Field Memos


7-31-15 Field Memo
  1. Dr. Wagner to begin as Commissioner Monday, August 3
6-29-15 Field Memo
  1. RIDE, PARCC states prepare for communications regarding assessment results
  2. Council to consider revised regulations on length of school day
  3. Schools must be closed on Monday, July 6, in observance of Independence Day
6-5-15 Field Memo

  1. Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  2. Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  3. Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers



  • Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  • Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers
  • Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  • Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers
  • Personal note from Commissioner Gist
  • Educator Recognition: North Smithfield reading specialist named 2016 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year
  • Board of Education: Student Advisory Council convenes, elects officers
  • 5-1-15 Field Memo

    1. Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
    2. RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
    3. RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator

  • Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
  • RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
  • RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator
  • Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
  • RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
  • RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator
  • Board approves dual-enrollment regulations requiring local policies by June 30; webinars scheduled – Action Item
  • RIDE seeking public comment on proposed revisions to accountability, classification, support system
  • RIDE helps launch Summer Meals campaign; LEAs asked to designate Summer Meals liaison to work with RIDE coordinator
  • 4-3-15 Field Memo
    1. PARCC tests completed in R.I. passes 100,000; blog argues against parental refusal, especially for Hispanic families, students 
    2. Career-Technical board convenes; RIPEC releases report on career-technical education 
    3. Newport student selected as Governor for a Day
    2-20-15 Field Memo
    1. PARCC testing begins in some partner states, R.I. to begin March 16
    2. First edition of Rhode Island Blended Chronicle available
    3. High schools to hold elections for student advisory council
    2-13-15 Field Memo
    1. RIDE, PARCC consortium hold information session for superintendents, principals 
    2. Proper roof maintenance necessary during severe weather 
    1-30-15 Field Memo
    1. Graduation rates improve, dropout rates decline 
    2. School leaders, teachers encouraged to communicate with parents who express concerns about PARCC
    1-16-15 Field Memo
    1. RIDE, RISSA leadership develop message points on PARCC assessments and parental refusal 
    2. Taskforce on teacher absenteeism to convene
    3. Rhode Island to be host to regional technology summit April 21 and 22
    1-2-15 Field Memo
    1. Commissioner Gist highlights initiatives, prospects for 2015
    2. U.S. Department of Education issues state reports on educator equity
    3. Johnston man advocates for better access to public facilities for those with disabilities