The Sentinel Legacy 5/21/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 5/21/18

“Time”

During our Top 10 Breakfast today, an annual tradition at SHS, I was reflecting on meeting our students as they entered Gallagher Middle School as 6th graders. I was serving as the GMS assistant principal at the time, and my first task was to organize the 6th grade orientation. As students stated their future college plans, I was filled with pride from the outstanding achievements and success these students have displayed. It has been my privilege to watch these students progress into young men and women who will truly have an effect on the world. This sample of students is indicative of an extremely strong class here at SHS. Their legacy of achievement, coupled with a culture of Sentinel pride, will be truly remembered here.

Thus is time. Back when they were eager and energetic sixth graders, they were already on the path to greatness. It is like a ball thrown at a high trajectory. We see and anticipate where the ball will be at the conclusion of the throw. We see into the future by looking into the past and present. Our job as educators is to ensure that our expectations are for everyone to complete the journey safely and productively. We aim so that every throw reaches its mark. Lofted by their hopes, time is simply the story of how they get there, and makes the journey all the more worthwhile. On a personal note, I will miss this journey with the Senior class, but will always smile at the memories that preserve my time with them.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-We are closing on the end of the year. We want everyone at SHS to finish strong in these closing weeks! In keeping with this, this document (SHS End of Year) provides the exam schedule, and highlights important dates.

Administrative Updates:

-Tonight, 5/21, at 7PM, SHS will be hosting our annual Honors Night. Congratulations to everyone receiving deserved recognition tonight! We do have one change to the program, as the Sentinel Academic Excellence Award and the Sentinel Pride Awards will now be given at Graduation. This will help to further recognize the prestige and legacy of these two honors.

-On June 1, members of the Senior Class will, dressed in their graduation caps and gowns, “walk the halls” of each of the schools in the district. I’d like to thank Durham School Services for providing two buses free of charge in order to help us with this event! This new tradition will show the significance of graduation to all of our younger Sentinels, and will show educators throughout the district the results of their work!

-We have two upcoming golf tournaments to support our Hockey and Baseball teams:

June 3: Hockey Golf Tournament: Hockey Flyer

June 10: Baseball Golf Tournament: Baseball Flyer

Highlights:

 

-On Friday, May 18, Student Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), in conjunction with Madame Dempsey’s drama club social advisory, took part in a Mock DUI Crash representation. We thank the Smithfield Police Department, Smithfield Fire Department, Willy’s Towing, SRO Ricciarelli, and school nurse Cathy Riley, for making this event a sobering reality of the dangers of driving under the influence: Channel 10 WJAR Article

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-Highlights from our annual SHS Evening of the Arts:

 

-Best of luck to Matt Laboissonnierre and Noah Morin on pulling off the upset of the #2 seed to play in the State Tennis Division Doubles Championship on Sunday!

 

 

-Congratulations to Addie Schwartz on her drawing, Image of Adeline, winning 2nd place in Congressman Cicilline’s statewide art contest! Congrats to Sierra Vecchito and Liliana Zapata on their participation as well!

 

-Congratulations to the following students were notified that they received the Rhode Island Family & Consumer Science Association Kathleen Hird Scholarship. Each of them will receive $500.00!

 

Kadra Powers

Megan Mignanelli

Nicole DerAnanian

 

-Congratulations to Jared Boudreau on receiving the Mary Hughes Sportsmanship Award! Jared plays third base and pitches on the SHS Baseball Team!

 

Other Important Dates:

 

-Monday, May 21: SHS Honors Night: 7PM

 

-Friday, May 25: SpringFest Music Festival in the courtyard: 4-9PM

 

-Friday, June 1: Class of 2018 Walk the Halls Event

Senior Prom @ The Omni Providence

 

-Tuesday, June 5: Graduation: 7PM @ Bryant University Gymnasium

 

-Friday, June 15: Last Day of School

 

Photo Highlights:

-Beautiful day at the SHS Golf Range for Unified Physical Education Class!

-Sentinel Singers performing before the Town Budget Meeting:

-Some fun at Junior Prom. Mrs. Barry received this hot dog and fries as a joke dinner from her uncle, the chef at Alpine. I sent it to another table of students. This is what I got back (Haha!).

-SHS Signing Ceremony! Congrats to all of our outstanding student-athletes!

-SHS Playschool Graduation (This is a highlight of the year!)

-Fun times at the SHS Junior Prom!

-SHS Modern World History and Graphic Design classes pairing up for a joint project!

-Smithfield Teacher of the Year receiving her Crystal Owl: Congrats Mrs. Russillo!

-Taylor Cobain highlighted as the WPRI 12 Hometown Hero! (Video Link)

-Meghan Kiernan and Bryce Moroni receiving Civic Leadership Awards from RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea!

-Sentinel Singers performing at the State House!

“How did it get so late so soon?”

-Dr. Seuss

Go Sentinels!

#SHSLegacy

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The Sentinel Legacy 5/1/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 5/1/18

“Lincoln and Vision”

During April vacation, I had an awesome opportunity to celebrate the wedding of a family member with a reception in Abraham Lincoln’s Cottage, located on the Armed Forces Retirement Complex in Washington, D.C. As a lover of history, I was humbled and awestruck to be in the presence of the historic place where the Emancipation Proclamation was first drafted. Lincoln utilized the cottage as a refuge and home for two years during the Civil War, surrounding himself with the veterans wounded by battle. He lived among them, recognizing that their sacrifices were innately tied to the divided nation over which he presided. However, his vision saw reunification. It rose above the conditions of the time to transcend the conflicts, and view a society of Americans that were inherently free. His vision affected his world in profound ways.

Last Wednesday, our Senior students performed their final graduation requirement in completing their Senior Demonstrations. Though this presentation, students reflected upon their current and future impact on the world around them, and how their experiences at Smithfield High School affected their vision of themselves. The presentations were truly inspiring, uniting their personal reflections with their passions and futures. To hear how students have overcome their personal obstacles, and grow into their own Sentinel legacy, illustrates their powerful, individual stories of pride and triumph.

In my own reflections, and through speaking to our students, it is the context of these individual stories that is truly amazing. Each student has carved out his or her own path through the fabric of life, connecting with numerous paths and people along the way. In essence, the learning piece from these presentations is not that they have come to the same point, but that they have completely unique and individual paths to reach the end of their high school experience. Just as Lincoln became Lincoln through the context of his times, each of our students become who they are through the context of their lives. Each is precious, each is different, each is memorable, and each is dependent on the connections and circumstances of their experiences. As educators, it is our mission and hope that we have positively shaped their experiences and wisdom, so that they may leave ready to impact the world around them.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-We are approaching the midway point of the 4th quarter, with progress reports coming out next week.

