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:

SHS Website:

SHS Career-Tech Ed. Site:

SHS Showcase Flyer

-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, 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:

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


-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.”




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