Thursday, October 5, 2017

An Update From Mr. Kelley...

Hello Sentinel Nation!  I hope everyone has had a great start to the school year!  I know it's Spirit Week and Homecoming this week.  I wish you all the best during this exciting week.  I miss all of you and look forward to catching up soon!

Mrs. Dimuccio asked that I send out an update of my travels the last few months.  I thought I would share some highlights and a few pics.

I have really enjoyed my time meeting principals and visiting schools across the country.  I have been fortunate to visit Philadelphia, PA,  Phoenix, AZ, Killington, VT, and Portland, OR.  I have made many visits to the Washington, DC area.  In the next few weeks, I have trips scheduled to Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Nebraska.

A great deal of my work is representing principals at state and regional meetings, advocating on Capitol Hill, and providing professional development.  I have met so many great school leaders and some fascinating students in my travels.  

In Philadelphia, I attended the National Principals Conference.  I spoke in front of over 3,000 school leaders during the closing ceremonies.  In Vermont, I worked with 300 principals and had an opportunity to go to the top of Mount Killington!  In Portland, I met with the state leadership teams from the Northwest part of the country including Hawaii and Alaska,  I was fortunate to visit one of the top schools in Portland.  They have 1400 students in a building built for around 700.  They eat lunch on the floor in the hallways.  I witnessed classrooms with 35 students in an oversized closet. The culinary classes used the school's kitchen because they did not have their own space.  They offered world language courses in Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Arabic!  The German teacher was teaching two different sections of German in the same room.  It was amazing to see how they made it work.  Students were highly engaged and doing some great work.  

My last trip to Washington was a memorable one.  My trip began with a visit to our national office in Reston, VA.  We held an orientation for our incoming board members.  I led portions of this training.  I recorded a video for National Principals Month--which is this month, by the way, so take a moment to thank your principals for all they do to make SHS an awesome place to work and learn! I then had the opportunity to work with the Principals of the Year from each state across the country.  I collaborated with the 2017 Principal of the Year, Tom Dodd, on an EdCamp for the group.  That evening we hosted a celebration for the winners.  Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was present to acknowledge the winners.  I was fortunate to get a 15-minute private meeting with the Secretary and our Executive Director, JoAnn Bartoletti.  You can read more about that meeting in this blog post.  The following day we went to Capitol Hill to advocate for school leaders and a number of bills important to our work in education.  I had the great pleasure of attending the Vermont meeting.  Our group spent about 15 minutes with Bernie Sanders.  We discussed a number of issues including Title II, the opioid crisis, and the expanding roles of school counselors.  After the Sanders meeting, we ran into Senator Al Franken from Minnesota.  He is a strong supporter of education and was nice enough to take a quick photo with us.  Some of you may remember Senator Franken from his days on Saturday Night Live (For the students reading this blog, Google “Stuart Smally.”).  The following day, I went back to Capitol Hill with the three finalists for Principal of the Year.  We met with a number of staffers from the House and the Senate to discuss education issues impacting our schools.

I have really enjoyed my first few months in this new role.  The travel is challenging for my family and I appreciate the sacrifices they make to keep it all together.  I have been following social media and email to keep up with all the great things happening at SHS.  I wish you all the best this fall and I do look forwarding to catching up with you soon!  Take care! 

Speaking at Principal of Year Ceremony.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti.

Outside Senator Bernie Sanders Office.

POY's from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Germany.

A random meeting with Senator Al Franken in the hallway.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

On To New Challenges!

Well after 11 years as principal of Smithfield High School, I will be taking a leave of absence to fulfill my role as President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). This is a great opportunity to work on a national stage, supporting school leaders across the country. I am extremely excited to begin this new role.

SHS is in excellent hands!  Mr. Hopkins will step in as interim principal.  Ms. Murphy will continue her role as assistant principal and Mrs. Tammy Koller will be joining our team as assistant principal. I know they will do a great job over the coming school year.

My email will still be active.  If I may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you all for your support!  See you in the summer of 2018!

Weekly Update 6/16/17

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!  SHS wishes you all the best with your post graduate plans.

Please visit our YouTube channel for the latest videos from our graduation ceremony.

If you have not had a moment to check out the senior video, here is the link.  Thank you Mr. Lenore for another great year of videos!

Information for summer reading and AP/EEP summer packets may be found here.

If you child requires summer school, please click here for more information.  

SHS Counselor Janet McGinnis accepted her award this week from the Rhode Island Association of Admission Officers. Mrs. McGinnis is the Distinguished School Counselor of the Year!