-Interesting article from ASCD that affects many of the systems we evaluate as educators. Our current students face many changing dynamics in the face of declining opportunity due to workplace automation: Design Thinking

Administrative Updates:

*Please note that there is no change to the established date of Graduation. SHS Graduation is still scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, at 7 PM, at Bryant University.

*Invitations have been sent to the first SHS graduating class, inviting them to this year’s commencement on the 50th anniversary of their own. In addition, a 50th class reunion is taking place on Saturday, June 16. We are happy to honor their legacy with the class of 2018! Please see the images below, and please contact SHS administration if you have any questions:

-Important medical information for the class of 2019:

In accordance with the Department of Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to immunizations, all students entering their senior year are required to have a booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday.

Also a 12th grade physical exam is required to attend school in September. .

Please send this required medical documentation to the nurse as soon as possible . If your child’s physical exam is not scheduled until after the start of the 2018-2019 school year, please send in the most recent exam.

Please call Mrs. Riley, RN at 349-4625 with any questions.

Highlights:

 

-Science Olympiad: Congratulations to the SHS Science Olympiad Team on finishing 2nd at the state competition! With Gallagher finishing first overall, it truly is a great reflection on the continuity of science instruction in the district, and the devotion of our teams and advisors. Well done!

 

-RI Econ Challenge: Congratulations to SHS Academy of Finance Members on their 2nd place finish in the state RI Econ Challenge! Below is a picture of two students, Quinn Douglas and Michael Martello, representing their team at the RI State House!

 

 

-Mock-Tail Competition: Congratulations to the members of SHS SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) chapter on finishing 1st place in a statewide Mock-tail competition, sponsored by MADD, and hosted by AMICA in Lincoln. Smithfield High School came in first place… for the third year in a row! We are very proud of how our students represented Smithfield High School, and how they presented the mission to increase awareness of the dangers of underage drinking!

 

-NCWIT: Congratulations to Kendra Ezeama and Autumn Leamy for receiving awards from the National Center for Women & Information Technology! These two inspiring students are role models for young women entering into the field of computer science and information technologies!

 

 

-College Signing Day: On Wednesday, May 2, the following students will join other throughout the nation by participating in an official signing of letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level! They are:

 

  • Luke Alexander – Tennis; Assumption College
  • Taylor Cobain – Lacrosse; St. Anselm College
  • Alec Devine – Cross Country & Track; Wheaton College
  • Maggie Hickey – Soccer; Roger Williams University
  • Katie Martin – Field Hockey; Roanoke College
  • Una Treanor – Cross Country & Track; University of Rhode Island

 

Congratulations to all of our outstanding student-athletes playing at the next level!

 

Other Important Dates:

 

-Tuesday, May 1: World Language Honors Night: 7PM

 

-Wednesday, May 2: College Signing Ceremony: 2PM in gym

 

-Monday, May 7- Friday, May 11: Teacher Appreciation Week

 

-Monday, May 7: Playschool Graduation

 

-Tuesday, May 8: Town Budget Meeting in Auditorium: 7PM

 

-Wednesday, May 16: SHS Music Concert: 7-9PM

 

-Thursday, May 17: SHS Evening of the Arts: 6-8PM

 

-Friday, May 18: Junior Prom at Alpine

 

Photo Highlights:

-Senior Hannah Dauray bringing her Sentinel Pride, and maybe on a quest for a lost ring (Lord of the Rings reference)…in New Zealand! Way to conquer the mountain!

-Congratulations to the SHS Unified Team on an outstanding season!

-SHS played host to a statewide Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles competition!

-Students at SHS hosting a regional computer science competition (Thank you, Mr. Deslauriers, for all of your work!)

-Smithfield Public School, Police, and Fire representatives speaking at a school safety forum with parents and community members

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

-Lincoln

Go Sentinels!

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 4/8/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 4/8/18

“Public Service Announcement: Vaping”

In lieu of a reflection, I think it is important to reference recent articles surrounding a national epidemic affecting adolescents. “Vaping” or “Juuling” refers to the usage of various e-cigarettes. Based upon the CNN article referenced below, research “cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015, and the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey noted that 1.7 million high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days.” Newer reports, such as the recent articles listed, cite the growing severe health concerns surrounding vaping. In addition, as this is still new technology, we do not have research related to true longitudinal studies on the long-term effects of this. However, current research does not support that this is harmless, and shows that vaping actually can result in future cigarette smoking and tobacco use.

Unfortunately, we at SHS are not immune to this epidemic. Though we have consistently utilized proactive and reactive strategies to try to curb vaping, focusing on the education of students through presentations by our SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) and community partners, the accessibility and ease of concealment continues to be problematic. Some of the devices associated with vaping can easily fit within a sleeve, and, as no smoke is produced (water vapor), current alert systems are not effective.

Please review the document and articles listed below. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students in their physical, social, and mental well-being. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact high school administration.

Vaping Devices

New York Times Article: Vaping

CNN Article on Vaping Epidemic

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-On Tuesday, April 10, 9th and 10th graders will be taking the PSAT, as 11th graders take the SAT. This year, we have transitioned to the PSAT/SAT suite to serve as our mandatory, standardized assessment for state requirements. It is our aim that as this test occurs only on one day, provides useful individualized links to College Board instructional materials, and aligns with some collegiate acceptance and scholarship opportunities, the PSAT and SAT will provide excellent vertical alignment with our curricula goals. Some helpful reminders for students on Monday night, the night before the test, can be found here:

Please be sure to :

  • Arrive on time (Test administration begins promptly at 7:30)
  • Know where you are going (A list of testing rooms is posted on Google Classroom. Students are arranged alphabetically, not by advisory)
  • Bring an approved calculator
  • Bring a snack and something to drink
  • Have a good breakfast
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Guess if you don’t know the answer
  • Try your best!

Students will also have Social Advisory during the last period block of the day.

During the time of test administration, Seniors, looking at the home stretch of their high school career, will hear a presentation on the newly revised (this year) Senior Demonstration graduation requirement, have an opportunity to finalize their digital portfolios, and practice their Senior Demonstrations for Demonstration Day, which will occur on Wednesday, April 25.

If you have any questions regarding Tuesday, please do not hesitate to contact school administration. Another voicemail announcement is scheduled to be sent out tomorrow night (Monday, 4/9).

Administrative Updates:

-On Wednesday, April 11, RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner will be attending our SHS Parent Council meeting to discuss the necessary capital improvements needed in Rhode Island’s schools. The meeting will be at 7 PM. Please consider attending.

