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!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Weekly Update 10/7

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

No school Monday, October 10th to celebrate Columbus Day!

Check out this great video from aerial_photography2.0.  Thank you Scott Bouchard for capturing the experience!

Best of luck to our Boys and Girls Cross Country teams participating in the Wickham Park Invitational in CT this weekend!  

The Town of Smithfield is looking for poll workers for the November election. Please review the following details if you are interested.
  • The contact at the town hall is Lyn Antonuccio, Deputy Town Clerk, at 401-233-1000, ext 112. The person has to be 18 or older and attend a class at the town hall to learn what will be their responsibility on Election Day. The class will be in a week or two. The students will need to be registered voters. They will have to report to their assigned district (there are six locations) by 6:00 AM and work until 9:00 PM. They will receive $135.00 for the day and will receive both lunch and dinner.
Check out Mrs. Young and Mr. Lynch's US History displays on the Immigrant Experience.  Nice work!

The Alumni Project is back.  Recent graduates are invited to come back to SHS to share their story.  Please click here for more information.

There has been a great deal of media attention regarding clowns in the news this week.  We are hearing many stories and rumors but no clowns have been spotted at SHS.  As you know, SHS works closely with the Police, Fire and EMA regarding the safety of our students.  We will continue to monitor the situation but in the meantime please reassure your children that they are safe at SHS.  If you have any questions feel free to contact the school.  If you encounter any clowns, please contact the police department.  


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Weekly Update 9/23 & 9/30

My apologies for not providing a weekly update last week.  We had so much going on at SHS I just simply ran out of time.  The 50th Anniversary Celebration was a tremendous success.  It was great to meet so many proud alumni!  The weather was great, our sports teams performed well, the band and chorus sounded fantastic, no one got hurt in the alumni soccer game, and the Gala was rocking. Thank you to all of the alumni who were able to join us last weekend.  We are proud of the traditions you helped create at SHS.  We look forward to continuing your strong legacy.  I also want to thank all of the folks who volunteered their time with the many activities offered last weekend.  We could not have pulled it off without you.  Let's not wait another 50 years to celebrate SHS!

SHS Faculty PD 9/23
SHS Faculty PD 9/30

Check out this great review on SHS student Grace Viveiros who recently made her professional debut in Arcadia.  Congratulations Grace!

Congratulations to our 2016 Homecoming King & Queen - Brian Goodwin  & Alyssa Ricci!

Please join me in welcoming Yemel Santana to the SHS Faculty.  Ms. Santana is joining us from Mt. Pleasant HS.  She will be teaching Spanish.

Congratulations to Ms. Lora Calise for recently winning a Golden Apple Award from Channel 10 and Hasbro!  Check out the video clip from the 6 o'clock news this week.

No School Monday, October 10th.

Student Flu Clinic is Tuesday, October 11th.  Parents received an email with additional information.

Be sure to check our school calendar for all updates.

Highlights from the 50th Celebration Weekend!
Shout out to the SHS Tech department and senior Alex Casinelli for making the awards for the Hall of Fame winners.  The wood came from the old high school bleachers.  Nice work!


Battle of the Bands
SHS and GMS Staff Jamming

Decades Museum

 Thank you Patricia Bubis, Eily Jones, Matt Laforest and Vin Zibelli for a great trip down memory lane!

5K Race
Big shout out to the Lion's Club for their support and for allowing us to use their course. Performance Physical Therapy was also a key sponsor for this event!  Here is video clip of the start of the race!

First Place Male - Barry Bates 
 First Place Female - Trish Hillary

SHS Teacher Katherine Young
Pre Race Instructions

Members of XC Team!
The Hawkins Clan Pre-Race!
GMS XC Team!
Post Race Photo


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekly Update 9/16/16

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Exciting and busy week ahead.  It is Spirit Week at SHS.  Check out the Spirit Week schedule of events.  We also have the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  You can check out the most current schedule of events here.

