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January 2015

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Volunteers Make a Difference at Presumpscot School
Posted on 01/23/2015
Deering High School student volunteers are playing a vital role in helping Presumpscot Elementary School students improve their reading and writing skills – and the school is looking for more volunteers to help its English language learner students. Recently, Presumpscot School redoubled its efforts to bring the community into the schools to make a difference in the lives of students. Community...  more
District Invites Neighborhood Discussions about Budget
Posted on 01/23/2015
The Portland Public Schools has created an online Neighbor-to-Neighbor Budget Toolkit to encourage public participation in the development of the district’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget...  more
Lyman Moore To Put On the Musical 'Hairspray, JR.'
Posted on 01/14/2015
The Lyman Moore Middle School Drama Club will perform “Hairspray, JR.” this month, a musical that features energetic 1960s-style dance music. All performances will be held in the Lyman Moore Middle School Café.The opening night performance will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16. On Saturday, Jan. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 18, performances will take place at 2 p.m. on each of those days. The...  more
PHS To Hold Performances of “Grease”
Posted on 01/12/2015
It’s winter but the audience will be transported to “Summer Nights” when the Portland High School Musical Theater Workshop performs the musical “Grease” on two days this weekend.The performances will take place at PHS’ John Ford Theater. The first performance will be on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. and the second will be held on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m.Tickets are being sold at the door. Adult...  more
King Middle Students to Perform at MLK Holiday Concert
Posted on 01/12/2015
King Middle School students will perform in an upcoming holiday concert that is held each year to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16 at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium.The annual family-friendly concert features songs from the civil rights and peace movements, along with gospel music....  more
Multilingual Students: Get Help with Financial Aid Forms
Posted on 01/12/2015
Filling out financial aid forms for college can be challenging for students and their parents, and even more so for families whose native language is not English. But two events this week – one at Deering High School and one at Portland High School – are designed to help multilingual seniors and their parents fill out the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.   more
PHS Annual 8th Grade Open House Rescheduled to Jan. 12
Posted on 01/08/2015
Portland High School's Annual 8th Grade Open House has been rescheduled to Monday, Jan. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event was originally slated for Thursday, Jan. 8, but the date has been changed for weather-related reasons.The open house will allow families of eighth-graders to learn all about PHS as those students decide which of Portland’s three high schools they want to attend next...  more
Schools Reopening Friday with Busing Issue Resolved
Posted on 01/08/2015
The Portland Public Schools are scheduled to open at regular start times on Friday, January 9, 2015, with a bus fueling issue that led to the closure of schools on Thursday resolved. “We’re confident we’ll be able to safely transport all our students to school tomorrow at the regularly scheduled time,” Portland Public Schools Director of Transportation Kevin Whittemore said.  more
CBHS Students Take Mini-Expeditions for ‘Intensives Week’
Posted on 01/07/2015
Jan. 5-9 is Winter Intensives Week at the Portland Public Schools’ Casco Bay High School, where students engage in intensive weeklong learning on subjects that range from structural engineering and anatomy to playwriting and learning to fly on a trapeze.  more
Hall, Longfellow and PHS Win Recycling Grants
Posted on 01/06/2015
The Portland Public Schools’ Hall and Longfellow elementary schools and Portland High School recently were awarded grants by ecomaine to help foster recycling efforts and sustainability.The three public schools were among 18 southern Maine schools sharing a total of nearly $20,000 in grant monies awarded by ecomaine, a nonprofit recycling and waste-to-energy operation. It’s located in Portland...  more
Eighth-Graders Invited to Learn About Becoming a ‘Bulldog’
Posted on 01/02/2015
(Posted Jan. 8, 2015: The date of the PHS Annual 8th Grade Open House event has been moved to Jan. 12 for weather-related reasons.)Portland High School, home of the Bulldogs, will hold its Annual 8th Grade Open House on Monday, Jan. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open house will allow families of eighth-graders to learn all about PHS as those students decide which of Portland’s three high...  more