High schoolers practice nature photography skills

Students photograph specimens at the Rhode Island School of Design Nature Lab during Project Open Door over April vacation. We thank Taco/The White Family Foundation for providing funding for our students to explore the arts through this program.

April Break Programs

Grades 6, 7, and 8

Anything highlighted in blue below is a link to the registration form and more details for that opportunity! The information included in the registration is available in English and Spanish. If your child attends a district that is not listed, register them for the nearest district/bus stop. 

¡Todo lo resaltado en azul a continuación es un enlace al formulario de registro y más detalles para esa oportunidad!  La información de registración incluida dentro del enlace azul está disponible en inglés y español.  Si su hijo (a) asiste a un distrito que no figura en la lista, regístrelo en el distrito o la parada de autobús más cercano a usted..

COLLEGE INFO DAYS 
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Hosted at Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls 

 

Monday, April 18 
Providence Crusaders 
Afternoon trip: Battleship Cove 

 

Tuesday, April 19 
Central Falls and Pawtucket Crusaders 
Afternoon trip: Roger Williams Zoo 

 

Tuesday, April 19 
Woonsocket Crusaders 

Afternoon trip: Roger Williams Zoo 

 

Thursday, April 21 
Central Falls and Pawtucket Crusaders 
Afternoon Trip: Patriot Hall 

 

Friday, April 22 
Providence Crusaders 
Afternoon trip: Audubon Society 

STEM DAY 
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Hosted at Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls

 

Thursday, April 21 
Cranston and West Warwick Crusaders 
Afternoon trip: United Skates of America 

High School

Anything highlighted in blue below is a link to the registration form and more details for that opportunity! The information included in the registration is available in English and Spanish. If your child attends a district that is not listed, register them for the nearest district/bus stop.

 ¡Todo lo resaltado en azul a continuación es un enlace al formulario de registro y más detalles para esa oportunidad!  La información de registración incluida dentro del enlace azul está disponible en inglés y español.  Si su hijo (a) asiste a un distrito que no figura en la lista, regístrelo en el distrito o la parada de autobús más cercano a usted..

COLLEGE VISITS 

Transportation and lunch will be provided.

Monday, April 18 
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Grades 10 and 11 
New England Tech 

 

Wednesday, April 20 
9:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Grades 10 and 11 
Emmanuel College 

GETTING TO COLLEGE CONFERENCE 

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Grade 11 
Hosted at Rhode Island College (RIC) in Providence
Transportation and lunch will be provided.

Monday AND Tuesday, April 18-19 

Providence and Cranston Crusaders

 

Wednesday AND Thursday, April 20-21  

Central Falls, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket Crusaders 

UCRU (Transition to College Program)

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Grade 12/graduating seniors
Hosted at Rhode Island College (RIC) in Providence
Transportation morning snack and lunch will be provided.

Three-day program, Tuesday to Thursday, April 19 to 21

BOLETÍN FAMILIAR DEL COLLEGE CRUSADE

Planificando para la preparatoria y más allá para las familias de las escuelas intermedias

Planificando para la Preparatoria (Escuela Secundaria)

El trabajo que los estudiantes hacen durante la secundaria (grados 6 a 8) y la preparatoria es muy importante para establecer la dirección que tomará sus vidas adultas. Sus decisiones y acciones mientras asisten la secundaria afectará el trabajo que hagan en la preparatoria y las oportunidades que tendrán después.

Para prepararse para la preparatoria es importante que los estudiantes aprovechen al máximo su tiempo en la secundaria. Pero que temprano para planificar. ¿Cómo pueden ellos tomar mayor provecho de su tiempo durante la preparatoria? Cuando sea posible asegure que su hijo/a tome ventaja de las siguientes oportunidades:

  • Oportunidades para presentar una solicitud para o tomar la prueba para estar en las clases avanzadas o de honores (tales como matemáticas avanzadas)
  • Oportunidades para tomar cursos a nivel de secundaria mientras asiste la secundaria (tal como idiomas del mundo)
  • Actividades extracurriculares, deportes, y clubes
  • Oportunidades para explorar las oportunidades en carreras durante la secundaria y preparatoria

Nuestro equipo

Directora de participación familiar

Yisel DeOleo

401-241-0405

Coordinadora de participación familiar

Manuela Garcia

401-688-8469

 

¿Sabía Usted?

Las ausencias podrían ser una señal que un estudiante ha perdido el interés en la escuela, está luchando con el trabajo escolar, está lidiando con un abusón o enfrentando a otros desafíos serios. Al llegar al 9º grado, la asistencia regular es un mejor indicador de la tasa de graduación que los resultados de las pruebas de 8º grado.

Develación de Mitos

 

MITO: La planificación universitaria comienza durante el penúltimo año de la preparatoria.

REALIDAD: La escuela secundaria no es muy temprano para comenzar a pensar sobre la Universidad y una carrera.

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Las universidades analizan las clases y las notas que los estudiantes tomaron comenzando del 9º grado en adelante.

