PAWTUCKET SCHOOL DEPARTMENT


Ribbon cutting, ground breaking and a visit from Hasbro elves!

 

 

Greetings from the Superintendent

My Vision of Success 

Continuously improving educational excellence and global citizenship for all, while practicing compassion, courage and collaboration.

Priority OneTeacher and Leader Support 

Component: High quality, relevant professional development

Outcomes: All K-12 administrators will focus on gap identification using PARCC and STAR data and align this information with their evaluation goals.  Pre and post testing and administrative surveys will demonstrate growth and knowledge.

Teacher leaders shall be identified in each middle school and trained to provide professional development to their colleagues in each building, using the Train the trainer model.  This is an expansion of the Elementary Teacher Leader Model instituted last year.  Teacher and administrator surveys will indicate program success and needs. 


Priority Two: Early Childhood Education 

Component:  Targeted High Quality Pre-Kindergarten

  Outcomes: The full day district Pre-K program for 4 year old's will be expanded by 25%. Study the outreach and screening program for three year old children to create a robust program that will increase the number of screenings of three year old's each year.


Priority Three: Personalized Learning

Component: Building Statewide Capacity to Personalize

Outcomes: Increase the number of secondary students meeting course requirements in learning experiences outside of the school day.  Demonstrate success of the Advanced Course Network partnerships with student participation EOY data.

Component: Blended and Digital Learning

Outcomes: Expand the number of students who take Chromebooks home by 20% as a result of the One to One Initiative program.


Priority Four:  Globally Competent Graduates

Component: Social and Emotional Learning and Wellness

Outcomes: Partner with Boys Town to provide on-site family and social emotional support in three schools for students and families.  EOY data showing increased attendance, home visits and family involvement.


Priority Five: Student-Centered Resource Investments

Component:  Improved School Facilities

Outcomes:  Initiate  Phase 1 RIDE proposal for the new $24 Million Bond based on identified health and safety projects from PSD Master Facilities Plan.  Decrease the health and safety deficiencies district wide as identified in the PSD Master Plan.




 

 

 

 

 

Putting Technology in the Students' Hands

Pawtucket School Department is on track with the plan to roll out our "1:1" initiative.  1:1 means that each student has a device assigned to him/her. Within the first few weeks of September, every student in grades 4 thru 12 had received a Dell Chromebook.  Each Chromebook is labeled with the student's name, and is only used by that particular student.   With a battery life of 8 to 10 hours, they do not need to be charged during the day so they are always accessible to the student to use whenever needed.  At the end of the day, Chromebooks are plugged into a charging cart which is locked by the supervising teacher. Students in grades 9 and 10 have been given the opportunity to purchase insurance which covers accidental damage in school.  They are also allowed to take the device home on a daily basis with the technology fee including a carrying bag and charging cord for use at home.  We are hoping to expand this opportunity to younger students in the future.


Announcements

  • Curriculum News
    The Pawtucket School Department is moving in a progressive pathway for curriculum and instruction that includes blended learning and exciting curriculum. We have many new initiatives at every grade level, K-12. One of our new programs for students in grades 2-5,  Being A Writer, has students seeing themselves as authors and cheering when it is writing time!  Our new curriculum, Eureka Math, is being piloted and implemented in grades K-8. Students are gaining conceptual knowledge of mathematics and are watching their fluency grow.

    Our Middle School teachers and students are embarking on STEAM to work with all content areas in order to bring relevant, project-based learning to our classrooms. The Pawtucket School Department is partnering with Roger Williams University to make this rigorous initiative a success.

    In our high schools, we are working with the Advanced Coursework Network and the Rhode Island Department of Education in order to provide our students opportunities in advanced coursework offered from post secondary institutions around the state. In addition to this coursework, teachers have collaborated to move to a Content Recovery model instead of a Credit Recovery model. Content Recovery allows students to show their knowledge at specific, common benchmarks designated throughout their coursework. In this model, students are able to recover information and show understanding along the way and stay invested in their courses in order to be successful throughout the school year. 

