May Narragansett School System Newsletter
NHS Springtime Open House
Attention all 7th graders, 8th graders and our entire community! You're invited to our NHS Spring Open House.

When : Wednesday, May 15th from 5-7pm
When : NHS (Use the auditorium entrance)

Come explore our school, meet our dedicated educators and learn about our current programs and newest CTE offering, Educator Preparation. We hope to see you there on May 15th
School Committee Summary

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 pleased to share this great information through a  School Committee Summary . To view our most recent summary, please click below.
2•4•1 Summer Sports

We're excited to share the news that 2•4•1 Sports will host a summer program right here at Narragansett High School.

Camp goes from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. and campers participate in 3 sports each day from the program's 6 fun-filled options; Basketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Tennis, Universal Sports, and Junior 2-4-1 (for 1st and 2nd grade.)

You may also see some familiar faces as many of the camp staff have close connections to the Narragansett School District like Deb Ranaldi, Matt Blessing, Dave Smith, and Ashlynne Messier

Before and after care is available. See link below to register if interested.

More about 2•4•1 Sports : The program team believes we are meant to be at play year-long and life-long. The past two decades of youth athletics have transformed sports from playing a game to planning your future. stages in physical and emotional development.
Student-Designed Banner Installation

The Town of Narragansett’s newest banners that were designed by two NHS students will be installed and unveiled next week. Both students will be present as the first banner is hung to kick off the installment of new art that will be displayed until 2021. You're invited to watch this installation take place!

When : Tuesday, May 14 th | 10:00am

Where : 36 Ocean Road, Narragansett. (The banner will be installed in front of the towers near the fountain and town square.)

Who : NHS Senior Christina McPhillips and graduate Shannon McNeiece, town & school representatives.

Contest Background: In 2018, the Town of Narragansett and the Narragansett School System hosted a contest for high school students to help design the next town banner series that would adorn our beautiful streets this spring. Two student designs were voted upon by the student body, town and school officials, and additional community members to become the next installment of banner art.  
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.
Kristen Manchester, NHS Guidance Counselor

I feel extremely fortunate to have worked in the Narragansett School District since 1993. I began at the elementary school as a Special Education Teacher and in doing so, had the opportunity to work in most of the grade levels in either a collaborative setting or an intensive resource setting. I also had the chance to teach first grade which was as equally exciting and challenging in my role as a special educator.

In September 2006, I transitioned to the High School as a counselor and have enjoyed working with and supporting students through their personal, academic and career goals. Working with each grade level has allowed me to work through the many challenges as well as celebrate student experiences at the secondary level. It has also been very exciting to work with some of the same students I had in elementary school.

The best part about working in this role is to witness students grow and develop into young adults using the tools and support I have been able to offer. I truly care for the well-being of each of them as well as the wonderful staff that has supported me during my time here. Working alongside so many talented professionals has been exciting and rewarding as we share our passions and talents to support and guide students. I am happy that many of these colleagues have grown to be my close friends.

I moved to Narragansett when I was three and have thoroughly enjoyed growing up in this wonderful town! I was truly blessed to grow up on the water which was not only beautiful but also brought many opportunities for exploring and discovering. I moved away for college (not very far!) and decided to return once I graduated. Outside of the school day, I love spending time with my husband and son, who is currently a NHS freshman. We are extremely close to our extended families, so a lot of time is spent with them for dinners, celebrations, and various gatherings throughout the year.

In addition to family, I also enjoy spending time with friends, many of whom I met in college or graduate school. In the winter, I love to ski and when it snows I take every opportunity to be outside. In the warmer months, I also enjoy golfing and swimming in the ocean. No matter what the season, I always enjoy taking my dog, Abe, out for a walk. People may not know that I have a rather adventurous side. I went sky-diving and found it thrilling to be free-falling at about 160 miles per hour! I have skied double black diamond trails and was extremely fortunate to watch the sunrise while sitting on top of a volcano in Maui called Haleakala.
Narragansett Elementary School
Important Upcoming Dates

May 17: NES Moms Night Out
May 21: NES PTO Meeting
May 22: NES PTO Fun Run Fundraiser
May 23: NES Art Show
May 30: NES Concert
May 31: 4th Grade Talent Show
June 7: Field Day
June 14: Last Day of School
4th Grade Move Up Ceremony

It's that time of year again where we celebrate our 4th graders as they move up to the 5th grade next year at the Pier School!

This ceremony is planned for the last day of school. As of now, the last day is June 14th .

Please note that due to fire codes, each child will be given 5 tickets for family members to attend the breakfast and ceremony. Please save the date as well as noting that there is a ticket limit and we will update you with more information as we near the event.
Save the Date: Moms Night Out!

We're excited to share the date for a fun event that brings our mom community together for a great night! Moms Night Out is scheduled for:

When : Friday, May 17th | 7pm.
Where : Pancho O'Malley's, 140 Point Judith Rd, Narragansett.

