November 2019

An Important Message from Mr. Tsonos...

Hello all,

I am writing to inform you of an important change that will be occurring as of Monday, November 4th. It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that Rebecca Silveira, our Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, will be moving on. Mrs. Silveira has taken a position in the Barrington School Department.

In her time here, Ms. Silveira has been an integral part of our Administrative team and, more importantly, a huge part of our "Ferri Family." She has worked hard to improve curriculum and instruction, RICAS scores, increase parental engagement, and build lasting relationships with parents, students, faculty, staff, and the larger community. Although we are very sad to see her move on we are also happy to see her grow. On behalf of Nicholas A. Ferri Middle school, I would like to congratulate Ms. Silveira on her new position and wish her nothing but good things moving forward. Ms. Silveira will certainly be missed but she will leave a lasting impression on our school. Good Luck, Ms. Silveira. You will always be a Jaguar!

News You Can Use

Parent Teacher Conferences:

Parent conferences will be held on November 21st. Each team does conferences a little differently. Please see below of how your child's team schedules conferences.

Thank you!

6 White:

Team 6 White will hold conferences from 2:15-6:15pm in room 113.

Sign up for 6 White conferences here

6 Blue:

Team 6 Blue will hold conferences from 2:30-6:30pm in room 207.

Sign up for 6 Blue conferences here

7 White:

Team 7 White will hold conferences in Room 216 from 2:30-4:30pm & 5:00-7:00pm.

Please sign up for 7 White conferences here

7 Blue:

Team 7 Blue will hold conferences from 2:30-4:30pm & 5-7pm in room 121.

Sign up for 7 Blue conferences here

8 White:

Team 8 White will hold conferences from 2:15-6:15 in room 231.

See attachment below to sign up for conferences.

8 Blue:

Team 8 Blue will hold conferences from 2:30-6:30pm in room 131.

Sign up for 8 Blue Conferences here

Unified Arts Teachers:

Conferences will be held from 2:15-6:15. Please stop into see them in the rooms below.

Mr. Conlon (Chorus)- Room B7

Mr. Bergeron (Band/Music)- Room B8

Health/PE teachers- Room 120

Ms. Paige (Geo Skills)- Room 225A

Ms. Barra (Geo Skills)- Room 209

Mrs. Sanborn (Math Skills)- Room B4A

Mr. Lopez (Spanish)- Room 129

Ms. Casimiro (Italian)- Room 227

Mrs. Kent (Art)- Room 224

Ms. Smith (Art)- Room B2

Mrs. Cournoyer (RTI)- Room 220A

Mrs. Montalbano (Reading)- Room 220A

Mrs. Carnevale (Tech Ed)- Room 220C

Math and Reading RICAS

Parent reports for Math and Reading RICAS will be going home with students once we have recieved all parent reports from the elementaries. They will be receiving them in homeroom.

We would like to congratulate the students and teachers for their hard work on last years RICAS testing. When we received our results Ferri Middle School increased the number of students that were proficient in ELA by 15.6% (Among the top 10 schools with improvement of proficiency in the state).

Keep up the GREAT work!!

Math and Reading Ramp Up program

Just a reminder there will be no ramp up November 21st for parent conferences and December 2nd for a faculty meeting.

The last day of the Fall Ramp Up program will be December 19th.

Attendance Matters!

Please ensure your student is in school every day and on time to promote academic success!

Based on the student handbook, students that are tardy 3 times will receive a 2 hour detention. We will begin counting tardies on October 1st.

We appreciate your help to get students to school on time.

Starting in October, we will be using the Attendance Nudge, a tool from the RI Department of Education. Parents will receive notification regarding student absences informing them of the amount of school students have missed compared to other students in their grade.

It is essential that students attend school everyday!

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11/1- Quarter 1 ends

11/4- PTSO Meeting at 4pm

11/5- Meadow Farms Fundraiser arrives- small orders will be sent home with students, large orders MUST be picked up from 2:30-5pm

11/6- Flu Clinic- 4-6:30pm at Ferri Middle School

11/15- Choose to Include Day- Wear Blue and White- Donate $1 or more and receive a choose to include bracelet

11/16- Report cards go home with students

11/18- Picture Re-take Day

11/18- Unified Club meeting- listen to Ferri Live for announcement to sign up

11/21- Parent Conferences- see above on how to schedule a conference with your child's team

11/28-11/29- NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Recess


Links to paperwork all athletes need to complete to participate:

Assumption of Risk Form

Parent Permission Form

Physical Examination Form

The Concussion Booklet

Winter Sports will begin November 18th!!

Boys Basketball Meeting

November 4th at 2:15 in Room 113

Girls Basketball Meeting

November 5th in 219 after morning announcements

When practice begins the schedule will be as follows:

Girls- 2:10pm

Boys- 3:30pm


Information/Sign-ups will take place at all lunches on November 1st

Unified Club

Ferri will be hosting a Unified Club once a month beginning on October 28th. The goal of this club will be to unite ALL children of Ferri Middle School by participating in various activities to promote inclusion, social justice, and community involvement. By students participating in this club, we will continue to foster leadership skills, problem solving, tolerance, patience and communication skills that all students will be able to demonstrate within the school community.

The November meeting will be held on November 18th until 3pm. During this meeting students will be creating Thanksgiving baskets for local families. See the flier attached regarding donations needed!!

Upcoming Unified Dates for interested Students:

December 9th & January 13th (note change in date from original form)

Tune into Ferri Live for more information on how to sign up!

#choosetoinclude #inclusionrevolution


Next PTSO Meeting:

November 4th at 4pm

Fundraiser Pick Up:

November 5th- Small orders will be sent home with students at the end of the day.

Larger orders MUST be picked up between 2:30-5pm- Please plan accordingly!

Many orders contain items that need to be refrigerated, we do not have a place to store these items overnight. Thank you for your help with this!

PTSO President- Marga Spence


Box Tops for Education- (BTFE Overview Information below)