Weekly Update 1/21/19

Assistance for Families

I want to remind you that your students’ families can apply for free and reduced lunches at any time during the school year, especially when there’s a change in income.  The government shutdown has affected many families.  If you have knowledge of a family affected by this, please encourage them to fill out a lunch application.

First Semester Ends This Week

The first semester ends on Wednesday, January 23rd.  Teachers will be finalizing grades this week.  We will make an announcement about when grades are final sometime next week.

School Committee Meetings This Week

The Smithfield School Committee has two meetings on Tuesday, January 22.  The first meeting is a budget hearing with a specific focus on staffing for next year.  The regular meeting begins at 7 pm.  Both meetings are in the media center.

National Honor Society Induction

The NHS Induction Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd.  The ceremony begins at 6:o0 pm in the auditorium.


Join us for a screening of “SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age” & moderated panel discussion to follow. This event explores the struggles of tech time/social media, as well as offer solutions to how we can help our children navigate the digital world. Jan 24 6:30pm at Smithfield High School.

School Accountability

Check out the latest school accountability information on the RIDE website.  There is a great deal of information on this link.

Financial Literacy

Our state treasurer recently proposed that all RI students should receive instruction in financial literacy.  SHS has had financial literacy as a graduation requirement for a few years now.  You can find more information about the story here.

This Week at #SHSLegacy

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Have a GREAT Week!



Weekly Update 1/13/19

Winter Ball

Winter Ball will take place on Friday, January 18th from 6:30-11.  Tickets are no longer on sale for the event. Any student on the list for the Winter Ball may leave at 1:30 pm on the day of the dance.  You will need to bring a note from a parent to the main office letting them know of the early dismissal request.  This will get you out before the busses.  Enjoy the dance.

Help Pay For Prom

Parent Council is having a January membership drive. This is your opportunity to earn money for your class funds! For each new membership that a student brings in, he or she will earn $5 toward their class fund. Parent Council will DOUBLE the donations to the class that brings in the most new memberships! The membership drive ends on Friday, February 1st.

SHS Unified Sports Program

Our Unified Sports teams are now on social media.  Check them out.

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Attendance Matters

Addressing chronic absence is a key component of improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement and giving young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Join the Attendance Awareness Campaign and make a difference for your community: http://bit.ly/1oqfID7

Smithfield Education Foundation ‘Open House’ Meeting

Monday, January 14, 2019, at 4pm in the Smithfield High School Media Center.  Come learn about the Smithfield Education Foundation’s mission and how we support the Smithfield Public Schools by awarding grants to teachers.

The Smithfield Education Foundation is looking for new volunteers. If you are interested but cannot attend, please contact us at smithfieldedfoundation@gmail.com.

We hope to see you on January 14th!

Showing of “Screenagers”, January 24th

All are invited to a screening of the documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” on January 24th from 6:30-8:00 at SHS. The event is co-sponsored by our parent organizations. This award-winning documentary and the moderated discussion that follows address the challenges regarding tech time and social media and offers strategies to help our children navigate the digital world.

Positive News

This is one of two emails Mr. Kelley received after the Smithfield/Coventry boys basketball game on January 7th.

Good Morning Mr. Kelley,

I wanted to reach out to let you know how proud I was of the Smithfield High School community last night at the boy’s basketball game. I attended the game to see one of Coventry’s seniors, Troy Osterhout, hit 1000 points. As you can imagine, we were hoping to have Troy achieve this milestone at a home game, but Smithfield did not disappoint. The athletic director, coaches, score keepers, referees, parents, players, and fans were all so supportive and excited for Troy’s accomplishment. The game stopped, announcements were made, Troy was presented with the game ball, and Smithfield fans were on their feet giving Troy a standing ovation. It was such a touching moment to see players and students rally around an athlete from another high school. 

Please let your school community know how grateful Coventry High School is for Smithfield’s hospitality and support last night. 


Alison Kasbarian

Dean of Students
Coventry High School

Great Video

Check out this great video from my good friend Joe Sanfelippo….The Struggle is Real.

This Week at #SHSLegacy

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Weekly Update 1/6/19

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a great holiday break!  SHS is looking forward to a great 2019!

Winter Sports

Our winter sports teams are in full gear.  Check out our athletic page for the latest games and times.

Parent Council Mtg. This Week

The SHS Parent Council has their monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 9th.  We will be discussing the future of education and Thomas Friedman’s book That Used To Be Us.

