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    Welcome to the Vartan Gregorian website! We are so excited to be able to share our news, info, events, photos and happenings with the community. Vartan Gregorian is a vibrant learning community servicing about 400 students in grades K-5. Like all schools in Providence our student body is made up of 80% of students from the neighborhood and 20% of our students are from other neighborhoods in Providence. Together we form a diverse, learning community where students are challenged and supported to grow academically and socially. Please check back often to see our updated news and feel free to reach out to us via our email. Thanks for partnering with us.



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    Dear Vartan Community,


    It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Principal at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school that has such a rich tradition of student achievement. Throughout the state, Vartan is known as a school with a talented and dedicated teaching staff, engaged students, and a supportive school community. I look forward to working with everyone.


    This will be my 17th year as an educator in Providence. For thirteen years, I was a classroom teacher. For much of that time, I taught 5th grade at Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School. Following my time at King, I accepted an offer to become the Math Coach at Fogarty. I was in that role before becoming the Assistant Principal at Fogarty last year.


    This will be an exciting summer, as our school is undergoing some major repairs and renovations. Room 8 will be transformed into a cutting edge, modern classroom that emphasizes student collaboration, choice, and flexibility. Our roof will also be repaired, along with the damaged interior. We are also working to establish a technology room, a central location for families to meet, among many other initiatives. 


    I look forward to working collaboratively with the entire school community to make Vartan the best school in the state. We are hard at work planning events and activities that will challenge and engage all students. From my office, I plan on implementing student of the month, positive office referrals, enrichment opportunities, and many additional structures that will promote a positive and nurturing environment.


    Thank you to everyone who has already welcomed me to the Vartan family. I look forward to meeting you all. Please contact me via email: matthew.russo@ppsd.org if you have any questions or concerns. Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you soon.


    Matt Russo 


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