*Please note that there is no change to the established date of Graduation. SHS Graduation is still scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, at 7 PM, at Bryant University.

*Invitations have been sent to the first SHS graduating class, inviting them to this year’s commencement on the 50th anniversary of their own. In addition, a 50th class reunion is taking place on Saturday, June 16. We are happy to honor their legacy with the class of 2018! Please see the images below, and please contact SHS administration if you have any questions:

-Important medical information for the class of 2019:

In accordance with the Department of Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to immunizations, all students entering their senior year are required to have a booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday.

Also a 12th grade physical exam is required to attend school in September. .

Please send this required medical documentation to the nurse as soon as possible . If your child’s physical exam is not scheduled until after the start of the 2018-2019 school year, please send in the most recent exam.

Please call Mrs. Riley, RN at 349-4625 with any questions.

-A “Don’t Litter” Poster and Video Contest Flyer can be found here: Don’t Litter Contest. Submissions are due by Friday, April 13.

-Please see this flyer regarding an Earth Day (April 21) cleanup sponsored by the Smithfield DPW Recycling Office: Earth Day

-Upcoming Relay for Life event at Bryant on Saturday, April 21. Opportunities are available for community service at this event.

Highlights:

 

-Congratulations to Senior Ben Cortes on his induction into the prestigious RI Football “Golden Dozen”! ProJo Golden Dozen Article

-The Spring Athletic Season is upon us (even after all that snow!). Check out the Smithfield Baseball 3-2 Walkoff Win vs. Chariho!

-The SHS Science Department hosts an annual Rube-Goldberg Machine night, demonstrating the transfer of energy through project-based learning. It is always an awesome sight to behold, as our cafeteria is filled with giant Rube-Goldberg Machines. Congrats to all the students who participated, and thank you to the members of our science department for hosting this event! Check out this video (based on one of my personal favorite TV shows!): SHS Rube Goldberg “Stranger Things” Machine

-“The Office” Machine:

Other Important Dates:

 

-Sunday, April 8: SHS National Honor Society Banquet at Crystal Lake Golf Club, 6-8PM

 

-Tuesday, April 10: Grades 9 and 10: PSAT Grade 11: SAT Grade 12: Senior Demonstration Rehearsal

 

-Wednesday, April 11: Parent Council Meeting with General Treasurer Magaziner: Library Media Center, 7-8PM

 

-Friday, April 13: Senior Oratorical Contest

 

-Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20: School Vacation

 

-Wednesday, April 25: Senior Demonstration Day

 

 

Photo Highlights:

-SHS Students at the RISD Museum and Nature Lab:

-SHS School Resource Officer, John Ricciarelli, speaking to our Intro to Criminal Justice students about proper procedures:

-SHS Teacher Preparation Academy students preparing engaging lessons for our Playschool students:

-SHS World Language Students enjoying Spanish culture by participating in Flamenco Dance lessons!

Flamenco Video

-SHS Students at the “Gotta Have Sole” charity presentation:

-Students inspired by Smithfield’s Women Leaders at the “Dream It Be It” panel:

-We truly appreciate the outstanding work of our Senior Class Advisors, Mr. Snow, Mr. Thibodeau, and Mr. Russillo! (Backstreet Boys snap):

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.”

-Aristotle

Go Sentinels!

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 3/25/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 3/25/18

 

“Mission”

Smithfield High School Mission Statement

The mission of Smithfield High School is to provide a comprehensive, challenging and diverse learning environment, which will enable our graduates to succeed in a 21st century global community.

Reflecting on this mission, I am proud of two events that occurred at SHS over the past two weeks. The student-led walkout to call for action against school violence was an exemplary display of student voice, advocacy, and citizenship. Throughout their speeches, in order to model inclusivity, students ensured that the message of the need for action was transcendent of political beliefs. There was a call for unity, and civic advocacy. I am proud of the civility modeled by our students. As a high school, we will continue to support student calls for all civic action, as it is our fundamental belief and mission that their success relies on the ability to take essential learnings and put those understandings to action. As a result of our voter registration drive, which was sponsored by the US Army, 37 new voters were registered. Regardless of political ideology, those are 37 more citizens engaged in the democratic process. These are qualities necessary for success, knowing and doing.

On Friday, SHS hosted our annual whole-school assembly for our Unified basketball game vs. Johnston. For those who may not be familiar, our Unified program is conducted in partnership with the Rhode Island Special Olympics, and allows students with special needs to represent their school in interscholastic athletic competition. Smithfield Public Schools has enjoyed a long-standing and productive relationship with RI Special Olympics, and promotes Unified programming at all levels. Through this program, partner athletes and students with special needs compete together in the unifying spirit of athletics, promoting the values of community and inclusion. The entire event was a sight to behold, highlighting the call and importance of acceptance, inclusion, and respect. For our students who helped to make this happen, involved in all aspects of the event, thank you! Your commitment to our school community is magnificent, and you are tremendous examples of a generation committed to making this world better than the one you have inherited. Continue to accept this crucial mission, which is tasked to each generation.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-*Due to the snow days that have occurred over the course of this quarter, please be advised that we are extending the 3rd quarter by two days. This will extend the quarter through Thursday, March 29. We have no school on Friday, March 30. Quarter 4 will begin on Monday, April 2.

On Monday, we are changing our alpha advisory to an academic advisory, in order to allow students additional time to complete make-up assessments prior to the end of the quarter. This was communicated to students last week. Please encourage your child to finish strong during this final week of the 3rd quarter.

-VERY IMPORTANT: SurveyWorks: *Additionally, we are reaching out to families to complete RIDE’s SurveyWorks, which will provide us with important feedback related to our school. Please view the previously sent email regarding SurveyWorks (copied below) for additional information.

As always, thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Please do not hesitate to contact school administration if you have any questions:

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its yearly SurveyWorks Parent Survey, which is an opportunity for parents to provide feedback about our school and our children’s opportunities to learn. The survey results are most useful when all parents participate, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey.

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey, you can help our school leadership and faculty/staff continue to improve our school. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you. We are looking for as many respondents to participate as possible, and we would like to hear your input.

You can take the short survey online or on paper beginning today through March 31st. To take the survey, visit: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter 31107family as your access code.

Please contact Assistant Principal Linda Murphy with any questions.

Administrative Updates:

*Please note that there is no change to the established date of Graduation. SHS Graduation is still scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, at 7 PM, at Bryant University.

-Important medical information for the class of 2019:

In accordance with the Department of Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to immunizations, all students entering their senior year are required to have a booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday.

Also a 12th grade physical exam is required to attend school in September .

