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Portland School Notebook: Sept. 28

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Portland School Notebook: Sept. 28

McAuley students receive
AP Scholar Awards

PORTLAND — Seven students from Catherine McAuley High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their achievement on the Advanced Placement Exams.

Class of 2009 Valedictorian Laura Duran of Falmouth, Macauley Kenney of North Yarmouth and Allison Walker-Elders of Lisbon Falls all won the AP Scholar with Distinction award.

Katherine Fecteau of Portland and Olivia MacKenzie of Buxton, received recognition as AP Scholars with Honor.

Class of 2009 graduates Elise Mercier of Portland and Meghan Smith of Cape Elizabeth qualified as AP Scholars.

Lincoln science teacher chosen
for national science project

PORTLAND — Holly Backus, a sixth grade science teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Portland, was selected to participate in the National Science Foundation's Spartacus project.

Backus and her students will work with researchers and graduate students at the University of New England on a project about the Saco River and coastal Maine waters.

The Spartacus Project was awarded a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation for nearly $3 million. Portland is one of four participating school districts in Maine.

Portland Schools host
volunteer orientation

PORTLAND — The Portland Public Schools and the Portland Education Foundation will co-sponsor a district-wide volunteer orientation open house on October 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Riverton Elementary School, 1600 Forest Ave.

The orientation is an opportunity for the public to learn about volunteer opportunities in the Portland Public Schools and to meet Portland's new superintendent, James Morse. Both new and returning volunteers are encouraged to attend. The orientation will provide information about where volunteers are needed, how to sign up and how to access family resources in the Portland community.

For more information, contact Susan Steele, the district's Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator steels@portlandschools.org.

Area superintendents join
for cooperative ventures

PORTLAND — The superintendents of the Portland, South Portland and Westbrook school districts are making plans for cooperative ventures designed to improve efficiency and enhance offerings for their students.

Planned collaborations include regional transportation services, coordination of vocational and technical courses and a virtual high school that provides Web-based courses for students.

Portland schools expand
high school bus service

PORTLAND — All public high school students in Portland who live more than two miles from his/her school will be able to get bus transportation during the 2009-2010 school year.

The hopes are that expanded bus service will make it easier for high school students to attend school regularly.

Previously, students had to request bus transportation to high school due to the district's former policy stating that bussing grades 9 through 12 was by "exception only."