Cumberland resident makes patriotic donation to CHS

Julienne Lambaer presents her husband's American flag to CHS Principal Alan Tenreiro.

CUMBERLAND _  Julienne Lambaer’s late husband loved his country, he loved Cumberland, and he loved Cumberland High School.

And so she thought it only fitting that the American flag presented to her by the United States for her husband’s service to country during World War II be given to the school he helped build.

On July 2, in honor of Independence Day, Ms. Lambaer came to CHS and presented Principal Alan Tenreiro with the flag.

“He was very patriotic,” Ms. Lambaer said. “He was very much a true American. He’d be proud to know this flag is here.”

As a U.S. Marine, Cpl. Lambaer served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and when he came home, he was active in the American Legion. He was also on the School Committee when construction for the new Cumberland High School was approved.

“This is a tremendous honor,” Mr. Tenreiro said. “We will have this flag on display here at CHS, where it will serve as an example of service to community and country.”

All five of Ms. Lambaer’s children are graduates of CHS. In 2013, her granddaughter, Nicolette Bernardi, also graduated from CHS. “I think Mr. Tenreiro and the superintendent have really turned things around at the high school,” she said. “From everything I read and hear and see they’re doing a really good job.”

CHS Leading the Way: Adding State of the Art Biomedical program this fall.

Cumberland - Cumberland High School is poised to become just the second high school in Rhode Island to offer biomedical science classes to students. 

"We're pleased that so many of our students are interested in the life sciences, technology and engineering," said CHS Principal Alan Tenreiro. "It is an exciting field. This new program is nationally recognized and will help our students get a step ahead of their peers when competing for college and careers related to our statewide economic priorities."

More than 27 students have signed up for the classes this fall.

Ponaganset High School is the only other Rhode Island school to offer the biomedical careers pathway program, and just three schools in Massachusetts offer the program, according to Dr. Carolyn Malstrom, senior director of school engagement for Project Lead The Way, Inc.

Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.

The rigorous and relevant four-course PLTW Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.

Curriculum highlights include:

Principles of Biomedical Science
In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.

Human Body Systems
Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.

Medical Interventions
Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.

High school faculty will attend professional development training this summer, and the classes will begin this fall, school officials said. For more information, visit

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Jenny Copans
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Phone: 401-640-1441
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