New School Year Letter from Superintendent Crowley
“We are proud and excited to open our 2017-2018 school year. There are many wonderful things happening this year. Here are some highlights:
- We have a new mathematics curriculum for grades K-12 aligned to Common Core.
- Waddington, Hennessey and Oldham Schools have been painted this summer.
- Martin and Riverside Middle Schools will have refurbished auditoriums with new seats, carpets, curtains, fresh paint and are handicap accessible.
- Martin will have new windows around the courtyard and will be creating an outdoor classroom which will be handicap accessible.
- Myron Francis has a new roof.
- Riverside has a refurbished library, fresh paint and a new carpet.
A Science Curriculum Committee has been working on a new science curriculum aligned to the NGSS Standards. The Committee will continue the work during the 2017-2018 school year.
All students will have one-to-one devices this year in all of our schools to enhance their learning. A Technology Committee was formed to develop policies and incorporate the technology skills into the curriculum.
Congratulations to Mr. Richard Martin, Social Studies Teacher at East Providence High School, elected East Providence Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Forand, Dr. Bowler and I would like to thank all of our parents for their support last year and we look forward to you becoming an active participant this year in our learning community. Next year, East Providence will be developing a five year Strategic Plan for the district. We will be asking for volunteers to take part in this very important committee.
The East Providence School Department, in partnership with families and the community, is committed to provide a comprehensive, inclusive program of academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment preparing all students to become responsible, life-long learners able to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Our Building Committee is meeting regularly to develop plans for a new high school. Mr. Nathan Cahoon, a member of our School Committee, is the Chair. Please look for updates as we move through this process. A letter of intent was sent to Rhode Island Department of Education on August 8, 2017. A Phase I application must be submitted by October 16, 2017. This will be an exciting and wonderful journey for our families in the City of East Providence and especially for our students.
The time schedule for our schools is as follows: 7:25 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. East Providence High School 7:55 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Middle Schools 8:40 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Elementary Schools.
Elementary school day is 15 minutes longer this year.
Once again, it is a pleasure to serve you as your Superintendent. Townie Pride is alive and well! Best wishes for a great year.” - Kathryn M. Crowley Superintendent of Schools.