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Middle Grades

The Rhode Island Department of Education has many requirements to ensure that all students receive a quality education including how teachers are certified for each of the grade levels.  There are certificates for every teaching and administrative position at the school.  Every teacher and school administrator holds a valid teacher certificate.


Recently, the rules have changed for our Middle Grades’ teachers, the Rhode Island Department of Education has mandated that every middle grades teacher be certified in specific subject areas. When reviewing the certification requirements for each level, it became apparent there were other ways to structure the middle grades for the 2018-2019 school year, as teachers recertify.  


However, the subject areas and homeroom assignments will change as follows:


  • Grade 5 Homeroom teacher will be Mrs. McQuaide. Mrs. McQuaide will teach grade 5 Language Arts and grades 5, 6, and 7 Social Studies.
  • Grade 6 Homeroom teacher will be Ms Cotter Marsella. Ms Cotter Marsella will teach grade 6 Language Arts and grades 5, 6 and 7 Science.
  • Grade 7 Homeroom teacher will be Mr. Petrik. Mr. Petrik will teach grade 7 Language Arts and grades 5, 6 and 7 Math.
  • Mrs. Mello will continue to support students across grades five through seven.


I commend this team of teachers for their thoughtful consideration and reflection on how to improve teaching and learning for their students.