The Sentinel Legacy 10/10/17

The Sentinel Legacy: 10/10/2017

“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

No words can really encapsulate the tremendous energy and enthusiasm that filled the halls and events of Smithfield High School during last week’s Spirit Week. Please check out the photos at the end of this blog to see some great moments!

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-On Wednesday, October 11, Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors will be taking part in our first SHS Google 1:1 Bootcamp, equipping students with important skills to facilitate the successful usage of our Chromebooks. Juniors, due to PSAT testing, will have this opportunity at a later date. Our 1:1 initiative has helped to make our educational program more efficient, without replacing the essential teaching and learning interactions that are an important component to classroom success. Technology augments instruction, but it should never replace instruction. We at Smithfield Public Schools abide by this statement.

-On Wednesday, October 11, students in all classes will take part in our bi-annual ALICE presentation, conducted in conjunction with the Smithfield Police Department. Due to the unfortunate events of our times, this presentation is necessary, and prepares our students for emergency situations involving violent scenarios. Further information will be distributed to parents. We are thankful for our continued partnerships with the Smithfield Police Department, the Smithfield Fire Department, and Smithfield EMA services. The safety and security of our students and staff is our foremost priority.

Administrative Updates:

-”Meet the Sentinels” Episode 1: Check out the first in our series dedicated to celebrating members of our Sentinel family: Meet the Sentinels: Ep. 1

SHS 50th Graduation Committee Sign-Up: Please consider signing up to be part of our SHS 50th Graduation Committee. We are looking for faculty, parent, and student input to mark the legacy of 50 years of excellence in education. Responsibilities include: occasional meetings now through June, email correspondence, outreach to alumni.

-The SHS Fashion Show has been scheduled for Friday, December 8! Please mark your calendars for this fun, student-led event. (Spoiler alert) The theme this year is outstanding…

-We will be having our first “Coffee with a Principal” event at Barnes and Noble, in Smithfield, on Saturday, October 14, from 8-10 AM. This event is designed so that members of the community can get together on a quarterly basis to talk about general education trends and topics. *Please note that we cannot discuss specific students or teachers during this forum, but can discuss overall education practices. Though the forum will be open, one theme to be discussed is standards-based instruction. Barnes and Noble will be providing FREE hot coffee for attendees. For planning purposes, please email me if you plan to attend so that we can determine numbers (khopkins@smithfield-ps.org).

-A SHS Student Flu Clinic will be held on Thursday, 10/12. Information related to the flu clinic can be found here: SHS Flu Clinic

-Principal Kelley: Please check out this update from Mr. Kelley from his travels as president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Other Important Dates:

– Wednesday, October 11 – Juniors: PSAT/NMSQT

-Saturday, October 14: Coffee with a Principal: Barnes and Noble, Smithfield, 8-10 AM

-Tuesday, October 17: Junior Class Field Trip to Salem, MA

– Thursday, October 19 (6-8:30) NHS Induction

-Friday, October 20: Picture Retakes

-Tuesday, October 24 (6-8 PM): SHS Financial Aid Night

-Thursday, November 16: No School: SHS Parent-Teacher Conferences: 1-4:30, 5:30-7:45 PM

Highlights:

Great picture from student Harper Nelson of the sun setting over SHS:

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-Senior Parking Spot Painting:

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-Twin Day: Mrs. Barry and Mrs. Tancrelle:

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-Senior Class Advisors: Mr. Russillo and Mr. Thibodeau (Pondering the week…)

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-Class Color Day (Thanks for the pic, Brandon!)

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-More class color day pics:

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-Green and Gold Day:

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-Green and Gold Day in Mrs. True’s class:

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-Frank Santos: Hypnotizing some “volunteers”

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-”Victory Man”: Mr. Kelley comes back to help build the bonfire:

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-Ken Hopkins throwing a palette on the fire:

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-Congrats to the Freshmen XCountry team on their great showing at the Wickham Park Invitational!:

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-Some shots from our bonfire, Senior Pic in the Courtyard, Homecoming Game, and Moonlit courtyard during the Homecoming Dance:

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

#SHSLegacy

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The Sentinel Legacy 9/28

The Sentinel Legacy: 9/28/2017

“#11”

Firstly, on behalf of the Sentinel family, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Maddie Potts, a Chariho High School senior and a captain of their soccer team, who passed unexpectedly Saturday night while playing the game she loved. The feelings associated with loss are debilitating, and we send our thoughts and support to those who are enduring grief. This is a life cut short, and there are no words that can truly encapsulate the tragedy and cruelty that this life sometimes brings.

