Friday, December 26, 2014

Weekly Update 12/2614

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

10 signs there's a 'grading' problem in your classroom:

5 Helpful Tips for Adjusting to Change

Great quote from Justin Tarte via Twitter:  "No matter how much success you had in 2014, if you do the exact same things in 2015, you shouldn't expect the same level of success."

10 things we should be seeing in every single classroom:

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays to All SHS Families

On behalf of the teachers and staff at SHS, I wish all Smithfield families a safe and relaxing vacation and a Happy New Year!  

Sights & Sounds from SHS Holidaypalooza

Check out some highlights from the Holidaypalooza this morning.  Thank you to Dr. Palazzo, Mr. Lenore, Student Council, Mrs. Young (Music), Mrs. Chartier, Ms. Roderick, Mrs. Young (SS), and all the students who participated.

Engineering Course Final Assessments

Final assessments are taking shape in Mrs. Russillo's Engineering Course.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weekly Update 12/19/14

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This week's SHS Faculty PD

Town Council and School Committee approved the Chromebooks this past week.  Grades 3, 6, 9 will be receiving their Chromebooks soon.

Great job by the SHS choir and band this past Wednesday!  An awesome show!

Big shout out to Mrs. Whitaker for all her help organizing the budget materials.

Holidaypalooza is upon us!  Here is the schedule for the week.

Monday, December 22, and Tuesday, December 23, will be our two Winter Palooza days. There will be Hot Chocolate for sale in the cafeteria in the morning ($1.00) both of these days.

Monday, December 22will be Flannel Day. We want students and faculty to dress in their favorite flannels for the holiday season!

Tuesday, December 23, will be Ugly Sweater Day! Like last year, there will be a contest for who has the ugliest sweater. There will be a male and female finalist from each grade, and a male and female teacher finalist. 

Also, on Tuesday, December 23, there will be a Holiday Assembly from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM. This assembly will include performances by the Concert Band, Chorus, and Guitar Ensemble, along with some special appearances and skits. The finalists of the Ugly Sweater contest will also get a chance to model their sweater, and the winners will be decided!

Tuesday, December 23, is a Day 5 (GABCD). However, this assembly will also make the following changes to the schedule:
G Period - 7:30 AM to 8:13 AM
A Period - 8:17 AM to 9:00 AM (students will stay until called down)
Holiday Assembly - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
There will be no Advisory or B period
C Period (Lunch) - 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
D Period - 12:49 to 1:45 PM

We are shutting down the upstairs hallway on Monday!  Stop by the social studies wing to check it out.  

Have a great week!  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Weekly update 12/13/14

My apologies...I am a little behind with my updates.

SHS Faculty PD

Be sure to see my latest blog about our commended status from RIDE.  Click here.

SHS Student Paris Lopez recently did a public service announcement for Mrs. Damle's Psychology class.  Check out the video.  Very powerful!  Great work Paris.  

Holidaypalooza is coming soon.  Be sure to read the email from Student Council for details.  Ugly sweater contest is coming!  

School Committee and Town Council will be approving bids this week for Chromebooks.  We are getting closer.....

Winter sports have begun.  Check out for the latest schedules.

The Winter Concert will be this Wednesday.  Show begins at 7 pm.  

I received a great text from an SHS graduate.  "Hi Mr. Kelley. I wanted to let you know how much Smithfield High has helped me at this point in my studies at RIC. I'm going into the hardest program here, Nursing, and the reason as to why I'm doing so well is because of the curriculum we followed in SHS. My nursing adviser told me how confident she is that I'll get into Nursing, and said with my grades I can even be a tutor if I chose to. I have a friend who went to Tollgate, and everything taught to her right now is brand new information, but for me, it's review. I figured you should know this!"

SHS art students recently had a visit from students at Bryant University.  Check out the two clips from the visit.  

Have a great week everyone!

Commended Status for SHS!

This past Thursday Superintendent O'Brien and I were invited to the RI State House for a special ceremony honoring all Rhode Island schools that achieved Commended Status.  This achievement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Smithfield High School staff and faculty.  I wish all of them could have been present for the ceremony.

The SHS faculty is committed to the success of all students.  I appreciate all they do for the community.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Weekly Update 11/26/14

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” 
Harold Kushner

  • On behalf of Mr. Hassell and Dr, Palazzo, I hope that all Smithfield families have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  
  • SHS football plays at 10:30 am on Thanksgiving morning at North Providence
  • SHS Faculty PD from 11/21/14

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Parking @ SHS Friday Night (11/21/14)

SHS is anticipating a large crowd on Friday night (11/21/14) due to the Jennison Dance Show and the SHS playoff football game.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekly Update 11/14/14

  • This week's SHS Faculty PD
  • Fashion Show is this Saturday at 7 pm.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Limited tickets available at door.  It will sell out.  
  • Good luck to the football team tonight!  A win tonight ensures second place and a spot in the state playoffs.  
  • Yesterday's walkthroughs by the district admin team were successful.  We had rich conversations about the great work all of you are doing every day.  Thank you for all the hard work you put in each day for our students.  
  • STEM night is Thursday, November 20 in the cafeteria.  The fun starts at 6 pm.  
  • Attention Parents:  Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 24 from 1-4:30 and 5:30-7:45 pm.  First come, first serve.  
  • Report Cards will be distributed on Friday, November 21.  
  • Please support the SHS baseball team by shopping at Flaunt Boutique on Saturday, November 22 from 10am - 5 pm.  15% of all sales will support the SHS baseball team.   Click here for more info.

