Thursday, April 13, 2017

Weekly Update 4/13/17

The motorcycle fundraiser scheduled for this Saturday (4/12) has been POSTPONED.

No School - 4/14-4/21 - Spring Break 

Wednesday, April 26th is a half day for high school students only.  Students will be dismissed at 10:15 so seniors may present their graduation portfolios.

Check out the highlight video for the 2017 Senior Oratorical! 

Congratulations to Dan Ayriyan for being selected as the recipient of the 2017 RI Interscholastic League Spirit of Sport Award.  Dan was nominated by Derek Snow and Rob Jackson.  Dan's positive spirit and energy have left a lasting impact on the Smithfield community.  

This week was National Assistant Principals Week! Shout out to Ms. Murphy and Mr. Hopkins for all of their hard work!

Attention Class of 2017 - Our annual Post Grad Celebration is coming soon.  Click the link for more info.  

On Saturday, April 8th 2017, Smithfield Police Explorers competed against police explorers from other cities and towns in Rhode Island in various mock investigations. Four of our explorers attended the Police Explorers Stations Day and earned a total of 8 trophies. Congratulations to Smithfield Police Explorers! Members of the Smithfield Police Explorers are Kyle Sanderson, Matt Zienkewicz, Alyssa Ambrosino, and Cameron Pezzullo

The Smithfield Special Education Parent Organization is hosting a Touch-a-Truck Event!  More info may be found here.

Smithfield High Schools' SADD group placed FIRST in a state wide Mock Tail competition, sponsored by MADD. The students competed against over 20 high school's from around the state. Congratulations!

I know parents receive a ton fundraising initiatives; however, I am asking the high school community to support Gallagher Middle School.  Please see the letter from Dr. Beuavais.

We are thrilled to announce the Gallagher Middle School Science Olympiad Team won the state title on Saturday, April 1st and will represent Rhode Island at the National Science Olympiad Competition in Dayton, Ohio on May 20, 2017. Our team of seventeen students and three coaches have worked tirelessly for many months preparing for this competition. Winning the state championship is a tremendous accomplishment and recognizes our students’ hard work and commitment to this challenging science competition.

The total cost to send our team to Nationals is approximately $14000. We ask that you consider making a donation to assist us in covering the cost of this trip by purchasing a May Calendar Raffle Ticket for $10. Raffle tickets may be purchased at GMS.

On behalf of Alex, Caitlyn, Elena, Max, Dawen, Ben, Adam, Bailey, Caoilinn, Katie, Aedan, Alex, Ashleigh, Garrett, Tori, Cristina, Luc, Mr. Altomari, Mrs. McCurdy, and Mrs. Ramos, we thank you for considering this request.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Weekly Update 4/7/17

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Short week next week.  No School Friday and Spring Break is 4/17-4/22.

SHS hosted the annual Senior Oratorical Contest this week.  14 phenomenal speeches.  Please check out the entire contest here.

The SHS Literary magazine is in need of submissions. Poems, stories, songs, articles, photography, drawings, etc. are welcome!

Congratulations to the SHS Science Olympiad Team.  Last weekend they took second place in Rhode Island.  More info may be found here.  Here are the medal winners!  Way to represent SHS!!!!

Anatomy & Physiology
Jimmy Packer, Isabelle Stevens
Simon Rees, Molly Richards
Dynamic Planet
Michael Iannuccillo, Jason Stoltz
Electric Vehicle
John Fontaine, Jason Stoltz
Experimental Design
Vedant Bhagat, Alex Iannuzzi, Isabelle Stevens
Emily Alber, Isabelle Stevens
Eily Jones, Owen Placido
Microbe Mission
Jimmy Packer, Isabelle Stevens
Remote Sensing
Michael Iannuccillo, Genglin Liu
Science Bowl
Isabelle Stevens
Jason Stoltz, Matt Zapata
Wind Power
Jason Stoltz, Alex Iannuzzi

Congratulations to the following members of the Junior Class for a number of awards:
Joseph DelGallo - University of Rhode Island Book Award
Hailey Beaulieu - Wellesley College Book Award
Lauren Fortier - St. Michael's College Book Award
Quinn Judge - St. Michael's College Book Award
Renee Roy - Rensselaer Medal
Adeline Schwartz - Society Of Women Engineers Certificate of Achievement
Alexander Collins - Society Of Women Engineers Certificate of Achievement
Ryan Lane - Rhode Island High School Civic Leadership Award
Hannah Dauray - Rhode Island High School Civic Leadership Award
Alexander Brown - General Treasurer's Young Leader Award
Alexander Tedeschi - Providence College Junior Leadership Conference
Rachel Maggiacomo - Providence College Junior Leadership Conference
Lily Caswell - Providence College Junior Leadership Conference

The SHS World Language Department recently hosted International Night.  It was a great celebration of culture, dancing, music and food.  Check out the pictures in the Valley Breeze this week.

