Student Art Show Opens April 26 at Portland City Hall

Student Art Show Opens April 26 at Portland City Hall

The Portland Public Schools’ Spring Art Show will be held at Portland City Hall from April 26 through May 10. Artwork created by students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be displayed during City Hall’s regular hours. An opening reception with cookies and punch will take place on April 26 from 3 to 6:30 p.m.


This self-portrait in acrylic and oil pastel was made by Mustafa, a first grader at Reiche Elementary School.

This poster was made by Alyssa D., a junior at Deering High School.


UMaine, Westbrook Bands to Perform at Merrill

The University of Maine Symphonic Band will share Portland’s Merrill Auditorium stage with the Westbrook High School Wind Ensemble for an April 11 concert to kick off UMaine’s Leadership Week.

The free public concert at 7 p.m. will feature the 38-member Symphonic Band performing works by Philip Sparke, Peter Mennin, E.E. Bagley, Mark Camphouse, Samuel Ward and Richard Saucedo. The band also will premiere "Do Not Go Quietly Into That Dark Night," composed by UMaine music education major Joshua Jandreau of South China, Maine. A performance of a concertino by Carl Maria von Weber will feature a clarinet solo by Ben Cox of Topsham, Maine, who is a double major in music performance and music education at UMaine.

Moore Sixth Graders Host Naturalization Ceremony

Sixth graders at Portland’s Lyman Moore Middle School will host a U.S. naturalization ceremony on April 6 at 10 a.m. at the school, located at 171 Auburn Street.  Thirty-eight area residents from 19 countries of origin will be sworn in as citizens.

Students at Casco Bay High School (CBHS) will join Moore students at the ceremony.  Both schools are integrating the event into their curricula.

Moore students have been studying the history of immigration by reading plays, cartoons and short stories.  They are creating a hall of flags for the naturalization ceremony that represents the new citizens’ countries of origin.   Students also are making small gifts for the new citizens and planning a celebration for them and their families after the ceremony.

Maine Poetry Champion Announced

The Maine Arts Commission today announced Tyler O’Brien of Merriconeag Waldorf High School as the 2012 State Poetry Out Loud Champion and Kiana Sawyer, from Portland High School, as the State Runner-up. Both students will receive cash awards and their schools will receive prize money to purchase poetry books for their libraries.

After surviving classroom, school wide and regional level competitions, ten state finalists gathered in Lewiston to recite three rounds of poetry from memory in front of television cameras and a packed audience at the Olin Arts Center. Tyler O’Brien was selected as state champion and will now represent the State of Maine at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals on May 13-15 in Washington, D.C.

Craft Boutique

Craft Boutique

Sunday, April 1st at The Woodlands Club from 10am to 3pm.


Lyseth Becomes a "Sea of Green" for Cancer Society Fundraiser

Portland’s Lyseth Elementary School became a "sea of green" on March 16, the day before St. Patrick’s Day, as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that was organized by fifth grade student Luke Hill.

Luke’s mother, Amy MacDuffie Hill, died of cancer in January. Luke promised to donate a nickel of his own money to the American Cancer Society for every Lyseth student who arrived at school on March 16

wearing green.

Luke presented his idea to Lyseth Principal Lenore Williams and Assistant Principal Sandra Gorsuch-Plummer on March 15. They readily agreed, and wrote a note to families telling them about the event.