Ponaganset News


Winter Recess

NO SCHOOL: February 21st to February 25th
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RI Football Coaches' Association's All-Division selections

Providence Journal Article

Congratulations to the following Ponaganset Football All Division First Team:


QB – Chris Brennan

RB – Nick Baccala

RB – Marcus Carpenter

OL – Christian Plouffe

K – Scott Belford


DL – Nick Viner

DL – John Zambarano

Congratulations to the following Ponaganset Football All Division Second Team:

Matthias Barros

Tyler Brown

Josh Souza

Jack Spych

Congratulations to the following Ponaganset Football All Division Third Team:

Wyatt DeMarco

Geoff Mackie

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Congratulations Superintendent Dr. Michael Barnes!

National Technical Honor Society

The National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce.

Since becoming a Chapter member in the Spring of 2019, Ponaganset High School has inducted 64 students into the National Technical Honor Society. To become a member of the NTHS, students need to fulfill the society’s requirements of being enrolled in a CTE program and maintaining an overall simple GPA of 3.0. Ponaganset High School adds additional requirements of achieving an average simple GPA of at least 3.5 for their CTE program courses, as well as other pathway specific additional criteria.

February is CTE Month

Along with recognizing students, The National Technical Honor Society also allows Chapter members to award membership to individuals and businesses that have made significant contributions to the member school and its students. Candidates may represent education, government, business, industry or any other field where support of Career & Technical Education is evident.

As Superintendent of the Foster-Glocester School District, Dr. Michael Barnes has worked diligently to bring new and innovative, state approved Career & Technical Education Programs to Ponaganset High School. Dr. Barnes continues to help improve current, and implement new, CTE Programs to the district. His commitment to CTE is the essential catalyst in creating awareness for Career & Technical Education throughout the District as well at the State; encouraging all students to find their passion by enrolling in CTE courses.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Michael Barnes in becoming an Honorary Member of the National Technical Honor Society.

Fort Hill Farms Out of School Learning Experience

The agriculture students were able to tour Fort Hill Farms.
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Mrs. Crins' W4 Interest

The students went snowshoeing through the cross country trail. Perfect snow for it!
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Congratulations Mr. Alex MacLeod!

School Counselor, Alex MacLeod was presented by Staff Sgt Preece a Certificate of Appreciation for his support and dedication to our military branches.
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Hello all,

I am sharing the Q2 district-wide literacy newsletter. The newsletter is prepared each quarter by the literacy specialists in our district; this edition was prepared by Liz and Deirdre at the high school. These resources will help support students' literacy development as well as aid in students' understanding of all content-areas.
Thank you,

Mrs. Amanda Grundel

Associate Principal

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Would you like to make a "paw"sitive difference and treat your dog to some delicious homemade cookies?

The Ponaganset FFA Chapter will be selling homemade treats starting Thursday, February 10. They will be available at lunches in the cafeteria or you can contact the AG building for delivery!! There are five flavors available; banana, chicken, beef, honey and pumpkin. The ingredients and nutrition facts are included on the label. Each bag contains five cookies in total (one large and four medium) and costs $3.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to the Kentucky FFA Disaster Relief Fund to help support FFA members who were affected by the tornado this past December. If you have would like to order treats while they last, contact Mrs. Kane at mkane@fgschools.com or Mr. Rotondo at erotondo@fgschools.com

Thank you for your support!!

The 2021-2022 FFA Officer Team

Grace Glasko

Karyssa Maynard

Sara Goins

Alannah Lee

Grace McDonough

Coryn Pike

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Congratulations Ava Morin!

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Junior Ava Morin was selected for the Emerging Young Artist 2022 Juried Exhibition sponsored by UMass Dartmouth.

Survey Works

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Dear Ponaganset High School Families,

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its yearly Survey Works 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 engage, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey.

Your feedback is essential to student and school success. 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 make improvements to our school. The survey is voluntary. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you.

