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!

Weekly Update 2/16

First Semester Grades Finalized

Second-quarter grades are finalized in Infinite Campus. Please log in to the portal to review. Any student with 3 or more failing grades is academically ineligible and may not participate in athletics or extra-curricular activities. If you have questions or concerns please contact your child’s school counselor.

Winter Break

No school February 15-19. The week of 2/22 will be a “B Week.”

Class of 2021 Cap & Gown Sizing

Usually this time of year we have a quick assembly regarding cap and gown information. Since we cannot meet in person we need to collect this information through a google form. The information being collected helps us determine sizing for the cap and gown. It will only be shared with our Herff Jones representative. Students should complete this form by Wednesday, February 10th. 

Showing the Class of 2021 Some Love

On Thursday & Friday hybrid seniors received a Valentine’s day treat courtesy of the Smithfield Rotary, Mr. Kelley, Dr. Amodie, and Mr. Lenore. Virtual students will receive their treat during vacation week or the week after. Check out this short video.

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.

Congratulations

SHS Senior, Hallie Brown, came in second place in a young adult poetry exhibition contest sponsored by the Hera Gallery and the Hera Educational Foundation. Way to go Hallie!

Message From Kids Link RI

Dear Families:
Are you worried about your teen?  Please outreach to Kid’s Link at the number provided if your student is exhibiting any of the signs noted.
Website:  https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/kids-link-ri

The free, confidential phone line, 1-855-543-5465, connects parents and caregivers to an experienced clinician that can help them access children’s services in Rhode Island, and determine the best place to go for treatment and counseling.

Contact Kids’ Link RI™ if your child is:

  • Feeling excessive anger or sadness.
  • Lashing out at siblings, friends, and adults.
  • Having behavior problems at school.
  • Having severe worries.
  • Hurting himself/herself or others.

Thank You and as always be well and be safe!

Football Sign Ups

Football signups took place during lunch on 2/11. If you were not in the building that day please reach out to Coach Castiglia. All football players must register through the athletic website.

Virtual Town Forum on Race and Equality

The Smithfield Town Council Invites the Community to a Virtual Town Forum on Race and Equality in Smithfield

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 6:00 PM

Join Virtual Forum

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86072620568?pwd=cVdjOXZBbndkcWIvNUJSVVhkY3Zmdz09

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 2/6

Picture Retakes This Week

Picture retakes will take place on Monday & Tuesday this week from 12-3 each day in the auditorium. Any student who did not get a picture taken in the fall may or anyone who needs a retake should participate. Virtual student are welcome to participate as well.

In-Person Photographs

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Students will be called down to the auditorium by advisory.

A-K – Monday, 2/8

L-Z – Tuesday, 2/9

Virtual Student Photographs 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A-K – Monday, 2/8

L-Z – Tuesday, 2/9

Ordering Photos Help us offer SAFE, paperless and ‘contactless’ school photos!  Order online and your student will not need to return any items to SHS on his/her school picture day.  Please click here to order school photos!

Smithfield COVID-19 Response Update – February 5, 2021

Important information regarding vaccination for Smithfield residents.

COVID Updates From Superintendent

A couple of key updates from the Superintendent Weekly Report

Rules for Those Who Tested Positive in Last 90 Days

At the regional meeting held last week, RIDOH explained current guidance for those who have tested positive within the past 90 days.  During the 90-day period, no quarantines are necessary if the person is considered a close contact, including for close contacts within the household.  There is also no quarantine after travel, no negative test result needed for sports, and no asymptomatic school-based testing for these individuals.

Reminder – Travel Guidance

With February vacation around the corner, we are again sharing our new policy about travel.  An executive order issued by the governor allows for three quarantine options for someone returning to RI after traveling to a US state where >5% of COVID tests are positive. The “gold standard” is to quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms.  As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to your arrival.  Travelers may also receive a COVID-19 test during their quarantine period in RI and get a negative result can stop quarantining but should still self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.  We are now allowing members of our school community to use the testing options to reduce or eliminate the need to quarantine.  We remind parents, however, that travel during school days is considered a non-excused absence, even with the availability of distance learning.  Ensuring school attendance is an important parental responsibility that results in school success as well as strong work ethics in adults.  