In a show of unity, schools across the state are marking the legacy of Maddie by wearing blue apparel, associated with Maddie’s favorite color. We, as a Sentinel family, will be doing likewise today, Thursday, September 28th. It is a small gesture, but acknowledges the bonds we share in honoring the lasting legacy of a remarkable, young woman. Life is precarious, and though the moments we share together are sometimes tenuous, it is important to cherish the bonds we create while we have the opportunity to express them. Now is the time for the held hand, the kind gesture, the caring ear, so that this precious moment in time can echo on in the legacy we leave behind.

#Forever11

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-Personal confession: When looking at educational systems, I often look to what Finland is doing. They have been previously #1 in education in the world according to international benchmarks, and are consistently advancing innovative educational practices. Though there are specific, contextual elements to the U.S., and, more specifically, the Rhode Island educational models that differ greatly from Finland, it is always important to consider research from a multitude of sources. I recommend examining articles related to Finland’s continued innovation and success. Here is a very brief overview:

Finland’s Education

-On Wednesday, October 11, Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors will be taking part in our first SHS Google 1:1 Bootcamp, equipping students with important skills to facilitate the successful usage of our Chromebooks. Juniors, due to PSAT testing, will have this opportunity at a later date. Our 1:1 initiative has helped to make our educational program more efficient, without replacing the essential teaching and learning interactions that are an important component to classroom success. Technology augments instruction, but it should never replace instruction. We at Smithfield Public Schools abide by this statement.

-On Wednesday, October 11, students in all classes will take part in our bi-annual ALICE presentation, conducted in conjunction with our Smithfield Police Department. Due to the unfortunate events of our times, this presentation is necessary, and prepares our students for emergency situations involving violent scenarios. Further information will be distributed to parents. We are thankful for our continued partnerships with the Smithfield Police Department, the Smithfield Fire Department, and Smithfield EMA services. The safety and security of our students and staff is our foremost priority.

Administrative Updates:

SPIRIT WEEK IS UPON US! The SHS Spirit Week schedule has been unveiled! Please check out our events here:

SHS Spirit Week 2017

Please join us for our SHS Pink Out, our annual soccer homecoming event that highlights Breast Cancer Awareness. On Friday, 9/29, students and staff throughout the school will be wearing pink in support of this cause. On Saturday, 9/30, our boys soccer team will be playing at 5 PM, followed by our girls team at 7 PM.

Our annual bonfire (Thursday, October 5 from 6-7:30 PM…before the Patriots game) is a great community event. We are adding some lawn game contests this year for students. Our Friday Night Lights homecoming football game versus Ponaganset will be Friday, 10/6 at 7 PM. Please consider joining us for our Homecoming Weekend!

SHS 50th Graduation Committee Sign-Up: Please consider signing up to be part of our SHS 50th Graduation Committee. We are looking for faculty, parent, and student input to mark the legacy of 50 years of excellence in education. Responsibilities include: occasional meetings now through June, email correspondence, outreach to alumni.

-The SHS Fashion Show has been scheduled for Friday, December 8! Please mark your calendars for this fun, student-led event. (Spoiler alert) The theme this year is outstanding…

-We will be having our first “Coffee with a Principal” event at Barnes and Noble, in Smithfield, on Saturday, October 14, from 8-10 AM. This event is designed so that members of the community can get together on a quarterly basis to talk about general education trends and topics. *Please note that we cannot discuss specific students or teachers during this forum, but can discuss overall education practices. Though the forum will be open, one theme to be discussed is standards-based instruction. Barnes and Noble will be providing FREE hot coffee for attendees. For planning purposes, please email me if you plan to attend so that we can determine numbers (khopkins@smithfield-ps.org).

