Thunderbolt Newsletter

January 2018 Edition. Happy New Year!!

Guidance News:

Cranston High School East will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Tuesday, February 6th. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Approximately 50 CHSE Seniors will take an assessment in either Mathematics, Reading or Science.

Students will take the assessment in Reading, Mathematics or Science. In addition to subject area questions, NAEP survey questionnaires are voluntarily completed by students. The questionnaires provide valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. More information is available at under the section “What Questions Does NAEP Ask?”

The assessment takes about 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

  • Students’ grades will not be affected.

  • Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

  • While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if any student and/or parent do not want to participate, please notify me ( in writing by Friday, January 5th.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage students to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at

Contact Mr. Potemri at if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Cranston East's students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.


The music department put on a very successful Winter Concert on December 19th. Thank you to all the family members and friends who came out to support East Music, we appreciate you!

Advanced Art 2

The Advanced Art 2 classes with Mrs. Schultheis recently completed some interesting work under the direction of student-teacher Cynthia Walsh from Rhode Island College. Students were given the task of coming up with ideas for a topic or issue that they wanted to Protest or Promote in the form of a unique and creative Poster.

-A wide variety of materials were made available for student use.

-The only rule was that posters could not be about specific Political Parties or people.

Many young people are frustrated by the lack of opportunity to have their voices heard on issues that concern them. This lesson gave students a chance to express their views visually about many important topics affecting our world. A fantastic assortment of unique and powerful posters were created. They are currently on display in the library.

Beyond the Classroom

During the month of November, 12 Cranston East Students volunteered their time to work with 5th grades from both Barrows and Rhodes Elementary School. These students did an exceptional job and deserve recognition! These mentors met once a week to form a positive relationship with the students, while also helping them work on their math skills. The fifth graders were excited about the program and continually asked if they could meet with their mentors every day. Way to go Nat Hardy, Shevanna Yee, Hannah Joyce, Darien DiNaro, Mason Harris, Samantha Carroll, Genesis Aldana, Mina Grady, Brenna Rojek, Michelle Xie, Daisy Sanchez, and Aislinn Baxter! You all truly made a difference in your community and we thank you for that!.


Cranston East teacher Ken Bowling and the Life Skill students in the bicycle repair class in the special education program at Cranston East contribute to the joy and happiness of several families in the community. This class, which is the only bicycle class in the school, keeps the kids on task and gives them valuable skills, according to David Bizier, a business teacher at East. The hard work of the students resulted in six young children in need getting fully repaired bicycles this past holiday season. Thank you for making a difference!.

German Club

On Wednesday, December 13th, the German Club made traditional style Christmas cookies after school. Recipes like "Vanillekipferl" (crescent-shaped Almond cookies with Vanilla sugar) and "Spitzbuben" (traditional sugar cookies filled with grape jelly) was a huge hit and all 25 students enjoyed a great time together!

Stay tuned for more fun activities to come in January!

Looking for something to do after school?

The Knitting and Crocheting Club will be meeting on January 4, 11 and 25 in room 701.

Latin Dance Club -Fridays after school in the Senior Cafeteria.

Steppers - Wednesdays after school in the Senior Cafeteria.

Hip Hop- Wednesdays after school in the Auditorium.

Green & White Club- Every other Wednesday in the Media Center.

German Club- Wednesdays after school in room 214.

East Green Club- Tuesdays & Thursdays (see Mrs.Tejada for more information).

CHSE Book Club- contact Mrs.Blais for more information.

Please visit the CHSE website for other available clubs and activities.

Upcoming events

Parent Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 6:30pm

899 Park Avenue

Cranston, RI

East Parent meeting @ 6:30 pm in the Senior cafeteria. All parents are welcome.

Parents Advisory Group

Friday, Jan. 12th, 8:30am

899 Park Avenue

Cranston, RI

Parents Advisory Group (PAG) meeting with the Principal in the Guidance Conference room @8: 00 am. All parents are welcome.

Bolts on Broadway

Friday, Jan. 19th, 7pm

899 Park Avenue

Cranston, RI

Bolts on Broadway, East auditorium @ 7:00 pm

Winter Ball

Friday, Jan. 26th, 9pm

950 N Quidnessett Rd

North Kingstown, RI

Winter Ball will be held January 26th at Quidnessett Country Club. Tickets will be sold before and after school beginning January 3rd. There is a finite number of tickets. When they are gone they are gone. So don't wait, get them early.