a presentation as it worked with the Board and the Search Committee to define the scope of the work, the search timeline and community engagement in the search process.
Ninth-grade authors from Casco Bay High School shared their children's books about Wabanaki history and culture with a rapt audience of Ocean Avenue and Talbot Elementary students on Dec. 20. Superintendent Xavier Botana's December column in The Forecaster shares more about this unique learning project. Read it HERE.
Members of the Portland Fire Department’s Rosemont Station paid a visit to Lincoln Middle School last month with donations to provide for the students of their community. Inspired by this act of kindness, seventh-grader Miguel Ndayikeza volunteered to help Lincoln social worker Kathy Randall, and offered to help her carry items to The Locker Project area.
Casco Bay High School seniors typically hold their annual "College March” in December but due to inclement weather then, the march was set for Friday, Jan. 13. Now, rain is predicted for that day, so the march has again been reschedule to Friday, Jan. 20. Students will march down Congress Street to the downtown post office to mail their college applications or letters to a significant adult in their life who has supported their achieving this milestone.
Check out this WGME Channel 13-TV feature on baking internships that Portland High School offers as part of its extended learning opportunities program for students:
"'It's rewarding': Portland bakeries offer internships to high school students"
In case you missed it, Deering High School’s athletic trainer Greg Tosi was featured in a Channel 8 report on Maine schools’ response to sports injuries. Check it out: “How Maine schools are equipped to respond to sports injuries”
The Portland Press Herald has named Kennedy Charles, Bulldog senior defensive back, as a member of its Varsity Maine 2022 All-State Football Team! Read the article: Seniors dominate our list of the state's top high school football players.
The PHS Musical Theater class will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Saturday, January 14, at 7pm and Sunday, January 15, at 2 and 7pm. The snow date is Monday January 16, at 2pm.Tickets are $7 for seniors and students, $12 for adults. They can be purchased at the door ONLY with cash or check.
The Maine Teacher of the Year program is accepting nominations for 2023 County Teachers of the Year! Members of the public are encouraged to nominate educators who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and who inspire the achievement of all students. Teachers can be nominated by a student, co-worker, administrator, school or district committee. County Teachers of the Year then go on to be considered for the 2024 Teacher of the Year. County Teachers of the Year serve as ambassadors for their students and the profession.
Nominations are open through February 5, 2023, at 5 p.m. Learn more.
The Mitchell Institute is excited to continue offering scholarships to public school students from across the state of Maine. This year, in addition to awarding at least one $10,000 scholarship annually to a graduating student from each of the 135 public high schools in Maine, the Mitchell Institute will award 20 more scholarships across the state, bringing the annual total to $1.55M in support for the class of 2023 Mitchell Scholars. Along with offering the scholarship support, the Mitchell Institute opens doors to numerous resources and programs for Mitchell Scholars.
Presidential Awards infographicThe National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST is the highest recognition that a Kindergarten through 12th grade science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science educator may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.
PRE-K LOTTERY APPLICATION
Open from January 9th to January 27th, 2023
Farewell Superintendent Botana
January 19, 2023
PPS Staff Gathering
Rowe Elementary School
Rowe Elementary School
ReImagining Family Engagement
Outreach & Partnerships with Multilingual Families
January 26, 2023
King Middle School
SAVE THE DATE:
January 30, 2023 6:30-8:30 PM East End Community School January 31, 2023 6:30-8:30 PM Casco Bay High School