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Board Recommends $117.8 Million Budget
Posted on 04/09/2019
The Portland Board of Education voted unanimously on April 8 to recommend to the City Council a fiscal year 2020 budget of $117.8 million. The budget preserves current staffing and programming, expands the district’s pre-kindergarten program, strengthens core instruction and implements a behavioral health continuum.  more about Board Recommends $117.8 Million Budget
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Peaks School Hosts Welcoming Library
Posted on 04/09/2019
Peaks Island Elementary School will be hosting the Welcoming Library from April 22 to May 6, and on Thursday, April 25, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the school will host a community event to introduce the library to Peaks Island families.  more about Peaks School Hosts Welcoming Library
Reiche Native Language Play Space
Posted on 04/08/2019
The Reiche Native Language Play Space was created with several goals in mind: 1) honor, maintain, and grow the native language abilities of our students, with an intentional goal of increasing academic vocabulary; 2) provide facilitated activity-based social and conversational opportunities in both native language and English; 3) provide a safe space and a short respite from English-only classroom environments; 4) provide a place in which newcomer students build relationships and take risks using their emerging English with peers and adults who speak their language.  more about Reiche Native Language Play Space
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Riverton Mural Welcomes Diversity
Posted on 04/05/2019
Riverton Elementary School students recently unveiled a colorful mural they created for the lobby of their school that welcomes everyone and celebrates the diversity of the school.  more about Riverton Mural Welcomes Diversity
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PPS Students to Bowl with the Pros on April 7
Posted on 04/04/2019
Thirty Portland Public Schools high school and middle school students will have the opportunity of a lifetime “rolling with the pros” on Sunday, April 7, at Bayside Bowl in Portland. The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) will be in town for the inaugural PBA Playoffs and Portland students will join them for a fun lesson and bowling.   more about PPS Students to Bowl with the Pros on April 7
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District Gets New Summer Program Coordinator
Posted on 04/04/2019
On April 3, Molly Myers joined the Central Office team as the district’s Summer Program Coordinator. In this part-time position, Molly will be a resource to school and district staff who are creating and implementing programming for more than 1,300 students for the summer of 2019.  more about District Gets New Summer Program Coordinator
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Lincoln Middle School Blood Drive April 11
Posted on 04/02/2019
Lincoln Middle School is hosting a Blood Drive on Thursday, April 11, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the school gym.  more about Lincoln Middle School Blood Drive April 11
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Portland To Get New Assistant Superintendent July 1
Posted on 03/29/2019
Aaron L. Townsend, an innovative educator with nearly 20 years of educational experience as a teacher, school leader and system leader in Maine and California, has been selected as the new Assistant Superintendent for School Management for the Portland Public Schools, Superintendent Xavier Botana announced March 29.  more about Portland To Get New Assistant Superintendent July 1
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CBHS Juniors To Explore Katahdin Region Ecology
Posted on 03/28/2019
Casco Bay High School 11th-graders are about to journey to the Katahdin region, seeking an answer to this question, “What is my relationship to, and responsibility for, our rapidly changing world/planet?”  more about CBHS Juniors To Explore Katahdin Region Ecology
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4th Annual Regional High School Art Show in April
Posted on 03/28/2019
The artwork of Portland Public Schools high school students will be among the creative work on display in April at the 4th Annual Regional High School Art Show, hosted by Casco Bay Artisans, a Portland art gallery. The show is produced and curated by students.  more about 4th Annual Regional High School Art Show in April
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Moore, Lyseth and Lincoln Score at Math Meet
Posted on 03/21/2019
The Southern Maine Elementary Math League held its third math meet of the year on March 14, Pi Day. Students from Lyseth Elementary School, Lyman Moore Middle School and Lincoln Middle School were among the high scorers.  more about Moore, Lyseth and Lincoln Score at Math Meet
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FY20 Budget Asks Community To Invest in Students
Posted on 03/19/2019
