Friday, January 18, 2013
Health Department reports high flu activity in RI, vaccination demand causing sporadic shortages.
The CDC reports an elevated number of flu cases in the US, with the RI Department of Health reporting widespread flu, but Little Compton and other nearby communities have vaccination clinics to keep you healthy. Little Compton is offering a flu clinic next Friday, Jan. 25 at Wilbur & McMahon Schools, 28 Commons, from 4 to 7 p.m., for people six months and older. If you can't wait that long, Portsmouth, Newport, and Barrington will all host clinics within the next week. Portsmouth is offering a flu clinic today at Portsmouth High School, 120 Education Lane, from 4 to 7 p.m., for people six months and older. Newport is offering a flu clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Rogers High School, 15 Wickham Road, from 4 to 7 p.m., for people six months…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
After successful t-shirt sales this summer helped raise funds for a class trip, the eighth graders at the Wilbur-McMahon School are expanding in order to meet their goal.
Are you Little Compton proud? Prove it. The Wilbur-McMahon Eighth Grade Class is selling "Little Compton"- labeled t-shirts to raise funds for a class trip to Washington D.C. in May. Students spent the summer months selling "LC"-stamped t-shirts and soliciting sales from friends and family. Now they are branching out. Unlike this summer, where the students sold only white or light gray LC t-shirts, this time around there are a number of colors from which people can choose. They are also adding a Little Compton t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats and backpacks. Please check out the attached Eighth Grade Holiday Flyer for more details. Act fast, the eighth graders will only be selling the shirts until Friday, Nov. 9. …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Little Compton Supt. Katherine Crowley said the Wilbur-McMahon is safe for student occupancy on Sept. 4.
Little Compton students will return to the Wilbur-McMahon School as planned on Tuesday, Sept. 4 after school officials worked last week to remove a higher than average presence of mold from their air. Students were supposed to start the 2012-13 school year in temporary classroom pods on nearby field while the Wilbur-McMahon School undergoes an $11.8 million renovation project. The school department shuttered the building at the start of summer in preparation for the project, but a last minute change in the location of the temporary classroom pods would have delayed the start of the school year and Supt. Katherine Crowley and the School Committee decided to use the school until the temporary units were ready. "We are opening tomorrow," said…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A Rhode Island- based environment exposure mitigation firm surveyed Little Compton's Wilbur & McMahon Schools on Wednesday.
With Little Compton classes slated to return to the old Wilbur & McMahon School building on Sept. 4, school officials are doing their part to ensure the health and safety of teachers and students. On Wednesday an environmental services firm, Rhode Island Analytical, toured the school at 20 Commons to survey the severity of the mold in the 83-year-old school building, said Supt. Kathryn Crowley. "The old building was closed up all summer and we were ready to move to the classroom pods," said Crowley. "Now we have started cursory cleaning in all of the classrooms." Two weeks ago the Town Council voted to move the temporary classroom pods from Veteran's Field to Peckham field - a decision that will allow the district to drain the water-logged…
Friday, June 15, 2012
The ceremony for the outgoing eighth graders was held Thursday night.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Here is a list of the class of 2012 from Wilbur-McMahon School. Congratulations to all the scholars! Cleo Allen Jair Almeida Haley Elisabeth Alves Joshua Richmond Arkins Andrew John Augustus Hannah Catherine Ayotte Mathew David Cady Matthew Cafarella Cameron Anthony Casciano Michael Daniel Chisholm Liesl Margaret Cory Vanessa Danielle Couto Virginia A. Douglas Ariana Jannette Ferreira Lily Swift Hallgring Katelin Harlow Edward F. Harrington Benjamin Parker Hathaway Jon E. Ibbotson Maximus Henry Julian Michael S. Kelly Vasiliki Kyros Morgan Elizabeth LaFrance Mary Ellen Chun Loomis Christian Philip Martin Corrina Grace McClain Liam McKinnon Haley Siobhan Oliveira Andrew M. Pelletier Micayla Pettey William Bruce Petty Matthew Michael Ramos …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
João P. Arruda begins as the new principal on July 1.
Flagged by his wife and many Portsmouth supporters Wednesday night, the Little Compton School Committee voted unanimously to hire João P. Arruda to be the new principal of Wilbur-McMahon School. He starts his three-year contract on July 1. Arruda comes on after Principal Jim Gibney announced his resignation last month. Interim Principal and Curriculum Director Janet Griffith's last day is Friday. Committee Chairman Don Gomez said Thursday morning that Arruda comes from the assistant principal post at Portsmouth Middle School, and has been involved with that school district for 28 years. Gomez said those from Portsmouth arrived to Little Compton last night to support Arruda's new job, although they were a bit surprised and sad to see him go…
The chairman of the Little Compton Building Committee says they are currently seeking the clerk-of-the-works, temporary classroom vendor and pre-qualified contractors.
Three variables remain for the Little Compton School Building Committee to fulfill in order to begin repairing Wilbur-McMahon School following voter approval to go to bond last month for $11.3 million. Committee Chairman Tom Allder said last week that four requests-for-proposals came in for a clerk-of-the-works to oversee the project, as requireed by the Rhode Island Department of Education. He said that person will be an employee of the school and be the "day-to-day eyes and ears" while reporting to the Building Committee. Second, Allder said they are going out to bid on a temporary classrooms vendor, and a pre bid conference took place Monday. The classroom pods are slated to go on Veteran's Field for the 2012-13 school year while Wilbur…
Monday, June 4, 2012
The new hiking trail in Little Compton opened to coincide with National Trails Day.
The Dundery Brook Trail in Little Compton opened to the public last Friday, June 2, to the rejoice of many hikers and outdoor educators. Wilbur-McMahon School students, town officials and residents gathered in the tennis courts at Veteran's Field for the trail's opening ceremony. Coming off the groundbreaking ceremony from last fall, the approximately 3,208-foot long handicapped-accessible boardwalk and 1.35-mile trail, with a total cost of $485,000 acquired through state, federal and local fundraising. It begins from an entrance to the woods next to the school’s tennis courts, and meanders north toward The Bumblebee Preserve, a 118-acre tract already managed by The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island. Conservancy Director Terry Sullivan …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Wilbur-McMahon School seventh graders on two Relay for Life teams raised more than $961 to be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Monday, May 14, 2012
The following is a press release: When a group of seventh grade students at Wilbur-McMahon School looked for unique ways to raise money for the American Cancer Society, the students asked their physical education teacher Jason Ford if he’d help them out. Their idea? Duct tape their teacher to the wall! Once Ford agreed, the seventh graders took their idea, plastered the school with posters and asked fellow students, teachers and staff to donate $1 to wear their favorite sports gear on Friday, May 11 or donate $2 for a strip of duct tape to adhere the teacher to the wall. The donations came in all week. And on Friday, students, teachers and staff gathered in the gymnasium to take part in duct-taping Ford to the wall. As kids eagerly applied…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Little Compton School Committee accepted the resignation Wednesday night.
Wilbur-McMahon School Principal Jim Gibney's final day will be June 30, after the School Commmittee voted 5-0 Wednesday night to accept his resignation. Curriculum Director Janet Griffith has been serving since January when it was announced he was out sick in the hospital indefinitely. Chairman Don Gomez said Gibney submitted his resignation and the School Committee accepted it because "it has become obvious to both parties that the leadership in school needs to move in different direction." Gomez said Gibney's contract ended in 2013, so in return they offered a severence package. It includes having his Blue Cross and Blue Shield contract through June 2012, payment for his 15 accrued personal days and payment of an additional $33,000, or a…