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The North Providence Breeze 5-1-13

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MAY 1-7, 2013 A Valley Breeze Newspaper FREE Breeze The north providence NP takes on Broadway Let's hear it for Health! NPHS Drama Club presents 'A Broadway Cabaret.' PAGE 9 Stephen Olney Elementary School celebrates health and wellness. PAGE 8 @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers No recycling in schools? A solemn tribute That will soon change, promises Supt. Melinda Smith By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com Breeze photo by Elise Manahan A solemn ceremony was held last Friday in front of the North Providence Town Hall to raise the Armenian flag in memory of the genocide that happened on April 24, 1915 when the Turkish Ottoman government attempted to eliminate all Armenian citizens. The ceremony ended by recognizing an outstanding member of the Armenian community in North Providence. This year the honor was bestowed upon Archie Markarian who spoke about the impact the genocide had on his parents and grandparents. Longer classes proposed for new middle school schedules By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer meghan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Middle school students in town have not been receiving the 330 minutes of instructional time required by the state, the assistant superintendent told the School Committee last week. Asst. Supt. Lisa Jacques said that with no time currently allotted to pass between classes, several minutes each period currently counted toward the basic education plan's required instructional time have actually been spent with students walking through the halls. Inadequate class time is just one of the reasons school administrators have proSee SCHEDULES, Page 7 Awarded as Smithfield's #1 Hearing Practice ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Think it's generally safe to assume that just about everyone these days is at least making a show of recycling? In North Providence schools, where recycling bins were once common, the only containers you'll find nowadays are trash bins, as the more environmentally-conscious mode of disposal has fallen by the wayside. North Providence School Supt. Melinda Smith told The Breeze this week that staff and students are in the process of getting back on the recycling wagon. She's planning to have an active recycling program back up and running at all town schools by the start of the 2013-2014 school year. "This is something that's near and dear to my heart," said Smith, adding that she was part of a very "vibrant" recycling effort in Lincoln public schools, where she was previously the director of curriculum, instruction and professional development. The recycling initiative is starting as a student-directSmith ed pilot program at Ricci Middle School, where Principal Lucille Delasanta will help guide students and staff, according to the superintendent. "What we're hoping is to take the structure that she puts in place at Ricci and use that same structure at the elementary schools and other middle school," said Smith. North Providence High School already has a recycling program run by students in the National Honor Society, she added. Smith said she has always been a good recycler at home, and wants to help instill that same habit for the students in her care. She said there was a recycling program here in the past, but over the years it has See RECYCLING, Page 7

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