Superintendent’s Communication – 6.7.24

Superintendent’s Communication – 6.7.24


June 7, 2024


Dear Students, Staff, and Families:


It has been a while since my last communication. I am sure you are being updated regularly through building administrators regarding all the great end-of-the-year activities that are happening throughout the district. It is certainly an exciting time. I have had the pleasure of participating in Reading Week and attending various award ceremonies and Honors nights. Celebrating our students is a gift.  


2024 District Teacher of the Year

The Cumberland School Department is pleased to announce Cumberland’s District Teacher of the Year for 2024-2025, Gina Palazzo Campopiano. Gina is a Kindergarten Teacher at Garvin Memorial Elementary School. She works tirelessly to ensure that her students have the foundational skills to become lifelong learners. Her rigorous academic expectations and her nurturing approach to learning set her students up for success. To read more about Mrs. C. check out the announcement for the 2024 DTOY.


Updated 2024-2025 School Calendar

Our 2024-2025 School Calendar has been updated to include “Up to 3 Inclement Weather Days will be waived in the instructional calendar if necessary”. The Rhode Island Department of Education has approved our waiver of three instructional days based on our total number of instructional hours. This means that the first three unforeseen school closure days do not have to be made up. Let’s all hope for another mild winter. Any days beyond the three waived will be added to the calendar in the spring and the last day of school will be updated accordingly. The Start and End Times for the 2024-2025 school year are also being worked on.  Once approved they will be added to the Cumberland School District’s website. We will return to Early Release Wednesdays to give our teachers the time for collaboration and planning. More details to follow.  


Almost Summer Vacation

I would like to share a couple of things in preparation for Summer Vacation.

The RI Summer Meals program has been announced. Please follow the instructions on the flyer to participate or call 211 for pick-up locations. A hard copy of the flyer is being sent home with students.  

Many people spend time at the coast over the summer vacation, and Rip Tides are an ongoing concern.  This RIP TIDE SAFETY FLYER has been shared with us to distribute to our families. Knowledge is Power, please talk to your children about water safety.


School Construction Update

Although it is not technically a School Construction project, we are excited to announce the completion of the footbridge over Mendon Rd. The bridge has a nice new coat of blue paint, new fencing, and a concrete seal. We thank the RIDOT for getting this project completed on time with little interruption to the school day. Our Graduates are going to look sharp walking over the bridge to Tucker Field on June 20th.  

Ashton and Community schools will be starting to pack for the summer moves to their new locations. Ashton is back to the bigger and better permanent location on Scott Rd. and Community to its temporary location at the Transitional Building. Over the past few years, the administrative offices have enjoyed hosting the Elementary schools, and though it comes with its challenges it has turned out to be a positive and rewarding experience.  



Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent’s Communication – 6.7.24

Superintendent’s Communication – 3.15.24

March 15, 2024

Dear Students, Staff, and Families:

We are quickly approaching the first day of Spring, March 19th, and It is hard to believe that we are already starting to think about end-of-the-year activities and planning for the next school year. I want to take this opportunity to provide you with some updates and information. 

Redistricting Plan

After months of deliberating on the redistricting plan for our Elementary School students, the Cumberland School Committee voted at the meeting held on Thursday, March 14, 2024, to approve the Model 1 Redistricting plan. A  list of affected streets can be seen here, Updated Model 1 Street List.  It is during times like this that we are so fortunate that Cumberland has great schools in every district and at every level. We are continuously working hard to make a smooth transition for all.   

2024-2025 Kindergarten / 1st Grade Registration

The online student registration portal is now open for all kindergarten, first grade, and any new students entering the Cumberland School Department for the 2024-2025 school year. 

Additional information can be found here – 2024-2025 Kindergarten Registration

2024-2025 School Calendar

I know that a lot of families are looking for the 2024-2025 School Calendar to plan for vacations and childcare for the coming year. We hope to have the calendar approved for the upcoming year on March 28th. Please watch the Cumberland School District’s website for the most up-to-date information. 

School Construction Update

We have school construction projects underway at the CHS Wellness Center, CHS Transitional Building, North Cumberland Middle School, Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, Community, and Ashton Elementary Schools, with behind-the-scenes work happening for B.F. Norton Elementary School. As we hit milestones with these projects, we will be sure to share updates and visuals. Getting to see the transitions from start to finish has been remarkable and we sincerely thank everyone for their continued patience and support. 


Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools…

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