Husky Family News 3/26/2021

March 26, 2021

Hello Husky Families!

Happy Spring!


We are excited to be planning for our Reopening of School 3.0, when we will be bringing In Person students back five days per week! Stay tuned for upcoming news and information!


Please review the information below that includes:

  1. Attendance & Tardy Reminders
  2. REMINDER: Upcoming Virtual/Distance Learning Days & PD Days
  3. PSAT/SAT State Testing Information
  4. Community Clothing Drive!
  5. Academic Expectations: A Framework for Students & Families
  6. Miss Fourth of July Pageant 2021
  7. RWU Drivers Ed Program
  8. Update your Chromebooks!
  9. RI PBS Opportunity!
  10. Boston College Splash!
  11. U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Youth Program
  12. Family Resources
  • East Bay Health Offers Covid-19 Testing
  • Opportunities for Single Parents
  • Opportunities for RI Women
  • Article: Tips for Socializing Post-Covid
  • Food Assistance


In Case you Missed It!


THANK YOU for your ongoing support!


Dr. DiBiase,

Principal, Mt. Hope High School

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1. Attendance & Tardy Reminders!

If your child will be absent from In Person learning OR Virtual learning, please be sure to contact the school at 401-254-5980 OR email Jean Coelho at jean.coelho@bwrsd.org to report the absence.


IF a student signs into class after 7:45 it is THE STUDENT or PARENT/GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITY to inform Mrs. Coelho. She will change the absence to tardy.


Daily robocalls are sent to families of students who are marked absent either virtually or In Person.To avoid getting these messages, please be sure to contact us if your child is absent OR late signing in.


If your child is experiencing any Covid related symptoms contact Ellen Estrella, School Nurse Teacher, at ellen.estrella@bwrsd.org or call 254-5980.


Thank you!

How to Check your Child's Attendance and other Info in Aspen

IF you would like help learning how to check your child's attendance and other information in Aspen, please check out the step by step tutorials below!



Parent Aspen Portal Home Page

View Recent Student Activity

2. Upcoming Virtual/Distance Learning Days and Professional Development Days

REMINDER: Upcoming Virtual/Distance Learning Days:


April 13 - Virtual Learning Day for Grades 9, 10, 12 - Students will learn from home and log into Meets with your teachers


April 15- Virtual Learning Day for Grades 9, 11, 12 - Students will learn from home and log into Meets with your teachers


May 13 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL


May 17 - Statewide PD Day - Distance Learning Day for ALL STUDENTS - assignments and/or instructions will be posted by your teachers to complete independently

3. PSAT/SAT State Testing Information

Please see below for important information, for ALL students, regarding the upcoming PSAT and SAT State Assessments


IMPORTANT for ALL students to know: Both test dates will be Virtual/Distance Learning days for any non-testing students


This is necessary to allow us to follow CDC and RIDOH safety guidelines regarding physical distancing. Masks and physical distancing will continue to be required during all testing as per CDC and RIDOH guidance as well as MHHS protocol.


SAT: Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 from 7:45 am to approximately 1:30 pm


(All non testing students, grades 9, 10 and 12, will be remote/distance learning on this date)


The SAT is for ALL juniors (full distance and hybrid students) and MUST be taken in school, per College Board regulations. There is NO remote/distance option for the SAT.

All juniors must report to school for the usual start time of 7:45 am.

Students will report to an assigned testing room.

Students will be notified of their assigned room the week before testing via school email, (students should check email often).


PSAT: Thursday, April 15th, 2021 from 7:45 am to approximately 12:45 pm


(All non testing students, grades 9, 11 and 12, will be remote/distance learning on this date)


The PSAT is for ALL sophomores and MUST be taken in school, per College Board rules.



  • All sophomores must report to school for the usual start time of 7:45 am.
  • Students will report to an assigned testing room.
  • Students will be notified of their assigned room the week before testing via school email, (please check email often).



Testing Format:

The SAT and PSAT are DIGITAL and will require use of your Chromebook. Please ensure the following:

  1. You have completed the necessary update
  2. You bring your Chromebook to school FULLY CHARGED

If you have any questions regarding the required state assessments, please feel free to contact your school counselor, or the School Counseling Department at 254-5980 ext. 3020.