Please send this required medical documentation to the nurse as soon as possible . If your child’s physical exam is not scheduled until after the start of the 2018-2019 school year, please send in the most recent exam.

Please call Mrs. Riley, RN at 349-4625 with any questions .

-Please see this flyer from the Parent Council regarding an upcoming trivia night on Saturday, April 7!

Trivia Night

-Please see this flyer regarding an Earth Day (April 21) cleanup sponsored by the Smithfield DPW Recycling Office: Earth Day

-Upcoming Relay for Life event at Bryant on Saturday, April 21. Opportunities are available for community service at this event.

Highlights:

 

-Unified Basketball Game and our Coaches participating in the Unified Plunge at Salty Brine Beach (Thank you Miss Lorraine, Mrs. Bianco, Mrs. Barry, Mrs. Melaragno, Miss Brush)!

 

SHS Football Video 2017 (Thanks Mr. Lenore!)

Other Important Dates:

 

-Wednesday, March 28: SHS Rube Goldberg Night, 6-8 PM

 

-Friday, March 30: No School (Good Friday)

 

-Saturday, April 7: Class of 2019 Vendor Fair @ SHS

 

-Sunday, April 8: SHS National Honor Society Banquet at Crystal Lake Golf Club, 6-8PM

 

-Tuesday, April 10: Grades 9 and 10: PSAT Grade 11: SAT Grade 12: Senior Demonstration Rehearsal

 

-Friday, April 13: Senior Oratorical Contest

 

-Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20: School Vacation

 

 

Photo Highlights:

-Our Sentinel was kidnapped (not really…it was a student council activity!) Congratulations to Stephen Herchen and Ashleigh Moroni, our Sentinel Sleuths, for figuring out our own Mr. Twohey was the kidnapper!

-Coaches and pics from our Student vs. Faculty game! Faculty upheld our winning streak winning 44-42!

-Great season and fan support for our SHS Boys Hockey Team! Proud of our graduating Seniors for their SHS Legacy!

-Proud of SHS being well represented at the recent Women’s Summit at Bryant University!

-Congrats to members of the Early Childhood / Teacher Preparation pathway on receiving their certifications at a recent School Committee meeting!

-SHS Fiddler on the Roof was outstanding!

-Students participating in the PC Programming Challenge

-SHS Student Walkout

“For our lives to be safe, we must be involved. This is our responsibility.”

-Joshua Young, Class of 2019, at SHS Walkout

“My entire life I have lived with the constant fear of what could happen. I don’t want my children growing up in a world like this.”

-Alec Devine, Class of 2018, at SHS Walkout

“People have said that I am too young to have these thoughts on my own. People have said that I am a tool for a nameless adult. It’s not true,” she protested. “My friends and I might still be 11, we might still be in elementary school, but we know. We know life isn’t equal for everyone and we know what is right and wrong. We also know that we stand in the shadow of the Capitol and we know that have seven short years until we too have the right to vote.”

-Naomi Wadler from the National “March for Our Lives”

Go Sentinels!

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 3/4/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 3/4/18

“Us”

I was in awe at the end of a previous week, as I watched a group of teachers come together to work on a project that supported new pathways for students to excel in high school. Their efficiency, organization, and collaboration was outstanding. Most notable, however, was their focus on providing the best possible opportunities for students. Students were at the forefront of the conversation.

Last week, I watched a group of students come together to tackle an initiative they had been considering. They were inclusive of each other’s thoughts, acknowledging differences, and working with the understanding that although they may disagree, they were working toward a common goal. Ultimately, they worked together to advocate for each other.

In my personal reflections, I have come to grips with my own inadequacy as an administrator. I cannot perform this role alone. I am utterly reliant on the outstanding work of others, staff and students, to accomplish the task of continuing the Sentinel legacy. I am humbled at their work, and look with awe at their accomplishments. Yet it is not the “I’s” that are capable of the tasks necessary for a community to function. Instead, it is the simple joining of each individual to seek out that common vision, that common goal. The adage pronounces, “It take a community to raise a child.” Individually, we are limited by the power of one. Together as a Sentinel community, we are limitless by the power of many, and when it comes to the shared goal of establishing the legacy of our community, there are a lot of us.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-Our course selection process for current SHS students has been well underway, with students in current grades 9-11 entering in their course selections tomorrow. Our SHS Program of Studies site has been updated to increase ease of use. If you have any questions regarding the selection process, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s guidance counselor, or school administration.

GMS 8th graders will receive their course selection sheets on Monday, March 5.

-Interesting summation on the topic of homework from educational website Edutopia: What’s the Right Amount of Homework

Administrative Updates:

-We are embarking on our yearly SurveyWorks drive, with a goal of hearing from 100% of the community. Students will receive their surveys from SurveyWorks on Monday, March 12, in alpha-advisory. Faculty will be working on theirs this Wednesday. A separate email will be sent to all parents asking for your participation. Please support us in our goal for 100% participation by allowing your voice to be heard.

-Smithfield High School Music Department proudly presents “Fiddler on the Roof” a classic musical about family and time honored traditions.

Friday, March 9th at 7 PM

Saturday, March 10th at 7 PM

Sunday, March 11th at 2 PM

Tickets are just $10 for adults, $7 for students and $7 for Senior Citizens. Tickets are available at the door.

Children under 5 are free!

There will be many raffle prizes to support the SHS Music Dept!

-Rescheduled Event: –Relay for Life Flyer: Upcoming Relay for Life (fundraiser to fight cancer) kickoff on Thursday, March 8

-Upcoming Smithfield Special Education Local Parent Advisory Committee event:

SSELAC BIOMES Event Saturday, March 24

-Important medical information for the class of 2019:

In accordance with the Department of Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to immunizations, all students entering their senior year are required to have a booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday.

Also a 12th grade physical exam is required to attend school in September .

Please send this required medical documentation to the nurse as soon as possible . If your child’s physical exam is not scheduled until after the start of the 2018-2019 school year, please send in the most recent exam.

Please call Mrs. Riley, RN at 349-4625 with any questions .

Highlights:

 

-We are proud to announce our academic Top 10 (based on unweighted GPA) for the class of 2018:

Lauren Fortier

Lily Caswell

Matthew Laboissonniere

Alexander Ianuzzi

Renee Roy

Hailey Beaulieu

Quinn Judge

Olivia Lasorsa

Salutatorian: Ryan Lane

and our Valedictorian: Adeline Schwartz

Congratulations to all of these students and their families for their dedication, commitment, and pursuit of excellence! We are proud of your #SHSLegacy

-We are privileged to have our first Smithfield High School National Merit Scholarship Finalist since 2009!

