Varieur Elementary School celebrates students’ NECAP achievements
Parents, teachers and administrators gathered with students in the colorfully decorated Varieur Elementary School cafeteria for a buffer dinner Tuesday evening, March 4 honoring 42 students at the school who achieved the highest score, Proficiency with Distinction, in the most recent NECAP tests.
PAWTUCKET – Parents, teachers and administrators proudly celebrated the academic achievement of 42 Varieur Elementary School students who scored at the top level of the NECAP tests in reading, math and writing skills at a congratulatory dinner held in their honor at the 486 Pleasant St. school on Tuesday, March 4.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien, who was invited as a guest for the event for his support of student achievement in Pawtucket’s schools including at Varieur, praised the students for “a job well done” and brought along a mayoral citation for each of the students.
Varieur Principal Dr. Edna Coia said the students’ success represented a team effort. “It’s the teachers and the parents and the children themselves, because they took responsibility for their own learning,” Coia said. “We invited the mayor for his support of the students, it’s really an honor to have him attend.”
The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) administers an annual series of reading, writing, mathematics and science achievement tests aimed at measuring academic skills and knowledge in relation to grade-level expectations.
The 42 students honored at the dinner all received a 4 – the highest score, known as Proficiency with Distinction – in both the reading and math tests, while seven 5th-graders also scored a 4 in writing. (Three students now in the 7th grade who took the NECAP tests while at Varieur during the teaching year were also cited for Proficiency with Distinction in both math and reading.)
Overall as a school, during the teaching year Varieur achieved a Writing Proficiency of 96 percent, Reading Proficiency of 83 percent and Math Proficiency of 76 percent, according to Coia.
The following students were cited for their outstanding achievement of scoring Proficiency with Distinction on the NECAP tests. (Fifth-grade students listed with an asterisk also scored a 4 in the Writing test.)
Grade 3, Reading and Math: Harry Feng, Michelle Fernandez, Vincent Foley, Adriana Garcia Lopez, Jason Hernandez, Kiara King, Jackson McWilliams, Bineta Ndiaye, Michael Rainville, Alexandra Seale and Anthony Tavares.
Grade 4, Reading and Math: Kristel Calamba, Emily Dombroski–Ramsey, Jilman Franco, Efrain Freeman, Nicolas Hernandez, Christine Kizekai, Xavier Lara, Bryan Lorena, Simone Miranda and Ahrian Vasquez.
Grade 5, Reading and Math (with an asterisk for students also achieving a 4 in Writing): Sa’Mari Aponte*, Tyler Baxter, Kaitlynn Clement*, David Janczar*, Jaime Lee *, Makayla Prouty*, Marlon Santa*, Nicolas Siradze*, and Michael Tenreiro.
Grade 6, Reading and Math: Anthony Acevedo, Andrew Bugera (now of Lincoln, R.I.), Evsyvette Chapman, Natalie Flores, Brandon Greco, Areeb Islam, Faith Kizekai, Sophia Lemoie, Kaiser Morais, Anthony Ortiz, Ivy Ozuna, Sophia Panzo, and Ezekiel Velasquez.
Grade 7, Reading and Math (for students who attended Varieur at the time of the test during the teaching year): Alec Goldberg, Kaen Kolinsky, and Alex Burtman.
GRRL Tech to Welcome 450 High School Girls, 40 Educators to URI
for Hands-On STEM Expo
Thursday, March 13th, 2013, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
9:00 – 9:40 am Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker:
Ruthe Farmer, Director of Strategic Initiatives, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
10:00 – 10:45 am Student and Teacher Session 1 Workshops
11:00 – 11:45 am Student and Teacher Session 2 Workshops
Noon – 12:30 pm Closing Remarks and Scholarship Announcement
University of Rhode Island, Kingston Campus – 45 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881
450 female high school students, 40 educators, 29 local Rhode Island high schools and career and tech centers
Tech Collective’s GRRL (Girls Reaching Remarkable Levels) Tech is an interactive technology expo offering female high school students an up-close and engaging look into dynamic and rewarding technology opportunities. Through industry mentoring and hands-on workshops, GRRL Tech aims to encourage STEM learning, break down gender myths and offer career insight into STEM industries.
In its 13th installment, this year’s GRRL Tech expo will be hosted by the University of Rhode Island, pairing faculty and staff with female industry professionals in facilitating 23 student workshops focused on STEM fields ranging from bioscience, animal science, and oceanography to engineering, physics, and computer science. Sessions will be held across the campus, including in the Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences and College of Pharmacy buildings, the University’s most recent additions.
