Weekly Update 1/9

COVID Updates

Please take a moment to review the Back to School Report from January 7th. It contains the latest information on:

  • Testing Protocol Changes for School-Based Testing
  • Testing Protocol Change for Tests Outside of Schools
  • Ending Isolation and Quarantines

COVID Update – At-Home Testing

If a student reports testing positive on a home test, a confirmatory in-person antigen or PCR is still requested. We will not trace home positives. Unvaccinated students will not qualify for the 90-day post-positive quarantine exemption without a recorded result. 

Bus 16 & 17

Due to staffing shortage and COVID, bus 16 & 17 will have combined runs this week.

Spectator Policy Change – 1/3

SPECTATORS AT HOME GAMES/MEETS/MATCHES

  • Effective 1/3/22 all home contests in the SHS gymnasium will have limited spectators.  
  • Each athlete from all teams competing in the contest will be limited to two adult family members each.
  • Coaches will need to compile pass lists with names of the two adult family members for each student attending the contest and must be submitted to the athletic director one day prior to the contest.
  • Students will not be permitted to attend.
  • All spectators must wear a mask to enter the contest and are required to keep them on at all times.
  • Spectators may sit in the bleachers and should maintain proper social distancing.  
  • Spectators are not allowed to approach the court, sidelines, or any other team areas before, during, or after any contests.
  • SHS will live-stream home contests on the NFHS network. 

SPECTATORS AT AWAY GAMES/MEETS/MATCHES

  • While most schools will be allowing spectators based on the current guidelines at their contests, others may choose to place more restrictive measures on spectators.
  • Coaches will be responsible for notifying parents of each away contest spectator guidelines and compiling pass lists when applicable.  

Winter Ball Date Change

The SHS Winter Ball scheduled for January 28th has been rescheduled to March 11th.  The location (Kirkbrae) remains the same.  

Semester Change

First semester ends on January 28th.

Parent Council Meeting

Parent Council will have their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jauary 12th in the library. Start time is 7 pm

Roger Williams Zoo Oportunity

The Zoo is currently accepting applications for the Counselor-in-Training (7th-12th grade) and Play Partner (16+) program. Applications are attached to this email.

Deadline to apply for the Counselor-in-Training program is Friday, January 17th.

Smithfield Notifications

SEL Resources for Parents

CDC has produced new social and emotional learning resources for parents and caregivers.  They can be found on the CDC Healthy Schools webpage and in the CDC Healthy Schools Partner Toolkit.

SHS Alumn Makes News

Shout out to SHS grad Alex Brown. Check out his story here.

Weekly Update 1/2

Happy New Year!

Return to School 1/3

We are planning an in-person return for 1/3. If anything changes, families will receive an alert from the district.

COVID Planning Update

By now you have heard about some changes from the CDC.  These changes are not yet in effect for RI schools.  We are still using the same protocols for quarantines and isolation when we return to school on Monday (1/3).  We anticipate new guidance and a new playbook early in the week.

If your child is in isolation or quarantine please send an email to our school nurse (criley@smithfield-ps.org) and COVID nurse (mmoroni@smithfield-ps.org) so that we may update our records.

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 12/24

COVID Updates

If your child tests positive over the holiday break please email Mrs. Moroni (mmoroni@smithfield-ps.org) and Mrs. Riley (criley@smithfield-ps.org).

Athletes – If you are not feeling well please do not participate in games/practices and please do not attend any trips.

Athlete COVID Testing will take place on December 30th at 7 am.

Holiday Video From Mr. Lenore

Click here

Happy Holidays!

Wishing all Sentinel families a safe and relaxing holiday break!

Weekly Udpate 12/19

Winter Break

Winter Break begins on December 23rd. Students and staff return on January 3rd.

SHS Debate Team First Tournament

This past weekend we had 7 students represent SHS in our first ever tournament (competing in the novice division). With little real practice, jumping into the lion’s den, the students did great! Here are the highlights 

  • Sophomore Henry Siravo took home 3rd place in the team awards, despite debating as a one-person team the entire day 
  • Olivia Rathbun and Aidan St. Jean were 8th in the team awards. 
  • Aidan St. Jean, Molly Marsella, Alex Kostandin, and Henry Siravo all took home individual awards 

SHS Music Spreads Holiday Cheer

The SHS Music Department had a busy week of performances: a Winter Concert, the Jay Lawrence Memorial Service, NHS’s Holiday Story Time and Roger Williams Zoo’s Holiday Lights Spectacular. These students did a great job spreading some holiday cheer to our community.

