🏆BPS ALUM WINS NEWS EMMY:
Congratulations to ABC News senior White House correspondent and Barrington High School alum, Selina Wang, for winning Outstanding Emerging Journalist at the 44th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards!
Prior to moving to ABC News, Selina was based in CNN's Beijing bureau as the network's sole correspondent in China.
BPS alumni are doing phenomenal things all over the world!
⚫️POW MIA FLAGS RAISED ACROSS THE DISTRICT:
Today, September 15, is National POW MIA Recognition Day which honors United States service members who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.
This morning, the POW * MIA flag was raised at all Barrington Public Schools buildings in recognition. Here is the flagpole at Barrington Middle School today!
🎨NATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK:
This week, September 10-16, 2023, is National Arts in Education Week, a celebration recognizing the transformative power of music, theater, dance, media arts, and visual arts instruction in education.
Arts education is an important contributor to overall student success, social-emotional development, and school engagement.
Thank you to our BPS arts educators who encourage our students to explore the world and their place within it and provide a consistent, positive outlet for students to express themselves.
🚒HIGH-FIVES FOR HEROES:
Driving through town this morning, you may have noticed a procession of first responder vehicles on the road.
That is because students and staff at Nayatt School, Primrose Hill Elementary School, Sowams School, and Hampden Meadows Elementary School lined their school's hallways to participate in "High-Fives for Heroes," a showing of thanks and support for Barrington's first responders in observance of the twenty-second anniversary of September 11, 2001.
Students from each elementary school prepared for "High-Fives for Heroes" by learning about the roles and responsibilities of first responders. In addition to high-fives, they made signs, drawings, and cards for members of the Barrington Police Department and Barrington Fire Department who walked through our schools.
Barrington Middle School and Barrington High School also showed support of first responders by writing messages of thanks.
Thank you to all of our first responders for your participation in this event and for your service!
🌳KINDERGARTENERS' DEEPER LEARNING ON DISPLAY:
It's #FlashbackFriday and we're going back to June 2023 when the work of our Nayatt School, Primrose Hill Elementary School, and Sowams School kindergarteners was showcased at the Barrington Tree Commission Open House.
The Open House provided a platform for kindergarten students to display and develop each of the three pillars of student achievement - mastery of knowledge, character, and high-quality work - upon which our English Language Arts curriculum (ELEducation), is based.
Kindergarten students showcased their mastery of content knowledge in a video capturing their reasons why trees are important. They had the character-building opportunity to interact with members of the Commission, vote on the types of trees they would like to see added to Barrington's landscape, and share their thoughts about how the importance of trees could be reflected in revisions to the town ordinance. The high-quality and creative watercolor paintings each kindergartener completed encouraged visitors to appreciate the beauty of trees through the eyes of a child and enabled kindergarteners to put their learning into action.
This experience exemplifies the hallmarks of deeper learning where, through independent and collaborative learning, students can understand and address the complex elements of a topic and draw connections within and across contexts.
📚BARRINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS SELECTED FOR TEACH TO LEAD SUMMIT:
Barrington Public Schools is one of 20 school districts across the country selected to attend the U.S. Department of Education's Teach to Lead Summit in Denver, Colorado, on October 27. At the Summit, a district team of Barrington educators will develop and refine a project aligned to the theme, "Raising the Bar: Elevating Educator Diversity to Enhance Educational Experiences."
Teach to Lead is a partnership of the Department of Education, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and Teach Plus. Designed and led by teachers, it is a reflection of the Department of Education's commitment to creating systemic and sustained change, investing in educators, and providing students with the learning experiences and academically rigorous education they deserve.
🏫 FIRST DAY OF THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR:
School is officially back in session! Today, August 28, marks the first day of the 2023-2024 school year for Barrington Public Schools students.
Hallways and classrooms across the district have been buzzing with anticipation and excitement for what is sure to be a fantastic school year. We are thrilled to welcome new learners to our community and just as delighted to see familiar faces returning to our schools.
BPS is proud to serve the children and families of our Barrington community. Every day, our district's schools are filled with enthusiastic and hard-working students, educators, and staff who continually put forth their best effort.
🎉BARRINGTON TEACHER OF THE YEAR 2023:
Barrington Public Schools is proud to recognize Mrs. Connie Oswald, Grade 6 math teacher at Barrington Middle School, as the our 2023 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Oswald's dedication to the social, emotional, and academic development of her students and her commitment to inclusive instruction are inspiring.
As an active member of both our BMS and BPS communities, Mrs. Oswald makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of middle schoolers, families, and faculty members every day. Congratulations, Mrs. Oswald, for being an outstanding and devoted educator!
Thank you, Mrs. Roy and Mr. Moran, for capturing these pictures.
#BPSsoars #BPS_RI #TOTY2023
🍎 BPS EDUCATORS START THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR:
Today, August 24, marks opening day of the 2023-2024 school year for Barrington Public Schools!
Superintendent Messore and the Barrington School Committee kicked off the District's new school year this morning with a welcome address at Barrington Middle School. BPS educators also heard from speaker, Jayne Ellspermann, author of The Fundamental 5 Revisited: Exceptional Instruction in Every Setting.
We are so excited for the first day of school on Monday, August 28. This is sure to be an incredible school year! #BPSsoars
📚NATIONAL SUMMER LEARNING WEEK:
This week, July 10-14, is National Summer Learning Week!
