Superintendent Update 4/29/2020: May/June Planning
Dear North Smithfield Families, Staff, and Students,
Please review below updates and plans for May/June. Please keep in mind that situations and guidance may change and we may update or modify a few items along the way.
May/June Statewide School Calendar
May 06, Wednesday Planning Day for Teachers
May 15, Friday Vacation Day
May 20, Wednesday Planning Day for Teachers
May 25, Monday Memorial Day
June 01, Monday Planning Day for Teachers
June 16, Tuesday Last Day of School
Student pickup of personal items
Each school will be bagging up the contents of student desks and lockers, labeling the bags, and releasing a time/date schedule for curbside pickup of student personal contents.
Student return of textbooks, chromebooks, and instruments
Students in grades K-11 can hold for the summer any textbooks, workbooks, chromebooks, musical instruments, or any school-owned property currently at home and bring it back on the first day of school in the fall. Graduating Seniors will be given a separate opportunity and time to return school-owned property. Families who move out of North Smithfield during the summer or plan to attend a school out of district, please call your child’s school and arrange for a return.
Grading and Exams
Due to the interruption of standard classes for extended Distance Learning, report card grades for K-8 students will be issued as Pass/Fail during the last semester/trimester.
The report card grading for students in grades 9-12 will remain unchanged as their grades are connected with School and State graduation requirements, grade point averages, college admissions, and other considerations.
For middle and high school students, there will be no scheduled final exams at the end of the school year. While teachers may give some form of assessment at the end of this semester, there will be no comprehensive final exams.
Graduation and end of year activities and events
I would like to send a special thank you to everyone who sent in their ideas and offers of help to celebrate our graduating seniors. The School Committee has pledged its full support and we are still holding onto the original graduation date of Friday, June 5th and are currently working on multiple plans and options to align with the Governor’s and DOH’s guidance. We all want to do something special and memorable for our graduating seniors.
Our principals will send specific information to let you know how we will be handling events such as kindergarten registration, honors, graduation, etc.
Dear North Smithfield Families and Staff,
We anticipate the Governor will make an announcement this week regarding schools opening or remaining closed, and if so, for how long. In the meantime, we are making plans, alternate plans, and backup to alternate plans on how we can handle honors, awards, and graduation. We want to make our students proud.
North Smithfield High School Viewbook:
It was my hope to have our NSHS Viewbook printed and distributed throughout the community as a celebration of North Smithfield High School, its students, faculty, and programs. For those who miss NSHS, or will be attending NSHS in the fall, or even if you live outside of North Smithfield and would like to attend NSHS through one of our Career and Technical Programs, below is a link to the North Smithfield High School Viewbook. In this booklet, you will see students, staff, a school, and a community dedicated to excellence.
Parent Distance Learning Survey
I want to thank the parents who responded to our Parent Distance Learning Survey. As a reflection of the innovative work our teachers are doing with your children, the majority of you responded very positively to the survey questions. The feedback you provided on striking a work/home balance, organizing assignments, and providing clear expectations has been invaluable. Your responses to the questions regarding instructional, social, and technical supports will allow us to work even more closely with your children to help them be successful.
We especially appreciated the many thoughtful and insightful comments you included. Each principal has taken the comments specific to his or her school and is reviewing them with their leadership teams and faculty.
Since this survey was anonymous, we cannot follow-up with the few individuals to address your specific issues or concerns. We can however encourage you to reach out to your teacher, case manager, school counselor, assistant principal or principal as we are all here to help.
We are all working together in the current situation to accommodate all students' needs. Thank you for your assistance.
Michael St. Jean,
Dear North Smithfield Families,
Last we sent to our teachers and support personnel a summary of Instructional Guidelines for Distance Learning. These Guidelines are based on parent and student feedback and best practices seen and suggested by North Smithfield’s teachers and administrators.
We are sharing the guidelines with our families for review as well. Please take a look. At the end we are including a link to a brief survey form for your direct input and feedback.
We welcome any further input by completing our brief survey: https://forms.gle/YdBAWPAfBfYcsT5c6
Michael St. Jean,
Michael St. Jean,