Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The annual East Providence High School art show shares Thursday evening, May 23, with the annual band concert.
The annual student art show at East Providence High School is Thursday evening – it will team up with the annual band concert to provide an evening that will please all of the senses. The art show will feature several hundred paintings, sculptures and ceramic creations from the beginner to the advanced classes in the school, said Jennifer Cahoon, head of the art department. It’s open to the public from 6 to 7:30 pm. “It will be the highest quality from students in grades nine through twelve,” Cahoon said. “It’s pretty incredible, really.” The two- and three-dimensional artwork will be on display in a room across the lobby from the auditorium. Students will have access to that gallery space during school hours. “We picked that night to …
Eva-Marie Mancuso, RI's new Board of Education chair, uses courtroom demeanor to try to convince angry teachers and nervous parents that change is necessary.
Eva-Marie Mancuso enjoys a lively debate, but she is clear about one thing: When it comes to educating Rhode Island’s children, the status quo is not an option. At a recent Q&A session in East Greenwich, the state’s new Board of Education chair, sparred with state Sen. James Sheehan (D-NK, Narr.) over teacher evaluations, cajoled teachers to work with the state, and tried to reassure at least one parent that using passage of a test as a graduation requirement is the right move. The forum, organized by the East Greenwich Democratic Town Committee, was held at EG’s Town Hall, the former Kent County Courthouse. The setting suited Mancuso, a personal injury lawyer. Although the new Board of Education for the first time combines all levels of …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The fourth- and fifth-grade choruses at four East Providence elementary schools will join forces to perform another rock concert on June 4.
Rock on with the fourth- and fifth-grade choruses at four of East Providence’s elementary schools on Tuesday evening, June 4. About 200 students – 50 each from Silver Spring, Orlo, Kent Heights and Hennessey schools – will perform at East Providence High School. It starts at 6:30 pm under the direction of music teacher Taylor Temple. “The concert will feature rock songs from a variety of artists, including The Beatles, The Doors, Janice Joplin, Neil Young, David Bowie and more,” according to Nick Hurd, music teacher at Silver Spring and Orlo Avenue schools. “This is the third concert of this kind,” Hurd said, “and every year it has gotten bigger and better.” “We will be charging $2 at the door, and we will also be selling CD's of the …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Principals at East Providence's two middle schools, Martin and Riverside, announce the honor rolls for the third quarter.
Honor rolls for the third quarter at East Providence’s two middle schools were announced recently by their principals, Frank DeVall at Martin and Stephen Prew at Riverside. Summa Cum Laude 6th Grade:
Aronhalt, Jillian; Babbit, Vilette; Campbell, Connor J; Carlson, Lily M; Costa, Sabrina; Cruz, Clara A; Defontes, Mikayla; Duff, Joss; Heck, Taylor M; Kondon, Helen R; Medeiros, Mikayla; Moniz, Melissa; Mottur, Nathaniel; Paquette, Mason; Pedini, Connor; Petion, Cedric A; Rinaldi, Logan Elise; Santos, Alexander; Solomito, Haley Nicole; Zakrzewski, Nikolai J. 7th Grade: Abrams, Grace N; Badji, Hasna-Kaari; Costa, Alexander J; Doval, Zoe T; Esposito-Russell, Kaleigh M; Flowers, Alexander J; Hazard, Shaniah S; Lawrence, Rose M.; Lethbridge, …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Several fundraising events are planned over the next few weeks to help restore the East Providence High School gymnasium to its glory days.
The “Townie Project” wants your help. You can have a lot of fun while lending a hand and digging into your wallet. The “Townie Project” is the grassroots effort to raise approximately $90,000 to restore the East Providence High School gymnasium to its so-called glory days as one of the best facilities in Rhode Island. But it's also an effort "to bring East Providence back to where it used to be through a facility that everyone can use," said Shane Messier, the dean of students at the high school and one of the Townie Project's most active volunteers. "We want to show people we can came together and do what we need to do to make Townie Pride mean something again," Messier said. The project grew out of the vision of 1999 alumnus John …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Questions about the need for 'yellow' school bus transportation to and from middle school games step up to the plate at the East Providence School Committee meeting.
Some unanswered questions about the club-like sports teams at East Providence’s middle schools, particularly about transportation to and from games, stepped up to the plate at the School Committee meeting Tuesday night. Private donations saved the baseball and softball teams at Martin and Riverside middle schools this spring after the budgets for all middle school sports were eliminated by the East Providence Budget Commission last fall. The teams are playing like privately funded club teams against other middle schools that are funded by taxpayer dollars. But some questions about transportation to and from the games apparently still need some answers, said Paul Amaral, athletics director for the E.P. schools. Those questions were among …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The May meeting of the East Providence board begins at 7 pm in the Council Chamber in City Hall.
The East Providence School Committee meets Tuesday, May 14, for its regular monthly meeting with reports from Superintendent Kim Mercer on facilites, personnel and transportation on middle school sports transportation among the items on the agenda. The meeting starts at 7 pm in the Council Chamber in City Hall after the board goes into executive session at 6:15 pm. Here is the complete agenda for Tuesday night's meeting: East Providence School Committee City Hall Council Chamber, 145 Taunton Avenue May 14, 2013, 7 pm AGENDA A. Call to Order Public Session – 6:15 PM B. The Committee will seek to convene in Executive Session for purposes of discussing: 1) Personnel - R.I. Gen. Laws §42-46-5(a) (1) 2) Collective Bargaining R.I. Gen. Laws §42-…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Myron Francies Elementary School in Rumford holds its annual student art show.
Students at Myron Francis School in East Providence displayed their artistic talent on Thursday afternoon at the elementary school’s annual art show. Art teacher Ashley Singleton said the students selected one piece of art work done this school year and she selected two more pieces to display with their photos. Pupils also created puppets that were displayed and shown in action on several videos. Here are some examples of their work, which wallpapered the halls of the school in Rumford.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The East Providence Local Advisory Committee for Special Education (EPLAC) hosts its fifth annual reception to honor people who provide outstanding service to children.
Ten people who have provided “outstanding services to special education students” in East Providence were recognized on Thursday evening. The event was the fifth annual Special Needs Recognition Awards reception in the Martin Middle School. The dinner is sponsored each year by the East Providence Local Advisory Committee for Special Education (EPLAC). Winners were nominated in several categories and had to meet specific criteria even to be nominated. This year, EPLAC also recognized a student who has advocated for himself throughout his high school years. Keynote speaker at his first EPLAC recognition reception was East Providence School Committee Chairman Joel Monteiro. New East Providence Superintendent Kim Mercer also was scheduled to …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Roger Williams University hosted U.S. Sen. Jack Reed on May 1 to speak about the expected doubling of student loan interest rates.
Noting that more than 45,000 Rhode Island college graduates would face higher costs because of a scheduled doubling of the interest rate on student loans, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed told current students at Roger Williams University on Wednesday, May 1, that he is working to avoid the hike. "They rely upon this need-based financial aid in order to make it through school, and we are at a moment in history where we need all the talent and all the educated men and women that we can muster," Reed said in a speech at the Global Heritage Hall Atrium just before noon. "The reality is that, students today are graduating with tremendous debt. It's not only affecting us from an educational standpoint, but from a macroeconomic standpoint." Reed explained …