SHS Spartan News

Week of August 31, 2020

A Video Update from Superintendent Andries

Superintendent's Update, 08/28/2020: Reopening Schools

Governor Raimondo Aug. 31st

Governor Raimondo is scheduled to make an announcement Monday, August 31st which will give guidance on which model schools will open for students. Once the announcement is made, Scituate will update families on all details of reopening.


Governor Raimondo and Commissioner Infante-Green announced the two-week delay of the first day of school. The decision was made to give districts more time to put plans in place, and for the RI Department of Education (RIDE) to further engage with RI communities. It was also announced that three professional development days have been scheduled for September 9th-11th. Scituate Schools will include an extra PD day, which means our staff will start on September 8th. Students first day of school will be September 14th. Please see below for the revised state-wide calendar. Please note, the extra professional development days for Scituate Schools have not been added. We will send out our district calendar once it has been updated.


Our reopening task force and our administrative team continues to work on our reopening plans to ensure we are ready for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. As always, please reach out with any suggestions, questions, or concerns. Thank you for your ongoing support.


Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios

In every situation, the team at RIDOH will work with each district on a case-by-case basis. As a reminder, there is a detailed, 24-page health protocol playbook available on Back2SchoolRI.com that outlines the steps that will be taken in every scenario.
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Scituate High School Named "Best Public School"

Scituate High School was recently named, "Best Public High School" by the Providence Journal Readers Choice Awards for the SECOND year in a row! We are grateful for the vote and support from our amazing community. Scituate was up against East Greenwich High School and Ponaganset High.

Student Chromebook Pick Up Take II Sept. 2nd

As a reminder, ALL Scituate high school students will utilize there district issued Chromebook this year. We still have about 80 students who did not pickup their device last week.


We will be holding one more drive through pick in the auditorium lobby this Wednesday, Sept. 2nd between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Please make every effort to get your device and call 647-4120 with conflicts. Thank you!

Scituate School Committee Meeting Sept. 1st

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 6pm

Zoom

Scituate School Dept. Reopening Plans

As many of you have heard, the Governor has moved the start date if school. Teacher and staff will return to school on September 8th and students will now return to school on September 14th. The Governor, in partnership with RI Dept. of Education will make an announcement on Aug. 31st and we will all hopefully know which model/scenario we will implement. In the meantime, we continue to plan for the opening of school, however that may look.

Scituate High School Full In Person Option

Key Components


  • 100% of students are back in person
  • Students will not be in stable pods in the high school
  • Students will follow their typical bell schedule
  • Our average class size is 16 however a class will never exceed 25 students
  • All students and staff must wear masks per the Governor's orders. The school will provide medical face coverings for students however students are encouraged to bring their own if they feel more comfortable. Spartan masks will be available for purchase through the Athletic Department
  • Families/staff must complete a COVID-19 self screening form
  • Families still have the option to distant learn if they so choose
  • Exterior doors will open at 7:35 AM
  • Students will follow one way hallways and will be directed to their first period classes
  • Desks will be spaced six feet apart when possible per RIDOH/CDC guidelines
  • Lunches will be broken down into four waves with 50 students at a time. The high school and middle school cafeterias will be utilized as well as outdoor spaces. Only cold lunches will be sold at this time
  • Student passing time and dismissal will be staggered to reduce the number in hallways
  • No lockers will be utilized per RIDOH/CDC guidelines
  • Custodial staff will follow CDC guidelines on sanitizing bathrooms, common areas, cafeterias and doorways on an hourly basis. Every surface, classroom, and area will be cleaned and sanitized each night
  • Student desks will be wiped and sanitized by students at the conclusion of each class period (much like a fitness center) Students may also clean their desk upon arrival to the next period if they so choose

Scituate High School 50% In Person Option

If the entire district is back at 50% in person, then all of the bullet points in the 100% model would apply plus:


  • Spacing student desks six feet apart will be much more effective in this model
  • Students would be divided into two groups by last name alphabetically (PK-12)
  • All students would distant learn from home on Mondays
  • Group A would report Tuesday and Wednesday while Group B would report on Thursday and Friday
  • All classroom teachers will utilize a live camera in the classroom. Students who are distant learning are expected to login to google classroom and virtually participate in the lesson in real time

