The Sentinel Legacy 5/21/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 5/21/18


During our Top 10 Breakfast today, an annual tradition at SHS, I was reflecting on meeting our students as they entered Gallagher Middle School as 6th graders. I was serving as the GMS assistant principal at the time, and my first task was to organize the 6th grade orientation. As students stated their future college plans, I was filled with pride from the outstanding achievements and success these students have displayed. It has been my privilege to watch these students progress into young men and women who will truly have an effect on the world. This sample of students is indicative of an extremely strong class here at SHS. Their legacy of achievement, coupled with a culture of Sentinel pride, will be truly remembered here.

Thus is time. Back when they were eager and energetic sixth graders, they were already on the path to greatness. It is like a ball thrown at a high trajectory. We see and anticipate where the ball will be at the conclusion of the throw. We see into the future by looking into the past and present. Our job as educators is to ensure that our expectations are for everyone to complete the journey safely and productively. We aim so that every throw reaches its mark. Lofted by their hopes, time is simply the story of how they get there, and makes the journey all the more worthwhile. On a personal note, I will miss this journey with the Senior class, but will always smile at the memories that preserve my time with them.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-We are closing on the end of the year. We want everyone at SHS to finish strong in these closing weeks! In keeping with this, this document (SHS End of Year) provides the exam schedule, and highlights important dates.

Administrative Updates:

-Tonight, 5/21, at 7PM, SHS will be hosting our annual Honors Night. Congratulations to everyone receiving deserved recognition tonight! We do have one change to the program, as the Sentinel Academic Excellence Award and the Sentinel Pride Awards will now be given at Graduation. This will help to further recognize the prestige and legacy of these two honors.

-On June 1, members of the Senior Class will, dressed in their graduation caps and gowns, “walk the halls” of each of the schools in the district. I’d like to thank Durham School Services for providing two buses free of charge in order to help us with this event! This new tradition will show the significance of graduation to all of our younger Sentinels, and will show educators throughout the district the results of their work!

-We have two upcoming golf tournaments to support our Hockey and Baseball teams:

June 3: Hockey Golf Tournament: Hockey Flyer

June 10: Baseball Golf Tournament: Baseball Flyer



-On Friday, May 18, Student Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), in conjunction with Madame Dempsey’s drama club social advisory, took part in a Mock DUI Crash representation. We thank the Smithfield Police Department, Smithfield Fire Department, Willy’s Towing, SRO Ricciarelli, and school nurse Cathy Riley, for making this event a sobering reality of the dangers of driving under the influence: Channel 10 WJAR Article

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-Highlights from our annual SHS Evening of the Arts:


-Best of luck to Matt Laboissonnierre and Noah Morin on pulling off the upset of the #2 seed to play in the State Tennis Division Doubles Championship on Sunday!



-Congratulations to Addie Schwartz on her drawing, Image of Adeline, winning 2nd place in Congressman Cicilline’s statewide art contest! Congrats to Sierra Vecchito and Liliana Zapata on their participation as well!


-Congratulations to the following students were notified that they received the Rhode Island Family & Consumer Science Association Kathleen Hird Scholarship. Each of them will receive $500.00!


Kadra Powers

Megan Mignanelli

Nicole DerAnanian


-Congratulations to Jared Boudreau on receiving the Mary Hughes Sportsmanship Award! Jared plays third base and pitches on the SHS Baseball Team!


Other Important Dates:


-Monday, May 21: SHS Honors Night: 7PM


-Friday, May 25: SpringFest Music Festival in the courtyard: 4-9PM


-Friday, June 1: Class of 2018 Walk the Halls Event

Senior Prom @ The Omni Providence


-Tuesday, June 5: Graduation: 7PM @ Bryant University Gymnasium


-Friday, June 15: Last Day of School


Photo Highlights:

-Beautiful day at the SHS Golf Range for Unified Physical Education Class!

-Sentinel Singers performing before the Town Budget Meeting:

-Some fun at Junior Prom. Mrs. Barry received this hot dog and fries as a joke dinner from her uncle, the chef at Alpine. I sent it to another table of students. This is what I got back (Haha!).

-SHS Signing Ceremony! Congrats to all of our outstanding student-athletes!

-SHS Playschool Graduation (This is a highlight of the year!)

-Fun times at the SHS Junior Prom!

-SHS Modern World History and Graphic Design classes pairing up for a joint project!

-Smithfield Teacher of the Year receiving her Crystal Owl: Congrats Mrs. Russillo!

-Taylor Cobain highlighted as the WPRI 12 Hometown Hero! (Video Link)

-Meghan Kiernan and Bryce Moroni receiving Civic Leadership Awards from RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea!

-Sentinel Singers performing at the State House!

“How did it get so late so soon?”

