Friday Flash Forward

Focusing on the Future - May 9th to May 13th

WMS Students' Artwork

SCHEDULE

Monday, May 9th

  • A Day
  • 2:00 pm - SIT meeting - Villa Nova room 124
Tuesday, May 10th
  • B Day
  • Morning - Science NECAP - 8th grade only
  • 1:51 pm - CPT
Wednesday, May 11th
  • A Day
  • Morning - Science NECAP - 8th grade only
  • 1:51 pm - TDT
Thursday, May 12th
  • B Day
  • Advisory - Progress Reports to be distributed to students
  • 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm - Final Connected Educator study group meeting - lab 106 Hamlet
Friday, May 13th
  • A Day
  • 7 pm - Hairspray Jr. - Villa Nova cafeteria - Tickets $10 at door


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

INPUT DATES

DISTRIBUTION DATES

Crystal Apple Awards

Click here to submit a nomination for our second Crystal Apple Awards for 2016. There will be one winner for Hamlet and one for Villa Nova.


The nominee can possess some of the following attributes: exceptional dedication, knowledge and skills; inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; has earned the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; and/or plays an active and useful role in our school community.


All nominations are due by May 13th.

“Bring them back! Bring them back!”

Beginning Monday, May 9th, students will be able to borrow only one (1) book at a time from the library. All library books, checked out to students, are due back by Friday, May 27th. Teachers may continue to borrow library materials until the last day of school.


Students with overdue library books will not be able to attend field day in June. Additionally, eighth grade students with overdue library books will not be able to attend the 8th grade semi-formal dance on June 3rd.

Be sure to send in for your complimentary PawSox ticket for June 10th. See Mark's email for details.

Breakfast Club Website

Holly and Rachel have received a lot of feedback regarding all of the social events and activities that are taking place in our buildings, and they thought wouldn't it be nice to have all of this information with these happenings centrally located in one place?


In a effort to maximize communication, and eliminate confusion, they have created a Breakfast Club Website. Here is the link: https://sites.google.com/a/woonsocketschools.com/breakfast-club/


This website is linked to Rachel's personal twitter account, if you would like to follow her, it is an easy way to access the site from your smartphone: @Rachelek32.

8th Benefit Cabaret Performance at WHS

WOONSOCKET HIGH SCHOOL

Proudly presents

The 8th Benefit Cabaret Performance of

“A Night in New York”

on

Saturday, May 14th at 7pm

To benefit

Rachel Autiello & Jackie Mathewson


*Rachel Autiello is the mother of two Woonsocket High School graduates: Tricia and Megan Dellinger. She was a nurse at Landmark Medical Center for over 30 years and resides in Woonsocket. Rachel has been battling stage 4 brain cancer since July of 2014.

*Jackie Mathewson is a Paraprofessional at Woonsocket High School and has worked in the Woonsocket school system for the past 18 years. She is the mother of 4 (her youngest being the Tin Man in our show). She has been battling breast cancer since March of 2015.


Tickets are on sale now!!

Purchase them at *WHS in the main office

*WMS-Trisha L’Esperance *Globe-Tammy Roy *Citizens’-Maire Zaminer *Bernon-Jeff Belknap *McFee-Louise Frueh

$10 in advance $15 @ the door

*Questions...contact Jen Maiello at jmaiello@woonsocketschools.com


Although this will be our last benefit cabaret, it is so nice to know that over the past 7 years we have given over $68,000 to families in our community who were in need. As faculty members, that is the greatest lesson we can teach our children- to give back.

Hope to see you all at the show :)

District News

RIDE wants your feedback. Please complete one of the surveys below.


2016 Educator Evaluation Surveys for Teachers, Support Professionals, Building Administrators, and Central Office Administrators

Similar to past years, RIDE seeks to better understand educators’ experiences with all of Rhode Island’s evaluation systems. Feedback will help us to identify the successes and challenges of implementation and guide continued improvements. As always, responses are confidential.


Incentives

RIDE is pleased to announce incentives! We will hold a drawing to randomly select 8 educators who complete the survey in its entirety. They will have the opportunity to choose classroom/office supplies from W.B. Mason valued at $50 per drawing.

Please use the appropriate link to complete the survey. Links can also be found on the Educator Quality & Evaluation page of our website. Survey window closes on Friday, May 13, 2016.


Teachers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teachereval16

Support Professionals: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPeval16


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Carrie Appel at Carrie.Appel@ride.ri.gov or 222.8955.