Superintendent Xavier Botana presented his $117.8 million fiscal year 2020 school budget proposal to the Portland Board of Public Education on Tuesday, March 19. He asked the Portland community to invest in quality education by supporting the budget. In addition to preserving current staffing and programming, his proposal also would expand the district’s pre-kindergarten program, strengthen core instruction and implement a behavioral health continuum.  more about FY20 Budget Asks Community To Invest in Students
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PPS ‘Windgineers’ Compete in KidWind Challenge
Posted on 03/19/2019
More than 80 “windgineers” on 28 teams from York, Topsham, Winslow, Freeport and Portland will take part in the 2019 Maine State KidWind Challenge on Wednesday, March 20, at Ocean Gateway in Portland.  more about PPS ‘Windgineers’ Compete in KidWind Challenge
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School Reconfiguration Not Recommended
Posted on 03/15/2019
This past fall, the Portland Board of Public Education created an Enrollment and Facility Study Commission to identify and recommend possible cost-saving efficiencies in school usage to address projected declines in state aid. The Commission voted on March 13 to recommend that the Board not consider any reconfigurations of district buildings at the present time.  more about School Reconfiguration Not Recommended
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Deering Hosts Blood Drive March 22
Posted on 03/14/2019
Deering High School is hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school gym.  more about Deering Hosts Blood Drive March 22
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Board Votes to Expand Pre-K over Five Years
Posted on 03/07/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education voted March 5 to add nine new classrooms – 140 seats – to its public pre-kindergarten program over the next five years. The new initiative will more than double the number of students currently served in the program’s existing eight classrooms, and is a step toward the Board’s aim of eventually achieving a truly universal pre-K program for the Portland Public Schools.  more about Board Votes to Expand Pre-K over Five Years
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Two More PPS Teachers Achieve NBTC Standard
Posted on 03/07/2019
Deering High School teacher Jen Lunt and Longfellow Elementary School teacher Megan Markgren recently were honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana for achieving National Board Teacher Certification.  more about Two More PPS Teachers Achieve NBTC Standard
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PHS Team Scores at Maine Academic Decathlon
Posted on 03/07/2019
Portland High School’s team placed fifth at the Maine Academic Decathlon State Meet on Saturday, March 2.  more about PHS Team Scores at Maine Academic Decathlon
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PHS Teens Benefit from Speak Out
Posted on 03/07/2019
Portland High School on March 1 became the first school in Maine to participate in Teen Speak Out: an all-day experiential program facilitated and led by students and mentors to strengthen the school community and create a positive and inclusive climate.  more about PHS Teens Benefit from Speak Out
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Student Expedition Focus is Human Rights
Posted on 03/07/2019
Presumpscot Elementary School fifth-graders in teachers Heidi Nichols’ and Stevi-Lynn Nichols' class recently completed a learning expedition engaging students in a comprehensive study of Human Rights.  more about Student Expedition Focus is Human Rights
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Painting for a Purpose Featured in Student Video
Posted on 03/06/2019
It’s now easier to understand and appreciate how Painting for a Purpose benefits students and their community, thanks to the efforts of Deering High School student videographer Ladislas Nzeyimana.  more about Painting for a Purpose Featured in Student Video
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March 6 Public Forum’s Focus is Budget Priorities
Posted on 03/04/2019
The Public Affairs Committee of the Portland Board of Public Education invites Portland residents to a public forum on "Budget Priorities: Investing in the Portland Promise.” The forum will be held on Wednesday, March 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Casco Bay High School, room 200. The school is located at 196 Allen Avenue.  more about March 6 Public Forum’s Focus is Budget Priorities
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PPS Students in Youth Art Month PMA Show
Posted on 02/27/2019
Creative works from Portland Public Schools students and other students from around Maine will be on display at the Portland Museum of Art beginning Friday, March 1, during Youth Art Month.  more about PPS Students in Youth Art Month PMA Show
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PHS Junior Wins PFP Grant for Tech Project
Posted on 02/27/2019
