SHS Spartan News

Week of April 12th, 2021 Week A

April Vacation

All Scituate students and staff will be on April break from April 17th through April 25th. Enjoy and be safe!

SAT/PSAT This Week

Below are details pertaining to our testing days on April 13th/14th at Scituate High School.

  • All 11th grade students will participate in the school day SAT on Tuesday, April 13th.

  • All 10th grade students will participate in the school day PSAT on Wednesday, April 14th.

The state is requiring that RI high schools administer the college board suite of assessments on those specific days

11th grade room assignment CLICK HERE (student access only)

10th grade room assignment CLICK HERE (student access only)

Digital Testing Resources for students: CLICK HERE

Tuesday, April 13th:

All 11th grade students will arrive to school in person

Grades 9, 10, & 12: All students in grades 9, 10, and 12 WILL NOT report to school. Students will distant learn from home. Those students will not join a google meet and will be given independent work ahead of Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 14th:

All 10th grade students will arrive to school in person

Grades 9, 11, & 12: All students in grades 9, 11, and 12 WILL NOT report to school. Students will distant learn from home. Those students will not join a google meet and will be given independent work ahead of Tuesday.

COVID-19 Safety

For everyone’s safety, students will follow all in person safety procedures. All students will wear a mask and will be in an assigned seat, six feet apart from anyone. Each proctor room will maintain Group A, Group B, and Distant Learning students. Students with symptoms or who are under quarantine should not come to school and should have a parent call 647-4120


Arrival: Students in grade 11 should arrive at school no later than 7:45 AM.

Families that are distant learning and are unable to arrange transportation should contact FirstStudent at 275-0256 to arrange a bus to and/or from school.

Dismissal: If a student needs a ride, they are able to take the bus at 2:00 PM and can wait in the HS cafeteria or have permission to drive home or be picked up.

Lunch and Snacks

The College Board builds in scheduled snack and lunch breaks. Students will be provided with snacks and lunch and will be scheduled to go to the cafe during that time. Students may also bring their own water or snacks if they prefer

Below are some important reminders for testing

  • All testers should bring a fully charged chromebook and a charger

  • All students should bring a set of headphones/earbuds. We have headphones for students who may not have them. Bluetooth headsets are not allowed

  • Students should arrive at school on time, well-rested, and should also eat a good breakfast

  • Students will be given short breaks throughout the day however, the test will take about four hours to complete

  • Students should not bring backpacks, cell phones, personal electronic devices, or smart watches into the testing classroom


Students who are under quarantine or are experiencing symptoms, should not attend school on April 13th/14th. Those students will be allowed to participate in the makeup test on April 28th.

New student room lists will be released before April 28th

Spring Vacation Travel

A reminder that if families choose to travel to a state with a COVID positivity rate of 5% or greater, (ie: Florida) those students must quarantine and distant learn for two weeks. The Scituate School Department is not allowing a negative test to come back to school at this point.

End of Quarter Three

The end of quarter three is Monday, April 12th. Please make sure that students are trying their best, communicating with teachers, and staying for department nights if needed.

Report cards will be emailed on Monday, April 26th

SHS Changing Learning Model

Thank you parents and guardians for completing the learning model survey! All student "tracks will be changed in our Powerschool system.

Seniors who chose full in person will begin on Monday, April 26th

Students in grades 9, 10, & 11 who chose full in person will begin on May 3rd

In-Person Reminders

  • Families must complete the daily attestation form which will be text messaged each morning and is found on our school website
  • Mute video when on a meet in the building
  • Follow one way hallways
  • Sanitize any shared objects such as desks
  • Sit six feet apart when possible or three feet when needed
  • Sit in a seat as directed by the teacher each class
  • When at lunch and only 2 at a picnic table
  • All in-person students must complete the lunch survey for contact tracing
  • Doors open no sooner than 7:35 AM and class begins at 7:45 AM
  • If you need a break, drink, ect. Just ask your teacher to go into the hall
  • If you are not feeling well or need to quarantine, you need to tell the school! Call 647-4120 and your teachers will be notified that you will temporarily distant learn.

Q and A Learning Model Change

Q: Will DL and in person students still be in hybrid classrooms together and therefore on their Chromebooks most of the day?

A: The same model of live google meets will continue for the remainder of the year. With more students in person, we are hoping there is less screen time for in person students. The model has gotten MUCH better since the fall.

Q: Option 1 says there will be no distance learning from home, but if they have a symptom or need to quarantine will they still be able to distance learn on those days?

A: That is correct- Students can still have the option to distance learn (and are encouraged to do so) if they have symptoms or are under quarantine.

Q: Will students still be at least 6 feet apart during lunches (and any time when masks are off)?

A: Our lunch setup has always been 6 feet side to side and four feet right to left. All students will have an option to eat outside dependent on weather.