2021 USSYP Delegate Announcement

Congratulations to Victoria Richard for being selected to attend the United States Senate Youth Program on behalf of Rhode Island. USSYP is government and leadership program for students pursuing coursework in history and political science. It also comes with a $10,000 scholarship!

A & W Hiring

A&W Restaurant opens for the 2021 season on March 6th. They need kitchen workers.
Hours are Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Shifts Open from 11-9

$11.75 hr

Anyone interested should contact awfloat95@gmail.com

CyberPatriot XIII State Results

Music Legion of Honor

Congratulations to Kathryn Mueller (Class of 1997), our 2020 Recipient of the SHS Music Legion of Honor. This morning, our Tri-M officers virtually inducted Kathryn over a Google Meet, along with special guests Robert Cleasby and Jim Parente, Kathryn’s former teachers. Kathryn’s upcoming virtual benefit concert will feature repertoire by women and people of color. https://www.kathrynmueller.com/

SHS Winter Sports Pics

RISAS – Youth Mental Health & Resilience Series

Supporting LBTBQ+ Students

The Southern Providence County (SPC) Prevention Coalition is hosting “SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ KIDS” , a discussion on how to have meaningful conversations on February 24th at 6:00pm.

NAMI-RI Offers Free Virtual Family-To-Family Course

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illnessis now accepting registration for their virtual Family-to-Family course which begins on February 24th. This is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program, which means that research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to a person with a mental health condition. NAMI-Rhode Island’s Family-to-Family course is taught by trained family members who have lived experience, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. For more information on the Family-to-Family curriculum and registration requirements, visit our website or call 401-331-3060.

Have a Great Week!

Weekly Update 1/31

Semester Two Begins 2/1

Semester two begins on 2/1. Many students will have schedule changes. Students should be reaching out to teachers if they have not recieved Google Classroom codes. Grades will be finalized by the end of the week.

Anti-Defamation League Training

SHS students participated in ADL training this past Friday. This training focused on teaching students how to facilitate difficult conversations with their peers both in person and in the virtual world. Students engaged in meaningful conversations regarding stereotypes, biases, and other -isms that exist in our everyday lives. Moving forward from the training, students will begin work planning our school activities to become a school that is designated as “No Place for Hate”. 

NHS Tutoring For Students

The National Honor Society has collaborated with the sophomores of the Class of 2023 to bring back the NHS’s free tutoring for the Spring semester! With a number of volunteers, we have students proficient in every subject to provide guidance and support to students in grades K-12. Tutoring will take place before and after school hours, and on Saturday and Sunday evenings. To request a tutor, please fill out the Google Form in your child’s Google Classroom or contact either Krysta Afonso (kafonso21@spsstudents.org) or Jen Derosier (jderosier21@spsstudents.org). Please do not hesitate to reach out for more information!

21/22 Scheduling

SHS will be starting the 21/22 school year scheduling process very soon. Since we cannot meet in person, host an 8th grade orientation, or provide our course selection fair this year, we are working on some alternatives to make the course selection process as easy as possible. Additional information is coming soon.

RISAS Monthly Newsletter

Check out the February edition of the RISAS monthly newsletter.

Fundraising Letter From Parent Council

PAUSE Rhode Island

PAUSE Rhode Island, along with a unified partnership of Rhode Island mental health experts, is here so you can pause, simply breathe, pick up the pieces, heal and move forward.

PAUSE Rhode Island provides free community outreach and support services for Rhode Islanders dealing with stress and anxiety due to COVID-19.

Student of the Year Fundraising Campaign

SHS sophomore, Elizabeth Shepard, has begun the Student of the Year fundraising campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)!  Starting today, and through March 20th, Elizabeth will be working with a team they have assembled to raise $10000 for LLS’ mission to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families. If you’d like to support Elizabeth, please consider sharing their fundraising link however you see fit: https://events.lls.org/ma/bostonsoy21/eshepard

Since 2016, the Students of the Year program has made an incredible impact for blood cancer research, patient aid, and community outreach programs by raising more than $74 million.  Last year alone, there were more than 5,000 high school students participating throughout the country. This is truly an elite group! We count ourselves lucky to have Elizabeth as part of this campaign to represent Smithfield High School. She will be running in honor of our Honored Hero, Sally, a freshman at Noble and Greenough School who is a leukemia survivor.