Weekly Update 12/12

No School – December 16th

Reminder – No school for students on December 16. The staff has a professional development day.

Special Parent Forum

On Wednesday, December 15th at 6:00 PM in the Smithfield High School Auditorium. the Town of Smithfield and the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI will be sponsoring a Parents’ Forum. This important event will bring together many experts in the field of alcohol, opioids, addiction, treatment and recovery to provide the necessary tools for parents to keep our children safe.

David Neill, from the US Attorney’s Office, will begin the event by presenting the Circles and Silence film which has been nominated for five Emmy Awards. Circles and Silence is a remarkable sixteen minute film narrated by a diverse group of young adults whose personal true-life stories are mirror images of topics that impact every person who watches the film: Opioids, Addiction, Treatment, Recovery, and Life. Following the film, David and his co-presenters will have the opportunity to tell their story.

Deputy EMS Chief Jonathan Polak and Gateway Healthcare will share information about community resources and the Smithfield Safe Stations Program. The event will conclude with a Question and Answer Panel Discussion to include:

· Catherine DeOrsey, MPT, IIN Health Coach
Integrative Healthcare Solutions
Founder, Executive Director

· Robert Houghtaling
Director, Substance Abuse Prevention/Mental Health
Town of East Greenwich

· Linda E. Hurley, MA, CAGS
President and Chief Executive Officer ~ CODAC, Inc.

· Fred A. Trapassi
N.E. Region Chief Executive Officer
AdCare Rhode Island

· John J. Tassoni, Jr.
Vice President of Operations, Community and Government Relations
The Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI

Super Plunge

Congratulations to SPD Officer Jon Ricciarelli and his dad, Dave, for participating in this year’s Special Olympics Super Plunge. The 24 hour “Super Plunge” took place on December 4th and 5th at Salty Brine State Beach. Off. Ricciarelli and his dad were able to raise $6,500 as a result of their efforts! The money raised will be donated to Special Olympics Rhode Island. Check out one of the plunges here.

Girls Soccer Senior Night Video

Check out the latest Bruce Lenore Production

NECTFL Logo Designed by SHS Student

Excellent project completed for Mrs. Dempsey.

I am the chair of the 2023 NECTFL(Northeast Conference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages)  Conference and it is my responsibility to develop the theme and the  logo for the event.  In September  Megan Hall  expressed an idea that her Graphic Design students tackle a real-life task. I spoke to her students, explained our organization, the theme, the audience,etc..  I critiqued their work, they did many revisions  and finally Cameron Pereria’s logo was chosen by myself and the executive director and approved by the entire board.   It was a fascinating experience for me to see the varied ideas and themes the students created.  Megan was invaluable to this process and I so appreciate her talent and her ability to critique while encouraging  all her students.  I am very pleased and proud to have a logo created by an SHS student on our website, promotional materials and on all our social media. I have attached a pdf of the logo

Weekly Update 12/5

SHS Winter Music Concert

The SHS Music Department will hold their Winter Concert on Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m. There will be performances by the band, chorus, Sentinel Singers and Jazz Band. All are welcome!

Stop and Shop Community Bag Fundraiser – For the month of December, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop in Smithfield, $1 will be donated to the SHS Music Boosters. Thank you for your support!

Winter Sports

Games kick off this week. Check out RIIL.org for the latest schedules.

Parent Council Mtg This Week

The SHS Parent Council will host theor monthly meeting at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 8th in the library.

No School – December 16th

Reminder – No school for students on December 16. Staff has a professional development day.

Holiday Story Fest

Special Parent Forum

On Wednesday, December 15th at 6:00 PM in the Smithfield High School Auditorium. the Town of Smithfield and the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI will be sponsoring a Parents’ Forum. This important event will bring together many experts in the field of alcohol, opioids, addiction, treatment and recovery to provide the necessary tools for parents to keep our children safe.

