• Learning Academy

    Cordinator, Anne, Greene


    Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!  

    The excitement continues as our Learning Academy coordinate a new team of "Expert Teachers" to create dynamic learning modules optimal for our independent thinkers to stretch their learning and utilize their 1:1 technology.  Blended proficiency-based project and problem-based scenarios and experiential learning opportunities that directly correlate to our PBGR's will be implemented by our team:  Ms. Fastovsky and Mr. Bentley(Science), Mrs. Alfiero (Math), Mr. Guglielmo (Writing), and T. Walsh (History).  Our student-centered space at Tower Street School Community Center allows for collaboration amongst our students and coaching and facilitating beside our students.  It is going to be an amazing year filled with critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication and collaboration, and lots of creativity all leading to successful outcomes for our students.

Learning Academy Announcements

  • PROJECT BASED LEARNING...what is it?

    Project Based Learning is "a systematic teaching method the engages students in learning knoweldge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks."(BIE)

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Learning Academy Resources and Files

  • Assignments/Classwork
    Here you will find all of the assignment overview, printouts, and tools supplied for completion of those assignments
    Internship overview as well as all needed contracts and agreements
    Printable copies of the Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements. Monitor your work and be prepared to explain how your progress demonstrates mastery of the attached skills
    Rules and Regulations
    Guidelines and general requirements, expectations/behavior.
    Welcome Back Forms
    These must be signed and returned immediately

Discussion Topics

  • The Penny Debate

    Posted by Courtney Briggs on 9/3/2014 8:01:00 AM
    Please respond to the following problem: 

    With a value of one-cent, the penny is the smallest coin we have in circulation (and what you can buy with it goes down every year.) 
    Some experts say that it's time to get rid of the penny, while others feel that would have a negative impact. 

    What is the correct course of action? Is it time to get rid of the penny? 
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  • SQ3R Reasearch Technique

    Posted by Jess Hinkle on 2/10/2014 9:22:00 AM
    This was brought to our attention by Mrs. Dean, learning coordinator at the Excel Program.

     We all love to research, assemble information and write papers.  Weknow that note taking is the best thing since sliced bread and we want to spend more time doing it.  Unfortunately, with so many deadlines, we may find it necessary to study and research more efficiently and move on to other tasks.  Here is a technique that successful researchers use.  It will help bring your study, research, and paper writing to a college level.  Words are more powerful than any weapon, but they, too, must be honed to be effective.

    SQ3R in text form.  Outline the article for added fun.

    SQ3R on YouTube

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  • Choosing a College

    Posted by Jess Hinkle on 1/13/2014 7:44:50 AM
     This is not my best organized post, but it is important information and deadlines are rapidly approaching.

    I am not saying that everyone should go to college.  I am saying that everyone who wants to go to college AND is willing to work hard towards that degree should go.  Here is a condensed version of my google search “choosing college”.  I HIGHLY recommend that you read each article twice, taking notes the second time, like a diligent college student doing research on how to choose a college.  It is your life, you can either drive it or just go along for the ride.  It is more fun to drive.
















    Printable Checklists:




    Going a little Deeper:



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  • Modeling for young writers

    Posted by Jess Hinkle on 12/4/2013 7:41:00 AM
     Often it helps if we see it done write... er, right  ; )

    The Importance of Modeling in Teaching Writing

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  • Research Outlines

    Posted by Jess Hinkle on 12/2/2013 7:57:00 AM
    I.     You will be writing several research papers this year.  
         A.     Create an outline using the facts from a source.
              1.     Repeat and create outlines with additional sources
              2.     Summarize facts in your own words  
         B.     Combine those outlines from sources to create a Research Paper Outline.  
              1.    Use the following tutorials and examples to get you started.
              2.    Group facts from "source outlines" into similar topics in the Research Paper Outline
         C.     Writing your paper is now a snap, using your outline as a guide
              1.     Connect facts and ideas with "connecting phrases"
              2.     Move to new topics with "transition phrases"
    II.     Use the following tutorials and examples to get your started

         A     Tutorials
         B.  Format Example
    Example Outline

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  • Search Engines

    Posted by Jess Hinkle on 11/15/2013 7:57:00 AM
     Do you Google?  Of course you do.
    Do you Google well?  Sure, but we could all use a few new tools in our box.

    Here are some links that will make your searches more effective:

    Click Here for Google Tips

    More Google Tips Here

    Crafting a Google Search by using Effective Keywords

    Feel free to post your own questions or tips.  Happy Searching!!!  

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Department Contacts

  • Bentley, Justin

    Email:  jbentley@westerly.k12.ri.us


    Greene, Anne 

    Email:  agreene@westerly.k12.ri.us


     Alfiero, Pina   

    Email:  palfiero@westerly.k12.ri.us


    Walsh, Anthony 

    Email:  awalsh@westerly.k12.ri.us


    Guglielmo, Robert

    Email:  rguglielmo@westerly.k12.ri.us


    Mrs. Fastovski,

    Email:  lfastovsky@westerly.k12.ri.us


    Worsham, Shelby

    Email:  sworsham@westerly.k12.ri.us
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