To get involved or learn more about the campaign, please visit www.StudentsoftheYear.org.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

Weekly Update 1/26

“We are striving to forge a union with purpose,

To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.” – Amanda Gorman

Less than one week ago, the world watched as Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first-ever youth poet laureate and a woman of color, read a poem that issued a clarion call to Americans to come together in celebration and appreciation of our differences at the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America.  Ms. Gorman, who is not much older than our high school students, was impressive with her well crafted words.  They serve as a reminder that there is still a great deal of work to be done in regards to the acceptance and tolerance of all people regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or identity. 

Racial slurs and hate speech have become commonplace in our society but they are NEVER acceptable. Regardless of our individual ideals or values, we as human beings need to be respectful of and civil to others. The school district is aware that racism, hatred and bigotry have found their way into our school walls. The “A Classroom of Difference” program, in partnership with ADL’s A World of Difference® Institute, is helping students and faculty at Smithfield High School work earnestly to address bias and bullying both inside and outside our school community.

Any student wishing to be part of the solution is encouraged to join our ADL student group. We have training Friday, January 29th. If you are interested, please contact assistant principal, Dr. Allison Amodie for more information.

COVID Update

COVID testing for students, athletes, and coaches continues to go well. This week we will test students with last names A-K on Wednesday, January 27th from 12-2. If a student would like to be tested at that time they need to have a consent form signed by a parent. Copies of consent forms will also be found in English classes. The electronic version can be found here.  Please see Dr. Paolucci’s latest blog and weekly report for additional information.

Updated Travel Quarantine Guidance

From Dr. Paolucci’s Recent Update – An executive order issued by the governor allows for three quarantine options for someone returning to RI after traveling to a US state where >5% of COVID tests are positive. The “gold standard” is to quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms.  As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to your arrival.  Travelers may also receive a COVID-19 test during their quarantine period in RI and get a negative result can stop quarantining but should still self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.  We are now allowing members of our school community to use the testing options to reduce or eliminate the need to quarantine.  We remind parents, however, that travel during school days is considered a non-excused absence, even with the availability of distance learning.  Ensuring school attendance is an important parental responsibility that results in school success as well as strong work ethics in adults.  

Survey Works

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its annual SurveyWorks
Family Survey, which is an opportunity for family members to provide feedback about our
school community and our children’s opportunities to learn. The survey results are most useful
when all families 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 school community to make improvements.
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 between January 19 and March 31. To take the survey, visit
bit.ly/ridefamily . Choose your school from the dropdown list.

5 Easy Steps to Complete Your Family Survey
Step 1: Visit bit.ly/ridefamily
Step 2: Select Smithfield Senior High School from the dropdown menu.
Step 3: On the Welcome page, your school’s survey will be displayed. Click “Start Surveys”
Step 4: You have now accessed the family survey. In the top left hand corner, there is a drop
down menu. Select English or Spanish or Portuguese.
Step 5: For each question, select the answers that best apply to your experience and beliefs. Once
finished, click “Submit,” and you are done!

Lifetouch Picture Retakes

Lifetouch Photography will be offering picture retakes on February 8 & 9 from 12 pm – 3:30 pm. Virtual students may have their retake after the school ends.

​Stop & Shop Community Bag Program

We are so excited to share that SHS Parent Council has been selected to be a part of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of January, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop located at Greenville$1 will be donated to SHS Parent Council, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for parent council.

