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 (

-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


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


-Senior Parking Spot Painting:



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


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


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


-More class color day pics:


-Green and Gold Day:


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


-Frank Santos: Hypnotizing some “volunteers”


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


-Ken Hopkins throwing a palette on the fire:


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



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



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

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



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