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December 2015

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This is the image for the news article titled Portland Public Schools’ Students Excel Musically
Portland Public Schools’ Students Excel Musically
Posted on 12/23/2015
Four members of the Deering-Portland-Casco Bay High School Orchestra have been accepted into this year's Allstate Honors Festival Orchestra. Also, another orchestra member, PHS senior Moses Small, has been selected as an intern with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.  more
Starting in January, educators at the Peaks Island Elementary School will be trained in expeditionary learning, a type of learning where students participate in project-based expeditions.
Peaks Island School Embracing Expeditionary Learning Model
Posted on 12/23/2015
Starting in January, educators at the Peaks Island Elementary School will be trained in expeditionary learning, a type of learning where students participate in project-based expeditions.   more
This is the image for the news article titled JMG Students at PHS Raise Funds to Help Children’s Hospital
JMG Students at PHS Raise Funds to Help Children’s Hospital
Posted on 12/22/2015
A group of Portland High School JMG students has raised more than $500 for The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital as a community service project.  more
This is the image for the news article titled District Hires Chemical Hygiene, Safety & Training Officer
District Hires Chemical Hygiene, Safety & Training Officer
Posted on 12/22/2015
The Portland Public Schools recently hired Janis Smith, an experienced industrial hygienist, as the district’s chemical hygiene, safety and training office  more
This is the image for the news article titled Lincoln Mentor Group Helps Students Navigate Middle School
Lincoln Mentor Group Helps Students Navigate Middle School
Posted on 12/22/2015
Lincoln Middle School has a new peer mentoring program that pairs eighth-grade mentors with sixth-graders to help the younger students navigate middle school.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Riverton Civil Rights Team Leading the Way
Riverton Civil Rights Team Leading the Way
Posted on 12/21/2015
Riverton Elementary School’s Civil Rights Team is emerging as a model in Maine at a time when the issue of civil rights is the subject of intense debate nationwide and developing into a key issue in the 2016 presidential campaign.   more
This is the image for the news article titled CBHS Seniors 'Become Adults' with College March
CBHS Seniors 'Become Adults' with College March
Posted on 12/18/2015
Ninety-three seniors from Casco Bay High School (CBHS) marched down Congress Street from the Portland Museum of Art to the downtown post office on Friday, Dec. 18 to mail their college applications.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Food Drive & Big Donation for Moore Food Pantry/Care Closet
Food Drive & Big Donation for Moore Food Pantry/Care Closet
Posted on 12/17/2015
Last year, Lyman Moore Middle School started a food pantry to help fellow students and their families grappling with food insecurity and poverty. This year, the food pantry has a new name – the “Care Closet” – and it recently got a $2,500 donation from Evergreen Credit Union. It also will benefit from a food drive on Saturday, Dec. 19, which will help ensure students don’t go hungry over the holiday break.  more
This is the image for the news article titled OT Tracey Falla Now President of Maine Occupational Therapy Association
OT Tracey Falla Now President of Maine Occupational Therapy Association
Posted on 12/17/2015
The Portland Public Schools’ Occupational Therapy Department is proud to announce that Tracey Falla, district occupational therapist, was recently voted president of the Maine Occupational Therapy Association (MeOTA). She will serve at this new post for three years.   more
Statement from Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker
Posted on 12/16/2015
Portland Public Schools Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker issued the following statement on Wednesday, Dec. 16:   more
This is the image for the news article titled King Eighth-Graders to Showcase Environmental PSAs
King Eighth-Graders to Showcase Environmental PSAs
Posted on 12/16/2015
King Middle School York eighth-graders will premier some environmental Public Service Announcements they've created on Dec. 17.  more
This is the image for the news article titled CBHS Seniors to March to Drum of College Aspirations Dec. 18
CBHS Seniors to March to Drum of College Aspirations Dec. 18
Posted on 12/15/2015
About 90 seniors from Casco Bay High School (CBHS) will march down Congress Street from the Portland Museum of Art to the downtown post office on Friday, Dec. 18, to mail their college applications.   more
This is the image for the news article titled Presumpscot Students’ Lobster ABC Book Is ‘Exemplary’
Presumpscot Students’ Lobster ABC Book Is ‘Exemplary’
Posted on 12/14/2015
“The Amazing World of Lobsters,” an ABC book about lobsters created by Presumpscot Elementary School third-graders last year under the guidance of teachers Suzanne Keller and Heidi Nichols, has been chosen as “exemplary student work” by EL Education’s Models of Excellence team. The student work will be included in EL Education's The Center for High Quality Student Work.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Lyseth Students, Staff to Give Back to Beloved ‘Foster Grannies’
Lyseth Students, Staff to Give Back to Beloved ‘Foster Grannies’
Posted on 12/14/2015
Lyseth Elementary School students and staff plan to give the royal treatment to some foster grandmothers who regularly volunteer at the school. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, The “foster grannies” will be driven to the school in a limousine and then celebrated by students and staff when they arrive.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Two PHS Students To Be Interns for Sen. Angus King
Two PHS Students To Be Interns for Sen. Angus King
Posted on 12/10/2015
Portland High School students Oona Mackinnon Hoban and Eamonn Dundon have won internships with the office of U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine. King announced this week that the two students will serve as part-time interns in his Scarborough office.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Holiday Sale to Benefit Portland Education Foundation – and PPS!