-Dr. Seuss

Go Sentinels!



The Sentinel Legacy 5/1/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 5/1/18

“Lincoln and Vision”

During April vacation, I had an awesome opportunity to celebrate the wedding of a family member with a reception in Abraham Lincoln’s Cottage, located on the Armed Forces Retirement Complex in Washington, D.C. As a lover of history, I was humbled and awestruck to be in the presence of the historic place where the Emancipation Proclamation was first drafted. Lincoln utilized the cottage as a refuge and home for two years during the Civil War, surrounding himself with the veterans wounded by battle. He lived among them, recognizing that their sacrifices were innately tied to the divided nation over which he presided. However, his vision saw reunification. It rose above the conditions of the time to transcend the conflicts, and view a society of Americans that were inherently free. His vision affected his world in profound ways.

Last Wednesday, our Senior students performed their final graduation requirement in completing their Senior Demonstrations. Though this presentation, students reflected upon their current and future impact on the world around them, and how their experiences at Smithfield High School affected their vision of themselves. The presentations were truly inspiring, uniting their personal reflections with their passions and futures. To hear how students have overcome their personal obstacles, and grow into their own Sentinel legacy, illustrates their powerful, individual stories of pride and triumph.

In my own reflections, and through speaking to our students, it is the context of these individual stories that is truly amazing. Each student has carved out his or her own path through the fabric of life, connecting with numerous paths and people along the way. In essence, the learning piece from these presentations is not that they have come to the same point, but that they have completely unique and individual paths to reach the end of their high school experience. Just as Lincoln became Lincoln through the context of his times, each of our students become who they are through the context of their lives. Each is precious, each is different, each is memorable, and each is dependent on the connections and circumstances of their experiences. As educators, it is our mission and hope that we have positively shaped their experiences and wisdom, so that they may leave ready to impact the world around them.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-We are approaching the midway point of the 4th quarter, with progress reports coming out next week.

-Interesting article from ASCD that affects many of the systems we evaluate as educators. Our current students face many changing dynamics in the face of declining opportunity due to workplace automation: Design Thinking

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.

*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.



-Science Olympiad: Congratulations to the SHS Science Olympiad Team on finishing 2nd at the state competition! With Gallagher finishing first overall, it truly is a great reflection on the continuity of science instruction in the district, and the devotion of our teams and advisors. Well done!


-RI Econ Challenge: Congratulations to SHS Academy of Finance Members on their 2nd place finish in the state RI Econ Challenge! Below is a picture of two students, Quinn Douglas and Michael Martello, representing their team at the RI State House!



-Mock-Tail Competition: Congratulations to the members of SHS SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) chapter on finishing 1st place in a statewide Mock-tail competition, sponsored by MADD, and hosted by AMICA in Lincoln. Smithfield High School came in first place… for the third year in a row! We are very proud of how our students represented Smithfield High School, and how they presented the mission to increase awareness of the dangers of underage drinking!


-NCWIT: Congratulations to Kendra Ezeama and Autumn Leamy for receiving awards from the National Center for Women & Information Technology! These two inspiring students are role models for young women entering into the field of computer science and information technologies!



-College Signing Day: On Wednesday, May 2, the following students will join other throughout the nation by participating in an official signing of letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level! They are:


  • Luke Alexander – Tennis; Assumption College
  • Taylor Cobain – Lacrosse; St. Anselm College
  • Alec Devine – Cross Country & Track; Wheaton College
  • Maggie Hickey – Soccer; Roger Williams University
  • Katie Martin – Field Hockey; Roanoke College
  • Una Treanor – Cross Country & Track; University of Rhode Island


Congratulations to all of our outstanding student-athletes playing at the next level!


Other Important Dates:


-Tuesday, May 1: World Language Honors Night: 7PM


-Wednesday, May 2: College Signing Ceremony: 2PM in gym


-Monday, May 7- Friday, May 11: Teacher Appreciation Week


-Monday, May 7: Playschool Graduation


-Tuesday, May 8: Town Budget Meeting in Auditorium: 7PM


-Wednesday, May 16: SHS Music Concert: 7-9PM


-Thursday, May 17: SHS Evening of the Arts: 6-8PM


-Friday, May 18: Junior Prom at Alpine


Photo Highlights:

-Senior Hannah Dauray bringing her Sentinel Pride, and maybe on a quest for a lost ring (Lord of the Rings reference)…in New Zealand! Way to conquer the mountain!

-Congratulations to the SHS Unified Team on an outstanding season!

-SHS played host to a statewide Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles competition!

-Students at SHS hosting a regional computer science competition (Thank you, Mr. Deslauriers, for all of your work!)

-Smithfield Public School, Police, and Fire representatives speaking at a school safety forum with parents and community members

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”


Go Sentinels!