Portland High School junior Brian McGowen has won a Painting for a Purpose (PFP) grant of nearly $500 for his school for a project to provide graphic tablets to students with different learning needs.  more about PHS Junior Wins PFP Grant for Tech Project
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EFS Commission Makes Recommendation
Posted on 02/15/2019
The Enrollment and Facility Study Commission – formed this past fall to identify and recommend possible cost-saving efficiencies to the Portland Board of Public Education – voted Feb. 14 to recommend one option, but “only if necessary” in the event of a large budget shortfall. The option the Commission recommended would save $2.8 million by repurposing one middle school building, reconfiguring high schools and middle schools and creating room for pre-K in the elementary schools by taking 5th grade out of the elementary schools. The Commission rejected four other possible options, saying the savings could not justify the changes and disruption.  more about EFS Commission Makes Recommendation
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Deering presents "The Women of Lockerbie”
Posted on 02/14/2019
Deering High School Drama students will present “The Women of Lockerbie,” a one-act play, on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m.  more about Deering presents "The Women of Lockerbie”
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PHS Quiz Show Match Airs Feb. 14
Posted on 02/13/2019
The Portland High School Quiz Show Team once again qualified and competed in the MPBS High School Quiz Show Maine Competition. The team’s first round match against Gould Academy will air Thursday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. on Maine Public television (Channel 10 on Spectrum). It will be re-broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m.   more about PHS Quiz Show Match Airs Feb. 14
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PPS Students Win Awards at Math Meet
Posted on 02/06/2019
Lyman Moore Middle School and Lyseth Elementary School mathletes distinguished themselves at the Southern Maine Elementary Math Meet on Jan. 31.  more about PPS Students Win Awards at Math Meet
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Musical ‘Petting Zoo’ To Help PPS Students
Posted on 02/06/2019
Casco Bay High School senior Francesca Houran, a violinist with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, wants to make instrumental music more accessible and equitable for all students in the Portland Public Schools. To help do that, Francesca is hosting a musical instrument “petting zoo” event on Thursday, Feb. 7, designed to introduce PPS elementary and middle school students to a variety of musical instruments.  more about Musical ‘Petting Zoo’ To Help PPS Students
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New Award Provides Summer Opportunities
Posted on 02/05/2019
A new award being presented for the first time Feb. 15 will enable Portland Public Schools students from immigrant families to participate in unique summer program opportunities — including an educational adventure on a sailing ship, a residential pre-college program at an Ivy League college or an art school, or participating in a national student leadership conference in Washington, D.C.  more about New Award Provides Summer Opportunities
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Verizon Invests $10k in PPS Science Curriculum
Posted on 02/05/2019
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools is pleased to announce that the Verizon Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 to support science curriculum development for grades K-5 in Portland’s public schools.  more about Verizon Invests $10k in PPS Science Curriculum
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cPort Credit Union Supports PPS Students
Posted on 02/04/2019
cPort Credit Union recently gave a generous donation of $2,500 to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) in support of PPS students.   more about cPort Credit Union Supports PPS Students
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No Debate about It: Deering is a winner!
Posted on 01/31/2019
The Deering High School Debate Team racked up awards at the Maine State Championship Speech and Debate Tournament at Thornton Academy on Jan. 26.  more about No Debate about It: Deering is a winner!
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Moore Students Hold Public Policy Roundtable
Posted on 01/31/2019
Lyman Moore Middle School seventh-graders recently held public policy roundtable discussions with local leaders, presenting their ideas for solutions for a host of challenges facing the city and state.  more about Moore Students Hold Public Policy Roundtable
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“Girls to the Front” Concert Feb. 1!
Posted on 01/30/2019
Concerned that women musicians are often overlooked in the male-dominated music industry, Casco Bay High School senior Annie Dodson has orchestrated a benefit concert to promote gender equality in the Portland music community.  more about “Girls to the Front” Concert Feb. 1!
