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.

PTA Meeting Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2nd, with District Data Manager

PTA Meeting—Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30--Learn How to View your child’s attendance, state testing scores and grades online
Jo Ann Robitaille, the Smithfield Public School Data Manager, is joining us at our PTA meeting. She will be teaching us about Infinite Campus, Smithfield’s online parent portal. 
From Jo Ann:
Using Infinite Campus, parents will be able to see in real time their child’s courses, attendance and state testing scores. Also, parents will have the ability to email teachers and share information per classroom. Furthermore, parents can update their contact information through the parent portal. For the 2013-2014 school year, we are looking forward to adding grading and assignments.
Come on out and join us to learn more and get signed up that night!

Pennies for Patients Total and Class Placement for 2013-2014

Pennies for Patients:
The total is in….LaPerche Families raised $3,886.36 to help find a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma!! Wow, were the kids and staff impressed with everyone’s generosity! It was wonderful to see the children work together to raise money for such an important cause. We received buckets of change, stacks of dollars and endless checks. THANK YOU to every family for your contribution. You far surpassed the student original goal of $1,500.00! 
Class Placement for 2013-2014 School Year:
As we head into April, we are beginning to think aboutclass groupings for next year. It is important for families to understand the process for placing students in their classrooms each year. It is the philosophy of the Smithfield Public Schools to place all elementary students in heterogeneously grouped classes which means that students of all academic levels are placed into classrooms together. Much thought goes into class placement and many factors are considered. At LaPerche, a team comprised of the principal, the current grade level teachers and special area teachers will work together to decide appropriate placement for each child. We consider many factors as we create classrooms including student learning styles, adult teaching styles, district and state assessment performance, gender, peer relationships, social development and behavioral considerations and parental input. Please know that we will think about each child as an individual and carefully place her/him in a classroom. However, if you would like to share any academic or social/emotional concerns that you feel should be considered when placing your child, please submit a letter or email (jdorsey [at] smithfield-ps [dot] org) to me by April 12th. Thank you for your ongoing partnership while we work together to make the best decisions for your child!

Attendance Policy, Websites and Homework Help 3-16-13

Updated Attendance Policy:
At our last School Committee meeting, the board voted to approve a revised attendance policy. The policy was sent home to families but the biggest change is the shift back to requiring a note following any absence.
1.       On the day your child is absent, please call the school to let us know why your child will be absent.
2.       On the day your child returns, please provide a written notification explaining why your child was absent including your child’s name, date of absence and reason for absence. If your child does not return to school with a note, the absence will be marked unexcused. 
If after reading the revisions you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me. 
Websites for Kids:
Do you find yourself looking for websites to send your children to that are educational and fun? Our own librarian, Jen Swartz, has two websites that she wanted to share with LaPerche Families!
Funbrain.com – free educational games, online books (Diary of a Wimpy Kid!), and comics for kids ages preschool through grade 8. The Playground can help parents introduce preschoolers to the Internet and teach them how to manipulate the mouse and keyboard. The games on Funbrain can help build on math and reading skills that students have learned in class, such as spelling, parts of speech, money, and fractions.
Freerice.com - a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Program. Free Rice has two goals: to provide education to everyone for free and to help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people. This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site. Free Rice is an online trivia game with questions in areas such as Math, English, the Humanities, foreign languages, science as well as SAT prep questions. For each correct answer, FreeRice.com will donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Program. Check it out. You’ll get addicted!
Website for Homework Help:
Have you ever found yourself unsure about how to help your child with her/his homework? Khanacademy.org is a free online resource with over 4000 videos covering k-12 academics. Each video is a short, clear description of how to complete an activity. Your child has to divide fractions? Multiply decimals? Watch the video together to refresh your memory! Also, if your child is struggling with a concept, this is a great resource as your child can stop and replay it as many times as necessary to understand the concepts.
Here is the web address to get started: http://www.khanacademy.org/about

Variety Show is a GO for tonight! 3-8-2013

Just a quick note to let you know that the Variety Show is a go for tonight, Friday, March 8th! Hope to see you at 6:30pm!!

February 27, 2013 Town Meeting Video

Please click play on the below image to view the February 27, 2013 Town Meeting Video. If the link below does not work for you, please click on the video on the right side of this webpage.  


Smithfield Schools ROCK the NECAP Tests! 2-15-2013

Smithfield NECAP scores are in

Smithfield High School's scores place it among tops in state

SMITHFIELD - The high school has taken a giant step forward in math proficiency and the Winsor School leads all the state's elementary schools in writing proficiency, with LaPerche Elementary close behind in second place statewide.

That's according to standardized tests given last October, which also show Smithfield High ranking among the top five high schools in the state in reading, with a proficiency level of 94 percent.

Winning particular attention at the Rhode Island Department of Education's announcement of test results last Friday was the high school's 23-point advance in math proficiency, from 36 to 59 percent.

The lower figure, from 2011, was 6 points above the state average for that year but still a cause for unease, even though it was just a single-year fluctuation.

In fact, the Education Department last week cited the high school not only for the past year's improvement, but for a 29-point advance in math proficiency since 2008.

The 23-point gain for last year - statewide, high school math proficiency rose only 4 points to 34 percent - was by far the strongest among all the state's high schools.

Smithfield's math scores put it among the top seven high schools in the state, where the leader was Barrington High, at 71 percent.

