North Providence School District npsd.k12.ri.us

1828 Mineral Spring  Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904
401.233.1150 Fax: 401.233.1166

Core Values & Beliefs

  • all students can learn;
  • in a student-centered educational program that reflects rigor, relevance, and relationships;
  • that collaboration and communication among students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community are essential;
  • in recognizing and adapting to the needs of our students;
  • in on-going evaluation of the educational program based on best practice in order to improve teaching and learning;
  • in high expectations for students & all other members of the school community;
  • in fostering and promoting literacy across all disciplines;in an educational program that prepares students for higher education and the global marketplace of the 21st Century;and
  • community service learning is an essential component of student growth.

WE BELIEVE ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN

  • Heterogeneous classes across the  curriculum
  • Inclusion across the curriculum
  • 21st Century Graduation Expectations (academic, civic, & social)
  • School-wide Analytical Rubrics for 21st Century Graduation Expectations
  • School-wide PBGRs (senior project & graduation portfolio)
  • Department Common Assessments (English, math, science, social studies, business/technology, unified arts, world languages)
  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • IEP/ 504 Plans
  • Personal Literacy Plans (PLPs)
  • Personal Education Plans (PEPs/ ILPs)
  • Algebra I for all freshmen
  • Rhode Island Writing Project Partnership (RIWP)
  • After-school teacher tutoring (contractual coaching)
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pathways/Course-taking pattern analysis
  • Curricula aligned to local/ national standards, and 21st Century Graduation Expectations and subsequent gap analysis
  • Weekly Response Team meetings
  • School-to-Career program/Work Study
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
  • Special Education Continuum and Support Services
  • Life Skills Program
  • Writing Center
  • NECAP faculty study groups
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • School-wide Task Validation/Calibration Protocol
  • Personalization initiatives
  • Mission-driven educational program
  • Flexible individual scheduling according to student strengths and needs
  • PD on Depth of Knowledge (DOK) & Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Electives open to all students (no prerequisites)
  • Interdisciplinary co-taught classes

WE BELIEVE IN A STUDENT CENTERED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM THAT REFLECTS RIGOR, RELEVANCE, AND RELATIONSHIPS

  • Heterogeneous classes across the  curriculum
  • Inclusion across the curriculum
  • 21st Century Graduation Expectations (academic, civic, social)
  • School-wide Analytical Rubrics for 21st Century Graduation Expectations
  • School-wide PBGRs (senior project, graduation portfolio)
  • Department Common Assessments (English, math, science, social studies, business/technology, unified arts, world languages)
  • Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • IEP/ 504 Plans
  • Personal Literacy Plans (PLPs)
  • Personal Education Plans (PEPs/ILPs)
  • Algebra I for all freshmen
  • RIWP Partnership
  • After-school teacher tutoring (contractual coaching)
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Ongoing alignment & revision of curriculum
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • School-wide Task Validation/Calibration Protocol
  • Personalization initiatives (10 structures)
  • Mission-driven educational program
  • Flexible individual scheduling according to student strengths and needs
  • Professional Development on Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Assembly program (civic & social expectations)
  • Student participation in a variety of co-curricular activities
  • Guidance Counselors visiting regular education/skills classes
  • Early Enrollment/Dual Enrollment/Honors Program
  • Monthly PBGR meetings and interventions
  • Cougar Alumni Parents & Students (C.A.P.S) PTO
  • Community Service Learning Projects
  • North Providence Youth Commission
  • Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse (VAASA) Program
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
  • Mentoring programs (Ace Mentoring)
  • Professional Development (literacy, personalization, differentiation)
  • College/University/Business/Community Partnerships
  • Skills Classes (Literacy Skills (9), Math Skills (10), Business/Technology Skills (11), Senior Skills/PBGR (12)
  • R.I. Comprehensive Guidance Curriculum (ASCA Standards)
  • Articulation with feeder schools and collaboration within & across disciplines
  • Common Planning Time (CPT)
  • School-to-Career Coordinator
  • Mandatory Parent Orientations
  • Special Education Continuum and Support Services

WE BELIEVE THAT COLLABORATION & COMMUNICATION AMONG STUDENTS, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, PARENTS, AND COMMUNITY ARE ESSENTIAL

