WPS in the News: Teaching Computer Coding
New Elementary Report Card Informational Series
WMS Students particpate in Brown University's 250th Anniversary Celebration
On March 7, 2014 Westerly Middle School students will join more than 250 seventh and eighth graders from across the state participating in Brown University's 250th anniversary celebration.Students will engage in academic exploration and discovery, some examples include but are not limited to: a rover working on the surface of Mars, archeological digs, modern dance, bats in flight.
Catamarans 7th grade student Kolbe Blier shows his creativity! Click on the link below to view his video.
Westerly Public Schools and State Street School writing in science work cited in ED Week November 14, 2012 issue
Education Week's November 14 article Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula by Catherine Gewertz article discusses the elevation and focus on writing to improve reading and critical thinking skills of students. Gewertz gives examples of schools across the nation who are successfully using writing strategies to improve accountability scores. Westerly Public Schools and specifically State Street School are cited as one of the success stories. Gewertz writes:
Schools in Westerly, R.I., found that better writing can offer new ways to demonstrate knowledge. Dismal state science scores led the district to focus on writing and an inquiry-based approach to science instruction, and it paid off.
Only 49 percent of the 4th graders at State Street Elementary School scored proficient on the state science test in 2010, but 80 percent did in 2011. That number slid to 63 percent in 2012, said Principal Audrey Faubert, but she is still pleased with the improvement.
"Maybe they learned the science concepts better because they had to explain things," she said, "but I attribute it more to having a better way to show what they know, and that's important, too."
Westerly High School featured in RITES November 2012 Newsletter
This past month, RITES partnered with teachers at Westerly High School to design a common experience for all biology and environmental science students. This lab and the associated 'anchor task' (as they call it) was designed to target the skills students need additional time to develop as measured by the district's analysis of their NECAP data.
This field research project was a way for students to gather, organize and analyze data on the Westerly Beach and adjacent salt pond. The project not only gave students the opportunity to act as scientists and learn more about their local environment but it was an exciting way to learn the content connected to their ecosystems unit.
Cycling through three data collecting stations, students had the opportunity to use scientific and technology-based equipment. They worked in collaborative groups as they measured the quality of the water and the biodiversity of both ecosystems using a seine net and conducted a wrackline analysis. At both the pond and beach locations, students gathered and inventoried trash so they were able to report on the quantity and quality of the materials littering these coastal habitats. The garbage inventory was used by students to design a site-specific plan to mitigate coastal pollution.
The project sought to answer the question... How can we measure the health of our coastal environment and determine the impacts human activity has on the quality of the water and landscape? Classroom pre-lessons provided students with the background information they needed to successfully complete the field work and post lessons focused on helping students link their data and observations with researched information. In the final assessment, students were able to independently synthesize information and provide a scientific analysis that answered the research question.If you would like RITES to collaborate on developing common labs or field experiences for your students, contact our STEM liaison, Amy O'Donnell at aodonnell@RITESproject.net
Click here to read the entire RITES November Partnership Newsletter
The secret to one math teacher's success - WHS beginning teacher Alysson Gordon in the Spotlight
The New Teacher Center published a great story about Michelle Livsey, an Induction Coach on loan from Exeter-West Greenwich, and a beginning teacher, Alysson Gordon, that she upported from Westerly.
The District is happy to have one of our teachers featured in the New Teacher Center blog. To ead the story please click here.
Classification Ranking (AMO)
RIDE posts information about the Educator Performance and Support System (EPSS)
Educator Performance and Support System (EPSS)
The Educator Performance and Support System (EPSS) is an online tool to support high-quality evaluation implementation, maximize educators’ time and resources, and provide a single data system for educator evaluation. The EPSS provides a tested, yet customized online system to streamline and support our educator-evaluation work throughout the state.
To access additional information about the EPSS, including a detailed overview of the system, answers to frequently asked questions, and sample screen shots of the evaluation-related forms within EPSS, please visit the EPSS page at:
Comprehensive Literacy Plan 2012
Here is the link to access the RIDE Comprehensive Literacy Plan 2012.
The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is deeply committed to ensuring literacy proficiency for ALL students and has created The Rhode Island Comprehensive Literacy Plan (RICLP) in an effort to unify all state literacy initiatives for students from birth through grade 12. This plan will influence the pre-service and in-service training of teachers educated and/or employed in the state of Rhode Island and articulates that all educators are responsible for literacy instruction birth through grade 12.
The RICLP supports educators in better understanding the components of literacy and implementation of best practices in daily instruction. Included are strategies, methods,and resources for assessment, intervention, and literacy in the content-areas. As educators look to ensure the literacy success of all students, the RICLP provides an abundance of resources and references.
The Rhode Island Comprehensive Literacy Plan is a resource which provides practical information and resources to guide instruction and assessment. Included in the document are user-friendly charts that detail what effective practices look like and how to integrate these practices into teaching. In addition, this document can help with planning instructional and professional goals.
Free Tutoring Help Available
Here is the link to a website which provides free online tutoring. Live one-to-one help:
Every day from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
The tutoring is made available through "Homework Help RI" and the public library system.
This link is made available through Cranston's William Hall Free Library.
Response to Intervention: A Tiered Approach to Instructing ALL Students
Keynote Speech from David Coleman
David Coleman gives a keynote speech at Chancellor Walcott's Principal Conference, touching on some key aspects of the Common Core standards.
Assistant Superintendent Newsletter: November/December, 2015
Please click here to enjoy the Assistant Superintendent's Newsletter.
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