Weekly Update 6/14

What A School Year!

Thank you all for a great school year.  2020 will always have a special place in our hearts.

Fall Planning Focus Group

We know that many families are concerned about what school is going to look like in the fall.  We invite you to participate in a focus group that will meet regularly this summer (virtually) to provide feedback on plans being made.  The first meeting of the focus group will be on June 16th at 7:00 p.m. through this link:  https://meet.google.com/rpi-fvyt-ysk

Whether or not you are available for this first meeting, if you are interested in participating in this focus group, please provide your contact information on this form:  https://forms.gle/GQWrRe91cTnc7sBH8

Class of 2021, 2022, & 2023 Return of books (class and library) and Chromebooks – Tuesday, June 16th

Class of 2021. 2022, & 2023 Plan:

Students are required to return all textbooks, novels, library books, uniforms and Chromebooks. In order to have a safe and efficient process for the dropoff of items, we will implement the following procedures and schedule.  

  • Please enter the high school driveway and stop at door 18  (Auditorium Doors) to drop off textbooks and library books.  Continue to door 2 (gym doors) to drop off Chromebook.
  • A staff member will greet you and retrieve the items.
  • Please do not park in the student lot…you will be directed to pass through the traffic line and stop at each set of doors.  No parking is allowed.
  • Please tape a simple label on your Chromebook device with the student’s last name and year (ex. “Jones – 2020”). Use scotch or packing tape only, not adhesive labels.
  • Parents may drop off Chromebooks for multiple students in the family at the same time.  They should drop everything off at the time designated for their oldest child.
  • Schedule – Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    • Class of 2023 (Grade 9) – 8 am – 10 am
    • Class of 2022 (Grade 10) – 10am – 12pm
    • Class of 2021 (Grade 11) – 1pm- 3pm

Guys & Dolls Highlight Reel

Guys & Dolls did not go off as planned but you can check out a highlight reel from some of the rehearsals.

Virtual Art Show

Illustration, Graphic Design

Drawing & Painting 1, Foundations of Art, Usable Art

AP Art Presentation

Check out the awesome work completed by our AP Art students.  

More Great Artwork From SHS Students




NHS Final Meeting for 2020

The high school NHS chapter had their final farewell meeting last week.  Click here to check it out.  

RI ACE Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded scholarships to assist their careers in building and construction.

Alexander Niquette – $2,000 (Mechanical Engineering)
Michael Herchen – $2,000 (Engineering)
Stephen Herchen – $2,000 (Engineering)

RISAS Monthly Newsletter

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 5/25


2020 drone

Distance Learning – Final Grade Guidelines

Smithfield High School

Smithfield High School will not be administering final exams at the end of this school year.  Students may be given performance tasks such as research, an experiment, or an analytical writing piece during the fourth quarter to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.  Students with missing work should be developing a plan with their teachers.  

Grade Calculation

  • Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be averaged for a final transcript grade.
  • Students with a final grade between 50-64 will receive an incomplete.  Students with an incomplete will be provided an opportunity to participate in a summer learning program from June 15th to July 3rd to improve their grades.  
  • Students with a final grade of 49 or lower will be required to retake the course.
  • At the end of the school year, families will be notified when grades are finalized.

Summer Learning Program

  • SHS will be providing a virtual summer learning program from June 15th to July 3rd.
  • Students in grades 9-11 who receive an incomplete in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and/or Spanish will be eligible to enroll in virtual credit recovery from June 15th – July 3rd.   Smithfield High School teachers will provide instruction based on areas of need.  
  • Seniors in need of credit recovery may begin virtual credit recovery on June 2nd.

The full district document may be found here. 

Important Dates

June 1st (Monday)

  • Staff – Professional Day
  • Students – Flexible Learning Day
  • Class of 2020 – Last Day

June 12th (Friday)

  • Last Day of School Underclassmen

20/21 Athletic Registration

Athletic registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open.  Please visit https://smithfieldhs.rschoolteams.com/

Virtual Parent Workshop

The Tri-County Community Action Agency is sponsoring a virtual workshop for parents.  I think the topic could not be at a more perfect time.  Please see information below and consider registering to attend.