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. As a finalist, this student is among the top 13,000 students in the country who have met the requirements of the program.

Our finalist is: Renee Roy! Congratulations, Renee, and thank you for all of your contributions to the #SHSLegacy

-Congratulations to our Sentinel Lady Swim Team on taking their 3rd Division III Championship in four years!

Meet the Sentinels: TC and the Fiddler Edition

Other Important Dates:

 

-Monday, 3/5: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Presentation

-Tuesday, 3/6: First Unified Basketball Home game vs. RI School for the Deaf

-Wednesday, 3/7: Spread the Word to End the Word Day: Take the Pledge! https://www.r-word.org/

-Friday, Saturday, Sunday (3/9-3/11): SHS presents Fiddler on the Roof

 

Photo Highlights:

-Our Valedictorian, Addie Schwartz, and her parents:

-Our Salutatorian, Ryan Lane, and his parents:

-Some pics and video from our Course Selection Fair:

SHS Course Fair Video 1

SHS Career Fair Video 2

-Seniors Katie Martin and Tyler Piekarski representing Smithfield receiving the Hobey Baker Award, an award for excellence in academics and ice hockey:

-Seniors enjoying a warm February day in the courtyard:

-SHS Students of the Month: Braeden Weston and Angelina Santos, with National Center for Women and Information Technology Award Winners: Kendra Ezeama, and Autumn Leamy

-Participants in our RIDOT ThinkFast Interactive presentation regarding safe driving:

And a little fun during the ThinkFast Interactive DANCE CONTEST!

-Some more costume shots from Fiddler on the Roof:

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”

-Kenyan Proverb

Go Sentinels!

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The Sentinel Legacy 2/21/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 2/21/18

“We Need to Do Something”

In conjunction with my administrative team and support staff, we shared this announcement (part of the full announcement) over the loudspeaker:

As we share our thoughts and sentiments with the Douglas High school community, the school that endured yesterday’s tragedy in Florida, it is important to remind ourselves of own procedures. Firstly, Smithfield High School is truly a wonderful high school, with a strong school community of positive relationships. Ultimately, the best safety precaution we have is to ensure that no one goes through Smithfield High School alone, isolated, and separated. We are all in this together. We are a Sentinel family. We need to support those who are upset, and recognize that the strength of this school is in the power of the connections we develop with each other: teachers, students, and staff alike. Remember the words from our Sandy Hook Promise assembly: “It starts with hello.”

Secondly, it is important to reiterate the phrase: “If you see something, say something.” No incident, such as the one that occurred yesterday, happens in isolation. If someone is upset, say something. That person deserves the right to come to school and feel supported. If someone indicates a desire to harm someone, whether emotionally or physically, say something. If something on social media causes concern or raises a flag, say something. As educators, we’d rather have a thousand proactive conversations before something happens than the one reactive conversation after it is too late to change course. Right now, there are many people questioning if they could have done something more to stop the unfortunate event at Douglas High. Again, we are all a part of the Sentinel family, and need to look out for one another.

In the next couple of weeks, we still have to perform our regular safety drills. Please note that SHS is a safe place, and we perform these drills to ensure that we have the safest possible environment for our school. Just remember that we need to stick to our safety procedures, make sure that we practice all of our drills properly, and ensure a safe environment for everyone. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. The more we are informed, the better prepared we are.

Thank you to everyone for all you do to make SHS a great high school.

Positivity, relationships, and outreach are an immediate “do now”, which can result in successful interventions to prevent these tragedies from occurring. This does provide one of the most effective proactive measures we can do as a school, and mirrors the theme of the Sandy Hook Promise presentation that occurred during our Respect Week.

However…

Let me say with the utmost emphasis that THIS IS RIDICULOUS. We are living not in a world, but in a country, whereby we have to prepare for (and seek to proactively prevent) lethal, premeditated danger, because it happens with such a degree of frequency that we cannot relegate school shootings to the once in a lifetime incident that should have ended with Columbine. Nationwide, movements are forming. There is a growing momentum building. Some are calling for specific actions. Others for laws. Still others pushing back, receding into the realm of the status quo. With that, I turn to this educational community.

As a father, educator, principal, colleague, and friend, I cannot tolerate that we will pursue the status quo. I will not, after another set of childrens’ and educators’ lives lost, share that we sit idly by and share sentiments until the next school shooting occurs. I urge everyone to follow your hearts, pursue your instincts, follow your convictions, and seek action, as we as a nation are facing a fundamental crossroads. Since 1999, a time I remember well as a senior in high school myself, when Columbine nearly forced school closures across the country for days due to absenteeism for fear of replication, there have been numerous (approximately 25 by strict definition) fatal active school shootings at elementary and high school levels. We need to do something.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

 

-The 2nd semester is underway. Please note that the end of quarter 3 is on March 27th. From today, our seniors have four months left of their high school careers. This is an important academic stretch for our students. Though the “in process” grade shows up-to-date quarterly averages, please note that we will be doing a “progress report” posting next week.

-Our course selection process for current SHS students begins on Friday, 2/23, with course selection sheets being distributed during Alpha Advisory on Friday. During all lunches, we will be having our annual Course Selection Fair to highlight the various programs that SHS has to offer. Our SHS Program of Studies site has been updated to increase ease of use.

GMS 8th graders will receive their course selection sheets on Friday, March 2.

If you have any questions regarding the course selection process, please contact your student’s guidance counselor or school administration

Administrative Updates:

-Smithfield High School Music Department proudly presents “Fiddler on the Roof” a classic musical about family and time honored traditions.

Friday, March 9th at 7 PM

Saturday, March 10th at 7 PM

Sunday, March 11th at 2 PM

Tickets are just $10 for adults, $7 for students and $7 for Senior Citizens. Tickets are available at the door.

Children under 5 are free!

There will be many raffle prizes to support the SHS Music Dept!

-Rescheduled Event: –Relay for Life Flyer: Upcoming Relay for Life (fundraiser to fight cancer) kickoff on Thursday, March 8

-Please check out these resources from the RI Dept. of Health regarding flu and norovirus prevention: RIDOH Resource

-The revised school calendar can be found here: School Calendar. The last day of school is June 12. SHS Graduation is still June 5.

-Barnes and Noble is having a contest that honors your favorite teacher and why he or she has had such an impact on your life. Students are allowed to provide a poem, essay, or thank you letter, recognizing your favorite teacher’s contributions. Each Barnes and Noble store is submitting a written piece to the national competition. Written pieces will be posted at a My Favorite Teacher event in April. Please see the details attached.