David Neill, from the US Attorney’s Office, will begin the event by presenting the Circles and Silence film which has been nominated for five Emmy Awards. Circles and Silence is a remarkable sixteen minute film narrated by a diverse group of young adults whose personal true-life stories are mirror images of topics that impact every person who watches the film: Opioids, Addiction, Treatment, Recovery, and Life. Following the film, David and his co-presenters will have the opportunity to tell their story.

Deputy EMS Chief Jonathan Polak and Gateway Healthcare will share information about community resources and the Smithfield Safe Stations Program. The event will conclude with a Question and Answer Panel Discussion to include:

· Catherine DeOrsey, MPT, IIN Health Coach
Integrative Healthcare Solutions
Founder, Executive Director

· Robert Houghtaling
Director, Substance Abuse Prevention/Mental Health
Town of East Greenwich

· Linda E. Hurley, MA, CAGS
President and Chief Executive Officer ~ CODAC, Inc.

· Fred A. Trapassi
N.E. Region Chief Executive Officer
AdCare Rhode Island

· John J. Tassoni, Jr.
Vice President of Operations, Community and Government Relations
The Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI

Seeking Golden Apple Nominations  

NBC 10 and RIDE have teamed up to recognize outstanding teachers across our state with the Golden Apple Award. This award honors those who believe in the true spirit of teaching by making classrooms a creative and safe place to learn. Winning educators also receive a $250 contribution from Ocean State Credit Union. Those who nominate teachers include their students, fellow educators, and students’ families. Share this opportunity with your school community! If you know an outstanding teacher who deserves recognition, you can nominate them by using this form. You can also see previous winners on the Channel 10 website.

Raising Healthy Kids Winter Newsletter

Click here for winter newsletter

Student Work

Senior Luca Maiello created a “waving” american flag out of 2″ x 6″ pine lumber, roughly 4′ by 2′ in total dimension. Weighing around 35lbs, every piece on this flag was custom made and had to be carefully carved to create a seamless waving illusion

Weekly Update 11/28

Happy Hanukkah

Wishing families a happy and safe Hanukkah.

Masks

Just a friendly reminder for families to be sure your child comes to school each day with a mask.

AM Drop Off Update

The changes made to AM dropoff have made a positive impact on the traffic on Pleasant View Ave. When letting students out of cars, please pull up beyond the sidewalk so multiple cars may let students out at one time. Thank you!

Senior Fashion Show

The Class of 2022 will host the annual Senior Fashion Show on Friday, December 3rd at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale this week at the high school.

All Lit Up Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 4th, 4 pm

Holiday Story Fest

Winter Sports Begin 11/29

Tryouts begin for winter athletics on 11/29/21. All athletes must be registered and have a current physical on file prior to practice.

No School – December 16th

Reminder – No school for students on December 16. Staff has a professional development day.

Talk. They Hear You. Talking with your teen about alcohol, drugs and choices W/ Colleen Judge and Diane Ferrara – December 1, 6:30 pm

Parents are the leading influence on teenagers’ decisions about drinking and other substance use. Many caregivers wonder how to approach this topic in a way that young people will listen. It’s not a one-time
conversation but an ongoing process that can be simple and honest. What you say, how, and when you say it matters. Young people are more likely to listen if they know you are on their side. This webinar will offer strategies for connecting with youth in ways that will optimize your role as a parent to prevent substance use and support wellbeing.

Diane Ferrara is a clinical supervisor at Rhode Island Student Assistant Services where she has been employed since 2001. She spent 19 of those years as the student assistance counselor at Pilgrim High School in Warwick. Prior to that, she had a 12-year career in early childhood education. In addition, Diane has been in private practice since 1999. She received her BS in Human Development, Counseling, and Family Relations from URI and her MSW from Boston University.

Colleen Judge is Director of School-Based Services at RI Student Assistance Services. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 25 years of experience in the counseling field including providing substance use prevention and early intervention services in schools as a Student Assistance Counselor and individual and family therapy in private practice. Colleen received a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut. She has her own personal experience raising four young adults.

Please sign up here.

Weekly Update 11/21

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Thanksgiving Break

SHS will be closed from 11/24 – 11/26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Home football is at 10 am on Thanksgiving morning.

