SHS Spartan News

Week of March 1, 2021 Week A

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We need your feedback!

Please consider joining a few info sessions to help Scituate Schools with our stage II department of education funding plan!
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April 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:

  • 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 asynchronous (no live teaching) distant learning day.

We had extremely successful in person sessions in October and January with our PSAT's and SAT's and will continue to adhere to all COVID safety protocols to ensure safety on these days!

March School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 2nd, 7pm


Link is on page two of the agenda below

Advance Placement Update

Attention AP Students and Families:
Announcement from College Board: Remind students—especially seniors—that they need to indicate through My AP the college, university, or scholarship program they'd like to receive their free score report. Students indicate this information only through My AP. They no longer provide this information on their answer sheets. The deadline to indicate or change their free score report recipient through My AP is June 20.

My AP Link

SHS History Through Film Course

Mrs. Buonaccorsi's History Through Film classes had former Scituate student, Rob Capron, join their classes the last week of January. Rob spoke about the impact that historically based films can have. He also spoke about the fact that directors and producers will often have to change certain aspects of the event in a film. They will sometimes use composite characters, for example. He also shared some of his journey from Scituate student to Brown University graduate to his recent relocation to Los Angeles. Thanks Rob!

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Academy of Biomedical Science

Biomedical Pathway students enrolled in Human Body Systems chose from four regions of the digestive system and designed models illustrating the functions of the selected organs. The students pictured modeled the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gall bladder and pancreas. The project also required students to explain the role of each organ during the process of digestion and explain how their chosen materials are good examples of real organs. In addition, other students generated narrated videos of their work and presented those projects to their student colleagues.
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Only a few weeks left! Please help us by taking this survey

Dear Scituate Spartan Community, While we understand that we are in no way under normal circumstances this year due to the global pandemic, we acknowledge the fact that reflection is a large part of improvement. At Scituate High School we strive for excellence and your voice is important! We need to know all of the amazing areas that we are doing well in and where we need to improve. Each year, the RI Department of Education asks families and students to complete an anonymous survey. The data from this survey will be reported on our yearly school accountability rating for all to see. This year, we hope to get as close to 100% as possible! Let's show the state that the Scituate Spartans are the best! The SurveyWorks Stakeholder Survey Initiative is an effort to gather information that will help improve the quality of schools across Rhode Island. The surveys capture and assess information that helps educators understand and act upon what students, teachers, support professionals, administrators, and parents say about the climate, culture, and learning environments in their schools. The survey window will close on March 31, 2021. (Click links below) Thank you for your support, partnership, and commitment to Scituate High School! Student Survey: access code: 30104student612
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Student Survey Click Here

access code: 30104student612

Scituate COVID-19 Updates

Scituate Schools now providing BINAX COVID-19 Testing to Student Athletes and Staff

COVID-19 Testing for students athletes and SHS staff will continue on Thursday, March 4th. Please see the updated parent/student letter and the new link to signup for a timeslot. Thank you!

Binax Now Training Video
BINAX Consent Form (Winter Athletes Only)

Parents only need to email this form once

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"

National Honor Society News (Updated 3-1-21)

From National Honor Society:

Invitations to apply to NHS were sent recently. Juniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher, and seniors who meet that GPA but are not already members, should check their email and follow the directions in that email. Any questions may be sent to advisor Mrs. Stormont at

We hope you will support the NHS sock drive to benefit Help The Homeless RI. Our NHS chapter is collecting new, adult sized socks. Socks may be brought to the high school office or room 217. Last day to donate is Friday, March 5.

NHS Challenge!

A challenge from National Honor Society

Grab some friends and collect some socks!

The National Honor Society is holding a competition to benefit Help the Homeless RI. We’re asking students, teachers, and staff to form teams of up to 4 people. Student teams can be made up of anyone from Group A, B, and distance learning friends! The team that donates the most new, warm, adult sized socks will win Dunkin gift cards.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition while benefiting the community!

Donations can be brought to the high school main office or room 217. Make sure to include your team member names with your donation.

The competition will run Feb 22 - March 5.

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Free Tutoring!

Free Tutoring Opportunity Launching with is a new online platform from Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, that matches students around the world with free tutors. The tutors provide small-group math and SAT prep tutoring for students in grades 6-12, building on the Khan Academy curriculum. Rhode Island is one of two state-level partnerships offering this opportunity to students across the state. Registration is now live on the All Course Network (ACN) and students can sign up here on EnrollRI. There is no deadline for students to sign up (though schools will still need to approve their enrollment via the ACN), no cost to LEAs or students, and no requirement to participate. Please help us spread the word to your students, teachers, parents, and communities! More information on the partnership can be found here.

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

2021-2022 Program of Studies Portal Now Open for Students

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!

How do you select courses? Click below!