The deadline for submission directly to the store is March 2nd. You may also turn in submissions to Mr. Hopkins by Wednesday, February 28, and he will deliver them to the store.

Please consider honoring the great work your teachers do on a daily basis! Let Mr. Hopkins know if you have any questions.

B&N Links:

My Favorite Teacher Link 1

My Favorite Teacher Link 2

My Favorite Teacher Link 3

-Upcoming Smithfield Special Education Local Parent Advisory Committee event:

SSELAC BIOMES Event Saturday, March 24

-Important medical information for the class of 2019:

In accordance with the Department of Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to immunizations, all students entering their senior year are required to have a booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday.

Also a 12th grade physical exam is required to attend school in September .

Please send this required medical documentation to the nurse as soon as possible . If your child’s physical exam is not scheduled until after the start of the 2018-2019 school year, please send in the most recent exam.

Please call Mrs. Riley, RN at 349-4625 with any questions .

Highlights:

-Congratulations to #12, Taylor Cobain, on becoming the ALL-TIME Leading Scorer for the Lady Sentinels Basketball Program!

And, also, congrats to Taylor on being named the Showcase Cinemas Student Athlete of the Month for January!

-Students from SHS took it upon themselves to hang “Kindness Slips” around the school to promote positivity in the wake of last week’s tragedy. Great work!

-Fun Video from Mr. Lenore to lighten the mood: A Tasty Bite of 2018

Other Important Dates:

 

-Friday, 2/23: SHS Course Selection Fair

-Monday, 2/26: RI Dept. of Transportation ThinkFast Interactive Presentation on

“Distracted Driving”

-Tuesday, 2/27: Mid-point of the 3rd Quarter

-Friday, 3/2: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Presentation

-Friday, Saturday, Sunday (3/9-3/11): SHS presents Fiddler on the Roof

Photo Highlights:

-SHS teachers and students showed up in force to support our new student, ZiTong Qi, as she performed a Chinese classical dance at Bryant University’s Lunar New Year Celebration!

-Thirty French language students went to Anna McCabe to teach the beauty of language to our elementary school students:

-Reading Across Rhode Island book distribution The Hate You Give, with a presentation by Rick Metters, Vice President of RI Public Affairs and Corporate Community Relations for Fidelity Investments.

-Boys and Girls Basketball Senior Nights photos:

-Some more costume shots from Fiddler on the Roof:

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

-Einstein

Go Sentinels!

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The Sentinel Legacy 2/5/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 2/5/18

“Questions”

Smithfield Public School educators recently had the pleasure of working with community members to begin to establish a cohesive vision for the future of education in this town. This strategic planning process, aided by Future Search facilitation, identified group priorities as we begin to take our ideals for our students, and plan them into action. In my reflections, I would like to pose some reflective questions that pertain to the success of our students. Some questions are merely a call back to essential educational principles.

For your consideration:

  • What are the common and essential skills or characteristics that we want every Smithfield High School graduate to possess?
  • How are we creating a variety of paths in order to ensure that every student maximizes their learning, and successfully graduates?
  • What are the priorities that we want our students to display in their adult lives?
  • How can we make high school a fun, enriching, and engaging experience for all students?
  • How must we adjust our instructional practices to inform us that each student “knows” the essential learning, and is able to apply it?
  • Jefferson said, “On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.” In education, what are our timeless principles, and with what societal trends must we adjust to the times?
  • The first iPad debuted April 3, 2010, eight years ago. We now walk around with limitless access to a virtual sea of knowledge. What will education look like eight years from now, and how are we preparing our students for the world eight years from now?

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

 

-The 2nd semester is underway. Please note that the end of quarter 3 is on March 27th. From today, our seniors have four months left of their high school careers. This is an important academic stretch for our students.

-A key component of being an effective student, in high school and beyond, is being efficient in academic work. Here is an interesting article that encourages students to study more strategically than “harder”: Study Strategy

Administrative Updates:

-Tis the season for the flu. Please check out these resources from the RI Dept. of Health regarding flu and norovirus prevention: RIDOH Resource

-One of our graduates from the class of 2017, Dan Ayriyan, is fighting his second bout with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Dan is an outstanding young man, and, as a Sentinel family, we would like to help him as much as we can. Please consider attending/donating to help him in this struggle. An upcoming event is being held on Sunday, Feb. 11. Please see the attached links:

Fundraiser for Dan

Dan’s Fundraiser Flyer

Dan’s Superbowl Wish

-Parent Council Meeting: There will be a Parent Council meeting on Wednesday, February 7, at 7 PM, in the library media center. Please come support this important group.

-There will be an Academy of Finance Open House on Thursday, February 15th, at 6:30. Please view our Invitation.

-The revised school calendar can be found here: School Calendar. The last day of school is June 12. SHS Graduation is still June 5.

Relay for Life Statewide Kickoff Event: Upcoming Relay for Life (fundraiser to fight cancer) kickoff on Wednesday, Feb. 7

-Fundraising initiative by an Anna McCabe student Jumping Rope to Fight Heart Disease

-Barnes and Noble is having a contest that honors your favorite teacher and why he or she has had such an impact on your life. Students are allowed to provide a poem, essay, or thank you letter, recognizing your favorite teacher’s contributions. Each Barnes and Noble store is submitting a written piece to the national competition. Written pieces will be posted at a My Favorite Teacher event in April. Please see the details attached.

The deadline for submission directly to the store is March 2nd. You may also turn in submissions to Mr. Hopkins by Wednesday, February 28, and he will deliver them to the store.

Please consider honoring the great work your teachers do on a daily basis! Let Mr. Hopkins know if you have any questions.

B&N Links:

My Favorite Teacher Link 1

My Favorite Teacher Link 2

My Favorite Teacher Link 3

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-We are well into the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information including schedules.

*The deadline to purchase a Senior recognition ad has been extended through February 15th. These recognition ads are a great way to congratulate your student in their yearbook. Yearbooks are also on sale through February 15th. Visit ​Jostens.com​ to order your senior ad and yearbook before the February 15th deadline.

Highlights:

 

-Great article in ProJo about our legendary Coach T!

-Awesome spotlight article on SHS alum, Toni Bongiorno, on her computer science work at URI: Spotlight

-Congrats to Tyler Varin, and the SHS Boys Hockey team, on this game-winning goal vs. Moses Brown! Game Winning Goal

 

Other Important Dates:

-Wednesday, February 7: Parent Council Meeting (7 PM)

-Thursday, February 15: Academy of Finance Open House (6:30 PM)

-Monday, February 19: Presidents’ Day: No School

-Tuesday, February 20: No School

Photo Highlights:

-SHS Students job shadowing at RI Treasury

-Ducks in our new pond near the bonfire circle…taken today…

-2nd Quarter puck drop: Sentinels vs. Mount Saint Charles (#LTB)

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go Sentinels!

