Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Guest Blog Post - Ms. Kristine Sarro, Art Teacher

This week's guest blog is from Art Teacher Ms. Kristine Sarro.  Thank you for sharing!

I am a sentinel…

As part of Karen DiSano and Mary Richards’ Advisory class, Katie DeLuca created a video where she asked students and teachers what it means to be a sentinel.  I was asked this question by Katie a few weeks ago, and I fumbled over my words trying to say just the right thing.  After 12 years of working in Smithfield, I couldn’t answer the question with ease…..following spirit week 2015….. I now can.

I have spent the last month “attached” to Liz Russillo, Mae McCauley,  Evan Sousa, Ireland Judge, David Gaulin, and Justin Pezza.  Together we planned and organized all of the events for spirit week.  The excitement in these five students brought me back to high school.  I remember the same excitement.   They were able to participate as seniors for the very first time. Trying to make the week the MOST MEMORABLE of ALL the spirit weeks that came before.    

This was also my first spirit week serving as student council co-advisor.  For me, this meant late nights all week, early mornings every day, endless trips to the school store, and endless questions and plans…..BUT… was all worth every moment.

I am Sentinel.
I acknowledge the importance of FUN in the world of education.
I am connected to something bigger than me.  
I am committed to the well being of 700 students.

I am part of a team of teachers who truly care and want our kids to succeed.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Guest Blog Post - SBC Cynthia Davis

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This week's guest blog is from School to Career specialist Cynthia Davis.   Thank you Ms. Davis for sharing your thoughts. 

Sponsored by the RI Manufacturer’s Association, 5 sophomore and junior girls from SHS recently attended the “Making It Real - Girls in Manufacturing” Summit in Groton, CT.  In addition to enjoying the 3 hands-on workshops, they were inspired by keynote speaker, Leslie Taito, Senior VP for Corporate Operations at Hobe Global, a worldwide manufacturing company based in Cumberland, RI.  Quotes from the students:  “It would be challenging to be the only girl but easy being the only girl if you love what you’re doing.”  “I am a take-charge leader but I realized that I have to listen to the workers and not do just what I want to do.”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Guest Blog Post - Mrs. Young, Music

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This is our fourth blog post from the staff.  Thank you Mrs. Young for sharing your thoughts.   

On Wednesday, October 21st, Dr. Teresa Coffman from RIC visited our Music Department with her Chamber Singers. The SHS Chorus performed for the RIC students and then we got to hear their fabulous sound from just a ten-person ensemble. They performed a variety of works from the Renaissance period as well as modern vocal jazz pieces. Dr. Coffman then did a short workshop with our students and they learned a few new techniques to help improve their performance.

Our Chorus students learned that the elements we work on in class like diction, vowel placement, vocal technique, balance and blend, etc., are universal to choral singing. No matter what level the musician, they can always improve and perfect their performance.

Dr. Coffman also highlighted for our students the importance of mental engagement. She discussed how music performance is truly quite intellectual and the smallest distraction or lack of focus can have a huge impact on the musician's sound.

Thank you to the staff for excusing students from G period that day so they could have this experience!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weekly Update 10/30/15

This week's SHS Faculty PD

First quarter ends Wednesday 11/4. Get missing into teachers!

Big week for SHS athletics:
  • Girls Playoff Soccer at home Monday 11/2 7 pm
  • Boys Playoff Soccer at Moses Brown 11/2 3 pm.
  • Football returns home for huge match-up Friday 11/6 7 pm

Congratulations to boys and girls cross country:
  • Girls finished 2nd in Class C meet
  • Boys finished 3rd in Class C meet

SHS Football breaks into RI Football Poll

Senior Fashion Show is coming soon!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 14th at 7 pm.  Tickets on sale soon!

School Committee Meeting 11/2 at 7 pm.

Parent Council meets this Wednesday 11/4.  7pm in media center.  

Reminder No school Wednesday 11/11.

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