Ponaganset News

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Briarcliffe Gardens Assisted Living says "Thank You" to Ms. Gattinella's class

We feel SO loved! Thank you to Ms. Gattinella’s Life Skills Class at Ponaganset High School in Glocester, RI for the incredibly creative and uplifting hand made Valentine cards. You made our day!

National History Day at Ponaganset

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National History Day in Rhode Island is an affiliate of National History Day, a highly regarded curriculum enhancement program for social studies students in grades 6-12. Rhode Island has participated in National History Day for 37 years. Students produce projects, websites, documentaries, papers or performances based on a yearly theme. This year's theme is "Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences." Last year, Ponaganset had several students advance from the state competition to the National competition.

Congrats to all the National History Day finalists from PHS who will be heading to the state competition! The first two winners are eligible to attend the state competition at Toll Gate High School on April 9th with a runner-up chosen to take the place of any winners unable to attend.

From the papers category: In first place is Kaden Rosa with his paper on Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, in second is Nicholas Olszewski's paper on the Watergate scandal and runner up is Christian Mattson with his paper on Ford v. Wainwright.

For Individual Exhibits: In first place is Mackenzie Fasteson with her project on the Missouri Mormon War, in second is Rylee Nelson with her exhibit on Loving v. Virginia and runner up is Carissa Sharp with her project on the League of Nations.

For Group Exhibits: In first place is Ava Morin and Lilly Marchessault with their project on the Equal Rights Amendment. In second is Amanda Tondreau and Karina Tabla's exhibit on Coco Chanel and runner-up was Caroline Rhodes and Julia Williamson with their exhibit on the Debate over Prohibition.

For Individual Websites: First place is Catherine Clifford with her project on the Native Protest at Alcatraz, second place is Kaelyn Caraballo with her website on the Strike of 1934 and runner up is Thomas Needham with his project on Spanish Neutrality in World War II.

In the Group Website Category: First place is Emily Pierce, Alannah Lee and Michelle Charron with their project on Gradual Emancipation in RI and second place is Bailee Stalker and Arelis Ramos-Cote for their website on Henry VIII.

For Group Documentaries: In first place are Peter Pellegrino and Ryder Taillon with their documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis, and in second are Jack Rockwell, Brett Corrigan and Ian Bricker with their documentary on Project Nike

For Individual Documentaries: First place is Riley McCormick with a documentary on the Iran Hostage Crisis, second is Hetta Coleman and her documentary on the Yalta Conference and runner up is Zade Abuzahra's documentary on the Camp David Accords.
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DECA Club had another amazing showing at the annual RI DECA Career and Development Conference (CDC)

The Ponaganset High School DECA Club had another amazing showing at the annual RI DECA Career and Development Conference (CDC) at Johnson & Wales University this past Friday, Feb. 11, 2002.

1. Carlena Smith, Junior, was voted in as the new RI State DECA President;

2. Nick Hooper, PHS DECA President, was recognized for his service this year as Chapter President;

3. The PHS DECA Chapter was recognized for our Membership Campaign, demonstrating a significant increase in our membership (Thanks in large part to Nick Hooper for recruiting most of the PHS Hockey Team);

4. PHS DECA Club Advisors, Mrs. Murphy and Mr. MacLeod, were recognized for 5 Years of Advising;

5. New DECA Member, John Brierley, earned Top Test Score Recognition for his respective Exam;

6. John Brierley, also earned 1st Place in Sports & Entertainment;

7. The team of Kelsey Wilson (new DECA member) and Gunnar Baumann, earned 1st Place in the Business Law and Ethics;

8. The team of Ally Pezza and Nick Hooper earned 2nd Place in Travel and Tourism Marketing;

9. The team of Tswvyim Xiong and Colin Barlow earned 2nd place in Financial Services;

10. Mason Martins, new DECA member and 9th grader, earned 2nd Place in Principles of Business Management and Administration;

11. Carlena Smith earned 3rd place in a very tight competition in the Career Development Project.

12. The team of Ally Pezza, Carlena Smith, and Ashton Sirois, were able to meet in person with Mr. Tim Sawyer, businessman and entrepreneur, who has been helping this team of young entrepreneurs actually design a viable company, SparkMoneyIQ. (SparkMoneyIQ team member, Sara Sepe, was not in attendance)

Some of our winners have now also qualified to attend and/or compete at the International Career and Development Conference in Atlanta, GA in April.


Chieftain Pride

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Celebrating CTE Month

Grace Glasko was a part of the chair's report at the CTEBOT Meeting.
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Let's celebrate Joseph Bucko, a retired Navy Vet who turns 102!

