Smithfield schools release first annual report

The Smithfield School Department has released its first annual report to list its achievements in various departments and to provide a status report on the efforts undertaken to educate the town’s students within its stratagic plan.
The 17-page report entitled “Learning Today … Leading Tomorrow” can be read in its entirety online at
Superintendent Robert O’Brien noted three highlights in the report: The addition of full-day kindergarten programs in all elementary schools; the launch of the district’s 1:1 Chromebook, which aims to provide each student in the third, sixth and ninth grades with a lap top; and the addition of a Biology Advanced Placement course at the high school.
‘While we commit to full execution of our Strategic Plan, we also need to continue a culture of excellence and equity, which is essential to raising student achievement for all and eliminating achievement gaps,” O’Brien said in his message at the top of the report. “That means holding every student and staff member to high expectations while providing the support every student and staff member needs to achieve their goals.”
The report is packed with information about accomplishments by staff and students, budget details, test scores, capital building projects and physical improvements to schools, safety, and reports for each school for principals.
The standings of the town’s schools as rated by the Rhode Island Department of Education are included: Smithfield High School, Commended;
Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School-Typical; Anna McCabe Elementary School, Commended; Old County Road Elementary School, Typical; R.C. LaPerche Elementary School, Leading; William Winsor Elementary School-Leading.
O’Brien invites parents, businesses and town residents in general to read the report and inquire about ways of helping the school district meet its strategic plan goals.
“We have many businesses in Smithfield that have partnered with our schools to help us meet our Strategic Plan goals,” O’Brien said. “We are always open to establishing more community partnerships. We encourage parents to get involved in the schools by volunteering at a school. We encourage community members to serve on various committees at the school and at the district level.”