South Portland High School Musical

South Portland High School Musical

Opening night of Les Miserables is tonight, Friday, Feb 4 @ 7:00 at the South Portland High School Auditorium.


Maine Students Score Better Than in Most States on National Science Test

Maine students outperformed students in most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the only test of student achievement that allows comparison of student performance across states.

Maine tied for the fifth highest science score in grade 4 and tied for eighth highest in grade 8. By some measures, such as percent of student proficiency, Maine ranks even higher on the test, which was administered in 2009 and is being reported today.

Statewide at the fourth grade, 42 percent of students in Maine scored at the “proficient” level or above. In the eighth grade, 35 percent of students scored at or above the “proficient” level.

Maine’s lower-income students are doing well compared to in other states and the nation as a whole. In Maine, 29 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 4th grade scored at or above the “proficient” level compared to 16 percent nationally.


In 2010, Maine College of Art completed its vision to bring all academic and studio facilities under the roof of the Porteous Building. In appreciation of the local community that was instrumental in achieving this goal, MECA has created the Portland Area School Scholarship (PASS) for selected area high schools.

For any graduate of the selected schools who qualifies for admission to the undergraduate program at Maine College of Art, the College will provide a guaranteed $12,000 scholarship each year for four years or until they complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, provided they maintain good academic standing.

Eighteen years ago, Maine College of Art purchased the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store with the ambition to transform it into a vibrant campus for art and design.

Cape Elizabeth superintendent search now underway; citizens sought for "Credentials Review" Committe

Cape Elizabeth, Maine – January 14, 2011 – At its January 11 business meeting, the Cape Elizabeth School Board voted unanimously to establish a new, ad hoc "Credentials Review Committee" (CRC) in order to ensure public participation in the search for a school superintendent. The CRC's charge is to assist the School Board in evaluating the credentials of applicants for the school superintendent position, and will act solely as an advisory committee with no authority to hire, interview or contact any applicants for the school superintendent position. Confidentiality is critical in the search for a superintendent; therefore, all members of the committee must sign a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement prior to viewing any materials from applicants.
The composition of the eleven-member committee includes four citizens, two School Board members, one Town Councilor, two Cape Elizabeth school administrators, and two Cape Elizabeth school teachers.

Southern Maine Community College Hosts U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor

Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) will welcome Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, for a two-day visit to the College as part of a listening tour on college access in northern New England.

Darnieder will be visiting SMCC to learn about the College’s efforts and successes in increasing access to higher education, especially in rural areas, which have contributed to SMCC’s status as the fastest-growing community college in New England. Other topics during the two-day visit will include college readiness, particularly in mathematics, and dual enrollment in both high school and college.

“This visit from the U.S. Department of Education is an extremely valuable opportunity for us to share our many successes in increasing college access, not only SMCC but across Maine, but most importantly to work with Senior Advisor Darnieder in seeking solutions to the barriers that remain,” said Dr. Jim Ortiz, SMCC President.

Catherine McAuley High School Open House for Prospective Students

Catherine McAuley High School, Maine’s only Catholic college-preparatory school for young women, will be hosting its annual Open House for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 2pm. Young women of all faiths are invited to our campus at 631 Stevens Avenue, Portland, for a program that will feature student and alum speakers. After the formal presentation, information on financial aid and scholarships will be available, guided tours will be offered and students will have the opportunity to meet faculty members, coaches, student athletes, and enjoy refreshments.  For more information, or to register, please visit