May 6, 2019

RINI Family Update May 6, 2019


NGSS Science Assessment

RINI will administer the state-mandated science assessment for all grade 11 students on May 8, 2019, beginning at 8:15 am.

Advanced Course Network

Enrichment opportunities for students
registration open until May 31

Registration is now open for Summer, Fall, and Yearlong courses on Registration for Summer, Fall, and Yearlong courses will be open until May 31, 2019, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Questions about the Advanced Course Network can be directed to Ms. Keating, Mrs. Bouley, or

Data Navigators

RINI 10th grade students who are participating in the Providence Public Library Teen Squad Program; Data Navigators will present their Youth Showcase highlighting their data visualization projects on Thursday, May 30, 2019, 11:30 am-12:30 pm at the Providence Public Library, the Ship Room, 225 Washington Street, Providence. Families and guests are invited to attend. Please contact the main office at the school to let us know you will be attending.


Senior Activities

RINI celebrated College Decision Day last week. Congratulations to the seniors!


Graduation will be held in Sapinsley Hall at Rhode Island College on June 12, 2019. The program begins at 6pm sharp. TIckets and additional information will be available soon.

Senior Dinner

Senior Dinner will be held at the Pawtucket Country Club on June 5, 2019, at 6 pm sharp. Tickets and additional information will be available soon.


In order to qualify for financial aid, including the RI Governor’s Promise Program for CCRI tuition, students must complete the federal FAFSA forms. Some scholarships and assistance are awarded on a rolling basis, so it is important to get these forms completed as soon as possible. Students will need parents’ tax and income information in order to complete these forms. For assistance, please contact Ms. Keating.


Nursing and Healthcare Careers Informational Program

Please Join Us!
Share a meal and learn about college and career opportunities
(school program, summer employment, and enrichment, CNA training and employment, etc.)

Wednesday, May 15th / 5:30-7:00 p.m. at RINIMC

Students and their families are invited
Please RSVP to Audrey Wozniak 401-680-4900 x415

Summer Employment and Enrichment

RINI has several other opportunities for employment and enrichment for students over the summer. Please contact Mrs. Wozniak for additional information at:

High school students invited to apply for study abroad scholarships

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) each year provides more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries. These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century’s global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions. The application periods will open in late summer/early fall for the following programs:

    • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
    • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
    • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)
    • Youth Ambassadors

These scholarship programs cover international airfare, tuition, program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, except select Youth Ambassadors programs, and applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 when the program starts.


The deadline for the application for the summer program at Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been extended until Friday, May 10th. The application can be accessed via Google Form here and a PDF version can be obtained from Mrs. Wozniak if any student would rather complete the application by hand.

CNA employment

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

RINI Upcoming Events

RI Nurses Institute Middle College Board of Directors Meeting

The RINI Board of Directors meets monthly except in July and December. The next meeting is May 9, 2019, 5:00-6:30 pm. The RINI School Improvement Plan will be presented for Board approval at this meeting.

RINI Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting of the RINI Special Education Advisory Committee on May 13 from 4 pm – 5:30 pm. A light dinner will be served. Please rsvp to Mrs. DeBarros or Mrs. Zmetra if you will be attending. We will be addressing parent questions, comments, concerns, and suggestions for improving student services and opportunities for special education students are RINI as well as plans for the new special education online forum and planning for next year.

Family Engagement

Visit the Library

“Social and Emotional Learning Begins at the Library – with Librarians”
In this age of social media and the glut of information available through various forms of technology, how do we help students understand others’ views or access and use information wisely? In her blog post, 2019 Jamestown District Teacher of the Year Lisa Casey offers a solution: the Library. When students experience the viewpoint of someone else through reading, social and emotional learning is happening. Librarians expand on that learning by guiding students in negotiating the information highway and understanding good digital citizenship. Read her full post.

The Providence Public Library (PPL) has been undergoing extensive renovations but is still open for business. The selections available on the shelves are limited at this time, but the librarians will take requests and will find any resources or books that are needed. RINI continues to partner with PPL and the librarians and staff there have continued to assist us with lending books for classes and for individual students.

From Lifespan Community Health Institute

May will be Mental Health Month. Mental health is not always an easy topic to discuss, yet it should be at the forefront, as our thoughts and mental state determine our everyday actions. In that spirit, along with various partners, on May 4 we will offer the Temas Familiares Workshops themed Your Thoughts and your Health, delivered in Spanish, for those who speak the language in the community. See the Lifespan newsletter for the flyer for this event and for other important community information and opportunities:

From RIPIN, Rhode Island Parent Information Network

RIPIN is a valuable community resource that offers many opportunities for families. Upcoming events include:

    • Discrimination and mental health parity, May 14, 9:00 am & May 23, 6:00 pm
    • Basic rights in special education, Thursday, May 9, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
    • College panel, Friday, May 31, 12:30 – 2:00 pm

View these additional workshops any time at

    • Basic Rights in Special Education
    • Section 504: A Parent’s Guide
    • Sección 504: Una Guia Para Padres
    • Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities
    • La intimidación y el acoso de los estudiantes con discapacidades
    • Family Guide to RI MTSS
    • Transition from Early Intervention to the Successful Preschool IEP Meeting

Information and registration can be found at: or call RIPIN: 401-270-0101

Adult Literacy XPRIZE

The Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition is a national challenge to expand access to education for adult learners through the use of technology. It is designed to “tackle the problem of adult low-literacy by putting free learning tools in the hands of those who need them the most, so learning can happen anytime, anywhere.”

    • Start by reading the Team WorldEd FAQ. Then, download the apps to review them yourself and pick one or two to share with learners and other prospective app users.
    • Use Team World Ed code 3366 to access the apps in the Google Play Store. Each app begins at basic literacy and starts with a literacy level assessment. The log-in features vary from app to app.

Take advantage of this limited-time opportunity now! The four apps are available free of charge only through August 2020 but must be downloaded by August 2019 and accessed at least 3 times.

From PBS Opioids in Our Community: A Family Meeting May 13

Presented by Rhode Island PBS, Health Equity Zone West Warwick, Thundermist Health Center, and made possible by generous support from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI, join us on May 13 at the West Warwick Senior & Community Center for a special screening of “THE FIX: Examining Rhode Island’s Opioid Epidemic” and Read more

Commissioner Infante-Green, new RI Education Commissioner

RINI welcomes the new commissioner to RI and looks forward to continuing the work of educational excellence and equity under this new leadership.

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.