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.

Highlights:

 

-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.”

-Aristotle

Go Sentinels!

#SHSLegacy

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The Sentinel Legacy 3/25/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 3/25/18

 

“Mission”

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: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/ride 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.

Highlights:

 

-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!

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 3/4/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 3/4/18

“Us”

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 .

Highlights:

 

-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! https://www.r-word.org/

-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!

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 2/21/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 2/21/18

“We Need to Do Something”

In conjunction with my administrative team and support staff, we shared this announcement (part of the full announcement) over the loudspeaker:

As we share our thoughts and sentiments with the Douglas High school community, the school that endured yesterday’s tragedy in Florida, it is important to remind ourselves of own procedures. Firstly, Smithfield High School is truly a wonderful high school, with a strong school community of positive relationships. Ultimately, the best safety precaution we have is to ensure that no one goes through Smithfield High School alone, isolated, and separated. We are all in this together. We are a Sentinel family. We need to support those who are upset, and recognize that the strength of this school is in the power of the connections we develop with each other: teachers, students, and staff alike. Remember the words from our Sandy Hook Promise assembly: “It starts with hello.”

Secondly, it is important to reiterate the phrase: “If you see something, say something.” No incident, such as the one that occurred yesterday, happens in isolation. If someone is upset, say something. That person deserves the right to come to school and feel supported. If someone indicates a desire to harm someone, whether emotionally or physically, say something. If something on social media causes concern or raises a flag, say something. As educators, we’d rather have a thousand proactive conversations before something happens than the one reactive conversation after it is too late to change course. Right now, there are many people questioning if they could have done something more to stop the unfortunate event at Douglas High. Again, we are all a part of the Sentinel family, and need to look out for one another.

In the next couple of weeks, we still have to perform our regular safety drills. Please note that SHS is a safe place, and we perform these drills to ensure that we have the safest possible environment for our school. Just remember that we need to stick to our safety procedures, make sure that we practice all of our drills properly, and ensure a safe environment for everyone. If you have questions, please feel free to ask. The more we are informed, the better prepared we are.

Thank you to everyone for all you do to make SHS a great high school.

Positivity, relationships, and outreach are an immediate “do now”, which can result in successful interventions to prevent these tragedies from occurring. This does provide one of the most effective proactive measures we can do as a school, and mirrors the theme of the Sandy Hook Promise presentation that occurred during our Respect Week.

However…

Let me say with the utmost emphasis that THIS IS RIDICULOUS. We are living not in a world, but in a country, whereby we have to prepare for (and seek to proactively prevent) lethal, premeditated danger, because it happens with such a degree of frequency that we cannot relegate school shootings to the once in a lifetime incident that should have ended with Columbine. Nationwide, movements are forming. There is a growing momentum building. Some are calling for specific actions. Others for laws. Still others pushing back, receding into the realm of the status quo. With that, I turn to this educational community.

As a father, educator, principal, colleague, and friend, I cannot tolerate that we will pursue the status quo. I will not, after another set of childrens’ and educators’ lives lost, share that we sit idly by and share sentiments until the next school shooting occurs. I urge everyone to follow your hearts, pursue your instincts, follow your convictions, and seek action, as we as a nation are facing a fundamental crossroads. Since 1999, a time I remember well as a senior in high school myself, when Columbine nearly forced school closures across the country for days due to absenteeism for fear of replication, there have been numerous (approximately 25 by strict definition) fatal active school shootings at elementary and high school levels. We need to do something.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

 

-The 2nd semester is underway. Please note that the end of quarter 3 is on March 27th. From today, our seniors have four months left of their high school careers. This is an important academic stretch for our students. Though the “in process” grade shows up-to-date quarterly averages, please note that we will be doing a “progress report” posting next week.

-Our course selection process for current SHS students begins on Friday, 2/23, with course selection sheets being distributed during Alpha Advisory on Friday. During all lunches, we will be having our annual Course Selection Fair to highlight the various programs that SHS has to offer. Our SHS Program of Studies site has been updated to increase ease of use.

GMS 8th graders will receive their course selection sheets on Friday, March 2.

If you have any questions regarding the course selection process, please contact your student’s guidance counselor or school administration

Administrative Updates:

-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

-Please check out these resources from the RI Dept. of Health regarding flu and norovirus prevention: RIDOH Resource

-The revised school calendar can be found here: School Calendar. The last day of school is June 12. SHS Graduation is still June 5.