  • C.A.P.S. (PTO)
  • PEPs/ILPs
  • “The Cougar Courier” School Newspaper
  • Senior Project
  • Community Service Learning/North Providence Youth Commission
  • CPT
  • Contractual one-hour faculty meetings (yearly)
  • 8th Grade Open House
  • Parent-Teacher conferences
  • Parent Portal
  • Mandatory Parent Orientations
  • School Improvement Team (SIT)
  • Literacy Team
  • PBGR Advisory Board
  • Weekly Response Team meetings
  • School-to-Career Coordinator/Program
  • IEP meetings
  • School website 
  • Faculty Listserv
  • R.I. Technology Enhanced Sciences Program (RITES)
  • Accessible and visible building administrators
  • Monthly public  School Committee meetings
  • College/University/Business/Community partnerships
  • Special Education Advisory Board
  • Brochures (diploma system, support services, PBGR)
  • Guidance newsletters
  • Parent Education Series (CAPS)
  • Progress reports
  • Student-Government Day
  • Student correspondents to “The Valley Breeze” newspaper
  • Athletic/Co-Curricular activities
  • Library Advisory Board
  • Mentoring/New Teacher Orientation Program
  • Response to Intervention/Math RTI
  • NEASC Self-study

WE BELIEVE IN RECOGNIZING & ADAPTING TO THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS

  • RTI/Math RTI
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Scaffolded Reading Program (school-wide, targeted, & intensive services)
  • Curriculum alignment and gap analysis
  • Pathways/Course-taking pattern analysis
  • Skills classes (literacy, math, business/technology, PBGR)
  • R.I. Comprehensive Guidance Curriculum (ASCA Standards)
  • Special Education and Support Services
  • PEPs
  • PLPs
  • IEP/ 504s
  • Expansion of co-curricular and athletic activities
  • Monthly PBGR meetings
  • On-going curriculum revision and alignment
  • Weekly response meeting
  • After-school teacher tutoring (contractual coaching)
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Formal review of student work
  • Middle school articulation meetings
  • Life Skills program
  • Para-professionals
  • Heterogeneous grouping across the curriculum
  • Inclusion across the curriculum
  • Student Progress Reports
  • Academic Support classes/ monthly monitoring
  • Business/College/University partnerships
  • School-to-Career program/ coordinator
  • In-school suspension program/Temporary Learning Center (TLC)
  • Student Support Services Review Committee
  • ETS (Educational Testing Team)
  • Curriculum Committee
  • New Course Request Form
  • PBGRs
  • ESL Program/Curriculum
  • Writing Center

WE BELIEVE IN ON-GOING EVALUATION OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM BASED ON BEST PRACTICE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE TEACHING AND LEARNING

  • Professional Development Plan
  • Summer curriculum workshops
  • Curriculum Committee
  • SIT
  • Formal review of student work
  • Professional Development library
  • Ongoing curriculum alignment and gap analysis
  • Pathways/Course-taking patterns analysis
  • RTI/Math RTI
  • Contractual PD days/Course Reimbursement
  • NECAP faculty study groups
  • Department Chair/ Leadership Team meetings
  • District Mentoring Program
  • New RIDE Educator Evaluator System (EES) (pending)
  • PBGR Advisory Board
  • Common Planning Time
  • Faculty membership in professional organizations
  • RIDE “Survey Works!” State Survey of students, faculty, staff, & parents
  • Student Support Services Review Committee
  • Student surveys (post-graduate, PBGR, Endicott)
  • Faculty PD survey
  • NEASC self-study
  • SALT visit
  • Common Task Validation/Calibration protocol
  • Data analysis
  • Library Advisory Board
  • R.I. Commissioner’s Review Process
  • NPHS Technology Advisory Board
  • NP District Technology Committee
  • Teacher/Peer classroom observations

WE BELIEVE IN HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS AND ALL OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

  • Ongoing curriculum alignment and gap analysis
  • Pathways/Course-taking patterns analysis
  • Heterogeneous grouping across the curriculum
  • Inclusion across the curriculum
  • School-wide department common tasks/analytical rubrics
  • PBGRs
  • Diploma System (22 credits, PBGRs, state assessments)
  • SIT
  • 21st Century Graduation Expectations
  • Co-curricular participation contract
  • Social Suspension policy
  • National Honor Society
  • Dual enrollment programs
  • After-school teacher tutoring (contractual coaching)
  • Contractual PD
  • Graduation rate highest in the urban ring
  • Post-secondary acceptance five-year increase from 69% to 82%
  • “Highly Qualified” teaching staff
  • Elimination of low-level general classes
  • Algebra I for all freshmen
  • DOK/ UDL training
  • Common Task Validation/Calibration protocol
  • NPHS Mission Statement
  • School-wide analytical rubrics for 21st Century Graduation Expectations
  • Revised Teacher Evaluation Instrument (pending)
  • NPHS Scholarship Committee
  • Consistent enforcement of discipline code
  • Teacher mentoring/New teacher orientation program
  • “Free Your Mind” Anti-bullying Program
  • Honors/Enriched courses across the curriculum
  • District Volunteer Policy
  • Middle school articulation
  • State Testing incentives
  • NP School Committee
  • NP Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
  • NP Youth Commission
  • VAASA Program

