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Kathleen April 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Can't understand people on here advocating for their children to be 'friends' with their teachers onRead More FB...They are NOT friends, they are teachers, mentors and there are many other ways that they can mentor a child if they want to help them. How about the good ol' face to face discussion? Probably would do more to help a child that is in need of a little guidance better than FB. Also, many teachers today set up classroom blogs for day-to-day communication with their students, which is a great use of technology. Also, most of these kids shouldn't even be on FB since the rules of FB actually require that you be 18 to sign up. (though this is usually not enforced by FB or parents, me included). Once a student reaches 18 or 21 years of age and they are no longer students of their teacher(s), then fine if they want to be friends with their teacher(s). Just doesn't make sense to me that parents don't understand that their should be boundary lines while they are.
nedlam1968 April 9, 2014 at 06:48 pm
Unfortunately, we've become a society where too many do not understand boundaries. I don't thinkRead More it's appropriate for school staff to "friend" student's - there are "rules" that outline appropriate and inappropriate behaviors with students ... unfortunately, everyone thinks that what matters is being "buddies" with the kids ... too many professionals have forgotten how to be professional ...
Mrs. B April 10, 2014 at 12:09 am
Teachers friending students on Facebook is unprofessional. I would think a teacher would beRead More intelligent enough to know this without being told by authorities.
Jean Ann Guliano March 26, 2014 at 09:41 am
Tom, I don't necessarily speak about it, but if I do have an agenda its a personal one. My veryRead More bright, hard-working son, who happens to have autism, is at risk of not graduating next year because of his NECAP scores. In doing the research to help advocate for him, I have discovered how extremely unevenly and unfairly this policy has been implemented and executed - particularly for students with disabilities, English language learners and students who are economically disadvantaged. I cannot in good conscience only advocate for my own son without advocating for all students who are being treated unfairly. If you think I have another agenda, I have no idea what you think it would be. With regard to English language learners, speaking fluent English is not a graduation requirement.
EG March 26, 2014 at 10:20 am
I believe Jean Ann represents those with disability including her own children who might haveRead More learning challenge. This is my understanding from her previous blog/comments. Please correct me if my understanding is wrong. I support a different form of the testing for those with disability. We can't discriminate those with disability, Period. ESL is a different topic. Supreme Court has already ruled in the past.
Jean Ann Guliano March 26, 2014 at 03:35 pm
True, EG. In fairness, though, other states that use exit exams have much better ways of supportingRead More ALL students with learning challenges. For example, most states provide at least 4 opportunities for students to retake the test prior to the end of 12th grade. RI only gives them 2 retakes. The only other two states that provide 2 retakes (NJ & NM) also give students the opportunity to submit additional performance based assessments so their entire fate isn't resting on tests. And, yes, other states DO provide much more in terms of alternative or modified assessments, accommodations and supports for students with disabilities. In RI, apparently, by denying diplomas to students with disabilities, we prove that we have higher standards.
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Martha Magee March 23, 2014 at 08:32 am
You New Englanders really need to learn how to chill. Except for Prometheus. Prometheus is alreadyRead More cool. I say ban all shoes altogether. Require humans to walk barefoot on the Earth in the sunshine for a minimum of 1 hr a day and reconnect to Mother Nature. The problem is not flipflops. In fact, flipflops are a step in the right direction. The real problem is materialism ~ the disconnect with Nature.
Merry Christmas March 23, 2014 at 04:42 pm
I wear flip flops. Their especially good when you go to court because the judge likes people whoRead More dress well
Dark star March 26, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Miguel March 17, 2014 at 10:56 am
Providence already has Full-Day K so your wrong with your bigegst example.
Joe Smith March 17, 2014 at 02:29 pm
I stated that.. Providence, North Prov, East Prov, Pawtucket, Central Falls -- 100% (meaning 100%Read More full day K -- sorry for any confusion).. so that leaves the > 4,000 crowd of Cranston, Warwick, Woonsocket (which doesn't matter since the state pays 80% of their tab anyway) --- so no surprise these are Cranston and Warwick reps trying to squeeze other parts of the state to pay their bills..
