December Narragansett School System Newsletter
December 2018
Meeting Summaries

Each month, our School Committee gathers at Town Hall to discuss the current year, future goals, and initiatives taking place in our school system.

We are sharing this great information through a  School Committee Summary . To view our most recent summary, please click below.
District Teachers Receive Grants

 On November 30th, two teachers in the Narragansett School System were each presented with a grant provided by the Westerly Community Credit Union and the WCCU Teacher Grant Committee. Members of WCCU, Narragansett Superintendent Dr. Peter Cummings and school administration were in attendance. Congratulations to the recipients below who will be able to use the funds to enhance school programs and curriculum.

Karen Festa- NES Special Education Teacher- $500
Kathleen Couchon- NHS Science Teacher- $240
Support for the Holidays

While a time for celebration, the holidays can be stressful for many families who are struggling during the season. The Narragansett School System and the  Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale  are once again partnering to provide gift cards to local families this year.

If you are a family that needs help with holiday gifts:
please sign up with Jenny at the Jonnycake Center at 401-789-1559 ext. 10 or by visiting THIS WEBSITE .

If you are a family that would like to donate, b elow is information about what is being requested to help provide families a wonderful holiday.

  • Gifts - (Legos, beauty products, sports equipment)
  • Gift cards - (Walmart, Wakefield Books, Olympia Sports, Ocean State Job Lot, Marshalls, Amazon.)

Donations can be dropped off at the Johnnycake Center, 1231 Kingstown Rd., Peace Dale, RI 02879, or brought to Marianne Manzi's office at NHS. Please mail or deliver gifts by December 12th.

For questions, please call Jenny Allen at 401-789-1559 ex. 10 or contact your school secretary. Additional gift requests for adults in Welcome House housing and homebound/low-income seniors can be found in link below.
Narragansett Educator Highlight

Each month, we are happy to share a little more about one of our educators here at our schools. We hope this will help better connect you with the wonderful individuals who work hard to give our students the best experience each year, while learning fun facts about them.
Kathleen Degnan, NES Intensive Resource Teacher

How long have you been working within the Narragansett School System and what do you do?
I started at Narragansett Elementary School this past September as an Intensive Resource teacher. Before that, I was a special education teacher for three years at an elementary school in Tennessee. I actually started my career at Narragansett Pier School as a long-term substitute, so it’s great to be back!
Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, and moved to Rhode Island when I was in third grade. My father’s job brought my family back to Providence, Rhode Island, and we eventually moved to Narragansett in my freshman year of high school.
What is your favorite part about working at your school?
My favorite part of working at NES is greeting my students every morning. I am able to share my enthusiasm and excitement with them as we begin each day at school ready to learn together.
Do you have any talents/hobbies outside of the school day or during the summer that you like to enjoy?
I was on the swim team at Providence College for four years and I still love to swim! In the summertime, I enjoy swimming and body surfing at Narragansett Town Beach. In the winter, I teach swim lessons to all different age groups.
What is one thing that your students and staff may not know about you?
I have three handsome nephews (Aidan, Camden & Ethan) and two beautiful nieces (Fiona & Gwen.)
Narragansett Elementary School
Important December NES Dates!

4-6 : Holiday Bazaar for 1st-4th Grade
11& 13: Parent/Teacher Conferences- 3:45-6:45pm
13: NES Holiday Movie Night- 3:45-6:15pm (Click HERE for info)
24-Jan 1: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break
Farm to School Tastings

On Friday, November 30, NES Students had the chance to take part in a Farm to School food tasting with the featured vegetable being sweet potato.

This initiative helps students have the option to try new foods and become more familiar with the resources we have in local farming communities.

Thanks to our food service provider, Chartwells, for making this delicious morning possible.
REMINDER: Rewards Program

This year, we're welcoming back our A+ School Rewards Program which runs until 3/16/19.

With your help, we have the opportunity to earn monetary donations from A+ School Rewards, which serves as a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop. You  DO NOT  need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.

Existing Supporters Wishing to Make Changes:

  • Visit and select SIGN IN at the top right to log into your online account
  • Select My Account > Manage my Account > Rewards & Savings > then select your school.

New Supporters: You will need your 13-digit Stop & Shop card number and the NES ID# - 06999

  • Visit and click Register
  • Follow the prompts to create your account.
  • Select My Account > Manage my Account > Rewards & Savings > then select your school
Ornament Painting Party Success!

On Thursday, November 9th the NES PTO hosted the annual Holiday Ornament Painting Party, which was led by Create! Color Art Studio .

Students and families had a great time! A portion of sales went to support the PTO to help with programs and initiatives throughout the year.

Thanks to all who came out to kick off the holiday season in a creative way.
Narragansett Pier Middle School
Important December Pier School Dates!

4: PTO Meeting- Catarina's 7pm
5-7: PTO Holiday Gift Shop 8:00ma to 3:00pm
6: Picture Retakes
13: Winter Concert Gym 7pm
14: Chorus to Perform at the State House
18: 7th Grade Field Trip Trinity Rep.
24-Jan 1: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break
Holiday Gift Fair

Once again the PTO is having their annual Gift Shop where students can experience the joy of choosing their own holiday gifts for family and friends.