WE BELIEVE IN FOSTERING & PROMOTING LITERACY ACROSS ALL DISCIPLINES

  • Alignment of curriculum to ELA and Reading State Standards
  • School-wide Common Assessments (aligned to State Standards)
  • School-wide Graduation Expectation analytical rubrics (aligned to State Standards)
  • PBGRs (aligned to State Stamdards)
  • Class Portfolio requirement
  • Scaffolded High School Reading Program (school-wide, targeted, and intensive services)
  • PLPs
  • Literacy Team/ Book Talks
  • RIWP partnership
  • Balanced Literacy PD
  • School-wide Content Area Literacy Binders
  • Literacy across the curriculum
  • Reading/ Writing Workshop class
  • 9th Grade Literacy Skills Class
  • Writing Center
  • School-wide summer reading requirement
  • “Read Across R.I.” (R.I. Center for the Book)
  • School-wide & departmentalized word walls
  • “Writing on demand” NECAP prompts
  • ESL program
  • Student correspondents to NP “Valley Breeze” newspaper
  • Library/ Media Center
  • Grade 9 Library Orientation Program
  • Congressional National Day on Writing
  • RICTE Poetry Contest winners
  • “Cougar Courier” School Newspaper

WE BELIEVE IN AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM THAT PREPARES STUDENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION & THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE OF THE 21ST C

  • Post-secondary acceptance increase from 69% to 82%
  • All pathways (honors, college prep, comprehensive) designed to prepare students for college & the global marketplace
  • Pathways/Course-Taking Patterns Analysis
  • Elimination of low-level “general” courses
  • Algebra I for all freshmen
  • Inclusion across the curriculum
  • Flexible student scheduling according to individual strengths and needs
  • School-to-Career Program/ Coordinator
  • Co-Curricular Activities/ Clubs (Model Legislature, Mock Trial, FBLA, Academic Decathlon, Science Olympiad, Life Smarts)
  • Student Government Day
  • Business Department Advisory Board
  • “Way to Go R.I.”
  • ACE Mentoring Program
  • “CHOICES “Program
  • R.I. Comprehensive Guidance Curriculum (ASCA Standards)
  • PEPs
  • Perkins Grant
  • Financial Aid Night
  • Industrial Technology curriculum
  • School-sponsored college/university visits
  • EEP/ Dual Enrollment/Honors program
  • Life Skills curriculum
  • NPHS Scholarships
  • R.I. Robotics Competition/Robotics Advisory Board
  • Career Day
  • Senior Project
  • Graduation Portfolio
  • Project Close-Up
  • College/ University/Business/Community Partnerships
  • “America Learn & Serve” Grant
  • Business/Technology  Skills Curriculum
  • Student internship program
  • English I-Search Common Assessment

WE BELIEVE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING AS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF STUDENT GROWTH

  • 21st Century Graduation Expectation 3.4
  • “America Learn and Serve” Grant
  • NP Youth Commission
  • National Honor Society
  • SADD
  • VAASA Program
  • Senior Project
  • Gloria Gemma Partnership
  • NP Garden of Hope
  • Project Haiti
  • Gloria Gemma Walk
  • Student Government Day
  • “Future Cougar” Literacy Care Package
  • Peer Tutoring of both high school and middle school students
  • Math Puzzle Day
  • Honors Political Science Election Internship Program
  • “Pumpkins for Hasbro”
  • “Pink Pancake Breakfast”
  • “Pennies for Patients”
  • Partnership with the NP Senior Center
  • Community-wide Literacy Team/Book Talks
  • Partnership with the NP Safe Schools/Drug Free Task Force
  • “Support for our Troops” Project
  • Teaching American History Grant
  • “Adopt-A-Spot” program
  • “You’ve Been Caught “ Random Act of Kindness Card
  • School-sponsored charitable fundraisers