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PAE’s 173rd Commencement Held June 24
Posted on 06/29/2021
Portland Adult Education (PAE) hosted its 173rd graduation ceremony on June 24 in Merrill Auditorium. There were a total of 72 graduates in the Class of 2021. PAE has been educating Portland adults since 1848.  more about PAE’s 173rd Commencement Held June 24
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PHS Seniors Graduate as ‘Olympia’s Leaders’
Posted on 06/18/2021
Five Portland High School seniors recently graduated from the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, designed to help them develop the skills required to be leaders in their lives, families, careers, and communities. The five Portland High School “Olympia’s Leaders” are Ella Whelan Anderson, Skye Ferris, Dalycia Greeley, Ange Ishimwe and Lucia Stone.  more about PHS Seniors Graduate as ‘Olympia’s Leaders’
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School Board Approves New Equity Policy
Posted on 06/18/2021
The Portland Board of Public Education voted June 15 to adopt a new Equity Policy, following a first read and workshop on June 1.  more about School Board Approves New Equity Policy
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Longfellow Art Project Leads to School-wide Poem
Posted on 06/17/2021
After observing “Malaga Girl, Navigation of Hearts,” a painting by renowned Portland artist Daniel Minter, students at Longfellow Elementary School created a school-wide poem in which each class contributed to the verses.  more about Longfellow Art Project Leads to School-wide Poem
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New School Leaders at Moore, Reiche
Posted on 06/15/2021
Pamela Otunnu has been appointed as Lyman Moore Middle School’s assistant principal and Anne Dalphin is a new school leader at Reiche Community School.  more about New School Leaders at Moore, Reiche
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Saying Goodbye To Valued Staff
Posted on 06/15/2021
The Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana on June 15 recognized three Portland Public Schools dedicated people who are leaving the district at the end of the school year. Honored at the Board meeting were Deering High School Assistant Principal James Moses, district Medical Officer Dr. Patricia Patterson and Fang Liao, who has taught Chinese at Deering and Casco Bay high schools for the past three years.  more about Saying Goodbye To Valued Staff
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OAES Head Custodian Celebrated June 11
Posted on 06/11/2021
On June 11, Ocean Avenue Elementary School held a surprise ceremony to celebrate school lead custodian Donna Colello for earning a finalist nomination in the 2021 Custodian of the Year award sponsored by Cintas Corp. Her hard work, kindness and passion earned her the prestigious nomination earlier this year.  more about OAES Head Custodian Celebrated June 11
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Annual PPS Student Art Show Virtual in 2021
Posted on 06/09/2021
Due to the pandemic, the Annual Portland Public Schools Student Art Show at City Hall was not held this spring, so the show has gone virtual in 2021. A slideshow of student work showcases the artwork of 160 talented PPS students in elementary through high school.  more about Annual PPS Student Art Show Virtual in 2021
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CBHS Holds 13th Graduation Ceremony
Posted on 06/04/2021
Casco Bay High School held its 13th graduation exercises on Thursday, June 3, at Merrill Auditorium. As has been true of all CBHS commencement ceremonies, the event was a mix of traditional pomp and circumstance and the unconventional. For example, Principal Derek Pierce did a cha-cha dance on the stage in the middle of his graduation remarks and the Class of 2021 followed suit.  more about CBHS Holds 13th Graduation Ceremony
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PHS Holds 200th Commencement Ceremony
Posted on 06/03/2021
Portland High School, one of the oldest operating public high schools in the United States, held its 200th graduation exercises on Thursday, June 3, at Merrill Auditorium. Although everyone wore masks to protect against COVID-19, the Class of 2021 celebrated being able to hold the historic ceremony in person at the beautiful venue. Last year, graduation was a drive-in event, due to restrictions on large gatherings during the pandemic.  more about PHS Holds 200th Commencement Ceremony
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King Students' Artwork on Display in Augusta
Posted on 06/03/2021
Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows on May 26 hosted student artists from King Middle School and Sweetland School in Hope, for a viewing of the students’ artwork and poetry on display in the Secretary of State’s main office. Maine artist Rob Shetterly and Assistant House Majority Leader Rachel Talbot Ross of Portland were in attendance.  more about King Students' Artwork on Display in Augusta
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DHS Holds 147th Commencement on June 2
Posted on 06/02/2021
Deering High School held its 147th graduation exercises on Wednesday, June 2, at Memorial Stadium. The Class of 2021 wore masks and members were seated a safe physical distance from each other as precautions against COVID-19, but graduates celebrated being able to hold a more traditional in-person ceremony than the pandemic allowed last year.  more about DHS Holds 147th Commencement on June 2
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PPS Retirees Recognized on June I, 2021
Posted on 06/02/2021
More than 35 Portland Public Schools retiring employees were honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and the district in a virtual ceremony June 1.  more about PPS Retirees Recognized on June I, 2021
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PPS Top 10, Summa Cum Laude Students
Posted on 05/27/2021
As the Class of 2021 prepares to graduate in June, the Portland Public Schools’ three high schools have released lists of their top-performing students academically. Read on for the names of students who made the Portland and Deering high schools’ Top 10 lists and Casco Bay High School’s list of students who will graduate Summa Cum Laude.  more about PPS Top 10, Summa Cum Laude Students
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Lyman Moore Leads Model U.N. Conference Effort
Posted on 05/27/2021
Lyman Moore Middle School is spearheading an effort to hold a Model United Nations conference for middle schools during the next school year.  more about Lyman Moore Leads Model U.N. Conference Effort
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PAE and Maine Humanities Council Collaborate
Posted on 05/27/2021
Even in the time of COVID-19, nothing brings people together quite like a good book. This past semester, in virtual classrooms across the Portland area, the Maine Humanities Council and Portland Adult Education (PAE) teamed up to read and discuss the classic novel “Things Fall Apart” by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. As messy spring weather and the pandemic kept many inside, students, teachers, and discussion facilitators logged on to Zoom classrooms to share their thoughts on Achebe’s literary masterpiece.  more about PAE and Maine Humanities Council Collaborate
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More Independent Capstones at PHS in 2020-2021
Posted on 05/27/2021
Typically, just a handful of students take on an independent senior capstone project at Portland High School, but during this challenging school year, many more took on unique independent projects, according to Andrea Levinsky, PHS Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator.  more about More Independent Capstones at PHS in 2020-2021
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New School Start/End Times for 2021-2022
Posted on 05/20/2021
The Portland Board of Public Education voted on May 18 to adjust school start and end times for the 2021-2022 school year, starting this fall. The adjustments build off the schedule changes made this year during the COVID-19 pandemic and move the district closer to its goal of having later start times for its secondary school students.  more about New School Start/End Times for 2021-2022
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PHS Junior Receives Step Up Award
Posted on 05/19/2021
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools is thrilled to announce Didon Maombi Heri as the latest Portland High School student chosen to receive the Step Up Award, now in its 4th year.  more about PHS Junior Receives Step Up Award
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PHS, PATHS Senior Is a CTE Student of Year
Posted on 05/17/2021
Christiana Rae “Anna” Gannon, a Portland High School senior enrolled in the PATHS carpentry program has been named one of Maine’s 2020/2021 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students of the Year.  more about PHS, PATHS Senior Is a CTE Student of Year
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DHS Senior Wins National Merit Scholarship
Posted on 05/13/2021
Aidan Blum Levine, a senior at Deering High School, has won a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Aidan, who is planning on a career in materials engineering, is one of just 11 Maine students selected as $2,500 National Merit Scholarship winners this year. The students are among 2,500 such Merit Scholars chosen from a nationwide talent pool of about 16,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.  more about DHS Senior Wins National Merit Scholarship
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Outstanding Seniors Chosen for Principal’s Awards
Posted on 05/12/2021
The 2021 MPA Principal’s Award winners from the Portland Public Schools’ three high schools are: Audrey Watson, Portland High School, selected by Principal Sheila Jepson; Emma Carleton, Deering High School, selected by Co-Principals Abdullahi Ahmed and Alyson Dame; and Yusur Jasim, Casco Bay High School, selected by Principal Derek Pierce.  more about Outstanding Seniors Chosen for Principal’s Awards
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Spanish Educator is ‘Teacher of the Year’
Posted on 05/11/2021
José Iván Sabau Torrelo, fifth-grade teacher in Lyseth Elementary School’s Spanish Immersion program, has been selected as Teacher of the Year 2021 by the Ministry of Education, Embassy of Spain. In recognizing Sabau Torrelo, the Ministry of Education cited an “outstanding” mystery-solving gaming project involving multicultural cooperation that he created for his students.  more about Spanish Educator is ‘Teacher of the Year’
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Class of 2021 Commencements June 2, 3
Posted on 05/07/2021
The Portland Public Schools’ three high schools – Portland, Deering and Casco Bay – will hold in-person commencement ceremonies on June 2 and 3 for the approximately 500 graduating seniors in the Class of 2021.   more about Class of 2021 Commencements June 2, 3
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EECS 2021 Model For Continuous Learning
Posted on 05/05/2021
The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), whose mission is to encourage, inspire and support today’s educators, has named East End Community School a 2021 Model School for their relentless focus on student outcomes in an unprecedented year. East End Community School recognized opportunities for growth, collectively established a vision, and systematically worked together to take action.  more about EECS 2021 Model For Continuous Learning
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Jake Giessman To Be New Deering AP
Posted on 05/04/2021
Jake Giessmann has been selected as the new assistant principal at Deering High School. His new role officially begins July 1.  more about Jake Giessman To Be New Deering AP
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District Has New Transportation Director
Posted on 05/04/2021
Joel Thoits is the Portland Public Schools’ new director of transportation. Joel began his new role on April 26. He is replacing outgoing director Eric Wood, who is leaving the post at the end of May.  more about District Has New Transportation Director
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PHS, LMS Teams Are USM CubeSat Finalists!
Posted on 04/30/2021
Student teams from Portland High School and Lincoln Middle School are finalists in the University of Southern Maine’s first CubeSat Design Competition. Each team designed a CubeSat, which is a type of miniature satellite used for space research. Earning finalist status means that the teams can now begin building their CubeSats, which will be launched in mid to late June.  more about PHS, LMS Teams Are USM CubeSat Finalists!
