Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

Superintendent's Blog
April 28, 2017

Take a moment to read about so many exciting district events and student/staff accomplishments!

Be the hero of the story! Join the EWG Sr. High Drama Club as they present Big Fish the Musical.

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

For tickets and info please visit

The following information was provided by one proud parent:

The week of March 13- March 18 was RI Brain Week all over the state. There was a big hands-on expo at Brown, more stuff at URI (for kids) and it was all free.  In conjunction with Brain week, RI-CART (the RI Consortium for Autism Research & Treatment) and the RIHS opened an Art Show at the Museum of Work and Culture.  The Art Show includes pieces from all different mediums exclusively made by students and adults on the autism spectrum.  Here is the site:

Nolan Powers was the only student from our school district invited to participate.  He is in 3rd grade in Mrs. Barbour’s class at Metcalf Elementary.  The show runs through the end of this weekend for anyone interested in seeing the work of some gifted artists.

Our own Nicole Pichette was named the 2017 Duck  Stamp Teacher of the Year. She recently hosted our big event to a full auditorium with RI young artists, teachers across the state, Fish & Wildlife personnel, and Congressman Langevin! MANY Exeter-West Greenwich students representing all of our schools once again placed in the annual Duck Stamp contest. Great job, Nicole! 

Congratulations to Mrs. Sue Blake and Mrs. Kim Regan for being named advisors of the year for our Best Buddies program. Best Buddies is in its first year at the Senior High School, and the goal of the program is to pair students with disabilities with student mentors to build lasting and meaningful relationships through social activities. The program was recently highlighted at a School Committee meeting - what an amazing first year, and an incredible honor for our advisors to receive such recognition!

I recently visited Mrs. Johnson's third grade class at Metcalf as they were using technology to conduct research on important women in United states History. They were all extremely excited about their work as they shared new learning with me - and equally excited to be highlighted in this blog!

Last evening, Metcalf hosted its annual band concert for parents and community members. The highlight of the show was seeing Principal Ratigan sitting in the band alongside her fellow students as they shared their music for the audience. Mrs. Ratigan has been taking saxophone lessons from music teacher Miss Place and it was important to show that we are always learning! Great job to all.

Come see another production on May 11th at our Junior Senior High School. Wings is an original production of our Unified Theater group and it promises to be an inspirational and motivating experience for all to see.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

March 31, 2017

Superintendent's Blog
March 31, 2017

See announcement about the All-Day Referendum to approve the school department's budget. It is important for all to go to the polls on April 10th!!

There are so many fantastic events happening in the district. This blog highlights several elementary events from the past couple of weeks.

On March 22nd, Wawaloam and Metcalf hosted a Family Math Night and it was packed! Several families provided feedback about how much fun they had with their children while exploring mathematics. Many thanks to the teachers and administrators who contributed to the planning of such a successful opportunity for our students and their families.

On Tuesday, March 28th, Wawaloam and Metcalf gave their annual presentation to the School Committee. Principals Marino and Ratigan, along with several teachers and students, highlighted exciting programs and initiatives at their respective schools. The theme for this year's presentation was student engagement and topics included science explorations and technology applications. Below, proud student Logan J. discusses his coding projects with the Superintendent and Attorney Henneous. Fabulous job, Logan!

Metcalf held its Creative arts Night on Thursday, March 30th. Framed student art work was on display from every child in grades three through six.

Mrs. Scheff led the Metcalf chorus in a special presentation to the guests.

Other activities included poetry, games, and crazy pictures. Students and faculty shared in the fun. Below, Mrs. McWeeney (the snorkler) and Mrs. Pucino (the shark), took the photo of the evening.

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

Vote at your convenience 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
West Greenwich Town Hall or Exeter Town Hall

On Monday, April 10th an all day referendum will be held to approve the school district budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The E-WG School Committee approved budget is $31,733,320.  This represents a 3.40% increase to the Operating Budget over the previous fiscal year. Based upon actual student population from each member town, the local contribution from West Greenwich will increase by 4.00%, and from Exeter by 2.37%.

The school department continues to experience significant reductions in State aid as a result of the RI School Funding Formula and reductions to regional transportation and group home aid. Additionally, the cost of employee health care has increased by $1.2 million, and we are required to open up new elementary classrooms at four different grade levels based upon enrollment.

Like you, we are very proud of our schools. The School Committee and Administration have worked together to develop, manage and maintain a responsible annual budget. We are accommodating a growing student population through reorganization within existing school facilities, while maintaining an excellent curriculum and programs.

With the continued support of our valued communities, the School District will maintain its focus on academic distinction and student success.  Please,


Where do I vote?
Exeter voters vote at the Exeter Town Hall located at 675 Ten Rod Road, Exeter and West Greenwich voters vote at the West Greenwich Town Hall located at 280 Victory Highway, West Greenwich.  The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at both locations for your convenience.

Please bring canned goods & pasta to restock the food banks in both towns.