-Barnes and Noble is having a contest that honors your favorite teacher and why he or she has had such an impact on your life. Students are allowed to provide a poem, essay, or thank you letter, recognizing your favorite teacher’s contributions. Each Barnes and Noble store is submitting a written piece to the national competition. Written pieces will be posted at a My Favorite Teacher event in April. Please see the details attached.

The deadline for submission directly to the store is March 2nd. You may also turn in submissions to Mr. Hopkins by Wednesday, February 28, and he will deliver them to the store.

Please consider honoring the great work your teachers do on a daily basis! Let Mr. Hopkins know if you have any questions.

B&N Links:

My Favorite Teacher Link 1

My Favorite Teacher Link 2

My Favorite Teacher Link 3

-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 .

Highlights:

-Congratulations to #12, Taylor Cobain, on becoming the ALL-TIME Leading Scorer for the Lady Sentinels Basketball Program!

And, also, congrats to Taylor on being named the Showcase Cinemas Student Athlete of the Month for January!

-Students from SHS took it upon themselves to hang “Kindness Slips” around the school to promote positivity in the wake of last week’s tragedy. Great work!

-Fun Video from Mr. Lenore to lighten the mood: A Tasty Bite of 2018

Other Important Dates:

 

-Friday, 2/23: SHS Course Selection Fair

-Monday, 2/26: RI Dept. of Transportation ThinkFast Interactive Presentation on

“Distracted Driving”

-Tuesday, 2/27: Mid-point of the 3rd Quarter

-Friday, 3/2: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Presentation

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

Photo Highlights:

-SHS teachers and students showed up in force to support our new student, ZiTong Qi, as she performed a Chinese classical dance at Bryant University’s Lunar New Year Celebration!

-Thirty French language students went to Anna McCabe to teach the beauty of language to our elementary school students:

-Reading Across Rhode Island book distribution The Hate You Give, with a presentation by Rick Metters, Vice President of RI Public Affairs and Corporate Community Relations for Fidelity Investments.

-Boys and Girls Basketball Senior Nights photos:

-Some more costume shots from Fiddler on the Roof:

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

-Einstein

Go Sentinels!

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 2/5/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 2/5/18

“Questions”

Smithfield Public School educators recently had the pleasure of working with community members to begin to establish a cohesive vision for the future of education in this town. This strategic planning process, aided by Future Search facilitation, identified group priorities as we begin to take our ideals for our students, and plan them into action. In my reflections, I would like to pose some reflective questions that pertain to the success of our students. Some questions are merely a call back to essential educational principles.

For your consideration:

  • What are the common and essential skills or characteristics that we want every Smithfield High School graduate to possess?
  • How are we creating a variety of paths in order to ensure that every student maximizes their learning, and successfully graduates?
  • What are the priorities that we want our students to display in their adult lives?
  • How can we make high school a fun, enriching, and engaging experience for all students?
  • How must we adjust our instructional practices to inform us that each student “knows” the essential learning, and is able to apply it?
  • Jefferson said, “On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.” In education, what are our timeless principles, and with what societal trends must we adjust to the times?
  • The first iPad debuted April 3, 2010, eight years ago. We now walk around with limitless access to a virtual sea of knowledge. What will education look like eight years from now, and how are we preparing our students for the world eight years from now?

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

 

-The 2nd semester is underway. Please note that the end of quarter 3 is on March 27th. From today, our seniors have four months left of their high school careers. This is an important academic stretch for our students.

-A key component of being an effective student, in high school and beyond, is being efficient in academic work. Here is an interesting article that encourages students to study more strategically than “harder”: Study Strategy

Administrative Updates:

-Tis the season for the flu. Please check out these resources from the RI Dept. of Health regarding flu and norovirus prevention: RIDOH Resource

-One of our graduates from the class of 2017, Dan Ayriyan, is fighting his second bout with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Dan is an outstanding young man, and, as a Sentinel family, we would like to help him as much as we can. Please consider attending/donating to help him in this struggle. An upcoming event is being held on Sunday, Feb. 11. Please see the attached links:

Fundraiser for Dan

Dan’s Fundraiser Flyer

Dan’s Superbowl Wish

-Parent Council Meeting: There will be a Parent Council meeting on Wednesday, February 7, at 7 PM, in the library media center. Please come support this important group.

-There will be an Academy of Finance Open House on Thursday, February 15th, at 6:30. Please view our Invitation.

-The revised school calendar can be found here: School Calendar. The last day of school is June 12. SHS Graduation is still June 5.

