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Portland public schools’ Patti Dyer wins State Special Education Award

Portland public schools’ Patti Dyer wins State Special Education Award

The Maine Association of Special Education Directors has chosen Patti Dyer of the Portland Public Schools as the Special Education Support Person of the Year.  She was honored at the group’s annual awards banquet on June 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.

Dyer has worked as executive assistant in the district’s Student Support Services office since 1996.  Her responsibilities have grown a lot during that time.  She now supervises six special education compliance secretaries, handles the voluminous paperwork required for Medicaid/MaineCare billing and other budgeting and provides executive secretarial support for the special education director.

“At any given moment, I can ask Patti for a budget update and she can produce it immediately on her elaborate spreadsheets,” said Sharon Pray, Student Support Services director.  “Patti knows each invoice, what it is for and will catch any inaccuracies.”

Portland Public Schools Promote Biking and Walking to School

Two Portland public schools - Lyseth Elementary School and Lincoln Middle School - have received mini-grants to support walk and bike to school activities.  The grants come from the federally funded Maine Safe Routes to School program just in time for May Bike & Walk to School Month.

Lyseth will hold a Bike Rodeo on April 27 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.  The event is sponsored by the Lyseth Parent Teacher Association, the Safe Routes to School program and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

Lyseth also will participate in Bike to School Day on May 8.  The Lyseth PTA will provide matching funds to cover the cost of a bike rack for the school, with additional funds from the mini-grant. 

Kindergarten Readiness Night

 

The Portland Public Schools will hold a Kindergarten Readiness Night on April 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at East End Community School, 195 North Street.  Children who turn five on or before October 15 are eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall.

A panel of staff members from across the district will answer questions related to kindergarten.  The event is sponsored by the district’s pre-school programming staff

MSSM Science Bowl team will be representing Maine at the National Competition in Washington, DC

MSSM Science Bowl team will be representing Maine at the National Competition in Washington, DC

MSSM Science Bowl team will be representing Maine at the National Competition in Washington, DC, April 25-29.