When: December 5th & December 7th (8am-3pm)
Where: FACS Room (A9)

There will be a large variety of gifts in different price ranges to choose from. Volunteers will be assisting your child with picking a gift and pricing. Volunteers are still needed. If you are able to help out, please visit the link below and have a current background check.
Mariner Gear Available!

It's Cold Out There! Warm up with our Narragansett Mariners hoodies and hats benefiting the Pier Middle School. There are a number of black sweatshirts that just arrived in sizes adult XXS to XXL. A limited amount of red and white sweatshirts are also available. You can email Vanessa Miller for availability.

You can drop off your filled out forms to the NPS office or mail in to the school.
Students Chat with Astronauts

On Tuesday, November 27th, NPS students in our robotics class had the chance to connect via Skype with Astronaut Sunita Williams . Students asked questions around the theme of mental and physical health of astronauts who have been in space longer than a year.

This specific theme is their Lego League challenge for the year with this interview helping the Lego League teams solidify their ideas for their research projects. The research project is one of the three pillars of First Lego League (FLL.) The others are Core Values and of course, The Robot.

It was a very interactive opportunity that the students loved. Thanks to Vanessa Miller and staff who helped organize this!
Lifetouch Picture Retakes

Lifetouch will be back in school  December 6th for Picture Retakes.

Please use this opportunity if your student was absent on picture day or if you are unsatisfied with your student's picture, where you will be asked to return their package on picture retake day. Students will be called down by grade level first thing in the morning.

Forms are available in the office and pictures can be ordered online   by clicking below before  picture day using ID#PC048018Q1
NPS Winter Sports Starting Strong!

NPS Basketball: the team finished as the runner up at the Newport Thanksgiving tournament where Anthony DeThomas was awarded the Sportsmanship award. Both the boys and girls Basketball teams played great games in the 18th annual NPS Boosters Basketball tournament last month!

Soccer: Congratulations to Student Athlete of the Month for October Anna Hart and Nathan Ward from Girls and Boys Soccer.

Cheerleading: The squad will be supporting both basketball teams at home games this season and competing in early Spring.

Wrestling: We're excited for a big season with 19 student athletes taking to the mat, most for the very first time. Check out the Pier Round Robin wrestling tournament on Saturday January 12 at NHS starting at 9:00 am.

Join us for a Game!: Be sure to take in a home basketball or wrestling match this season. Check out RIPCOA for
game dates and times. Follow on Twitter at #NPSSports1 for all the latest NPS sports action. Help the NPS Sports Boosters by buying Reward Cards for local and national discounts. See Student Athletes before December 10 for details. For any additional questions, please contact Michael Millen , Narragansett Pier School Athletic Director.
Narragansett High School 
Important December High School Dates!

12: NHS Winter Concert- Auditorium (7pm)
24-Jan 1: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break
PTO Meetings

This is a brief reminder that we have NHS PTO meetings scheduled for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. The dates are as follows:

Dec 6th, Jan 24th, Mar 7th, and May 9th

Meetings are held at 7PM in the NHS Media center, unless otherwise announced on NHS PTO Facebook and Monthly NHS Newsletter. 

You can always explore the NHS PTO web page for more information on events, fundraisers, and updates. Click below to be directed there.
FFA Holiday Open House

Our talented and award winning Narragansett FFA team is hosting their first ever open house where you will learn how to decorate your own centerpiece or wreath and have first pick at the beautiful poinsettias grown by the Agriscience 3 class. ( There will be an entrance fee of $25 that will benefit the class)

When : Wed, 12/5 from 5-8pm | Sun, 12/9 from 2-4pm
Where : NHS Greenhouse ️
Prices : Poinsettias: $8 | Wreaths: $20 | Lg Centerpiece: $30 | Sm Centerpiece: $15

Swags, cemetery baskets, etc. are also available and made to order. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to place an order, please contact Meredith at
NHS Booster Club Apparel

This cold weather season is the perfect reason to stock up on your Narragansett Mariners clothing and accessories, especially to give as gifts! To view what items are available, please click on the below link. To place orders, please email Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.
Student Climate Change Assembly

On November 15th, sophomores Julia Highcove and Shelby Lefoley hosted an assembly for NHS freshman and sophomore students which included a live interaction event with the Inner Space Center at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO).

The students Skyped with scientists about the potential impacts of a changing Arctic due to global climate change. The event was the culmination of the Northwest Passage Project High School Institute which Julia, Shelby and NHS science teacher Kathy Couchon attended at the GSO. The institute brought together 6 teams (2 students and 1 teacher) from across the country for 4 days at the end of August to follow the Northwest Passage Project expedition across the Canadian Arctic.

While the expedition ended early when the ship ran aground, the students continued their interactions with the scientists and learned first hand about the water chemistry, ecosystems and animals, particularly seabirds and narwhals, of the Arctic region. This annual conference is the largest gathering of Earth Scientists in the world!
 Narragansett Elementary School
55 Mumford Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 792-9420

Narragansett Pier Middle School
235 S Pier Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 792-9430
Narragansett High School
245 S Pier Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 792-9400
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