The Sentinel Legacy 11/22/17

The Sentinel Legacy: 11/22/2017

“Give Thanks”

I’d like to acknowledge one of our Sentinels, Tori Richard. Tori is a 9th grade student who organized a Christmas card creation campaign for a boy named Jacob Thompson. Jacob had been fighting an aggressive form of cancer. One of his wishes was that, as he would not see Christmas this year, he would receive Christmas early in the form of handmade Christmas cards. Unfortunately, though he received many cards from across the country, including many created at SHS and sent by Tori, Jacob passed this week. The link to Jacob’s story is here: Jacob’s Legacy

During this time of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for students like Tori who take it upon themselves to aid in the mission to help those in need. Honoring Jacob’s wish, and bringing awareness to Jacob’s story, is an inspiring moment in our legacy to which Tori and her fellow students contributed. These students showed the difference between being thankful and giving thanks, as their appreciation for others led them to service and charity. Thank you to Jacob, who inspired kindness, innocence, and compassion in a world that is desperately in need of all three.

Personally, I am thankful for my family, for my opportunity to be a part of the Sentinel family, and for the memories shared throughout this journey.

A happy Thanksgiving to all! Enjoy the time with family and friends!

A couple of pictures of the cards produced by our students:

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-We have an outstanding series of events planned for the next week, beginning on Monday. Next week will be RESPECT week, kicking off on Monday with a speaker on the subject of diversity, Dr. Mary Grace Almandrez, who serves as a Dean of Students for Brown University.

On Tuesday, 11/28, we have an incredible program planned for our annual RESPECT Day, which will occur in a new format. Students, throughout the course of the day, will participate in six different seminar sessions covering a variety of topics related to RESPECT, and strategies for success. We have multiple staff members and numerous community volunteers leading sessions.

Check out the session list here: SHS Respect Day Schedule

On Monday, 12/4, representatives from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be conducting a schoolwide assembly entitled Ending the Silence, which brings awareness to Mental Health needs and supports.

At Smithfield High School, we work diligently to focus on the education of the whole person, and work to ensure that our educational program and supports aid in continued success. If you have any questions regarding our program, please do not hesitate to contact us.

-Side note: Really interesting op-ed in the New York Times: Kids, Would You Please Start Fighting?

 

Administrative Updates:

-On Thursday, November 30th, we will be hosting our first ever SHS Showcase from 6-8pm throughout the school. We invite members of the community and prospective students to attend this event, which will highlight the great clubs, activities, academic work, and school engagement that SHS has to offer. Mark your calendars, and spread the word!

SHS Showcase Video: https://youtu.be/Z1PDZKuLdPc

SHS Website: www.shsri.org

SHS Career-Tech Ed. Site: cte.smithfield-ps.org

SHS Showcase Flyer https://goo.gl/PpmRVV

-A NEASC Parent/Family Survey email was sent on Tuesday, November 21st. If you did not receive the email, please contact the high school administration.

The link can also be found here: NEASC Family Survey

Your input is greatly needed as we build our NEASC Self-Reflection/School Improvement Plan!

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

-Please note that MySchoolBucks.com, our student cafeteria account provider, is increasing its convenience fee for deposits from $1.95 to $2.49 per payment. Additional information regarding this change will be sent from their organization on November 27th.

-Please join us for our Thanksgiving Football game at 10:30, as the Sentinels face the North Providence Cougars in our traditional rivalry.

-Great video from a Spanish 4 Class using in-house “Green Screen” technology: El Aeropuerto

-On Friday, 12/8, SHS will be participating in the annual “Hour of Code”, which teaches basic programming to students throughout the country. More information can be found here: https://code.org/

Other Important Dates:

-Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Day: Football at home vs. North Providence (Senior Recognition Game)

-Monday, November 27: Dr. Mary Grace Almandrez, who serves as a Dean of Students for Brown University, presenting to SHS on the subject of diversity

-Tuesday, November 28: RESPECT Day: See above

-Monday, December 4: NAMI Presentation Ending the Silence: See above

-Thursday, December 7: No School: Professional Development Day

-Friday, December 8: SHS Hour of Code

Highlights:

-French students at Crepe cafe and concert:

-Thank you to Senior Evan Benoit who organized a makeover of our courtyard as part of his Eagle Scout Project! Looks great! Thank you, Evan!

-Students from our CTE Academies presenting our programs to 8th graders at Gallagher. Thank you to all the students who presented!