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Board OK’s Additional Lyseth Funding
Posted on 01/29/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education voted Jan. 22 to authorize an additional $550,000 for costs associated with the Lyseth Elementary School renovation project. The board had already approved $15.7 million for the renovation of the school, but the extra funds are needed for stormwater mitigation work that must happen in conjunction with the construction work.  more about Board OK’s Additional Lyseth Funding
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Storytelling Night Celebrates Multiculturalism
Posted on 01/24/2019
“Lost in Translation,” a multilingual night of storytelling to celebrate multiculturalism in Portland, will take place on Monday, Jan. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Portland Public Library’s Rhines Auditorium. The event is patterned on The Moth storytelling sessions, and is being orchestrated by Casco Bay High School student Emeline Avignon as the culmination of her senior learning expedition.  more about Storytelling Night Celebrates Multiculturalism
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Music Faculty Showcases Talents
Posted on 01/24/2019
The teachers behind the accomplished music students in the Portland Public Schools will put their own considerable musical talents on display in February when the Portland Public Schools Music Department presents its Faculty Showcase.  more about Music Faculty Showcases Talents
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DHS Educator Exceptional Poet and Teacher
Posted on 01/23/2019
Shana Genre, a Deering High School English teacher, was recently honored by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana for being a model teacher – and an exceptional poet!  more about DHS Educator Exceptional Poet and Teacher
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PPS Increases Substitute Teacher Pay
Posted on 01/17/2019
The Portland Board of Public Education recently approved an increase in pay for substitute teachers. It is the first such adjustment in more than six years and puts the Portland Public Schools back in a competitive position in the face of a substitute teacher shortage that school districts in Maine and around the nation are experiencing.  more about PPS Increases Substitute Teacher Pay
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King To Host Citizenship Ceremony Jan. 18
Posted on 01/16/2019
King Middle School students will gain a deeper understanding about immigration to the United States when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalizes 46 candidates for citizenship during a ceremony at the school on Friday, Jan. 18  more about King To Host Citizenship Ceremony Jan. 18
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PPS Cheerleaders Perform in London Parade
Posted on 01/10/2019
Two Portland Public Schools cheerleaders celebrated the start of 2019 by traveling to England to perform in a New Year’s Day Parade in London on Jan. 1.  more about PPS Cheerleaders Perform in London Parade
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PPS Students Perform at Inauguration
Posted on 01/03/2019
Musical performances by a Casco Bay High School sophomore and two Reiche Community School fifth-graders helped make the historic Jan. 2 inauguration of Maine’s first woman governor even more special.  more about PPS Students Perform at Inauguration
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Student App Aids Winter Sports Enthusiasts
Posted on 01/03/2019
Do you enjoy winter sports and recreation but are disappointed when you travel to an outdoor venue only to find that conditions there are not what you expected? If so, two Deering High School students have an app for you.  more about Student App Aids Winter Sports Enthusiasts
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PPS Math Students Score at Regional Meet
Posted on 12/19/2018
Portland Public Schools mathletes did a fabulous job at the Southern Maine Math Meet on Dec. 13 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland! Lyman Moore Middle School won a 1st Place Award and individual students also won awards too.  more about PPS Math Students Score at Regional Meet
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PPS Food Fund To Address Student Hunger
Posted on 12/18/2018
A new fund is being created to support food security for Portland Public Schools students and their families and also nutrition investments and initiatives within the district.  more about PPS Food Fund To Address Student Hunger
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DHS Cheerleader To Perform in London Parade
Posted on 12/12/2018
Kassidy Plummer, captain of the Deering High School Varsity Cheering team, will travel to England to perform in London’s New Year’s Day Parade on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.  more about DHS Cheerleader To Perform in London Parade
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Make It Happen Students Win Step Up Awards
Posted on 12/11/2018
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools is thrilled to announce that two Portland High School students have been chosen to receive the inaugural Step Up Award.  more about Make It Happen Students Win Step Up Awards
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DHS Students Take Part in Poetry Reading
Posted on 12/11/2018
The Young Writers & Leaders program at the Telling Room is holding poetry readings this week and Deering High School students are among the participants. One reading took place Dec. 11 and another will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Telling Room, located at 225 Commercial St in Portland.  more about DHS Students Take Part in Poetry Reading
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CBHS Students’ Annual College March Is Dec. 14
Posted on 12/06/2018
The community is invited to watch and cheer as nearly 100 seniors from Casco Bay High School (CBHS) march down Congress Street on Friday, Dec. 14, to mail their college applications or supporting materials.  more about CBHS Students’ Annual College March Is Dec. 14
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CBHS Build Community Symposium Is Dec. 13
Posted on 12/06/2018
On Thursday, Dec. 13, Casco Bay High School ninth-graders will present a Build Community Symposium. At the event, the students will share with the local community their urban planning proposals and development ideas, as well as information about local organizations  more about CBHS Build Community Symposium Is Dec. 13
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PAE Student Exhibit Runs through Dec. 13
Posted on 12/06/2018
Portland Adult Education’s ESOL5 classes have spent the fall semester studying the community of Portland, including the city’s history, environment and cultural traditions. As the culminating event, students wrote reports showing how their new home compares with the place where they grew up.  more about PAE Student Exhibit Runs through Dec. 13
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Report Highlights Immigrants’ Hidden Talents
Posted on 12/04/2018
The New Mainers Resource Center (NMRC), a Portland Adult Education program, has released a report highlighting the skills and education of Maine’s foreign trained professionals and the challenges they face resuming their professions.  more about Report Highlights Immigrants’ Hidden Talents