National Summer Learning Week celebrates the many ways children and youth can engage in new and continued learning over the summer break months. Our District recognizes the social, emotional, and educational benefits of summer learning. Our students and schools have been busy this July!
Here are some resources to keep learning all summer long:
Our Barrington Public Schools Summer Learning site has summer reading and learning activities for all students in the District, grouped by grade level, school, and subject: https://www.barringtonschools.org/o/page/summer-learning
The Barrington Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge allows Barrington children and teens to earn virtual raffle tickets for reading books and completing book reviews now through August 18 to use toward prizes: https://barringtonlibrary.beanstack.org/reader365
The National Summer Learning Association's Discover Summer website has resources, activities, and access to local programs to keep children engaged all summer long: https://discoversummer.inplay.org/
☀️END OF SCHOOL YEAR SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE:
Summer break is now in full swing, following the last day of school on Friday, June 23.
Thanks to the hard work of our students, educators, staff, and administrators and the continued support of our parents, families, and Barrington community, Barrington Public Schools had an incredible 2022-2023 school year. This year, students, staff, and schools in our District have been recognized by organizations like Rhode Island Department of Education - RIDE, US Department of Education, National History Day, Rhode Island Interscholastic League, New England League of Middle Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, and more!
Congratulations to our BPS community for a year well done. Have a safe and enjoyable summer! Read the full end-of-year message from Superintendent Messore here: https://www.barringtonschools.org/article/1162725
🪁BPS YEAR END ACTIVITIES:
As the school year winds down, students across the District are enjoying outdoor field day activities.
Last week, Barrington Middle School's Lime Cluster had fun sack racing, playing Capture the Flag, and more! Barrington's four elementary schools also participated in exciting year end field day traditions, with each school hosting outdoor activities for students this week.
This story was covered in the Barrington Times on June 15: https://www.eastbayri.com/barrington/stories/barrington-middle-school-students-focus-on-fun-at-field-day,113461
All photos were taken by Richard Dionne, Jr. for the Barrington Times.
🌳KINDERGARTEN ARTWORK ON DISPLAY: Nayatt School and Primrose Hill School kindergarten students and their families attended a special open house hosted by the Barrington Tree Commission on Tuesday, June 13. With their artwork on display in the Barrington Public Library's Collis Family Gallery, kindergarteners excitedly showed off their creations and participated in conservation-learning activities. Students even had the chance to vote on the types of trees they want to see added to the town's landscape! Learn more about conservation in Barrington here: https://www.barrington.ri.gov/174/Conservation-Commission
🎷BHS JAZZ ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE:
Today, June 13, Primrose Hill Elementary School students and staff had the best seats in the building for a lively concert by the Barrington High School Jazz Ensemble.
Highlights of this afternoon's performance included a cover of "Good Time" Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen and a phenomenal trombone solo.
Thank you, Mrs. Hughes and the BHS Jazz Ensemble, for sharing your talents!
📖BMS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN PRIMROSE HILL SCHOOL READING WEEK:
This week, a long-standing tradition returned to Barrington Public Schools: Barrington Middle School students reading to Primrose Hill School students during their Reading Week!
On Tuesday, June 6, BMS students visited Primrose and read with students in five different classrooms ranging from Pre-K to Grade 3.
Prior to Reading Week, middle schoolers were selected to join the in-District fieldtrip after reading aloud a few pages of a picture book on FlipGrid. BMS students say their favorite things about participating in Reading Week at Primrose Hill School include "meeting all of the kids and getting to read to them" and "getting to see [their] old teachers".
Thank you to Mrs. Roy and Ms. O'Kane for bringing this very special tradition back to BPS - and to all students and teachers whose participation made this possible. What a great way to kick off the last few weeks of the 2022-2023 school year!
🎓BHS SENIOR SCHOOL WALK:
Students and staff in the District showed out to congratulate the Barrington High School Class of 2023 during the first annual senior school walk!
Dressed in their graduation regalia, BHS seniors visited Primrose Hill Elementary School, Nayatt School, Sowams School, Hampden Meadows Elementary School, and Barrington Middle School and walked through each school building to excited applause and cheers from students lining the hallways. Seniors stopped often to high-five elementary and middle school students and hug their former teachers.
What a fantastic send off for Barrington's next graduating class as they head into graduation weekend.
The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2023 is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Victory Field. Pending inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved into the large gymnasium with additional overflow seating (livestreaming the ceremony) in the auditorium.
🏫PRIMROSE HILL STUDENTS TOUR THE TOWN:
Primrose Hill Elementary School third graders have been learning about local government as part of the Grade 3 Rhode Island State Standards for Social Studies. On Wednesday, May 31, they had the opportunity to see local government in action with a field trip around town!
PHS Grade 3 toured Barrington's Town Hall, Public Safety Building, Public Library, Preservation Society Museum, and Prince's Hill Cemetery and met with municipal leaders including the Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Town Manager, and BPS Superintendent.
🧘BEF/BPS WELLNESS EXPO:
On May 13, the Barrington Education Foundation partnered with Barrington Public Schools to host a Wellness Expo for students, families, and the Barrington community. More than 30 vendors and local organizations shared health and wellness resources and activities. The Expo reflected a joint commitment by BEF/BPS to prioritize social, emotional, and physical wellness for all.
Zoom is not available at tonight's school committee meeting. We are live streaming.