Ponaganset News

Happy New Year!

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Golden Apple

Nominated by: Karlene Murray

We are excited to announce that Shannon Colabella our Alternative Learning Program Teacher was a recipient of the Golden Apple Award. Nominated by Karlene Murray, Social Worker at PHS.

Mrs. Colabella comes to school with a smile on her face ready to help her ALP students suceed and reach their goals. She is caring and compassionate and is always trying to think of ways to encourage the students to believe in themselves and motivate them. She has demonstrated that she understands the importance of relationship building with our students. She listens and offers structure and positive feedback to our students and team members. Shannon takes the time to get to know each students' strengths and areas for growth. She becomes familiar with their interests and incorporates her knowledge of each student when creating behavior plans and incentives. Recently a student who turned 18 lost her health insurance, Mrs. Colabella sat with her, reached out to health source RI and completed the application for health insurance with her. Shannon has the "Remind" App on her phone and will reach out to students daily to help ensure their attendance, to see if they are doing okay. She always encourages their engagement and work completion. Shannon is very dedicated to her students, her co-workers and the school district.

She volunteers to join various initiatives and teams. In the 2019-2020 school year she and I attended a restorative justice training and she has been working to incorporate what we learned into the ALP routine with students. She helped me with the holiday gift giving program and food drive this school year and then organized the first spring food drive that our school has done that I can remember. She is a great team member. Shannon is always in communication with the school psychologist and I.

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Wreaths Across America

On Tuesday December 14th, 2021, Ponaganset High School held its 14th annual Wreaths Across America - Veterans Recognition Ceremony. The events theme for 2021 was " Live Up To Their Legacy".

The 2021 Prestigious Teach Award was awarded to Mrs Barbara Parrish. Pat Femino, US Marine Corps and Iwo Jima Survivor was presented a letter of Recognition and Appreciation certificate. Governor Dan McKee was in attendance and presented Dr. Palazzo with a State House Proclamation.

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PHS Football Team Division IV Champs!!

Congratulations to the Ponaganset Football Team. On Saturday December 4th, 2021, Ponaganset defeated EWG/Prout schools 48-0 in the Division IV Superbowl. Ponaganset completed the undefeated season with a mission statement of One Nation - One Family - One Team. In the words of Head Coach Jim Cook " Mission completed " the players worked hard all season and deserve credit for achieving their goal.
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Congratulations Coach Gary Martinelli, 2020-21 RI Girls BB Coach of the Year

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Special tour of the police cruiser

Ms. Gattinella's class were able to check out the police cruiser and also have lunch with friends.
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Agriculture Open House

Some of the students brought in their friendly family farm animals to join in the Holiday Agriculture Open House.


PHS 2017 graduate Josh Dalessio surprised his brother Ryan on his trip home for the holidays!

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.

Our items make for great holiday gifts!

If you're looking for a last minute gift idea, look no further than the PHS DECA Club. We are selling Ponaganset Ties and Ponaganset Sunglasses. If you act now, we can probably make them available for pick up by Wednesday, December 22 - If after the holidays, you want to purchase a tie for your student or sunglasses to hit the slopes or simply look cool, just follow the links below.





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December 20, 2021

Contact: Alex MacLeod

Linda Murphy

Lisa Laferriere




Ponaganset High School DECA Earns Chapter Honor

North Scituate, RI – Ponaganset High School DECA in North Scituate, RI was recently awarded the 2021-2022 DECA Membership Campaign Award for the 2021-2022 school year. The results were announced on decadirect.org.

Each year, DECA recognizes leading chapters that have built strong local programs focused on serving an exceptional number of members, advisors, alumni and business partners. These chapters and individuals dedicate their year to academic and career preparation, community service projects, membership recruitment, school outreach activities and other DECA-related endeavors. The chapter’s advisors and student leaders have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to DECA.

DECA’s membership campaign is designed to help chapters grow by making the DECA experience available to more student members, keeping alumni involved and engaging professional members such as administrators, teachers, parents and business partners.

Chapter Advisor, Alex MacLeod, a school counselor at Ponaganset High School states, “This award would not have been possible without the outstanding leadership and initiative of our current chapter President, Nick Hooper.” MacLeod adds, “Nick is a senior and four-year member of the club. The inspiration to form the club at Ponaganset High School in December, 2017, was provided by three best friends, hockey players, and PHS Alumni, Max Swanson, Nathan Watts and Ryan Watts. Through their leadership and success, the club grew and Nick was encouraged to join. Four years later, Nick has embraced the “torch” handed down to him and has risen to the occasion as a leader and mentor in DECA. Nick and his outstanding group of officers, including Sara Sepe, Ally Pezza, Carlena Smith, and Tswvyim Xiong have been amazing.”

Of the 3,000 DECA chapters, only 450 chapters earned recognition in DECA’s chapter campaigns and only 775 chapters earned recognition in DECA’s membership campaign.

The DECA chapter advisors at Ponaganset High School are Alex MacLeod, Linda Murphy and Lisa Laferriere.

About DECA Inc.
DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares over 225,000 emerging leaders and entrepreneurs who are interested in careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition. DECA student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.

US Service Academy Presentation

Andrew Szala and Hollie Mellen, from Senator Whitehouse's office were instrumental in getting two cadets from West Point and US Naval Academy home on holiday leave to join us, while I was excited to invite back, Sophie Tirrell, a "pleab" at the US Merchant Marine Academy.

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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

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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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Happier January 2022

How can we start this new year happier? Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control. This month, we're encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness - for ourselves and others around us - to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
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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: Saturday, January 29th

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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
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During candlelight shopping in Chepachet, the Class of 2024 sold hot apple cider and gingerbread cookies to raise money for their class!
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Gingerbread Express

The Ponaganset Elves have been busy again this year!

The day before Thanksgiving, 19 Ponaganset Elves volunteered on their day off to wrap gifts for students at the William D’Abate Elementary School in Providence. The big day came on December 17th, when the Ponaganset Elves, as part of the Gingerbread Express, loaded large bags full of gifts onto a tractor trailer and unloaded them at the D'Abate School for approximately 400 students. The best part of the day was delivering gifts to the classrooms and seeing the excitement on the children’s faces. After witnessing the joy of the students and experiencing the true spirit of Christmas, the Elves were brought to tears.

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.

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