Join us for a live virtual program with a clinical

psychologist and stand-up comedian, Dr. Matt Bellace

“Supporting Teens in Reducing Their Stress (and Ours)”

Dr. Bellace uses humor to convey his very powerful message –

we need to support young people in both words and actions if we want them to make healthy choices for themselves.


Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm  or

Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:30pm


Cost = FREE!


A Message from AAA Regarding Driver’s Education

We here at AAA hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. We are contacting you to let you know that we have established an online driver’s education program for the remainder of the school year as well as the summer. Classes will be offered to all students who are at least fifteen (15) years and ten (10) months old on the first day of class. Classes will be offered all summer long in the morning and afternoon to accommodate different schedules. Seating is first come first serve, so if you could please let your students know that we are able to provide online driver training, that would be greatly appreciated. All the students would need to do is go to AAA.com, click on DRIVING SCHOOL, select their state (RI) and click on the red notification box directly under the page photo (below the Behind the Wheel/Classroom buttons) to see the available online class offerings.Or, students/parent can contact our call center for more information and to sign up for class 855-222-1050 (Please see attached flyer).

Raising Healthy Kids Summer Newsletter

Click here for the newsletter.


Have a great week!


Weekly Update 5/17

“With everything suddenly feeling like it’s up for grabs, this is your time to seize the initiative. Nobody can tell you anymore that you should be waiting your turn, nobody can tell you anymore that this is how it’s always been done. More than ever this is your moment, your generation’s world to shape.”  Barack Obama

Senior Care Package Delivery

HUGE shoutout to SHS staff for delivering care packages to the Class of 2020.

A Message From The Student Council Officers

Love these kids!  Click here!

Virtual Grief Support Groups

An excellent resource for families during this difficult time.  

SHS Senior Kendra Ezeama

Kendra was featured in the article The Resilient 17: The forgotten athletes of COVID-19

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 5/10

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Happy Mother’s Day

To all the mom’s in Sentinel Nation – Thank you!  I hope you have a wonderful day.

Nurse Update

Latest information from the school nurse. 

Flexible Learning Days

May 15th (Friday)

  • Staff – Vacation Day
  • Students – Vacation Day
  • AP Students US History & Computer Science will take the scheduled AP Test.

May 20th (Wednesday)

  • Staff – Professional Day
  • Students – Flexible Learning Day

May 25th (Monday) – Memorial Day

  • No School – Students & Staff

June 1st (Monday)

  • Staff – Professional Day
  • Students – Flexible Learning Day
  • Class of 2020 – Last Day

June 12th (Friday)

  • Last Day of School Underclassmen

Additional information for Flexible Learning Days

Students should sign-in on the attendance form and check their Google Classrooms. Teachers will not be providing direct instruction on these days but will be providing assignments to be completed.  No new content will be provided.  Assignments may include:

  • Make-up work
  • Skill reinforcement 
  • Non-tech options 
  • Enrichment activities

Important Message From Technology Office

“The Technology Department has announced that it must do a required upgrade to a Chromebook extension that provides for our Internet filtering.  This upgrade will begin to occur after 3 p.m. today and we ask that you visit the link https://bit.ly/SPSChromeUp for important actions & information regarding this update.”

Hannah Hardy (’20) Making a Difference

Check out this great video from Hannah.  

Computer Science Students Qualify for National Championship

SHS qualified to compete in the National Championship Girls Go CyberStart 2020.  The Dream Team representing SHS will be Katie Chan (‘20), Bailey Gaffney (‘21), Abigail Marsella (‘23), and Elizabeth Blanchette (‘23).

