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.
Your Elementary Report Card Survey Results are in!
The results are in. We had over 500 responses to the elementary report card survey. Follow the link below to view the survey results.
An interesting observation was that the breakdown of the percentages remained constant regardless of the number of respondents. Your feedback was clear. The Warwick community is ready for new report cards but not completely ready to move to a standards-based grading system. As a result, the next survey that will be posted will give you an opportunity to weigh in on a hybrid type of grading system. The teachers working on this project have made suggestions for grading systems. These options will be posted in the form of another survey with space for you to add comments as before.
I am very encouraged by your enthusiasm and interest in this project.
Dr. Anne Siesel and the K-6 Report Card Committee
Centralized Enrollment Procedure for Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-12
For School Year 2014-15
Centralized enrollment is 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.
Kindergarten registration for 2015-2016 will start taking place the week of February 23, 2015.
Appointments can be made by calling 734-3040
Parent or Guardian must be present at the time of enrollment.
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 this 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
Hope everyone had a very restful and enjoyable holiday break. While the students and academic staff were out for the two weeks and schools were shut down, it gave our maintenance and custodial staff the opportunity to address the physical plant needs of buildings, as well as their cleanliness. The maintenance crews and helpers from other departments were able to concentrate on such projects as the heating leaks at Veteran’s High School in B-wing, which included repairing leaks in the tunnel that runs under Vet’s, replacing lighting at Toll Gate High School and addressing a potential safety problem with the surface of the gymnasium floor that required a “hands –on” task by many of the staff. At other schools, quarterly fire alarm inspections, fire sprinklers tested, flooring repairs in classrooms and offices and boiler needs were addressed with mixing valves, cleaning and general maintenance issues. When the students and staff returned on Monday, January 5th they not only found clean rooms, desks and rest rooms; they found a clean school that also looked clean and smelled clean. From all of us to the maintenance and custodial crews and supervisors THANK YOU for your efforts and caring about our students and academic staff.
As our students and staff settle in from the holiday break they will face many challenges in the next 8 weeks. High school students will and have been preparing for mid-year exams, all other grades will be ending the 2nd quarter and all will be preparing for the new quarter, which will include for grades 3-10 preparation for the PARCC exam. Teacher and principals have received training on the administration of the exams that will take place in March and May. All teachers in these grades have and will be trained on the PARCC, including special education teachers on the accommodations required by some students. Students have been using the Chrome books in their schools to become familiarized with the computer and with taking the assessment on-line. Last year during the pilot assessment that was administered a majority our students were able to experience the on-line assessment which many found easy to maneuverer and completed the assessment well within the given time allotted.
As Superintendent I encourage all grade 3-10 students to take the PARCC assessment. Our central administration team and our building principals believe invaluable information about each child’s strengths and needs is revealed by this and other standardized assessment tools. These assessment results help our principals and teachers assist and support our students’ needs, placement, scheduling, and provide for direction, guidance and design of teacher instruction and delivery.
Early senior project presentation day is just around the corner, February 9, 2015. If you have never participated in this event now is the time to get involved. There are approximately 125 seniors that will be presenting their projects. Presently, there are still a number of vacancies that exist for the opportunity to participate in these presentations and judging on the quality of the student’s work. If interested please contact the Graduation By Proficiency Coordinator at the high school nearest you.
Lastly, during February kindergarten registration will take place. It is imperative that parents register their kindergarten child as soon as possible in order that the district may develop their plans for the next school year 2015-2016.
Please be aware that all registration will take place at the Central Registration Office, 34 Warwick Lake Avenue, not at the schools, as in previous years. Central Registration Office telephone: 734-3040.
We were fortunate to establish the 9 new all-day kindergarten programs this year. We were able to do this because of the reliability of the incoming students and the continual close monitoring of this student population from early March up through the first week of school.
Thank you for listening and supporting our efforts to provide quality education to our students and community.