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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-11-2018

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NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 NO. SMITHFIELD / OBITUARIS 23 Lorraine G. Bianchi Lorraine G. (Belanger) Bianchi, 94, of Deltona, Fla., formerly of North Smithfield and Key West, Fla., passed away Oct. 4 at home. She was the wife of the late Reno J Bianchi, who passed away in 1995. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Marcel and Medora (Doucette) Belanger. She worked as a salesperson for 25 years for the former Carriage Trade of Woonsocket, retiring in 1988. Lorraine was formerly a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, a member of the North Smithfield Senior Citizens and the Christian Group of Woonsocket. She loved to spend time with her family and friends. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Bianchi-Burlison, and her husband, Harold, of Deltona, Fla., with whom she lived; and a son, Kenneth Bianchi, and his wife, Brenda, of Blackstone. Lorraine is also survived by four grand- children, Tracey Patenaude and her husband, Mark, of Coventry R.I., Christopher Mustonen and his wife, Billie Jo, of Ocoee, Fla., Andrew Bianchi of Blackstone, and Leah Bianchi and her fiancé, Phil Sandy, of Malden, Mass.; three great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Brianna Mustonen, and Mark Patenaude, as well as loving family members Tara and Matt Letzo and their children Alexis, Kayla and Jaxon and many loving nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Roland Belanger, Pauline Lyons, and Beatrice Sirois Brown. Her funeral will be held Friday, Oct. 12, beginning with visitation at 9 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m., in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Old River Road, Manville. In lieu of flowers, memorial con- tributions may be made to Halifax Hospice, Fund Development, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. Visit . BIANCHI OBITUARY on his diploma in the spring. It's one of three CTE programs introduced at the high school this year to recognize students who go above and beyond the regular academic requirements to learn more about pursuing a subject as a career. "It's a motivation thing. It shows that I have a dedication to some- thing," said Morris. According to Asst. Supt. Claire Arnold, the three programs – which also include pre-engineering and business management, administration and finance – grew out of 15 career pathways developed by high school faculty in 2016 as suggestions for stu- dents. The three programs took the extra step of receiving preliminary approval from the state Department of Education in the spring, a move that attaches certain requirements to the curriculum and places them on the same level as other state-approved CTE programs at high schools throughout the state. The subjects, she said, were chosen as areas where North Smithfield already had strong academic programs. "Looking at the guidelines to devel- opment the career and tech program, we felt that we were poised to move forward in those areas because of what we already had in place," she explained. As part of the CTE programs, stu- dents must take college-level course- work, complete a designated path of courses and complete a senior project in their subject area that includes a mentor and real-world experience. For the music CTE program, that means taking a base-level perfor- mance class, two years of advanced performance and AP Music Theory, a course that offers college credit through Rhode Island College in addition to the AP credit. According to Regina McAdam, chorus director, students can follow either a choral or instrumental track within the CTE program and are gen- erally more motivated about course- work in the subject than their peers who are not pursuing a certification. "Getting students excited about tak- ing music theory is exciting in and of itself," she said. "It gives the kids who do want to go above and beyond the motivation to do that." While department faculty admitted the academic side of the program is not significantly different from what was offered prior to the CTE certifica- tion, Kevin Plouffe, the school's new band director who previously taught at Woonsocket High School, pointed out the certification offers a "stamp of approval" that sets apart students who are serious about music. The certification, he said, is also a nod to the quality of the program, which has long been a source of pride in North Smithfield. Plouffe also teaches music technol- ogy, a course school officials are hop- ing to have certified for college credit by next year to introduce a third career path into the CTE program. While the other tracks within the program focus on performance, the music technology track would focus on production and digital editing, subjects that could appeal beyond the typical music student. "You don't have to have a trumpet in your hand to get into this class," Plouffe explained. While the three CTE programs currently only include students from North Smithfield High School, their preliminary approval by the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) allows the town to open the pro- grams to students from other high schools. According to Supt. Michael St. Jean, other districts would pay approximately $15,000 per pupil to send students to one of the three programs, the per-pupil cost of edu- cating a student at North Smithfield High School as determined by RIDE. While it's not the programs' first priority, he said, tuition payments through this kind of exchange could offset the cost of sending North Smithfield students to study in other districts. North Smithfield currently pays tuitions for students attending programs at Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center, Davies Career and Technical High School and Ponaganset High School. "If we can bring in some students along with tuitions, it will help offset tuitions we're paying for students going out of district, and it will help bring in some further investment that can go back into these programs," he said. McAdam also sees an opportunity to educate students from other dis- tricts, though for her, the exchange is more about offering the resources of a well-established music program to students who can't access one. The school's music program includes a history of performances at festivals in Williamsburg, Va., Hershey, Penn. and New York as well as collabora- tions with Providence College, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island. For students interested in pursuing music beyond high school, the CTE certification is an added bonus on top of what students say is an already solid program. Evan Freiberger, a senior who hopes to study contem- porary voice and songwriting at the University of Miami, told The Breeze his passion for the field expanded when he came to North Smithfield High School, sparking a deeper inter- est in something he now hopes to pursue as a career. "It's more than just a hobby or an extracurricular for me. It's what I want to do," he said. BREEZE PHOTOS BY LAUREN CLEM EVAN FREIBERGER, a senior at North Smithfield High School, is currently pursuing a Career and Technical Education certification in music, one of three new CTE programs introduced at NSHS this year designed to offer students real-world experience and college credit. North Smithfield High School chorus director REGINA MCADAM leads students through a breathing exercise during a recent class. According to McAdam, the school's new music CTE program offers an opportunity to recognize students beyond their regular classroom achievements. 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