The mission of the Warwick Public Schools, working cooperatively with families and the community, is to provide challenging learning environments that enable all students to develop skills and knowledge necessary to become self-directed, life-long learners, highly productive responsible citizens, and contributors to a technological and diverse society.
(Warwick Public Schools Mission Statement, 2001-)
Superintendent, Richard D'Agostino, Ed.D.
New Centralized Enrollment Procedure
Centralized enrollment is now being done by appointment only at the Warwick Public Schools Administration building, located at 34 Warwick Lake Avenue, Warwick, RI, 02889. Enrollment times are between the hours of 8:00am and 2:30pm.
Appointments can be made by calling 734-3085
Parent or Guardian must be present at the time of enrollment.
The Aspen Family Portal is Now Open!
The Aspen Family Portal is open as of October 1, 2013. Each family will receive instructions for a parent family account either by e-mail or a paper document sent home with each child.
We encourage all families to login with their parent account. Verify your child's and family data. Please notify the school using the e-mail address on the instructions with any updates. Please provide a family or parent e-mail address to the school if you have not done so in the past.
Pre-school Offerings at Holliman for 2013-14
Limited openings are available at Holliman
for the 2013-14 school year. Please see the Pre-School notice posted
along the right-hand side of the page, in the Student/Parent section
for more information regarding the program and instructions on how to
participate in the lottery.
Applications must be submitted soon. Classes are scheduled to open on December 2, 2013.
RI Community Food Bank "Fill the Bus" Fundraiser
FirstStudent and the Warwick Public Schools
are participating in a Food Drive to benefit the Rhode Island
Community Food Bank November 25th - December 14th
Background Checks Now Required for School Volunteers
The governor has signed legislation last week to require any individuals who are current or prospective volunteers of a school department and who may have direct or unmonitored contact with children or students on school premises to undergo a state criminal background check.
If you are planning on volunteering at your school for the 2013-14 school year, please obtain your BCI check soon! This includes volunteering for PTA program/events, volunteering in your child's classroom, and chaperoning for field trips. Please note that you will not be able to volunteer in any capacity in any school if a state criminal background check is not completed.
There are a couple of options available to obtain a state criminal background check (BCI):
Visit the Warwick Police Station - Free for Warwick Residents
(Must Bring Valid License or ID)
From the Desk of the Superintendent
It is hard to believe that we have started the second quarter of school and that the holiday season will soon be upon us.
During the first quarter of school I had the privilege of visiting both our elementary and secondary schools. I found them in great shape and must commend the maintenance and custodial staffs on how clean our buildings looked. Also, I would like to thank the numerous parents who shared their comments with me regarding their teachers, principals and support staff in each building.
Technology updates for the WPS include the opening of the family portal and the teachers’ use of gradebook. Parents’ responses have been positive for these types of communications and can only increase as teachers learn more about the system. The district will make their final decision this week for a vendor for the wireless project. Hopefully, our district will be in the state’s first phase of installation. Chromebooks continue to be purchased and are being delivered to elementary schools once they have been calibrated.
Security continues to be a number one priority of our district. All elementary and junior high schools have been activated, as well as Pilgrim High School. Toll Gate and Veterans are in the final stages for activation. All schools have put in place a process for visitors to follow.
The Long Term Facilities Planning Committee (LTFPC) has developed a 5-Year Plan which it will present to the school committee. The plan has taken many hours over the past 2 ½ years to develop. This plan provides for the future educational needs of all students in this district. This plan provides for all- day kindergarten, consolidation of 6th grade with grades 7 and 8, as well as for junior and high school facilities. This plan addresses our declining student population (1963 - 19,497; 2013 – 9,313), excess capacities of our buildings as well as the refurbishing costs.
The WPS belongs to every one of its citizens. Everyone needs to ask themselves, “What is best for all students; my student, for future students?” Please attend those hearings and voice your concerns. You can also do so by email, letter, or phone calls to the school committee.
Thank you, and may everyone enjoy the holiday season!