Sunday, February 26, 2017

Weekly Update 2/24/17

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

Congratulations to SHS teacher and coach John Marchand for being named the 2016 RI State Coach of the Year and the 2016 Northeast Sectional Coach of the Year for outdoor track.  This award is from the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.

Smithfield High School girls swimming won the Division III State Meet.  They were also selected to receive the John Stoyoko Memorial Sportsmanship Award presented by the Rhode Island Swim Officials Association.  Congratulations!

Check out this great video from SHS Junior Kadra Powers highlighting the blanket project.

Our freshmen physical science students showcased some excellent work on their Rube Goldberg
machines last week. Fantastic work from our PS teachers!

8th Grade Open House will take place Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6-8:30 pm at the high school.

Boys hockey qualified for the state tournament as a #3 seed.  They play LaSalle Friday night.  Time and location TBA. Game two in Smithfield on Saturday.

Have a great week!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekly Update 2/17/17

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!

No school Tuesday!  All staff report for Professional Development Day!

Last week's SHS Faculty PD.

Staff - This Thursday will be the second dress down day to Support Meg and her fundraising efforts for the Leukemia Society.

In case you have not had the opportunity, check out this great video from Dan A. He is battling cancer as well.  Inspirational video!

Check out our Students of Month for January!
2017 - James Varin
2018 - Nicole DerAnanian
2019 - Grace Robitaille
2020 -  Katie Chan

Sorry to report that Kris LaTour passed away this weekend.  Here is the message from the principal of McCabe, Cathy Pleau:

It is with a very heavy heart that I share that Kris LaTour has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.

The family is asking for privacy, but truly appreciates all that has already been done.

We will continue to accept donations for the McCabe Family and Friends Fund, as well as gift certificates for food, clothing, etc.

Let those you love know that you always keep them close to your heart....

Thank you for your support!

Please keep the LaTour family in your thoughts and prayers!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekly Update 2/10/17

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

Girls basketball game 2/10 POSTPONED!

Boys hockey vs Burrillville on 2/10 IS ON!  8:30 at Smithfield Rink

Girls hockey vs. Cranston on 2/10 IS ON! 8:00 pm at Cranston Rink

Boys basketball will host a make-up game on Saturday afternoon (2/11).  JV at 12:30.  Varsity at 2:00 pm.

Girls hockey vs. Cranston on 2/11.  7:00 pm at Smithfield Rink.

Boys hockey vs LaSalle on 2/11.  8:30 @ Smithfield Rink

Here is Mr. Lenore's latest video!  Girls Soccer

Recently, construction students & others learned about apprenticeships and project management from Bruce Iannuccillo & Bernie Tremel. In addition, they practiced assembling pipes & concrete forms. Thank you Mr. Iannuccillo for supporting our students!

Smithfield School Committee will host their second budget hearing on Tuesday, February 14th at 6 pm.

SHS is still looking for boys lacrosse coach for this spring.  Also, looking for a football coach for the fall.  Check out Schoolspring for details.

Mrs. Frezza, our Parent Council President, would like to remind everyone that they have a Fnny4Funds Comedy Fundraiser coming up.

On Saturday, February 18th at The Last Resort doors open at 5:30pm, show to start at 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person. Raffle prizes include great baskets and gift cards!

Please send an envelope to the school with cash/or checks made out to *SHS Parent Council* marked Funny4Funds with your name on the outside of the envelope. Once I receive the envelope I will make sure you receive your tickets. You may also purchase tickets at the door that evening.

All funds raised will be used to support the Parent Council with all their activities throughout the year.

This will be a great night for fun and laughs! Please spread the message to family and friends.

No School for Students 2/20 & 2/21!

Keep an eye on the weather for next week.  Potential for more winter fun.  As of today, graduation is June 13th and last day for underclassmen is 6/15.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekly Update 2/3/17

This week's SHS Faculty PD

Big game for the Sentinel Hockey team tonight (2/3). 8:30 at the Smithfield Rink vs. Mount St. Charles. WEAR GREEN!

Sorry to report the Punxsutawney Phi saw his shadow yesterday...6 more weeks of winter.
The latest edition of The Creative Corner has been released.  Check out some great work from our

Second quarter and semester grades have been finalized. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the portal on Infinite Campus to review grades. Students who received three or more failing grades are ineligible and may not participate in athletics effective 2/3/17. If you have any questions about your child's grades please contact your child's school counselor.

An SHS parent recently informed me that they received a letter from an organization named c3Workshop.  The letter states that the parent and student are scheduled to participate in an education group presentation followed by a group interview to help determine college eligibility and financial aid eligibility.  Parents should be cautious regarding letters like this.  SHS does not endorse this group.  If you receive a letter similar to this, I recommend that you speak with your child's school counselor before you agree to anything.

The Family & Consumer Science Department asked staff for their favorite recipe that you might make to celebrate the Super Bowl.  The FCS students examined the recipes to see what changes might be made to the recipes to adhere to the wellness policy of Smithfield. They commented on the recipes to maybe lower the calories, change the nutritional value, etc.  The recipes were compiled in a cookbook that each contributing staff member received a copy of.

Mr. Lenore finished editing his latest sports video!  Thank you Mr. Lenore for all the time and effort you put into these videos.

