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Changes to the Rhode Island Graduation Requirements

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:42 PM
Recently the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education unanimously approved the revisions to the Rhode Island graduation requirements that give students more personalized ownership over their high school diploma.

The revised regulations maintain the requirement that graduating students demonstrate proficiency through a “performance-based assessment,” such as a senior project, exhibition, or portfolio of work.

The revised regulations also contain a section on improving literacy and numeracy for students performing below grade level; the previous regulation focused only on students reading below grade level.

The revised regulations still include the requirements for course completion: 20 courses including 4 in English, 4 in mathematics, 3 in science, 3 in social studies, and 6 determined by the LEA.

Under the new regulations, students can earn a Commissioner’s Seal by demonstrating proficiency in literacy and numeracy on the statewide assessments...
Dr. Patrick McGee

Summer Reading Celebration a Huge Success!!!

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Friday, September 30, 2016 4:20 PM
On Saturday, September 24th the Woonsocket Education Department held its Summer Reading Celebration at Woonsocket Middle School from 11-1:00 pm. The celebration was held for all elementary students who completed last year’s Summer Reading Assignment and was a resounding success, as we had 1,049 parents and students who registered and attended. 

As research tells us, if a student is not reading on grade level by the end of the 3rd grade, the likelihood of them being retained in school or not graduating is greatly increased. The Woonsocket Education Department, under the guidance of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jenny Remka and teachers from each level, create a Summer Reading list as well as assignments for all students to complete during the summer. This list can be found on our district website under quick links. It is critical for all of our students to continue to read during vacation breaks, including the summer months, so that they can maintain and improve their reading skills. It is, and will continue to be, a major district objective to ensure that all of our students are reading on grade level or making necessary progress in the area of reading and writing. 

Dr. Patrick McGee

Technology Upgrades in the WED

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Sunday, September 18, 2016 8:23 AM
The Woonsocket Education Department Technology Department is proceeding with a building-by-building review and conversion process to improve the technology infrastructure and needs of the district. The following tasks have begun at Coleman Elementary School and will be completed at each remaining school in the district:


1.   Printer – review, replacement, and logical reassignment

2.   Distribution of new HP Stream laptop devices to each teacher

3.   Reconfiguration/redistribution of student classroom devices in each classroom

4.   Move staff files to Google Drive


As of September 13, 2016 the Technology Department has completed Coleman Elementary School.


The following are tentative dates for the remaining buildings in the district:


Wednesday, September 14th – Citizens’ Memorial Elementary School

Friday, September 16th – Savoie Elementary School

Tuesday, September 20th – Pothier Elementary School

Dr. Patrick McGee

Four New Advanced Placement (AP) Courses Added this Year at WHS

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Sunday, September 11, 2016 8:11 PM
I am very proud to announce that Woonsocket High School has added four new Advanced Placement (AP) courses for students this year.


The following new courses will be offered to high school students: AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Computer Science, and AP English Language and Composition. These additions will increase the number of Advanced Placement courses offered at the high school from eight to twelve.


The mission of the Woonsocket Education Department is to provide a high quality, rigorous curriculum to all students and the addition of four new AP courses goes a long way in meeting the needs of our students. The addition of these AP courses has been one of many factors that have led Woonsocket High School to leapfrog over 18 high schools in the state in RI Monthly's latest edition of the ranking of Rhode Island's high schools.

I would like to commend Woonsocket High School Principal, Mr. Carnell Henderson, and his staff for their leadership and diligence in moving...
Dr. Patrick McGee

Many District Capital Improvements Completed this Year

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 2:56 PM
Last year the Woonsocket Education Department developed 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan designed to repair and remediate the physical plant at each school throughout the district.  Unfortunately, many schools throughout our district have been neglected due to limited finances over the past decade. This year was the first year of major capital improvements across our district. The 5-Year Plan will extend through the 2019-2020 school year.


I am very happy to announce that many projects were completed last school year and over the summer. Improvements that were made include:


Citizens' Memorial Elementary

Removed and replaced asbestos floor tiles from cafeteria Painted cafeteria WHS

Repaired rooftop HVAC units Replaced hot water tank Replaced stage floor and curtains Replaced library carpeting Painted library Repaired roof leaks Bernon Heights Elementary

Replaced bioler Removed and replaced asbestos floor...
Dr. Patrick McGee

Woonsocket Pride!!!

