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.
Elementary Report Card Survey
The K-6 report card committee is considering developing standards-based report cards. A standards-based report card lists the most important skills students should learn in each subject at a particular grade level. Standards-based report cards are designed to communicate with parents and make a positive difference in students’ learning and growth. Our goal is to make the new report cards helpful and easy to understand as well as to promote meaningful conversations with parents.
To help make this improvement a successful one, we will keep you informed and ask for your feedback throughout the process. Please take a minute and complete the short survey below.
The results of the survey will be posted on the Warwick Public Schools website under the K-6 Report Card link. Your responses will be used to guide us as we move forward with this project.
Dr. Anne Siesel and the K-6 Report Card Committee
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 734-3040
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
November 20, 2014
The first quarter of school is over and report cards have been distributed at both the Elementary and Secondary level. Hopefully you are pleased with your children’s performance. If you have any concerns, comments or questions please contact your child’s school either by email, parent portal or by telephone.
Open houses were conducted at all schools and attended by Ms. Dambruch, Mr. Mullen and I. We thank the parents not only for the wonderful turnout, but also for their questions, comments and accolades regarding their teachers, principals, condition of their schools and how pleased they were overall.
There were many pleasant, positive experiences throughout the first quarter of school. Unfortunately, our schools, students and staff were also placed in harm’s way, unnecessarily, by the threats of an anonymous author. Fortunately, our district was prepared, well trained and supported by the Mayor and the Warwick Police Department. All our staff followed the safety protocols and procedures that had been put into place and thankfully the outcome was a civil one.
The Curriculum office has been focused on several projects this fall including K-12 science curriculum, English Language Arts rubrics and performance tasks, and revising the elementary report cards, which is presently 18 years old.
On November 12, 2014 the Warwick City Council voted unanimously to approve the acceptance of the transference of the Warwick Career and Technical Center from the Department of Education to the City of Warwick. As a result of this transference the Career and Technical Center will now be permanently part of the Warwick School District. As a part of this agreement the Warwick School District will receive 3.1 million dollars for upgrades to the roof, electrical, drains and other building maintenance.
Wireless update: all schools, except one elementary school have been wired and are operational. Once the policies for operations have been approved by the school committee students will be given their account numbers.
RFP Update for long term planning consultant: Four bids were received. The school committee will meet to review the bids.
The all-day Kindergarten program is off to a roaring start. All reports have been positive and students are progressing rapidly both academically and socially. Academically, these students are exposed to many more hours of instruction and hands-on practice. Teachers report that they are able to spend more time on foundational writing, reading and math skills on a daily basis. This has resulted in students’ skills being more developed earlier in the year. Also, students are exposed to a wider variety of texts, followed by deeper and meaningful comprehension discussions. Additional time in the day results in more time for rich literacy experiences in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students are obtaining a deeper knowledge base in math content, skills and practices. There is more time to differentiate instruction from those students academically challenged to the students who are performing above grade level in all academic areas. Response to Intervention blocks and small group instruction are occurring frequently in the full-day program.
Another positive aspect of full-day kindergarten is the increase time and experiences for social/emotional development. These students have more opportunities to problem solve and practice positive, healthy relationships with their peers. Overall, our full-day kindergarten programs are giving children the time and attention they need to be successful learners.
Lastly, we welcome a new Director of Special Services, Jennifer Connolly, Ph.D., who joined WPS on October 31, 2014.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!