Information from RIDE

RIDE to mark Teacher Appreciation Week

This is Teacher Appreciation Week (#TeacherAppreciationWeek), and to mark the occasion we will send this message to all teachers: There is amazing work happening in our schools, and you are the ones making it all happen - on-the-ground heroes whose influence extends well beyond the classroom. I thank every teacher in Rhode Island. I have a simple guiding principle: We will support whatever helps teachers teach and helps students learn. Stay tuned this week on social media as we applaud you and all Rhode Island teachers. I am also reaching out to ask everyone to thank Rhode Island teachers. Here's a hashtag you can use with your social-media communications: #thankRIteachers. We have also posted this video message to teachers: http://media.ride.ri.gov/commissionerthankRIteachers2016.mp4


RIDE posts stories about "Amazing Schools" on website

Earlier this year we asked you to send us one or two brief accounts of amazing things happening in your school - preferably, initiatives involving teamwork. We like to draw attention to programs and initiatives that are innovative and effective when we speak with community groups, business leaders, elected officials, and people in the education field. We have posted your submissions to our "Amazing Schools" request on our website, at:

www.ride.ri.gov/Amazing.


Check it out, and send us more! Send for each an email of no more than 100 words or a one-minute video clip, using the subject line "Amazing," to info@ride.ri.gov. We'll continue to spread the word.


Early certification renewal available now to most eCert users

Is your certificate expiring on August 31? Did you know that you can renew now? Don't wait until you're in the final throes of summer and suddenly realize that you've forgotten to renew. During your last days of vacation, you'll be stressing and wondering if your certification will be processed in time for the start of school.


Don't wait! You'll be happier this summer. Online certification renewal is easy and available now for most eCert users who hold Initial Certificates. Visit our webpage for more information:

www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/EducatorCertification.aspx


RIDE sets date for annual technology conference, seeks presentation proposals

Join more than 1,200 educators, school leaders, students, community members and edtech partners for the 5th Annual Innovation Powered by Technology Conference, to be held on September 17. We will explore how educators across the state are building the pathway to student success and finding ways to improve the teaching and learning experience. Connect with fellow educators and school leaders on the effective use of technology and digital learning. Collaborate with and be inspired by educators and students across the state. Immerse yourself in ideas, strategies, and resources. Meet face-to-face with well-respected professionals in your field.


RIDE is seeking presentation proposals to accelerate the implementation of high-quality blended and personalized learning, best and next practices in the integration of computer science in all schools, and productive next steps for us all to take in reimagining the learning experience. This conference will deepen thinking about personalized learning, 21st-century skills, and the digital-learning transition that will prepare our students for college, careers, and life.

Educators, school leaders, policy-makers, technology coordinators, coaches, and students are all encouraged to share implementation strategies, best practices, and lessons learned at the conference.

For more information about proposals for presenting at the conference and about the conference itself, visit: http://ride.ri.gov/conference


White House, USED release resources for teachers on STEM

Last week the White House, in close partnership with USED and Health and Human Services and Invest in US, hosted the first-ever symposium to highlight the importance of promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning among the nation's youngest children and celebrate more than 200 public and private sector commitments to promoting early STEM learning across the country. The agencies also released a set of early STEM resources for families and educators called "Let's Talk, Read, and Sing about STEM!" These tip sheets - in English and Spanish - provide resources and recommendations for families, caregivers, and infant, toddler, and preschool educators on easy ways to incorporate STEM concepts and vocabulary into everyday routines, as well as suggestions for activities to engage young children in STEM learning (video and joint blog post). (Note: The agencies have also invited comment on some key questions to inform the development of a joint policy statement on the role of technology in early learning later this year.)


URI, LaunchCode offer free computer-science class

LaunchCode and University of Rhode Island are partnering to bring CS50x to Rhode Island. Thanks to the support of Real Jobs Rhode Island, we are proud to offer CS50x Rhode Island free to all participants.


Applications are now open! Students are accepted on a rolling basis. We have a limited number of seats, so apply now.


CS50x Rhode Island is a live version of Harvard's Introduction to Computer Science class that leverages the local expertise of URI to provide a unique and supportive classroom experience. This class provides students with a foundation in computer programming that puts them on a path to launch a career in technology. Thanks to the support of Real Jobs Rhode Island, this class is free for all participants. This is CS50x Rhode Island!

  • When: May 9 thru September 1. Mondays and Thursdays, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: University of Rhode Island, Providence Campus (80 Washington Street)


If you are unsure if you are good fit for the class or If you have questions, please check out theFAQs. For any other questions, please email us, atcs50xri@launchcode.org.

For more information, see: https://t.co/k6MSIIuXlJ

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