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Concert to Benefit Rowe School Playground
Posted on 11/29/2018
On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Ghost of Paul Revere – “a holler roots band from Maine” – will be featured in a concert to benefit the new Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School playground.  more about Concert to Benefit Rowe School Playground
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PPS Teachers Win $35K in Grants
Posted on 11/29/2018
The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) has completed its tenth annual Teacher Grants Program cycle. Fifty-four grant proposals have been awarded totaling just over $35,000.  more about PPS Teachers Win $35K in Grants
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DHS presents 'Charlotte’s Web' Dec. 7, 8, 9
Posted on 11/29/2018
Deering High School thespians will present “Charlotte’s Web” on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Performances will be at the high school, located at 370 Stevens Avenue.  more about DHS presents 'Charlotte’s Web' Dec. 7, 8, 9
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Board Renews Superintendent’s Contract
Posted on 11/28/2018
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously to renew Superintendent Xavier Botana’s contract for another three years. Botana’s current three-year contract expires at the end of June 2019, and his new contract begins July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, 2022.  more about Board Renews Superintendent’s Contract
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PPS Reaches Out To Foreign-Trained Teachers
Posted on 11/28/2018
A new Education Academy starting in January at Portland Adult Education is designed to help diversify the Portland Public Schools’ workforce by helping new Mainers trained as teachers in their home countries to become educators here  more about PPS Reaches Out To Foreign-Trained Teachers
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DHS, PHS Game Rescheduled
Posted on 11/20/2018
After consultation with athletic directors, coaches, players, sports boosters and school physicians, the 107th Annual Thanksgiving Day Game between Deering High School and Portland High School has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. The venue also has been changed: the game will take place at the city’s Fitzpatrick Stadium.  more about DHS, PHS Game Rescheduled
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PHS, DHS Traditions: Game and Alumni Dance
Posted on 11/14/2018
Alumni and other supporters of Portland High School and Deering High School will have the opportunity over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to celebrate with two traditions: the annual Turkey Day football game between the two schools on Nov. 22 and a revival of the annual alumni dance on Nov. 23. Both are a chance to have an enjoyable time while reconnecting with former classmates and friends – and maybe making some new ones!  more about PHS, DHS Traditions: Game and Alumni Dance
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King Students Holding Donation Drive
Posted on 11/14/2018
Eighth-grade students in the Matinicus House at King Middle School are conducting a donation drive to collect food, warm clothing and bedding and basic kitchen items for the city’s most vulnerable citizens. The drive began earlier this month and runs through the first week of December. All donations can be brought to King, located at 92 Deering Avenue, and dropped off in the lobby.  more about King Students Holding Donation Drive
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‘Moore Together’ Mural Opening Is Nov. 16
Posted on 11/13/2018
On Friday, Nov. 16, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., an opening reception will be held at Lyman Moore Middle School to celebrate the school’s new “Moore Together” mural.  more about ‘Moore Together’ Mural Opening Is Nov. 16
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Reiche School Is Teacher-Powered Leader
Posted on 11/13/2018
In 2010, Reiche Community School became the first public school in the country to convert from a traditional principal-led model to an innovative teacher-powered model. Reiche continues to do pioneering work in this growing movement, and now will be featured at a national Teacher-Powered Schools conference to be held in Boston Nov. 30-Dec. 2.  more about Reiche School Is Teacher-Powered Leader
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Rippleffect Grant To Benefit King Students
Posted on 11/07/2018
To celebrate the grand opening of its new AC Hotel Portland Downtown Waterfront, Norwich Partners has given a $3,500 grant to Rippleffect that will benefit King Middle School students. The donation from the owner group of the Fore Street hotel to Rippleffect will support the expansion of the school-based Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership Education program (ROLE), serving students at King.  more about Rippleffect Grant To Benefit King Students
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PPS Teachers Renew National Board Certification
Posted on 11/01/2018
Three Portland Public Schools teachers, Drew Pisani, Kathryn Toppan, and Ann Young, have renewed their certification as National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). Pisani and Toppan teach English at Deering High School and Young is a math teacher at King Middle School.  more about PPS Teachers Renew National Board Certification
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PAE Halloween Lesson Involves Landmarks
Posted on 10/31/2018
As a learning theme this fall, the upper-level ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Portland Adult Education are studying the community of Portland. On Oct. 30, three staff members (two teachers and a volunteer) dressed as Portland landmarks as a little Halloween activity for their classes.  more about PAE Halloween Lesson Involves Landmarks
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Fifth Annual STEM Expo Nov. 2
Posted on 10/30/2018
The Portland Public Schools’ Fifth Annual STEM Exposition is set for Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine’s Sullivan Gymnasium.  more about Fifth Annual STEM Expo Nov. 2
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Portland Empowered Wins Service Award
Posted on 10/30/2018
On Oct. 25, Portland Empowered and its director Emily Thielmann received the Maine School Boards Association Distinguished Service Award for outstanding work in helping families engage in their children’s education and for championing the role of parent and student voices in improving educational outcomes.  more about Portland Empowered Wins Service Award
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Mural, Poetry Celebrate “Moore Together” Theme
Posted on 10/24/2018
The theme of Lyman Moore Middle School is “Moore Together,” as the school’s students, families, and staff work together to support and engage each member of the school community. The school will now hold events to celebrate that theme in collaboration with Deering High School senior Allan Monga, muralist Ryan Adams, and the students of Lyman Moore  more about Mural, Poetry Celebrate “Moore Together” Theme
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Nominate PPS Citizenship Teachers for Award!
