School Committee appoints new Cumberland High School Principal

CUMBERLAND - Donna Charlton, a career educator with more than 25 years experience as both a classroom teacher and school administrator, has been named principal at Cumberland High School.

“We are incredibly excited to have found an educator and administrator with Ms. Charlton’s experience and enthusiasm,” said Robert Mitchell, superintendent of the Cumberland School Department. “We feel certain her leadership will prove a real gift to everyone invested in the continued success of Cumberland High School.”

Prior to moving to Rhode Island, Ms. Charlton served as principal at Oakdale Middle School in Rogers, Arkansas for five years. Her previous work experience includes serving for 11 years as an assistant high school principal in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Shreveport, Louisiana.
"I am so excited to be part of Cumberland Public Schools," Ms. Charlton said. "I am very happy to be here. I can not wait to get started."

Ms. Charlton brings expertise in a variety of areas that address not only establishing and maintaining rigorous academic environments, but overseeing the complexities of running the day-to-day operations of a dynamic educational environment.

Ms. Charlton holds a bachelor’s degree from Dillard University, earned her master’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana, and is expected to receive her PhD in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University in 2017.

She replaces Alan Tenreiro, who resigned earlier this year to become president of Mount Saint Charles Academy.

Cumberland Names Tanya Rao Teacher of the Year

CUMBERLAND _ Tanya Rao, an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at North Cumberland Middle School (NCMS), has been named the Cumberland School Department's Teacher of the Year.
An experienced educator with more than 20 years in the classroom, Ms. Rao was recognized not only for her accomplishments as a teacher, but also as a leader.  In her letter of recommendation, NCMS Principal Beth Coughlin noted that Ms. Rao’s approach to teaching is built on providing safe and caring learning environments rooted in high expectations.
“She is constantly found with a student by her side,” Ms. Coughlin wrote. “Many times she is working with students to improve their work, but quite often she is engaged in a conversation, giving advice or support, or simply enjoying lunch together. Her caring and loving nature resonates as many former students continue to seek out advice and support from Mrs. Rao even after they leave NCMS."
In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Rao is active as a leader, innovator and trainer – lending her expertise and experience to other educators in the district. She serves as a Thinking Maps trainer, a member of NCMS’s School Improvement Team, a member for the District Standards Based Grading Policy Committee, a SRSD trainer for Grade 8, and the “go to” person for all Social Studies teachers when aligning curriculum and instruction to best practice.
“It is difficult to overstate the contributions Tanya has made – not only to North Cumberland, but the system as a whole, “ said Cumberland School Department's Superintendent Bob Mitchell. “She is an incredible asset and, more significantly, an inspiration to students, parents and her fellow educators. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.”
PHOTO CUTLINE: From Left to Right: Superintendent Robert Mitchell, Cumberland Teacher of the Year Tanya Rao, and School Committee Chair Raymond Salvatore.

Textbook Loan Program

Cumberland School Department Loan of Textbooks to Non-Public Students

The location for the drop off and ordering of textbooks will be at the Cumberland High School, Transitional Building, 2602 Mendon Road, Cumberland.  Textbooks that were borrowed for the 2016-17 school year must be returned and new orders for the 2017-18 school year  will be taken on the following dates: 

Friday, June 23rd, Monday, June 26th and Tuesday, June 27th from 8:30am to 11:45am and 1:00pm to 2:45pm.

Requests will not be honored until all currently loaned books are returned.  The following information is needed when placing the textbook order:  Complete title, author, publisher, copyright, date and ISBN number.

The Cumberland School Department will be requiring a $50 deposit on all text book orders for seniors only.

Any textbooks ordered after this date will be considered a late application.

Late applications that require the ordering of new books may not be honored.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 658-1600 ext. 128 or email lorna [dot] lafond [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.

Please note: This is the only extension accepting calls.

Please refer to Policy for Loan of Textbooks to Non-Public Students available on

Click Here to view the policy.

Lorna Lafond

Textbook Coordinator

Early Admittance Information for Kindergarten and Grade One

Cumberland School Department is now taking applications from March 1 to May 1, 2017 for Early Admittance Testing to Kindergarten/Grade One. Kindergarten students must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2017.  This test is offered to children who are not eligible for kindergarten in the fall but will turn 5 between September 2nd and December 31, 2017; Grade one students must turn 6 between September 2nd and December 31, 2017.
For application and Frequently Asked Questions brochure, go to website (, or they can be picked up in the Assistant Superintendent’s Office, 2602 Mendon Road.  For more information, call Laurie Jencks, 401-658-1600, x303
All applications must include a copy of updated and certified immunizations, copy of certified birth certificate and proof of residency.

Please read the Early Entry Letter from the Assistant Superintendent's office. This link is also found below.



Please choose the Early Admittance Procedure file below for the proper forms.