Interesting info from Twitter this week:
12 Ways to Kill Understanding by Design (UbD) from the Start

How many of your students engage in ritual compliance?  
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Senior Fashion Show Info

Tickets are $15.
Friday is the last day to purchase tickets.
Limited tickets available at the door.  It will sell out!  
Doors open at 6:30.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekly Update 11/7/14

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SHS Faculty PD is out!  Click here for this week's articles.  

BIG THANK YOU to Vin Zibelli for organizing the Veteran's Day Celebration this past Friday.  It was a great evening and our local vets had a lot of fun!

Congratulations to Vin Zibelli for being chosen by the faculty as the Crystal Apple Winner for the fall.  

Interesting read from Doug Reeves: Preventing This Year's Grading Crisis Before It's Too Late.  

Congrats to the football team for a big win Friday night and the girls cross country team for participating in the New England Cross Country Championships!

No School Tuesday!

Parent Council meeting on Wednesday November 12th at 7 pm in the library.  Mrs. Chartier will be presenting info on Google to parents.  

District administrators will be visiting SHS on Thursday for walkthroughs.  They will be split into small groups.  We will try to get into as many classes as possible.  The purpose of the visits is look for key components of the LEADS Protocols.  The groups are not evaluating teachers but looking for evidence of best practices.  Please be sure to review the LEADS Protocol this week,  

Senior Fashion Show is this Saturday at 7 pm!  Awesome event!  Please come out and support the seniors.  

Jennison will be in the building this Sunday!  

Have a great week!  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Weekly Update 10/31/14

"Negativity and pessimism only work to drive wedges b/w people. We must always look at the inherent value in all ideas/initiatives."

  • This weeks SHS Faculty PD
  • First quarter ends November 14.  DO you have all of your make-up work completed?
  • Attention Staff:  Jennison will be in the building on 11/9, 11/21, 11/22, 11/23.
  • No School Tuesday 11/4 - Get out and vote!
  • Attention Support Staff - PGP, SLO/SOO and BOY need to be completed by 11/21.
  • Fun video - If Teachers Were Treated Like Pro Football Players
  • On November 7, 2014 Smithfield High School will be hosting a special event for Veterans Day prior to the 7pm kickoff of the Exeter-West Greenwich - Smithfield varsity football game. This program which begins at 6:20pm with a VIP reception sponsored by Pizzeria UNOs for our local Veterans and Servicemen and also includes participation by the Smithfield Police Department Honor Guard and Smithfield Fire Department.  The Fire Department will have their ladder truck on sight for a special flag tribute. This program is organized in conjunction with the local American Legion and VFW Posts.  Also our local Veterans will serve as Honorary Captains for the football game and participate in the pregame coin toss.  This evening is also "Senior Night" for the Sentinel Football team.  The Senior football players are honored to have local Veterans be a part of their Senior Game festivities. Smithfield High School is looking to bring our appreciation for our local Veterans to the Town of Smithfield and we believe this specific game is an excellent venue for it.  

Shout Outs:
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Buckley for being chosen to represent SHS in the Annual Safe Driving Contest.
  • Thank you to Brendan Oates and Richard Iannitelli for years of service on the Smithfield School Committee.  Their last meeting will take place on November 3.
  • Congratulations to Margarita Dempsey.  She was invited to present the 2014 MaFLA Conference. She presented to a packed room.  Way to represent SHS!  
  • BIG shout out to the SHS Cheerleaders, football players, coaches and parents who braved the raw weather conditions on Saturday for the showdown with first place Burrillville.  Boys played hard in a tough 28-7 loss.  Jordan Smith earned Pizzeria Unos Athlete of the Week for his efforts.
  • Congratulations to Adam Spring and the RIC Women's Tennis team.  They lost in the Little East Conference final on Friday.  This is their second trip to the finals.  Read more the team and SHS graduates who are playing for RIC.
  • Awesome work by the Spanish 5 AP class.  They celebrated Dia de Los Muertos this past Friday.  



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Monday, October 27, 2014

SHS Seeking Feedback on Mission, Core Values and Learning Expectations

Smithfield High School is revising our mission statement and learning expectations. SHS is also developing core value statements. SHS is looking for feedback on the mission statement, core values and learning expectations (Portrait of a High School Graduate). You may provide feedback until November 4, 2014 by clicking the following link .