Holiday Sale to Benefit Portland Education Foundation – and PPS!
Posted on 12/10/2015
Portland Pottery has named the Portland Education Foundation (PEF) as the community partner for its upcoming holiday sale. A portion of proceeds will be donated to PEF and will help fund the 2016 Teacher Grants Program.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Board Sends Locally Funded Hall School Options to Council
Board Sends Locally Funded Hall School Options to Council
Posted on 12/09/2015
At its Dec. 8 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted to recommend to the City Council nine additional locally funded options for the planned new state-funded replacement of Fred P. Hall Elementary School.  more
This is the image for the news article titled School Board Appoints New Chair; Holds Inauguration
School Board Appoints New Chair; Holds Inauguration
Posted on 12/08/2015
Marnie Morrione was voted in Dec. 7 as the new chair of the Portland Board of Public Education for the coming year. The board also held an inauguration for three recently reelected board members and for four new student representatives to the board.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Families Invited to Get To Know CBHS, a ‘Deeper Learning’ School
Families Invited to Get To Know CBHS, a ‘Deeper Learning’ School
Posted on 12/08/2015
Casco Bay High School will hold an “8th-Grade Family Night” on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is designed to help families to learn about CBHS as their eighth-graders decide which of Portland’s three high schools they want to attend next year.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Board to Vote on Sending Hall School Locally Funded Options to Council
Board to Vote on Sending Hall School Locally Funded Options to Council
Posted on 12/07/2015
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Portland Board of Public Education is expected to continue to discuss some proposed additional locally funded options for the planned new state-funded replacement of Hall Elementary School. The board will then take a vote regarding recommending them to the City Council.   more
This is the image for the news article titled King Students Earn Key to City, Praise, Thanks for Climate March
King Students Earn Key to City, Praise, Thanks for Climate March
Posted on 12/04/2015
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan told about 400 King Middle School students who marched down Congress Street Dec. 4 to call for action on climate change: “You are my motivation.” The mayor also gave students a key to the city for their efforts.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Reiche Wins Teacher-Powered Schools Award
Reiche Wins Teacher-Powered Schools Award
Posted on 12/03/2015
Reiche Community School and the Portland Public Schools recently won an award for the collaboration between the school district, the teachers’ union and the school in the process of transforming Reiche into a teacher-led school.  more
This is the image for the news article titled DHS Students Hosting Dialogue Related to World Refugee Crisis
DHS Students Hosting Dialogue Related to World Refugee Crisis
Posted on 12/03/2015
Deering High School is hosting a student-led dialogue session on Thursday, Dec. 3 to share and discuss perspectives on topics related to the world refugee crisis.  more
This is the image for the news article titled King Students Cite Reasons/Goals for Dec. 4 Climate March
King Students Cite Reasons/Goals for Dec. 4 Climate March
Posted on 12/03/2015
About 400 King Middle School students will hold a Climate March on Friday, Dec. 4, marching with signs and banners from their school to Portland City Hall.  more
This is the image for the news article titled CBHS Students Rise to the Occasion to Help Africans in Need
CBHS Students Rise to the Occasion to Help Africans in Need
Posted on 12/02/2015
Casco Bay High School tenth-graders just finished an “Africa Rising” expedition. The students chose a country in Africa to study, then researched to find out how they could aid that specific country's rise. The students then raised $2,800 at a Halloween Dance to donate to projects to aid African countries.   more
This is the image for the news article titled Community Invited to School Health Advisory Committee Meeting
Community Invited to School Health Advisory Committee Meeting
Posted on 12/02/2015
Parents, community members and staff with an interest in wellness at the Portland Public Schools are invited to a School Health Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, Dec. 7. The public also will get an opportunity to meet Jane McLucas, the district’s new food service director, and to hear wellness updates from school-based Wellness Teams.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Deering to Present “Shrek The Musical” Dec. 11, 12 and 13
Deering to Present “Shrek The Musical” Dec. 11, 12 and 13
Posted on 12/02/2015
The Deering Players will present “Shrek The Musical” at Deering High School, 370 Stevens Avenue. The production is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 film “Shrek” and a 1990 book “Shrek!” by William Steig.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Sampling of Shakespeare Play Makes Lincoln Students Want More
Sampling of Shakespeare Play Makes Lincoln Students Want More
Posted on 12/02/2015
This is the image for the news article titled Portland Adult Education Wins FAME Award!
Portland Adult Education Wins FAME Award!
Posted on 12/01/2015
Portland Adult Education (PAE) has won an Education at Work for Maine Award from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME).  more
This is the image for the news article titled CBHS Presents “Chicago” on Dec. 4 and 5
CBHS Presents “Chicago” on Dec. 4 and 5
Posted on 12/01/2015
Casco Bay High School will present the musical “Chicago” at the John Ford Theater at Portland High School on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m.   more