As we approach the festive and hectic holiday season, I would ask all members of our community to keep the citizens and visitors of Paris in your thoughts.
The events of last Friday certainly prove to remind us that a tragedy, despite being thousands of miles away, can affect all of us. If your children see the news reports, they may have questions. If you feel you need extra support in speaking to your children about these violent events, please do not hesitate to contact your school principal. Our service providers will be able to help.
I also want to remind parents that 1st quarter report cards will be distributed on Friday, November 20. Included with the report card will be science NECAP results from last May's test administration. As a whole, our district did better than the state average and we continue to show growth in this area.
Many of you are aware that the PARCC scores from last spring will be released to the public today. I know the media will be eager for comments about the scores across our state. I will say this for now: We have work to do to close the achievement gaps for children who live in poverty, children who are English language learners and for those students with disabilities. It is our job to continue to focus on teaching and learning each day. While standardized tests are important and have valuable information for us to use, let us not lose sight that they are just one aspect of our work.
I wish all of you an enjoyable Thanksgiving. As we look at the unrest around our world, let us be especially grateful for all that we have and all that we are able to share with each other here in Cranston.