Ponaganset students came together with their teacher Victoria Serra and designed 102 cards for Mr. Bucko's birthday!

Joseph Bucko, 101 years old is a retired Navy veteran born on March 20, 1920. He enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor.

"He loves his birthday. One year, because of COVID, since we couldn't do anything big!" His daughter Joanne asked that people statewide who wanted to help them celebrate his birthday send him a card this year!

"This year, I figured I'll start it early and give him something to keep him busy. He loves to read and enjoys getting the cards."

Thank you for all your help & bringing our community together for such a great celebration!

Victoria Serra


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Miss Gattinella’s Life Skills Classroom participated in a Valentine's Day Card exchange during the month of February with schools from around the country. The class received over 40 cards from 24 states. The students created special cards to send back to each school.

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Check out our New Website: graduate.fgschools.com

Survey Works

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Dear Ponaganset High School Families,

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its yearly Survey Works Parent Survey, which is an opportunity for parents to provide feedback about our school and our children’s opportunities to learn. The survey results are most useful when all parents engage, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey.

Your feedback is essential to student and school success. Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey, you can help our school leadership make improvements to our school. The survey is voluntary. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you.

Parents and guardians can take the short survey online between now and March 31, 2022. To take the survey, visit: Click here for link. Please select Ponaganset High School from the drop down menu and click “Take this Survey”. Once finished, click “submit”.

*In addition, please be advised that students will be participating in the student-version of this survey on February 16, 2022. Administration of the student survey will take place during the Personalization Period. Please be sure you communicate with me (email: agrundel@fgschools.com) before that time if you do not wish your child to participate.

Thank you,

Amanda Grundel, M. Ed., M.S.

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PSAT (Grade 10) & SAT (Grade 11) Testing: Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Please mark your calendars. More information to be sent soon.

Snowflake Search!

As we returned from February break, we wanted to spread some positivity and fun to our faculty and staff. We hid 12 snowflakes around the building, with inspirational words so we can take a moment to reflect on the word and share it with colleagues and students.

Happy searching!

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A Bite of China -- Dumpling Making and Tasting

Students from both Ms. Rao's Chinese class and Ms. Parrish's Food & Nutrition class work together making dumplings.
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The 8th Grade Tour

Eighth Grade students from Ponaganset Middle School came to the high school in Februaryt for a visit. They were able to tour the school and also attend a Pathway fair to learn about the different programs/courses we offer.

The Chieftain Corner

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Looking for a cool gift idea??

The Chieftain Corner is where you can purchase official Ponaganset merchandise. Our clothing merchandise options that are available at our store include multiple different styles and colored sweatshirts and shirts ranging from long sleeve, short sleeve, and v-necks also in multiple colors, flannel pants, sweatpants, and sherpa sweatshirts. Our smaller clothing merchandise include face masks, pom pom beanies, baseball hats, and sherpa blankets. Our non-clothing apparel includes chieftain key chains, drawstring bags, lanyards, pop sockets, reusable bags, and stainless steel tumblers. We sell all of our merchandise online through My School Bucks and in our school store located near the library. Every order over $25 comes with a free chieftain reusable bag. Our store has inclusive sizing ranging from XXS to XXXL. The merchandise is high quality at good affordable prices. Some of our merchandise is made from Champion brand materials.

We are also now able to personalize your merchandise with name, number, year of graduation, etc. Stop by our website www.bit.ly/TheChieftainCorner to check out everything we sell or call the main office to set up a time to visit us in person during one of the four school lunches on green days (Tuesday and Thursdays).

You can order online 24/7 at www.bit.ly/TheChieftainCornerMSB and you can pick them up in the office.

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Resource Officer Andrew Uriati and Tate

We would like to take this time to say goodbye to Officer Esposito who's last day was Friday, January 28 and welcome Officer Uriati our new Resource Officer. Officer Uriati will be keeping our school safe along with Tate. The students and staff are excited to have Tate here at PHS.
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Handmade Cards for all Occasions

Students and staff at Ponaganset High School are planning to continue making handmade cards for members of our community. Last year, over 400 handmade seasonal themed cards were delivered. We really enjoy bringing cheer to our community members.

The students and staff are very creative and passionate about this project. Like the students, each card is unique and carries messages of kindness and inclusion. We take pride in using recycled materials to make the cards and would love to continue to provide this community service for every holiday throughout the year.

We are currently accepting donations of materials such as; used greeting cards, card stock, scrapbook material, washable paint, gift bags, tissue paper, stickers etc. We love working with recycled materials and would make use of any craft items you have sitting on shelves and in drawers.

