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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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Engineering classroom success in Portsmouth

By   /  March 13, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Portsmouth Middle School teacher Sharon Raposo (left) and Melville teacher Michele Polselli wait to see if the paper tower they built withstands the weight of a stuffed toy pig. It did.

PORTSMOUTH — As Sharon Raposo carefully balanced a small bean bag pig on top of a two-foot tower made from index cards, fellow teacher Michele Polselli braced for the worst as the middle school classroom fell into hushed silence. But the pig — and the house of cards — never fell after a mandatory 10-count. Success! Ms. Raposo […]

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Portsmouth School Committee selects Hathaway principal

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Hathaway School Principal Lisa Little

PORTSMOUTH — Lisa Little can now wipe the word “interim” from the front of her job title. The School Committee Tuesday night voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Little as principal of Hathaway Elementary School, a job she’s served on an interim basis since Suzanne Madden left the district last year. In selecting her, the committee was […]

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ACLU sees racial disparities in Portsmouth school suspensions

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  Schools  /  2 Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth public schools last year suspended black students more than five times as often “as would be expected based on their school population,” according to a report issued this week by the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In addition, the report says the district suspended Hispanic students more than […]

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Portsmouth art, music programs strongly supported

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  Schools  /  1 Comment

“We’re lucky enough that the president of the United Sates invites us to play in his front yard. That’s how great we are,” said Ralph Craft, a parent volunteer in the high school music program. The PHS Marching Band performed in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade in January 2013.

PORTSMOUTH — Hanging outside the Portsmouth High School auditorium is a photograph, entitled “Blue Reflection,” of which Cara Higgins is very proud. It’s hers, and was one of 19 works by PHS students this year to win a R.I. Art Education Association scholastic art award — the most earned by any district in the state. Her voice […]

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Portsmouth student pushes for Junior ROTC program

By   /  February 4, 2014  /  Schools  /  1 Comment

Mariah Warner (center) with her family: Parents Tito and Jessica Warner, and brothers Miles (left), 5, and Tito Mahkai, 10.

PORTSMOUTH — A military brat her whole life, Mariah Warner has had to make new friends and adjust to a different school every time her dad, a Navy supply corps officer, is re-stationed. The 16-year-old sophomore at Portsmouth High School knows firsthand the many sacrifices children from military families make, and now she wants them to […]

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Portsmouth schools cancel Wednesday classes

By   /  January 21, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Portsmouth High School

PORTSMOUTH — No school, Portsmouth! The Portsmouth School Department has canceled classes for Wednesday due to the snowstorm. The department shared the news in an automated phone message that went out at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday. The snow and ice, along with the expected low wind chill factor during the morning commute, were cited as the […]

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Portsmouth cancels school Thursday, Friday

By   /  January 1, 2014  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Public school students here can sleep in Thursday and Friday. School has been cancelled for both days. Assistant Superintendent Jeff Schoonover shared the news in a recorded phone message sent out to parents at about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. Mr. Schoonover cited the impending winter storm’s anticipated precipitation and high winds during the commute period as […]

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Portsmouth students learn ‘An Hour of Code’

By   /  December 13, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Melville Elementary School librarian Ruth Donahue helps kindergarten student Rafferty Dionne with a programming problem inside the school's computer lab.

PORTSMOUTH — A little puppy was lost yesterday, but kindergarten students at Melville Elementary School helped the dog find its way back home. In doing so, the young pupils had a little help themselves: their computers. Along with students in all grades throughout the school district, they were participating in the “House of Code” event during […]

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Portsmouth teachers approve 3-year contract

By   /  November 26, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — The local teachers’ union has ratified a three-year contract with the school district that calls for modest salary increases, increased sharing of health care costs and larger class sizes. The School Committee is expected to formally approve the contract at its 7 p.m. meeting tonight, Nov. 26, at Town Hall. Under the contract approved […]

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