SHS Weekly Update


Veterans Day Observance

In observance of Veterans Day, Smithfield High School had the pleasure of hosting several veterans for lunch with students on Monday, Nov. 7. The students and veterans had a wonderful lunch filled with great conversations.

The SCA handed out flag pins, patriotic headbands and slap bracelets to students on Wednesday morning. Members also created a banner that was displayed in the Commons.

Upcoming Activities:

  • SHS JROTC Color Guard and Concert Band: 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day Ceremony, Isle of Wight County Veterans Memorial in Smithfield

  • SHS JROTC Color Guard: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Honoring our Veterans Event, St. Luke's Historic Church and Museum in Smithfield

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A team of Engineering II and III students competed in the VMASC-ODU National STEM Day competition Nov. 8-14! Our challenge: Build an arcade game with working mechanical components that dispense a prize and is made from reused/recyclable materials. The team chose to build a pinball machine out of Amazon cardboard boxes and used VEX robotics parts. You can find posts of the project on Twitter @PackerEngineers and @VMASC_STEM

Senior News

  • Jostens will be at SHS for cap and gown orders on Friday, Nov. 18, and Thursday, Dec. 1, during lunches (10:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

  • First senior breakfast will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, during Packer Block in the auditorium foyer. Morning CTE and Governor's School students can pick up items at 10:15 a.m. Remember that senior dues need to be paid to participate.

  • Please check the senior Google Classroom often. An additional senior trip survey will be posted on Thursday, Nov. 10. We had a tie between King's Dominion/Spirit of Norfolk and the DC day trip. Please vote by Nov. 16 so that the sponsors can plan accordingly.

  • Senior dues are $75. Cash, check and money orders are accepted. Senior dues should be paid by Dec. 16.
  • Senior Superlative voting is now available on the senior Google Classroom through Nov. 15
  • Extended Deadline! Senior quotes for the yearbook should be submitted online by Sunday, Nov. 27. See the senior Google Classroom for more information on guidelines and how to submit.
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ASVAB on Dec. 6

What is ASVAB and who should take it?

The ASVAB, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, is a test that measures abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is also a highly effective career exploration exam for those students not wishing to enter the military but hoping to figure out the best career pathway available to them. This test is recommended for 11th- and 12th-grade students and there is no cost to take this test.

Test date and registration

  • The ASVAB will be given on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:45 a.m.

  • Students MUST sign up by Tuesday, Nov. 29, via the Google doc.

  • The test may take up to three hours

  • SPACE IS LIMITED SO THOSE INTERESTED NEED TO SIGN UP RIGHT AWAY. The link to sign up has been sent to student emails.

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Softball Interest Meeting

There will be a softball interest meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. in room 40. Any girls interested in trying out for softball should plan on attending. The meeting will last approximately 15 minutes. Please make arrangements to have transportation pick you up promptly at 3:15 PM.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Coach Riddick (Varsity coach - or Coach Jackson (JV coach -

Other Important Dates for Athletics

Nov. 21 - Winter Sports Meet the Pack Night

6-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium

Nov. 29 - Fall Sports Awards and Reception

6:30-8 p.m. in the auditorium

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“Choraliers Carol by Candlelight”

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Do you love Christmas carols? If so, then you won’t want to miss the SHS select choral ensemble’s “Choraliers Carol by Candlelight” a cappella concerts at Historic St. Luke’s Church on Rte. 10 in Smithfield on Dec. 2 & 3!

Tickets are only $10 each, and they often sell out, so get yours now at this link! We hope to see you there!

Governor's School for the Arts

Linked below is a video providing information to students interested in applying for the Governor's School for the Arts.

Applications are due no later than 12/6.

Application submission page:

Governor's School for Science and Technology

Applications open in January.

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Recognize Your Graduating Senior!

Click the link below for more information about purchasing a yearbook ad recognizing a member of the Class of 2023. The deadline is January 13.