February 26, 2019

RINI Family Update


Semester 1 Report Cards

All students received their semester 1 report cards. The Honors Breakfast was held on February 8th  and 85 students were recognized for their academic achievement.  Please be sure to sign the report card and return it to school.  If you did not receive your student’s report card, please contact the main office as soon as possible and we will get a copy to you.  As a reminder, all students and families have access to Skyward, the online portal where grades are posted.  If you do not yet have access to this tool, please contact the main office to get the login information.

Students who are struggling in classes are encouraged to contact their teachers for support.  Teachers are available for tutoring Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after school.  Please make specific arrangements with teachers to take advantage of these support sessions.  Parent conferences are encouraged.  Please contact your student’s guidance counselor if you would like to schedule a conference with teachers or contact teachers directly as needed.

Mrs. Bouley, counselor for grades 9 and 10:  rbouley@rinimc.org

Ms. Keating, counselor for grades 11 and 12:  jkeating@rinimc.org


Please continue to encourage your students attendance in school and on time each and every school day.  It is essential that the RINI future nurses and healthcare providers develop excellent work habits and academic skills.  Missing just one class or one day of school causes students to be at a disadvantage and results in increased stress for students who as a result of absence, must catch up on what was missed.

Recent communications from the school nurse reiterate signs of illness that require students to stay home from school.  If your student is unable to attend school, please contact the main office to report their absence.

Please refrain from dismissing students from school prior to the regular dismissal time.  Appointments should be made outside of school hours.

SAT Assessments

The grade 11 students will be participating in the state mandated SAT testing during school hours on April 9, 2019.   Not only is the the assessment important for RINI accountability metrics, it is one of the requirements for admission to most nursing programs at colleges and universities.  Students are expected to be prepared and to put forth as much effort as possible so that they can “show what they know” and so that the test scores are reflective of who they are as students.  Nurses and healthcare providers are required to pass many different standardized assessments for acceptance into educational programs as well as for certifications and licensure opportunities.   The SAT is an important experience in test taking and will help prepare students for other high stakes tests that they will encounter in the future.

In preparation for this very important assessment, RINI has been preparing students practicing test questions, and allowing students to become familiar with the test format.  On Tuesday, February 26, there will be a full practice test for all grade 11 students.  This is mandatory and an important and valuable experience.   (This is a different date than that communicated previously, so please amend your calendars.)

Please support your student and assist them in preparing for both the practice test on February 26 and for the actual SAT test on April 9.  Students should be well rested on these days and should arrive to school early.  A Sodexo catered breakfast will be served on both days, beginning at 7:30 am.  All students MUST be in the testing rooms by 8:15 am or they will not be allowed to participate in the test and they will become ineligible for any test incentives. 

Students who arrive on time to the practice test, cooperate and engage fully, and attempt to answer all questions will be eligible for early dismissal on the practice day and on the test day.  Early dismissal is 1:45 pm for students who are eligible.   The incentives for students who demonstrate achievement and/or growth are outlined on the SAT incentive form and are awarded only to students who arrive on time, participate appropriately and fully in both the practice test and the actual test, and meet the targeted benchmarks.

Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Keating, grade 11 guidance counselor if there are any questions pertaining to the SAT and the preparation for it.


CCRI Nursing Program Pathway for RINI Students

CCRI Nursing program and RINI have partnered to offer a unique college pathway for RINI students only.  This program will allow 8 RINI students to direct access into the CCRI Nursing program in their senior year of high school as long as students meet the prerequisites for the program.   This qualifies for free tuition through the RI Promise Program.  Within 2 years, RINI students can earn their Registered Nurse (RN) licensure and an Associates Degree from CCRI.  Through an articulation agreement with URI, they can then transfer into the RN-BSN program and compete that within as few as 15 additional months.  This is a very exciting and important program for RINI students.  Grade 12 students are currently in the process of completing requirements and applying to this program.  Grade 11 students will learn more from the CCRI nursing department in the upcoming months.  RINI will be hosting a parent information session in the spring.  More details will follow.

For more information, please contact Ms. Keating, guidance counselor at jkeating@rinimc.org.

Sodexo Scholarship

Grade 12 students are eligible for the annual Sodexo Scholarship.  $500 will be awarded to one RINI student who exemplifies the RINI Pillars of Nursing.  Application packages can be obtained from Mrs. Gaspar and are due NO LATER than March 22, 2019.

URI Writing class Field Trip

Mrs. Mays will be taking the students in the URI Writing course on a field trip to the main campus at URI in Kingston on Friday, March 1.  Students will tour the campus, participate in a library program where they will learn about research resources and support available, and they will visit the nursing department to learn more about the program and opportunities for nursing students at URI.  This is not an optional field trip, as it is a curriculum requirement for the course.  Signed permission slips must be returned to Mrs. Mays prior to Friday.

