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Meet the Team!

Donna Criscuolo
Donna CriscuoloExecutive Director

Get to Know Donna

What motivated you to take on the role you have at CHSAA?

The mission is what motivated me to work with CHSAA. Supporting a public school that is so accomplished and helping the students get a leg up in life is important to me.

What have you accomplished so far and what do you hope to accomplish over the next year?

So much has been accomplished in the 2 years I’ve been with the organization. We have an engaged and vibrant board, we published our first-ever annual report, we have the appropriate skill sets in house (shout out to Leila), we are becoming more transparent and we are connecting with the community like never before. The next year will be about continued reorganization and overhead reduction along with growing our Annual Fund so that we can provide more support to Classical.

What is the most likely reason you’re running late to a meeting?

I work really hard to respect other people’s time and rarely run late for a meeting. Having said that, if I am late it is likely because I was stuck on a call or resolving an issue.

What do you enjoy most about your position?

The people are the best part of my role. I love spending time with the students and meeting alumni. The Classical community is really special and I am happy to be a part of it.

What are five facts about you that other people may not know?

I love to cook. I am a practicing yogi who used to teach. The beach is my sweet spot. There is nothing better than a sunny day when I can be outside. My favorite color is purple (I saw it as a sign when I interviewed for the job!).

What is the best way for people to connect with you?

Call or text me. My cell is 860.389.3028. I always have my phone handy and I hate spending time on email.

Leila Chammas ‘06
Leila Chammas ‘06Marketing Communications Specialist

Get to Know Leila

What motivated you to take on the role you have at CHSAA?

As an alum, I wanted to give back to my alma mater.

What have you accomplished so far and what do you hope to accomplish over the next year?

I’ve strengthened and grown our social media presence consistently month after month. I’ve also overseen the redesign of our website and create content and webpages on a regular basis. Over the next year, I hope to see engagement on social media to continue to grow and the website continue to blossom into a resource for alumni, students, and community members.

What is the most likely reason you’re running late to a meeting?

I’m not late often but, if anything were to make me late, it would be an incredibly cute puppy that I got a chance to pet on my way to a meeting.

What do you enjoy most about your position?

Being back at the school and meeting current students is always a treat. My experience at Classical will always be special to me so being able to see how the work at CHSAA directly and positively impacts the Classical community is very energizing.

What are five facts about you that other people may not know?

I am a dual citizen and speak Arabic fluently. I am an INTJ on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. I enjoy writing (creative and research). I collect feathers. I love animals.

What is the best way for people to connect with you?

Email me at leila@classicalalumni.org and connect with me on LinkedIn.

Classical Day Launches Yearlong Celebration

By Donna Criscuolo

On March 20th Classical High School officially turned 175 years old. To commemorate this milestone Mayor Jorge Elorza, the Providence City Council, Governor Gina Raimondo and both houses of the RI State Assembly declared it Classical High School Day.

Mayor Elorza and City Councilman Sam Zurier ‘76 presented their proclamations to Principal Scott Barr at a luncheon in the school library. The guests were a mix of students, parents, faculty, and alumni, along with city and district officials. The pride in the room was palpable as both students and alumni felt a part of the history and legacy of the day.

A representative from the Governor’s office gave her proclamation in the State Room at the State House later in the afternoon. Then during regular session of both the House and Senate, more proclamations were made by elected alumni in each chamber to Principal Barr and Superintendent Chris Maher. To end the day, the State House was lit in purple. It was a striking sight. Click here to see photos and videos of the day.

Classical Day kicks off a year of celebration. After all, Classical is the 49th oldest public school in the US and the 6th oldest in New England. It boasts a host of distinguished alumni who have made their mark on society both within Rhode Island and around the world.

Our next commemorative event will be on Saturday, July 28 at Ocean Cliff in Newport for the 2nd Annual Purple & White Party. Join us for an evening of purple pride as everyone wears school colors and swaps stories as the decades mingle. Last year we had alumni from 1952-2006 attend.

The big celebration will be on Saturday, September 22 at The Hope Club when we officially observe the 175th anniversary of Classical. The themes of the evening are History, Legacy, Family and Diversity. Our committee is working hard to put an incredible event together to honor Classical and its community. Stay tuned for more information.

We hope you will join us in celebrating Classical in its 175th year.