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Staff & Community Newsletter - Jan 9, 2022


Message from Interim 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.

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Board Appoints Interim Co-Superintendents

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.

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Superintendent Search Update - January 6

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.

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Come Cheer CBHS Students in Their 10th Annual ‘College March’ on Jan. 20!

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.

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Nominations for County Teacher of the Year Now Open

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.

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First page of the PDF file: Mitchell-Scholarship-Flyer

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.

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Nominate a Teacher for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by January 9th

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.

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Upcoming Events


Open from January 9th to January 27th, 2023

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Farewell Superintendent Botana

January 19, 2023

PPS Staff Gathering 
Rowe Elementary School 
4:00-5:30 PM

Community Gathering 
Rowe Elementary School
6:00-8:00 PM 

ReImagining Family Engagement

Outreach & Partnerships with Multilingual Families

January 26, 2023
5:30-7:30 PM
King Middle School


Superintendent Search

Community Engagement 

January 30, 2023  6:30-8:30 PM East End Community School  January 31, 2023  6:30-8:30 PM Casco Bay High School