Additionally, between three and five GRRL Tech attendees will be awarded 4-year, $4,000 tuition scholarships to URI. Recipients are determined by their essay submissions as chosen by the GRRL Tech Scholarship Committee and will be announced at the end of the expo. Learn more at www.tech-collective.org / twitter.com/#grrltech.
Sponsors: GRRL Tech is presented by Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Industry Association for Information Technology and Bioscience. It will be hosted for the third year by the University of Rhode Island at its Kingston Campus. On behalf of all involved, we are grateful to GRRL Tech’s 2014 sponsors: IBM®, Atrion Networking Corporation, EpiVax, Inc., Dassault Systemés, Amica Insurance, and the Governor’s Workforce Board Rhode Island.
Rep. Michael Morin takes the oath of office from Secretary of State Ralph Mollis at the start of the House session on March 4, 2014. He is accompanied by his mother, Ann Marie Morin.
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Michael Morin was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives representing District 49 in Woonsocket today.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis administered the oath of office to Morin during the regularly scheduled House session. He was joined by his mother, Ann Marie Morin, who held the Bible for his oath. Also in attendance were his brother, David Morin and his fiancé Marilyn Zuller; brother Christopher Morin; stepsister Sarah Kulaz, niece Julie Houle; his friend Patty Tatro, his mother’s friend Bob Royley, and others.
“I am honored to serve the people of District 49 and I look forward to fulfilling the duties they’ve entrusted to me. I plan to work hard to learn quickly, because even though I’m getting here almost halfway through the session, I want my constituents to be fully represented,” said Representative Morin.
Representative Morin, 48, a Democrat, won the special election held Feb. 25 to replace former representative Lisa Baldelli Hunt, also a Democrat, who vacated the seat upon being sworn in as Woonsocket’s mayor.
Representative Morin is a captain in the Woonsocket Fire Department and serves as its fire marshal. He has been a member of the department for 26 years and is the former president of the Woonsocket Firefighters, Local 732. He has lived in Woonsocket for more than 40 years. He is the youngest of seven children of Ann Marie (Danis) Morin and the late George Morin, the former principal of Woonsocket High School. He is a 1983 graduate of Woonsocket High School and holds a degree in fire sciences from the Community College of Rhode Island.
Artistic Director, Herci Marsden, invites you to join
The State Ballet of Rhode Island for the third of its four Project Ballet Coffee Hours: “From Studio to Stage” for an inside view of how a ballet is created – from the training of a dancer to the inspiration of a choreographer – with music, lecture, and a visual performance.
FREE to the public, Project Ballet Coffee Hour is a four-series, family-friendly, in-house event that takes place in the Company’s 55-year-old historic ballet studio in Lincoln, RI. Each session has a different focus- SBRI Coffee Hours seek to bring viewers an interactive and up-close look at the behind-the-scenes of a ballet, from choreography, to costume design and fitting, music composition, and more.
This Project Ballet Coffee Hour will showcase previews of our upcoming spring show: Cowboys, Cadets and Collaborative Works.
For more information about the show, click here.
Light refreshments will also be provided.
From 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Rehearsal Studio of The State Ballet of RI
52 Sherman Avenue
Lincoln, RI 02865
Call to make a reservation now!
Reservation is required due to limited seating
Phone: (401) 334-2560
For more information, please visit our website
SBRI Season 54 Coffee Hour Dates
Saturday, October 19, 4:30-5:30pm
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EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014
Special Express Bus Service from Kennedy Plaza to McCoy Stadium
Providence, Rhode Island, March 4, 2014… The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced today that they will offer express bus service to Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox) baseball games every Sunday this season.
RIPTA will offer express bus service from Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence to McCoy Stadium for their Sunday games beginning Sunday, April 6, 2014 and throughout the rest of the season. The “PawSox Game Bus” will serve the following scheduled Sunday game dates:
Sunday, April 6th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, May 4th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, May 18th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, June 8th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, June 15th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, June 29th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, July 20th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, August 3rd – 1:05pm game
Sunday, August 17th – 1:05pm game
Sunday, August 31st – 6:05pm game
The PawSox Game Bus will begin at Kennedy Plaza picking up PawSox fans at Bus Stop P at 12:30pm for the 1:05pm games. On August 31, 2014 the PawSox will play at 6:05pm; the PawSox Game Bus will leave from Bus Stop P at 5:30pm. The PawSox Game Bus will leave McCoy Stadium 20 minutes after the game ends and return to Kennedy Plaza Bus Stop P. Passengers will be dropped off and picked up in the McCoy Stadium parking lot. Regular one way fare is $2.00.
