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Nancy Souza has been recognized by both the School Committee and Town Council for saving the life of a student earlier this year.

Portsmouth school nurse recognized for saving student

Portsmouth school nurse recognized for saving student

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Middle School nurse got a big pat on the back from the School Committee Tuesday night. Earlier this year, Nancy Souza was credited for saving a young student’s life at the school. The student, who has diabetes, had suffered a grand map seizure due to low blood sugar. Ms. Souza quickly

The former science teacher and now Portsmouth superintendent of schools, Ana C. Riley, poses for a picture inside the Melville Elementary School library. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth superintendent eager for start of school

PORTSMOUTH — Ana. C Riley, who was appointed Portsmouth’s new superintendent of schools in June, has been doing her summer reading on “big picture stuff” such as the district’s strategic plan, budget and more. It’s obvious in talking to her that the first day of school can’t come soon enough. “It’s almost like the buildings

Ana C. Riley is Portsmouth’s new superintendent of schools.

Ana Riley appointed Portsmouth’s new superintendent

PORTSMOUTH — There will soon be a new school superintendent in town, and her name is Ana C. Riley. The School Committee Tuesday night voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Riley, who has served as the superintendent of schools in Dartmouth for the past two years, having first been hired as assistant superintendent in 2008. She will succeed Interim Supt.

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 puts spotlight on student achievement

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

Hathaway School Principal Lisa Little

Portsmouth School Committee selects Hathaway principal

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

Portsmouth High School

ACLU sees racial disparities in Portsmouth school suspensions

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

“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 art, music programs strongly supported

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

Portsmouth High School

Portsmouth schools cancel Wednesday classes

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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