October NSS Newsletter
October 2018
We're Off to a Great School Year!

Last Month, we welcomed back our students and staff to all three of our schools. It was wonderful to witness all of our students getting off to a terrific beginning of the year. We hope our continued monthly newsletters help prepare you for the great things ahead as well as keep you updated on important events and happenings throughout the year.

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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.
Narragansett High School Open House

When: Saturday, November 3 from 9am-12pm  
Where: Narragansett High School

Join us to learn about our extensive Career and Technical Education Pathways in  Information and Computer Technology Agriculture Science , and our newest offering,  Mechanical Trades in Plumbing , which are available to students in district and across Rhode Island.
Free and Reduced Application

We want to remind those in our district who benefit from this program that if you were eligible in prior years, you're still required to reapply at the beginning of each new school year to verify your continued eligibility.

It's important to apply as if an application is not received by  10/17/2018 , the student’s status as free or reduced will expire until a new application is received. We encourage families to apply at any point during the school year, especially if changes to income occur.

You can download and print the application online by clicking the button below. Once you fill out, please bring by the office of your respective school

If you have any questions about our Free & Reduced Lunch Program, please reach out to Matthew LeValley at 401-792-9450 ext.5 or  mlevalley@nssk12.org .
Spark Grant Awarded to NHS Teacher

We are pleased to share that Donna McCadden, NHS Mathematics Educator, has been chosen as a recipient for a $1,000 Spark Grant!

The funds will be used to purchase graphics tablets for students.

Spark Grants are possible thanks to the Narragansett Education Foundation. You can learn more about them by clicking below.
Upcoming Flu Clinic Information

There are a couple flu clinics scheduled for all staff and students this fall! Below you can find more information, official flyers and forms to review.

NHS: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time : 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

NPS : Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Congratulations to Narragansett's Teacher of the Year!

We are delighted to share that Karen Festa has been selected as Narragansett School System's Teacher of the Year! Below you can learn a little more about her and how her experience here in Narragansett has helped on her educational journey.
Interview with Karen Festa, Teacher of the Year

Upon finding out you were chosen as the Teacher of the Year, what were some of the first thoughts to run through your mind?
How honored I was to be chosen as Teacher of the Year. I am sharing this award with my family, our students, and my colleagues. I believe they work just as hard and I would not be who I am today without them and their unconditional love and support. 

Where are you originally from? 
I am originally from Connecticut. I studied at Salve Regina University receiving an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education. I continued to pursue my education in Rhode Island obtaining a master's degree in Special Education as well as certification in Special Education Administration. I was (still am) passionate about starting my career right out of college and landed my first teaching job in Cranston seventeen years ago. 

How long have you been with the Narragansett School System and what is your current role?
I have been blessed to work in Narragansett for 10 years as a Special Education Teacher.

What has been your experience here in the Narragansett School System?
My experiences in Narragansett range from working as a special education teacher in grades K-4. In addition, I have experience working with RITAP and the Rhode Island Department of Education on creating a UDL based ELA CCSS K-5 training module for teachers, a member of the RIDE Mathematics Advisory Board, a member of the RI Learning Champions initiative working with K-12 educators and specialists creating ELA proficiency based tasks and assessments, and a PREP-RI Reviewer with the Rhode Island Department of Ed reviewing the university special education teacher preparation programs in Rhode Island. On a personal note, I am currently pursuing my certification in Dyslexia Knowledge and Practice through the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Education Program.

Do any experiences stand out throughout your time here?
I have been serving on the PBIS Committee for 10 years. I love planning assemblies and enriching activities for students and staff. One of my favorite events was the basketball shoot-out. The staff would dress up and shoot out vs. either the high school students and in one year, the URI basketball players. One game, we rolled a teacher out in a wheelchair while dressed in tu-tu's. We also borrowed a ladder from maintenance so we could have a closer advantage to the hoop. I love to planning little skits to surprise the students, like last year when Mrs. CJ and I dressed up and sang a rap on the last day of school. I love hearing laughter and cheering from the stands. It's also important for me to give back to our amazing staff. Last year, Mrs. Mitchell and I created a holiday themed "cocoa mobile" to deliver surprise treats to staff. Anytime I can put a smile on someones face or perhaps brighten their day with a sprinkle of positivity is a day-maker moment for me! 

