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December 2014

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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
Landscapes & Gardens Class Holds Holiday Sale
Posted on 01/09/2015
The Landscapes and Gardens Program at the Portland Public Schools' Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) is holding its annual holiday sale at the greenhouse from now until Dec. 23. The students have made wreaths, evergreen swags, botanical products and table arrangements. Delivery is available or stop by the greenhouse during school hours or by appointment.The following items are...  more
Multilingual Center Wins $25,200 in Grants for Make It Happen!
Posted on 12/30/2014
The Portland Public Schools’ Multilingual and Multicultural Center recently won four grants totaling $25,200 to support its Make It Happen! program.  more
DHS Student Projects Win Painting for a Purpose Grants
Posted on 12/29/2014
Three projects proposed by Deering High School students recently won grants from Painting for a Purpose, an organization that funds youth-led initiatives that make a difference in the community.The awards ceremony took place Dec. 17 at the school. The three winning projects involve a total of 13 students and focus on service learning.  more
School Board Recognizes Exceptional Staff
Posted on 12/23/2014
At its Dec. 16 business meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education and Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk honored four staff members for their outstanding service. Recognized were teacher and coach Rocco Frenzilli; nurse Becky Bell; speech therapist Lisa Downey; and special education teacher Ted Hummel.Caulk introduced each staff member.  more
PHS, Governor Baxter Students Score in Academic Bowl
Posted on 12/23/2014
Two Portland High School students were part of a Governor Baxter School for the Deaf team that recently competed successfully in the annual Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in Rome, N.Y. There were 17 schools participating from the Northeast, with only four winners qualifying to compete nationally at Gallaudet University in April. The Governor Baxter School for the Deaf team...  more
PHS Athletes Honored for Talents On, Off the Field
Posted on 12/23/2014
Two Portland High School athletes were recently recognized for their talents, both on and off the field, by The Forecaster and the Maine Sunday Telegram newspapers.  more
Presumpscot Students Taste Test Healthy Snacks
Posted on 12/23/2014
One day a month, Garrick Brown, registered dietitian with Healthy Portland, brings his Pick A Better Snack & Act program to Beth Linevitch’s and Natasha Vandergrift-Martinez's second grade classrooms at Presumpscot Elementary School.Lessons are designed to present nutrition information on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in an effort to promote healthy food choices. Each lesson begins...  more
PPS Hires New Deputy COO
Posted on 12/23/2014
Craig Worth joined the Portland Public Schools Dec. 22 as the district’s new Deputy Chief Operations Officer. Worth has more than 35 years of experience in transportation, facilities management, public works operations and engineering.He most recently was the Transportation Director for the South Portland School Department. Prior to that, he spent six years in Brunswick, first as the town...  more
Portland Superintendent Completes Classroom Tours
Posted on 12/22/2014
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk has completed the goal he set in September of visiting every classroom in the district."This was an unprecedented opportunity for us to see firsthand the great work that our students, teachers, building principals and other staff are doing every day,” Caulk said. “I am honored to have been able to spend this time with our students and staff.”  more
Portland School Board Gets District Scorecard 2.0, Parent Survey Data
Posted on 12/16/2014
Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk presented the Portland Public Schools’ District Scorecard 2.0 to the Portland Board of Public Education at its Dec. 16 business meeting. The scorecard reports data on student progress and sets annual performance goals, in line with the district’s Comprehensive Plan.  more
School Board, Teachers Agree on New Two-Year Contract
Posted on 12/16/2014
The Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously at its business meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16, to approve a new two-year agreement with the teachers’ union. Highlights of the contract include increased instructional time for students, more professional learning time for teachers and a 2 percent cost-of-living salary increase in the 2015-2016 school year. Members of the Portland Education...  more
CBHS Principal Derek Pierce Wins $100,000, Lots of Praise
Posted on 12/16/2014
Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce was described as the kind of educator who dares students “to do the impossible,” as he was awarded the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 3rd Annual Larry O’Toole Award on Dec. 16. The award, which included a $100,000 check that will go to enhance student programs at CBHS, is given out each year to proponents of student-centered learning.  more
King Middle School Teacher Wins Competitive Grant
Posted on 12/11/2014
King Middle School teacher Karen MacDonald is one of 30 teachers nationwide to receive a $2,500 grant through the Farmers Insurance “Thank a Million Teachers” program. Thomas Hyman from Farmers Insurance and Maine State Sen. Anne Haskell presented King Middle School students in the K-PAC after school program with the $2,500 grant check in early December. MacDonald, Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the...  more
Families Invited to Get To Know CBHS
Posted on 12/10/2014
Casco Bay High School will hold an 8th Grade Family Night on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is designed to allow families to learn about CBHS as their eighth-graders decide which of Portland’s three high schools they want to attend next year.  more
Diverse Group of CBHS Students Explores Legal Profession
Posted on 12/08/2014
About 80 Casco Bay High School juniors attended a daylong conference at the University of Maine School of Law on Dec. 8 to learn about the law and legal careers. The conference was the culminating event of the Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, which strives to create more diversity in the legal profession.  more
Scholarships Let Elementary Students “Dream Big”
Posted on 12/05/2014
The cPort Credit Union College Aspirations Scholarship Program gets “elementary school students thinking big about their future plans for college,” according to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk.Caulk is featured in a new video about the innovative scholarship program that offers elementary school students $100 scholarships to get them to start planning early for college.  more
Job Shadows, Internships Complement Classroom Learning
Posted on 12/05/2014
In the latest edition of “Let’s Talk Portland,” Portand Public Schools students tell Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk how their experiences with job shadowing and internships have benefited them. “Let’s Talk Portland” is a video series in which Caulk interviews guests about initiatives in the Portland Public Schools.  more
Time for Eighth-Graders to Make High School Choice
Posted on 12/02/2014
The Portland Public Schools offers eighth-graders a unique opportunity to choose between three high schools, each with its own distinctive personality and offerings. Open houses at each school, being held this month and next, and other upcoming events will help eighth grade families decide which school to choose by a Jan. 30, 2015 commitment deadline. Portland students may attend any of the...   more
School Board Inaugurates New Members; Re-elects Chair
Posted on 12/01/2014
At a ceremony at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 1, the Portland Board of Public Education inaugurated its newest members and then voted unanimously to elect at-large school board member Sarah Thompson, who has been school board chair for the past year, to a second one-year term as chair.Thompson thanked fellow board members “for placing their trust in my leadership ability” and she thanked teachers...  more
School Board To Hold One of Its Monthly Meetings at City Hall
Posted on 12/01/2014
Beginning in February, the Portland Board of Public Education will hold its regular meeting on the first Tuesday of each month in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The board will hold its second regular monthly meeting – which takes place on the third Tuesday of each month – at alternating schools around the city. A calendar of meeting locations will be posted on the Portland Public Schools’...   more