School DISTRICT Bus Update
December 4, 2013
The “winter” bus routes/adjustments are scheduled to be implemented on MONDAY, December 9, 2013 and MAY end FRIDAY, February 28, 2014 [weather permitting.]
Please understand that these route/stop changes:
Should the weather warrant a later ending, you will be informed through notices home, principals’ newsletters, and/or our district web site - www.northsmithfieldschools.com.
Please accept our “thanks” for your patience, cooperation and, most of all, your assistance in helping us implement the necessary bus route, bus stop, and time changes.
Stephen F. Lindberg
Superintendent of Schools
P.S. Please remember to refer to our website, www.northsmithfieldschools.com, routinely for any revisions/updates to our Winter Bus Routes.
The September issue of RI Monthly identifies North Smithfield High as one of five in the state that give the “best bang for the buck”. The other four are: Barrington, Cumberland, Coventry and North Providence. Their analysis methodology is as follows:
High School Report Card 2013; The Methodology
To rank the schools, their statistician used correlation and factor analyses to compare standardized test scores, graduation rates, AP-course enrollment and performance, and student-teacher ratios, among forty-eight charter and traditional public high schools in Rhode Island. They also analyzed approximate per pupil spending against her findings to come up with a list of schools that are high achieving academically and also provide a “best bang for the buck.” These schools are marked by a *star. Their data comes from Info works - the most recent education data available, compiled by the Rhode Island Department of Education.
NSHS Recognized with “Commended Status” by RIDE
It is with great pride that I inform you that our high school has been identified as one of only five public high schools in Rhode Island to be given "commended" status! Commended is the highest distinction that RIDE issues. You might remember that we were identified as "leading" last year and this year we have shown improvement. RIDE makes these determinations based on a number of factors including student achievement, student growth, and high school graduation rate. The report issued by RIDE is linked below.
There is no doubt that the collective efforts of a dedicated and talented staff and administration are the most important factors leading to these achievements. The fact that we have seen tremendous gains in the past few years is a direct result of their passion and dedication to the art and craft of teaching. Likewise, trust that we also know we still have more to do and improve upon. We should be extremely proud of our school and our students.
First Day Visitor
You may have heard already that we had a surprise visitor on that day – The Commissioner of Education, Ms. Gist, came to visit on our first day for students.
She/her office had contacted me earlier and requested that she visit on our opening day. I left it as a surprise to all.
She arrived at 6:45 am at the high School. She jumped right in and was conversing with students, faculty, administration, etc. She attended each class meeting in the auditorium as Mr. Mezzanotte, Mr. McGee, and I welcomed each class back. She then went to NSES where she was very active and engaged at the elementary school greeting almost every kindergarten child and parent as they moved to classrooms and in fact helped to find rooms. She apparently stayed much longer than she had planned.
We had a chance to talk before she headed to North Smithfield Elementary and I headed to the Middle School. We discussed “why North Smithfield?” Her comments were very telling. She shared that she in fact talks about North Smithfield to others frequently - the reasons she noted were that we seem to consistently achieve excellent results; are closing the equity gap with our more needy children; that those types of SUSTAINED results are unique and noticeable; her perception was that it must be systemic [system-wide] and seemed to feel that it was related to the culture of the schools and district. She commented on the work and input both Mrs. Clare Arnold, our Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, and Mr. Eric Butash, our Technology Director have provided at the state level and to the district.
Some quick reminders: