Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Weekly Update 11/23

Thanksgiving Day Football is at North Providence this year!  Game time 10:30 am.  Dress warm!

Yesterday SHS celebrated our first pep rally in the refurbished gym.  BIG thank you to the Student Council for organizing the event.  

I saw this on twitter recently.  Awesome quote!

On behalf of the faculty and staff at SHS, I wish the entire Smithfield Community a safe and restful Thanksgiving Break.  See you on the 28th!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekly Update 11/18

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

Our Alumni Day Project originally scheduled for November 22nd has been postponed to December 20th.

First quarter grades were finalized this past Tuesday. Please visit the Parent Portal to review your child's grades. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's school counselor. If your child received three or more F's they are ineligible for the second quarter.
Good luck to the SHS football team.  They play in the Division III semi-final game at 10:30 on Saturday, November 19th at Burrillville.

Next week is a two day week. No school on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Thanksgiving football is at North Providence this year. Game starts at 10:30 am. 
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for December 8th. More details to come.
I would like to give a BIG shout out to the SHS Counseling Department for organizing a career fair for our tenth graders last week.  Led by Mrs. McGinnis and the Career Fair Advisory Board, our tenth graders had the opportunity to learn about a number of exciting career opportunities.  Check out the article in this week's Valley Breeze.

SHS recently partnered with Smithfield Recycling Coordinator Melissa Chaput on a fun project. Students from a variety of clubs and athletic teams painted recycling bins which will be placed around the SHS campus.  Thank you Mrs. Chaput for reaching out to us on this project.

I recently came across this great video about the impact teachers have on students.  Very thankful for the hardworking teachers at SHS!

Congratulations to SHS Senior Ally Beaton.  She signed her national Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Assumption College next year.

Have a great weekend! 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Weekly Update 11/11

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds."   --Lincoln

This week's SHS Faculty PD

Congratulations to the SHS football team for their victory last night in the quarter final playoff game. We await the results from today's games.  Semi-Finals could be Friday or Saturday next weekend.

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month.
Class of 2017 Patricia Bubis
Class of 2018 Kristopher Ramos
Class of 2019 Shane Briggs
Class of 2020 Jacob Lawton

Big thank you to Detective Greg Catlow from the Smithfield Police Department for presenting the components of A.L.I.C.E. to our students this week!  I am proud of the partnerships SHS has with SPD, SFD, and EMA.  We work together to ensure student safety!

Interesting article about class ranks.  Are they needed?  Do they still make sense?  If you are interested in talking more about this please reach out to Mr. Kelley.

In case you missed it this week, I was granted a leave of absence for the 17/18 school year so that I may serve as President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  You may find more information here.

SHS Student Council has your SHS gear. Check out the new selections. Makes great Christmas presents!

It was an emotional week at SHS due to the election. Many strong opinions and view points were discussed. I addressed the students, teachers, and staff with a brief statement that I compiled from a few different sources.  I felt their words were relevant to SHS and the feelings many were working through this week.  Here is a portion of my statement to the students, teachers and staff.

As our nation moves forward, let us remember to be kind to one another. Listen to each other. Move toward understanding and respect the rights of every person.
At Smithfield High School, we will always continue the great American tradition of being an inclusive and accepting school– a school that embraces the freedom of speech, as well as protecting the civil liberties of all.

During the course of the week I came across many great quotes and statements. I collected a few for this week's Weekly Update to share. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Because we’ve adopted a “fast-food” approach to forming opinions these days, most are uninformed and irrelevant.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Weekly Update 11/4/16

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

Week of November 7th has two days with no school.  Here is the schedule for this week.  We packed a lot into a short week!

Tough weekend for SHS athletics.  Boys and Girls soccer were eliminated from the state playoffs.

Girls and Boys Cross Country will be participating in the the state meet on Sunday, Nov. 6th.  Best of luck to our runners.

The RIIL will be finalizing the football playoff schedule on Sunday, Nov. 6th.  It looks like we will have a home playoff game on Friday, November 11th.  Check the school calendar later in the week to confirm.