The PawSox are working closely with RIPTA to ensure a high level of awareness for this service to McCoy Stadium and plan to continue to promote the service to fans during each game.
For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit www.ripta.com
For more information on the Pawtucket Red Sox, please visit www.PawSox.com.
Governor Chafee Announces Staffing Changes
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that Steven T. Hartford, who was the Special Advisor for Policy and Legislative Affairs, has been named Director of Policy for the Office of the Governor.
“Steve has been a great addition to my staff. He is a proven leader, and I have the utmost confidence in him,” Governor Chafee said. The post was previously held by Kelly Mahoney, who has taken a job with the gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell.
Steven T. Hartford, a graduate of Fairfield University, received his J.D., cum laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Prior to taking over the duties of Westerly’s Town Manager from 2009-2013, he was the town solicitor, 1996-98, 2000-02 and 2004-09. He served as Board Chairman of the federal Wyatt Detention Facility between 2011 and 2013. He has volunteered his time to community service as a member of various Boards including the Westerly Education Endowment Fund, Greater Westerly/Pawcatuck Chamber of Commerce, Westerly Adult Day Care Center and Westerly Hospital Parent Company
PAWTUCKET – The air was crisp but the sun was bright as the 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Parade stepped off at noon from Division Street between McCoy Stadium and Jenks Junior High School, winding its way to downtown to finish in front of the reviewing stand outside of City Hall.
This year’s event assembled by the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee featured six divisions, numerous floats, bands and dignitaries, Grand Marshal Ray Mathieu, and the typical high spirit where Kelley green is everywhere and everyone is Irish for the day.
Here are a few photos of the 2014 Pawtucket St. Patrick’s Parade held Saturday, March 1.
Father Charles Galligan, chaplain for the Pawtucket Fire Department, leads the way dressed as St. Patrick ahead of the Fire Department color guard.
Members of the Rhode Island Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drum make their way up Roosevelt Avenue.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien and first lady Laureen Grebien are accompanied by (at right) state Sen. Donna Nesselbush with several dignitaries right behind, including (from left) School Committee Chairman Michael Araujo, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee, Lincoln Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr., Sen. Jack Reed, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, state Rep. Ray Johnston and Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis. Other elected officials marching included Congressman David Cicilline, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. and North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi.
Grand Marshal Ray Mathieu waves to the crowd.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, of Pawtucket, gets into the parade spirit.
The Pawtucket Slaterettes banner is carried proudly in the parade.
State Rep. Mary Duffy Messier, emcee Ken Mills and ‘St. Patrick’ on the reviewing stand outside City Hall.
The colorful “flags of Ireland” are displayed by the Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
The Douglas (Mass.) High School band demonstrates its precision.
The AOH Pipes and Drum of Newport performs.
Tolman High School marches past City Hall.
The Glocester Light Infantry smokes the skies with a volley.
Pawtucket Youth Soccer members carry their green banner.
Pawtucket experiences overall crime drop of more than 10 percent last year
PAWTUCKET – Statistics compiled by the Pawtucket Police Department and reviewed by the State Police for inclusion in the national FBI crime database show an overall drop in crime in the city of about 10.3 percent for 2013, including significant declines in several major categories.
“This overall crime reduction was accomplished with the help of several modernized police techniques we have implemented over the past few years,” Police Chief Paul King said, including a software system overlaying crimes with accidents to better direct patrols, citywide crime-mapping, an online reporting system for the public, and public outreach initiatives including school resource officers in every school and a community summer program for youths.
“It should be recognized that, for anyone experiencing a crime against his or her person, home, vehicle or an affected loved one, even one incident is too many,” King said. “We take very seriously our responsibility to solve every crime that occurs and prevent every crime we can. The recent hiring of more police officers is certainly a welcome step in that direction.”
Declines were registered in 2013 compared to the prior year in numerous categories with typically some of the largest number of annual offenses:
Simple assaults declined by 18.7 percent, or 158 incidents, to 685 incidents.
Aggravated assaults dropped 7.5 percent.
Burglary/ breaking and entering was down 7.8 percent, or 52 incidents, to 624 incidents.
Larceny from motor vehicles dropped 13.3 percent, or 47 incidents, to 261 incidents.
Larceny of affixed auto parts and accessories was down 9.9 percent.
Motor vehicle thefts declined 7.6 percent.
