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The North Providence Breeze 01-08-2020

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 8-14, 2020 NORTH PROVIDENCE 5 the disturbed parkland restored, and a fence and/or screen plantings installed before construction work restarts. Asked if he thinks the town could be sued if officials halt construction of the home permanently, Lombardi said not at all, adding that Sa should be suing Giuliano. The mayor said that if he had inti- mate knowledge of what was going on as it happened, he would have had the town take ownership of the lots in question and add them to the park space. He said if the house is built, he will not be allowing the homeowner to use the park space behind it as their yard, meaning the fenced-in yard will only be 10 feet deep. From preceding page NORTH PROVIDENCE – The New Year brought a string of retire- ment announcements to the North Providence School Department. Three school district employees announced their intention to retire, including longtime Ricci Middle School Assistant Principal Susan Bennett. Bennett submitted her retirement request in December, but plans to stay on until Dec. 31 of this year. She came to Ricci in 2016 after serving as a business teacher at North Providence High School and interim principal at Whelan Elementary School after she was hired in the dis- trict in 1988. Donna DeCurtis, a 5th-grade teach- er at Greystone Elementary School for nearl 40 years, also submitted a request to retire, effective at the end of the school year. In addition, the retirement of McGuire Elementary School 1st- grade teacher Camellia Martins was accepted. Supt. Joseph Goho called all three retirements "tremendous losses" to the North Providence school system, and wished the educators luck in their retirement. Officials examine curriculum A continued priority for North Providence school officials this year will be implementing changes to the district's curriculum to improve stu- dent performance in statewide stan- dardized testing. Assistant Supt. Louise Seitsinger has been working on a Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) test action plan in order to reduce achievement gaps and improve outcomes. Rhode Island students first took the RICAS in 2018. In English that year, only 29.5 per- cent of North Providence students met and exceeded expectations for their grade level, compared to 20 percent in math. This past year, 42.09 students met and exceeded expectations in English, and 27.5 percent did so in math. In an effort to continue to improve scores and reduce achievement gaps, the district has been working with retired Supt. Paul Ash of Lexington, Mass. Seitsinger said Ash has given North Providence "great feedback on really diving into specific subgroups and stu- dent engagement." Officials plan to follow up with Ash later this month to present their action plan, which will be drafted with help from the district's special education director and English language learners coordinator. Goho said the work with Ash has been valuable, noting that Ash found success in Massachusetts with closing achievement gaps for various sub- groups. Rhode Island's exam is modeled after the Massachusetts test. Goho said Ash has encouraged North Providence officials to think about how to measure the success of their action plan, "and really hold var- ious aspects of the school community accountable for tangible action." Ongoing work in the curriculum office also includes professional devel- opment in math through "math book talks" focusing on evidence-based strategies for teaching math to strug- gling learners, meeting with ELA con- tent professionals at the middle school level, working with the Rhode Island Writing Project, and piloting two new science programs. "That conference room in 2240 Mineral Spring has been very busy with curriculum committees in English, math and science," Goho said. "We're doing a lot of work to revise our scope and sequence and to ensure that material is covered so our students do succeed on state assess- ments." New year brings new retirements, curriculum updates to improve scores By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer GOHO THE BIRTHDAY CLUB Here is an addition to our January Birthday Club: JAN. 20 Happy 100th Birthday, Thaddeus "Teddy" Piekos! Dad has fond memories of his Woonsocket begin- nings! Love, daughter Paula do you know? You can place a Classified Ad anytime at Click on 'Classifieds' Take the next big step in joint replacement. Step 1: Get a joint replacement procedure. Step 2: Go home the same day. Introducing same-day joint replacement procedures that help patients recover from the comfort of home with no overnight hospital stay, thanks to the partnership between Ortho Rhode Island's first-class orthopedic surgeons and state-of-the-art technology at the South County Health Orthopedics Center. Learn more at or call for an appointment: 401.777.7000 Partners in Orthopedic Innovation +

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