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Providence Public School District to Begin the 2023-2024 School Year on September 6


PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Public School District (PPSD) will be opening its doors for the 2023-2024 School Year on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Dr. Javier Montañez, PPSD Superintendent, will be joined by Governor McKee, Commissioner Infante-Green, Mayor Smiley, School Board President Rogel at the bus yard to welcome the new school year and send off the buses to begin picking up students for their first day.


The group will then proceed to welcome middle school students at Nathanael Greene Middle School where Providence College students will also be welcoming students with a first day clap-in. Greene will unveil a brand-new state of the art library/media center for students this year. Next, officials will visit Hope High School, a recently announced redesign school that will become visual and performing arts school where students will be welcomed into brand-new foyer and a brand-new school auditorium for the new school year. Following Hope, officials will visit Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School where K-5 students will be welcomed for the first day with a new safety upgrades and a new mural "Dream Big” by artist Kameko "Fu'una" Branchaud. This project was awarded through Providence’s Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism's Call for Public Art, an initiative aimed at adding beauty and inspiration to Providence's school buildings. The mural was designed to encourage young learners to envision greatness, set ambitious goals, and embark on their educational journey with determination.


It is an exciting year for PPSD as it launches the Attendance Heroes initiative to encourage and emphasize the importance of student attendance and family engagement. Each student will receive an attendance calendar magnet so that they can track their attendance throughout the year and will receive an attendance pledge from their school to encourage family engagement. 

In attendance will be:


  • Dan McKee, Governor, State of RI
  • Brett Smiley, Mayor, Providence
  • Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of RI Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE)
  • Dr. Javier Montañez, Superintendent of Providence Public School District
  • Erlin Rogel, President, Providence School Board


Event Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2023


Event Location + Time:

6:00 a.m.                          PPSD Bus Yard, 3 RI Comm Way, Providence

7:00 a.m.                          Nathanael Greene Middle School, 721 Chalkstone Ave., Providence

7:40 a.m.                          Hope High School, 324 Hope Street, Providence 

8:30 a.m.                          Kennedy Elementary School, 195 Nelson Street, Providence