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We'd like to thank Laine Whitaker for helping us start the new school year! You can find her presentation here

Posted by Michael Comella  On Sep 05, 2023 at 11:17 AM
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer! Please click here to learn more about the upcoming school year. 
Posted by Michael Comella  On Sep 05, 2023 at 10:39 AM


Chariho Regional School District Updates December 2022
Our Back-to-School Plan required for RIDE is updated quarterly and can be found here. Click here to review COVID 19 Mitigation Strategies required by RIDOH.RIDE will post all school plans on the Back 2 School Rhode Island page.

December 13, 2022- School Committee Meeting- 7:00 pm- Agendas are posted 48 hours prior to the meeting per the Open Meetings Act. Agendas can be found on our Website in our District Calendar, as well as on the Secretary of State’s website.
Chariho Mentoring Program- Charged to Inspire Learners to become Leaders -CHILL

Posted by Eric OBrien  On Dec 05, 2022 at 11:45 AM
Hi everyone, RIDE held their second assessment webinar on Wednesday. Below you will find the follow up email from RIDE. I wanted to also share some information from the webinar: RIDE’s website is currently having technical issues which is inhibiting their ability to upload files, such as webinar recordings and testing manuals. This means that there are no SY 22-23 manuals or recordings available on their test administration site. Please find the RISAP Test Coordinator Guide to Required Training. This document contains all of the required training dates as well as the links to sign up for each training. Please ensure that you and your testing coordinators have signed up for all necessary training in order to be fully trained for the assessments that will be administered at your school. We will be updating all materials in the 2023 State Assessment Folder We will also be updating the Assessment page on the website as well. Nancy will send out that notification as we get more assessment information. Please reach out with any questions. Thanks, Mike
Posted by Nancy Pirnie  On Oct 24, 2022 at 8:29 AM

The deadline for submitting a grant to Community 2000 has been pushed back to November 1st, 2022. Please see their grants page for more information.

Both Katie and I are available if anyone would like support with the application or process, or would like to discuss ideas for their classroom or school. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.


Posted by Michael Comella  On Oct 16, 2022 at 5:46 AM

AIM Pathway Science of Reading Proficiency Training:

Thank you to everyone for your participation and engagement in the science of reading proficiency training!  We are off to great start. Thank you also for your feedback as we continue to move through this process. I wanted to share some information prior to the upcoming virtual community of practice:

  • Our first Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) takes place during the early release time on Thursday, September 22. The district is organized into four cohorts in the following way:
    • Cohort 1: Charlestown
    • Cohort 2: Richmond
    • Cohort 3: Ashaway & Hope Valley
    • Cohort 4: Middle & High School
  • You can find the zoom link to your cohort by logging on to the AIM dashboard, then:
    • Participants log into the platform
    • Click 'my courses'
    • Click the pathways to proficient reading tile.
    • Then, they scroll down to VCoP #1 and click 'view'. The zoom link is next to 'location'.
    • Please remember to upload your prework for the VCoP #1:
  • The directions for uploading file submissions are in a separate tile from the 'my courses' screen.
  • Go to My courses
  • Click the 'file submissions' course
  • Click 'start' next to VCoP 1, then read and follow the directions to complete the assignment. 
  • You can find the pacing guide for the year here
  • Some teachers have found it helpful to work on the lessons together to be able to discuss and debrief what they have learned
  • Some teachers have also found it helpful to download and print the lessons as a PDF. This may be more helpful than reading the content online, depending on how you learn best.

Please reach out directly to me ([email protected] ) if you have any questions about the platform.

Posted by Michael Comella  On Sep 26, 2022 at 8:31 AM

August 22, 2022

Dear Chariho Faculty and Staff,

I hope everyone had a restful summer, took some time to reflect and recharge, and is looking forward to returning to school! This past school year saw the successful implementation of two new curriculum resources in math and ELA, revisions to several curricula, embedded professional development, and one-to-one teacher coaching. As a result, we had a very successful first-year implementation that also yielded strong student results. This could not have been done without your dedication to ensuring that the implementation was done with both fidelity and integrity.  

This upcoming school year gives us an opportunity to collaborate and grow together in several ways. This year we will have opportunities to increase our knowledge and skill as we launch the proficiency training in the science of reading. This two-year professional development will allow our elementary teachers, special educators, and reading specialists the opportunity to learn about the research behind the science of reading and become active participants in implementing this learning in the classroom. In mathematics, we will also continue our collaboration with RIDE in bringing embedded professional development using the i-Ready program and begin our high school math implementation with our new curriculum resource. Science teachers will continue the work with interim assessments, and we will begin curriculum revisions in social studies. 

