Friday, March 25, 2016

Weekly Update 3/25/16

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This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Check out my blog post about the Unified Basketball game from this week.

Members of the Smithfield community are hosting a golf fundraiser in memory of Dan DiChiara.  On June 27th the first annual Dan DiChiara Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at Crystal Lake Golf Course.  10 am shotgun start.  Please click here for more information and registration form.  

RIDE Diploma System meeting was rescheduled for Monday, March 28th from 6-7:30 pm.

Third quarter ends April 1st!

March Madness Week - 3/28-4/1
3/28 Fashion Disaster Day
3/29 Character Day
3/30 Twin Day
3/31 America Day - Wear Red, White and Blue
4/1 Green & Gold Day

Student/Faculty Basketball Game - 4/1
Last Period Assembly Schedule
Honor winter teams?
Football banner?

Spring Dance - 4/1
7-9 pm
SHS Cafeteria

On March 24th FLITES had its final presentation with the fourth graders at Anna McCabe. Twenty-two advanced French students taught the 4th graders basic French expressions and conversations during a ten-week period. It was a great experience for everyone.

Mr. Macari and Mr. Starring took the engineering students to Fay Butler's workshop.  Another great day of real world learning.

Mr Spring hosted a Shamrock Acoustical Concert this week.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Why I love SHS!

Today Smithfield High School hosted our first home game for the 2016 Unified Basketball season. The entire school attended this game.  Almost 800 fans packed the gym to cheer on Smithfield High School and Scituate High School.

I am so proud of our student body.  They cheered, yelled, and supported both teams for the entire game.  Two of the biggest highlights....

  • Grayson's three pointer at the buzzer before halftime. 
  • Barry's big bucket for Scituate near the end of the game.  
Thank you Grace for signing the National Anthem!
Thank you Mae and Ireland for doing the introductions!
Thank you Mr. Sentinel for making an appearance!

BIG thanks to all of the students and staff today!  You showed your Sentinel Pride and you did it with class.  

Friday, March 18, 2016

Weekly Update 3/18/16

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Boys Hockey Semi Final game tonight (3/18) at MSC - 9 pm.  Game #2 9 pm at SHS on Saturday (3/19).

College & Career Planning Workshop will take place this coming Tuesday, March 22 from 6-8 at SHS.  Program will begin in the auditorium.

No school on Friday, March 25th.

If you missed Cinderella last week you can catch it here on YouTube.

I was fortunate to attend the New England Secondary Schools Consortium Conference this week with some great educators from SHS & GMS.  Excited to bring back many ideas.  Some highlights and thoughts from the conference.
  • Vin Zibelli @ZibelliSHS Why can't SHS have one common schoolwide improvement project every year? Maybe reduce paper, or water bottles or sustain landscape?#nessc16
  • Coaches vs. Tutors - "Coaches can help build the skills you need to win a game, but they can't play the game for you. 
  • What do your words interactions and structures communicate about your beliefs about students?
  • Mike Hassell ‏@Mr_Hassell  "You should be comparing kids to learning NOT kids to kids". Why rank students? #NESSC16 @SHSSentinels #edchatri
Stuck in the elevator!

Some interesting reading......
Grades, Learning, and Change
What Success (and Learning) Really Looks Like

Keep an eye on the weather for Monday!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Invitation for Parents, Students, & Teachers...

Attention SHS Parents, Teachers, & Students!

Commissioner Wagner and the Rhode Island Department of Education invite you to participate in a community conversation to inform Rhode Island’s Diploma System and RI State Graduation Requirements.  We hope to engage a broad group of community members including parents, students, educators, and stakeholders from elementary, middle and high schools. This is a timely opportunity with the recent adoption our state’s most innovative and collaborative strategic plan to date.

The community conversations will include a brief presentation and a community response panel with opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback. The events are scheduled as follows:

Monday, March 21, 2016: Northern RI Community Conversation at Smithfield High School at 6:00 pm
Tuesday, March 22, 2016: Southern RI Community Conversation at North Kingstown High School at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 23, 2016: Newport County Community Conversation at Middletown High School at 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 24, 2016: Providence County Community Conversation at the RI Department of Health, 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, Lower level auditorium at 6:00 pm.

Many thanks,

Marilyn Matzko, Ed.D.
RI Department of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI  02903

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Weekly Update 3/11/16

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Congratulations to SHS Athletic Director, Tony Torregrossa, who was recently inducted to the New England Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Our Childcare Academy students received their RIELS certificates this week.  Excellent work by these young ladies!

