Smithfield High School Hall of Fame


On September 8, 2018, Smithfield High School inducted it’s second Hall of Fame class.  It was a fantastic evening celebrating academic achievement, athletic accomplishments, and military service.  Sentinel Nation is extremely proud of the inductees and their accomplishments. They are part of a strong legacy at Smithfield High School.

Athletic Achievement

Margaret (Bootie) Conaty – Class of 1972

Kathy Hawkins Connell – Class of 1979

Robert DiMuccio – Class of 1982

Lauren Drury – Class of 1994

Mark Gilchrist – Class of 1978

Paul Passano – Class of 1975

Susan Reposa – Class of 1974

Lifetime Achievement

Robert Cleasby – SHS Music Teacher

James Dunn – SHS Teacher, Coach, Administrator

Bruce Ewart – SHS Teacher, Coach

John Fogarty – SHS Athlete, Local Businessman

Henry Shepard – SHS Administrator

John Tassoni – SHS Athlete, RI Senator, Advocate

Derek Wagner – SHS Student, Restaurateur

Green Star

Master Sergeant Gregg Bellucci

Major Nancy Emma

Colonel Reynolds (RJ) Lillibridge Jr.

I would like to thank the Smithfield High School Hall of Fame Committee for their tireless efforts to make this event happen.  The committee is made up of SHS alumni to who donate their time to give back to the community. Members of the Smithfield Community are invited to submit nominations.  Please follow the Hall of Fame Committee on Facebook.


Weekly Update 9/16

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SHS Open House has been re-scheduled for Thursday, September 20th from 6-8 pm.  Parents should report to their child’s advisory room.  Parents will then follow their child’s schedule and have the opportunity to meet the teachers.

Chromebook Distribution 9/17

We will be distributing Chromebooks to all members of the Freshmen class on Monday!  Please note that the attached form MUST be signed by a parent before receiving your Chromebook. Please bring the signed form when you are called down by your alpha advisory.

Parent Council Meeting This Week

The SHS Parent Council is hosting their first meeting of the new school year on Wednesday, September 19th at 7 pm in the media center.


Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, October 12th. Football and dance will be held on the 12th.  Bonfire tentatively scheduled for the 11th.  More information to be released soon!

College Fair at McCoy Stadium


Colleges Participating

School Flu Clinic

The school flu clinic for all students will be held on October 10 from 8-10:30 am in the cafeteria.


Consent Form

Annual Pink Out Soccer Games

Pink Out will take place Saturday 9/22.  Boys game at 5:00 and the girls’ game at 7:30. Raffles prizes, food etc.  This annual event supports a great cause!

School 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

More information may be found here.

SHS Booster Club Looking For Volunteers

The SHS Athletic Booster Club is looking for 3 – 4 concession volunteers for Boy’s Home Football games and to help run a 50/50 raffle. The games are as follows…..9/14/18, 9/21/18, 9/28/18, 10/12/18, 10/26/18 and 11/2/18. Please email Susan @

Shout Outs

SHS Alum Anthony Marsella Jr. moved to 10-0 as a professional boxer this weekend.

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I appreciate all the SHS teachers who put in the extra hours over a weekend.  Saw Mr. Stone early Saturday morning at SHS.  Mr. Cabral and Mr. Steckert spent their Saturday at a calculator workshop.  Mr. Steckert won a raffle prize!  Thank a teacher!


This Week at #SHSLegacy

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Weekly Update 9/9/18

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No School Wednesday – 9/12/18

Due to the primary election, Smithfield Public Schools will be closed on 9/12.

Graduation Date

We have a confirmed date for graduation.  The SHS Class of 2019 will graduate on June 11 at 7pm in the MAC Center at Bryant University.

SHS Open House Rescheduled

SHS Open House will take place on September 20th from 6-8 pm.

Course Changes

We are approaching the end of 4-week window to add, drop or change a course.  Please see your counselor if you are questioning your course placement.

Students choose courses and programs based on the recommendations and best judgment of teachers, guidance counselors, the student, and parents. Parent input is gathered at course request time through the completion of the ILP parent questionnaire.

A schedule is used to arrange programs and students in some systematic order. A schedule can be most complex and a change in one area often causes changes in other areas. A student is given considerable time to choose proper courses. Schools do recognize the need for valid changes.

All requests for change will be decided on an individual basis taking into consideration all circumstances involved. Staffing and class size will be considered regarding the proposed change. Requests for a change may be initiated by a student, teacher, parent, guidance counselor, administrator, or a director of special programs.

