Weekly Update 11/18

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Important Dates

  • November 22 & 23 – No School – Thanksgiving
  • November 22 – Football @ North Providence 10:30 am

First Quarter Grades

First quarter grades have been finalized.  Please log-in to Infinite Campus to review grades with your child.  If you missed parent-teacher conferences and want to speak with a specific teacher, please email the teacher directly or contact your child’s school counselor.

Winter Sports

Winter sports begin on Monday, November 26th.  Students may not try-out for teams until registration has been completed.  This includes physicals.  Please visit https://smithfieldhs.rschoolteams.com/ and click on activity registration.

Stress Management

The SHS Parent Council hosted a stress management workshop for parents this past week.  Here is the link to the presentation in case you missed it.  Thank you to Lora DiMuccio, Ashlee Barton, Peter Gibalerio, and Jennifer Donnelly-Taylor for putting this together.

Communication Update

You may have noticed that over the past week or so that you have received updates from the school via phone call, text message and email. We are also making automated attendance calls.  We are working out the kinks with the new communication system.  It is imperative that parents have current contact information in Infinite Campus.  The new website is almost ready to go live.  The new site will provide additional ways to stay in contact with the great things happening at SHS!

SHS Alumni Day

Smithfield High School is proud and excited to once again invite recent SHS graduates to the fourth annual Alumni Day, which is a great experience for the speakers, the students, and the staff at SHS.  Check out the welcome letter here.    You may sign up here. 

Advanced Course Network Informations

The Advanced Course Network (ACN) offers advanced coursework options for Rhode Island students with the goal of expanding access to advanced coursework opportunities that promote college and career readiness.  The ACN enables students and their families to choose to enroll in an expanded number of academic – career -focused courses while they remain enrolled at Smithfield High School. The ACN course listings are available online at http://ride.GoSignMeUp.com

Note From Senator Reed

Next Monday, I am hosting my annual College Financial Aid Workshop for high school students and their families.  I invite you to join me!

The event will be from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at CCRI’s Knight Campus in Warwick in the Bobby Hackett Auditorium.  Speakers will focus on giving students and their parents a better sense of the financial aid options available at federal and state levels, the eligibility criteria for these different types of aid, and the application process.  Panelists will include representatives from the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, the College Planning Center of Rhode Island, and other financial aid and education experts.

On my website, you will find more detailed information about this event.  For any questions regarding the workshop, please contact Erin Arcand at (401) 528-5200 orErin_Arcand@reed.senate.gov.

I look forward to seeing you next Monday, November 19, at 6:00 PM!

Girl’s Soccer Team

Last Monday our girl’s soccer team competed in the Division 1 State Championship.  This is a tremendous accomplishment for a small public school.  I am extremely proud of our team, especially our seniors.  Congratulations Coach Squillante and the entire team for an outstanding season.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


Weekly Update 11/11/18

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Girl’s Soccer State Championship

Update: Girls soccer state championship is now at Johnston High School on Monday at noon! Spectators attending are advised that parking is available in front of and behind the high school, as well as across the street at Ferri Middle School.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 15th. Teachers will be available from 1-4:30 pm and 5:30-7:45 pm. Conferences are first come, first serve. There is no sign-up process.

During Parent Teacher Conferences, the students in the Teacher Preparation Education Pathway will be offering childcare services in room 156 A at the high school. If you are in need of this service please contact Ms.Karen DiSano at kdisano@smithfield-ps.org to obtain further information.

Important Dates

  • November 12 – No School – Veteran’s Day
  • November 15 – No School – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 22 & 23 – No School – Thanksgiving
  • November 22 – Football @ North Providence 10:30 am

Parent Council Update

The SHS Parent Council is working with the Smithfield Welfare Department to help fill the town Food Bank.  We have many needy families in our town and the welfare department helps those in need by offering much needed food and supplies as well as other programs such as Adopt-A-Family (More about that soon)!

