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NAMED 2017
Winter 2017!
Rhode Island’s Most
Innovative High
The Met Application
Deadline is February 17,
see page 4 for details
Extended Day
Good Sports
Two New CCRI
Noah, a senior at The Met's Justice Building and E360 Alumni,!was recently named a
2017 Distinguished Scholar by The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished
Americans. As the!only Rhode Island high school student to earn this year's prize, Salem
will receive a!$25,000 college scholarship!in pursuit of an Advertising and Media
Production degree, as well as an!all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.,!to
participate in the National Scholars Conference.!
The scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit!strong commitment to pursue and
complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in
the United States, are actively engaged and involved in!co-curricular and community
service activities, as well as display high-levels of integrity and perseverance in
overcoming adversity. Noah has exemplified his passion for video production though
his work with E360 and his internship at Devlo Media.
Salem was excited to receive the!award, though in typical entrepreneurial fashion, was
not willing to rest on his laurels. "My plan is to apply for $1 million worth of scholarships
by the end of the year," he told his advisor Nate Bonneau, who is eager to support!his
student navigate the work intensive process.
Noah Salem, Founder and CEO of KickVids, was the only
Rhode Island high school student to be named a 2017
Horatio Alger Distinguished Scholar, earning him a $25,000
college scholarship.
The Met has had incredible success with our
innovative after school programs called
Extended Day. Extended Day gives students
the opportunity to explore subjects and
interests that they may otherwise not be
exposed to. It also offers enhancement
programs such as foreign languages and
technology that students can use while
pursuing their interests.
Just before the holiday break we gathered
together to celebrate the conclusion of the
Fall Extended Day programming. Students
performed, sang, read poetry, and displayed
work from their programs. Providers were on
hand to celebrate student accomplishments
and awards were given for outstanding
The Winter/Spring Programs began on
January 17th. Program attendance is
mandatory for 9th grade Met students.
Upperclass students are encouraged to
participate in programming also. Extended
Day is Monday though Thursday 3:30 - 5:00
Learn more about Extended Day at:
Celebrating Extended Day
Open House
Application Deadline is February 17th
Our staff and students will be on-hand to answer your questions
Schedule a student shadow day or a tour of our modern campus
Learn more about our innovative, personalized curriculum
Apply for immediate admissions consideration or for the ‘17 school year
For more information
call 401-752-2636
or visit
Saturday, February 11
Thursday, February 16
Innovative Real World Education
325 Public Street
Justice Building
East Bay
115 Girard Ave
Wednesday, February 8!
Providence Business News - November 25, 2016
“Met school approach has earned chance
for larger application”
Dennis Littky founded the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center 20 years ago, and it has been a rousing
success, even if not embraced as much by the educational mainstream as it should be.
Brought to Rhode Island by CVS Health Corp.'s founder Stanley Goldstein, Mr. Littky has disrupted the educational
model in existence for generations.
Working at the secondary school level, Mr. Littky created the Met school, a four-year program with no classes, tests or
homework. Instead, students spend two days a week at internships, identifying their passions while learning real-world
skills that will increase their chances of success. This approach, Mr. Littky says, keeps children from sitting in the back of
the room and getting lost in the shuffle. And it works.
Just ask the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has awarded $20 million over the years to the nonprofit Big Picture
Learning that is the Met school's parent. Or the 65 U.S. Big Picture schools. Or the 80 more of them in six nations around
the world.
The students still have to meet the same graduation requirements as all public school seniors. One-fifth of the Class of
2016 students were hired by the companies they interned at. Two-thirds of them went to college.
The state Department of Education recognizes the Met's value, and has internalized some of its approaches to
pedagogy. But it's clear there is still resistance to the full Met experience. With too many public schools in Rhode Island
performing poorly, perhaps it's time for a little more disruption, Littky-style.
You can read the entire article at:,118765?
Luis Florentino
Good Sports
Luis Florentino of the Met’s Equality has exhibited
diligence and motivation in pursuing his passion for the
sport of football. Providence’s Juanita Sanchez serves as
the team for which Luis engages in the sport. This Met
student was appointed the positions of wide receiver and
cornerback, integral roles in the game that call for agility
and speed. The team competes against other high
schools located throughout Rhode Island in Division 3,
and has won the Division Championship. Luis’ interest in
football first emerged at the age of twelve. In order to
enhance his skills in the sport, Luis employs considerable
hours of practice. The Met School senior, who interns at
911 Programs, has received support from his parents,
coaches, and close friends. In addition, Luis believes that
the Met has offered the opportunity for him to further
pursue this sport. Luis hopes to attend UMASS, a higher
education institution which has had students!selected for
positions in the NFL. The Mets Luis Florentino has
displayed dedication and determination in his pursuit of
football, as he remains actively engaged in the sport and
has denoted through his practice and play that effort
assists in following his passion.