The SHS FBLA students recently competed in their state competition. Congratulations to freshman Quinn Douglas for finishing FIRST in the Introduction to Business event!!!  Other place winners included, Chris Cote, Fatou Kebbeh, Taylor George, Alyssa Colbert, and Joe Baxter.

The construction class participated in a "construction and careers" workshop with the president of RP Iannuccillo & Sons Construction Co., Bruce Iannuccillo. Students assembled pipes and concrete forms and were introduced to administrative project management.

Our freshmen science students completed their STEAM projects this week.  Our Rube Goldberg winners....
1st place Jules Pereria
2nd place Mallory Sanderson and Abby Theroux
3rd place Elizabeth Ferrerria

Join Smithfield High School to discuss career pathways, Sunday  8pm on #edchatri 

Boys hockey game three versus Cranston West will take place Monday, 3/14 at the Smithfield Rick at 8 pm.

Some pics from the State Basketball Press Conference this past Friday.  

Cool stuff I found on the web this week:
@SPSTechnology - We have created a new blog where regular tips will be posted to help teachers use technology in their classrooms,
Is it Time to Reconsider AP Classes?
College professors discussing closure to the lesson.  Small Changes in Teaching: The Last 5 Minutes of Class

Friday, March 11, 2016

Busy Weekend at SHS!

SHS has a busy weekend of events.  Cinderella opens this evening at 7pm.  Additional shows will take place on Saturday evening at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.  The boys basketball team plays in the State Tournament versus LaSalle at the Ryan Center at URI at 6 pm.  The finals will take place at 6 pm on Sunday if the boys win saturday night.  The boys hockey team plays game #2 of the state hockey tournament on Saturday evening at 7 pm at the Cranston Rink. 
Please keep in mind the following when attending the sporting events this weekend.
  • Please stay positive and cheer for SHS.  Students cannot go wrong if you cheer for OUR team.
  • Playoff games are considered school events.  Your behavior is a direct reflection on your school and community.  School rules do apply.
  • Artificial noise makers  such as bugles, horns, drums are prohibited per RIIL rules.
  • Lastly, have fun, stay safe and good luck to our athletes and performers  this weekend!

The state championships will be broadcast live.  Click here for more information.  

Monday, March 7, 2016

NASSP Election Update

I am pleased to announce that on Saturday, February 27, 2015, members of the National Association of Secondary School Principals voted me president-elect beginning July 1, 2016. This is a great opportunity for me both personally and professionally. I am looking forward to working with the membership to ensure NASSP continues to be a recognized thought leader and source for educational best practices throughout the country and across the globe.

There are many details that need to be worked out with the school committee and superintendent over the next few weeks. I wanted to give you a brief outline of the next two years. 
  • I will begin my term as president-elect on July 1, 2016 and continue through June 30, 2017.  I will continue my role as principal.
  • On July 1, 2017, I will begin a one year term as president of NASSP. To seize this opportunity, I will be seeking a one year leave of absence. 
As I mentioned, there are lots of details to work out. The superintendent and I will be presenting a plan to the school committee soon.

NASSP Press Release
RIASP Press Release

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Weekly Update 3/4/16

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Our boys basketball team won their first game in the state tournament. They play an Elite 8 match-up vs. Narragansett on Sunday at 4 pm at Brown University. Check out the state tournament bracket.

The month of March is typically Respect Month. Check out some of our activities this month.

SHS is proud to show our spring musical, Cinderella, on March 11 (7 pm), March 12 (7 pm), and March 13 (2 pm). Tickets will be available at the door.
School Committee meeting on Monday, 3/7.  7 pm in the library.

Our ninth grade science students will be showcasing their science fair and STEM projects on
Wednesday, March 9th.

On February 25, Molly Richard, sophomore and Elizabeth Ferreira, freshman were guests at Ximedica, an international developer of medical devices in Providence. They participated in the 15th annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.”  Check out the pics here.

SHS staff working on formative assessments:

Some interesting articles and videos:
More on grading - There's nothing wrong with grade inflation video on family -

Great quotes from the NASSP Conference last week:

I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity. #Nassp16 via @ColonyPrincipal

Kids need to hear that they are SOMEBODY every day at school.@PrincipalKafele

"Educators are the only ones going to bed worrying about other people's kids" #nassp16

This is 1st generation of kids to have shorter lifespan expectations than their parents due to sedentary life and obesity. #nassp16 #SHAPE

@rickwormeli2 "Grading should not be a gotcha situation."

True professionals aren't seeking the easy way out. Education is hard. #NASSP16

"If the leaders/teachers are afraid to take risks, the kids are going to be afraid to take risks."

"Please feel free to complain, if you can offer a solution."