Portland School Notebook: Oct. 11

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PHS hosts immigrant
voting rights forum

PORTLAND — Students in the law and public policy class taught by Antoinette Skillings at Portland High School are presenting a televised forum on local immigrant voting rights.

The impetus for the forum is the referendum question on the Nov. 2 ballot asking Portland voters to decide whether legal immigrants who are not citizens can vote in municipal elections.

At the forum, students will interview Portland City Attorney Gary Wood, Portland City Clerk Linda Cohen, Beth Stickney, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Will Everitt, Maine State Director of the League of Young Voters, Richard Ranaghan, a member of the Portland Charter Commission that considered the issue, and Alfred Jacob, a Sudanese immigrant.

The forum “Portland High Schools Asks: Who Should Vote in Portland?” will be aired on TV3, Portland’s educational access television station, at the following dates and times: Tuesday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31 at noon; and at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.

The forum will also be available on demand beginning Tuesday, Oct. 26 at http://blogs.portlandschools.org/tv3/vod/.

Deering Players present
“Winnie the Pooh”

PORTLAND — The Deering High School Players will present the play, “Winnie the Pooh,” beginning this weekend.

Showtimes are Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are $7 for adults and children over age 12, and $5 for children under age 12. Tickets can be purchased in the Deering High School attendance office on school days from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., by e-mailing Kathleen Harris at harrik@portlandschools.org or at the door.

For more information, please call 874-8260.

Portland students reach
scholarship semifinals

PORTLAND — Five students from the Portland Public Schools have been named National Merit Semifinalists.

The students are Lydia-Rose Kesich from Portland High School, and Siena Butterfield, Sebastian Pinkham, Rebecca Silver and Sarah Varney from Deering High School.

High school students qualify for the National Merit scholarship program by taking the Preliminary SAT. Approximately 16,000 of the 1.5 million students taking the test qualify as semifinalists.