All involved parties will be asked for their input regarding the request for change.  Once the request has been processed, the counselor will approve or deny the request for change. The parent has a right to appeal to the Guidance Department Chair and then building Principal if the course request is denied.  Schedule changes are allowed within the first FOUR weeks of the start of a class. They will not be recorded on the student transcript. Schedule changes allowed after the four-week deadline will be recorded as withdrawals on the student transcript.  Prior to the end of the semester, if the student has a 65 class average or higher a WP (withdraw pass) will be assigned. A grade of 64 or below will be assigned a WF (withdraw fail). Any class dropped at the end of the semester will have the current grade posted on the transcript and it will be counted toward the semester GPA.  A withdrawal will be posted for the second semester and will not count toward the final GPA.

Cellphones & Technology

Students and staff have been discussing our summer reading book, Irresistible, in advisory this week.  They also reviewed a few articles focused on cellphone use.  We will be organizing a town hall discussion on cell phone use in the coming weeks.  Here are some of the articles we discussed this week:

Important Info for Parents of Seniors!

In accordance with the Rhode Island Department of Health Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization and Testing/or Communicable Diseases (R23-1-IMM), all adolescents entering the l2th grade are required to have the following immunizations:

One (1) dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (Meningitis) Vaccine

All adolescents entering 121h grade are required to be up-to-date on their immunizations as well as have a physical exam.

School Flu Clinic

The school flu clinic for all students will be held on October 10th from 8-10:30 am in the cafeteria.

Smithfield Advisory Council

SHS administration is looking for students interested in serving on the Smithfield Advisory Council.  We are looking for representation from the following groups – Male Athlete, Academy of Finance Pathway, Computer Science Pathway, Law & Public Safety Pathway, Fine Arts, Band, and 9th grade at-large.  Deadline to apply is 9/17.  More info may be found below:

School Attendance

Missing just two days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year!


Shout Outs!

I want to give a shout out to our awesome paraprofessionals at SHS.  Paraprofessionals have a vital role in our schools. Often, paraprofessionals are the least paid, least trained people in the school community, yet they are often charged with caring for and academically supporting the most challenging and most needy students. If you see one of our para’s give them a high five!

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Congratulations to SHS English teacher Ryan Burns!  He spent a good part of his summer at Rhode Island College Writing Project Summer Institute.   He has earned the title of Teacher Consultant.  Congratulations Ryan!

This Week At #SHSLegacy

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Weekly Update 9/2/18

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Great Opening Week!

Tough week with the heat and the opening day evacuation.  I really appreciate the students and staff for their resilience, focus, and patience.  Cannot wait for week two!

Car Wash

The SHS football team is hosting a car wash on Sunday, September 2 at 2 pm at Fast Freddies!

SHS Open House

SHS will be hosting an Open House for parents on Thursday, September 6, from 6-8 pm.  Parents will follow their child’s schedule and have an opportunity to meet each teacher.  A full schedule will be posted on the school website early next week.

School Lunch Menu

SHS families may find the school lunch menu here.

World Language Staff

I love our WL teachers!

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SHS Eagle Scouts

Another great project by an SHS Eagle Scout.  Thank you Bryce for your hard work.

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Division 3 Football Preview

Check out the latest PROJO article.  Good luck Sentinels!

This Week at #SHSLEGACY

Check out the latest tweets regarding SHS!

Have a great week!


Weekly Update 8/26

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First Day of School

Looking forward to a great school year! Students should report on Tuesday, August 28th.  Please report to your advisory for a 7:30 am start!

Opening Week Schedule

The opening week schedule may be found at the back of the Welcome Back Letter or clicking this link.

Welcome Back Letter

Please take a few moments to read the 18/19 Welcome Back Letter.

Portal Open

The student portal is open for viewing schedules.  School Counselors have worked to ensure that you received the courses you requested and are meeting graduation requirements.  Schedule changes will be made on a very limited basis on August 28th. All requests for a review/change of your schedule must meet the following criteria:

  • You have an empty block.

  • You are scheduled for a course you have taken in a previous year.

  • You do not have the necessary prerequisite to take the course.

  • You are missing a course you need for graduation/CTE program.

  • You did not request the course.

Freshmen should check their schedules as some changes were made after orientation.

District Bus Schedules

District bus schedules may be found on the district website.

SHS Athletic Booster Club

The SHS Athletic Booster Club is looking for members. Please consider joining.

School Calendar

Please make sure that you check our school calendar on a regular basis.  No school on the following days:

  • Monday, September 3
  • Wednesday, September 12

Freshmen Orientation

This past Thursday we welcomed the Class of 2022 to SHS.

Mrs. Koller shared some great information regarding social media and student safety.  Here is an additional resource for parents.  Make sure you know what apps are on your child’s phone. 

In The News

SHS science teacher Liz Russillo made the news twice this week.  She was mentioned in the blog and was also recognized by RIDE for her work on improving teacher preparation.  Way to represent SHS!

SHS English teacher Ryan Burns and SHS assistant principal Mrs. Koller participated in the Youth Restoration Project this summer.  More exciting work being brought back to SHS.

This Week at #SHSLegacy

Highlights from our school hashtag….

Have a great week!