Monday, October 29, 2012
Barrington Public Schools will close for another day because of the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Barrington Public Schools are closed again on Tuesday, Oct. 30, because of the threat of continued hazardous weather from Hurricane Sandy. St. Luke's School and Barrington Christian Academy also will be closed on Tuesday. You can follow all of the Barrington school and other closings on the RI Broadcasters Association Closures web page. [Click the link to visit the site.] The page lists all public and private schools, as well as businesses and government agencies. RIBA also allows computer and smartphone users to sign up for email and text alerts on school closures. Is your business closing ahead of Hurricane Sandy? Post an announcement in our comment section below.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Eighth-graders at the Barrington school teach all students how to do JAM -- Just a Minute fitness -- in the classroom.
There was quite a bit of "jamming" going on at St. Luke's School in Barrington last Friday morning. It was actually an eighth-grade fitness project with the acronym JAM -- Just a Minute. Physical education teacher Jessica Williams taught the eighth-graders a few fitness exercises that they then taught to their fellow students. See the video for a up-close view.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Tiernan Burke made his first day as a kindergarten pupil a bit more memorable than most.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Tiernan Burke began his first day as a kindergartner at St Luke's School in Barrington with a memorable entrance, according to his father. He was one of the 250 pupils from pre-K to 8th grade to be welcomed back by St. Luke's last week -- the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Barrington School Committee also names a new assistant principal at the high school on Wednesday evening.
Nayatt Elementary School has a new principal, and Barrington High School has a new assistant principal. The School Committee approved the two appointments in a special session Wednesday night in the air-conditioned high school library. The appointments fill two of the five top administrative positions that opened up in Barrington this year. Tracey Whitehead was introduced as the new Nayatt principal, a post that was filled last year by two interim administrators who each served for 90 school days. Whitehead comes to Barrington from Hopkins Hill Elementary School in Coventry, where she served as principal for three years. Edward Daft was introduced as the new assistant principal at the high school, replacing Lonnie Morris, who resigned …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Work on new sidewalks and a bike lane on Kent Street leading to Hampden Meadows School in Barrington is expected to finish next week.
Students at Hampden Meadows School in Barrington will have a much safer road to walk or bike along by the end of next week. Workers for Manuel R. Pavao Contractor have been laying concrete sidewalks along Kent Street between Sowams and New Meadow roads and around the school since students went home for the summer a few week ago. “We expect to finish the work next week,” said Jason Pavao, project manager. “We had an Aug. 13 deadline.” A subcontractor will then come in and stripe the road for the bike lane, Pavao said. The new sidewalks and other improvements are being paid for with $174,000 in federal money under the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, said Town Planner Phil Hervey. “No local money at all,” he said. Kent Street had no …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The School Committee and new Barrington Superintendent Michael Messore are asking for your help in setting priorities; fill out a survey by July 16 to start strategic planning.
The School Committee thinks now is the time to redefine and refocus priorities for the Barrington schools. And it wants to start this strategic-planning process with your ideas and inputs submitted in a survey found on the Barringston school website. “The Barrington Public Schools has always prepared and acted on the basis of multiyear, long-range plans,” said Superintendent Michael Messore. “And the district faces a future of ever-changing student demographics, fluctuating school finances, and increasing demands from our community and nation for well-educated graduates.” “A strategic planning process will help the committee anticipate changes and make well-informed decisions about the future direction of the Barrington schools,” said…
Friday, June 29, 2012
Robert McIntyre is retiring as superintendent of the Barrington Public Schools, a post he describes as "the best I've ever had."
Robert McIntyre is ready to go. The superintendent of Barrington’s schools for the past five years is retiring on Friday, June 29, after 30 years in administration and 10 years in a classroom. “You’ve got to know when it’s time to move on,” said McIntyre. “And it’s time.” The outgoing superintendent said his position in Barrington was “the best I’ve ever had.” “It was a great opportunity,” McIntyre said. “There are so many great people here, so many dedicated people, the parents, the School Committee, the BEF (Barrington Education Foundation). I’ve made a lot of great friends. And I’ve told them all, I’ll be back.” “I always felt welcome here,” he said. “I always felt it was a good match, and that’s critical. You need that bond and …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Charlie Ionata of Barrington takes second in the national high school championship meet that saw two local relay teams run better than ever.
A trip down south last weekend to the only national track meet for high school athletes turned into an All-American experience for a Barrington High School hammer thrower. The two Barrington relay teams that competed with him in the New Balance Nationals found out what it’s like to run against the best teenage runners in the country, said track coach Michael Meehan. “This really opened their eyes,” said Meehan. “It was a good experience for the runners, and I learned a lot as a coach.” For one of the competitors, Charlie Ionata, it was a trip to remember. He tossed the 12-pound hammer 205 feet, 10 inches to finish second in the country and earn All-America honors. Joe Velez, a friend and competitor from Classical High School in Providence…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Sandra Whitaker has been a stalwart in the Barrington Public Schools' central administrative offices for 32 years.
The Barrington School Committee said goodbye to one of its longest serving employees on Tuesday evening, June 19. Sandra Whitaker, secretary to the superintendent, is retiring at the end of June after 32 years with the public schools. The Tuesday night meeting was her final session. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to work here all these years,” said Whitaker, who has been compiling the minutes of the twice monthly School Committee meetings using shorthand learned at the former Katherine Gibbs School in Providence. “I believe I’m the only person who knows shorthand here,” said Whitaker, who then transcribes her notes on a computer. Whitaker was greeted at her seat with a plant. School Committee Chairman Patrick Guida also presented her …
Wood shop at the Barrington Middle School will be kept next year in one form or another; School Committee votes unanimously to maintain the status quo.
There will be wood shop at the Barrington Middle School next year -- in some form or another. The School Committee voted 4-0 Tuesday evening, June 19, to keep the wood shop program at the same level of service as voters at the Financial Town Meeting desired. But there is a hitch. Wood shop teacher Michael Topazio recently announced he is retiring. The administration must find another full-time teacher to replace him, and at a compensation level of no more than $75,000 – significantly less than the top step Topazio earned. That may not be easy, said Superintendent Robert McIntyre. Finding certified industrial arts teachers is a chore in today’s education marketplace because of the transition to technology and robotics. "We'll know as soon …