We will be holding a food drive with our November meeting.  Simply bring in a donation for the food bank and you will receive an extra raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift from Pizzeria Uno!!
The food bank is happy to accept any non-perishable food items – however – they are especially low on Juice, hot and cold cereal and Tuna.
Thank you in advance for your donations!  
As a reminder:
Next meeting will be held Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 in the Media Center
Pizzeria Uno will be our community Spotlight and they are bringing pizza and a great raffle prize!!!
The topic of discussion will be Managing Stress in Adolescents and our Speakers will be:
Jennifer Donnelly-Taylor – GMS Psychologist
Peter Gibalerio – SHS/GMS Social Worker
Ashlee Barton – SHS Psychologist
Lora DiMuccio – SHS Director of School Counseling

Smithfield School Bond Passes

Thank you Smithfield voters for voting YES for the School Bond.

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Third Annual Smithfield All-Lit Up Parade

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Weekly Update 11/4

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Attendance Calls to Parents

On Monday, November 4th, SHS will be sending automated attendance calls to parents when students are absent and have not communicated with the high school office.  We appreciate your patience as we work through the first week of implementation of this new system.  Thank you!

Important Dates

  • November 6 – No School – Election Day
  • November 12 – No School – Veteran’s Day
  • November 15 – No School – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 22 & 23 – No School – Thanksgiving
  • November 22 – Football @ North Providence 10:30 am

Snowball Drop Raffle

The Smithfield All Lit Up Christmas Parade Committee is selling raffle tickets for the annual Snowball Drop Raffle.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Mr. Kelley at the high school.

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Message From American Legion

Skip Sweeney from Post 64 asked that we share the following information.

On Saturday, November 10th, the members of Balfour-Cole Post 64 will be having a ceremony to re-dedicate the Fred C. Cole memorial on Farnum Pike.  Fred Cole was killed in action in France on November 1, 1918, and we felt, on the 100th anniversary, it was important to remind ourselves and others of his sacrifice.

The ceremony will take place in the parking area of the VFW post on Farnum Pike (the memorial is just south of there, near the intersection of Homestead Avenue (https://www.smithfieldri.com/veterans-war-memorials/fred-c-cole-square/   ).

The ceremony is to commence at noon.  We hope you will spread the word and help us honor this common man who gave his all for our country.

SHS Athletic Update

  • Keep an eye on the playoff schedule on http://www.riil.org.  Girls soccer will be playing in the DI Semi-Finals this week.
  • Winter sports officially begin the Monday after Thanksgiving.  All winter athletes must register and submit all paperwork online before you can practice.  Visit https://smithfieldhs.rschoolteams.com/ and click Activity Registration.

World Language Department Celebrations This Week!

Mrs. Daniel’s Spanish 5 students took some time to remember and speak about loved ones on the Day of the Dead.

The World Language Department dressed up for Halloween this year! #curemonolingualism  3019FC1F-561B-475E-814D-A3B58FFCC052

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Weekly Update 10/28

First Quarter Ends This Week!

We have two more academic advisories this week.  If students are missing any work, now is the time to get things turned in.  Quarter ends on November 1st.

Important Dates

  • November 6 – No School – Election Day
  • November 12 – No School – Veteran’s Day
  • November 15 – No School – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 22 & 23 – No School – Thanksgiving
  • November 22 – Football @ North Providence 10:30 am
  • Christmas is 2 months away – UGHHHH!!!!!

SHS Financial Aid Night

  • Financial Aid Night
  • October 25, 2018
  • 6-8pm
  • SHS library

SHS Nurse Wins Award

SHS School Nurse Cathy Riley was honored this past week for her contributions to the RI Blood Center.  Congratulations Ms. Riley for your Outstanding Service by a School Nurse Award!

Paid Summer Internship Opportunities

Prepare_RI will hire 300 current juniors for high quality PAID internships with up to six free college credits to take place over the summer. Apply 12/3-2/1; see Mrs. Lynch in 213A

Salute To Service

This past Friday, SHS hosted a Salute to Service football game.  Players from both teams were provided special jerseys by the RI National Guard.  Two of our alumni were honored prior to the game.

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High Five Friday

Extremely proud of Coach Squillante and the SHS Girls soccer team for participating in High Five Friday at Anna M. Mccabe School last week. Thank you Mrs. Traverse for organizing!

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Snowball Drop Raffle

The Smithfield All Lit Up Christmas Parade Committee is selling raffle tickets for the annual Snowball Drop Raffle.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Mr. Kelley at the high school.

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SHS Teacher and Girls Basketball Coach, Nicole Correnti, captured this awesome picture this week.


