Ponaganset News


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Dr. Renee Palazzo named Superintendent of the Foster Glocester Regional School District

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Mrs. Amanda Grundel named Principal at Ponaganset High School

Mrs. Grundel has worked at PHS since the 2016-2017 school year, when she was hired as a literacy teacher. The following year she became our Associate Principal and has served in that role since then. During the 2020-2021 school year, Mrs. Grundel was named the Rhode Island Association of School Principals Assistant Principal of the Year. She went out to be honored as one of three finalist for the National Association's Associate Principal of the Year. Mrs. Grundel's experience in education is vast and encompasses a substantial background in secondary literacy, research based instruction and assessment practices as well as strong relationship building skills. We are proud to have her serve as our next principal at PHS.
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Lisa Tvenstrup named Genocide Educator of the Year!

Social Studies teacher Lisa Tvenstrup tackles the difficult subject of genocide and the Holocaust at an approachable, learnable level at Ponaganset High School, where she was awarded by the Genocide Education Project last week as 2022 Genocide Educator of the Year.

RI GenEd names Lisa Tvenstrup 2022 Genocide Educator of the Year (armenianweekly.com)

Valley Breeze article

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What's Happening at PHS!

PHS Welcomes SRO Patrolman Glaude

SRO Ptlm. Glaude. He is a lifelong resident of Blackstone Mass. He attended Blackstone - Millville Regional HS and graduated with honors in 2009. He continued his education attending Worcester State University where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He has been with the Glocester Police Department for 2 years and this is his first tour of duty as the School Resource Officer. Ptlm. Glaude informs me that the most enjoyable part of being a SRO is interacting with the students and staff.


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For the past 21 years The Rhode Island Alliance For Arts Education has annually recognized an outstanding school district to represent excellence in Visual Arts learning through The Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island. The selected district provides 9 student works of art that become part of the permanent “Gift of Art” collection. All nine works will be professionally framed by Providence Picture Frame, paid for by our Alliance, exhibited for one year at the RI Department of Education and then secured, along with past district winners, in the permanent exhibit area at the University of Rhode Island Providence campus.

The Rhode Island Alliance For Arts Education selected the Foster-Glocester Regional School District Visual Arts Department to be the statewide representative for the 2022 Gift of Art to the State of Rhode Island.

Visual Art Students:

Makenzie Stalker

Mason Drowne

Chloe Skene Porier

Laila Abuzahra

Isabella Simmons

Skyler Leonardo

Emily Richards

Katelyn Tondreau

Lyla Bucci

Choral Performers:

Emily Cook, Emma Fitts, and Maija Spence.

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Senior Events

If you have any questions regarding graduation or any senior event, please call Kyle Fraatz at (401) 710-7500 ext. 3182 or email at kfraatz@fgschools.com

An initial email was sent to graduates/parents/guardians regarding graduation on 5/10/22.

Senior Event link

Graduation Photography Information

Lifetouch Special Events will be providing professional photography services for our graduation ceremony.

Register at https://galleries.photoday.io/gallery/ponaganset and you will be notified when graduation images and proofs are available.

Opt-in Code:

Families can text this code 22GRAD60525 to 90738 and receive gallery communications via text message.

• Access codes are NOT case sensitive

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Affirmation Station

In Mrs. Paolantonio's Life Skills classroom we use Words of Affirmation and the power of positivity to remind our students of how INCREDIBLE they are.

Each morning students look in the mirror at the Affirmation Station and pick two words to describe how they are feeling. Then they create “I” statements using the words, while also expressing why they feel this way about themselves.

Recently, Robby Castelli helped Dr. Palazzo create an Affirmation Station in the main foyer of Ponaganset High School. At a school wide assembly he taught the students how he and his friends use affirmations to start their day each morning.

RC Assembly Affirmation Station with Dr Palazzo 1
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SkillsUSA Signing Day: Thursday, May 5th

The SkillsUSA National signing day ceremony was filmed and is located below.
2022 Skills USA Signing

RI SkillsUSA Signing Day

Congratulations to the following students that signed letters of intent during SkillsUSA National Signing Day:

Zachary Butkins – Electrical – Local 99

Zander Butkins – Electrical – Apprenticeship Classes

Dawson Caron – Plumbing – Building Futures

Marcus Carpenter – General Contracting – Keith Parker

Joseph Cronan – Electrical – Anthony Capuano

Jaden Foster – Cosmetology – Paul Mitchell

Adam Lennox - Electrician - MTTI

Robert Paiva – Carpentry – Paiva’s Construction

Leslie Peckham – Welder – IASTE Union 481

Christian Plouffe – Motor Transport – United States Marine Corps

Evan Rhoades – Aviation Survival Technician – United States Coast Guard

Jonathan Rowley - Construction – Lussier’s Construction

Aidan Steere – Machine Operator – Local 57

Isaiah Thomas – Welder – Electric Boat

Nicholas Viner - Plumbing

Nathan Wedoff – Construction

Jason Whitford – Highway Construction – Union 271

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Congratulations PHS Unified Basketball Champions!

Ponaganset Unified Basketball Champions!!!!

In a close game against Burrillville, Ponaganset brought on a victory to win the championship! Ponaganset now has 5 state championships this school year.

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Campbell Boyden, Malen Riordan, Nick Viner, Robbie Castelli, Gavin Collette, Kelsey Conroy and Angelica Smith attended Ponaganset Middle School to speak about Inclusion and the Unified Program.
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DECA heads to the International Career & Development Conference "Nationals"!

Nine Ponaganset Chieftains and two School Counselors/DECA advisors arrived in Atlanta, GA on Friday, April 22, 2022, for the International Career and Development Conference, “Nationals.”

