Cultivating A Community
November 22, 2023
Dear WED Community,
I would like to take this time to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are able to enjoy time with your loved ones as we all give thanks for those who make a difference in our lives. May you and your family have blessings to be thankful this Thanksgiving season. Thank you for being a part of our special school community.
Patrick McGee, Ed.D.
Novans In The News
Hamlet Middle School earns student attendance accolades from the Governor and RIDE Commissioner
Congratulations to Hamlet Middle School for being recognized by Governor McKee and RIDE Commissioner of Education Infante-Green as one of three most improved average attendance rates for the week of November 13th. Below is the Press Release from Governor McKee and Commissioner Infante-Green.
AttendanceMattersRI: Governor McKee, Commissioner Infante-Green Recognize Weekly Attendance Leaders and Improved Schools
Week of November 13, 2023
PROVIDENCE, RI- Acknowledging the importance of consistent attendance in education and in alignment with the #AttendanceMattersRI campaign, Governor Dan McKee and Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green are pleased to highlight the top elementary, middle, and high schools with the greatest average weekly attendance, as well as elementary and secondary schools with the greatest improvement in weekly attendance.
The following schools are Rhode Island’s attendance leaders for the week of November 13, 2023*:
· Elementary: E.G. Robertson School, Warwick – 97.91%
· Middle: Lawn Avenue School, Jamestown – 96.92%
· High School: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts ** – 97.51%
Special recognition is extended to the following schools for demonstrating the most improved average attendance rates from the previous week:
· Elementary: Centredale Elementary School, North Providence -- 3.56%
· Middle: Hamlet Middle School, Woonsocket – 4.24%
· High School: Newcomer Academy, Providence – 4.67%
The Governor and Commissioner express their gratitude and encouragement to all schools in Rhode Island for their ongoing efforts to prioritize attendance and reinforce the value of consistent learning experiences for all students.
*As of Tuesday, November 21, at 6 a.m.
**Schools with multiple grade levels (i.e. elementary and middle school) are categorized by RIDE by their largest population
WHS students celebrate Hispanic heritage
Please click on the Valley Breeze link below to learn more about Woonsocket High School's Hispanic heritage celebration.
WHS Debate Team continues to impress
Congratulations to the WHS Debate Team on their participation in the Boston Debate League at the 2nd tournament of the season Friday and Saturday held at Suffolk University. Woonsocket was represented by three teams, including Malachi Mason, Amanda Pierre-Paul, Natalia Cusson, Dorothy Parker, Fatou Fall and Melody Robinson. Except for Mason and Pierre-Paul, all debaters were participating in the Boston Debate League for the first time.
Competing in a densely packed novice division, Fatou and Melody came home with a third-place team trophy in a field of thirty-eight teams. Malachi and Amanda followed with a fourth-place team victory. Malachi also improved his speaker performance from the last tournament garnering a third-place speaker award, competing against seventy-four debaters in his division. Malachi also received the coach awarded Debater-of-the-Month Award for his active recruitment of new members for debate and his willingness to help introduce new debaters to the concept of policy debate.
Congratulations to all WHS debaters, especially Natalia Cusson and Dorothy Parker, who participated in their very first policy debate tournament. The next tournament will be held on January 12th & January 13th. Congratulations and Go Novans!
iExplore/Media Literacy to RI PBS
Students in Ms Anderson's Media Literacy and iExplore classes toured RI PBS Studios on November 9th. After the tour, students observed a live taping of their Weekly television show hosted by Pamela Watts and Michelle San Miguel. After a Q&A session, students were treated to lunch and then visited the Public Educational and Government Access studios to learn about their programming and take their own turn at filming a show!
WED Competencies for Success
The greater the number of CONVERSATIONS children engage in, the greater their cortical brain growth in language and social processing because...
We hope that students are able to take some time over the short break to engage in meaningful conversations with those they care about in order to practice their effective communication skills.
Community Partners News
Boys and Girls Clubs of Northern Rhode Island
Please click on the link below to access information about flag football tryouts.
Woonsocket Harris Public Library
WNRI Radio Host Jeff Gamache Presents:
A Christmas Story Time at the Library
Where: Woonsocket Harris Public Library
303 Clinton Street, Woonsocket RI 02895
When: Saturday, December 9th from 2-3pm
Join us at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library for a special reading of The Polar Express, T’was The Night Before Christmas and Santa is Coming to Rhode Island, read by Jeff Gamache. Participants will receive a free book “Post” Mark the North Pole Postman Visits Rhode Island by Mark Perry. Children are encouraged to wear comfy attire.
Special guest, Santa Claus, is scheduled to make an appearance. We will serve hot cocoa and cookies. Please call the library to register, so we have enough space in the room.
The program is free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Call 401-769-9044 x2 to register.
Main Street Holiday Stroll
Please click on the Valley Breeze article below to learn about the Annual Main Street Holiday Stroll. Don't miss the Woonsocket Schools tree decorating contest!
Upcoming District Events
- Wednesday, November 22nd - Friday, November 24th - Thanksgiving Recess (No School)
- Monday, November 27th - District Health & Wellness Subcommittee Meeting (4pm @ Hamlet Middle School Room 124)
- Monday, November 27th - District Technology Subcommittee Meeting (6pm @ Hamlet Middle School Room 124)
- Tuesday, November 28th - District Policy Subcommittee Meeting (4pm @ Hamlet Middle School Room 124)