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Portland School Notebook: March 24

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Portland School Notebook: March 24

Portland students nominated
for presidential scholar program

PORTLAND — Deering High School students Jean McCabe, Keleigh O’Neil and Brian Pedro were named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Of the 3,000 candidates chosen nationwide, up to 141 will be selected for the program.

Area students named
National Merit finalists

PORTLAND — The following area students have been selected as finalists in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program: Jean McCabe and Nicholas Devlin of Deering High School; Maggie Eismeier of Casco Bay High School; Emily Machesney, of Cumberland, a senior at Cheverus High School.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic scholarship competition that began in 1955. About half of the 15,000 finalists will receive Merit Scholarships.

Portland schools featured
in educational video

PORTLAND — King Middle School and Casco Bay High School are featured in a new segment of “Schools That Work” produced by “Edutopia,” the magazine and Web site of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

The segment focuses on the schools' use of expeditionary learning and technology to achieve academic results.  The Web version includes eight videos showing interviews with students and teachers and footage of learning expeditions.

The segment also includes tips for project-based learning, a primer for parents, information about Maine’s laptop initiative and free resources and tools. 

To watch the feature, please visit edutopia.org/maine-project-learning-schools-that-work.