Weekly Update 6/20

Congratulations Class of 2021

Mr. Lenore’s Final Video for 2021

Summer Credit Recovery

Final grades for all underclassmen will be posted next week. Any student receiving a final grade of a 50 through 64, in a core subject area,  will qualify for the SHS Summer Credit Recovery  Program that begins on June 28th  and runs through July 15th.  All information regarding this opportunity will be posted on our school website at shsri.org.

Tutoring will continue to be available to students each afternoon from 2pm – 4pm through Monday, June 21st for those students who would like the opportunity to bring their current grade to 50 to qualify for summer school and also for students who may achieve the passing grade of 65 utilizing this tutoring.  Students can check in with their school counselor regarding this option.

French 3 Students Win Awards

Mrs. Dempsey’s French 3 students were inducted into the French Honor Society.

Braden Crough received a silver medal from the National French Exam. He scored 1st prize for the state of Rhode Island.

Students receiving their Honorable Mention certificates for the National French Contest

Paige Martin-Brown Wins RI Leadership Award

Congratulations to Paige for winning the RI Leadership Award at the State House last week!

Senior Corey Conlin Wins National Football Foundation Scholarship

Corey Conlin was recognized as one of the top 15 football players in the state of RI recently. He won a $1000 scholarship presented by the family of Al Seone. This will help him with his tuition to Curry in the Fall where he will continue to play football. Congratulations Corey!

CCRI Summer Readiness Program

Attached is the information about the CCRI Summer Readiness Program that will occur during the weeks of July 12 and July 19.  Rising junior and senior CTE students are invited to participate in this  FREE two-week summer readiness program focusing on Reading, Writing, and Math developed by the CCRI English and Math professors.

Many students are ineligible to take college-level courses because they do not meet the required ACCUPLACER scores in reading, writing, and math. This program will provide students with focused instruction in reading, writing, and math to ensure college-level readiness.

Interested students may email SummerReadiness@ccri.edu or go to the link https://www.ccri.edu/dean-bst/reg_form.html  and complete the registration form.  We will send an application to the students.

Summer Learning Information – Summer 2021

SHS Summer Learning Information.

The link above provides all of the info needed for summer reading, math & IXL requirements, and AP/EEP Summer Pre-Work.

Interested in Playing Football in the Fall?

Interested in playing football at SHS?????  Please email Coach Castiglia if interested.  Summer workouts begin soon! gcastiglia@smithfield-ps.org

Have a Great Week!

Weekly Update 6/6

Senior Oratorical

SHS hosted the annual Senior Oratorical on May 28th. This years winner was Alex Brenner. Check out the Valley Breeze article.

Summa Cum Laude Honors Breakfast

SHS celebrated the 14 students who achieved Summa Cum Laude honors from the Class of 2021. Students and parents were treated to a wonderful breakfast and received their gold cords.

SHS Spring Sports Update

Our spring athletic teams are playing well.

Golf – Division Title

Baseball – First place Division! Currently ranked 2nd in state!

Wrestling – Big win last week vs. Tolgate

Softabll – 9 game winning streak!

SHS Girls LAX Community Service

Shout out to the Girls LAX team for giving back to the community this week!

Smithfield Summer Tennis Information

RISAS Monthly Newsletter

English Version

Spanish Version

Weekly Update 5/28

Class of 2021 Senior Updates

Class of 2021 Update (5/28)

  • Pre-Prom COVID Testing is scheduled for June 3rd. 
  • June 4th
    • Seniors should wear their green senior shirts
    • In-Person and virtual students are invited to SHS for a Class of 2021 picture in the gym at 9:30.  Cap & gowns will be distributed immediately after the picture.  
    • Seniors attending the prom may leave at 11:00 am.  Seniors must have a note to be dismissed early.
  • June 11th (Update)
    • Rehearsal at Deerfield from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    • A pre-graduation celebration will take place at the Senior Center at 11:30 am.  This is a Parent Council event for graduates only.  All school policies are still in place for this event.  Please do not do anything to jeopardize walking across the stage at graduation.  

Class of 2021 Update (5/14)

Senior Memo

Important Message for Class of 2022

This is an important message to parents of juniors, soon to be seniors:

In accordance with the Department of Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to immunizations, all students entering their senior year are required to have:

A booster dose of Meningococcal vaccine on or after their 16th birthday.