Parent Council Calendar Fundraiser

Hello SHS Families!
Welcome 2021…a New Year with new beginnings. To say 2020 was a challenge would be an
understatement. We know that only brighter days are ahead with the fresh start of this most
anticipated New Year.
With the new year comes a renewed spirit within the Parent Council. We are planning our first
fundraiser of the 2020 – 2021 school year. The fundraiser, a calendar raffle, will help to raise
much needed funds for both the Parent Council and a celebration of our 2021 Seniors.
Here are the details…
Parent Council will be holding a calendar raffle which will run from January 15th, 2021 through
January 29th, 2021. The cost of each raffle calendar will be $15. Payment for the raffle can be
made by check, mailed to or dropped off at SHS, or online using our CheddarUp account SHS
Winter Wonder Calendar Raffle
. A PDF of the calendar will be emailed to everyone that
purchases one. The winners will be notified via email and the prizes will be available for pickup
at SHS.
Thank you so very much for your continued support of the Parent Council. Our mission of
championing our SHS community is now more important than ever before and we could not do it
without the help of every one of you. If you have any questions regarding Parent Council or the
fundraiser, please reach out to Amy Antunes at (401) 261-1826 or by email at
amy.antunes@gmail.com.
Our best to you for the New Year…2021, the best IS yet to come!
SHS Parent Council

Special Guest Reader At SHS

Check out Kobe, our pet therapy dog, sneaking in some reading time in the library.

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 1/16

No School

No school on Monday, January 18th. Next week will be a “B Week”. The 2nd Quarter ends on January 29. This marks the end of the first semester. Semester 2 classes will begin February 1.

COVID Testing

Week one of COVID testing for students, athletes, and coaches went well. We tested 157 and had one positive result. This week we will test students with last names L-Z on Wednesday, January 20th from 12-2. If a student would like to be tested at that time they need to have a consent form signed by a parent. Copies of consent forms will also be found in English classes. The electronic version can be found here.  Please see Dr. Paolucci’s latest blog and weekly report for additional information.

School Lunch Program Update

Lifetouch Picture Retakes

Lifetouch Photography will be offering picture retakes on February 8 & 9 from 12 pm – 3:30 pm. Virtual students may have their retake after the school ends.

SHS Featured Artwork

Each month individual art students will be featured on the front bulletin board.  This month, Payton Farrell, Caitlyn Cacador and Gabrielle Antonelli have work on display along with brief artist statements about their interest in art & future plans.  

Joey Smith created a comic about virtual learning….

​Stop & Shop Community Bag Program

We are so excited to share that SHS Parent Council has been selected to be a part of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of January, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop located at Greenville$1 will be donated to SHS Parent Council, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for parent council.

Parent Council Calendar Fundraiser

Hello SHS Families!
Welcome 2021…a New Year with new beginnings. To say 2020 was a challenge would be an
understatement. We know that only brighter days are ahead with the fresh start of this most
anticipated New Year.
With the new year comes a renewed spirit within the Parent Council. We are planning our first
fundraiser of the 2020 – 2021 school year. The fundraiser, a calendar raffle, will help to raise
much needed funds for both the Parent Council and a celebration of our 2021 Seniors.
Here are the details…
Parent Council will be holding a calendar raffle which will run from January 15th, 2021 through
January 29th, 2021. The cost of each raffle calendar will be $15. Payment for the raffle can be
made by check, mailed to or dropped off at SHS, or online using our CheddarUp account SHS
Winter Wonder Calendar Raffle
. A PDF of the calendar will be emailed to everyone that
purchases one. The winners will be notified via email and the prizes will be available for pickup
at SHS.
Thank you so very much for your continued support of the Parent Council. Our mission of
championing our SHS community is now more important than ever before and we could not do it
without the help of every one of you. If you have any questions regarding Parent Council or the
fundraiser, please reach out to Amy Antunes at (401) 261-1826 or by email at
amy.antunes@gmail.com.
Our best to you for the New Year…2021, the best IS yet to come!
SHS Parent Council

Have a great week!

Weekly Update 1/9/21

Happy New Year!

On behalf of the teachers and staff, I would like to wish all SHS families a Happy New Year! We have lots to be thankful for and we look forward to serving the students and community in 2021!

Week of 1/11

As we transition back into our hybrid schedule, just a few reminders. We will move back to our hybrid bell schedule starting Monday. Next week is an A week so A-K will be in on Monday, January 11. Here is the link to the bell schedule for our hybrid schedule.

Students will still need to present a ticket when entering the school building each morning. The link to the ticket is here. Tickets can also be found in English classes.

