This Week at Cumberland High School!

This Week at CHS 3/18/2018 to 3/24/2018

Hi Clipper Community!

I am thrilled to announce that Janita Ducharme has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards given to a teacher in Rhode Island- The Golden Apple Award!
Ms. Ducharme is a music teacher here at Cumberland High School. Alexandria Evers, a 2017 graduate of CHS, nominated Ms. Ducharme for this award.  On Thursday Ken Wagner, Rhode Island's Commissioner of Education came to CHS to present Ms. Ducharme with her Golden Apple.  Patrice Wood from Channel 10 news was here to interview Ms. Ducharme and the cameras were rolling.  The spot will air in early April.  We will let you know the date and time.
Please see This Week's Staff Spotlight below for all of the reasons why Ms. Ducharme is so deserving of this honor.

Dr. Susan T. Cote

This Week's Staff Spotlight!

Week of 3/18/2018 - 3/24/2018

Staff Member: Janita Ducharme

Janita Ducharme has been teaching in Cumberland Schools since 2010, having taken a position as the Cumberland High School choral director in 2013. She directs the Concert Chorus and Clef Singers at CHS, and teaches Music Theory 1, Piano, and AP Music Theory.

Since teaching at CHS, the Clef Singers have participated in festivals locally and nationally. While in Annapolis, MD, in 2014, they earned a Gold Rating and placed 2nd. In 2015, the Clef Singers earned a Superior Rating in the RIACDA Senior High School Choral Festival. In 2016, both Concert Chorus and Clef Singers earned Superior Ratings in the RIACDA Senior High School Choral Festival, as well as at OrlandoFest. Clef Singers were also awarded "Grand National Champion" of Chamber Choirs in OrlandoFest. This year, Concert Chorus and Clef Singers will perform a concert tour in Nashville, TN, at the Belmont University, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Ryman Auditorium.

While teaching at the elementary level, Miss Ducharme was responsible for founding the Ashton Chorus, and later co-founding the Cumberland Children’s Chorus. Both ensembles performed throughout the Northern Rhode Island area at various public venues, including Providence Bruins and Pawtucket Red Sox. Also at the elementary level, Miss Ducharme was responsible for offering many after school courses such as world percussion and ukulele, and co-organizing art and music showcases for both Ashton and Cumberland Hill.

She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a Bachelors of Science in Music Education and studied voice with Teresa Coffman, and master class study (voice) with Edward Markward and Jean Redpath. She is currently earning her Master of Music Education degree from Gordon College. She was a member of the RIC Chorus and Chamber Singers and has toured internationally with both ensembles in Italy (2006) and Austria, Slovakia, and Czech Republic (2008), and sang with the Carillon Women's Chorus under the direction of Sarah Kane and the Providence Singers under the direction of Christine Noel. Currently, Miss Ducharme is a co-manager for the Rhode Island Senior All-State Mixed Choir and dabbles in portrait and wedding photography.

Congratulations on your Golden Apple award Ms. Ducharme!!!!

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What's going on at CHS?

To the right you will see the school calendar for daily activities.

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Each week our administrative team sends out GoBlue Student News! This is a site to keep students informed of the goings on during the day and after school at CHS! Check it out!

  • FOR PARENTS OF OUR JUNIOR CLASS- Service Learning Reminder

All students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of service learning by June of their junior year in order to graduate. The paperwork for service learning can be picked up in the main office. Get your service learning done early, one less thing to worry about during your senior year!

See answers to frequently asked Service Learning questions to the right...

Service Learning FAQs:

CHS Service Learning Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I start my Service Learning hours?

A: Hours for Service Learning may begin as early as Freshmen year. Any community service done before your high school career cannot count towards your Service Learning hours.

Q: May I volunteer my time at my current place of employment?

A: No, as stated in the guidelines, any service-learning activity that replaces a paid staff worker of the participating agency or institution with a student earning service-learning credit cannot be counted toward the service-learning graduation requirement.

Q: Can I complete my Service Learning at more than one location?

