portland schools

Sixth grader Molly Neuner broke her school’s dress code on purpose to take a stand against sexism

On a Friday not long ago, sixth grader Molly Neuner went to a community meeting.

At that community meeting at King Middle School in Portland, Maine, half of her grade, both boys and girls, gathered to talk about the dress code. 

That’s when Molly realized something: There were wildly different rules for the girls and the boys, with far more attention paid to what the girls were wearing than the boys.

“It made me feel uncomfortable, because I don’t want boys looking at me in weird ways and it was awkward. It made me feel sad, because I knew friends in that room who were lesbian or gay who were left out, and I saw another girl look down and looked upset because they said that.“

The following Monday, Molly experienced firsthand what it felt like to get called out at school because of her clothing, with a teacher telling her and a friend to stand up in front of the class and measure her shirt strap. 

If she wore that shirt again, she was told, she’d get detention. When she came home and told her mother, Christina Neuner, this, that’s when the wheels started turning.

“I thought, ‘Oh hell no, this is not happening,’” Neuner said in an interview. “The next day, we started looking online at ‘girls and dress codes’ and saw it was a problem at other schools, and we found the #IAmNotADistraction campaign.”

So last Wednesday, Molly wore a tank top that she loved with lace at the top, but also one she knew would be breaking the dress code. 

She paired it with the words #IAmNotADistraction written on her arm. Read more (4/17/17)

The Gals in college.

 I’ve been asked this a 100 times so..

  1. Hope Solo –> School: Washington ; Major: Speech Communications
  2. Syd Leroux –> School: UCLA ; Major: History
  3. Cap America –> School: Monmouth ; Major: Special Education
  4. Becky Sauerbrunn –> School: UVA ; Major: English
  5. Kelley O’Hara –> School: Stanford ; Major: Science, Technology and Society
  6. Whitney Engen –> School: North Carolina ; Major: Political Science
  7. Shannon Boxx –> School: Notre Dame ; Major: Psychology/African-American Studies
  8. Amy Rodriguez –> School: USC ; Major: Psychology
  9. Heather O’Reilly –> School: North Carolina ; Major: Education
  10. Carli Lloyd –> School: Rutgers ; Major: Exercise Science and Sport Studies
  11. Ali Krieger –> School: Penn State ; Major: Advertisement/Public relations
  12. Lauren Holiday –> School: UCLA ; Major: Sociology
  13. Alex Morgan –> School: UC Berkeley ; Major: Political Economy
  14. Morgan Brian –> School: UVA ; Major: Kinesiology
  15. Megan Rapinoe –> School: Portland ; Major: Sociology
  16. Lori Chalupny –> School: North Carolina ; Major: Sociology
  17. Tobin Heath –> School: North Carolina ; Major: Communications
  18. Ashlyn Harris –> School: North Carolina ; Major: Communications
  19. Julie Johnston –> School: Santa Clara ; Major: Communications
  20. Abby Wambach –> School: Florida ; Major: Leisure Service Management
  21. Alyssa Naeher –> School: Penn State ; Major: Kinesiology
  22. Meghan Klingenberg –> School: North Carolina ; Major: Business Administration
  23. Christen Press –> School: Stanford ; Major: Communications/Psychology
  24. Emily Sonnett –> School: UVA ; Major: Sociology
  25. Kealia Ohai –> School: North Carolina ; Major: Journalism and mass communication
  26. Crystal Dunn –> School: North Carolina ; Major: Sociology
  27. Sam Mewis –> School: UCLA ; Major: English
  28. Casey Short –> School: Florida State ; Major: Criminology
  29. Andi Sullivan –> School: Stanford ; Major: Management Science and Engineering
  30. Jane Campbell –> School: Stanford ; Major: Psychology
  31. Rose Lavelle –> School: UW ; Major: Sociology
  32. Lindsey Horan –> SKIPPED COLLEGE TO GO PRO

Foggy Night at the Reiche Elementary School Playground by Corey Templeton
Via Flickr:
In Portland, Maine’s West End.


Got to see Eva and Lily in their school’s original play called Gruffled.
Eva was one of three Billy goats gruff but do to budget constrains there where only two Billy goats.
It was fun, clever, and a musical. The music was neat cause they took older songs, changed the lyrics some to fit the story of the play.
I’m really glad I got to see it.

Free Dental Work!

Hey, Portland area folks (or anyone who can get to Portland)–OHSU’s dental school really really really needs patients for their graduate exams May 5 and 6, 2017! If you have cavities or need a dental scaling/deep clean you may be able to get the work done free of charge. The work will take longer because it’s an exam, but–free! Contact Alex Bouneff at bouneff(at)ohsu(dot)edu for more details.