School Committee Mtg. This Week

The Smithfield Schol Committee has their first meeting of 2019 on Monday, January 7th at 7 pm in the media center.

Indoor Track School Record

Congratulations to the boys 4 x 800 relay team for breaking a school record this past weekend!  They placed 1st at the World Trophies Invitational with a time of 8:47. Great job Chris Olean, Ethan Maione, Tim Ferron, and Ethan DeBassio!

This Week at #SHSLegacy

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Have a GREAT Week!


Weekly Update 12/30

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On behalf of the students and staff at SHS,

we wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!

School Resumes January 2, 2019

Smithfield Schools will resume classes on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Cut In State Aid

Did you know that the Town of Smithfield is set to lose 1.5 million dollars in state aid?  Check out Superintendent Paolucci’s latest blog post for additional information.

Winter Ball

Winter Ball will take place on Friday, January 18th.  Tickets will be on sale the week we return from winter break.  Tickets are $50 a piece.

Raising Healthy Teens

Check out the latest edition of Raising Healthy Teens

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This Week at #SHSLegacy

Check out the latest from our school hashtag.

Some Holiday Pics and Videos

Mr. Lenore’s Holiday Video

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Have a GREAT Week!


Weekly Update 12/16

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Holiday Spirit Week Activities

  • Monday, December 17th – Red and Green Day
    • Be festive with your favorite holiday colors!
  • Tuesday, December 18th – Flannel Day
    • Wear your favorite flannel shirts!
  • Wednesday, December 19th –
    • Holiday Sock Day
  • Thursday, December 20th – Polar Express Day
    • Wear your flannel PJs
    • Find the “Elf on the Shelf” to win a Prize
  • Friday, December 21st – Ugly Sweater Day
    • Ugly Sweater Contest for Each Grade & Faculty
    • Schedule:
      • 7:30-8:14 Period B
      • 8:18-9:00 Period C
      • 9:00-10:02 Assembly
      • 10:06-10:52 Period D
      • 10:52-12:45 Period E (Regular Lunches)
      • 12:49-1:45 Period F

Student and Teacher of the Month

  • Class of 2019
    • October – Grace Beaudry & Abby Leveille
    • November – Ariana Ruhle
  • Class of 2020
    • October – Shaylee Costa
    • November – Serena Roy
  • Class of 2021
    • October – Hailey Metrano
    • November – Jania Fuller
  • Class of 2022
    • October – Madison Bettencourt
    • November – Audrey Turcotte
  • October Teacher of the Month
    • Mr. Frank Russell
  • November Teacher of the Month
    • Mrs. Jennifer True

Highlights From Smithfield Christmas Parade

Check out this great highlight video from SHS graduate Scott Bouchard.

SHS Legacy

Congratulations to 2010 graduate Ashley Kuhar.  She received URI’s 10 Under 10 Award!  Check out the link here.

Check out the latest from our schoolwide hashtag #SHSLegacy. 

Articles That Caught My Eye This Week

Study finds that mastering prerequisites—not taking calculus in high school—better predicts success in college

The rush to calculus is bad for students and their futures in STEM

Have a GREAT Week!


Weekly Update 12/9


New Website

Our new site is finally up and running.  Same address, different look – www.shsri.org.  Please download the app on Android: http://bit.ly/2Pcn0JW or iPhone: https://apple.co/2FOrjvn.

Upcoming Events

  • Parent Council Monthly Mtg. – December Topic: Social Media Safety & Support
    • 12/12 6pm SHS Library
  • SHS Winter Band & Chorus Concert
    • 12/12 7 pm – SHS Auditorium
  • School Committee Mtg
    • 12/17 7 pm – SHS Library
  • Last day before winter break!
    • 12/21

Winter Athletics

Winter sports begin this week.  Check out the schedule for the week. 

Blood Drive

SHS recently held a blood drive. 52 pints of blood were donated which will help save up to 156 lives!  Nice Work!


Rube Goldberg Night

Our freshmen shared their Rube Goldberg Machines at our annual School Showcase this week.  Here are a couple of pics and a video.

This Week at #SHSLegacy

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Have a GREAT Week!

Weekly Update 12/2/18

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No School Thursday, December 6th

December 6, 2018, is a Professional Development Day for the 6-12 staff and parent-teacher conferences for the elementary level.