Stay tuned for ticket and event information from the NES PTO!
Reminder! NES Art Show is in 2 Weeks!

When : May 23rd | 5-7pm
Where : NES Cafeteria

Grade levels K-4 will be participating and will have their artwork displayed, matted, and framed. You may purchase this for $25 with a portion going to the NES Art Dept. The school-wide theme of this year’s art show is collage with the sub-themes outlined below:

K: Birds, nests and eggs after Steve Jenkin's Mama Built a Little Nest
1: Abstract/geometric paper quilts
2: Self portraits 
3: Eric Carle inspired insects with custom printed papers
4: Animals inspired by Steve Jenkins

*Art work will be returned shortly after the show if not purchased.
NES School Mentor Program

Narragansett Elementary School is looking for caring adults to spend time with our students as volunteers. Those interested would spend at least one hour each week with a student to help support our Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS.)

If interested, please contact AnnMarie Zaborski at  azaborski@nssk12.org
NES News Team Project

We love sharing NES media projects throughout the year that our students took careful time to produce, edit and post!

We hope you enjoy their latest production, which highlights the NES Winter Concert that took place last season.

A big thank you to NES Library Media Specialist Brien Jennings, who helps guide and support our students through various projects each year with impressive results!
Narragansett Pier Middle School
Important Upcoming Dates

May 14: National Junior Honor Society 7pm
May 16: 7th/8th Gr Honor Roll Breakfast 9am
May 21/23: 4th Graders visit NPS
May 23: Spring Concert - 7pm (Gymnasium)
May 27: Memorial Day - No School
May 31: Great East Festival 7am
We're Still Looking for Speakers!

On June 5th , NPS will host its annual Career Day to help students learn more about the many fields and occupations in the world, especially right here in Rhode Island.

We are excited to welcome industry experts from all over the state and are still looking for interested speakers to talk about their experiences in the field, their journey, and some tips to keep in mind when exploring interesting careers.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will encourage students throughout the program to engage and ask questions to our welcomed guest speakers.

For questions or more information, or to sign up as a speaker, please email Vanessa Miller through the button below.
Student Finalist in Essay Contest

Congratulations to NPS Student Marin McQuarrie who was chosen from Narragansett as a finalist in the 2018-19 Rhode Island Gandhi Essay Contest! The contest is hosted by the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

Students worked with educators who dedicated their time to help them learn more about Gandhi, his life, and his important teachings on peace and nonviolence for today's youth.

This year, URI received 131 submissions from 27 schools. After careful reviewing, the judging committee selected finalists who have been invited along with their teachers and parents to the awards ceremony that took place on Friday, May 3, 2019 in the URI Welcome Center. Congratulations Marin!
Baking Contest Deadline TODAY!

NPS Students in Ms. Miller's 6th grade enrichment class are organizing Narragansett Pier School's first ever Baking Contest and the dates have changed to May, with TODAY being the deadline for returning entry forms.

The contest is open to students in grades 5 - 8 and invites students to bring their best baking talents. Students will create a team of 4 people, which will stay the same for auditions as well as the final event.
Students are required to provide provide all of the materials, cooking tools, ingredients, etc. that they
will need to bake their dish. The school will provide a bowl, a mixing spoon, an oven, sink and counter space.

Auditions : May 10th after school in FCAS room
Final Event: May 24th

● NOTE: *No tree nuts or peanuts due to allergies*
● NOTE: *There are no late buses on Fridays. Please make sure you have a ride!*

Audition forms are available in the NPS main office or below. Please complete and turn in by today . If you have any questions, please connect with Ms. Miller .
NPS Art Contest

The Pier school is hosting an art contest where students are invited to show off their creative abilities for the chance to win a prize.

Students will choose a project out of three categories: painting, drawing (only pencil - No color), and drawing with colored pencils. They will have five days after school to work on their project under the supervision of Ms. Burke. All artwork will be judged virtually by students, teachers and staff at the Pier School. The winner will be announced on May 24 at the end of the day. There will be a cash prize for the winner of the contest!

To sign up, students will need to return the below permission slip signed along with $2 for the entry fee. (Some supplies will be available).

When: Students will be given supervised creation time on May 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15 from 2:35-3:30pm
To Sign Up: Visit the main office
Entry Fee: $2.00

For more information, contact Ms. Miller: vmiller@nssk12.org.
National History Day State Contest Results

Each year, NPS 8th grade students take part in National History Day projects for a chance to place on a district-wide, state-wide, and national level with their projects. This year, 60 total projects were completed and of those, 11 were chosen to represent our district on March 23rd at the Rhode Island State Contest held at Rhode Island College. The winners of the state-wide contest are:

1st Place Individual Exhibit
Veronica Sabatino, The Black Plague

1st Place Group Exhibit
$100 Labor Award (ea.)
Jessica Boutin & Sydney Dewey, Child Labor/Lewis Hines

2nd Place Group Documentary
Lily Weisz-Nesshoever & Ryan Barry, Establishment of Israel

3rd Place Individual Website
Marissa Lefoley, The Black Plague

We're proud to share that the first and second place winners qualify and will attend the National contest at College Park, Maryland in June! We will keep you updated as the students prepare for this exciting opportunity to showcase their talents nationally.
NPS Spring Team Building !

