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Cole Middle School Cancels Honors Night

The notice was sent to parents over the weekend in an e-mail signed by School Principal Alexis Meyer and Assistant Principal Dan Seger.

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. —Citing concerns about the "exclusive nature" of the annual honors night at Archie R. Cole Middle School, school officials have decided to scrap the tradition.

Instead, students who would normally be recognized at the annual spring tradition will be honored during team-based recognition ceremonies and graduation.

Update: School Officials Respond to Public Outcry over Cancellation of Honors Night

The notice was sent to parents over the weekend in an e-mail signed by School Principal Alexis Meyer and Assistant Principal Dan Seger.

"Members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night," the email stated. 

By having the recognition ceremonies during team-based ceremonies, it will "afford us the opportunity to celebrate the individual and collective success of all students and their effort, progress and excellence."

At the same time, Cole varsity athletes will get medals and trophies at an after school ceremony.

One parent told ABC6 that he's not happy with the change.

“How else are they suppose to learn coping skills, not just based on success, but relative failure, it might not be failure, but understand what it takes to achieve high levels,” said parent Joe Kosloski.

What do you think?


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Robert Demarco May 29, 2014 at 06:57 PM
To be honest with you, I also miss the local flavor of the Patch. They used to run stories about local topics, and the back and forth on our crooked local politicians was spirited. Unfortunately, this story about the school in Rhode Island (I think) was in need of a comment.
PM JONES May 29, 2014 at 08:03 PM
EG - It seems that many do. I just wish there was a truly local source for local news and information.
Robert Demarco May 31, 2014 at 08:46 AM
VJ gets it. Hard work and achievement deserve recognition.
David A Dudek, M.D. June 04, 2014 at 11:34 PM
This fits among the most absurd narratives I've encountered. Rather than positively incentivize hard work and a passion for studiousness, we opt for the alternative: To "protect" the poor students who are still young enough to return home empty-handed, feel personally dissatisfied by the emptyhandedness, find passion where that embarrassment initially sat, and successfully fight to never let it happen again?
Pamela Kae Upton June 14, 2014 at 02:33 PM
I personally prefer the way our local school does it. A letter that in itself is worthy of holding onto, asstudent t and their parents are invited to attend a ceremony were the student will be receiving some sort of recognition. That way those who won't receive anything aren't sitting there bored and left feeling bad about themselves with their parents. Seriously folks, teaching a child to try to do better in school is not done by sitting and watching others receive awards and recognition. It actually does the opposite as it makes them feel their own efforts will nd ever be good enough and as most awards usually go to the "in crowd/ popular" kids just again prove making an effort is useless.

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