Smithfield Fall 2013
Welcome To The Smithfield Public Schools
The mission of the Smithfield Public School District is to provide an adaptive and challenging learning environment that meets the needs of students in an emerging global community, and prepares them for excellence in education and the workplace, while cultivating integrity, responsibility and a sustained passion for continued learning.
Finalist for ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Margarita Dempsey for being named one of five finalists for the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award! This is a tremendous honor for Margarita and Smithfield High School. We are very proud of her.
SMITHFIELD IS LEADING THE STATE IN TEST SCORES AT ALL GRADE LEVELS!!
Smithfield NECAP scores are in
Smithfield High School's scores place it among tops in state
By GERRY GOLDSTEIN, Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent
© 2013 Breeze Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Smithfield High Juniors Show Most Dramatic Gains In State On Math Portion of NECAP - Providence Journal, February 25, 2013 by Jennifer D. Jordan, Journal Staff Writer
WHAT TAXPAYERS IN SMITHFIELD ARE GETTING FOR THEIR TAX DOLLARS See Superintendent Robert O'Brien's Presentation to the Smithfield Town Council on February 26, 2013.
On February 4, 2013 the Smithfield Public Schools Strategic Plan will be presented at the School Committee. All members of the community are welcome to attend this presentation.
Action Plans have been created around five overarching areas:
-Teaching and Learning Excellence
-Guaranteed and Viable Curricula
-Flexible, Student-Centered Programs
Race to the Top is the foundation for many of our initiatives in the Smithfield Public Schools. There are three major areas of Smithfield's efforts:
I. STANDARDS AND CURRICULUM
-Study of the CCS Standards- 24 teachers and all administrators participated in the initial RIDE training. Faculty at all schools participate in ongoing CCSS professional learning.
-K-5 CCSS-aligned report card development in collaboration with North Smithfield (12 teachers, principals)
-CCSS-aligned K-12 Reading- *ongoing
-CCSS-aligned K-12 Math - *ongoing
-CCSS-aligned K-12 Writing *
*Facilitation of unit and assessment development including K-12 CCSS-aligned Quarterly Writing and Math Assessments, identification and coordination of curricular resources and materials, ongoing distribution of professional materials/information regarding strategies and practices
-K-12 Health- November 2012
-K-12 PE- February 2013
-RITES (Science) professional development- ongoing
II. INSTRUCTIONAL IMPROVEMENTS
RIDE Formative Assessment Initiative
-12 teachers (K-12) participation in 8 professional learning modules focused on various aspects of Formative Assessment through a formal Community of Practice
-Professional development will be expanded to include Formative Assessment for all Smithfield teachers in the 2013-14 summer/school year
-Formative Assessment information/techniques distributed to all Smithfield teachers on an ongoing basis.
RIDE Data Use Professional Development
-Professional development around Data Use
-Three teacher leaders and principal from each school to participate in professional development in the summer of 2013 and throughout the 2013-14 school year
III. EDUCATOR EFFECTIVENESS
-Mini-workshops designed to address teachers’ needs as identified through surveys and Professional Growth Plans- Spring 2013
-Three professional development days dedicated to transition to CCSS, RIDE initiatives, and other areas of professional learning
-Teaching and Learning Notes
-Distribution of Live Binders focused on instructional practices, assessment, and all components of the RI Educator Evaluation Model