The SHS staff ended the year on a positive note with a cookout on the last day.  This has become an annual tradition with the staff.   

The SHS Freshmen Mentors hosted the Class of 2021 for an ice cream social this week.  The current 8th graders heard from current sophomores and juniors about the high school.  They also had an opportunity to sign up for fall sports.  

Head Football Coach Cy Butler addressing the Class of 2021

Community Service Opportunity - Duffelbag Bash for kids is a DCYF project running this summer. The purpose of this event was to provide all youth their own personal suitcases/duffelbags when moving from a placement, whether it be to another group home, to a foster home, etc… This was our way to ensure no kid has to transport their belongings in garbage bags, the way they most often are moving their possessions. Last year was a huge success and we gathered over 500 duffelbags, and hundreds of gift cards to be matched with each duffelbag for the child to purchase any necessities or items they may want. We are hosting the same event this summer on August 13 at the Matunuck Community Center. If you are interested in helping out please contact Mr. Kelley or Mr. Hopkins.

This is a message specifically for the incoming senior class from the school nurse...
To the Parent/Guardian of incoming Smithfield High School Seniors:
According to the Rhode Island Department of Health , School Health Regulations, all students entering the 12 grade ware required to have a booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday and a copy of a physical exam after their 16th birthday.
Please send in this documentation as soon as possible, prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing summer break!  Do your summer reading!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weekly Update 6/2

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Two more weeks of school! Senior exams begin 6/5/17. Undergrad exams begin 6/12/17. End of year schedule may be found here.

Congratulations to SHS school counselor Janet McGinnis!  She was nominated and selected as Rhode Island Association of Admission Officers Distinguished School Counselor of the Year!

Congratulations to Mrs. Katherine Young!  She is the SHS Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Mr. Marino at Winsor.  He was named the Smithfield District Teacher of the Year!

A BIG shout out to Bob Leachman on our custodial staff.  Bob retired last week after many years of service to the district.  Best of luck Bob!

Ms. Burke-Smith's Smithfield History class recently completed some blog posts that highlight many unique places in Smithfield and a little town history.  Check it out here.

Congratulations to all of our spring sports teams!  The athletes and coaches shared many successes.  

Congratulations to Kayla Ezeama for winning the state title in the triple jump this past weekend!

Senior Honors night is Monday, 6/5 at 7 pm.  Participating senior must wear their graduation robes.

Smithfield Financial Town Meeting will take place this Thursday (6/8) in the high school auditorium. It begins at 7 pm.

Click here for the senior memo.  It has all of the information for parents regarding graduation, tickets, and schedules.   

Our music students are doing another Cabaret this Friday, June 9th.  6 and 8 pm in the band room. Cost is $10.

Have a great week!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekly Update 5/26

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

No school Monday in observance of Memorial Day!

SHS Blood Drive 5/31.

Exam week and end of year calendar.

Prom picture information.

Smithfield High School is the host site for the Tri-Town Relay For Life sponsored by American Cancer Society. This event takes place on June 16-17th at the Smithfield High School track. Please check out the flyer for more information.

SHS hosted the Spring Music Concert this week.  Mrs. Young, Mrs. Chartier and Mr. Kane did a great job with the students.

SHS Alum Brady Greene was recently featured in a scholarship video for Northeastern University.  In the video he shares his appreciation for SHS teacher Jen True for inspiring him to major in chemistry in college.  Ms. True is another great example of the fantastic staff at SHS! Click here for the video.  

The SHS FBLA Academy held their Senior Send Off this week.   Best of luck to those seniors.

Our Childcare Academy held their annual Playschool Graduation Ceremony this week.  The entire ceremony may be found here.  The SHS students had another great year working with the children in our community.

Our French V students had a special treat this week and visited the Crepe Corner for lunch.  Mrs. Dempsey and the students shared some wonderful French food.  Crepe Corner was in the Valley Breeze recently.

SHS hosted Student Council and Class Officer elections this week.  Thanks to Mr. Zibelli students had an opportunity to elect their officers using voting machines from the Secretary of States office. This was a great learning opportunity for our students.  You can read more about it on our Facebook page.

Junior Prom tonight.  Senior Prom next Friday.  Please be smart.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Weekly Update 5/19

9 days left for seniors before exams.  14 days left for undergrads before exams.  KEEP GRINDING!

ICYMI - Click here for the end of year calendar and exam schedule.

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

No school Monday, May 29th!

