Summer Technology Institute

 Dear North Smithfield Faculty and Staff,

I am happy to send you an invitation to the Summer Technology Institute.

The four school districts of the RI Northwest Schools Consortium, Burrillville, Lincoln, North Smithfield and Smithfield, are excited to offer a summer Teacher Technology Institute open to all teachers, administrators or staff members from any of the four districts. The institute will consist of four professional development sessions spread across two days. Each session will focus on different technology tools and how to integrate them into your current work. All sessions are available to participants free of charge, although seating will be limited.

The summer 2014 Teacher Technology Institute will be held on Tuesday, July 29th and Wednesday, July 30th at Lincoln Middle School. There will be a number of different sessions to choose from, so please look at the course catalog for specific information about each session.

Visit http://www.nwconsortium.org/teacher-technology-institute for more information and to register for any of the sessions.

-Clare

NS Curriculum and Initiatives Newsletter Update

Dear Teachers,


It has been quite a year for the curriculum department- changing standards, developing curriculum and implementing new/comprehensive programs is an enormous undertaking. It involves studying standards, identifying best practices for instruction, compiling resources for instruction, developing assessments, creating rubrics, analyzing data, organizing systems and structures to inform community and much more. I say this all because I want to acknowledge your work, effort and commitment.


This newsletter communication is simply to keep you all in the loop.
-Clare
 

 

Parent Survey

Dear Parents,

As you know, we've implemented a new Math Curriculum this year! We've worked hard to provide parents and students with information to help them in their math education. We would like to ask you about your awareness of our Math Curriculum initiative and Math Unit Guide initiative. Please take a moment to complete this online survey. We appreciate your feedback in order to help your students!! Thank you!!!

LINK TO SURVEY FOR PARENTS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GWT68ZY

Sincerely,
The NS District Data Team

Dr. Mary Ellen Tillotson, North Smithfield High School/Middle School
Mrs. Michelle Halloran, North Smithfield High School/Middle School
Mrs. Amy Gibbons, North Smithfield High School
Mrs. Diana Comtois, North Smithfield High School
Mr. William Pepin, North Smithfield High School
Mrs. Angela Dacosta, North Smithfield Middle School
Mrs. Renee Guertin, North Smithfield Middle School
Mrs. Jillian Bitee, North Smithfield Elementary School
Ms. Cheryl Sachs, North Smithfield Elementary School/Halliwell School
Mr. Mark Salisbury, Halliwell School
 

Below is a sample unit guide that teachers have created to keep parents and students informed, as well as,  share online resources and tutorials.

District Professional Development Advisory Committee Meeting

 Just a friendly reminder that the District Professional Development Advisory Committee will  be meeting on Thursday, May 8th at 3:00pm at KD. I am looking forward to it!

-Clare

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Race to the Top

RI was awarded a $75 million Race To The Top Grant. These funds will used to design and implement five ‘systems of support’ transforming how the Department of Education serves individual school districts.

Common Core State Standards App

There's an App for that!!! Check out the Common Core Standards App! This free App allows you to view the CCSS quickly by subject, grade and subject category (domain/cluster.) It includes Math K-12 and Language Arts K-12. To find it, simply search "Common Core Standards" ...it was developed by MasteryConnect.

PARCC Assessment

PARCC is a 24-state consortium working together to develop K-12 assessments in English and math aligned to the Common Core Standards. PARCC will be operational for the 2014-2015 school year. Click here for more information.