Please feel free to drop off any of these items to the main office at Ponaganset High School.

Spot Light on Ponaganset Athletics!

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CONGRATULATIONS Girls Hockey Co-op DIVISION 1 State Champions!

Broncos stun No. 1 Rams to win program's first state title

The No. 2 BPBV co-op hockey team battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits to beat three-time defending state champion La Salle, 3-2, in Game 2 to clinch the program's first state title Sunday night at Schneider Arena.

Read the full Woonsocket Call Article here.

The Providence Journal wrote:

Burrillville/Ponaganset/Bayview co-op stuns La Salle, sweeps its way to Division I girls hockey title

PROVIDENCE — Second-seeded Burrillville/Ponaganset/Bay View entered its Division I championship series with top-seeded La Salle as a distinct underdog.

And with good reason. The Rams had won the last three Division I championships and seven overall. BPBV, meanwhile, is in its sixth season as a co-op team and had not come within a wrist shot of annexing a state title.

But that didn’t faze BPBV as it edged the Rams, 3-2, Sunday evening at Schneider Arena to capture the best-of-three series in two games. Allie Trimble scored two goals and tournament MVP Paige Almon stopped 20 shots.

“It’s a completely different feeling,” Trimble said. “This is what we wanted all year. La Salle has been the one to beat. That feeling of finally getting to them is amazing, as team underdogs.

“All the teams, even in Division II, were cheering us. They wanted the underdogs to win. I would rather be the underdog than have all the pressure on the team. I think it’s a better feeling when you win. We put our hearts and souls on the ice and did whatever it took.”

BPBV coach Courtney Lacey knew precisely what her team had to do in order to dethrone a perennial champion.

“We played really well on defense,” said Lacey, whose team held the Rams to three goals in the two games. “La Salle is a good team. But we knew we could beat them. We had to play well in the defensive zone. We played tight and we played strong.

“We knew if we shot pucks on the net we could score.”

One reason BPBV’s defense stood the test was because of Almon’s play in net. In the second period alone, she stopped nine of 10 shots.

“She’s unbelievable,” Trimble said of her goalie. “She carried us this season. She stood on her head. She’s been great every game. We wouldn’t have done it without her.”

The Rams grabbed a 1-0 lead at 6:47 of the first period when Sofia Calabro scored on a slap shot from the left circle while on a power play. But BPBV tied it with seven seconds left when Trimble wristed home a shot from just off the crease.

“She’s unbelievable,” Lacey said of Trimble. “She doesn’t stop skating. She’s our go-to kid. She’s such a good kid.”

La Salle’s Adriana Dooley gave her team a 2-1 lead when her wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle eluded Almon a mere 24 seconds after the second-period faceoff.

Trimble struck again at 8:18 of the period when she scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the left of the cage.

The fact her team came from behind twice instead of retreating into a shell impressed Lacey.

“With this team, these kids never give up,” Lacey said. “I’m not shocked that we came from behind. They never stopped skating. They deserve it.”

That goal proved to be huge because an apparent goal by La Salle’s Kendal Brown was negated by a goalie interference penalty early in the second period.

Sarah Anderson scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 2:28 of the third when she snapped off a wrist shot from the left circle.

“I’m happy and I love my town,” Lacey said. “Hockey is a huge tradition in Burrillville. It’s about the kids and I’m really, really happy for them.

“They had to play their game. The game doesn’t change. I don’t know what else to say because I’m so proud.”

Ponaganset Wrestling

PHS Wrestling -- 3rd at the New England Championship!

Congratulations to Ponaganset Wrestling for finishing 3rd at the New England Championships!

A special congrats to Jared Hood and Nicholas Baccala (Blood Round), New England place finishers, Andrew Reall 6th @ 145, Justin Hood 5th @ 152, Jason Hood 4th @ 138 and New England Champion Jacob Joyce @ 120!!

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Ponaganset Wrestling -- 2022 Division 1 State Runner Ups

2022 Division I state runner-ups with a record four state champions, and six New England qualifiers!!

Nick Baccala 3rd in RI @160 lbs

Jason Hood 2nd in the State@ 138 lbs

And Our STATE Champions: Jake Joyce @120, Jared Hood at 106, Justin Hood at 152 and Andrew REALL at 145

Congratulations Boys! Now on to New England’s this weekend!

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Ponaganset Girls Basketball

Ponaganset Girls Basketball onto the Final Four!

