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Government Finance Officers Association again gives PPS highest financial reporting honor
Government Finance Officers Association again gives PPS highest financial reporting honor
Updated on 07/27/2022
Once again, Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the division’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). 
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Churchland sophomore wins VSBA writing contest award
Churchland sophomore wins VSBA writing contest award
Updated on 07/26/2022
Churchland Sophomore Isabel Gonzales was one of just three winners in the state of the 2022 Student Essay Contest Award, given by the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA). 
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Historic soil from I.C. Norcom to be transformed as part of historical Chrysler exhibit
Historic soil from I.C. Norcom to be transformed as part of historical Chrysler exhibit
Updated on 07/18/2022
On a Tuesday afternoon, researchers from the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum stood in the ninety-degree heat at the I.C. Norcom High School bus ramp, looking around for a perfect sample of a particular artifact that was, in fact, all around the them: soil 
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