The Sentinel Legacy: 11/6/2017
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:
-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:
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/
-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!
-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
-Halloween SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) Costume Relay Race!
-Congratulations to Assistant Principal Linda Murphy on her induction into the Rotary Club!
-Psychology EEP Classes presenting brain functioning and the neurochemical effects on diagnoses
-Junior Class Ring Ceremony: Showing off the new Bling!
-Abby Theroux, Class of 2019, shadowing a principal for a day:
-Sentinel Band performing at the Stop and Shop reopening in Smithfield:
-”Cars and Coffee” Social Advisory checking out some wheels. Thank you to the local enthusiasts and the Smithfield Police Department for your support!
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”