Official Names Announced For Providence’s Two Newest Schools

It’s official! The two newest schools in Providence have their names. Formerly referred to as the “Opportunity by Design” schools, the two innovative high schools, whose creation was supported by a grant of the same name from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, now have distinct identities.

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Equine-assisted therapy making a noticeable difference

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Bryan Cruz-Hernandez, a kindergarten student, sits proudly atop Dallas as Police Chief Hugh Clements and Mounted Command officers assist.

A van pulls up to the Providence Police stables in Roger Williams Park, and an excited little boy makes his way to the indoor ring, where another child is triumphantly finishing his session on horseback, trotting a bit, his tall, straight posture a noticeable improvement from just 30 minutes prior. The new participant waits eagerly, while the first dismounts and strides half the length across the ring, his adult companions cheering his steady, purposeful steps.  Continue reading

Brown University honors 20 Providence scholars

Honoring achievement and potential: Superintendent Lusi (far right), President Paxson (second from right), and Doris de los Santos, Director of Partnerships and Development (far left) celebrate the achievements of 20 new scholarship recipients from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence. Photos by Peter Goldberg for Brown University.

Superintendent Lusi (far right), President Paxson (second from right), and Doris de los Santos, Executive Director of Partnerships, Development & Community (far left) celebrate the achievements of 20 new scholarship recipients from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence. Photos by Peter Goldberg for Brown University.

Brown University honored twenty Providence high school graduates chosen to receive scholarships from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence during an event at President Christina Paxson’s home on Wednesday evening, June 24, 2015.

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What’s on your reading list this summer?

Whether you are a teacher, administrator, serve on the Providence School Board or as a member of the Providence Schools support staff, those of us who work in education know that summer reading is particularly critical for students to retain their literacy skills. According to Scholastic, learning or reading skill losses during the summer months are cumulative, creating a wider gap each year between more proficient and less proficient students. Regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level or previous achievement, children who read four or more books during the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one book or none over the summer.

Whether on the beach or on the porch, by a campfire or a bedside lamp, summer reading is also a fun escape for adults during the less hectic months while school is out of session. We are polling some of our staff to see what they’re reading this summer and will publish their responses in our August issue. You may find a few titles to add to your list. Send your response to schoolnews@ppsd.org. And, if you can’t finish all of the books you’d like to read this summer, the quiet, snowy days of winter aren’t far behind!

Lots of Hope urban greenhouse and farm open on Prairie Avenue

Offers an outdoor gardening laboratory for students

Mayor Jorge Elorza and Peter Asen, director of the city’s Healthy Communities Office, stand outside the Prairie Avenue greenhouse.

Mayor Jorge Elorza and Peter Asen, director of the city’s Healthy Communities Office, stand outside the Prairie Avenue greenhouse.

 

The first Lots of Hope greenhouse and adjacent small farm officially opened on Friday morning, July 10 on Prairie Avenue, offering the South Providence community a green open space that will extend the growing season for local urban farmers, help foster micro businesses, promote composting and serve Providence students.

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