50% In Person Option High School ONLY

In a scenario where elementary and middle schools are full in person, and the high school is back at 50% then all of the bullet points in the 100% model would apply plus:


  • Students would be divided into two groups by last name alphabetically
  • Group A would report to school five days per week following their typical bell schedule
  • Group B would report to school five days per week following their typical bell schedule
  • While one group spends five days distant learning, classroom teachers will utilize a live camera in the classroom. Students who are distant learning are expected to login to google classroom and virtually participate in the lesson in real time

Scituate High School Full Distant Learning

If the high school begins the year in Full Distant Learning then:


  • All students would learn from home on a district issued chromebook
  • Students would be expected to follow their six period rotating bell schedule each day
  • Students would login in live for the first five minutes of every class for attendance and Q and A
  • Teachers would develop a weekly "playlist" so that students will know when they will be required to stay on a virtual meeting for the delivery of instruction, group work, assessments, ect
  • It will be very important that students follow their schedule and "tune in" every hour
  • The District Re-Opening Task force has created protocols for students, parents and teachers that will be shared next week

Distant Learning Option

In a 100% or 50% in person option, families still have the opportunity to opt into distant learning for their teenager. Families should call the Superintendent's office at 647-4100. In this case students will:


  • Be expected to follow their school bell schedule and will participate virtually (in real time) while teachers are teaching other students in person.

Scituate Google Handbooks

A team of admin, teachers, students, and parents in Scituate have worked on "Google Handbooks." Please review the documents below. If we begin the school year in FULL distant learning or need to go back to full distant learning at some point again. Please reach out with any questions!

Freshmen Meeting and New Student Orientation Sept. 3rd

Scituate High School will host two meetings Thursday, Sept. 3rd!


  • New student orientation (Families that are new to the town of Scituate- grades 9-12) will now be held on September 3rd at 5:30 PM in the High School Auditorium. All social distant requirements must be followed. Our administrative assistant, Mrs. Gallagher will call this week so that families can RSVP.
  • Freshmen Meet the Admin Zoom September 3rd at 4:00 PM (Link to be emailed to all class of 2024 school email address' on Wednesday) Parents/ guardians are welcome to join on the screen too!

2020-2021 Free and Reduced Lunch

Please consider applying for free and reduced lunch for the upcoming year. Families who qualified last year must complete a new application each year. All forms and applications are confidential and are processed through our central office. Please call 647-4100 with any questions. Click the button below to view all forms and applications

Or... visit our District Website

2020-2021 Student Schedule

ALL students schedules are expected to "go live" this week. An email and voice alert will be sent asking students and their families to log into Powerschool.


We ask that you continue to be patient and proactive as we finish this process. We try our best to accommodate each student's scheduling need, however, scheduling conflicts can create some compromises within student schedules. Please contact your teenager's school counselor with any concerns. Students will have the first two weeks of school to make any schedule changes.



  • As in the past, student schedules will be available to view and print on PowerSchool. Students and families that may have lost their username and password or are new to Scituate High School should contact the school at 647-4120. We ask that parents and students remain patient with any schedule errors as our guidance staff is working hard to “clean up” any loose ends. https://scituateschoolsri.powerschool.com

In the News

Congratulations to Meghan Amsden for her third place finish in the Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge Business Pitch Competition! Meghan developed her idea for an invasive seaweed-based firestarter with the help of our entrepreneurship program and is ready to take it to the next level!

The COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

Congratulations to senior Rachel Fians for participating in the The COVID-19 Innovation Challenge this summer! Rachel interned through Prepare RI and came in second place with the Atlantic Winds RI. Great work Rachel!

Thank you Scituate Athletic Booster Club!

A big "thank you" to East Coast Masonry & Restoration and owner, Mike St. Angelo! Thank you to the athletic Boosters and Brenden Machowski for starting and finishing this!

School Supplies

Scituate High School typically does not have an "official" student material list as we find that there are not many items that parents/students are expected to purchase. Considering that lockers will not be utilized this year due to CDC regulations and also considering that all students will be given a chromebook, we expect that required materials will be minimal. Students will receive a clearly outlined syllabus during the first week of school with any suggested materials.

