Dr. Edward A. Ricci Middle School

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

Principal:  Thomas Mellen

Assistant Principal: Susan Bennett 

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Policies

Attendance Policy

School attendance is mandated by Rhode Island General Law 16-19-1 which requires, “every child who has completed or will have completed six (6) years of life on or before September 1 of any school year and has not completed eighteen (18) years of life shall regularly attend some public day school during all the days and hours that the public schools are in session in the city or town in which the child resides.” Research supports,(www.attendanceworks.org), positive academic outcomes when a student attends school regularly. It is the responsibility of a student’s parent/guardians to ensure school attendance, report absences according to this attendance policy and work together with school personnel to address any issues preventing daily school attendance.

Procedure

All student absences, late school arrivals and early dismissals are recorded in the district’s student information system data base. It is the responsibility of a student’s parent/ guardian to notify the school regarding their child’s absence or late arrival prior to the start of school on the day of the absence/tardiness. Absences and lateness to school are recorded as excused and unexcused and are defined as:

Excused Absence:
Excused absences include an illness or injury documented in writing by a medical professional, religious holidays, approved school sponsored activities, suspensions, court appearances, death in the family, military deployment event or verified college visits.
Unexcused Absences:
Unexcused absences include all other absences not covered in the definition of an excused absence. Excused Lateness:
Excused lateness to school shall include a doctor’s appointment as documented in writing by a medical professional and provided upon a student’s arrival at school the day of the appointment, religious holidays, approved school sponsored activities, suspensions, and court appointments.
Unexcused Lateness:
Unexcused lateness includes all other late school arrivals not covered in the definition of an excused lateness.
Intervention Procedures for Unexcused Absences:
All schools will implement a school wide positive incentive program to reduce absences
A student shall not miss ten percent (10%) or more unexcused absences. Once a student has missed 10% of unexcused absences the following procedure will be followed:

  •   A letter will be automatically generated from the district’s student information system and be mailed home to the student’s parent informing them of the excessive absences

  •   School Principal will follow up with the parent/guardian and arrange a meeting with the appropriate school personnel and truancy officer

  •   A plan to improve school attendance and chronic absenteeism will be developed and monitored by the school principal or designee

  •   If unexcused absences still continue, the school principal will complete a nonattendance form and send it to the district’s truancy officer

  •   The truancy officer and school social worker will conduct a home visit as a last attempt to resolve the issue before sending the case to truancy court

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Intervention Procedures for Unexcused Lateness:
All elementary schools will implement a positive school wide incentive program to reduce lateness to school.

Students are allowed three unexcused lateness to school per year. Once a student has exceed this number of late school arrivals the following procedure will be followed:

Secondary Level: Grades 6-12

  •   Students will receive one hour of detention for each late arrival

  •   If unexcused lateness still continues, the school principal will arrange a meeting with the

    parent/guardian, appropriate school personnel and truancy officer

  •   A plan to improve school promptness and chronic tardiness will be developed and monitored by

    the school principal or designee

  •   If unexcused lateness persists, the truancy officer and/or school social worker will conduct a

    home visit as a last attempt to resolve the issue before sending the case to truancy court

    Elementary Level: Grades PK-5

  •   School principal or social worker will contact the parent/guardian to discuss the excessive number

    of late arrivals to school

  •   If unexcused lateness still continues, the school principal will arrange a meeting with the

    parent/guardian, appropriate school personnel and truancy officer

  •   A plan to improve school promptness and chronic tardiness will be developed and monitored by

    the school principal or designee

  •   If unexcused lateness persists, the truancy officer and/or school social worker will conduct a

    home visit as a last attempt to resolve the issue before sending the case to truancy court

    Early Dismissal:

    An early dismissal is the release of a student from school prior to the end of the official school day. A student may only be dismissed early with the permission of a parent/guardian with a written note submitted to the office at the start of the school day. A student must attend school for a minimum of three hours or the day will be recorded as an absence.

After School Procedures & Rules

The North Providence School Department is legally responsible for the health and safety of the children entrusted to its care. Students remaining after school must adhere to the following rules:

  • No student may remain after school unless he or she is under the direct supervision of a faculty member or a person authorized by the School Committee to supervise children.
  • After-school activities include academic assistance, extracurricular programs and detention and are run between 2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
  • After-school programs (except Athletics) will begin no later than 2:35 p.m. and cease by 3:35 p.m.
  •  Students must report to activities with their belongings and be prepared to leave the school immediately at the conclusion of the activity. All students waiting for rides should report to the foyer with their supervising faculty member.
  • Students who walk or who have transportation immediately available may be excused from an activity before 3:35 p.m. They must, however, immediately exit the building.

  • The school will close at 4 p.m., and the School Department will no longer have supervisors on duty to assume the custody of students.

  • Administration can grant permission to have programs run longer than and after 3:35 p.m.

    Students and parents must adhere to the activities procedures, rules and guidelines.

School Food Service

School Lunch

The North Providence School Department has proudly partnered with ARAMARK Education to provide school lunches. Aramark is an industry leader in providing School Nutrition Services. They provide students with nutritious and healthy menu choices, exciting and colorful new looks in the cafeterias, and nutritional educational messaging to encourage healthy eating and a well-balanced lifestyle.

Secondary students will have menus posted on district website and in the cafeteria. The price for lunch and milk is determined by ARAMARK.

 

Breakfast

The breakfast menu features an assortment of whole grain cereal and muffins, fresh fruit and vegetables and 100% juice or low fat milk. Breakfast is served in the lunchroom prior to the start of school.

Lunch

Each meal comes with an entrée and a choice of up to three sides including fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and milk. At all levels, a fresh fruit and vegetable bar featuring as many as 6 choices per day is an ARAMARK standard. We ask all parents to encourage their children to take the maximum amount of healthy side dishes each day.

Free & Reduced lunches

Free and Reduced Meal Benefit Applications are available throughout the school year. 

Cafeteria Rules & Procedures

  • Students are to report to the cafeteria only during the times assigned for their classes.
  • Students are not to take food or drinks out of the cafeteria.
  • When students finish their lunches, they are expected to deposit their trays, utensils, and refuse in the containers provided. Students are required to recycle all items that are recyclable.
  • At the end of each lunch period, it is expected that the tables and floor areas of each student be clean and free from debris.
  • Students must remain in the cafeteria until dismissed or released with a proper pass by the cafeteria supervisor.
  • Students are to walk to and from the cafeteria.
  • Throwing anything, at any time, at any distance is not allowed and will be dealt with in accordance to the Disciplinary Code of Conduct.
Goal: To Improve Student Achievement in all Areas

Objectives:

  • 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

Objectives:  

  • 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.  

Objectives:

  • 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
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