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startOctober 2015
Letter from our Executive Director


Welcome to Blackstone Valley Prep's newsletter. The PRIDE Press is our way to share highlights and updates with you throughout the year. 

In 2009 when Blackstone Valley Prep was founded we had countless dreams for what the future would hold. We stand here now with just over 1,400 scholars enrolled across five schools in the first trimester of our 7th year. Not only are we happy that we started this journey, but it has been fulfilling to watch BVP's evolution into more than just a school. We have become a community.

This fall our community welcomed more than 200 new scholars, as we opened our 4th grade at Elementary School 2, 10th grade in our High School, and launched Elementary School 3. (To see photos from our first day of school click here.) Our year is off to a great start with several notable highlights already:
  • Elementary School 1 (ES1): Last month, at their culture night, scholars at ES1 were asked to bring in family photos and write what family meant to them. Similar to other schools, these pieces were brought together to form a beautiful mural. See photos here.
  • Elementary School 2 (ES2): Each week the scholars and staff at ES2 come together for "Community Circle." During this assembly, one teacher is recognized by staff and scholars for being a "superhero." Each week I look forward to hearing who was honored!
  • Elementary School 3 (ES3): It has been a big month for ES3! They kicked off their founding year and celebrated many firsts. The scholars at ES3 have also already welcomed several distinguished visitors, including Lt. Gov. Dan McKee.
  • Middle School 1 (MS1): This fall MS1 welcomed scholars to a new location on Lonsdale Ave in Central Falls! Read all about their new home and ribbon cutting below.
  • High School (HS): At our HS this year meant doubling in size, adding lockers and more. We've been so excited to see our HS grow and continue to implement innovative curriculum.
As we continue to move through this year and work toward many more highlights we are driven by three organizational goals:
  • Academic ExcellenceTo set individualized goals to support every scholar's academic growth for the year. 
  • Intentional DiversityTo continue to build a supportive learning environment that recognizes and appreciates the diversity of our school community.
  • Family RelationshipsTo strengthen family relationships by improving home-school communication. 
With these goals in mind, we are focused on the journey forward. Thank you for your support. Together with our community partners, supporters such as yourselves, and families we know without a doubt that our team will push our scholars to new heights. 

Sincerely,
 
Jeremy Chiappetta
Current
  
For more details on BVP view our Fact Sheet.
 
From left to right: Paul Brooks, BVP Executive Director Jeremy Chiappetta, Elementary School 1 Head of School Kyle Quadros, BVP Board Member Joshua Giraldo, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and Congressman David Cicilline at Beirao in Central Falls. 
Join BVP Team Members as they enjoy Central Falls Restaurant Week! Staff & board members will be at various restaurants throughout the week to provide an open opportunity to connect, answer questions and strike up conversations. 

For the full schedule of times BVP staff will be at restaurants click here

 
bloggerRead our Blog - BVP Musings
Follow our weekly blog, BVP Musings, to read insights from our staff and featured guests. Here is a sampling of some recent posts including one penned by a middle school scholar.
Scholar MacKenzie Pawson 
& Colonel James Mendonca,
Central Falls Police, at 
the Middle School Ribbon Cutting.
New School! New City!

By MacKenzie Pawson, a 5th grade scholar in the Washington University advisory, a perfect attendance record-holder and an aspiring veterinarian.

On September 10th, I was one of the lucky scholars nominated to welcome guests to my new middle school building in Central Falls. I greeted Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee, Mayor James Diossa, and even the City's Police Chief, James Mendonca. Everyone gathered to celebrate the opening of Blackstone Valley Prep's new middle school location!

I can't believe how much BVP has grown since I started six years ago as a Kindergarten scholar at Elementary School 1 in Cumberland. I'm really proud to say that I haven't missed one day of school! It's easy to want to come to school every day. Read More.

Teacher of the Year - Andrew D'Avanzo

For his outstanding work at Blackstone Valley Prep,  Andrew (Andy) D'Avanzo was the most recent recipient of our Teacher of the Year award. As we look towards the start of a new school year, we took a moment to ask him some questions about his work. 

What inspired you to teach?

I actually never planned on getting into teaching. I come from a family of educators and most of my childhood was spent on the campus of a private boarding school in Massachusetts. I went to college thinking about law school and I thought about going into finance for a while. Even though I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do, I was convinced that I wanted to be in a lucrative line of work. During the summer before my junior year, I enrolled in study abroad program in Havana, Cuba through Brown University. It was a very eye opening experience. Read More
 
Highlights
From left to right: Senator Edward O'Neil, Scholar Anika Stager, Head of School Joy Souza, Civic Builders CEO David Umansky, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, Scholar Dillan Fontalvo, Lincoln Town Administrator Joe Almond and Cumberland Mayor Bill Murray.
MSMiddle School 1's New Location! 

On August 31st not only was it the first day of school, but it was also Middle School 1's (MS1) first time welcoming scholars to their new location on Lonsdale Ave in Central Falls. 

The new location is 31,492 square feet and serves 320 scholars, grades 5-8. On September 10th we commemorated this new location with a ribbon cutting emceed by BVP Board Chair and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. We are grateful to those in the Central Falls community who have welcomed us and celebrated with us. 
 
featureBVP has been featured!
Charters Without Borders
In the most recent issue brief from The Century Foundation, Blackstone Valley Prep is featured (starting on page 7) as one example of a way to leverage flexibility afforded to charters to focus on integration. 
 
BVP In the Communitycomm
Back to School Celebration
Back to School of Rhode Island is an annual event that has been hosted at schools throughout Rhode Island since 1999. The event seeks to provide students and families with educational information, resources and back to school supplies. This past summer Blackstone Valley Prep was proud to be part of Back to School's 2015 goal of providing free backpacks and school supplies to at least 14,000 students. The event was was open to the public and we estimate that we had about 250 families from BVP and the surrounding communities join us for food, music and free back to school supplies. Click here to view the photo album from the event.
 
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