The Class of 2019 will graduate on Tuesday, June 11th at 7 pm at Bryant University. You may watch the event live on the web.
As we wind down the school year, parents are reminded that final grades will be posted by the end of the day on June 12th. If your child needs summer school, please speak to a school counselor prior to enrollment. Summer school information is posted on the school news section of the website.
Financial Town Meeting
The Town of Smithfield will hold the annual Finacial Town Meeting on Thursday, June 13th at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.
SHS Wins $25,000 XQ+RI Planning Grant – Parents We Need Your Help!
We are happy to announce that Smithfield High School is one of 20 Rhode Island high school teams to receive a $25,000 XQ+RI Planning Grant! Over the past 2 months, teams of parents, teachers, and students have been meeting to brainstorm concepts that would help to push the design of the aging Smithfield High School into the 21st century. All groups agreed on the need to create space for project-based, hands-on learning to occur.
In the next phase of the grant process, a formal Design Team consisting of parents, community members, teachers, students, and administrators will work with partners from XQ+RI to create a school redesign proposal. This second proposal is due on December 15th and will put the high school in the running to receive a $500,000 Implementation Grant.
XQ+RI partnered with several organizations to assist schools with the planning process as they prepare a submission for the XQ+RI Implementation Grant in December 2019. XQ+RI is collaborating with the Education Trust to conduct student, teacher, and parent surveys as well as on-site student focus groups to support the completion of the Educational Opportunity Audit (EOA).
We are asking SHS parents to complete the parent survey of the XQ+RI Educational Survey
If you are interested in joining our XQ+RI Design Team to engage stakeholders, establish action plans, and contribute to our proposal for the XQ+RI Implementation grant please reach out to me directly.
Exciting times ahead for SHS!
SHS Announces 2019 Building Level Teacher of the Year!
We are proud to announce the SHS math teacher Mike Deslauriers is the 2019 Smithfield High School Teacher of the Year! Mr. D. has done an excellent job promoting computer science at SHS and is a leader across the state in developing future CS teachers. Congratulations Mr. D.!
School Lunch Account Information
As the end of the school year approaches, please take a moment to review your student’s lunch account. If your child’s account has a negative balance, this must be paid in full prior to the last day of school. Cash or check (payable to Smithfield School Lunch Program) can be given to the lunch cashier or an online payment can be made by visiting www.smithfield-ps.org and selecting the web page menu items in this order:
Explore | Food Services & Nutrition | MySchoolBucks
Please note that for every online payment made, MySchoolBucks will charge a fee of $2.49.
The Smithfield School Lunch Program is committed to providing meals to students who choose to participate in the program. However, there is a responsibility on the part of the students and parents to satisfy all financial obligations to the lunch program in a timely manner. Students wanting a lunch and not having money to purchase a lunch will be allowed to charge a lunch, with repayment expected within two (2) school days.
If your child’s account has an available balance, this will follow him/her as long as they are in the Smithfield Public Schools. Should your child transfer out of the district, a refund can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of a refund check, you also have the option of having an available balance donated to a needy student’s account.
Any questions on your child’s lunch account can be directed to Jessie MacDonald at 231-6606 x8121.
SHS Partners with Better Lesson
Smithfield High School and BetterLesson teamed up in SY18-19 to pilot a new way of engaging in professional learning! Founded in 2009, BetterLesson’s mission is to empower schools and districts to develop and retain innovative, student-centered teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders. Over the course of the past school year, Erica Ricci, Samantha Armstrong, and Liz Russilo met on a bi-weekly basis with their BetterLesson coach to engage in virtual coaching that’s personalized to their individual professional growth areas. Each teacher implemented many student-centered learning strategies to enhance student and teacher engagement, achievement, and joy. One teacher reflects on her BetterLesson experience: “This was probably the most valuable professional development I have ever been part of. It was extremely personalized to my needs and my experiences with education. My coach was extremely flexible and knowledgeable of not only my subject matter but the areas that I wanted to improve upon. She pushed me to try new strategies in the classroom and then build upon those strategies.” We are so proud of these three teachers, who are models for students and teachers alike of what it means to be life-long learners!
Have a GREAT Week!