Pilgrim High School classes were cancelled early this morning as rumors of a teacher “sick out” circulated late this week were apparently supported by a large number of teachers calling in sick, according to Superintendent Phil Thornton.
WARWICK, RI — Pilgrim High student Adam Fox, 17, guitarist for local punk/alternative rock band No Celebrity, said passion for music and love for his late grandmother, Marilyn McLaughlin, who died in 2012, inspired his senior project – a breast cancer fundraiser concert onMarch 9.
The Warwick School Committee voted 5-1 to approve the Consolidation Committee’s consolidation plan for Warwick elementary schools, but delay it a year as recommended by the panel and Mayor Scott Avedisian, over the protest of parents and teachers.
High School students from Bishop Hendricken, Toll Gate and Piligrim High Schools leveled questions at Warwick’s two mayoral candidates Friday night in Council Chambers at City Hall, touching on topics including airport expansion, school consolidation and accountability, quality of life, the economy, taxes and the budget.
Holding signs that read “Class size matters” and “Dr. Phil – Stop Wasting Tax Payer Money,” and “Contract Now,” the auditorium of Toll Gate High School was nearly full for the meeting of the Warwick School Committee held on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The high turnout was due to an item at the bottom of the meeting’s agenda – elementary school consolidation – as well as complaints by parents and teachers about the first week of school.
Construction upgrading Warwick Veterans Middle School and Pilgrim High School, in progress since June, continued Tuesday afternoon as Mayor Scott Avedisian, Superintendent Philip Thornton, and School Committee Chairwoman Bethany Furtado toured the buildings, inspecting the work that will prepare the new middle school and expand the high school to accommodate former Warwick Vets High Schoolers.
The latest community watchdog misadventure of former mayoral candidate Stacia Petri, now using her married name, Huyler, has inspired protests, alternative Facebook pages and a Change.org petition to remove her Warwick Watch Facebook page after she criticized a 15-year-old transgender girl.
RI Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin warned teen drivers on the dangers and consequences of distracted driving at Pilgrim High School this afternoon as his “It Can Wait” campaign enters its fourth year.
Madeleine Frost, Pilgrim High sophomore, will get to explore her interest in investigative journalism this summer as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2016 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University in Washington, DC.