Scituate welcomes Assistant Principal Gianfrancesco

Scituate welcomes Assistant Principal Gianfrancesco

SCITUATE – Scituate High School and Middle School are welcoming new shared Assistant Principal Amanda Gianfrancesco.

Gianfrancesco says she hopes to help bridge gaps in key educational areas, including on Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System testing, where SMS is at 3 stars and SHS at 4.

At the middle school, Gianfrancesco said the focus needs to be on improving English language arts proficiency, and while “right at the cusp” in many areas, she said SHS needs to focus on math and career and technology pathways.

“We want to expand and develop more programs that are engaging for students,” she said.

Gianfrancesco brings a background in teaching that eventually led to a career in education administration, where she led as dean of students at Nathanael Greene Middle School and assistant principal at West Broadway Middle School in Providence.

She is continuing her education at Johnson & Wales University, studying for her doctorate in education.

For Gianfrancesco, she said she wants the Scituate community to know that she is ready to set her roots here. She said her focus will be on pushing both schools, including students and teachers, forward. To do so, she said she will support teachers in professional development as well as learning plans and curriculum.

Gianfrancesco said she will collect and interpret data to consistently help students struggling with certain subjects, as well as help create a support system to help get them to graduation.

“I’m grateful I can be part of a great community with a lot of generational families and traditions,” she said.

Gianfrancesco said she is also excited to help with Scituate’s growing sports programs, and is looking forward to attending events and cheering on the Scituate Spartans.

Gianfrancesco began with the district on July 1, saying she has quickly learned about what she sees as a tight-knit community. Hailing from Burrillville, she said she understands the positives of living in a small town.

SHS serves around 400 students from grades 9-12, and SMS houses around 285 students in grades 5-8.

“I loved the idea of having middle school and high school students from grades 6-12 and be able to really envision what a Scituate graduate can be,” she said.

As joint assistant principal, Gianfrancesco said she likes the collaborative nature of her new position, saying both SHS Principal Michael Hassel and SMS Principal Tonianne Napolitano create a great team atmosphere.

“There’s no other school like it,” she said.