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Portsmouth spreads the word to end the ‘R’ word

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Fan favorite Patrick Kiely, a member of the Portsmouth Middle School unified basketball team, reacts to shouts of encouragement from the sidelines.

PORTSMOUTH — Basketball players, fellow athletes, classmates and teachers all unified Wednesday afternoon with a common purpose: to rid the community of an ugly word. “This was for our ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ campaign, which is all about ending the use of the ‘R’ word,” said Alex Simeone, coach of the Portsmouth Middle […]

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Portsmouth students brainstorm for Invention Convention

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

You won’t need a flashlight when wearing James Gosset’s Bright Boots.

PORTSMOUTH — It’s a common problem many pet owners have: It’s a cold day and you need to take your dog for a walk, but you don’t want Fido from slipping and sliding on patches of ice. Don’t worry. Zach Pierce has just the thing for you. The Portsmouth Middle School sixth-grader recently invented Paw […]

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Portsmouth puts spotlight on student achievement

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Members of the School Committee view a photograph created by Amanda Chisholm, who won a Gold Key Award as well as the national American Visions Award for her work.

PORTSMOUTH — Official business was put aside entirely — well, almost entirely — so the School Committee could recognize the district’s high-achieving students Tuesday night. Inside a crowded high school auditorium, students who excelled in the arts and music, math and sciences, sports and other fields were commended for their accomplishments this year in an hour-long […]

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Portsmouth Middle School salutes ‘Honest Abe’

By   /  February 15, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — When middle school students gathered inside the gymnasium to unveil its new portrait of President Abraham Lincoln Friday afternoon, they couldn’t have asked for a more fitting keynote speaker. “It’s not every day we have a former chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court here,” said Principal Joseph Amaral in introducing Frank J. […]

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Portsmouth school defended for Smarties e-mail

By   /  January 17, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — The leader of the town’s substance abuse task force has defended Portsmouth Middle School’s e-mail Thursday that warned parents of some students’ habit of snorting or smoking the candy Smarties. The e-mail caused confusion on the part of some parents and was described as “hysterical” by local blogger John McDaid. It’s since gone viral […]

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E-mail: Students snorting and smoking Smarties

By   /  January 16, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — An e-mailed message sent by Portsmouth Middle School today about the dangers of snorting or smoking Smarties has parents scratching their heads and a local blogger fuming. The e-mail, sent by someone at the school around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, warns parents of an “unsafe, new trend among some of our middle school students — […]

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Stunt rider shares wisdom, tricks with Portsmouth kids

By   /  December 17, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Chris Poulos fools the crowd by leaving his bike while jumping over teachers Crystal Cavaco, Jayna Lalli and Aaron Souza. Immediately afterwards he did the jump on his bicycle.

  PORTSMOUTH — Bicycle stunt rider Chris Poulos has taken risks his whole life, “When I was 2 and a half years old, I took my tricycle and took off,” he told a few hundred Portsmouth Middle School students Friday. His family, neighbors and the police all searched for him, only to find him more than […]

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Portsmouth Middle School land eyed for dog park

By   /  October 23, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

The town is considering the establishment of an off-leash dog park, similar to one pictured here in Barrington.

PORTSMOUTH — Four-legged friends could be socializing next to Portsmouth Middle School if a group planning a town dog park gets its way. Bunny Miller, who leads the Dog Park Planning Committee established by the Town Council in June, told the School Committee Tuesday night that her group would like to use property north of […]

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Portsmouth schools hear concerns over field trip

By   /  October 23, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — A field trip scheduled Monday for seventh- and eight-grade middle school students is not being run by, nor is it financially benefiting, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the chairman of the School Committee said Tuesday night. David Croston made his remarks in response to objections raised by two parents, John and Karen […]

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Portsmouth students flip for the arts

By   /  April 30, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Henry Pierce gets creative during his improvised "go-down" during a hip-hop dance workshop at Portsmouth Middle School Friday.

PORTSMOUTH — Matthew Razz was as much of an inspiration speaker as he was a breakdancer last week. One half of the dance duo Swift Charakterz from Dance Fusion in Tiverton, Mr. Razz urged students to be fearless when they improvised their “toprock,” “go-down” and other basic moves. “Don’t put up that fear wall,” said Mr. […]

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