Es importante que los adolescentes hagan un plan de largo término sobre las clases que ellos tomarán, el tipo de Universidad que desean asistir, y el tipo de carrera que quieren.

Middle school Crusaders work on a STEM Camp project engineering a structure with straws.

Recordatorios importantes

El Onward We Learn ofrece varios programas académicos para brindarles a nuestros estudiantes de la escuela intermedia la oportunidad de mejorar sus habilidades y confianza en varias áreas de contenido. Cada semestre de otoño, primavera y verano lo alentamos a que registre a su hijo(a) para tener la oportunidad de trabajar en: habilidades de matemáticas y escritura, apoyo para la solicitud universitaria, apoyo para el examen (P)SAT, ¡y más!

Lista de verificación estudiantil

Lista de verificación familiar

COLLEGE CRUSADE FAMILY ENGAGEMENT NEWSLETTER

High School and Beyond Planning for Middle School Families

Preparing for High School

The work students do in middle school and high school is very important in setting the direction for their adult lives. Their choices and actions today, while they are in middle school, will affect the work they do in high school and the opportunities they have after high school.

To prepare for high school, it’s important for students to make the most of their time in middle school. Talk about planning ahead. How could they make their time in high school count? Whenever possible, make sure your child takes advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Opportunities to apply for or test into advanced or honors courses (such as advanced math)
  • Opportunities to start high school-level courses while in middle school (such as world languages)
  • Extracurricular activities, sports, and clubs
  • Career exploration opportunities in middle school and high school

Our Team

Director of Family Engagement  

Yisel DeOleo

401-241-0405

Family Engagement Coordinator

Manuela Garcia

401-688-8469

Did You Know?

Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with a bully, or facing some other serious challenge. By ninth grade, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than eighth grade test scores.

Myth Buster


MYTH:
 College planning starts in the junior year of high school.

REALITY: Middle school isn’t too early to start thinking about college and career.


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Colleges look at classes and grades from a student’s ninth grade year on.

It’s important for teens to make a long-term plan about  the classes they will take, the type of college they want to go to, and the kind of career they want.

Middle school Crusaders work on a STEM Camp project engineering a structure with straws.

Important Reminder!

The Onward We Learn offers multiple academic programs to provide our high schoolers with the opportunity to boost their skills and confidence in various content areas. We encourage you to register your child in programs every fall, spring, and summer semester for an opportunity to work on math and writing skills, college application support, (P)SAT test support, and more!

Student Checklist

Family Checklist

10 questions with … Karol Ramirez

High school advisor Karol Ramirez graduated from the Academy for Career Exploration and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and sociology with a minor in psychology from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to joining the College Crusade, she served as an intern at Leviton Dual Language School in Providence, assisting students and teachers in a fourth-grade Spanish classroom.

  1. What was your favorite pandemic purchase?
    My favorite pandemic purchase was an air fryer.


  2. What activity or interest is a stress reliever for you?
    Going to the gym is a great stress reliever for me.


  3. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    As a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer because I knew my aunt was a lawyer and I wanted to be just like her.


  4. What is your favorite food or meal?
    My favorite food is tacos.


  5. What’s the best trip/vacation you’ve ever taken?
    When I went to Punta Cana with my boyfriend back in 2019. We did an excursion to “Isla Saona,” which is a small island in the Dominican Republic, and what was really awesome was that off the shore of the island, the water is waist-deep, so we were literally in the middle of the ocean just waist-deep. It was a great experience, they call it “a natural pool.”


  6. If you had to delete all but three apps from your phone, which ones would you keep?
    I would keep Netflix, Instagram and Grubhub.


  7. What was your favorite class in college?
    SOC 430 – Intimate relationships; we had the opportunity to design a dating app. We had to have a target group, what goals/outcomes we wanted this app to have, how accessible it would be to people, etc. It was a pretty fun class.


  8. What totally out-of-character thing would you do if you had the time, guts or resources?
    A totally out-of-character thing I would do is go sky diving. I don’t have the guts to do it, and I am also afraid of heights but maybe one day.


  9. What music is your usual soundtrack?
    Rap/hip-hop. Anything with Drake.


  10. If you could listen to only one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    “Nothing Was the Same” by Drake.

