Music and Kindness in the Air at Robert L. Bailey

The 102-student chorus of Robert L. Bailey Elementary School sang songs of peace and kindness at the State House on December 2 as part of the school’s Kindness initiative.

The 102-student chorus of Robert L. Bailey Elementary School sang songs of peace and kindness at the State House on December 2 as part of the school’s Kindness initiative.

The Robert L. Bailey Elementary School has embarked on a kindness initiative. Their first event was recording a school-wide video singing Taylor Swift’s song, “Shake It Off.” This exemplifies our “shaking off” the negative experiences, comments and situations that occur in all of our lives, said music teacher Cathleen Markovitz.

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Providence Art Students Soar Through RISD’s Project Open Door

RISD MAT student Nitashia Johnson works with Kunty Voeun on an art project during the after-school program at Alvarez.

RISD MAT student Nitashia Johnson works with Kunty Voeun on an art project during the after-school program at Alvarez.

Every Saturday morning, Julie Cheeks, a junior at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, does what might be unthinkable for many 16-year-olds. She gets up at 6 a.m. to catch one of three busses that will take her to a 9 a.m. portfolio class at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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General Construction Students Build Opportunities

General construction sophomore students at the LIUNA training facility, where they received four hours of scaffolding instruction.

General construction sophomore students at the LIUNA training facility, where they received four hours of scaffolding instruction.

At the beginning of the first quarter of this school year, Rick Goyette, a general construction teacher at PCTA, issued a challenge to his sophomore students. If every one of them passed the SP/2 safety certification module and the final exam, he promised them a field trip to the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) training facility in Hopkinton, Mass.

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R. F. Kennedy Chorus Entertains at State House Tree Lighting

The Robert F. Kennedy School Chorus, under the direction of Shirley Medici, entertains at the State House Tree Lighting ceremony.

The Robert F. Kennedy School Chorus, under the direction of Shirley Medici, entertains at the State House Tree Lighting ceremony.

The chorus of fourth- and fifth-graders at Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School entertained a festive crowd at the State House Tree Lighting on December 3. Led by Music Director Shirley Medici, the children sang favorites such as “Winter Wonderland,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and led the audience in a singalong.

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PPSD Introduces Trailblazer Cluster to Parents and Community

As part of revised Innovation Zone, this group of schools will pilot innovative strategies, representing a move toward greater autonomy

Joseph DiPina, chief of staff, explains the rationale behind the launch of the Trailblazer Cluster schools.

Joseph DiPina, chief of staff, explains the rationale behind the launch of the Trailblazer Cluster schools.

Parents and members of the Providence Schools community learned more about the reorganization of the Innovation Zone, specifically the aims of the three schools in the new Trailblazer Cluster, at a Launch Event held on November 13 at Juanita Sanchez High School.

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West Broadway Middle School Celebrates Reopening

Sixth-grader Sam Mercedes, with Principal William Black, was one of two students who spoke at the reopening ceremony. On the stage, from left, are Providence School Board President Keith Oliveira, Councilman Bryan Principe, Mayor Angel Taveras and fifth-grader Justin Lopez.

Sixth-grader Sam Mercedes, with Principal William Black, was one of two students who spoke at the reopening ceremony. On the stage, from left, are Providence School Board President Keith Oliveira, Councilman Bryan Principe, Mayor Angel Taveras and fifth-grader Justin Lopez.

At the reopening ceremony of West Broadway Middle School, city officials used the occasion to teach a lesson about perseverance and what can be accomplished when a community works together.

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Celebrating Food Day with A Great RI Apple Crunch

Providence firefighter Chris O’Halloran is ready to “crunch” apples with Olivia Amado-Jones at Carl Lauro Elementary School

Providence firefighter Chris O’Halloran is ready to “crunch” apples with Olivia Amado-Jones at Carl Lauro Elementary School

As schools across the U.S. celebrated Food Day on October 24 by eating healthy, affordable and sustainably-produced food, schools from Barrington to Woonsocket put a local twist on the event by crunching on Rhode Island-grown apples during the Great RI Apple Crunch. The goal was to have each school eating apples at the same time during their school lunch period.

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