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.