THURSDAY Flash Forward

Focusing on the Future - March 28th to April 1st

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SCHEDULE

Monday, March 28th

  • A Day
  • 1:51 - Faculty Meeting - Individual - Rooms 124
  • TOPIC - Villa Nova - Open Forum - M. Thompson
  • TOPIC - Hamlet - RtI Process on Skyward presentation - K. McKenzie, S. Beausoleil
  • 6:30 pm - PTO meeting - re-scheduled - Please attend if you can!
Tuesday, March 29th
  • B Day
  • 1:51 pm - CPT

Wednesday, March 30th

  • A Day
  • 8:45 am to 9:05 am WHS Peer Mentors - Hamlet 8-2
  • 9:10 am to 9:30 am WHS Peer Mentors - Hamlet 8-3
  • Team 7-7 can join any of the above.
  • 1:51 pm - TDT
Thursday, March 31st
  • B Day
  • 8:45 am to 9:05 am WHS Peer Mentors - Villa Nova 8-1
  • 9:10 am to 9:30 am WHS Peer Mentors - Villa Nova 8-4
  • 5 pm to 7 pm - CCF 21st CCLC Dance - Villa Nova cafeteria
Friday, April 1st - APRIL FOOLS' DAY!
  • A Day
  • Quarter 3 Report Card Input BEGINS
Tuesday, April 5th
  • Quarter 3 Report Card Input ENDS at 11:59 pm


REVISED DATES PLEASE CLICK BELOW FOR LINK TO PROGRESS REPORTS AND REPORT CARDS:

INPUT DATES

DISTRIBUTION DATES

District News

WED Summer PD Academy for all teachers will be held 6/27, 6/28, 6/29, and 6/30. More details to come.


Heather and Mike are working on Technology Professional Developments for the week before WED summer PD Academy. More information will follow.

WED Tech PD News

April Vacation is Coming...
Tech PD - Hours or Pay Available

Digital Citizenship PD
Tuesday, April 19th 8:30am-10:30am
Nova Room 106


Google Drive PD
Thursday, March 31st 2:30pm-3:30pm @ WHS Library

Google- A "Drive-ing" Force in the Classroom


Click here to request a personal appointment.

District Nurses' News

School sponsored field trips are often informative and eye-opening experiences for many students, but they require planning and special considerations, especially related to the health needs of students.


ONLY the school nurse has the nursing background and education to appropriately assess the proposed school‐sponsored trip to determine the accommodations needed to allow all students to safely participate in activities. This planning process includes making accommodations for health care needs, determining required medications and treatments, and preparing for potential emergencies.


Best practice suggests that school nurses should be part of the initial approval process for any field trip. At least a 2 week notice is necessary to help plan for any additional personnel, if needed.


The most successful field trips are the result of collaboration and team planning among school administrators, teachers, school nurses, parents and students. Please remind all teachers to contact the school nurse before booking a field trip.


Thank you for your help with this very important issue!

Walk for Kindness - Family Fun Event Saturday June 4th

PARCC Tutorials

You can not use Google Chrome to do the tutorial. Explorer or Firefox works best. All students should go through this tutorial.


TestNav 8 Tutorial

This tutorial should be used to familiarize students with how to navigate the TestNav 8 computer-based environment (advancing, going back, tool bar, embedded supports and accommodations).

http://parcctrng.testnav.com/client/index.html#login?username=PCPTTestNavTutorial&password=PCPRACTICE

Information from RIDE

Three R.I. schools presented at regional conference on high-school redesign

Several Rhode Island educators made "action presentations" on high-school redesign last week at the New England Secondary School Consortium regional conference, "High School Redesign in Action." The consortium selected the presenting schools the presenting schools " not only for their exemplary work but also for their extraordinary commitment to making sure every student has a chance to succeed, to live a fulfilled and meaningful life, and to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live."


The schools and programs that made presentations at the conference are:


  • Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School, Coventry:Jennifer Graham (teacher) and Courtney Macropoulos (teacher)
  • Blackstone Academy Charter School: Kyleen Carpenter (head of school), John Horton (grade 9 dean; science teacher), Stacy Joslin (grade 10 dean; social studies teacher), and Carolyn Sheehan (executive director)
  • Woonsocket High School and Riverzedge Arts:Rebekah Greenwald (executive director), Karen Barbosa (expanded learning & youth development director), Liz Holohan (ELO coordinator)


Thanks to all for your commitment to re-imagining our schools and for representing our state at this regional conference.


