PITCHING RIGHT IN: School nurse Ellen Rupert works on a reading assignment with an attentive group of first graders.
APPRAISAL: Michael O’Connor, director and Andrea Cisneros, assistant director of the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers assess the work of Katelin Thomson as she teaches a class on personal narrative writing.
IT TAKES THINKING: Eliza Gojcz ponders how best to start her narrative.
HE SPOTTED THE CAMERA: David Izzi pauses to flash a smile.
LOOKING FOR DESCRIPTIVE WORDS: Fourth grade teacher Katelin Thomson works with Eleanor Calcagni as she writes about a personal event on a Chromebook. Logan Donlevy at left writes his narrative.
PAIRED OFF: Dominique Vincenzo and Ava Ancone found a quiet place to work together on their reading project.
IDENTIFYING WITH THE CHARACTERS: A stuffed elephant helps first grader Cayden Montoya identify with the characters he’s reading about.
PAGE TURNER: Steven Defusco was intent on reading the story of Clifford.
ON THE SAME PAGE: First grade teacher Donna Gagnon works with a group of students.
An impromptu visit to St. Rose of Lima School where a reporter/photographer was welcomed into the classroom found first graders engaged in an accelerator reading program and fourth graders working on personal narrative writing. As it turned out, the Beacon wasn’t the only observer. A couple from the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT) based at Providence College was evaluating Katelin Thomson as she worked with fourth graders. Remarkably, students in both classes were so engaged in their work as to pay no heed to the visitors…well, maybe not all the time. Some smiled for the camera. (Warwick Beacon photos by John Howell)