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The Sentinel Legacy 1/23/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 1/23/18

“Glory”

In certain moments, we can see the culmination of work, effort, perseverance, and dedication. Within our culture, we often see displays of glory on the fields of play, as our student-athletes surpass obstacles on their road to triumph. Recently, we had two such recognitions of great accomplishment associated with athletics. Tony Torregrossa, long-time educator, coach, and athletic director, achieved a milestone by winning his 800th game as a high school athletic coach. Last week, Taylor Cobain scored her 1000th point, anointing her as one of the best basketball players to walk the halls of SHS. These displays of strong work ethic and commitment result in victory, and the feeling of those glorious moments spread to all those who have the chance to witness them.

In schools academically, we educators experience these moments of “glory” on a smaller basis. Those moments when a student works to achieve, and those revelations after a student struggles to understand a concept are invigorating to educators. We see those small snapshots build until that glorious moment when a student walks across the stage, receiving their SHS diploma, and stepping out to make his or her mark on the world. We feel it. We celebrate it. We relish in the triumph of success. For those of us who have the honor to aid in the pursuit of greatness, we recognize that the path to glory is just as important as those fleeting minutes when one stands on top of it all as the pinnacle of achievement.

Congratulations to Coach T. and Taylor on their accomplishments!

Taylor’s 1000th point can be seen here: A Moment of Glory

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-*****The 2nd Quarter/1st Semester ends today, 1/23. Report cards for semester one will be available electronically on Wednesday, 1/31, at 8 AM, via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you would like a paper-based copy, please contact school administration.

-This is an interesting article about a nationwide discussion on grading. SHS has had a great relationship with the New England Secondary Schools Consortium (NESSC) and the League of Innovative Schools (LIS): Will Letter Grades Survive?

Administrative Updates:

-Barnes and Noble is having a contest that honors your favorite teacher and why he or she has had such an impact on your life. Students are allowed to provide a poem, essay, or thank you letter, recognizing your favorite teacher’s contributions. Each Barnes and Noble store is submitting a written piece to the national competition. Written pieces will be posted at a My Favorite Teacher event in April. Please see the details attached.

The deadline for submission directly to the store is March 2nd. You may also turn in submissions to Mr. Hopkins by Wednesday, February 28, and he will deliver them to the store.

Please consider honoring the great work your teachers do on a daily basis! Let Mr. Hopkins know if you have any questions.

B&N Links:

My Favorite Teacher Link 1

My Favorite Teacher Link 2

My Favorite Teacher Link 3

-Please see this important message from Tri-Town Community Action regarding aid with heating costs this winter: Tri-Town Community Action

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-We are well into the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information including schedules.

-Check out our SHS Interactive Map, provided at the SHS Showcase, that has interactive links to highlights from all SHS Departments: SHS Interactive Map

*The deadline to purchase a Senior recognition ad has been extended through February 15th. These recognition ads are a great way to congratulate your student in their yearbook. Yearbooks are also on sale through February 15th. Visit ​Jostens.com​ to order your senior ad and yearbook before the February 15th deadline.

Highlights:

 

-Congratulations to the following students on their fall sports honors!:

Boys Soccer

All State 1st Team

Matt Laboissonniere

All State 2nd Team

Nick Cerroni

Academic All State

Matt Laboissonniere

All Division II 1st Team

Matt Laboissonniere

Nick Cerroni

Joe Paiva

All Division II 2nd Team

Quinn Judge

Eric Santos

Diego Zarraga

Harrison Maio

All Division II 3rd team

Jayce Thompson

All Tournament

Nick Cerroni

Matt Laboissonniere

Harrison Maio

Girls Soccer

All State 1st Team

Maggie Hickey

All State 2nd Team

Riley Hart

All Division I 1st Team

Taylor Cobain

Hannah Dauray

Abigail Leveille

Abigail Proulx

Sarah Melaragno

All Tournament

Olivia Lasorsa

Katie Pezaris

Sportsmanship Award

Olivia Lasorsa

Football

All Division III 1st Team

Ben Cortes (RB)

Zach Pinault (LB)

All Division III 2nd Team

Trevor L’Italien (QB)

Austin Galinelli (DL)

Mike Desimone (K)

All Division III 3rdTeam

Dante Lewis (DE)

Jordan Cardoso (WR)

Girls Cross Country

All State 1st Team

Una Treanor

All State 2nd Team

Ashlyn Maio

All Class B 1st Team

Una Treanor

All Class B 2nd Team

Ashlyn Maio

Boys Cross Country

All Class B 1st Team

Blake Cafaro

All Class B 2nd Team

Alec Devine

Girls Tennis

All Division I – Met B 1st Team

Isabella Baffoni

All Division I – Met B 2nd Team

Lauren Fortier

Juliet Batek/Meghan Kiernan (Doubles)

Kara Brush/Casey Derderian (Doubles)

Field Hockey

All Division I 3rd Team

Katie Martin

All Division I Honorable Mention

Anna Orticerio

-Congratulations to SHS Hockey Goalie, Hogan Nelson, on being named the ABC6 Sports Play of the Week for his play vs. LaSalle!

Other Important Dates:

-Tuesday, January 22: End of the 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

-Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27: Smithfield Public Schools Future Search Strategic Planning

-Wednesday, January 31: Electronic Report Cards available through Parent Portal at 8AM

-Monday, February 19: Presidents’ Day: No School

-Tuesday, February 20: No School

Photo Highlights:

-Members of Pinterest Social Advisory getting into the winter spirit!

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”

-Napoleon Bonaparte

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The Sentinel Legacy 1/2/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 1/2/18

“Resolutions”

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a restful and rejuvenating holiday break with family and friends!

Every year, in celebration of the new calendar year, we establish new resolutions designed to change some aspect of our lives. Some are new initiatives, while others rekindle a goal or mindset from a previous time. Here are a few professional resolutions of mine:

  • We have worked to continue the SHS legacy of being a fun and inclusive high school. I will remain resolute in focusing on a positive school culture that provides the groundwork for academic growth
  • I will work to ensure that all SHS students grow academically, socially, and personally
  • I will collaborate to provide opportunities for our students to continue to contribute to the ongoing Smithfield High School legacy

For my students searching for a resolution, I humbly offer one from my teaching days. A struggle during adolescent years is to honestly and truly grasp one’s own identity and become comfortable with oneself despite social and personal pressures. I always offered to my students the advice that you do not need to seek to change the world. Become yourself, and the world will change for you. I encourage everyone to become who you are meant to be and remain resolute in your commitment to yourself.