-A Special CONGRATULATIONS to Riley Hart, winner of ABC6 “Play of the Week”, with her game winning goal vs. South Kingstown

Riley Hart Wins ABC6 Play of the Week

Other Important Dates:

-October 1-6: SHS Spirit Week: Schedule above

-Thursday, October 5: SHS Homecoming Bonfire

-Friday, October 6: SHS Football Homecoming and Homecoming Dance

– Monday, October 9: Columbus Day (No School)

– Wednesday, October 11 – Juniors: PSAT/NMSQT

-Saturday, October 14: Coffee with a Principal: Barnes and Noble, Smithfield, 8-10 AM

-Tuesday, October 17: Junior Class Field Trip to Salem, MA

– Thursday, October 19 (6-8:30) NHS Induction

-Friday, October 20: Picture Retakes

-Tuesday, October 24 (6-8 PM): SHS Financial Aid Night

-Thursday, November 16: No School: SHS Parent-Teacher Conferences: 1-4:30, 5:30-7:45 PM

Highlights:

-The adventures of our principal, and president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Dan Kelley:

Addressing National Principals of the Year:

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Meeting with Senator Al Franken:

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Meeting with Secretary of Education, Betsy Davos:

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Thank you, Mr. Kelley, for all you do representing Smithfield and principals throughout the country on the state and national level!

-Congratulations to our Freshmen Cross Country runner on taking 1st place in the Ocean State Invitational! Well done!

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-Mr. Trudeau’s class incorporating on the spot assessment using online “quiz” website. Great incorporation of instant class feedback to guide instruction!

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-Sentinel giving back: Mark Sutcliffe, who spoke to Ms. Andrews’ Business: Basics and Beyond class (formerly Introduction to Business) and Personal Finance classes last week. He discussed analytics being currently utilized in the airline industry.

Mark Sutcliffe is a 2002 graduate of SHS. He attended Florida Institute of Technology where he received a BS in Aviation Management. He is the Senior Manager of Crew Planning & Analytics for Southwest Airlines. He works and resides in Dallas Texas.

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And finally…

-Mr. Lenore and his art students working on our “V” for “Victory” for the upcoming Homecoming Bonfire!

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“We must accept finite disappointment…but never lose infinite hope.”

-Martin Luther Kings Jr.

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 9/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 9/18/2017

“Next Play”

When I was growing up, I learned the most about myself when I was on a basketball court. Missed shots were a call to improve, and I was told I could never leave the court until I “ended with a make.” Growing up with athletics being part of my personal fabric, I learned quickly that one can never change the past. There was only the knowledge of the past that could create a goal for the future, and only the present to see that goal to fruition. The one true thing that ever really existed was the “next play.” Athletics isn’t the only means to convey this value. A missed brush stroke, an incorrect calculation, a misplaced note, or waking up late for a flight all resemble the same principle. Very simply, for me, the basketball court was my personal classroom.

In vogue terms circulating in the educational world are “resiliency” and “perseverance”, with the common understanding of it being the ability to overcome the obstacles and struggles in life and academia. Education teaches resiliency, with numerous studies beginning in the 1990s to justify such claims. However, a person who is resilient or perseverant means that he or she has become capable of seeing opportunity in the missteps, failures, and missed shots, reconciling that the unchangeable past is no longer the important moment in time. There is only the next play, where success is a side effect of resiliency. We must honor the resilient by acknowledging the thousand mistakes and struggles along the way, and let their perseverance be our inspiration to live for the “next play.”

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

In our faculty discussion, we have examined what professional practice commitments should be taking place in every class, every day at SHS. With educational practices, we primarily base many decisions on research. Based upon faculty contribution, we have committed ourselves to the following three practices for this school year:

-That students will be welcomed and greeted as they enter the classroom, a hallmark of the positive culture at SHS. Article that references relevant research

-That essential questions (or the guiding questions of a lesson) be easily referenced in each class. One example of research on EQs/Learning Objectives

-That checks for understanding, ensuring that ALL students are grasping the essential concepts of a lesson, will occur multiple times in classes: Checks for Understanding Research Referenced (Marzano is the foremost authority on educational research)

I find that these practices, formulated by our faculty and leadership team, are indicative of the high-quality commitment to education that exemplify our educators. SHS truly has a devoted faculty, concerned with the well-being and academic success of their students.

Administrative Updates:

SHS 50th Graduation Committee Sign-Up: Please consider signing up to be part of our SHS 50th Graduation Committee. We are looking for faculty, parent, and student input to mark the legacy of 50 years of excellence in education. Responsibilities include: occasional meetings now through June, email correspondence, outreach to alumni.

-The SHS Fashion Show has been scheduled for Friday, December 8! Please mark your calendars for this fun, student-led event. (Spoiler alert) The theme this year is outstanding…

-We will be having our first “Coffee with a Principal” event at Barnes and Noble, in Smithfield, on Saturday, October 14, from 8-10 AM. This event is designed so that members of the community can get together on a quarterly basis to talk about general education trends and topics. *Please note that we cannot discuss specific students or teachers during this forum, but can discuss overall education practices. Though the forum will be open, one theme to be discussed is standards-based instruction. Barnes and Noble will be providing FREE hot coffee for attendees. For planning purposes, please email me if you plan to attend so that we can determine numbers (khopkins@smithfield-ps.org).

