Dear North Smithfield Families and Staff,
With the rapidly unfolding news and concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus, I wanted to follow up on my message from last week with some additional information and assurances that we are receiving regular updates from the RI Departments of Health and Education, as well as the CDC, and we continue to follow their guidance and recommendations.
We pride ourselves on all the renovations and improvements you see throughout our schools. This pride includes cleanliness. Our custodians have expanded their already thorough cleaning procedures to include more extensive disinfecting practices such as:
It is important that we all remain informed and that we work together to prevent the spread of diseases. We remind everyone to take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend to prevent the spread of flu and other similar viruses:
Attached is a letter from the Rhode Island Departments of Health and Education with additional information.
We will continue to share information and practices with the North Smithfield school community as we work together to ensure that our students, families, and staff remain healthy and safe.
Michael St. Jean,
The North Smithfield Public Schools offers age and developmentally appropriate behavioral and social/emotional supports, resources, and initiatives including:
North Smithfield Elementary School:
North Smithfield Middle School:
North Smithfield High School:
Congratulations North Smithfield! Today the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released the 2019 results of school accountability where every school in the state was assessed across multiple measures and rated on a 5-star system.
Based on 18-19 data, NSES, Halliwell, NSMS, and NSHS all earned 4 out of 5 stars and, with the exception of a measure or two, were close to 5-star overall ratings.
We are proud of our students, teachers, families and school community, a community dedicated to excellence.
Included below are snapshots illustrating where our schools stand across the state and across each measure. Full results are at https://reportcard.ride.ri.gov/201819/DistrictSnapshot…
With the publishing of the statewide RICAS results, we can now assess our student’s performance for the 18-19 school year to affect changes in 19-20 and beyond.
North Smithfield remains strong in English Language Arts as we consistently rank near the top in the State. Math is problematic state-wide. In comparison to the rest of the state, North Smithfield presents itself admirably in Mathematics rankings.
However, The RICAS is a very rigorous series of assessments and, even though we are well above the state average for the % of students Meeting or Exceeding the Expectations in both ELA and Mathematics, there is still much work to be done.
We attribute our strength and growth to the instruction and systems of supports developed between our classroom teachers and our ELA and math Interventionists.
Analyzing the Data:
While this summary data presents a snapshot of where we stand in the state, it is the supporting data we are most excited about. With the full range of data provided by these assessments, we are better able to identify our strengths and weaknesses across multiple standards and skills, at the school level, grade level, and even at the individual student level.
Our teachers are analyzing the data and adjusting the curriculum and instruction to ensure continuous improvement.
The NSPS District Strategic Plan outlines the following Annual Assessment Process: “In September of each school year, the Superintendent will present the year’s upcoming focus areas, goals, priorities, and initiatives. All school and district focus areas and initiatives will directly connect to the Strategic Plan’s overarching Strategies, Priorities, and Goals.”
19-20 Superintendent Priorities and Goals
1. High Standards, Quality Instruction, Curricula, and Student Success: All students will achieve high standards, annual growth, and graduate college- and career-ready as independent, creative, and contributing members of society.
2. Safe and Supportive Schools: All students will learn in environments that embody a culture and climate of excellence, mutual respect, and safety.