School Community Newsletter
July 28, 2017
Stay Engaged and Connected!

Welcome to our new way to connect parents, teachers, students, and the community to all the wonderful things taking place in our schools. This newsletter will communicate information on events, successes, reminders, and content to help keep you in the loop and excited about what's to come. We hope you enjoy and we look forward to staying connected with you.
School Opening Dates!

8/31- Teacher Orientation

9/5- School Opens K-12 (start times below)

9/7- Pre-K- Please refer to your Orientation Letter that was sent home for your child's specific Orientation Date and Time.

Any questions, please contact the Main Office at 792-9420.

Start Times

Kindergarten- 9/5- 10:00am- students come to school for 1 Hour to meet their teachers and classmates.

9/6- 9:00am- First Kindergarten full day. 

Elementary School- 9:00am

Pier Middle School- 8:05am

High School- 7:30am (Students should try to arrive by 7:25am)

Save the Date: NHS Open House: Thursday September 14, 2017

Follow our New Social Media Pages!

In addition to our newsletter, we have also created a brand new Facebook and Twitter page for our entire school district.  These pages will host information and updates on all three schools to help share highlights and reminders in one place.  To follow us and stay up to date, click on the links below.

Twitter: Follow @NSS_K12
Facebook : Like @NSSK12

Please Note: Don't forget to also follow your respective school's PTO page to stay involved in the organization.
Narragansett Named one of Safest Towns

We are pleased to share with you a recent article naming our beautiful town one of the safest places to raise a child in the country.

This study was completed by SafeWise, a home securities analysis bureau.  In the last week of June, they made the announcement and published an article ranking the top 30 safest cities and towns to raise a child in the United States, with Narragansett ranking number 28. 

As we near the school year, this is wonderful news to kick off a season of community and education.  We invite you to read the full article by clicking below.
More Great Town News!
Also, check out this month's write up in Yankee Magazine highlighting all our town has to offer. 
Click HERE
School Tech and IT Updates

In an effort to keep our school community connected and up to date, we have a few points to share that will be taking place in the new school year.  Be on the lookout for:

  • The launch of our new Narragansett School System web page in September!
  • Our one to one roll out of Windows 10, Dell Laptops for all Middle & High School students.
  • The launch of a new communication tool integrating email, text, voice and social media starting this September.

We also want to remind you to continue using the PowerSchool student information portal to ensure you have the most up to date information as needed.  Stay tuned for more information to come!
School Staffing Updates

As we enter a new year, we would like to congratulate those who have joined our school system and share our gratitude for those leaving.

Welcome New Educators and Staffers!
Matt Mahar- NHS Athletic Director
Matthew Blessing- NHS Head Football Coach
Alicia Chase- Behavior Specialist
Molly Sylvia- High School English
Hannah Green- Grades 5/6
Amanda Augustinsen- NES Math Interventionist 
Courtney Wright- NES Early Childhood

Central Office Promotions and New Members
Giulio Lugini- Interim Director of Technology
Matt LeValley- Accountant
Lauren Ruggiero- Communications Advisor

Thank You For Your Service!
Mike Andrea- NES Music Teacher
Dick Fossa- NHS Athletic Director
Chris Lussier- NHS Head Football Coach
Janet Stone-Grade 6 Teacher
Sandy Menke- 3rd Grade Teacher
Susan Sabella- Grade 1 Teacher
Susan Barr- Kindergarten Teacher
Michele Coppa- Special Educators
Jeffrey Sargent- NPS Custodian 
Craig Sherman- NHS Custodian
Roland Lambert- Director of Technology

Stay tuned for transfer staffing updates in our next newsletter!
Help Make 2018 Beach Blanket Bidding a Success!

The Beach Blanket Bidding PTO Auction is the main event of our Gala that only happens every 4-5 years. It’s our time to shine and to do so, we need your help! 

The event will be held on June 1st, 2018 at The Dunes Club, who have graciously offered their facility to the Narragansett Community to support our schools.  This event also benefits Narragansett’s more than 1500 families and is truly a fabulous dinner party with friends, neighbors and teachers.  Attendees will enjoy dancing with a high-energy DJ while capturing the memories in our gala-themed photo booth!

In addition, there will be a silent and live auction, cash and balloon raffles, and the exciting chance to win one of the 40 table centerpieces, each showcasing the creative talent of our community and transforming the venue into a fun-filled themed night.  Help us reach our goal of raising $75,000 by clicking below to see the many volunteer and fundraising opportunities to take part in!
Thank you for your support!
The Narragansett Schools PTO
Auction 2018 Committee

Reminder For Our Athletes!

