Friday, December 21, 2012

Congratulations Mrs. Palazzo

Congratulations to Mrs. Palazzo!  RI Assistant Principal of the Year!

SHS Holiday Pics

Rockin' Around the Chemistree!

Ugly Sweater Day?  Not sure how I feel about this one......

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!  Feliz Navidad!

On behalf of the faculty and staff at SHS, we hope that all Smithfield families have a safe holiday break.  See you on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Winter Wonderland in PE department today!

Assistant Principal Jeff Smith an early front runner in the ugly sweater contest!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Attention Students!  Bright Night Providence, Rhode Island’s largest New Year’s Eve Celebration, is proud to present the 2nd Annual “Bright Night’s Got Talent” Competition.  We are searching for Rhode Island students ages 6 through 19 who would like an opportunity to showcase their special talent (singing, dancing, poetry, magic, acting, etc.). There will be auditions for all who are interested, concluding with the grand prize in each age category: a paid appearance/performance at Bright Night Providence! This event is open to both individual and group performances. Due to time constraints, each performance will be allotted a four-minute time slot. Finalists will get a 10-minute performance showcase at Bright Night Providence, and a $100 performance fee.

Where: Location to be disclosed upon registering.
When: 1st or 2nd weekend in December
For more information, see:

As some of you are aware, Mrs. Clarke will be leaving SHS.  Her last day will be Friday, October 12.  Our counseling staff has put careful thought into how to best address the college application process and I want to assure you that your child will have the support they need.  The following advisories will be assigned to the counselor listed:
            Mr. Cullen – Mrs. McGinnis
            Mr. Cabral – Mrs. DiMuccio
            Ms. Valentine – Mr. Twohey
            Ms. Buckley – Mr. Twohey
            Mr. Hurley – Mrs. McGinnis

When completing the common application, your son/daughter has been advised to submit this counselor’s email address.  The counselor will then be able to complete their school report form and upload their transcript and a letter explaining my departure.

Spirit Week Schedule posted to website.  Due to NECAP testing the schedule is a little different this year.  The homecoming football game and dance will kick off Spirit Week.  Check website for additional details. 

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Some great resources…..


3 Tips to Decide if Your Teen Needs Tutoring


Social Media Guidelines for Students and Job Seekers


Homework, authoritarianism, and student choice

How to Improve iPad Battery Life in 5 Minutes

Thursday, September 27, 2012

POY Washington Trip

Last week I was fortunate to attend the 2012 Principal of the Year ceremony in Washington DC.  Thanks to the wonderful support of MetLife, Lifetouch, and NASSP, high school and middle school award winners were treated to a first class event.

On Thursday all award winners stormed Capitol Hill to meet with our legislators.  I was privileged to meet with Senator Whitehouse, Senator Reed, and Representative Cicilline.  We discussed the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Common Core State Standards, and the Success in the Middle Act, which is sponsored by Senator Whitehouse.  We also attended a press conference held by Senator Reed on the Educator Preparation Reform Act.  It was a busy day on the hill but extremely rewarding.
On Friday all of the award winners participated in networking activities designed to share best practices.  During the evening, all award winners were invited to a black tie dinner.  My wife and I were treated like royalty.  We had formal portraits taken, we were treated to a great dinner, and I received an awesome award.  I really appreciate the sponsorship from MetLife and Lifetouch.
On Saturday, my wife and I spent the day exploring the city.  We started at Arlington cemetery where we experienced the changing of the guard.  We took the metro to Columbia Heights for lunch with Michelle’s cousin and girlfriend.  After lunch we made our way to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and walked through the National Mall.

Overall the trip was a success.  The folks at NASSP were top notch and made everything go smoothly.  Mary Kingston and Amanda Karhuse did a great job preparing the principals for their Hill visits.  I met some tremendous educators and learned many new ideas.  I was fortunate to meet two principals I knew from twitter.  Jimmy Cassas from Iowa and Rick Robins from Utah are two principals I encourage others educators to follow.

I would like to thank RIASP, NASSP, and my staff for all of their support throughout this process.  It’s a tremendous honor to be the Rhode Island High School Principal of the Year.  I could never do it alone.  I am fortunate to work with great teachers, hard working students and a great administrative team.  I cannot thank them enough for everything they do.  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Celebrate Smithfield Festival: The Smithfield Education Foundation will host the 4th Annual Celebrate Smithfield Festival on Saturday, September 29th at The Crossings in Smithfield. This year’s Festival will again feature a wide variety of family activities including local merchants, performers and a movie night (“Kicking and Screaming”, $2 donation per ticket), as well as showcasing the recent grant award recipients. Festival begins at Noon. Movie begins at dusk.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week of 9/24/12


Smithfield Lions Club 5k is this Sunday. 
NECAP testing begins October 2nd.
Scituate Arts Festival is October 6th.