Colleen Manuppelli and Horace Mann continue to be great supporters of Smithfield Schools! They held their annual NOOK Read to Succeed Program. Our winners from SHS were Joshua Young, Taylor Leveille, Molly Richard and Adryana Doran. Congratulations!

SHS freshmen had the opportunity to hear from Diane and Bob Caine this week.  The Caine's are part of the John Maxwell Leadership Team.  Students heard about the "Kind Connection" which is part of the YouthMax Program.  Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Caine for supporting our students!


Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekly Update 3/31

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

The Rhode Island Dream Center provides services to the homeless community, such as food, clothing, etc. They also do an Adopt-A-Block program where they fund a piece of land locally and give it a makeover.  The Rhode Island Dream Center has asked that I circulate information regarding an upcoming 5K.  The event is called Run 4 Hope on May 13th. SHS students looking for community service hours should review the link to register. The link includes prices, registration time, etc.

Congratulations to the SHS Chorus for their performance at the RIMEA festival.  They received an Excellent Rating!

Today is one of my favorite days of the year.  Our annual Home Unified Basketball Game played in front of the entire school.  We had an awesome game between SHS and Johnston High School. School spirit was fantastic!

SHS students have been working at the RI Convention Center this week helping out at the Home Show. Check out this clip for more info:
Students recently attended the Marine Trades Careers Fair at NEIT. They expanded their knowledge in the fields of welding, design, navigation, motors, and composites.

Under the auspices of the Tech Collective, RI's Technology Industry Association, students attended a free showing of Hidden Figures. It was followed by a panel discussion among women in the STEAM fields from academia and industry.

I had the pleasure of advocating for school principals this week in Washington DC.  I appreciate the support of our RI delegation in DC.  Extremely supportive of education!

I also had the opportunity to hear from White House staffer Jason Botel and Senator Al Franken at the National Leaders Conference with NAESP

I was also fortunate to bring my family to DC for a portion of this trip.  We had a great time visiting the sites.

Changing of the Guard

MLK Monument

MLK Monument

Washington Monument

Kids and I in the East Wing of the White House!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekly Update 3/24/17

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Bryant University's Star Talk program is back for summer 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for two weeks of intensive Chinese language training. A two week trip to China may be included. Please click here for additional information.

The WL department presents an International Festival on Wednesday March 29th at 6 pm in the high school cafeteria. The evening will feature a sampling of cuisines from around the globe, crafts, and cultural performances by SHS students. All families are welcome to attend, and Admission is free. Please join our high school community on March 29 for this multicultural event.

Congratulations to our All-State Music Festival Winners!
Jen Chaput - Senior All-state Mixed Chorus
Carly D'Elia - Junior All-state Mixed Chorus
Owen Placido - Senior All-State Band
Zach Semerjian - Junior All-State Orchestra

March Madness Dance - Friday, March 31, 7-10 pm at SHS

National Honor Society Banquet, Sunday April 2nd, 6-8 pm at Crystal Lake

Smithfield girls recently attended DigiGirlz, a collaboration between NEIT and Microsoft. They participated in cybersecurity, Paint 3D, and digital media sessions and were addressed by the governor.

SHS students recently joined 400 others in attending the RI Health Careers Fair & Expo at NEIT. Some of their workshops included nursing, forensics, veterinary science, physical and occupational therapy. Also, they met with exhibitors in the fields of midwifery and dementia.

Our French V students at the FĂȘte de Francophonie at the State House.

Courtesy of Mr. Hopkins...Co-curricular art/soc studies class analyzing themes of deviance & societal contributions through artistic expression.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekly Update 3/17

This week's SHS Faculty PD!

Congratulations to our February Student's of the Month!
2017 - Victoria Henson
2018 - Cameron Souve
2019 - Ariana Ruhle
2020 - Megan Laflamme

An interesting article on standards based grading.

A colleague of mine shared this recently. It is from a talk given by Seymour Papert back in 1998. Very powerful!

"So the model that says learn while you're at school, while you're young, the skills that you will apply during your lifetime is no longer tenable. The skills that you can learn when you're at school will not be applicable. They will be obsolete by the time you get into the workplace and need them, except for one skill. The one really competitive skill is the skill of being able to learn. It is the skill of being able not to give the right answer to questions about what you were taught in school, but to make the right response to situations that are outside the scope of what you were taught in school. We need to produce people who know how to act when they're faced with situations for which they were not specifically prepared."