Relay for Life Statewide Kickoff Event: Upcoming Relay for Life (fundraiser to fight cancer) kickoff on Wednesday, Feb. 7

-Fundraising initiative by an Anna McCabe student Jumping Rope to Fight Heart Disease

-Barnes and Noble is having a contest that honors your favorite teacher and why he or she has had such an impact on your life. Students are allowed to provide a poem, essay, or thank you letter, recognizing your favorite teacher’s contributions. Each Barnes and Noble store is submitting a written piece to the national competition. Written pieces will be posted at a My Favorite Teacher event in April. Please see the details attached.

The deadline for submission directly to the store is March 2nd. You may also turn in submissions to Mr. Hopkins by Wednesday, February 28, and he will deliver them to the store.

Please consider honoring the great work your teachers do on a daily basis! Let Mr. Hopkins know if you have any questions.

B&N Links:

My Favorite Teacher Link 1

My Favorite Teacher Link 2

My Favorite Teacher Link 3

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-We are well into the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information including schedules.

*The deadline to purchase a Senior recognition ad has been extended through February 15th. These recognition ads are a great way to congratulate your student in their yearbook. Yearbooks are also on sale through February 15th. Visit ​Jostens.com​ to order your senior ad and yearbook before the February 15th deadline.

Highlights:

 

-Great article in ProJo about our legendary Coach T!

-Awesome spotlight article on SHS alum, Toni Bongiorno, on her computer science work at URI: Spotlight

-Congrats to Tyler Varin, and the SHS Boys Hockey team, on this game-winning goal vs. Moses Brown! Game Winning Goal

 

Other Important Dates:

-Wednesday, February 7: Parent Council Meeting (7 PM)

-Thursday, February 15: Academy of Finance Open House (6:30 PM)

-Monday, February 19: Presidents’ Day: No School

-Tuesday, February 20: No School

Photo Highlights:

-SHS Students job shadowing at RI Treasury

-Ducks in our new pond near the bonfire circle…taken today…

-2nd Quarter puck drop: Sentinels vs. Mount Saint Charles (#LTB)

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go Sentinels!

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 1/23/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 1/23/18

“Glory”

In certain moments, we can see the culmination of work, effort, perseverance, and dedication. Within our culture, we often see displays of glory on the fields of play, as our student-athletes surpass obstacles on their road to triumph. Recently, we had two such recognitions of great accomplishment associated with athletics. Tony Torregrossa, long-time educator, coach, and athletic director, achieved a milestone by winning his 800th game as a high school athletic coach. Last week, Taylor Cobain scored her 1000th point, anointing her as one of the best basketball players to walk the halls of SHS. These displays of strong work ethic and commitment result in victory, and the feeling of those glorious moments spread to all those who have the chance to witness them.

In schools academically, we educators experience these moments of “glory” on a smaller basis. Those moments when a student works to achieve, and those revelations after a student struggles to understand a concept are invigorating to educators. We see those small snapshots build until that glorious moment when a student walks across the stage, receiving their SHS diploma, and stepping out to make his or her mark on the world. We feel it. We celebrate it. We relish in the triumph of success. For those of us who have the honor to aid in the pursuit of greatness, we recognize that the path to glory is just as important as those fleeting minutes when one stands on top of it all as the pinnacle of achievement.

Congratulations to Coach T. and Taylor on their accomplishments!

Taylor’s 1000th point can be seen here: A Moment of Glory

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-*****The 2nd Quarter/1st Semester ends today, 1/23. Report cards for semester one will be available electronically on Wednesday, 1/31, at 8 AM, via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you would like a paper-based copy, please contact school administration.

-This is an interesting article about a nationwide discussion on grading. SHS has had a great relationship with the New England Secondary Schools Consortium (NESSC) and the League of Innovative Schools (LIS): Will Letter Grades Survive?

Administrative Updates:

-Barnes and Noble is having a contest that honors your favorite teacher and why he or she has had such an impact on your life. Students are allowed to provide a poem, essay, or thank you letter, recognizing your favorite teacher’s contributions. Each Barnes and Noble store is submitting a written piece to the national competition. Written pieces will be posted at a My Favorite Teacher event in April. Please see the details attached.

The deadline for submission directly to the store is March 2nd. You may also turn in submissions to Mr. Hopkins by Wednesday, February 28, and he will deliver them to the store.

Please consider honoring the great work your teachers do on a daily basis! Let Mr. Hopkins know if you have any questions.

