NSHS is an AP Honor Roll School!

 

Mr. Timothy McGee, Principal of North Smithfield High School, has announced that North Smithfield HS has been honored as a 2016 AP Honor Roll School.  The honor roll consists of the 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement® courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.  Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. To be included on the 6th Annual Honor Roll, North Smithfield High School has increased the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.

The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate. North Smithfield High School is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds. “That the committed teachers and administrators in this district have both expanded AP access and also helped their students achieve high levels of performance on AP Exams shows they’re delivering opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and it is a real testament to their belief that a more diverse population of young people is ready for the challenge of college,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “Congratulations to these teachers and administrators, and to their hard-working students.” Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand access and improve student performance.

In 2015, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.

Inclusion on the 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used. Districts must:

• Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;

• Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students;

• Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2015 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2013 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

PARCC Information

Every year, our students take a number of state assessments. We share the results of these assessments with you in order to give you an idea about the progress your child is making in school. We also use the results of these assessments to help us improve classroom instruction and to identify areas where students may need some extra support. The North Smithfield School Department will be implementing the PARCC assessment this Spring.


A few changes based on feedback have been made to the assessment:
• Consolidation of the two testing windows that stretched from March to June into one testing period
• Reduction the number of test units
• Reduction of the testing time for students by 90 minutes overall (30 minutes in English language arts, 60 minutes in mathematics); and
• Flexibility in setting testing schedules within the testing period

Dates:

NSES
3rd Grade – Week of May 16th-20th

Halliwell
3rd Grade – Week of May 16th-20th
4th Grade – Week of May 2nd-6th
5th Grade – Week of May 9th-13th

Middle School
6th Grade – Week of May 2nd-6th
7th and 8th- Week of May 9th-13th

High School
ELA- April 25-29th (morning 9th grade, afternoon 10th grade)
Math- May 23rd-25th (morning Alg I, afternoon Geo)

We are holding a PARCC Parent Information Night on Wednesday, April 6th, at 6:00 p.m. in the North Smithfield Middle School Cafeteria. 

 

 

 

Rhode Island’s Diploma System and RI State Graduation Requirements Community Meetings

Commissioner Wagner and the Rhode Island Department of Education invite you to participate in a community conversation to inform Rhode Island’s Diploma System and RI State Graduation Requirements.  We hope to engage a broad group of community members including parents, students, educators, and stakeholders from elementary, middle and high schools. This is a timely opportunity with the recent adoption our state’s most innovative and collaborative strategic plan to date.

The community conversations will include a brief presentation and a community response panel with opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback. The events are scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 28, 2016: Northern RI Community Conversation at Smithfield High School at 6:00pm UPDATED

Tuesday, March 22, 2016: Southern RI Community Conversation at North Kingstown High School at 6:00pm

Wednesday, March 23, 2016: Newport County Community Conversation at Middletown High School at 6:00pm

Thursday, March 24, 2016: Providence County Community Conversation at the RI Department of Health, 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, Lower level auditorium at 6:00pm.

DECA State Competition Award Winners

Twenty-one students competed at the recent DECA State Competiton Award and 16 won medals! 

Riley Boucher & Eric Ethier, 1st, Sports Marketing Team

Josh Kruzan & Jacob Haner, 1st, Finance Team

Gwen Brannigan & Heather McLure, 2nd, Finance Team

Olivia Stone & Emily Larson, 1st, Buying and Merchandising Team

Matt Laferrier & Luke Watkins, 3rd, Management Team

Katarina Dulude & Emily Raposa, 3rd, Hospitality Team

Alex Lachance, 1st, Principles of Management

Destiny Degnan, 2nd, Restaurant Food Services Management

Matt Pasquariello, 2nd, Sports Marketing

Sophia Pasquariello, 2nd, Quick Serve Restaurant Management

 

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