On Friday April 12th, the 8th grade class went to Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA to visit Five Wits Escape Room and the Patriots Hall of Fame.

While at Five Wits Escape Room, the students worked together on team building activities and problem solving strategies.

A great time was had by all and it was an awesome way to start spring recess.
A Reminder from the Nurses Office

New this year is our Pier School Medical Emergency Form which was sent home with your student or can be downloaded from the link below. This form must be completed and returned to the clinic either taped closed or in a sealed envelope.
NPS Spring Sports Update

Our sports teams have been dodging rain clouds, stiff winds, and taking on all challengers. Unified tops the season as thy won all 10 of their games and were crowned Southern Divisional Champions. Great job by Athletes, Partners, Coaches, and supporting fans!

Baseball and Softball are maintaining their presence on the field half way through their seasons. Track and Field are preparing for one more home meet, divisional meets and hosting the State Meet on Sunday May 19 at NCAC.

Coming Up!
All Student Athletes, Coaches, and Parents are reminded of the Booster Club Ice Cream Social and Awards Night on Tuesday June 4 at 5:30pm in the Pier Café. All Team Uniforms must be turned in before June 3 in order to receive the team medals and Sportsmanship Awards.

Sign-ups for Fall 2018 will open on July 4, 2019 via FamilyID.com . Be sure to send in all updated physicals over the summer to the school office. Stay tuned for more updates and wishing you a safe and enjoyable summer.
Narragansett High School 
Important Upcoming Dates

May 6-17: AP Testing
May 24: Senior Project Day
May 30 : Junior Book Awards
June 9: Athletic Banquet
June 10: Senior Prom
June 13: NHS Senior Graduation
June 14: Last Day of School
GLAX Team of the Week!

Congratulations to the Narragansett High School Girls Lacrosse Team who were named Showcase Cinemas 'Team of the Week' on April 22nd!

The team collected over 500lbs of food items for the  Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale , specifically for their SMILE program. They were also featured on 92.3, 106.3, 105.1 and 630AM.

The SMILE program is a school lunch program that is run every time students are out of school for vacations. With the recent April vacation, the Johnnycake center was in need of certain food items to provide to households. The items that Mariner GLAX collected helped many families and children in need. We're so proud of our athletes and their passion to create change in our community.
Educator Receives Prestigious Award

We are pleased to share that NHS educator Kristin Hayes-Leite was named as this year's recipient of the Genocide Educator of the Year Award. The award was presented by Pauline Getzoyan of the Genocide Education Project on Sunday, April 28th 2019 at the annual Armenian Genocide commemoration which was held at St. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian church in Providence. In remarks at the ceremony, Kristin noted, "This history is hard - it is hard to read about, it is hard to understand, it is hard to explain - but learning this history is so necessary if we are ever to remove the scourge of genocide from our world."

Kristin was chosen as a recipient due to her dedicated work with her ninth grade students on curriculum that involves an in-depth exploration of genocides in the twentieth century. Kristin worked with social studies teachers Dave Cannon and Mike Goudreau to plan and coordinate the school's first Genocide Awareness Day on April 9th. Speakers from the Sandra Borenstein Holocaust Education Center shared family members' survival stories from the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide. Students further explored the stories of these genocides through inquiry based lessons placing current news stories on the pyramid of hate, mapping out the story of dehumanization of the Jewish people using a digital timeline of the Holocaust, and learning the story of the Rwandan genocide by watching Hotel Rwanda. After the students complete the entire 6 week unit of study, they will be writing letters to Senator Jack Reed and other elected officials to urge that the United States uphold human rights and take appropriate action to prevent and punish genocide.
Narragansett FFA Receives Grant

We are excited to share that our Narragansett FFA program will receive 2019 Grants for Growing funding thorough the national FFA organization!

The high school's CTE program was approved for $2200.00, which will enable the school to grow their egg production right on campus by getting running water and electricity to the coop as well as the construction of a cart to transport the eggs around the school to sell them to faculty and staff. Congratulations to our FFA department on this important and impactful grant!
Career Fair Success

We want to thank our NHS Guidance Department, teachers, staff and local professionals that made our 2019 Career Fair a success!

The event for Sophomores took place on Thursday, April 25th in the NHS Cafeteria and allowed students to explore nearly 30 careers and speak with individuals who are experts in their fields.

The career fair is hosted each year and is wonderfully led by Kristen Manchester in the Guidance Department.

We hope events like this throughout the year help inspire our students to learn more about fields that may interest them and help prepare them for their plans after graduation.
 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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