Sporting two blankets, red and green, my husband and I huddled with hundreds of students, families and friends at Cranston Stadium on a windy and very cold Thanksgiving morning to cheer on Cranston High School West and Cranston High School East football teams.
It was a spirited and lively game played with enthusiasm by both teams. I had the opportunity of speaking to their coaches last week. Both Mr. Centore, the CHSE coach, and Mr. Storr, the CHSW coach shared with me these teams have work hard, and as a result improved throughout the season. Although there was fierce competition, both teams did their schools proud.
On Wednesday afternoon, these two teams came together at Cranston’s Senior Center to carry on a time honored tradition of delivering turkeys to Cranston’s senior citizens. Both teams gathered bags decorated with Thanksgiving messages by some of the youngest Cranston students from Eden Park School. The teams joined city employees delivering holiday meals to 500 seniors. The coaches shared with me that the teams had assisted community members throughout the season knowing that community service is an important part of team work. We are proud of these student athletes for their playing ability and more importantly for their sportsmanship and team work.
As a result of the CHSE, the Thunderbolts’ and CHSW, the Falcons’ Thanksgiving game, CHSE will be in the fourth and final Division I playoff berth. East will meet top-seeded Barrington in the semifinal round of the Division I playoffs Tuesday night at 6 pm in Barrington. I will be there with my green blanket cheering with the students, parents, families and teachers for our students.
Join the Superintendent for a discussion on the district’s strategic plan. Please read about the revised vision, mission, value statements and goals.
At the last work session of the school committee, I presented the revised vision, mission, value statements and goals for the updated district strategic plan.
The presentation was the culmination of eleven months of work which began in September, 2012 and during this time over 150 community members; students, educators and school committee members participated in surveys, discussion groups and meetings to determine what constitutes the Cranston’s community values. A wide variety of perspectives were gathered from the community. These values are reflected in the vision, the mission, the value statements and goals.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the development of these new guiding statements and strategic plan for Cranston Public Schools. I am confident that the strong investment from our teachers, parents, administrators, students and community has resulted in a solid foundation on which to build the continued growth and success of the Cranston Public Schools.
Now comes the hard work. We are aiming at improving student outcomes, strengthening staff excellence, ensuring a healthy and safe environment, managing our fiscal resources efficiently and building productive partnerships. Implementing this plan across the district is the best way to demonstrate the value of the community’s investment in our schools. It is also the best way to instill confidence that ensures your students are equipped for whatever future they envision.
In order to keep the community informed, I will be reporting on the plan twice a year: in January, 2014 and in June, 2014. In the meantime, I will be hosting Superintendent’s Community Meetings, once a month, to hear from community members and to answer questions about the plan. Please join me on:
- Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the William Hall Library on Broad Street.
- Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library on Sockanosset Crossroads.
- Friday, December 13, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the Briggs’ Building Conference Room at 845 Park Avenue.
Looking forward to meeting and talking with parents and the community about the strategic plan.