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Staff & Community Newsletter - Oct 14, 2022

School Board News

School Board News - October 14

At its Oct. 11 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously to pass a high school alignment resolution, which commits the district to taking a closer look at ensuring consistent programming and opportunities for students across all three high schools. The Board also voted to appoint seven community members to the Superintendent Search Committee and agreed to consider at its Oct. 18 meeting the appointment of an eighth member representing Portland Adult Education.

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District News

DHS Seniors Explore Construction Careers

On Oct. 6, four seniors from Deering High School went on a field trip to West Bath for the first Maine Construction Career Day, hosted by Mid-Coast Excavation, Inc. “All four students operated those big machines and we also got to spend lots of time talking to local construction, paving, electrical, ceiling and tile companies,” said Sydney Williams, Deering’s extended learning opportunities coordinator. She added, “We got to keep the hard hats."

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PPS Praised in Wabanaki Studies Report

A new report finds most Maine schools are not teaching Wabanaki studies 21 years after the passage of a landmark 2001 state law requiring schools to teach Maine K–12 students about Wabanaki territories, economic systems, cultural systems, governments, and political systems, as well as the Wabanaki tribes’ relationships with local, state, national, and international governments. However, the new report, published Oct. 10 to mark Indigenous Peoples Day, noted that “there are some successes, including Portland Public Schools, which have collaborated with Wabanaki tribes and experts to reconfigure their curriculum with Wabanaki Studies at the core.”

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FAFSA Nights Coming Up!

One of the ways in which our schools succeed in  creating that culture of postsecondary aspiration is by helping students to understand their postsecondary options. One important aspect of that is helping students to understand how to pay for that education.  To that end, we are partnering with The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) to host two FAFSA Nights for students and families. FAFSA is an application that the federal government uses to gather the financial information it needs to determine what loans and grants students qualify for. Here are the dates and times students and families can get help filling out FAFSA.

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In Memoriam - Otis Thompson

The Portland Public School extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Otis C. Thompson, a former Portland Public Schools administrator and Portland Board of Public Education member and chair. In his role as chair, Mr. Thompson was influential in the creation of Casco Bay High School. Mr. Thompson, 76, died Oct. 2, 2022. To view Mr. Thompson’s obituary and memorial page and to share a condolence, visit

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Upcoming Events


Deering High School
October 18, 2022
6:30-8:30 PM
Portland High School
October 20, 222
6:30-8:30 PM

Finance Authority of Maine is a co-sponsor with PPS.

Coffee and Conversation with School Board Members 

October 22, 2022
7:00-1:00 PM
Farmers Market
Deering Oaks 


Parent University

Two Perspectives
on Referendum
Question #5

October 26, 2022 6:30-7:30 PM Zoom link:

Shared Space Cafe 

Forum for Lincoln Middle School Families

November 1, 2022
5:30-7:30 PM
Lincoln Middle School