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DHS, PHS Students Shine at Career Conference
Posted on 04/29/2021
Students at Deering and Portland high schools distinguished themselves at JMG’s virtual Career Development Conference, held April 13-16.  more about DHS, PHS Students Shine at Career Conference
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DHS, Lincoln, Moore Students Win PFP Grants!
Posted on 04/16/2021
Learn about 2021 Painting For a Purpose grants awarded to students at Lincoln and Moore middle schools and Deering High School.  more about DHS, Lincoln, Moore Students Win PFP Grants!
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PPS Educators Win Outdoor Learning Grants
Posted on 04/15/2021
Portland Public Schools educators are among those statewide this spring receiving Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) mini-grants to teachers to support outdoor learning. The grant program allows teachers to apply for up to $1,500 to fund their outdoor learning projects.  more about PPS Educators Win Outdoor Learning Grants
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Board Approves FY22 $125.2M School Budget
Posted on 04/13/2021
The Portland Board of Public Education on April 13 voted to approve a $125.2 million school budget proposal for the 2020-2021 school year. The budget contains investments to address three themes: “Advancing Equity,” “Integrating innovations from COVID” and “Rebuilding academic and social emotional foundations post COVID.”  more about Board Approves FY22 $125.2M School Budget
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DHS Senior Top Winner at State Science Fair
Posted on 04/08/2021
Linh Nguyen, a senior at Deering High School, is the First Place Grand Award winner in the 2021 Maine State Science Fair. Nguyen came out on top among the nearly 160 students competing for prestigious state titles and more than $1 million in scholarships and awards. She won for her research on how carbon nanotubes could be used as an inexpensive remover of arsenic in drinking water systems.  more about DHS Senior Top Winner at State Science Fair
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CBHS Math Cup Fundraiser Equals Success!
Posted on 04/02/2021
For a lot of schools, holding community fundraising events during a global pandemic just doesn't add up. But Casco Bay High School (CBHS) figured out how to hold its anticipated annual Math Cup competition between students and business leaders – virtually.  more about CBHS Math Cup Fundraiser Equals Success!
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PHS Senior Wins Local ‘Youth of the Year’ Title
Posted on 04/02/2021
Portland High School senior Mireille Tona has been selected as the 2021 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs Portland Clubhouse. The recognition celebrates Mireille’s exceptional achievements as a Club member and also puts her in the running to be Maine State Youth of the year – and to potentially compete for the regional and national titles.  more about PHS Senior Wins Local ‘Youth of the Year’ Title
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PPS Grand Prize Winner for Equity Work
Posted on 03/29/2021
The Portland Public Schools is pleased to announce that the district has been recognized for its commitment to equity as a Grand Prize winner in the National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2021 Magna Awards program. This is the first time in that program’s 27-year history that a Maine school district has been recognized with a Magna Award for its equity work.  more about PPS Grand Prize Winner for Equity Work
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PAE & Banks, Credit Unions Assist New Mainers
Posted on 03/26/2021
Portland Adult Education (PAE) is partnering with eight local banks and credit unions to expand opportunities for new Mainers by launching a second training program for foreign trained professionals aspiring to enter the financial services industry as bank tellers.  more about PAE & Banks, Credit Unions Assist New Mainers
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It’s Not Debatable: Deering Students are #1!
Posted on 03/26/2021
Deering High School juniors Emily Cheung and Balqies Mohamed competed earlier this month in the National Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament for the National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) – and placed FIRST overall in Public Forum!  more about It’s Not Debatable: Deering Students are #1!
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PATHS Students’ Art Revealing
Posted on 03/24/2021
Diane Manzi, who teaches the Commercial Art class at PATHS (Portland Arts & Technology High School), asked her students to each create a piece of art where the theme was "True Self in Quarantine. See how students responded.  more about PATHS Students’ Art Revealing
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OAES Custodian Finalist for Custodian of Year
Posted on 03/16/2021
Donna Colello, the hardworking, dedicated head custodian at Ocean Avenue Elementary School, is one of the top 10 finalists nationwide in the annual Custodian of the Year contest run by the Cintas Corp. The Portland Public Schools community is now invited to vote online for Colello to put her over the top and become the Cintas 2021 Custodian of the Year.  more about OAES Custodian Finalist for Custodian of Year
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PPS Student Artwork in Digital YAM
Posted on 03/12/2021
Creative works from Portland Public Schools students and other art students from around Maine are on online display at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) in celebration of Youth Art Month.  more about PPS Student Artwork in Digital YAM
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PHS Junior Wins Top Writing Recognition
Posted on 03/12/2021
Portland High School junior Eden Swails recently won a Gold Key from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alliance for Young Artists and Writers for her poem, "Arachnophobia." Eden, a student in Jane Wellehan's English class, wrote the poem in response to Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B." This is the highest level from Scholastic for a regional award.  more about PHS Junior Wins Top Writing Recognition
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PHS Students Explore Careers, Near and Far
Posted on 03/09/2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual connections have allowed students to do career exploration far beyond the typical reach of the school, according to Andrea Levinsky, extended learning opportunities (ELO) coordinator at Portland High School.  more about PHS Students Explore Careers, Near and Far
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Portland Empowered, FPPS, PPS Partner
Posted on 02/26/2021
Portland Empowered, the Portland Public Schools (PPS), and the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) are thrilled to announce their new partnership designed to strengthen community engagement in the Portland Public Schools.  more about Portland Empowered, FPPS, PPS Partner
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PPS Students Win Scholastic Art Awards
Posted on 02/24/2021
Four Portland High School students and a Lyman Moore Middle School student have won recognition for their artwork in the Scholastics Art Award Regional Competition.   more about PPS Students Win Scholastic Art Awards
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PATHS “Winter Extravaganza” Concert
Posted on 02/13/2021
Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) music students have released their "Winter Extravaganza" virtual concert through YouTube  more about PATHS “Winter Extravaganza” Concert
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PPS Students Score at Math Meets!
Posted on 02/12/2021
At recent math meets, Portland Public Schools middle and elementary school students had great results!  more about PPS Students Score at Math Meets!
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PPS Has a New CIO: Gavin Goodall
Posted on 02/09/2021
The Portland Public Schools welcomes Gavin Goodall as the district’s new Executive Director of Data and Technology/Chief Information Officer (CIO). His varied background includes extensive experience in assessment and data.  more about PPS Has a New CIO: Gavin Goodall
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Board Condemns LGBTQ+ Hate Crimes
Posted on 02/02/2021
The Portland Board of Public Education at its Feb. 2 meeting unanimously approved a resolution condemning hate crimes targeting LGBTQ+ community members. The resolution was prompted by a spate of recent hate crimes in which Portland and South Portland residents received dangerous and threatening letters in the mail. The Board pledged its solidarity with LGBTQ+ students, staff and families and committed itself to “creating a culture of allyship” by rooting out homophobia in schools and including learning about LGBTQ+ history, culture, and identity in the curriculum.  more about Board Condemns LGBTQ+ Hate Crimes
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PPS Music Students Accepted to Allstate
Posted on 01/27/2021
Five Portland Public Schools students have been accepted to the 2021 All State Music Festival. The jazz festival is at the end of January and the beginning of February, with finished recordings to be released in May. The band/orchestra/choral festival will be held in May.  more about PPS Music Students Accepted to Allstate
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Reiche Teachers To Take Polar Plunge
Posted on 01/26/2021
Ten Reiche Community School teachers are planning a “Jump for Courage!” polar plunge on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at East End Beach. They will be running into frigid Casco Bay to demonstrate to students that you can do difficult things even when you are afraid.  more about Reiche Teachers To Take Polar Plunge
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New CFO Is Kathie Winchenbach
Posted on 01/25/2021
The Portland Public Schools is excited to welcome Executive Director of Budget & Finance/Chief Financial Officer Kathie Winchenbach to the PPS team. She is a certified public accountant (CPA), with many years of finance experience. She officially started in her new position Jan. 25.   more about New CFO Is Kathie Winchenbach
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CBHS Seniors Reinvent Post Office March
Posted on 01/13/2021
The Casco Bay High School Class of 2021 reinvented the March to the Post Office on Friday, Jan. 8, with the support of the whole community.  more about CBHS Seniors Reinvent Post Office March
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Transitions in Leadership
Posted on 01/12/2021
The Remote Academy has a new principal: Jake Giessman. Jake is temporarily moving from his position as assistant principal at Lyman Moore Middle School to lead RA. He started in his new role on Jan. 4. Pamela Otunnu, a math and ELL teacher at Deering High School, has stepped into the role of acting assistant principal at Moore. Jesse Robinson, who as RA principal this past fall successfully led the tremendous task of getting the district’s newest and largest school up and running, has returned to her role as the district’s Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction.  more about Transitions in Leadership
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Donation To Aid STEM Learning, Teachers
Posted on 01/06/2021
EnviroLogix, a Portland-based diagnostic company, gave two grants totaling $16,000 in late 2020 to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) through the EBI Foundation, their parent organization’s (Ensign-Bickford Industries) charitable fund. With a focus on fostering innovation in the classroom, these grants will enhance learning experiences and support the goals of the Portland Public Schools’ strategic plan, the Portland Promise.  more about Donation To Aid STEM Learning, Teachers
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CBHS ‘College March’ Rescheduled to Jan. 8
Posted on 01/05/2021
Seniors at Casco Bay High School (CBHS) aren’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic stop them from holding their annual “College March” down Congress Street to the post office. But this year’s Friday, Jan. 8 event – rescheduled from Dec. 18 due to inclement weather on that date – has been scaled back to keep everyone safe. Fewer students will participate in person during this eighth annual public affirmation of CBHS students’ higher education goals.  more about CBHS ‘College March’ Rescheduled to Jan. 8
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PATHS Students Create Tattoo Ads
Posted on 01/04/2021
Students in teacher Diane Manzi’s Commercial & Advertising Art class at the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) recently created some mock flyers for a tattoo business, using a computer to be creative with layout and design.  more about PATHS Students Create Tattoo Ads
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Lyseth Students Win Painting for Purpose Grant
Posted on 12/16/2020
Painting for a Purpose has awarded a $500 grant to students at Lyseth Elementary School to purchase outdoor mitts so they can continue doing artwork outdoors.   more about Lyseth Students Win Painting for Purpose Grant
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CBHS 2020 March to Post Office Is Dec. 18
Posted on 12/14/2020
Seniors at Casco Bay High School (CBHS) aren’t letting the COVID-19 pandemic stop them from holding their annual “College March” down Congress Street to the post office. But there will be some COVID-conscious changes in this year’s Friday, Dec. 18 event – such as having fewer students participate – in order to keep everyone safe.  more about CBHS 2020 March to Post Office Is Dec. 18
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Green New Deal Won’t Impact School Projects
Posted on 12/08/2020
The Longfellow, Reiche and Presumpscot elementary school renovation projects are exempt from the requirements of the Green New Deal approved by Portland voters in November, according to a review by Drummond Woodsum, the law firm that advises the Portland Public Schools.  more about Green New Deal Won’t Impact School Projects
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Author Visits Longfellow Students Virtually
Posted on 12/08/2020
Author Ann Ingalls, who has written 48 books for young readers, recently paid virtual visits to Longfellow Elementary School students in grades kindergarten through 3.  more about Author Visits Longfellow Students Virtually
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Lyseth Teacher Recognized by Board
Posted on 12/08/2020
Rachel Boddie, a special education teacher at Lyseth Elementary School, was recently recognized by Superintendent Xavier Botana and the Portland Board of Public Education for renewing her National Board Teacher Certification.  more about Lyseth Teacher Recognized by Board
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Board Inaugurates New Members, Selects Chair
Posted on 12/07/2020
The Portland Board of Public Education on Dec. 7 held a virtual ceremony to inaugurate its newest members. The board also voted unanimously to choose District 2 member Emily Figdor as chair for the coming year.  more about Board Inaugurates New Members, Selects Chair
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PHS Seniors Create Online Historical Journal
Posted on 12/04/2020
Three Portland High School seniors who excel in doing original historical research have created a digital journal so that they and other high school students can have a place to publish their historical scholarship.  more about PHS Seniors Create Online Historical Journal
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CBHS Senior Wins QuestBridge Scholarship!