All Narragansett Student Athletes planning to play fall sports need to have their Physicals turned in to the school and have all required information completed on by the respective dates below:

Narragansett High School: August 15 (SIGN UP HERE)

Pier Middle School: September 4 (SIGN UP HERE)

This includes all high school sports as well as 6th, 7th and 8th graders trying out for Boys or Girls Soccer and joining Boys or Girls Cross Country.

Parents can stay connected to the latest sports news and scores by following our athletics twitter accounts!

NPS Twitter

NHS Twitter

Narragansett High School 
Congrats to our Teacher of the Year!

We are honored to share our congratulations to Kristin Hayes-Leite, who was recently named Rhode Island’s Teacher of the Year for 2017-18! Kristin is the social studies department chair at Narragansett High School and this well-deserved recognition makes her eligible to participate in the national Teacher of the Year competition.

Watch and read more through the links below! 
Good Luck to our Graduates!

The Narragansett High School wishes all of its 89 graduates the best of luck as they enter into their new adventure.  Students will be starting their college careers at schools such as URI, Brown, Penn State, MIT, and Temple.  We are also excited to share that Joe Levesque is our first West Point Appointee!

Thank you to all the parents, teachers, and especially students that have made this year's graduation ceremony one to remember.
Our CTE Program is Growing!

The Narragansett School System is so proud to offer local high school students the opportunity to take part in our CTE (Career and Technical) program, which hosts advanced and extensive courses with unique hands on experience. 

What is CTE?
Our school's program is designed for students preparing for careers, giving them the chance to obtain hands-on experience while learning trades and specialties to launch their college careers.  We are one of more than 54 high schools in the network, all working together to prepare students early on for a successful career.
Read a wonderful write-up featured in PBN and authored by our Superintendent, Dr. Peter Cummings, about how CTE Programs boost local innovation HERE.

Current Program: Over the past few years, students have been able to take part in CTE through our exceptional Agricultural Science program.  In addition to a wide range of focused curriculum and training, students have hosted the Mariner Marketplace, where they grow and sell plants and other farm fresh options for the season.  Read more HERE.  In addition, students take care of the school's hens, selling fresh eggs throughout the year and work in the Sugar Shack, where they tap maple trees making fresh maple syrup to sell as well.  

We are also excited to share that we have completed the installation of  a new, state-of-the-art greenhouse, which was flown in from Holland!

New Computer Program: We are happy to share the addition of our new CTE Computer Technology program. Thanks to a newly received state grant of $50,000, we will be able to expand our Information and Computer Technology (ICT) Program in grades 9 through 12 and developing a curriculum for grades K through 8. 

Why our Program is Different:
Students enrolled in our CTE program have the rare opportunity to be a part of CTE while still remaining a full-time member of the high school. This differs from other programs as students are usually separated and excluded within the program.   We are proud to offer this inclusive experience for our students and students in our region.

  • Apply! We are accepting applications for new students from local districts to apply- click the button below to connect with our staff on applications.
  • Share! Tell your friends and family the exciting news of our newest program! 
  • Schedule! We offer the opportunity to shadow one of our passionate students to see what it's like a day in the life.  You can also visit us for a private tour.
  • Attend! You're invited to our open house that will be scheduled for fall. Stay tuned for a save the date and examples of what the day will offer prospective new families!
Contact for Program: Joan Pratley |
Welcome Matt Mahar!
Narragansett High School is pleased to introduce Mr. Matt Mahar as our school's new Athletic Director. Matt is a graduate of Narragansett High School and most recently has been the  Men’s Head Basketball coach at Assumption University in Worcester Mass. Prior to that. Matt served as Athletic Director and Head basketball coach at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Matt has a thorough knowledge of Athletic Administration, as he has also served as a Sports Information Director in his position at Chaminade University. Matt is excited to be returning to his roots at Narragansett High School, as he has fond memories of his time here. He thrives when working with student athletes and has a true passion for providing our students with a great “Student-Centered” athletic program in a competitive atmosphere. We look forward to welcoming Matt into our Mariner family.
The Mariners wish Dick Fossa the Best!

