It was awesome to have students back in the building this week!
Registration for Monday’s Clinic closes at 7 pm on Sunday (5/2)
The Town of Smithfield will be hosting two (2) vaccination clinics for all students 16+ (public, private and Bryant University), staff and their families. These first dose Pfizer vaccine clinics will take place at Smithfield High School (90 Pleasant View Avenue) on Friday, April 30th and Monday, May 3rd. Smithfield High School students and Smithfield staff are invited to use the link for 11am-1pm (during the school day), while others are limited to the 2pm-5pm appointments. To schedule an appointment please use the links below:
All Rhode Islanders age 16 and older are eligible to register and be vaccinated and, according to RI law, parental consent forms are not required for those 16 and older. Following your vaccine appointment, team members will help you to schedule your second dose appointment 3 weeks after your first dose. The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus disease. Vaccination, along with continued efforts to wear facial coverings, social distance, and hand washing is our best defense against COVID-19. Vaccinate before you graduate!
The return to in-person learning has gone well with the exception of the traffic on Pleasant View Ave (116) in the morning. There are a number of factors that have impacted traffic.
- GMS and SHS have similar start times.
- Bus capacities are reduced.
- Increased number of parents driving students to school.
- Juniors are now driving.
- Lack of coordination with crossing guards at SHS and GMS.
- Community vehicles have not adjusted with alternate routes.
We did see some improvement as the week progressed and we anticipate it will get better each week as everyone adjusts. We are working on some additional strategies to assist (Earlier drop off times) but need everyone’s help in the morning. Please consider the following:
- Please leave earlier for school.
- Drop off your child at Deerfield and have them walk to SHS.
- If your child is eligible for bus transportation please utilize it.
- If entering the SHS parking lot utilize door #18 and door #1 for student drop offs.
We appreciate your patience as we make adjustments.
Spring Athlete/Parent Meeting This Week
The Spring Athlete/Parent Meeting will take place on Tuesday at 7 pm. This will be a virtual meeting. All student-athletes and at least one parent are required to attend. Mr. Kelley and Mr. Coderre will review COVID protocols and other important info for the spring season. Coaches will then have a breakout room to share sport-specific info.
Topic: SHS Spring Athlete/Parent Mtg
Time: May 4, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 885 4049 1818
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Senior Food Truck Event
The SHS Parent Council treated the Class of 2021 to lunch this past Friday. It was a little windy but a great afternoon for the seniors to socialize as a class. Thank you Parent Council and the Senior Committee for hosting this great event.
RISAS Monthly Newsletter
Check out the May Newsletter
Health Equity Zone Community Survey
Tri-County Community Action Agency is launching a Health Equity Zone for North Providence, Johnston and Smithfield. This is a very exciting initiative for us, and will help us expand our reach, impact, and collaborations in these communities.
As part of the planning process, we are gathering a lot of data – from those we serve, and from our community partners. We want to hear from you! We are seeking information about the residents and communities we serve, to make informed decisions about how best to respond to their needs.
Please take a moment to complete a brief survey at the link below. We also invite you to share the survey with family, friends, clients or patients who might have insight into the 3 communities that the Tri-County CAA Health Equity Zone touches; North Providence, Johnston and Smithfield. A PDF version of the survey is also attached if you prefer to complete it on paper. You may return completed surveys to Kristen Edward, at KEdward@TriCountyRI.org, or mail to 1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919.
Thank you in advance for your participation! We look forward to sharing more information about the Tri-County HEZ program soon!
To complete the survey online, use the link below:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/97L7LL6
To access the PDF document, click below:Tri-County Health Equity Zone Needs Assessment Survey
SHS Teacher Retirements
The social studies department has two staff members retiring at the end of this year. Mrs. Young is organizing favorite memories from graduates. If you would like to share please see the information below.
The owners of the Sonic Drive In located on Putnam Pike as well as two local Honey Dew Donuts shops in nearby North Providence are looking for several high schoolers to fill open positions for the summer (and long term should their schedule allow). They offer competitive pay and often provide bonuses and raises after 3 months of employment.
Students that are interested can do one of two things:
- Stop into any of the locations and fill out an application
- Fill out one of the attached applications and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The locations that have openings are as follows:
- Sonic Drive In – 393 Putnam Pike, Smithfield
- Honey Dew Donuts – 1113 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence
- Honey Dew Donuts – 2033 Smith Street, North Providence
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms. “We need to use all available tools to get 100% of us connected in this country and this program is an essential part of making that happen.” Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
About the Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
§ Qualifies for the Lifeline program;
§ Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
§ Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
§ Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
§ Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?
The program has been authorized by the FCC, but the start date has not yet been established. The FCC is working to make the benefit available as quickly as possible.
Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit and please continue to check this page for program updates.
Which Broadband Providers Are Participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit?
Various broadband providers, including those offering landline and wireless broadband, are participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Find broadband service providers offering the Emergency Broadband Benefit in your state or territory. Broadband providers can find more information about how to participate here.