SHS Spartan News

September 23, 2019

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Save the Date!

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Academy of Engineering

Our overhaul of the Scituate Engineering Lab is almost complete! New floor, paint, windows, collaborative lab tables, interactive projector, and a brand new engineering teacher with a degree from


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Academy of Biomedical Science

Students enrolled in Human Body Systems continue to learn more about the skeletal system by assuming the role of a Forensic Anthropologist. Features specific to the skull, pelvis and a variety of long bones are examined in an effort to identify the gender, age and height of the individual.
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HOSA (Health Occupation Student Association)

HOSA club President, Siena C. volunteered on Sunday 9/15 at Scituate High School staffing the 6 mile pit stop during the Tour De Rhody charity bike ride. Siena helped set up the water station, distribute snacks and offered encouragement to the many riders. Ride organizer, Dr. Ollilia from Brown University has offered HOSA an opportunity to visit his cancer research facility where they specialize in innovative cancer treatments and trials.

Biology Early Enrollment

Early Enrollment Honors Biology students finalize data collection where they investigated the impact of ocean acidification on shelled organisms (crabs). The role of carbon dioxide in the carbon cycle was addressed as a key contributing factor in the acidification of Earth's oceans.
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Students in biomedical innovations re-designing an emergency room to improve efficiency.
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From our Artists

SHS Art students show their passion for the environment and climate change! Below students show a few signs they created for the “Climate Strike” which was held in Providence on Friday. The event hoped to call attention to the climate crisis and to seek action from local politicians. #spartanstakeaction
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From Social Science

Samuel Lotter presented a moving, informative and inspirational Google slideshow about his father, Curtis Lotter’s, experiences as a volunteer EMT at Ground Zero on September 12, 2001. Curtis visited our class to view the presentation, adding further commentary and answering a variety of questions. The students were intrigued about his experiences and we were all inspired by his selfless and courageous decision to visit Ground Zero and assist with triage.
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Students in Mrs. Buonaccorsi's US I classes are learning about the Constitution. They are working cooperatively in groups to answer questions about the Constitution. Each group is competing against other groups to see which group is the first one to answer everything correctly.

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English Language Arts

Students in Mr. Bagley's AP 11 English class did some observational descriptive writing from the stands at the new field at Caito. Students wrote about the sights, sounds and environment to practice writing in a way they may not have encountered or attempted before.
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Congrats SHS Marching Band

The band had a fantastic performance at the Big E last week!

From Our School Nurse

Hello Scituate Community,

Be advised our Middle and High School Flu clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/16/2019 from 8:00 AM- 11:00 AM.

The following attachments allow you to register online OR complete the attached form and return it to our School Nurse Yvette Grossguth, RN. A printed copy is available in the Middle School and High School office for your convenience.

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RI PBS Partners with Scituate!

Scituate High School is very excited to be partnering with RI PBS for an "Our Town" Documentary. The High School is currently offering a new course in our Social Science Class titled The History of Scituate and Rhode Island. Students will collaborate with members from RI PBS in order to aid in the documentary series! Please see the details below from RI PBS and thank you for your support!

Rhode Island PBS is excited to announce that the town of Scituate, Rhode Island was chosen to be featured in an upcoming episode of our documentary series- Our Town. Our Town is a community project wherein neighbors become filmmakers who tell the stories of their town. Part fund-raiser, part community builder, part historical and cultural documentary, and part “day-in-the-life” video scrapbook, Our Town shares with viewers the local legends, historical happenings, and backyard secrets of the particular town and its villages – untold or uncelebrated stories that capture the essence of the town (*you do not need to be a resident to participate)

Stories and interviews are then edited together by Rhode Island PBS, with the finished product being a 1-hour documentary about the town that will premiere live on Rhode Island PBS in March 2020.

We invite you to join us on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 pm at the North Scituate Public Library located at 606 West Greenville Road for an informational meeting about the Our Town project. If you know anyone who might also be interested in learning about all the ways to get involved, or has a unique story to share about the town, please encourage them to attend.

In the meantime you can visit for more information, or to see video examples of past towns featured in the Our Town series please visit

Thank you for helping us spread the word about the Our Town project, we are looking forward to meeting and working with you and the town of Scituate soon!

If you have any questions about the project feel free to reach out to me or anyone on the Our Town team:

  • Gretta Jacobs-Corporate Relations Manager (, 401-222-3636 x 381)
  • Jodi Mesolella-Director of Membership & Special Projects/Our Town, Project Director ( , 401-222-3636 x 209)
  • Nicole Muri-Our Town, Producer ( 401-222-3636 x 225)
  • Lucie Raposo-Public Information Manager/Media Contact (, 401-222-3636 x 216)

Scituate Music Association

Scituate Music Association is looking for help in covering the wiener booth at the Scituate Art Festival. Each student gets $10 per hour put into their SMA accounts to be used for banquets and activities. Parents that volunteer get an extra $5 per hour in their child's accounts.

