Monday, May 20, 2013
Eva-Marie Mancuso, the state’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 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 EG 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 public education…
Newsweek, GoLocalProv.com, and RI-CAN recently offered their rankings of Rhode Island high schools — how do you look at this information?
Over the past couple of weeks, several sources — both local and national — have issued their rankings of high schools in Rhode Island. And while it may be an accomplishment to be named the state's top high school by one group, parents and students may be left scratching their heads when they read other results. Take Tiverton High School, for example. GoLocalProv.com named Tiverton High School as No. 18 out of 49 in Rhode Island — and Newsweek did not list the school in its ranking. In the end, the question remains for parents of current — and future — high school students: Do these rankings mean anything? What do you think? Are the rankings for your high school fair? What do you think they say about the community? Have your say in the …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Two Tiverton High School students were honored at the State House on Friday for excellence in leadership.
Two Tiverton High School Students were awarded with the Secretary of State's 2013 Civic Leadership Award at the State House on Friday. Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis honored high school seniors from all over Rhode Island with the annual award that recognizes students who make outstanding contributions to their school and their communities. The ideals of the award were to honor outstanding achievements in public service, leadership ability and academic achievement. Tiverton High School recipients Elizabeth Janick and Samuel Turner accepted awards from Mollis during the Friday evening ceremony. “This award recognizes students who show an understanding of the importance public service has in a democratic society,” said Mollis. “These …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A note warning of an explosive device was found in the school. No one is being allowed in the building.
Portsmouth High School was evacuated at 1:15 p.m. today after a note warning of an explosive device was found in the school, Superintendent Lynn Krizic confirmed. The school department sent a robo call to parents to inform them of an early dismissal due to the threat, the second bomb threat in as many days at the school. Students were not allowed back into the building, even to recover their belongings. No one is being allowed in the building at this time, Krizic said. All afternoon activities, including sports, have been cancelled. No decision has been made on evening activities. Update at 2:35 p.m. Portsmouth High School students and faculty are now being allowed back into the school to retrieve bags and other personal items. …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Police searched Portsmouth High School on Monday night after a note was found in the school.
Portsmouth High School students arrived to school this morning to police officers patrolling campus after a suspicious note was found in the school Monday night. The note, according to an e-mail sent out to parents by Portsmouth High School Principal Robert Littlefield, referenced "an explosive device in the building." Rhode Island State Police and their K-9 team searched Portsmouth High School last night, but discovered no device. School resumed on Tuesday morning; however, police are on campus this morning as a safety precaution. Featured here is the e-mail, posted verbatim, which was sent out to Portsmouth High School parents this morning. I want to alert all members of the Portsmouth High School community of some events that took …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Tiverton High School Drama presents "Another Opening Another Show!," a song and dance extravaganza featuring some of the most beloved classic and contemporary Broadway musicals.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tiverton High School is ranked #18 out of 49 schools, according to a new report released Tuesday.
Tiverton High School was ranked #18 out of 49 schools, dropping two points from last year, in a new GoLocalProv report released Tuesday. GoLocal said it employs a formula developed at Babson College to assess and weight each school's latest NECAP and SAT scores, plus per-pupil funding, student-teacher ratios, and graduation rates. Of the 49 Rhode Island schools measured, Tiverton High School made the list of top 20. Here's a look at how Tiverton High School measured on the list compared to other nearby schools. 2013 performance at a glance district spending per pupil student-teacher ratio graduation rate Tiverton $14,175 9:1 85.5% Middletown $14,890 10:1 73.8% Portsmouth $12,850 10:1 89.2%
We ask you to share your stories of gratitude, and let us know who is the best teacher in your town.
Teachers have long been among the most unsung heroes of our time, affecting and shaping the brains of countless individuals without truly getting acknowledged for their remarkable influence. Today,we ask you to share your stories about your favorite teacher. Or, we ask that you shine the light on a remarkable teacher in Tiverton or Little Compton. Did an educator change your life? Say something to you, or teach you something that would forever influence you? Who do you think is the best teacher in Tiverton or Little Compton, and why? Tell us about this Tiverton or Little Compton teacher below, as we at Patch would like to spotlight these teachers in the future.
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 on May 1 told current students at Roger Williams University 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 said that he is working …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The current 3.4-percent interest rate on federal Stafford Student Loans will double on July 1 unless Congress acts.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) is scheduled to speak at Roger Williams University today to call for Congressional action on student loan interest rates, which will double to 6.8 percent on July 1. Reed will join students and faculty at a planned 11:30 am speaking program at the Global Heritage Hall Atrium on Old Ferry Road. According to a release provided by RWU, the average college graduate in 2007 carried about $17,000 in debt; in 2012, that number was $27,250 — a 58-percent increase. Reed is expected to speak about a bill he submitted to freeze student loan interest rates for two years to allow Congress another chance to address the recent explosion in student debt. University President Donald J. Farish and students, including at least …