Parents and guardians can take the short survey online between now and March 31, 2022. To take the survey, visit: Click here for link. Please select Ponaganset High School from the drop down menu and click “Take this Survey”. Once finished, click “submit”.

*In addition, please be advised that students will be participating in the student-version of this survey on February 16, 2022. Administration of the student survey will take place during the Personalization Period. Please be sure you communicate with me (email: agrundel@fgschools.com) before that time if you do not wish your child to participate.

Thank you,

Amanda Grundel, M. Ed., M.S.

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Year of the Tiger

Ms. Rao's Chinese III students decorated for Chinese New Year on February 1.
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The 8th Grade Tour

Eighth Grade students from Ponaganset Middle School came to the high school today for a visit. They were able to tour the school and also attend a Pathway fair to learn about the different programs/courses we offer.
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Coach of the Year, Gary Martinelli!

The girls basketball team honored Coach Martinelli Thursday, February 10th during halftime for being named the 2021 National Federation of High School Sports Girls basketball Coach of the Year.

Congratulations Coach!

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The Chieftain Corner

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Looking for a cool gift idea??

The Chieftain Corner is where you can purchase official Ponaganset merchandise. Our clothing merchandise options that are available at our store include multiple different styles and colored sweatshirts and shirts ranging from long sleeve, short sleeve, and v-necks also in multiple colors, flannel pants, sweatpants, and sherpa sweatshirts. Our smaller clothing merchandise include face masks, pom pom beanies, baseball hats, and sherpa blankets. Our non-clothing apparel includes chieftain key chains, drawstring bags, lanyards, pop sockets, reusable bags, and stainless steel tumblers. We sell all of our merchandise online through My School Bucks and in our school store located near the library. Every order over $25 comes with a free chieftain reusable bag. Our store has inclusive sizing ranging from XXS to XXXL. The merchandise is high quality at good affordable prices. Some of our merchandise is made from Champion brand materials.

We are also now able to personalize your merchandise with name, number, year of graduation, etc. Stop by our website www.bit.ly/TheChieftainCorner to check out everything we sell or call the main office to set up a time to visit us in person during one of the four school lunches on green days (Tuesday and Thursdays).

You can order online 24/7 at www.bit.ly/TheChieftainCornerMSB and you can pick them up in the office.

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Resource Officer Andrew Uriati and Tate

We would like to take this time to say goodbye to Officer Esposito who's last day was Friday, January 28 and welcome Officer Uriati our new Resource Officer. Officer Uriati will be keeping our school safe along with Tate. The students and staff are excited to have Tate here at PHS.
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Handmade Cards for all Occasions

Students and staff at Ponaganset High School are planning to continue making handmade cards for members of our community. Last year, over 400 handmade seasonal themed cards were delivered. We really enjoy bringing cheer to our community members.

The students and staff are very creative and passionate about this project. Like the students, each card is unique and carries messages of kindness and inclusion. We take pride in using recycled materials to make the cards and would love to continue to provide this community service for every holiday throughout the year.

We are currently accepting donations of materials such as; used greeting cards, card stock, scrapbook material, washable paint, gift bags, tissue paper, stickers etc. We love working with recycled materials and would make use of any craft items you have sitting on shelves and in drawers.

Please feel free to drop off any of these items to the main office at Ponaganset High School.

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Rhode Island Department of Health Updated Playbook

Upcoming Events


Due to the current Covid restrictions, we have to postpone the Winter Ball. We will now have the dance on April 9, 2022, same time and place.

We will send out more information leading up to the event.

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Parent Resource Center

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Parent Portal

To Parent Guardians:

An email was sent out inviting you to log in to the Aspen Family Portal. The email contained a security code that you will use to set up your account, just follow the directions!

The reason only some of you will receive this is because we try to limit access to the portal to one login per family. If you have a family situation which requires an additional login, please contact your child’s school.

Once you login to Aspen, we are asking you to verify that you are seeing each of your children, and that other information is accurate as well. If there are issues with any of the information, pleased contact your child’s school to let us know!

