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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-28-2019

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NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 NO. SMITHFIELD / WOONSOCKET 3 NORTH SMITHFIELD – Students at North Smithfield schools can expect changes to their school day next year, though Supt. Michael St. Jean empha- sized many of the adjustments are still under consideration and will not be finalized until later in the year. The biggest change is a proposed adjustment in start times that will push the beginning of the school day back by about 20 to 25 minutes at the middle and high school and five to 10 minutes at North Smithfield Elementary School. The change, said St. Jean, came about in response to numerous studies that show middle and high school students benefit from more sleep and later wake-up times due to changes in their natural sleep patterns as they go through their teen- age years. "It's sort of ironic the way all of our schools are structured are that the kids who need to sleep the longest are the ones who need to get there the earliest," he said. "From a circadian rhythm standpoint, schools actually run in reverse to the students, to the child's needs." The change, he said, will also ben- efit younger students who will spend fewer minutes outside waiting for buses before sunrise under the new start times. The current start time is 7:22 at the middle school and high school and 8:30 at the elementary schools. Buses typically begin picking up students about 45 minutes prior to the start times, mean- ing some middle and high school students currently catch the bus around 6:30 a.m. The change, said St. Jean, was made pos- sible by the scheduled closing of Halliwell Elementary School at the end of the current school year. With only one elementary school to drop students at next year, DATTCO, the busing company that serves North Smithfield public schools, is expected to be able to accommodate a later pickup time for middle and high school students without incurring an additional busing cost for the district. "With the closing of Halliwell, we actually gained some time for the ele- mentary buses," he explained. "Since the elementary buses will no longer be stopping by Halliwell and going on to NSES, we were able to shorten the ride times for students. That gives us some space to work with." St. Jean also said the change would help make for an easier transition for next year's 5th graders (currently 4th graders at Halliwell) who will attend NSMS next year. School end times at all schools would be adjusted by the same number of minutes as start times, and the length of the school day would not change. The start time adjustment, which is still being finalized by district officials, was one of several proposed changes discussed during a meeting of the North Smithfield School Committee on March 19. Committee members also considered a change in class schedules intended to align the sched- ules at the middle and high schools. The change, said St. Jean, will allow the two schools to operate more col- laboratively and share more resources between the two buildings, which are located on the same property at the corner of Providence Pike and Greenville Road. "They were 50 yards apart, but they could have been 50 miles apart," he said about the current schedule. "This alignment will allow the high school and middle school to operate more efficiently. We'll have more of a N.S. schools may change start time By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com ST. JEAN Mount breaks ground on new dormitory WOONSOCKET – Mount Saint Charles Academy will break ground today, Thursday, March 28, on a residence hall to house members of its new Mount Saint Charles Hockey Academy, an elite boarding and day program set to launch during the 2019-2020 sea- son. The dormitory, located between the school's baseball field and main building near Logee Street, will house 70 students in three- bed suites. The $3.5 million, 19,000-square-foot building is scheduled to be completed in late summer and will be the first stu- dent housing on campus since the original student housing was con- verted to new use in 1972, accord- ing to school administrators. The Mount Saint Charles Hockey Academy, announced in 2018, will include several travel- ing teams coached by a mix of alumni, professional coaches and former NHL stars. The cost of the program is $44,975 for domestic boarding students and $26,400 for day students. See SCHOOLS, Page 13 GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika 2011 NISSAN FRONTIER 4x4 2008 TOyOTA RAv 4 Automatic! 108K miles ................ $ 11,519 FWD, Loaded 80K miles ............................ $ 8,495 2011 HyNdAI SONATA, HybRId Loaded 70K miles ............................ $ 9,495

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