Posted on 10/24/2018
Nominations are open for the VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Nominate an exemplary PPS citizenship education teacher! Deadline is Oct. 31  more about Nominate PPS Citizenship Teachers for Award!
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Instrument Donation Day is Oct. 20!
Posted on 10/18/2018
Do you have a musical instrument to donate to the Portland Public Schools’ music program? If so, please bring it to the Instrument Donation/Drop-off Day this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the back lot of Lincoln Middle School at 522 Stevens Avenue.  more about Instrument Donation Day is Oct. 20!
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Don’t Miss Turkey Day Football Game!
Posted on 10/17/2018
The 107th Annual Thanksgiving Day Game between Deering High School and Portland High School will take place at Deering High School’s Memorial Stadium on Nov. 22. Kickoff is 10:30 a.m.  more about Don’t Miss Turkey Day Football Game!
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Local Question #1 Good for PPS
Posted on 10/17/2018
On Nov. 6, Portland residents will be asked to approve Question 1 on the municipal ballot, which asks voters to support the establishment of the Greater Sebago Education Alliance (GSEA). A “yes” vote on the question will help the Portland Public Schools, because joining this Regional Service Center (RSC) will result in financial and other benefits for the district.  more about Local Question #1 Good for PPS
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DHS Costume & Yard Sale Moved to Oct. 20
Posted on 10/16/2018
If you don’t have a costume for Halloween, the annual Deering High School Drama Club’s Costume and Yard Sale, set for Saturday, Oct. 20, can help! The sale was originally set for Oct. 13, but the date has been changed because of rain.  more about DHS Costume & Yard Sale Moved to Oct. 20
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New Director, Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction
Posted on 10/16/2018
Jesse Robinson, a math and leadership coach with nearly 20 years experience in curriculum, assessment and teaching, has been selected as the district’s new Director, Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction. The appointment was recently announced by Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Melea Nalli.  more about New Director, Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction
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OAES Has New Outdoor Classroom!
Posted on 10/16/2018
Ocean Avenue Elementary School (OAES) will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly completed outdoor classroom space on Friday, November 2, at 1:30 p.m.  more about OAES Has New Outdoor Classroom!
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New Director of Clinical & Behavioral Services
Posted on 10/16/2018
Christopher Reiger is the Portland Public Schools’ new Director of Clinical and Behavioral Support Services, and will be leading the implementation of the district’s social emotional learning (SEL) strategy.  more about New Director of Clinical & Behavioral Services
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Painting for a Purpose Annual Auction Nov. 1!
Posted on 10/11/2018
Portland Public Schools’ art teachers are among the local artists whose artwork will be auctioned off at the Painting for a Purpose 9th Annual Artful Auction on Thursday, Nov. 1. Some of the artists’ work will be in the form of colorful garden totems.  more about Painting for a Purpose Annual Auction Nov. 1!
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PATHS Showcases Career & Technical Education
Posted on 10/11/2018
The Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) hosted the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce in October and the United Way of Greater Portland in September. Both groups held their board meetings at PATHS and took a tour of the building to learn more about Career and Technical Education or CTE. Students in the PATHS Culinary Program also provided the visitors with an amazing spread of food!  more about PATHS Showcases Career & Technical Education
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PEF now Foundation for Portland Public Schools!
