Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Five things staff, PTO members, parents and students need to know.
Wednesday, January 2
School is now back in session after the holiday break at the Johnston Public Schools and elsewhere in the town and Johnston Patch will be there to cover all the big news. But we can’t do it without your help. To make sure you get the most out of Patch for the remainder of this school year, we invite you to get active in the news-gathering process. There are five things you can do to make sure your school and its students get all the coverage they deserve from Patch: You can also become a blogger and share your school's news directly with Patch readers on a regular basis. To find out more about using Patch this school year, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance (RIASPA) posted a new Google map showing more than 200 program locations — including six right here in Johnston.
Two of Johnston's elementary schools — Winsor Hill and Thornton — are among a half-dozen locations of aftershool programs listed by the Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance (RIASPA) on a specially-made Google map. In a press release issued this week, RIASPA announced the online map, which provides detailed information about each program. Also listed for Johnston are: [When visiting the map, use the search function in your Edit menu to search for Johnston.] On its web page For Parents, RIASPA also offers a site visit checklist for parents to use when considering a program, as well as links to helpful sites and a feedback feature. RIASPA is an educational program run by the United Way of Rhode Island. For more information, call (401) 331…
Sharing pics and clips, warmer weather, and areas farmers markets are among the 5 Things to Know Today for Aug. 30, 2012.
1. Memories: Did you get photos or video of your kid's first day at school yesterday? Share them with JohnstonPatch readers [click for article and upload link]. And if you're more inclined to the written word, check out local mom Mary Quirk-Sasa's blog on the first day of school and post a reply. 2. Warmer: That little taste of fall yesterday will give way to warmer temps today, with highs in the low 80s. Sunny days and cool nights in the forecast through Saturday. 3. Shop Local: We've got two farmers markets on the Events page today: And don't forget — you can post your own event, yard sale, or business promotion on the JohnstonPatch Events page. [Click to go directly to Event template.] 4. Give It A Look: Have you checked out our Pics…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
On the eve of today's school opening, First Student staffers provided a tour of the buses that will be in service this year.
Without a doubt, one of the top concerns of parents when sending their kids off to school is safety. And although the Johnston School Department switched bus companies this year, awarding a new contract to First Student, most of the drivers and staff are the same. Location manager John Brown, who served in the same role with Durham last year, and Johnston resident Joe Najmowicz, who was reassigned to his hometown for the new school year, provided an informational tour of one of the new buses being used in Johnston this year. Among the safety features are a digital camera for monitoring riders, an alarm that senses unauthorized entry onto the bus, and a system that requires the driver to do a visual inspection of the entire bus and …
The opening bell of the 2012-13 school year is about to ring — and we're getting you ready with our 5 Things to Know Today for Aug. 29.
1. Final Check: Welcome to the first day of school for the Johnston School Department — if you've been slacking, use these links to find: 2. Share Your Shots: We're also looking for your photos and video from the first day of school in Johnston — send in the best shot of your little ones headed off to class. 3. Irene Redux: We're not due for any major storm in the near future — remember Tropical Storm Irene from last year? 4. Stay Informed: Looking to save time and stay on top of the latest news on JohnstonPatch? Sign up for our email newsletter and get updates sent right to your Inbox. 5. Glee-ful: Today is Glee star Lea Michele's 26th birthday — wonder if she'll cover another '80s tune that we'd rather forget. Also on the famous b-day …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
We're looking for the best pics & clips of the kids heading off to school.
The return of the school year is one of those classic American traditions — and so is the practice of taking photos of the kids on their way to school. If you've got a kid [or kids] attending Johnston schools, JohnstonPatch wants to feature your photos and video from their first day of the 2012-13 school year. Just click the "upload photos and videos" link — and start sharing your best shots!
Longtime teacher Leanne DeMarco recently earned a promotion to Assistant Principal at Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School in Johnston.
The new school year often brings changes — and while she may be in a new role, new Asst. Principal Leanne DeMarco will be a familiar face to students returning to Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School beginning tomorrow. A longtime special education and technology teacher at Ferri, DeMarco earned her promotion with a vote of the Johnston School Commitee on Aug. 6. "I'm excited, I really am. This is something that I've always wanted to do, and I've just been so comfortable working here for 11 years. I just keep saying to everyone that I'm really excited about the opportunity because I'm comfortable with the district — I can just get off and running the first day and the first week without having to get to know the staff and the students and all…
Here are the opening and dismissal times for Johnston public schools, as well as well as our links to bus routes.
Just in case you've been hiding under a rock — or, if you're lucky, just getting back to reality after a late summer vacation — Johnston Public Schools are scheduled to open the 2012-13 school year tomorrow, Aug. 29. The Early Childhood Center [located in the back of Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School] and Graniteville School start at 8:15 am for all-day and morning Kindergarten classes; 11:45 am for afternoon Kindergarten. Dismissal at the ECE and Graniteville are 11 am for the morning session and 2:35 pm for all-day and afternoon students. Elementary start times are 9:05 am for Sarah Dyer Barnes; Brown Avenue; Thornton Elementary; and Winsor Hill. Dismissal is at 3:20 pm. Ferri Middle School starts at 7:45 am and dismisses at 2:03 pm, …
Friday, August 24, 2012
If you need to know when your kids are getting picked up and dropped off from Johnston Schools, here's where to find all of the bus routes.
Schools in Johnston are scheduled to open next Wednesday, Aug. 29 — here are the links to bus routes provided by First Student. Click on each link to find .pdf documents for schedules for the following schools: Johnston High School and Ferri Middle School Early Childhood Center, Graniteville School, and Johnston elementary schools St. Rocco, St. Philip, Trinity Christian Academy, and Mount St. Charles Academy. Contact First Student at (401) 944-5880 for more information. Note: Parents of children with doctors' notes or information about who may pick up their students must resubmit this information to First Student. Update: First Student issued a set of changes to the bus routes on Aug. 28. Click the following link to check whether …
Monday, August 20, 2012
The Johnston bus routes for the 2012-13 school year are expected to be released within the next few days.
Johnston school officials and staffers from First Student Bus Company are doing their final preparations in advance of the scheduled beginning of school on Aug. 29, Supt. Dr. Bernard DiLullo said during a recent interview at the school department. For the first time in five years, there will be a different company transporting about 2,100 public school students and attendees of St. Rocco and St. Philip Schools, as well as students who go to vocational and other schools outside of Johnston. [JohnstonPatch has requested the bus routes, and will post them as soon as they are received. — Ed.] The school committe voted in May to award the $3.6 million contract to First Student, formerly Laidlaw Bus Company, keeping the district's …