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!



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