November 23, 2021

 Dear Students, Parents and Staff,

 Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of the entire Central Office Administration Team, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

We are very appreciative and grateful of the work and dedication our administrators, faculty and staff have provided throughout these very challenging times. And we are very proud of our students as they continue to show us that they strive to overcome the many challenges of the pandemic. This year will be much different from last year. Many families will be able to gather and enjoy their family traditions. 

Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Cumberland’s 2021 District Education Support Professional of the Year – Lori Joubert 

We congratulate Lori on this outstanding achievement! As an Administrative Assistant at John J. McLaughlin Elementary School (currently located at the CHS Transitional Building), she has multi-faceted responsibilities throughout the school day.  Lori is dedicated, hard-working and a true asset to the school. She starts her day with a smile and greets everyone in a warm and friendly manner. She is readily available to provide assistance to the school’s faculty, staff, students and their families. We are very lucky to have her working in our school system!

Lori was recognized at the Cumberland School Committee meeting on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Click here to view the full post.


Positive Covid-19 Cases

The Positive Covid-19 Cases in the Schools spreadsheet is provided for your review and will be updated on a weekly basis. It is also available on the District’s website under Quick Links.


Vaccination Clinics for Children Ages 5 – 11

As you are aware, the Covid-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5 – 11. 

You can learn more about the vaccine at

 The next Cumberland vaccination clinics (ages 5-11) are scheduled on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (Ann & Hope Building) and Tuesday, December 7, 2021(Blackstone Valley Prep School)

 Here is some information about Upcoming Vaccination Clinics for Children Ages 5-11 by School District and Community Vaccination Clinics (open to the public). RI Vaccination Clinic Sign-Up


RICAS Update

On Thursday evening, December 9th, 2021, the Office of the Assistant Superintendent will be presenting the results of the latest achievement results from the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS).  The assessment was taken in the spring of 2021 in grades 3 thru 8 in both the content areas of ELA and Mathematics.

The results and analysis will be given to the School Committee at 7:00 p.m. 

 Happy Thanksgiving!



Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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