Patriot Newsletter

October 24, 2022

Principal's Message

October 24, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to the October edition of the Patriot Newsletter. It is my hope that the monthly newsletter will provide you with some information about the amazing educational opportunities and activities taking place at Portsmouth High School. As you can imagine, with all that goes on in each department, club, activity and classroom, the newsletter captures only some highlights.

As you are aware, we recently celebrated Homecoming, Spirit Week, the dance, football game and parade. Traditions such as these provide students with opportunities to collaborate, have fun and display the pride they have in Portsmouth High School. Since assuming my role, I have met many Portsmouth High School alumni who share their recollection of the fond memories they have for the traditions passed down through the years. It is evident that your children will leave PHS feeling the same sense of connection, gratitude and Portsmouth Pride for years to come.

Enjoy browsing through the pages of our newsletter and as always,thank you for your collective contributions and support. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question or concern.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Vanessa Reale

(401) 683-2124

Free & Reduced Lunches

A student's free or reduced eligibility grace period for school meals ended on October 14th. To become eligible for this school year, parents may fill out an online application on or submit a paper application. The paper application can be found here: Meal Benefit Application FY23 and paper copies are available in the main office. Applications can be turned into the main office.

We encourage families that are in need of assistance to submit an application. For more information on the program and how to apply, please click on the links below.

Household Letter 2023 (Frequently Asked Questions)

How to Apply for Free and Reduced Meals

PSAT/NMSQT - Grade 11

Grade 11 students will be making up the PSAT/NMSQT assessment on Tuesday, October 25th.

There will be a (*) change to the A/B rotation to accommodate testing:

* Monday 10/24 - A day; * Tuesday, 10/25 - B day; Wednesday, 10/26 - B day;

Thursday, 10/27 - A day; Friday, 10/28 - B day

All other grades will attend regular classes.

Operation Holiday Cheer - Girl Scout Troop 602 Sock Drive

Click here: Operation Holiday Cheer for details on Girl Scout Troop 602 Sock Drive. Donations can be placed in the box located in the main office through Oct 27th. Thank you for your support!

Season Passes on Sale for Athletics Events

The athletic department is now selling season passes for both students and adults. At all home contests these passes are available at the gate. Ask one of the ticket takers and they can assist you with your requests

Cost of the season pass for adults is $40 for the year and for students it is $20.

It will allow you into all home contests for Football; Boys + Girls Soccer; Boys + Girls Basketball; and Boys + Girls Lacrosse.

Flu Clinic for Students & Faculty/Staff

Click here: Oct 13 Email re: Flu Clinic to view details on the Flu Clinic being held on Nov 4. This clinic is for FREE for students and faculty/staff.

Cap & Gown / Diploma Name Information AND Payments

Attention Seniors: As mentioned in the senior assembly last week, it's time to collect cap & gown size information (height & weight); diploma names, and cap & gown payments.

A pre-printed form for every senior has been distributed to each advisory teacher for distribution. If you lost your form, you can print this generic form or pick up a copy in the main office.

The following information was reviewed with seniors during the assembly:

  • Students purchase their cap & gown.
  • Financial hardships should be directed to their guidance counselor.
  • Previous cap & gowns cannot be used due to different styles and dye lots.
  • The form and payment ($25) is due by Nov 30th.
  • Cash (exact change preferred) or check (payable to PHS) is accepted.
    • There's a $10 return check fee.
  • The default diploma name is Aspen's "Firstname Lastname".
  • If they want a different name printed, parent signature is required.

If NO form is returned AFTER Nov 30:

  • We will ask for their height and weight (so the order can be placed)
  • Their diploma name is the default.
  • The payment increases to $40 (cash only after March 1)

AP Exam Payments

This information: Sep 20 Email was sent to all AP students and families. Payments are now being accepted.

It is important to note that after Oct 20th, we can no longer accept checks since they will not clear before the Nov 15th deadline to order exams.

Dates / Deadlines

Oct 25: PSAT/NMSQT (Grade 11) Retake

Oct 24-28: Red Ribbon Week
Nov 3: Photo Retakes (details will be emailed)

Nov 3: PHSO Meeting - 7pm - PHS Library

Nov 4: End of Quarter 1

Nov 4: Flu Clinic -or- click here: Oct 13 Email re: PHS Flu Clinic

Nov 8: Staff PD Day (No School for students)

Nov 10: FASFA Day (30 minute increments) w/ RISLA Expert

Nov 11: Veterans' Day (No School)

Nov 14: Q1 Report Cards

Nov 23-25: Thanksgiving Recess (No School)

Nov 30: Cap & Gown / Diploma Forms & Payments DUE

Dec 1: CTE Open House

AP Exam Payment Dates:

  • Sep 19 - Oct 19 >> Cash or check accepted
  • Oct 20 - Nov 10 >> CASH Only (checks will not clear in time to order exams)
  • After Nov 15 >> CASH ONLY & add $50 late fee

Cap & Gown / DIploma Names Dates:

  • Nov 30 - Forms & Payments DUE
  • After Nov 30:
  1. Height and weight will be documented to place the order
  2. Diploma Name will be the default (Aspen First name & Last name)
  3. Payment increases to $40 (cash or check until Mar 1)
  4. After March 1 - Cash ONLY
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English Department

In conjunction with - and to further support - their curriculum, Kaylin Johnson and Mary-Kate O’Keefe took their AP Language students to Plymouth, MA on October 14. Although the weather was not very cooperative, students still enjoyed this experience where - as part of their itinerary - they spent time visiting Burial Hill, the Courthouse and the Pilgrim Hall Museum! We hope to continue making this a yearly event.

Modern World Language Department

Language Honor Society

Mrs. Tisdale is the advisor. Tutoring will begin November 1st. A link will be created and Mrs. Tisdale will share it so that teachers can post it in their Google Classrooms. Students who are interested in being tutored will be matched up with an LHS student who has the same "free" time (learning center or time after school). Stay tuned!

Spanish Classes: "Locotubre" started Oct 17. This is a way to celebrate and encourage students to actively participate in Hispanic culture and language. Students will be introduced to music in Spanish from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Songs are organized in a bracket and students will vote on their favorites along with other students learning Spanish from around the globe. This is an engaging and fun way to end classes for the month of October and into November.

National French Week: The American Association of Teachers of French announces its organization of the twenty-first annual National French Week. This week-long celebration of all things French will take place in schools and communities and AATF chapters across the U.S. PHS will take part from 14-18 November. Portsmouth High School French students will participate in the Francophone Culture Trivia Contest, watch French films, share and talk about French culture, music and food!

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Physical Education Department

Classes completed units in tennis, football, and softball. The classes also participated in a variety of recreational games during “Fun Fridays”. Our recreational games consisted of “Nitro” Ball, Wiffle Ball, Gatorball, and Chair Football.

Science Department

Biology students have been learning about diffusion and osmosis through hands-on laboratory work with potato cubes, dialysis tubing, eggs, and even gummy bears! Which bear do you think was in salt water?
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Quick Links

Daily Student Announcements (announced over the PA at 8:50 am)

Afternoon Announcements (announced over the PA at 1:53 pm)

Announcements Sent To Parents (email messages sent to parents)

A/B Day Calendar

Bell Schedules

2022-2023 District Calendar