USM Youth Ensembles Perform Spring Instrumental Concert

What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with the sound of music? The USM Youth Ensembles will perform a collection of works for strings, winds and orchestra at their Spring Instrumental Concert Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Merrill Auditorium, Myrtle Street, Portland.

The Youth Ensembles, students grades 12 and under from throughout Maine, are gathered by the University of Southern Maine School of Music to experience learning and playing music with their peers and professional musicians including USM School of Music faculty members.

Portland Arts and Technology High School Fashion Show

Portland Arts and Technology High School Fashion Show

The fashion marketing program at Portland Arts and Technology High
School (PATHS) presents “Collection 2012,” a fashion show featuring
original student garments, on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Portland
Public Library’s Rines Auditorium.  Tickets are $5 at the door. 

The event will include a silent auction and refreshments.  Erin Ovalle,
WMTW morning anchor, will be the commentator.  A portion of ticket
proceeds will benefit Scarborough-based Partners for World Health.
PHOTO: Haylee Potter, a student in the PATHS fashion marketing
program, drapes hand-painted silk that will be featured in the upcoming
fashion show.

Portland Public School Students Recognized by National Merit Program

Ellen Jewett, a Portland High School senior, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and selected as a candidate for the Presidential Scholars Program.  She previously was chosen as a Semi Finalist.

Two Deering High School students, Julia Kang and Madeleine Ostwald, have been named candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program; they previously were selected as National Merit Commended Scholars.  Mateusz Tasarz, a Deering student, is a National Merit Semi Finalist.    

Kathleen Donlan and Courtney McGorrill of Deering and Jesse Dritz of Portland High are National Merit Commended Scholars.

High school students enter the National Merit program by taking the Preliminary SAT.  Approximately 15,000 of the 1.5 million students taking the test qualify as finalists.  They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.  National Merit awards scholarships to 8,300 of the finalists.


“Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

 “Teens To Trails” Announces Grants for 11 High School Outing Clubs

T3” is pleased to announce this year’s Outing Club grant recipients from 11 high schools across the State including four brand new teen Outing Club programs. Grant awards were made to:  Biddeford High School, Cony High School, Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Deering High School, Dirigo High School, Maine Central Institute, Maine School of Science & Mathematics, Portland High School, South Portland High School, The New School and Thornton Academy. 

“High school Outing Clubs are the most effective way we have found for engaging teens in their natural world, with the potential to make fun safe outdoor experiences accessible to every Maine student,” said Carol Leone, Teens To Trails Founder.



March, 2012 (Portland, ME) – Skipping the tropics this year?  Sign the kiddies up for ROCK CAMP with the Maine Academy of Modern Music (April 16th – 20th at Breakwater School) and relax.
MAMM’s epic ROCK CAMP series provides young aspiring musicians a place to learn rock ‘n’ roll and have FUN!

Riverton Elementary School Makes Gains in Student Achievement

Portland’s Riverton Elementary School has made significant gains in
academic achievement since it was identified by the state and federal
governments two years ago as a school in need of improvement.

Results from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) in
October 2011 show improvement in reading and math in grades three
through five, compared to a year earlier.  The NECAP test is given to
all Maine students at the beginning of grades three through eight. 

In October 2010, only 36 percent of Riverton third graders were
proficient in reading, as measured by NECAP.  A year later, that number
soared to 65 percent.  The percentage of Riverton fourth graders who
were proficient in reading rose to 47 percent (up from 35 percent) in
that same time, and the percent of proficient fifth graders rose to 58
percent (up from 35 percent).

Additionally, in reading, the percentage of English Learners who scored

81st Annual Maine Drama Festival

In the upcoming weeks, over 2000 students from 70 high schools will be preparing for the 81st  Annual Maine Drama Festival.  
March 9-10, at eight regional competitions across the State, schools will present plays ranging from the classics to original student-written plays.  Schools compete in two classes: Class A (over 550 students) and Class B (less than 550 students). 

At each of the regional competitions, a panel of three judges will decide which performances advance to the State Finals (March 23-24).  The Class A finals will be held at Falmouth High School and Class B will be held at Yarmouth High School.  The outstanding performance at each State Final will be nominated by the judges to participate in the New England Drama Festival (April 26-28 in Guilford, N.H.)

The performance schedules for each of the regional sites will be available on the Maine Drama Council website