B&N Links:

My Favorite Teacher Link 1

My Favorite Teacher Link 2

My Favorite Teacher Link 3

-Please see this important message from Tri-Town Community Action regarding aid with heating costs this winter: Tri-Town Community Action

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-We are well into the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information including schedules.

-Check out our SHS Interactive Map, provided at the SHS Showcase, that has interactive links to highlights from all SHS Departments: SHS Interactive Map

*The deadline to purchase a Senior recognition ad has been extended through February 15th. These recognition ads are a great way to congratulate your student in their yearbook. Yearbooks are also on sale through February 15th. Visit ​Jostens.com​ to order your senior ad and yearbook before the February 15th deadline.

Highlights:

 

-Congratulations to the following students on their fall sports honors!:

Boys Soccer

All State 1st Team

Matt Laboissonniere

All State 2nd Team

Nick Cerroni

Academic All State

Matt Laboissonniere

All Division II 1st Team

Matt Laboissonniere

Nick Cerroni

Joe Paiva

All Division II 2nd Team

Quinn Judge

Eric Santos

Diego Zarraga

Harrison Maio

All Division II 3rd team

Jayce Thompson

All Tournament

Nick Cerroni

Matt Laboissonniere

Harrison Maio

Girls Soccer

All State 1st Team

Maggie Hickey

All State 2nd Team

Riley Hart

All Division I 1st Team

Taylor Cobain

Hannah Dauray

Abigail Leveille

Abigail Proulx

Sarah Melaragno

All Tournament

Olivia Lasorsa

Katie Pezaris

Sportsmanship Award

Olivia Lasorsa

Football

All Division III 1st Team

Ben Cortes (RB)

Zach Pinault (LB)

All Division III 2nd Team

Trevor L’Italien (QB)

Austin Galinelli (DL)

Mike Desimone (K)

All Division III 3rdTeam

Dante Lewis (DE)

Jordan Cardoso (WR)

Girls Cross Country

All State 1st Team

Una Treanor

All State 2nd Team

Ashlyn Maio

All Class B 1st Team

Una Treanor

All Class B 2nd Team

Ashlyn Maio

Boys Cross Country

All Class B 1st Team

Blake Cafaro

All Class B 2nd Team

Alec Devine

Girls Tennis

All Division I – Met B 1st Team

Isabella Baffoni

All Division I – Met B 2nd Team

Lauren Fortier

Juliet Batek/Meghan Kiernan (Doubles)

Kara Brush/Casey Derderian (Doubles)

Field Hockey

All Division I 3rd Team

Katie Martin

All Division I Honorable Mention

Anna Orticerio

-Congratulations to SHS Hockey Goalie, Hogan Nelson, on being named the ABC6 Sports Play of the Week for his play vs. LaSalle!

Other Important Dates:

-Tuesday, January 22: End of the 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

-Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27: Smithfield Public Schools Future Search Strategic Planning

-Wednesday, January 31: Electronic Report Cards available through Parent Portal at 8AM

-Monday, February 19: Presidents’ Day: No School

-Tuesday, February 20: No School

Photo Highlights:

-Members of Pinterest Social Advisory getting into the winter spirit!

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”

-Napoleon Bonaparte

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 1/2/18

The Sentinel Legacy: 1/2/18

“Resolutions”

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a restful and rejuvenating holiday break with family and friends!

Every year, in celebration of the new calendar year, we establish new resolutions designed to change some aspect of our lives. Some are new initiatives, while others rekindle a goal or mindset from a previous time. Here are a few professional resolutions of mine:

  • We have worked to continue the SHS legacy of being a fun and inclusive high school. I will remain resolute in focusing on a positive school culture that provides the groundwork for academic growth
  • I will work to ensure that all SHS students grow academically, socially, and personally
  • I will collaborate to provide opportunities for our students to continue to contribute to the ongoing Smithfield High School legacy

For my students searching for a resolution, I humbly offer one from my teaching days. A struggle during adolescent years is to honestly and truly grasp one’s own identity and become comfortable with oneself despite social and personal pressures. I always offered to my students the advice that you do not need to seek to change the world. Become yourself, and the world will change for you. I encourage everyone to become who you are meant to be and remain resolute in your commitment to yourself.

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-Please note that the end of the 2nd quarter/1st semester is on Friday, January 19. Please encourage your students to take appropriate preparations in the final push of the semester.