RI-CAN publishes report on public education in R.I.

Our friends at RI-CAN have just published their annual report, "The State of Public Education in Rhode Island." According to RI-CAN, they have designed the report to show "where our education system stands and how it has changed over time." The report compares Rhode Island public education with education systems in other states and across the nation. The report also includes data on postsecondary education and on the workforce. You can access the report here:

http://ristateofed.ri-can.org/


R.I. is tops in Farm to School Program participation

Based on a survey that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administered, Rhode Island has the first in the country on the percentage of school districts - 90 percent - that participate the Farm to School Program. The program brings fresh produce to school cafeterias and provides hands-on learning to students, showing them where their food comes from through farm visits and nutrition education. Information on the program and on the national survey is available here:

https://farmtoschoolcensus.fns.usda.gov/find-your-school-district


The USDA also encourages you to find your school district on this list and nominate the district for a "Once in a Melon" Award:

https://farmtoschoolcensus.fns.usda.gov/find-your-school-district/rhode-island


School offers R.I. students chance to speak with an astronaut who is about the International Space Station

Ever dream of talking to an astronaut? Imagine speaking directly with the International Space Station (ISS) while thecrew zooms overhead! Think of a really extraordinary question, and you may be chosen to be one of the first students in Rhode Island to ever talk to the space station via a special ham-radio link installed at All Saints STEAM Academy, in Middletown. Three "Ask Astronaut Tim" winners will be chosen. If your question is picked, you and two of your guests or chaperones, will get to participate in the "Ask Astronaut Tim" event at All Saints STEAM Academy. Rhode Island's contact with the space station contact will be scheduled for the week of May 2 during school hours. An ISS scheduler will assign the exact day and time of the "space chat" 7 to 10 days prior to the event. The website for this event is www.RISpaceStation.com, and the event is planned to be live-streamed to the public.

Here's what you need know:

  • Contest entrants must be current Pre-K to 8th-grade Rhode Island students.
  • Questions must be to the point and composed in one short sentence.
  • Questions must be original. Please be creative, be unique, and think "out of this world"!
  • Questions must be submitted via the online form athttp://bitly.com/AskAstroTimno later than April 10.
  • Winners will be notified no later than Monday, April 25.
  • Winners must provide their own transportation to and from All Saints STEAM Academy, located at 915 West Main Rd., Middletown. Phone: 848-4300.

How can you be among the first in Rhode Island to talk to space? Do your homework!

There is a wealth of International Space Station educational material, for all grade levels, available online at your fingertips. Here are some links to get you started:

https://principia.org.uk

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem_on_station/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Peake

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Kopra

http://www.iss-casis.org/

http://www.ariss.org/


Questions? Ask the project coordinators, Anita Brouse (Principal, All Saints STEAM Academy) and Mike Cullen (STEAM adviser / event project manager), atmissioncontrol@RISpaceStation.com.


Mathematics Teachers Association spring meeting scheduled for May 5; awards nominations sought

Register today for Dan Meyer's keynote presentation on May 5 at the Radisson in Warwick; the Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association spring meeting will be the culmination of our year on modeling and technology. It's an event that is not to be missed!


Title: Math is Power not Punishment


Descriptions: We often offer students shortcuts, strategies, and skills before students understand their origin, their value, and the millions of hours of work they've saved mathematicians throughout history. We'll look at techniques for putting students in a position to need these challenging skills so they feel like power, not punishment.

Register online today.


Additionally, the Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association is seeking nominations for two of their annual awards. The first, Rookie of the Year, is awarded to a teacher who has shown outstanding promise and has instructed students in grades K through 12 for three years or fewer. The second award, Student Recognition, is granted to a student who is enrolled in grades K through 12 and has exhibited outstanding achievement, effort, or growth in mathematics. Applications can be obtained through the RIMTA website: https://sites.google.com/site/rimtamath/. Nominations are accepted through April 1.

It is important that you revisit this memo throughout the week. It is a living document and can be updated as needed.