What's one of your favorite things about teaching here?
One of the greatest gifts to me as a teacher in the Narragansett School District is our extremely supportive community. I am truly blessed to work with amazing students and their families. I am also fortunate to have support from our community which helped fund grants in the past which provided opportunities for our students to enrich their learning experiences inside and outside of our classrooms. I love surprising students at local sporting events, meeting them for play dates in the park, and giving them high fives and hugs at local businesses. 
Do you have any talents/hobbies outside of the school day or during the summer that you like to enjoy?
Outside of the school day, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two phenomenal daughters (ages 8 & 5). I burn off my excessive amount of energy by running and working out at Manic Training. I also love reading books, singing & dancing, traveling with my family, and helping others in need. 

Do you have anything you're looking forward too in the upcoming school year?
This upcoming school year I am looking forward to working with the Grade 4 team. I've been percolating some fun ideas for the school year and cannot wait to share them with our students. They truly light up my world! 
Congratulations to our 2018 Staff of the Year!

We are excited to announce that Kristin Shea, our NHS Teaching Assistant , has been chosen as our 2018 Narragansett School System staff of the year! Be sure to check out next month's newsletter for a full highlight on Kristin and this much deserved recognition.
RI 2018 Speech Language Pathologist of the Year

Congratulations to Mary C. Patty, M.S., CCC-SLP of the Narragansett School District who has been chosen the 2018 Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) of the Year!

Mary was selected after the review of nominations by a RISHA committee comprised of retired school-based SLPs. Mary’s principal wrote that she is “a true team player and a professional who can always be counted on to go the extra mile. Mary is also kind and respectful to all she deals with in her interactions.” Mary was also recognized on September 22, 2018 at the Teacher of the Year celebration at WaterFire in Providence. Congratulations, Mary!
Narragansett Elementary School
Important NES Dates!

9 & 23: Bank Day Event (click HERE for flyer)
10: Superintendent Shadow a Student day
18/20: Harvestfest ( NES Gardens)
31: Wear Orange to School Day!

2: 4th Grade Open House
13: NES PTO Meeting- 7pm
16: Gentleman's Choice
29: Paint and Ornament Even t
NES Dismissal Cards

New for the 2018/2019 year are NES Dismissal Cards, which were issued in an effort to streamline the parent pick up process. 

If you have not received yours or need additional ones, please visit the NES administration office.

Thank you in helping keep our pick up process safe and organized!
Kindness Rocks Welcome Students Back

Our teachers created a unique and beautiful way to welcome back students in September! They gathered in the days before the start of school to make special rocks that would be placed in the NES Friendship Rock Garden.

Each rock contains a beautiful image or positive message to help encourage anyone who comes across the garden.

Thanks to our teachers for sharing these special pieces for all to enjoy!
Sundaes on Sunday Event

On Sunday, September 23rd, the Narragansett Elementary School PTO hosted their annual fun-filled ice cream fundraiser to help raise money for the school.

Principal Dandurand, Assistant Principal Zaborski, members of the school committee and town council all took part in acting as 'Guest Scoopers' for the attendees.

The turnout was wonderful and we want to thank everyone who came to support this event!
Pumpkin Fun Days!

We have two fun pumpkin-themed events this month!

10/18, 5:30pm- Pumpkin Carving & Costume Swap
10/20, 5:30pm- Viewing of Illuminated Pumpkins

To register, please return the flyer (found in link below) by Tuesday, October 16th​ so we have enough pumpkins and snacks! After that date we cannot guarantee you a pumpkin. One pumpkin provided per family. DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN CARVING TOOLS.
Narragansett Pier Middle School
Important Pier School Dates!

10 - Picture Day
13 - NPS Chorus to sing at P-Bruins game 7pm
17-19 - NPS Book Fair
24: Unity Day ( Wear Orange to School )
25 - 8th Grade PSAT

5 - Parent Conferences 4pm
7 - Parent Conferences 4pm
14 - NPS Musical Auditions begin 3pm
Pier School Students Take Part in Book Tasting!

