Mission Statement

The mission of R.C. LaPerche Elementary School, as an inclusive learning community devoted to high standards and best teaching practices for all students, is to inspire life-long learning and to develop responsible, self-confident children capable of effective communication and problem solving, through a collaboration of parents, teachers, students, and the community, which fosters a safe, respectful environment, recognizing diversity and individuality.

Fun Festival Volunteers, Morning Drop Off Procedures and More in the Latest Update from LaPerche-September 16, 2017

Please click on the link below for the latest update from LaPerche!


Nurse's Newsletter--https://www.smore.com/app/pages/preview/9p2z0

Open House-Wednesday, September 13 5:30-7:30




A quick reminder about the details for Open House:


Students are encouraged to join their families for Open House!  This is a night to visit your child’s classroom and meet your child’s teacher, special education teachers and other LaPerche educators such as the reading, speech, music, art, library, and physical education teachers.  


Feel free to stop in anytime during the two hour block.


Stop by the gym to visit with Mr. Connell and the Scholastic Book Fair.  Visit the PTA table to learn about all the different activities we have coming up as well as opportunities to volunteer!
Search for the PAW’s Signs and sign up to get PAWED!


5th grade students will be hosting their first fundraiser--a bake sale and positive message writing station!  Adults and students can purchase a PAW PRINT for $1 each on which to write a positive or encouraging message to a student, teacher or classroom.  The fifth grade students workers will then hang the PAW on the correct classroom door!  We have a competition going around among the adults to see which class will receive the most PAWS!!


We look forward to seeing all of our LaPerche families on Wednesday, September 13 at Open House!




Update from LaPerche--September 4, 2017

 Please see the link below for the latest update from LaPerche!


First Update for the 2017-2018 School Year!

The first day of school is just days away!  If you have not already done so, I would suggest getting to bed early tonight and setting an alarm tomorrow for a trial run!  The playground opens at 8:20 onTuesday, August 29 for supervised morning play!  
When you have a few minutes, please check out the first update for the 2017-2018 year! You may need to copy and paste the link into a new window.

New Assistant Superintendent Hired in Smithfield--August 22, 2017

Dear Smithfield Families, 

At its meeting last evening, the Smithfield School Committee named Sara Monaco as the Assistant Superintendent of Smithfield Public Schools.  

Currently the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the Warwick Public Schools, Dr. Monaco is a former educator in Smithfield, serving as both a special educator and a reading specialist from 2002 to 2012.

We were honored to have had many talented educators apply for the position and are excited to bring Dr. Monaco back to Smithfield, where she served as a teacher prior to being an administrator in Warwick.  Dr. Monaco's skills and experience with federal grants, curriculum development, and professional development are a perfect match for our district.

As a director in Warwick, Dr. Monaco established and implemented a system of assessments and interventions as well as a curriculum development cycle.  She was responsible for the oversight of federal grants and professional development programming and curriculum revision.  Her skills include the ability to analyze district and school-level data inclusive of early warning indicators to engage others in the iterative process of data-driven problem solving and school improvement.

Dr. Monaco, a Smithfield resident and parent, earned bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Providence College and was awarded a doctorate from Northeastern University in curriculum leadership.  

In its hiring process, a search committee, consisting of three teachers and six administrators, reviewed 34 applicants for the position.  Seven highly qualified candidates were interviewed, four of which returned for a second interview.  The final two candidates were interviewed by the school committee on August 7th.  

A special thanks goes to members of the search committee:  Eileen Crudele, Cathy Pleau, Paul Barrette, Holly Keenan, Judy Paolucci, John Burns, Ken Hopkins, Tricia Connell, and Vin Zibelli.
Judy Paolucci


New Administrators set to Welcome Smithfield Students--Valley Breeze August 2017

Check out the Valley Breeze article to learn more about our new Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent!


Smithfield Hires a New Superintendent--June 20, 2017


SMITHFIELD – Concluding a three-month search that drew applicants from across New England, the Smithfield School Committee has named Dr. Judith J. Paolucci as its next superintendent of schools.
“We are thrilled to bring such a talented instructional leader to our community,” School Committee Chair Sean Clough said. “Dr. Paolucci brings a wide array of experiences as a classroom teacher, coordinator, and leader in a variety of settings, all of which will serve her and us well in the coming years.”
Currently the superintendent for the Leicester (MA) Public Schools, Dr. Paolucci is the former superintendent of schools for the Yarmouth (ME) School Department, where she served from 2009-2014. She is also the former assistant superintendent for the Narragansett school system.
During her tenure in Leicester, Dr. Paolucci improved technology infrastructure and access throughout the district, including establishing a one-to-one Chromebook initiative at the high school. She is also credited with improving town-school relations through effective communication and a transparent budget process, supporting the development of leadership skills through regular trainings for teacher leaders and administrators, and ensuring support for students who are not meeting academic expectations through a data-based Response to Intervention model.
Throughout her career, Dr. Paolucci has emphasized facilitating curriculum development, implementing effective professional development programs, managing grant and local budget funds, and working with school-based administrators to meet state and federal mandates and improving the quality of instruction in all schools.
Dr. Paolucci, who earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Rhode Island College, holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College.
In addition, she brings 10 years of high school teaching experience and is a former science curriculum coordinator. She served as executive director of the Rhode Island Teaching and Learning Center, where she researched, planned, and implemented effective professional development programs for RI teachers and instructional coaches, facilitating RI’s National Board Certification Initiative.
In its hiring process, the search committee reviewed 20 applicants for the position, and interviewed eight candidates, all of whom were current superintendents, and all held doctoral degrees, Mr. Clough said.
“It was a very strong applicant pool, with extremely qualified candidates,” he said. “We feel we have found the right person for this job.”

Dr. Paolucci replaces Smithfield’s longtime superintendent of schools, Robert O’Brien, who announced his intent to retire later this summer. Dr. Paolucci’s start date is August 1. 

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Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary School is one of four elementary schools in the Smithfield Public School system. Our school is dedicated to Raymond C. LaPerche, a former teacher, principal and superintendent in the Smithfield Public Schools for 41 years. LaPerche first opened its doors in 1968 and presently serves students in kindergarten to grade five.