November 1, 2018

RINI Family Update


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Opportunities Block

This week begins the new Opportunities Block for interventions and enrichment.  This will replace the 4 day per week Advisory period that students have been attending since September.  The new classes will provide explicit opportunities for all students to build skills and competencies in academic core content areas, on college readiness assessments, and in basic reading, writing and math foundations.  RINI is intent on preparing students at the highest level and providing all students with opportunities to work to their fullest potential.

November 8, 2018 Ends Quarter 1

Grade 9 and 10 students received an interim progress report for October recently.  If you did not receive one, please feel free to contact the main office or any of your child’s teachers. 

All students will receive a Quarter 1 Progress Report during the week of November 13, 2018.  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

Parent conference forms were sent home with students recently.  If you did not receive a form, or would like to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teachers, please contact the main office.  Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 14 from 3-6pm and Thursday, November 15 from 5-7pm by appointment.   Conferences are intended for families to meet teachers and staff from RINI and to discuss individual student’s strengths and needs.  ALL families are invited and encouraged to attend with their RINI student. 


SAT and PSAT Preparation

RINI scholars in grades 10 and 11 will begin preparing for the PSAT and SAT assessments. These are RI mandated standardized tests that are also required by many colleges and universities for admission into their programs. RINI scholars and future nurses/healthcare providers must spend time reviewing Kahn Academy and the free resources that are available to assist them in doing their very best on these tests.


FAFSA applications opened October 1st and students in grade 12 have been working to complete and submit them.  Students will need parent tax returns from 2017 as well as their own student tax returns for that year.   Additional information may also be needed.   Students may fill out the FAFSA at home with parents/guardians or make an appointment and go with parents/guardians to the College Planning Center of RI. Located in: Mall Address: 400 Bald Hill Rd # R10, Warwick, RI 02886, Phone: (401) 736-3170

College in the Future for ALL RINI Students

Commonly, the more time in the first three years of high school that a student devotes to researching colleges, visiting campuses, and evaluating their preferences and goals, the more likely it will be that they are ready and able to apply to colleges of their choice and via the admissions plan that will be most advantageous.

Not all schools offer rolling admission, but for colleges that do have this policy, it is advantageous to apply as soon as the applications become available.  Alternatively, early decision plans are great options too, provided that the student is fully committed to attending a college.  Early decision is a binding commitment to that specific college.  Those students who are prepared and ready to apply to college near the beginning of their senior years generally receive more acceptance letters and have greater choice in the college/university that they will attend. 

RINI students will have ample opportunities to learn about and to visit area colleges.  Families are encouraged to contact Ms. Keating at the school if they have any questions about college and application process.

RINI Upcoming Events

Flu Clinic for Families on Parent Conference Days

On both conference dates, 11/14 and 11/15, there will be a flu clinic available for family members who wish to receive the flu vaccine at the school.  Bring your insurance card.  There is usually no wait and this provides a convenient option for families who are attending the conferences.  Students will have the opportunity to receive their flu vaccines during school on November 13, 2018. 

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

Applications are available on the RINI website.

The next Open House is scheduled for January 24, 2019. 

Health Occupations Students of America – HOSA

The Fall Leadership Conference will be held on November 9th. All HOSA members are invited to attend. Cost is $25.00 per person. Please see Mrs. Wozniak for more information and to register.

Recent Events

URI Field Trip

Students taking the URI writing class visited the Kingston Campus recently.  They learned about research and how to utilize the resources in the college library. 

URI Talent Development Visit to RINI

The URI Talent Development Program representative visited RINI to share information with graduating students who may be considering post-secondary educational opportunities at URI.

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 RINI students to apply directly into the CCRI Nursing program in their senior year of high school as long as students meet the pre-requisites for the program.  They will then be able to take advantage of the free tuition offered by the RI Promise Program.  Within 2 years, RINI students can earn their Registered Nurse (RN) licensure and an Associate’s 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 promising program for many RINI students.

For more information, please contact Ms. Keating, guidance counselor at

RI College Mini Dance Concert Series

The 10th grade classes visited RI College and attended a dance performance.  The director of dance stated “As we look at our culture, it is easy to see that OBESITY has become an epidemic of great concern in this country.  Young people are using their bodies less and less, due in large part to our media driven culture and the lack of opportunities for children who are not athletically inclined. What’s more, fast food and the growing social media frenzy are quickly disconnecting our youth from their physical bodies and encouraging malaise.”   This concert (offered) students the opportunity to recognize that there are other ways to have fun, keep physically fit, and learn about culture, history and the arts”.  Students also toured the campus and learned firsthand from a RIC Nursing student what the program entails and what life as a RIC nursing student is like.

RIC Dance Performance

RINI students with the RIC Nursing students as tour guides visit the Nursing Building.

RINI in the News


Providence Business News announced this week that RINI is one of seven organizations to receive a Diversity and Inclusion Award. .  RINI won the award in the Education division and will be honored at the paper’s annual Summit on the topic on December 5th.  The mission of the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College is to prepare a diverse group of students to become the highly educated and professional nursing workforce of the future and this aligns perfectly with the PBN award program.

Family Engagement

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 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!

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 or by calling the main office. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns: (401) 680-4900