Cumberland’s 2020 District Teacher of the Year – Paula MacMillin

Cumberland’s 2020 District Teacher of the Year – Paula MacMillin

Superintendent Robert Mitchell is pleased to announce Cumberland’s District Teacher of the
Year – Paula MacMillin. We congratulate Paula on this outstanding achievement. We are very
proud of her commitment and dedication to her school, students and their families. Distance
Learning has brought many new challenges for everyone and Paula has been an asset to her
colleagues given her exceptional technology skills. We are fortunate to have her working in our
school system.

Paula was recognized during the May 14, 2020, Cumberland School Committee meeting. Her
school’s principal, Mrs. Debra Malcolm submitted the following nomination.

It is my honor and privilege to officially nominate Mrs. Paula MacMillin for the 2020 – 2021
Cumberland Teacher of the Year. Paula returned to the Cumberland Hill staff in the fall of 2016
as a fourth grade teacher. This was as she transitioned from her role as a district technology
coach. Paula took on her new role with an open mind as she volunteered to be a member of the
grade 4 ELA district mapping team. Paula served as the ELA liaison for her grade level
colleagues and took on this responsibility with great ease and fidelity. She would share the
information with her grade level colleagues as well as the grade 3 and grade 5 ELA mapping
team members. Paula expressed the importance for her instructional purposes to have a solid
understanding of what students entering the fourth grade were expected to have mastered as
well as what was expected for her students as they transitioned from the fourth grade into the
fifth grade. In addition to her role on the ELA mapping team, Paula is a very talented teacher.
She has a calm, positive demeanor and always supports the social-emotional needs of the
students in her classroom. She has participated in the school’s target team and worked closely
with mental health staff to address unique individual emotional needs of the students in her

Throughout the 2019 – 2020 school year, Paula served as a technology resource for the entire
school staff. She was always willing to support everyone with questions regarding google
classroom, google forms, Kahoot, and creating online tools to support student learning. Paula
also served as a resource and support for whole school assemblies and professional
development days. She took on the responsibility of setting up projectors and amplification
systems for assemblies and professional development opportunities.

As the district and state transitioned to Distance Learning, Paula served as a primary resource
for both the school and district in which she implemented and shared her wealth of knowledge
with technology, resources, and the Google platform. Without being asked, Paula offered and
recorded “how-to” videos and shared them with the district staff. She continues to do this as we
enter our seventh week of distance learning. On Sunday, April 26, she posted an email
providing guidance for using a whiteboard for Google Meets along with a tutorial on Kami
extension with Google Classroom. Paula has served a resource for me as I continue to learn
and navigate the virtual world in order to support the students and staff of Cumberland Hill.
Paula has used much of her personal time answering staff emails, texts, and chats as she
became the “go-to” staff member for many individuals. She is always responsive whether it be
nights or weekends, or as she is juggling motherhood with a toddler.

When I shared that I was nominating Paula MacMillin as the 2020 District Teacher of the Year
with other members of the school staff, there was a unanimous Yes!! Members of the staff
shared how supportive Paula has been prior to and throughout the distance learning
experience. They cited her willingness to call or hold a virtual meeting to assist in step by step
processes for various technology resources. In my opinion Paula MacMillin is the perfect
candidate for the Cumberland School District Teacher of the Year given her ongoing support of
all members of the school district throughout the Distance Learning Experience.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Malcolm
Principal, JJM Cumberland Hill Elementary…

FY2021 Budget Information

FY2021 Budget Information


School Committee Budget Submitted to the Town May 15

FY2021 Budget Input MAY 7th SC Submission Sent to the Town May 15

FY2021 Budget Revenues May 15th For Town Budget

Budget Information – May 7, 2020

FY21 Budget Transmittal Letter-SC-3.12.20

2021 Budget Input May 7th SC Submission 71488 (Covid19)

2021 Budget Revenues May 4th

FY2021 Budget Minus 1823000 #2 May 4th

Budget Projections FY2019-2020 March Covid19 Estimates Projections

Original Budget Information – March 12, 2020

2021 Budget Input 3.12.20 SC Submission

Budget Projections FY2019-2020 March Covid19 Estimates Projections

FY2021 Budget Minus 1823000 – 4.23.20

Budget Information Links

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Message from the Superintendent – 04.27.2020

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

I hope this message finds you well during this challenging time.  As you know, Governor Raimondo made the decision to keep schools closed for the remainder of the school year.  Therefore, we will be continuing with distance learning until the last day of school in June.  

Unfortunately, spring athletics and the activities we look forward to at the end of every school year have been profoundly impacted by this pandemic.  As the Governor stated, we know this news is disappointing for our students, staff, and families especially for the graduating class of 2020.  Under these circumstances, our challenge is to find ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our students in different ways.  We will be sharing the end of year plans for graduation, promotion, and other milestones as soon as possible.

In anticipation of the Governor’s decision, we have been planning for the possibility that schools would remain closed.  There are several details below which apply to all students:

  • The Rhode Island Department of Education expects districts to complete the school year by following the calendar approved by RIDE.  Therefore, our last day of school for students PK-11 will be Wednesday, June 10th.
  • The spring sports season for middle and high school has been canceled.  I know this is particularly disappointing to our student-athletes.
  • RIDE has provided a calendar for the remainder of the school year.  The calendar is provided below.
  • The School Department is developing plans that will allow families an opportunity to safely pick up materials left at school.  Our goal is to develop a plan that follows the Governor’s social distancing order.  We will share the plan in the coming days.
I know that this is a very difficult time for our seniors, the class of 2020.  Although everyone in the school department has been impacted by this pandemic, our graduating seniors and their families have been profoundly impacted.  One of life’s major milestones and all of the celebratory activities leading up to graduation are affected.  Our goal is to find a meaningful way to celebrate this significant accomplishment. 

I want to thank our students, staff, and families for their impressive work over the last five weeks.  This has been a learning experience for us all, and I appreciate the feedback you have shared with us at every level.  We have learned that the single biggest challenge for families and our staff is balancing their job-related responsibilities and at the same time supporting their children with distance learning.  We know that there are students and adults struggling emotionally with the impact this pandemic has had on our lives.  Help is available.  There are several resources on the Rhode Island Department of Health website:  Here are resources available to both adults and students:

I will continue to update you as we get new information.

RIDE Calendar for May and June


Robert A. Mitchell

Superintendent…

Chromebook Repair / Loaner Information

Chromebook Repair / Loaner Information

The Cumberland School Department will have a Chromebook pick up/drop off every Wednesday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Cumberland High School to allow for the following:

Chromebook loaner pickup for devices that are not working

If a student has a Chromebook that does not power on or has some other hardware or physical issue, you may come tomorrow to pick up a loaner Chromebook. If you have a charger that does not work, please bring the broken charger to be swapped. 

You must bring your existing device that is broken or not working to receive a loaner device.

This Chromebook pickup event will not be for software support issues or software related problems.

If you require additional support for other issues please visit the District Website at  

Please go to the Cumberland High School back parking area and follow the signs to the business office. Please enter the back parking area at the entrance after the Wellness Center off Farm Drive. The location for pick up is between the round transitional building and the high school. The entrance is directly across the walkway from the business office entrance. There will be signs posted.   … Read More...

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