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Teens and Anxiety – and How We Can Help
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SoPo Unite, our Drug Free Communities Coalition, is hosting an event for parents on "Teens, Anxiety and How We Can Help" on Tuesday, August 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm facilitated by Kara and Ben Tierney-Trevor at South Portland High School in the Learning Commons.

Some teens can become anxious about the beginning of school, especially when they are transitioning to a new school. Come learn about how to manage gneral stress and anxiety, and discuss with other parents how we can help our teensa manage all of it.

Childcare and refreshments will be provided!

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State board approves $68 million concept for South Portland middle school
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The State Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved the concept for a new $67.7 million middle school in South Portland. A total of $59.2 million of the project, which now heads to voters in a Nov. 5 referendum, would be funded by the state with a remaining $8.4 million to be raised locally.

The proposal would replace the city's two aging middle schools, both of which house grades 6 through 8, with one 5-8 school to be built on the site of Memorial Middle School on Wescott Road. The new school would house about 900 students.

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Free Summer Food Service
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The South Portland School Nutrition Program will offer a Summer Food Service Program to provide meals to all children, without charge, during the summer months. Those meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, at the sites and times as follows:

Breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon weekdays through Aug. 9 at Skillin Elementary School Cafeteria, 180 Wescott Road.

Breakfast also will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. weekdays through Aug. 23 in the Community Room at Brickhill, 586 Westbrook St.
There will be no food service offered Thursday in observance of the July 4 holiday.

(reprinted from Portland Press Herald)

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Middle School Project Concept Straw Poll
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After years of work we are preparing for a Concept Straw Poll on June 20th at

6:30 p.m. in the South Portland High School Auditorium as the next step in the state

mandated process for our state approved and funded Middle School Project.

For more than fifteen years South Portland has been developing plans to address the needs

of its aging middle schools. The concept design developed for a new combined grade 5-8

middle school has been based on detailed analysis following the state's guidelines,

educational needs, comparative cost data, building committee analysis, and community

input. We are putting forward a plan that we believe will serve the needs of all South

Portland students for decades to come.

Come to the Concept Straw Poll to learn more about key educational and sustainability

features of this exciting project.

For the latest information about the project, please go to: tinyurl.com/spsdms

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Preschool Open House
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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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