SKHS Principal's Newsletter
Quarter 4 June, 2016
From the Desk of Mr. Mezzanotte...
Night of the Arts
Junior Book Awards
Harvard Club of RI- Sarah Hackey
Smith College- Elinor Swanson
The Jefferson Book Award- Rosalind Lucier
Brandeis Book Award- Kate Deboer
The Bryant University Award- Michael Robinson
Elmira College Key Award- Abigail Cobb and Matthew Greene
Holy Cross Book Award- Molly Keefe
Sage College Award- Haley Reed
St. Michael's College Book Award- Emily Rodriguez and Matthew Vetter
University of Rhode Island Book Award- Isabelle Fisher
Wells College Leadership Award- Sofia Desimone
Wellesley College Book Award- Nicole Kring
Regis College Award- Hanna Southwick
SKHS Class of 2016
SKHS Academics and Community
- Junior Sofia DeSimone was recognized with a Regional Award in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Sofia received one Honorable Mention (Science Fiction/Fantasy), two silver Key awards (Dramatic Script and Flash Fiction), and one Gold Key (Short Story). Only the top 40% of nearly 320,000 works receive some level of recognition.
- SKHS students produced the annual literary journal, under the direction of Mrs. Eileen Gannon. The works of the journal were extremely creative and impressive.
- Ms. Ana Garza led her advisory through a poverty project in Guatemala. The project is through a website called yudabands.org. They organized a fund-raiser by selling bracelets, and they were able to raise $490.00 to support two young students, Oscar and Sindy, who are Guatemalan students who have fallen behind academically because of having to support their family.
- With the help of Ms.Katy Thomas, SKHS students and their families donated over 500 pounds of books to a school in St. Lucia that is renovating its library. The Roseau RC Combined School in St. Lucia is working to make its library into a welcoming space that will help instill a culture and love of reading. At SK we too share a love of reading and know the important role it plays in education, so we were excited to be a part of this great project. Special thanks to Ms. Hathaway and the student council for helping with shipping costs!
- Three SKHS science teachers- Mary Kutcher, Brenda Dillman, and Neile DiNitto, were accepted into the Teachers on the Estuary program this summer. The link is here. Additionally, Mrs. Kutcher was awarded a $900 grant through the South Kingstown Educational Fund to purchase wireless dissolved oxygen probes to complete a water quality project in her chemistry classes.
- Mrs. Kenyon's AP United States History classes completed their "Great Debate". The topics this year included Syrian refugees, Affirmative Action, and SKHS music. The topics were entirely student-driven.
- Junior Zach Ribas was awarded the prestigious Prudential Spirit of Community Rhode Island Distinguished Finalist for his extensive community service activities. Zach received an engraved bronze medallion for his efforts.
- On Friday June 10th, over 100 students came to the SKHS Courtyard for our monthly open mic night called Project Venue. Approximately 20 student-musicians performed and over 100 pounds of non-perishable food was collected at the door to benefit the Jonnycake Center. Sophomore Seneca Brown did a performance-art painting to kick off the festivities.
- Two students were awarded by the Academic Support Academy- Jonah Cutting received an award for "Most Improved" and Anthony Diebold received the award for "Outstanding Student".
- Sophomores Tommy and Aohdan Meyer have been volunteering at Kettle Pond, (and other local wildlife refuges) for the past 2 and a half years. They do any and all jobs that Neil Anthes, the manager, asks of them. Sometimes the job requires picking up trash. They usually do trail and grounds maintenance and help with community outreach programs. Great work, Tommy and Aohdan!
- On June 7th, students from the Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse (VAASA) and the South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention (SKPP) went to Broad Rock Middle School to lead an activity with the 5th grade students. The lesson focused on self-esteem and was taken from the Above the Influence Campaign. Also the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) sponsored the Day of Silence on May 19th. This is a day where students pledge to be silent in solidarity with the LGBT community and stand up against the harassment and injustice they have faced.
- SKHS was fortunate this year to be visited by several wonderful exchange students. We are grateful that we were able to welcome these outstanding young men and women to our school this year. They are Katarina Tinkova from Slovenia, Kai Strickler from Germany, and Donna Lass from Germany. Congratulations, good luck and you will be missed!