We have some nice events planned this year which will only be possible with your help. Students can also get community service hours toward National Honor Society. Any questions you can contact SMA President LisaMarie Del Santo at or text 401-338-4097.

If you can't volunteer your time we are also in need of water and canned soda donations please clink link below to see how you can help or sign up!

School Counseling

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Important for Juniors! PSAT October 16th

Attention Juniors—

The PSAT/NMSQT exam will be given at Scituate High School on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. This is an opportunity for students to take a practice SAT test, which is identical in format to the SAT test used for college admissions. The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is designed to better prepare students for the SAT, and provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to the format, content, structure, and scoring of the assessment.

The October PSAT also serves as the Qualifying Test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition program which provides scholarship money, national recognition, and merit rewards to students in their junior year of high school. The program is highly regarded by colleges and universities, and provides students with invaluable opportunities. Students are only eligible for the National Merit Scholarship if they take the PSAT in October of their junior year.

Scituate High School will administer the PSAT/NMSQT to juniors on October 16th. The cost will be $20 per student, which covers the exam, administration fees, scoring, and access to the score portal, allowing students to work digitally to improve their scores for the SAT. Any interested juniors should sign up for the PSAT in guidance. Payment must be received by October 4th. If you need financial assistance to support your student taking this exam, please contact guidance. Sign ups will be first come first serve.

We strongly urge all college-bound juniors to take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact SHS School Counseling at 401-647-4108.

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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Please contact the high school office with any free and reduced lunch application questions. A reminder that if students received free or reduced lunch last year, they still need to complete the application and bring it to the high school office. Hard copies will be available at the school!

Official School Committee Meeting Dates

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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Follow @SpartanPrideRI on Social Media

Spartan Athletics

Preventative Measures for EEE

Based on recommendations from the RI Dept. of Heath and Guidlines set forth by the RI Interscholastic League, Scituate HS has the following protocols and recommendations to prevent potential exposure to EEE:

Scituate High School, in conjunction with our Athletic Director, Mr. Gelsomino, has implemented, "smart scheduling" (see below) for all of our outdoor activities until the first frost which is still several weeks away (sometime between October 15th and 30th).

  • SHS will avoid scheduling games and practices during early morning or dusk hours.
  • RIDOH's recommendation is that these outdoor activities should conclude 30 minutes prior to dusk. This will help minimize the risk of mosquito bites for players, coaches, officials and spectators alike - which may include individuals more vulnerable to severe illness, such as the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
  • RIDOH also recommends that schools and organizations remind all participants in outdoor activities to protect themselves from mosquito bites. They should:

* Avoid outdoor activities during dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes are most active at this time.
* Wear an insect repellent with no more than 30 percent DEET
* Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants when possible to avoid exposing skin to mosquitoes.

In addition, coaches have all been provided bug spray for practices and games and our site supervisors will have bug spray for any spectators during games who may wish to use it.

More information can be found below. Please reach out with any questions!

Congrats Unified Volleyball

Congratulations to the Spartan Unified Volleyball team! They beat Ponagansett in all three games today! (25-17/26-24/25-10) Way to go Spartans! 👊🏻 🏐💪🏻

Girls Tennis

WAY TO GO LADY SPARTANS TENNIS! Awesome 4-3 win against Classical!

Boys Soccer

Boys soccer improves to 4-0-1, with a 2-0 shutout at Johnston!!

Goals by the Langton boys...Shane and Dillon

Way to GO Spartans!!

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From Scituate Athletic Booster's Club

Our Athletic Director is looking for portable tower lights in order to host a few night football and soccer games. Anybody with information on how to get/rent some portable tower lights, please contact Sal Gelsomino at:

Let GO Spartans!!

Art Festival Help

CALLING ALL SPARTANS! Parent & student volunteers are needed at the Booster booth during the Scituate Art Festival! Shifts are short, we have a great time, and students earn community service hours!

See you there! 👊🏻

Please Consider Buying a Brick!

Are you thinking of purchasing a brick but need a few ideas of who and what to commemorate? How about honoring a past or present student, friend or family member, coach or teacher, or memorializing a family pet?
The deadline to purchase is October 31. For questions or more suggestions, contact Boosters or visit the purchasing website attached:

Sportsmanship Guidelines From RIIL

Download the Activity Scheduler to your device to see up-to-date Scituate Athletic Info

Get Remind Text Messages From SHS

Follow the instructions below to receive Scituate High School reminders and updates through text messages on your phone!


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.