-Very interesting article, from the Washington Post, examining human behavior in setting and keeping New Year’s resolutions:

The science of keeping your New Year’s resolution

Administrative Updates:

-Please see this important message from Tri-Town Community Action regarding aid with heating costs this winter: Tri-Town Community Action

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-We are well into the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information including schedules.

-Check out our SHS Interactive Map, provided at the SHS Showcase, that has interactive links to highlights from all SHS Departments: SHS Interactive Map

*The deadline to purchase a Senior recognition ad has been extended through February 15th. These recognition ads are a great way to congratulate your student in their yearbook. Yearbooks are also on sale through February 15th. Visit ​Jostens.com​ to order your senior ad and yearbook before the February 15th deadline.

Highlights:

 

-Faculty Holiday Performance: “Mrs. Young and the Sentinelves”: Faculty Performance

Meet the Sentinelves: Holiday Edition: Meet the Sentinelves!

-Congratulations to Boys Basketball player Justin Tedeschi for being named the Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill SHS Athlete of the Week for the week ended December 24th!

Justin came off of the bench to score 22 points and help lead the Sentinels to their first league win of the season 66-61 over St.Raphael’s. The sophomore made nine field goals, including three 3-pointers, on the night.

-Congratulations to Hailey Beaulieu and Hallie Stanton-Mancini who were named our November and December Students of the Month!

Other Important Dates:

-Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

-Friday, January 19: End of the 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

-Friday, January 19: SHS Winter Ball @ Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Highlights:

 

-SHS Winter Concert: Excellent Performances by the Band and Chorus

-Member of our SHS First Responder Fitness Classes attending the RI Municipal Police Academy Graduation. Congratulations to our new Smithfield Police Dept. graduates!

-#SHSElfontheShelf

-Physical Education Dept. hosting their annual Winter Wonderland in the gym!

-SHS Students participating in nationwide Hour of Code

-SHS Holiday Week pics:

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.”

– T.S. Eliot

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The Sentinel Legacy 12/11/17

The Sentinel Legacy: 12/11/2017

“It Never Made Sense to Me”

A crucial component of being an educator is developing a strong sense of empathy and sympathy for students, while focusing on the key factors that will develop this student into a successful person. The recognition of students’ perspectives is an important piece in order to lead to this success. Whether it be academic, personal, or emotional, we are called to meet students where they are in order to lead them to where we want them to be. Every so often, I reflect back on the days when I walked the hallways of my high school. I find it amazing how seeing a situation or hearing a song can trigger vivid memories from yesteryears. I remember the anxiety of adolescent life, whereby your social persona was the ultimate factor in navigating the mire of high school. I remember the teenage angst which called for rebellion against whatever (current psychology research the healthy and necessary function of this in establishing one’s own identity: Rebellion Article). I remember the impassioned calls of emotion from life’s struggles and triumphs, and certain songs that encapsulated teenage musings (Smashing Pumpkins wrote most of my personal teenage anthems). I remember that simply being a teen was glorious and tragic and boring and exciting and lonely and connected and disillusioning…all at the same time.

Above all, I remember the feeling of wanting to crawl out of my skin at times from the pressure of academic expectations, and the boredom of sitting for upwards of six hours a day. I understand that this is not everyone’s recollection or experience, but if asked how many of us would do high school all over again, there would be a sizable proportion with hands by their sides. It never made sense to me that we would take these people with a massive range of excitable emotions, and have them sit and listen for upwards of six hours per day. What I’m thankful for is that educational practices (widespread throughout the country) are truly beginning to change where this is not the case. At Smithfield High School, we strive to focus on interactive and engaging programs to teach students through experiences. We work to harness the energy and enthusiasm of our students, and utilize their passion to create a meaningful impact on our community. My hope is that as, twenty years down the line, as our current students are reflecting on their high school experiences, they are able to reminisce fondly of a time that engagingly pushed them to become the successful leaders of tomorrow.

A few items to note:

Academic Updates:

-11th graders will have access to their PSAT score report on Wednesday, December 13th. Score reports are available by logging into his or her college board account. All students will participate in counselor-led informational sessions on how to interpret their score report, and ways to improve their academic skills for future testing. For a more detailed perspective on the score report, please go to http://www.collegeboard.org.

Additionally, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will be participating in PSAT and SAT testing in the spring (April 10). College Board, in conjunction with Khan Academy, offers instructional, educational videos that are tied to students’ score reports. Please refer to the college board website for additional details.