Going forward we will be asking you to upgrade emergency contacts, update medical information, and parent phone numbers/email addresses. The portal will also be used to give you digital report cards, see student transcripts, as well as other information that is stored in Aspen.

Helpline 710-7500 ext 4357 (HELP)

Please review the links below for information and instructions.

Canvas & Aspen Parent Instructions for Viewing Grades

Please see the link below for how to observe your student's Canvas account, our Learning Management system. This also includes information on using Aspen to check report cards.

Link for instructions.

2021 Yearbook Order

Now is the time to order your 2021-22 yearbook for your child!

How to order a yearbook and/or and ad:

Go to: www.ybpay.lifetouch.com

Enter this code: 13539322

From there you will choose which of the above items you would like to order.

You may also create a student recognition ad for your child and/or purchase an ad for your business! Follow the same instructions given above to order an ad.

We need all orders in by May 31, 2022.

Healthy in body & mind means better learning, habits & relationships

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Friendly February

We need each other more than ever right now! This month let's focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be a good friend. Our acts of kindness and connection ripple out and impact so many more people than we realize - and they also boost our own happy hormones too! In stressful times people around us may be feeling the strain, so let's try to keep calm, take time to listen and show compassion.
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Action for Happiness App

Click here for app.

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Family Literacy Corner

Family literacy is a type of literacy education that emphasizes bringing reading and writing into the home and making it a family activity. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, students with a “richer home literacy environment displayed higher levels of reading knowledge and skills than did their counterparts with less rich home literacy environments.”

Below you will find a resource that will provide current event articles and some discussion starters related to the articles. Reading an article a week as a family and having discussions over dinner will provide benefits that include: increasing literacy skills, engaging in family conversations, and enhancing knowledge of current events.

Link to Newsela: https://newsela.com/

(This resource offers a free basic version. There is a caregiver/parent sign up option)

Conversation starters:

  1. Create and discuss your own headline for this article and explain why yours is better than the original.

  2. Discuss the visuals given in the article and how they relate to the topic.

  3. If a friend asked you, “what was that article about?”, how would you summarize it?

  4. Ask the following questions to prompt meaningful connections between what was read and what is relevant to the student’s life:

    1. What does this article remind you of?

    2. Are there any elements of this article that are especially important to you and why?

    3. What information from this article cleared up any confusion you may have had about this topic?

Fundraising Corner

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Mattress Fundraiser Rescheduled to: Saturday, February 5th

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Mattress Fundraiser

Support the Ponaganset High School Yearbook and Basketball Mattress Fundraiser

Please forward the attached flier to family and friends to support the Ponaganset High School Yearbook and Basketball Mattress Fundraiser. There will be over 25 beds on display for customers to try. The beds are new, brand name, made to order, available in all sizes, and cost less than retail stores. In addition to beds, there will also be luxury pillows, sheets, and even adjustable power bases!


Custom Fundraising Solutions Mattress Fundraiser

Updated: 2021-22 Foster-Glocester Regional School District Calendar

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Bus Information

Please be advised that at this time there are no late buses.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your students bus situation, below are the bus yard numbers:

Glocester Bus Coordinator

Kim Hopkins/Jackie Dussault 568-6206 X239

Bus Companies

Glocester: Jacques 568-8433

Glocester: Hopkins 568-5096

Foster: Ocean State 397-7415

Statewide Bus, Heather Hargis 304-9136

Ponaganset High School Community Calendar

School Breakfast and Lunch Information

FREE Breakfast and FREE Lunch for ALL Students

Thanks to the continued funding from the USDA, we are pleased to announce that ALL students will have access to a FREE BREAKFAST & FREE LUNCH every day. Please take advantage of this great opportunity and receive your FREE meals.

Technology Corner

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Athletic schedules, forms, and important information

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Teachers, Counseling, Teacher Assistants and Secretaries

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