SHS Spartan News
Week of February 22, 2021 Week B
2020-2021 Surveyworks for Parents and Students
COVID-19 Daily Screener
National Honor Society News
Shortly after first semester ends, juniors whose cumulative gpa is 3.6 or higher, and seniors who meet that GPA requirement but are not already NHS members, will receive an invitation to apply for NHS membership. This invitation is not a guarantee of acceptance. Invited students will complete an application that demonstrates their traits of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Students will receive the invitation through their school email (READ YOUR EMAIL!) and will be expected to follow all application directions in a timely manner. Anyone with questions about the process may contact advisor Mrs. Stormont at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A challenge from National Honor Society
Grab some friends and collect some socks!
The National Honor Society is holding a competition to benefit Help the Homeless RI. We’re asking students, teachers, and staff to form teams of up to 4 people. Student teams can be made up of anyone from Group A, B, and distance learning friends! The team that donates the most new, warm, adult sized socks will win Dunkin gift cards.
This is a great opportunity to enjoy some friendly competition while benefiting the community!
Donations can be brought to the high school main office or room 217. Make sure to include your team member names with your donation.
The competition will run Feb 22 - March 5.
Free Tutoring Opportunity Launching with Schoolhouse.world
Schoolhouse.world is a new online platform from Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, that matches students around the world with free tutors. The tutors provide small-group math and SAT prep tutoring for students in grades 6-12, building on the Khan Academy curriculum. Rhode Island is one of two state-level partnerships offering this opportunity to students across the state. Registration is now live on the All Course Network (ACN) and students can sign up here on EnrollRI. There is no deadline for students to sign up (though schools will still need to approve their enrollment via the ACN), no cost to LEAs or students, and no requirement to participate. Please help us spread the word to your students, teachers, parents, and communities! More information on the partnership can be found here.
Senior Class Video
Class historian, Lily Pelletier will be collecting baby, senior, and any other type of senior class pictures through March 1st using the email below. Even appropriate videos are welcome.
The email is email@example.com
2021-2022 Program of Studies
The student portal in Powerschool will be open in the coming weeks and students in grades 8-11 will begin to select their courses for the 2021-2022 school year!
Please view our approved 2021-2022 Program of Studies Website in the link below. Within that website, students and families may view our “how to” presentation.
Once students select courses, they will sit with Mrs. Testoni (grade 8) Mr. Hass (grades 9 & 10) or Mr. Casey (grade 11) to finalize the process so that we can begin to build our schedule for next year. Please reach out to our school counselors, department chairs, or high school teachers with any questions.
Email or call Mr. Hassell or Mrs. Johnson, or your friendly counselor with any questions!
From Our Student Council
February is Black History Month
The Social Justice Club is hosting a series of movie nights for Black History Month! We will be watching the titles Hidden Figures (2016), 13th (2016), and I Am Not Your Negro (2016). Join us in commemorating back history, culture, and figures through the lens of film.
We are inviting all members of the Scituate High School community to come and celebrate with us — don't forget to bring your popcorn!
For more frequent updates on Social Justice Club events, check out our Instagram page @shssocialjusticeclub
HOSA's Second Podcast!
Hello everyone! On this week’s episode, we have three student speakers to talk about their own personal experiences. We hope you enjoy!
HOSA Community Awareness Event
Academy of Computer Science Free Opportunity
Apply to Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) for an unforgettable summer experience! During this FREE 2-week virtual program, you'll learn the computer science skills you need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood — all while being virtually hosted by influential companies, like Twitter, AT&T, Bank of America, Walmart, and more.
Current 9th -11th grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply. SIP is 100% free and need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify. Low tech? No tech? No problem! Girls Who Code is there to support you!
Modern World History
Students in Modern World History classes recently completed a unit comparing the Crusades to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict of today. As a culminating activity, Mrs. Seger brought in her contacts, a local Jewish rabbi named Aaron Philmus, and an Israeli soldier named Or Cohen to enhance understanding of the conflict from the Jewish perspective. Mrs. Seger also retained a grant through Natakhallam for students to interview a young Palestinian woman from the West Bank named Tamador Deiryeh during the following class. Students were truly amazed at the completely different perspectives and experiences of the Jewish speakers compared to the Palestinian perspective. The youth of Scituate are beginning to formulate their own opinions of global affairs.
Current Middle Eastern Class
Students in Current Middle East Conflicts classes had the opportunity to interview Farhad Aldakhi. Farhad is a Yezidi who managed to escape the Sinjar region of Iraq two hours before his village was overrun by ISIS. The students showed sincere empathy and understanding of the dire situations he, his family, and his neighbors faced. They were fascinated about his insights regarding ISIS, the wars in Iraq and the challenges immigrants face when attempting to assimilate into a new country. Students entered vacation with an appreciation for how lucky they are to live in Scituate, in the United States. Farhad, and his wife and children, now live in France as refugees.