A: Yes! If you are volunteering at multiple locations and participating in various community service activities then you may use all of your experiences to count towards your 15 hour minimum for service learning as long as it fits the acceptable criteria. If the community service activities all relate then one essay may be written. If the activities do not relate or have a common theme then each activity must have a seperate essay submitted.

Q: Can I volunteer my time at my local church/place of worship?

A: Any service-learning activity that is not secular in nature, that either advances or inhibits religion entanglement with religion or that fosters excessive entanglement with religion cannot be counted towards the service learning graduation requirement. If, for example, you were volunteering your time to do grounds work at a local church, those hours could count towards service learning because it does not directly advance/inhibit religion. If, however, you were volunteering your time as an alter server at your church, those house would not count towards your service learning because it is directly participating in a religious activity.

Q: When do Service Learning forms and essays need to be turned in?

A: We ask that you turn in your Service Learning form and essay by the end of your Junior year. This will give you the opportunity to include the experience on your transcript when applying to colleges. If you are unable to complete your Service Learning by the end of your Junior year then we will contact you at the beginning of your Senior year to discuss the timeline for completion.

Additional News


Please click on the link below for some footage on the student demonstration that was held at CHS on Wednesday, March 14. We are proud of our students and how respectfully and responsibly that handled this demonstration.

March 14 Walkout footage


Due to the recent snow storm and school cancellation the last day of school is not scheduled to be Tuesday, June 19. Keep in mind any future school cancellations will change this.

High school graduation is scheduled for Monday, June 11.


Junior and Senior students are encouraged to apply for The High School STEM Scholarship. Click here for the application.


The Black Philanthropy Bannister Scholarship supports African American/Black high school graduates or adult students. The applicant must be a Rhode Island resident, demonstrate financial need, and be pursuing or advancing a career in healthcare at a post-secondary institution.

Deadline for application submission is April 13, 2018. Please click here to apply.


Please click the link below for the RISAS (RI Students Assistance Service) Newsletter for the month of March.


If you are looking for more information regarding vaping and social media please visit CHS's "Let's Get Caught Up!" page. This will be updated regularly so you can stay informed of current issues your children may face.


Please click on the link below for the Cumberland, North Smithfield and Lincoln Prevention Coalitions monthly newsletter

Communi-Key Newsletter

Clipper Pride Rising! Go Blue!

This Seems Important!

Dismissal Information

Student Early Dismissal Protocol at CHS

Daily Bulletin

Updated Daily

CHS Daily Bulletin

Parent/Student Handbook

Student Parent Handbook 17-18 (1).pdf

Current Fundraisers

Dress to Impress Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis

  • On Friday, March 23rd, the Cumberland School Department is sponsoring “Dress to Impress Day”. Students and staff are encouraged to participate by donating $1 and coming to school dressed up in their fanciest clothes. Donations of more than $1 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are always accepted and greatly appreciated.

Pennies for Patients

  • Our school is participating in the Pennies for Patients fundraiser, sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) from March 5 –March 23, 2018. Pennies is a 3-week service-learning program that gives students the unique experience of working together to help raise awareness and funds in honor of thousands of children and adults fighting blood cancers - like leukemia – one of the leading fatal cancers of children ages 1 – 20. The 5-year survival rate for children under the age of 20 with the most common form of leukemia (ALL) went from 3% in the 1960s to almost 95% today. Every day we are getting closer to finding cures for all blood cancers!
  • Our goal is to raise $10,000 and WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are asking that everyone (students, faculty, parents, alumni, etc.) at Cumberland High School join in this effort of raising awareness and giving funds to benefit the mission of LLS.

Share this link with your family and friends. Click on the link here to donate or find your student’s school at THANK YOU!

Students can even create their own online giving page. Hit GET INVOLVED on the right of the homepage.

  • Students raising $50+ for Pennies in Rhode Island will be entered into a Drawing for an Apple iPad!
  • Each student that raises $50+ online through their individual fundraising page by April 30, 2018 will receive an official Pennies T-shirt.

Our patient families greatly appreciate your support!