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)

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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

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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!

Weekly Update 4/4

College Planning Session

SHS is hosting a post secondary planning session on Thursday, April 8th at 6 pm. This will be a virtual session. It is geared towards the Class of 2022 but all are welcome to join. Links will be emailed and shared on Google Classroom early this week.

Suicide Prevention: Question, Persuade, Refer

Smithfield will be hosting a virtual workshop for families and staff on April 7th at 6:30 PM focused on QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer), the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a child, student, friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. REGISTER HERE and the link will be sent to you the week of the workshop.


Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Hello SHS 2021 Families: 

As the Class of 2021 is nearing the end of their journey at SHS,  what better time to tell the world how proud of them we are! You can purchase this weather-proof yard sign for just $20! All proceeds from the sale of the signs will go to supporting our Parent Council Senior End-of-Year Events (They even say FAMILY, so everyone can get in on the fun!) Let’s show Smithfield what our seniors mean to us!!! Click on the link below to order your signs… 

Signs are on sale now thru April 16, 2021

https://shs-class-of-2021-pride-yard-signs.cheddarup.com

Questions…please contact amy.antunes@gmail.com

Softball Sign-Ups

Please click here for softball signup form

RISAS Monthly Update

English Version

Spanish Version

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 3/28

No School – Friday, April 2

Smithfield Public Schools will be closed on Friday, April 2nd for Good Friday.

Class of 2021 Senior Video – Part #2 – The Real 2021

Check out the latest video creation from Mr. Lenore.

School Lunch Program Update

On Friday, APRIL 16, 2021, the Smithfield School Lunch Program will provide meals for the Spring Recess. These meals are free and available to all children under the age of 18. Please fill out this form if you would like to participate.

Fall 2 Season Kicks Off

LLS Student of the Year

Congratulations to SHS sophomore Elizabeth Shepard, who participated in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)’s 2021 Students of the Year fundraising competition this spring. She raised an incredible $2,665 in just seven weeks! Her hard work and dedication has assisted the progress being made in the diagnosis and successful treatment for blood cancers. Well done Elizabeth!

LGBTQ Webinar

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 3/21

Girls Lacrosse Sign-Ups

Girls Lacrosse is now having signups. Head over to https://shsri-ar.rschooltoday.com. (Please make sure you have an updated physical!) Also, take a moment to signup for the Girls Lacrosse Google Classroom at https://classroom.google.com/c/NjI3ODYwNjYwMjla?cjc=dybr4ze. Please contact Coach Etheridge at petheridge@smithfield-ps.org with any questions. Team information will be coming out in the next couple of weeks, so sign up today.

Spirit Week

Student Parking

With the seniors returning full time, only students with a parking tag may park on campus.

Masks

All students and staff are required to wear masks at all times in the building. We are starting to see more masks slipping off the face. Please take care of your neighbor and wear the mask properly at all times.

Virtual Calming Room

SHS students, families, and staff face challenges each day. Dr. Amodie put together an excellent resources for those moments when you need to pause and catch your breath. Check out the virtual calming room.

Important Message to Class of 2022 Parents

All students entering their senior year, 2021-2022 are required to have:

  • Meningitis Booster Vaccine Physical Exam on or after their 16th birthday.
  • Physical Exam on or after their 16th birthday.
  • Please email Mrs. Riley this documentation to criley@smithfield-ps.org of fax to 4019492052, attention School Nurse Teacher. 

    Student Citizens Police Academy

    SPD is hosting a student version of their popular Citizens Police Academy. Please click here for more information and registration.

    Weekly Update 3/14

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    FLEX Day – Monday, 3/15

    No In-Person learning on Monday 3/15. It is a FLEX Day for teachers.

    Student Parking

    With the seniors returning full time, only students with a parking tag may park on campus.

    Masks

    All students and staff are required to wear masks at all times in the building. We are starting to see more masks slipping off the face. Please take care of your neighbor and wear the mask properly at all times.

    Virtual Calming Room

    SHS students, families, and staff face challenges each day. Dr. Amodie put together an excellent resources for those moments when you need to pause and catch your breath. Check out the virtual calming room.

    Smithfield History Historical Exhibition Website

    Students in the first semester Smithfield History course are showing off their final projects. Here is a link to the website.

    Important Message to Class of 2022 Parents

    All students entering their senior year, 2021-2022 are required to have:

    • Meningitis Booster Vaccine 
    • Physical Exam on or after their 16th birthday.