Please view our scholarship link. The spreadsheet will be updated on a weekly basis
Scituate Scholarships Now Open!
The Scituate Scholarship Fund, formerly the Scituate Scholarship Foundation, has opened the application period for the 2021 Scituate Scholarships.
To be eligible an applicant must be:
1. A student in good standing, graduating from Scituate (RI) High School in 2021, or a resident of Scituate, RI who is graduating from another high school program in 2021.
2. Planning to attend a post-secondary program as a full-time student (with the exception of the Lions Hayden Trade/Tech Scholarship).
In 2020, the Scituate Scholarship Fund made over 30 awards amounting to over $70,000 to graduating Scituate seniors.
To apply, contact the Guidance Department at Scituate High School and begin the process. The application period closes April 3, 2021. For additional information please contact Mr. William Lenox by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepare RI PAID Interships!
Mental Health Support
From our Student Assistance Counselor
Consider Joining our NEED Club in 21-22
Join NEED Club!
NEED Club is for environmentally aware students. We run community awareness projects to educate people on how to save the planet starting with their local area. We discuss topics such as plastic waste, climate change, sustainable energy and much more.
February Lunch Menu
Class Rings and Gear!
Attached you will find a Flyer with all of the necessary information to purchase your Official Class Ring. You may scan the QR Code or Click on the link provided on the Flyer and either one will bring you right to the school’s website on Balfour.com.
Also on the Flyer is a link to the Balfour brochure so that you may look through it beforehand to see all of the different options Balfour has to offer.
Balfour has also provided you with a Finger Sizer. Please print it out and follow the instructions on how to size your finger. You can always stop by a local jewelry store to get your finger sized as well.
For a limited time, Balfour is offering $35.00 off select Celestrium Rings as well as a FREE gift with purchase on select rings! Place your order during the weeks designated on the Flyer to receive this exclusive offer.
*Also on the Balfour website, there is a lot of great merchandise Hoodies, T-Shirts, Sweatpants, etc. Stock up on some great Class Gear!!!
AAA Driver's Education Online
Join us in celebrating Engineering Week!
Football Season Begins
Join practices and play on the varsity football team during the March and April game schedule.
All student-athletes are encouraged to come over to the football field and find out about all the excitement surrounding the team. Hustle, not experience, is the important ingredient you bring.
New Coach. New uniforms. New energy.
Same Spartan Pride.
Come on out and be part of the fun and make some amazing friendships with your teammates. Go Spartans!
Any questions, just email Coach D at Spartanfootball2020@gmail.com.
Girls Basketball From the Valley Breeze
SCITUATE – It’s been said time and time again in sports that defense wins championships. And while only time will tell if the Scituate High girls’ basketball team will win the Division I crown this winter, it’s been evident that their excellence on ‘D’ has put the Spartans in the conversation for the title.
Last Saturday night, Scituate’s outstanding defense was on full display in their showdown on their home floor against Cranston West. The Spartans limited the Falcons to just four points in the first quarter and recorded 19 steals on their way to a 50-36 victory.
The win was a big one for the Spartans, who have settled in nicely in the D-I ranks this season after winning last year’s D-II championship, and it kept them tied for fourth place in the standings.
Entering Tuesday night’s action, only Barrington (8-0) and SRA (5-0) remained undefeated, with South Kingstown sitting behind them with a 5-1 record. The Spartans and Wheeler shared the next spot in the standings with their 6-2 records. and Cranston West’s loss last Saturday put the Falcons a step behind them at 5-2.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of the girls,” said Scituate head coach Frank Kiser. “Over the last couple of weeks, everything’s been about our defense. We kind of got away from our defense and were falling in love with our offense, but I think tonight we got back to really playing hard.”
Leading Scituate’s defensive efforts was senior guard Rachel Oster, who frustrated the Falcons from start to finish and ended up with a dozen steals. She also nearly finished the night with a rare quadruple-double, as she scored 10 points and added eight rebounds and as many assists.
“I can’t say enough about Rachel,” Kiser said. “She was filthy on defense, and we got some great leadership from our captain, which we needed.”
Offensively, freshman point guard Armani Rivera led the way with a game-high 22 points, as the Falcons made it a point to contain junior forward Julia Olson. Rivera, who also collected seven rebounds and three steals, netted eight straight points in the final three minutes of the first quarter to give the hosts a 14-4 lead.
“Armani led us tonight on the offensive side,” said Kiser, who also saw his team own a 30-16 lead at halftime and a 39-26 command at the end of three quarters. “(Cranston West) did a great job guarding Julia and didn’t let her get any shots, but Armani was really aggressive getting to the basket, which we need from her.”
The Spartans also received some solid play in the paint from junior center Logan Bullock, who had 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, and junior center Emma LaPlante, who missed her team’s last game against Juanita Sanchez with a back injury, but came off the bench to grab eight rebounds and also block two shots.