Posted on 12/04/2020
Casco Bay High School senior Margarida Celestino has been named a QuestBridge 2020 Match Scholarship Recipient. As a result, she will receive a full, four-year scholarship to Colgate University.  more about CBHS Senior Wins QuestBridge Scholarship!
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PPS Educators Win Outdoor Learning Mini-Grants
Posted on 12/04/2020
Portland Public Schools teachers are among educators statewide who received Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) mini-grants to teachers to support outdoor learning.  more about PPS Educators Win Outdoor Learning Mini-Grants
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PPS Weekly COVID update
Posted on 12/04/2020
The district is putting out an update each Friday with the number of positive cases in our schools each week and any building closures to keep everyone informed.  more about PPS Weekly COVID update
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Longfellow, Lyseth Students Win PFP Grants!
Posted on 12/03/2020
Painting for a Purpose (PFP) is a group of artists who paint whimsical wooden items-such as lobsters, birds and fish. They sell these items to raise money for a philanthropy fund for service learning projects led by Portland Public Schools students who want to make a difference. Students receive up to $ 500.00 to put their idea into action. Learn about grants given out recently to Longfellow and Lyseth students:  more about Longfellow, Lyseth Students Win PFP Grants!
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PPS & Wayside Partner to Aid Hungry Families
Posted on 12/02/2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portland Public Schools has been partnering with Wayside Food Programs to deliver free meal boxes each Wednesday to families experiencing food insecurity during the crisis.  more about PPS & Wayside Partner to Aid Hungry Families
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PAE Gets $40k Grant from Bank of America
Posted on 12/01/2020
Friends of Portland Adult Education announced on Dec. 1 the receipt of a $40,000 economic resiliency grant from Bank of America. The grant will help support the transition to virtual learning for more than 1,000 students taking academic and job training classes at Portland Adult Education (PAE) this fall.  more about PAE Gets $40k Grant from Bank of America
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Unum Gifts $10k to Diversify PPS Teaching Staff
Posted on 11/30/2020
Unum has donated $10,000 to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) to strengthen efforts to recruit, hire, and retain a more diverse staff within the Portland Public Schools. This grant is part of the Foundation’s Addressing the Opportunity Gap Campaign, a community campaign to accelerate and deepen the school district’s equity work.  more about Unum Gifts $10k to Diversify PPS Teaching Staff
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Listen to the PATHS Autumn Virtual Concert!
Posted on 11/19/2020
Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) music students have released their first virtual concert of the 2020-2021 school year. Their “Autumn EP Extravaganza” can be accessed through YouTube.  more about Listen to the PATHS Autumn Virtual Concert!
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Report Can Aid New Mainer Health Professionals
Posted on 11/16/2020
The New Mainers Resource Center (NMRC) at Portland Adult Education (PAE) has released a report with findings and recommendations aimed to reduce the barriers that foreign trained health professionals face in obtaining employment in the healthcare field.   more about Report Can Aid New Mainer Health Professionals
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Ribbon Cutting For Talbot Inclusive Playground
Posted on 11/08/2020
Gerald E. Talbot Community School has a new community playground that is designed for youngsters of all abilities to enjoy. A socially distanced ribbon cutting ceremony for the Talbot Inclusive Playground was held at the school on Friday, Nov. 6.   more about Ribbon Cutting For Talbot Inclusive Playground
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PHS students in Visual Pilot Program Inspire
Posted on 11/05/2020
10 Portland High School students, involved with the high school’s mentoring program, participated in a month-long virtual photography workshop at Maine Media in Rockport.  more about PHS students in Visual Pilot Program Inspire
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FPPS Awards more than $48k to PPS Teachers
Posted on 11/02/2020
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) has completed its twelfth annual fall teacher grants program cycle. Sixty-one teachers have been awarded grants totaling $48,595, impacting over 8,000 students at all grade levels in 16 schools across the district.  more about FPPS Awards more than $48k to PPS Teachers
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School Board Revises Policy on Harassment
Posted on 10/27/2020
The Portland Board of Public Education in October unanimously approved extensive revisions to the Board’s policy regarding harassment, discrimination, and sexual harassment of students.  more about School Board Revises Policy on Harassment
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New Custodial Supervisor/CHO for PPS
Posted on 10/22/2020
The Portland Public Schools is pleased to announce that Stephen (Steve) Reed, an experienced and knowledgeable facilities professional, has been hired as the district’s next Custodial Supervisor/Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO).  more about New Custodial Supervisor/CHO for PPS
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CBHS Senior to Host Virtual Summit
Posted on 10/15/2020
Margarida Celestino, a senior at Casco Bay High School, has been selected as student host of an EL Education 2020 Virtual Summit titled “What Matters Most: Moving Toward More Equitable Schools.” The summit will run from Oct. 22 through Oct. 23.  more about CBHS Senior to Host Virtual Summit
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Rotary Clubs Donate 2,000 Masks to PPS!
Posted on 10/14/2020
The Portland Public Schools has received a total of 2,000 masks to help students and their families stay safe from COVID-19. The Portland Rotary Club donated 1,500 of the masks and the Sebago Lake Rotary Club donated 500 of the masks specifically to the district’s BREATHE Clinical & Behavioral Supports Program.  more about Rotary Clubs Donate 2,000 Masks to PPS!
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PPS Educator Maine 2021 Teacher of Year!
Posted on 10/08/2020
Cindy Soule, a fourth-grade teacher at the Gerald E. Talbot Community School and the 2020 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year, has been selected as the Maine 2021 Teacher of the Year.  more about PPS Educator Maine 2021 Teacher of Year!
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PHS Art Teacher’s RBG Portrait in the News
Posted on 10/02/2020
A portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by a Portland High School art teacher recently was featured in the national news media.  more about PHS Art Teacher’s RBG Portrait in the News
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Spectrum Donates Laptops, Funding
Posted on 10/02/2020
Spectrum has donated 25 new laptop computers to Portland Adult Education (PAE) and $2,500 to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools to kick off the academic year while addressing coronavirus related needs of the school district. Spectrum, a key Internet service provider in the state, has been working with the Maine Department of Education and others over the last several months to create solutions allowing students across Maine to access remote learning opportunities.  more about Spectrum Donates Laptops, Funding
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PHS Internships Go Virtual
Posted on 10/01/2020
While the coronavirus pandemic caused many of Portland High School’s regular partners to be unable to offer internships, some organizations got creative in offering safe internship opportunities for PHS students.  more about PHS Internships Go Virtual
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Donated Thermometers, Masks To Aid PPS Families
Posted on 09/30/2020
Spectrum Healthcare Partners, Martin’s Point Health Care, and InterMed have joined together to provide 2,000 thermometers and 500 child-sized, reusable masks to distribute to Portland Public Schools students. The effort, coordinated by Spectrum Healthcare Partners and the Foundation for Portland Public Schools, is intended to help students and families comply with school health and safety protocols.   more about Donated Thermometers, Masks To Aid PPS Families
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PHS Senior Finalist for PCA Scholarship
Posted on 09/30/2020
Lydia Stein, a senior at Portland High School who plays soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, has been selected by Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) as a Finalist for its Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship program. Stein was selected by PCA for her leadership, sportsmanship, and commitment to making herself, her teammates and the game better.  more about PHS Senior Finalist for PCA Scholarship
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Video About CBHS To Be in Film Festival
Posted on 09/28/2020
A video made by EL Education about Casco Bay High School and the way it supports and empowers students, titled “Walking in Solidarity,” will be a featured short video in the This Is Our Chance Film Festival. The free virtual film festival will run from Oct. 6-27 and focuses on the intersection of race, education, and youth empowerment.  more about Video About CBHS To Be in Film Festival
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Masks Can’t Hide Talbot Staff’s Smiles
Posted on 09/16/2020
Masks on the faces of teachers at Talbot Community School don’t prevent their students from seeing their smiles. That’s because Talbot teachers and other staff started school this week wearing large, laminated photos of their smiling faces on lanyards around their necks or pinned to their shirts. Students can see how happy everyone at school is to see them again – even if they can’t see the expressions on their faces.  more about Masks Can’t Hide Talbot Staff’s Smiles
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Easel Donation Aids Outdoor Learning
Posted on 09/15/2020
Thanks to the United Way of Greater Portland and generous carpenters and businesses, the Portland Public Schools recently received 204 easels to aid in students’ outdoor learning.  more about Easel Donation Aids Outdoor Learning
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Seats Open on Portland Youth Council
Posted on 09/14/2020
The City of Portland is currently accepting applications for seats on the 2020/2021 Portland Youth Council (PYC). The application deadline is October 2.  more about Seats Open on Portland Youth Council
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Five PPS Students National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/10/2020
Five high school seniors in the Portland Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented students now have the opportunity to compete for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.  more about Five PPS Students National Merit Semifinalists
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Portland Kids Duathlon donates $8k to PPS
Posted on 09/09/2020
At a Sept. 9 ceremony, organizers of the 2020 virtual Portland Kids Duathlon presented an $8,000 check to Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana and Andrea Weisman-Summers, Executive Director for the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS). Race sponsors Hammond Lumber and CycleMania also donated equipment for East End Community School bike club.  more about Portland Kids Duathlon donates $8k to PPS
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Daily Symptom Checks for Students
Posted on 09/08/2020
Most of Portland’s public schools will hold “practice” days the first full week of September, when students will get a chance to experience what in-person school will be like. Families also will be required to do a COVID-19 symptom check with their students before they leave home, verifying they have done so electronically. The symptom check will be a daily requirement when school officially starts Sept. 14.   more about Daily Symptom Checks for Students
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Outdoor Learning Update
Posted on 09/04/2020
PPS students will have the opportunity to spend more time learning outdoors this school year. They’ll gain learning benefits and get a break from masks.  more about Outdoor Learning Update
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Remote Academy Orientation
Posted on 09/04/2020
Sept. 10 virtual Parent U session will help families learn about the structure, schedule, curriculum, student expectations & more about our Remote Academy.  more about Remote Academy Orientation
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Three School Board Seats Up for Election
Posted on 09/04/2020
Three seats on the Portland Board of Public Education are open for election Nov. 3. The three Board members currently holding those seats are not seeking reelection.  more about Three School Board Seats Up for Election
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New Directors for Special Ed and BREATHE
Posted on 09/01/2020
The Portland Public Schools has added two new administrators: Jesse Applegate, Director of Student Support Services; and Christopher McCarthy, Director of the BREATHE Clinical & Behavioral Supports Program. They are filling positions left vacant due to retirements or staff moving on to other jobs.  more about New Directors for Special Ed and BREATHE
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PPS Teacher Finalist for Teacher of Year!
