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Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Public Interaction (Updated as of 2/11/21)

Dear Chariho Families,

We are now preparing for Trimester 3 and Quarter 4. It is hard to believe it is already March! At this time, we will be requesting that our Middle school, High school, and Elementary school families determine if they would like to change their learning scenario for the fourth quarter/third trimester. Action is only needed if you want to make changes to your current learning scenario. If you choose to make a change, either from distance learning to in-person learning or in-person learning to distance learning, you must complete the registration link for each child, using their designated school google form linked below, no later than March 8th by noon for elementary school students and March 9th by noon for middle school and high school students. Based on the new registrations for in-person learning we will need to determine if we can remain in a full 5 day a week open scenario or make a shift to our plan for grades 6-12. As you know we have guidance from DOH as it relates to spacing in classrooms and our transportation is limited due to the bus guidelines. If you requested transportation but have the ability to drive your child/children we ask that you do so in order to free up space for families who need the bus every day. Our goal would be to determine the plan for grades 6-12 for quarter 4, no later than April 1st to allow middle school and high school families to plan accordingly. Grades PK- 5 per RIDE will be prioritized to remain full in person every day.

Please note that if your child is registered for in-person learning the only time they should be accessing distance learning is if they have symptoms, are in quarantine/isolation, their class/district/school is placed on distance learning per the district/school administration or the child was registered for DL as their learning scenario.
Ashaway Registration Link
Richmond Registration Link
Charlestown Registration Link
Hope Valley Registration Link
CMS Registration Link
CHS/CTECH Registration Link 

Upcoming Meetings

March 2- Annual Budget Hearing- 7:30 pm -You will need to register using this link, answer the required questions (ensuring it matches your voter registration information) and be a registered voter in Hopkinton, Charlestown or Richmond to be counted towards the quorum. The Chariho Act states we will need 25 residents from each town to attend. The Board of Canvassers will be reviewing all information to confirm the quorum.


March 3- Anti-Racism Task Force- 7 pm- Use this link to register to attend the meeting. Agendas are posted 48 hours prior to the meeting per the Open Meetings Act. Agendas can be found on our Website by selecting the District Information tab, clicking the Calendar Section, and locating the date of the meeting as well as on the Secretary of State’s website. You can access recordings of previous meetings using this link.


March 9- Health and Wellness Sub Committee 4 pm-Use this link to register to attend the meeting. Agendas are posted 48 hours prior to the meeting per the Open Meetings Act. Agendas can be found on our Website by selecting the District Information tab, clicking the Calendar Section, and locating the date of the meeting as well as on the Secretary of State’s website.


Spreading Smiles in Chariho- March- Lucky to be in Chariho Starting last month, Chariho Regional Schools started a monthly spreading smiles initiative. Our March theme is focused on why we are lucky. We are asking everyone to show their support by finding ways to show why you feel lucky. We are looking forward to all the ways our community will spread their smiles and share good luck stories! Tag @CharihoRegional on Twitter using #LuckyToBeInChariho 

Travel

As many families are contemplating travel and making decisions about upcoming school breaks/vacations we wanted to remind all families of our travel policy. As a reminder, students who travel out of state to any location with a positivity rate greater than 5% (those states are listed here, and the list is constantly updated) will require a 14-day quarantine upon return. Travel for Chariho is defined as going to another state to attend any event/performance, family gathering/party/reunion with people outside of your immediate household. It does not matter if it is overnight or a day trip. This is the preferred response of the RI Department of Health as well as what is required in our school committee approved policy, as a negative test only indicates that the virus is not currently present. In the event there are families who must travel, we ask that you inform your school principal so that we can accurately record absences and communicate with staff about attendance and plans for continuity of education upon return. 

 


SurveyWorks

If you have not already completed your SurveyWorks 2021 family survey there is still time to give us your feedback! Here are a few easy steps to complete the survey! 

1: Visit http://bit.ly/ridefamily

2: Select your school and complete the survey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Eric OBrien  On Mar 02, 2021 at 8:26 AM
  

K-12 ELA High-Quality Curriculum Material (HQCM) Adoption approved by the School Committee!


