SHS Spartan News

September 16, 2019

Preventative Measures for EEE

Based on recommendations from the RI Dept. of Heath and Guidlines set forth by the RI Interscholastic League, Scituate HS has the following protocols and recommendations to prevent potential exposure to EEE:

Scituate High School, in conjunction with our Athletic Director, Mr. Gelsomino, has implemented, "smart scheduling" (see below) for all of our outdoor activities until the first frost which is still several weeks away (sometime between October 15th and 30th).

  • SHS will avoid scheduling games and practices during early morning or dusk hours.
  • RIDOH's recommendation is that these outdoor activities should conclude 30 minutes prior to dusk. This will help minimize the risk of mosquito bites for players, coaches, officials and spectators alike - which may include individuals more vulnerable to severe illness, such as the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
  • RIDOH also recommends that schools and organizations remind all participants in outdoor activities to protect themselves from mosquito bites. They should:

* Avoid outdoor activities during dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes are most active at this time.
* Wear an insect repellent with no more than 30 percent DEET
* Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants when possible to avoid exposing skin to mosquitoes.

In addition, coaches have all been provided bug spray for practices and games and our site supervisors will have bug spray for any spectators during games who may wish to use it.

More information can be found below. Please reach out with any questions!

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RI PBS Partners with Scituate!

Scituate High School is very excited to be partnering with RI PBS for an "Our Town" Documentary. The High School is currently offering a new course in our Social Science Class titled The History of Scituate and Rhode Island. Students will collaborate with members from RI PBS in order to aid in the documentary series! Please see the details below from RI PBS and thank you for your support!

Rhode Island PBS is excited to announce that the town of Scituate, Rhode Island was chosen to be featured in an upcoming episode of our documentary series- Our Town. Our Town is a community project wherein neighbors become filmmakers who tell the stories of their town. Part fund-raiser, part community builder, part historical and cultural documentary, and part “day-in-the-life” video scrapbook, Our Town shares with viewers the local legends, historical happenings, and backyard secrets of the particular town and its villages – untold or uncelebrated stories that capture the essence of the town (*you do not need to be a resident to participate)

Stories and interviews are then edited together by Rhode Island PBS, with the finished product being a 1-hour documentary about the town that will premiere live on Rhode Island PBS in March 2020.

We invite you to join us on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 pm at the North Scituate Public Library located at 606 West Greenville Road for an informational meeting about the Our Town project. If you know anyone who might also be interested in learning about all the ways to get involved, or has a unique story to share about the town, please encourage them to attend.

In the meantime you can visit for more information, or to see video examples of past towns featured in the Our Town series please visit

Thank you for helping us spread the word about the Our Town project, we are looking forward to meeting and working with you and the town of Scituate soon!

If you have any questions about the project feel free to reach out to me or anyone on the Our Town team:

  • Gretta Jacobs-Corporate Relations Manager (, 401-222-3636 x 381)
  • Jodi Mesolella-Director of Membership & Special Projects/Our Town, Project Director ( , 401-222-3636 x 209)
  • Nicole Muri-Our Town, Producer ( 401-222-3636 x 225)
  • Lucie Raposo-Public Information Manager/Media Contact (, 401-222-3636 x 216)

Spartans in the News

Vaping Presentation

Parents and students, please view important information on the dangers of vaping

Scholastic Book Fair at SHS

The library is hosting a scholastic book fair next week (9/16-9/20). Stuff to know:

- Teachers, come by today (9/13) or Monday and create a classroom wish list (Perfect for Open House Night Shopping).

- Majority of book are Middle School level, with some High School and Adult level books.

- Unfortunately there is no book circulation next week.

- You can come down with your class (please schedule with Greer, Lynne, or Patti) OR you can send down students (please no more than four at a time).

- Payment methods: cash, checks MADE OUT TO SCITUATE HIGH SCHOOL, or eWallet (pdf directions attached- feel free to post on Google Classroom or let me know if you want paper copies).

-If you have any students with financial need, please contact me so I can arrange to have them receive a Scholastic Scholarship for a book.

- Scholastic donates a share of profits back to our school library, every purchase helps!

Thank you for your support,

Culinary Arts and FFA Club

Thank you Ms. Donahue & Ms. Donovan for sharing the school garden fresh produce with the Culinary Arts students. Students enjoyed making Fried Green Tomato Casserole, Eggplant Parm, and Tomato Sauce.

From Biology

Sophomore biology students testing water samples for the presence of nitrates and phosphates.

From our Artists

The students in Mrs. Rutherford's Introduction to Art Studio class are working on their Contrasto Art. Because this medium is only black and white, the students had to put on their critical thinking/ problem solving caps to create movement, depth, and a 3 dimensional appearance in their composition.
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Piano Lab

The Piano Lab is off to a busy start with learning to read music and basic hand position on the piano. Students performed on Friday the 13th for the class.

Spartan Marching Band

The Scituate High School Band prepares for the Big E! Musicians are hard at work learning new music, learning how to march and receiving uniforms. Good Luck on Tuesday, September 17th as they perform at Rhode Island Day.

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From Mathematics

Students in Mr. Soucar's Pre-Calculus course are collaborating to expand their understanding of domain and range for different types of algebraic functions, i.e. polynomial, rational and radical.

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School Counseling

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Meeting for Early Enrollment Students

All students who are participating in an Early Enrollment course will attend a meeting on Thursday, September 19th at 9:50 AM. in the High School cafeteria. A representative from RIC will be here to talk with students about college credits

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!


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Official School Committee Meeting Dates

Reminder- Senior Pictures

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Special Education Advisory Committee

The first Special Education Local Advisory Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 6:30pm at the Northwest Special Education Region, 23a Theodore Foster Drive, North Scituate, RI. If you plan to attend, please call 647-4106. Proposed meeting dates for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year are December 4, February 12, and May 6.

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North Scituate Library Help Needed

You may be familiar with the library’s annual book sale that takes place during the art festival. We will be looking for volunteers to help us move books. We’re storing bins of books in a storage facility in Johnston, and will be looking for helpers to load them into their vehicles and transport them back to the library on the Friday of the long weekend. Students who would like to volunteer should call the library 401-647-5133 or email

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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Spartan Athletics

From Mr. Gelsomino: Now that games have begun at Caito field please keep in mind that Scituate Athletics will be charging a fee for admissions to all home games. As always Scituate High School students will be FREE. Almost all schools across the state charge for admission. These charges help defray some of the costs associated with operating these games. If you feel you need further clarification please contact to set up a meeting to explain the associated costs. Thank you for your support!
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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:

Football Seasons Begins with a BIG W!

Let's send a huge Spartan shout out to the Football team for their first win of the season, 9-0 vs Davies!!
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First High Five Friday of the Season!

High Five Fridays have begun! Shout out to the Spartan Football Team who greeted the elementary kids at N. Scituate Elementary School

Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer stays undefeated, scrambling back from an early deficit to tie Ponagansett. Goal by Shane Langton, late

Way to GO Spartans!

Girls Soccer

Lady Spartans held their own and played great defense on Saturday as they battled LaSalle! The Spartans lost 1-0 but will surely see them again in the playoffs!
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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! 👊🏻

Sportsmanship Guidelines From RIIL

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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: 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.