Tag Archives: Portsmouth Middle School

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Police: Driver sped over 50 mph on school soccer field

Police: Driver sped over 50 mph on school soccer field

Above: Ryan Deblois PORTSMOUTH — A 34-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly drove a vehicle at speeds exceeding 50 mph on the Portsmouth Middle School soccer field as students were being dismissed. Ryan Deblois, of no permanent address, was charged with reckless driving, three counts of vandalism and disorderly conduct following his arrest

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Portsmouth students show off their inventions (photos)

Above: Brandon Michalski shows off his invention, a Puppy Sweeper, which lets the owner literally sweep the floor while he walks. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr. PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Middle School’s sixth-graders held their annual Invention Convention last week and judging by their projects, there were plenty of lightbulbs going off in their heads. Here’s a

Zack Sherman, a sixth-grader at Portsmouth Middle School, answers a question from John "J.J." James of “Forces in Motion Live” as he sticks to a velcro wall at the school. The Newtonian-physics, hip-hop dance production that makes science fun for young students stopped at the school for three shows on Monday. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Learning Newton’s laws via hip-hop in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — It’s not every day you find three people dancing and rapping about Isaac Newton’s laws of motion, sixth-graders flinging themselves against a velcro wall and teachers dressed in sumo wrestling costumes. But that’s exactly what happened inside the Portsmouth Middle School gym Monday morning. The occasion was “FMA Live! Forces in Motion,” an interactive

Sarah Wilme (left) judges fellow student Jenny Jenkins (middle) on her project, "Fizz or Fail," at the Portsmouth Middle School science fair last week. Bethany Jenkins looks on at right. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Junior scientists shine at Portsmouth Middle School

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Middle School hosted its seventh-grade science fair last week, with students showing off their trifold board projects on everything from compost to solar energy. We visited the fair last Thursday and asked some of the students to talk about their projects — how they came up with their ideas, how they conducted their experiments,

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Portsmouth moves ahead with school truancy court

PORTSMOUTH — If you’re a student who wants to play hooky in Portsmouth, you may soon have to explain your truant ways before a judge. The School Committee Tuesday night voted to move ahead with a plan to establish an in-house truancy court to address absenteeism in the district. The committee will now pursue talks with

Some parents who are opposed to the PARCC test say these “badges” can be handed out to teachers if their children are too shy to verbally refuse the test.

Portsmouth expects some students to refuse PARCC

PORTSMOUTH — Although the school district has no formal provision for parents to have their children opt out of the PARCC assessments beginning next week, Assistant Superintendent Thomas W. Kenworthy Friday said he expects a “handful” of pupils will refuse to take the test. On Monday, March 16, the district will begin the first round of

Sixth-grader Mateo Joseph and fourth-graders Morgan Sullivan, Connor Andrews and Ignatio Burgos (from left) go through a number on their violins. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth students get schooled in strings

PORTSMOUTH — Eleven-year-old Mateo Joseph’s been playing violin for only one year, but you’d never know that after hearing his gorgeous tone. “He’s got natural talent,” says Gael Berberick. Violin isn’t Mateo’s only instrument. The school band member also plays piano, saxophone, recorder and, he points outs, “I’m trying to kind of teach myself how to

Nicole Takacs won a Bronze Medal in the ISI Artistic Freestyle 4 for her age category.

Portsmouth sisters shine in ice skating competition

PORTSMOUTH — Two local sisters represented Rhode Island as they competed in the 2015 Bay State Winter Games held in Williamstown, Mass. Feb. 20-22. The annual event invites skaters from all six New England states to compete in United States Figure Skating (USFS) and Ice Skating Institute (ISI) events which are qualifiers for the bi-annual State

Eighth-grader Kylie Swider holds up the championship trophy along with her teammates after the game. Photo by Tim Marshall.

Portsmouth Middle School girls are state champs!

PORTSMOUTH — Congratulations, girls. You’re members of the best middle school basketball team in the state. The Portsmouth Middle School girls’ basketball team made school history Thursday when it won its first state championship, soundly defeating Curtis Corner of South Kingstown, 55-20, to cap off an undefeated season. “I’m so proud of them,” said the girls’