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Middle Schools Project Information Meeting

Please join us for an Informational Meeting at South Portland High School on Thursday April 4th.

The event starts at 7:00 pm with a presentation reviewing our progress and the exciting plans for a new middle school for all the students of South Portland. Following the presentation we will move to the cafeteria to answer questions and provide the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the Middle School Building Committee members. Question/Discussion stations will include Student Experience, Wescott RoadSite, State and Local Funding and Transportation. The event will wrap up at 8:30 pm.

All South Portland citizens are invited! Please share with friends and neighbors.


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Preschool Open House

Preschool Open Houses for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on Wednesday, March 27th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for an information meeting and pre-registration at either Kaler Elementary School (65 South Kelsey Street) or Skillin Elementary School (180 Wescott Road).

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Kindergarten Registration Begins March 1st

Open Kindergarten registration for all children who will be five years old on or before October 15, 2019, will take place in the South Portland Elementary Schools from March 1 through March 31, 2019. At the registration appointment you will be required to provide your child's original birth certificate, a copy of your child's original immunization record, and proof of residency.

Please call your school for a registration appointment.

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Support Dyer Elementary in Library Challenge

Dyer Elementary School has entered a $200,000 national education contest hoping for a chance at one of the thirteen prizes awarded to recognize the most unique and inventive programs. In addition to completing an online application for the annual Follett Challenge, Dyer Elementary School also submitted a short video to promote its program that helps teach students the 21st century skills they need to be prepared for life.

"This is an exciting opportunity to share one of the many innovative programs you can find in our South Portland School Department Libraries" said teacher librarian Megan Blakemore.

To see Dyer's entry and cast your vote, please visit https://follettchallenge.com/videos/1223


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South Portland High teacher awarded $3600 grant from Berlin City Auto Group

SPHS industrial technology teacher Scott Trebilcock was recently awarded a Berlin City Drive for Education grant in the amount of $3600 to purchase a laser engraver.

Students will be able to use the laser engraver in many classes offered at SPHS such as engineering, architectural design, woodcraft and robotics.

"Many local manufacturers have moved from human operated machines to machines that are controlled by a computer. We would like to offer similar experiences for South Portland students and perhaps encourage more students to pursue manufacturing as a career" said Trebilcock.

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iPads for Sale - December 17th

For the second year in a row, the South Portland High School Jobs for Maine's Graduates program will be selling used iPads to the community.

Sale hours are 2:30 - 4:30pm on Monday December 17th at South Portland High School's school store.

There are a limited amount of devices for sale, with prices ranging from $50-$100. Cases and chargers will be sold separately.


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Kathy Germani honored as Maine Assistant Superintendent of the Year

Kathy Germani was named Maine's Assistant Superintendent of the Year for 2019 by the Maine School Superintendent's Association (MSSA). Ms. Germani has served as Assistant Superintendent in South Portland since 2011 and as principal and special education teacher since 1980. Ms. Germani uses her nearly four decades of service in the South Portland Schools, and deep knowledge of our community, to maximum advantage for the students and schools in South Portland and for the education community in Maine.

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SPHS Students Set Sail!

From July 1st though the 6th thirteen South Portland High School students from the Learning Alternatives Program spent a week at sea aboard the Tall Ship Harvey Gamage.

Students managed nearly every aspect of sailing a ship, from cleaning to cooking to raising sales and keeping watch.

"My experience teaching at sea has taught me the value of the sea as a vehicle to deliver experiential learning" observed SPHS teacher Tom Hyland.

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Middle School Site Selection Straw Poll

Residents of South Portland are encouraged to join us for the Site Selection straw poll for the proposed new middle school. The event will be held in the South Portland High School Auditorium at 7pm, Wednesday June 13th.

The evening will include a presentation about the recommendation, a brief Q&A and a Site Selection Straw Poll for a proposed New Middle School to be built on the Wescott Road site.

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SPHS Hosts Financial Wellness Fair

On March 29th South Portland High School's Career Preparation Department hosted its fourth Financial Wellness Fair.

In additional to a wide variety of digital and print resources, and one-on-one conversations with experts in the field, students had a chance to participate in various financial literacy workshops such as credit and why it matters.

"A good understanding about personal finances helps people reach their goals and lead the kinds of lives they dream of" said Linda Halleran of Town and Country Federal Credit Union.

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Summer intern from South Portland adds to staff diversity at Portland library

Hussein Maow will be the Portland Public Library's first intern under its new Inclusive Internship Initiative, and his goals for the summer include creating programming focused on New Americans and multiculturalism.

Maow, a student at South Portland High School, was chosen from a pool of about 20 applicants, according to Raminta Moore, who heads the library's Cultural Center Team and will oversee his work.


[reprinted from The Forecaster]

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Steven Smith wins national 3000 meter racewalk championship

South Portland's Steven Smith won the national championship in the 3000-meter racewalk with a time of 13 minutes, 49.09 seconds last weekend at the high school New Balance National meet in Greensboro, North Carolina. Smith, who also won the Maine Class A state title earlier this month, will compete at West Virginia Tech next year. Smith graduates holding school records in the outdoor 1600 and 3000 racewalk and the indoor 1600 racewalk.

reprinted from The Forecaster

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Becky Brown Named the 2017 Maine Curriculum Leader of the Year

The Maine Curriculum Leaders' Association (MCLA) recently named director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, Becky Brown, the 2017 Maine Curriculum Leader of the Year.

Becky supports proficiency-based learning in districts throughout Maine and New England, with other curriculum leaders in the southern Maine Curriculum Leaders group, with the Maine Curriculum Leaders' Association, and with the Maine Department of Education.

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