Posted on 08/25/2020
Cindy Soule, a fourth-grade teacher at Talbot Community School and the 2020 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year, is now one of three finalists for Maine Teacher of the Year.  more about PPS Teacher Finalist for Teacher of Year!
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PHS Tennis Coach Is Award Winner
Posted on 08/13/2020
Gavin Glider, girls’ tennis coach at Portland High School, has been named the 2019 United States Professional Tennis Association Coach of the Year for New England.  more about PHS Tennis Coach Is Award Winner
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Riverton Is Now Talbot School
Posted on 08/11/2020
Riverton Elementary School is now the Gerald E. Talbot Community School. A formal renaming ceremony will take place on Aug. 31.  more about Riverton Is Now Talbot School
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BREATHE Program Gets New Director
Posted on 08/10/2020
Christopher McCarthy has been selected as the new director of the BREATHE Clinical & Behavioral Supports Program.  more about BREATHE Program Gets New Director
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DHS Holds 146th Commencement Aug. 6
Posted on 08/06/2020
Deering High School, which describes itself as the most diverse high school north of Boston, held its 146th graduation exercises on Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Ocean Gateway terminal. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the school’s first drive-in ceremony. There were 230 members of the graduating Class of 2020.  more about DHS Holds 146th Commencement Aug. 6
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CBHS’ 12th Commencement on Aug. 6
Posted on 08/06/2020
Casco Bay High School held its 12th graduation exercises on Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Ocean Gateway terminal. It was the school’s first drive-in ceremony, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 88 members of the graduating Class of 2020.  more about CBHS’ 12th Commencement on Aug. 6
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PHS Holds 199th Graduation Ceremony
Posted on 08/05/2020
Portland High School, one of the oldest operating public high schools in the United States, held its graduation exercises on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Ocean Gateway terminal. It was the high school’s 199th commencement ceremony but the first drive-in ceremony in the school’s history, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 181 graduates in the Class of 2020.  more about PHS Holds 199th Graduation Ceremony
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Return to In-Person Learning Proposal
Posted on 08/04/2020
Superintendent Xavier Botana is recommending that the Portland Public Schools adopt a “yellow” hybrid scenario for students to safely return to school this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. That hybrid plan would limit the time and stagger the number of students who can attend school in person, depending on grade level.  more about Return to In-Person Learning Proposal
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New Administrators for Rowe, Lyseth & PHS
Posted on 08/04/2020
The Portland Public Schools has added three new administrators: Joanna Frankel, assistant principal at Rowe Elementary school; Sarah Rubin, assistant principal at Lyseth Elementary School; Lance Johnson, athletic/co-curricular director at Portland High School.  more about New Administrators for Rowe, Lyseth & PHS
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Martin’s Point Donates to FPPS Equity Campaign
Posted on 08/03/2020
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) is pleased to announce it has received a donation from Martin’s Point Health Care to the Foundation’s Addressing the Opportunity Gap campaign. Martin’s Point Health Care joins the John T. Gorman Foundation, Crystal Reporting Solutions, and dozens of individuals in the greater Portland area in supporting this work. The campaign has now raised over half of the funds needed to meet the initial goal.  more about Martin’s Point Donates to FPPS Equity Campaign
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DHS, PHS Fall Sports Training Starts Aug. 24
Posted on 07/30/2020
The Portland Public Schools is delaying the start of in-person sports conditioning, following a recent decision by the Maine Principals' Association (MPA) to move the start date for the fall sports season from August to September. Deering and Portland high schools will now start fall sports conditioning on Aug. 24 instead of Aug. 3.  more about DHS, PHS Fall Sports Training Starts Aug. 24
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Governor Praises Rowe Student’s Message
Posted on 07/20/2020
In a recent Facebook post, Maine Gov. Janet Mills used a message and drawing sent to her by a Rowe Elementary School third-grader to underscore the need to work together to combat COVID-19.  more about Governor Praises Rowe Student’s Message
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New Campaign to Support Equity Work
Posted on 07/15/2020
On July 13, the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) launched a new community campaign called Addressing the Opportunity Gap to raise money for systemic equity work in the Portland Public Schools (PPS).  more about New Campaign to Support Equity Work
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PHS Auction Supports BLM
Posted on 07/13/2020
Proceeds from an online silent auction this month sponsored by the Portland High School Class of 2020 Executive Board will go to support Black Lives Matter – Portland. The auction is running from July 1 through July 29.  more about PHS Auction Supports BLM
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FPPS Gets United Way Grant to Support Families
Posted on 07/06/2020
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) announced July 6 that it has received funding to help provide financial stability to vulnerable Portland students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. A $12,000 Greater Portland COVID-19 Community Relief Fund grant from United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP) will be used to support the Portland Public Schools Families in Crisis Fund.  more about FPPS Gets United Way Grant to Support Families
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PHS, DHS To Resume In-Person Sports Aug. 3
Posted on 06/26/2020
Following a June 25 unanimous vote by the Southwestern Maine Activities Association (SMAA) and an agreement by superintendents in Cumberland and York counties, Deering and Portland High Schools plan to start in-person summer sports activities as of Aug. 3, 2020.  more about PHS, DHS To Resume In-Person Sports Aug. 3
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Summer Meal Sites & Times
Posted on 06/26/2020
The Portland Public Schools Food Services began its Summer Meals Program as of June 15, 2020 to ensure that all students have access to meals throughout the summer. Breakfast and lunch meals will be provided to all children and teens 18 and under without charge. Both meals can be picked up at the same time at each participating site on a first-come, first-serve basis.   more about Summer Meal Sites & Times
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Five PHS Seniors Are ‘Olympia’s Leaders’
Posted on 06/22/2020
Five Portland High School seniors graduated this month from the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, designed to help them develop the skills required to be leaders in their lives, careers, and communities. The five Portland High School “Olympia’s Leaders” are Casarra Abeasi, Achen Charles, Mariam Douale, Melissa Kaleka and Gloria Sanchez.  more about Five PHS Seniors Are ‘Olympia’s Leaders’
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PPS Retirees Recognized June 16
Posted on 06/17/2020
More than 40 Portland Public Schools retiring employees were honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and the district in a virtual ceremony June 16. The event was held via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  more about PPS Retirees Recognized June 16
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Seal of Biliteracy Awards Given Out
Posted on 06/10/2020
In a ceremony on June 9, 51 Portland Public Schools seniors were awarded the Seal of Biliteracy for having attained mastery in English and at least one other world language.  more about Seal of Biliteracy Awards Given Out
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LMS Student Wins State Spelling Bee!
Posted on 06/05/2020
Competing from her bedroom in the virtual Maine State Spelling Bee on June 4, Lincoln Middle-School seventh-grader Rose Bolduc fought through 32 rounds to win the contest and become Maine’s 2020 Spelling Bee champion.  more about LMS Student Wins State Spelling Bee!