Have a great week!

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

September 16, 2012


Congratulations to the SHS football team.  They opened the season with two wins.  Check them out at home this Friday against Scituate for the home opener. 

Please support all of our fall athletes.  For schedules, please visit

I am fortunate this week to head to Washington DC for the high school principal of the year ceremony.  I am looking forward to connecting with other high school principals from around the country.  On Thursday, I will be meeting with our state legislators.  I am very excited about this opportunity. I will be tweeting updates throughout the week. 

School Committee meeting on Monday, September 17th at 7 pm in the library.

We have our first full week of school this week.  Let’s make it a great week!

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If you are a current student or alumnus you can now identify Smithfield High School as your school on Facebook - Search for Smithfield High School

Some great resources…..


10 More Twitter Handles for Scholarship Seekers


The Difference Between the SAT and ACT


30 ways you can save 1 minute every day

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012


No School for students on Tuesday, September 11th.  PD Day for staff.

Parent Council will hold their first meeting on Wednesday, September 12th in the Library.  The meeting will begin at 6:45 with the Athletic Booster Club and Parent Council will follow.  I will be sharing the annual school report. 

On Thursday, September 13th, SHS will be hosting Open House for all parents from 6-8 pm.  Parents will have the opportunity to follow their child’s schedule and meet the teachers.  All parents are asked to report to their child’s advisory to receive the schedule at 6 pm.  At the end of the evening, we ask that you stop by the cafeteria to sign up for the parent portal if you have not done so.

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If you are a current student or alumnus you can now identify Smithfield High School as your school on Facebook - Search for Smithfield High School

Some great resources…..


Amazing story - SEAL's first-hand account of bin Laden killing



Monday, September 3, 2012

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!  We had a tremendous first week of school.  We are excited to see the students and teachers back for the 2012/2013 school year.  There are many things happening so please keep in touch through our website, Facebook page and Twitter account. 

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Some great resources…..



25 tips for choosing a college


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Top Ten Breakfast

SHS was proud to host the students and parents of the top ten students at Smithfield High School this past week.  Students and parents were treated to a wonderful breakfast cooked by Aramark.  Congratulations to all of our graduates.

Valley Breeze Article

Thursday, May 24, 2012

SADD Mock Car Crash

This morning our Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) organization held a special assembly in the school parking lot for all juniors and seniors.  Working with the Smithfield Police Department and the Smithfield Fire Department the students organized a mock car crash.  The event gave students a realistic look at a crash scene and the impact it can have on the community.  It is our sincere hope that all SHS students make safe choices during prom and graduation time. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Coach "T" Named Softball Coach of the Year

Another honor for our athletic department.  Girls softball coach Tony Torregrossa was named 2012 softball coach of the year.  Congratulations Coach T. 

SHS Student-Athlete Golden Dozen Winner

SHS student-athlete, Eric Ricciardi, was recently named to the 2012 Golden Dozen by the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Football Foundation.  Congratulations Eric.

Eric with teammates!

Eric with coaching staff!

Eric being interviewed by Cox Sports!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pi Day @ SHS

SHS celebrated Pi Day on March 14th with a pie eating contest during lunch.  Math department chair, Adel Cabral, oversees the contest.

Math teacher Kevin Cullen was a good sport and volunteered to be taped to the wall for charity. 

A small group of math students formed a pie chain commitee.  They completed over 15,000 links.

Fitness Friday in PE Class

Check out this video from a recent Fitness Friday in Mr. Russell's class.  Students completed Hi Five Fitness to calculate heart rate and determine optimal heart rate for workouts.

SHS Teacher Speaks At Local Tech Conference

SHS technology teacher, Jeff Macari, was invited to participate as a panelist for the RI Public Charter School Consortium.  Nice work Jeff.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Congratulations to Smithfield Cheerleading

The SHS cheerleading team took second place at the RICA competition.  Click link below for a video of their performance.  Congrats ladies!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pictures from 8th Grade Open House

If parents have any questions about the course selection process, please contact our guidance department at 949-4388.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012 Beard Off

Congratulations to Mr. Hurley.  The 2012 Beard Off Champion!