    Please email Mrs. Riley this documentation to criley@smithfield-ps.org of fax to 4019492052, attention School Nurse Teacher. 

    Student Citizens Police Academy

    SPD is hosting a student version of their popular Citizens Police Academy. Please click here for more information and registration.

    Raising Healthy Kids Spring Newsletter

    Check out the spring newsletter for Raising Healthy Kids

    High School Football Is Coming Soon!

    SHS opens the Fall 2 football season on March 26th at home. In-person spectators will be limited to family only but the game will be live streamed on NFHS network.

    Have a great week!

    Happy St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Day!

    Weekly Update 3/7

    “Back to School” Report from Dr. Paolucci

    If you have not already read the latest “Back to School” report shared by Dr. Paolucci, please take a few moments to review it at https://www.smithfield-ps.org/article/409611. As usual, there is quite a bit of important information for all Smithfield families.

    End of Daily Health Tickets

    Starting on Monday, March 1st, Smithfield parents will no longer need to fill out health screening tickets for their child attending school in-person. Instead, by sending a child to school, parents will be implicitly implying that their child is not exhibiting COVID-related symptoms. We believe that daily health screening has become a routine habit for families and tickets are now unnecessary. Please continue to be vigilant and mindful about keeping students home if they are demonstrating any of the following symptoms that cannot be explained by a chronic condition:

    • Cough
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Body aches
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Diarrhea
    • Stuffy nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Shortness of breath

    Class of 2021 Update

    Please click this link for the latest update.

    2021-2022 School Calendar

    The School Committee approved a school calendar for 2021-2022 that gives us a later start than we would normally have. Due to the state calendar, the dates for Jewish holidays, and the school construction project, these changes were necessary. The calendar is available on the district website at http://bit.ly/3pXxbEr.

    United Way of Rhode Island 21 Day Equity Challenge

    The United Way of Rhode Island 21 Day Equity Challenge invites all Rhode Islanders to commit 15 minutes a day to equity with the goal of understanding how inequity and racism affect our lives, our communities, and our state’s ability to thrive. Rhode Islanders who sign-up for the challenge will receive an email daily continuing for 21 days. Each email will feature a different racial equity topic, a brief introduction, and choices to select from to spend roughly 15 minutes learning, watching, reading, or reflecting about the day’s topic. The challenge is self-guided and done at each participant’s own pace. People may save emails for when they have more time, and anyone can sign up to begin their own 21-day journey. The Challenge is available as of February 24, but can be started at any time. Here is the link to sign up: https://unitedwayri.us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=fb1686ef671a7368d39afacf9&id=280b2e6e3d  

    Monday, 3/15 is a Flex Day; No In-Person Learning

    As part of the R.I. Department of Education calendar that districts were asked to adopt for this school year, a number of “Flex Days” were included to allow teachers and staff to engage in regular planning to prepare for teaching students in-person as well as virtually. A Smithfield Flex Day is scheduled for Monday, March 15th

    Homecoming – March Madness Is Coming – March 22-26

    CTE VIDEO FROM WEBSITE

    If your child is considering joining a CTE pathway, check out this video to learn more.

    Baseball Sign-Ups

    Spring sports are around the corner. Click here for baseball sign-ups.

    March RISAS Parent Newsletter

    Please take a moment to review the latest newsletter.

    RISAS Mental Health Series

    RISAS is excited to offer our latest  live webinar in our youth mental health and resilience series. The webinar: The Social Ecology of Resilience: The Many Ways Families and Communities Nurture  a Child’s Well Being, presented by Dr. Michael Ungar, is happening on March 10 at 6:30 P.M.

    World renowned resilience expert, Michael Ungar, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University. His ground-breaking work as a family therapist and resilience researcher is recognized around the world. He lives in Halifax, Canada.

    For more information on Dr. Ungar go to https://www.michaelungar.com/

    PAUSE Rhode Island Resources

    Where can I get immediate help in a mental health or substance use crisis? 

    PAUSE Rhode Island provides free behavioral health support services for Rhode Islanders. If you or someone you care about is dealing with COVID-19-related stress or anxiety, call one of these 24/7 hotlines for information on services such as treatment or counseling.Hablamos español 

    Where can I get recovery support? 