Q: How is the school determining the number of students per classroom capacity for air quality besides the 3-6 feet apart rule (such as stores who are allowed so many people per a specified square footage)?

A: Our class cap is 25 (though most classes are much smaller) and we have been told (RIDOH and CDC) that with the HEPA air filters, masks, and windows, this is appropriate and safe.

Q: Will windows again be opened & fans used in classrooms weather permitting or are you relying on the HVAC system?

A: Fans are back in classrooms for use on warmers days and HEPA filters are still in place

Q: If I choose DL, will my child get the same education as in person?

A: We are committed to giving students the best education possible. We are continuing the same digital model that we have used all year. Teachers have been creative with including students from home in lessons. If there is an in person lesson that can't take place from home, some teachers have allowed DL students to come to school with a negative Binax test from our clinic.


Students Displaying any Symptoms

As we enter one whole year since we left the school and started distant learning, we certainly have come a long way. With that said, we are seeing so many hopeful steps including vaccinations throughout the state.

Unfortunately, we are not at the end of the pandemic yet. We are asking that students and parents continue to pay close attention to any symptoms before attending school or a practice/game.

If any student is experiencing symptoms, they should err on the side of caution and stay home. If you are on one of our teams and there is a positive COVID-19 case, the entire team will be under quarantine. Please stay home and get tested if needed. If a student tests positive and was in school, we ask that parents contact the school so that we can get a "head start" on any contact tracing.

Thank you for your anticipated partnership

COVID-19 or Allergies?

From National Honor Society

Our Induction Ceremony date has changed and will now occur on Wednesday, May 12th at 6:00 PM. This new date will give us two full weeks after spring break.

All senior National Honor Society students should make sure their slide and Senior NHS Ceremony quote form are complete ASAP.

All new junior inductees should visit the google classroom and complete their slideshow and the Juniors Ceremony Info form ASAP.

from Rhode Island Honor Society

Congratulations to our seniors who have earned membership in RIHS, an honor awarded to seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. Emails notifying those seniors were sent this past week. Seniors wishing to be included in the RIHS slideshow must follow the directions in that email and complete their slide in the google classroom ASAP.

The school is currently in the planning stages for an induction ceremony. NHS and RIHS members will get information about that ceremony through the google classroom.

From Mr. Reed

Opening Weekend Fishing Tournament

Sponsored by the the Scituate PE/Health Dept & the Adventure Club

Weekend of April 10th and 11th

Please join us in our first ever virtual Scituate Student/Staff fishing tournament

Send your info to

Submit entry by monday april 12


Name, age, grade, school, picture of you with your fish,

Optional: length and weight

Must be a Scituate student or staff member to participate

Don't forget to hold that fish out for the camera!

Remember fish only in legal fishing waters

If you are 15 or older you must have a freshwater fishing licence.

For more information about obtaining a fishing licence see:

“The prizes are small but the experience is priceless!”-Mr Reed

Draft SHS End of Year Events

Please click below to view our event list from now through June. The list will be updated weekly and will be subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to all!

Class of 2021

Prom Update May 21st: A group of parent volunteers have met with class officers and Mr. Hassell. We will officially be holding our 2021 senior Prom at the Quidnessett Country Club (the originally selected venue from last year). The prom will be held outdoors in a tent and sit down table service will be provided! More info coming soon!

Class of 2021 Fundraiser

Dear Community Business Member:

The Scituate High School senior class of 2021 are inviting you to become a sponsor to support them as they approach their prom and graduation.

Sponsorship funds generated will support the senior class of 2021 to help offset the cost of the prom tickets and provide complimentary tickets to students applicable. In this challenging year, we would like to show our seniors special appreciation for their hard work and commitment to learning.

Your company/business name will be included in the 2021 Scituate High School Graduation Program which will be distributed to graduates and their guests on graduation day, June 11.

Attached is a form for your review. If you would like to participate, please return the completed form with payment or if you prefer, you may mail it to the school directly.

This sponsorship opportunity is a great way to advertise while supporting the Scituate High School class of 2021 students!

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Scituate Schools now providing BINAX COVID-19 Testing to Student Athletes and Staff

COVID-19 Testing for students athletes and SHS staff will continue on Thursday, March 4th. Please see the updated parent/student letter and the new link to signup for a timeslot. Thank you!

Full DL to Full In-Person

Students in grades 9, 10, & 11 who are moving from full distant learning to full in person on May 3rd should plan to email a consent form and signup for a BINAX test on Thursday, April 29th. Students should enter outside of the middle school cafeteria near Caito Field.
BINAX Consent Form (Winter Athletes Only)

Parents only need to email this form once

COVID-19 Daily Screener

Our parent screener can be found on our high school website. Visit and go to the tab, Students & Parents and click "Parent/Guardian Attestation Form"

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

Computer Integrated Manufacturing:

Whether at home or in school, Scituate students continue to show their prowess in the field of robotics. Below we see Dillon Defalco using a robotic arm to dip an Easter egg in different cups and Simona Mancini casually making a robot sign her name.