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CBHS Senior Is National Merit Scholar
Posted on 06/04/2020
David Botana, a senior at Casco Bay High School, is a college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship winner. David is among just nine Maine students recently announced as winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by the U.S. colleges and universities they plan to attend. David and the other Maine students are part of a select cohort of approximately 3,300 students nationwide to win the college-sponsored scholarships so far.  more about CBHS Senior Is National Merit Scholar
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Graduation for Class of 2020 Aug. 5 and 6
Posted on 06/03/2020
The Portland Public Schools will hold three graduation ceremonies Aug. 5 and 6 at the city’s Ocean Gateway waterfront terminal for the Class of 2020 at the district’s high schools – Portland, Deering and Casco Bay. To comply with state public health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the events for the 570 graduating seniors will be “drive-in” events.  more about Graduation for Class of 2020 Aug. 5 and 6
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Board’s FY21 School Budget Has 0% Tax Increase
Posted on 05/28/2020
At the Portland Board of Public Education’s virtual special meeting on May 26, the Board voted unanimously to recommend a $119.9 million FY21 school budget to the City Council.  more about Board’s FY21 School Budget Has 0% Tax Increase
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Step Up Award Assists PHS Students
Posted on 05/27/2020
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools on May 27 announced the latest Portland High School students chosen to receive the Step Up Award, now in its third year. The Step Up Award at Portland High School provides funding for students in the Make It Happen! program who would otherwise have to forego school-year extracurricular opportunities in order to work after school and/or on weekends.  more about Step Up Award Assists PHS Students
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School Board To Vote on Budget May 26
Posted on 05/26/2020
The Portland Board of Public Education is slated to hold a Zoom special meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, to vote to recommend an FY21 school budget to the City Council, which sets the bottom line of the school budget  more about School Board To Vote on Budget May 26
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Outstanding DHS Teacher Wins Russell Award
Posted on 05/19/2020
Deering High School English teacher Jamie Romano is this year’s Russell Award winner.  more about Outstanding DHS Teacher Wins Russell Award
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Class of 2020 Celebrated with Lawn Signs!
Posted on 05/18/2020
The lawn signs that Portland Public Schools staff and parents are delivering to the homes of the Class of 2020 are signs of the time – a public but safe way to honor graduating seniors during this period of remote learning and social distancing.  more about Class of 2020 Celebrated with Lawn Signs!
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Riverton Teacher Is County Teacher of Year!
Posted on 05/14/2020
Cindy Soule, a fourth-grade teacher at Riverton Elementary School, is the 2020 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year.  more about Riverton Teacher Is County Teacher of Year!
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Internships Help Put Students on Career Paths
Posted on 05/14/2020
Each year, Portland High School students engage in internships at businesses and organizations around greater Portland. The internships are based on each student's interests and career aspirations, and provide students with real-world experience and can help them identify a career path.  more about Internships Help Put Students on Career Paths
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FPPS Wins Grants To Support Students, Families
Posted on 05/11/2020
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools announced May 11 that it has received two grants to help provide food and financial stability to Portland students and their families. A $20,000 Greater Portland COVID-19 Community Relief Fund grant from United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP) will be used to support the Portland Public Schools / Food Fuels Learning Food Fund. Elmina B. Sewall Foundation (EBSF) funding, via a $7,500 Rapid Response Grant, will go toward the Portland Schools Families in Crisis Fund.  more about FPPS Wins Grants To Support Students, Families
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Rowe Community Appreciates its Teachers!
Posted on 05/07/2020
May 4-8 is National Teacher Appreciation Week this year. To show their appreciation, students and other members of the Rowe Elementary School Community have created a great video to thank Rowe teachers, and express how much they miss seeing them in person during this time of remote learning due to the COVID-19 crisis.  more about Rowe Community Appreciates its Teachers!
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PHS Health Clinic to Reopen on Limited Basis
Posted on 05/04/2020
The school-based Greater Portland Health (GPH) clinic at Portland High School is scheduled to reopen starting May 13 – on Wednesdays only. The clinic will operate for four hours each Wednesday for well-care and behavioral health appointments and three hours each Wednesday for emergency dental services.  more about PHS Health Clinic to Reopen on Limited Basis
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CBHS Teacher, Students ‘Make It Real’ Winners
Posted on 05/01/2020
Casco Bay High School science teacher Anne Loughlin and her engineering students are among the grand prize winners in this year’s Autodesk Make It Real Challenge 2020, an engineering competition. The win means CBHS will receive more than $10,000 in makerspace tools for its DIY lab.  more about CBHS Teacher, Students ‘Make It Real’ Winners
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CBHS Students Sing Out for Better World
Posted on 04/30/2020
Casco Bay High School students are using music to help celebrate EL Education’s third annual Better World Day, on Friday, May 1 – a day to recognize all the student contributions that are helping to make the world a better place.  more about CBHS Students Sing Out for Better World
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PAE Teller Training Program Graduates 14
Posted on 04/29/2020
The COVID-19 crisis didn’t derail Portland Adult Education’s New Mainer Teller Training program, which launched in January. The program successfully transitioned to remote learning and held a virtual commencement ceremony for 14 graduates early in April. Three of the graduates had already been hired as bank tellers, with hourly wages ranging from $15-17.60 per hour, with benefits.  more about PAE Teller Training Program Graduates 14
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DHS Student Presidential Scholar Semifinalist
Posted on 04/28/2020
Deering High School student Glynis O’Meara is one of just six Maine seniors to be named national semifinalists in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  more about DHS Student Presidential Scholar Semifinalist
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Lyseth Wins ‘School of the Year’ Award
Posted on 04/28/2020
Lyseth Elementary School, home of the only public Spanish immersion program in Maine, has won the Ministry of Education, Embassy of Spain’s School of the Year 2020 Award in the elementary school category.  more about Lyseth Wins ‘School of the Year’ Award
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Grant To Help Meet Families’ Emergency Needs
Posted on 04/23/2020
The Portland Public Schools is one of 31 local nonprofit and school-based organizations to benefit from a total of $229,239 in the first round of grants by the Greater Portland COVID-19 Community Relief Fund Committee, United Way of Greater Portland recently announced.  more about Grant To Help Meet Families’ Emergency Needs
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FPPS Has New Executive Director
Posted on 04/22/2020
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) this week announced the selection of Andrea “Andi” Weisman Summers as its new executive director.  more about FPPS Has New Executive Director
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Locker Project Joins PPS Meal Effort
Posted on 04/10/2020
In addition to the meals being provided to students by the Portland Public Schools, the nonprofit Locker Project is offering free bags of food to families at school meal distribution sites on Wednesdays and Thursdays on a first-come, first-served basis.  more about Locker Project Joins PPS Meal Effort
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Board Approves DHS Co-Principal Appointments
Posted on 04/07/2020
The Portland Board of Public Education has voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Alyson Dame and Abdullahi Ahmed to serve as co-principals of Deering High School on a permanent basis.  more about Board Approves DHS Co-Principal Appointments
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The (Quiz) Show Must Go On
Posted on 04/02/2020
The Portland Public Schools family is invited to (virtually) cheer on a team from Portland High School when Season 4 of the Maine High School Quiz Show launches tonight, Thursday, April 2. Portland’s team is one of four competing in a doubleheader.  more about The (Quiz) Show Must Go On
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Deering Launches Instagramtastic Challenge
Posted on 04/01/2020
Deering High School isn’t letting remote learning get in the way of school spirit. Throughout April, Deering’s Student Government is creating a month of Instagram challenges to students to demonstrate the strength of the Deering community.  more about Deering Launches Instagramtastic Challenge
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Equity is Focus of FY21 School Budget
Posted on 03/10/2020
Superintendent Xavier Botana presented his $122.3 million school budget proposal for the 2020-2021 school year to the Portland Board of Public Education on Tuesday, March 10. The theme of his FY21 budget proposal is “Addressing the Opportunity Gap.” It calls for enhancing the district’s Equity goal by making investments to reduce gaps in achievement and opportunity for the district’s economically disadvantaged students, students of color and English language learner (ELL) students.  more about Equity is Focus of FY21 School Budget
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Unified Basketball Team Gets Pro Tips
Posted on 03/05/2020
The Deering/Portland Unified Basketball Team had a very special guest on Monday, March 2!   more about Unified Basketball Team Gets Pro Tips
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Rowe Students Embrace Active Reading
Posted on 03/05/2020
As part of the “Read Across America Day” celebration at Rowe Elementary School, on March 2, physical education teacher Rene Custeau created reading and activity stations for students.  more about Rowe Students Embrace Active Reading
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Students Win PFP Grants for Varied Projects
Posted on 03/05/2020
Painting for a Purpose (PFP) is a group of 10-12 women who meet weekly and paint whimsical wooden items-such as lobsters, birds and fish. They sell these items at local venues and craft festivals to raise about $10,000 a year. All proceeds go into a philanthropy fund for service learning projects led by Portland Public Schools students who want to make a difference. Students receive up to $ 500 to put their ideas into action. Read on to learn about some grants given out this school year to great student projects.  more about Students Win PFP Grants for Varied Projects
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‘People of Portland Project’ Culmination March 13
Posted on 03/05/2020
Juniors at Casco Bay High School will hold a culmination of their The People of Portland Project on Friday, March 13. At the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the CBHS Great Space and the PATHS Dance Studio, the students will bring to life the essence of 22 inspiring Portlanders' stories through words and movement  more about ‘People of Portland Project’ Culmination March 13
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King Students to Get Award at Food Summit
Posted on 03/04/2020
A Feb. 2 Portland Press Herald story featured the efforts by King Middle School students to reduce food waste in the cafeteria to help fight climate change. After the PPH story about the students’ Pathways to the Plate and Beyond expedition ran, the organizers of the Food Impact Summit at Harvard University reached out because they want to honor King for its work in food-waste reduction, according to King Principal Caitlin LeClair. King students are slated to receive an award recognizing their efforts at Harvard on March 18.  more about King Students to Get Award at Food Summit
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PATHS Students Creative with Cryptids
Posted on 02/27/2020
Three PATHS students in teacher Diane Manzi’s Commercial Art course took first, second and third place in a competition sponsored by Artist & Craftsman Supply titled: "Cryptid in its environment."  more about PATHS Students Creative with Cryptids
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CBHS Senior Wins Microgrant
Posted on 02/26/2020
Casco Bay High School senior Siri Pierce is one of just 11 students nationwide chosen as a 2020 Rep My City Microgrant winner. Siri won for her advocacy for solar panels at the Portland Public Schools.  more about CBHS Senior Wins Microgrant
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New Academic Coordinator at PPS
Posted on 02/26/2020
Molly Myers has been named the Portland Public Schools’ new Academic Supports and Transition Coordinator.  more about New Academic Coordinator at PPS
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PPS Evaluating School Renovation Options
Posted on 02/18/2020
City voters in 2017 approved a $64 million “Buildings for our Future” (BFOF) bond to renovate four of the city’s public elementary schools. Three years later, work on one school, Lyseth, is on track for completion next year. However, rising construction costs mean that the amount of money in the bond is no longer sufficient to renovate the four schools on the scale originally envisioned. The Lyseth project, currently underway, has been scaled back due to the cost constraints, and the district must now consider options for rebuilding the remaining three schools.   more about PPS Evaluating School Renovation Options
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DHS Student Gets Ovation from Bono!