In high school reading, Smithfield's 94 percent proficiency rate was exceeded only by the 98 percent at Classical High and the 95 percent at East Greenwich High, and matched the third-best results in Barrington and Narragansett. Statewide, high school reading proficiency was 79 percent.

The high school's 11-point increase in reading proficiency last year was flagged by the Education Department as a statistically significant improvement.

School Supt. Robert O'Brien, among several of the state's superintendents invited to Friday's press conference because of their districts' accomplishments, said the math scores reflect the results of an ongoing multi-year focus on improving proficiency.

He said the previous year's 36 percent was an inaccurate barometer because it generally takes three years of effort to show genuine progress.

O'Brien said that the 18 percent of local high school students who tested substantially below proficient in math were far fewer than the 40 percent who tested at that level statewide.

High School Principal Daniel Kelley said the students far below proficiency - who must show progress if they are to graduate in 2014 - will receive intensive support.

Kelley, who praised students, teachers and staff for their role in the advancements, said more focus on math has been provided since 2008 and includes special classes for those who are having difficulty.

O'Brien noted that current high school juniors are the first to have had the benefit of all math initiatives over the previous several years - including increased collaboration among middle school and high school teachers - and the results showed.

He said other interventions included detailed looks at individual test results to determine why some students gave wrong answers and how instruction could improve for them.

The Winsor School's proficiency in writing was 95 percent, and LaPerche's second-best statewide figure was 94 percent.

The Cole Middle School in East Greenwich matched LaPerche's 94, but otherwise, Winsor and LaPerche led every other school in the state in writing, from elementary though high school level.

The tests were given under the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) to students in grades 3-8 and 11 for math and reading, and grades 5, 8, and 11 for writing.

Gallagher Middle School was cited for significant improvements in both reading and math since 2008. Reading dropped 1 point to 90 percent proficiency in 2012, but the score represented a 6-point uptick since 2008. Statewide, reading proficiency in grades 3-8 was 72 percent.

The school's math proficiency rose 2 points last year over 2011, to 77 percent. That was a 7-point improvement since 2008.

Gallagher was also cited for its 86 percent proficiency rate in writing, 21 points above the state average.

All four elementary schools were flagged for writing proficiency significantly higher than the state average of 59 percent. In addition to the high standing of Winsor and LaPerche, Old County Road scored 89 and Anna McCabe 88.

In reading, LaPerche dropped from 91 to 79 percent proficient, but that was not flagged as statistically significant, nor was a drop from 86 to 80 percent in math. LaPerche was also at 91 in reading in 2008, and at 90 in math, with the latter drop not considered significant.

Anna McCabe rose 1 point from 2011 to 87 in reading, up from 79 in 2008. Math proficiency there was up 2 points to 82 over 2011, an increase from 74 in 2008.

At Old County Road, reading dropped from 86 to 84 this past year, and was 85 in 2008. Math there went from 78 in 2011 to 86, and was up 10 points from 2008.

Winsor dropped from 93 to 86 percent in reading proficiency, which was at 89 percent in 2008. Math in 2012 was 85 percent, the same as 2011 and down five points from 2008.

Both last year and over the most recent three-year period, Smithfield students at all grade levels tested sharply higher than the state averages in reading, math, and writing, in some cases by 20 points or more.

According to the NECAP report, Smithfield High's four-year graduation rate of 94 percent was third-highest in the state for 2012, bested only by Classical's 97 percent and Barrington's 95 percent. East Greenwich High also had a rate of 94 percent. The state average was 77 percent.

Since 2009, Smithfield's graduation rate has risen by four percentage points.

O'Brien noted that while math has been a special focus here, the district despite budget constraints has been achieving in other areas, as the reading and writing scores attest. Also, he said, in separate standardized science testing last year the four elementary schools were among the highest in statewide rankings.

O'Brien said that this year's results "did not happen by accident. It was because of the hard work of the outstanding teachers, paraprofessionals, and education leaders we have in the district" and "the support of a School Committee that is always focused on the needs of the students."

But he added that in a financial balancing act, the district has had to set priorities and in doing so has made cuts in some programs, such as music. Also, he said, the district offers only five advanced college placement courses, among the fewest in the state "and I'm embarrassed to say that."

To add more of those courses would require more teachers at a time when the district has had three consecutive years of no-increase budgets, he said.

He and the School Committee are asking for an additional $1 million for the fiscal year beginning in July.

O'Brien urged residents to attend the 7 p.m. Town Council meeting Feb. 26, when he will explain his department's needs. That night the council will hold its meeting at the senior center, where it will receive proposed budgets from all town departments.

Rehearsal Time Change and Spirit Day Info!

Rehearsal Time Change
The wonderful parents who are running the Variety Show have asked if the rehearsal tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, could run until 5:00. If that works for you, please plan to pick up your child at 5:00. Otherwise, we will see you at 4:30. The practice on Friday will run until regular time, 4:30.

February Spirit Day
Friday, February 15th is Spirit Day. The 5th grade student council has chosen 70’s day so dig out those leisure suits, bell bottom pants, and hippie dresses and get ready for the disco.

Valentine Dance Reminder
Friday night is also the Valentine dance which was rescheduled from last Friday evening. The event begins at 5:30 and is being held at 12 Acres.


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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.