Dr. Edward A. Ricci Middle School

51 Intervale Avenue, North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: (401) 233-1170 | Fax: (401) 232-5421

Principal:  Thomas Mellen

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News & Events

Stay up-to-date on events, clubs, sports, activities, celebrations and more through our calendars and notices.

Emergency Preparedness

Fire/Evacuation/Lockdown Drills

In accordance with Rhode Island State Law, fifteen (15) drills are conducted during the school year. Two (2) of the fifteen will be lockdown drills (conducted in September & January) and two (2) will be evacuation drills. At least one emergency drill be conducted within each month during the school year (2 within the first 30 days of school). Fire/evacuation drill instructions are posted in each room. Students are familiarized with fire drill procedures at the beginning of the school year.

Megan’s Law [Rhode Island Sexual Offender Law]

The Rhode Island Sexual Offender Law (Title 11, Chapter 37.1) is a system for registration of sexual offenders and for notification to the public that a sexual offender lives or may soon live in the community. If requested by the North Providence Police Department, school principals or designee of the School Department are required to provide the police department with a directory of the names and addresses of all parent(s)/guardian(s) who have children in school. The police department will use this information to provide you with sexual offender notification. The notification will include the name, photograph, and address of the sexual offender. Unless you choose otherwise, as parents/guardians of a child attending public school, your name and address will be sent to the police department and you will receive sexual offender notification from the police department. You have the right to have your name and address excluded from the directory now or at any time your child attends school by simply writing to the school with your request or opting out on the Student Information Form

Announcements, Cancellations & Delayed Openings

When inclement weather causes the cancellation, delay or early dismissal of school, announcements can be heard on the following local stations:

AM Radio WPRO 630; WHJJ 920
FM Radio WPRO 92; WPJB 101
Television WJAR Channel 10; WPRI Channel 12

Cancellation of School

Each year the Superintendent’s Office publishes and distributes complete information related to cancellations, delays, and early dismissals. What follows is a summary.

The weather and road conditions are often quite different in several parts of town. The decision to hold school is based upon the general conditions. Some isolated areas may experience much worse weather, and parents must use their own judgment before putting a child on a dangerous road to walk or wait for a school bus. The methods of notification for school cancellation, delays and early release are: 1) Broadcast on Channels 10 and 12, as well as radio stations WPRO and WPJB; 2) Posted on the school web page http://npsd.k12.ri.us/; 3) Send a message using Skylert Parent Notification System.

Delayed Opening

All school opening schedules may be delayed up to 1 hour for inclement weather. This means all bus pick-ups will occur 1 hour later than usual. Parents who drop off children should drop them off at school 1 hour later for a 1 hour delay.

Early Release

An early release means that the North Providence Middle School would begin dismissal early.

If it becomes necessary to release students early due to approaching or impending inclement weather, notification will be made by 12 noon.

Family Emergency Plan. Parents/Guardians should make arrangements to have someone meet their child at home or at their stop if they are unable to be there or make “emergency” arrangements for their child to go directly to an alternate location. It is imperative that parents/guardians have a plan in place for your child’s safety should an early release occur.

Emergency Closing

An individual school may be closed while the rest of the schools in the district are in session due to an emergency situation at that particular school (for example, no heat, broken water pipe, electricity problem.)

Methods of notification for school cancellation are:

Broadcast on Channels 10 and 12, as well as radio stations WPRO and WPJB;

Skylert Parent Notification System will send out a message.

Event Protocol

Dr. E. A. Ricci Middle School participates in the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program which encourages our students to be respectful, responsible and ready to learn. All students must meet academic, behavioral, and attendance expectations set forth by the faculty and staff. These expectations are reinforced daily.In order to attend events and/or participate in activities each student must meet the following expectations:

  • Attend school and be on time at least 90% of the total school days.
  • Demonstrate behaviors which do not result in suspension and/or 5 or more cumulative hours of detention.
  • Achieve a passing grade in five of his/her seven classes.
  • These eligibility requirements,with the exception of attendance, will reset after each event.
  • Attendance is cumulative throughout the year.

Past events have included ice cream socials, dances, faculty/student sporting events, minute to win it and field day.

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Goal: To Improve Student Achievement in all Areas


  • To continue the use of a schoolwide “Thinking Maps” program to increase our students’ ability to organize and communicate their thinking across disciplines.  Teachers and students will complete a twelve-week rollout plan starting each September.
  • Students and teachers will utilize Chromebooks on a daily basis in blended learning classrooms to increase student achievement through rigorous content specific lessons and activities.
  • Students and teachers will use “Renaissance Accelerated Reader” and “Accelerated Math” to improve math and literacy skills across grade levels.
  • Teachers will utilize content planning periods to analyze formative and summative assessment data in order to improve teaching and learning.  
  • To continue to implement our HOPS (Homework, Organization & Planning Skills) program to increase our students’ planning and organizational skills.
Goal: Ongoing Professional Development for Staff


  • To provide professional development on blended/personalized learning and technology integration
  • To provide professional development on “Thinking Maps.”
  • To provide professional development on “Renaissance Accelerated Reader” and “Accelerated Mathematics.”
Goal: Forge Partnerships with Parents & Community

Communicate and partner with parents and other members of the community to prepare our students to be responsible and engaged citizens.  


  • Hold monthly parent council meetings
  • Develop a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)
  • Foster relationships with local businesses that specialize in areas that would benefit our mechatronics program
Middle school Student Handbook 19.20