Posted on 02/12/2020
Sundy Ntoto, a Deering High School senior and member of the Pihcintu Chorus, got a standing ovation from U2 frontman Bono after a performance by the choir at the United Nations in New York on Feb. 11.  more about DHS Student Gets Ovation from Bono!
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PPS Continues SuperSnacks Program
Posted on 02/12/2020
The Portland Public Schools announces its continued participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program for its federally assisted afterschool snack program.  more about PPS Continues SuperSnacks Program
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DHS Senior in State Poetry Out Loud Contest
Posted on 02/11/2020
First, Deering High School senior Daniela Aryaie became the champion of Deering’s school-level Poetry Out Loud contest. Now, she’s headed to the Poetry Out Loud state championship in Waterville on March 2, after her success in the Southern Maine Regional Finals on Feb. 10.  more about DHS Senior in State Poetry Out Loud Contest
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Lincoln, Moore Students Excel at Spelling Bee
Posted on 02/11/2020
Lincoln Middle School seventh-grader Rose Bolduc won the Cumberland County Spelling Bee on Feb. 10. The runner-up was Ezra Lee, a seventh-grader at Lyman Moore Middle School, according to a Portland Press Herald story.   more about Lincoln, Moore Students Excel at Spelling Bee
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DHS Athletic Director Gains RAA Certification
Posted on 02/11/2020
Michael Daly, athletic director at Deering High School, recently achieved Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA) certification by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association or NIAAA.  more about DHS Athletic Director Gains RAA Certification
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Riverton School Renamed to Honor Gerald Talbot
Posted on 02/05/2020
The Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously at its Feb. 4 meeting to rename Riverton Elementary School as the Gerald E. Talbot Community School in honor of that Portland civil rights icon.  more about Riverton School Renamed to Honor Gerald Talbot
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Moore Math Teams Are Winners!
Posted on 02/04/2020
Lyman Moore Middle School’s sixth- and seventh-grade math teams both earned first place at separate contests Jan. 21!  more about Moore Math Teams Are Winners!
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PHS, Lee Auto Partner for Internships
Posted on 01/31/2020
Portland High School students have a unique and valuable internship opportunity, thanks to Lee Auto. Through Dustin Lee, parts manager, students can intern in the service department, learning skills such as changing and torquing tires, changing oil, checking tire pressure, rotating tires, and working with breaks and spark plugs.  more about PHS, Lee Auto Partner for Internships
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PAE Launches New Mainer Teller Training
Posted on 01/29/2020
A new Portland Adult Education (PAE) program will help foreign-trained professionals gain entry into the financial services industry by training them as bank tellers.  more about PAE Launches New Mainer Teller Training
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Deering Debate Team Continues to Amaze!
Posted on 01/29/2020
The Deering High School Debate team continued its amazing run of successes this school year, with big wins at the Maine Forensic Association State Championship Tournament at Lewiston High School on Jan. 25. Also, four team members are now headed to the nationals in June!  more about Deering Debate Team Continues to Amaze!
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Riverton’s First STEM Night a Success!
Posted on 01/29/2020
More than 200 students and family members attended the first ever STEM Night at Riverton Elementary School during January 2020.   more about Riverton’s First STEM Night a Success!
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PPS 'Legends' Make Basketball Hall of Fame
Posted on 01/29/2020
Several Portland Public Schools basketball greats are among the 2020 class of inductees to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, according to a Jan. 29 Bangor Daily News article.  more about PPS 'Legends' Make Basketball Hall of Fame
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PPS, USM Co-Sponsor Passamaquoddy Talk
Posted on 01/22/2020
The Portland Public Schools is co-sponsoring a presentation at the University of Southern Maine on Thursday, Jan. 23, that is designed to increase understanding of Indigenous cultures and communities in Maine.  more about PPS, USM Co-Sponsor Passamaquoddy Talk
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Scholarship for CBHS Grads Attending Dartmouth
Posted on 01/15/2020
Graduates of Casco Bay High School (CBHS) who attend or are slated to attend Dartmouth College or the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth are now eligible for scholarships through the Philip P. Thompson Jr. Scholarship Fund, established in late 2019 and administered by the Maine Community Foundation.  more about Scholarship for CBHS Grads Attending Dartmouth
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RIF Grant Provides Free Books to Students
Posted on 01/14/2020
The Portland Public Schools recently partnered with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), a national children’s literacy nonprofit, to provide free books to the district’s fourth- and fifth-graders through RIF’s Books for Ownership program.  more about RIF Grant Provides Free Books to Students
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Proposal: Rename Riverton for Gerald Talbot
Posted on 01/10/2020
Superintendent Xavier Botana is recommending renaming Riverton Elementary School after one of Portland’s most cherished and respected residents: Gerald E. Talbot. Talbot is a Maine civil rights icon, community leader and the first African American elected to the Maine Legislature.  more about Proposal: Rename Riverton for Gerald Talbot
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School Board Honors DHS Debate Team
Posted on 01/09/2020
Deering High School’s Debate Team recently was honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana for a string of successes. The recognition took place at the Board’s Jan. 7 meeting.  more about School Board Honors DHS Debate Team
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Launch for Teacher’s Children’s Book Jan. 18
Posted on 01/08/2020
A launch party for “Magnificent Homespun Brown,” a new children’s book by Presumpscot Elementary School kindergarten teacher Samara Cole Doyon, will be held on Saturday, January 18.  more about Launch for Teacher’s Children’s Book Jan. 18
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PAE Wins Imagine Portland Award
Posted on 01/03/2020
Portland Adult Education (PAE) is among the Portland Regional Chamber’s Imagine Portland award winners!  more about PAE Wins Imagine Portland Award
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DHS Junior Wins 1st District App Challenge
Posted on 01/03/2020
Deering High School junior Aidan Blum Levine has won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for Maine’s 1st District!  more about DHS Junior Wins 1st District App Challenge
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PATHS Students Win Awards for Artwork
Posted on 01/03/2020
Two students from teacher Diane Manzi’s Commercial Art class at the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) recently won awards for marketing products they created for a nonprofit called Mainely Pets.  more about PATHS Students Win Awards for Artwork
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STEM Learning at Lincoln Featured
Posted on 01/03/2020
Lincoln Middle School students in classes taught by science teachers Christel Driscoll and Franklin Sames have the opportunity to engage in varied and challenging STEM learning.  more about STEM Learning at Lincoln Featured
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PAE Grant to Aid in Census Count
Posted on 12/19/2019
The Maine Census Outreach Fund 2020 (MCOF 2020) has awarded 14 nonprofits with grants to support the participation of hard-to-count communities in the upcoming 2020 Census. Grant-funded activities will include outreach through community events, adult education programs – including Portland Adult Education – and phone banks. Some organizations will offer on-site computer labs for completing Census forms.   more about PAE Grant to Aid in Census Count
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Schools Receive PPS Food Fund Grants
Posted on 12/18/2019
King Middle School, Riverton Elementary School and Casco Bay High School have received Portland Public Schools (PPS) Food Fund mini-grants for projects that foster food security for students and their families.  more about Schools Receive PPS Food Fund Grants
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PPS Orchestra Students Accepted to All-State
Posted on 12/10/2019
Three members of the Portland Public Schools High School Orchestra auditioned for and were accepted into the All-State Honors Orchestra.   more about PPS Orchestra Students Accepted to All-State
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CBHS Annual March to Post Office Dec. 13
Posted on 12/05/2019
The community is invited to watch and cheer as seniors from Casco Bay High School (CBHS) march down Congress Street on Friday, Dec. 13, to mail their college applications or supporting materials.  more about CBHS Annual March to Post Office Dec. 13
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King Middle School Tracks Food Waste
Posted on 12/05/2019
Food Fuels Learning (FFL), whose mission it is to build food security in schools through comprehensive research and community-based action, recently featured King Middle School’s Food Waste Expedition in the FFL newsletter.  more about King Middle School Tracks Food Waste
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Board Has New Chair, New Members
Posted on 12/04/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education held a ceremony on Dec. 2, to inaugurate its newest members. The board also formally voted to approve Roberto Rodriguez to be Board chair again for the coming year.  more about Board Has New Chair, New Members
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School Board Inauguration Dec. 2
Posted on 11/27/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education will hold a ceremony on Monday, Dec. 2, to inaugurate its newest members. The board also is expected to formally vote to approve Roberto Rodriguez to be Board chair again for the coming year.  more about School Board Inauguration Dec. 2
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LMS Student Art Show Opens Dec. 6
Posted on 11/27/2019
The artwork of 11 gifted Lincoln Middle School students will be shown at The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation in a holiday show running from December to January. An opening reception to honor the achievements of the students will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the foundation, located at 13 Brown St. in Portland.  more about LMS Student Art Show Opens Dec. 6
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High School Choice Meeting Dec. 4
Posted on 11/27/2019
The Portland Public Schools offers Portland eighth-graders a unique opportunity to choose between its three high schools – Portland High School, Deering High School and Casco Bay High School – regardless of where they live in the city. Each high school has its own distinctive personality and offerings. Families can learn more at an informational meeting on Dec. 4.  more about High School Choice Meeting Dec. 4
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Deering Debate Team Scores Again!
Posted on 11/26/2019
The Deering High School Debate Team continued its successful run with wins for its individual debating teams and the team overall at a tournament Nov. 23. The team's success comes on the heels of a sweep the team made at another tournament on Nov. 9.  more about Deering Debate Team Scores Again!
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PAE Exhibit Compares Communities
Posted on 11/26/2019
Students in English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) level 5 classes at Portland Adult Education have spent the fall semester working on projects about how their home communities compare to Portland.  more about PAE Exhibit Compares Communities
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Apply for a Civics Education Fellowship!
