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!



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