Friday, March 2, 2012
Nineteen students join those named last year.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Congratulations to the following 8th grade students who have been selected to the Cole 2012 National Jr. Honor Society: Ben Acker, Kristin Carosotto, Cameron Cianciolo, Catherine Colgan, Tessa Darcy, Dylan DePriest, Yash Dhuri, Madison DiSanto, Caraline Gammons, Alec Gannon, Brian Gemma, Olivia Harrington, Juliet Kelly, Maike Morrison, Margaret Rodrigue, Racquel Rodriguez, Lauren Trapani, Julian Wu, and Katharine Yan. They join last year's NJHS members: Jeremy Bernard-Sasges, Tressa Burnett-Testa, William Campbell, Giulio Cataldo, Lauren Chapski, Khourtney Clements, Elizabeth Colgan, Vincent DeCesaris, Jessica Donegan, Emma Dyer, Eleanor Fulghum, Romina Garankani, Isabella Iannotti, Victoria Iannotti, Zachary Johnson, Madison Kalk, Alyssa…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The malfunction was an “act of God,” says official, not a design or product flaw.
The School Committee heard the most detailed report thus far on the cause of the electrical problems at Cole Middle School Tuesday night. A study from the electrical contractor stated an electrical surge during Tropical Storm Irene on Aug. 28 is to blame for the malfunctions. Jon Winikur of Strategic Building Solutions presented the findings during the School Committee’s regular meeting in the library at Cole. According to Winikur, the system is now fully restored. How much that restoration will cost the district has yet to be determined. A bill has been sent to the schools’ insurer. At the meeting Tuesday night, school officials did not have the figure for how much had been spent. Winikur did estimate that the cost of running the lights …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The Smithfield team overpowered EG in the first round of the playoffs, 49-39.
After a near-perfect regular season, the Lancers were handed a tough defeat Wednesday when they went up against Ponaganset Middle School in the first round of the playoffs. Ponaganset won 49-39. “It’s hard because we wanted it so bad,” said eighth grader Krisitin Carosotto, who scored 12 points in the game. Cole was down 15 points going into the fourth quarter. Courtney McMullen had back-to-back baskets to start it off and the Lancers outscored Ponaganset 13 to 8 in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough. McMullen had a good game, scoring three 3-pointers in the first half. “She had more 3’s today than we had the whole season,” said Coach Jason Martin. “It was a very physical game,” he said. “We had one of my players home sick today, my backup …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
With eight awards, Cole Middle School received more than any other school in the state.
Seven art students at Cole Middle School have been honored with Scholastic Art Awards, one student receiving two awards. It is a record for the school, art teacher Nina Reiner said. Some of the winners are longtime — relatively speaking — artists who’ve maybe even won an award before. But at least one of the Cole Middle School students who recently won an award for her work signed up for this year just to try something different. “I did art because I wanted to try something new,” said eighth grader Lauren Keenan. “I liked doing it in elementary school.” She earned a silver key in ceramics in the process. It’s no small honor, according to art teacher Karen Murtha. “It’s very prestigious, very,” she said. “It’s difficult to get in.” There …
Down by 8 at the half, the Lancers battle back in first round of the playoffs.
The Cole Middle School Boys Basketball team went into the playoffs with a better record, 12-2, than its 8-4 opponent, Ferri Middle School of Johnston, but the Lancers had to fight back from an 8-point deficit at the half to secure their 57-55 win at home in the first round Tuesday. In the final seconds of the game, Cole eighth grader Brian Gemma hit a three-pointer to pull ahead of the Jaguars. He scored once more at the line and Ferri’s final shot bounced off the rim, giving the Lancers the win. “It was definitely Brian Gemma’s day. He did awesome,” said Cole coach Joe Szymkowicz afterwards. “He shoots a lot. Other coaches might yell and scream at him but he can shoot all day as far as I’m concerned because he doesn’t miss when it counts…
Sunday, January 22, 2012
It's held in the new gym after the last two years "off campus" due to construction.
The Cole Middle School annual pep rally came home Friday afternoon, after two years of night games at the high school. The culminating event of Spirit Week, the rally pitted students against teachers, both teams cheered on by a gym full of students and staff members. It came down to the teachers' last shot at the buzzer for 2 points, giving them a tie, 34-34. "It's nice being back home," said P.E. teacher Deb McMullen. "We did it at the high school at night the last two years, so it was nice being back home with our new gym and our new set up. It really added to it." For the students, playing against their teachers was a little strange ... initially. "It was really awkward at first because you didn't know what to do. And then it got …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
A combination science-history-laser light extravaganza!
One of the big buzz ideas in education these days is "cross-curriculum" — having projects that encompass math, writing, reading, history, science, like Eldredge's recent bridge project. Tonight's laser light show at Cole takes that idea to a new level. "The show is a combination of science and American history with bright lights, pizzazz and music," said COA director Lisa Sussman. The program is limited to Cole Middle School students and their families, but it's free.
Friday, December 30, 2011
From a DUI story that made national headlines to a tempest in a farmyard teapot, EG had lots of interesting news stories in 2011.
1. State Representative Bob Watson’s arrest and its fallout is still being felt, eight months after the fact. Watson, who represents East Greenwich and served as House minority leader at the time, was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana after he was stopped in a DUI checkpoint in New Haven, Conn., last April. Watson admitted to having the bag of marijuana but has said that he did not smoke it nor had he had too much to drink the night of the arrest. He said that he used the marijuana for medical purposes but had not registered with the state as a medical marijuana user. The subsequent firestorm prompted Watson to resign his majority leader position, but he has steadfastly maintained his innocence. Blood …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
It's still unclear who's responsible for the problem, School Committee members are told.
Neighbors may be able to to rest more easily now - the lights are off overnight outside Cole Middle School, School Committee members were told at Tuesday night's regular meeting. According to Ken Romeo, with project manager Strategic Building Solutions, contractor Griffin Electric finished its evaluation Friday. "Two total power supplies were replaced and some relays and sensors were found problematic," said Romeo. He said those will be ordered soon and replaced once they arrive. He also said the exterior lighting power panel needs to be replaced, but for now they are manually turning them off and on. The lights had been on 24-7 ever since late August. They could have been turned off, but there was a fear that they would not go back on so…
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The lights are still on 24-7 at Cole and no resolution to the problem has been found.
Lights still shine brightly outside Cole Middle School in the parking lot and inside the building as well. According to officials, damage incurred during Tropical Storm Irene in late August. What exactly went wrong and why remain unanswered questions. According to Ken Romeo, with Strategic Building Solutions (which has overseen school construction), some of the indoor electrical panels are burning out decades faster than they should. Three such panels have been replaced, he said. Investigation of all the panels is taking place now. "There no sense installing new parts until we find the root of the problem," said Ken Romeo of SBS, which has been the company overseeing school construction. He said the same malfunction could happen and ruin …