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......

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tonight's Bonfire Postponed!

Due to the poor weather conditions tonight's bonfire is being postponed.  A new date will be determined soon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sentinel Pride Week - UPDATE

There was a typo on the original Sentinel Pride Week information sheet.

Homecoming Dance is from 9 pm-11pm at the high school on Friday night (10/24).  No tickets will be sold at the door.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekly Update 10/17/14

This weeks SHS Faculty PD!

Next week (10/20-10/24) is Sentinel Pride Week.  Check out the events for the week here.

Good news!  SHS has been designated as a concurrent enrollment partner of distinction with Rhode Island College.  SHS offered 14 courses through the Early Enrollment Program; 86% of the students earned transferable college credit.

Some interesting reading this week:

Have a great weekend!  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weekly Update 10/10

  • This weeks SHS Faculty PD
  • Yearbooks on sale now for $70.  Free icon with purchase until 10/19
  • Great Blog on Retakes - Beyond the Retest
  • Finding Bedrock - Another interesting read.
  • This SBL thing is freakin' hard - How many of you feel this way?
  • A veteran teacher shadows two students for two days - Powerful read!  Thanks Vin for sharing.
  • Attention Staff:  Colonial Life will be here on Thursday and Friday to share info on short term disability insurance. 
  • Student Flu Clinic is next Thursday.
  • NHS induction ceremony is Wednesday night.
  • The superintendent is hosting an informational session on the upcoming bond referendum on Thursday evening.  

Shout Outs:
Our Academy of Finance seniors competed against 11 teams comprised of Bryant freshman at the 6th Semi-Annual GFOB Target Project Presentation. The team’s proposal to bring a City Express Target to France was presented to several Target Executives and Bryant Alumni. Our school team placed second out of all 12 teams, a first for Smithfield High School. The students not only earned recognition, but a $500 check, which they decided to donate to the Academy of Finance. It was a very exciting event and the students are so proud of their accomplishment!

Mrs. Damle class doing some flipped classroom work!!!!


Congratulations to the following SHS coaches who were nominated for the NFHS Coaches Association State Award for Rhode Island:
Mrs. Andrea Dewhirst - Field Hockey
Mr. Dave Cote - Swimming
Mr. Tony Torregrossa - Softball


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Info on Enterovirus D68

Click here for important information regarding the enterovirus from Superintendent O'Brien and the RI Department of Health.

Weekly Update 10/3

  • This weeks SHS Faculty PD.
  • Do we grade for learning, or learn for grading?
  • If we grade every single thing a student does, then we are sending a very loud message to our students; learning isn't a top priority.....
  • I hope everyone got to check out Acoustic 25 during lunch on Friday.  A great opportunity for students and staff to play for the lunch crowd.  Thank you Mrs. Young and Mrs. Chartier for organizing.  

  • October is Anti-Bullying month.  Check out SHS students taking the pledge against bullying.
  • Shout-out to the tech ed teachers and the media center folks who made possible a virtual tour of the Alcoa Aluminum Plant to recognize October 3, National Manufacturing Day.
  • Congratulations to the football team.  They played their third overtime game in a row.  They came out victorious this past Friday when Mike Cotoia kicked the game winning field goal.  
  • Flu clinic Monday after school.
  • Parent Council meeting on Wednesday.  
  • Have a great week! 

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