Portland School Notebook
Three Maine schools nominated for national distinction
AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Education nominated three schools to be 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools: Longfellow Elementary School in Portland, Williams-Cone Elementary School in Topsham and Yarmouth Elementary School.
The U.S. Department of Education program honors public and private schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and closed gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students.
In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on over 7,000 of America’s schools, including nearly 50 in Maine. The commissioner in each state nominates schools, which are then invited by the U.S. Secretary of Education to submit a formal application.
Each of the three nominated schools has student achievement in the top 15 percent in Maine for both reading and math. The federal Department of Education will announce awardees in September 2013.
Portland Children’s Film Festival seeks films by young people
The Portland Children’s Film Festival seeks entries to the Young Filmmakers Contest that will take place in conjunction with the festival on April 4-7, 2013. Parents and staff at East End Community School launched the festival last year and it is a fundraiser for the school.
The filmmakers contest is open to students in kindergarten through high school from Portland and surrounding communities. Students are invited to submit films in any style, with a maximum duration of three minutes.
Winning films and other judges’ picks will be shown at an April 7 pajama party at the Nickelodeon and other big screens during the 2013 festival. Contest rules and entry forms are available at www.portlandchildrensfilmfestival.com.
The theme for this year’s contest is “connections.” Connections could be associations between people, objects, events, ideas or any other kind of connection filmmakers can imagine. Judges will give credit for use of theme, production quality, originality and story-telling. Film submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 25, 2013. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
First Quarter Honor Roll
The following students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter at Catherine McAuley High School:
Students nominated to service academies
The following students have been nominated for admittance to military service academies:
Cheverus High School: Spencer Amberson and Jackson McMann.
Portland High School: Patrick Robinson.