Basketball: Girls Varsity Final Four
Saturday, Mar 12, 2022 Time 2:00pm
North Kingstown High School vs Ponaganset High School vs RIIL @ Ryan Center

PURCHASE TICKETS for the Boys and Girls Basketball Championship weekend at the Ryan Center.

Providence Journal Article

PROVIDENCE — It goes down as a lone defensive stop to end the game, but Ponaganset had to deny Barrington three different times in their Interscholastic League girls state tournament quarterfinal game on Saturday afternoon.

The Chieftains committed a turnover and a foul off the ball in the final 14.7 seconds at Murray Center. The Eagles retained possession and the chance to launch what could have been the winning 3-pointer.

That never happened. Ponaganset survived a hectic stretch run at Rhode Island College and clinched a semifinal berth thanks to a 47-45 victory.

Ella Pierre-Louis came up with a blocked shot in the final five seconds, and it was appropriate. The sophomore forward racked up a double-double and was the difference in the paint for the Chieftains, who match up with top seed North Kingstown next weekend at the Ryan Center.

“I just wanted to get the ball,” Pierre-Louis said. “It’s basically just a mindset. If you want the ball, you have to get to it.”

Barrington inbounded from under the Ponaganset basket with just 0.5 seconds left, barely enough time to catch and shoot. The Eagles couldn’t squeeze off a final attempt and the Chieftains held on in a game where they held a 13-point lead with 4:53 left.

“They built themselves a cushion,” Ponaganset coach Gary Martinelli said. “They hung on. In the playoffs, you just have to survive, and that’s what we did today. And that’s fine with us.”

Ponaganset’s final field goal came on a beautifully designed play. Pierre-Louis set a screen on the left elbow and rolled down the lane toward the basket. Her floater off the glass with 1:02 to play gave the fourth-seeded Chieftains (17-4) a five-point lead — it was just enough. She finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds in a breakout performance.

“We didn’t want this to be our last game,” Pierre-Louis said. “We’re trying to move on as far as we can. We know next week is going to be a tough game.”

The fifth-seeded Eagles (15-6) carried that same sense of desperation all the way to the finish. Mady Calhoun’s 3-pointer from the right wing with 0:25 left made it a one-possession game and capped a strong second half for the Brown University commit. She poured in 12 of her 17 points after the break, matching sophomore guard Maddie Gill for team-high honors.

Ponaganset figures to have its hands full against the Skippers, who held off a late rally from La Salle to score a 43-35 victory in Saturday’s opener. North Kingstown dealt the Chieftains a 68-41 defeat in their last meeting on Jan. 13.

“They’re undefeated for a reason,” Martinelli said. “They spanked us good for a month or so. We’ll go there and give it our best and see what happens.”

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Who stands out in Division I girls basketball? Campbell Boyden

Who stands out in Division I girls

basketball? Here are five (plus one off

the bench) names you need to know

Published 5:17 a.m. ET Dec. 15, 2021 Updated 9:52 a.m. ET Dec. 15, 2021

The Division I girls basketball season is off and running and the state's best teams are due to

put on quite a show this winter. With only 10 teams, there are only one or two plays that are

going to separate the top teams from the bottom or turn a good team into a great one.

There is a lot of terrific team-based talent in the division but this is about individual players.

Finding five players to watch - plus one off the bench, of course - wasn't easy to do, but we

made it happen as we get rolling into what should be an exciting 2021-22 girls basketball


Campbell Boyden

Ponaganset High School

Guard, senior

In the Chieftains’ return to the state’s highest level, Boyden’s presence is going to be

instrumental in their success. Her talents are unquestioned — whatever needs to get done,

Boyden finds a way to do it. Score? Sure. Rebound? Done. Lockdown defender? Don’t have to

ask twice. Boyden’s a complete player but her most important role is going to be keeping the

Chieftains’ heads together during the rigors of Division I play.

Congratulations Ponaganset Competition Cheer Team!

The Ponaganset Girls Comp Cheer team finished 2nd in Division 3, and 4th overall in the state, scoring a 80.4/100

RIIL State Championship is being held on Saturday, March 12th at 11 am at Providence Career & Technical Academy. Tickets can be purchased here.

Congratulations PHS Boys Basketball -- 2nd Place Division III

Seeking their first title in 20 years, the Chieftains came up short in a tough battle against a D-III opponent for the first time in their remarkable season and ended up dropping a 47-35 decision to the Mt. Hope Huskies.

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It's Time to Order Class Ring!

What an exciting time to order your Class Ring!

Please scan the QR code provided to bring you right to your school’s website on Balfour.com.

For a limited time, Balfour is offering $42.00 off select Celestrium Rings! Place your

order during the weeks designated on the Flyer to receive this exclusive offer.