NHS Hometown Heros

If you know someone who is going above and beyond to support the community during these difficult times, please nominate them for the Smithfield Hometown Hero award using this form. Winners are announced every Tuesday and receive a certificate for a free entrée from Uno’s in Smithfield.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Joseph Potenza for being named the Smithfield Hometown Hero of the week! Lieutenant Potenza prompted for the Smithfield Fire Department and Smithfield Police Department to participate in “birthday parades” for members of the community to bring excitement and joy to those celebrating their birthdays in quarantine. He also encourages members of the community to support local businesses and he rewards those that do so with SFD events and prizes. Lieutenant Potenza is continuing to be a positive presence in the town of Smithfield and is supporting the Smithfield community.

Congratulations to Stephanie Ricci for being named the Smithfield Hometown Hero of the week! Stephanie has always put others first and she has continued to do so during the past few weeks. This is her second year working as a SICU nurse at Miriam Hospital and she is currently working with COVID-19 positive patients. Stephanie stays late and picks up extra shifts to provide the best care possible for Rhode Islanders. In addition to this, Stephanie provided cloth masks to her fellow nurses and high risk individuals in the community. Stephanie graduated from Smithfield High School in 2014 and Rhode Island College in 2018 where she played soccer for four years. 

Congratulations to Eric Covino for being named the Smithfield Hometown Hero of the week! Eric made a generous donation to the Smithfield school lunch program to clear the negative balances for 228 students. He was able to make a positive difference in the lives of many Smithfield families. 

May RISAS Newsletter

Check out the May newsletter. 

Request from Chartwells

One of the most inspiring things we’ve seen over the last month and throughout our COVID response is the way our communities have come together to support each other. For Chartwells, that has meant partnering with groups across schools including transportation teams, school staff, and volunteers so that we can continue to serve meals to students and share some smiles along the way.

Even though it’s something we don’t regularly discuss, it is worth sharing that Chartwells is part of the Compass Group community. In addition to schools, our fellow Compass companies serve everywhere from hospitals and corporate cafes to senior living communities.

In the spirit of continuing to bring people together and help our communities, we had an idea and hope you’ll join us in our effort to bring more people a smile.  In our Morrison Living senior communities, extra precautions are in place which does not allow residents to receive visitors or gather in groups.  We’re working to rally children across the country to help “Send a Smile” that will be delivered to seniors with their meals.

We’ve developed a fun activity packet for students to print at home and have some fun with.  The packet features spaces for students to introduce themselves, draw a picture or write a letter.  Once completed, students and families can simply drop it in the mail and our team will take care of delivering it to brighten a senior’s day.

I am hoping your district’s families will join us  in our project, I am wondering if  you would share the “Send a Smile” newsletter link through your school communications channels, be it through teachers, district wide communication or a school newsletter.  We think this could make a great class project or similar initiative as well.

Send A Smile Newsletter Link for families:   https://conta.cc/3b9PJdk

Morrison Living serves more than 475 communities across the country and over 70,000 residents! We think that’s a lot of people who deserve a smile. Our hope is that we can collectively deliver thousands and thousands and thousands of letters across the country. We’d love to have your children share even more SMILES!

Have a great week!

Important Message for Class of 2020 Students & Parents


Dear Class of 2020 Students & Parents:

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and in good spirits.  Thank you for your patience as we develop plans for the remainder of the school year.  Unfortunately, due to the current situation and the Executive Orders of the Governor, the events that we are preparing will not be the traditional senior events of the past.  Our seniors have worked hard and have looked forward to the spring of their senior year and all of the celebration that comes with this season. There is no way to express the disappointment of our seniors, families, staff, and community. 


Although we can not carry out graduation exercises and the traditional senior celebrations as we would like to, we are committed to providing the best possible, memorable experiences for our seniors while staying within the boundaries of the Executive Orders of the Governor. The high school administration in collaboration with student representatives, class advisors, the high school leadership team, and central office have developed alternative plans for the senior activities. The high school administration will continue to meet with student representatives to collaborate on planning these events. 


