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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-25-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2019 SMITHFIELD 3 vices and a possible limited theatrical release. "The Wrong Todd," appeared at the Phoenix Film Festival in Arizona, the Cinequest Film Festival in California, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. He said he is fleshing out new ideas for his next film, which Schulbaum said will still focus on relationships, with a sci-fi twist. Tickets for the May 18 showing of "The Wrong Todd" are $10 at the door, or available online. SENE film festival attendees can purchase a pass for access to all the films for $25 as well. Visit, or for more infor- mation. From preceding page SMITHFIELD – A month after the second pair of JASON Argonauts returned to Gallagher Middle School from a science-driven expedition, this time to the University of Nevada in Reno, the School Committee request- ed help from local businesses to help keep the curriculum at the school. Gallagher science teacher Lisa Carter and 8th-grader Lilly Ford studied caterpillars and conducted experiments on the impacts of global warming on insects during the week-long trip hosted by JASON Learning, a nonprofit that provides online and in-class K-12 STEM cur- ricula. The School Department pays $30,000 for the annual excursions and use of the online educational platform and textbooks. Due to budget cuts this year fol- lowing a $1.4 million decrease in state funding, the JASON Learning excursion experience will be cut, Supt. Judy Paolucci said. Without the excursion, the depart- ment will pay $5,400 for online ser- vices and textbooks. "There are a lot of online pieces to it. You can think of it as an electron- ic textbook, but it's a lot more than a textbook," Paolucci said. JASON Learning provides profes- sional development, sends teachers to a national educators conference, provides the educational excursion and more, Paolucci said. She said the department is looking for savings in the budget to bring the Argonaut program back next year. Ford thanked the School Committee for the opportunity to travel and study in a "real science laboratory." When the pair returned, Gallagher held a monthly "Wolf Pack" assembly with the Gallagher student body. "We got asked questions from the students and answered them to the whole school. So, everyone was exposed to it," Ford said. School Committee Chairwoman Rose Marie Cipriano said the JASON Learning experience for the student, teacher and student body was "in itself worth the money." She said she is delighted with the experi- ence and hopes the department can find a way to bring it back next year. "If anyone knows of any busi- ness that can help with the budget cuts we're compelled to deal with, please contact the superintendent," Cipriano said. Carter said since she returned, students showed an interest in the excursion program and asked her how to apply to next year's Argonaut program. "We're going to make it happen," Paolucci said. Gallagher science teacher Jane Ramos, who traveled to the Amazon with 8th-grader Abigail Marsella in 2018 through the program, said the trip to the Amazon was the "trip of a lifetime." While cuts are being made in the JASON curriculum, Gallagher is piloting the JASON family app in school this week. The app connects parents with students' science projects and assign- ments in school throughout the day so parents may reinforce learning at home. "I hope our relationship with JASON continues," Ramos said. Later in the evening, the School Committee gave the Gallagher Science Olympiad $3,500 to fund a trip to the Science Olympiad Nationals in Ithaca, N.Y., after win- ning the state championship for the third year in a row. Dawen Chang, an 8th-grader who competed in the Olympiad the last three years, said the primary pur- pose of the Olympiad is to teach every child from 8,000 teams across America about science and engineer- ing. "The main point is to inspire and I think it's doing a great job at Gallagher Middle School," Chang said. Gallagher Principal Laurie Beauvais said on top of the $5,900 bus trip to Ithaca, the per-pupil cost for lodging and food is approxi- mately $265, which Beauvais esti- mated will cost between $15,000 and $18,000. She said after last year's fundrais- ing efforts, the Town Council fulfilled the remaining balance of $4,502.74 to pay for the team's trip to nationals in Colorado last year. School Committee asks for help continuing Argonaut program By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Earth Day Cleanup set for Saturday SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Department of Public Works and the Conservation Commission will present an Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign in at the concession pavil- ion at Deerfield Park. Supplies will be distributed and cleanup locations throughout the town will be assigned. Groups, com- munity organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, email recy- or call 401-233- 1034, ext. 105. Excel Part II offered Monday SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer Excel Part II on Monday, April 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This class is for those with a basic knowledge of Excel wanting to learn more. Learn about sorting data, using forms, helpful functions, and other worksheet skills. Prerequisite knowl- edge of Excel Basics is recommended. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 401-231-5150.

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