Sincerely,

Michelle King, M.Ed

Assistant Principal

RI State Testing FAQs

We have received several questions from families regarding our upcoming State Testing so we have created a Frequently Asked Questions document linked HERE, and also attached below!

4. Community Clothing Drive!

MHHS is hosting a Community Clothing Drive! Mt. Hope students, staff and families are working together to collect clothing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of RI in an effort to make a positive impact in our community!


As an added bonus, Big Brothers Big Sisters will donate 15 cents to Mt. Hope for every pound of clothing collected!


Details on accepted items, dates and drop off locations can be found below. It's time to clean out those closets!

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5. Academic Expectations: A Framework for Students and Families

Academic Expectations: A Framework for Students and Families was developed in an effort to clarify academic expectations for students and families and how families can support their students in achieving success!


PLEASE REVIEW the following framework which has been developed based on school data, as well as feedback from teachers, parents/guardians, and students.


We acknowledge that full distance and hybrid learning are challenging on students and families. Many students find it more difficult to focus, maintain stamina in class, stay organized, and meet deadlines. Parents have found it difficult to monitor and motivate students.


Given these circumstances, it is essential to reaffirm actions that students and families can take to promote academic success and learning. Please take advantage of all the different types of support Mt. Hope has to offer!


Academic Expectations: A Framework for Students and Families

6. Miss Fourth of July Pageant 2021

The 2021 Miss Fourth of July Pageant will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 6:30 PM on the Town Common. The rain date is Sunday, May 30, 2021.


The Miss Fourth of July contestants must be 16 years of age as of May 1, 2021 and must be residents of Bristol for a minimum of one year prior to the pageant date.


Applications are now available at the Rogers Free Library on Hope Street or by emailing the Pageant Chairperson, Pat Squatrito, at patsquatrito@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked by March 31.

7. RWU Drivers Ed Program

From Roger Williams University:


It is not too late to sign up for the RWU “Driver’s Education Program”:

April: 19th thru 23rd

May: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd

Register here

8. UPDATE your Chromebooks!

In preparation for our state assessment season, it is EXTREMELY important that all Chromebooks are up to date so that the Chromebook can run the assessment smoothly. The Chromebooks should be running version 88.


Please be sure that all students' Chromebooks are updated! Instructions can be found at the link below! THANK YOU!


HOW TO UPDATE YOUR CHROMEBOOK

9. RI PBS Opportunity!

Call for Student-Produced Short Film Proposals: Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted all of our lives, and as a result there are many compelling stories to be told. Rhode Island PBS is asking for proposals from independent and student producers to develop and produce short films (3 – 5 minutes) on the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic. The subject may be a personal response or a community story that reflects on the pandemic from either a contemporary or historical perspective--creativity in format and concept is encouraged. Limited funding is available to successful proposals. If interested, please review the full Request for Proposals (RFP) with application details at www.ripbs.org/production/independent-producers. Submissions are due by Friday, April 9, 2021.

10. Boston College Splash!

BC Splash is a 1-day event held at Boston College each semester where students in grades 7-12 can take fun, engaging classes that are taught and designed by our undergraduate and graduate students!

In response to COVID-19 our event will be virtual and free of charge this semester, but we have put together a great day and fantastic lineup of classes over zoom for the students. They can take classes such as The Science Behind Photography, Intro to Irish Mythology, How to Win Any Argument, and many others!

BC Splash will be held virtually on Sunday, March 28th from 9:30am - 4:15pm.

Students can register at our website, bcsplash.learningu.org

11. U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Youth Program

My name is Brittany DiPippo and I am a volunteer with a local youth program, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Falcon Division, located here in Rhode Island.


Our Spring enrollment period has just opened and we are looking for any students that might be interested to join our program. We rely almost exclusively on schools to help get new members into our youth program. We would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute our information to students and their families. We so far have over 30 new applicants and are still looking for more!

