Sunday, March 10, 2013
She is the first school administrator to be so honored.
She thought she was coming to the science lab because of some problem, but when Cole Middle School Principal Alexis Meyer stepped into the classroom, a loud chorus of "Surprise!" greeted her. Meyer was the latest recipient of the Channel 10/ Department of Education Golden Apple Award. This is the first time the award has been given to a school administrator – usual recipients are teachers. Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and Channel 10's Patrice Wood were on hand for the occassion, as was Supt. Victor Mercurio and School Committee members David Green and Mary Ellen Winters. Meyer was nominated by science teacher Adam Scott, who chairs the Cole School Improvement Team. "Every day that we walk in the school, we always have that mindset…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
They beat Smithfield's previously unbeaten Gallagher Middle School 1-0 Monday.
The Cole Middle School Boys Soccer team beat the previously undefeated Gallagher Middle School, 1-0, in the state championship game Monday at Classical High School in Providence. The Cole boys team finished off a strong run through the playoffs with solid defense led by eighth graders Andrew Golding and Dawson Leonard, and seventh graders Eamon Keenan, Donny Cassidy, and Sam Comito. Midfielders Brendan Jordan, Bryce Ingram, Finn Osterhout, Ryan Perrett, and Noah Perry controlled the middle of the field against the larger Gallagher team, opening up opportunities for forwards Andrew Licciardi and Drew Younkin. The pressure brought by Cole's middies and forwards resulted in several corner kick opportunities. Eamon Keenan converted one of …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Results of the NECAP standardized science tests administered last spring show students in grades 4, 8 and 11 all scored higher than in 2011.
East Greenwich High School and Cole Middle School continue to gain ground in standardized science tests, according to 2012 NECAP results released last week by the R.I. Department of Education. Students in grades 4, 8, and 11 were tested last spring. "We've gone up in all levels," said science department chair Nicholas Rath Monday. "The fact that we continue to improve makes me very, very happy." He noted East Greenwich middle and high school students had tested better every year since the test was first implemented four years ago. "As our school improves, the ability to make large improvements gets more difficult," he said. East Greenwich High School juniors showed 62.6 percent proficiency in 2012, compared with 60.9 percent in 2011. Some…
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
In addition, the School Committee approves the hire of an interim director of student services.
The School Committee named Dan Seger the new assistant principal at Cole Middle School in a 7-0 vote at its meeting Tuesday night. Seger served as interim assistant principal in the wake of Vin Verrecchione's departure in August. He's been a social studies teacher at Cole for the last three years. The search for a new assistant principal – to serve under Principal Alexis Meyer – was "abbreviated" according to Supt. Victor Mercurio. Five people were interviewed out of more than 30 resumes received. Seger was "by far" the best candidate, Mercurio said Tuesday night. "I'm honored to have the opportunity," Seger said after the vote. "There's no place like it," he said of Cole. "It really is a wonderful school community." Seger, 32, is a …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Asst. Supt. Paula Dillon has taken a position in Barrington; Cole's Vin Varrecchione has been named the new Cranston AD.
Asst. Supt. Paula Dillon has taken a job in the Barrington schools and Cole Middle School Asst. Principal Vin Varrecchione is being considered for the job as the new athletic director for Cranston. Both have resigned, prompting a late-summer shuffle in East Greenwich. At a special School Committee meeting Tuesday, Aug. 21, the School Committee is expected to name an interim assistant principal for Cole. There is no word yet on a replacement for Dillon. According to School Committee Chair Deidre Gifford, the district only learned of Dillon's departure on Wednesday. Dillon's last day is Sept. 4. Dillon started in East Greenwich as a special education teacher at East Greenwich High School. Her first administrative post was as special …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
These were the last students to spend time in the "old Cole."
There were 210 graduates of the Cole Middle School Class of 2012 for Monday morning's ceremony in the Cole gymnasium. Supt. Victor Mercurio remarked this was "the last class to have spent any time in what we now affectionately call "the Old Cole." Now it is on to high school for these students. Happy summer, congratulations and good luck to you all
Thursday, May 24, 2012
With enough votes, science teacher Kelly Grennan Smith will get a scholarship to attend the National Educational Computing Conference in June.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Cole Middle School community is in the middle of a big push to get everyone they know to cast a vote for science teacher Kelly Grennan Smith to win a scholarship to a technology conference in San Diego in June. They've even gotten state Education Commissioner Deborah Gist to put the link on her Facebook page. Voting ends May 31. As one seventh grader put it, "This needs to go viral like Justin Bieber's songs on youtube!" The conference is being put on by the International Society of Technology Education, commonly known as ISTE. According to their website, the conference is meant to provide "professional development and networking opportunities to help infuse technology solutions into education." For Grennan Smith, it's a chance to …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
With a win to round out the first season of this program, Cole Unified Basketball has alot to cheer about.
In the final game of the season Cole Middle School faced off against Portsmouth in Unified Basketball, getting the win. “I really like how much everybody worked together,” said Colby Anderson during a pizza party for both teams after the game. This is the first time unified sports has been done on the middle school level in Rhode Island. It’s a collaboration between Special Olympics and R.I. Interscholastic Sports. “Unified sports is the idea of taking students in the middle school and pairing them with individuals with intellectual disabilities,” explained Patti Carosotto, coach for the Cole team. “So … it’s being unified, it’s not what happens on the court, it’s what happens off the court.... It’s all about meeting new people.” …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
It's a repeat for the Cole Chess team!
As the 12 members of the Cole chess team held the trophy engraved with “State Champions” above their heads, undeniable looks of pride were spread across their exuberant faces. After an intense final match against Central Falls middle school, Cole finally beat their competitors by a mere half of a point. To defend their status as state champion, the Cole team met regularly to practice after school and at team leader Vincent Decesaris’s house, as well as competed in various competitions around the state to increase their United States Chess Federation(USCF) rating. Vincent Decesaris and other skilled eighth graders lead the team by example with their exceptional tactics and unrivaled love for the game. While the Cole chess team has …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The committee is slated to consider moving Meadowbrook Farms, Frenchtown third graders on April 24.
Parents from Meadowbrook Farms Elementary turned out at Tuesday's School Committee meeting to voice concerns for possible hazards to kids they believe school reconfiguration related to building construction may present. The School Committee is comtemplating moving third graders from Frenchtown and Meadowbrook to Hanaford and Eldredge. In the midst of that decision-making process, the panel is also planning to start major construction at Meadowbrook to alleviate stubborn moisure problems there. Meadowbrook parents backed the idea of moving second graders to Hanaford Elementary during construction at Meadowbrook to ease the impact of construction on students there. The committee placed reconfiguration on the agenda for April 24. A study of …