Dear Central Community
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school-year! Mr. Dimuccio, Mr. Gallo, Mrs. Walker, Mr. Walker, and I are pleased to welcome all of you back for an exciting year.
An essential priority in the re-opening and return to brick and mortar school facilities is the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Our District has formed task forces and are utilizing a number of resources to create a detailed plan to re-open school buildings. Resources that contribute to the planning include guidance from Governor Raimondo’s office, the CDC, Angelica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Education and our own Superintendent, Harrison Peters.
As you can imagine, there is much detail, reflection, consideration, and unanticipated expense as health and safety aspects provide the focus for continued learning and growth for all students. Flexibility continues to be the mantra in creating this plan as changes are often revealed from key agencies on a day-by-day basis. With new information and guidance available, changes to the plan are anticipated. School officials are assessing the school’s readiness regarding technology and upgrades to school infrastructure, as well as, the need for additional devices and materials.
Faculty members will be engaged in continuous learning and professional development during the upcoming months. The goal is to deliver instruction to meet the needs of students whether in the traditional classroom setting or in a virtual reality should the effects of COVID-19 become more widespread and virulent.
There are some important changes to our graduation requirements for the Class of 2021 and beyond. Students must earn 21 credits and participate in PSAT and SAT. There are also diploma designations which can be earned. First, a Commissioner’s Seal which will be awarded to students with qualifying scores on the PSAT and/or SAT. To be awarded a Commissioner’s Seal, a student must achieve the qualifying score in Reading and Writing as well as Mathematics (As of this writing, the PSAT Reading and Writing score is 430. Math is 480. The SAT Reading and Writing score is 480. Math is 530.) A student may also earn a Seal of Bi-Literacy. The Seal of Bi-Literacy will be awarded to students based on qualifying scores on RIDE approved exams. More information will be forthcoming on these and other changes.
Spirits remain high. Our Administrative Team and staff are committed to provide an exceptional education for all students. If you are in need of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s guidance counselor, assistant principal or the school nurse.
It was a pleasure to serve as principal this past year. We have been challenged to think deeply, to assess various perspectives and to be guided by the tenets of our diversity leading with integrity and truth respecting our differences and bringing equity of all voices while honoring our different learning style. We are proud to be your leaders for this upcoming academic school year and welcome you all back with our Re-Opening Strong Agenda for September 2-3, 2020.
Our commitment continues to provide an exceptional educational experience to enrich the lives of our students to prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow. I look forward to the start of school for the fall of 2021.
Mr. Scott R. Sutherland, Principal