Mr. Barrette and I recently sent the following message to all four classes. It is an important reminder for our students regarding technology use.

"Hello! Mr. Barrette (Director of Technology) and I would like to share a few reminders regarding technology use. As discussed with you and your parents when you received your Google account and Chromebook, we expect that students will use technology tools appropriately. As required by applicable laws and local policies, the school and district uses web and content filters to keep Smithfield students safe when students use certain inappropriate words or phrases in email messages and documents (including the comments in the documents). These filters notify the high school administration. This causes us to pull you out of class to have a conversation about appropriate technology use, causing you to miss important class time. Please keep this in mind moving forward. Your school account is your professional account. Please use it in this way. Thank you."

Please get out and vote on Tuesday!
Have a great week!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Weekly Update 10/28


This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Congratulations to Kayla Ezeama who was one of five winners of the 2016 RIBBA Scholarship. Here she is with Robert Caine, Smithfield's Director of Parks, Recreation, and Grounds.

Be sure to check out the school calendar for the week of November 7th.  Strange week.  Lot's of days off.

First Quarter ends November 3rd.  Report cards finalized on November 15th.

The Smithfield Special Education Advisory Committee will be hosting their first meeting on November 10th from 6-8 pm at McCabe.  More info may be found here.

SHS is redesigning the school newspaper.  Check out our first edition of The Creative Corner.

Best of luck to girls and boys cross country teams who will participating in the Class C meet today at Ponaganset.  Girls at 1:30.  Boys at 2:00.

Soccer games next week:
Wednesday girls, home @ 6:30
Friday boys, home @ 6:30

Winter sport start dates:
Girls Ice Hockey opening date is Monday, November 14, 2016.
Boys Ice Hockey opening date is Thursday, November 17, 2016.
All other sports Monday, November 28, 2016. 

Here is a great article for our student-athletes and their parents who are considering playing sports after high school.  

Our physical science honors students completed their bridge projects this week.  Here are some highlights.  You check out video footage courtesy of Mr. Hopkins here. 

The SHS Hockey Booster Club is hosting a Pasta Supper Fundraiser on Thursday Nov. 10th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the PAC (Portuguese American Club) 32 Fenwood Street. Cost is $7.00 per person or family of 4 for $25.00.  More info may be found here.

We are making progress on the SHS gym.  The bleachers were recently finished.  All we have left is the new water fountain, bottle filling station, and new backboards.  A BIG thank you to the school committee and the town council for supporting this much needed project.  

Have a great week!  
Please keep in mind that Halloween is NOT a dress up day at SHS!  

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekly Update 10/21

Wisdom is knowing that every single person that you meet knows more about something than you do. Seek random collisions.

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

First quarter ends November 3rd.  Get your missing work in!

The week of November 7th will have a different schedule.
11/7   ALICE Presentation - Grades 11/12
11/8   No School - Get out and vote!
11/9   Blood Drive & ALICE Presentation Grades 9/10
11/10 Career Fair - Grade 10
11/11 No School - Veterans Day

Mr. Spring hosted a Mock Trial this past Friday.  Students argued the merits of a construction case.

Students in Mrs. Dubuc and Mrs. Hall's classes had an amazing opportunity to visit Textron Aviation. They learned about the airline industry and had an opportunity to sit in a helicopter!

SHS alum, Anthony Marsella won his second professional fight this past weekend.  Check out the latest article on Anthony.

Winter China Exchange Opportunity for High Schools
Bryant University is looking for families interested in hosting an 11th grade student for two weeks this winter.  See info below:

In February 2017, the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University will bring in a group of 6-10 high school students (11th graders) from Beijing No. 35 High School for a 2-week winter camp to participate in the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT) on February 18.

We’d like to provide this opportunity to students and teachers at a Confucius Classroom high school for in-depth culture and education exchanges.

Before the program:
· 6-10 American high school students will be paired with Chinese students.
· Students will start writing to each other in November.

