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April 2015

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Board to vote May 5 on Revised Bell Schedules for Elementary, Middle Schools
Posted on 04/29/2015
The Portland Board of Public Education will vote on Tuesday, May 5, on a revised schedule of elementary and middle school start and end times for the 2015-2016 school year. The vote will take place at the board’s regular meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.  more
CBHS Seniors to (Literally) ‘Get on a Soapbox’ on May 1
Posted on 04/29/2015
Casco Bay High School seniors will hold a Soapbox Celebration of Free Speech on Friday, May 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Monument Square in Portland. They will be celebrating the right of Americans to speak freely by performing speeches and inviting passersby to take a turn on soapboxes the students themselves have built.  more
New Committee to Advise on METRO Plan for High School Students
Posted on 04/27/2015
A METRO Advisory Committee has been formed to provide feedback and suggestions and facilitate community outreach regarding the new plan to have Greater Portland METRO buses transport Portland Public Schools’ high school students to and from school and also to and from extracurricular activities, starting this fall.  more
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Community Conversation Set for May 4
Posted on 04/27/2015
The public is invited to a community conversation on Monday, May 4, led by Gary Marx, author of “21 Trends for the 21st Century.”   more
Spring Edition of Community e-Newsletter Now Available
Posted on 04/27/2015
The Portland Public Schools has released the spring issue of its new Community e-Newsletter. The e-Newsletter was launched last fall and is designed to better inform parents and other community members about successes and initiatives in the public schools and spur more engagement in education.   more
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LMS Teachers Win Grant to Attend International Conference on Racism
Posted on 04/17/2015
Four Lincoln Middle School teachers have won a Fund for Teachers grant of nearly $10,000 to attend an international conference on race and education hosted at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland this summer.   more
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PHS Students Sing National Anthem at Hadlock Field
Posted on 04/17/2015
Two Portland High School students used their singing prowess to help open Portland Sea Dogs games this week.  more
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April 17 Last Opportunity for Parent Survey!
Posted on 04/16/2015
The Portland Public Schools is conducting its second annual parent survey this winter and spring. This week marks the final chance for parents to make their voices heard in the survey, for which the district is accepting responses through April 17. Parents are encouraged to fill out the survey as soon as possible.  more
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Odyssey of Mind Teams Head to National Competition
Posted on 04/16/2015
Two teams from Lyman Moore Middle School and one team from Reiche Community School have qualified to compete in the national/world-level Odyssey of the Mind Competition in May.  more
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PATHS Spring Plant Sale Starts April 27
Posted on 04/16/2015
The Portland Arts and Technology High School’s Landscapes and Gardens program will hold its Spring Plant Sale starting Monday, April 27.  more
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PPS Students Celebrate Education with Sea Dogs
Posted on 04/16/2015
April 15 was Education Day at Hadlock Field, with the Portland Sea Dogs moving up their start time so that students could attend a game. Maine students from as far away as Rumford and Farmington filled the stadium, and 800 Portland Public Schools students were among them.  more
Lincoln Middle School Tour Set for April 28
Posted on 04/15/2015
A tour of Lincoln Middle School will take place on Tuesday, April 28, prior to a Portland Board of Public Education public hearing and business meeting being held at the school that evening.  more
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‘Purple Madness’ 5K to Benefit Project Graduation
Posted on 04/14/2015
Deering High School will hold its “Purple Madness” 5K fundraiser on Sunday, April 26, to benefit Deering's Project Graduation.  more
PPS Nutrition Manager Wins State Recognition
Posted on 04/13/2015
The Portland Public Schools’ Food Service Manager Nancy McAdam has won the Manager of the Year Award from the Maine School Nutrition Association, the nonprofit association recently announced.  more
School Board Sets June 19 as Last Day of Classes
Posted on 04/09/2015
At its Tuesday, April 7, business meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted to make up snow days this school year by adding four more days to the 2014-2015 calendar. The last day for students now is set for Friday, June 19, 2015 instead of Monday, June 15, assuming there are no more cancellations.  more
City Sets Portland School Budget Vote for May 12
Posted on 04/09/2015
The Portland City Clerk’s Office has announced that city voters will be asked to approve the Portland Public School’s budget in a citywide referendum on May 12, 2015.   more
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NFL Player Showcases Healthy Snacks at PHS
Posted on 04/09/2015
The Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council has purchased a new vending machine for Portland High School – one that will provide students with healthy after-school snacks. And on April 3, to showcase the new vending machine, the council brought in an NFL player, Maine native and Tennessee Titans tight end Matthew Mulligan, to speak with students about how nutrition and physical activity have helped him to achieve.  more
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School Board Honors Lyman Moore ‘Mathletes’
Posted on 04/09/2015
At its April 7 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk honored Lyman Moore Middle School’s MATHCOUNTS team, along with the team’s coach, Julie Myers.  more
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PATHS’ Top Tech Winners Recognized by School Board
Posted on 04/09/2015
The Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk on April 7 honored the automotive team from Portland Arts and Technology High School on the team’s first place finish at this year's Universal Technical Institute Top Tech Challenge.  more
Revised Start/End Times for Elementary, Middle Schools Proposed
Posted on 04/08/2015
The Portland Board of Public Education is considering a newly revised schedule of elementary and middle school start and end times for the 2015-2016 school year. The latest bell schedule, which was presented to the school board at a workshop on Tuesday, April 7, is designed to be responsive to a variety of feedback from the public and staff about previously proposed start/end times. That board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 28, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School on the proposed changes.  more
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Public Invited to Community Conversation
Posted on 04/07/2015
Gary Marx, author of “21 Trends for the 21st Century,” comes to Portland on May 4 for a community conversation on how trends such as changing demographics, emerging technologies and environmental challenges will impact the future of Maine schools and communities.  more
Board Will Reconsider New Start/End Times for Elementary Schools
Posted on 04/03/2015
In response to public comments and questions received this week, the School Board plans to reconsider the elementary schools start and end times it approved in a March 31 vote.  more
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Senator Angus King Visits CBHS and Presumpscot
Posted on 04/02/2015
After an April 1 tour of Casco Bay High School – known for its innovative learning strategies – Senator Angus King (I-Maine) that same day announced a plan to introduce legislation to ensure Maine and other states “aren’t bound by a one-size-fits-all testing regime and can focus more on learning.”  more
Board Adjusts School Start/End Times, Recommends FY16 budget
Posted on 04/01/2015
The Portland Board of Public Education voted on Tuesday, March 31 to make some changes in school start and end times to accommodate 20 more minutes of student learning time that will be added to each school day, beginning this fall. The board also voted to recommend a $102,776,657 FY2016 school budget to the City Council.  more