Weekly Update 2/24/19


14th Annual College Planning Forum March 9-8:00 – 2:00 

The 14th Annual College Planning Forum is for students with disabilities, 504 plans and other challenges, as well as their parents and school personnel. This informative, no cost event, provides first-hand experiences along with tips to better prepare for a successful college transition. Light lunch will be served, registration is required.  

2019 Super Plunge

SRO Ricciarelli is participating in the 2019 Super Plunge to support Special Olympics.  A Super Plunge is a little different than the Unified Plunge that some of our students and teachers are participating in.  Instead of plunging into the near-freezing water a single time, Super Plungers must plunge once per hour for a 24 hour period.   Please consider supporting Officer Ricciarelli.  


Spring Sports

Spring sports will be starting soon.  A number of spring teams have already had their sign-up meetings.  If you missed the meeting you can still sign up.  Please reach out the head coach or stop by and see our athletic director.

  • Track sign-up meeting – Tuesday, March 26, 2pm, Cafeteria
  • Pitchers & Catchers Report – March 11
  • Spring Sports Official Start – March 18

Course Selections

The course selection process has begun.  Our annual course fair will take place on Wednesday during the school day.  If you have any questions regarding the selection process, please visit the Program of Studies website or contact your child’s counselor.

Spring Musical

The SHS Music Department has been rehearsing for the spring musical, The Little Mermaid, which opens on March 8th. The shows are Friday and Saturday, March 8th and 9th at 7:00pm and Sunday, March 10th at 2:00pm.  Tickets are $10 ($5 4/under) and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

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Weekly Update 2/17/19

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Mid-Winter Break

I hope everyone enjoys a couple of days off.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Read Across Rhode Island

SHS is proud to partner with Fidelity Investments to provide a copy of What The Eyes Don’t See for every ninth grader.  This non-fiction text investigates the Flint water crisis.

College Information Panel

SHS is hosting a College Information Panel on March 12th @ 6pm in the auditorium. The focus of the event (college application, financial aid, best-fit schools, essay writing, etc) is geared toward grade 11 students but all parents and students are welcome.

Championship Weekend

Lot’s of SHS athletes competing this past weekend.  Congratulations to the following.

  • Kendra Ezeama won the shot put (40-2.75) event at the RI State Indoor Track Meet

  • The girls swim team was unable to defend their state championship and finished third at the Division 3 State Meet.
  • The JV Girls basketball team won their first game of the JV State Tournament but got knocked out in the next round.
  • Four SHS wrestlers placed at the JV State Wrestling Tournament\
    • 1st place Ben Russo weight 120
    • 2nd place Brayden Fowler weight 126
    • 3rd place Sam Placido weight 138
    • 4th place Max Holroyd weight 132


  • Ths SHS Boys Indoor Track Team had a great showing in the JV State Indoor Track Meet.  The boys finished 7th overall
    • High jump champ: Aiden Sayles
    • Shot Put
      • 2nd place: John Golato
    • 55m Sprint
      • 4th place: Zach Isble
    • 1000m
      • 4th place: Ethan DeBassio
      • 6th place: Chris Olean
  • The varsity boys 4×800 team finishes in 8:39 to end the season, 7th place overall, but breaking their own school record at the RI State Indoor Track Meet.

Spring Sports

  • Outdoor track sign-ups will take place on February 26th at 2 pm.
  • Boys tennis is still looking for players for the spring season.


Have a GREAT Week!


Weekly Update 2/10/19


School Counseling Week

This past week was School Counseling Week.  I wanted to take a moment to thank our school counselors for everything they do to support our students.  They wear many hats each day, from counselor to therapist to confidant to cheerleader.  We appreciate them!!!!

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Semester Grades

Second quarter and first semester grades are finalized.  Parents and students may log into Infinite Campus to review them.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the specific teacher or your child’s school counselor.

Parent Council Meeting This Week

The SHS Parent Council will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 7 pm in the Media Center.

This month’s guest speakers are pharmacists from CVS. Gabrielle Dziuba and Cassandra Conte will present a program called One Choice.  This presentation will focus on prescription drug misuse.  Check out the flyer for more information.

Spring Sports

Hard to believe but spring sports start in less than a month.  Pitchers and catchers report March 11th and all spring sports begin March 18th.  There will be a boys tennis meeting on Monday, February 11 at 2 pm for those students interested in playing tennis.  Baseball will have their meeting on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 am in the gym.

Mid-Winter Break

Reminder….No School on February 18 & 19 for mid-winter break.

Student Art Work

Eva Chaput’s artwork was selected to appear in the RI State House artwork exhibition highlighting exemplary art students of all grade levels in our state.  The piece that was chosen was a mixed media work that included a beautiful rendering of her family vacation home with figure drawings of herself as a baby, toddler, child, and teenager.  Eva and her family have been invited to a reception at the statehouse to celebrate this honor.


Chinese New Year Celebration

A few SHS students worked with students at Bryant University as part of the Bryant University Chinese New Year Celebration.  Led by Kathy Qi, Norin, Madeline, Leah, Sophia, Ashley, and Emma performed a Chinese Paper Umbrella Dance.  Their performance was chosen the best of the day!