Calendar of Events

  • May 6 – Virtual Portfolio Presentation
    • Seniors have received their scheduled times
  • May 14/15 – Senior Care Packages Delivered
    • Cap & Gown, Honor Cords, Diploma Cover
  • May 19 – Virtual Senior Oratorical
    • Time TBA
  • May 28 – Top Ten Virtual Brunch
    • 11 am
  • June 1 – Seniors Last Day
  • June 2 – Virtual Senior Honor Night
    • 7 pm
  • June 4 – Senior Send-Off
    • Details Coming
  • June 5 – Senior Prom Canceled
  • June 9 – Virtual Graduation Ceremony
    • 7 pm
  • July 27 – Senior Prom (Tentative)
    • This event is subject to the Executive Orders of the Governor. A final decision regarding prom will be made by June 5th.


Flexible Learning Days

May 6th (Wednesday) 

  • Staff – Professional Day
  • Students – Flexible Learning Day
  • Class of 2020 – Senior Demonstration Day

May 15th (Friday)

  • Staff – Vacation Day
  • Students – Vacation Day
  • AP Students US History & Computer Science will take the scheduled AP Test.

May 20th (Wednesday)

  • Staff – Professional Day
  • Students – Flexible Learning Day

May 25th (Monday) – Memorial Day

  • No School – Students & Staff

June 1st (Monday)

  • Staff – Professional Day
  • Students – Flexible Learning Day
  • Class of 2020 – Last Day

June 12th (Friday)

  • Last Day of School Underclassmen



  • Our yearbooks are almost complete.  They are being printed and we are awaiting a delivery date. 


Final Exams

  • Final exams will be canceled for seniors.



  • Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be averaged for a final transcript grade.
  • Students with a final grade between 50-64 will receive an incomplete.  Students with an incomplete will be provided an opportunity to participate in a summer learning program on June 15-26.
  • Students with a final grade of 49 or lower will be required to retake the course.
  • Seniors in danger of not graduating must have all requirements completed by noon on June 4th to be included in the graduation ceremony.


Locker Clean Out

  • The district is currently working on a plan to get locker materials to students in a safe manner.  


Return Chromebook & Textbooks

  • The district is currently working on a plan for seniors to return Chromebooks and textbooks in a safe manner.  


Honoring the Class of 2020


  • Be The Light


      • Beginning May 1, SHS will turn on the lights at the Boyle Athletic Complex at 8:20 and keep them on for 20 minutes and 20 seconds each night for the entire month.  


  • Class of 2020 Lawn Signs


Members of the SHS Parent Council are working with a local company to produce lawn signs.  If your family would like to purchase one, please contact Ideal Printing https://ideal-printing-swag-store.myshopify.com/products/proud-family-of-a-smithfield-graduate-yard-sign

      • Crown Trophy is also doing customized lawn signs with a name and a picture.  401-231-0070


  • Senior Banner


      • We are working with the SHS Parent Council and class advisors on this project which could coincide with the Senior SendOff.  More details soon.  


  • Mr. Lenore’s Annual Class Video


    • Mr. Lenore is working on the senior video.  The release date will be in early June.


Class of 2020, you will forever be part of the #SHSLegacy.  Thank you for making the last four years memorable.  Parents of the Class of 2020, thank you for your support in the past four years.  You have great kids and should be proud of their accomplishments.  


We will continue to monitor the evolving public health crisis and how it impacts the state and us locally in Smithfield. Many of you have inquired about the possibility of future events with the Class of 2020.  We are certainly open to ideas but we must be mindful that our graduates begin to travel to college, start military appointments, and begin careers the first week of August. We will continue to work with the class advisors and the senior class leadership over the coming months.  


Stay well!


Dan Kelley


Weekly Update 4/26

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Hello Sentinel Nation!  As anticipated, the Governor has announced that all school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of SY 2019-2020. We are all disappointed that this decision had to be made, but until we are able to assure that we can all come back together safely, this is necessary to protect our students, teachers, support staff and families.