From Our Student Council

The Student Council is excited to announce Scituate High School's first Virtual Spartan Showcase on March 26th. This is your chance to show your talent and interests. Show us what makes you unique. Do you sing, act, play an instrument, ride a horse, crochet, knit, do make up, fish, paint, bake, ride a dirt bike, play a sport? Send us pictures or videos of your hobbies through the Google Form. Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes and are being collected now through March 19th. Have a hobby not listed? Don't be afraid to submit that too! The Google Form is available at the link in the Student Council Instagram bio. All students and staff are encouraged to participate!

HOSA's Third Podcast!

HOSA Podcast:

Hello everyone, we have created a google form feedback quiz. Take a look and let us know what you think. Thanks so much for all the support!

-Julia, Sophie, Maddie, Hannah

Google form Feedback Quiz link:

Podcast link:

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Community Awareness Podcast #3

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

Thank you to our amazing school counselors at Scituate Middle and High School! Last week marked National School Counselors week!!
2020-2021 Scholarship List

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

Scituate Scholarships Now Open!

The Scituate Scholarship Fund, formerly the Scituate Scholarship Foundation, has opened the application period for the 2021 Scituate Scholarships.

To be eligible an applicant must be:

1. A student in good standing, graduating from Scituate (RI) High School in 2021, or a resident of Scituate, RI who is graduating from another high school program in 2021.

2. Planning to attend a post-secondary program as a full-time student (with the exception of the Lions Hayden Trade/Tech Scholarship).

In 2020, the Scituate Scholarship Fund made over 30 awards amounting to over $70,000 to graduating Scituate seniors.

To apply, contact the Guidance Department at Scituate High School and begin the process. The application period closes April 3, 2021. For additional information please contact Mr. William Lenox by email at

Prepare RI PAID Interships!

Mental Health Support

Consider Joining our NEED Club in 21-22

Join NEED Club!

NEED Club is for environmentally aware students. We run community awareness projects to educate people on how to save the planet starting with their local area. We discuss topics such as plastic waste, climate change, sustainable energy and much more.

Class Rings and Gear Extended


It is that exciting time of year when you order your Class Ring…and Balfour has made everything so easy for you!!!

Attached you will find a Flyer with all of the necessary information to purchase your Official Class Ring. You may scan the QR Code or Click on the link provided on the Flyer and either one will bring you right to the school’s website on

Also on the Flyer is a link to the Balfour brochure so that you may look through it beforehand to see all of the different options Balfour has to offer.

Balfour has also provided you with a Finger Sizer. Please print it out and follow the instructions on how to size your finger. You can always stop by a local jewelry store to get your finger-sized as well.

For a limited time, Balfour is offering $35.00 off select Celestrium Rings as well as a FREE gift with purchase on select rings! Place your order during the weeks designated on the Flyer to receive this exclusive offer.

*Also on the Balfour website, there is a lot of great merchandise Hoodies, T-Shirts, Sweatpants, etc. Stock up on some great Class Gear!!!

Spartan Athletics

Please be advised that the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) plans to move forward with two final seasons for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year. Season 3 began on 2/22 for Football and on 3/1 for Girl's Volleyball. Cheerleading may also be offered, details soon to follow. This season will end on 4/25. The last season (season 4) will begin on 4/26 and end on 6/27. This season will include Baseball, Softball, Girls and Boys track, Boys Volleyball, Boys tennis, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, golf and wrestling (maybe).

All season 3 athletes MUST register prior to their first meeting on the following link:

Football met last week , each day at 2:30pm at Caito Field.

Girls Volleyball is scheduled to begin on Mar 1, 2021 in the HS gymnasium at 4pm til 6pm. Coach Luis will meet the athletes and begin our preparation.

Thank you all for your patience. This has been a hectic, fluid schedule and is still subject to some minor changes based on RIIL and RIDOH.

As always feel free to contact me with any issues or concerns.

Sal Gelsomino
Athletic Director Scituate High School
(401) 226-1359

Congrats Boys Basketball on a Great Season!

Job well done to our boys basketball players and our coaches! This has been one of the best seasons we have had in a few years!!
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Girl's Basketball Advances to next steps in Playoffs

Congrats to the Girl's who beat Johnston in the first DI playoff game! They will take on Wheeler this week!
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Football still looking for more students week of March 1st

Scituate Spartans football is finally here. The team is still holding practices after school starting at 2:30 each day.

Join practices and play on the varsity football team during the March and April game schedule.

All student-athletes are encouraged to come over to the football field and find out about all the excitement surrounding the team. Hustle, not experience, is the important ingredient you bring.

New Coach. New uniforms. New energy.
Same Spartan Pride.

Come on out and be part of the fun and make some amazing friendships with your teammates. Go Spartans!

Any questions, just email Coach D at
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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.