Passing of Dr. Karl Smith

It is with great sadness that I must inform the high school community of the passing of Dr. Karl Smith.  Dr. Smith served as the principal of Gallagher Middle School.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Smithfield Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Smithfield High School is proud to announce that two seniors athletes signed Division I letters of intent this afternoon in the media center.  Congratulations to Nikki Plante (Bryant University, Field Hockey) and Courtney McGuire (Providence College, Soccer).  Check out the links for more information.

Providence Journal Link

Press Release


Smithfield Athletes to Sign Letters of Intent
Contact:       Daniel Kelley (Principal)

Address:       Smithfield High School
                                                                  90 Pleasant View Avenue
                                                                  Smithfield, RI 02917

Phone:          (401) 949-2050

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield High School is proud to announce that two senior athletes will be signing letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the Division I level.  A signing day ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 7th at 4 pm in the media center.  

Courtney McGuire, a four-year soccer player, will be attending Providence College in the fall. She established herself as one of the most skilled soccer players in the state. A creative player with tremendous instincts for the game, she has received a lot of attention for her scoring, as the Lady Sentinels career goal scorer (81) and assist leader (40).  In 2009, Courtney was the team’s leader in points, guiding the team to a D-2 State Championship and receiving MVP honors. The transition to D-1 in 2010 did not slow her progress, scoring 29 goals & 11 assists and earning 1st Team All State honors. Courtney raised the bar in 2011 as the Sentinels finished as the State Runner up in Division I.   She scored an amazing 34 goals & 14 assists, earning 1st Team All State and NSCAA All Region honors. A true competitor, a great teammate, and a class act, Courtney is a student/athlete that has achieved excellence both academically and athletically during her distinguished high school career.  
When Courtney was asked about her college choice she said, “I love the game of soccer and I have put forth a tremendous amount effort in improving my skills. Realizing that I had the potential to play at the college level motivated me to continue to develop my game.  It’s an awesome opportunity to attend Providence College where my friends and family can watch me play. 
Courtney plans to study Chemistry.

Nikki is an outstanding athlete who excels academically and athletically.  Nikki has been a four-year starter on the Smithfield Varsity Field Hockey team.  As a defender, Nikki has scored an impressive 12 goals and assisted 22 goals.  In 2009, as a sophomore, she made 2nd Team All Division.  In 2010, as a junior, Nikki was a key player in her team achieving an undefeated season, becoming Division Champions and Division 2 State Champions.  In 2010 she was awarded 1st Team All Division, 2nd Team All State, All Tournament Team as well as Tournament MVP.  This past season, as a senior, Nikki shined.  Her skills, speed and strength stood out significantly.  Once again, Nikki assisted her team in completing an undefeated season and became Division Champions and Division 2 State Champions.  She received multiple awards such as 1st Team All Division, All Tournament Team and she was chosen to participate in the Rhode Island Field Hockey All Star Game.  Nikki’s largest compliment this past season was being chosen as a 1st Team All State player, an especially rare accomplishment for a division 2 athlete.

When asked about her college choice Nikki stated, “Ever since I was little I wanted to go to Bryant University. I live close to the campus and I'm always up there on the weekends practicing on the turf/running on the track. As soon as I did my official visit with the team, I knew I wanted to attend Bryant and play field hockey for them.”

Nikki plans to study Actuarial Mathematics and Business.

Athletic Director, Tony Torregrossa, commented, “We are thrilled to have two female student athletes continue their athletic careers at the Division I level.  This is a tremendous accomplishment for a small school.  I give a lot of credit to the dedication of the coaches and athletes.  We are extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

About Smithfield High School

Smithfield High School (SHS) is a comprehensive high school located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, serving approximately eight hundred students in grades 9-12.  Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Smithfield High School is proud of its students’ record of academic excellence and service to the school and community.  The school’s mission is for SHS graduates to possess a common core of knowledge and skills to become life-long learners, analytical thinkers, effective communicators, and productive members of the global community.  For additional information on Smithfield High School, the “Home of the Sentinels”, please visit the school’s website at   

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Monday, February 6, 2012

SHS Teacher Wins Golden Apple!