We have completed week five of virtual school and I must share how proud I am of our community for rising to the incredible challenges we have faced.  This is not easy.  Hardships, challenges, and pain come to all of us. Learning virtually has at times been frustrating. Juggling work, kids, schedules, dealing with isolation and anxiety, and concerns about our elderly parents make for some challenging days.  

Despite these challenges, we have seen many positive and successful stories.  Attendance, engagement, and the quality of learning and personal connection all remain high; in some cases better than ever. And we are seeing a resiliency in our kids that should make us all proud.  Personally, I am grateful for the family game nights, Zoom calls with family and friends, and some extra time to workout.  

Class of 2020 – You continue to be in our thoughts daily.  Many of you have shared ideas for graduation, prom, and other celebrations.  We are evaluating all of our options and will be releasing details soon.  

In addition to graduation and prom, we face more challenges and difficult decisions – grading, locker cleanout, summer programming, next year’s schedule, and wrapping up this school year.  We ask for your patience as we finalize these plans.  

As they did for the month of April, the Rhode Island Department of Education has developed a statewide common calendar. The calendar includes professional planning days to allow your teachers to catch up, plan, and prepare as well as strategic downtime days for all of us. We are still finalizing the end of year calendar for the high school but the following dates will assist you with your planning.  

May 6th (Wednesday) 

  • Staff – Professional Day
  • Students – Flexible Learning Day
  • Class of 2020 – Senior Demonstration Day

May 15th (Friday)

  • Staff – Vacation Day
  • Students – Vacation Day
  • AP Students US History & Computer Science will take the scheduled AP Test.

May 20th (Wednesday)

  • Staff – Professional Day
  • Students – Flexible Learning Day

May 25th (Monday) – Memorial Day

  • No School – Students & Staff

June 1st (Monday)

  • Staff – Professional Day
  • Students – Flexible Learning Day
  • Class of 2020 – Last Day

June 12th (Friday) – Last Day of School

Tim Ferron Named National Honor Society Scholar

Class of 2020 President Tim Ferron was recently named a National Honor Society (NHS) Scholar.  This means means that Tim demonstrated a strong commitment to the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Way to go Tim!


The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its yearly SurveyWorks Parent Survey, which is an opportunity for parents to provide feedback about our school and our children’s opportunities to learn.  The survey results are most useful when all parents participate, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey.

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey you can help our school leadership and our parent-teacher organization to make improvements to our school. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you.

You can take the short survey online beginning today through March 31th. To take the survey, visit: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride.  Smithfield High School code is 31107family

On your next weekly update can you ask any seniors that are planning on playing a college sport to contact me? So far I have seven athletes that have reached out from Derek’s tweet but I want to make sure that we haven’t missed anyone that might want to be involved in the process. CC

Virtual Take Down Tobacco

We would like to invite everyone to participate in a #TakeDownTobacco Initiative
between now and May 8th. The student with the most likes on their Instagram photo
Tagged #SmithfieldTakesDownTobacco will win an Amazon gift card. Just print out
the attached sign and fill in YOUR reason why you want to Take Down Tobacco. No
printer? No problem! You can make your own sign or post that tells us why you want to
Take Down Tobacco. Don’t forget to include the #SmithfieldTakesDownTobacco !
There will be one student winner per town! TakeDownTobacco Sign Template

SHS Literary Magazine

Check out the latest edition of Rhapsody.

Message from Student Assistance Counselor

Please take a moment to review this important information regarding alcohol awareness during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Virtual Art Club

SHS art club still going strong during the quaratine!


Mr. Lenore’s Special Visit

SHS art teacher, Bruce Lenore, made a special trip to visit Malina and wish her a happy birthday last week.  Check out the video.

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Have a great week!

Weekly Update 4/20

Week #5

Hello Sentinel Nation!  I hope all of you are safe and healthy.

