Weekly Update 9/8/19

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I love this time of year!  Kids return to school. Change in temperature. Hunting season begins soon. And football season is upon us.  I enjoy watching high school, college, and pro games on the weekends!  So this week – Go Sentinels! Go Buckeyes! Go Patriots!

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SHS Open House – Thursday, September 12th

SHS OPEN HOUSE

Picture Day is Friday, September 13th

Please click here for the order form for school pictures.  All seniors will be photographed for their new ID.

Spirit Week

Spirit Week is almost upon us.  Here is the lineup for the week of September 16.

  • Monday 9-16 Sports Day
  • Tuesday 9-17 America Day
  • Wednesday 9-18 Highlighter Day (Wear your Neon)
    • 7pm Frank Santos ($5 at lunches, $7 at door)
  • Thursday 9-19 Class Color Day
    • 9th-White, 10th – Purple, 11th-Blue, 12th-Red
    • 6pm Bonfire ($3 at door)
  • Friday 9-20 Green and Gold Day
    • Friday Night 7pm-Football Game
    • 9-11pm Homecoming Dance ($10 at lunches) – SHS Students only. No tickets sold at door!

Note From RIDE Commissioner Infante-Green

Monthly Newsletter from RISAS

Click here for link.

SHS Flu Clinic Information

SHS is hosting a Flu Clinic on Thursday, October 3 during the school day.

Parent Council Fundraiser

Parent Council has partnered with Boscov’s for a fabulous fundraising opportunity!  SHS Parent Council is selling tickets for $5 to attend a special Gala Preview of the brand new Boscov’s at Providence Place on Thursday, September 26th, from 10:00am -10:00pm!  This is an exclusive first look at the new department store and every guest will receive a free gift.  There will be entertainment, refreshments and an opportunity to win prizes.  ALL proceeds benefit our Parent Council!!  If you would like to purchase a ticket for $5 please contact Becky Carmosino at rcarmosino@cox.net or stop by the high school office.   We will also have tickets available at our next meeting – September 11th.

Click here for more information.

Sentinel Lounge

The Sentinel Lounge is open for business!

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Roger Williams Park Zoo Counselor In Training

Interesting opportunity with the Zoo.

I am very excited to announce that we are opening applications for our Counselor in Training Program for the year 2020 for students in grades 7-12 at Roger Williams Park Zoo! Counselors in Training are an integral part of our volunteer team that helps to create a unique, engaging, and fun experience for campers that come to our ZooCamp through the summer! As an inclusive camp, we are looking for volunteers that like being part of a team, helping others, and want to work with campers aged 4-10. Volunteers learn how to work with people of all ages and varying abilities all while having a fun time learning at the zoo. These volunteers can earn over a hundred service hours.

If you have any students who want to be a part of our Zoo Community and who might be a good fit for our ZooCamp Counselor in Training program please pass along our application. Inside the application is a full overview of the position, the qualifications, and the time commitment. Please contact me (the ZooCamp Director) or Andrea Crafton, our Manager of Volunteer Resources with any questions!

CIT Application

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In an effort to speed up morning drop-offs, parents are reminded that we have two lanes open for drop off in the morning.  Lane one is the one closest to the school.  Lane two is the middle lane.  We are asking parents to use the middle lane for drop off.  This will speed things up in the morning.  Thank you!

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School Improvement Team

The SHS School Improvement Team is looking for teachers, parents, and students to be part of the 2019 team.  Please review this link for more information, including meeting dates and times.  Anyone interested should complete the short application on the link.  Any questions please email Mr. Kelley.