During the program (tentatively Feb. 8-18):
· 5 host families from the high school will host Chinese students. The program will provide subsidy to host families for food and transportation ($30/student/day).
· During the school day, Chinese students will go to same classes with their American buddies and exchange ideas/knowledge/perspectives with American students and teachers. The program will pay for Chinese student lunch in school.
· Every day after school, Bryant will bus Chinese students to Bryant campus for math training/workshops for competition (2 hours/day). Their American buddies are invited to join the workshops if they are interested.

After the program (spring and summer):
· American and Chinese student and family friendships will continue.
· A sister school relationship can be established with Beijing No. 35 High School.
· Beijing No. 35 High School welcomes American high school student group to visit and is willing to provide reciprocal hosting in Beijing, including host families, classes and culture tours in Beijing.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Weekly Update 10/14

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

I would like to give a shout out to the coaches and parents of the girls and boys soccer teams for hosting successful pink out games recently.  The love and support for our cancer survivors is appreciated by the community.

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month
2017 - Matt LaForest
2018 - Luke Alexander
2019 - Megan Kiernan
2020 - Grace Horton

Our new pep band made their first public appearance at last night's football game.

Check out this awesome video from SHS student Angelo Zaccagnini.  It is slow motion video from a project in Mrs. Russillo's Intro to Engineering course.

A few members of the girls tennis team celebrating a victory.  Photo courtesy of Mr. Lenore.

Grades 10 & 11 will be taking the PSAT's this Wednesday.  We will be adjusting the schedule that morning.

The NHS Induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 20th in the auditorium.  It also happens to be Senior Night for the girls soccer team.

Senior Night for the football team will take place on October 21st.  Pre-game ceremonies will begin at approximately 6:40.

The RIDOE approved new diploma system regulations this week.  Here is a summary of the regulations from RIDE.  SHS will be reviewing the new regulations and make adjustments as

Council approves new Diploma System

On Tuesday (October 11), the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education unanimously approved revisions to the Rhode Island graduation requirements that give students more personalized “ownership” over their high-school diploma.The revisions to the Secondary School Regulations eliminate the use of standardized assessments as a statewide graduation requirement.

The revised regulations retain the requirement that graduating students demonstrate proficiency through a “performance-based assessment,” such as a senior project, exhibition, or portfolio of work. For the first time the regulations specify that the scoring criteria for these assessments must be “aligned with high-school, level state-adopted content standards and applied learning standards.”

The revised regulations also contain a section on “improving literacy and numeracy” for students performing below grade level; the previous regulation focused only on students reading below grade level.

The revised regulations leave unchanged the requirements for course completion: 20 courses including 4 in English, 4 in mathematics, 3 in science, 3 in social students, and 6 determined locally.

Under the new regulations, students can earn a Commissioner’s Seal by demonstrating their proficiency in literacy and mathematics on the statewide assessments or on other assessments, such as the SAT. At a later date, the Council will approve a list of assessments and the performance level students must attain to earn the Commissioner’s Seal.

Students can also earn optional Pathway Endorsements, such as a Seal of Biliteracy, by demonstrating their learning in a topic of personal interest (e.g., world languages, science and technology, public service, career-technical education). Following guidance that the R.I. Department of Education will develop, local school districts will establish lists of Pathway Endorsements that their graduates can earn, as well as the criteria for demonstrating learning (e.g., completion of a series of courses, completion of an advanced or experiential learning project, earning industry-recognized credentials).

The revised Diploma System will go into effect for the Class of 2021 (today’s 8th-graders).

RIDE is in the process of developing a new system for school and district accountability, which may include the percentage of graduates earning the Commissioner’s Seal or Pathway Endorsements to measure school and district success.

Our new diploma system provides a menu of options for students, recognizing that one size does not fit all. The diploma belongs to the student, not us. The new Diploma System lets students personalize and own their diploma as it will better reflect their interests and strengths.

Under a new accountability system, we may set goals to encourage schools to increase the percentages of graduates earning these designations. We are moving to a system that holds schools and districts accountable for helping more and more students navigate personal pathways through the K-12 system that reflect their strengths, interests, and levels of achievement that prepare them for college and the 21st-century workforce.

Have a great week!