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Upcoming Events
6/3/2015
- School Committee Meeting
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6/8/2015
6/9/2015
6/17/2015
- School Committee Meeting
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
District Announcements
Rhode Island 2015-2020 PK-12 Strategic Plan for Education

The Rhode Island Board of Education and the Rhode Island Department of Education are thrilled to launch Rhode Island’s PK-12 strategic planning process, which will result in a statewide vision for education through 2020. The Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education wants your input to direct our state's Strategic Plan for Education for the next five years. Click on the link below to take part in the survey.
www.ride.ri.gov/BoardofEducation/RI2015-2020StrategicPlanforEducation.aspx​

School Announcements
8th Grade Transition Ceremony
The 8th Grade Transition Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 25th.
 Below is the schedule:

Granite Team: 8:30
Windjammers Team: 10:30
Hurricanes Team: 12:30

All guests are welcome to attend the ceremony held in the WMS auditorium.
An 8th grade dance will be held that evening.
7:00 - 9:00
The last day of school is Friday, June 26th.  Dismissal will be at approximately 11:15.
Scoliosis Screening
Mrs. Iacoi, School Nurse Teacher, will be conducting scoliosis screening on all students in grades 6 and 8 on June 9,10 and 11.  Grade 7 is screened by their physician at the time of their required 7th grade physical.   If your child has had the screening or examination conducted by a physician, please make the results available to the School nurse and your student will be exempt from this state requirement.
Screening for scoliosis is private.  Screenings are conducted in the nurses’ clinic and no student gets undressed.  This is a very simple screening and it takes only a few minutes per student.  If you object to the screening, based upon your religious beliefs, please notify me in writing prior to the announced screening dates in late May.
Scoliosis Facts:
·         Scoliosis is the most common deformity of the spine, affecting two to three percent of the U.S. population, or an estimated 7 million Americans.
·         One quarter of children with spinal curves require medical attention.
·         The primary age of onset is between the ages of 10 and 15.
·         Equal numbers of males and females have scoliosis, but females are eight times more likely to have a curve progress to a stage that requires treatment.
·         Scoliosis can run in families, and a child who has a relative with the condition should be checked regularly.
·         The screening test for scoliosis is non-invasive, takes approximately 30 seconds, and could save a child you know years of pain in the future
·         Early diagnosis is the key to providing the best treatment.

 
School Lunch Meal Charge Policy
The Westerly Public Schools  "Meal Charge Policy (2800)" adopted on December 3, 2014 will go into effect on Monday, April 27.  Some highlights are listed below:
  • Students without lunch money will be allowed to charge a lunch, and repayment is expected within two (2) school days
  • When a student’s balance reaches negative ten dollars (-$10.00) or below, the student will receive a lunch consisting of a cheese sandwich, fruit, and milk.  This will be in place of a full hot lunch.  You will be charged full price for this lunch, and the charge will be added to your negative balance.  You can avoid this by arranging a payment plan with Aramark
  • The Food Service Vendor and building principal will be made aware of any negative lunch balances below -$10.00
  • Parents are expected to pay the balances in full by the end of the school year; NO balances will be carried forward to next year
  • Please submit a free/reduced lunch application if necessary.  It is also recommended that www.myschoolbucks.com be utilized to make payments and/or keep track of your child’s balance
Click on the image below to access the Westerly Public Schools Meal Charge Policy in full.

The URI Transportation Center is offering a free two-week Summer Transportation Institute program for Rhode Island middle school students.  This program offers two 2-week sessions and are for middle school students going into the 7th, 8th and 9th grade in fall of 2015.  Each student accepted into the program can attend at no cost.  The two sessions are being held on:
July 6-17, 2015
August 3-14, 2015
 
Click on the image below for informational flyer and application.

 
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