    Of course, all of this work wouldn't be possible without the hard work of our 33 Teacher Leaders at our elementary and middle schools. They pilot curriculum, are a voice between schools and central office, lead professional development for their colleagues, and provide the time, support and leadership necessary for each Pawtucket school to be part of a community of practitioners and learners.

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Links

  • Link to RIDE Strategic Plan
    The Pawtucket School department is working on our five year Strategic plan which we are aligning to the RIDE Strategic plan.

    http://www.RIDE.RI.gov/boardofeducation/RI2015-2020strategicplanforeducation.aspx

     

    PSD Strategic Plan 2016-2020 Committee

    • Lynn Cristino, Laura Lutz, Cheryl McWilliams, Erin Dube, Rosanne Badway, Donna Sawyer, Robin Giragosian, Leah Hoffman, Salvina Guarnieri, Jaqueline Naspo, Hersh Cristino, Grace Malkasian, Rico Pimental, Karen Stern, Ron Beaupre, Pedro Silva-Molina, Marcy Shyllon, Jim Hoyt, Jennifer Carney, Estrela Rego, Jaqueline Ash, Chris Colson, Donna Langille, Lisa Fonseca, Melissa Devine, Joanne Bonnollo, Debra Finley, Donna Barba, John Cote, Lee Rabbitt, Mary Parella, Eli Escrogin, Joel Saccoccio, Helen Connors, Michael Newman

Announcements

  • Information from Special Education Department
    The Special Education Department has the same common goal of increasing achievement for all students.  The district has created 31 elementary and 20 middle school inclusive collaborative settings where students with special needs are taught in inclusive settings with their typical peers. At the high school level, general education teachers are assisting special educators in increasing the rigor of instruction.   

    Research shows that there are many positive outcomes for students with and without disabilities who are educated in inclusive classroom and school settings.  The benefits for students with disabilities include higher academic achievement, fewer absences, improved social competence and better outcome for high school in the areas of employment and independent living. For non-disabled peers, it increased their acceptance of students with differences.

    The Special Education department would like to welcome M. Laurel Dudley-Pappas who is joining us as the Assistant Special Education Director.  Laurel has extensive experience as a special educator and years of experience in the field of special education.

Announcements

  • Superintendent Goals for 2016-2017

    PSD Vision of Success

    Continuously improving educational excellence and global citizenship for all, while practicing compassion, courage and collaboration. 

     

    Priority One:  Teacher and Leader Support

    Component: High quality, relevant professional development

    Outcomes:  All K -12 administrators will focus on gap identification using PARCC and STAR data and align this information with their evaluation goals.

    Pre and post testing and administrative surveys will demonstrate growth and knowledge.

    Teacher leaders shall be identified in each middle school and trained to provide professional development to their colleagues in each building, using the train the trainer model. This is an expansion of the Elementary Teacher Leader Model instituted last year.  Teacher and administrator surveys will indicate program success and needs.  


    Priority Two:  Early Childhood Education

    Component: Targeted High - Quality Pre-Kindergarten

    Outcomes: The full district Pre-K program for 4 year old's will be expanded by 25% 

    Study the outreach and screening program for 3 year old's to create a robust program that will increase the number of screenings of 3 year old's each year.


    Priority Three:  Personalized Learning 

    Component: Building Statewide Capacity to Personalize 

    Outcomes:  Increase the number of secondary students needing course requirements and learning experiences outside of the school day.  Demonstrate success of the Advanced Course Network partnership with student participation EOY Data.

    Component:  Blended and Digital Learning 

    Outcomes: Expand the number of students who take Chromebooks home by 20% as a result of the One to One Initiative program.

     

    Priority Four:  Globally Competent Graduates 

    Component:  Social and Emotional Learning and Wellness

    Outcomes: Partner with Boys Town to provide on site family and social - emotional support in three schools for students and families. EOY data showing increased attendance, home visits and family involvement.

     

    Priority Five:  Student - Centered Resource Investments 

    Component:  Improved School Facilities

    Outcomes:  Initiate the Phase 1 RIDE proposal for the new $24 million bond based on identified health and safety projects from the PSD Master Facilities Plan. Decrease the health and safety deficiencies district wide as identified in the PSD  Master Plan.