The Sentinel Legacy 3/25/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 3/25/18



Smithfield High School Mission Statement

The mission of Smithfield High School is to provide a comprehensive, challenging and diverse learning environment, which will enable our graduates to succeed in a 21st century global community.

Reflecting on this mission, I am proud of two events that occurred at SHS over the past two weeks. The student-led walkout to call for action against school violence was an exemplary display of student voice, advocacy, and citizenship. Throughout their speeches, in order to model inclusivity, students ensured that the message of the need for action was transcendent of political beliefs. There was a call for unity, and civic advocacy. I am proud of the civility modeled by our students. As a high school, we will continue to support student calls for all civic action, as it is our fundamental belief and mission that their success relies on the ability to take essential learnings and put those understandings to action. As a result of our voter registration drive, which was sponsored by the US Army, 37 new voters were registered. Regardless of political ideology, those are 37 more citizens engaged in the democratic process. These are qualities necessary for success, knowing and doing.

On Friday, SHS hosted our annual whole-school assembly for our Unified basketball game vs. Johnston. For those who may not be familiar, our Unified program is conducted in partnership with the Rhode Island Special Olympics, and allows students with special needs to represent their school in interscholastic athletic competition. Smithfield Public Schools has enjoyed a long-standing and productive relationship with RI Special Olympics, and promotes Unified programming at all levels. Through this program, partner athletes and students with special needs compete together in the unifying spirit of athletics, promoting the values of community and inclusion. The entire event was a sight to behold, highlighting the call and importance of acceptance, inclusion, and respect. For our students who helped to make this happen, involved in all aspects of the event, thank you! Your commitment to our school community is magnificent, and you are tremendous examples of a generation committed to making this world better than the one you have inherited. Continue to accept this crucial mission, which is tasked to each generation.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-*Due to the snow days that have occurred over the course of this quarter, please be advised that we are extending the 3rd quarter by two days. This will extend the quarter through Thursday, March 29. We have no school on Friday, March 30. Quarter 4 will begin on Monday, April 2.

On Monday, we are changing our alpha advisory to an academic advisory, in order to allow students additional time to complete make-up assessments prior to the end of the quarter. This was communicated to students last week. Please encourage your child to finish strong during this final week of the 3rd quarter.

-VERY IMPORTANT: SurveyWorks: *Additionally, we are reaching out to families to complete RIDE’s SurveyWorks, which will provide us with important feedback related to our school. Please view the previously sent email regarding SurveyWorks (copied below) for additional information.

As always, thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Please do not hesitate to contact school administration if you have any questions:

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its yearly SurveyWorks Parent Survey, which is an opportunity for parents to provide feedback about our school and our children’s opportunities to learn. The survey results are most useful when all parents participate, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey.

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey, you can help our school leadership and faculty/staff continue to improve our school. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you. We are looking for as many respondents to participate as possible, and we would like to hear your input.

You can take the short survey online or on paper beginning today through March 31st. To take the survey, visit: and enter 31107family as your access code.

Please contact Assistant Principal Linda Murphy with any questions.

Administrative Updates:

*Please note that there is no change to the established date of Graduation. SHS Graduation is still scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, at 7 PM, at Bryant University.

-Important medical information for the class of 2019:

In accordance with the Department of Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to immunizations, all students entering their senior year are required to have a booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday.

Also a 12th grade physical exam is required to attend school in September .

Please send this required medical documentation to the nurse as soon as possible . If your child’s physical exam is not scheduled until after the start of the 2018-2019 school year, please send in the most recent exam.

Please call Mrs. Riley, RN at 349-4625 with any questions .

-Please see this flyer from the Parent Council regarding an upcoming trivia night on Saturday, April 7!

Trivia Night

-Please see this flyer regarding an Earth Day (April 21) cleanup sponsored by the Smithfield DPW Recycling Office: Earth Day

-Upcoming Relay for Life event at Bryant on Saturday, April 21. Opportunities are available for community service at this event.



-Unified Basketball Game and our Coaches participating in the Unified Plunge at Salty Brine Beach (Thank you Miss Lorraine, Mrs. Bianco, Mrs. Barry, Mrs. Melaragno, Miss Brush)!


SHS Football Video 2017 (Thanks Mr. Lenore!)

Other Important Dates:


-Wednesday, March 28: SHS Rube Goldberg Night, 6-8 PM


-Friday, March 30: No School (Good Friday)


-Saturday, April 7: Class of 2019 Vendor Fair @ SHS


-Sunday, April 8: SHS National Honor Society Banquet at Crystal Lake Golf Club, 6-8PM


-Tuesday, April 10: Grades 9 and 10: PSAT Grade 11: SAT Grade 12: Senior Demonstration Rehearsal


-Friday, April 13: Senior Oratorical Contest


-Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20: School Vacation



Photo Highlights:

-Our Sentinel was kidnapped (not really…it was a student council activity!) Congratulations to Stephen Herchen and Ashleigh Moroni, our Sentinel Sleuths, for figuring out our own Mr. Twohey was the kidnapper!

-Coaches and pics from our Student vs. Faculty game! Faculty upheld our winning streak winning 44-42!

-Great season and fan support for our SHS Boys Hockey Team! Proud of our graduating Seniors for their SHS Legacy!

-Proud of SHS being well represented at the recent Women’s Summit at Bryant University!

-Congrats to members of the Early Childhood / Teacher Preparation pathway on receiving their certifications at a recent School Committee meeting!

-SHS Fiddler on the Roof was outstanding!

-Students participating in the PC Programming Challenge

-SHS Student Walkout

“For our lives to be safe, we must be involved. This is our responsibility.”

-Joshua Young, Class of 2019, at SHS Walkout

“My entire life I have lived with the constant fear of what could happen. I don’t want my children growing up in a world like this.”

