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August 2014

Welcome Back!

The first day of school for students is Tuesday, August 26th.

We have had a busy summer with the hiring of new staff and some existing teachers who will be in new assignments.

The school buildings are clean and ready to go thanks to the efforts of our custodial and maintenance staff.  We have worked this summer to address some grounds projects at all schools but especially at Halliwell.

My wish is for all of us to have a safe and successful school year.  Get involved at your schools, volunteer to be on the school’s “School Improvement Team”, help in classrooms, become knowledgeable about what your child is learning and how you can help.  Enjoy those special moments in the classroom, school, and/or extracurricular events where you get to see your child in action while showcasing their growth, learning, and success.

School times are:

  • NSES and Halliwell
  •     Student school day:  8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
  •     Parents will need to consider this when trying to pick up children at two different elementary schools.
  • Middle School and High School
  •     Student school day:  7:16 am to 2:05 pm

NEW School Bus Transportation Company (DATTCO)
Please click here for DATTCO’s contact information and to review Transportation Safety and Conduct “Quick Facts.”

Expect the buses to run late on both the morning and afternoon runs as drivers, parents, and students get acclimated to routes, stops, etc.

School Breakfast and Lunch Costs
For the first time in over four years, we have had to increase our breakfast and lunch prices.  This was necessary due to the increased cost of food. 

Our new prices are as follows:

  • Breakfast – All Schools = $1.25  ($0.30 for Reduced)
  • Lunch – Elementary Level = $2.60  ($0.40 for Reduced)
  • Lunch – Middle & High Schools = $3.10  ($0.40 for Reduced)

Supplemental Student Accident Insurance
The school district offers additional student accident insurance through Lefebvre Insurance.  This is not mandatory.

There have been significant changes this year to the rates and coverage.  Please click here to view the letter from Lefebvre. 
The brochure/application is available at schools and by clicking here.

“Activities Calendar”
To stay current on all school activities and as your “go-to” place, visit this tab on our main page.

Halliwell School First Annual Summer Story Walk
Click here to read more

Latest Superintendent Newsletters
Click here
 

Proposed FY15 Budget

Click here for FY15 Budget information

School Improvement Teams - Community Volunteers Requested

For those community members who may be interested in volunteering to be a School Improvement Team (SIT) member.

The SIT serves as an Advisory Board to the Principal.  Philosophically, the North Smithfield School Committee believes that the best decisions are made by those involved with the implementation of the decision.  Decisions made for each school can lead to educational improvement when they are made cooperatively by teachers, parents, community members, Principals, and at the High school/Middle school level, students.  The Principal does retain the right and has the main responsibility to manage his or her school.

In addition, School Improvement Team decisions must be made within the budget and policies established by the North Smithfield School Committee. 

Authority, Responsibility of Principals and School Improvement Teams
Although no School Improvement Team shall have any fiduciary responsibilities or powers and duties reserved by law to the School Committee, each School Improvement Team shall provide assistance that the Principal may request in:

  • Identifying the educational needs of schools
  • Preparing and reviewing the school budget
  • Formulating –preparing and evaluating - a School Improvement Plan
  • Perform any additional functions that are prescribed by regulations of the School Committee

If you are interested in volunteering, send your letter of interest to Mr. Stephen F. Lindberg, Superintendent of Schools, 83 Greene Street, PO Box 72, Slatersville, Rhode Island 02876.  Letters of interest must be received by close of business on Friday, September 12, 2014.

To read more about our SIT policy/procedures, click here.
 

North Smithfield High School Accreditation

Please click on the link below to review a copy of Mr. Mezzanotte's memo to Mr. Lindberg, which was presented at the August School Committee meeting.  The memo includes specific details about "warning" status as well as a description of next steps and potential consequences for the district.

Warning Status Update to SC by Mr. Mezzanotte [8-19-14]


Following years of intense preparation which included a comprehensive self-study on the part of the NSHS staff and administration, North Smithfield High School has received official word from the NEASC Commission on Public Secondary Schools.

Based upon the Commission’s review of their North Smithfield report, the accreditation status of North Smithfield High School is  - "Warning" status for concerns identified in two major categories -  "School Resources for Learning" and "Community Resources for Learning" [see NEASC Accreditation Letter below.]

The entire report from New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) [NEASC - Final Report North Smithfield High School] can be found below.

  • The primary objective of the 16-member NEASC Visiting Committee was to assess the quality of the educational program at NSHS as measured by the NEASC Standards of Accreditation. The report provided evidence supporting our current standing, as well as commendations and recommendations in the seven NEASC Standard areas.
  • We were pleased to have received favorable feedback in the Standards of "Instruction", "Assessment of and for Learning" and "School Culture and Leadership."
  • The High School will immediately begin working with school district leaders and the School Committee to address the current conditions that threaten North Smithfield High School’s ongoing NEASC accreditation.

NEASC Accreditation Letter
NEASC - Final Report North Smithfield High School

Town Commissioned Audit

Below is the audit commissioned by the town.  Please note that one section - the 5 year budget to actuals - is not included due to the document size.  We will attempt to put this online as soon as possible.

Budget Review Prepared by B&E Consulting LLC

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