-In addition to the resources at Code.org, a MIT program named Scratch provides some phenomenal interactive programs to learn coding. If interested, please check out: https://scratch.mit.edu/.

-ASCD article about the need for Mental Health training for educators (correlates with our work with NAMI during Respect Week): “Who in Your Class Needs Help?”

Administrative Updates:

-The Smithfield High School Music Department proudly invites you to their winter concert on Tuesday, December 12, at 7 PM, in the Smithfield High School Auditorium. Donations are welcome, but not required. Delicious Holiday Cookie Trays will be for sale to benefit the Music Department. Hope to see you there!

-Please see this important message from Tri-Town Community Action regarding aid with heating costs this winter: Tri-Town Community Action

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-We have begun the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information, including schedules.

-Check out our SHS Interactive Map, provided at the SHS Showcase, that has interactive links to highlights from all SHS Departments: SHS Interactive Map

-A special thank you to the Senior class, and to the Senior class advisors: Mr. Snow, Mr. Thibodeau, and Mr. Russillo, for an outstanding SHS Fashion Show! Rave reviews from all! The amount of work and time put into this event is incredible, and it is truly appreciated! Fashion Show Valley Breeze Article

Other Important Dates:

-Tuesday, December 12: SHS Band and Choral Performance: 7-9 PM

-Wednesday, December 20: Alumni Day

-Winter Theme Days:

Monday, 12/18: Red and Green Day

Tuesday, 12/19: “Swinter” (Summer/Winter) Day

Wednesday, 12/20: Polar Express (Flannel) Day

Thursday, 12/21: Holiday Character Costume Day (and the return of Elf on the Shelf…looking for other elves for this year)

Friday, 12/22: Ugly Holiday Sweater Day; Assembly 9:25-10:52; We will have social advisory the entire last period of the day; Schedule forthcoming

Highlights:

-SHS students and staff participating in the Smithfield Holiday Parade:

-Spanish 3 students participating in a virtual museum project:

 

 

 

“Youth has no age.”

-Picasso

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 12/4/17

The Sentinel Legacy: 12/4/2017

“More than a Week”

-Today we wrapped up an outstanding RESPECT week with a presentation by Cindy Elder, Exec. Director for the RI chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Our speaker series, coupled with our RESPECT day, which focused on mechanisms to increase self-respect as well as outward respect, provided an incredible jumping off point to increase awareness and discussions on a variety of topics related to acceptance, inclusion, and well-being. Some personal reflections on the week:

-Being a person with an academic background in social studies, I was intrigued with Dr. Almandrez’s statements regarding the hidden narrative of society related to elements of diversity, especially the connection to the blanketing over Native American history and tradition within local areas.

-Empathy often begins with a call for help.

-Respect for oneself is fundamental to respecting others, and personal well-being is crucial to developing positive interpersonal interactions

-Tai-Chi, Yoga, and mindfulness exercises work, and work well, in managing stress

-Conflicts can and should be avoided, unless there is injury to a person or people mentally, emotionally, or physically.

-There is a difference between being civil and being polite. Civility can exist in conflict, whereas, in certain instances, emphasis on being polite can undermine the necessity for honest discussion

-Kindness can be the silver lining that shines in the midst of tragedy

-The most important step towards inclusion is to identify when someone is struggling, say hello, and include.

-We are a Sentinel community!

In the wake of a rejuvenating and thought-provoking week, we must recognize that this week only encapsulates a snapshot of the larger picture. For us, as a community, the concepts of acceptance, inclusion, and respect must live on for more than a week, and be the foundation upon which our community grows and endures throughout our lasting legacy.

-On Friday, the Smithfield school community lost an exceptional educator and person, as Kathy Walsh, long-time teacher and librarian, passed away.  Her obituary can be found here: Kathy Walsh.

I was honored to know Kathy as a truly caring and compassionate person, who was devoted to children and education.  She is a true Smithfield legacy, and she will be missed.

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-This is a great article about the necessity for a shift in professional practice in education: “It’s Time to Throw Out the Playbook”

-On Friday, 12/8, SHS will be participating in the annual “Hour of Code”, which teaches basic programming to students throughout the country. More information can be found here: https://code.org/. Currently, according to NEIT (New England Institute of Technology), there are over 2000 IT jobs currently unoccupied in Rhode Island due to the lack of qualified applicants.