The Class of 2020 received their Chromebooks this past Friday.  Our Director of Technology, Paul Barrette, provided a brief training for the students as well.  I would like to thank Mr. Barrette, Mike Rush, JoAnn Robitaille, Allyson Angell, Lori Larrivee, and Luigia Solda for all of their assistance prepping and distributing Chromebooks to our students.

If your child did not pick up their Chromebook it was because they did not have the signature sign-off page.  You may find this document on our website.


Late bus will begin Monday 9/19 and will run Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday. Scheduled arrival @ SHS 3:12, leaving by 3:15, going to GMS, leaving GMS 3:30

Class of 2019 Car Wash - September 18th 10:30-2 @ Fast Freddies

Mr. Deslauriers took a group of SHS students to the EmpowerRI Technology Conference this past Saturday.  Our students made presentations on app design and creation.

Congratulations to XC and Track Coach John Marchand for being selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Girl's Coach of the Year for the state of Rhode Island for the 2016 Track & Field season.  Well done Coach Marchand!

As I mentioned earlier, this is a big week for Smithfield High School.  I hope you can join us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary.  On behalf of the teachers, staff, and administration, I would like to thank the Smithfield community for supporting SHS and our students.

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Weekly Update 9/9/16

This week's SHS Faculty PD courtesy of

BIG shout out to the teachers, staff and students for handling the heat and humidity this week!  Tough to focus when your classroom feels like a swamp.  Weather looks better next week!

SHS Open House will take place on Wednesday, September 14th from 6-8.  Click link for more information.

Chromebook Update for Grades 10 & 11

Chromebook Update for Grade 9

NO SCHOOL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th.  Primary Election day!

We need runners for the SHS 50th Anniversary 5k. Only 12 have signed up as of 9/5. Registration info may be found at 

Spirit Week Info

Check out the Class of 2017 showing some love for the 50th anniversary celebration.  Thank you SHS Alum Scott Bouchard for the excellent drone work.  You will see more of Scott's work during the celebration weekend!

Check out the list of events for the 50th anniversary weekend of 9/23-9/25. 

Congratulations to SHS Student-Athlete Brian Goodwin!  He was honored Friday night during halftime by the US Army for being identified as a young man who embodies true dedication and leadership values.  This award is part of the Friday Night Light’s Tour happening across the country this season.  The Friday Night Light’s Tour is sponsored by Scholastic Sports Marketing, Comcast Xfinity, Subway and the US Army.

The sophomore class will be holding a fundraising car wash on Sunday, September 18th from 10:30 - 2 at Fast Freddy's. If you are in the area, please stop by and support these great students!

The Smithfield Youth Basketball Association will open registration soon.  Check out the link for more information.

Beautiful night for football this past Friday.  Congratulations to the football team for winning their opener 49-12 over Division II Chariho.  All of our fall teams are in full swing.  Check out the schedules at


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Weekly Update 9/2/16

SHS Faculty PD

What a great opening week of school! We are blessed to have awesome students and fantastic teachers and staff.  Great work Sentinels!  #shsculturematters

I would like to thank the SHS staff for a great opening week and a great PD day.  We tried a new grouping strategy with the staff.  They were given a song.  They had to hum the song while looking for others humming the same song.  A fun way to start the day.  Check out the clip.

A BIG thank you to the RI National Guard for supporting Smithfield teachers.  The RI Guard provided coffee and water for the entire district prior to the opening of the PD day.  They also provided lunch for the high school staff.  We appreciate all you do for our communities!

The SHS Student Council decorated the front of the building and welcomed back our students with music and high fives.  This is a great group and I look forward to working with them this year.

One more thank you...Our maintenance and custodial staff did a great job getting the building ready for the first day of school.  Our maintenance staff installed new white boards for the world language, business and math departments this summer.  

Please take a moment to check out the District Annual Report.

If you need a good laugh check out Mr. Lenore's latest video, Lenore Scissorhands

Just a reminder, SHS is using Remind to assist with communication.  You will find more information and login info here.  

The SHS Football team will begin their title defense on Friday, September 9th at 7 pm at home.  Check out for all the fall sport schedules.