Miguel March 17, 2014 at 03:26 pm
This is surprising to you? Generally in any form of Democracy (I use that term loosley) electedRead More representatives try to ensure their districts get as good of the pie as they can. Would you expect Reed or Whitehouse to lobby for Delaware over Rhode Island? Don't you think Pres. Obama would seek economic treaties that would benefit the US over Brazil? So I'm not sure why you expect a RI representative from another city/town to put Cranston's interests forward in the General Assembly.
Scott Guild March 12, 2014 at 03:13 pm
Congratulations to Andrew Miller on a well researched article that focuses on the most criticalRead More issue-embedding personal finance content into the Common Core- since making informed financial decisions is a major component of being college and career ready.
Winter Wisdom March 13, 2014 at 06:38 am
Well done on the post Andrew. It's a great idea to begin financial literacy at an early age. I wouldRead More encourage people of every age to brush up on their financial literacy and to get information on the subject from as many angles as they can. The latest financial crisis has proved that we need to take a far greater interest in money matters. I wrote a post recently on this very topic which can be read here http://www.winterwisdom.com/importance-of-financial-literacy. Very well put together article.
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Ginny March 10, 2014 at 09:09 am
So proud of you, Stephen. Second year in a row! Best of luck at National!
Kim Edge March 10, 2014 at 11:08 am
One more item to fight over, I'm betting.
EG March 10, 2014 at 10:08 pm
According to Independent, "However, East Greenwich Superintendent Victor Mercurio said only oneRead More layoff notice – for a third-grade teaching position – was issued for educational program reasons. The district expects a decrease in its third-grade population next year, he noted." http://www.independentri.com/independents/north_east/article_04fc5eb4-cb0e-5d3a-a6bd-44ecb232bbbf.html It is interesting to find out if we have an increase or decrease in total student enrollment.
Wendy Fachon March 11, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Kindergarten is a place where children learn social skills, creative and emotional expression,Read More develop body awareness, develop oral skills through conversations, and learn how to sit still quietly for a moment to reflect. Young children learn best through play and through observing and interacting with the real world that surrounds them. At the age of 5 or 6, computers are hardly more than a screen and a virtual reality. Children need real experiences!
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commonsense March 16, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Fred, Do you think the changes will make it less biased? If not, what do you recommend as anRead More alternative?
deb of see-attleboro March 16, 2014 at 05:24 pm
According to his Patch profile, he is chairman of the Foxborough Democratic Town Committee. NoRead More mention of teaching. Reading his comments, I hope I am wrong about that.
Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:17 am
Obviously Dennis hasn't been reading the local newspapers. Is he even remotely familiar with what isRead More currently going on in neighboring Salem MA with the Bentley school? There's an example for you. The school is a Level 4 under performing school that is in it's second year of a three year turnaround program with not much success. (Next step would be for the state to come in and take over the school). It's to the point where the Mayor now wants to contract with a private company to have them take over the day-to-day management of the school. Despite lengthening the school day, revamping the school schedule, seeking outside help and securing a $500,000 federal grant, MCAS scores have actually gone down (during the 'turnaround') under the current administration. To make matters worse, the school has been without a principal since December due to the current principal being out on an extended family medical leave. Seems to me that this is a perfect example of our public schools failing our children. Does the fact that the school has one of the highest percentages of poor & limited English speaking students make it OK with him to just sit around and let the school fail these kids? You only get ONE chance with a child's education. These kids deserve better!
Pacman731 March 7, 2014 at 08:25 am
Mark, I applaud Rep. Giarusso's bill and it will enhance the safety of our children. However, basedRead More on the information presented to date, it would not have prevented the situation at hand. The person of concern had background checks run, with no convictions found. As abhorrent as his supposed crime is. It is important to remember that in our system, we are innocent until proven guilty or admit guilt. So, an arrest.... does NOT equal a conviction and only an assumption of guilt, via a "no lo contendere", etc. or a conviction serves as automatically disqualifying conditions. So while it expands and tightens the rules, it appears that it would NOT be "closing the loophole" that allowed this situation to occur.
Winston Smith March 7, 2014 at 09:52 am
Rep Giarrusso said as much at the hearing on Wednesday. The system will always be imperfect, butRead More important to make it as easy as possible to identify potential problems.
