Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

We have a short week this week, but I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I would also like to say thank you for all of the thoughtful cards, notes and comments this fall. I appreciate your kind words.

One of the issues that I deal with most frequently as an educator and a parent is the growing concern about technology. As a principal I am often dealing with the negative effects of comments made, photos posted, and friendships ruined because of technology. I field many questions from parents about screen time, keeping kids safe online, and managing devices. 

As a parent of a junior high student I also struggle with balancing the educational benefits and other positives that can happen because of technology and the challenge of managing my son's use of technology. 
We use this graphic of "THINK before you post" throughout the Junior High to help kids become more responsible in their online habits. 

I have seen the dangers of what some individuals are doing online. I have talked to parents about their concerns and as an EWG school community we would like to extend an invitation to all parents throughout the district to attend a community forum movie and discussion of the movie Screenagers on December 6 at 6:00 PM in the Jr/ Sr High School Library. Click to see the official trailer for the Screenagers movie and join us on December 6th to watch the movie and discuss the information presented. 

EWG Senior High Drama presents: Clues: An Interactive Murder Mystery

Join a zany cast of colorful character for a dinner party where the main course is motive for murder. Our audience will help solve who done it in this hilarious Clue inspired show. For tickets and more info please visit

As we approach the holidays, please take a moment to read the RI Student Assistance Service newsletter. This newsletter has lots of valuable information and tips about keeping your kids safe during this holiday season.

Thursday, November 17, 2016


It has been a hectic start of the school year. I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week.

Reminder that we do not have school next Wednesday, 11/23.

Please take a moment to read this note from the Superintendent:

In addition to the move to full-day kindergarten, our district has experienced a dramatic increase in enrollment at the elementary level over the past few years. As a result, we have been monitoring enrollment trends and our school's space capacity. We are currently in the process of reviewing our needs and exploring potential changes to the grade structure at each of our schools, including the possible (probable) move of grade two to Metcalf Elementary School and the possible move of grade 6 to the Junior High School. Including grade six as part of our middle school (JHS) also has significant programmatic benefits. These changes may be implemented as early as next school year. Stay tuned for further details on our progress, and watch for surveys as we work to gather information from parents to assist us with our planning.

In Mr. Wallace's History class, students worked on project from the colonial times. Read some of these exceptional projects students completed. They even made their paper look dated. Great job!

In October for Red Ribbon Week, advisories had a competition to make the best posters about staying drug free. The posters were judged by High School VAASA The 7th grade winning advisory was Mrs. Goldstein and 8th grade winning advisory was Mrs. Reynolds. Congratulations.

Here are some photos from our October Good Knight Meeting. Special thanks to Mr. Charest for running the meeting. 

Please be sure to congratulate all of the winners of the Knights of the Month including our Staff Knight of the Month Mrs. Goldstein who had fun posing with Junior Knight in his fun turkey hat.

Knights of the month are recognized for Respectful, Responsible and Safe behavior. Mrs. Capuano's class has this fun class rules poster using hashtags to help students remember how to behave in class. Remember students nominate their teachers for Knight of the Month for showing respectful, responsible and safe behaviors in the classes. 

The Junior High teachers have been taking advantage of the great weather this fall and kids have been getting outside for different activities. Mrs. Emery's science class was outside experimenting with stream tables in the STEM outdoor classroom.

Mrs. Guglielmo's PE class was outside playing tennis on our new tennis courts.