SHS Spartan News

Week of January 25th Week A

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PD Day Monday - PSAT Tuesday

All students in grades 9-12 will stay home on Monday, January 25th as teachers participate in professional development. All students will work independently and will be automatically marked present for the day. Please do not come to school if you have any symptoms, are under quarantine, or have been exposed to COVID-19. An alternative practice test will be arranged for those juniors later.

Tuesday, January 26th. All 11th grade students will arrive to school in-person at 7:45 AM to take the PSAT's. All students in grades 9, 10 & 12 will remain home Tuesday and learn asynchronously (no live meets)

PSAT Infor Tuesday, Jan. 26th

Hello Scituate High School Families,

Below are details pertaining to our testing day on Jan. 26th for Scituate High School. All 11th grade students are asked to take the PSAT. As you may be aware, the state cancelled the school day accountability test for last year’s sophomores and juniors. The class of 2022 now has the opportunity to take the PSAT, for free, so they can be better prepared for the school-day SAT in April . CLICK HERE for room assignments (student access only)

Tuesday, January 26th Grades 9, 10, & 12

All students in grades 9, 10, and 12 WILL NOT report to school. Students will distant learn from home. Those students will not join a google meet and will be given independent work ahead of Tuesday.

COVID-19 Safety

For everyone’s safety, students will follow all in person safety procedures. All students will wear a mask and will be in an assigned seat, six feet apart from anyone. Each proctor room will maintain Group A, Group B, and Distant Learning students.


Arrival: Students in grade 11 should arrive at school no later than 7:45 AM. Families that are distant learning and are unable to arrange transportation should contact FirstStudent at 275-0256 to arrange a bus to and/or from school.

Dismissal: All juniors may leave school after the testing (around 1:00 PM) If a student needs a ride, they are able to take the bus at 2:00 PM and can wait in the HS cafeteria

Lunch and Snacks

The College Board builds in scheduled snack and lunch breaks. Students will be provided with snacks and lunch and will be scheduled to go to the cafe during that time. Students may also bring their own water or snacks if they prefer

Below are some important reminders for testing

  • Students should arrive at school on time, well-rested, and should also eat a good breakfast

  • Students will be given short breaks throughout the day however, the test will take about four hours to complete

  • Students should not bring backpacks, cell phones, electronic devices, or smart watches into the testing classroom

  • Students can find their testing classroom posted throughout the school as the test date approaches

Students are encouraged to bring their own calculator - We do have a limited number of calculators for students who forget

11th Grade PSAT room list

students can view their room assignment before Tuesday with their student account

COVID-19 Scituate Updates Jan. 26th

Our school nurses and along with administration composed the letter below based on new CDC and RIDOH guidelines. Please review

K-12 COVID-19 Testing Info

State Assessments

RI Department of Education waived our state testing last year because of the pandemic. It is clear that the state WILL expect schools to participate in state testing this spring. What that means for Scituate High School is the PSAT's for grade 10, the SAT's for grade 11 and the NGSS (Next Generation Science Assessment) for grade 11. These assessments will be in person.

In order to successfully prepare for this please review the info below:

  • All grade 9 students were able to take the PSAT 9 last October
  • All grade 12 students were able to take the SAT last October
  • All grade 11 students will have the option to take the PSAT on January 26th. Scituate HS has decided to purchase this assessment for our juniors knowing that this group of students has never taken a college board assessment in school.

State Accountability School Day Tests

  • April 13th All 11th Grade Students will take the SAT
  • April 14th All 10th Grade Students will take the PSAT
  • April 28th All 11th grade students will take the NGSS

All students NOT taking a test on a given day will stay home for a distant learning day.

We had an extremely successful in person session in October and will continue to adhere to all COVID safety protocols to ensure safety on these days!

Class of 2021- We love our seniors!

Thank you to the Scituate Athletic Booster Club for hosting/organizing a car parade for the class of 2021! It was the first of many safe celebrations for our seniors.

A work group of seniors, parents, and administration met on Friday to begin conversations around celebrations and graduation! We plan to meet weekly and seek input from students and parents.

Scituate High School class of 2021 Car Parade

See all picture on Facebook below!

Senior Class Video

Class historian, Lily Pelletier will be collecting baby, senior, and any other type of senior class pictures through March 1st using the email below. Even appropriate videos are welcome.

The email is

Student Panel - SHS Open House

Thank you to our amazing students for helping in our student panel a few weeks ago! We are truly grateful to have such incredibly articulate and caring students! Proud to be a Spartan!
2021 Scituate High School Open House Student Panel

Class of 2022 Class Fundraiser

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NEW Class Absence Letters

Please be aware that if your student is absent during a class period when they were marked present for the day parents/guardians will now receive an email. This email will include an attachment to a letter simply letting you know that your child/student has missed a class. If this letter is sent and you believe it was in error, the letter will state who to call or respond to. Thank you in advance for your support and help in this matter of attendance, as we know it is an important step in helping our students succeed.

Quarter 2 and Semester 1 Ends Feb. 3rd

Considering that Scituate High School has been in full distant learning since December 7th, our leadership team here at the high school has decided to cancel our scheduled midterm exam week. Students will follow their regular schedule and quarter 2 and semester 1 will close on February 3rd. Report Cards will be emailed home on February 12th

School Pictures Update: Wednesday, Jan. 27th

Notes from Gene Hutnak: Picture retakes or missed picture days:

Gene will ask that the underclass come down first for makeups/retakes and then the seniors that are in that week to come down last. There are approximately 99 underclass we didn't catch first time around and 43 seniors.

The seniors will be sent home a proof sheet so that they can view and order.