-Alec Devine, Class of 2018, at SHS Walkout

“People have said that I am too young to have these thoughts on my own. People have said that I am a tool for a nameless adult. It’s not true,” she protested. “My friends and I might still be 11, we might still be in elementary school, but we know. We know life isn’t equal for everyone and we know what is right and wrong. We also know that we stand in the shadow of the Capitol and we know that have seven short years until we too have the right to vote.”

-Naomi Wadler from the National “March for Our Lives”

Go Sentinels!



The Sentinel Legacy 3/4/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 3/4/18


I was in awe at the end of a previous week, as I watched a group of teachers come together to work on a project that supported new pathways for students to excel in high school. Their efficiency, organization, and collaboration was outstanding. Most notable, however, was their focus on providing the best possible opportunities for students. Students were at the forefront of the conversation.

Last week, I watched a group of students come together to tackle an initiative they had been considering. They were inclusive of each other’s thoughts, acknowledging differences, and working with the understanding that although they may disagree, they were working toward a common goal. Ultimately, they worked together to advocate for each other.

In my personal reflections, I have come to grips with my own inadequacy as an administrator. I cannot perform this role alone. I am utterly reliant on the outstanding work of others, staff and students, to accomplish the task of continuing the Sentinel legacy. I am humbled at their work, and look with awe at their accomplishments. Yet it is not the “I’s” that are capable of the tasks necessary for a community to function. Instead, it is the simple joining of each individual to seek out that common vision, that common goal. The adage pronounces, “It take a community to raise a child.” Individually, we are limited by the power of one. Together as a Sentinel community, we are limitless by the power of many, and when it comes to the shared goal of establishing the legacy of our community, there are a lot of us.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-Our course selection process for current SHS students has been well underway, with students in current grades 9-11 entering in their course selections tomorrow. Our SHS Program of Studies site has been updated to increase ease of use. If you have any questions regarding the selection process, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s guidance counselor, or school administration.

GMS 8th graders will receive their course selection sheets on Monday, March 5.

-Interesting summation on the topic of homework from educational website Edutopia: What’s the Right Amount of Homework

Administrative Updates:

-We are embarking on our yearly SurveyWorks drive, with a goal of hearing from 100% of the community. Students will receive their surveys from SurveyWorks on Monday, March 12, in alpha-advisory. Faculty will be working on theirs this Wednesday. A separate email will be sent to all parents asking for your participation. Please support us in our goal for 100% participation by allowing your voice to be heard.

-Smithfield High School Music Department proudly presents “Fiddler on the Roof” a classic musical about family and time honored traditions.

Friday, March 9th at 7 PM

Saturday, March 10th at 7 PM

Sunday, March 11th at 2 PM

Tickets are just $10 for adults, $7 for students and $7 for Senior Citizens. Tickets are available at the door.

Children under 5 are free!

There will be many raffle prizes to support the SHS Music Dept!

-Rescheduled Event: –Relay for Life Flyer: Upcoming Relay for Life (fundraiser to fight cancer) kickoff on Thursday, March 8

-Upcoming Smithfield Special Education Local Parent Advisory Committee event:

SSELAC BIOMES Event Saturday, March 24

-Important medical information for the class of 2019:

In accordance with the Department of Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to immunizations, all students entering their senior year are required to have a booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday.

Also a 12th grade physical exam is required to attend school in September .

Please send this required medical documentation to the nurse as soon as possible . If your child’s physical exam is not scheduled until after the start of the 2018-2019 school year, please send in the most recent exam.

Please call Mrs. Riley, RN at 349-4625 with any questions .



-We are proud to announce our academic Top 10 (based on unweighted GPA) for the class of 2018:

Lauren Fortier

Lily Caswell

Matthew Laboissonniere

Alexander Ianuzzi

Renee Roy

Hailey Beaulieu

Quinn Judge

Olivia Lasorsa

Salutatorian: Ryan Lane

and our Valedictorian: Adeline Schwartz

Congratulations to all of these students and their families for their dedication, commitment, and pursuit of excellence! We are proud of your #SHSLegacy

-We are privileged to have our first Smithfield High School National Merit Scholarship Finalist since 2009!

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. As a finalist, this student is among the top 13,000 students in the country who have met the requirements of the program.

Our finalist is: Renee Roy! Congratulations, Renee, and thank you for all of your contributions to the #SHSLegacy

-Congratulations to our Sentinel Lady Swim Team on taking their 3rd Division III Championship in four years!

Meet the Sentinels: TC and the Fiddler Edition

Other Important Dates:


-Monday, 3/5: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Presentation

-Tuesday, 3/6: First Unified Basketball Home game vs. RI School for the Deaf

-Wednesday, 3/7: Spread the Word to End the Word Day: Take the Pledge!

-Friday, Saturday, Sunday (3/9-3/11): SHS presents Fiddler on the Roof


Photo Highlights:

-Our Valedictorian, Addie Schwartz, and her parents:

-Our Salutatorian, Ryan Lane, and his parents:

-Some pics and video from our Course Selection Fair:

SHS Course Fair Video 1

SHS Career Fair Video 2

-Seniors Katie Martin and Tyler Piekarski representing Smithfield receiving the Hobey Baker Award, an award for excellence in academics and ice hockey:

-Seniors enjoying a warm February day in the courtyard:

-SHS Students of the Month: Braeden Weston and Angelina Santos, with National Center for Women and Information Technology Award Winners: Kendra Ezeama, and Autumn Leamy

-Participants in our RIDOT ThinkFast Interactive presentation regarding safe driving:

And a little fun during the ThinkFast Interactive DANCE CONTEST!

-Some more costume shots from Fiddler on the Roof:

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”

-Kenyan Proverb

Go Sentinels!