The Sentinel Legacy 2/5/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 2/5/18


Smithfield Public School educators recently had the pleasure of working with community members to begin to establish a cohesive vision for the future of education in this town. This strategic planning process, aided by Future Search facilitation, identified group priorities as we begin to take our ideals for our students, and plan them into action. In my reflections, I would like to pose some reflective questions that pertain to the success of our students. Some questions are merely a call back to essential educational principles.

For your consideration:

  • What are the common and essential skills or characteristics that we want every Smithfield High School graduate to possess?
  • How are we creating a variety of paths in order to ensure that every student maximizes their learning, and successfully graduates?
  • What are the priorities that we want our students to display in their adult lives?
  • How can we make high school a fun, enriching, and engaging experience for all students?
  • How must we adjust our instructional practices to inform us that each student “knows” the essential learning, and is able to apply it?
  • Jefferson said, “On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.” In education, what are our timeless principles, and with what societal trends must we adjust to the times?
  • The first iPad debuted April 3, 2010, eight years ago. We now walk around with limitless access to a virtual sea of knowledge. What will education look like eight years from now, and how are we preparing our students for the world eight years from now?

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:


-The 2nd semester is underway. Please note that the end of quarter 3 is on March 27th. From today, our seniors have four months left of their high school careers. This is an important academic stretch for our students.

-A key component of being an effective student, in high school and beyond, is being efficient in academic work. Here is an interesting article that encourages students to study more strategically than “harder”: Study Strategy

Administrative Updates:

-Tis the season for the flu. Please check out these resources from the RI Dept. of Health regarding flu and norovirus prevention: RIDOH Resource

-One of our graduates from the class of 2017, Dan Ayriyan, is fighting his second bout with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Dan is an outstanding young man, and, as a Sentinel family, we would like to help him as much as we can. Please consider attending/donating to help him in this struggle. An upcoming event is being held on Sunday, Feb. 11. Please see the attached links:

Fundraiser for Dan

Dan’s Fundraiser Flyer

Dan’s Superbowl Wish

-Parent Council Meeting: There will be a Parent Council meeting on Wednesday, February 7, at 7 PM, in the library media center. Please come support this important group.

-There will be an Academy of Finance Open House on Thursday, February 15th, at 6:30. Please view our Invitation.

-The revised school calendar can be found here: School Calendar. The last day of school is June 12. SHS Graduation is still June 5.

Relay for Life Statewide Kickoff Event: Upcoming Relay for Life (fundraiser to fight cancer) kickoff on Wednesday, Feb. 7

-Fundraising initiative by an Anna McCabe student Jumping Rope to Fight Heart Disease

-Barnes and Noble is having a contest that honors your favorite teacher and why he or she has had such an impact on your life. Students are allowed to provide a poem, essay, or thank you letter, recognizing your favorite teacher’s contributions. Each Barnes and Noble store is submitting a written piece to the national competition. Written pieces will be posted at a My Favorite Teacher event in April. Please see the details attached.

The deadline for submission directly to the store is March 2nd. You may also turn in submissions to Mr. Hopkins by Wednesday, February 28, and he will deliver them to the store.

Please consider honoring the great work your teachers do on a daily basis! Let Mr. Hopkins know if you have any questions.

B&N Links:

My Favorite Teacher Link 1

My Favorite Teacher Link 2

My Favorite Teacher Link 3

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-We are well into the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information including schedules.

*The deadline to purchase a Senior recognition ad has been extended through February 15th. These recognition ads are a great way to congratulate your student in their yearbook. Yearbooks are also on sale through February 15th. Visit ​​ to order your senior ad and yearbook before the February 15th deadline.



-Great article in ProJo about our legendary Coach T!

-Awesome spotlight article on SHS alum, Toni Bongiorno, on her computer science work at URI: Spotlight

-Congrats to Tyler Varin, and the SHS Boys Hockey team, on this game-winning goal vs. Moses Brown! Game Winning Goal


Other Important Dates:

-Wednesday, February 7: Parent Council Meeting (7 PM)

-Thursday, February 15: Academy of Finance Open House (6:30 PM)

-Monday, February 19: Presidents’ Day: No School

-Tuesday, February 20: No School

Photo Highlights:

-SHS Students job shadowing at RI Treasury

-Ducks in our new pond near the bonfire circle…taken today…

-2nd Quarter puck drop: Sentinels vs. Mount Saint Charles (#LTB)

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go Sentinels!



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