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Deering High School to Host Annual National Honor Society Convocation and Junior Awards Night

The evening will feature speeches by senior members of the National Honor Society followed by an awards ceremony for deserving junior students. Dr. Jake Giessman, the principal, will be on hand to present prestigious awards in recognition of the focus and diligence exhibited by these exceptional students. 

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$161.4 Million School Budget Heads to Council

The Portland Board of Public Education voted on April 9 to approve a $161.4 million FY25 school budget to recommend to the City Council. The Board’s budget centers students by including strategic funding for increased student mental health, reading support, special education and school culture support at the school level. It also supports increased rigor in the classroom, and maintains funding for athletics, extracurriculars, and class sizes. The Board will present its recommended budget to the City Council on April 22. The Council will vote on the school budget on May 20 and send it to voters on June 11.

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Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence: Deering High School's Open House Event

Deering High School, a pillar of the Portland community since 1874, is celebrating its 150th anniversary with an Open House on May 11th (11 AM - 1 PM). Alumni and community members are invited for tours, a student-made documentary screening, and a chance to reminisce through old yearbooks. It's a day to celebrate Deering's legacy and create new memories!
 

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Technology Coordinator Wins MASL Award

Courtney Graffius, the Portland Public Schools’ technology integration coordinator, is the recipient of the 2024 School Administrator of the Year award presented by the Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL).

The award honors administrators who have helped to develop strong and effective school library media programs in their district. Courtney was nominated by PPS librarians in recognition of all she has done to help build and advocate for library programming in the Portland Public Schools, said Meg Rooks, teacher-librarian at Talbot Community School and the district’s library coordinator.

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It’s Assistant Principals Week!

National Assistant Principals Week, April 1-5, 2024, is a time to honor and celebrate the contributions of our assistant principals to the success of our students. Assistant principals have complex jobs. Their duties include supporting teachers and their principal, motivating students and creating a positive learning community – as well as facing the many unpredictable challenges that land on their desk each day. Portland Public Schools is deeply grateful to all these key staff members for all they do to ensure that our students succeed. Thank you!

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PPS to Give Eclipse Glasses to Students

There will be a full solar eclipse viewable in Maine on Monday, April 8, at 3:28 pm. While the full eclipse will only be visible elsewhere in Maine, there will be a partial eclipse visible in Portland. To help Portland Public Schools students be able to view the eclipse safely without harming their eyes, the Foundation for Portland Public Schools has protective purchased solar eclipse glasses for all students that will be distributed in school on April 8.

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Testimonials

What our students and alumni have to say about Deering High School.

The guidance counselor at Deering was extremely helpful in figuring out how to get applications in and where to do my SAT’s. 

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I felt like my education [at DHS] wasn’t just based on the four classes that I’d take every day, it was everyone in the classroom.

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I felt surrounded by really amazing people who were giving me knowledge I wouldn’t be able to find somewhere else.

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Deering High at a Glance

We succeed together because everyone is valued, challenged & empowered.

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873

enrolled students grades 9-12

Deering is the most diverse high school north of Boston with approximately 873 enrolled students grades 9-12.

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32

languages spoken by students

DHS has a culturally and linguistically diverse student body with 32 languages spoken by students.

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348

number of students enrolled in AP courses

Deering's Advisory Program gives every student a sub community with a curriculum focused on developing social-emotional well-being, supporting positive behavior, advancing equity, and building community.

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