Bus Tracker: Did you know you can monitor your child’s route and time of arrival on his or her bus? Check out the Bus Tracker app: Bus Tracker App

SHS Apparel: Please check out SHS apparel for this year. Students may purchase these items from the Student Council at all lunches: SHS Apparel

The SHS Spirit Week schedule has been unveiled! Please check out our events here:

SHS Spirit Week 2017

-Please vote for one of our soccer player’s, Riley Hart, outstanding, game-winning goal for ABC6 Play of the Week: Riley Hart’s Game Winning Goal over SK (Thanks, Mr. Lenore!)

The link can be found here: http://www.abc6.com/category/178001/sports

Other Important Dates:

-October 1-6: SHS Spirit Week: Schedule above

-Thursday, October 5: SHS Homecoming Bonfire

-Friday, October 6: SHS Football Homecoming and Homecoming Dance

– Monday, October 9: Columbus Day (No School)

– Wednesday, October 11 – Juniors: PSAT/NMSQT

-Saturday, October 14: Coffee with a Principal: Barnes and Noble, Smithfield, 8-10 AM

– Thursday, October 19 (6-8:30) NHS Induction

-Friday, October 20: Picture Retakes

-Tuesday, October 24 (6-8 PM): SHS Financial Aid Night

-Thursday, November 16: No School: SHS Parent-Teacher Conferences: 1-4:30, 5:30-7:45 PM

Football Home Opener vs. Toll Gate

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Judge Judith Savage discussing summer reading book Just Mercy with Students:

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Mr. Lynch’s class analyzing the effects of Reconstruction Era decisions on race in America then and now:

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“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

-Vince Lombardi

Enjoy the week everyone! #SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 9/11

The Sentinel Legacy: 9/11/2017

For those of us who vividly remember the events on September 11, this date brings an ominous tone. When one can recount where someone was when an event happens, we begin to recognize the significant impact to both our personal lives, and the history of this nation. In today’s remembrance, as mostly all of our SHS students were not of age to remember these events, with some not even born, we have asked students to ask staff where they were “the day the towers fell.” Such questions bring a poignant reflection for our students that this infamous day left a powerful mark upon the history, culture, and perspective of our nation. It is important for our students to recognize that legacy is dynamic, and not always yielding to the positive sentiments of what is left behind. However, in our announcements and discussions today, we examined the legacy of our first responders, of the brave passenger of United 93, of the American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, or continue to endure hardship to this day due to their call to serve those in need. For those courageous individuals, their lasting legacy is one of inspiration and perseverance, echoing an American spirit of resilience that is forever woven in the fabric of time. To them, we are thankful, and honor their sacrifices by pledging that we will never forget.

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-Our advisory structure has changed, and has developed into three specific advisory types:

  1. Alpha-Advisory (Mondays): Typical advisory structure (usually grouped by alphabetized names) by which students receive school and guidance department information, develop their Individual Learning Plans, complete components of graduation requirements (digital portfolio), and participate in grade-level or whole-school assemblies.
  2. Academic Advisory (Wednesdays): Students meet with individual teachers in order to receive academic support or enrichment based upon their needs. The structure of this allows students to take ownership of prioritizing academic responsibilities, and grants flexibility in scheduling to allow for self-advocacy.
  3. Social Advisory (Fridays): Students and teachers bond over a shared interest in order to ensure that all students have formed a strong connection with at least one peer, and one adult, in our building. These social interests have been created through both student and staff contributions.

We are excited that these changes will provide opportunities for positive growth in our students and school both academically and socially. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Administrative Updates:

-On Tuesday, September 12th, we invite all parents to attend our Smithfield High School Open House. This event will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the high school. We’d ask that all parents report to your student’s advisory for 6:00. Parents will then follow your child’s schedule, so that you have a chance to meet all of his or her teachers. If you are looking to have a follow-up conversation with a teacher, please do not hesitate to contact our staff, or schedule a separate appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to SHS for the ‘17-’18 school year.

-On Wednesday, September 13th, the first high school parent council meeting will be taking place, beginning at 7:00 PM in the school library. Please consider attending and supporting the council on a variety of great initiatives.