On Friday, September 7th, our 7th Grade class took part in a Book Tasting organized by 7th Grade ELA , Jennifer Loiselle . It provided an opportunity for students to sample different genres of books and determine which might be of interest to them.

They each had a "menu" which they took to each different table with them to guide them through the "tasting" process. Most students came away with an independent reading book or at the very least a list of books they hope to read this year. We hope it helped encourage students to become more passionate about reading and storytelling.
Pier School Sports Important Updates

As the fall season continues, there are numerous updates regarding Pier School Sports.

They include coach updates, Winter Sports sign ups and Booster Club fundraiser information.

Please click below to read the full update from Michael Millen , Narragansett Pier School Athletic Director and contact him with any questions by clicking on his name.
Chalk It Up Against Bullying

On October 3, NPS 5th graders took part in an anti-bullying campaign called 'Chalk It Up.' Students took colorful chalk and worked together to create positive messages as a reminder that we are all united as a strong community of kindness.

Check out the online article in The Patch about the campaign including some great pictures of our students taking a stand!
NPS PTO Updates and Reminders

There are some exciting events, volunteer opportunities, and creative ways to get involved in the PTO this upcoming school year and we want to make it as easy as possible to stay connected on all to come! Our PTO section of the website has been updated with important information. Click below to be directed to:

Be sure to keep checking back in to the PTO website as it is updated throughout the entire school year and hosts great information on how to stay involved!
Narragansett High School 
Important High School Dates!

10 - PSAT- 7:30am
16 - Flu Clinic
24 - NHS Fall Concert 7pm- Auditorium

3- NHS Open House 9-12pm
8 - Picture Retakes
9 & 10 - NHS musical 7pm- Auditorium
11 - NHS musical 2pm- Auditorium
13 & 15  Parent conferences 4-7pm
17 - Mariner Marketplace - 9-7pm- gym
Watch Home Games Online!

Thanks to the support and help of our Booster club, our NHS Athletic Department was able to purchase a camera called Pixellot , which allows us to live stream all home games via NFHSnetwork.com .

Subscriptions are available for anyone wanting to watch on a PC or mobile device. All home games are also also archived for later viewing.
FFA News and Updates

Our Narragansett Future Farmers of America (NFFA) team has already experienced some wonderful achievements as we start the new school year!

In August, NFFA students attended Washington County Fair, which was a huge success as they took home multiple first place prize finishes in various agricultural challenges held throughout the event. You can read the full article through the link below.

In September, NFFA members represented the school at the Big E setting up a beautiful landscape to showcase the creativity of the students. The theme for this year was gardens of the future. The team brought home first place in the landscape design competition!
Mariners School Spirit Week 2018

High School students showed such great spirit last week during School Spirit Week that led into an energetic homecoming game on October 5 against Central Falls.

During the week of October 1st, students from all grades took part in contests and decorating while coming up with unique school attire and themes to stand out. Check out the photos from the week by clicking below!
Please note that due to privacy restrictions, you may have to request access to view if your email is from outside of our NSS system.
Click below to view 2018/19 SAT schedules. This link also provides registration information.

We like to share with our students helpful resources to prepare them for the SAT's and encourage them to take advantage.

For tutoring in math and test preparation, students can take a class at Math Advantage in Wakefield, (more info  HERE .) 
Guidance Updates and Reminders

College Visits: We have updated college visit dates and times. They can be found by clicking the below button.

Extended Hours: We have extended hours for some of our counselors this month for students who wish to take advantage of it.

October 9- Mrs. Manchester- 5:30pm- 7:30pm
October 16- Mr. Pinch- 2:00pm – 7:30pm
October 23- Mrs. Afonso- 2:00pm – 7:30pm
October 30- Mrs. Afonso- 2:00pm – 7:30pm

Remember that you can always make an appointment at a time that works for your schedule by calling Joan Pratley at 792-9406.

Please continue to check in with our guidance page on the NHS website for important and updated information as it becomes available.
 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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