Cultivating A Community
May 26, 2023
Dear WED Community,
As we approach Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th I would like to recognize and thank all veterans past and present as well as current members of the armed services in our community. We thank you for your service to our country!
Patrick McGee, Ed.D.
Novans In The News
Hamlet Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Club
Each Friday for the past four years, weather permitting, students from Hamlet Middle School have been participating in Ultimate Frisbee after school from 2-3pm at the middle school field. Hamlet Middle School School Resource Officer (SRO), Mike Velino , as well as Hamlet Middle School teachers Elizabeth Paolella, Briana Resto, and Katherine Conway have organized the club with a consistent group of 16-20 students participating weekly. This club has provided an opportunity for students to interact with their teachers and resource officer outside of school, building positive relationships.
Last week, the Hamlet club competed against Ricci Middle School from North Providence Ultimate Frisbee Club at Hamlet Middle School for the first ultimate frisbee game ever between two middle schools in Rhode Island. Both teams had a great time. Many parents and friends from both schools came out to watch their students compete and demonstrate great sportsmanship. Hamlet Middle School plans to continue this new tradition of competing against another middle school next year.
Thank you to Ms. Paolella, Ms. Resto, Ms. Conway, and Officer Velino for volunteering their time with our amazing students. Our students are very lucky to have such caring and dedicated teachers and resource officers!
Below, you will find pictures of the club.
WHS/WACTC student's install book nook at Cass Park
Please click on the link below to read about the WHS/WACTC Interact Club's book nook project.
Students install book nook at Cass Park
WOONSOCKET - While city workers continue to excavate and remove gravel from Cass Park, students from Woonsocket have made an addition to the park. Every year, students from the Interact Club, a student division of the Rotary at the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center are tasked with a project that will somehow benefit the city.
WACTC Health Careers student gives back to the community
Please click on the link to the Valley Breeze article to read more about this selfless student.
Health Careers student works to help others
WOONSOCKET - Returning to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a nurse would be coming full-circle for Maddison Oliver, who started the first three months of her life as a patient in one. "I just want to help babies that need the help because I got the help," she said.
Villa Nova Middle School student recognitions for the 3rd quarter
Congratulations to the following Villa Nova Middle School students who were recognized for the 3rd quarter:
Eliana Louis Jean
Barbara Fortunato De Souza
Kelvin Sanchez Guaman
Jasiel Rosado Rivera
Jabriel Caban Alvarado
Francis De Paz Lopez
Greydis Zelaya Florez
WHS/WACTC students to participate in 2023 National Personal Finance Challenge Finals
Congratulations to Woonsocket High School students Colin Cintron, Damian Bunnell, Abdoul Aziz Diallo, and Michael Gallardo for making it to the 2023 National Finals of the National Personal Finance Challenge. The team will travel to Cleveland, Ohio from June 4th-June 5th to compete for the title of National Champions.
The mission of the Finance Challenge is to equip K-12 students with the tools and knowledge of personal finance and economics so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Teams will participate in a Fictitious Family Scenario. They will have two hours to prepare their case study presentation and then they will present to a panel of judges. The top team from each judging room will advance to the Final presentation round and present their case study to our VIP panel of judges.
I would like to thank Mr. Robert Gruetzke, WHS/WACTC math teacher and team advisor for his guidance, mentoring, and dedication to these students! We wish these amazing students the best of luck at the National Championship!
WHS Elizabethan Project
Recently, the Woonsocket High School grade 12 AP Literature and Composition class collaborated in small groups to create an interactive Elizabethan Faire for their final project. Student's researched a variety of Elizabethan-era topics from the Black Plague to Music to Torture and the Tower of London. A library exhibit was developed from their research that included informative stations with tri-fold boards, costumes, live music, food, games, and a "photo-op" pillory. Students from other classes were invited to participate in a "Scavenger Hunt" to find information by visiting each display and interacting with the student researchers. The exhibition was a successful showcase of knowledge and lots of fun was had by all those involved!
