SHS Weekly News December 3, 2018

Hello December!

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Media Spotlight

E-Sports Team at Scituate High

It’s one minute before gametime. Electrifying music bumps from speakers. Positions are set. The clock is ticking down, and Scituate High School students are ready for battle - an esports battle.

This year marks the first that SHS is competing in the Rhode Island electronic gaming season through PlayVS, a company that collaborated with the National Federation of High Schools to bring electronic sports competitions to schools across the nation. Gamers unite to form squads of five, and the camaraderie and strategy needed to succeed is no different than on athletic fields - but one difference is the game itself and where the teams compete.

At SHS, the Scituate High School LOL (League of Legends) team, composed of 20 students, practices the computer-based video game several times a week in the Scituate Innovation Lab, and competes weekly against a collective of 26 high school teams across Rhode Island to battle online in a League of Legends game face-off. The computer lab and maker space was designed for SHS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways, one of which is computer science.

Principal Michael Hassell said, “We are one of the first schools in the state of Rhode island to participate in this new and innovative opportunity.”

Nick Bousquet, computer science, engineering and mathematics instructor at Scituate High, said, “There is an incredibly demanding level of teamwork involved in esports.”

Each “role” in the game, he explained, is critical to the overall success of each team playing League of Legends. If one player isn’t where they need to be, a whole team may face defeat.

Students on the esports team, Bousquet said, are forced to learn to, “communicate in the heat of the moment under stress in a technical environment, and to do it well.”

These particular “soft skills” including communication and strategizing together are imperative for students to combine with their affinity for technicality, he said.

The teammates learn how to identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and play roles accordingly to win matches, Bousquet said. Gone are the days of single-player video games - this era of gaming is about a collective coming together. It’s also about finding and using resources well, Bousquet said.

In the League of Legends game, Bousquet said students are, “trying to manage certain magical resources which are fun and hypothetical, but could easily translate to any number of resources that you or I manage in our professional careers.”

Bousquet said, “The first day we had practice, I was just blown away with the amount of energy.”

Since then, he said, “The level of play, and the level of teamwork has really increased.”

Player progression is evolving within the SHS team, Bousquet said. Some students have never played the game before and are sharpening their skills, while others are learning to specialize within roles or branch out to new positions.

Beyond the team building and fun aspects of the esports team, Bousquet said students are also able to take this interest and bridge it to computer science and futures in technology - like software or game engineering.

Esports teams and competitions have been rolled out in about 45 states, Bousquet said, including nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. While the SHS team is just a few weeks in to the competition season, they continue to improve, he said.

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Bathroom Construction Begins Tuesday!

The Boy's and Girl's bathrooms on the main floor of the high school will be closed for construction beginning on Tuesday, December 4th. In the meantime, the bathrooms downstairs and the gym lobby bathrooms will remain open during construction. We are thankful to begin bond work on brand new bathrooms!

Scituate Schools Switchings to Gmail Over Holiday Break

All Scituate teachers, staff and administrators will have their Microsoft Outlook emails switched to Gmail over the winter break. What does this mean? All email domains will remain the same however, the switchover will result in Scituate employees losing the ability to access their emails until January 2nd. Parents, Guardians, and Community members are welcome to continue to email during this time but please keep in mind that you will not see a response until the new year. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. If you feel that you need to contact the school department, please call the central office at 647-4100. The central office staff will be in the office on non-holidays days.

From Music

Congratulations Scituate High School musicians selected for the Rhode Island Music Educators Association All State ensembles.
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Piano Lab in the 21st Century

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From Biomedical Innovations

Students in Human Body Systems have completed a unit on Communication with an emphasis on the eye. A plastic model was used to learn about corrective lenses and a variety of eye exams. Students then dissected a cow eye in order to better visualize key anatomical structures.

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Meet the Cadaver Day for Biomedical Students

Students from the biomedical pathway spent Saturday morning at Brown University Medical School. Students learned how to triage, practice taking vital signs and were also able to speak to medical students during a panel discussion. The highlight of the morning was the anatomy lab where students got to touch the cadavers and learn about diseases, musculature, organs and more.

HOSA Club Newsletter

Thankful Algebra II Students

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Winter Spirit Week

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School Counseling Dept.

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From Our School Psychologist Ms. Skorski: Nerves verses Anxiety

College Visit Schedule to Scituate HS

List is updated weekly

From Scituate Organizations

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School Committee Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4th North Scituate Elementary School

Thank you to Mrs. June Guglielmi and Mr. Brian LaPlante for their many years serving the students of the Scituate School Department! Please join us in thanking them on Tuesday night

GSA Bake-sale

The GSA will be having a bake sale fundraiser on Thursday, December 6th in the front lobby from 7:15-7:50. Cupcakes, muffins, cookies, brownies!

Europe Trip 2020

If you are interested in the trip to Europe 2020, you can access the website www.eftours.com/2164934CE. You can get $200.00 off if you sign up by midnight Dec 5th.

What's Happening on Social Media?

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! @SpartanPrideRI


And... follow our CTE Program on Facebook @SprtanCTE

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SPECIAL EDUCATION LOCAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Northwest Special Education Region

23A Theodore Foster Drive

No. Scituate, RI 02857



IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND CALL 647-4106

Spartan Athletics

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Thank You

Thank you to everyone who came out tonight and CONGRATS to all our Fall athletes and coaches for a fun, successful season! If you missed the video being played before we got started and would like to see/have it, please message us with your email address. #SpartyOn

Athletic Booster Club Apparel

Get your Spartan gear while it lasts!

Hockey

Great start for the Spartanovans tonight...Injury fund winners vs. JNP 5-1!!

Goals by Joe Roy (3), Lucas Riccitelli and Chris Disano

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Spread The Word!

Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 SY for students entering grades 9 and 10.

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.