At the January 12, 2021 School Committee Meeting, our new K-12 ELA programs were approved for adoption.  For the 2021-2022 school year, Chariho will be implementing Into Reading in Grades K-5, and StudySync in Grades 6-12.  Here is the slidedeck  from the School Committee presentation.  From the survey staff completed in the fall, one of the overall concerns from teachers was about the amount of time they spend on developing and curating materials, and consistency of materials used across grade levels and schools.  We are so excited to have chosen programs which meet these concerns, and also provide comprehensive programs which include curriculum, instructional strategies and materials, and assessment, and also with enhanced technology features for students.


Our ELA Adoption team members have started to present overviews and conduct “deeper dives” of the proposed programs with teachers at each school, and this will continue through February and March.  We have also ordered samples of the programs for each school building for teachers to peruse, and you will be notified by your administrator when and how to access these materials for perusal.  


For Grades K-4, another overview presentation is scheduled for the February 4 faculty meetings, and “deeper dives” will take place at each Elementary School on the March 15th state professional learning day. 


The ELA Adoption Team is excited to share this information with you in the coming weeks!


Jill Burke, Jane Daly, MaryBeth Florenz, Giuseppe Gencarelli, Dana Hall, Iris Ornberg, Kerry Pastore, Andrea Spas, Jean Westcott
Posted by Jane Daly  On Jan 29, 2021 at 1:18 PM
  

For staff who are interested in applying for grants, please refer to the district's Grant Submission Process and download the Grant Budget template.  These documents are  located on the district website, under Staff Resources/District Forms & Procedures (be sure to have logged in to the website to view). 
The first step is to speak with your building principal or director.  





Posted by Jane Daly  On Jan 28, 2021 at 3:29 PM
  

More PL Opportunities from RIDE:  Great Teachers in Action - 1/25/21 Offerings

The RIDE Educator Recognition Program and Highlander Institute have developed a yearlong educator professional development series called Great Teachers in Action (GTA). Our state has a wealth of talented educators who are leaders within their districts, content areas, and or grade span. RIDE’s goal is to utilize the skills and expertise of RI educators to provide opportunities for educators to collaborate and learn from and with one another. The GTA Professional Learning sessions will enable RI educators to collaborate, watch and debrief model lessons, and access resources.

The professional learning sessions have been offered on the statewide professional learning days, with the third session of presentations being offered on January 25, 2021.  More information on Great Teachers in Action can be found on the RIDE Professional Learning Page, and also below.

The Student-Centered Math Classroom.   1:00-2:00PM.
Presenters: Chuck Branchaud & Lisa Garcia
bit.ly/GTA125session1

Engaging Students Here, There, and Everywhere - Virtual Edition.          2:00-3:00PM.
Presenters: Kayla Brimlow & Darshell Silva
bit.ly/GTA125session2 

 Teaching High Level Vocabulary Using TPR (Total Physical Response).          2:00-3:00PM.
Presenters: Melinda DeCorte & Carrie Champlin Sorensen
bit.ly/GTA125session3

Posted by Jane Daly  On Jan 13, 2021 at 1:23 PM
  
ELL Frontiers Book Talk Opportunity for Elementary Teachers, has now been expanded to include all teachers! 

Joe Lopes and Rene Rosivach are leading a voluntaryELL Frontiers: Using Technology to Enhance Instruction for English Learners Book Talk for Elementary teachers who have provided instruction or support to ELL students in the last three years (including 20-21 SY).  We can support participation of 13 staff, and those who are interested will meet between January-May for three times from 1:30-2:30 during state PD days .  An outcome of the book talk will be to share out curated resources and learnings, potentially presenting to colleagues during a school or district meeting/pd this year or next year.  Information about the book can be found here: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/ell-frontiers/book246806.

 If you are interested in participating, please complete this  ELL Book Talk Interest Form.

Posted by Jane Daly  On Jan 08, 2021 at 3:12 PM
  

Free Climate Literacy Professional Development for K-12 Teachers- Approved to count toward 3.5 hr contractual requirement.......

