Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Portsmouth High School ranked 1,244 among the top 2,000 high schools in the country.
Newsweek's online feature, The Daily Beast, named Portsmouth High School among the top 2,000 high schools throughout the country on Monday. Portsmouth High School made the list of America's Best High Schools at number 1,244 among 2,000 schools throughout the country. Portsmouth High School made the list because, according to The Daily Beast, it proved to be among the most effective schools in turning out college-ready grads. The ranking was based on six components: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB/AICE scores and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course. According to Newsweek, Portsmouth High School has the following: To view the…
Portsmouth schools will test out a new surveillance system in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT.
Portsmouth school officials were quick to examine Portsmouth's own security only days after last December's shooting in Newtown, CT. School officials in Portsmouth immediately looked for ways to increase security after the deadliest school shooting in recent U.S. history. Nearly six months later, in a decision with Orwellian connotations, the Portsmouth School District will try out a new security system. The new security system asks teachers to upload photos and videos from their classrooms in the event of an emergency, reports The Associated Press. Portsmouth School Superintendent will then be able to watch the footage and notify first responders, according to the article. The surveillance system is called VizSafe, which is produced…
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Portsmouth School District releases the spring newsletter, which includes info on full-day kindergarten and a cyber-bullying workshop.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The Portsmouth School Committee chairman says full-day kindergarten could soon come to schools. What do you think about this proposal?
The Portsmouth School Committee is considering a proposal which would create a full-day kindergarten program for Portsmouth schools. School committee Chairman David Croston says full-day kindergarten could soon become a reality in the district. What do you think about full-day kindergarten being brought to Portsmouth? We asked this question on Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page Thursday. Here's what several users had to say. Marissa Randall: It's about time they considered catching up with the rest of the state! Rachelle Sunderland Cook: Yes!!! My first daughter went to full day in Middletown - more hours of education!! Christine Lineberger: It makes life so much easier on working parents but it is a long day for wee ones not accustomed …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Portsmouth School Committee voted Tuesday night to appoint a new Director of Finance and Administration.
The following is from a press release from the Portsmouth School District. The Portsmouth School Committee approved the hiring of Christopher DiIuro to the position of Director of Finance and Administration. The vote took place Tuesday night at the school committee meeting. Chris is a finance and accounting executive with 20 years of experience. He is a graduate of the Boston College Carroll School of Management, where he earned degrees in both finance and accounting. "I am absolutely thrilled we were able to attract Chris to Portsmouth. His tenure here will be transformational, said David Croston, committee chairman. "Chris stood out to the sub-committee in all facets: accounting, personnel, and operations. Portsmouth is very lucky to …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Portsmouth School Committee will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Portsmouth High School library. The committee will approve an employment contract for the new finance director.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
With Portsmouth schools closed this week for February vacation, it's time to come up with things to keep the kids busy — share your ideas on Portsmouth Patch!
February vacation for Portsmouth Schools is scheduled for this week — what will your kids be doing? Here's your chance to offer some thoughts on the best activities, events, and projects for the kids to do next week — just add your ideas to the comment section below. And be sure to check out some of the ideas from nearby Bristol Patch readers in the Storify above! Even though these are from Bristol Patch, many of these activities can be enjoyed by Portsmouth residents. Are you the owner or manager of a kid-friendly vacation spot? Post your schedule in the comments so we can feature your events and activities.
Monday, February 11, 2013
As of 9:25 p.m. Sunday, the Portsmouth School District planned to open all schools on Monday while parents voiced their frustration on social media.
The following was written Sunday at 9:25 p.m. Updated Monday at 6:09 a.m. Portsmouth parents voiced their anger and frustration Sunday evening after the Portsmouth School District made plans to open schools Monday. [Update] The Portsmouth superintendent announced schools will be closed Monday at 5:45 a.m. The cancellation was due to a "change in weather forecast," according to the local blog Hard Deadlines. Some parents posted pictures of snow-covered bus stops on Facebook, like the one featured at right, as an attempt to persuade school officials. However, as of 9:25 p.m. Sunday, Portsmouth school officials had made no announcements of school closings. Some parents claimed they received an e-mail about the schools being open Monday; …
Friday, January 11, 2013
In response to the Newtown, CT, shooting, the Portsmouth School District is taking steps to increase security.
The Portsmouth School District will spend $8,000 to increase security at schools following the shooting in Newtown, CT, reported The Providence Journal on Thursday. The school district will purchase new ID badges for employees and make improvements to intercom systems, according to The Journal. The steps are being taken in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT, which is being considered the worst school shooting in recent U.S. history. Portsmouth schools are also flying green flags in memory of the Newtown, CT, victims. What do you think about the security steps being taken by the school district? Should more be done? Tell us in the comment section below.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Here's a look at the top school stories of 2012.
What were the most read school stories of 2012? Here's a look at the top 4 education stories of the past year. What was your favorite education story of 2012? Tell us in the comment section below!