Posted on 10/09/2018
The Board of Directors of the Foundation for Portland Public Schools, together with the Portland Public Schools (PPS), is pleased to announce its transition from the Portland Education Foundation to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools.   more about PEF now Foundation for Portland Public Schools!
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Three School Board Seats Up for Election Nov. 6
Posted on 10/09/2018
Three Portland Board of Public Education seats are up for election on Nov. 6. Veteran school board member Sarah Thompson is seeking re-election to her at-large seat for a fifth term on the board. The candidates running for the District 1 and District 2 seats would be newcomers to the school board.  more about Three School Board Seats Up for Election Nov. 6
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Deering, UNE Partner in Health Science Program
Posted on 10/09/2018
Deering High School and the University of New England are partnering together in the Health Science Leadership Program, designed to help high school students explore health careers and set college goals.  more about Deering, UNE Partner in Health Science Program
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PPS wins $150,000 Barr Foundation Grant
Posted on 10/02/2018
The Portland Public Schools has won an award of $150,000 from the Barr Foundation to engage in comprehensive analysis to better understand the academic experiences of the district’s high school students and inform future steps to ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in college, career, and the community.  more about PPS wins $150,000 Barr Foundation Grant
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Forum on Addictive Technology Oct. 15
Posted on 09/27/2018
The PTOs of Lincoln Middle School and Deering High School are working together to bring in a speaker for parents with regards to technology and children.   more about Forum on Addictive Technology Oct. 15
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Rowe Grand Opening is Sept. 27!
Posted on 09/25/2018
Families, students and the public are invited to a Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the new Amanda C. Rowe Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 27.  more about Rowe Grand Opening is Sept. 27!
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CBHS Teacher is Award Winning!
Posted on 09/20/2018
Mallory Haar, an English language learner (ELL) teacher at Casco Bay High School, is the winner of three awards for outstanding teaching. Haar has won a 2018 Lawrence W. O’Toole Teacher Leadership Award from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, which includes a $15,000 grant, and is the 2018 recipient of the Education for the Common Good Award from Bowdoin College. She also recently was awarded a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms grant.  more about CBHS Teacher is Award Winning!
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City, PPS Team Up for Voter Registration
Posted on 09/20/2018
The City of Portland and the Portland Public Schools are celebrating National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the city conducting voter registration drives at two Portland high schools. Also, Deering High School senior Allan Monga, Maine’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud Champion, will travel to Los Angeles for a Sept. 29 young voters' summit.   more about City, PPS Team Up for Voter Registration
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Three PPS Students National Merit Semifinalists
Posted on 09/12/2018
Three high school seniors in the Portland Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented students now have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million offered next spring.  more about Three PPS Students National Merit Semifinalists
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New School Leaders/Other Administrators Welcomed
Posted on 08/30/2018
The Portland Public Schools welcomes 10 administrators to new positions at the school and district level for the 2018-2019 school year.  more about New School Leaders/Other Administrators Welcomed
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Open House events 2018-2019
Posted on 08/30/2018
Here is a list of school Open House events for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend!  more about Open House events 2018-2019
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Public Hearing Sept. 4 on Facilities, Capacity
Posted on 08/29/2018
The Portland Board of Public Education will hold a workshop and public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 4, regarding a comprehensive facilities and capacity analysis that the Portland Public Schools plans to conduct during the 2018-2019 school year.  more about Public Hearing Sept. 4 on Facilities, Capacity
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Further Study for Non-Citizen Voting Proposal
Posted on 08/14/2018
On Aug. 7, the Portland Board of Public Education voted to approve a resolution to support a City Council proposal to send to Portland voters a City Charter amendment allowing non-citizen legal residents of the city to vote in municipal elections. After a City Council public hearing on Aug. 13, however, the council voted to send the proposal to its Legislative Committee for further study.  more about Further Study for Non-Citizen Voting Proposal
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Portland Families: Back to School Fair August 25!
Posted on 08/07/2018
This year at the Portland Public Schools, start-of-school paperwork is going all online and parents can get help filling it out at a Back to School Fair on Saturday, Aug. 25!  more about Portland Families: Back to School Fair August 25!