SHS Athletics

A few pics taken by Mare Studios from recent basketball games.

Blood Drive at LaPerche Elementary

Critical Need for Blood & Platelet Donations in the United States

Due to dangerously cold temperatures in the Midwest, and cold/flu outbreaks throughout the U.S., our sister blood centers are struggling to meet blood and platelet donation collection goals for patients and hospitals. These combined factors are a perfect storm resulting in an urgent need for more donors everywhere. Rhode Island Blood Center donors are needed to help bring the blood supply up to safe levels!

The Raymond C. Laperche Elementary School blood drive is Monday, February 11th from 3pm to 7pm in the Cafeteria. Please help us get the word out to donors to make it a priority to give blood at this drive. ALL BLOOD TYPES ARE NEEDED, especially type O- and B-. Ultimately, all donations are heading to help someone else fighting for their lives! Little Rhody may be small, but we have big hearts and an amazing, giving community. Thank you!

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Weekly Update 2/4/19

New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams

AP Test Order

The AP tests will be ordered on 2/15.  The cost is $94 for each test. Students need to get their payment to Ms. Koller by February 15th. Checks should be made out to Smithfield High School.  Any student having difficulty paying for the test should see Ms. Koller by February 7th.

All-State Music Winners

Congratulations to the following students for earning top performances at the All-State auditions last weekend:
Max Votolato Tenor Saxophone – First
Maia Bowker – Bassoon – First
Jayna Barrette – Vocal Soprano Second

National Honor Society Ceremony

Congratulations to the 49 seniors inducted into the National Honor Society this past week! How fortunate they were to hear such an inspirational speech delivered by Smithfield High School alum, Erik Deneault ’97, centered around the importance of service.

RIIL Leadership Seminar

SHS was well represented at the Winter RIIL Leadership Seminar.


Patriots Day!

The SHS National Honor Society, the Little Heroes Fund, and the Matt Light Foundation helped bring some Patriots spirit to SHS this past Friday. Our students brought in canned goods and peanut butter for local food banks.

Message From RI Department of Health

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is urging families to encourage good health habits to prevent the spread of norovirus, flu, and other respiratory illnesses currently circulating throughout the state. The most common causes of illness are flu and norovirus, but there are many viruses that circulate this time of year.

The flu circulates in Rhode Island most years through the end of the spring. It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Flu shots are available in pharmacies (for adults) and doctors’ offices. If you or your child do catch the flu, prescribed antiviral drugs (not antibiotics) may reduce some of the symptoms.

Ways to Prevent Catching and Spreading the Flu:

  • Get a flu shot.
  • Stay home if you are sick and keep children home from school if they are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

Norovirus is a highly contagious stomach illness that can cause people to have extreme vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24-48 hours. (It is often called by other names, such as stomach flu or food poisoning.) Norovirus is found in the stool and vomit of an infected person. People can become infected by eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus; touching surfaces or objects that are contaminated with norovirus, and then placing their hand in their mouth; eating food that is prepared by an infected person; or being in the same room when an infected person vomits.

Ways to Prevent Catching and Spreading Norovirus:

  • Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers and always before eating or preparing food.
  • Stay home if you are sick and keep children home from school if they are sick.
  • After an episode of vomiting or diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces by using a bleach-based household cleaner as directed on the product label or a solution made by adding 5-25 tablespoons of household bleach to 1 gallon of water.
  • Do not prepare food while sick. People who are infected with norovirus should not prepare food for others while they have symptoms and for 3 days after they recover from their illness.

With hospital emergency departments throughout the state seeing high volumes of patients, RIDOH reminds everyone that going to an emergency department for most cases of norovirus and less severe cases of flu, will likely result in long waits because emergency department staff prioritize more serious injuries and illnesses. If you are not sure if you or your child need to go to the emergency department, contact your primary care provider. A primary care provider will be able to give you guidance about the next best step for you or your child. (Most offices have physicians on-call after hours.) Urgent care and express care facilities are also a good alternative to the emergency department. RIDOH maintains a list of non-emergency care locations in Rhode Island at http://health.ri.gov/find/urgentcare.

Smithfield Rotary Looking For Members

Interested in serving the community of Smithfield???  Smithfield Rotary is looking for new members.  Check out more information here. 

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Weekly Update 1/27/19

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Superbowl Week

Who thinks the day after the Superbowl should be a holiday?  Go Pats!

First Semester Grades

First semester grades will be finalized by February 4th.  Any incompletes must be completed by February 8th.

Budget Update

The community of Smithfield can stay current with the budget process by checking this site each weekThe Budget Workshop from this past week may be found here.  This workshop focused on staffing across the district.  SHS staffing may be impacted significantly.  The next Budget Workshop is scheduled for February 4th.

FAFSA Assistance

Do you need expert assistance completing the FAFSA form?  If you would like to meet with a College Planning Center representative to complete and submit all necessary FAFSA paperwork at Smithfield High School, please contact the guidance office at 349-4744 and book your appointment. Available dates are January 29, February 5th, and February 12th.