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Health Careers Fair

Selected RINI students will have the opportunity to attend the career fair at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA on March 7, 2019.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Wozniak.



RINI students are participating in internship experiences with several of our industry partners.  It is imperative that students who are scheduled for an internship attend each and every day.   These experiences are meant to help students develop workforce skills and habits and the partners count on the students to be there on the scheduled days.  Students are required to complete any missed school work as a result of their internship, and therefore regular attendance in school is essential.  Students who demonstrate the RINI Pillars of Nursing are eligible for an internship experience.   Please contact Mrs. Wozniak for additional information.  awozniak@rinimc.org

Mentor Program

In partnership with Lifespan, the RINI Mentor Program continues.  Several students in grades 11 and 12 have been paired with industry professionals who have volunteered to meet with them and to support them on their journey to nursing and healthcare careers.  Students who are interested in obtaining a mentor should contact Mrs. Wozniak for more information. 

RINI Upcoming Events

RINI Accepting New Students For Grade 9  in the 2019-2020 School Year

Applications are available on the RINI website. http://rinimc.org/admission/.

The lottery will be held on March 1, 2019 and students will receive notification by mail of their status for enrollment.   Since RINI is a focused career pathway school, it is essential that students and families are aware of the expectations and requirements for future nurses and healthcare providers.  RINI is not just an alternative high school, rather a very rigorous academic program for students who wish to pursue nursing and allied health careers.

Please share this information with any friends, family, community members, or neighbors who may have children interested in attending RI Nurses Institute Middle College.

Summer Opportunities


Mrs. Wozniak will be enrolling students in summer employment programs offered at RINI and with other organizations.  More information will be available soon.

  • Nurses focus on nutrition and health (ages 14-16)
  • Career Exploration through summer internship (ages 17-21)

CNA employment

Several RINI healthcare partners have employment opportunities for licensed CNAs.  Please contact Mrs. Wozniak for information.

Family Engagement 


YOUR OPINIONS MATTER.  The RI Department of Education provides a survey for all school community members to provide important feedback about education and RI schools.  RINI uses the survey results for program planning and improvements.  Families are encouraged to complete the survey either online or on a paper copy.  To access the online survey, please go to www.surveys.panoramed.com/ride.   The family access code is 28607family.

The survey is available in several languages, including Spanish.  Please select the language that you are most comfortable with.

To obtain a paper copy of the survey, please contact the main office at the school or have your child pick up a survey from Mr. Margres.

The survey will take less than 20 minutes and will provide very valuable information about how RINI is serving students and families.  Your participation is essential, so thanks in advance for taking the time to participate.   RINI office staff and/or the parent organization president are available to assist parents with this survey.  Parents are invited to come to the school to complete the survey.

From the RI Department of Education

Students and families – we want to hear from you at the State of Education event

The State of Education address, an annual event that highlights the accomplishments, challenges, and goals of education in Rhode Island, is coming up on Monday, March 25.

Rhode Island students and families are encouraged to submit a short response to one of six prompts – there are three choices for each audience – for a chance to speak at the State of Education.  Responses should be 400 words or less, and should be submitted by Friday, March 8, through this form. (This is separate from the Student Q&A submissions.)

Please help promote these opportunities and post about them on social media, using the hashtag, #RIStateOfEd.

Rhode Island Parent Information Network

RI Parent Information Network has been a critical resource to Rhode Islanders serving our community since 1991.   RIPIN’s mission is to assist individuals, parents, families, and children to achieve their goals for health, education, and socio-economic well-being by providing information, training, education, support, and advocacy for person/family centered care and system change.For information about programs, services, and opportunities, please see the website https://ripin.org/ or contact RINI’s special education department.

Stop and Shop Fundraising

RINI continues to participate in A+ School Rewards and earn CASH through a great fundraising program with Stop & Shop.

When you shop at the store, points earned will be calculated and converted to CASH rewards to use towards educational needs here at RINI. Visit www.stopandshop.com and select Savings & Rewards.  Follow the prompts to create your online account.  You’ll need your 13-digit Stop & Shop Card number and the School ID #: 40677.

You can help the school by just doing your normal household grocery shopping with no additional cost to you! 


Your Amazon purchases will automatically generate .05% to the charity of your choice (RI Nurses Institute!).  Use AmazonSmile.com instead of Amazon.com. 

AmazonSmile is a way for customers to support their favorite charitable organization every time they shop with Amazon.

Shoppers who start at smile.amazon.com will find the same Amazon they know and love, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.

Signing up is easy!