Smithfield Public Schools Mission Statement
The mission of the Smithfield Public School District is to provide an adaptive and challenging learning environment that meets the needs of students in an emerging global community, and prepares them for excellence in education and the workplace, while cultivating integrity, responsibility and a sustained passion for continued learning.

Smithfield Public Schools Vision Statement
Learning Today….Leading Tomorrow

Smithfield High School Mission Statement
The mission of Smithfield High School is to provide a comprehensive, challenging and diverse learning environment, which will enable our graduates to succeed in a 21st century global community.

Smithfield High School Core Values & Beliefs
Accountability - We establish clear goals, measure progress, and take responsibility for results. We teach our students to become responsible, self-motivated learners.
Commitment to Learning - We are committed to ensuring the growth and success of our students, families, and communities.  We embrace feedback and change to grow our strengths and address our weaknesses.  
Communication - We value honest and direct dialogue.  We welcome new ideas openly and make time to engage in challenging conversations with each other and our students.  We are responsive.
Comprehensive Education - We provide our students with a challenging well-rounded education that includes the arts, humanities, mathematics, the sciences, technology, and health, and that fosters students’ social and emotional well-being.  
Excellence - We believe that all students can achieve at high levels and we hold ourselves accountable for fostering a learning environment that promotes students success.
Problem Solving - We value innovative solutions to meet individual students’ needs.  We persist to find resolutions to even the most difficult challenges, holding ourselves accountable to high standards of excellence.
Respect - We value professionalism and diversity, treating each other and our students with respect.

Portrait of a Smithfield High School Graduate
1. A clear and effective communicator who:
  • Demonstrates organized and purposeful communication
  • Uses evidence and logic appropriately in communication
  • Adjusts communication based on the audience
  • Uses a variety of modes of expression (spoken, written and visual and performing including the use of technology to create and share the expressions)
2. A self-directed and lifelong learner who:
  • Recognizes the need for information and locates and evaluates resources
  • Applies knowledge to set goals and make informed decision
  • Applies knowledge in new contexts
  • Demonstrates initiative and independence
  • Demonstrates flexibility including the ability to learn, unlearn and relearn
  • Demonstrates reliability and concern for quality
  • Uses interpersonal skills to learn and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
3. A creative and practical problem solver who:
  • Observes and evaluates situations to define problems
  • Frames questions, makes predictions and designs data/information collection and analysis strategies
  • Identifies patterns, trends and relationships that apply to solutions
  • Generates a variety of solutions, builds a case for a best response and critically reflects upon the effectiveness of the response
  • Sees opportunities, finds resources and seeks results
  • Uses information and technology to solve problems
  • Perseveres in challenging situations
4. A responsible and involved citizen who:
  • Participates positively in the community and designs creative solutions to meet human needs and wants
  • Accepts responsibility for personal decisions and actions
  • Demonstrates ethical behavior and the moral courage to sustain it
  • Understands and respects diversity
  • Displays global awareness and economic and civic literacy
  • Demonstrates awareness of personal and community health and wellness
5. An integrative and informed thinker who:

  • Gains and applies knowledge across disciplines and learning contexts and to real-life situations with and without technology
  • Evaluates and synthesizes information from multiple sources
  • Applies and evaluates ideas across disciplines
  • Applies a systems thinking approach that analyzes the relationships between all parts in order to understand a situation for better decision-making.

Weekly Update 10/24

  • This weeks SHS Faculty PD via
  • Sentinel Pride Week was a great success!  Thank you to all the students and faculty for participating. A big THANK YOU to the Parent Council for sending additional chaperones to the all the events.   
  • For those of you being evaluated this year, BOY and all documents must be completed by 11/3.
  • Interesting article on a different style of rubric.
  • Educating Parents on Education
  • Senior Class Meeting on Tuesday during advisory.  
  • Make sure you are checking the school calendar for updates.  
  • Congratulations to the girls cross country team.  1st place in the Class B meet this past weekend.
  • Congratulations to the boys cross country team.  2nd place in the Class C meet this past weekend.
  • Our field hockey team qualified for the playoffs on a come from behind win on Sunday afternoon.  

Shout Outs:
Rob Jackson - Nice touch providing a birthday cake for one of your students.
Jeff Macari & Mike Starring -  The SHS Engineering program received "High School Program of the Year" and will be representing RI at the NE and National conferences for the second time.
Dr. Palazzo & Student Council - Excellent work organizing Sentinel Pride Week!

Right is Right
Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.
~ D.H Lawrence

We all know that educators don't get to pick and choose students before accepting them into their classrooms. We must teach each and every one who comes through the door. For some students, the home environment may be quite different from what they experience at school. Ethics don't change depending on the calendar, nor should they change in different company. What's right is right regardless of time or place. By reinforcing the level of ethical behavior expected in your classroom, you are also offering lessons about what is appropriate out in society. Seasons may change, but that's one lesson that remains timeless.

With something to think about......