SHS Spartan News

September 30, 2019

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Scituate High School Shines at Hasbro Children’s ‘Good Night Lights’

Students, faculty, staff, police officers show support, offer hope to patients

SCITUATE, R.I., Sept. 25, 2019 – At exactly 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 115 students from Scituate High School – along with several SHS faculty and staff members and Scituate police officers – began waving illuminated cell phones, flashlights, and glow sticks at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, its windows filled with tens of patients who “responded” to the students by blinking their own flashlights.

The signalling exchange lasted approximately 10 minutes, the effects of which the Scituate community hopes will last a lifetime.

Richard Parenti, Scituate’s school resource officer, coordinated SHS’ participation in the event formally known as “Good Night Lights,” an evening tradition that began in May of 2010. Last Spring, Parenti nearly lost his brother to a car accident, which left him in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

Parenti said he first experienced “Good Night Lights” the evening he received news from his brother’s doctor that his brother may not survive.

“As I was sitting there [in the hospital room] thinking about it, I looked out of the window and people were flashing Good Night Lights. It gave me the idea to bring my students to be a part of it because it filled me with hope and support. I wanted the students at Scituate High School to have the opportunity to experience that, and on the other end, give the same support to other people,” he said.

Student participation in the event is evident of the school community’s character, according to Principal Michael Hassell.

“This really encapsulates the spirit of Scituate High School, our kids, and wanting to give back. Students were really excited about coming here tonight and what it’s going to mean to the kids at the hospital,” Hassell said.

Caliana Stack, a freshman, said, “Scituate is a really loving, caring school and we’re here for everybody no matter what. We want to show these kids they’re loved, they have people to count on, there's people that think about them.”

Along with several members of the football team, Senior Ryan Farias spoke of the team’s goal to be a good role model for the community, as the team frequently participates in other programs such as ‘High-Five Fridays,’ where they play with elementary school students during recess.

“I’m here to support the kids,” Farias said. “They’re going through a lot in the hospital so we’re here to make sure they have something to look up to. I think we really as a whole school help the community a lot. Kids can look up to us as good role models.”

According to Parenti, based on the large attendance this year, the Scituate school community will likely be attending another “Good Night Lights” in the spring.

Scituate School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 7pm

94 Trimtown Road

Scituate, RI

Class of 2023

Please consider running for a class officer position. Students should complete the intent to run form below by Wednesday, October 2nd. Class vote will be Thursday.

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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Resources on Dangers of Vaping

History of Scituate and Rhode Island

Mr. Ballou’s Rhode Island/ Scituate history class was visited by archaeologist Kim Smith who presented techniques and brought artifacts for viewing and handling. The students will be participating in a local excavation in the spring.

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Academy of Computer Science

Students in Ms. Matisewski's Computer Science Essentials class created an Android app that is representative of a physical balance game. The app prompts the user to balance a happy face icon on the center of the screen. If the icon hits any of the four edges of the screen, the user has lost their balance and thus, lost the game. In this picture, Ms. Matisewski's students are testing their apps and competing to see who can balance their app the longest on their foot!
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Academy of Biomedical Science

Students enrolled in Principles in Biomedical Science complete laboratory investigations studying the details of a forensic anthropology case. Data collection included hair and finger print analysis in an effort to match material collected at a crime scene to five persons of interest. The students pictured here are performing a chemical analysis in an effort to identify an unknown substance also found at the scene.
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Choose to Include!

All are welcome to attend:

Youth Leadership Committee Meeting on

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Special Olympics Rhode Island

370 George Washington Highway

Smithfield, RI 02917

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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!

From the Scituate Senior Center

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

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Volleyball Blue Out Game Oct. 3rd

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Girls Soccer

CONGRATULATIONS to the Girls Soccer Team! They beat Portsmouth 1-0! Rachel Oster with the winning goal! Way to go Lady 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.