You do need to go in twice before May 5 but they have a lot of openings and are in desperate need of patients. This only happens once a year so now’s the opportunity.

I went in for my initial consult today and everything was very professional. I am a total wimp when it comes to dental stuff and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. These are students who are doing their final exam before graduating to be full fledged dentists, and they know their stuff.

Yes, you can reblog this!

bllueberrys  asked:

i just saw your previous ask about the paleo diet and i wanted to ask if it was hard to adjust? i'm in college rn and have the same eating habits you used to, so how did you manage to kick the habits of eating out all the time?

it wasn’t as hard as i thought it would be, now that im not in portland for school and i dont have fast access to junk food i dont eat it! i still get cravings, but as long as i dont buy sweets and snacks and the grocery store and its not in the house, its good. 

and i still let myself cheat a bit, like i dont worry about my diet so much when im eating out with friends for cons bc i dont go to cons that often and social eating is much better when im not worrying about bread and shit. i still push myself to chose the healthier option in those cases, like even if im eating at a restaurant with friends i’ll still prefer to have a salad instead of like, fries or something. 

i’ve replaced the stuff i used to snack on, like chips and bread, with a lot of fruit. my old favorite foods like pizza and burgers are rare treats for special occasions. some of my favorite foods are already paleo, (like yellow curry) so i eat those foods a lot more if i want to eat something really yummy without cheating

basically im trying to approach this as a life change that is sustainable; i know if i go full health nut and completely limit myself to only paleo ever then i’ll get sick of it and go back to my old habits. even at a size XL i was healthy and happy with myself, and i dont have a time limit or a goal weight, hell im not even weighing myself bc i know if i do i’ll either get discouraged or go overboard and get burned out. i have to keep reminding myself that this isn’t a life or death matter and i love my body no matter what, so going slow and treating myself every once in a while is ok!

“When I was in high school I went to an away ball game one time. I must’ve been a freshman, because I didn’t drive yet. I lived in a farming area and back then we had rooter buses that would take you to away games because the next school over was a bit far away. My dad was supposed to pick me up at 11pm when the bus dropped me off, but the bus had broken down and we had to wait an hour and a half for the team bus to get there. I got a ride home and when I walked in, my parents just said, ‘You’re grounded for the rest of the school year.’ No questions, nothing. It took them about a week to come to their senses and realize I hadn’t done anything wrong. They never apologized, but they lifted the grounding and I figured that was as good as I was going to get from them.”

When I first moved into Portland proper from the ‘burbs (lol less than half a mile from where I live now), in mid-2006, the house had a hammock in the small, overgrown front yard

It was shaded by the tree over it, and nearly hidden by bushes despite being just a few feet from the sidewalk 

It was an excellent place to read, and once on a summer-y day I fell asleep in it, and it was one of the most peaceful naps I can remember

Back when this neighborhood was still affordable for a lot more people, and a lot more of the houses were rented by groups of unrelated adults (often recently arrived from other parts of the country) scraping by on lower-wage jobs (good lord, back in those days, 2/3rds of my women friends were working as part-time nannies, often to multiple families), and on any given day from that hammock you’d hear scooters going up and down the street (a scooter gang of some kind lived a few houses down–I always loved that one of them had a sticker that said “fart machine”) or that dude a few houses in the other direction practicing the banjo

And anyway, if I won the lottery tomorrow (not that I play the lottery), I’d buy a house, and I’d invite a couple of friends to live with me, probably close to where I am now, with trees in the front yard, and maybe I’d let the bushes overgrow a little, and I’d put up a hammock in the summer

Before Newtown: Connecticut’s First School Shooting

27-years before Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary and murdered 27 people, there was another, little discussed school shooting in Connecticut. 

On December 11, 1985, 13-year old Floyd Warmsley was told by his principal to remove his hat, which was against school rules. The eighth grader was “reluctant to do so”, so he walked home, stole his fathers Tec-9 assault pistol, walked back to Portland Junior High School and entered the principals office. 

He pulled the gun from his trench coat, and pointed it at the principal. Another teacher pushed him out of the way and they both hid in an office. Warmsley then shot and injured the school secretary, before going to the upper level of the school, randomly shooting at lockers and taking a student hostage. 

The school janitor, David Bangston, was returning from his break just as the vice principal announced via the intercom that there was an active shooter in the building. Warmsley aimed down the hallway and shot Langston from about 200 feet away, killing him instantly. Several hours went by as the parent of the student he took hostage pleaded with him over the intercom system. Eventually Warmsley threw the pistol out of the window and surrendered himself to the authorities. 

Floyd Warmsley was tried as a juvenile, found guilty and sentenced to four years in a juvenile facility. He was released after three years for good behavior.