Message from Dr. McWilliams, Superintendent of School

Good morning Pawtucket School Families,

This is Dr. McWilliams, Superintendent of Schools. I am calling with some very important information. As you know, at the December 15th School Committee, the Committee voted to prepare for an in-person learning for PK, Kindergarten, and special populations in their home schools beginning on January 19th, contingent on the community spread of the virus. As we prepare, we need your assistance to let us know if you are choosing to opt-out of in-person learning for your child(ren) when the phase in of in-person learning starts for your child(ren) at his/her grade level or specialized class. This information is important to us to prepare. If you do not want your child to return to in-person learning, you will opt-out by completing this survey by January 3, 2021. If you opt-out of in-person learning, this means that your child will remain on distance learning for the remainder of the school year.

There are two ways in which you can opt-out of in-person learning. The easiest and most efficient way is to use Skyward if possible. To do this, simply log into the parent portal of Skyward found on from any device and indicate your preference on the online form. The second option is to call our call center at 401.305.3787 to speak with a call center employee and indicate your preference. If you choose the Call Center, where an employee will take down your preference. If you leave a message, please state your name and phone number and your child’s name and a call center employee will return your call to record your response.

Please note that your choice will be for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Your response is needed by January 3, 2021, otherwise your child will automatically be assigned to return to in-person learning, based on the gradual, phased in approach and contingent on the community spread of the virus and when the School Committee deems it appropriate. We will unfortunately not be able to have students switch back and forth between in person and distance learning due to staffing and busing requirements.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated as we prepare.

Thank you,


Dr. McWilliams  

Director's Message

Hello Everyone,

The Holiday Season is already here!  From our Family at JMW to yours, we wish you all a very happy, joyful, healthy and safe Holiday Break.  We are all looking forward to 2021 in hopes of better horizons.  Have a wonderful Holiday Break and we will see you all in 2021.  Please note there will be no newsletter next weekend.  


JMW Music Holiday Concert

Please enjoy the Holiday Concert:


Friends of JMW Bandana & Mask Fundraiser




A/B Rotation for January and February of 2021


JMW Alumni News

JMW Dance Alumni Jaelyn Blair (‘16) is performing at a professional level with the IFL Massachusetts Pirates Cheer team. She found this opportunity online and went through a virtual audition process. This year she is serving as a “corner captain”, and is honored and excited to take on this position and to be a part of the team! 


Have a great week!

R.Pimentel, JMW Director

I am also excited to announce that all school aged students in Pawtucket (under 18) have been approved for FREE LUNCH until December 31st.  Nonetheless, it is important that each of our families apply for the free/reduced lunch.  Your application (whether or not you qualify) impacts our district funding, therefore, please take a few minutes to apply online at 


Our Mission at JMW is To academically challenge and nurture high school students with exceptional talent in the Arts who wish to explore careers in the Visual & Performing Arts."

Our Vision at JMW is that Everyone is special in their unique way; Treat others with respect each and every day!

We are committed to preparing our students to go on to top colleges in the nation, while concentrating their studies in a chosen arts discipline: visual arts, dance, music or theater.  

We are also a tuition free school for All Rhode Island residents, providing Career & Technical Education Programs in Music, Dance, Theater, Visual Arts and Video & Film Production.










Ricardo PimentelDirector           Christine GarveySchool Counselor           Anna Grady
Diane LeBlancClerk                       Leigh Murphy
MATH           Laura Ciano           HISTORY
Ashley Ferreira           Elizabeth Flynn           Jason Marchetti
Kyle Labranche                     Peter Leohourites
            FOREIGN LANGUAGES            
PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS           Kayla Campbell (Spanish)           PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Scott Beauregard (Music)                     Jack Couto
Karen Carpenter (Theatre)           SUPPORT STAFF            
Christopher Kane (Visual Art)           Neal Bogosian (Special Education)           FRIENDS OF JMW PTO
Dimitri Ashby (Video/Film & Art)            Tanya Silva (Psychologist)          
Tovah Muro (Dance)           Joy Mitchell (Social Worker)