Administrative Updates:

-Please see this important message from Tri-Town Community Action regarding aid with heating costs this winter: Tri-Town Community Action

-Please consider awarding SHS A+ fundraising donations through the simple use of your Stop and Shop card! Information on how to link your card to SHS fundraising Stop and Shop Fundraising Program:

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (English)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Spanish)

Stop and Shop A+ Fundraising Instructions (Online)

-Representatives from NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) will be conducting a presentation for parents, entitled Parents and Teachers as Allies, from 5:30-6:45 in SHS Media Center. This presentation is similar to student and teacher presentations being conducted by NAMI this week at SHS.

-We have begun the winter athletic season! Please check out our Athletics Page for additional information, including schedules.

Meet the Sentinels: Ep. 4: Coach Jackson and Nakayah Dagraca

-Congratulations to 7 of our SHS Music students for being accepted into an Rhode Island Music Educator’s All-state ensemble! The audition process is highly rigorous and selective. These students will participate in a festival concert with students from around the state in March. Congratulations!

  • Maia Bowker – Band
  • Max Votolato – Band
  • Zander Semerjian – Orchestra
  • Meghan Mitchell – Chorus
  • Abby Sayles – Chorus
  • Darianna Perez – Chorus
  • David Alexander – Chorus

-Check out our SHS Interactive Map, provided at the SHS Showcase, that has interactive links to highlights from all SHS Departments: SHS Interactive Map

 

-Congrats to Alex Collins, Ryan Lane, and Alec Devine on their Academic All-State Honors for Cross Country! Well-done!

 

-Our annual SHS Senior Fashion Show will be on Friday, December 8, from 7-10 PM! Tickets for the show are available at all lunches!

-Very thankful at our SHS Showcase to have guest chef Jonathan Poyourow, an Assistant Professor in the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University, cook alongside our students as part of our Family Consumer Science program. He, along with JWU and SHS students, made pasta from scratch, with three different sauces alongside it. He was formerly a division dietician in the US Army,and can articulate how different sports require different nutritional needs, what — and when — athletes should eat for optimal performance, food’s healing factors and the proper balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Poyourow also hosts biweekly Cooking with Class segments on Providence NBC affiliate WJAR Channel 10. His areas of expertise include Athletic Performance Cuisine, Culinary Nutrition, and Military Fitness Nutrition.

 

Other Important Dates:

-Monday, December 4: NAMI Presentation Ending the Silence: See above; Parent Presentation Parents and Teachers as Allies from 5:30-6:45 in SHS Media Center

-Thursday, December 7: No School: Professional Development Day

-Friday, December 8: SHS Hour of Code

-Friday, December 8: SHS Fashion Show: 7-10 PM

-Tuesday, December 12: SHS Band and Choral Performance: 6-9 PM

-Wednesday, December 20: Alumni Day

Highlights:

 

-RESPECT Week:

 

-Dr. Almandrez, Dean of Students at Brown University, speaking to the SHS student body on the topics of diversity and inclusion

-Positive student affirmations from a session on Eating Disorders and Body Image

-Presentation on creating a safe, supportive, and respectful school for LGBTQ students

-Presentation from US AG Investigator and Retired State Trooper, David Neill, on the effects of substance abuse and substance abuse prevention

-Anti-Bullying presentations side-by-side with a “tinkering” as a positive stress management mechanism

-Self-Defense session with SRO John Ricciarelli, and his father, assistant director of the municipal police training academy, David Ricciarelli

-Using Art as a stress management mechanism

-Session on Diversity and Inclusion with Mrs. Santana and Mrs. Daniels

-Yoga Session with Mrs. Janani Sakthivel

-Respect Day Presentation by representatives from Mastery Martial Arts

-Pictures of multiple sessions from Respect Day, with our Respect Day coordinator, Mrs. Barry!

 

 

-Ernie Jean-Baptiste, Presenter from Sandy Hook Promise, teaching our students about kindness by Starting with Hello!

