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Newport Public Schools Launches New Mobile App

Newport Public Schools Launches New Mobile App

Parent and Community Engagement Enhanced with New District Mobile App

Newport, Rhode Island, January 10, 2017 – The latest news and information from schools in the Newport Public School district are now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launched during Tuesday night’s school committee meeting. Newport Public Schools is partnering with Blackboard, an educational technology company, to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is now available in the online Apple App and Google Play app stores for free.

The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of district news and events with photos and links to the district website. The app can also be customized by the user by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news and updates about school closures, calendar changes, or even sports updates.

“We are very excited about this new initiative.” said Colleen Burns Jermain, Superintendent of Newport Public Schools. “With our new mobile app, parents and community members can stay connected with our local schools and with activities our students are engaged in every day.”

In addition to the Activity Stream of school and district news, calendars and notifications, there is also a district directory of school administrators, a link to the staff directory on the district website, a tip line feature, allowing users to send messages directly to building administrators, a direct link to the Follett ASPEN Student Information System, a link to the breakfast and lunch menus, My School Bucks, the RI Broadcasters Association Closing text service, e-flyers, news, media and resource folders.

Parents and the public are encouraged to download this free app to their smartphones at:



Search “Newport Public Schools” in both app stores to find our app!

Blackboard, Inc.

Blackboard Inc. is an educational technology company with corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C.. It is known for its Blackboard Learn learning management system. The firm provides education, mobile, communication, and commerce software and related services to clients including education providers, corporations and government organizations. The software consists of seven platforms called Learn, Transact, Engage, Connect, Mobile, Collaborate and Analytics that are offered as bundled software.

The company began providing its Blackboard Connect service in 2008, for use by school districts and higher education institutions to send out mass phone, text and e-mail notifications. The service can be used for routine alerts and notifications, academic or instructor notifications, or by school districts and communities to share time-sensitive information, such as in the case of natural disasters and campus emergencies. In 2014, Blackboard acquired and Schoolwires, one of the leading educational website, hosting and content management providers to K-12 schools and districts.

Newport Public Schools

The Newport Public Schools are located in the scenic city of Newport, RI. Our school district includes the Claiborne Pell Elementary School (PK-4), the Frank E. Thompson Middle School (Grades 5 – 8), and the William S. Rogers High School (Grades 9 – 12.).  The district is also home to the Newport Area Career & Technical Center (Grade 9 – 12), a regional school; serving Little Compton, Tiverton, Portsmouth, and Middletown. The career and tech center offers pathways in Automotive Technology, Academy of Information Technology, Advertising and Design Media, Cosmetology, Residential Carpentry, and Culinary Arts.  The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (Grades 9 – 16) in partnership with the Community College of Rhode Island, offers students the opportunity to complete their associate degree (Cybersecurity) and high school diploma.

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Marcin G. Rembisz, Communications Coordinator
(401) 847-2100 Ext. 219