Semester One Almost Complete

The 2nd Quarter ends on January 29. This marks the end of the first semester. Semester 2 classes will begin February 1.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes have been rescheduled.  A new date will be announced soon.  School pictures will be delivered to advisories next week.  

COVID Testing for Students

Students will have the opportunity to get COVID tested at school if they are asymptomatic and have not had COVID in the last 90 days. Testing will take place in the auditorium from 12pm-2pm on Wednesday, January 13 (A-K) and Wednesday, January 20 (L-Z). If a student would like to be tested at that time they need to have a consent form signed by a parent. Copies of consent forms will also be found in English classes. The electronic version can be found here.  Please see Dr. Paolucci’s latest blog and weekly report for additional information.

Winter Athlete & Parent Meeting

There is a Winter Athlete & Parent meeting Sunday, January 10 at 4pm. Here is the Zoom login information: Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72776968533?pwd=S0FicmFIblhPbEVFbXVqS3ZlYk5pUT09Meeting ID: 727 7696 8533

​Stop & Shop Community Bag Program

We are so excited to share that SHS Parent Council has been selected to be a part of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of January, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop located at Greenville$1 will be donated to SHS Parent Council, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for parent council.

Real Talk. Real Life. Sex Ed for Parents & Caregivers

Virtual workshop will provide you with the tools to have open, honest, and age appropriate conversations with your children about sexuality and relationships. Flyer and registration information here.

Parent Council Calendar Fundraiser

Hello SHS Families!
Welcome 2021…a New Year with new beginnings. To say 2020 was a challenge would be an
understatement. We know that only brighter days are ahead with the fresh start of this most
anticipated New Year.
With the new year comes a renewed spirit within the Parent Council. We are planning our first
fundraiser of the 2020 – 2021 school year. The fundraiser, a calendar raffle, will help to raise
much needed funds for both the Parent Council and a celebration of our 2021 Seniors.
Here are the details…
Parent Council will be holding a calendar raffle which will run from January 15th, 2021 through
January 29th, 2021. The cost of each raffle calendar will be $15. Payment for the raffle can be
made by check, mailed to or dropped off at SHS, or online using our CheddarUp account SHS
Winter Wonder Calendar Raffle
. A PDF of the calendar will be emailed to everyone that
purchases one. The winners will be notified via email and the prizes will be available for pickup
at SHS.
Thank you so very much for your continued support of the Parent Council. Our mission of
championing our SHS community is now more important than ever before and we could not do it
without the help of every one of you. If you have any questions regarding Parent Council or the
fundraiser, please reach out to Amy Antunes at (401) 261-1826 or by email at
amy.antunes@gmail.com.
Our best to you for the New Year…2021, the best IS yet to come!
SHS Parent Council

RISAS January Newsletter

Click here for the January edition of the RISAS newsletter

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Update 12/23

COVID Update

Families – Please continue to inform us of positive cases so we may have current records for when we return to in-person learning.

Attendance During Distance Learning

If your child is sick or has an appointment and will miss class we ask that you still call the high school office to report the absence. We are taking period by period attendance so the notification is helpful.

Return To In-Person Learning

Our Superintendent will continue to share updates regarding the return to in-person learning. The plan at the moment is to return to the hybrid (50%) plan on January 11th. Smithfield will remain in Distance Learning 1/4-1/8. Stay tuned!

Tech Support For Distance Learning

Student and/or parents requiring tech support during distance learning days should visit https://bit.ly/SPSonlineFAQ for assistance. This page also provides the technosps@smithfield-ps.org email that all users, parents, students and staff, should be using to make requests while virtual.

Winter Athletics

We are working closely with the RIIL regarding winter sports. We are potentially looking at start dates of 1/4 or 1//11. There are still many details to work out. If you are interested in playing a winter sport, athletes must be registered ASAP. Please visit our athletic page for more information and registration links.

SHS Music Virtual Winter Concert

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the faculty and staff at SHS, Dr. Amodie and I wish you a safe and relaxing holiday break. Stay well!

Weekly Update 12/11

COVID Update

SHS had a busy week of contact tracing. Please refer to Dr. Paolucci’s weekly update for more details. Distance Learning begins 12/15 for the high school.