Sentinel Advisory Council

Mr. Kelley is looking for 8 students to serve on the Sentinel Advisory Council.  Please review the information in the link.   If you are interested, please complete the application by September 13th.
Sentinel Advisory Council Info
https://docs.google.com/docume…
Application
https://forms.gle/BzUiTXSNrdiD…

SHS Hall of Fame Fundraiser

  • Smithfield High School Hall of Fame Cigar Night
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • PA Club Fenwood Ave Smithfield, RI
  • Under the Pavillion
    **4 Premium Cigars for All**
  • Steak DinnerPick/Cook your own steak – sides provided
  • Raffles (50/50, 50” TV, Cigars) Cash Bar
  • Tickets are $50
  • Contact Tony Torregrossa or Ann Andrews for ticket info
    • tonytad@gmail.com / andrewsannm@gmail.com
  • No Tickets at the door

Important Message to Parents with Students Entering Grade 12 Immunization Requirements:

Important Message to Parents with Students Entering Grade 12

Immunization Requirements:

In accordance with RI Department of Health Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization and Testing for Communicable Diseases (R23-IMM), all adolescents entering grade 12 are required to have the following immunizations:

  • One (1) dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (Meningitis) Vaccine
  • Be up-to-date on their immunizations as well as have a physical exam

An annual Influenza (flu) vaccination is now RECOMMENDED for all students.  A flu clinics will be held at SHS on October 3rd.

Please forward this to Mrs. Riley RN, School Nurse Teacher, before the 2019-2020 school year.

Some Pics From This Week

 

Have a great week!

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Weekly Update 9/2

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Opening Week

Shout out to students, teachers, custodians, secretaries, and parents for a great opening week.  I hope everyone had a great long weekend!

Parking Lot Am Drop Off

In an effort to speed up morning drop-offs, parents are reminded that we have two lanes open for drop off in the morning.  Lane one is the one closest to the school.  Lane two is the middle lane.  We are asking parents to use the middle lane for drop off.  This will speed things up in the morning.  Thank you!

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) – Update

SHS continues to work with Smithfield EMA regarding EEEV.  Please click the following links for ways to stay safe this fall.

Fight the Bite

Smithfield EMA Information

School Improvement Team

The SHS School Improvement Team is looking for teachers, parents, and students to be part of the 2019 team.  Please review this link for more information, including meeting dates and times.  Anyone interested should complete the short application on the link.  Any questions please email Mr. Kelley.

Grandparents Day

Great opportunity for grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B03e3YsFTdaod0hOQzFGa19KbUJNblBuSlN2MzBrRGZySnp3/view?usp=sharing

Picture Day is Coming

Please click here for the order form for school pictures.

Sentinel Advisory Council

Mr. Kelley is looking for 8 students to serve on the Sentinel Advisory Council.  Please review the information in the link.   If you are interested, please complete the application by September 13th.
Sentinel Advisory Council Info
https://docs.google.com/docume…
Application
https://forms.gle/BzUiTXSNrdiD…

SHS Hall of Fame Fundraiser

  • Smithfield High School Hall of Fame Cigar Night
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • PA Club Fenwood Ave Smithfield, RI
  • Under the Pavillion
    **4 Premium Cigars for All**
  • Steak DinnerPick/Cook your own steak – sides provided
  • Raffles (50/50, 50” TV, Cigars) Cash Bar
  • Tickets are $50
  • Contact Tony Torregrossa or Ann Andrews for ticket info
    • tonytad@gmail.com / andrewsannm@gmail.com
  • No Tickets at the door

Sports Announcer Needed

The SHS athletic department is looking for students interested in being the game announcer for girls and boys soccer.  If interested, please email Mr. Kelley (dkelley@smithfield-ps.org) or Mr. Coderre (ccoderre@smithfield_ps.org).  Thank you!

Important Message to Parents with Students Entering Grade 12 Immunization Requirements:

Important Message to Parents with Students Entering Grade 12

Immunization Requirements:

In accordance with RI Department of Health Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization and Testing for Communicable Diseases (R23-IMM), all adolescents entering grade 12 are required to have the following immunizations:

  • One (1) dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (Meningitis) Vaccine
  • Be up-to-date on their immunizations as well as have a physical exam

An annual Influenza (flu) vaccination is now RECOMMENDED for all students.  A flu clinics will be held at SHS on October 3rd.

Please forward this to Mrs. Riley RN, School Nurse Teacher, before the 2019-2020 school year.

Have a Great Week!

Weekly Update 8/25

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Opening day is almost here.  Cannot wait to greet students on 8/27!

Welcome Back Letter

Check out the 2019 welcome back letter.  

