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Rising Tide Winners Announced

The Rising Tide Leadership program, which provides pre-college summer program experiences for Portland Public Schools students from immigrant families, is now in its fifth year. Apropos of year five, and thanks to the generosity of donors, the program recently awarded five $5,000 scholarships – rather than the usual two scholarships – to five PPS high school students. Read on to learn who this year's winners are.

  • Casco Bay High School
  • Deering High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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Flu & COVID Booster Clinic Dec. 10

The City of Portland’s Public Health Division, working with Northern Light, will offer an additional flu and COVID bivalent booster vaccination clinic on Saturday, December 10, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at 39 Forest Ave. Flu and COVID vaccinations will be available to the public, insured and uninsured.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Inclement Weather Plan 2022-2023

It’s the time of year to remind everyone about the Portland Public Schools' inclement weather policy and how such decisions get made.This year, bad weather events will be traditional “snow days.” That means our schools will be closed and students will not be expected to go to school in person or learn remotely. Educators will not be expected to work. We will make those days up at the end of the year. 

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Board Chooses Chair, Vice Chair at Caucus

At its Nov. 15 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education held a caucus to take an informal vote to select new leaders for the coming year. The Board unanimously chose current Board Chair Emily Figdor to lead the Board again and chose at-large Board member Sarah Lentz to be Vice Chair. A formal vote will take place at the Board's Inauguration on Dec. 5.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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DHS Machigonne Meet Was 'Great Success’

Deering High School hosted an all-events speech and debate tournament on Nov. 19 that was very successful, according to teacher Molly Callaghan, who co-coaches Deering’s outstanding Debate Team, along with Krista Simonis. Although the school has hosted tournaments in the past, this year’s Deering High Machigonne Meet was the first for the school since debate contests are back in person this year following the pandemic.

  • Deering High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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PPS Network Outage Impacts Schools

Since late yesterday, a PPS network outage has affected Portland High School, King Middle School, East End and Reiche elementary schools and Portland Adult Education. We had expected to get the system back in place today, Thursday, Nov. 17, but we have not been able to make that happen. As a result, Portland High and King will learn remotely on Friday, Nov. 18, and there will be NO school in person or remote at East End and Reiche schools. PAE will hold classes as usual.

  • East End Community School
  • King Middle School
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland High School
  • Portland Public Schools
  • Reiche Elementary School
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MDOE Commissioner Observes Makerspace Learning

Maine Commissioner of Education Pender Makin visited Rowe Elementary School on Nov. 10 to observe the operation of the district’s new Mobile Makerspace, which was at Rowe for the week.  Commissioner Makin was able to see students experience phenomenon-based STEM learning experiences led by STEM teacher Karen Shibles. Makin observed fifth-graders programming micro:bits for their electric guitars as part of the Makerspace.

  • Portland Public Schools
  • Rowe Elementary School
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DHS Hosting Speech & Debate Tourney Nov. 19

Coming off big wins at the State Championship last February and with team members qualifying for nationals this spring, the Deering High School Debate Team is looking strong again this year, according to teacher Molly Callaghan, who co-coaches the team along with Krista Simonis. In an exciting new event this year, Deering also will be hosting an all-events speech and debate tournament on Nov. 19.

  • Deering High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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PPS Educators Win FPPS Teacher Grants!

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) has just completed its 14th annual teacher grants program cycle. Seventy-six teachers, ed techs, librarians, and others have been awarded grants totaling $59,261. These grants will benefit thousands of students – from preK through Portland Adult Education – in 15 schools across the Portland Public Schools (PPS).

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Vote on Board Seats, Budget Autonomy

Three seats are up for election to the Portland Board of Education on Nov. 8: two at-large seats and the District 3 seat. Only the District 3 seat is contested on the ballot. Portland voters will also vote on Question 5, which would allow the Board to set the bottom line of the school budget before sending to voters for a final say.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Winter Boot Drive To Help PPS Kids!

The Rotary Club of Portland, Maine is working with the Portland Public Schools to provide warm, waterproof winter boots to Portland students. There is a huge need as many families are experiencing a Maine winter for the first time. We are reaching out to the Portland community for “gently used boots” and also new boots that we can provide to these students in need.

  • Elementary Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Flu & COVID Booster Walk-in Clinic

The city of Portland’s Public Health Division, working with Northern Light, is offering a flu and COVID bivalent booster vaccination clinic on Friday, Nov. 4,  from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 39 Forest Avenue. Flu and COVID vaccinations will be available to the public, insured and uninsured, ages 12 and older.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Superintendent Search Committee Has 8th Rep

The Portland Board of Public Education on Oct. 18 approved another community representative to serve on the Superintendent Search Committee. The appointment of Lucy Shulman, a Portland resident who is an adjunct instructor at Portland Adult Education, brings the number of community representatives on the committee to eight. The Board approved the appointment of the seven other community representatives at its Oct. 11 meeting.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Board Approves Contract with Ed Techs

The Portland Board of Public Education voted Oct. 18 to approve a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the union representing the district’s educational technicians. The new contract recognizes the important work of these key employees and makes the Portland Public Schools more competitive with other districts. The contract runs from Sept. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2024, with wage increases retroactive to that earlier date.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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School Board News

At its Oct. 11 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted unanimously to pass a high school alignment resolution, which commits the district to taking a closer look at ensuring consistent programming and opportunities for students across all three high schools. The Board also voted to appoint seven community members to the Superintendent Search Committee and agreed to consider at its Oct. 18 meeting the appointment of an eighth member representing Portland Adult Education.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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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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Peaks Island at a Glance

Facts About Our School

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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 in the District

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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