One Hour Delay Today - February 21, 2019


There will be a ONE HOUR DELAY today, February 21, 2019. 

The AM session of Preschool is delayed One Hour



Cumberland High School CTE Night

Come learn more about our CTE programs in Biomedical Science, Information Technology, Law & Public Safety and Robotics & Pre-engineering!  Learn about the programs, tour the facilities, and meet some program teachers.  Event is open to resident and non-resident families.  Please register to attend at

Event Details:
March 7th, from 6-7 pm
High School Main Auditorium

Melissa Paradis - Golden Apple Award Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Melissa Paradis, 8th grade social studies teacher at Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, for being awarded the Golden Apple Award.  In a surprise presentation by Patrice Wood from News Channel 10, RI Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner, and Cumberland Superintendent Robert Mitchell, Ms. Paradis was awarded the Golden Apple Award during her 4th period class on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.  Ms. Paradis was nominated by current 9th grade Cumberland High School student, Lindsay Sousa, and her mother Rebecca Riley.

Ms. Riley described that Ms. Paradis “has quietly gone above and beyond” for her students.  She went on to explain that “Middle school can be a difficult time of transition for adolescents, especially girls -- and Ms. Paradis has served as a beacon of light for students who are lucky enough to walk into her classroom...She is warm and welcoming to all students with a big smile...Ms. Paradis takes time to give detailed comments and feedback regarding presentations, writing and homework to each of her students.”  Ms. Riley recalled a time when she went to get the mail, and found a handwritten letter made out to her from Ms. Paradis that said she wanted to take the time to acknowledge Lindsay's hard work and efforts this year, that it was noticeable, and she was happy to have her in class.

Ms. Riley also wrote, “Ms. Paradis took the time to implement a new after school program called Wonder Women.  It is focused on issues teenage girls are facing and how they can change the world. She meets with them every week for an hour after school and focuses on new topics, ranging from keeping journals, fitness, and public speaking.” Finally, Ms. Riley stated that Ms. Paradis “is the true epitome of a teacher and one that I know my daughter will not forget.”

The surprise presentation will air on February 14th at 6:00 P.M. on NBC  10 News.

Kindergarten Student Registration Days

All children entering the Cumberland School Department for the first time in the fall of 2019 should register at this time.

Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019 to enter kindergarten. Children must be 6 years old on or before September 1, 2019 to enter 1st grade.

Children now attending kindergarten outside the Cumberland School Department but will enter 1st grade in September 2019 in Cumberland, should also register at this time.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 ─ 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 ─ 9:00am - 2:00pm

Cumberland High School Transitional Building

2602 Mendon Road

Please click here for information on documents required for registering.

Be That Person Workshop Series

The “Be That Person” community  series will begin this Wednesday, January 30th at 6:30 P.M. at the Cumberland Library Community Room on the Monastery Grounds.  The series was featured in the Valley Breeze last week. The link to the article is here. This series is first of its kind in Cumberland where the public is invited, not just families of students, to attend these workshops on behavioral health matters.  Please see the linked flyer here. There are four workshops in this series and are free of charge as a service to the community.  Topics include: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Trauma, and Building Resilience.

We are fortunate to have an experienced facilitator from the greater Cumberland community for this series.  Michelle Taylor, MS, CAGS, LMHC, Director, has been employed by Community Care Alliance of Woonsocket for 21 years.  She currently supervises Adult General Outpatient Services, The Agape Centers (HIV services), the Opioid Center of Excellence, and The Serenity Center, a peer-run recovery support service.  Ms. Taylor is experienced in program evaluation and implementation of evidence-based practices to promote delivery of high quality person-centered services. Prior to coming to CCA, Ms. Taylor taught high school biological sciences for nine years.  As an educator, Ms. Taylor prioritized identification of at-risk youth and connecting them to appropriate behavioral healthcare services. Ms. Taylor chaired the North Smithfield Special Education Local Advisory Committee (SELAC) for 13 years. Additionally, she chaired the Anti-Bullying Workgroup, the Legislative Committee, and the Schools Need a Playground (SNAP) Committee, raising over $100,000 to build playgrounds at two elementary schools.  Ms. Taylor is dedicated to supporting communities in their efforts to promote improved health and safety through early identification and treatment of behavioral health needs.

Please feel free to circulate this communication and flyer far and wide.  Mental health is an important topic to not only learn about, but more importantly to assist people who are struggling to understand how to address their needs.  Once the series concludes, we hope that you will feel more confident in yourself to “Be That Person” for someone in need.


Cumberland School Department is seeking individuals to serve as Bus Monitors and Crossing Guards

Do you have a few hours during the day to earn extra cash?  The Cumberland School Department is seeking individuals to serve as Bus Monitors and Crossing Guards.  The wages for a Bus Monitor are $11.25 per hour and the Crossing Guard wages are $14.35 per crosswalk coverage.

If you are not available every day, we also have the need for Substitute Bus Monitors and Substitute Crossing Guards.  These are on-call positions to cover the absences of the regular Bus Monitor or Crossing Guard.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Marian Varone in the Cumberland School Department Human Resources Office at (401) 658-1600 X320.  Marian will be able to answer any questions you may have and provide you with additional information on how to apply.

Or visit: to create an account and apply to Jobs ID 3032509 (Bus Monitor) and /or Job ID 3032512 (Crossing Guard).