Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Four artists won awards.
The Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards are given out yearly with the idea of providing recognition, support and scholarship opportunities for creative young artists throughout Rhode Island. This year, several artists from Cole Middle School were recognized. Students were honored at the 2013 awards ceremony at Salve Regina University in January. Students who received "Gold Keys" will have their work sent to New York City to compete in the national competition. Their art teachers were Nina Reiner and Dale DiNapoli. Here's a list of the Cole winners: Brooke Matus on "I Can't Sea You," Paper Collage: I chose to do a beach scene because the beach is such a big part of my life. Whenever we go, we always spend long days there. My family and I …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Cole Middle School students host United Nations Night to benefit Unicef.
Passport needed to gain entrance at Cole Middle School? That was the case one night last month, when students held a United Nations Night to benefit Unicef. Passing through the glass doors of the middle school, you could easily understand why. On your left, France was passing out croissants while wearing berets, while on your right India was offering henna and japatis. Cole Middle School had truly gone global. At the beginning of the school year, the Unified Arts teachers sought to plan a large event for their students. United Nations Day was the perfect outlet for that goal. When Cole librarian Phyllis Humphrey told the teachers October 24 was United Nations Day, it seemed that they had found their event – and a chance to incorporate …
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…
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Two Sarah’s Trace residents – already suing the School Department over damage they say was caused by construction of the new Cole Middle School – call police to report new vibrations.
Work to improve drainage on the Cole Middle School softball field, which had flooding problems after the new school opened, prompted two neighbors to call police recently over what they said were house-shaking vibrations. Christopher Lamendola, of 50 Sarah’s Trace, and Thomas Hogan, of 40 Sarah’s Trace, asked police to document their complaints Wednesday, Aug. 8. Both men are part of an ongoing lawsuit filed against the School Department and companies involved in construction of the new Cole. Construction on the new building began in 2009; it opened April 2011. In police reports from Aug. 8, Lamendola and Hogan said their houses, both of which abut the middle school – were vibrating due to use of heavy construction equipment on the fields…
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
Friday, March 30, 2012
“We try to bring that same, coach-like enthusiasm to it” as with sports teams, says coach Jody Mangiaratti.
Just like in basketball, a lot of kids came out for the Cole Mock Trial team this year, but only 12 students made it. “We had a really strong turnout,” said Mock Trial coach and social studies teacher Jody Mangiaratti, “about 40 kids tried out.” There were so many students, in fact, that Mangiaratti decided to take on more than she absolutely needed. “What I did was double the witnesses, so you would have one lawyer for two witnesses,” she explained. Since November, the team’s been meeting several times a week, crafting questions, honing testimony. They had their first “trial” earlier this month and they came out victors, beating Bay View. “The kids not only were really, really prepared, but they were really well mannered. They were on …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Cole music teaching legend will be remembered for his ability to make every student feel like a musician ... and for his love of the Yankees.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
There are teachers and there are teachers. Ronald N. Stabile was a teacher. Mr. Stabile, as his students will always remember him, died Wednesday from cancer. “Ron was the most inspirational teacher that I have ever known,” wrote Brandon Levesque, who succeeded him at Cole. “As Cole Middle School's band and orchestra director for over 20 years, Ron touched so many lives, not just in East Greenwich, but also at the University of Rhode Island with his former percussion students and those that were lucky enough to have student taught with him.” Cole Principal Alexis Meyer was a teacher at Cole during the Stabile era, which ended in 2006 when he retired. “Ron's influence has and will continue to influence generations of East Greenwich …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The largely friendly crowd gets treated to free pasta and meatballs and that Rhode Island specialty: one-on-one time with your U.S. Senator.
Sara Cronin of East Greenwich decided to attend Sunday night’s “community dinner” with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse for one main reason — that she could. In Rhode Island, it’s not improbable that you can meet both of your U.S. senators. “In such a small state, it’s great to have the opportunity to get so close and personal with your senator,” said Cronin, who brought her two children, Jackson 12, and Megan 11. “In most states, you don’t have that opportunity. I think it’s great for kids to learn about their government and be able to meet their senators. I wanted my kids to come and learn.” And indeed the turnout was good in the cafetorium at Cole Middle School — more than 100 people were there from towns including EG, Warwick, West Warwick, …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The contractor will fix a sewer pipe “belly” on the first floor over April break, while drainage problems and an infield replacement will keep the softball field from being used this year.
Starting last summer, toilets in the first floor bathrooms nearest to the main entrance at Cole Middle School have experienced backups, requiring the sewer pipe be cleared. According to building officials, work to repair that problem will take place over April break. Issues with the softball field behind the new building are not so quickly resolved, they said. That field will not be ready for play until spring 2013. According to the EG School Department’s facilities director Bob Wilmarth, the cost of repairing the sewer pipe will be borne by the contractor, Gilbane. “It looks like during the installation, one of the plumbing pipes on the first floor may have been pushed out of position,” he said earlier this week. “Even if it moves a tiny…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Instead of getting back 40 percent for school projects like the new Cole Middle School, EG would be reimbursed 35 percent.
Two sentences in Governor Lincoln Chafee’s proposed 2013 budget throw a little rain onto what had become a sunny story for East Greenwich: state reimbursement of school construction spending. Chafee's budget would hold reimbursement for projects such as the new Cole Middle School to 35 percent, instead of increasing to 40 percent in 2013 as had been promised in June 2011. So, under Chafee’s new budget plan, instead of getting a check from the state for $40,000 for every $100,000 paid for the new Cole, East Greenwich would get $35,000. While $5,000 may not seem like a lot, when multiplied by the actual cost of the school — $32 million — that figure grows to $1.6 million. East Greenwich voters approved spending up to $52 million for a new …