Nicholas Fontecha of Providence has demonstrated
accomplishment and skill in the sport of tennis. In the
state of Rhode Island, the Met student ranks first among
the number of tennis players under the age of sixteen. It
was at quite an early age that Nicholas first acquired
interest in the sport. He would view tennis with his father,
who then presented him with his own tennis racket.
Nicholas entered into a campaign held at Slater Park,
where he met a man from Colombia who observed his
potential and encouraged pursuit of the sport. The
Justice student credits this man for helping to mold him
into the player he has become today. Nicholas presently
partakes in the United States Tennis Association (USTA),
which enables him to travel throughout the nation to
compete against other tennis athletes. Much practice and
dedication to the sport is evident in this student’s exercise
of tennis. In addition to Nicholas’ travel schedule, practice
entails playing the sport on a daily basis between three
and four hours. Summer months permit for seven hours
of application of the sport. Nicholas currently trains in
Riverside, as well as has recently begun to play tennis in
the city of Pawtucket. Among the multitude of regional
championships that the Met junior has won, Nicholas also
achieved award as New England Clay Court Finalist. The
Met School has granted the opportunity for Nicholas to
greater pursue tennis, as the implementation of
internships has allowed him to explore his interests.
Nicholas interns at a tennis club and assists with business,
as well as possesses an internship in physical therapy.
With effort, attention, and commitment, this Met School
student has worked to hone his skills in the sport of
tennis, procured several awards, and is truly following his
Nicholas Fontecha
Student Spotlight - Sherenté Harris
Sherenté Harris, a junior at the Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met
Center, has taken an active role in preserving the
Narragansett culture and in educating others on his native
culture. Rhode Island Parent Magazine featured Sherenté in
its November 2015 issue, exploring experiences in which he
witnessed a lack of knowledge of the culture by others and
stereotypical behavior. It was examined in the cover story that
the Narragansett culture has been affected by colonialism to
a great extent within past centuries and more recent decades,
in manners in which the language nearly dissipated and
cultural freedom was severely restricted. As a result,
deprivation of some cultural significances has occurred, and
Sherenté’s response is one of encouragement in presenting
others with an education of the culture and the call for
involving today’s youth in aiding with preservation. Exeter’s
Tomaquag Museum was initiated by the family of this Met
School student, and details the history of Rhode Island’s
Indigenous Peoples. The museum was awarded the 2016
National Medal for Museum and Library Science. Sherenté’s
dedication has been recognized throughout Rhode Island, as
well as nationwide. At the Met, Sherenté has engaged in
project-based work with direct influence on his culture. His
utilization of the social media site, Facebook, has allowed for
education in the Narragansett language. Sherenté is a
participant of the Narragansett Tribe’s Pow Wow through
dance, and the student also was granted the opportunity to
attend the Tribal Youth Gathering with the First Lady.
In September, Sherenté conducted a presentation for the Met
staff about the Narragansett culture, as well as performed a
cultural dance. His presentation included media relating the
origin story of the Narragansett Tribe, as well as video
collaboration in which Sherenté and members of the
Narragansett Tribe community expressed the importance of
educating others about the culture. Sherenté referenced that
stereotypes result due to media depiction of culture, and
emphasized that these wrongful attributions must be
contested by education. With two cultures in which he
resides, Sherenté has also cited examples in uniting them,
referencing his entwining of contemporary music with
traditional dance. The Narragansett Tribe has also endured
much oppression, in which hate crimes have taken place with
no convictions at present. Racism and invisibility treatment
have contributed to oppression. Sherenté hopes to promote
responsibility in action and awareness in the history and
education of Narragansett culture, and it can be observed
that this student is working to make a positive impact on
Narragansett culture and the community.
Watch Sherenté and his brother sing the !
Great Swamp Memorial Song at
Photo credit - The Warrior Project
The Running Start Program is a dual enrollment program for high
school seniors who have demonstrated the academic achievement
and maturity necessary to enroll in college courses during their senior
year of high school. Seniors who wish to study at CCRI on a full-time
basis (12 credits) during the day may be eligible to earn college
credit and credit toward high school graduation simultaneously. The
Met currently has 3 seniors enrolled in the Running Start Program.
Juniors interested in the program should ask their advisor.
Two New CCRI Initiatives
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CCRI recently opened their new CNC Manufacturing
Laboratory at its Liston Campus in Providence. Met
students were on-hand for the opening of the lab and
we currently have ten students enrolled in
Manufacturing Technology programs.
For students, the lab will make them more attractive to
employers who are looking for highly skilled workers
to handle these intricate machines. For employers, the
lab could serve as a pipeline for employees who have a
foundation in CNC machines and who understand
manufacturing jobs look much different than they did
decades ago.