Sunday, February 15, 2015

Weekly Update 2/13/15

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

Congratulations to Mr. Deslauriers and his computer science students. Theadora, Paris and Zoe won the 2015 Award for Aspirations in Computing. Check out the link here.

Congratulations to Riley White for winning the Silver Scholar-Athlete Award from the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Football Association.
The application for Champlin Grants is now available.  See Mr. Kelley if you are interested or have an idea.  

We apologize that our Facebook page has been down for a few days. Facebook has changed our settings and forced us to create a new page. Our new page may be found here. Please "like" and share this information within your social media networks.

SHS is once again participating in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.  SHS student Angela Gatinella is leading this effort.  If you would like to donate please click here.  

ATTENTION PARENTS & STUDENTS:  The crazy weather is creating additional challenges for the morning drop off.  We are seeing an increased back up in the morning.  Please leave your homes a little earlier in the morning to ensure you make it on time each day.  Thank you!  

SHS had a successful site visit from RIDE this week.  RIDE was evaluating our Childcare program.  I would like to thank Mrs. Richards, Mrs. DiSano, Ms. Cassano, and Ms. Davis for all of their hard work and preparation.  

Scheduling information is on the website.  Spend some time over the break reviewing the online Program of Studies.  

School Committee has cancelled the remaining budget hearings.  Their next meeting will take place on 2/23/15. 

Things I saw on Social Media this week:
Dear Student: No, I Won’t Change the Grade You Deserve

Steve Dunham: Need to keep focus on achievement & growth in schools NOT grades. Difficult shift for parents to make. High grades do not always = learning

Womendoitall: A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

Excellent TEDx talk from @dmiller212001 Check it out -


Monday, February 9, 2015

Weekly Update 2/6/15

This week's SHS Faculty PD.  

Congratulations to the Lady Sentinels indoor track team for winning the Small School Championship!

Have you seen yourself teach lately?

Love this Coke commercial from the Superbowl.  

Credit For Actually Learning—Not Time In Class—Is Shaking Up Higher Education

Smithfield Education Foundation grants are available.  Check out the email I sent last week for more info.  

RIDE's CTE team will be visiting the high school on Thursday to see our Childcare program.  

8th grade Open House is Tuesday from 6-8:30.  All staff report at 6:30.

Bryant University is hosting their annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 14 from 2-5 pm at the Chase Center.  

No School the week of February 16-20.   

Shout Out!
Big thank you to Faith Whitaker for going "MacGyver" on the copy machines and preventing another shutdown this past Friday!  
Best of my Twitter Feed this week!

  • msolitto - Change makes some people uncomfortable but we can't keep doing what we have always done and expect results to be different #edchatri
  • BluntEducato - Form your own opinion about new initiatives and don't just depend on the person who is against everything to form it for you. 
  • Rwormeli - To disallow redo's on assessments actually communicates low expectations and sends mixed messages.
  • Dmiller21001 - Best Ts can reach their students no matter what the structure. It comes down to relationships, engagement and real world connection #satchat
  • bcudly - A1 need to evolve & create growth mindset classroom setting. We can't just grade and instruct based on the ways we were taught #satchat


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Weekly Update 1/30/15

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

Scheduling assembly next Thursday (2/5).  New and improved Program of Studies to be released this week.

8th Grade Open House is Tuesday, February 10 from 6-8:30.  All high school staff report from 6:30-8:30.

The 2015/2016 district calendar has been released.  

The Academy of Finance Open House is Wednesday, February 11th from 6-8 pm.  

Interesting video from a teacher.  Throwing out grades is not without its challenges. What are your biggest challenges?  Now that we are wrapping up our first semester with new school wide grading practices, I would love feedback on what challenges SHS students, teachers and parents are facing in regards to grading for learning.  

Interesting take from students on grading.  Student perspectives on grading for learning.  

Standards Based Grading and the Game of School: Craig Messerman at TEDxMCPSTeachers

Role of Formative and Summative Assessment

Last weeks Knock, Knock Joke winner - was Mr. Cabral
Knock knock. Who's there, Juno, Juno who. Juno Eskimo Bob cancelled school tomorrow.

Culture of Teaching vs. Ensuring Learning Graphic

Keep an eye on the weather for Monday.  
Stay safe!