Friday, January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016

Superintendent's Blog
As we approach the month where the majority of snow days have historically hit us, I want to take this opportunity to remind people about signing up for automatic text notification when Exeter-West Greenwich Schools are cancelled, delayed, or released early. Use the link below to take advantage of this very convenient benefit. The link can also be found on the main page of the District website.
I am very happy to announce the return of Mrs. Erica Killian to the mathematics department at the Senior High School. We are so excited to have her back with us! Mrs. Killian's return certainly adds to an already strong and dedicated department.
Stars of the Week
On January 20th, I was notified that our District was chosen to represent excellence in Visual Arts learning through the "Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island." Each year, the Rhode Island Alliance for Arts Education selects one District that best exemplifies the following criteria:
  • Enthusiastic, positive, and personalized learning
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum
  • A variety of creative resouorces
  • Qualified and dedicated leadership
  • Exploration of a wide variety of activities with diverse solutions
Congratulations to our District art teachers: Kristen Beaulieu, Sharon LaFrenaye, Amie Ray, Nicole Pichette and Elizabeth Lind for inspiring our learners to be creative. Nine pieces of student art representative of the K-12 program will be professionally framed and permanently exhibited at the University of Rhode Island Providence campus. Teachers, administrators, student artists and their families will be recognized at a ceremony on May 19th at the exhibit site in Providence. Additionally, the School Committee will recognize this outstanding group of educators at its next regularly scheduled meeting on February 9th.
As a side note, Mrs. Lind, our Fine Arts Department Chair at the Junior-Senior High School, will be giving a lecture this weekend with a Brown University archaeologist at the RISD Museum. Check out the write up below....... VERY impressive!
Double Take: Marble Sculpture 
January 31, 3 pm 

A carved marble portrait offers the opportunity to explore not only the powerful Roman woman depicted, but also the 18th-century practice of combining ancient pieces with other sculptural elements. Sculptor Elizabeth Lind and Anne Hunnell Chen, from Brown University's Department of History of Art and Architecture and Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, discuss the history and construction of the Portrait of Agrippina the Younger.
Additional Information
Don't forget about the annual Metcalf BINGO event this Sunday at Metcalf Elementary School starting at 1:00 PM. This is a lot of fun for the whole family - Please come and join us!
Thank you to the Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee for their continued commitment to our schools. This week, the School Committee committed funds to update band instruments at Metcalf and the JSHS. Additionally, they have committed funding necessary to complete the STEM park at the JSHS and update/improve the Lineham playground. The District continues to ensure that our facilities and programs are designed to optimize the learning environment for all kids. Thank you!!
Have a wonderful weekend. Look for my next blog post scheduled for publication just prior to the February winter recess.

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