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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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2 SMITHFIELD OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 | BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER In an article about Camp Bow Wow in last week's edition, The Valley Breeze & Observer incor- rectly state that David Punchak, the owner of My Lucky Dog Daycare, is the owner of Camp Bow Wow. Smithfield Lodge of Elks honors veterans Sunday SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Lodge of Elks, 326 Farnum Pike, will honor veterans from the Rhode Island Veterans' Home in Bristol, on Sunday, Nov. 3, at noon. The Elks are also inviting vet- erans who reside in local nursing homes to attend this event. This year's program will include entertainment performed by the 88th Army Band. The guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Callahan, adjutant general of the state of Rhode Island. The lodge chef will prepare a stuffed turkey dinner to be served to the veterans and guests. Members of the community are also invited to this event. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by contacting the Smithfield Elks Lodge at 401-231-9820, ext. 5. SMITHFIELD – Supt. Judy Paolucci said Smithfield students "not surprisingly" have shown improve- ment in English language arts and math scores on the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System tests this year. Based on the average scaled score on each test, Smithfield district schools landed among the top 10 schools in Rhode Island for ELA. Smithfield tied for eighth place with South Kingstown and North Kingstown with a score of 504, up four points from last year. Barrington was the top achiever for ELA in the state this year, with a score of 512, or 72.94 percent of stu- dents meeting or exceeding expecta- tions. In the second year participating in the test, 57.81 percent of Smithfield students are meeting and exceeding expectations in ELA in the 2018-2019 school year. Last year, Smithfield scored 45.76 percent meeting or exceeding expectations in ELA. Gallagher Middle School scored the greatest increase in ELA scores across the district, improving from 41 percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations in 2018 to 54 percent this year. "We have placed a significant effort over the past two years to improve writing instruction and are finding these efforts are paying off," Paolucci said. Some schools took a small step back from last year. In the 2017-2018 RICAS results, LaPerche Elementary School was third in the state for ELA testing, with 77.91 percent of stu- dents meeting or exceeding expecta- tions. This year, LaPerche dropped to 75.81 percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations. Old County Road Elementary School showed a significant decline in ELA, from 50 percent to 38 per- cent, meeting or exceeding expecta- tions. OCRS's score remained the same at 21 percent in math. Paolucci said comparing state results within the district or with other districts will do little to reveal how the district can boost the perfor- mance of students. Analysis will help staff be better able to identify spe- cific weaknesses and strengths and make associated curriculum adjust- ments, she said. Paolucci warned that results should not be over-interpreted, as natural variations sometimes skew per- formance measures. She said that Smithfield remains at the top of the state for ELA and math. In math, Smithfield tied for 10th in the state with Scituate with a score of 496, scoring two points higher than last year. This year, 40.79 percent of Smithfield students are meeting or exceeding expectations in math, a jump from last year when 31.14 per- cent met or exceeded expectations. Paolucci said there were instruc- tional improvements in math, which included curriculum revision. Students also received new instruc- tional materials at the middle school. Anna McCabe Elementary School saw the biggest gain in math, improving from 36 percent meeting or exceeding expectations in 2018 to 42 percent in 2019. William Winsor Elementary School results showed consistent growth in both ELA and math, jumping from 60 percent to 67 percent in math and 36 percent to 40 percent in ELA. Paolucci said the district is not sole- ly interested in test scores to measure student performance. "We also care deeply about our students' social-emotional learning and happiness and will continue to apply effort in those areas as well," she said. Smithfield improves on RICAS scores By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com CORRECTION Bookworms group meets Nov. 14 SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Bookworms Book Group on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m. Children in grades 2 and 3 (and their parents/caregivers) are invited to join this book group. The group will meet each month, talk about the book that was read, enjoy a snack, and make a small craft to take home. Registration is required. Space is lim- ited to 10 participants. For more information, call 401-231- 5150, ext. 3. Hope Historical Society meets Nov. 9 SCITUATE – The Hope Historical Society will meet on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., in the Howland Barn on Ryefield Road, Hope. Anthropologist Joseph Lyon Wum will be the guest speaker. Residents of connecting communi- ties are invited to attend this meet- ing. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the program. 401-766-7583 RI 508-883-2980 MA Family Owned Since 1955 Call now to take advantage of our Roll-Off Special 15 yd. Roll Off Container with 2 ton weight limit Only $360 For home clean-outs ONLY • No demo or construction 10/3/19 through 12/31/19 Do you like to read The Valley Breeze & Observer? Then please shop with our advertisers, and tell them 'I saw it in The Observer!'

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