We are sad to share that NHS Athletic Director, Dick Fossa, has resigned after accepting an AD position at the North Kingstown High School.  He has served as our AD for more than 3 years and has been within the school system for more than 10 years in various leading roles within the athletic department such as head football coach.  He has made quite the impact with athletes, parents, and our entire staff.   NHS Principal Dan Warner wishes him well in saying, " Dick has truly upped the professionalism of our athletic department here at NHS.  He has wonderfully promoted the concept of NHS being a participation school, ensuring our students were involved in multiple sporting activities to enhance their time here.  We wish him the absolute best in his new role and will miss his energy and passion."
Narragansett Pier Middle School
5th & 6th Grade Laptop Pick-ups

Laptop pick-ups dates for 5th and 6th graders have been scheduled for next month and are as follows:
Location: NPS Library 
Wednesday, August 23 | 1:00pm-5:00pm 
Monday, August 28 | 10:00am-2:00pm
Save the Date: Unity Day 2017

As we enter a new and exciting year, NPS is taking a stand against bullying and inviting the community to do the same.

Mark your Calendars: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 

What is Unity Day?
It's a day where everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send a message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Individuals across the nation, and even world-wide, participate in Unity Day.

How to Show Support
To show your support for safe and supportive schools and communities, we're asking students to wear the color  ORANGE on Unity Day.  They will also be invited to sign a banner to show their support.

Stay tuned for more information on activities as the date nears! 

Summer Camp Theatre Performance TODAY!

For the past four summers, Narragansett has been hosting a summer theatre camp.  This year is the first summer that the school has partnered with the Narragansett Parks and Recreation Department to run the program! In early July, school leaders have worked with the campers on a production of Jungle Book Kids!  39 campers ranging from rising 1st graders to rising 8th graders participated in camp Monday-Friday from 9:00 - 2:30 PM. Camp concluded this past Friday with an absolutely packed house at the South County museum for the performance of The Jungle Book Kids directed by Ryan Field, choreographed by Chelsea Cook and musical direction by Vanessa Miller.

Camp continued this past week under the guidance of Chelsea Cook with a new production titled: An Unlikely Fairy Tale: A Story Written By You. 11 campers worked together to write an original play on Monday, and they've casted their roles:

Merlin- Alex Hoff
Little Red- Ruby Costa
Wolf- Federico Giramma
Witch- Mackenzie Killilea
Hansel- Kate Rocchio
Gretel- Brenna Reardon 
Snow White- Bridget Blessing
Evil Queen- Grace Dean
Aurora- Lily Burdick
Maleficent- Keegan McGinnis
Jack- Gian Giramma 

This original performance written by and performed by students will take place TODAY at 2:00pm  at the South County Museum (indoor gallery space.) Limited seating available. Seats are first come, first serve!
Narragansett Elementary School
New Addition to our Playground!

Last month,  NES was able to purchase and install a beautiful and exciting new piece of equipment to add to our playground!

The fundraising for this project began more than two years ago as Principal Dandurand and the PTO found the perfect addition to the playground and knew it could be possible with the help of the community.  Thanks to PTO fundraising events, initiatives, and a donation from Alan Shawn Feinstein, the project was able to happen.  The Narragansett School System also funded the preparation of the area and the mulch.  We could not be more proud of this joint effort!   

The new piece was installed and ready a week before school closed in June and gave students a chance to enjoy it for the first time before.   Shortly before the official unveiling, students were invited to participate in a "Guess the new piece of equipment" contest.  The winners received a GOLDEN TICKET and were allowed to be the first to climb the structure.  We look forward to everyone being able to enjoy it when school opens on  September 5th.
A big thank you to our NES PTO, who was the main contributor and together made the most incredible impact during fundraising for this structure!
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

This year, NES will begin a new reading and writing project with a goal in raising the level of literacy for children, encouraging them to become powerful readers and writers.  This program will also help prepare our youth for any reading and writing tasks and to turn them into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence in their future endeavors. 

Our teachers will be using materials from the Lucy Caulkins Writing Workshop.  These materials contain units of study for each grade from K-4.  In each workshop, teachers will model writing techniques, then work with students as they move through the writing process.  Direct writing instruction takes place in the form of mini-lessons followed by active writing time.

Preparations have been taking place over the summer as several teachers worked through our newly formed curriculum academy on the pacing of the units of study.  We also had a team attend a four-day training on the roll out of writing workshop.  Principal Dandurand and Assistant Principal Zaborski attended a one-day training in Washington, D.C. about how to support teachers with these new materials.  Finally, ALL of our teachers will be participating in a guided professional development training with a consultant beginning in August during professional development day and continuing throughout the year.  
 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