SKHS Principal's Newsletter

February 2018

From the desk of Mr. Mezzanotte...

The 2nd semester is upon us at South Kingstown High School! Students have survived their exams and are ready to start fresh with new classes, new teachers, and new opportunities. Our seniors have presented their portfolios and are now anxiously awaiting their college acceptance letters. And, of course, all of us are patiently waiting out the cold weather and hoping for an early spring! Over the past few months we have seen some terrific demonstrations of our school's pride and traditions. Our great students, teachers and families have gone "above and beyond" in so many ways to advance our school's mission. We have reached out to our current 8th graders through our Parent-Teacher Group 8th grade transition night, our SKHS/CCMS "meet and greet" organized by our high school and middle school counselors, our 8th grade orientation night, and our first-ever Pathway Night. Our school's culture has been enhanced tremendously by the efforts of our teachers and students to organize holiday drives for those in need, write motivational messages to students during exam week, plan pep rallies, and perform community service. Our students have showcased their many talents through music, dance, theater, athletics, and the fine arts. Our generous parents have shown their appreciation for our teachers through the PTG Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.

This newsletter is intended to showcase the many note-worthy events of the past few months. You may submit items to me at Enjoy!

The Sound of Music

The SKHS Drama Department, under the direction of Mr. Michael Alper, performed the classic musical "The Sound of Music" for four performances in early February. The show featured unforgettable performances and outstanding music. Musical accompaniment for the show was provided by the SKHS Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Fritz Benz. Below are some photos courtesy of Mr. Daniel Gagnon.

Rebel Athletics

The winter sports season is in full swing, and the Rebels are proving once again that they are among the very best in Rhode Island across a number of sports. In the fall, numerous student-athletes were honored with All-State and All-Division honors. Included in the All-State selections are the following:

  • Jon Sherman- 1st Team Soccer
  • Steven Schmidt- 1st Team Soccer
  • Anika Tomlinson- 1st Team Soccer
  • Faith Hutchins- 1st Team Soccer
  • Molly Pincince- 1st Team Volleyball
  • Ellie Lawler- 1st Team Cross Country (and 1st Team All-American)
  • Brooke Peasley- 2nd Team Soccer
  • Montaner Freselli- 2nd Team Football
  • Aodhan Meyer- 2nd Team Cross Country

The following fall sports teams made the RIIL playoffs:

  • Football
  • Boys Cross Country
  • Girls Cross Country
  • Girls Volleyball (Semi-Finalist)
  • Boys Soccer (State Runner-Up)
  • Girls Soccer (State Runner-Up)
  • Field Hockey

Congratulations to all student-athletes and teams! Below are some winter sports photos, courtesy of Daniel Gagnon.


The 16th annual SKHS STEAM fair (science, technology, engineering, art, math) was held on January 9, 2018. Over 230 students presented projects to educate the public on various science topics. The 9th grade entries were based on the NGSS standard exploring Human Impact on the Earth and Natural Resources. The 9th graders chose to present artwork, engineer a solution to a problem, or perform an inquiry experiment. The older students were free to explore any topic of science that they wanted.

The public viewed the projects and voted on Best Art projects. The top vote getters were:

  1. Paige Sayour for her sustainable fashion dress entry

  2. Ella Prescott for her globe that showed human encroachment on animal habitats

  3. Taylor Hurrell for her working model of renewable energy vs. fossil fuels

  4. Corrine Robbins for her Black light picture of hidden trash in the oceans

The winners of the Science Fair judging were:

  1. Olivia Zito with her psychology project on the Stroop Effect

  2. Owen Caldwell and Justin Walker with their human impact project on the Most Effective Way to Clean up Oil Spills

  3. Emma Tondre with her project on training Slime Molds to go through a maze.

The Narrow River Preservation Association also gave prizes to the top environmental projects having to do with water quality. Their winners were:

  1. Olivia Kelly for her project on oyster shells with ocean acidification. She was awarded a check and an invitation to present her project at their annual board meeting.

  2. Elwood Roberts with a project on Sea level Rise on Different Shorelines

  3. Kacie Curran and Abigale Marcotte with a project on Oil Remediation using Microorganisms

  4. Miles Corayer with a project on the Effects of Fertilizers on Freshwater

The top 14 students in the experimental and engineering division were invited to go on to the Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair held in Warwick in March.

Congratulations to all of the student presenters and teachers Becky Galoob, Neile Dinitto, Mary Kutcher, Steph Ottilige, Ann Bianchi, Gail Saborio, and Nicole Russell for organizing the fair.

Scholastic Art Awards

The SKHS Fine Arts Department is proud to announce the following students are winners and were honored at Rhode Island College January 14th at the exhibit's Opening Ceremony. The Gold and Silver winners are on display at the RIC Alex and Ani Center until January 28th. We are so proud of all the students who were chosen to enter.


