Portland School Notebook: April 16

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Portland students win MPA awards

Seniors Maddie Pierce, of Casco Bay High School; Christopher Thorne, of Deering High School; and Annette Denekas, of Portland High School, are winners of the 2014 Principal’s Awards. Sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, the awards are given in recognition of academic achievement and citizenship.

Teacher selected for National Geographic fellowship

Kelley Holmes, a teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland, has been selected as one of this year’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. Holmes teaches first and second grades. Each year, K-12 educators are encouraged to apply for the fellowship program. Those chosen, enhance their geographic learning through direct, hands-on field experience and bring that knowledge back to their classrooms and communities. The fellows will travel later this year on eight- to 14-day expeditions to locations including Arctic Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, the Canadian Maritimes and Antarctica. They will experience local landscapes, wildlife and cultures by hiking, kayaking, Zodiac excursions and cultural outings. Led by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition team members, a National Geographic photographer and an undersea specialist, the fellows will gain knowledge to develop activities and lesson plans for their classrooms and to share with professional colleagues and communities upon returning home.