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District Mission / Vision

Mission: Our mission is to graduate students with the passion, purpose, and proficiency to Start Here and Go Big! 

  Dr. Barnes

Vision: Each of our graduates will be able to demonstrate their proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, critical thinking, problem solving, technology, and civic responsibility based on national and international standards. We educate the whole child and provide a comprehensive education that includes: English language arts, mathematics, social studies, the sciences, the fine and applied arts, technology, health, physical education, and world languages.

District Core Commitments

We believe it is important for students, staff, parents, and the community to work together to make sure that we pass on knowledge, wisdom, values, and beliefs from one generation to another. To that end, we have established a series of broad priorities. These commitments are intended to guide the strategic direction, budgetary priorities, and decisions at the district, school, and classroom levels.

  1. Core Commitment 1: Fiscal Responsibility - Our fiscal resources are purposefully targeted to maintain and enhance a high-quality education and the core values of the school community.
  2. Core Commitment 2: Proficient Students – All students demonstrate their proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, problem solving, critical thinking, and technology, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary for success in post-secondary education, careers, and citizenship within a knowledge-based society.
  3. Core Commitment 3: Rigorous Curriculum – Our students are challenged by and engaged in a rigorous curriculum with academic, career, fine art, and co-curricular learning experiences.
  4. Core Commitment 4: Highly Effective Educators - Our students are instructed by highly-effective educators who regularly collaborate to adjust and refine their instructional practices based on student needs.
  5. Core Commitment 5: Use of Data – our educators and community use data and student assessment information purposefully to make informed decisions at the classroom, department, school, and district level.
  6. Core Commitment 6: Personalized Learning Environments - Our students are educated in a personalized learning environment that support each student’s academic, career, and personal growth and that maintains a small school culture in which each student is known well by an adult.
  7. Core Commitment 7: Partnerships - Our teachers, staff, and administrators involve our parents and the community as partners in the development of students’ proficiency and effectively engage with parents in two-way communication regarding student learning.

Letter to the Community

I have had the pleasure of being associated with the Foster-Glocester school system and community for more than 25 years as a teacher and administrator. There is something special about these communities. There is a reason why many of you moved here, or returned here. These are communities with an identity that value their smallness, their rural feel, and the lifestyle that results from the rural nature of these towns.

Because of your support, the children who reside in our communities are fortunate to have a new middle school and a renovated high school. While these new facilities substantially enhance the students’ learning environment, our schools are more than bricks and mortar. They represent the hopes, dreams, and values of the community. They are places where students excel in academics, athletics, career and technical education, and fine arts. They are, and should be, sources of community pride that bind our schools and community together. Our district is focused on the most important role that we have—preparing the next generation of young adults for college, life, work, and citizenship in a fiscally responsible manner. We recognize that for all the smallness of our communities our students, your children, will be required to live, work, and compete in a global society. Our students will compete against the best in our state, the best in our country, and the best in our world. That is why we are working hard to assess and improve our school system. We have taken significant steps toward the implementation of these enhancements to our school district. Nevertheless, much work still needs to be done to ensure that these core priorities are occurring in every class, for every student, on every day.

Over the next years the district will continue to take concrete steps to further advance this work in our schools and will share our progress with you. If you would like to share your thoughts and ideas about our schools please feel free to contact my office (401-710-7568) at any time.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael S. Barnes

Superintendent of Schools

Tri-District Strategic Plan 2013-2018

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