  • Mae Bodziony- Painting-Gold Key
  • Seneca Brown-Drawing-GoldKey
  • Rachel Clancy- Drawing-Silver key
  • Colin Egan-Drawing-Silver Key
  • Mackenzie Fish-Drawing- Silver Key
  • Maddy Miller-Photography-Silver key
  • Ethan Whitlow-Photography- Gold Key

Honorable Mentions:
  • Olivia Turcotte-Photography
  • Emily Passeroni-Photography
  • Elizabeth Moore-Photography
  • Loren DeQuattro-Photography
  • Reilly Hodge-Photography
  • Emma Bondy-Divine-Photography
  • Emma Barker-Mixed Media
  • Lauren Cardente-Drawing
  • Olivia VanOot-Drawing
  • Natalie Towle-Printmaking
  • Dennis Haggerty-Printmaking

SKHS Music

We are very proud of our SKHS Students in the HS Jazz Band and eSKape for their recent performances at the 50th annual Berklee Jazz Festival this past Saturday at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The Berklee Festival, the largest school jazz festival in the world, is attended by hundreds of groups and thousands of students from around the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Our kids prepared a demanding program of challenging music and performed superbly under the pressure of judging from three Berklee faculty members and large audiences. MOST notably, they were supportive of each other, well-behaved, appreciative of other groups they heard, and thankful for the experience we shared on Saturday!

Although our groups did not place in this competitive event this year, they represented our school and music program with excellence and pride.

Special congratulations to students Charlotte Roberts and Luca Simeone who were recognized as the "Judges Choice" award winners for outstanding individual performers of our groups!

Students in Jazz and eSKape are:


Morgan Alley

Liliana Berube

Isis Brown

Owen Gilmartin

Emily Kaczynski

Devin Lloyd

Jessica Macinanti

Elizabeth Moore

Henry O’Brien

Caroline Parente

George Richter

Charlotte Roberts

John Santini

Luca Simeone

Charlie Spears

Meredith Stone

Emma Tondre

Jazz Band:

Alto Sax

Allison Haberlin

Eliot Greer

Tenor Sax

Elizabeth Moore

Jude Laroche

Baritone Sax

Andrew Precious

Ryan Sliney


Emily Redmond

Luca Simeone

Casey Fay-Wolfe

Leah Robinson


Will Hartmann

Ethan Auger


Alex Crudale


Ryan Moran

Johnny Santini


Ian Dahl


Adam Brown

Joe Mega


The following students deserve recognition for their achievement:

  • Parker Smith attended a summer institute that featured the SANS Cyber Start Program, which focused on digital forensics and the understanding of computer encryption. He received a certificate from Governor Raimondo for his completion of this program!
  • The SKHS Parent-Teacher Group would like to recognize Charlotte Roberts for her exceptional learner qualities and commitment to our school community. Comments from the faculty included: "Charlotte is such a wonderful young lady. She is an amazing student -- conscientious and diligent. She is self-motivated and quite successful. She is one of the kindest people I've ever met. She shows genuine concern for those around her. She has a positive attitude that radiates from her."
  • Students in Mr. Swanson’s Carpentry I, B Period Class proudly display a Guitar Rack they made for the Music Department here at SKHS. Thanks to music director Mr. Benz for his patience: he asked about this rack in September and it was finally completed in January! Students, L-R: Kyle Skiffington, Rob Skowkowski, Dakota Mondragon, Colin LeClerc, Zach Namzoff, Carter Santos, Willa Garceau, Charlotte Robbin, Mike Pierini, Nick Zarlenga, Shane Choquette, Kai Kretchmer, Matt Cinquegrana and Dylan Holtback. (Not pictured: Elizabeth Petrucci and William Nerbonne)

Award Winners

  • Jonny Santini (pictured below with faculty nominator Mr. Benz) was honored with the "You Inspire Me" award. This award is given to a student who inspires his/her teacher to do their best each and every day. Another recipient of the "You Inspire Me" award is Kendall Kenner (also pictured below with co-nominators Ms. Still and Ms. Court). Congratulations to Jonny and Kendall!
  • Ms. Karen Murphy was awarded with the prestigious "Lindsay's Friend" award for her dedication to raising awareness of Teen Dating Violence. Ms. Murphy is pictured below with Chris and Ann Burke, who surprised her with a visit to her health classroom.

More Kudos...

  • The SKHS School Counseling Department welcomed back graduates from the class of 2017 to talk to current juniors about the college experience and the application process.
  • Ms. Andrea Dickinson was recognized as the "I Make a Difference" award recipient for her outstanding work (pictured below with Assistant Superintendent Pauline Lisi).

VAASA, PBIS, GSA/Freshmen Montors

  • Varsity Athletes Above Substance Abuse (VAASA) traveled to CCMS on Friday, January 26th to speak with 7th graders about peer pressure, decision making and life at the high school. The theme of the day was prevention and to dispel the myth that all high school students drink and/or use drugs.
  • The advisory winners of the PBIS Attendance Breakfast Contest are as follows: Grade 9- Ms. Amanda Varone, Grade 10- Mrs. Mary Kutcher, Grade 11- Mrs. Sherry Hathaway, Grade 12- Ms. Loren Richards
  • The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) joined forces with the Freshmen Mentors to "sticky note" the lockers with positive messages before exams. Thank you for your efforts!