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Sunday, May 15, 2016 3:54 PM
Last night I had the pleasure of attending yet another Benefit Cabaret (the 8th in a row) directed and choreographed by Mrs. Jen Maiello, English and Theater Arts teacher at WHS. A Night in New York was performed by an amazing cast of talented students from WHS, alumni performers, faculty performers, and children from our community. 


The performance, as usual, was electrifying, moving, and very entertaining. This year's Cabaret benefited Mrs. Rachel Autiello, city resident, and Mrs. Jackie Mathewson, Teacher Assistant in the WED, who are both battling cancer.  


As I reflect on last night's incredible performance I am moved by the compassion, benevolence, and sense of community that is regularly displayed by the citizens, students, teachers, and staff of Woonsocket and the WED. We, in Woonsocket, are driven by a sense of commitment to our great city and should be very proud of who we are and how we care for one another. 


What I witnessed at WHS last night was yet...
Dr. Patrick McGee

Woonsocket High School Reaches Medal Status!!!

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Sunday, May 1, 2016 7:40 PM
This past year, Woonsocket High School implemented a Career Choices curriculum/program for all incoming Freshmen. Principal Carnell Henderson and a team of teachers and administrators were trained last summer in the program, which provides academic support, time management skills, organizational skills, career planning, and financial literacy, to name a few, in an effort to increase the graduation rate at Woonsocket High School. The program, called Success 101 has been a resounding success. 


As a result of Mr. Henderson's and his administration's leadership and committed staff, Woonsocket High School has been awarded a Bronze Medal from Academic Innovations that indicates the program is having a positive effect on students and is impacting increased student success. Moreover, Mr. Henderson and members of his team will be presenting their WHS program this summer at Academic Innovations National Conference, "Focusing on Freshmen" in Los Angeles, California in July. The WHS team will be the first school in the nation to present after only implementing their program after one year! 

Dr. Patrick McGee

Advanced CourseWork Network (ACN)

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Friday, April 22, 2016 3:16 PM
In the Woonsocket Education Department, and at Woonsocket High School, we strive to provide our students with opportunities to expand their learning. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the new Rhode Island Advanced Coursework Network (ACN). “The Advanced Coursework Network is designed to help districts and schools create opportunities for Rhode Island high school students to envision, pursue and complete their individualized graduation pathway”. Qualified students are encouraged to explore this opportunity to advance their high school credits by taking the available courses after the school day or on the weekends.

This unique opportunity comes at NO EXPENSE to the student or family. The Advanced Coursework Network courses will be offered by Rhode Island colleges and universities, community based organizations, and other school districts.

If you are interested in learning more about the Advanced Coursework Network please visit www.ride.ri.gov....
Dr. Patrick McGee

Just what is Concurrent Enrollment?

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Sunday, April 10, 2016 6:26 PM
Concurrent Enrollment is is a program in Rhode Island that offers college credits to high school seniors who take college level courses while still in high school. The courses are taught at the student's respective high school by high school teachers who are certified in specific Concurrent Enrollment classes. As a result of Governor Gina Raimondo's Prepare RI Dual Enrollment Fund, which was launched this fall, all courses are free to students. 


Earning college credit is not dependent upon standardized testing at the end of the course, but rather on the student's performance in the class and the grade he/she earns. Students earn both high school credit and Rhode Island College credit for approved courses.


After high school graduation, credits may be transferred to an extensive number of colleges and universities across the country, thereby getting a head start in college. The EEP is also a program that fosters collaboration and communication between high school teachers and college...
Dr. Patrick McGee

Museum of National History: Goddard Space Flight Educator Professional Development

by Dr. Patrick McGee on Sunday, April 3, 2016 12:25 PM
The Woonsocket Education Department is proud to announce the partnership with the Museum of Natural History: Goddard Space Flight Educator Professional Development (GSF EPD) sponsored by NASA. 

The GSF EPD will provide professional development efforts to deliver classroom lessons that are aligned to the NGSS, the Common Core Standards and all applicable local standards for STEM. They will also provide hands-on activities and materials to WED students and teachers. This is a great opportunity for our students to be exposed to authentic, first-hand science experiences! WED teachers will also be able to take their students on field trips to the Museum of Natural History at Roger Williams Park. 

Roll-out will begin next year in 4th grade and will expand the following year to other elementary grades.

The WED is the first school district in the state to obtain a district-wide partnership with GSF EPD!

Dr. Patrick McGee