David March 6, 2014 at 10:07 am
It's unfortunate they are still behind the times with no full day kindergarten. It is such aRead More detriment to the town education system. The negatives are probably offset enough by the overall EG demographic that is goes less noticed than it would in other towns.
Anthony Burnett-Testa March 6, 2014 at 09:49 am
Congratulations Laura! What a wonderful honor and well deserved!
Alicarn March 6, 2014 at 10:47 am
That's great! Congratulations to Laura!
EG March 6, 2014 at 03:24 pm
Thank you Mark. It is hard to believe the admin salaries are that low. We have to pay Supt.,Read More directors, six principals, secretaries, etc.... I will consider these cost as administration costs(not teachers cost).
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) March 6, 2014 at 03:29 pm
No problem. Please, feel free to reach out. It will take me a few weeks to really get up to speedRead More here, but I have been covering and reporting on budgets for years so I understand your concerns. I'll see about providing more raw materials when the town budget process is well underway. We've hired someone to help out here in RI and I will be able to devote time and energy to EG. And I live just a few minutes away in Cranston, so I'll be in town plenty, especially when the weather finally starts to warm up. Thanks again for your comments/concerns.
John March 6, 2014 at 07:50 pm
"It's a shame that the budget documents aren't online, which many communities do.". Isn'tRead More it?
EG February 23, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Thank you Gene. I have been reading these agenda and minutes from egsd.net. However these agenda andRead More minutes do not have the detailed information Cheryl refer to. EG's per capita spent on students is higher than Barrington. It offers half of the advanced academic programs Barrington offers today. EG's per capita spent is almost double than the school district we moved from, and EG only offers 1/4 of the advanced academic programs. EG does not offer full time kindergarten, gifted and talent program. EG's middle school and high school program is very behind. I strongly suggest administrators visit the good schools(not excellent schools) in the nation, and please let community know if your schools are one of the best and best in the nation. I strongly suggest administrators visit the schools outside the country, and please let community know if your schools are world class schools...
Gene Dumas February 23, 2014 at 07:37 pm
I really didn't want to comment on this article again, but... Let's put the kids education frontRead More and center! Period! But as an aside; We ALL need to watch the bottom line!
Parent February 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm
How much money from 1.5 million increase is for the kids education?
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EG February 1, 2014 at 07:40 am
What do we want to achieve here? 100% graduation rate? 80% graduation rate is very high in the worldRead More considering our standard is very low in the world.
Discussion before the vote on 1:1 devices for EGHS students. Credit: EG Patch
Eric Carpenter January 31, 2014 at 08:04 pm
@Jerry Hoff, I'm not seeing a ton in common between Ben Franklin's writings and the sniping thatRead More goes on in the posts here. nonpc may have some great points, I wasn't saying it didn't. I just responded to its suggestion that it may run for office by saying I probably wouldn't vote for anyone that anonymously fires off a bunch of political comments on a community forum. Just a lack of credibility. I realize I'm in the minority based on the forums I read on sports and news Web sites. I just think the level of discussion on this particular forum could be raised a little higher, and real names would probably help. I also understand that's basically unenforceable. Oh well, have a good weekend!
Heather Larkin January 31, 2014 at 08:17 pm
Parent, if you're uncomfortable I'll look into it for you. Send me an e-mail so I can let you knowRead More what I find out.
EG January 31, 2014 at 08:19 pm
@Parent4, I have the same concerns. My wish list is: 1. School Committee will conduct annual surveyRead More to understand parents concerns. 2. Please broadcast School Committee meetings on a local TV channel. If this is not possible, please post video recording on School Committee website. Please take video/voice call into the school committee meetings for public comments. I (I believe many other parents) can't make it at 7:00pm. 3. School Committee organize open community forums before vote for big decisions. I realize this will never happen in this village...