Social-Emotional Student Support

The district has contracted with Educational School Solutions to provide two clinicians, one at the middle and one at the high school to provide additional support to students and professional development to staff. The clinicians will play a pivotal role in supplementing the supports that are already in place for students. Elementary schools will continue to access and utilize Dr. Pat Meinhold's services for student and classroom support.

Parent/Family Communication

All teachers and staff are required to use their district-issued email accounts to communicate with students and parents/guardians. For the safety of all, staff may not use their personal emails, cell phone numbers, or any apps to communicate with students and families. Please follow up with your principals if you have any questions.

Curriculum implementation

As mentioned above, we successfully rolled out our new curriculum resources in math and ELA. We will roll out our high school math curriculum resource (Reveal Math) at the start of this school year. This implementation will complete the district-wide K-12 resource implementation for mathematics. We will also continue to build on the success of our year one implementation of our K-12 ELA  curriculum resources, maintaining a focus on implementing the resources with integrity. Research indicates that using high-quality curriculum resources can have huge gains on student achievement. Strong and skilled implementation of our curriculum materials has positively impacted student achievement. We look forward to continuing this momentum with embedded coaching and support in math and literacy. 

Science of Reading Training

On June 23rd, 2022, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation that modified the Right to Read Act. As a result, the training for teachers who need to meet the requirements for proficiency will complete the training over the next two years. You can find the Science of Reading PD Calendar here. We will confirm dates for the SY 23-24 in the Spring of 2023. This change will still allow teachers to meet proficiency requirements within an acceptable timeframe while learning about the most recent research and evidence around the science of reading. We will begin this training on August 31st with an orientation and pre-assessment. More information will follow as we get closer to our start date. We will also utilize our professional development and early release days for this professional learning. 

 Due to some accessibility issues that happened this year on PD days with Bridge-RI and the additional time needed to complete some of the course work with each module, teachers can continue to complete the modules for Awareness Training during the 2022-2023 school year. Please update your module completion here

 District Math Coaches

We are happy to introduce Kristina Sparfven and Eric Mulvey as our district math coaches for the upcoming school year. Kristina will work at the middle school, and Eric will coach across the elementary schools. Many of you know Kristina and Eric as district math specialists. They will continue the training and embedded coaching that many K-8 teachers received during year one of the i-Ready implementation. The purpose of coaching is to support the implementation of the math curriculum resource as well as to provide strategies to help teachers meet the needs of all students. 

District Literacy Initiative

We are happy to have Kerry Pastore return in her role as ELA Fellow for the district. Kerry will continue to provide coaching as she has this past school year and lead the work of our reading specialists, who have collaborated to create a literacy assessment plan that will be rolled out in each school on August 31st. 

Chariho Literacy Workspace

The Chariho Literacy Workspace has been updated to include our ELA K - 12 curriculum documents, assessments, the science of reading resources, updates to the elementary report card, and professional development. You can find all important information related to ELA on this site, which will be updated throughout the year. We will also be updating the math workspace this year as well.

Assessment Calendar

You can find the 22-23 assessment calendar here

Important Dates: 

  • New Teacher Orientation: Thursday, August 25th, 2022; 8 - 3:00 pm in the CMS Library
  • Convocation: Tuesday, August 30th, 2022; 8:00 am in the CMS Auditorium
  • Professional Development Day: Wednesday, August 31st, 2022, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at your schools. Your principals will share the agenda for that day with you
  • Upcoming PD Days
    • September 13th, 2022
    • November 8th, 2022
    • December 5th, 2022 (Asynchronous day for students)
  • Early Release Days (All dates fall on a Thursday)
    • September 22, 2022
    • October 20, 2022
    • November 17, 2022
    • December 15th, 2022
    • January 12th, 2023
    • February 9th, 2023
    • March 23rd, 2023
    • May 18th, 2023
Posted by Michael Comella  On Sep 07, 2022 at 11:17 AM
RIDE Test Coordinators memo 2.11.22.pdf
Posted by Nancy Pirnie  On Mar 08, 2022 at 9:56 AM
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_1053386/File/Assessment News/RI State Assessment 2.8.22.pdf
Posted by Nancy Pirnie  On Feb 08, 2022 at 8:24 AM
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_1053386/File/Assessment News/RI State Assessment Update - January 25, 2022.pdf
Posted by Nancy Pirnie  On Jan 25, 2022 at 1:50 PM
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