Here’s how to shop AmazonSmile:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
  3. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice
  5. Start shopping!
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Parent Organization

Ms. Vivian Medina, Board member and Parent Organization President is willing and available to assist any family member with issues related to the school or to their children.  She can be reached at vmedina@rinimc.org or by calling the main office.

January 14, 2019

RINI Family Update

Happy New Year!  2019 has started of strong with the RINI community diving and  getting right back to work after a much needed break.  Upper grades are concluding semester one soon, and looking forward to a fresh start for semester two classes.  9th grade students have really settled in and responded to the academic rigor that they have found at RINI.  Mastery learning is sure to be demonstrated in the final and midterm exams.  Please understand and support your students over the next few weeks as emotions are likely to be escalated.

The student support team is always available to students and to families, and it is important to stay in contact with the counselors and the team when students are experiencing any challenges that might be causing stress.


RINI Student Support Team
Mrs. Bouley, Counselor Grades 9-10 rbouley@rinimc.org
Ms. Keating,  Counselor Grades 11-12 jkeating@rinimc.org
Mr. Margres, Dean of Students jmargres@rinimc.org
Dr. Aso, Academic Dean easo@rinimc.org
Mrs. Pellegrino, Social Worker spellegrino@rinimc.org
Mrs. Audette, School Nurse daudette@rinimc.org


Final/Midterm Exam Schedule


1/21/19 Monday  No School
1/23/19 Wednesday   Period 1 exam 8:15 – 10:15
Period 5 class – lunch/study 10:15 – 11:42
Period 2 exam 11:45 – 1:45
1/24/19 Thursday Period 4 exam 8:15 – 10:15
Period 1 class – lunch/study 10:15 – 11:42
Period 5 exam 11:40 – 1:40
Dismissal 1:45
1/25/19 Friday Exam make up day


Winter PBGR Presentations

Senior presentations for the fall semester will begin next week.  Students have worked very hard choosing and researching healthcare topics, finding and interviewing experts in the field, completing field work hours, writing a major research paper and assembling all of their learning into a formal presentation.  We are very proud of all of these seniors and are looking forward to seeing how much they have learned!  Families and friends are invited to the presentations of their students but we need to know in advance that you are coming.  Please be sure to tell your student to notify Mrs. Gaspar that they will have guests in attendance.  If you are not able to attend, we will be recording the presentations and sharing them with the students, so be sure to ask for a private viewing session.

Saying Goodbye To Ms. Granier

Ms. Granier, 9th grade English Language Arts teacher will be moving out of state and is leaving RINI. Her last day of work will be Tuesday January 15th. Ms. Granier and the 9th grade team have discussed the departure with students and although they will be sad to see her go, they are prepared for the transition.  We have made some scheduling adjustments and are confident that the new classes and teachers will positively impact student learning.

Welcome to Dr. Aso, Academic Dean

RINI is pleased to welcome Dr. Eze Aso as our new academic dean.  He will be managing academics and supporting teachers and students with the goal of excellence in teaching and learning.  Dr. Aso came to us in November and has spent the last several weeks getting to know the RINI community.  Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Aso easo@rinimc.org with any questions, comments, or concerns related to academics.

STAR Reading Assessments

The STAR Reading winter testing will be held on January 14 (9,10th grade) and January 15 (11,12th grade) during English classes.   This is an important metric as we continue to support literacy and monitor student progress.  Please support your child in doing their best on this assessment so that they can “show what they know”.  If you would like to see or discuss the results of these formative assessments, please do not hesitate to contact any of your student’s teachers or their guidance counselor.  As always, RINI encourages all students to READ, READ and READ.


Opportunities for Students

  1.  Providence Public Library (PPL) Teen Squad Rhode Coders – Learn the Code Behind the Game!

This is a program that allows student to explore how video games are created.  Teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to participate in an educational initiative. Student who participates have the opportunity to earn .5 of a high school credit through the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)’s Advanced coursework Network initiative.

When and Where:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5 pm, January 29 – May 9, 2019 at the Providence Public Library

How to Apply:

Register at http//www.ride.gosignmeup.com Contact teensquad@provlib.org for more details on how to get started.


  1. STEM Day at Brown University

This is expected to be a fun, interactive workshops and learn about studying STEM, career prospects, and college access. Facilitated by faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students, high school students and teachers will work together to do science and come to a greater understanding of the importance of STEM in today’s world.

When and Where:

January 22, 2019, leave RINI at 8:15 am by bus, return before noon

How to Participate:

See Mrs. Salomone or Ms. Staub for a permission slip

There will be a session on health and medicine and students who are interested in attending should get their permission slips in as soon as possible.  Any student who would like to attend but is concerned about exams will be allowed to utilize the exam make up day if necessary.


