The Sentinel Legacy 4/8/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 4/8/18

“Public Service Announcement: Vaping”

In lieu of a reflection, I think it is important to reference recent articles surrounding a national epidemic affecting adolescents. “Vaping” or “Juuling” refers to the usage of various e-cigarettes. Based upon the CNN article referenced below, research “cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015, and the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey noted that 1.7 million high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days.” Newer reports, such as the recent articles listed, cite the growing severe health concerns surrounding vaping. In addition, as this is still new technology, we do not have research related to true longitudinal studies on the long-term effects of this. However, current research does not support that this is harmless, and shows that vaping actually can result in future cigarette smoking and tobacco use.

Unfortunately, we at SHS are not immune to this epidemic. Though we have consistently utilized proactive and reactive strategies to try to curb vaping, focusing on the education of students through presentations by our SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) and community partners, the accessibility and ease of concealment continues to be problematic. Some of the devices associated with vaping can easily fit within a sleeve, and, as no smoke is produced (water vapor), current alert systems are not effective.

Please review the document and articles listed below. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our students in their physical, social, and mental well-being. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact high school administration.

Vaping Devices

New York Times Article: Vaping

CNN Article on Vaping Epidemic

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-On Tuesday, April 10, 9th and 10th graders will be taking the PSAT, as 11th graders take the SAT. This year, we have transitioned to the PSAT/SAT suite to serve as our mandatory, standardized assessment for state requirements. It is our aim that as this test occurs only on one day, provides useful individualized links to College Board instructional materials, and aligns with some collegiate acceptance and scholarship opportunities, the PSAT and SAT will provide excellent vertical alignment with our curricula goals. Some helpful reminders for students on Monday night, the night before the test, can be found here:

Please be sure to :

  • Arrive on time (Test administration begins promptly at 7:30)
  • Know where you are going (A list of testing rooms is posted on Google Classroom. Students are arranged alphabetically, not by advisory)
  • Bring an approved calculator
  • Bring a snack and something to drink
  • Have a good breakfast
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Guess if you don’t know the answer
  • Try your best!

Students will also have Social Advisory during the last period block of the day.

During the time of test administration, Seniors, looking at the home stretch of their high school career, will hear a presentation on the newly revised (this year) Senior Demonstration graduation requirement, have an opportunity to finalize their digital portfolios, and practice their Senior Demonstrations for Demonstration Day, which will occur on Wednesday, April 25.

If you have any questions regarding Tuesday, please do not hesitate to contact school administration. Another voicemail announcement is scheduled to be sent out tomorrow night (Monday, 4/9).

Administrative Updates:

-On Wednesday, April 11, RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner will be attending our SHS Parent Council meeting to discuss the necessary capital improvements needed in Rhode Island’s schools. The meeting will be at 7 PM. Please consider attending.

*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.

*Invitations have been sent to the first SHS graduating class, inviting them to this year’s commencement on the 50th anniversary of their own. In addition, a 50th class reunion is taking place on Saturday, June 16. We are happy to honor their legacy with the class of 2018! Please see the images below, and please contact SHS administration if you have any questions:

-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.

-A “Don’t Litter” Poster and Video Contest Flyer can be found here: Don’t Litter Contest. Submissions are due by Friday, April 13.

-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.



-Congratulations to Senior Ben Cortes on his induction into the prestigious RI Football “Golden Dozen”! ProJo Golden Dozen Article

-The Spring Athletic Season is upon us (even after all that snow!). Check out the Smithfield Baseball 3-2 Walkoff Win vs. Chariho!

-The SHS Science Department hosts an annual Rube-Goldberg Machine night, demonstrating the transfer of energy through project-based learning. It is always an awesome sight to behold, as our cafeteria is filled with giant Rube-Goldberg Machines. Congrats to all the students who participated, and thank you to the members of our science department for hosting this event! Check out this video (based on one of my personal favorite TV shows!): SHS Rube Goldberg “Stranger Things” Machine

-“The Office” Machine:

Other Important Dates:


-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


-Wednesday, April 11: Parent Council Meeting with General Treasurer Magaziner: Library Media Center, 7-8PM


-Friday, April 13: Senior Oratorical Contest


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


-Wednesday, April 25: Senior Demonstration Day



Photo Highlights:

-SHS Students at the RISD Museum and Nature Lab:

-SHS School Resource Officer, John Ricciarelli, speaking to our Intro to Criminal Justice students about proper procedures:

-SHS Teacher Preparation Academy students preparing engaging lessons for our Playschool students:

-SHS World Language Students enjoying Spanish culture by participating in Flamenco Dance lessons!

Flamenco Video

-SHS Students at the “Gotta Have Sole” charity presentation:

-Students inspired by Smithfield’s Women Leaders at the “Dream It Be It” panel:

-We truly appreciate the outstanding work of our Senior Class Advisors, Mr. Snow, Mr. Thibodeau, and Mr. Russillo! (Backstreet Boys snap):

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.”


Go Sentinels!



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