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PATHS offers hands-on, technical education to prepare students for a wide range of high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand careers.

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FPPS Launches Ed Feeney Athletics Fund

Anonymous donors have given the Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) a $50,000 matching donation to launch the Ed Feeney Athletics Fund, named after retired Portland High School girls basketball coach Ed Feeney. When Portland Public Schools coaches, teachers, or school social workers learn of a student who lacks basic athletic gear to play sports, the Foundation can now purchase that gear for students.

The Foundation is accepting further donations to the Ed Feeney Athletics Fund to assist even more students. All gifts will be matched dollar for dollar.

  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Painting for Purpose Funds Student Projects

A student at Deering High School is founding a Kendama Club at Deering – believed to be the first such club at any Maine school – to bring diverse students together through a common hobby. Some eighth-graders at Lyman Moore Middle School are taking over their school’s news, creating a weekly broadcast to provide the student body with entertaining yet informative news about their school.

  • Casco Bay High School
  • Deering High School
  • King Middle School
  • Lyman Moore Middle School
  • Lyseth Elementary School
  • PATHS
  • Portland Public Schools
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State of Schools 2023 Presented

Portland Board of Public Education Chair Sarah Lentz presented the 2023 State of the Schools address to the City Council and the public on Monday, Dec. 18. The City Charter requires that the Board chair deliver an annual address to the Council on the state of the public education system in Portland. Here's a summary of her presentation (and you can also click on links below to read the full address and watch on YouTube).

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Update on Power Outages

The storm on Monday, Dec. 18 caused power outages in six of Portland's public schools. Read a message from Superintendent Ryan Scallon on how the district handled the outages and the plan for Tuesday, Dec. 19, if power is not restored by early morning:

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Free COVID Tests Available

As a reminder to staff, students and families: Free COVID tests are available from the U. S. Government. Click HERE to learn and order your tests. 
Every U.S. household can order 4 more free COVID-19 self-tests. Self-tests (also called at-home tests and over-the-counter tests) are one of several tools that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19.
If you are ill or have been exposed to COVID,  please test at home before coming to school.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Board Inauguration Held Dec. 5

One returning Board member, two new members and six student representatives were sworn in at the Portland Board of Public Education’s Dec. 5 Inauguration ceremony. The Board also voted for Sarah Lentz to serve for the second time in a row be the Board’s new chair for the coming year and for Abusana “Micky” Bondo to again be vice chair for a second year.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Snow Day Plans 2023-2024

It's the time of year in Maine to expect snow storms and other types of inclement weather events. In advance of the changes in the weather, Superintendent Ryan Scallon presented the Portland Public Schools' snow day plans for the 2023-2024 school year to the Board of Public Education meeting at its Nov. 14 meeting. Here are the details:

  • Elementary Schools
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  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Deering Drama Presents '12 Angry Jurors'

The Deering High School Players are set to stage an enthralling rendition of Reginald Rose's classic drama, "12 Angry Jurors." Under the guidance of Mr. Joshua Chard, 2024 Maine Teacher of the Year and Deering drama director, the Deering Players promise a compelling performance on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 PM, and Saturday, Dec. 2, at 3 PM and 7. Suggested donation is $5+, Free for Deering students.

  • East End Community School
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Board Chair, Vice Chair Chosen at Caucus

At its Nov. 14 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 Sarah Lentz to lead the Board again and also unanimously endorsed current Vice Chair Micky Bondo to continue in that role for the next year.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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PPS Educators Awarded FPPS Grants

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) announced Oct. 31 that it is awarding $64,299 to Portland Public Schools staff members through the FPPS Equity and Innovation Grant program. Seventy-three teachers, ed techs, librarians, and other staff members will receive up to $1,250 each for classroom resources and experiences such as robotics clubs, purchasing math manipulatives, attending concerts, or bringing in guest lecturers. These grants will benefit thousands of students from preK through Portland Adult Education in 16 schools across the district. This year is the 15th year of the Equity and Innovation Grants Program.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Wabanaki Studies & Black History Update

