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Student arrival BEGINS at 7:25
School STARTS at 7:40
Students are TARDY at 7:45
School is DISMISSED at 2:10 (1:10 on Wednesdays)
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We are looking for fruit snacks, granola bars, crackers, pretzels, Goldfish, Pirate's Booty, Smartfood popcorn, Cheez-its, trail mix, Chex Mix, Veggie Straws, etc. -- any non-perishable healthy individually packaged snacks. If you are able to contribute, please drop your donations off with the front office. THANK YOU!!!

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PHS Principal Wins MASL Award!

The Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) presented its 2023 School Administrator of the Year award to Portland High School Principal Sheila Jepson on March 22.  The award honors administrators who have made worthy contributions to the operations of effective school library media services.

  • Portland High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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On Tuesday, March 21st the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services will hold a public hearing on LD 937 - Resolve, to Establish the Commission Regarding Foreign-trained Physicians Living in Maine.  This bill would establish a commission to look at ways that Maine could help facilitate and support foreign-trained physicians who are living in Maine to use their skills and training as a doctor.

  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Superintendents Present FY24 Budget Proposal

The $141.3 million Portland Public Schools superintendents’ recommended school budget for the 2023-2024 school year has three key priorities: It maintains the district’s commitment to its Portland Promise goals of Achievement, Whole Student and People – all centered on the fourth goal of Equity; is responsive to the needs of all students, especially students newly learning English; and improves operational effectiveness in such areas as finance and human resources. The FY24 budget balances challenging fiscal constraints, including a significant reduction in state aid and inflation, with increased costs to support staff and students, while being cognizant of taxpayers. It would increase the school portion of the tax rate by 7 percent, adding about $15.60 per month to the tax bill of the average homeowner.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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CBHS Featured in New Book

The Portland Public Schools is proud that Casco Bay High School is featured in a new book titled “Schools of Opportunity: 10 Research-Based Models of Equity in Action.” The book focuses on schools that use equity-oriented practices that close opportunity gaps.

  • Casco Bay High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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EECS Teacher Is a 2023 Outstanding Woman!

Libby Catania, a special education teacher and case manager at East End Community School and founder of Our Place, a nonprofit that supports the healthy development of youth and families in Portland, has been selected as a 2023 Outstanding Woman. Libby is one of 20 Outstanding Women being honored this year by Maine’s Coast 93.1 in conjunction with Hannaford Supermarkets.

  • East End Community School
  • Portland Public Schools
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Middle Schools Relaunch Make It Happen!

At the beginning of February, the Portland Public Schools celebrated the inauguration of the Make It Happen! (MIH) middle school program with a field trip to the University of Southern Maine. MIH is a college readiness program that helps PPS multilingual students aspire to and prepare for higher education. It was established in 2008 for multilingual students in grades 7-12, supported by grant funds. Due to budget limitations, the MIH middle school program was dropped six years ago, but has been relaunched in the 2022-2023 school year with new grant funding resources. The program is already having an impact at the district’s three middle schools

  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Inspiring Humanities/ELA Learning at PPS

Portland Public Schools educators at the high school, middle school and elementary level recently shared some examples of innovative humanities and English language arts (ELA) teaching and learning in our schools this year. Read on to learn more details.

  • Casco Bay High School
  • East End Community School
  • King Middle School
  • Lyman Moore Middle School
  • Portland High School
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Talbot Community School
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CBHS Students Experience Teaching in New Course

Every January and April, Casco Bay High School pauses classes so students can engage in week-long, elective courses called intensives, in which students can study a topic in depth, all day, for five days. This January, the school offered a new intensive called “Casco Teaches.” It was designed to introduce students to the world of teaching and to the concept of teaching as a future profession

  • Casco Bay High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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Spinglass Audit Results Shared

The Spinglass Management Group has completed its audit of the Portland Public Schools’ payroll practices and issued a report. The report reflects many of the payroll problems – with systems, staffing and processing – that the district has already shared since the beginning of its payroll issues this fall. The report also details significant strides the district has made to stabilize systems, enter into an agreement to outsource payroll functions, and increase payroll staffing. Additionally, it outlines the work the district continues to do to resolve outstanding concerns.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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PforP Helps Students Make a Difference!

Painting for a Purpose, a local nonprofit organization founded by teachers, brings creative people together to paint whimsical decorative items that they sell to raise money to fund service-learning projects led by Portland Public Schools students who want to make a difference. Students receive up to $500 to put their idea into action. So far this school year, Painting for a Purpose has funded a wide variety of PPS students' amazing service-learning projects.

For example, a King Middle School sixth-grader won a grant to help her share Ethiopian cuisine and traditions with the school community. She conducted independent research on Ethiopia and fed her classmates injera flatbread and other Ethiopian food. She had a meal catered from Asmara Restaurant, and shared a presentation that celebrated her culture and educated others on her mother’s home country. Click HERE to learn about this and the seven other projects that Painting for a Purpose helped make a reality this year.

  • Deering High School
  • King Middle School
  • PATHS
  • Portland High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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Awesome Science & Math Learning at PPS

Portland Public Schools educators at the high school, middle school and elementary level recently shared some examples of awesome science and math learning happening at their schools this year. Read on to learn more details:

  • Cliff Island School
  • East End Community School
  • King Middle School
  • Lincoln Middle School
  • Lyman Moore Middle School
  • Portland High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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Deering Debate Dominates at States!

The Deering Debate Team won numerous awards at the Maine State Speech and Debate Championships at Bangor High School on January 21. The team also won the 2023 MPA Sportsmanship Award at the event. Following states, Deering debaters went to the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Qualifying tournament for Congressional Debate, held at the Maine State House on January 28, where two Deering freshmen qualified for nationals as alternates.

  • Deering High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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PPS Nurses Earn NCSN Credential!

Three Portland Public Schools nurses recently earned the National Certification in School Nursing (NCSN) credential, which is a validation of specialized knowledge and expertise as a school nurse. Nell Bridger, Presumpscot Elementary School nurse; Shirah O’Connell, East End Community School nurse; and Elizabeth Spaulding, a nurse at Rowe Elementary School, are among 30 Maine school nurses who recently completed their NCSN certification, a nationally recognized standard for providing excellence in school nursing care.

  • East End Community School
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Presumpscot Elementary School
  • Rowe Elementary School
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Testimonials

What students, parents and faculty have to say about our school.

“I am repeatedly impressed with the level of my daughter's academics...the quality of the teachers is remarkable."

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"I'm proud to work for an educational system that constantly tries to improve and values everyone."

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Talbot Community School at a Glance

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Students Enrolled

Our students come from a wide variety of culturally rich backgrounds. We believe that learning in diverse groups prepares students to thrive.

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Languages Spoken by Students

Top 10 most spoken languages in the district includes: English, Somali, Arabic, Lingala, Khmer, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Vietnamese and Kinyarwanda

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Free and Reduced Lunch

Free-and-reduced lunch paperwork is low due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal and state funding has enabled every student to receive free meals without requiring income verification.

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