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-Please note that the end of the 2nd quarter/1st semester is on Friday, January 19. Please encourage your students to take appropriate preparations in the final push of the semester.

-Very interesting article, from the Washington Post, examining human behavior in setting and keeping New Year’s resolutions:

The science of keeping your New Year’s resolution

Administrative Updates:

-Please see this important message from Tri-Town Community Action regarding aid with heating costs this winter: Tri-Town Community Action

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-We are well into the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information including schedules.

-Check out our SHS Interactive Map, provided at the SHS Showcase, that has interactive links to highlights from all SHS Departments: SHS Interactive Map

*The deadline to purchase a Senior recognition ad has been extended through February 15th. These recognition ads are a great way to congratulate your student in their yearbook. Yearbooks are also on sale through February 15th. Visit ​Jostens.com​ to order your senior ad and yearbook before the February 15th deadline.

Highlights:

 

-Faculty Holiday Performance: “Mrs. Young and the Sentinelves”: Faculty Performance

Meet the Sentinelves: Holiday Edition: Meet the Sentinelves!

-Congratulations to Boys Basketball player Justin Tedeschi for being named the Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill SHS Athlete of the Week for the week ended December 24th!

Justin came off of the bench to score 22 points and help lead the Sentinels to their first league win of the season 66-61 over St.Raphael’s. The sophomore made nine field goals, including three 3-pointers, on the night.

-Congratulations to Hailey Beaulieu and Hallie Stanton-Mancini who were named our November and December Students of the Month!

Other Important Dates:

-Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

-Friday, January 19: End of the 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

-Friday, January 19: SHS Winter Ball @ Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Highlights:

 

-SHS Winter Concert: Excellent Performances by the Band and Chorus

-Member of our SHS First Responder Fitness Classes attending the RI Municipal Police Academy Graduation. Congratulations to our new Smithfield Police Dept. graduates!

-#SHSElfontheShelf

-Physical Education Dept. hosting their annual Winter Wonderland in the gym!

-SHS Students participating in nationwide Hour of Code

-SHS Holiday Week pics:

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.”

– T.S. Eliot

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The Sentinel Legacy 12/11/17

The Sentinel Legacy: 12/11/2017

“It Never Made Sense to Me”

A crucial component of being an educator is developing a strong sense of empathy and sympathy for students, while focusing on the key factors that will develop this student into a successful person. The recognition of students’ perspectives is an important piece in order to lead to this success. Whether it be academic, personal, or emotional, we are called to meet students where they are in order to lead them to where we want them to be. Every so often, I reflect back on the days when I walked the hallways of my high school. I find it amazing how seeing a situation or hearing a song can trigger vivid memories from yesteryears. I remember the anxiety of adolescent life, whereby your social persona was the ultimate factor in navigating the mire of high school. I remember the teenage angst which called for rebellion against whatever (current psychology research the healthy and necessary function of this in establishing one’s own identity: Rebellion Article). I remember the impassioned calls of emotion from life’s struggles and triumphs, and certain songs that encapsulated teenage musings (Smashing Pumpkins wrote most of my personal teenage anthems). I remember that simply being a teen was glorious and tragic and boring and exciting and lonely and connected and disillusioning…all at the same time.

Above all, I remember the feeling of wanting to crawl out of my skin at times from the pressure of academic expectations, and the boredom of sitting for upwards of six hours a day. I understand that this is not everyone’s recollection or experience, but if asked how many of us would do high school all over again, there would be a sizable proportion with hands by their sides. It never made sense to me that we would take these people with a massive range of excitable emotions, and have them sit and listen for upwards of six hours per day. What I’m thankful for is that educational practices (widespread throughout the country) are truly beginning to change where this is not the case. At Smithfield High School, we strive to focus on interactive and engaging programs to teach students through experiences. We work to harness the energy and enthusiasm of our students, and utilize their passion to create a meaningful impact on our community. My hope is that as, twenty years down the line, as our current students are reflecting on their high school experiences, they are able to reminisce fondly of a time that engagingly pushed them to become the successful leaders of tomorrow.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-11th graders will have access to their PSAT score report on Wednesday, December 13th. Score reports are available by logging into his or her college board account. All students will participate in counselor-led informational sessions on how to interpret their score report, and ways to improve their academic skills for future testing. For a more detailed perspective on the score report, please go to http://www.collegeboard.org.

Additionally, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will be participating in PSAT and SAT testing in the spring (April 10). College Board, in conjunction with Khan Academy, offers instructional, educational videos that are tied to students’ score reports. Please refer to the college board website for additional details.

-In addition to the resources at Code.org, a MIT program named Scratch provides some phenomenal interactive programs to learn coding. If interested, please check out: https://scratch.mit.edu/.

-ASCD article about the need for Mental Health training for educators (correlates with our work with NAMI during Respect Week): “Who in Your Class Needs Help?”

Administrative Updates:

-The Smithfield High School Music Department proudly invites you to their winter concert on Tuesday, December 12, at 7 PM, in the Smithfield High School Auditorium. Donations are welcome, but not required. Delicious Holiday Cookie Trays will be for sale to benefit the Music Department. Hope to see you there!

-Please see this important message from Tri-Town Community Action regarding aid with heating costs this winter: Tri-Town Community Action

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-We have begun the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information, including schedules.

-Check out our SHS Interactive Map, provided at the SHS Showcase, that has interactive links to highlights from all SHS Departments: SHS Interactive Map

-A special thank you to the Senior class, and to the Senior class advisors: Mr. Snow, Mr. Thibodeau, and Mr. Russillo, for an outstanding SHS Fashion Show! Rave reviews from all! The amount of work and time put into this event is incredible, and it is truly appreciated! Fashion Show Valley Breeze Article

Other Important Dates:

-Tuesday, December 12: SHS Band and Choral Performance: 7-9 PM

-Wednesday, December 20: Alumni Day

-Winter Theme Days:

Monday, 12/18: Red and Green Day

Tuesday, 12/19: “Swinter” (Summer/Winter) Day

Wednesday, 12/20: Polar Express (Flannel) Day

Thursday, 12/21: Holiday Character Costume Day (and the return of Elf on the Shelf…looking for other elves for this year)

Friday, 12/22: Ugly Holiday Sweater Day; Assembly 9:25-10:52; We will have social advisory the entire last period of the day; Schedule forthcoming

Highlights:

-SHS students and staff participating in the Smithfield Holiday Parade:

-Spanish 3 students participating in a virtual museum project:

 

 

 

“Youth has no age.”

-Picasso

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