2019/2020 Bus Routes

Please review all information provided in the link below relating to bus stop locations and times prior to the start of the school year.

2019-2020 Bus Routes

Infinite Campus Updates

IC was updated recently.  Please update your bookmarks with the new link.

https://smithfieldri.infinitecampus.org/campus/smithfield.jsp

FYI – IC also has a new app for your mobile device.  Be sure to download the latest version.  It looks like this.
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Student Assistance Counselor

Please click here for a welcome letter from our School Assistance Counselor, Rebecca Young.

Baseball Field Construction Update

The existing concrete slabs and part of the fencing in the baseball field will be demolished as early as next Thursday.  We are hoping to have part of the work done over Labor Day weekend and the rest done over the week following.  This will depend upon some of the materials being delivered on time.  This work should not impact student parking.

Freshmen Orientation Pics

Have a great week!

 

 

Summer Update #2 – 8/10/19

The 19/20 school year is right around the corner!  We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on August 27th.  

Welcome Back Letter

The welcome back letter will be sent out next week via email and posted to the website.

Freshmen Orientation

Mandatory freshmen orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, from 5:00-7:30 pm. All freshmen and their parents or guardians are to arrive at the cafeteria at the high school at 5:00 pm. At least one parent or guardian must attend with their child. This event is meant to help students transition to high school, to socialize with other ninth graders, and to become acclimated with the facilities. Students will receive their schedule, have a tour of the building, receive their Chromebook, and enjoy a cookout with the Class of 2023 advisors. Parents will have an opportunity to choose from a variety of speakers. The full schedule will be emailed next week. New students enrolling at SHS are welcome to attend this event with a parent or guardian.

Important Message to Parents with Students Entering Grade 12

Immunization Requirements:

In accordance with RI Department of Health Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization and Testing for Communicable Diseases (R23-IMM), all adolescents entering grade 12 are required to have the following immunizations:

One (1) dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (Meningitis) Vaccine
Be up-to-date on their immunizations as well as have a physical exam
An annual Influenza (flu) vaccination is now RECOMMENDED for all students.  A flu clinics will be held at SHS on October 3rd.

Please forward this to Mrs. Riley RN, School Nurse Teacher, before the 2019-2020 school year.

Senior Parking Spots

Attention Seniors!!!  If you plan on parking at SHS this year, your portfolio must be completed before you may sign up for a parking spot.  If you had excessive absences or tardies last year you will not be eligible for a spot at the start of the school year.

Smithfield Education Foundation Needs Volunteers

The Smithfield Education Foundation is sponsoring a restaurant fundraiser on August 21st and they need student assistance. If you are available to “Car Hop” during the day please contact smithfieldedfoundation@gmail.comPlease click here for more information about the event.

Have a great long weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Update 6/18/19

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Summer Communication

SHS will be posting updates on the website at various times during the summer break.  Be sure to download the Thrillshare app to receive live updates on your mobile device (Search Smithfield).  You may also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Android – Smithfield App Store Link: http://bit.ly/2WT82AY
Apple – Smithfield App Store Link: https://apple.co/2XXnJnq

Final Grades

Final grades are posted in Infinite Campus.  Parents and students are encouraged to log in to IC to review final grades.

Bruce Lenore Videos

Class of 2019 Senior Video

2019 SHS Sports Video

Advance Placement (AP) Summer Reading

Click here for links to AP summer work.

Summer Reading

Check out the SHS summer reading requirements here.

Summer School Information

SHS students requiring summer school should contact their school counselor prior to registration.

Click here for Fairlawn Summer School Application.

Freshmen Information

Class of 2023 Freshmen Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 21st.  Time TBA but it will be in the evening.

Fall Sports Info

Fall sports begin on August 19, 2019.  Student-athletes must have a physical to participate.  All student-athletes must be registered.

Click here for the athletic registration page.

 

Have a GREAT Summer!

Weekly Update 6/9/19

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Graduation Information

The Class of 2019 will graduate on Tuesday, June 11th at 7 pm at Bryant University.  You may watch the event live on the web.