-The first regular season high school football game of the year will be taking place this Friday, September 15, at SHS, beginning at 7:00. Please come out and support the team’s first home game at our “Friday Night Lights”.

-We’d like to give a special thank you to Mr. Lenore, one of our art teachers, on his production of our Welcome Back video, which can be found on our official school Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please check out this video, as our community establishes our #SHSLegacy. The video can also be viewed here:

SHS Welcome Back Video

-The SHS Spirit Week schedule has been unveiled! Please check out our events here:

SHS Spirit Week 2017

Other Important Dates:

-Friday, 9/15: SHS Football Home Opener: “Friday Night Lights”

-October 1-6: SHS Spirit Week: Events and Times TBA

-Thursday, October 5: SHS Homecoming Bonfire

-Friday, October 6: SHS Football Homecoming and Homecoming Dance

– Monday, October 9: Columbus Day (No School)

– Wednesday, October 11 – Juniors: PSAT/NMSQT

– Thursday, October 19 (6-8:30) NHS Induction

-Friday, October 20: Picture Retakes

 

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One name spanning

a bridge, another

undergoing a tunnel.

A blue name needled

into the skin.

Names of citizens,

workers, mothers,

and fathers,

The bright-eyed

daughter, the quick son.

Alphabet of names in

a green field.

Names in the small tracks of birds.

Names lifted from a hat

Or balanced on

the tip of the tongue.

Names wheeled

into the dim warehouse

of memory.

So many names, there

is barely room on

the walls of the heart.”

—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the World Trade Center site in 2003

Enjoy the week everyone! #SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy

The Sentinel Legacy: 9/5/2017

What a great start to the school year! The hustle and bustle of young minds at work is inspirational. When we add the significance of this year’s senior class being the 50th graduating class from SHS, it adds to the gravity of this beginning. We honor the tradition of what it means to be a Sentinel, and reflect upon the method and means by which we impact our community. This ongoing concept of “legacy” is the foundation for our school year, with its thematic purpose permeating everything from our graduation requirements, in our new “Senior Demonstrations”, to our faculty discussions. All have a part to play in our ongoing mission, with no positive contribution being too small. Ultimately, each of us, faculty, staff, and student, are called to add our own thread to the fabric of this Sentinel Legacy, weaving a bright tapestry that will wave gallantly throughout our local history.

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-In order to better assess our students as they pursue academic excellence, we have migrated our “Effort, Participation, and Responsibility” categories on our report card to SHS Learner Qualities: Self-Directed Learner, Quality Producer, Collaborative Worker, Respectful Citizen. We want our students, beyond their acquisition of essential content and skills, to demonstrate these key qualities that will contribute to ongoing success in college and/or career.

These qualities will be assessed as “met” or “needs improvement” in each course. Being the pilot year, we will be soliciting feedback from students and parents as the year progresses. Currently, these qualities will only appear on students’ report cards (does not appear on transcripts).

A link to the rubric indicators can be found here:

SHS Learner Qualities ’17-’18

Administrative Updates:

-Construction updates to the front of the school are largely complete. Normal traffic functions and routes have been resumed for drop-off and pick-up. Please note the following:

-Tree removal from the island in the front of the building (between the parking lot and access road) will be occurring on Wednesday, 9/6, beginning at 8. The access road in the front of the building will be closed during that time.

-SHS Open House will be on Tuesday, September 12, from 6-8 pm. We welcome our SHS parents and students to join us.

-The SHS Student Flu Clinic will be open to students, and held on Thursday, October 12, from 8-10:30 AM. Links to the documents may be found here:

SHS Flu Clinic Flyer:

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Flu Shot Consent Form:

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-The athletic season is underway! Best of luck to our Sentinels as they embark on their seasons. Please feel free to follow @SportsSentinels on Twitter for SHS Athletic updates

Other Important Dates:

-Friday, 9/15: SHS Football Home Opener: “Friday Night Lights”

-October 1-6: SHS Spirit Week: Events and Times TBA

-Thursday, October 5: SHS Homecoming Bonfire

-Friday, October 6: SHS Football Homecoming and Homecoming Dance

– Monday, October 9: Columbus Day (No School)

– Wednesday, October 11 – Juniors: PSAT/NMSQT

– Thursday, October 19 (6-8:30) NHS Induction

-Friday, October 20: Picture Retakes

 

First days of school images:

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Enjoy the week everyone! #SHSLegacy

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi