Saturday, April 25, 2015

Weekly Update 4/24/25

"The biggest barrier to significant 
school reform is nostalgia."

This week's SHS Faculty PD

Reminder - Wednesday, April 29th is a half day for senior portfolio presentations.  All students dismissed at 10:15 am.  

Congratulations to the SHS Science Olympiad Team.  Second place finish last weekend.  Excellent work.  We are proud of you!  Click here for the individual results.  

Hope everyone is having an awesome break!  
See you Monday! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekly Update 4/17/15


This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 is a half day for SHS students.  All students will be dismissed at 10:15. SHS Seniors will be presenting their portfolios that day.

Congratulations to GMS Assistant Principal Ken Hopkins for winning Rhode Island Assistant Principal of the Year.  Here he is in Washington, DC with Senator Reed celebrating the big accomplishment.

The annual Senior Oratorical took place on April 17th.  Congratulations to Matt Strik for taking first place.  You may watch the entire event here.  Thank you Mr. D for capturing the video.

Congratulations to SHS senior Peter Ford for becoming the U-18 World Champion of Sport Stacking. Not sure what Sport Stacking is?  Check it out here.    You may also watch him at the World Championships here.  Peter moves on the the Jr. Olympics later this summer.  If you are interested in helping fund his trip visit his GoFundMe Site.

Have a safe spring break!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Weekly Update 4/10/15

This week's SHS Faculty PD via

Congratulations to Mrs. Dempsey and Ms. Calise for winning the Mary Borra Award for Excellence in Teaching.   It was awarded by RIFLA for a project that promotes communication, culture, connections and communities.   Margarita and Lora submitted the French V and Spanish V plays presented at the annual Evening of the Arts.  They will receive the award on May 8th and we will present a session at the RIFLA Fall Conference about the plays.

The freshmen Class of 2018 will receive their Chromebooks this week.  Please visit for all of the details.

Spring Break is April 20-24.  No school that week.

Seniors will be completing their Senior Presentations on Wednesday, April 29th.  This is a half day for SHS students.  Dismissal at 10:15 am.

The annual Senior Oratorical will take place Friday, April 17th in the auditorium.

Shout out to Lincoln High School for the wonderful hospitality this past Wednesday.  Lincoln hosted the Sentinels in Unified Basketball.  SHS came out on top in overtime 36-34.

Our Nook winners courtesy of Colleen Manuppelli and Horace Mann.

Thea, Zoe, and Paris at the NCWIT awards dinner

Articles for SHS Staff to read:
8 Reasons that today’s high school is poor preparation for today’s college

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chromebook Distribution Class of 2018

Please visit for additional information!

April 8, 2015

Dear SHS Parents and Guardians,

Smithfield Public Schools is excited that our ninth graders will be receiving Chromebooks for their use in the classroom. By having individual access to the Chromebooks, each student will be able to take advantage of using technology as a tool for creating and writing, to present and publish their work, collaborate with students and teachers, and to engage in research.

Chromebooks will be distributed to ninth grade students and parents on Monday, April 13th and Wednesday, April 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  We will be distributing Chromebooks by advisory teacher so it is important to note which night you are to receive the Chromebook.

Monday, April 13th
Wednesday, April 15th


Enclosed in this packet are the following items.  Please read the policy prior to the distribution so we may answer any questions you may have.
·         Smithfield Public Schools Chromebook Policy (Policy #5050)
·         Chromebook Policy Signature Form
·         Optional Insurance Information

You must attend with your child to receive the Chromebook.  You will need to bring the completed Chromebook Policy Signature Form with you.  Students will need to know their Smithfield email address and log-in information.  If neither of these two evenings works for you, we will have to make other arrangements with you. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Kelley at SHS via email ( or Mr. Paul Barrette, Smithfield’s Director of Technology, (

We look forward to seeing you next week!


Daniel Kelley, Principal

Paul Barrette, Director of Technology

Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekly Update 4/3/15

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend!

This week's SHS Faculty PD via

Congratulations to the SHS Chorus.  They performed very well at their festival last Tuesday. One judge gave them a Superior rating and two judges gave an Excellent rating, with an overall rating of Excellent. Numerically, they scored higher this year than last and with much more challenging repertoire! Thank you Mrs. Young for all of your hard work.  


SHS is proud to partner with Colleen Manuppelli at Horace Mann for the annual NOOK Reading Program.  Colleen and Horace Mann are donating 11 Nook tablets for the district.  SHS has four winners who will be honored at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 9.  
Congratulations to:
Grade 9 - Dan Perkins
Grade 10 - Catherine Comfort
Grade 11 - Joshua Gargone 
Grade 12 - Arianna Gawel
Big THANK YOU to SHS librarian Luigia Solda for her leadership and organization for this event.  

Spring sports are finally getting started.  The boys tennis team secured their first victory today.
Baseball and softball get started later this week.  The track teams got started this past weekend at the Knights of Columbus Relays.  Congratulations to Una Treanor for winning the freshmen mile.  The Unified Basketball team is currently 3-1. They play at Lincoln High School on Wednesday.  Check out all the schedules and results at

This past Wednesday three Smithfield residents were honored at the RI Gridiron Club Banquet.  SHS head football coach Chris Branch was honored as Division IV Coach of the Year.  SHS senior Jordan Smith won the Division IV Lineman of the Year.  Smithfield resident Burleigh Briggs was honored with the Lawrence P. “Larry” Gallogly Humanitarian Award.

Parent Council has their monthly meeting this Wednesday, April 8th at 7 pm in the library. 

National Honor Society Ceremony will take place Sunday, April 12th.