Final Grades

As we wind down the school year, parents are reminded that final grades will be posted by the end of the day on June 12th.  If your child needs summer school, please speak to a school counselor prior to enrollment.  Summer school information is posted on the school news section of the website.

Financial Town Meeting

The Town of Smithfield will hold the annual Finacial Town Meeting on Thursday, June 13th at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.

SHS Wins $25,000 XQ+RI Planning Grant – Parents We Need Your Help!

We are happy to announce that Smithfield High School is one of 20 Rhode Island high school teams to receive a $25,000 XQ+RI Planning Grant! Over the past 2 months, teams of parents, teachers, and students have been meeting to brainstorm concepts that would help to push the design of the aging Smithfield High School into the 21st century.  All groups agreed on the need to create space for project-based, hands-on learning to occur.

In the next phase of the grant process, a formal Design Team consisting of parents, community members, teachers, students, and administrators will work with partners from XQ+RI to create a school redesign proposal.  This second proposal is due on December 15th and will put the high school in the running to receive a $500,000 Implementation Grant.

XQ+RI partnered with several organizations to assist schools with the planning process as they prepare a submission for the XQ+RI Implementation Grant in December 2019. XQ+RI is collaborating with the Education Trust to conduct student, teacher, and parent surveys as well as on-site student focus groups to support the completion of the Educational Opportunity Audit (EOA).

We are asking SHS parents to complete the parent survey of the XQ+RI Educational Survey

If you are interested in joining our XQ+RI Design Team to engage stakeholders, establish action plans, and contribute to our proposal for the XQ+RI Implementation grant please reach out to me directly.  

Exciting times ahead for SHS!

SHS Announces 2019 Building Level Teacher of the Year!

We are proud to announce the SHS math teacher Mike Deslauriers is the 2019 Smithfield High School Teacher of the Year!  Mr. D. has done an excellent job promoting computer science at SHS and is a leader across the state in developing future CS teachers.  Congratulations Mr. D.!

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School Lunch Account Information

As the end of the school year approaches, please take a moment to review your student’s lunch account.  If your child’s account has a negative balance, this must be paid in full prior to the last day of school.  Cash or check (payable to Smithfield School Lunch Program) can be given to the lunch cashier or an online payment can be made by visiting www.smithfield-ps.org and selecting the web page menu items in this order:

Explore  | Food Services & Nutrition | MySchoolBucks 

Please note that for every online payment made, MySchoolBucks will charge a fee of $2.49.

The Smithfield School Lunch Program is committed to providing meals to students who choose to participate in the program.  However, there is a responsibility on the part of the students and parents to satisfy all financial obligations to the lunch program in a timely manner.  Students wanting a lunch and not having money to purchase a lunch will be allowed to charge a lunch, with repayment expected within two (2) school days.

If your child’s account has an available balance, this will follow him/her as long as they are in the Smithfield Public Schools.  Should your child transfer out of the district, a refund can be requested by emailing jmacdonald@smithfield-ps.org.   In lieu of a refund check, you also have the option of having an available balance donated to a needy student’s account.

Any questions on your child’s lunch account can be directed to Jessie MacDonald at 231-6606 x8121.

SHS Partners with Better Lesson

Smithfield High School and BetterLesson teamed up in SY18-19 to pilot a new way of engaging in professional learning! Founded in 2009, BetterLesson’s mission is to empower schools and districts to develop and retain innovative, student-centered teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders. Over the course of the past school year, Erica Ricci, Samantha Armstrong, and Liz Russilo met on a bi-weekly basis with their BetterLesson coach to engage in virtual coaching that’s personalized to their individual professional growth areas. Each teacher implemented many student-centered learning strategies to enhance student and teacher engagement, achievement, and joy. One teacher reflects on her BetterLesson experience: “This was probably the most valuable professional development I have ever been part of. It was extremely personalized to my needs and my experiences with education. My coach was extremely flexible and knowledgeable of not only my subject matter but the areas that I wanted to improve upon. She pushed me to try new strategies in the classroom and then build upon those strategies.”  We are so proud of these three teachers, who are models for students and teachers alike of what it means to be life-long learners!   

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Have a GREAT Week!