News and Announcements
State Technology Grant Awarded
In August, Mrs. Donna Mingrone (Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology,) Dr. Sally Doyen (Superintendent of Schools,) and Ms. Laura Webb (District Business Manager) wrote a grant application requesting state funding to enhance our school district's technology infrastructure to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards and the accompanying computer-based Smarter Balanced assessments.
This past Friday, Governor Malloy announced plans to fund over $24 million in grant requests to bring more computers into classrooms and increase inter-school and/or inter-district Internet bandwidth.
We are extremely pleased to announce that the Portland Public School District will be receiving $256,713 of this grant money, and placed in the top 25 of 128 applicant districts in dollars awarded. These funds will enable us to address many of the major projects that have been planned for to meet the technological demands as we proceed to online testing.
The full announcement and (hyperlinked) award list can be found at http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?Q=535234&A=4010&pp=12&n=1
Portland High School French Award
Portland High School World Language Teacher Iuliana Badulescu shared the following good news:
“The French award is our first academic award for world languages. It was a contest between different high school students who are taking UConn classes for college credits. Every year there is a UCONN Early College Experience French Day in Storrs. It is a day of French immersion and educational activities for high school students from CT. At the end of the day students are participating in a Quiz Bowl Contest (in French) about francophone culture, literature and history.
On November 7th was one of the biggest contests with more than 150 students and 9 schools participating. Our students were very good; they placed second after a neck-in neck round with Glastonbury. They were beaten to the buzzer on the last question (but they knew the answer).
For the Quiz bowl each team has usually 4 students to represent their school. We have a small French class but our students proved that they were very well prepared to compete at the college level.
There is a short video and pictures from the contest on UCONN Facebook”.
High School Girls Soccer Team Ties for Class S State Championship!
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