Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Old Saint Nick will be visiting the Johnston Early Childhood Center at the Ferri Middle School on Friday, Dec. 21.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Less than a week before his big day, Santa will be spreading some Christmas cheer via trolley at the Johnston Early Childhood Center at the Ferri Middle School. This year’s visit is planned for Friday, Dec. 21, starting at 9 a.m. The event typically features a DJ, coloring books and other crafts for the kids, and oh yeah, Santa on a trolley. For video and our story on last year’s visit, click here. And this year, we’re absolutely going to want your photos and video from the big day! We will have a submission template up, which you can use to upload your own photos and videos via your Patch account. I mean, it’s the season of giving, right? So, with that in mind, we’d love your uploads. The event is planned by members of the community and …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Here are the scheduled pick-up and drop-off times for Johnston High School and Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School.
If you've been waiting for the school bus routes for Johnston Public Schools, scheduled to start on Aug. 29, JohnstonPatch has the answer. Today, we're posting the bus schedules for Johnston High School and Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School, which you'll find attached to this article. The document is in .pdf format for easy printing. [The file is 30 pages long; Ferri bus routes start on page 14.] Over the rest of the week, we'll publish the routes for the public elementary schools and Early Childhood Center; and private schools St. Rocco, Trinity Christian Academy, and St. Philip in Greenville. Each school is listed with all of the bus numbers and their routes for both morning pick-up and afternoon drop-offs. Since the district has changed…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Some tips to take with you when shopping for that new pack, along with recommendations for some of the best brands.
If you have a student going into Ferri Middle School or Johnston High School this fall, chances are he or she is carrying an overloaded, heavy backpack. And some of the area’s schools offer no lockers, so your child may be dragging around a Sherpa size backpack all day, potentially causing pain and damage to his or her growing spine. Dr. Stefanie Haugen is a parent of two who trained at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO and currently practices in Seattle, WA. "Carrying a heavy backpack improperly over time can definitely result in long-term challenges to a child’s spine said Haugen, including, “strained muscles and joints, headaches, forward head posture and causes serious back pain, just to name a few." Haugen explained …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The local squad held the better season record, but couldn't hold off the East Greenwich team's late surge.
The Archie R. Cole Middle School boys basketball team went into the playoffs with a better record, 12-2, than its 8-4 opponent, Ferri Middle School, but the Lancers had to fight back from an 8-point deficit at the half to secure their 57-55 win in the first round of the middle school playoffs on Tuesday in East Greenwich. In the final seconds of the game, Cole eighth-grader Brian Gemma hit a three-pointer to pull ahead of the Jaguars. He scored once more at the line, and Ferri’s final shot bounced off the rim, giving the Lancers the win. “It was definitely Brian Gemma’s day. He did awesome,” said Cole coach Joe Szymkowicz afterwards. “He shoots a lot. Other coaches might yell and scream at him, but he can shoot all day as far as I’m …
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Appointment of an assistant principal at N.A. Ferri Middle School is among the items on tonight's agenda.
The Johnston School Committee is scheduled to meet tonight at N.A. Ferri Middle School, starting with an executive session set for 6:30 p.m. The public portion of the meeting is expected to start at 7 p.m. Among tonight's agenda items is the appointment of Steven Poricelli to assistant principal of Ferri Middle School, a position that Supt. Dr. Bernard DiLullo has sought to restore since a previous cut to the staffing there. Also scheduled for consideration tonight: A copy of the agenda for tonight's meeting is attached to this article.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Two programs at Mohr; Medicare info at the senior center; Ferri chorus and band concerts; summer day camp registration; and today in history: closest Indy finish
Mohr Educational Stuff: Today at the library: Medicare A-B-Cs — and Ds: The senior center hosts an informative seminar on Medicare tonight at 6:30 p.m. Preregistration required — call Ann Glew at 944-3343 ext. 107. Middle School Music: The Ferri Middle School Chorus and Band groups host two concerts, tonight and tomorrow night. This evening's performance is by the 7th grade "Firechoir," the 8th grade chorus and the 7th and 8th grade band. Showtime is 7 p.m., tickets are just $5. Maybe A Lot Of Fun: I'm on an 'M' roll today, so I'll just go with it. The Parks and Recreation Department continues summer day camp registration today. Sign up the littlies early. Mighty Close: On this date in 1992, Al Unser Jr. won the Indy 500 by the closest …
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The middle school chorus and band troupes are scheduled to perform May 24 and 25.
Join the Ferri Middle School Choir and Band as they entertain this month with two concerts at the school. On May 24 at 7 p.m., enjoy the sounds of the 7th grade "Firechoir," the 8th grade chorus and the 7th/8th grade band. On May 25 at 7 p.m., let the 7th grade "Icetones," 6th grade chorus and 6th grade band entertain you. Tickets are being sold at the school prior to the concerts for $5.00 per person. There will also be tickets available at the door for last-minute purchase. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Johnston School Music Association (JSMA) and its work to support music education at Johnston schools. For more information about these events and ticket sales please contact Ferri Middle School at 233-1930 or Tom Conlon…
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Deborah Gist says the state Department of Education will no longer push for a tiered diploma system and discusses the recent NECAP results with Johnston parents.
Rhode Island State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist told a group of Johnston residents last night that she is no longer pursuing the three-tiered diploma system that created a maelstrom of resistance from parents. At a previous appearance in Cranston on Feb. 5, Gist said she would suggest delaying the new diploma system until 2014. During a phone interview Tuesday morning, RIDE spokesman Elliot Krieger explained that Gist has made a recommendation to the state's Board of Regents that the tiered diploma system be abandoned. The Regents are expected to vote on Gist's proposal to drop the three-tiered format at an upcoming meeting, Krieger said. “We (Rhode Island Department of Education) are not pursuing a tiered diploma system. However, …
More Raymond Carver and storytime at the library; it's not too early to start thinking about February vacation; the school committee meets tonight; and today in history: rocket + ice = win
Baby Storytime: Continuing its weekly series, Mohr Library hosts storytime for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old today from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Stories, songs, rhymes, and a simple craft — much better than another hour of Elmo. Raymond Carver Series: Later today, at 3 p.m., the library looks at the noir fiction of author Raymond Carver. Learn more about this influential author in the Reading Room. Vacation On The Way: For the kids, at least, next week is one for taking a break. Watch JohnstonPatch for lists of activities and events to get them (and you) out of the house. Spoiler alert! The week includes gum drop architecture and "turn your friend into a snowman" activities at the library. Put them on the calendar now. School Commitee …
Monday, February 14, 2011
The state's commissioner of education, Deborah Gist, hosts a community forum as part of her "listening and learning" tour.
Following her visits to Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School this morning and a meeting with Johnston teachers this afternoon, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist continues her "Transforming Education in Rhode Island" series of community forums tonight beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School. Gist has been traveling to each of the state's 36 school districts to discuss educational issues and update the public on the status of education in Rhode Island. One potential topic is the release last week of the state's New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, results. The standardized tests are given every year to students in grades 3 through 8 and in grade 11. In Johnston, 71 percent of 11th-graders scored …