Here we are….Week #5!  It is amazing what has been accomplished in five short weeks.  I am really proud of the students, teachers, parents, and our community.  This has not been easy but each day we continue to get better.  These are certainly difficult times especially for those of you who are out of work and worried about providing for your families. If we can be of help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.  Our counselors (guidance, social workers, and psychologists) are available to assist you with your concerns.  Stay well, everyone!

Here was my message to students this morning. 

Good morning everyone!  Welcome to week #5 of virtual school.  You are all doing a great job.  Thank you and keep up the great work!

Every day each of us deals with the ups and downs of living under quarantine differently.  Try to keep a positive attitude.  If are feeling stressed, step away from the computer and take a walk.  Get some fresh air.  Please reach out to your counselor or an admin if you need support with anything.

Quick reminder….Please remember to restart your Chromebooks at least once a week.  Many of you had trouble logging in this morning.  A simple reboot usually clears up the problem.  

Miss you all!  Have a great week!

Mr. Kelley

SHS is Proud to Announce our Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2020

Class of 2020 Valedictorian

Caitlin Bessette

caitlin Bessette Val

Class of 2020 Salutatorian

Serena Roy


SHS Class of 2020 Top Ten

SHS is proud to announce the Class of 2020 Top Ten.  The school counselors and the admin team are proud to congratulate these students for their academic achievements during their four years at SHS.   We are very proud of each of you for earning a top ten rank.  This is a tremendous honor and demonstrates your dedication, hard work, and perseverance.

  1. Caitlin Bessette
  2. Serena Roy
  3. Thomas Barrette
  4. Sydney Tucker
  5. Madeleine Greene
  6. Benjamin Iannuzzi
  7. Vedant Bhagat
  8. Hannah Hardy
  9. Chaya Pearlman
  10. ZiTong (Cathy) Qi

NCAA Eligibility Center Update

Students interested in playing college athletics at Division I or II levels should check out this link for the latest updates from NCAA .

NHS Hometown Hero Award

In partnership with Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Smithfield, the Smithfield High School National Honor Society is organizing the Hometown Hero award. We want to recognize people in the Smithfield Community who are going above and beyond to support the town during these difficult circumstances. In these trying times, it is important to recognize those who are being a light in the dark, and who are using their talents and skills to better the lives of others.

We created a Google Form that community members can use to nominate any first responder, medical worker, essential worker, community member, mail carrier, etc. who they feel has demonstrated great leadership, support, and hard work during this time. Community members can nominate someone until 9:00 pm every Monday. The winner of the Hometown Hero award for that week will be announced the following Tuesday. Winners will receive an email with a personalized certificate that is valid for one free entrée from Unos.

Please help us share this with the Smithfield Community by posting the attached brief description (please feel free to modify this to best fit your needs) along with the link to the nomination form on the school websites, blogs, and social media accounts.

Please feel free to contact Hannah Falcone (hfalcone20@spsstudents.org), Ben Rees (brees20@spsstudents.org), or Caitlin Bessette (cbessette20@spsstudents.org) or either of our advisors, Vincent Zibelli (vzibelli@smithfield-ps.org) or Derek Snow (dsnow@smithfield-ps.org) with any questions or concerns.

Nomination Form

Nominations Needed for Smithfield Teacher of the Year

Do you know an educator who embodies the values of our school community? Consider nominating a teacher for this year’s Teacher of the Year. To nominate a Smithfield educator, provide their name and school as well as an explanation for what makes them worthy of this year’s award (300 words or less) in an email or through the mail to Judy Paolucci by April 28th. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee and an awardee will be announced in May. If there’s a year when educators deserve as much recognition as possible, it’s this one!

Virtual Physical Education

Health & Physical Education students have been active during virtual school.  SHS students are doing body-weight workouts, cardiovascular workouts, tracking heart rates, relaxing with yoga, learning to juggle, and learning about important health topics such as nutrition, stress, anxiety, and depression.

