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.
Centralized Enrollment Procedure for Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-12
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 734-3086
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.
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
September 12, 2014
Welcome back! We hope your summer vacation was restful, enjoyable and packed with memorable experiences that can be shared with your classmates and teachers.
While you were vacationing your school district staff has been extremely busy this summer planning, updating, and purchasing everything from textbooks to painting the walls and supervising projects like the fire code improvements in our schools to the new roof at Vets High School.
However, more important I wanted to start everyone's new school year on a positive note. Yesterday afternoon the Warwick Teachers Union ratified a one year agreement with the Warwick School Committee which was then approved by the School Committee last evening. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all the negotiators for their efforts, patience, and cooperation in achieving this agreement which will provide uninterrupted instruction for the benefit of all our students throughout the coming year.
With this agreement leading the way, there are many new and exciting happenings that our students will be introduced to this year. Beginning with all day kindergarten pilot programs 6 have been established throughout the district. The directors and I will be monitoring them throughout the year for student progress, development of readiness skills and social development with peers. To assist students and teachers identify student strengths and areas of concerns, the STAR programs for Reading and Math will be used during September, December and May to real-time information and data to help drive instruction during intervention blocks (RTI) 5 days a week in all our elementary schools. These intervention blocks will engage all students in learning activities from academic interventions to enrichment opportunities, based on student needs. In addition, each secondary school will have early warning system teams which will use attendance, behavior and transcript data to identify students who may be at risk of dropping out of high school. Other initiatives for this year are the expansion of the school wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program to four additional elementary schools, increasing the number to 13 elementary schools; the transition to Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessment that will replace the NECAP state assessment; the implementation of our revised English language arts curriculum aligned to the Common Core state standards; revising the science curriculum to align with the next generation science standards; junior high students will receive a new social studies text, which is also aligned with the new social studies standards and the Common Core literacy standards.
As you are aware, the school committee approved the wireless communication grant from the state. As of today half of the schools have been wired and are waiting for both configuration and testing of equipment. The district will be piloting 3 schools to observe their functioning. The district has set a target date for the middle of October to go live, pending a review of the pilot schools.
Also, I am pleased to announce that Ms. Lynn Dambruch is the new Director of Elementary Education, Ms. Elizabeth Drolet is a new Assistant Principal at Gorton Junior High School, Mr. John Gannon is the new Principal at Norwood Elementary School and Mr. Larry Birmingham is the new Assistant Director of Special Education. Mr. Frank Ricci is serving as interim Principal of Robertson Elementary School while the search committee presently is interviewing candidates.
As Superintendent, I am pleased we are moving in a direction that is best for our students and the district and I wish everyone a great start to the 2014-2015 school year.