SHS Showcase

SHS is hosting our annual SHS Showcase on December 5th from 6-8 pm. We strongly encourage current 8th graders and their families to attend this event. Students and families from all grades and from surrounding communities are also invited. Come check out our Career & Technology Programs, Early Enrollment Courses, and learn about the other great offerings at SHS!  Check out our welcome video!

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Senior Fashion Show


SHS is proud to host the annual Senior Fashion Show on Friday, December 7.  The show starts at 7 pm.  Tickets may be purchased at school for $15 or the day of show for $20.  It will sell out.  Check out the preview video from Mr. Lenore! 

SHS Traffic Update

In an effort to maintain traffic safety on campus, we are asking that anyone driving on campus adhere to the following:

  • The speed limit on campus is 10 mph.
  • Anyone picking up a student after school should park in an empty spot in the front lot – please do not park behind cars blocking them in.
  • During the afternoon pickup, if you do not arrive at the campus prior to the busses, please do not cross the double yellow lines and enter the campus through the exit.  Please line up behind the busses and enter as they leave. They pull out five minutes after the dismissal bell.

Walk Zone Memo

Please click the link for a memo regarding student walk zones and winter weather.

PSAT Results Released This Week

The October PSAT scores will be released online on 12/10.  Students will receive information on how to access their scores on Monday during their alpha advisory period.  Please review the scores with your child and reach out to their counselors if you have any questions or concerns.  This video will explain how to understand your score report.

Parent Council Adopt a Family

The SHS Parent Council is supporting the Smithfield Welfare department by participating in the Adopt-A-Family for this holiday season. Winter has already struck with some very cold days and unfortunately, there are members of our community who are struggling to make ends meet. This is a great program that offers some much needed basic necessities as well as some much-appreciated gifts to help make the holidays a bit warmer (physically and emotionally).

The welfare department has furnished us with a specific needs list. If you are interested in supporting this drive please contact Becky Carmosino directly at rcarmosino@cox.net . She will be the contact person to meet the specific needs requested while working with what our members are able to provide. All donations will be collected at our next meeting on December 12th at 6:00. Though there is a list of specific items, gift cards and monetary donations (to be put towards items requested) will be accepted as well. Becky will work with any members donating to make sure that the maximum benefit is met!  Thank you!


Message From School Nurse

Cold and Flu season is upon us. All illnesses need to be monitored and reported to the school nurse teacher and, if necessary, to the Rhode Island Department of Health.  In order to be proactive in reducing the number of students missing school time, if your child is feeling ill, please have your student check in at the health office.  This allows the school nurse teacher to keep track of health trends in the general school population.

Our Smithfield district protocol is that:  Students are NOT to use their cell phone to call/text a parent to go home ill unless they are in the Health Office and have checked in with the nurse.  Any student feeling ill or uncomfortable (needing early dismissal), should be seen by the School Nurse Teacher to be evaluated and treated according to the School Health Standing Orders. The School Nurse Teacher will then call a parent, if necessary, to send the student home or make a referral to the appropriate Health Care Provider. If your child does text or call you, please have them go to the school nurse teacher for evaluation and/ or dismissal.

We appreciate you working together with us to keep our schools a healthy environment for all of our children.


SHS was proud to host Arnaud Mentre, Consul General of France this week.  He was in Smithfield to award The Palmes Academiques to Margarita Dempsey for her service to French education and French culture.  Congratulations Madame Dempsey!

Shout out to Mr. Deslauriers and the Computer Science students for moving on to phase 2 of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.  They are one of five finalists for the state of Rhode Island!

Check Out Our Students In Action

The SHS chorus sang at the Jay Lawrence Memorial event last Sunday

Mr. Kelley spent some time cooking with Morgan and Sarah this week.  German Apple Pancakes.  Yummmmm


Mrs. Dempsey’s Spanish III students researching and interpreting art

SHS had many student groups participate in the annual Smithfield Christmas Parade this past Saturday!  The SHS Baseball and Hockey teams assisted with parking and crowd control.  The band played holiday music from a float and the chorus sang holiday music at the Green during the event.  Our Unified Teams also participated in a float.  Our very own Elizabeth Russillo was the Grand Marshall.  SHS was well represented!!!!!!  A BIG thank you to all the parents who assisted with the floats!


This Week at #SHSLegacy

Check out the latest from our schoolwide hashtag – #SHSLegacy


Have a GREAT week!