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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This Week at #SHSLegacy

Check out the latest info from our schoolwide hashtag.


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

This Week at #SHSLegacy

Click here for the latest from #SHSlegacy

Have an awesome week!  Be GREAT!


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.  

This Week At #SHSLegacy

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Interesting Things I Read This Week…




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?

This Week at #SHSLegacy

Check out the latest from #SHSLegacy!

Have An Awesome Week!


Weekly Update 9/23

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Smithfield Bond Information

Please be informed before you vote! Check out one of the upcoming bond forums.  

Raising Healthy Teens

Parents, please check out the fall edition of Raising Healthy Teens. http://riprevention.org/admin/filemanager/userfiles/SPRC_RHT_Newsletter_Fall_2018_web_2.pdf

Water Fire

On Saturday, September 22, Smithfield High School was well represented at the annual Salute to Educators WaterFire event.  Liz Russillo, Smithfield’s Teacher of the Year, was honored as a torchbearer in the WaterFire lighting ceremony.  Additionally, in Memorial Park, Smithfield High School’s Career and Technical Education programs were highlighted, as three Smithfield Career and Technical Education students showcased our Engineering and Computer Science pathways with an interactive Paper Circuits activity.

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Cars and Coffee

One of our unique social advisory topics is Cars and Coffee.  PE Teacher Frank Russell works with local car enthusiasts to share classic cars with SHS students.


Unified PE

Another unique program is our Unified PE program.  SHS students work with some of our special education students.

SHS Pink Out

The annual SHS Pink Out Soccer event was another success.  Many thanks to the Pink Out Committee for organizing a fantastic event to support the Gloria Gemma Foundation.

Smithfield Lions Road Race

The Smithfield Lions will host their 27th annual road race at SHS on Sunday, September 30th.  More info here.

This Week at #SHSLegacy





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

tumblr_oymzurK6rI1rkm4r8o1_400SHS Open House This Week!

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 @ susiebaby63@hotmail.com.

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!


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