A physical exam after age 16

Please send this required medical documentation to the nurse prior to the beginning of school in September, 2021,by email or send a hard copy. If your child’s physical exam is not scheduled until after the start of the 2021 school year, please send in the most recent exam.

Please email me with any questions or concerns at criley@smithfield-ps.org.

I am looking forward to an amazing summer and a smooth and healthy 2021-2022 school year.

Stay Well!

Cathy Riley RN

Cheerleading Tryout Info

SHS Fall Cheerleading Tryouts will be held June 16, 17, and 18 from 4-6 PM at the track. All three days are required as part of the tryout process. In order to participate, you must register on the Athletics website between June 1st and June 16th. Any questions can be emailed to Coach Britt at blyons@smithfield-ps.org.

Girls Lacrosse Community Service Project Needs Assistance!

The Smithfield High School Girls Lacrosse team is holding a drive for the Community Care Alliance of Woonsocket to help those less fortunate and in need. They will be collecting toiletries/hygiene products for both boys and girls aged from infants to 18 years old. Items needed include toothbrushes, toothpaste, Q-Tips, shampoo, conditioner, diapers, razors, shaving cream, feminine products and new socks and underwear. If you are able to donate, please make sure all items are new or unused. The drive-by dropoff will be held from 9-11A on Sunday, June 6th at Smithfield High School. They will also be accepting donations in school. Anything helps! Please donate and help those in need. 

KFC Hiring

Weekly Update 5/16

No School-Monday, 5/17

Monday, May 17th is a FLEX day. No school for students.

Asymptomatic Testing Updates

  • Students and coaches that are fully vaccinated are no longer required to test weekly.  Proof of vaccination is required for school records. Please share the vaccination record with the school nurse.
  • A student that tests positive on a BINAX test is now required to get a PCR test for confirmation.
    • The student will stay in isolation until results of the PCR.  If the PCR is negative, the student may resume activities.  If the PCR is positive, the student will complete a full isolation period and the school will begin contact tracing procedures.

Class of 2021 – End of Year Info

Click here for the latest updates on end of year events.

College Signing Ceremony

Any senior athlete that is planning on playing sports in college next year (scholarship and non-scholarship) that would like to be included in our College Signing Ceremony on May 25th at 2:30 pm please contact Mr. Coderre by Thursday, May 20th. 

Cheerleading Tryouts

Cheerleading tryouts for Fall 2021 will take place on 6/16, 6/17, & 6/18 from 4pm – 6pm at the football field.

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 5/9

RIMEA All State Concert

The RIMEA All State virtual concert premiered on Youtube last week. It features over 600 RI student musicians. There are cameo videos from composers as well as some RI celebrities, including our own SHS alum, Peter Boyer.  Here’s the link for the concert.

Senior Fashion Show

The Class of 2021 shared the annual fashion show over the weekend. Almost $3000 was raised as of Monday morning. There is still time to donate. You may view the show here.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

The SHS Parent Council once again showed their appreciation to the staff of SHS with a wonderful lunch last week. Thank you SHS parent Council for your continued support!

Advanced Course Network

ACN preregistration for Summer 2021 and SY2021-22 is live on EnrollRI through May 21 and the ACN team is hosting its first Virtual Provider Showcase!  Course Providers will be joining to talk about their Summer 2021 and SY2021-22 course offerings. You, students and families will have an opportunity to meet the Course Providers, ask questions and learn more about program choices. Please reach out to acn@ride.ri.gov with any additional questions.

  • May 12, 2021 6:00-7:30pm: ACN Virtual Provider Showcase: Meet the Providers & Programs

Ø  Join the ACN Virtual Provider Showcase Zoom here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85643367223?pwd=K2M5c0Jrbis1SVVRbEE3YkxYdm9sUT09

Student Leadership Opportunity

Weekly Update 5/3

Students Return!!!!

It was awesome to have students back in the building this week!

Vaccination Clinic

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:

SHS Students and Staff Only: Monday, May 3rd 11:00AM – 1:00PMhttps://www.vaccinateri.org//reg/0519296006
Monday, May 3rd 2:00PM – 5:00PMhttps://www.vaccinateri.org//reg/9110296005
 

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!

Morning Traffic

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)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 885 4049 1818
Passcode: 925422
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Spring Sports Guidance Doc

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

English

Spanish

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.

Job Opportunity

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:

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:Emergency Broadband Benefit alt logo

§  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.

Weekly Update 4/25

In-Person Learning Monday (4/26)

We are looking forward to greeting students to full in-person learning on Monday.

