Assistant Superintendent Update

February, 2018

Welcoming 2018 with Great Learning and Teaching!

We continue to have a very positive and productive several months in our district! Our administrators, teachers, and students have been very engaged in learning a great deal through our District goal of Blended Learning and more in Grade level professional development.

Curriculum, Instruction, Assessments and More...


  • Completed Winter District Universal Screening Assessments at the Elementary (AIMS Web) and Secondary Levels (STAR); analysis ongoing with related stakeholders; Increases in reading and math achievement at all levels based on this assessment data

  • Professional Development in Math for both Elementary and Secondary in crosswalk between RICAS/MCAS Items and current Math Curriculum

  • RICAS and RI Science Assessment Preparation and Practice with Released Items integrated into classroom instruction; District State Testing Schedules created and resources provided to all administrators as test coordinators

  • Professional Development at both Elementary and Secondary levels: Math, ELA, and integration of Blended Learning resources in all curriculum

  • Ongoing Science Professional Development in coordination with East Bay RI Collaborative at the Elementary level: calibration of student work and online FOSS Science support. Support with released items for new RI Science Assessment, Spring, 2018

  • Blended Learning Professional Development is ongoing and embedded at all levels through our Technology, Curriculum Integration Specialist, Mrs. Theresa DeRiso; The focus for Elementary has been best evidence based reading practices integrated with Blended Learning practices

  • We are now moving on to blended learning professional development in Math at the Elementary level; The focus will be the Math Workshop model, best practices in math instruction with integration of blended learning resources

  • The Middle Schools and High School have examined content such as ELA, Math, and Social Studies while integrating Blended Learning tools as well; We are working on completing a second round of professional development with the Middle School content specialist teachers.

  • Coordinated District Summer Reading Committee for Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. We now will have a cohesive summer reading experience for all students; Expectations for students include student choice of multiple project options and a variety of texts

  • Coordinated a District Reading “One Book” event for Reading Week March 5-9 with the book “Dream” by Susan Bosak; related to our theme of “Follow Your Dreams...Read”

  • Co-facilitate District Family Engagement Committee which is supporting a District Wide Family Literacy Month in March and school based family literacy resources

  • Facilitated District Spelling Bee which was held on February 5, 2018

  • Coordinated an Elementary District "Global School Play Day" on February 7, 2018 (See Below)

  • Coordinated “Shadow a Student Challenge” February 19 - March 2; administrators are going to be shadowing a student at all levels to learn from the students’ perspective as a method of school improvement

  • Personally mentoring an elementary student at Marieville Elementary School

  • Coordinated training for all elementary teachers in how to create clear and simplified mid-trimester progress reports for students

More Supports at All Levels...


  • Technology: 1:1 Devices for all students Grade 8-12; continuing to add more devices for students at the Elementary Level

  • Introduced new 504 forms and procedures Grades K-12

  • Formed a District RtI/MTSS Committee to review current documents, procedures, intervention forms and intervention resources; Creating a District MTSS/RtI Guide (to start)

  • Continued Universal P.B.I.S. programs at Elementary and Middle level with further expansion at Elementary schools with no formal behavioral support programs.

  • Continued M.T.S.S grant work (American Institutes for Research) with McGuire and Birchwood Middle School who has recently joined the grant.

  • Our PTECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program at North Providence High School continues to be successful! Recently had a very successful parent/student information night!

  • Our Marine Trades program at both the North Providence High School and Middle Schools continues to be an outstanding and real world pathway for our students.

  • Our Mechatronics and Hydroponics programs at our Middle Schools are successful and lead our students to embrace different pathways

  • Facilitated our NPHS enrollment in the Advanced Coursework Network so our HS students may enroll in coursework offered by the Network; Coursework are offered by Rhode Island LEAs, Community-Based Organizations, Institutions of Higher Education and approved Department of Labor and Training course providers

  • Facilitating our application for CTE Program Approval for the Marine Trades Program at NPHS

  • NPHS is one of only two schools in RI to earn the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll recognition for our commitment to increase AP scores and access to AP courses

  • Applied for PreSchool Grant through RIDE to support programs and training for your Early Childhood Team

  • District Elementary Schools all participated in Global School Play Day 2018! Students and staff engaged in unstructured play ( up to an hour in the morning and afternoon) with all types of creative board games, toys, crafts, and more; Technology was not utilized during this time; The focus of the time is to encourage creativity, collaboration, communication, and social skills for our students

  • We recognized and celebrated our school Guidance counselors for National School Counselors week

Our Marine Trades Program and highly engaged students!!
Shadowing an Extraordinary Ricci Middle School Student