Posted on 11/26/2019
Attention high school students: You are eligible to apply for an all-expenses-paid fellowship in civics education that includes a trip to Washington D.C., June 29 - July 1st at Georgetown University. The Civics Unplugged (CU) Fellowship is a leadership program designed to equip high schools students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and resources to become the catalyst of change history has proven you to be. But hurry – the deadline is Nov. 30, 2019!  more about Apply for a Civics Education Fellowship!
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Turkey Day Tradition Continues!
Posted on 11/21/2019
On Nov. 28, alumni of Portland and Deering high schools and other community members will have the opportunity to participate in a tradition that’s more than a century old: attending the 108th Annual Thanksgiving Day Game between Deering and Portland high schools. The football game will take place at Fitzpatrick Stadium on Thanksgiving Day. Kickoff is 10:30 a.m.  more about Turkey Day Tradition Continues!
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Lyman Moore Craft Fair Dec. 7
Posted on 11/21/2019
Mark your calendars! Lyman Moore Middle School’s first Winter Craft Fair is Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school on Auburn Street.   more about Lyman Moore Craft Fair Dec. 7
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CBHS, PATHS Reopening after Threat Arrest
Posted on 11/20/2019
Casco Bay High School and the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) will be open as usual on Thursday, Nov. 21, following a Portland Police Department announcement that a Westbrook youth was detained and charged with terrorizing for threatening some Casco Bay students via social media earlier this week. The student is not affiliated with the Portland Public Schools.  more about CBHS, PATHS Reopening after Threat Arrest
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PAE, SMCC Build ‘Pipeline’ for New Mainers
Posted on 11/20/2019
Portland Adult Education (PAE) and Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) are partnering to launch a new initiative to enhance workforce training and educational opportunities for new Mainers.  more about PAE, SMCC Build ‘Pipeline’ for New Mainers
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No SRO Body Cam Use until MOU Reached
Posted on 11/13/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education voted Nov. 12 to ask Portland police to have school resource officers (SROs) refrain from using their body cameras until the school district and police can reach an agreement governing the use of the cameras in schools.  more about No SRO Body Cam Use until MOU Reached
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Deering Silent Auction Nov. 16
Posted on 11/13/2019
Deering High School student senate Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 4-7 p.m. at the Woodfords Club.  more about Deering Silent Auction Nov. 16
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Student Portrait Features New AP
Posted on 11/08/2019
The walls of Portland High School serve as a gallery for student artwork, particularly portraits of the school’s leadership team. The latest addition is a charcoal portrait of the school’s new assistant principal, Jade Costello, by sophomore Tyleigh White  more about Student Portrait Features New AP
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PHS Senior Wins Deaf Community Award
Posted on 11/08/2019
On Sept. 19, Portland High School senior Marena Thompson received the Citizenship Youth Award from the Deaf Community of Maine at the State House in Augusta.  more about PHS Senior Wins Deaf Community Award
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DHS Drama To Present ‘The Miracle Worker’
Posted on 11/08/2019
The Deering High School Drama Club cordially invites the community to attend a performance of Deering High School's fall play, “The Miracle Worker,” on Nov. 22, 23 and 24.  more about DHS Drama To Present ‘The Miracle Worker’
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Board Member Volunteers for Mission
Posted on 11/06/2019
Portland Board of Public Education member Sarah Thompson will be among about 50 volunteers going to the Dominican Republic in January on a Lifetouch Memory Mission to help build an addition to a school in a remote rural community  more about Board Member Volunteers for Mission
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FPPS Fall Teachers Grants Awarded
Posted on 11/05/2019
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) has completed its eleventh annual Fall Teacher Grants Program cycle. Ninety-two applications were received, requesting $75,270. Seventy-five grant proposals have been awarded totaling just over $47,000.  more about FPPS Fall Teachers Grants Awarded
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Moore Students Hosting Mayoral Forum Oct. 29
Posted on 10/25/2019
Lyman Moore Middle School sixth- and seventh-graders will be hosting a mayoral forum on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.  more about Moore Students Hosting Mayoral Forum Oct. 29
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Board to Consider Body Cam Language
Posted on 10/24/2019
City patrol officers – including school resource officers (SROs) – are now equipped with body cameras. As a result, the Portland Board of Public Education is slated to consider revising an existing agreement it has with the Police Department about the SRO program to spell out how cameras can and cannot be used in schools.  more about Board to Consider Body Cam Language
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National Merit Semifinalists Honored by Board
Posted on 10/17/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana recently recognized three high school seniors who have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Honored were Julia Ayer, from Portland High School; David Botana, from Casco Bay High School; and Glynis p O’Meara, a Deering High School student.  more about National Merit Semifinalists Honored by Board
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CBHS Teacher Wins Presidential Award
Posted on 10/16/2019
Casco Bay High School math teacher Priya Natarajan has won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). She won from the state of Maine in the mathematics category. She was in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.  more about CBHS Teacher Wins Presidential Award
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People of Portland Nominations Sought
Posted on 10/16/2019
Casco Bay High School 11th-graders are looking for nominations of local heroes they can interview and then showcase and honor in a live performance presentation of their The People of Portland Project, 2020.  more about People of Portland Nominations Sought
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Beyond Borders Conference Oct. 18
Posted on 10/10/2019
A new regional conference, titled “Beyond Borders: Migration and Integration,” will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, at the University of Southern Maine.  more about Beyond Borders Conference Oct. 18
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DHS Drama Costume & Yard Sale
Posted on 10/08/2019
Does anyone in your family need a costume for Halloween? The annual Deering High School Drama Club’s Creepy Costume Sale, set for Saturday, Oct. 19, could be your answer!  more about DHS Drama Costume & Yard Sale
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Sixth Annual STEM Expo Nov. 1
Posted on 10/03/2019
The Portland Public Schools’ Sixth Annual STEM Exposition is set for Friday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gymnasium  more about Sixth Annual STEM Expo Nov. 1
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DHS Social Workers Honored by Board
Posted on 10/03/2019
Deering High School social workers Melissa McStay and Bob Carroll were recently honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana during September, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. McStay and Carroll recently received a Caring About Lives in Maine Suicide Prevention award.  more about DHS Social Workers Honored by Board
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Summer School Staff Recognized
Posted on 10/03/2019
The district’s “Summer in the City” summer school staff were recently honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana.  more about Summer School Staff Recognized
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HS Orchestra Performs at Citizenship Ceremony
Posted on 10/03/2019
The Portland Public Schools High School performed at a Citizenship Ceremony held Sept. 17 at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall. “This was the 35th ceremony performed by our High School Orchestra in 18 years!” said district Orchestra Director Julianne Eberl.  more about HS Orchestra Performs at Citizenship Ceremony
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DHS Offers 'Adulting 101' Workshops
Posted on 09/26/2019
Deering High School is offering a series of new extended learning opportunities (ELOs) to students this year called “Adulting 101 – Workshops for Simple Life-Hacks.” These “life-hack” workshops help prepare students for life after high school.  more about DHS Offers 'Adulting 101' Workshops
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Azerbaijan Delegation Visits PAE
Posted on 09/26/2019
A delegation from Azerbaijan visited Portland Adult Education (PAE) on Thursday, Sept. 26. The delegation is touring New England and was invited to visit Maine by the Azerbaijan Society of Maine, according to Tarlan Ahmadov, state refugee coordinator for the Office of Maine Refugee Services. One goal is attracting Azerbaijani investors to Portland and Maine, Ahmadov said.  more about Azerbaijan Delegation Visits PAE
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Board Approves New Teacher Contract
Posted on 09/24/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education voted on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to approve a new three-year agreement with the Portland Education Association (PEA).  more about Board Approves New Teacher Contract
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Teacher Contract, School Choice on Board Agenda
Posted on 09/19/2019
Several key issues will come before the Portland Board of Public Education at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Board will be asked to approve a new contract with the district’s teachers.The Board will also begin discussing the high school selection process and will hold a workshop on the district’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), including a plan to apply to the State Revolving Renovation Fund for needed school improvements.  more about Teacher Contract, School Choice on Board Agenda
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HBCU Reps Visit Portland’s High Schools
Posted on 09/17/2019
Representatives from Morgan State University and Clark Atlanta University, two of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), visited Portland’s public high schools on Sept. 9 and 10 and spoke to students and school and district staff about what HBCUs have to offer.  more about HBCU Reps Visit Portland’s High Schools
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PPS Receives Workers Comp Dividend
Posted on 09/12/2019
The Portland Public Schools is pleased to have recently received a dividend of more than $27,000 from the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) as a result of risk management measures taken to promote a safe work environment.  more about PPS Receives Workers Comp Dividend
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Three PPS Students National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/11/2019
Three high school seniors in the Portland Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented students now have the opportunity to compete for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.  more about Three PPS Students National Merit Semifinalists
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PPS Continues Afterschool Food Program
Posted on 09/03/2019
The Portland Public Schools announces its continued participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program for its federally assisted afterschool snack program.   more about PPS Continues Afterschool Food Program
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School Board Approves Solar Power Plan
Posted on 08/28/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education on Aug. 20 approved a plan to develop a 3,500-kilowatt solar project that could cover 60 to 80 percent of the district’s energy needs and result in an estimated $50,000 per year in savings.  more about School Board Approves Solar Power Plan
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School Gardens Tour is Sunday, Aug. 25!
Posted on 08/14/2019
The community is invited to a school garden tour on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by the Portland Public Schools’ School Garden Network. The tour will give the public the opportunity to learn how these living classrooms benefit students and the community.  more about School Gardens Tour is Sunday, Aug. 25!