Survey Works

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its yearly SurveyWorks Parent Survey, which is an opportunity for parents to provide feedback about our school and our children’s opportunities to learn.  The survey results are most useful when all parents participate, so we are 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 our parent-teacher organization to make improvements to our school. 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 14th  and March 31st.  Please check your email for the survey link and the code.

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SHS Wins Grant From RI Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation recently awarded SHS teacher’s Samantha Armstrong and Megan Hall a significant grant.  Samantha Armstrong’s physical science students and Megan Hall’s art students will participate in a cross-curricular unit that investigates the function, history and construction of sundials.  Students will begin the project separately, science students focusing on the role sundials played in understanding our heliocentric universe and art students will learn the fundamentals of working with clay.  Students will come together in multi-disciplinary teams to create their own functional clay sundials.  Congratulations!

December Students of the Month

Class of 2019 – Julia Lytle

Class of 2020 – Dominic Morales

Class of 2021 – Madeline Ith

Class of 2022 – Mia Holroyd

December Teacher of the Month

SHS School Psychologist – Ashlee Barton

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Weekly Update 1/21/19

Assistance for Families

I want to remind you that your students’ families can apply for free and reduced lunches at any time during the school year, especially when there’s a change in income.  The government shutdown has affected many families.  If you have knowledge of a family affected by this, please encourage them to fill out a lunch application.

First Semester Ends This Week

The first semester ends on Wednesday, January 23rd.  Teachers will be finalizing grades this week.  We will make an announcement about when grades are final sometime next week.

School Committee Meetings This Week

The Smithfield School Committee has two meetings on Tuesday, January 22.  The first meeting is a budget hearing with a specific focus on staffing for next year.  The regular meeting begins at 7 pm.  Both meetings are in the media center.

National Honor Society Induction

The NHS Induction Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd.  The ceremony begins at 6:o0 pm in the auditorium.


Join us for a screening of “SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age” & moderated panel discussion to follow. This event explores the struggles of tech time/social media, as well as offer solutions to how we can help our children navigate the digital world. Jan 24 6:30pm at Smithfield High School.

School Accountability

Check out the latest school accountability information on the RIDE website.  There is a great deal of information on this link.

Financial Literacy

Our state treasurer recently proposed that all RI students should receive instruction in financial literacy.  SHS has had financial literacy as a graduation requirement for a few years now.  You can find more information about the story here.

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Weekly Update 1/13/19

Winter Ball

Winter Ball will take place on Friday, January 18th from 6:30-11.  Tickets are no longer on sale for the event. Any student on the list for the Winter Ball may leave at 1:30 pm on the day of the dance.  You will need to bring a note from a parent to the main office letting them know of the early dismissal request.  This will get you out before the busses.  Enjoy the dance.

Help Pay For Prom

Parent Council is having a January membership drive. This is your opportunity to earn money for your class funds! For each new membership that a student brings in, he or she will earn $5 toward their class fund. Parent Council will DOUBLE the donations to the class that brings in the most new memberships! The membership drive ends on Friday, February 1st.

SHS Unified Sports Program

Our Unified Sports teams are now on social media.  Check them out.

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Attendance Matters

Addressing chronic absence is a key component of improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement and giving young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Join the Attendance Awareness Campaign and make a difference for your community: http://bit.ly/1oqfID7

Smithfield Education Foundation ‘Open House’ Meeting

Monday, January 14, 2019, at 4pm in the Smithfield High School Media Center.  Come learn about the Smithfield Education Foundation’s mission and how we support the Smithfield Public Schools by awarding grants to teachers.

The Smithfield Education Foundation is looking for new volunteers. If you are interested but cannot attend, please contact us at smithfieldedfoundation@gmail.com.

We hope to see you on January 14th!

Showing of “Screenagers”, January 24th

All are invited to a screening of the documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” on January 24th from 6:30-8:00 at SHS. The event is co-sponsored by our parent organizations. This award-winning documentary and the moderated discussion that follows address the challenges regarding tech time and social media and offers strategies to help our children navigate the digital world.

Positive News

This is one of two emails Mr. Kelley received after the Smithfield/Coventry boys basketball game on January 7th.

Good Morning Mr. Kelley,

I wanted to reach out to let you know how proud I was of the Smithfield High School community last night at the boy’s basketball game. I attended the game to see one of Coventry’s seniors, Troy Osterhout, hit 1000 points. As you can imagine, we were hoping to have Troy achieve this milestone at a home game, but Smithfield did not disappoint. The athletic director, coaches, score keepers, referees, parents, players, and fans were all so supportive and excited for Troy’s accomplishment. The game stopped, announcements were made, Troy was presented with the game ball, and Smithfield fans were on their feet giving Troy a standing ovation. It was such a touching moment to see players and students rally around an athlete from another high school. 

Please let your school community know how grateful Coventry High School is for Smithfield’s hospitality and support last night. 


Alison Kasbarian

Dean of Students
Coventry High School

Great Video

Check out this great video from my good friend Joe Sanfelippo….The Struggle is Real.

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