Dear Students, Staff and Families,

I am pleased to share photos of the recent reopening of our JJM Cumberland Hill Elementary School and construction progress at Ashton, Community and Garvin Elementary Schools.

John J. McLaughlin Cumberland Hill Elementary School 

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Ashton School – New Addition Foundation

Community School – New Addition Site Work

Garvin School – New Addition Site Work

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  • Golden Apple Award Recipient

Congratulations to Kara Beth Houle! Ms. Houle is a teacher at Ashton School. She is a recipient of the NBC 10/RI Department of Education Golden Apple Award. We are very proud of her and her accomplishments. Click here to watch the video aired on Thursday, September 29th.

  • Flu Vaccination Clinics

Flu Vaccination Clinics have been scheduled for Tuesday, October 11; Monday, October 24 and Wednesday, November 16 at the Cumberland High School Cafeteria from 4:00 – 7:00pm.

Please refer to the RI Department of Health-Flu (Influenza) for additional information.

PARTICIPANTS: Community Clinic (ages 3 and up)

You will need to register online to schedule an appointment:

Limited walk-in availability will be accepted as resources allow.

Additional information is provided in the Flu Vaccination Clinics Folder.

A flu vaccination clinic will be offered to Cumberland High School students, staff and faculty only – Tuesday, October 11 / 8:00-10:30am

  • Fall Sports Update

The fall sports season is up and running with great success. We had 446 student athletes register to compete in the 10 fall sports that are offered at Cumberland High School and 245 Middle School student athletes register for the 12 programs offered at McCourt and North Cumberland Middle Schools.

The Football team in early August once again volunteered and participated in Adoption Rhode Island’s Duffle Bag Dash. Senior Football Captain Patrick Conserve was Channel 12’s  NIROPE hometown hero for the week of 9/19. The Boys Cross Country Teams as well as Volleyball, Football squads are off to undefeated starts.  The Girls Cross Country team made history this past week, staying undefeated and recording its 100th consecutive dual meet victory!

On the athletic horizon, Spirit Week is coming up, culminating on Friday October 14 with Varsity Girls Soccer vs. East Greenwich at 4:00pm and the Homecoming Football game vs. Cranston West at 7:30pm


I hope everyone has a great school year.


Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


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