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Free Bowling for PPS Bus Drivers
Posted on 08/14/2019
The Portland Public Schools values its bus drivers and appreciates all they do to ensure that students arrive at school safely and on time, in all kinds of weather. To show its appreciation, the district is inviting its transportation staff to a free bowling event on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bayside Bowl.  more about Free Bowling for PPS Bus Drivers
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Maine Audubon Grants for PPS Teachers Total $13k
Posted on 08/13/2019
Maine Audubon has completed its third annual grants program for Portland Public Schools Teachers cycle through the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS). Fifteen grant proposals have been awarded totaling just under $13,000 to teachers in Portland.  more about Maine Audubon Grants for PPS Teachers Total $13k
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New Hires for Pre-K, Central Office, Schools
Posted on 07/30/2019
The Portland Public Schools has four new administrators at Central Office: Suzanne Chevalier, director of the district’s pre-kindergarten program; Miranda Fasulo, the district’s executive director of budget and finance; Erin Bates-Letourneau, assistant director secondary student support services; and Julie Kirby, assistant director, elementary student support services. District schools have two new principals: Barbara Fletcher, at Rowe Elementary School, and Angela Taylor at Presumpscot Elementary School. Three new assistant principals also have been hired: Jade Costello at Portland High School; Craig Hanson at King Middle School; and Kerri LeSieur at Riverton Elementary School. Deering High School has a new athletic director: Michael Daly.  more about New Hires for Pre-K, Central Office, Schools
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Monga Helps Launch Bicentennial with Poem
Posted on 07/30/2019
Allan Monga, a recent Deering High School graduate, joined Governor Janet Mills, Mayor Ethan Strimling, city officials, and members of the Maine Bicentennial Commission on Tuesday, July 30, to launch the commemoration of the State of Maine Bicentennial. The event took place at Deering Oaks Park and featured the dedication of the Tricentennial Pine Grove.  more about Monga Helps Launch Bicentennial with Poem
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Tentative Agreement on New PEA Contract
Posted on 07/16/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education and the Portland Education Association, the union representing the district’s teachers, have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract.  more about Tentative Agreement on New PEA Contract
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CBHS Students Named BOA Student Leaders
Posted on 06/27/2019
Two students from Casco Bay High School have been named 2019 Bank of America (BOA) Student Leaders: Gabriel Gomez and Imti Hassan. The BOA Student Leaders program helps connect community-minded high school students to jobs, skills development, and service.  more about CBHS Students Named BOA Student Leaders
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Portland Adult Education Graduation is June 27
Posted on 06/25/2019
Portland Adult Education (PAE) will host its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m., at Merrill Auditorium for 53 students who attained high school diplomas and the 48 students who passed the HiSET test (formerly GED).  more about Portland Adult Education Graduation is June 27
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Presumpscot Teacher in 'Starting 9'
Posted on 06/20/2019
Presumpscot Elementary School teacher Stevi-Lynn Nichols has been selected as one of Maine's top teachers through the Unum Teachers' Hall of Fame - Starting 9 program.  more about Presumpscot Teacher in 'Starting 9'
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Caring School Nurse at CBHS, PATHs Honored
Posted on 06/19/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana recently honored school nurse Becky Bell for recently obtaining National Board Certification for School Nursing (NBCSN).  more about Caring School Nurse at CBHS, PATHs Honored
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Portland Mentoring Alliance Students Visit Historically Black Colleges
Posted on 06/17/2019
Portland Mentoring Alliance provides opportunity for PHS students to explore campus life at two Historically Black Colleges and Universities  more about Portland Mentoring Alliance Students Visit Historically Black Colleges
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Free Ukulele Lessons at Reiche this Summer!
Posted on 06/16/2019
Portland youngsters and teens are invited to participate in free ukulele lessons at Reiche Community School this summer. The lessons will be taught by Lee Urban of Ukuleles Heal the World. Urban is a former city of Portland planning and economic development director and avid ukulele player.  more about Free Ukulele Lessons at Reiche this Summer!
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Riverton Teacher Studying Math Learning in Japan
Posted on 06/14/2019
Nancy Sirois, a math coach/interventionist at Riverton Elementary School, is one of about just 24 teachers from around the world to study math teacher professional development and math instruction in Japan this summer.  more about Riverton Teacher Studying Math Learning in Japan
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PPS To Participate in Pride Parade June 15
Posted on 06/13/2019
For the fifth year in a row, the Portland Public Schools will have a big yellow school bus as an entry in the Pride Portland! Parade. The public is invited to cheer on members of the Portland Public Schools family as they proceed down Congress and High streets in the parade, set for Saturday, June 15.  more about PPS To Participate in Pride Parade June 15
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Scholarships To Help 22 Students Study Abroad
Posted on 06/13/2019
Twenty-two Portland Public Schools students have received a total of $84,300 in Global Navigator Scholarships to help them study abroad this summer.  more about Scholarships To Help 22 Students Study Abroad
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Groundbreaking for Lyseth Renovation June 14
Posted on 06/12/2019
A ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovation/expansion of Lyseth Elementary School is scheduled for Friday, June 14, the last student day of school this year. The ceremony will run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with students and city and school officials taking part. Portland Public Schools families and community members are invited to attend.  more about Groundbreaking for Lyseth Renovation June 14
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PPS Retirees Recognized June 4
Posted on 06/12/2019
Nearly 40 employees who are retiring this year were honored at a reception at City Hall on June 4  more about PPS Retirees Recognized June 4
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Student Video Focus Is Climate Change, Lobsters
Posted on 06/12/2019
Presumpscot Elementary School third-graders in teachers Rebecca Maiorano’s and Kellie Kodz’s class have created a powerful PSA video, "The Truth about Climate Change," as the culminating project for their 2019 lobster expedition. Central to their study this year was an examination of the impact of rising ocean temperatures in the Gulf of Maine on the lobstering economy.  more about Student Video Focus Is Climate Change, Lobsters
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Summer Meals for Kids, Teens Start June 18
Posted on 06/11/2019
The Portland Public Schools and Opportunity Alliance will be operating 15 summer meal sites across the city of Portland this summer. Meals and times will be posted at sites and will be distributed prior to the end of school. Sites will begin operation on June 18 and continue through August 23. All children and teens 18 years and younger may receive a meal free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis, at any of the meal site locations.  more about Summer Meals for Kids, Teens Start June 18
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Portland Kids Duathlon Is July 28
Posted on 06/11/2019
Have you heard about Portland’s only duathlon race for kids, ages 3-12? The Portland Kids Duathlon will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 28 at Payson Park with a course along Baxter Boulevard and the Back Cove Trail.  more about Portland Kids Duathlon Is July 28
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Portland Voters Validate FY20 School Budget
Posted on 06/11/2019
Portland voters on June 11 approved the Portland Public Schools’ $117.4 million budget for fiscal year 2020.  more about Portland Voters Validate FY20 School Budget
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LMS Students Advocate for Health in Augusta
Posted on 06/10/2019
Lincoln Middle School physical education teacher Denise Preisser and sustainability teacher Crystal Driscoll recently brought student leaders Roxie Van Oosterum and Oliva Chong to the Blaine House in Augusta to attend the ME Fuel Up to Play 60Student Leadership Day.  more about LMS Students Advocate for Health in Augusta
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PPS Class of 2019 Graduates!
Posted on 06/06/2019
The Portland Public Schools held three graduation ceremonies on Thursday, June 6, one for each of the district’s high schools: Portland, Deering and Casco Bay. The commencement ceremonies were staggered at different times during the afternoon and evening.  more about PPS Class of 2019 Graduates!
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Longfellow Drama Club's ‘Annie, KIDS’ June 7-8
Posted on 06/05/2019
The Longfellow Elementary School Drama Club invites the community to a production of “Annie, KIDS" on June 7 and 8.  more about Longfellow Drama Club's ‘Annie, KIDS’ June 7-8
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KPMG gift to Riverton Used for Summer Books
Posted on 06/05/2019
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools recently announced that audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP has provided a generous gift to Riverton Elementary School that will enable the school to purchase books and school supplies through First Book (https://firstbook.org/) for its students to read over the summer.  more about KPMG gift to Riverton Used for Summer Books
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Rowe Students’ Mural Celebrates Neighbors
Posted on 06/05/2019
On Monday, June 10, Rowe Elementary School third- and fourth-graders invite the community to celebrate the culminating event of their immigration unit, titled “I’m your neighbor.” Students will be unveiling a permanent mural they have created for the school hallway.  more about Rowe Students’ Mural Celebrates Neighbors
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Second Annual Rainbow Walk at OAES June 5
Posted on 06/04/2019
Ocean Avenue Elementary School students are inviting the community to join the school’s Civil Rights Team on Wednesday, June 5, in celebrating the repainting of the school’s rainbow-colored crosswalk. The crosswalk serves as a statement of the school’s embrace of diversity and its commitment to tolerance.   more about Second Annual Rainbow Walk at OAES June 5
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Step Up Award Helps PHS Make It Happen Students
Posted on 06/04/2019
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools is thrilled to announce the third Portland High School student chosen to receive the newly created Step Up Award.  more about Step Up Award Helps PHS Make It Happen Students
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‘Day of Action’ benefits Presumpscot School
Posted on 06/04/2019
During the United Way of Greater Portland’s “Day of Action” in May, 20 volunteers from TD Bank, Unum, and Bill Dodge Auto Group cleaned and landscaped the grounds of Presumpscot Elementary School, stenciled the blacktop, and built several replacement raised beds.  more about ‘Day of Action’ benefits Presumpscot School
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LMS Students Advocate for Change
Posted on 06/03/2019
Lincoln Middle School seventh-graders will inform about and advocate for important social issues during presentations at the school on Tuesday, June 4. The presentations will take place in the seventh-grade classrooms on the first floor from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  more about LMS Students Advocate for Change
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Rowe Students’ Story Walk Installed May 30
Posted on 05/28/2019
Rowe Elementary School first- and second-graders hope to help change the world through a collaborative story they wrote about the importance of protecting community water resources. The students’ illustrated “story walk” will be installed on Thursday, May 30, on a Portland Trails path behind the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS). The installation starts at 6 p.m. and the community is invited to come and see!  more about Rowe Students’ Story Walk Installed May 30
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Revised School Budget Goes to Voters June 11
Posted on 05/23/2019
A revised FY20 school budget of $117.4 million will go to Portland voters in a budget validation referendum on Tuesday, June 11. Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana is urging city residents to support the school budget at the polls.  more about Revised School Budget Goes to Voters June 11
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CBHS Wins 'Schools of Opportunity' Gold
Posted on 05/21/2019
The Portland Public Schools’ Casco Bay High School is one of only seven schools from across the country this year to receive recognition as a “School of Opportunity.” The designation honors excellent public high schools that engage in research-based practices that build on students’ strengths and create rich, challenging learning opportunities for all students.