From our School Nurse

According to RIGL 16-38-2 every person entering any public or private school must provide proof of immunization. It is important to keep up to date with your child’s immunizations. Don’t forget to obtain an updated copy for your personal records as well as for the school. Consult with your pediatrician’s office with any questions or concerns about their current protocols for office visits and make your appointments as soon as possible.


The RI Department of Health requires that all students entering the 12th grade provide documentation of the following:


  • 1 booster dose of meningitis vaccine - received on or after their 16th birthday.
  • Physical health examination completed after the students 16th birthday.
If you have not already submitted the above state requirements please do so by the first day of school.

Senior Yearbook Photos June 26th special extended!

Please see the attached flyer from H & I who is our contracted yearbook photographer. We encourage incoming seniors to schedule an appointment. More info will be shared regarding a free photoshoot for yearbook only in October. Please call Gene Hutnak directly with questions.
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Attention Class of 2024

Please see the attached Freshmen newsletter from the Scituate Prevention Partnership.

Student Parking

Juniors and Seniors will have priory for a parking spot at SHS on a first come first serve basis. Students are encouraged to continue to check their school emails for a parking permit google form during the first week of school.

Teen Mental Health Resources

RI Kids Link

Kids’ Link RI is a behavioral health triage service and referral network. A program offered in collaboration with Gateway Healthcare, Lifespan, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital, Kids’ Link RI is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week to help triage children and youth in need of mental health services and refer them to treatment providers.


Call 1-855-543-5465 if your child is:

*feeling excessive anger or sadness

*Lashing out at siblings, friends and adults

*Having behavior problems at school

*Hurting himself/herself or others

*Having severe worries

*Free, confidential phone line connects parents and caregivers to an experienced clinician

RI School Reopening Resources

Summer Work

Summer Work: Our High School department chairs have detailed any summer work requirements and have shared those with your current eighth grade team teachers. If there are any questions, please contact the appropriate department chair and they can help you out! www.scituatehighschool.com


Career and Technical Education Update

Career and Technical Education: Scituate High School is proud of the work that has taken place to develop and implement four career and technical education academies (pathways). Students are still able to apply for these amazing courses and are continuing to accomplish career and industry standards to prepare them for the next level of education.



Please help spread the word to surrounding towns. Students in grades 9 or 10 can still apply to come to Scituate through October of this year and we can provide busing to surrounding towns and communities!


Students from out-of-district in grades 9 or 10 can still apply to come to Scituate through October of this year. Please spread the word to surrounding communities!


Contact Ms Donovan (STEAM/CTE Coordinator) with any questions shannon.donovan@scituateschoolsri.net

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Visit Scituate High School's Website!

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Scituate Athletics

From our Athletic Director Sal Gelsomino: Scituate coaches have been following an approved conditioning plan utilizing the turf field and track. These plans are comprehensive and follow guidelines from the RIIL, RIDOH, and CDC. Coaches will be allowed to lead conditioning through Sept. 14th. Unfortunately, we are still uncertain what the fall season will look like. We are still moving forward with scheduling and will keep you all posted when we find out more! Please reach out with any questions at all!




Sal





Athletic Director

Scituate High/ Middle School

94 Trimtown Rd

North Scituate, RI 02857

sal.gelsomino@scituateschoolsri.net

(401)226-1359

Visit our Athletic Website

Non-Discrimination

The Scituate School Department has released an updated non-discrimination policy. Please note that our Scituate High School 2018-2019 student and parent handbook was printed before the new statement was released. Therefore, the non-discrimination policy in this year's handbook is out of date. The current policy with updates is as follows:



The Scituate School Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion, national origin, color, creed, political affiliation or disability in any of its educational programs and activities, and in employment and application for employment, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and other federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Equal Employment Officer, P.O. Box 188, North Scituate, Rhode Island 02857, Telephone: (401) 647-4100; Email: EEO@ScituateSchoolsRI.net. You may also direct inquiries directly to: Office for Civil Rights (Boston Office), U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921, Telephone: (617) 289-0111; Facsimile: (617) 289-0150; Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov. If you require an accommodation to attend a meeting or program at a school, call the Equal Employment Officer at least two business days in advance of the meeting or program.