Mrs. Murphy and Mr. MacLeod, advisors of DECA, joined the following students who placed 1st or 2nd at the state CDC and qualified to compete at Nationals: senior Nick Hooper (Pono DECA President), his teammate Aly Pezza (junior) in the Travel and Tourism competition, senior Tswvyim Xiong and fellow senior and teammate, Colin Barlow, in the Financial Services competition, John Brierley, first year DECA senior (1st place in Rhode Island) in Sports Entertainment and Marketing, Junior teammates and RI 1st place in Business Law & Ethics, Gunnar Baumann and first year DECA student, Kelsey Wilson, as well as first year DECA student and current 9th grader, Mason Martin, who was 2nd in Rhode Island in Principles of Business Management.

Current Junior and RI DECA President-elect, Carlena Smith, participated in the EMPOWER Leadership workshops and joined other state officers in planning for future DECA events and officiated the 2022 national DECA officers election.

There were so many “firsts” for our chapter this year: first RI DECA President-elect; first time senior earning a 1st place finish at states, (2) first timers on a plane, first freshman to qualify for ICDC/Nationals, not to mention the first time some of our seniors went grocery shopping for themselves.

Special recognition of senior Colin Barlow, who turned 18 on the trip.

We are very thankful for the amazing support of our parents. PonoDECA is continuing to represent strong! Contact Mr MacLeod, Mrs Murphy or Mrs Laferriere, if you’re interested in joining DECA.

Support the PHS DECA Club and purchase a Ponaganset tie and/or Ponaganset sunglasses. Click the link below to order yours!



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"Ponaganset's Got Talent"!

Ponaganset was rocking Friday night, May 6th. What a great night. We sure do have a ton of talent at PHS. The students performances were superb!

Indira Barros was the winner for her beautiful dancing.

Thanks to Mr. Forand for recording with his students and Mr. McCurdy for the amazing performance with the Colossal Kid Band singing the original piece "School is Swell". What a hit!!

School is Swell. I Love this School Written & Performed by Ross McCurdy
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The FRC Team The Gongoliers recognized at the School Committee

At the May 2 Regional School Committee meeting the high school robotics team, FRC Team 5112 The Gongoliers, were recognized for this season's achievements. The team was awarded certificates for being part of the winning alliance at The New England FIRST Central MASS District Event. Members of the team were also recognized for winning the Imagery Award at the event and also the Team Spirit Award at the Western New England District Event. The team also also took time to demonstrate this year’s robot for a few minutes.

Mrs. Grundel and the school committee recognized Dr. Palazzo with a surprise ceremony for being named Superintendent of the Foster Glocester Regional School District. After she was recognized the team presented Dr. Palazzo with a poster and handed out I heart Dr. Palazzo buttons. The buttons are a variation of some of the buttons the team is known for handing out at competitions.

Momus demonstrates at the FG school committee
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XQ+For Freedoms Billboard Challenge

Your billboard design submitted to the XQ+For Freedoms Billboard Challenge is going to be on display in the EPHS Student Commons!

The event will feature a 1-hour gallery walk (reception) to welcome guests and highlight educational milestones and achievements featuring videos, presentations, and interactive programming including tours, as well as a 1-hour speaking program which will include the Commissioner’s address followed by a panel discussion.

Programming from 5:30pm-6:30pm includes collection of public comment for the secondary regulations proposal, voting for RIDE’s STEAM Logo Design Contest, School Building Authority project highlights, EPHS facility tours, and more.

Programming from 6:30pm-7:30pm will consist of an address from Commissioner Infante-Green and a panel discussion featuring LEA leaders, educators, and students detailing resiliency during the pandemic and plans to accelerate learning, support families and students, and address social-emotional needs.

Ponaganset Music Program

Upcoming Music Events

May Chorus Concert: Tuesday, May 10th , PHS Auditorium

May Band Concert: Thursday, May 19th, PHS Auditorium

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Check out our New Website: graduate.fgschools.com

The Chieftain Corner

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Grand Re-Opening of the Chieftain Corner School Store

Check out the re-designed (Grand Re-Opening) of the Chieftain Corner School Store

The Chieftain Corner will be open in person Tuesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 14 during all lunches. There will be a special section in the cafeteria for heavily marked down items for purchase.

You can also purchase items online anytime at our new website, https://thechieftaincorner.square.site/

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, face masks, pom pom beanies, and baseball hats. Our non-clothing apparel includes blankets, chieftain key chains, drawstring bags, lanyards, pop sockets, reusable bags, and stainless steel tumblers.

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 visit us in person during lunches on Thursday (green day).

We can also complete any custom orders for your sports team, club, etc. Just inquire by sending Mrs. Sanborn an email at msanborn@fgschools.com

You can order online 24/7 at https://thechieftaincorner.square.site/ and you can pick them up in the office.


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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.

Spot Light on Ponaganset Athletics!

Rhode Island Department of Health Updated Playbook

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.


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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.

2021-22 Yearbook Order & FAQ

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.


When does my child get their yearbook? At PHS we include all senior activities and the graduation ceremony in our yearbook. Therefore, the yearbooks arrive over the summer. A yearbook pick-up day will be scheduled shortly after the yearbooks arrive and all parents and student who purchased will be notified.

Healthy in body & mind means better learning, habits & relationships

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Meaningful May

Let's find ways to be part of something bigger

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Whether it's your own journey you are focusing on or looking to support others, taking action can lead you towards a happier life.

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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?

Contact information: If you are looking for more family literacy ideas, contact Associate Principal: Amanda Grundel @agrundel@fgschools.com

Fundraising Corner

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Updated: 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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Athletic schedules, forms, and important information

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Ponaganset High School Faculty and Staff Directory

Teachers, Counseling, Teacher Assistants and Secretaries

Ponaganset High School Website

Check out what is happening at PHS!