Thanksgiving Football

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Thanksgiving rivalry with North Providence High School. All alumni (football and cheerleading) from SHS and NPHS are invited to be recognized at halftime.

Winter Athlete/Parent Meeting

The SHS Athletic Department will be hosting a VIRTUAL meeting for all winter athletes and parents on Tuesday, November, 23rd at 7 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88094613249?pwd=bWFwb1Y4RUdBbDVoWi9VVGRQVzQ3QT09

Alumni Day is Back!

Click here for more information.

Weekly Update 11/14

SHS Morning Drop Off Changes – UPDATE 11/12/21

The School Department, Police Department, Town Manager, and Public Works have been working together to improve traffic congestion on Pleasant View Avenue (PVA).  We continue to see high volume southbound on PVA.  In an effort to reduce car volume on PVA, the following changes will be implemented beginning, Monday, November 15, 2021: 

  • Parents dropping off students will now take a right turn at the tennis courts and proceed around the back of the building. (Look for VMS Boards.)
  • Parents will drop off students at the corner of the building (See red triangle on the map.)  Students will walk to door #1.  PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW STUDENTS TO EXIT CARS BEHIND THE BUILDING!
  • Parents will exit via the access road along the baseball field.  Please make a right-hand turn onto PVA.
  • Student drivers will enter the lot and park as usual.

Additional Notes:

  • SHS opens doors at 7:00 am.  There is little traffic between 7:00 and 7:10.  Students/families are encouraged to leave earlier in the morning. 
  • School busses are running on time.  Please consider using bus transportation. 
  • We will continue to monitor the traffic and make adjustments as needed.  Thank you for your patience.

No School Thursday – Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 18th. Sessions will run from 1-4:30 pm and 5:30 – 7:45 pm. It will be a mix of in-person and virtual appointments. All appointments will be scheduled through Sign-Up Genius. If you have not received an invite from a teacher please reach out to them directly. Please no drop-ins.

Thanksgiving Break

SHS will be closed from 11/24 – 11/26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Home football at 10 am on Thanksgiving morning.

Winter Athlete/Parent Meeting

The SHS Athletic Department will be hosting a VIRTUAL meeting for all winter athletes and parents on Tuesday, November, 23rd at 7 pm. Links will be shared closer to the event.

Winter Sports Registration

Anyone interested in participating in a winter sport must complete the athletic department online registration. This must be completed by Nov. 29th in order to be eligible to try out.

SHS Athletic registration: https://shsri-ar.rschooltoday.com/home

Make sure you have a copy of your child’s physical form to upload.

First-time athletes must complete the Assumption of Risk Form. This form must be notarized. Freshman or new incoming students, if you played a fall sport you should be all set. This form only has to be completed once in your high school career.  

Thanksgiving Football Will Be at Smithfield This Year!

Due to construction at North Providence High School, SHS will host Thanksgiving football this year. The game time will be 10 am.

SVDP Food Pantry

A service project for the SHS National Honor Society collected over 1 ½ shopping carts of food for a local Food Pantry. Students collected, sorted, and delivered Thanksgiving food to the Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Food Pantry at Saint Philip Church just in time for the holiday.

The SVDP Food Pantry is open to any Smithfield area resident in need of food assistance. Distribution hours are every Wednesday afternoon from 1 PM -3 PM and every Saturday morning from 9 AM – 10:30 AM.

Pictured left to right: SHS Seniors Jacob Waskiel and Connor Guilfoyle
at the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

CCRI Promise Program

The Community College of Rhode Island invites you to attend a virtual open house event on Wednesday, November 17, at 6 p.m.Tuesday, or November 30, at 6 p.m.

  • Learn about the RI Promise and COVID Recovery Free Tuition scholarships.
  • Learn about our 90+ programs of study and academic/career paths.
  • Explore student life, athletics and student support services.
  • Learn about financial aid opportunities and the importance of filing the FAFSA.
  • Hear from CCRI faculty, staff and graduates.
  • Learn about transfer opportunities to RIC and URI with JAA-Joint Admissions Agreement.