Assistant Principal, Tammy Koller, captured this pic as well.


Have a GREAT week everyone!

Weekly Update 10/21


Important Dates

  • November 6 – No School – Election Day
  • November 12 – No School – Veteran’s Day
  • November 15 – No School – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 22 & 23 – No School – Thanksgiving
  • November 22 – Football @ North Providence 10:30 am

SHS Financial Aid Night

  • Financial Aid Night
  • October 25,2018
  • 6-8pm
  • SHS library

Message From Substance Abuse Task Force

Vaping and e-cigarettes continue to be an issue at SHS and across the country.  Please click here for an excellent resource to learn more.


  • Teacher of Month – September
    • Megan Hall
  • Student of the Month – September
    • Grade 9 – Caitlyn Lynch
    • Grade 10 Chris Olean
    • Grade 11 – Ethan Bose
    • Grade 12 – Jake McDonough


  • SHS Teacher Adam Spring
    • Adam Spring, RIC Head Women’s Tennis Coach, tied Athletic Hall of Famer Dick Ernst for the most wins in program history (90) this past Friday.  A number of former SHS students have gone on to play for Adam at RIC.

Two More Bond Forums

Join us at one of the informational forums to learn more about:
  • the scope of work and construction plans
  • current school conditions
  • the school construction bond
  • reimbursement expected
  • options considered
  • October 29th, 7:00-8:30 PM, Winsor Elementary School Cafeteria
  • October 30th, 7:00-8:30 PM, Old County Road School Cafeteria

SHS Vendor Fair

SHS is hosting a vendor fair during parent-teacher conferences on November 15, 2018.  If you are interested in having a table please review the info below.


JWU Visit This Week!

SHS has some great partnerships with local universities.  JWU stopped by this week to work with our culinary students.

Scouts BSA Looking For New Members

The Boy Scouts are changing their name to Scouts BSA and are accepting
Boys and Girls from Kindergarten through High School.  Learn more here!

Snowball Drop Raffle

The Smithfield All Lit Up Christmas Parade Committee is selling raffle tickets for the annual Snowball Drop Raffle.  If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact Mr. Kelley at the high school.

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School Lunch Menus

Please click here for information on how to access school lunch menus. 

Good Luck to SHS Students Participating in Quiz Bowl This Weekend!


A new club at SHS!

Join Girls Who Code this November; Sign up – https://t.co/0BR9dxcQj6

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Interesting Stuff From My Social Media Feed

“School has traditionally rewarded conformity over originality. The traditional school works well for some students. Those who conform. But our best divergent thinkers don’t play the game of school. We need to encourage more diversified thinking.”
– @DavidGeurin, #FutureDriven

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Weekly Update 10/8

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Spirit Week

This week is Spirit Week at SHS.  We have lots of fun events and dress up days.  The homecoming football game and dance will take place on Friday evening.  The annual bonfire is scheduled for Thursday evening but keep an eye on the weather.  We may be impacted by the storm hitting the Gulf Coast early this week.  Here is a link to the full week of events.  

Check out our textiles class getting ready for Spirit Week!


Seniors painting their parking spots!

Commissioner of Education Visits SHS This Week!

SHS had some special guests this past Wednesday.  Mary Ann Snyder and Commissioner Wagner from the RI Department of Education spent the afternoon visiting with administrators, staff, and students.  We visited a number of classrooms and the Commissioner addressed the faculty.  Extremely proud of Dom Vivari for presenting a summary of his summer internship to our guests.

School Bond Forums

Did you know? If the state school construction bond passes, the state will pay its share of a portion of Smithfield’s school construction costs so that we will NOT need to borrow all 45 million – only our share. This will be a game changer.  Please check out one of the upcoming bond forums to learn more!

SHS Spanish Classes Using Green Screen Technology

Ms. Calise’s Spanish classes utilized green screens to simulate the fall of Roman rule in Spain.  Check out a video of the action here. 


SHS Soccer Honors Doreen Nicholson

Extremely proud of the SHS Girl’s Soccer Team for honoring Mrs. Nicholson at last Saturday’s home game.  Mrs. Nicholson was a great supporter of Smithfield Public Schools and the Smithfield athletics.  She will be missed!

