March 2018

Admin Update

RICAS Testing - Students will be taking the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) during the first week of April and the first week of May. RICAS is the RI state assessment in ELA (Literacy) and mathematics and is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. It is vital that students bring their laptop to school, fully charged, during the testing days. Students are reminded to bring self-selected reading materials to each test session in the event they complete the test early. No technology will be allowed once a student has completed the test; this includes laptops, phones or e-readers.

Our schedule is as follows:

ELA Grades 7 & 8 - April 4 & 5 from 7:40 to 10:00

Math Grades 7 & 8 - May 9 & 10 from 7:40 - 9:30

To learn more about the RICAS assessments, information can be found at:

#thecurtiscornerway - Mrs. McNeiece

Although the weather has been unpredictable in March, our students consistently continue to impress us every day with their positive energy, ideas, and actions. A group of student leaders approached their teachers and administration earlier this month, asking to plan a Day of Peace on March 14. Through a wonderful combined effort with students and staff, students participated in meaningful activities that included expressing their feelings and views through artwork, letters, acts of kindness, yoga, planting seeds of hope, and participating in a Town Hall meeting with State Representatives Teresa Tanzi and Carol McEntee. We are so proud of our students and staff members for working together in a short time frame to plan and facilitate activities to promote kindness and a positive school culture.

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Counselor's Corner -Ms. Fontaine

Thank you to all the families/students who participated in the RI Department of Education Family Survey.

The high school and grade 8 course selection process have been completed. In addition, our building will be preparing for RICAS State Assessments coming up on April 4 & 5 for English Language Arts, and May 9 & 10 for Mathematics. Science NECAPS are scheduled for May 23 & 24.

As the middle of Quarter three arrives, it is a reminder that the end of the school year is approaching fast! Some families received mid-year notices about students’ grades, and are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher to establish a plan for success! All of our grade reporting dates have been readjusted yet again due to recent snow days.

In light of recent current events, I would like to acknowledge our school community and recognize the efforts of all of our students, and faculty for their contributions to our a successful Day of Peace. Staff and students in our building participated in many activities such as making cranes for peace, chalk it up for peace, letter writing, yoga/mindful practice, poster creating & PSA, random acts of kindness, seeds of hope along with participating in a town meeting with local legislators. I was able to participate in the yoga/mindfulness practice with over 60 students. Mrs. Light led our group in yoga poses and mindful breathing practices. The goal of these activities is to provide students with the knowledge, mindset, and skills they need to manage stressors in their lives. Reminder: if your child is exhibiting an increase in anxiety due to recent events, please reach out so I can help support your child in school.

Student Support - Social Emotional Learning

Student Support Susan Casey, School Psychologist/Christi Saurette, School Social Worker

Dr. Casey and Mrs. Saurette have over 25 years of middle school experience and are here to support your child. The middle school years are challenging, and you may have already seen some pretty intense changes in your child. While most of these changes are normal and healthy, their world today is pretty complicated. Young teenagers work hard to navigate their way and fit in, and oftentimes need extra support to be happy and successful. Our job is to help them during their middle school journey. We have been teaching students skills in self-regulation, problem-solving, managing conflicts and mindfulness. We provide assistance in small lunch groups, individually with students and collaborate with teachers. We have resources to support our students and their families, and we provide assistance in obtaining community services. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions, concerns or ideas.

Next month we will share information about self-regulation strategies.

Mr. P's Prevention Corner

"Stressing over the winter that won't end?" Stress is a normal reaction to life's circumstances, even for our children, but how one deals with it is critical. Sometimes our teens will choose unhealthy ways to cope or engage in risky behaviors including alcohol and drugs. Building resilience and protective factors into our children's lives can absolutely be accomplished by parents with a little energy, effort, and mindfulness. For more information, click the link below.

Important Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • April 4 & 5 - ELA RICAS test
  • April 9 - 13 - Spirit Week organized by Student Council
  • April 16 - 20 - School Vacation
  • April 24 - End of 3rd quarter
  • May 9 & 10 - Math RICAS test
  • May 23 & 24 - NGSA Science assessment - grade 8 only


At Curtis Corner Middle School it is important to us to keep our families aware of all the great things happening at our school. In an effort to do this, we utilize multiple communication methods.

  • WEBSITE - The middle school website is the primary tool for all communication. Our website is updated almost daily with all school announcements. It also contains upcoming events, important dates, documents, links to teacher emails, and team information. There is also a guidance page that includes important information from our guidance department. This page is updated weekly.
  • GOOGLE CLASSROOM - All CCMS teachers have established individual Google Classroom pages containing important information for their classes.
  • SKYWARD - Parents are able to access the Skyward parent portal for updates on their child's academic progress. To access the parent portal from the CCMS webpage, click on the parent tab at the top of the page. For your username and password please contact the school secretary.
  • TWITTER - Curtis Corner uses Twitter to promote the wonderful things happening in our school. Follow us at @CurtisCornerMS. You may also want to follow @terryt9lynch, @kristenstring. Many of our teachers have a Twitter account to highlight the great instruction and activities happening.
  • NEWSLETTER - A goal this year will be to have a Principal's Newsletter distributed at least quarterly highlighting school and student achievement. If you have any suggestions that are worthy of recognition, please email me at If possible, please include a photograph.
  • SKYLERT - Our school utilizes automated phone and email messages. Please make sure you have accurate phone numbers and email addresses in Skyward in order to receive this information. To change this information in Skyward you can contact Mrs. Price at or Mrs. Norman at