Commissioner Ken Wagner Visits Paul Cuffee Middle and Upper Schools

(Left) Commissioner Ken Wagner (center) meets with MS Principal Eric Charlesworth and Head of School Chris Haskins. (Right) Head of School Chris Haskins shows lesson maps for the science experiment in progress.

(Left image) Commissioner Ken Wagner (center) meets with MS Principal Eric Charlesworth and Head of School Chris Haskins. (Right image) Head of School Chris Haskins shows lesson maps for the science experiment in progress.

Dr. Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, has set a goal of visiting every school in his district. This month, Paul Cuffee Middle and Upper Schools hosted him for a tour, a visit to several classrooms, and an open meeting with Paul Cuffee parents. At the Middle School, he observed science experiments, art in progress, math examples, and the literature of heroes. At the Upper School, he observed math and Spanish classes and met with Cuffee parents in an open meeting.

The parents related their personal experiences of why they love Paul Cuffee School. They mentioned small class size, safety, individualized attention, relationships with teachers, and structure as some of the positives. One parent asked about what Dr. Wagner sees as the future of charter schools in Rhode Island. He said there was support from the Governor and RIDE.

Commissioner Wagner had previously visited the Lower School in the fall, during the awarding of the Milken Award for Education to 4th grade teacher, Ms. Caldarelli.

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