Congratulations to Evan McCauley and Meghan Kiernan for completing The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) 2017 Students of the Year campaign for the State of Rhode Island. Students of the Year is the newest LLS campaign where nominated high school student leaders raise money and awareness for the fight against blood cancers such as leukemia.  Evan and Meghan were part of 8 amazing students across RI that raised an incredible $100,212.98.  Way to go!!!!

SHS teacher Mrs. Dempsey and our French 5 students will be participating in the Francophone Flag Raising Ceremony at the RI State House next week.  This is a great opportunity for SHS and our students to showcase their skills in front of many local and international dignitaries.  Good luck!

Spring sports begin Monday, March 20th!

Third quarter ends on March 31.  Get your make up work done!  Finish strong!

No Unified Basketball Game next week!

Seniors get your portfolios completed!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Weekly Update 3/10/17

SHS Faculty PD
March 3, 2017
March 10, 2017

Two more nights to see the SHS production of Grease!  Saturday March 11 @ 7 pm.  Sunday March 12th @ 2 pm.  Tickets available at the door.

Scheduling Info 2017/2018 - Course selection sheets were due March 9th.  If that has not been completed please do so ASAP.  Check out this quick video from our course selection fair.

Spring sports begin March 20th.  Pitchers and catchers report March 13th!

Congratulations to Eily Jones for winning the National Center for Women and Informational Technology"(NCWIT) Award.

Need to give a shout out to Assistant Principal Linda Murphy.  She started a new teacher recognition program at SHS.  Check out the latest staff to be recognized.  Thank you Ms. Murphy for your continued work on creating positive school culture!

Check out our Spanish 5 students teaching our Spanish 1 students!

GREENVILLE LIBRARY SEEKING INSTRUCTORS FOR YOUNG HACKS ACADEMY - Click link or contact Thomas Bacon at for more information.

SHS Alum Chris English gave a great presentation to the Parent Council on Revive the Roots and the edible garden at SHS! 

The 2017 Unified Basketball Season started this week.  Tough opening loss to North Providence! Michael led the team with 28 points!  He is our Pizzeria Unos Player of the Week!

Smithfield Little League is in need of volunteers for their Challenger Program.  Click here for more information.

One last shout out.  Our SHS Polar Plungers experienced bitter conditions for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.  Great job representing SHS!  Thank you Mr. Hopkins for your work with this great group of SHS students!

Looks like potential for a big storm next week.  Eskimo Bob may be putting in some overtime.  Start stocking up on milk and bread.  


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Weekly Update 2/24/17

This week's SHS Faculty PD.

Congratulations to SHS teacher and coach John Marchand for being named the 2016 RI State Coach of the Year and the 2016 Northeast Sectional Coach of the Year for outdoor track.  This award is from the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.

Smithfield High School girls swimming won the Division III State Meet.  They were also selected to receive the John Stoyoko Memorial Sportsmanship Award presented by the Rhode Island Swim Officials Association.  Congratulations!

Check out this great video from SHS Junior Kadra Powers highlighting the blanket project.

Our freshmen physical science students showcased some excellent work on their Rube Goldberg
machines last week. Fantastic work from our PS teachers!

8th Grade Open House will take place Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6-8:30 pm at the high school.

Boys hockey qualified for the state tournament as a #3 seed.  They play LaSalle Friday night.  Time and location TBA. Game two in Smithfield on Saturday.

Have a great week!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekly Update 2/17/17

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!

No school Tuesday!  All staff report for Professional Development Day!

Last week's SHS Faculty PD.

Staff - This Thursday will be the second dress down day to Support Meg and her fundraising efforts for the Leukemia Society.

In case you have not had the opportunity, check out this great video from Dan A. He is battling cancer as well.  Inspirational video!

Check out our Students of Month for January!
2017 - James Varin
2018 - Nicole DerAnanian
2019 - Grace Robitaille
2020 -  Katie Chan

Sorry to report that Kris LaTour passed away this weekend.  Here is the message from the principal of McCabe, Cathy Pleau:

It is with a very heavy heart that I share that Kris LaTour has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.

The family is asking for privacy, but truly appreciates all that has already been done.

We will continue to accept donations for the McCabe Family and Friends Fund, as well as gift certificates for food, clothing, etc.

Let those you love know that you always keep them close to your heart....

Thank you for your support!

Please keep the LaTour family in your thoughts and prayers!