The department has teamed up with Student Assistance Counselor Rebecca Young who is presenting weekly lessons on the opioid epidemic and addiction.  Next up, our friends at AAA will join us for presentations on marijuana & driving and the impact marijuana has on the teenage brain.

Class of 2020: You have a great story

An SHS parent shared this great article from Providence College and I felt it was worth a share.

Have a great week! 

Stay Well!

Weekly Update 4/13


Welcome to Week #4 of virtual school.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter break. 

Weather & Power Outages

Please monitor the weather today.  If you lose power, please do not stress about virtual school.  Stay safe!

Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch

We know that a number of families are currently experiencing food shortages due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 precautions.  The Smithfield Public Schools are grateful to provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals beginning on Tuesday, April 14th.

Here are the details:
“Grab and go” breakfast/lunch program will be available for pick-up Monday through Friday (beginning on Tuesday, April 14th) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Old County Road School, 200 Old County Road.

Everyone 18 years of age and younger is eligible to receive a free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch.  All your children would not have to come with you to pick up the meals as parents can pick them up for all the children in their family.  On Fridays, meals will also be distributed for the weekend, one lunch and one breakfast per day for each child.

Meals will be prepared and distributed by staff from the district’s food service provider, Chartwells, and these staff will be required to wear a mask and gloves.  We strongly encourage all families that come to pick-up meals to follow the recommendations of the governor and wear a face mask. This is for the safety of all families and district staff.

A strategy that has worked well across the state is for families to pull up in front of the school and pop their truck/tailgate so that meals can be placed directly in the back of the vehicle.

We are very thankful for the cooperation and support of our partners at Chartwells, along with the Smithfield Public School facilities staff, that are allowing this program to happen.

In order to assist Chartwells in preparing the appropriate number of meals, we need to gauge the interest of SHS families.  The four elementary schools and Gallagher Middle School are sending out the survey as well.  You DO NOT need to complete the survey for each school your children attend.  So, if you filled out the survey for one of the elementary schools or middle school, you would not need to fill one out for your high school child(ren).

Grab and Go Survey

Story Time hosted by the SHS National Honor Society

RISAS Monthly Parent Newsletter

Check out the latest RISAS Newsletter.


Have a Great Week!


Weekly Update 4/5

“Out of the shadows
The morning is breaking
And all is new, all is new
It’s filling up the empty
And suddenly I see that
All is new, all is new
You are not alone.”

If you have a few moments this week check out this clip from the James Corden show on March 30th.  Shout out to George Couros for sharing this in his weekly blog.

Video Message Update 4/3


Cox to Compete

We have registered the addresses of all students who qualify for free/reduced lunch with Cox so that they can get internet access for free.  

Next steps:

  • Families should visit and complete the application.
  • www.cox.com/c2c then hit, “Qualify Now”.
    • Note: the application can be completed on a mobile device.
  • In the application, families will be asked to provide information to set up their account, verify their identity and request their equipment.
  • Dropshipping can take a couple of days pending any shipping delays.
  • Families having any trouble during the application process should reach out to Mr. Kelley

Resource For Families Struggling With Mental Illness During This Crisis

An excellent resource from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

SHS Basketball Player Matt Lasalandra Earns Multiple Recognitions

2019-2020 RI Basketball Coaches Association Awards


Academic All-State team – Criteria involves players being nominated to the All-Academic team along with their Grade Point Average and Basketball Post Season awards taken into account as part of the selection process by the RIBCA Executive Board.


These teams are selected by the RIBCA All-State Committee comprised of coaches from Division 1, 2 & 3 who vote to determine the final results. This is not the Providence Journal All-State team.

SHS Leadership Team Working Virtually

Extremely proud of the SHS Leadership Team getting work done!  Thank you all for your leadership.

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SHS Staff Working Hard On Virtual PD Day


Virtual Spirit Week Pics

A Conference Call In Real Life

Great representation of some of our virtual calls this week. 🙂


Have a great week!