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November 23, 2020

MESSAGES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Thanksgiving Message from Superintendent Xavier Botana:

"This holiday may not be traditional, but let's all make sure we have a safe and healthy one!"
Travel Alert Reminder & Testing Sites

By current state mandate, anyone who travels outside of the state to anywhere (except Vermont, and New Hampshire) must either quarantine for 14 days upon return to Maine OR get a (negative) COVID- 19 test within 72 hours of return.  A person must quarantine while waiting for the results of their COVID test. A person can be tested in the state they are visiting if it is within 72 hours of their return to Maine. Students cannot return to school until they present a negative test or quarantine for 14 days after traveling outside of Maine to non-exempt states.

Find testing sites in the community and at the Jetport. Tests at state-sponsored sites are free. All sites require an appointment.

For safe ways to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, check out this advice from the CDC.

Also, please read this communication from the Maine School Management Association about steps that schools are taking to keep their doors open and staff and students safe.

HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE NIGHT:
DECEMBER 3, 2020

High School Choice 
Session for 8th Grade Families

Thursday, December 3, 2020   
6:00-8:00 p.m.


EVENT FLYER: English, Acholi, Arabic, French, Khmer, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

Eighth-grade families: Mark your calendars for the kick-off event for the high school selection process! A Parent University High School Choice Session will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event will be virtual, so just click the Zoom link and you and your student can attend from home.

Most school districts have just one high school, but the Portland Public Schools gives our eighth-graders a unique opportunity to choose between our three great high schools: Portland High School, Deering High School and Casco Bay High School. All work to ensure our students graduate prepared and empowered to succeed in college and career. Each school has its own unique school culture and identity, but they offer students the same opportunity for a great education.

Which of our three high schools is best for your rising ninth-grader? Please come to this informational session and hear from school leaders as they discuss each school. Learn how to participate here.

High School Learning Center Plan
for 10 – 12th Graders
As previously announced, on Monday, Nov. 30, the district plans to increase in-person learning time for our 10th- through 12th-graders by scheduling them to attend twice weekly “Learning Center” sessions. A letter from Superintendent Xavier Botana to high school students and families addresses concerns raised about that decision and explains his reasons for moving forward with the plan. Learn more


Covid-19 Temporary Memorial at Longfellow Square
 

A group of neighbors, friends and supporters from Portland’s West End are creating a temporary memorial for those who have died from COVID-19. The community is invited to participate in this opportunity to remember and reflect.

On Friday morning, Nov. 27, the temporary memorial will be placed in Longfellow Square for those who have died from Covid-19. This temporary memorial will be available for viewing and solemn remembrance from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, and again on Saturday, November 28.

There will be no formal gathering or service. Members of the public are invited to participate through quiet reflection. All who have lost a loved one, family member, friend, neighbor, or colleague may commemorate their deaths by placing symbolic remembrances by the signs. These may include flowers, shells, stones, and written remembrances. Please, no candles. Natural materials are encouraged.

Please note, remembrances will be retrieved on Friday evening because no items may be left in the city park overnight. All remembrances will be respectfully returned the next morning. On Saturday evening at 7 p.m., volunteers will remove all remembrances, which will be catalogued for posterity by The West End News.

This is an opportunity for community members to visit, remember, and consider the individuals who have died from COVID-19, their families and friends, and this extraordinary time. Please adhere to COVID-19 distancing and mask protocols.


Just in Time for the Holiday: PATHS Autumn Virtual Concert! 
 

PATHS Music students recently released their first virtual concert of the school year. Treat yourselves over the holiday break by listening to the PATHS Autumn EP Extravaganza! Click here to learn more about the concert.


 


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