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Principal's Message

Welcome to Narragansett School, where our faculty is fully committed to "growing hearts, as well as "growing minds."  Our staff consistently engages students in an educational environment that fosters our core beliefs: compassion, courage, responsibility, respect and honesty.  Recognizing that "teachers" can wear many hats and come from many places, we welcome parent and community partnerships in the educational development of our students.

Regular communication with our Narragansett families is a priority.  Therefore, we use a THURSDAY FOLDER communication system. All families receive one notification each week (on Thursdays) from the main office at Narragansett School. Within this one communication, families receive information about upcoming school events and important school-wide notifications. Families also receive, as pdf attachments, notices and flyers from approved organizations within the community (Gorham Recreation Dept., Boys Scouts, Girls on the Run, etc.). 

Narragansett School is partnering with our families in order to increase regular student attendance.  Last year, 67 students missed 7 (or more) days of school.  This is the equivalent to one out of every three children, or approximately 6 children in each of our classrooms.  As you can imagine, this rate of absenteeism can impact the learning of all students within the classroom.  Given this data, the Narragansett faculty has established some short-term and long-term goals for all of our students this year.


Trimester 1 Goal: Each student will miss no more than 2 days of school from Aug. 30-Nov. 22 (complete)

Trimester 2 Goal: Each student will miss no more than 2 days of school from Nov. 28-March 10

Trimester 3 Goal: Each student will miss no more than 2 days of school from March 13-June8*


Annual Goal: Each student will miss no more than 6 days of school for the entire year (Aug. 30-June 8*)

All children who meet these desired goals will receive public recognition and a small reward for their accomplishment.  Rewards may include: a certificate, extra recess, lunch with the principal on the stage in the cafeteria, a “bag tag,” or a silicone bracelet.  

While we would like to increase regular student attendance, perfect attendance is not the goal. Children and adults both get sick. When a child is legitimately sick, it is important that they stay home to help aid in recovery and reduce the duration of any illnesses, as well as protect others at school by not being exposed to any illnesses.