BIG thank you to all of the teachers who organized the Evening of the Arts! We saw some great art work, heard some excellent music, and caught two awesome short plays. The winners from the art show are:
  • Leah DiCristefaro- 2-D Beginner
  • Addie Schwartz- 2-D Advanced
  • Gabe Chirinian- 3-D Beginner
  • Alex Guertin- 3-D Advanced
  • Maddie Greene- Sculpture/Usable Art
  • James Harvey- Best in Show
Do you know an 8th or 9th grader outside of Smithfield who might be interested in attending SHS? We are proud to announce that our three Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are now accepting applications for open enrollment from all students, including those from outside of the Smithfield School District. Our CTE programs include:
  • Engineering Technology Academy Pathway
  • Early Childhood Education Academy Pathway
  • Academy of Finance Pathway
For more information about any of our Academy Pathways, please contact  Application may be found on our website.

The Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries is looking for volunteers to assist with the maintenance of the 119 cemeteries in the Town of Smithfield.  This is a great opportunity for community service hours.  Please contact Mr. Buonaccorsi (349-4074) or Mr. Burns (447-0100) for more information.  Check out their Facebook Pag.
The SHS Business Department and the Academy of Finance hosted the 20th Spring Fest this past Friday.  It was a tremendous event with many alumni and current students performing.  

SHS Music Department proudly invites you to their Spring Concert on Tuesday May 23 at 7 PM in the SHS Auditorium. The concert will include our Chorus, Band, Jazz Band and Sentinel Singers. Come and enjoy our talented students, especially our graduating seniors.

As part of the ”Take Your Seat” Campaign, the Music Boosters will be selling engraved name plates - a great way to honor your student or family member.

SHS is proud to announce a few changes with the Leadership Team and in the Athletic Department.
  • Lynn Farren - Special Education Department Chair
  • Lora DiMuccio - Guidance Department Chair
  • Assistant Principal (1 year only) - Tammy Koller (Check out full press release.)
  • Head Coach Girls Basketball - Nicole Correnti
On Tuesday, May 16th, Officer Jon Ricciarelli was honored with the 2017 Police Officer of the Year Award from the Chepachet Grange. A major part of this award was for Officer Ricciarelli's extensive work with the Smithfield Police Explorers and his work in the community.

This is SHS's second award winner from the Chepachet Grange. SHS physics teacher Jack Hurley won the teacher of the year award two years ago. Congratulations Officer Ricciarelli!

Our Engineering Academy students have been spending time at Fay Butler's metal shop.  Our students receive some fantastic hands on training with Mr. Butler!

Our Early Childhood Academy held their spring board meeting this past week.

ECEA Members

ECEA Board

Attention Parents & Students - NASSP Virtual College Fair will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2017, 2pm-10pm ET. NASSSP expects to have 40+ colleges and universities available to engage our students and families, as early as grade 9, and student affairs administrators and financial aid experts available to support seniors on their way to college. All high schools and leaders with whom NASSP has a relationship (Membership with NASSP, NASC, and NHS) are welcomed to attend. More information may be found here.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekly Update 5/12/17

Last week's SHS Faculty PD!

AP and PARCC testing is complete.  Science NECAP this week for juniors!

Important bus information for students using Mountaindale Bridge.

Spring Fest - Friday, May 19th in the Courtyard!

Mr. Lenore has released his latest video from the winter season.  Check out the hockey video!

Please join us in highlighting the 2016-2017 school year at our annual Evening of the Arts. This event showcases student work from many departments, including music performances, foreign language plays, student work displays, and the annual SHS art show.  We hope to see you there!
Here are the details:
  • Smithfield High School
  • Thursday, May 18th from 6:30-8pm
The two libraries in Smithfield have placed amnesty boxes in schools to recover overdue library materials. Overdue charges will be waived for all materials returned in the boxes. Students have until June to return the materials. 

April Students of the Month
Class of 2017 - Corey Mabray
Class of 2018 - Megan Mignanelli
Class of 2019 - Emily DiDonato
Class of 2020 - Zach Collins

The Smithfield Special Education Advisory Committee Touch a Truck event was rescheduled to June 3rd. Please check out the updated Flyer.

SHS has a new club. The Fishing Club met last week. SHS parent, Mr. Hafner, showed the kids how to make their own bass lures.

Attention Parents & Students - NASSP Virtual College Fair will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2017, 2pm-10pm ET. NASSSP expects to have 40+ colleges and universities available to engage our students and families, as early as grade 9, and student affairs administrators and financial aid experts available to support seniors on their way to college. All high schools and leaders with whom NASSP has a relationship (Membership with NASSP, NASC, and NHS) are welcomed to attend. More information may be found here.