Mayor Jorge Elorza Meets PPSD Staff

Newly-inaugurated Mayor Jorge Elorza met with PPSD staff at the Administration Building during his first week in office.

Newly-inaugurated Mayor Jorge Elorza met with PPSD staff at the Administration Building during his first week in office.

Providence’s 38th Mayor, Jorge Elorza, met with staff at the central administration building, just four days after officially taking office, as part of his pledge to visit every department in the city during his first weeks in City Hall.

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Positive Behavior Program Yields Surprising Results

New school mascot may be motivating attendance and reading

Destiny Castillo (left) and Hailey Pereira with Charlie the giraffe, their new school mascot. Their Pre-K class developed the slogan for Charlie and is hosting him in their classroom as a reward for achieving the highest attendance for the week.

Destiny Castillo (left) and Hailey Pereira with Charlie the giraffe, their new school mascot. Their Pre-K class developed the slogan for Charlie and is hosting him in their classroom as a reward for achieving the highest attendance for the week.

Parents and educators of young children have learned that rewards can be a huge incentive in changing behavior. What if children could earn rewards that pay dividends for themselves and their classrooms?

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Revised Student Discipline Policy to Improve Accountability, Create a Positive School Learning Environment

The Providence School Board has approved an updated Student Discipline Policy that sets expectations for how the district views discipline, focusing on creating a highly effective learning environment that supports positive school climate and behavior rather than punitive responses.

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D’Abate Students Participate in Hour of Code for 2nd Year

D’Abate students in grades K-5 participated in Hour of Code computer programming activities during Computer Science Education Week.

D’Abate students in grades K-5 participated in Hour of Code computer programming activities during Computer Science Education Week.

We are surrounded by technology in today’s world. Many students have their own tablets and phones, but few are learning how computers actually work. Simple computer science activities can help build creativity and problem solving skills. Exposing students to computational thinking early will offer them a foundation for success in any future career path.

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Day of Service Honors Dr. Martin Luther King

Some of the posters completed with the assistance of volunteers from RISD.

Some of the posters completed with the assistance of volunteers from RISD.

Nearly 500 students, adults and volunteers celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and his ideals of peaceful social change at the Providence school that bears his name. On January 19, the Mt. Hope Learning Center and the Rhode Island School of Design hosted the 4th annual Day of Arts and Service, a community-building day to exemplify Dr. King’s vision of cultures blending together peacefully.

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“Home” Construction Underway at PCTA

Senior Stephen Saing sands boards for the showcase home being built at PCTA.

Senior Stephen Saing sands boards for the showcase home being built at PCTA.

The Rhode Island Home Show, presented by the Rhode Island Builders Association, is an annual pre-spring event that offers homeowners, builders, contractors, designers and many others the opportunity to gain ideas for home improvement, construction, design and decorating.  Continue reading

WBNA Recognizes Providence Public School District

Chief of Administration Joseph DiPina holds the Municipal Award presented to PPSD by the West Broadway Neighborhood Association.

Chief of Administration Joseph DiPina holds the Municipal Award presented to PPSD by the West Broadway Neighborhood Association.

At the Annual Meeting of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association, held on January 13, the Providence Public School District (PPSD) was recognized for the creation of the West Broadway Middle School, restoring a school to the building at 29 Bainbridge Avenue that housed West Broadway Elementary School until its closure in 2007. PPSD Chief of Administration Joseph DiPina accepted the group’s Municipal Award on behalf of the district.

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