The Smithfield School Department has their first budget meeting on Tuesday, February 7th at 6 pm in the high school library.

Our wrestling team is hosting their annual tournament this weekend.  Come out to support them!

The SHS Parent Council is hosting a Funny4Funds fundraiser on February 18th.  More info may be found here!

Have a Great Weekend!  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

My Thoughts From Inauguration 2017

On January 20, 2017 I was fortunate to be in the Washington DC area for the inauguration of Donald Trump.  I was unable to attend the inauguration ceremony during the day, but I was fortunate to be invited to one of the 45 Inaugural Balls that took place on Friday night.  NASSP was one of the many educational organizations that sponsored the Celebrating Education in the Digital Age Inaugural Ball. This was the only Inaugural Ball for those passionate about education.  I thought I would share a few takeaways from this quick trip to D.C.

Somber Times - The mood in Washington was somber and at times sad.  I watched portions of the last two inaugurations on television.  They seemed to have more of a celebratory tone to them.  The 2017 inauguration did not.  The President's speech was dark.  It did not leave a positive feeling in my gut.  At the Ball, the somber mood continued.  I commented a few times that people attending seemed sad. Granted, there was a heavy democratic slant in the room and the recent confirmation hearing of Betsy Devos cast an ominous look at the future of education.  Even some of the Republicans in the room shared their doubts and concerns about the future of public education.  The party went on, people had a great time, but you could sense worry about what the next four years might look like for education.

Protesting the President - On the morning of the inauguration, we watched local news channels report on peaceful and violent protests.  100 protesters engaged with police and military personnel around 13th and K street.  Tear gas, flash bangs, riot gear and smoke bombs were used.  Protesters threw rocks and bricks.  Trash cans were lit on fire.  A limousine was destroyed and lit on fire.  It was surreal to watch.  When we left for the ball, we drove within a block or two of this protest.  Needless to say, I was a little concerned as we were driving by this event in our own limousine.  At each block, there were armored vehicles and military personnel.  The additional security added to the strange and somber mood of the day.  

Emergency Personnel - It was amazing to see the amount of police and military personnel utilized to keep everyone safe.  I am grateful to all of them for their service.  

The Inaugural Ball - I had a great time with my wife, Michelle.  She loved getting all dressed up for a date night like no other.  We met a lot of great people involved in technology education.  Discovery Education, Apple, Learning First Alliance, and iCivics offered great insights into their products and vision.  Michelle and I were disappointed that Sandra Day O’Connor was too ill to attend the ceremony.

Rhode Island Connection - It was great to see Rhode Island’s Chief Innovation Officer Richard Culatta at the Ball.

NASSP - I enjoyed spending time with the advocacy staff from NASSP.  Amanda, David, and Zach pour their heart and soul into their work.  I appreciate all they do for principals across the country.  

We headed back to Rhode Island on Saturday as thousands of women descended upon Washington for the Women’s March.  As I reflected on the plane, I couldn’t help but think that now, more than ever, principals around the country need to advocate for our profession.  

Monday, January 30, 2017

Weekly Update 1/27/17

SHS Faculty PD 1/20/17
SHS Faculty PD 1/27/17

The first semester ended on 1/25.  Teachers are finalizing grades this week.  Everything should be finalized by 2/3.

Second semester courses have begun.  If students have a "hole" in their schedule they should see their counselor ASAP.

I recently posted about an awesome collaboration between the art and tech departments.  Mrs. Hall's students are designing jewelry (rings and bracelets) and Mr. Starring's students are taking the designs and putting them into SolidWorks so they can be generated on the 3D printer.  Here are some of the final products. 

Congratulations to the boys hockey team.  Their win over Hendricken last Friday night was a big one for the program.  For the first time in the history of the program, SHS has victories over Mount, LaSalle, and Hendricken in the same season.  SHS takes on Mount at home this Friday at 8:30.  Keep up the great work boys.

Great quote from my Twitter feed: "'s easy to disregard & dismiss what others think...true progress is made when you sit down & talk & see their perspective."

SHS alum Anthony Marsella has another boxing match this weekend at Twin River.  Good luck Team Marsella!

Interesting article on class rank

SHS is looking for a lacrosse coach and an assistant tennis coach for the spring.  If anyone is interested they should check out Schoolspring or reach out to the athletic director.

Just a reminder students do not have a week off for February break.  There is a long weekend.  No school for students and staff on February 20th.  No school for students on February 21st.  All staff report on Feb. 21 for a PD Day.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekly Update 1/13/17

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

No school Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Day!

Mr. Lenore has released his latest video.  Check out the football highlight video.  Thank you Mr. Lenore!

Had the opportunity to visit a combined class this week.  Mrs. Hall ("A" in STEAM) and Mr. Starring (Mechanical Drawing) are collaborating on a unique project.  Mrs. Hall's students are designing jewelry (rings and bracelets) and Mr. Starring's students are taking the designs and putting them into SolidWorks so they can be generated on the 3D printer.  Cannot wait to see the final products.

School Committee meeting on Tuesday, January 17th

School Committee budget meetings will take place on the following dates:
2/7    6 pm
2/14  6 pm
2/28  6 pm if needed

Winter Ball is January 20th at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

SHS Travel Club has four spots open for the Washington DC trip in April.  More info may be found here.

"Don't just strive for greatness, strive for significance"