The town of Cumberland is participating in the RI Energy Challenge and there are just three more weeks until the deadline. In order for the town to reach its goal and win a $10,000 energy efficiency grant, we could use your help.  Sign up for a no-cost home energy assessment to make your home more energy efficient and to save on your energy bills. Each sign-up brings Cumberland closer to an Energy Champion title!



Lower your energy costs and help Cumberland become a Rhode Island Energy Champion and receive a $10,000 grant for an energy efficiency project on municipal property from National Grid. It is a win, win! 


  1. It’s getting colder: Get your no-cost home energy assessment and stay warm all winter while spending less on energy. Sign up online:

(you can have the assessment every 3 years).

  1. Earn $50 when you recycle your old, inefficient refrigerator. You will also save on your electric bill.  Call to schedule by phone:877-889-4762.
  2. Ask 10 friends to join you in the Cumberland Energy Challenge and to share this message by email &/or on Facebook to make sure our town wins $10,000!

The Rhode Island Energy Challenge is a dynamic, grassroots energy efficiency campaign designed to help you, your neighbors and town officials make smart energy choices now and for the future.

For more information contact -kstewart [at] smartpower [dot] org

Community Elementary nationally recognized as ‘Blue Ribbon School’

Award marks first of its kind honor in Cumberland

Community Elementary School was lauded during a ceremony Friday for its national recognition as a “Blue Ribbon School,” the first Cumberland school to be so honored.

“The leadership team here, the teachers, the staff, the custodians, the students, and the parents are a model of excellence, not just for our community, but our state, and our nation,” said School Committee Chair Ray Salvatore.

Community School Principal Cheryl Vaughn presents the National Blue Ribbon School plaque to students during Friday's celebration.

There are 98,817 schools in the U.S. Only 342 are recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Just three schools in Rhode Island earned the distinction. Community School was one of them, recognized for its academic excellence.

Superintendent Bob Mitchell commended students, teachers, and the entire school community for their hard work and perseverance.  “It means that Community Elementary School is one of the best schools in the United States of America,” Mitchell said.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students are excelling with high learning standards, or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Community Elementary is being applauded as an exemplary high performing school.

“You put Cumberland on the map,” Mayor Bill Murray told students, faculty members, and local and state dignitaries.  The CHS band and cheerleaders helped celebrate the day, with the band playing songs and the cheerleaders getting the students to cheer.

Joining in the celebration, held in the school’s gym, were Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Ken Wagner, School Committee members Bill Dennen and Amy Goggin, Town Councilors Lisa Beaulieau and Tom Kane, State Senator Ryan Pearson, and State Representative Mia Ackerman.

2017 PARCC Assessment Results Presentation


The Cumberland School System has made amazing academic strides in improving the level of education its students receive. Our goal is to be a top five performing district in the state regardless of our challenges. The teachers of this community should be thanked and appreciated for their dedication and effort. Without their investment, we don't achieve these impressive indicators of improvement. Ultimately, breaking into the TOP 10 in overall achievement in the state is validation for the students, families, and the town of Cumberland that student achievement is improving. Of the 34 districts with elementary, middle and high schools, Cumberland ranks 9th in both ELA and Mathematics in 2017 PARCC performance when compared to other districts including public charter school districts. Listed below is more information on the district's performance.

  • Three (3) years ago we were ranked in the top 50% of school districts in ELA and within that same three year period we were able to move into the top 26% of the state performance rankings -- from 17/34 to 9/34

  • Cumberland outperformed these neighboring districts in both ELA and Mathematics:  Blackstone Valley Prep, Lincoln and Smithfield.  

  • When comparing Cumberland’s three-year growth in ELA to the state’s three year trend, Cumberland's growth was four times greater than the state’s.

  • Cumberland’s growth in math was 11% over three years, nearly equal to the growth in ELA which was 12%.

  • Cumberland’s 2017 ELA performance increased when compared to 2016. Cumberland’s 2016  ELA ranking was 13/34 as compared to 9/34 in 2017.  The districts we outperformed in 2017 when compared to 2016 were BVP, Lincoln, Portsmouth and Smithfield.

  • Cumberland’s PARCC performance in ELA and Math shined in the northern part of the state. In math Cumberland outperformed all northern RI communities and in ELA Cumberland outperformed all but North Smithfield.

  • When comparing Cumberland’s three-year growth to the state’s three year trend, Cumberland's growth was four times greater than the state’s.

The PARCC results presentation to the School Committee on September 28, 2017 follows.


PARCC Presentation Link