10 questions with … Tim Costa

  1. We hear you have some hidden talents! What is one thing most of your co-workers might not know about you?
    Recently, I wrote a short film that debuted at my alma mater, UMass Dartmouth! It’s a very silly little film, but it was a lot of fun to write, and even more fun to get to watch people see and (hopefully) enjoy my work!
  2. What’s on the top of your travel bucket list?
    I think I’d really enjoy spending time in Canada! Probably Toronto, but I’d also love to go to San Francisco or Greece.
  3. If you could immediately gain one skill, personal or professional, what would it be?
    Photography/cinematography is my number one right now! I really love visual mediums, so I’d love to be able to take beautiful pictures or be able to shoot a movie on my own.
  4. What fictional family would you like to be a member of and why?
    I would love to be a member of the Simpsons – maybe just a weird cousin, or the smart uncle or something like that, but I’d also happily be Bart Simpson for a few days.
  5. What is your go-to karaoke or sing-in-the-shower/belt-out-in-the-car song?
    “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon – it’s great! You get to say so many lovely poetic things!
  6. What’s your guilty pleasure binge TV/streaming service show?
    For years, I watched a lot of MTV’s “Catfish.” I would sit and watch almost an entire season in one sitting, even though pretty much every episode is the same!
  7. What is the first album/CD/digital download you bought?
    The first CD I remember buying was “American Idiot” by Green Day, in third grade! Probably not appropriate for an 8-year-old, but I seemed to enjoy it!
  8. What is the last thing you read for fun?
    “The Curse of Camp Cold Lake” by RL Stine. It is a Goosebumps book, and very silly, but I’ve loved Goosebumps since I was a kind so it was a nice nostalgic experience!
  9. What’s your favorite holiday or family tradition?
    Halloween is my favorite holiday, definitely! I love all things spooky and fall is my favorite season, so it’s a nice convergence.
  10. If you could time travel, would you go back in time or into the future? Any specific point in time you’d like to explore?
    I would go back in time! I think I would thrive in the ’70s, probably in a smaller city like Baltimore or Seattle.

10 questions with … Victor Montanez

Victor Montanez, a former Crusader, is a program specialist for the high school and postsecondary teams. He graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 2010 and earned Bachelor of Science in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice and a minor in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2015. He first joined the Crusade as an advisor, serving at Esek Hopkins Middle School and Times2 Academy.

1. What was your favorite program as a Crusader? 
CAAP, because you got to meet so many other Crusaders and learn to work apart as a team. All the trips that we took were also so much fun! And after-school Cru Club; my high school advisor Dwayne is incredible!

2. What’s the last great TV show or movie you watched? 
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”

3. What photo do you have on your phone screen background? 
My niece and nephew! 

4. What’s your dream travel destination? 
Bolivia or Costa Rica 

5. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be? 
Anywhere on the beach, or anywhere with an amazing view.

6. What’s your favorite thing to cook or eat? 

To eat: Chicken wings are my favorite. Any flavor! To cook: Pastelón, a classic Puerto Rican dish.

7. What’s your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate? 
Tie between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Love spending holidays with family eating great food.

8. Are you a morning person or a night owl? 
Night owl for sure! 

9. What is the best part of your job? \
All the amazing people I work with and being able to service our students to achieve their goals! 

10 What’s your life motto or favorite saying? 
Don’t count the days, make the days count.

College access organization to change name next spring

PROVIDENCE, R.I.: The College Crusade of Rhode Island, the state’s most comprehensive college readiness program, will change its name and brand identity at the end of the 2021-22 school year and will announce a new name next spring that better aligns with its mission, vision and values.

Over the next several months, the organization will gather feedback and insight from students, alumni, staff and a robust network of supporters whose deep connections to the organization will help inform this new chapter.

The organization, founded in 1989 as the Children’s Crusade for Higher Education, engages students in urban school districts starting in middle school and provides college readiness, career exploration and academic support programming through high school and into college. Advisors work hands-on within schools, inspiring young people to become the first in their families to attend and complete college.

“We have more than 12,000 alumni and 3,500 current students who identify as Crusaders. Our organization has played an important supporting role in their pursuit of higher education and lifelong success over the past 32 years, and we are incredibly proud of that legacy in Rhode Island,” said President and CEO Andrew Bramson. “As we look ahead to a bright future, we want to put the needs and achievements of our first-generation students and families at the center of everything we do, and that should include a name and identity that captures the values by which we live.”

The organization has hired Rhode Island-based firm NAIL as its creative partner, tapping into its extensive experience in helping organizations tell their story.

“The past four years have inspired tremendous learning and growth for our organization, and the pandemic has reinforced with utter clarity that the students we serve are some of the most resilient, gifted and determined young people in our state,” said Meg Geoghegan, chair of the organization’s board of directors. “Our work is about helping students on their journey to college and building their confidence so they can imagine new possibilities for their futures. Our identity should reflect this thoughtful approach that has served so many students and families well over the past three decades.”

Alumni, students and families interested in being involved in this rebranding effort are encouraged to reach out to Kristen Cyr at kcyr@onwardwelearn.org.

“We have a great opportunity to engage our community in this process, simultaneously building awareness and momentum for our mission so that we can continue to do this important work for the next 32 years and beyond,” Bramson said.

The College Crusade supports more than 4,000 students in middle school, high school and college each year with one-on-one advising and year-round programs that focus on academic enrichment, social and emotional development, career education, and postsecondary preparation to help them become the first in their families to earn a college degree. Sixth-graders who attend traditional public schools and select public charter schools and independent schools in Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket and West Warwick are eligible to enroll in the College Crusade.