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Beloved Portsmouth third-grade teacher retires (gallery)

By   /  December 20, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Retiring third-grade teacher Cindy Kneller holds signs — spelling out "Terrific" — that some students had made up in her honor at an assembly at Hathaway Elementary School Friday.

PORTSMOUTH — Like every other third-grade teacher, Cindy Kneller has been responsible for instructing her pupils in several different areas of study. What she’s best known for, however, is fostering a great love for writing and storytelling. On Friday, her last day after 20 years of teaching in the same room at Hathaway Elementary School, Mrs. […]

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Portsmouth approves full-day kindergarten

By   /  March 27, 2013  /  Schools  /  1 Comment

Five-year-old Grace Zamil, who attends a private preschool three days a week for four hours a day, will be making the jump to a full-day, five-day kindergarten program in the public schools starting in August.

PORTSMOUTH — Grace Zamil will be seeing a lot more of a classroom next year, but her parents say she’s ready for the challenge. The 5-year-old now attends morning classes at Portsmouth Nursery School three days a week. After school she comes home, has a snack, watches a little TV, maybe colors and plays with […]

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Portsmouth schools expected to approve full-day K tonight

By   /  March 26, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Space is now available at Hathaway (pictured) and Melville schools for the full-day kindergarten programs, according to school officials.

PORTSMOUTH — It looks like all-day kindergarten is finally coming to Portsmouth. The School Committee is expected to approve the much-anticipated plan at its meeting tonight, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. Currently the district offers half-day kindergarten classes at Hathaway and Melville schools. “With the strategic plan, one of the core […]

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Portsmouth schools hold the line on budget

By   /  March 26, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Before an empty audience Monday night, the School Committee formally approved a $37.42 million budget proposal for 2013-2014 that represents a .4 percent decrease over the current spending plan. The $37,419,133 budget, $149,307 less than the current one, was sent to the Town Council for review. The contribution from local taxpayers would be […]

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Portsmouth schools dispute ACLU criticism on web filtering

By   /  March 12, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth is the only public school district in the state that blocks students from viewing online material on religion and entertainment, according to a report released Monday by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Furthermore, the ACLU report contends, the district’s internet filtering software also blocks access to the […]

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Portsmouth NECAP scores well above state average

By   /  February 15, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

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PORTSMOUTH — Although Portsmouth students once again scored well above the statewide averages in the latest round of New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing, school officials say there’s still room for improvement. Results from the fall 2012 NECAP tests, given to students in grades 3 to 8, and 11, indicated that overall, Portsmouth students held […]

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