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  • 26 Sep 2018 1:25 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)
    Once again, as proclaimed by a National Congressional Resolution passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, October, 2018, is officially recognized as National Principals Month.

    This esteemed national recognition is most significant and serves to recognize the dedicated service and professional commitment of principals and assistant principals both nationwide and in each individual state, including Rhode Island.  

    Below is a listing of the many activities that have been established and/or scheduled to recognize principals and assistant principals during this celebrated time period. Also, be comfortable sharing this message with your staff and parents. You deserve the recognition!

    • Capitol Hill Event: On October 3rd, join us on Capitol Hill for an event highlighting federal support for principals and the impact a principal has on their school and community. This event will be live-streamed if you cannot attend in person.
    •   Video Contest: Students can create fun videos about how much their principal means to them and submit their creation as part of our Student Video Contest. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on        October 5.
    •   #ThankAPrincipal: Students, teachers, and principals can post about their school’s celebrations on social media with #ThankAPrincipal. Access our social media toolkit for sample posts and graphics.
    • National Principal Shadowing Week: For the second year in a row, October will also include National Principal Shadowing Week, taking place October 15–19. We encourage principals to take this opportunity to ask a federal, state or local elected official or their staff to shadow them for a day so they can experience firsthand the responsibilities and challenges principals face.

    Get the word out, and view this link, as well!

  • 24 Sep 2018 10:10 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    RI Recess Day Photo Contest


    Join us on social media to share your school’s love of recess and for a chance to win a bag of recess equipment! 

    Use InstagramTwitter, or Facebook to share a picture or video of how your school is celebrating Recess Day with the hashtags #RecessDayRI and #RecessRocksinRI. Your post will earn points from comments, likes, and shares -- the post with the most points wins the recess equipment bag!


    Photo Contest point system:


    1 point for every “like”

    2 points for every comment

    3 points for every share

    We can't wait to see the photos! Winner will be announced on October 4th.

  • 03 Sep 2018 8:20 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    The next quarterly meeting of the Rhode Island Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 5:30 p.m., at the Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick.


    The full agenda with links to the enclosures can be found here.

  • 28 Aug 2018 10:53 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    2018 Legislative Update

    This highlights legislative victories for children and summarizes selected laws and budget appropriations in the areas of economic well-being, child care and early childhood education, K-12 education, college access, health, and safety that were considered during the 2018 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly. We hope this is a helpful resource as you continue your work on behalf of Rhode Island's children and families.

    Below is an overview of victories for Rhode Island children and families in the 2018 Legislative Session:

    Early Learning & Development

    • The FY 2019 budget includes increased federal funding to improve access to high-quality child care in the Child Care Assistance Program.
    • The establishment of tiered quality child care rates of reimbursement for infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children enrolled in centers through the Child Care Assistance Program (with rates meeting the federal benchmark for infants and toddlers).
    • State Pre-K received a $1.1 million increase to provide high-quality early education to four-year-olds. 


    • A $250 million school construction, renovation, and rehabilitation bond was approved for the November 2018 ballot.
    • Education funding through the funding formula (including Pre-K) was increased.

    Economic Well-Being 

    • Legislation passed that allows current and past recipients of DACA to obtain drivers licenses.


    • Legislation passed to extend Department of Children, Youth and Families services to youth in foster care up to age 21 (Voluntary Extension of Care).
    • Legislation passed that bans the possession of bump stocks, binary triggers, or trigger cranks; and a "Red Flag" bill passed that requires the surrender of all firearms from persons determined to be capable of causing personal injury.


    • Current RIte Care eligibility and benefits were preserved. Federal funding from the reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was assumed in the budget. 
    • Legislation passed that prohibits advertising unhealthy food and beverage products in schools.

    For the full listing of budget and legislative highlights, please click here.

  • 12 Jul 2018 9:42 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

        Alexandria, Va. – July 12, 2018 – In response to the growing violence in our public schools shattering communities throughout the U.S., AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has released “School Safety & Crisis Planning,” a toolkit for proactive best practices before, during and after a crisis.


    Specifically designed for superintendents and other district administrators, the online resource features a select group of safety leaders throughout the country who are ready to provide peer-to-peer guidance about a variety of crises, including school shootings, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, suicides and other major incidents that arrive without a moment’s notice.


    “The horrific school shootings we continue to hear about have created a turning point toward the issue of school safety,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “All children have the right to live and learn in a safe environment. As the nation’s largest organization representing the leaders of our public schools, we felt it was our responsibility to create a digital safety solution package, specifically tailored for AASA members as well as non-member superintendents in their plight against the gun violence that continues to threaten our schools and students.”


    Click here to view Dan’s video introduction.   


    “There is no greater need in our communities than to ensure that our children attending our public schools have a safe environment to learn and to grow,” said Chris Gaines, superintendent, Mehlville (St. Louis, Mo.) School District and president of AASA. “We encourage schools and school districts to share our resources and work together to make our communities stronger and safer.”


    The toolkit also features a 24-hour hotline managed by Joseph Erardi, former superintendent of Newtown Public Schools. “The time is now to foster a district culture that makes student success and well-being a priority,” said Erardi. “I was privileged to spend my final four years before retirement in Newtown, post-Sandy Hook. I found the work incredibly complex and even more incredibly rewarding as the community rebuilt from such a heinous crime. We’re here to assist other communities rebuild as well.”


    Resources were also contributed by the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National School Boards Association and the National School Public Relations Association.


    As part of the toolkit, CrisisGo, an AASA School Solutions partner, is offering an emergency planning and communications platform to AASA members at no cost. The “AASA Safe Classroom” app allows school 

    safety leaders to send audible emergency alerts and enable two-way communications to every computer and mobile device in the school.


    Today’s announcement comes at a time when hundreds of superintendents are gathering in Washington, D.C., for AASA’s 2018 Legislative Advocacy Conference. AASA members are discussing the most critical issues that affect our public schools, including school safety.    


    Click here to access the School Safety & Crisis Planning Toolkit.

  • 03 Jul 2018 10:04 AM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

    Dr. Dias-Mitchell former principal at Tiverton Middle School began her new position with the Little Compton School Department


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