Wednesday January 27th for Group A. We will be ready for 8 am and will go until approximately 11 am in the cafeteria.

Students can pick up a picture form in the HS office if they wish to order.

There is still a stack of photos in the HS office from students who have not yet picked them up.

2021-2022 Program of Studies

The student portal in Powerschool will be open in the coming weeks and students in grades 8-11 will begin to select their courses for the 2021-2022 school year!

Please view our approved 2021-2022 Program of Studies Website in the link below. Within that website, students and families may view our “how to” presentation.

Once students select courses, they will sit with Mrs. Testoni (grade 8) Mr. Hass (grades 9 & 10) or Mr. Casey (grade 11) to finalize the process so that we can begin to build our schedule for next year. Please reach out to our school counselors, department chairs, or high school teachers with any questions.

Email or call Mr. Hassell or Mrs. Johnson, or your friendly counselor with any questions!

Good luck!

New Math Club!

Come and join the Math Club! Founding membership has its perks!

Moderator: Mr. Soucar
Period 9 Second Semester.

= All are welcome to join. You don't have to be a "wicked" smart math student to join or enjoy.
+ We'll be solving math and logic, puzzles and problems.
- The problems will range in levels; easy, moderate and challenging.
/ You can work in teams or by yourself.
> Points will be awarded and modest prizes will be awarded.
() It will be fun and a low stress learning experience.
* Attend with a positive attitude.

Sign-up using the link below.


Greetings to the Scituate students and families!

This year, we were able to see the effects of mental health while enduring a global pandemic. Covid-19 has physically and mentally been one of the hardest obstacles to overcome. We are writing to you as one of Scituate High Schools HOSA groups. This year, our goal is to bring awareness and offer a hand to those who have struggled during the midst of this crazy year. Each week, we will be sharing a quote to encourage positivity within our community as a way to remind you: YOU GOT THIS. As students at our school and teens in our society, we see first hand how challenging this year has been and we want you to know that we are here to support YOU. We are currently working on a podcast; hoping it will be another great resource for students and families. Not only will you be able to hear from us and our experiences but also from teachers and professionals as well. Once the first episode is released, you will be able to access it right here in the newsletter. Keep an eye out!

-Sophie Pedro, Julia Olson, Maddie Geisser, and Hannah Ward

HOSA Community Awareness Event

Our project includes a Scituate Community Fitness App, that is in the making! We are super excited to share it with everyone in the community. In addition to the app, we are selling t-shirts, to raise money for new equipment for the Scituate elementary school PE classes. Please see the link below to order a t-shirt and support a great cause! - Amanda Parker, HOSA Club

From School Counseling

2020-2021 Scholarship List

Please view our scholarship link. The spreadsheet will be updated on a weekly basis

Mental Health Support

COVID-19 Daily Screener

Our parent screener can be found on our high school website. Visit and go to the tab, Students & Parents and click "Parent/Guardian Attestation Form"

URI Ocean View Art Competition

The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography has launched the Ocean View art competition and exhibition. Ocean View is a competition that encourages youth to interpret the ocean through visual art. Rhode Island students in grades kindergarten through high school are invited to participate. Check out this webpage for more information.

Please help spread the word about this art competition and exhibition. Here are some ideas:

  • Post attached flyer to a bulletin board
  • Include information about Ocean View in an upcoming newsletter
  • Send flyer to parent and teacher email lists
  • Share the flyer with your school art teacher
  • Post information about this competition to your social media (don’t forget to tag @URIGSO!)

This competition and exhibition explores the many ways in which we are all connected to the ocean. As the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2021, we want to know from students: What is your ocean story?

Spartans Give Back

The Izzy Foundation for Hasbro children's hospital is looking for donations of cases of water. They go through 30-40 bottles a day. IF you can donate there will be a sign in the lobby to leave them. All help is appreciated.

We will be collecting water for the Izzy room at hasbro children's hospital until Friday Jan 22. There is a sign on the side of the building where the middle school entrance is for drop off.

2021 Yearbook


Don't miss the opportunity to put an ad in for your senior this year!

Senior Parents here is the link to purchase your ad for the yearbook

click on yearbooks

then yearbook ads

SENIOR parents only a few days left to put an ad in for your senior. The deadline is January 24th.

Anyone that wants to order a personalized cover for your yearbook the deadline is also January 24th.

Spartan Athletics

We are very excited to partner with SFBN to broadcast all of our winter games! Please click the link below to watch live Scituate home games!

From RIIL: Spectators will not be allowed at athletic events held at on campus gymnasiums with the exception of a one-time senior day event for home team parents only. Spectator policy for athletic events not held at on-campus gymnasiums (ice rinks, gymnastics facilities, pools, etc.) are at the discretion of the schools and facilities. If spectators are allowed at athletic events not held at on-campus gymnasiums, at a minimum, all State of Rhode Island and RIDOH guidance and restrictions must be strictly adhered to. For indoor track events, the City of Providence will not allow spectators at the Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA).


CONGRATULATIONS to the Boys Basketball team! They beat Block Island today 54-43! Way to go Spartans!

Good Job Sophia!

RI All State! Congrats Spartans!

Athletic COVID Testing

Principal Hassell, Superintendent Andries , and Athletic Director, Mr. Gelsomino attended a RIDOH webinar last week. At this time, RIDOH and RIIL is strongly encouraging all athletes to schedule asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at least weekly using the RI K-12 Covid test sites.

While the Governor's office has still not approved games/competition, we are waiting for that decision this week. Parents and student should be prepared that weekly asymptomatic COVID testing may be required by the state of RI for winter athletes. We will communicate with you all as soon as anything is announced.

Visit Scituate High School's Website!

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Visit our Athletic Website


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: 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: 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.