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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | BREEZE & OBSERVER | OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 NORTH COUNTY 7 Meals on Wheels 50th anniversary Gala PROVIDENCE – Meals on Wheels of R.I. will host Festival of Meals – A Tasting Gala to celebrate 50 years of service to homebound seniors on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m., at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, 172 Exchange St. Featuring a "Top Dish" culinary competition, celebrity judges, a VIP cocktail recep- tion, silent and live auctions and more, the event will also raise funds to continue and expand the organi- zation's work to help homebound Rhode Islanders remain happy, healthy and safe in their own homes. The event will be emceed by WPRI's Ted Nesi and Kim Kalunian. Supported in part by presenting sponsors Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Festival of Meals is a tasting gala with a culi- nary twist. Eighteen of Rhode Island's restaurants and eateries – including Capital Grille, Chapel Grille, Galilee Beach Club, Savory Fare, Revival Brewing's Tasty Room and Xaco Taco – will vie for a "Top Dish" award and for People's Choice awards. Guests will sample up to two entries per restaurant while they enjoy music, mingling and a silent auction. A live auction will close out the evening. Event tickets are $125 per person for VIP and $75 per person for the main event. More information and tickets are available at www.rimeals. org/festivalofmeals . SCITUATE – In state ranking on Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System, the Scituate School District leaped from the back of the pack and into the top 10 this year for both English language arts and mathematics. In the 2017-2018 RICAS testing, Scituate ranked 29 in ELA, and 21 in math. Scituate students in grades 3-8 went through the 2018-2019 round of testing and showed increases in both subjects, and Scituate jumped to the number 10 spot this year. "I'm encouraged by the increase," said Supt. Carol Blanchette. "We're going to do even better next year," Blanchette said. Blanchette said the district is ener- gized by the increases and believes the students were better prepared and familiar with the tests this year. She said having background knowledge helped increase scores as well. "It was the second year. We had a whole different feeling looking at it a second time," Blanchette said. "Teachers had a chance to see the test and see the formatting, so there was a level of comfort there," she said, adding it was the second time students saw the test as well. Scituate increased in both English and math on average scale score this year. Last year, Scituate received a 493 in both subjects. This year, the district earned 496 in math and 502 in ELA. The percentage of students meet- ing or exceeding expectations in ELA and math increased in Scituate schools, as well. Last year, 38.55 stu- dents met or exceeded expectations in ELA and 32.32 in math. This year's results showed 54.43 percent of students met or exceeded expectations in ELA, and 40 percent did the same in math. "We've got a lot of work to do still, but we're on the right road," Blanchette said. Blanchette said there are nuances in the scores between schools that reveal that the aggregate doesn't show the whole picture. At Scituate Middle School, ELA scores went up almost 26 percent, she said, and increased 7.3 percent in math. At Clayville Elementary School, more kids exceeded expectations than ever before, Blanchette said. In math, percentages of students exceeding expectations rose from 48.48 last year to 59.70 this year. In ELA, percent- ages rose from 57.58 to 64.18. "We're encouraged by that as well," Blanchette said. She said many variables go into test- ing scores, and said it is hard to tell what worked with students. She said the Scituate leadership team is going over results and following any leads. She said the leadership team is delivering the message that students did well last year, and are doing bet- ter this year. "We want to see kids be successful," Blanchette said. Blanchette said the "exemplary" curriculum is in place at all the schools, and the school remains focused on curriculum. Foster-Glocester school district did well again this year, with Glocester Elementary School leading the pack. Glocester school district performed well on the RICAS testing again this year, dropping one place to fifth in the state for ELA and jumping up two spots to fourth for math, based on average scale score. The percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations increased in Glocester as well, with 55.36 per- cent in math from 50.17 and 64.06 in ELA from 59.86. Foster continues to fall in the lower tier of ranking, despite increases in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations. Last year, 22.97 percent met math expectations, while 31.58 percent did this year. In ELA, 44.03 percent exceeded expec- tations this year from 32.89 last year. Combined, Foster-Glocester at Ponaganset Middle School, serving grades 6-8, tested in the middle of both districts. The percentage of stu- dents meeting or exceeding expecta- tions in ELA nearly doubled this year from last from 36.51 to 53.53 percent while math scores remained about the same. Foster-Glocester Supt. Michael Barnes could not be reached for com- ment. Scituate jumps ranks in RICAS testing By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer Apply for grant to encourage census participation Local organizations can apply for $25,000 grants to encourage residents to participate in the U.S. Census. These grants target hard-to-count tracts such as Woonsocket's Hamlet, Globe, Social and down- town districts, Lincoln's Albion and Manville districts, and Pawtucket's Darlington, Woodlawn, downtown and Quality Hill districts, as well as hard-to-count populations such as low-income households, households with young children and households of color. A total of $425,000 is available to local non- profits, municipal governments, libraries, schools, houses of worship, and community-based groups. Thanks to donors, the Rhode Island Census 2020 Fund is offering local organizations grants of up to $25,000 to conduct outreach and educa- tion that will encourage participation in the 2020 Census. Applicants should plan to focus specific attention on increasing U.S. Census response rates in communities that have been historically under- counted and are vulnerable to an undercount in 2020. Donors to the fund include local philanthro- pist Bhikhaji Maneckji, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, the Nellie Mae Foundation, the Service Employees International Union 1199 New England, the Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island. The R.I. Foundation will administer the initiative, working in partner- ship with the Rhode Island Complete Count Committee, created late last year through execu- tive order of Gov. Gina Raimondo. "These Census outreach grants are a way to build a grassroots effort to help us achieve our goal of getting every Rhode Islander counted," said co- chairwoman of the Complete Count Committee and Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott. "Rhode Island cannot afford an undercount in the 2020 Census. This is a once-in-a-decade oppor- tunity to learn more about the communi- ties we serve, ensure fair representation and much-needed federal funding allocations to our state, and to encour- age civic participation," said Jessica David, executive vice president of strategy and commu- nity investments at the R.I. Foundation. "We're grateful to the fund- ing partners who have stepped up to assist with this effort and to the many local groups who will do the on- the-ground organizing around Census 2020." Application deadlines are Nov. 25 and Jan. 31. Visit censusgrants for more. East Smithfield Public Library will host Used Book Sale SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Used Book Sale this week- end. The sale begins Thursday, Nov. 7, with a "Friends Only Preview" (you can join at the door), from 4 to 6 p.m. The general public may enter from 6 to 7 p.m. The sale will continue on Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., books will be $3 per supplied bag. Call 401-231-5150 for more information. SMITHFIELD NEWS Hosted by Jean M. Fecteau, CMC, Town Clerk Glocester Town Council: George O. (Buster) Steere, President, Walter M.O. Steere III, Vice President, William Reichert; Patricia Henry & Julian (Jay) Forgue TOWN OF GLOCESTER VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION A celebration to honor America's Veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Please join us on November 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Glocester Senior Center, 1210 Putnam Pike 417 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI 02814 (401) 349-5512 OPEN 7 DAYS AT NOON Friday NOV 1 ST INSIDE OUT 8 p.m.-12 a.m. ThurSdayS LADIES NIGHT DRINK SPECIALS ACCOUSTIC MUSIC with PAUL JUNEAU WedneSdayS OPEN MIC with Chris "The Solar Man" from Back Rhodes 1/2 Priced aPPeTizerS Monday & TueSday 8 p.m.-10 p.m. SaTurday NOV 2 nd COOKED OUT 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday NOV 3 rd NOLAN LEITE EXPERIENCE 3-7 p.m.

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