-Movie Night at SHS: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off #LifeMovesPrettyFast

-Sgt. Hodge from the U.S. Army presenting an award honoring all military service men and women who came from Smithfield High School. Thank you to all veterans for your service, and for your sacrifice!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Have a great weekend!

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others.”

-Cicero

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The Sentinel Legacy 11/6/17

The Sentinel Legacy: 11/6/2017

“Reflections”

The end of the first quarter provides a great opportunity to reflect. Reflection is the opportunity to examine oneself, one’s experiences, and one’s actions. This process of “looking in the mirror to see the past” gives a slight pause to the present, acknowledging the steps along the way that bring us to where we are. Reflection is difficult and introspective. It requires a person to step outside himself or herself, and recognize the peaks and troughs that come together to form our journey through life.  For our students, reflection is a powerful mechanism, as we truly cannot grow as learners without accepting the feedback from those who mentor us. More importantly, we must make our successes and mistakes a part of us, incorporating life’s lessons in order to be ready for the opportunity to demonstrate what we have learned. We reflect in the present to positively affect the future. As educators, we hope to guide our students to look at their reflections so that they may truly see themselves.

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-Learner Qualities: As report cards become available for electronic viewing on Wednesday morning, we would ask everyone to examine our SHS “Learner Qualities” that assess habits of work that we want students to display. We have asked teachers to simply assess these learner qualities as having “met” the standard or “needs improvement” in meeting the standard. The critical attributes for each learner quality can be found here:

SHS Learner Qualities

Though we are currently piloting these assessments, which are tied to key characteristics for success in college and career, we do plan on utilizing these ratings as a measure in making recommendations for future course selections. We hope that the added focus on these essential elements of learners will more accurately assess predictors of future success.

-NEASC update: SHS will be participating in the reaccreditation process through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. This process will analyze the constant work and progression of SHS to standards of excellence in education. Our accreditation visit will be occurring in the Spring of 2020. More information regarding the process can be found here: https://www.neasc.org/

Administrative Updates:

-Report Cards: 1st Quarter Report Cards will be available for electronic viewing via the Parent Portal on Wednesday, November 8, at 8:00 AM. Please let us know if you need any help in accessing the Parent Portal account.

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

-On Thursday, November 30, we will be hosting our first ever SHS Showcase from 6-8 throughout the school. We invite members of the community and prospective students to attend this event, which will highlight all the great clubs, activities, academic work, and school engagement that SHS has to offer. Mark your calendars and spread the word!

-Art Department Blog: Please check out the updates from the art department via their new blog! Some amazing displays of art!

Art Department Blog

-On School Grounds: We are pleased to announce the successful opening of our on-site coffee shop, On School Grounds, run entirely by our Academy of Finance students. This opportunity to provide hands-on business experience is invaluable to our students and provides a great service to coffee lovers! Thank you to Mr. Spring, Ms. Valentine, and Ms. Campbell-Andrews on their facilitation of this great SHS initiative.

-Congrats to the Boys and Girls Soccer Teams on winning their quarterfinal playoff games, yielding semi-final games for both teams! The girls will play Thursday night, at 7:30 PM, at East Greenwich vs. South Kingstown, while the boys will play Wednesday night, also at 7:30, at Cumberland High School vs. Cranston West. Good luck to both squads!

Other Important Dates:

-Wednesday, November 8: SHS Parent Council Meeting at 7 PM

-Thursday, November 9: SHS Hockey Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

-Friday, November 10: No School: Veterans Day observed: To all veterans, thank you for your service and sacrifice!

-Tuesday, November 14: SHS Financial Aid Night: 6-8 PM in the Media Center

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

-*Please note that on Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19, Jennison Dance studio will be hosting a dance competition at SHS. On that Sunday, a regional cross country tournament will also be held at SHS. Parking will be extremely limited that weekend, especially on Sunday.

-Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Day: Football at home vs. North Providence (Senior Recognition Game)

-Monday, December 4: SHS Hour of Code

-Thursday, December 7: No School: Professional Development Day

Highlights:

-Halloween SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) Costume Relay Race!

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-Congratulations to Assistant Principal Linda Murphy on her induction into the Rotary Club!

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-Psychology EEP Classes presenting brain functioning and the neurochemical effects on diagnoses

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-Junior Class Ring Ceremony: Showing off the new Bling!

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-Abby Theroux, Class of 2019, shadowing a principal for a day:

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-Sentinel Band performing at the Stop and Shop reopening in Smithfield:

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-”Cars and Coffee” Social Advisory checking out some wheels. Thank you to the local enthusiasts and the Smithfield Police Department for your support!

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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

-Kierkegaard

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