Sunday, January 25, 2015

Weekly Update 1/23/15

The last two updates from SHS Faculty PD.

David Cunha's candlelight vigil is Sunday (1/25) at Deerfield Park at 6 pm. 

We are closely monitoring the weather.  The quarter is currently scheduled to end on Thursday (1/29).  We will post any schedule changes to the website and social media as the situation plays out.  
The Town Council and School Committee are holding a joint meeting on Monday (1/26) at the high school media center.  The topic will be "Athletic Facilities"

Winter Ball 2015 was a huge success.  Thank you to all the students for being respectful.  Lots of positive comments from the Rhodes staff.  Thank you Mrs. Young and Ms. Roderick for planning a great event.  


The SHS Administrative Team hosted the School Committee for the annual Saturday meeting to discuss high school initiatives.  Big thank you to the following teachers for sharing their initiatives with the committee:  Vin Zibelli, Mike Twohey, Mark Atkinson, Adam Spring, Ann Andrews, Erica Valentine, Mary Richards, Karen DiSano, Mike Starring, Jeff Macari, Kerissa Roderick, and Lora Calise. The School Committee was impressed and grateful for the information.  

Be sure to check out for the latest schedules for our winter sports.  Couple of big games this week.  

Check out our Pizzeria Uno's Athletes of the Week for the winter season.  

“Too many teachers are totally absorbed in the process of teaching, by which is meant the ‘delivery of information,’ and are barely concerned with the process of learning. Teaching is NOT the goal of education, learning is! … Our major concern must shift from teaching to learning to achieve our goals.” — Shlomo Sharan, “Models of Cooperative Learning”

Some interesting articles from my PLN:
Student assessment: Collecting the evidence Cleaning the Counters: Changing our Habits to Improve their Habits Has 'finals week' become antiquated & redundant?
The grading system our students deserve

Some interesting tweets from my PLN:
Rick Wormeli - Teachers who forbid re-do's are not teaching for students' learning. They are presenting content, then relying on st's background for lrng.

Emma Kress - Challenging status quo should be natural part of democracy, which is the purpose of education. Yet, it's easy to sink into tradition

MrsBauer10 - "Assessment should be an act of creation not proving consumption"

CVULearns - Reminder: Habits of learning have more to do with us than them; we must change our habits to improve theirs.

JustinTarte - If your students won't do your work in your class unless the work is for points, then perhaps it's because it's 'your' work & not theirs...


Have a great week!  Stay Safe!  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekly Update 1/9/15

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Great article to start out the new year....10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be

Great article for departments to read together.  Is Your Team Identifying Essential Learning Targets Together?

Interesting blog from Grant Wiggins.  It connects the attacks in Paris with UbD.  A Post from Paris

Emergency operations parent meeting on Monday, January 12th at 7 pm in the auditorium.

Members of the Town Council and School Committee will be in the building on Tuesday morning during first period.  We may be popping into your classroom.

Congratulations to Mr. Deslauriers and his AP Computer students.  This is the second year in a row they have won the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
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Many of you know that Mrs. Chartier is going through some challenges right now.  If you are interested, you may assist by visiting

Check out Mr. Lenore's latest video from the Fall bonfire.  

Mr. Hassell played trumpet today for the Childcare class.
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Mrs. Russillo's Engineering Course hosted a Trashion Show today.  Students created outfits from items secured from the Recycling Center.  

Our fearless student council president!



Saturday, January 3, 2015

Weekly Update 1/2/5

Happy New Year!

This weeks SHS Faculty PD

Back to school on Monday 1/5/15!  We are excited to get 2015 started!  

Congratulations to the Boys Hockey Team and Boys Basketball Team for big wins on Friday night (1/2).  

Girls Hockey Team plays tonight (1/3) at 7 at Smithfield Ice Rink.

Shot out to Erica Valentine and the Business Department for organizing the Academy of Finance Annual Holiday Breakfast before the vacation.  Great opportunity for alumni, local business leaders, and current students to collaborate and connect.

Congratulations to the SHS Student-Athletes who earned recognition in the Providence Journal.  Check out  for details.  

Some interesting reading from vacation:

How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning

If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’

Clearing Up the Curriculum-Standards Confusion


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!