If you have any questions, please email ANDScholasticGroup@gmail.com or (401) 467-7018

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Rhode Island Department of Health Updated Playbook

Upcoming Events


Parents/Guardians - please see the following letter sent to the PHS Students in regard to the Winter Ball/Spring Gala.

Hello PHS Students,

We understand that many of you are excited about the upcoming Winter Ball, which is now being titled the Spring Gala! On Saturday April 9th, Rhodes on Pawtuxet will host the event.

We are asking all attendees to complete this Refund Form, which indicates students who DO and DO NOT want a refund. The senior class advisors and class council will be cross checking the purchased tickets to ensure the information is accurate. We will work with the business office to ensure all students who need refunds receive them.

Thank you,

Mrs. Bovenzi, Mrs, Boyden , & Ms. Burns
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Parent Resource Center

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Parent Portal

To Parent Guardians:

An email was sent out inviting you to log in to the Aspen Family Portal. The email contained a security code that you will use to set up your account, just follow the directions!

The reason only some of you will receive this is because we try to limit access to the portal to one login per family. If you have a family situation which requires an additional login, please contact your child’s school.

Once you login to Aspen, we are asking you to verify that you are seeing each of your children, and that other information is accurate as well. If there are issues with any of the information, pleased contact your child’s school to let us know!

Going forward we will be asking you to upgrade emergency contacts, update medical information, and parent phone numbers/email addresses. The portal will also be used to give you digital report cards, see student transcripts, as well as other information that is stored in Aspen.

Helpline 710-7500 ext 4357 (HELP)

Please review the links below for information and instructions.

Canvas & Aspen Parent Instructions for Viewing Grades

Please see the link below for how to observe your student's Canvas account, our Learning Management system. This also includes information on using Aspen to check report cards.

Link for instructions.

2021-22 Yearbook Order

Now is the time to order your 2021-22 yearbook for your child!

How to order a yearbook and/or and ad:

Go to: www.ybpay.lifetouch.com

Enter this code: 13539322

From there you will choose which of the above items you would like to order.

You may also create a student recognition ad for your child and/or purchase an ad for your business! Follow the same instructions given above to order an ad.

We need all orders in by May 31, 2022.

Healthy in body & mind means better learning, habits & relationships

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Mindful March

Let's pause, breathe and really take in what's all around us.


Everyone's path to happiness is different. Based on the latest research, we have identified 10 Keys that tend to make life happier and more fulfilling.

Together they spell GREAT DREAM and you can click to explore.

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Action for Happiness App

Click here for app.

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Family Literacy Corner

Family literacy is a type of literacy education that emphasizes bringing reading and writing into the home and making it a family activity. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, students with a “richer home literacy environment displayed higher levels of reading knowledge and skills than did their counterparts with less rich home literacy environments.”

Below you will find a resource that will provide current event articles and some discussion starters related to the articles. Reading an article a week as a family and having discussions over dinner will provide benefits that include: increasing literacy skills, engaging in family conversations, and enhancing knowledge of current events.

Link to Newsela: https://newsela.com/

(This resource offers a free basic version. There is a caregiver/parent sign up option)

Conversation starters:

  1. Create and discuss your own headline for this article and explain why yours is better than the original.

  2. Discuss the visuals given in the article and how they relate to the topic.

  3. If a friend asked you, “what was that article about?”, how would you summarize it?

  4. Ask the following questions to prompt meaningful connections between what was read and what is relevant to the student’s life:

    1. What does this article remind you of?

    2. Are there any elements of this article that are especially important to you and why?

    3. What information from this article cleared up any confusion you may have had about this topic?

Contact information: If you are looking for more family literacy ideas, contact Associate Principal: Amanda Grundel @agrundel@fgschools.com

Fundraising Corner

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Updated: 2021-22 Foster-Glocester Regional School District Calendar

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Bus Information

Please be advised that at this time there are no late buses.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your students bus situation, below are the bus yard numbers:

Glocester Bus Coordinator

Kim Hopkins/Jackie Dussault 568-6206 X239

Bus Companies

Glocester: Jacques 568-8433

Glocester: Hopkins 568-5096

Foster: Ocean State 397-7415

Statewide Bus, Heather Hargis 304-9136

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School Breakfast and Lunch Information

FREE Breakfast and FREE Lunch for ALL Students

Thanks to the continued funding from the USDA, we are pleased to announce that ALL students will have access to a FREE BREAKFAST & FREE LUNCH every day. Please take advantage of this great opportunity and receive your FREE meals.

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