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) is a youth program that helps middle/high school students gain a competitive edge to stand out and excel beyond their peers when applying to college, military academies, scholarships, and job opportunities. We are a team that strives for excellence! Our mission: create leaders with character. We are officially supported by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Boasting over 350 units and 12,000 Cadets Nationwide, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps offers a place for youth to come together to build camaraderie, work on their physical fitness, develop leadership skills and discipline, all while learning hands-on skills from experts in their fields following a "learn-do-learn" learning model. Members, called "Cadets" can earn ranks and ribbons for their uniforms that are meant to celebrate their earned accomplishments. After completing a prerequisite course, Cadets can attend immersive training in the fields of Medicine, Aviation, Leadership, Sailing, SCUBA, Special Operations, Marksmanship, Journalism, and much more! All Senior graduating Cadets are who have aspirations to attend a 4-year college, have the opportunity to earn a scholarship that will help them pay for college that is exclusive to the members of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. For those Cadets who desire a military career, we will help them get a "try before you buy" experience and they will be eligible for Advanced Paygrade (APG) enlistment as an E-3 in the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Space Force (Cadets are NOT required to join the military once they graduate the Program).


There will be a free open house for those interested in joining our program on March 27, April 10, and April 24 at 1 Narragansett Street, Cranston, RI


Please RSVP for more information at the link here: http://www.falcondivision.org/orientation.html

We are following strict COVID-19 protocols and standards set out by our National Headquarters. Every member has their temperature taken, symptoms checked daily, wears masks, and practices social distancing. We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and exciting environment that challenges our members both mentally and physically.

For more information, please see attached promotional information!

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12. Family Resources

East Bay Health Offers Covid-19 Testing

East Bay Community Action Program is working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways, one of which is testing. We have three locations that offer rapid COVID-19 testing to the community. See Flyers below for details!


If you have questions please contact them by emailing communication@ebcap.org. Thank you.

Opportunities for RI Women!

The Rhode Island Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Rhode Island Commission on Women/Freda Goldman Education Award and the Paula M. Rivard Memorial Fund.

Rhode Island Commission on Women/Freda Goldman Education Award:

  • To assist with transportation, child care, tutoring, educational material, and/or other support services
  • Rhode Island women
  • Pursuing education or job training beyond high school
  • Preference given to highly motivated, self-supporting, low-income women completing first undergraduate degree or certificate program
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Award: $500 - $2,000 range
  • Previous winners may reapply

Paula M. Rivard Memorial Fund

  • Single Rhode Island women
  • Pursuing under-graduate higher education or job training beyond high school
  • Award: $500-$1,500 range
  • Previous winners may reapply

Deadline for application submission is Monday, May 03, 2021 by 5 p.m. (EST). Please click here to apply.

Questions? Contact Kelly Riley, Donor Services Administrator, at 401-427-4028 or kriley@rifoundation.org.

Opportunities for Single Parents

The Rhode Island Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Bruce and Majorie Sundlun Scholarship and the Nondas Hurst Voll Fund.

Bruce and Majorie Sundlun Scholarship:

  • Rhode Island resident
  • Low-income single parents (men or women) currently enrolled or intends to enroll in a continuing education program beyond high school
  • Preference given to parents currently or previously receiving state aid or those who have been previously incarcerated
  • Award: $1,500 range

Nondas Hurst Voll Fund

  • Single mothers transitioning off public assistance
  • Pursuing higher education or job training beyond high school
  • Award: $500-$1,500 range
  • Previous winners may apply

Deadline for application submission is Monday, May 3, 2021 by 5 p.m. (EST). Please click here to apply.

Questions? Contact Kelly Riley, Donor Services Administrator, at 401-427-4028 or kriley@rifoundation.org.

There are many other scholarships available on our website www.rifoundation.org.

Article: Tips for Socializing Post-Covid

Food Assistance

All students enrolled in Bristol Warren Schools will continue to receive free meals through June 2021 regardless of eligibility status. However, it is important that families continue to submit updated applications if there are any changes in income or household size. The lunch application can be found here on our website. Distance Learning Grab & Go breakfast and lunch meals are offered daily for pick up at Mt. Hope High School and Kickemuit Middle School from 9:30am-10:30am. Please see these attachments for information on additional resources



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