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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-16-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. The PTA at LaPerche Elementary School presented its annual Variety Show at the school last Friday, providing students with an opportunity to showcase their talents. Fourth- grader COLE CAMBIO performs a guitar solo during the show. See more photos on page 20. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON SMITHFIELD – Valedictorian and salutatorians will be a thing of the past at Smithfield High School as the school is phasing out its class ranking system beginning with the Class of 2023, says Principal Daniel Kelley. As one of the district's strategic plan objectives in the 2017-2018 school year, Kelley presented the proposed changes at the May 6 School Committee meeting. He said the move will allow the school to recognize more students, emphasize growth, and decrease "unhealthy" academic competition by switching to a Latin system, with Cum Laude rankings based on grades, similar to colleges and uni- versities. Also, courses will start being weighted to award students who take challenging courses such as col- lege prep, honors, advanced place- ment (AP) and early enrollment program (EEP) at the high school more credit toward their grade point average. "Everyone agrees those classes are Smithfield High set to discard class ranking By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See RANKING, Page 4 FOSTER – For Town Councilor Heidi Rogers and her husband, state Sen. Gordon Rogers, Foster's deci- sion to become a second amend- ment sanctuary town last Thursday hit close to home. In April of 2018, their son Jesse was shot in his back with a sawed- off shotgun through the rear window of his pick-up truck following a road rage incident. He survived but still has some pieces of the spray in his back. Heidi shared the story during last Thursday's Town Council meet- ing during a public hearing on a proposed resolution to give Foster police officers the right to "exercise sound discretion when enforcing laws impacting the rights of citizens Foster residents say sanctuary town status protects their rights By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze and Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SANCTUARY, Page 12 LaPerche rocks Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MAY 16-22, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville www.drscottri.com Accepting New Patients Smile Makeovers • Teeth Whitening • Porcelain Veneers • Full Porcelain Crowns Call Today!

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