Saying he will do the job as it should be done permanently, Providence’s Interim Superintendent Chris Maher provided the community with his thoughts and priorities for the city’s schools at a series of Parent Forums held this month throughout the city.
For the fifth consecutive year, 500 Providence middle school students spent four weeks this summer engaged in experiential learning, thanks to a partnership with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), and learned to build, play guitars and explore Narragansett Bay.
Last winter, the Teacher Retention and Induction Network (TRAIN) applied for and received a grant to attend the Teach to Lead summit in Boston. The purpose of the summit, developed by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, is to provide teams of teachers time to work on projects that they would like to see implemented in their districts and to network and collaborate with teachers from around the country.
On his first official work day, Rhode Island’s new Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Ken Wagner, visited summer programs for English Language Learners and refugee students in Providence Schools at the Leviton Dual Language School. Dr. Wagner was joined by Providence’s Interim Superintendent Chris Maher on Monday, August 3.
An excited group of 50 students from Providence’s high schools walked across the stage to receive their high school diplomas during the 2015 Summer Graduation Ceremony held on August 12 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA). While the ceremony was held a couple months later than the district’s June graduations, the graduates and their parents exuded the same bright smiles and pride in their achievement of this important milestone.
The Providence Public Schools Health & Wellness Committee meets regularly and welcomes new members. The committee is currently seeking parent, student and teacher representation.
Beat the Streets, a volunteer organization that aims to establish a wrestling program, equipment and coach in every Providence middle school, has secured Ed German, head wrestling coach for Hope High School and Rhode Island’s Wrestling Coach of the Year, as program coordinator.