Additionally, a group of CIM students were tasked with making raised gardening beds for North Scituate Elementary that could withstand any weather conditions. In 8 class-hours Cole Frederickson, Jack Campbell, Louis Tourony, and Mike Rambone were able to model, order materials, manufacture, and deliver 12 raised beds.

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Civil Engineering and Architecture

The students in Civil Engineering and Architecture learned about rendering high quality images of their designs and how to use interior lighting to create an atmosphere. What we see below is a bedroom and the back porch on Kyle Misiaszek's building.

From Social Studies

Students in Current Middle East Conflicts classes held an in-depth discussion with Hana Dammaj from Yemen. Hana was studying in Jordan when the Civil War started in Yemen. She was unable to return home and fled to the United States and then eventually to Canada. The students created several high-level questions for her regarding the Civil War in Yemen including its inception, her thoughts on the Houthi rebels, the proxy war between the Saudi and Emirati coalition versus Iran, and President Biden‘s decision to continue supporting the defense of Saudi Arabia in this conflict. Hana explained to students the dire effects of war and sanctions by personally relating the tragedies endured by her sister, her nephew and her niece

From Science

Students in biology testing some water samples as part of a unit on ecology.
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STEAM Opportunities for Families

2021 National Math Festival

Online: April 16-18, 2021

Join NGCP at the National Math Festival (NMF), with hands-on, interactive activities for youth of all ages, plenty of booths to visit and pick up resources for math play at home or in the classroom, and engaging films and lively math talks to round out the program. Visit the NGCP booth to learn more about our resources and meet our team. NMF is free and open to the public, with activities designed for all ages, from very young children to adults. Register.

Save the Bay Summer BayCamps 2021

During our week-long, full- and half-day camps, children attending BayCamp enjoy hands-on exploration of Rhode Island’s greatest natural resource: Narragansett Bay. With activities including everything from critters to crafts, there’s a camp for every child who loves the outdoors. Camps are available for students who have finished kindergarten through 7th grade. Space is still available, register here.

NEED Club Survey

From School Counseling

2020-2021 Scholarship List

Please view our scholarship link. The spreadsheet will be updated on a weekly basis

April 23rd Webinar- Prevention

Please join FCD Prevention Works for an upcoming webinar

Conversation Starters:

How to Talk Prevention

with Teens Transitioning Out of High School

Effective substance misuse prevention education and health promotion require faculty and staff to be engaged and prepared in their everyday prevention roles. Parents and other family members also play a vital role when it comes to the prevention of teen alcohol and other drug misuse.

Teens transitioning out of high school are ready to make independent choices about alcohol and other drugs. How can we prepare them for these decisions without overwhelming them during this exciting yet challenging time? Knowing how to start the prevention conversation with students is crucial.

Spartan Athletics

Students, Parents/Guardians, Registration for Spring Season 2 sports is now open. These sports include Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Lax, Boys Tennis, Boys and Girls Track, Boys Volleyball, and Golf. We are still waiting for word on wrestling and Competitive cheer. If your child is interested in participating in any of these sports please register at as soon as possible.

As always feel free to contact me with any issues or concerns.

Sal Gelsomino
Athletic Director Scituate High School
(401) 226-1359

Girl's Lacrosse Welcomes New Coach!

Attention Girls Lacrosse Players! If you are interested in playing on the Scituate High School Girls Lacrosse team this spring, please send Ms. Matisewski an e-mail and she will add you to the team Google Classroom site. Ms. Matisewski's e-mail is

Math teacher, computer science teacher, and now... Lacrosse coach!


Contact Mr. Gelsomino if students are interested in signing up!
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Volleyball Spectator Rules

Football Spectator Rules

Scituate Community

From Scituate Youth Basketball (SYB) and Scituate Recreation

SYB need lots of helpful kids!!! Service hours for, Scituate Foster Little League. Students would be getting stuff ready for our season. Also helping coaches prep/line fields, and concession and more

The rec dept.also needs students for summer camp counselors (paid) and lifeguards. Scituate rec will pay students to get trained. Please feel free to call or text anytime.

Thanks for your help.

Erin Pannone

Scituate Youth Basketball (SYB)


Scituate Foster Little League

From our Athletic Booster Club

CALLING ALL STUDENTS WHO NEED COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS! The Boosters concession stand can use your help from 10:30-12:30! We provide all PPE and abide by all RIDOH COVID regulations.

Visit Scituate High School's Website!

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Visit our Athletic Website


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.