Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Newsweek, GoLocalProv.com, and RI-CAN recently offered their rankings of Rhode Island high schools — how do you look at this information?
Over the past couple of weeks, several sources — both local and national — have issued their rankings of high schools in Rhode Island. And while it may be an accomplishment to be named the state's top high school by one group, parents and students may be left scratching their heads when they read other results. Take Woonsocket High School, for example. GoLocalProv.com named the home of the Villa Novans number 44 out of 49 in Rhode Island — and The Daily Beast didn't include it at all in its national rankings. And the advocacy group RI-CAN listed Woonsocket 33rd out of 39 school districts in school performance. In the end, the question remains for parents of current — and future — high school students: Do these rankings mean anything? …
Monday, May 13, 2013
State treasurer honors Future Business Leaders of America President Bonirath Chhay.
General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo recently presented the Treasury Young Leader Award to 37 students, including Bonirath Chhay, a junior at Woonsocket High School at Ximedica in Providence April 23. The Treasury Young Leader Award recognizes high school juniors who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and outstanding achievement in math, economics, and business-related classes. Chhay is President of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at her school and a member of the Rhode Island Math League. “The Treasury Young Leader Award honors students who not only excel at their studies but also make significant contributions in their communities,” Raimondo said. “Meeting these talented students and their families …
Friday, May 3, 2013
A fourteen-year-old girl is the latest arrest in the continuing investigation.
Woonsocket Police have arrested a 14-year-old girl in connection with the recent string of bomb threats at Woonosocket High School during the last two weeks. Woonsocket Police announced this afternoon that the girl, a WHS student, was arrested and is being charged with making a bomb threat and conspiracy. The girl joins fellow WHS students Khalil Oliver, 18, and two other juveniles, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, who have also been charged with a count each of making a bomb threat in a public building and conspiracy, felonies, according to Public Information Officer Det. Jamie Paone. Paone said police made the arrest after following leads from students over the past week. The charges carry a possible 10-year sentence for each…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
One 18-year-old, two juveniles facing felony charges in string of threats.
Editor's note: This story was updated at 3 p.m. with new information from the Woonsocket Police Department. Woonsocket Police have made three arrests in connection to four bomb threats over the last two weeks at Woonsocket High School. Khalil Oliver, 18, and two juveniles, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, all students at the school, have been charged with a count each of making a bomb threat in a public building and conspiracy, felonies, according to Woonsocket Police Information Officer Det. Jamie Paone. The charges carry a possible 10-year sentence for each count, Paone said. "It's not something to be taken lightly," she said. The fourth and latest bomb threat was made yesterday morning, when a note warning of a bomb was …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Latest threat, a note, discovered at about 10:49 a.m. today.
Woonsocket Police continued following leads in the investigation of a series of bomb threats at Woonsocket High School as a fourth threat — a note — was discovered at the school this morning. Woonsocket Public Information Officer Det. Jamie Paone said the school was evacuated a fourth time today after another note warning of a bomb in the school was discovered there at about 10:49 a.m. The school was evacuated for about an hour today, Paone said, as Woonsocket Police searched the building. No explosives were found. This is the fourth threat in two weeks at the school. Michelle Grenon, whose daughter, Samantha, 15, attends Woonsocket High said her husband got a call from the city's Nixle system telling them of the latest bomb threat. …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
WPD received call at 9 a.m., students moved back into building at 10:45 a.m.
Woonsocket Police and the RI State Police bomb squad responded to Woonsocket High School for a bomb threat this morning, the third in the last two weeks, finding no explosives. Police were called to the school after a note about a bomb was found there, said Woonsocket Police Public Information Officer Det. Jamie Paone. Students were evacuated from the Cass Avenue building while the police searched the building for explosives. They determined there was no bomb, and began moving people back into the building at about 10:45 a.m., Paone said. "It's been cleared," she said. Last week Woonsocket High School received two bomb threats - one on April 23 and again on April 26.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Event hosted workshops on school and community violence prevention, healthy relationships & teen dating violence prevention, and substance abuse.
Fifty young people participated in the second annual Youth Summit April 19 at Woonsocket High School. The event, whose theme was “health & wellness,” included workshops and youth-led activities addressing issues such as school and community violence prevention, promoting healthy relationships & teen dating violence prevention, and substance abuse. About 20 parents attended the evening portion of the program that culminated in a presentation of skits and songs by the participating youth based on the workshop topics. Youth leaders from Woonsocket High School, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts and North Smithfield High School played a major role in shaping the summit. The event was organized by the Woonsocket After School Coalition …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Students collected money from fellow students, WHS faculty during lunch.
Thursday, March 14
On Feb. 6, the Woonsocket High School AFJROTC hosted a function to recognize a national charity, the Snowball Express. This organization offers the surviving family members of troops killed overseas a chance to connect with others who have suffered the same loss and also allows these children and spouses the opportunity to be honored as the families of our nation’s fallen heroes. Last year, more than 1,700 family members participated in the events sponsored by the Snowball Express. The money donated to this charity and another, Adopt A Family, was collected by the JROTC cadets over a ten day period following the Thanksgiving holiday. Working in teams, they spent their lunch periods collecting the money from other students and faculty…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Young speakers draw compliments, praise, applause.
Ariana Kithes and Alicia Mello's speeches at Monday night's City Council meeting, about chickens and conditions at Woonsocket High respectively, had some things in common: passion, delivery, and applause. Kithes was one of several people who spoke on behalf of an exeption to the city's ordinance on animals and fowl that would allow people to legally keep chickens in the city. "I didn't realize that facts were a matter of opinion," Kithes said in response to what she said were willfully ignorant opinions on the subject. Kithes said there is no meaningful risk of salmonella from keeping chickens locally, because birds with a healthy immune system don't contract the disease. In fact, she said, when she talked with her doctor about the …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Stadium Theatre Event will showcase 90 student musicians.
Jazz band students from Mount Saint Charles Academy are tuning up their swing charts for the 17th Annual Blackstone Valley Jazz Festival at Stadium Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7pm. In addition to the MSC jazz band, the Blackstone Valley Jazz Festival will display the high-energy sounds of jazz bands from Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, North Smithfield High School, and Woonsocket High School. Approximately 90 students will perform under the bright lights of the historic Stadium Theatre. The Blackstone Valley Jazz Festival is a unique collaborative presentation by our local high schools’ music departments. The festival will be held at Woonsocket’s Stadium Theatre which is the perfect venue for audiences to enjoy the …