SHS English teacher Tamara Carty was awarded the Golden Apple Award on Friday, February 3rd.   The Golden Apple Award honors those who believe in the true spirit of teaching by making classrooms a fun and safe place of learning.    It is sponsored by NBC 10, The Rhode Island Department of Education and Hasbro.  SHS junior John Hindley nominated Ms. Carty for the award.  NBC 10 will air the award on March 1, 2012 on the 6 pm newscast.  

Chinese New Year Celebration @ Bryant University

On Saturday, February 4th, the SHS choir performed at the Chinese New Year Celebration at Bryant University.  Check out some of the pics and video.  Click here for PROJO article.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Strategic Planning Day #3

Day #3 began with a snow storm.  Despite the poor weather conditions everyone made it to Bryant University.  We set the tone for day #3 by watching the Dalton Sherman video.  We went back to our core problem groups to finalize goals and objectives.  On a side note, I had an excellent discussion with school committee member Al LaGreca and finance commission member Scott Robitaille around key financial issues facing the town.

Right before lunch, Bryant University Dean, David Lux spoke to us about globalization and what a college wants from a high school graduate.  Some key points from Dean Lux:

  • Globalization is not all about China but China does offer unique learning opportunities.
  • Colleges would like high school graduates to be better writers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers.
  • Think globally, act locally.
  • Thinking globally is a necessity for our young learners.

After lunch we analyzed our mission statement while a smaller group took the goals and objectives and streamlined them into a single document.  As a large group we discussed each goal and objective and "word-smithed" until we reached consensus.  This process was powerful but very slow.  After a great deal of debate, we reached consensus on five goals.

Our last task was to revise the mission statement.

Now that our three day strategic planning session is complete, the challenging work begins.  New groups will be formed to begin writing the action plans for each goal.

Strategic Planning Day #2

Day #2 started off with a review of data from the previous session.  Our facilitator answered many of the lingering questions that could not be answered on Wednesday.  As a large group, we began to identify core problems.  We were told that a core problem must affect a significant number of students and needs to be addressed if the district is to achieve its vision.  This created excellent discussion about the direction for the district.  

During lunch the 8th grade choir performed for the group.  Mr. O'Brien led a question and answer session with students about their experiences in school and what types of programs, technology and teaching they would like to see that would prepare them for the next five years.  The students discussed BYOD, transition to high school and additional hands-on learning opportunities.  

After lunch we split into smaller groups  so that each core problem could be addressed.  I chose flexible and student centered pathways.  We began the process of creating goals and objectives for this problem.  Our group discussed many topics, including full day kindergarten, virtual learning, and flexible pathways to graduation.  

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Strategic Planning Day #1

I have been invited to participate on the district strategic planning team.  I am honored to work on this project because of my role as high school principal and also because my children attend one of the local elementary schools.

We started our day with the superintendent sharing his vision and expectations for the district.  We met our facilitator from the Rhode Island Department of Education.  A few short videos on 21st century learning were shared with the group.  We spent quite a bit of time highlighting our success since the last strategic plan.  I am proud to share that most of the initiatives from the previous plan were achieved.

After lunch each group completed a data gallery walk.  This was a meaningful task that generated a great deal of discussion.  The data came from multiple sources both locally and nationally.  One significant piece of data regarding high school students focused on how our graduates fair in college.  SHS puts a high number of students into college but two years later a significant number of students are no longer enrolled in college.  This is an issue that we need to investigate further.

At the end of the gallery walk, each table reported out significant findings and asked clarifying questions.  The facilitator provided a preview of the next two days of work.

I found the first day pretty interesting.  We have a great mix of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members.  There are common themes developing around communication, professional development, infrastructure, and what learning might look like for our students five years from now.  I am also happy to see some modeling of technology.  For many in the group, it is the first time they are using an iPad, Elmo, or LiveBinder.  It was refreshing to watch a school committee member attempt to master the touch screen on the iPad.

Monday, January 2, 2012

This weeks resources! 1/2/12

All students have school on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Some interesting articles to start the new year!

Midterm Exam Schedule

Midterm exams begin on Jan 24.  Check out the midterm exam schedule

SHS athletes earn Providence Journal All State honors

Congratulations to the SHS athletes earning Providence Journal All State honors.

Girls Tennis -

Field Hockey -

Girls Cross Country -

Boys Soccer -

Girls Soccer -

Happy New Year!

On behalf of the faculty and staff at SHS, I would like to wish all SHS families a Happy New Year!  We look forward to seeing all students on Tuesday, January 2, 2012.