Sunday, April 30, 2017

Netflix Series "13 Reasons Why"

Attention Parents:

SHS would like to alert parents to a new television show currently available on Netflix titled "13 Reasons Why."  This show, based on a popular novel, tackles the tough issue of teen suicide.  The series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) cautions that its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to sensationalize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies.

Please take a moment to read the following:
National Association of School Pyschlogists
Good School Hunting Blog Post

Please be aware that there may be students at SHS who are more vulnerable to the images and content depicted in this show, including students who struggle with mental health issues. SHS has mental health professionals available to all students in the building for anyone who may need to access support.

Weekly Update 4/28

This week's SHS Faculty PD

Please click here for the End of Year Exam Schedule and End of Year Events.

Since May 1 is Decision Day, we are asking all seniors to wear a shirt or sweatshirt to show us where you will be attending college, what branch of the military you will be entering, or what work you will be doing next year.
Prior to the spring break our computer programming students participated in the CSTA-RI High School Programming Challenge with a number of schools from around the area.  SHS took 2nd place!  Congratulations!

March Students of the Month
2017 - Mary Edsall
2018 - Kadra Powers
2019 - Quinn Douglas
2020 - Riley Fague

The SHS Baseball Team is holding a Golf Tournament.  More information may be found here.

Mr. Lenore has created another video.  This one is for girls and boys basketball  Thank you Mr. Lenore!

May 1-5 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Please take a moment to send a note or email to a teacher and thank them for all they do!

The SHS Environmental Club took part in the Science Day march on Earth Day!

The Smithfield Times recently ran an article on an inspiring local student initiative called Dream It, Be It: Leadership Program for Girls. This group was supported by the Smithfield Soroptimist organization. Check out the article here.

The Smithfield Recycling Committee has asked that I share the following information.  
  • Shredding Day for Town of Smithfield Residents
  • Saturday May 6, 2017
  • 9:00-12 Rain or Shine
  • Location Smithfield DPW 3 Spragueville Rd.
  • Proof of Residency required
  • No commercial Businesses
  • Maximum of 4 Bankers Boxes
  • No appointment needed
This past Friday, Judge Judith Savage and Public Defender Mary McElroy spoke to Ms. Roderick's English 11 Honors class on the parallels between this year's Read Across Rhode Island selection Just Mercy and this year's Law Day topic of how the 14th Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Judge Savage and Ms. McElroy sparked an important discussion on race and justice and inspired a new generation to lead the charge for change in our judicial system.



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!