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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-06-2019

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4 IN OUR SCHOOLS NOVEMBER 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION lar demographics to that city but has higher scores in state testing. "I'd like to reach out to Pawtucket to see what they're doing, what types of things they have in place," he said. Woonsocket school board members then discussed why Pawtucket might be doing better than all other urban districts, speculating that it might have something to do with that city gearing its curriculum toward the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System tests. Pawtucket is toward the bottom of the list on statewide RICAS results, but is ahead of the three urban core communities of Providence, Central Falls and Woonsocket. It is somewhat behind urban core district Newport in math and English language arts. In ELA, 24.33 percent of Pawtucket students met and exceed- ed expectations, compared to 17.22 percent in Providence, 14.1 percent in Woonsocket, and 12.62 percent in Central Falls. That was up four percentage points on last year's profi- ciency rate of 20 percent. A total of 17.77 percent of Pawtucket students in grades 3-8 met and exceeded expectations on the math part of the test, compared to 11.92 percent in Providence, 11.87 percent in Woonsocket, and 7.9 per- cent in Central Falls. Last year, 17 percent of Pawtucket students scored proficiently in math. Those compared to 38 proficiency on ELA and 30 percent math profi- ciency statewide. Pawtucket officials are not reveling in these results, saying there's still much more work to be done, but interim Supt. Cheryl McWilliams notes that there are a number of "pockets of encouraging growth" within the district that staff expect will lead to greater proficiency rates this year and beyond. "This is unquestionably difficult but necessary work. We can and we must do better for our students," she said. "Fortunately, here in Pawtucket our School Committee, school adminis- tration, teacher union leadership, and the mayor are all working collabora- tively to implement policies and pro- grams that will increase achievement for all of our students." School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau said Pawtucket school officials and staff are pleased with their progress, but far from satisfied. "It's nice to hear other urban com- munities are looking to model what we are doing in Pawtucket," he said. "I want to be very clear that no one here is satisfied with our results, nor is it our goal to be the best urban district. We are committed to being the best district period ... in every school for every student." Here are the individual school pro- ficiency results: • Varieur Elementary – scored 48 percent in ELA, 32 percent in math, outperforming the state aver- ages on both. • Curtis Elementary – 31 per- cent in ELA, 41 percent in math. • Greene Elementary – 28 per- cent in ELA, 32 percent in math. • Potter-Burns Elementary – 31 percent in ELA, 27 percent in math. • Winters Elementary – 31 per- cent in ELA, 23 percent in math. • Fallon Elementary – 32 per- cent in ELA, 22 percent in math. • Agnes Little Elementary – 28 percent in ELA, 24 percent in math. • Baldwin Elementary – 26 per- cent in ELA, 18.75 percent in math. • Curvin-McCabe Elementary – 25 percent in ELA, 18 percent in math. • Cunningham Elementary – 19 percent in ELA, 23 percent in math. • Goff Middle School – 36 per- cent in ELA, 17 percent in math. This school showed significant growth over last year and may now be able to come out from under the state's oversight. • Jenks Middle School – 11 per- cent in ELA, 9 percent in math. • Slater Middle School – 10 percent in ELA, 6 percent in math. Several schools, including Curtis, Cunningham, Fallon and Goff, are showing an increase in math growth scores. "We understand there is much work to be done to dramatically increase proficiency rates for all of our students," said McWilliams. Growth scores are essentially pre- dictor trends, she said, and several of them within the district show that local students will likely be achieving higher and higher scores. "Looking at data, looking at achievement, obviously we want all of our kids to be 100 percent achiev- ers," she said. Teams of administrators are meet- ing this week to break down trends and other information for various subgroups, including multi-lingual students and "differently-abled" stu- dents. They'll work to identify which aspects of the standards were missed by various students so staff can address those cases specifically. Charbonneau said Pawtucket's academic turnaround started under former Supt. Patti DiCenso and her belief that all city students would achieve excellence. "We have taken a multi-pronged approach from facilities conditions, to a 5-star pre-K program, to partner- ing with our teachers' union to devel- op community schools," he said. "In addition, the committee authorized a $1 million investment in the American Reading Company reading program, and we have added social/ emotional support in our buildings. We are focusing on a collaborative approach where all stakeholders feel part of the process." McWilliams has her team analyz- ing the most recent scores and is now RICAS From Page One See RESULTS, Page 16 ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Director of Sales Jack Birolini at 401-334- 9555, ext. 141 or email: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. NEWS BRIEFS AND CALENDAR EVENTS Let others know about events sponsored by your non-profit organization, church or school. • Deadline: Entertainment news is Friday at noon. All other news is Monday 3 p.m. • Submit: We prefer receiving news via e-mail. Send yours to You may also fax or mail your item. 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News aggregators that solicit advertising may not link Public Meeting Notice e Housing Authority of the City of Pawtucket's Five Year and Annual Plan beginning April 2020 and Five-Year Plan Beginning April 2020-2024 is now available for Public Review and Comment. e Plan is available at the Authority's following offices: Administrative Office, 214 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI Galego Court Development Office, 483 Weeden Street, Pawtucket, RI Kennedy Manor Development Office, 175 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI St. Germain Manor Development Office, 401 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, RI Burns Manor Development Office, 95 Park Street, Pawtucket, RI e Public Meeting to review comments and changes will be held on Monday, De- cember 16, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Community Room at Kennedy Manor, which is located at 175 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI. Comments are due to the Authority by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the above address to the attention of Mrs. Paula McFarland, Executive Director. If there are any questions on the Five-Year Plan, please call (401) 721-6012. 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE! INVITATION TO BID The Woonsocket Housing Authority, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from Contractors for completing Re-construction of Fire-Damaged Apartments #26 & 62 at the Veterans Memorial housing development, RI 3-2; in accordance with the documents prepared by William Starck Architects, Inc., 126 Cove Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. The work generally includes, but is not limited to the following: New finishes, doors, windows, cabinets, plumbing, plumbing fixtures, electrical panel, re-wiring of apartments, receptacles, switches, etc. Bids are subject to Equal Employment Opportunities, bonding requirements and other bidding and contract requirements as set forth in the construction documents. Bids will be received until 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at the Woonsock- et Housing Authority, 679 Social Street, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Deposit that is not less than five percent (5%) of the bid amount and made payable to the Woonsocket Housing Authority. Bid Forms and Bid Documents will be available for pick-up, in PDF format on compact disc (CD) beginning Monday, November, 11, 2019 at the office of the Architect, William Starck Architects, Inc., 126 Cove Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, 02720, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A deposit for Bidding Documents is required in the form of certified or cashier's check in the amount of Forty Dollars ($40.00) per CD, payable to the Woonsocket Housing Authority. This deposit will be refunded upon return of the CD in good condition within ten (10) days of the bid opening. Otherwise, the deposit shall become the property of the Woonsocket Housing Authority. Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for Thirty Five Dollars ($35.00) per set, payable to William Starck Architects, Inc., to cover mailing and handling costs. If mailed, bids shall be sent to the Woonsocket Housing Authority, 679 Social Street, Woon- socket, Rhode Island, 02895 and received no later than the date and time specified above. A Pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the project site, 2 Bourdon Boulevard, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 02895. Meet at the Administration/ Maintenance building. Bids are subject to prevailing wage rates as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The Woonsocket Housing Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities in the bidding if it be in the public interest to do so. WOONSOCKET HOUSING AUTHORITY Robert R. Moreau, Executive Director AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

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