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Staff & Community Newsletter -
March 3, 2023

Letter from Interim Co-Superintendents - March 3, 2023

Dear Portland Public Schools families, staff and community members, 

It’s March, the month when spring arrives – at least on the calendar! March is also Youth Art Month and National Music in Our Schools Month, so it’s a great time to shine a light on the amazing art and music teaching and learning going on in our schools. During March, you’ll have several opportunities to see and hear the results of that teaching and learning.

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Go Bulldogs!

The Portland High School Boys Basketball Team is back in the state finals for the first time in six years, after winning the Class AA North regional final on Saturday, Feb. 25. Read the Portland Press Herald story on this exciting game: “Portland completes return to pinnacle with win over Oxford Hills.” Now the team will play for the Class AA Boys State Championship against South Portland. Due to the snowstorm expected this Saturday, the game has been moved to Monday March 6, at 7:45 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. We encourage the Portland community to show up to support this talented and determined team and cheer them on!

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Middle Schools Relaunch Make It Happen!

At the beginning of February, the Portland Public Schools celebrated the inauguration of the Make It Happen! (MIH) middle school program with a field trip to the University of Southern Maine. MIH is a college readiness program that helps PPS multilingual students aspire to and prepare for higher education. It was established in 2008 for multilingual students in grades 7-12, supported by grant funds. Due to budget limitations, the MIH middle school program was dropped six years ago, but has been relaunched in the 2022-2023 school year with new grant funding resources. The program is already having an impact at the district’s three middle schools

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New Student Bus Pass Fund Created in Memory of PAE Educator

Portland Adult Education shared the following information about the passing of a longtime PAE educator: "Our PAE community recently lost a dear friend, gifted mentor, and extraordinary educator: Arline Saturdayborn. Arline taught passionately for more than 20 years, and her kindness and generosity inspired everyone who knew her. To honor Arline's generous spirit, we've created a special fund that will help more students access learning at our school. Click here to learn about our Student Bus Pass Fund, and consider a gift by April 1. Thank you for paying it forward and for believing in the power of adult education in Portland, Maine!

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Portland Adult Education Introduces PAE Voices Series!

A forum for conversation and connection, PAE Voices Series brings together business, cultural, and community leaders to share unique perspectives on a wide range of topics. The event will be held three times a year – with each session centered around a different topic, theme, or trend. The inaugural event – on March 8 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at PAE at 14 Locust St. in Portland – will feature entrepreneurial women who are creating change in Maine and beyond. Join PAE for an evening celebrating "movers and shakers" in our community! Tickets are  $10 per person, with light snacks and refreshments provided. Learn more.

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MHNO Hosts East End Community School Art Show at Hill House

The Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization and the East End Community School (EECS) arts program have joined in an exciting collaboration to bring the first annual student art show into the community. Art created by EECS elementary students will be on display at the MHNO's Hill House on Friday, March 10th, 5-8 pm for the gala opening, with the show continuing on Saturday, March 11th, from noon to 3. The Hill House is at 92 Congress Street at the corner of Atlantic Street. 

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Seeking Student Submissions for MLTI Student Conference 2023 T-Shirt Design Competition

The Maine Department of Education’s Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) will be hosting a T-shirt Design Competition for participating students at MLTI schools in grades 6 through 9. The theme for the 20th annual MLTI Student Conference is “DiveRightIn” (Dive Right In) and all submissions should include the text “DiveRightIn” as a central feature of the design. The conceptual theme is focused around water and primary events at the conference will use that theme. T-shirt designs are due March 15th, 2023. Learn more.

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Upcoming Events

Kindergarten Application

Feb 27-Mar 17

Public Forum on FY24 Budget

March 6, 2023 6:00-7:00PM

Hybrid Meeting

In person: Casco Bay HS Virtual:

PAE Voice Series

March 8, 2023
6:00-7:30 pm

Portland Adult Education
14 Locust Street

Parent University

Building Bridges Across Difference: Two-Part Series

March 23, 2023
6:00-7:30 pm Virtual Meeting

April 11, 2023 6:00-7:30 pm East End Community School

BFOF School Tours

April 1, 2023

Longfellow 1:00-1:30 pm 
Reiche 2:00-2:30 pm Presumpscot 3:00-3:30