  • School begins at 7:30 am. We anticipate more traffic so please leave a little earlier. No advisory period to start the school day.
  • Click here for the new bell schedule.
  • Additional information may be found in the school news section of the website.

Spring Sports Begin Monday (4/26)

All interested athletes must be registered and have a physical on file.

All athletes are required to be COVID tested weekly. All students must have a consent form on file n the office. If you already completed one for winter or fall 2 you are not required to submit another consent form.

  • Weekly Testing Schedule
    • Monday Testing
      • Football, Cheerleading
    • Tuesday Testing
      • Boys & Girls Track, Golf
    • Wednesday Testing
      • Girls & Boys LAX, Tennis
    • Thursday Testing
      • Baseball, Softball, Wrestling, Cabaret
  • Tryout Schedule
    • Softball – M-F 4-6:30 pm; Sat. 10 am – 1 pm @ the softball field
    • Boys Tennis – M-F 6-8 pm @ the tennis courts
    • B & G Track – M-F 2:15-4:15 pm; Sat. 9-11 am @ the track
    • Girls Lacrosse – M, T, Th, F 2:30-4:30 pm; W 2:30-5 pm @ Deerfield Park. All equipment is mandatory (sticks, goggles, gloves, mouth guard, masks, cleats, running shoes)
    • Boys Lacrosse – 2:45-4:45 pm @ Deerfield Park
    • Baseball – 3:30-5:30 pm @ the baseball field
    • Wrestling – 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Weight management Wednesday (4/28) at 5:30 pm

Half-Day for SHS Students – 4/28

Reminder – Wednesday, April 28th is a half-day for students due to senior presentation day. Students will be dismissed at 11 am.

RIDE Launches “EnrollRI” for Summer Courses

User-friendly tool will allow families to browse and register for a wide array of academic programs including summer opportunities. Click here for additional information.

The Rule of 7: Testing Your Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Danger of a Single Story – A powerful TedTalk

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 4/18

Full In-Person Learning – April 26

Dear SHS Families,

As vaccines are becoming more widespread and infections have decreased, we will be welcoming back all students on April 26th. There will no longer be a hybrid schedule and all students will attend classes five days a week. Students who are virtual option may remain virtual option.

We will continue to follow all RIDOH and RIDE guidelines to keep our students and staff safe. Please remind your students about proper mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing.

Important Information:

Students are expected to be in classrooms prior to 7:30 am, the start of the school day. We are eliminating the opening advisory period so instruction will begin at 7:30 am.


Doors 1 and 18 will be unlocked at 7:15 am. Students may grab a free breakfast on the way to their classroom. The cafeteria will NOT be open in the morning. Lockers remain closed.


No more than five students can sit together at lunch and students are encouraged to utilize the courtyard on nice days. Students may sit alone in the cafeteria lounge or library. School lunch for all students is free for the remainder of this school year.


All parking tags have been distributed. Only students with parking tags may park on school property and those parking on school grounds without a tag risk being towed. Additional parking is available at Deerfield Park or the ice rink.


Students attending in person five days per week are expected to be in person daily. Students and families may not choose to go virtual for a day.


Students who have been taking the bus can be picked up and returned home daily.


Full virtual students who wish to move to full in-person learning must email Mr. Kelley by April 20th (dkelley@smithfield-ps.org). Virtual students who wish to remain virtual students will not be permitted to switch to in-person learning for the remainder of the year.


Hybrid students who wish to move to full virtual instruction must email Mr. Kelley (dkelley@smithfield-ps.org) by April 20th. In-person students will not be permitted to move to virtual for the remainder of the year.

Virtual students will follow the new bell schedule for synchronous courses and teachers will continue to post work to Google Classroom. Since teachers will only have ONE virtual period each week, students will need to coordinate any extra help with individual teachers.

The following schedule will begin April 26th and will be in place for the remainder of this school year:

Half Day for Students – 4/28

Reminder – Wednesday, April 28th is a half-day for students due to senior presentation day. Students will be dismissed at 11 am.

RIDOH PCR Testing Clinic CANCELED

The PCR testing clinic scheduled for April 27 has been canceled.