The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) is now accepting applications for their 2021 Professional Development Series, Building Climate Literacy in All Students. ALL K-12 teachers are eligible and invited to apply. Selected teachers will attend the RIEEA Annual Summit, participate in a 2-hour early evening workshop in the spring, and attend a full day of professional development during the summer - all at no cost! Teachers do not have to miss class time and will receive a certificate of participation for 9.5 hours of professional learning units (PLUs) as well as a $100 stipend. All events will be virtual unless COVID-19 guidelines change and we can safely hold events in-person. Learn more and apply at http://rieea.org/teacher-pd-2021/ 

Posted by Jane Daly  On Jan 08, 2021 at 3:11 PM
  

GEMS-Net staff will be providing PD for PreK teachers on 1/25, and will also be available for K-8 teachers on the January 25th statewide PD Day. They will be targeting the grade-levels listed below during the given times. Of course, if a teacher is available at a different time than listed for their grade-level, we're glad to accommodate them. Here's our schedule for drop-in support:

Monday, January 25th

8:00-9:00........Grades 6-8

9:30-10:30......Grade 3

11:00-12:00....Grade 5

12:30-1:30......Grades K-2

1:30-2:30........Grade 4

 Zoom link for all K-8 drop-in sessions: https://zoom.us/j/96914969207 

 We'll plan to address topics such as transitioning to the next science course, student engagement strategies, and any science-related questions the teachers might have.

 

GEMS-Net's Teaching STEM in PreK Workshop

January 25, 2021 (Monday), 8:00-10:00AM

 Join us for a 2-hour professional learning session focused on our young learners. You will be introduced to a free, research-based curriculum that supports science and engineering, digital literacy, and outdoor education. We will engage in lessons that were developed for teachers and families and can be used in face-to-face instruction or in a distance learning environment.  See J. Gencarelli for registration information.

 

Posted by Jane Daly  On Jan 07, 2021 at 2:13 PM
  

Joe Lopes and Rene Rosivach are leading a voluntaryELL Frontiers: Using Technology to Enhance Instruction for English Learners Book Talk for Elementary teachers who have provided instruction or support to ELL students in the last three years (including 20-21 SY).  We can support participation of 13 staff, and those who are interested will meet between January-May for three times either during state PD days or afterschool (based on the majority of interested participants responses).  An outcome of the book talk will be to share out curated resources and learnings, potentially presenting to colleagues during a school or district meeting/pd this year or next year.  Information about the book can be found here: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/ell-frontiers/book246806.

 If you are interested in participating, please complete this ELL Book Talk Interest Form.

 

Posted by Jane Daly  On Dec 16, 2020 at 8:56 AM
  

Review of Rhode Island’s Literacy and Mathematics Standards 

Cohesive and aligned standards, curriculum, and assessment are critical to increasing student achievement. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is committed to working with our educators to achieving this and invites all educators and other interested Rhode Island citizens to participate in a review of the current Rhode Island content standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which are assessed by the Rhode Island comprehensive assessment system. Much of this assessment system is based on MCAS which is aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.  RIDE is seeking to ensure optimum alignment between the content standards, RIDE’s approved high-quality instructional materials, and the state assessment which will support effective teaching and learning for Rhode Island students. As there is already strong alignment amongst the three, we do not anticipate large changes in the standards to strengthen this alignment.   

A public comment window is open from Friday, December 11, 2020 to Friday, January 15, 2021 and takes the form of a survey. The survey allows respondents to offer their opinion on the current set of standards and if or how they could be clarified. Content-specific, grade-level surveys can be found on the  RIDE website.

We encourage you to share this information with your networks so we can obtain a broad cross-section of responses. 

For additional information, please contact one of our content specialists: 

English Language Arts: Kari.kurto@ride.ri.gov or Colleen.obrien@ride.ri.gov 

Mathematics:  Christopher.castillero@ride.ri.gov or Susan.pagliaro@ride.ri.gov 

Posted by Jane Daly  On Dec 15, 2020 at 1:02 PM
  

A team of K-12 teachers conducted research last year and this fall to establish Chariho Guidelines for K-12 Writing Instruction.   These guidelines recommend a consistent writing program of instruction to be taught across the curriculum in Chariho. 

 We are very excited to share these published guidelines!  They will inform our work as we look to adopt a new Gr. K-12 ELA Program in 2021-2022.

 These guidelines will be published on the District Website  and can be found on the following page:  Chariho Regional School District / Teaching and Learning / Curriculum

Thank you to Dana Hall and Giuseppe Gencarelli for leading this work, and our entire K-12 Team:

 Kimberly Allen, Stefani Singer Anderson, Jill Burke, Jane Daly, MaryBeth Florenz, Giuseppe Gencarelli, Dana Hall, Shelly McGlinsey, Jenny Parker, Kerry Pastore, Jennifer Schroeder, Russell Venditto, Jean Westcott, and Michelle Whelan.

Posted by Jane Daly  On Dec 15, 2020 at 11:26 AM
  
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