SHS Looking For Parent Volunteers

SHS is looking for parents to serve on two committees

Parent Council Still Looking For Members

Upcoming SHS Parent Council  Meetings

“Substance 101”

John Tassoni, The substance use and Mental Health Leadership Council of RI (SUMHLC),
Director of Operations and Government Operations

Kris Bennett, MiM-Smithfield Municipal Prevention Coalition Coordinator

~ Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 in the SHS Media Center ~

“Managing stress for adolescents” 

Ashlee Barton, School Psychologist and Lora DiMuccio, School Counselor

~ Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 in the SHS Media Center ~

“Social Media”

Dan Kelley and SHS Administration

~ Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 in the SHS Media Center ~

Girl’s & Boy’s Basketball Mattress Fundraiser

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, Smithfield High School Girls Basketball & Boys Basketball are pleased to host, once again, a one of a kind fundraising event.  If you are looking for a new mattress this is the event for you.  More info may be found here. 

It Is Time To Purchase Yearbooks!


Yearbook ordering link: http://jostensyearbooks.com?ref=A07500270


Ad ordering link: http://jostensadservice.com?REF=A07500270

When Kids Don’t Play Nice

Families and educators are invited to a presentation from Jeanine Fitzgerald titled When Kids Don’t Play Nice on Wednesday, October 24 from 6-8 pm in the SHS auditorium.  Parents and professionals share a common concern with the social isolation, rejection and humiliation some children experience every day. Playing nice requires the personal intelligences that can be developed through specific, field-tested methods. Come learn from a national presenter that is both engaging and informative.   More information may be found here.

SHS Swim Team Looking For New Members

SHS Swim Team is looking for students interested in swimming this winter.  Check out the flyer for more information.  

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Weekly Update 9/30

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School Flu Clinic Information

Please click here for details.

School Improvement Team Looking for Volunteers

SHS is looking for parents, students, and teachers to serve on the School Improvement Team.  Please click here for more information and applications.

Committee to Review Class Rank and Course Weights

The Smithfield Public Schools Strategic Plan has a goal to review the current system for class rank and course weight.  By revising the current ranking system, we can recognize more students, emphasize growth, and decrease the level of unhealthy academic competition.  We are looking for representation from students, parents, teachers, and counselors to help guide this important conversation.  Please click here for more information and applications. 

SHS Girls Soccer Team Hosting Two Special Events 

Next weekend, two events are sponsored by the Smithfield High School Girls Soccer team to benefit the Smithfield Education Foundation and to honor Doreen Nicholson.

On Saturday, October 6th, at 6 pm, before the girl’s varsity soccer game, the girls will pay special recognition to Doreen Nicholson for all of her contributions to the team. A moment of silence will precede the mini-ceremony recognizing her contributions.

On Monday, October 8th, from 3 to 5 pm at the Smithfield ice rink, the girl’s team will be hosting an open skating party (all ages welcome) with the proceeds benefiting the Smithfield Education Foundation.

The entire community is invited and encouraged to join the team for these events.

No School Monday, October 8, 2018

School is closed for Columbus Day!

Homecoming Information

RIPIN Regional Workshop for Parents

RIPIN hosting a regional workshop entitled Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities.  The workshop will be October 17, 2018, from 6-8 in the high school library.  Flyer may be found here.

Revised Certification Regulations for Teachers

As you are likely aware, RIDE has proposed a number of revisions to the regulations governing the certification of educators in Rhode Island. Many of these changes are quite significant and require ongoing professional learning for all educators. RIDE has scheduled a number of hearings both to provide you with details on these proposed changes and to give you an opportunity to offer your input. We urge you to attend one of these four meetings. Your input is important and necessary. Please note that it is not necessary to register to attend any of these sessions.

Keep in mind that these proposed revisions are likely to impact you and your staff to a significant degree, so please place one of these dates on your calendar.       

  • October 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.: Portsmouth Middle School (Auditorium),     125 Jepson Lane, Portsmouth –
  • October 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.: Providence Career & Tech Academy (Auditorium), 91 Fricker Street, Providence
  • October 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.: North Kingstown High School (Media Center), 150 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown

Some Articles That Caught My Eye This Week…

Whose Life Are We Preparing Our Kids For?

If We Don’t Allow A Redo, What Are We Teaching?

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