April is Financial Literacy Month

National French Contest Winners

Level 3: 

1 Silver Medal: Braden Crough

5 Honorable Mentions : Kaitlyn Creighton, Xiao Rugg, Elizabeth Blanchette, Lillie McCormick, Bethany Slutter

Level 4:

2 Honorable Mentions:  Ben Corriveau, Hannah Muhtaseb

2021 Science Olympiad Results

14 members of the Science Olympiad team of Smithfield High School took part in the RI State Science Olympiad tournament that was run virtually from RI College on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

The tournament was much smaller than in previous years, with fewer events  and fewer schools participating.  All of the engineering events were suspended, which is unfortunate for us as they have often been our strongest events.  Nonetheless, despite a very difficult year, Smithfield placed 4th in a field of 14 teams and the students earned bronze medals in 7 of the16 events: Astronomy, Codebusters, Designer Genes, Forensics, Geologic Mapping, Machines, and Sounds of Music.

We are very proud of their accomplishments and their willingness to share responsibilities as a team, take on challenges, shoulder  responsibility for their learning, work together with collaborative and cooperative spirit, solve problems creatively, and persevere through difficult circumstances.

RISAS Series on Youth Mental Health, Trauma and Resilience

The next session titled, “What On Earth Were You Thinking? Why Adolescents Take Risks.” will take place on April 28th. Click here for more information.

Screenagers- Next Chapter – Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience

The SPC is hosting Screenagers- Next Chapter – Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience on April 28th

Lifeguards Needed

Interested in being a lifeguard at our local beaches? Click here for more information.

Fashion Show History

As class of 2021’s senior year comes to an end, students are working on the final touches for
their fashion show. The senior fashion show has been a tradition for 30+ years at Smithfield
High School, and is arguably one of the most exciting senior events.

As an event that once started in the school’s cafeteria, it has become a tradition that is carried
by the senior class. Madame Dempsey–one of the amazing world language teachers at SHS–
mentioned that, “in its beginnings it started as only a fashion show, where various types of
clothing would be modeled by senior students.” Madame also recounted how “the parent council
became involved because they were the ones who would physically go to the stores and pick up
the clothes [for students to model].” As the years went by, the students began to add small
variety sections to the show, where the seniors were able to perform and show off their talents.

The variety segments began as just a “filler” for the show, but has since taken over. As Madame
Dempsey got more involved with helping the seniors put together their show, the students
wanted their fashion show to be more “performance based.” So, seniors began adding themes
to each year’s show and it “just kind of steamrolled into becoming a lot of show, with less
fashion.” With these changes, the stores became less willing to let SHS borrow their clothing
pieces as smaller boutiques closed and chains took over.

The 2021 senior fashion show is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 8th, 2021. Students
have been working on creating and filming skits all year long and are excited to finally share
their project. Although this year’s fashion show will be a bit different due to COVID guidelines,
the seniors are still hopeful that it will live up to past years shows.

The senior class is also currently working on alternate ways to fundraise and support their class.
Although the fashion show will be virtual this year, there are still ways to help support the 2021
seniors. If you are interested in donating to the senior class, there is a link at the bottom of this
article that can be pasted into your web browser if you are reading this online. For readers who
prefer the hard copy of this magazine, donations can still be made to the senior class by
sending a check to the high school. Checks can be made out to SHS: Class of 2021, and should
be sent to 90 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield, RI 02917. Here is the link to donate for virtual readers: https://shs-class-of-2021-annual-fashion-show.cheddarup.com

Weekly Update 4/11

Full In-Person Learning – April 26

Dear SHS Families,

As vaccines are becoming more widespread and infections have decreased, we will be welcoming back all students on April 26th. There will no longer be a hybrid schedule and all students will attend classes five days a week. Students who are virtual option may remain virtual option.

We will continue to follow all RIDOH and RIDE guidelines to keep our students and staff safe. Please remind your students about proper mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing.

Important Information:

Students are expected to be in classrooms prior to 7:30 am, the start of the school day. We are eliminating the opening advisory period so instruction will begin at 7:30 am.


Doors 1 and 18 will be unlocked at 7:15 am. Students may grab a free breakfast on the way to their classroom. The cafeteria will NOT be open in the morning. Lockers remain closed.

No more than five students can sit together at lunch and students are encouraged to utilize the courtyard on nice days. Students may sit alone in the cafeteria lounge or library. School lunch for all students is free for the remainder of this school year.


All parking tags have been distributed. Only students with parking tags may park on school property and those parking on school grounds without a tag risk being towed. Additional parking is available at Deerfield Park or the ice rink.