Distance Learning 12/15-12/23

At the December 7, 2020, School Committee meeting, it was decided that Smithfield High School will switch to full distance learning beginning Tuesday, December 15th through December 23rd.  We have had several cases of COVID resulting in large numbers of staff and students in isolation or quarantine and it is no longer viable to continue with in-person learning at this time.

The switch to full distance learning is for ALL STUDENTS (in-person and virtual option) and ALL STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN DISTANCE LEARNING 5 DAYS PER WEEK. 

As we transition to full distance learning for the remainder of 2020, please note that this is a big shift for many students. It is extremely important that students and families read the SHS Distance Learning Guide carefully.  

SHS Distance Learning Guide for Students and Families

No School Students – 12/14

Monday, December 14th is a Flex Day for staff. No school for students.

Notes From the Nurse

Parents and students are still required to report positive COVID cases and close contact information to the school nurse or school administration. Please send us an email with the details.

School Pictures

School pictures are in! Parents may stop by the high school anytime between 7:30 am – 3:00 pm to pick them up.

Picture Make Up Date

Picture make ups have been tentatively scheduled for January 11th.

National Honor Society Storytime

The Smithfield High School’s National Honor Society is hosting a winter/holiday themed story time event for the month of December. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:00 pm Smithield elementary students may join a google meet. Check with your elementary principal for the link.

Raising Healthy Kids Winter Newsletter

Click here for the winter newsletter.

Free Meals Extended Through End Of School Year

Smithfield families in need of meals during the holiday break should complete this form and return to the SHS office. These meals are free. You may find the full pick up schedule here.

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Update 12/6

COVID Update

We are seeing an increase in students being quarantined. If RIDOH places you in quarantine, if you begin to show symptoms or test positive, please be sure to notify an administrator or the school nurse. Thank you!

Notes From The Nurse

It had been a tumultuous school year filled with challenge, confusion, concern, flexibility and growth, trying to keep the school community safe and successful during the COVID-19 pandemic . I think we are all exhausted and are looking forward to the Thanksgiving Holiday break.

The case numbers are up in the state and in the schools. My concern is the surge of cases that may arise after the holiday break. Just a friendly reminder to:

  • Social Distance: small gatherings and sleepovers seem to be a major contributor to spreading the virus.
  • Wear your mask: and remember to wash it daily.
  • Frequent hand washing.

Quarantine Reminder: 

If you are quarantined, you must stay home for a minimum of 14 days and monitor for symptoms. If you or a family member test positive, the entire household is quarantined up to 24 days. Even if you test negative, you must remain in quarantine for the duration. The DOH recommends testing on day 10-12 of quarantine for an accurate test result.

 To return to school please fill out and send in the Attestation Form with the test results. 

December Holiday Food Order

Smithfield families in need of meals during the holiday break should complete this form and return to the SHS office. These meals are free.

Free Meals Extended Through End Of School Year

RISAS Monthly Newsletter

December RISAS Newsletter

December RISAS Newsletter – Spanish

Resources for Needy Families

The federal program (LiHEAP) assists income eligible homeowners and renters alike in paying their heat/utility bills. Staff approve applications and award grants to eligible folks to help ease the strain on their family budgets. In addition to the monetary grant, we can assist with weatherization measures that convert drafty inefficient dwellings into warm energy conserving homes. We also receive funding to assist sometimes with heating system and refrigerator replacement (among other measures).

Tri Town Services

LiHEAP Brochure

All State Music Students

We wanted to let you know about some of our music students who were accepted into RI All State ensembles. They auditioned virtually and will participate in a virtual music festival this spring. All of our students who auditioned made it in! 

  • Caroline Bosco – Junior All State Treble Chorus
  • Alexander Brenner – All State Jazz Ensemble and Senior All State Band (both on trombone)
  • Annemarie Dancause – Senior All State Mixed Chorus
  • Claire Dancause – Senior All State Treble Chorus
  • Rosemary Fochler – Junior All State Mixed Chorus
  • Ava Williams – Senior All State Mixed Chorus

Additionally, the following students were accepted into the RI Virtual Jazz Honor Choir:

  • Grace Barden
  • Ava Williams

Have a great week!