 

 

-Cindy Elder, Exec. Director of NAMI RI, speaking to our students about Mental Health Awareness:

 

 

-SHS Showcase Pics:

 

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”

-Tolstoy

#SHSLegacy

The Sentinel Legacy 11/22/17

The Sentinel Legacy: 11/22/2017

“Give Thanks”

I’d like to acknowledge one of our Sentinels, Tori Richard. Tori is a 9th grade student who organized a Christmas card creation campaign for a boy named Jacob Thompson. Jacob had been fighting an aggressive form of cancer. One of his wishes was that, as he would not see Christmas this year, he would receive Christmas early in the form of handmade Christmas cards. Unfortunately, though he received many cards from across the country, including many created at SHS and sent by Tori, Jacob passed this week. The link to Jacob’s story is here: Jacob’s Legacy

During this time of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for students like Tori who take it upon themselves to aid in the mission to help those in need. Honoring Jacob’s wish, and bringing awareness to Jacob’s story, is an inspiring moment in our legacy to which Tori and her fellow students contributed. These students showed the difference between being thankful and giving thanks, as their appreciation for others led them to service and charity. Thank you to Jacob, who inspired kindness, innocence, and compassion in a world that is desperately in need of all three.

Personally, I am thankful for my family, for my opportunity to be a part of the Sentinel family, and for the memories shared throughout this journey.

A happy Thanksgiving to all! Enjoy the time with family and friends!

A couple of pictures of the cards produced by our students:

A few items to note:

Academic Update:

-We have an outstanding series of events planned for the next week, beginning on Monday. Next week will be RESPECT week, kicking off on Monday with a speaker on the subject of diversity, Dr. Mary Grace Almandrez, who serves as a Dean of Students for Brown University.

On Tuesday, 11/28, we have an incredible program planned for our annual RESPECT Day, which will occur in a new format. Students, throughout the course of the day, will participate in six different seminar sessions covering a variety of topics related to RESPECT, and strategies for success. We have multiple staff members and numerous community volunteers leading sessions.

Check out the session list here: SHS Respect Day Schedule

On Monday, 12/4, representatives from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be conducting a schoolwide assembly entitled Ending the Silence, which brings awareness to Mental Health needs and supports.

At Smithfield High School, we work diligently to focus on the education of the whole person, and work to ensure that our educational program and supports aid in continued success. If you have any questions regarding our program, please do not hesitate to contact us.

-Side note: Really interesting op-ed in the New York Times: Kids, Would You Please Start Fighting?

 

Administrative Updates:

-On Thursday, November 30th, we will be hosting our first ever SHS Showcase from 6-8pm throughout the school. We invite members of the community and prospective students to attend this event, which will highlight the great clubs, activities, academic work, and school engagement that SHS has to offer. Mark your calendars, and spread the word!

SHS Showcase Video: https://youtu.be/Z1PDZKuLdPc

SHS Website: www.shsri.org

SHS Career-Tech Ed. Site: cte.smithfield-ps.org

SHS Showcase Flyer https://goo.gl/PpmRVV

-A NEASC Parent/Family Survey email was sent on Tuesday, November 21st. If you did not receive the email, please contact the high school administration.

The link can also be found here: NEASC Family Survey

Your input is greatly needed as we build our NEASC Self-Reflection/School Improvement Plan!

-Please see this important message from Tri-Town Community Action regarding aid with heating costs this winter: Tri-Town Community Action

-Please note that MySchoolBucks.com, our student cafeteria account provider, is increasing its convenience fee for deposits from $1.95 to $2.49 per payment. Additional information regarding this change will be sent from their organization on November 27th.

-Please join us for our Thanksgiving Football game at 10:30, as the Sentinels face the North Providence Cougars in our traditional rivalry.

-Great video from a Spanish 4 Class using in-house “Green Screen” technology: El Aeropuerto

-On Friday, 12/8, SHS will be participating in the annual “Hour of Code”, which teaches basic programming to students throughout the country. More information can be found here: https://code.org/

Other Important Dates:

-Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Day: Football at home vs. North Providence (Senior Recognition Game)

-Monday, November 27: Dr. Mary Grace Almandrez, who serves as a Dean of Students for Brown University, presenting to SHS on the subject of diversity

-Tuesday, November 28: RESPECT Day: See above

-Monday, December 4: NAMI Presentation Ending the Silence: See above

-Thursday, December 7: No School: Professional Development Day

-Friday, December 8: SHS Hour of Code

Highlights:

-French students at Crepe cafe and concert:

-Thank you to Senior Evan Benoit who organized a makeover of our courtyard as part of his Eagle Scout Project! Looks great! Thank you, Evan!

-Students from our CTE Academies presenting our programs to 8th graders at Gallagher. Thank you to all the students who presented!

-Movie Night at SHS: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off #LifeMovesPrettyFast

-Sgt. Hodge from the U.S. Army presenting an award honoring all military service men and women who came from Smithfield High School. Thank you to all veterans for your service, and for your sacrifice!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Have a great weekend!

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others.”

-Cicero

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