    • Find employment opportunities at a Rhode Island workplace that has earned a Recovery Friendly Workplace[recoveryfriendlyri.com] designation.   
    • Peer recovery support specialists are people who are in recovery from substance use or mental health conditions. Their life experiences allow them to provide support to others who can benefit. Call to speak with a certified peer recovery specialist to get support any time between 8 a.m.–8 p.m. at any of the following organizations: 

    Where can I get Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)? 

    If you are living with an opioid addiction, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) [preventoverdoseri.org] can help. MAT is the use of medications like methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone and is often used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies.  

    • Call the Buprenorphine Hotline, 401-606-5456, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to speak with a healthcare provider about treatment options and see if you qualify for buprenorphine over the phone or in person. 

    Visit PreventOverdoseRI.org [preventoverdoseri.org] to find a Rhode Island Center of Excellence [preventoverdoseri.org]

    HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

    Weekly Update 2/21

    Week of 2/22 – “B Week”

    The week of 2/22 will be a “B Week.”

    COVID Testing Resumes This Week

    SHS will resume weekly COVID testing for all athletes and students who submitted a consent form.

    21/22 Scheduling

    Scheduling for the Class of 2022, 2023, & 2024 has begun. Course selection sheets were distributed on 2/10 & 2/11. A new scheduling website has been developed and was shared with students. Students and parents should start reviewing the Program of Studies and developing four-year plans. Students will enter course requests on 2/25 & 2/26.

    Class of 2025 – We have a class meeting scheduled for Wednesday (2/24) at 8:15 am and a parent meeting scheduled for Wednesday (2/24) at 6:30 pm. Students see your Google Classroom for more information. Parents a mtg link will be shared later this week.

    NCWIT Aspirations in Computing awards 2021

    Congratulations to the student recipients from Smithfield High School who will be receiving recognition this year from the RI affiliate:

    • Bailey Gaffney, Winner
    • Ashleigh Moroni, Honorable Mention
    • Lundyn Deslauriers, Rising Star
    • Cameron Pereira, Rising Star

    NCWIT 2021 Rhode Island Affiliate Educator Award Winner!

    Congratulations SHS Computer Science Teacher Mike Deslauriers!  He was awarded the Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Educator Award from NCWIT. This award recognizes educators who have demonstrated a commitment to encouraging the computing interests of students who identify as women, genderqueer or non-binary.  Congrats Mr. D.!

    Senior Athlete Videos

    Mr. Lenore continues to put in a great deal of time and effort to capture SHS students. Here are his latest video creations.

    Race & Equality in Smithfield

    Last week the Town of Smithfield held a town forum on race and equity in our town. If you are interested in joining and/or continuing the conversation on racial equity in education, here are a few upcoming opportunities that are virtual, free, and (mostly) by local organizations: 
    1. Teach Plus Massachusetts Presents Anti-Bias and Anti-Racist Work in Our Schools: A Teacher Led Discussion with Senior Teacher Leadership Fellows during sessions in February, March, and April. Click here to register.
    2. The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College presents a panel on “Race, Racism, and Education: New Directions in Policy & Practice” on March 2, 2021 (4:30 – 6:30PM). Click here to register.
    3. The EduLeaders of Color of Rhode Island, in partnership with Parents Leading for Educational Equity (PLEE), will hold a session on February 25, 2021 (6:00 – 7:00PM) to celebrate the Reading Across Rhode Island 2021 read, Stamped by Ibram Kendi and Jason Reynolds. Click here to register
    4. The Rhode Island Writing Project and NEARI will hold an Antiracist Educator Panel as part of the RIWP Spring Conference Series – March 24, 2021 (4:00 – 5:30PM) Registration info to follow. Email riwritingproject@gmail.com with questions. 
    5. The University of California, Irvine presents “Cultivating Genius & Joy: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy” – A 90 minute Webinar with Dr. Ghouldy Muhammad – March 17, 2021 (6:30PM EST) Click here to register.

    Smithfield Prevention Coalition Initiative

    The Smithfield Prevention Coalition as part of the SPC Regional Prevention Coalition is offering a free service to help you “stay in the know” by offering tips for talking with your child about mental health and substance use trends. We regularly work with SPC and serve on their coalition. Keeping up to date on these important subjects is a crucial part of helping your child navigate their way through middle and high school and we recommend signing up. To let us help you “stay in the know”, please text SMITHFIELD to 401-258-7876 to opt into this free service. The texts will be minimal in number and SPC cares about you and will not share your number for any purpose.

    HAVE A GREAT WEEK!