Nitto Avecia visits the WACTC BioTech Program
Last week, Manufacturing Material Support Specialist and WHS/WACTC alum, Casandra Averett (nee Nieves) had an opportunity to visit the WACTC BioTechnology program to share her story and love for her work. Casandra works at Nitto Avecia, which is a pharmaceutical development and production company located in Milford, MA. Of her experience, Cassandra shared: “I remember being in their shoes, so it was great to show them all the possibilities of working in biotech.”
NEIT Health Careers Day
On May 12th, the WACTC 2nd-Year Health Careers students attend the NEIT Health Careers Day.
Woonsocket Education Department 2023-24 UPDATED Academic Year Calendar
Due to Rhode Island's first congressional special election dates on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 (Primary Election) and Tuesday, November 7, 2023 (General Election), the WED 2023-24 Academic Year Calendar has been modified to reflect the fact that there will be no school on either date as our schools will be used as polling sites. The last day of school for the 2023-24 school year will be Friday, June 14th. I apologize for any inconvenience this modification may have caused. Please click on the link below to access the modified 2023-24 WED Academic Year Calendar.
WED Passport to Kindergarten
Please click on the Woonsocket Call link below to read more about the WEDs Passport to Kindergarten Series for students and their families who will be attending Kindergarten in fall.
WED's 'Passport to K' gives students exposure to classroom
WOONSOCKET - In-coming kindergarteners are getting a taste of what school will be like in the fall through the Woonsocket Education Department's revamped "Passport to Kindergarten" series of events throughout the spring. "It provides multiple opportunities for exposure to kindergarten activities, rooms, staff," said Elizabeth Campanelli, a speech therapist at Pothier-Citizens who helped plan the events.
WED recognized by Commissioner of Education Infante-Green
The following recognition comes from RIDE Commissioner of Education Angelica Infante-Green's recent weekly Commissioner's Field Memo:
Woonsocket Recognition of Peers Mentors in Teen Mental Health
The Woonsocket Education Department hosted a successful Mental Health Awareness Recognition Ceremony at WHS where close to 200 students were recognized for their contributions to Mental Health Awareness through their participation in the Peer Mentor Program, a range of trainings from Teen Mental Health First Aid, to Healthy Relationships with Sojourner House, Substance Abuse Signs and Symptoms with RI Student Assistance Services, and Nonviolence trainings with Non Violence Institute (peer mentors, athletes and other leaders in the school and community), the district SEL Workgroup, student-led Design Lab, the Let It Out Woonsocket Video (Duffy and Shanley) and the Chris Collins Foundation Team (school-wide campaign including assemblies and mural).
George Nasuti Novans' Pride 5K Race
On Sunday, May 29th, the annual George Nasuti Novans Pride 5K race will be held at 8:30am at Leo Savoie Elementary School. Please click on the link below to register for the race.
Woonsocket Education Department Passport to Kindergarten Series
The Woonsocket Education Department cordially invites you to our Passport to Kindergarten Series! Come to one event or come to them ALL because it is never too early to get your child ready for kindergarten. Have fun traveling through a variety of activities in the exploration stations listed below.
The BASICS PRINCIPLES include the following:
Maximize Love & Manage Stress
Talk, Sing & Point
Count, Group & Compare
Explore Through Movement & Play
Read & Discuss Stories
Children who will turn 5 years old by September 1, 2023 will be eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year.
Please click on the following links below to access our Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten flyer.
Community Partners News
Upcoming District Events
- Monday, May 29th - Memorial Day (No School)
- Monday, May 29th - George Nasuti Novans' Pride 5K Race (8am @ Leo Savoie Elementary School)
- Tuesday, May 30th - WHS Music Awards Night (7pm @ WHS)
- Wednesday, May 31st - WHS Senior Awards Night (6:30pm @ WHS)
- Thursday, June 1st - SELAC Virtual Meeting (6pm, Click on the following link to access the meeting: https://meet.google.com/wwk-acxz-srh)