Friday, May 24, 2013
The team, made up of athletes with disabilities and peer partners, will be playing to retain their national title this weekend.
EGHS's Unified Volleyball team will be looking to capture their second national championship this weekend in Louisville, Ky. The team, composed of athletes with special needs and peer partners, traveled early Friday morning and will be playing Saturday and Sunday. Good luck Avengers!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Rhode Island Senate passed two bills Tuesday to improve school safety, but they also make safety plans exempt from public records. What do you think? Should these plans be made public?
School safety is on everybody's mind, especially after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., which was deemed the worst school shooting in recent U.S. history. On Tuesday, the Rhode Island Senate passed two bills aimed at improving school safety. The first bill, 2013-S 0800A, introduced by Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick), directs the Commissioner for Elementary and Secondary Education to certify annually that all school safety plans and school emergency response plans have been reviewed and updated as appropriate. The second bill, 2013-S 0801A, sponsored by Senator Gallo, requires all schools to perform a school safety assessment in conjunction with local police, fire and school safety teams within 30 days of …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
In April, Supt. Mercurio reminded elementary school principals that wellness time needed teacher supervision and direction. Enter confusion.
Once upon a time, there was recess – a time where elementary age students got to play and get some of their wiggles out, so to speak. A few years ago, East Greenwich introduced "wellness," another period that wasn't classroom time, but wasn't recess either. The idea behind wellness was that it would take the place of afternoon recess but would add an instructional component so it could count as part of the 330 minutes of daily instruction required by state law. Students still had recess after lunch (they get a total of 30 mintues for lunch and recess) but instead of just a free play time in the afternoon, any break in the teaching routine would be "wellness." "Recess is unstructured time and wellness is a time when teachers bring their …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Playoffs begin Thursday at 7 p.m. at home on Carcieri Field.
The EGHS boy’s lacrosse team continued with aggressive offensive play and strong defense over the last two weeks of the regular season, kicked off by a 12-1 victory over Prout. The Avengers followed with a decisive 8-0 win over South Kingstown, followed by a 17-4 victory over Middletown played over two days due to rain and storm delays. The team wrapped up its regular season last Tuesday with a 13-0 shutout against Narragansett at home. At this point, the Avengers lead Division II at 13-0, followed closely by rival South Kingstown with an 11-2 record. According to the RIIL website, EGHS leads the entire league in wins and has averaged nearly 12 goals per game. The Avenger defense has also been strong, allowing an average of only 2 goals …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Eva-Marie Mancuso, the state’s new Board of Education chair, uses courtroom demeanor to try to convince angry teachers and nervous parents that change is necessary.
Eva-Marie Mancuso enjoys a lively debate but is clear about one thing: When it comes to educating Rhode Island’s children, the status quo is not an option. At a recent Q&A session in East Greenwich, the state’s new Board of Education chair, sparred with state Sen. James Sheehan (D-NK, Narr.) over teacher evaluations, cajoled teachers to work with the state, and tried to reassure at least one parent that using passage of a test as a graduation requirement is the right move. The forum, organized by the EG Democratic Town Committee, was held at EG’s Town Hall, the former Kent County Courthouse. The setting suited Mancuso, a personal injury lawyer. Although the new Board of Education for the first time combines all levels of public education …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
EGHS students with disabilities attended EG's prom Friday together with some students from EG and La Salle.
Things are changing in the way students with intellectual disabilities experience high school. Case in point – last Friday night, five such students attended the East Greenwich High School prom without their parents or other adults as chaperones. Instead, they went with high school dates, just like all the other students at the prom. The scene unfolded as it was in backyards all across East Greenwich Friday afternoon, with impossibly lovely young women in bright-colored dresses and impeccably dressed young men in black formal wear smiling for endless photos. It was the work of two students from East Greenwich – one from La Salle and one from EGHS – who were committed to the Best Buddies program and the newer Unified sports program. Best…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
WPRI talks to a few teens and drug abuse counselor Bob Houghtaling about misuse of prescription drugs.
Teens abusing alcohol – that's the typical picture. But EG drug counselor Bob Houghtaling has been sounding the alarm for years now that misuse of prescription drugs is equally, if not more, dangerous. This week, WPRI visited East Greenwich and talked with Houghtaling and some EGHS students about the issue. "This is something that has caught people by surprise," Houghtaling said. WPRI reported that over the past 10 years, Houghtaling and others have reported an uptick in the abuse of medications like Adderall and Ritalin for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity disorders. However, it's the prescription pain killers most often found in a parent's medicine cabinet, like oxyContin, percocet, zicodin and codeine, that rank as most popular …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Citizens Who Care has produced a video featuring a recent EGHS grad, the police chief and a former state police officer, all discussing why it's important to make good choices.
The East Greenwich High School prom takes place tomorrow night at the Crown Plaza, but it's what happens before and, particularly, after the prom that a new video is focusing on. Citizens Who Care recently put together a video featuring EGHS alum Ethan Zink, EG Police Chief Tom Coyle, and retired State Police Lt. Kevin Hopkins – all of them talk about the importance of making the right decision in circumstances where it can be tempting to do otherwise. The video is posted here. Check it out! And be safe.
Friday, May 10, 2013
A rigorous after-school program will be offered in the fall.
It's been more than a year since parents were invited to take a survey on foreign language offerings at East Greenwich schools. The results showed wide interest in the addition of Mandarin Chinese. Now, East Greenwich High School is poised to offer an after-school course in Mandarin in the fall. Parent Chris Perrett was behind the survey and she has done much of the legwork required in setting up the Mandarin course. She found that Middlebury College, together with Yale University, has a web-based course that's run by Middlebury Online. She then contacted URI to see if they had any students capable of helping teach such a course. Her work paid off. URI has assigned a native-Mandarin speaker to meet with EGHS students twice a week next …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
School Committee officials won't commit to paying half the cost; Town Council members appear ready to proceed regardless.
Police Chief Tom Coyle wants a second school resource officer for the EG schools and, after a discussion Monday night, it looks like he will get it, whether or not the schools want to help pay for it. "I would support just proceeding with this. It’s worth doing for enhanced security," said Council President Michael Isaacs at a meeting of School Committee and Town Council members at Swift Community Center Monday night. The cost of adding a second school resource officer is budgeted at $60,000 for 2014, but that cost would rise in 2015, since the fiscal year begins July 1 and any new officer wouldn't start until sometime after that. "The full amount would not hit this budget mainly because of timing," said Isaacs. The cost of the first …