An update on the progress that the Portland Public Schools is making on developing and implementing a Wabanaki Studies curriculum and a Local Black History curriculum was presented at the Board of Public Education's Sept. 19 meeting. Both curricula are essential to help students gain an accurate, full and inclusive history of their state and nation. Both curricula also offer opportunities for interdisciplinary learning across all content areas, not just social studies.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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PATHS Dancers in Pop-Up Piece Oct. 14

Students in the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) dance program have been working on THE SEA WE SEE, a project that will culminate in a pop-up performance on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. on the Eastern Promenade. The piece, which explores themes of climate change and its effects on coastal communities, will be performed between the baseball field and the flagpole/tennis courts.

  • Casco Bay High School
  • Deering High School
  • PATHS
  • Portland High School
  • Portland Public Schools
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Parent U: Left to Their Own Devices

How can we support and guide our kids safely through the challenges of the “digital wilderness”? During a Portland Public Schools Parent University session titled “Left to Their Own Devices,” and scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, we’ll look at some reasons behind this difficult-to-navigate journey for parents and how to support media balance and well-being.

  • Elementary Schools
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  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Answers to P-EBT Card Questions

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has begun mailing out Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards to Maine families, and some parents are understandably reaching out with questions. Here are some answers.

  • Elementary Schools
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Food Service Announcement

The Portland Public Schools is participating in Special Provision II and Community Eligible Provision for the 2023-2024 school year. This alternative is referred to as Provision II and CEP.  All students enrolled in all of Portland’s public schools except the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) may participate in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program at no charge. Household applications are not required to receive free meals this school year but forms similar to applications may be distributed by the school and the district to collect household income data for other programs that require this information, such as Federal Title programs.

  • Elementary Schools
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  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Public Schools
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Custodians' 'Welcome Back' Is Poetical

Portland Public Schools Custodial Supervisor Steve Reed has written a poem to send a welcome back message from custodians for the 2023-2024 school year. “I thought that it might give teachers and other staff some insight into how we feel about them and our students,” Reed said.

  • Elementary Schools
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  • Middle Schools
  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Leader Wins Black Excellence Award

Julia Hazel, the district’s director of BIPOC career pathways and leadership development, is a recipient of the 2023 Maine Black Excellence Awards, presented by The Third Place on Aug. 13. Hazel received the Compass Career Award, which recognizes individuals who accomplish a standout achievement in their workplace or sector. 

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  • Portland Adult Education
  • Portland Public Schools
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Testimonials

What people have to say about PATHS.

"Within the first day in the program I knew this is exactly what I wanted to do. Every program PATHS offers is very hands-on and will teach you viable skills you won’t be able to learn in a regular school classroom."

  • Nina
  • Careers in Education
  • South Portland High School

"As an educator and parent of those who do not fit in the traditional box of education, Portland Arts Technology High School is a gift to us all.  Students can “thrive” not just “survive” in schools."

  • Terri
  • GNG High School Teacher & PATHS Parent

"From being a Freshman who didn't know what he wanted to do with his future to now being so sure that I want to be a filmmaker and going to film school. If I had never come to PATHS, I would never have that dream."

  • Daniel
  • New Media
  • Casco Bay High School

Portland Arts and Technology High School at a Glance

Facts About Our School

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100%

of students gain useful skills

CTE students are significantly more likely to develop problem-solving, project completion, research, communication, time management and critical thinking skills that are necessary for post-secondary success during high school than non-CTE students.

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of students meet college and career readiness goals

80% CTE students meet college and career readiness goals, versus 63% of non-CTE students

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3X

more likely to be "very satisfied" with their education

CTE students and their parents are 3x more likely to report being “very satisfied” with the real-world learning component of their education than non-CTE students and parents.

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