  1. Summer Opportunities

Information about summer employment and other opportunities for students will

be available soon.   Mrs. Wozniak awozniak@rinimc.org is the point of contact for applications and information.


Nursing Home Facility CNA Employment Opportunities

The Wingate on the East Side has part time night and weekend shifts available for CNAs. Please contact Mrs. Wozniak awozniak@rinimc.org

for details.  This is a beautiful home located at 1 Butler Avenue, Providence, across the street from East Side Market. This is on the bus line.

SAT and PSAT Practice and Testing 

SAT is an important assessment on many levels.  Students wishing to enter the nursing field will be required to submit SAT scores to competitive colleges and nursing programs.  RIDE is also using the SAT scores as a measure of student learning and school effectiveness.  RINI is focused and committed to providing opportunities for students to learn about the test and to practice both test taking skills and content questions.  Many resources are available to students and they should be practicing at home.  Please see Kahn Academy for information about the tests, for test taking strategies, and for practice tests:   https://www.khanacademy.org.

It is essential that RINI students “show what they know!”.

All 11th grade students will be taking a full practice test on February 25.

11th grade students will be dismissed at 1:45 on that day if they arrive on time and engage fully with the testing process.  Students who earn this privilege on the practice test will also earn an early dismissal on the actual SAT test day, April 9 as long as the same behaviors are exhibited.  Participation is mandatory by the RI Department of Education, so please be sure that your child is present in school on this day.

The PSAT will be held on April 10, 2019 for all grade 10 studentsParticipation is mandatory by the RI Department of Education, so please be sure that your child is present in school on this day.


RI state law requires attendance in school every hour and day that school is in session for all students until 18 years of age.  (RIGL 16-19-1)

There is a direct correlation between school attendance and academic performance.  In addition, students who are absent from classes often have emotional and behavioral responses related to the stress of missing content and learning that has happened in classes when they were not present.  RINI is an especially rigorous academic program and it is essential that nurses and healthcare providers be prepared at the highest academic level so that they can be competitive applicants to colleges and universities, and so that they will be successful with post-secondary demands.

Please make every effort to get your child to school every single day that school is in session and attempt to make appointments and other personal commitments outside of school hours.  If there are situations that are unavoidable or emergency appointments, please try to have students come in before or after so that they do not miss the full day.  It is important that you call the school if your student will be absent and send a doctor’s note if appropriate so that it can be a medical excused absence.

Please do not arrive at RINI unannounced to dismiss your child early from school.  Although it may be convenient for parents, removing students from classes early causes a serious interruption in their learning.  Students who are not feeling well in school should refrain from contacting families directly, rather should go to the school nurse who will assess their condition and support them as needed.  If the school nurse determines that a child is ill and needs to be dismissed, she will use the emergency contact form to contact families and/or contacts provided. 

Flu Season

Flu has hit RI and is becoming widespread.  The best form of prevention is proper handwashing.  Please encourage your student to wash hands often and always before eating, and discourage them from sharing food or drinks.  It is important that you do not send your student to school if they have a fever.  If you have any questions about whether or not to send your student to school, please contact your physician.  Nurse Audette daudette@rinimc.org is also available for any health related questions.

Parent Involvement

RINI encourages parents to be involved in their student’s education and in the RINI community.  There are opportunities to participate on committees where you can learn more about the school program and assist with planning and implementation of new initiatives and activities.  If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact the Parent Organization president, Vivian Media vmedina@rinimc.org or Enrollment Coordinator, Kayla Lubo klubo@rinimc.org, 680-4900.


Please contact the school if you have any questions, comments or concerns.


Thank you!

December 21, 2018

RINI Family Update

Dear RINI Community,

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has released the new school accountability system that is required under federal law, ESSA.  There are some very valuable metrics included in the report platform and there are some that RINI scored fairly well on.  However, the rating system, as expressed by RIDE, was created for schools to be as good as their lowest rating to provide laser focus on areas to improve. We will analyze these metrics thoroughly to inform our strategic decisions that will help students achieve even greater outcomes.   Continue reading “RINI Family Update”

December 7, 2018

RINI Family Update: College Edition

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College Action Plan

For a detailed plan, broken down by grade levels, please refer to the College Board information at:  https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/for-parents.

It’s never too early to think about college.  Beginning in 9th grade, students and families should begin the preparations and prepare for the process.  Continue reading “RINI Family Update: College Edition”

November 30, 2018

RINI Family Update

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November 8, 2018 Ended Quarter 1

All students received a Quarter 1 Progress Report last week. Please be sure to sign the Progress Report and return it to school. Students who are struggling in classes are encouraged to contact their teachers for support. Teachers are available for tutoring Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after school. Please make specific arrangements with teachers to take advantage of these support sessions. Continue reading “RINI Family Update”