Students attending in person five days per week are expected to be in person daily. Students and families may not choose to go virtual for a day.


Students who have been taking the bus can be picked up and returned home daily.

Full virtual students who wish to move to full in-person learning must email Mr. Kelley by April 20th (dkelley@smithfield-ps.org). Virtual students who wish to remain virtual students will not be permitted to switch to in-person learning for the remainder of the year.


Hybrid students who wish to move to full virtual instruction must email Mr. Kelley (dkelley@smithfield-ps.org) by April 20th. In-person students will not be permitted to move to virtual for the remainder of the year.

Virtual students will follow the new bell schedule for synchronous courses and teachers will continue to post work to Google Classroom. Since teachers will only have ONE virtual period each week, students will need to coordinate any extra help with individual teachers.

The following schedule will begin April 26th and will be in place for the remainder of this school year:

State Testing This Week

Students in grade 9, 10, & 11 will be taking the PSAT and SAT on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Please arrive have a good breakfast and arrive on time.

Seniors will be working from home asynchronously while the rest of the school will be participating in state testing.  These two days are not days off.  Work will be posted in Google Classroom.  It is also a perfect time to work on senior presentations.

COVID Testing Opportunity

Please complete the consent form and return to the high school office by Friday, April 16th. This one-time testing opportunity will not replace weekly student-athlete testing.

Parent Council Meeting This Week

The SHS Parent Council meets Wednesday, April 14th at 7 pm. This will be a virtual meeting. The meeting link may be found here.

Boys Lacrosse Informational Meetings

Any boys interested in playing lacrosse this spring are invited to an informational meeting and opportunity to meet our new coach. Players may attend Tuesday (4/13) or Wednesday (4/14) in the cafeteria at 2 pm.

Spring Sports Begin April 26

Students interested in a spring sport must have physical and be registered. Registration may be found here.

SHS Junior Wins InvestWrite Essay Competition

The Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone associated with SHS. Times have been challenging and at points, many of us couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Through all of the challenges and uncertainty, one thing has remained constant, our community has learned to appreciate what we have and take nothing for granted. Education is about opening doors and providing opportunities for our students, as well as preparing them for the journey that each of them will pursue in the near future. It has been said that even in the darkest of times, the light will eventually shine. This fall in Mr. Waterman’s Stocks & Investing classes, students were given the opportunity to compete in the SIMFA Foundation and Investwrite’s national essay competition. Students were provided with the following prompt:

 “Describe something you’ve done to adapt to change or overcome an obstacle. How will this experience guide your future success? Now describe something a publicly-traded company has done to adapt to change and explain how that makes it a good long-term investment. What other stocks, bonds, or mutual funds would you combine with this company for a successful long-term portfolio and why?”

Students were asked to compose an essay of at least 500 words, but not to exceed 1,000. Many chose to use the current pandemic as something they had to adapt to or overcome and then utilize what we had learned in class to emphasize how they could build a successful long-term portfolio. SHS submitted 25 essays and we are proud to announce that junior Tyler Rose wrote the winning essay for the state of Rhode Island. Tyler is an outstanding student and pushes himself to do his best with everything he participates in. He is active in our school community and is a member of both our Cross Country and Track teams. Tyler, like all of us, has had to adapt to the current conditions we are facing, and through it all has stayed positive and persevered. 

Tyler was presented with his awards on Friday, April 9, 2021. Elizabeth Reidel from SIFMA and Investwrite presented Tyler with his awards virtually. Other members in attendance were Tyler’s parents, his brother Zach, girlfriend Erica Botelho, Principal Daniel Kelley, Assistant Principal Dr. Allison Amodie, School Resource Officer Ricciarelli, CTE Coordinator Kara Lynch, and Tyler’s Business teacher, Mr. Scott Waterman.

InvestWrite, an innovative national writing competition, produced by The Stock Market Game program, adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.

Community Service Opportunity-Put Your Social Media Skills To Work

The Smithfield Land Trust is looking for a couple of interns to assist with developing a social media campaign for their organization.  This will include meetings with the land trust, determining their needs, creating the appropriate accounts and adding content over the next few months.  Need interested students ASAP.  Please email Mr. Kelley if interested. 

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Professional Development Opportunity for Families & Staff

SPARK Kindness presents: FREE online events for caregivers, parents, and staff of BIPOC children of all ages with Dr. Briscoe-Smith. Check out https://www.sparkkindness.org/ for more information. Sessions run April 15th

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!