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April 2016

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This is the image for the news article titled King Students Fundraising to Attend National STEM Competition
King Students Fundraising to Attend National STEM Competition
Posted on 04/29/2016
A group of King Middle School students has been selected to attend a national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition at Louisiana State University in May involving underwater robots. The students have launched a fundraising campaign so they can pay for registration, airfare and room and board at the National SeaPerch Challenge May 20-21 in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Self-Defense Classes Designed to Empower High School Girls
Self-Defense Classes Designed to Empower High School Girls
Posted on 04/29/2016
A Painting for a Purpose Grant will enable 12 girls from Portland’s public high schools to take self-defense classes at the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS). The classes are designed to empower girls and build their confidence.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Sixteen Top Executives To Become Principals for a Day
Sixteen Top Executives To Become Principals for a Day
Posted on 04/28/2016
Sixteen leaders of local businesses, colleges, nonprofits and other organizations will spend a day as guest principals at Portland’s public schools during the week of May 2-6, as part of the fourth annual Principal for a Day program, run in partnership with the Portland Regional Chamber.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Annual PPS Student Art Show Opens this Week at City Hall
Annual PPS Student Art Show Opens this Week at City Hall
Posted on 04/27/2016
Starting this Thursday, Portland Public Schools’ students will put their talents, imagination and creativity on public display at Portland City Hall in the district’s annual Student Art Show.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Board Amends Calendar to Set Final Day of School in June
Board Amends Calendar to Set Final Day of School in June
Posted on 04/27/2016
Barring any further school cancellations, the Portland Board of Public Education has approved Friday, June 17, as the final full day of school for students this school year. The board also set Monday, June 20, and Tuesday, June 21, as the last workdays for teachers and educational technicians.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Three DHS Students Are Finalists in Annual Poetry Festival
Three DHS Students Are Finalists in Annual Poetry Festival
Posted on 04/26/2016
Three Deering High School sophomores – Alexander Fitzgerald, Fadumo Adan and Arlo Farr-Weinfeld – are finalists in the Ninth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival. The festival will be held Sunday, May 1, at the Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Public Invited to Meet the Two Finalists for Portland Superintendent
Public Invited to Meet the Two Finalists for Portland Superintendent
Posted on 04/25/2016
The Portland Board of Public Education invites the public to participate in two forums with the finalists for the position of superintendent of the Portland Public Schools.   more
This is the image for the news article titled  King Middle School Tour to Precede April 26 Board Meeting
King Middle School Tour to Precede April 26 Board Meeting
Posted on 04/25/2016
A public tour of King Middle School will take place on Tuesday, April 26, prior to the Portland Board of Public Education meeting being held at the school that evening.   more
This is the image for the news article titled School Budget Referendum Set for May 10
School Budget Referendum Set for May 10
Posted on 04/25/2016
The city of Portland will hold a special municipal election on Tuesday, May 10, for Portland residents to vote on the school budget. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.  more
This is the image for the news article titled PHS Foster Grandparent ‘Mr. Al’ Tutors and Mentors Students
PHS Foster Grandparent ‘Mr. Al’ Tutors and Mentors Students
Posted on 04/14/2016
The Portland Public Schools is grateful for the Foster Grandparent Program, through which adults age 55+ volunteer to mentor and tutor students under the supervision of teachers and staff. One such outstanding Foster Grandparent is Al Hodder, who works with students at Portland High School.   more
This is the image for the news article titled Upcoming Portland School Board Meeting Dates
Upcoming Portland School Board Meeting Dates
Posted on 04/14/2016
The Portland Board of Public Education typically holds its regular business meetings on the first and third Tuesday of every month. However, there will be variations in the board’s schedule in April and in May.  more
This is the image for the news article titled East End School’s New Makerspace Ideal for Young Inventors
East End School’s New Makerspace Ideal for Young Inventors
Posted on 04/13/2016
East End Community School (EECS) is excited to announce the opening of a new Makerspace in the library. A makerspace is a DIY space where students can gather to create, invent, and learn.   more
This is the image for the news article titled Solar Power To Be a Focus of Deering Freshmen's Presentation
Solar Power To Be a Focus of Deering Freshmen's Presentation
Posted on 04/12/2016
The freshmen class at Deering High School has been immersed in learning about sustainable solutions this past month, and solar power is the No. 1 project for the students. The students will be sharing their projects with the school and the Portland community on Thursday, April 14.  more
This is the image for the news article titled PPS Students To Go on Virtual Field Trips
PPS Students To Go on Virtual Field Trips
Posted on 04/12/2016
Students at Deering High School and at East End Community School will be learning this week how to explore the world via Google Expeditions, a new product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips to places hard or impossible to get to by school bus. For example, students can explore coral reefs, visit the San Diego Zoo and peer into volcanoes around the world, all in colorful virtual reality detail.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Deering Hosts Presentation for Parents on Preventing Drug Abuse
Deering Hosts Presentation for Parents on Preventing Drug Abuse
Posted on 04/12/2016
Portland Public Schools parents, guardians and students are invited to conversation at Deering High School on Thursday, April 14, about awareness and prevention of prescription drug abuse.  more
This is the image for the news article titled PATHS Annual Fashion Show: Original Designs + Wearable Art
PATHS Annual Fashion Show: Original Designs + Wearable Art
Posted on 04/08/2016
It’s the time of year when the Fashion Marketing Program at the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) puts on its annual fashion show. This year’s show will be on Tuesday, April 12, at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, available at the door, are $5. There will be complimentary refreshments and a silent auction.  more
This is the image for the news article titled Lyman Moore Naturalization Ceremony Is Learning Opportunity
Lyman Moore Naturalization Ceremony Is Learning Opportunity
Posted on 04/07/2016
On April 8, 58 new U.S. citizens will be sworn in at Lyman Moore Middle School and students there will get a firsthand lesson on what it means to be an American  more
This is the image for the news article titled Lincoln Students Raise Funds To Buy Farm Animals for Needy Families
Lincoln Students Raise Funds To Buy Farm Animals for Needy Families
Posted on 04/07/2016
Goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, heifers, sheep, bees, alpacas – and also clean water and sending a girl to school. Lincoln Middle School eighth-graders are currently working on an unusual fundraiser so they can buy those “gifts” for families living in poverty around the world.  more
This is the image for the news article titled King Middle School’s Athletic Director Wins Award for Excellence
King Middle School’s Athletic Director Wins Award for Excellence
Posted on 04/07/2016
King Middle School Athletic Director Harry “Duke” Madsen won the 2016 Excellence in Middle Level Athletic Administration Award on Thursday, April 7, at the annual spring conference of the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA).   more
This is the image for the news article titled Portland Voters Approve Hall Elementary School Bond
Portland Voters Approve Hall Elementary School Bond
Posted on 04/05/2016
Portland voters on Tuesday, April 5, approved the construction costs for a new Hall School in a special citywide municipal election. The referendum sought the authorization for the construction of a new Hall Elementary School on the existing site at a total cost of $29.7 million. All but $1.4 million of the bonded amount will be reimbursed by the state.  more
This is the image for the news article titled 2016 Principal’s Awards go to: Moses Small, Sahra Ahmed, Josie Pierce
2016 Principal’s Awards go to: Moses Small, Sahra Ahmed, Josie Pierce
Posted on 04/04/2016
The 2016 MPA Principal’s Award winners from the Portland Public Schools’ three high schools are: Moses Small, Portland High School; Sahra Ahmed, Deering High School; and Josie Pierce, Casco Bay High School. The students received their awards at an Honors Luncheon in Bangor on April 2  more