“Emma’s going through some injuries right now, but she wanted to play,” said Kizer, who also received seven points from senior forward Talia St. Angelo. “As far as last night, she wasn’t going to play, but she called me up this morning and said, ‘I feel good, Coach. I want to try to play),’ and she gave us some big minutes.”
The Spartans went into this game without the services of junior guard Maddie Geisser, who was out with an injury she suffered in practice last Friday, but Kiser had a few of his younger players step up in her absence.
“(Sophomore guard) Kailey St. Pierre hit a big bucket late in the game, and (sophomore guard) Mia Clancy came off the bench and gave us some big minutes,” he reported.
Three nights earlier, the Spartans rolled to a 67-29 victory over Juanita Sanchez that saw Scituate receive balance scoring from Geisser (13 points), Olson (11), Rivera (nine), Bullock (eight), and St. Pierre, Clancy, and St. Angelo (seven apiece), and of course, the defense turn in another superb effort.
“I credit our offense carrying us early in the season, but we know that we’re not going to get to where we want to go without playing defense,” said Kiser. “It has to be about the defense.”
While a lot of teams in the state will have their hands full wrapping up their regular seasons, which is excepted to end on Feb. 24, the Spartans only have one D-I game left on their schedule, next Monday’s 6:30 p.m. contest in East Providence against Bay View Academy.
Two nights later, they will play a non-league game against a prep school team, St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, that should help get them prepared for the playoffs that are slated to start that weekend.
“In the meantime, we’re going to practice hard,” Kizer added. “We’ll take (Sunday) off and then we’re going to have five hard practices, which should help us from a conditioning standpoint because we need it. We had a really small preseason with just 10 practices, and it’s tough to get your conditioning during games. This short season, playing a game almost every other day, it’s really tough. We’re not really able to practice the way we want to because we usually have to save something for the next day.”
Scituate races past Ponaganset
SCITUATE – It’s always an intense matchup whenever Scituate and Ponaganset face each other in a boys’ basketball game, and last Thursday night’s showdown at the Spartans’ gym was no different.
After battling their rivals throughout the first half, the Spartans made some defensive adjustments in the second and were able to pull away and down the Chieftains, 60-44.
The win upped the Spartans’ Division III record to 4-0, which is their best start in years and doubled their win total from the previous season, and the victory came over a team that dropped to 1-3, but certainly didn’t play like a squad with a losing record.
“I said pre-game (to the players) that when (Ponaganset) was very good and we weren’t so good, it was always a rock fight and close no matter what,” Scituate head coach Ralph Apici noted. “And in the years when we were very good and they were on the downslide and rebuilding, it was always a two- or three-point game.”
The Chieftains never led in the game, but thanks to their aggressive defense that led to a lot of turnovers and their successful perimeter shooting, they were in the game for most of the night.
The Spartans held a 13-9 lead after a quarter of play, and three-pointers from seniors Keilan Walsh and Ben DeAngelis and a pair of free throws from Anthony Piccolo helped Scituate take a 23-13 advantage in the second quarter.
The Spartans soon extended its lead to 28-16, but junior Ryan Krupa hit back-to-back three-pointers and Sal Bianca sank another one to help the Chieftains head into halftime down by just three points.
“A lot of credit goes to Ponaganset,” Apici said. “They played good, aggressive defense, and they came storming back and hit some big threes. At halftime, we made some defensive adjustments, with the two guards up top and the two forwards, and that seemed to help.”
Ponaganset kept the score close in the third quarter and twice got to within a point, but Scituate ended the quarter with a 12-4 run and headed into the fourth quarter with a 42-33 advantage and firm control of the outcome.
Both teams received balanced scoring, as the Spartans saw DeAngelis lead the way with 13 points, junior Mike D’Angelo score 12, senior Keene Yena add 10, and Walsh toss in eight. The Chieftains were led by senior Lucas Pierce’s 12 points, Krupa’s 11, and Bianca’s eight.
“I think the big thing with this team, as compared to the last two years, when most of these guys were starters as sophomores and juniors, is that they believe in themselves this year,” Apici said about his team’s solid start. “The other years, they were waiting for the other shoe to drop. They didn’t have enough confidence in themselves.”
Unfortunately for the Spartans, they suffered their first loss two afternoons later at West Warwick, as Yena poured in a game-high 30 points, but no one else on the team scored more than six in their 57-46 defeat.
Ponaganset was also dealt a 66-53 defeat at home to Blackstone Valley Prep last Saturday, but Bianca scored 18 points, Pierce added 16, and junior Adam Bucci had eight to lead the Chieftains.
The Spartans, who were scheduled to host undefeated Davies on Tuesday and pay a visit to Exeter/West Greenwich the following night, will wrap up their regular season next week by playing Times2 Academy and Central Falls.
Ponaganset, which was slated to visit West Warwick on Wednesday, will battle Mount Saint Charles, St. Patrick Academy, and Davies next week.
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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: EEO@ScituateSchoolsRI.net. 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: OCR.Boston@ed.gov. 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.