The mission of the Warwick Public Schools, working cooperatively with families and the community, is to provide challenging learning environments that enable all students to develop skills and knowledge necessary to become self-directed, life-long learners, highly productive responsible citizens, and contributors to a technological and diverse society.
(Warwick Public Schools Mission Statement, 2001-)
Superintendent, Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
From the desk of Philip Thornton
About this update:
My intent as superintendent of schools is to connect to the Warwick School Community in a variety of ways. I continue to keep an open door policy and try to have as many one on one discussions with parents, teachers, and alumni as I can. I’ve attended small group meetings at schools, PTA meetings, gone to neighborhood meetings throughout the district and I’ll continue to do so. I’ll also continue on a regular basis to share with you what I can through this newsletter, what I call “The Superintendent’s Update”.
By now you are well aware of the machinations of our consolidation plans. We’ve held public forums in the past few weeks at Aldrich, Pilgrim, and Winman and try to answer as many questions as we can. Parents seem most interested in issues such as transportation, start times, and schedules.
As the spring approaches, we continue to work all aspects of this from logistics to budgeting and scheduling. I’m very confident we are on track to get this done. Remember the goal is to provide our school community with the most efficient and effective school system we can. The students come first.
Teacher contract update:
We continue to negotiate in good faith through the arbitration process. Over the last month, we learned that yes, we will be implementing an electronic grading system this fall. The benefits are many: parents will be able to log in and monitor their son or daughter’s grades on a daily, weekly, or regular basis. Teachers will be able to enter grades real time as students are learning and this will allow parents to follow student progress on a day to day basis.
We also argued in favor of improving our instructional materials, creating common planning time for teachers and more importantly, we feel strongly that principals, as the instructional leaders of their schools, should be heavily involved in working with teachers during common planning time. It has been the union’s position that principals be excluded from this practice.
We’re also arguing that we should be allowed to hire the best person for the job when it comes to coaching. We want the best people for every job, our students deserve the best we can find.
We realize that our district and school websites are not as user friendly or as updated as they need to be to help keep you informed of daily updates and important information. In the next few weeks, look in your email for a survey designed to help us learn what specifically you need and want from your school and district website and social media tools. The results of the survey will help inform and guide us as we rebuild our entire website with you, the parents, staff, and students, in mind.
Sometimes in all the news and information out there, important updates get lost or missed. In case you missed it, here’s what we’re working on adding in the coming school year:
Full day Kindergarten
Middle school sports
Chrome books for all middle school students
Math support for all students K-6
Reading support for all students K-6
Social worker support added K-12
Nursing support added K-6
Building upgrades - new auditoriums at Pilgrim and Vets
New science classrooms at our middle schools
Upgraded locker rooms and student fitness areas
Enjoy the April vacation,