🧡BPS CELEBRATES UNITY DAY 2023:
October 18 is Unity Day, a signature event of PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC)'s National Bullying Prevention Month. Schools across our District celebrated Unity Day thanks to the hard work and organization of the Barrington High School Chain Reaction Club, faculty advisors, and school counselors!
Today, students and staff sported orange to send a visible message that Barrington Public Schools and our learning communities are united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Morning arrival included many high fives and warm welcomes into school.
Learn more about BHS Chain Reaction Club: https://www.barringtonhigh.org/.../page/chain-reaction
Learn more about Unity Day: https://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp
🍂BARRINGTON DAY OF CARING 2023:
Dozens of Barrington High School athletes and coaches participated in the Town of Barrington, RI's annual Barrington Day of Caring on Monday, October 9!
Among these BPS volunteers were 22 athletes from the boys cross country team who volunteered at Barrington Farm School. They spent hours digging ditches, spreading mulch and wood chips, pulling weeds, and transplanting crops to help the Farm School get ready for the winter season.
Great work, BHS athletes and Barrington residents, for your care and community service!
👟PRIMROSE HILL JOG-A-THON:
The Jog-A-Thon has returned to Primrose Hill Elementary School for another year, sending Primrose Pandas on the move! Students and their teachers jogged laps around the field to a cheering crowd of families and friends - all to support the PHS community.
Organized by the Primrose Hill School PTO, the Jog-A-Thon helps fund additional school events and activities for the school year. Throughout the week leading up to the Jog-A-Thon, Primrose students also contributed to a community cause by collecting athletic sneaker donations.
Thank you to our PHS PTO for organizing another wonderful Jog-A-Thon and to our community of educators, families, and BPS volunteers who make this event such a success!
🧙♀️OCTOBERFEST THROWBACK THURSDAY:
Take a #ThrowbackThursday look at Sowams Octoberfest through the years and get excited for Octoberfest 2023 this weekend! There will be food trucks, carnival games, and lots of family fun.
🟠Saturday, October 14
🟣10 AM - 3 PM
All photos taken for East Bay Media.
📘BHS NAMED TO AP HONOR ROLL:
Barrington High School has been named to the Advanced Placement Program (AP) School Honor Roll, earning Gold distinction for students' college readiness and preparation.
Seventy percent of BHS seniors in the Class of 2023 took at least one AP exam during high school. Overall, 63% of 2023 seniors scored a three or higher on at least one AP exam and 11% of the seniors took five or more AP exams, including at least one exam in the 9th or 10th grade!
"This recognition demonstrates the incredible amount of hard work of our students and teachers," said BHS Principal, Mr. Ashley.
Read more about this distinction: https://www.barringtonschools.org/article/1276470
This photo was taken by Richard Dionne, Jr. for East Bay Media.
🚴♀️HMS WALK, BIKE, AND ROLL TO SCHOOL:
Hampden Meadows Elementary School Tough Tigers and their families recently celebrated International Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day school-wide! Walking, biking, and rolling to school promotes physical activity, teaches students safe and healthy ways to get to school, and helps to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in neighborhood communities.
Thank you, Miss Freeman and Miss O'Neil, for encouraging healthy habits, road safety, and a strong sense of community at HMS. And a special thank you to Officer Joel for making sure our students and families were able to safely cross the road on this foggy morning!
Learn more about International Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day here: https://www.walkbiketoschool.org/learn-more/why-walkbike/
🎃SOWAMS SCHOOL OCTOBERFEST:
Sowams Octoberfest is coming! This weekend, Sowams School will be hosting its annual Octoberfest, a fall community event filled with family fun!
🟠Saturday, October 14
⚫️10 AM - 3 PM
There will be food trucks, carnival games, spooky hayrides, basket raffles, and a silent auction. Admission is free!
🥎NATIONAL COACHES DAY:
Today, October 6, is #NationalCoachesDay which honors coaches across the country who dedicate their time and energy to leading teams in every sport!
Barrington Public Schools is very fortunate to have many coaches who continually motivate our students to strive for improvement and be the best they can be. Team work makes our dream work!
All photos were taken by Richard Dionne, Jr. for East Bay Media.
🧑🏫CELEBRATING WORLD TEACHERS' DAY 2023:
October 5 is #WorldTeachersDay, which recognizes the significant ways teachers shape, mentor, and educate youth all over the world.
The Rhode Island Department of Education recently celebrated and honored outstanding educators across the state at WaterFire Providence - including our own District Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Oswald!
Thank you to all of our Barrington Public Schools teachers, past and present, for empowering, educating, and encouraging generations of youth!
🏆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!
🍄HMS STUDENT FINDS RARE MUSHROOM:
Silas is a student at Hampden Meadows Elementary School, and a youth ambassador for the Rhode Island Mycological Society with an avid interest in mushrooms. While exploring the East Bay Bike Path with his dad this summer, Silas noticed a rare mushroom called Boletus billieae, or "Billie's Bolete," that had not previously been found in Rhode Island.
Way to go, Silas!
Read more about this cool find here: https://ecori.org/barrington-boy-finds-rare-mushroom-species-never-before-seen-in-r-i/
⚫️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!
🚀NAYATT STUDENTS GO TO SPACE:
In the 2022-2023 school year, the Rhode Island Science Teachers Association (RISTA) organized a state-wide NASA "Downlink" event for students to ask questions to astronauts on the International Space Station. Eight of the 16 student questions chosen by RISTA and NASA were asked by Nayatt School students in Ms. Perreira's 2022-2023 first grade class!
On September 14, NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli (@astrojaws) and Frank Rubio (@astro_frankrubio) called in from the International Space Station to answer student questions - and there were a few familiar faces from our Nayatt community on the stream!
Watch the downlink here: https://youtu.be/YbSfCfWiO9Y?feature=shared
🎨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:
August 24 marked 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