The destruction/damage/vandalism category dropped 12.6 percent, or by 101 incidents.
Drug/narcotic violations fell 8.2 percent.
Weapons law violations fell by 26 percent, to 59 from 90.
Overall offenses declined by 559, or 10.27 percent.
In other community outreach efforts, King noted the police Facebook page now has more than 3,400 followers, the bicycle patrol program has been reenergized and the new CodeRED system allows immediate contact with the public – via landline or cell phone, text and email – on critical matters from parking bans to locally targeted or citywide emergencies.
In a concerted effort to promote better customer service, the Police Department website (www.pawtucketpolice.com) offers several ways for the public to communicate with the department, including links to the Citizens Online Police Reporting System, public records requests, the Crime Mapping tool and registration for the CodeRED system. There are also listings of off street parking areas available during parking bans, cancellations and closings, and the ability to file accident reports online, among other information and services.
Parents For Peaceful Communities Conference
CENTRAL FALLS – Picking up on the success of the initial Parents for Peaceful Communities Conference held last March in Pawtucket, the second annual conference will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 8 at Central Falls High School, 24 Summer St.
The free conference will begin with a continental breakfast and remarks by Central Falls School Superintendent Frances Gallo and interim Pawtucket Superintendent Patricia DiCenso, as well as from Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien.
The aim of the conference, a project of the Central Falls-Pawtucket Nonviolence Initiative, is to promote the initiative’s goal of building a culture of peace between the two communities by providing opportunities for partners, youth, parents and teachers to engage in peaceful and informative activities. The March 8 conference will offer a series of workshops on timely topics including several aimed at parents with school-age children.
Topics and the list of distinguished presenters include:
Developmental Expectations: Childhood to Adolescence; Phyllis Bocage, Rhode Island College
Gang Prevention; Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
Internet Safety and Cyber- Bullying; Detective Kevin Harris, Coventry Police Department
Seatbelt Safety; Progreso Latino Youth
Building a Culture of Peace; Liandra Medeiros, One World-Un Mundo (in Spanish )
Healthy Relationships; Lauren Annicelli, Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
Myths on Marijuana; Dr. Lynn Hernandez, Brown University
Skills for Success; Rick Smith.
Partners assisting the Central Falls-Pawtucket Nonviolence Initiative include the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls and their respective mayors, school departments, police departments and prevention coalitions, the Woodlawn Community Development Center, Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, Progreso Latino, Pawtucket Housing Authority, Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, One World Un Mundo, Knowledge is Power, TIDES Family Services, Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, Gateway Health, Child Opportunity Zone, Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation, and parents, teachers and youth from both communities.
Liandra Medeiros, One World Un Mundo, 401-935-8050; email@example.com
Vernia Carter, Progreso Latino, 401-728-5920; firstname.lastname@example.org
Competition underway for 26th Anniversary RICJ Media Diversity Award
The average American spends approximately 11.5 hours consuming media per day, according to an eMarketer study of U.S. adult media habits. Increasingly, concerns are being raised about the messages imbedded in media we view. The Metcalf Award for Diversity in the Media is Rhode Island’s premier award recognizing journalists and media who counter those concerns with accurate, sensitive and inclusive coverage on diversity issues in our state and region. The Award showcases exemplary stories that inspire, engage and inform the public.
The competition for the award is now underway. Entries must be received by March 15, 2014 and must be accompanied by an entry form, available on the RICJ website www.ricj.org. Entries are limited to one (1) per author, and must have been published in calendar year 2013.
Award categories include print, broadcast, film, and internet, as well as community journalism and unusual or unique entries such as a themed series or socially conscious advertising campaigns. An independent panel of journalism faculty, communications experts and community members selects the best in each category to honor. Entries should promote increased awareness of diversity and inclusion, break down stereotypes, promote an engaged public, and demonstrate excellence.
The Metcalf Award is organized by Rhode Island for Community & Justice (RICJ), a nonprofit dedicated to fighting bigotry and racism, and promoting understanding between all races, religions and cultures. The award was established 26 years ago in 1988 to honor the memory of Providence Journal publisher Michael Metcalf and to educate the public about the power of the media to offer insights and information about communities in ways that dispel stereotypes and promote understanding. It is the only such award program in our region.
The top award for each category will be showcased at a breakfast ceremony on May 20, 2014 at 8:00am at the Hotel Providence, 311 Westminster Street. For further entry information or to sponsor this event, please contact RICJ at (401) 467-1717 x 102 or email email@example.com.