A individual Chromebook costs around $250. Credit: Acer
Miles Auvil January 25, 2014 at 08:27 am
How many 6th to 12th graders already own or have access to devices that can be utilized in thisRead More program? My guess would be a large majority. I'm with Gifford on this, how does this leap frog all day Kindergarten considering we're one of the last school districts in the state to implement the program?
egparent January 27, 2014 at 09:49 pm
All day K should be something the district looks into but not instead of getting 1 to 1 devices forRead More the students to use. Go to a school committee meeting and ask for it to be put on the agenda. Many kids can have devices that have many different operating systems. Will a teacher be able to show them how to use a program the same on their device verses one they are familiar with? If the device gets a virus is there someone at home who can fix it? Will it be a brand new Mac Air or an Acer? What if a student leaves it at home for the day?(at least at school there would be a backup). If we require a student to use a device for their academics shouldn't we also provide the tool? Will that parent be willing to buy 3 devices for their kids in 3 different grades from 6-12? Will they be willing to let them take that $300-$1200 device to and from school? Whatever the decision my kids will be prepared. I know everyone will not have the same experience/option. My advise for those of you who may not fully understand why it should be done is to go and listen to the presentation.
EG January 28, 2014 at 09:06 pm
@egparent, Administrators said a lot in the past. When was the last time anyone was heldRead More accountable???
Despite gains in reading proficiency across the country, a wide gap remains between lower- and high-erincome students. Credit: NAEP
George Costanza January 28, 2014 at 01:57 pm
No wonder Newport has the 4th highest ratio of home schooled students in the State
Still Hope January 28, 2014 at 02:15 pm
Are we raising the floor, only to lower the ceiling? I would be more concerned about theRead More over-achievers being choked out of the opportunity to succeed. The focus in the last decade has shifted from "success" to "just don't fail". Sorry kid, the money for your iPad just went to fund in-house suspension. Enjoy.
EG January 28, 2014 at 08:59 pm
There is no accountability.
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EG January 23, 2014 at 01:13 pm
Having school district ran by the town is one of the major contributing factor for this fallingRead More system... All the top performing education systems in the world are run by the Federal or State government.
Rose January 23, 2014 at 01:42 pm
We have ALWAYS had struggling students who were better suited to vocational programs where they didRead More well and learned skills. Now if we are going to make them all pass algebra and write as well as those in college prep programs, we are dooming them ( as well as many special education students) to failure. They will not get diplomas and will be unemployable. This is a disastrous change in graduation requirements.
EG January 23, 2014 at 01:50 pm
RI high school graduation rate is 77%. I won't believe 23% of the students are not smart enough toRead More learn Algebra when many elementary school students and middle school students in other countries take more challenging Algebra courses...
Unwrapping a new Chromebook last September at Wakefield Hills Elementary in West Warwick. Credit: Jim Monti
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) January 20, 2014 at 06:01 pm
EG, I'm probably being dense, but can you elaborate?
egparent January 20, 2014 at 08:10 pm
I am not sure why it always comes down to one issue vs another. If something else is equally or moreRead More important than another than that issue should be brought up far before the budget is being introduced without it. I believe EG should also have all day K- but not instead of 1 to 1's - if both were in the proposed budget for this year you could argue one over the other -but only the 1 to 1 initiative is being put forth. It seems as though all day K only comes up as a rebuttal to getting the 1 to 1's. I do not have students going into K, but I do have one going into 6th grade next year.
EG January 20, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Elizabeth, Curriculum(the academic program offered to the student) is the most important part forRead More any school system. If our 1st graders are learning 1+1=2 while the 1st graders from rest of the world are learning 25*60, tablet does not make any difference. None of us moved to East Greenwich because East Greenwich will offer a tablet to every 6-12 graders in 2014. We moved to East Greenwich because we expect it offers better academic program(unfortunately it is not...). We need to spend the money wisely on most important item vs wasting the money on nice to have item. East Greenwich school system is behind on academic programs in the nation. It is important to compare our academic program with the programs offered by Barrington, CA, Barrington, IL and Barrington, RI. We need to fix our academic program as the first priority.
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Danielle Iannone Salisbury January 3, 2014 at 08:48 am
I think it was perfect. As it was, driving to Hanaford pick up at 2pm was getting tricky so I wasRead More glad to get everyone home before it got worse. At least the kids had a brief check in at school before serious vacation brain fog sets in.