Nov. 17th registration…https://ccri.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0GE0KNuxTPC5d7s1zg6bmQ
Nov. 30 registration…https://ccri.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0GE0KNuxTPC5d7s1zg6bmQ

Message From Smithfield High School Parent Council

Dear Families & Friends of SHS,

Through the last year and a half we have seen two classes from SHS graduate.  The class of 2020 lost out on many of their end of school moments – no prom, no true graduation with their friends and family (and of course no POST-GRAD), and sadly no final days to roam the halls and rule the school.  We thought that was bad.

Then the class of 2021 missed many of the normal senior activities all while wearing a mask and keeping socially distant.  Ultimately, they did get a prom and a beautiful graduation outside at Deerfield Park, but still no true POST-GRAD as many senior classes before had been able to enjoy.

Once again, we are planning for another graduating class while in the midst of a pandemic.  This year though we have HOPE, along with a vaccine, that may just allow us to give the class of 2022 a YEAR TO REMEMBER!!! However, the piggy bank is empty.  We have not been able to fundraise as we normally would, yet we still provided events as best we could (Senior Food Truck Event, Pre-Grad Carnival, Senior Drive-Thru). The Parent Council typically spends close to $18,000 a year on Post-grad and other events!

So here we are simply asking for whatever monetary donation you can provide.  We want to give these kids a normal senior year experience.  However, we don’t want to sell candles, pies or wrapping paper – who has time for that? We simply need our community to reach into their hearts (and pockets) to support our school and our kiddos.

Our goals are simple – raise as much money as we can to sponsor an amazing end-of-year event for the class of 2022 as well as offer support to ALL of our students and faculty.  Can you help us??

Any amount will be greatly appreciated.  We offer the convenience of Cheddar Up/Credit card through this link:

https://honoring-smithfield-high-school-s-class-of-2022.cheddarup.com

Please also share this email and Cheddar Up link to other family members and friends who might be able to support our SHS students this year!

Checks – made out to SHS Parent Council – can be mailed to SHS, 90 Pleasant View ave, Smithfield, RI, 02917. 

Gift cards would also be appreciated for future fundraising/raffle events!! Anything & everything helps!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

SHS Parent Council

Rebecca Carmosino – President

Chrissy Conlin – Vice President

Elaina Lavallee – Treasurer

Tara Zelano – Secretary

Catherine Krepkikh – Membership

CCRI Dental Hygiene Clinic

Book Drive

Senior, Katie Villandry, is having a book drive in memory of her cousin Emily. She is collecting new or gently used children and young adult books until January 1st. These books will then be donated to an organization called Books Are Wings, which will then distribute the books to children in need. Collection boxes will be located in the main office and the cafeteria. Your donation will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Weekly Update 11/7

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 18th. Sessions will run from 1-4:30 pm and 5:30 – 7:45 pm. It will be a mix of in-person and virtual appointments. All appointments will be scheduled through Sign-Up Genius. If you have not received an invite from a teacher please reach out to them directly. Please no drop-ins.

No School

No School Thursday, November 11 due to Veteran’s Day!

New Assistant Principal

We are excited to welcome Dr. Jose Libano to SHS as our new assistant principal.

Football Playoffs

The SHS football team will be hosting a playoff game vs. EWG on Friday, November 12th at 7 pm!

Boys XC Qualifies for New England’s

Congratulations to the boy’s cross country team for their fourth-place finish at the state meet this weekend.

Parent Council Meeting This Week

The SHS Parent Council will meet on Wednesday, November 10th at 7 pm in the library.

Winter Athlete/Parent Meeting

The SHS Athletic Department will be hosting a VIRTUAL meeting for all winter athletes and parents on Tuesday, November, 23rd at 7 pm. Links will be shared closer to the event.

Winter Sports Registration

Anyone interested in participating in a winter sport must complete the athletic department online registration. This must be completed by Nov. 29th in order to be eligible to try out.

SHS Athletic registration: https://shsri-ar.rschooltoday.com/home

Make sure you have a copy of your child’s physical form to upload.

First-time athletes must complete the Assumption of Risk Form. This form must be notarized. Freshman or new incoming students, if you played a fall sport you should be all set. This form only has to be completed once in your high school career.  

Thanksgiving Football Will Be at Smithfield This Year!

Due to construction at North Providence High School, SHS will host Thanksgiving football this year. The game time will be 10 am.

Vaccination Info From Tri-Town