SHS Weekly News November 12, 2018

Thank You Veterans!

No School Monday in Honor of Veteran's Day

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High School Parent Conferences Wednesday November 14th

As advertised in our weekly newsletter, Scituate High School will host a Parent-Teacher Conference Night next Wednesday, November 14th from 6:00-8:00 PM

Parents and Guardians should review their student's grades in Powerschool and can call to schedule parent/teacher conferences no later than Tuesday, November 13th. You may schedule conferences by calling Erin Erickson in the guidance office at 401-647-4108 or emailing Please be prepared with the teachers you would like to see when calling to make appointments.

Quarter One Reports

Friday, November 9th, all parents/guardians should have received an email from our Guidance Department Chair, Ms. Hitchings. The email includes your teenager's quarter one report card including teacher comments. As advertised in our weekly news, Scituate High School has made the transition to a digital reporting system for several years and therefore, students will no longer receive paper report cards. If you are unable to access the internet or do not have an email, please contact the guidance office and a paper copy will be printed upon your request. If you believe that you did not receive an email from Ms. Hitchings please following these steps.
Check the spam or junk folder in your personal email.
Contact Ms. Hitchings at 401-647-4108 ext. 2209

If there are any specific concerns about your son or daughter's quarter
grades, please contact the teacher and/ or school guidance counselor.

School Counselor Grade Levels:

Dan Casey: Grades 9 and 10

John Haas: Grades 8 and 11

Kaitlin Hitchings: Grade 12 and Guidance Director

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Important Attendance Data

The RI Dept. of Education has released a new data-board that is updated weekly. The data collected ranks each of the 226 schools in RI based on absenteeism rates.

This week, Scituate High School ranks 188/226. This is a very high rate of student absenteeism especially for our community demographics, and school size. Over the next several weeks please partner with Scituate High School to ensure that your teenager is attending school on a regular basis!

What is Chronic Absenteeism?

Chronic Absenteeism is a measure of how many students miss a defined number of school days for any reason. Rhode Island defines Chronic Absenteeism as the percentage of students who miss 10% or more school days during the year. This calculation only includes students who were enrolled at least 90 days in a given school or district.

Research shows that chronic absenteeism is associated with a number of negative consequences for students, including lower achievement, disengagement from school, course failure, and increased risk of dropping out.

AP US Government

Students in Ms. Grundt's AP US History worked at the polling locations in Scituate during election day. On Wednesday, the students led a panel discussion in the media center with their peers.
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From the Music Dept.

The High School Band using technology to learn about Veterans Day and the patriotic music they are preparing for the Parade on Monday!

Come join the Scituate High School Band at the Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 12th at 10:30am step off.

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From the Math Dept.

Algebra 2 students solving systems and working as a team! Student checks for understanding and peer collaboration at its finest!

From the English Dept.

Freshmen in Mrs. Stormont's Lexus Scholastic Eco Challenge met with Mrs. Diane Calvin of Foodscapri to discuss ways to reduce food waste at SHS. Ms. Donovan's Architecture and Engineering class also attended. Thank you, Mrs. Calvin!
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World Language Dept. Europe 2020 Info!

Want to travel to France and Spain in the summer of 2020? Please join us for and informational meeting on November 28, 2018 at 6:30 in room 218. Students and parents are welcome to travel. Please have at least one parent at the meeting along with your child. Hope to see you there!

Leslie Langlais

World Language Department Chair

Spanish IV

Students in Spanish IV made tortilla de patatas!

School Counseling Dept.

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College Visit Schedule to Scituate HS

List is updated weekly

From Scituate Organizations

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Scituate High, middle school raise over $1K for Gloria Gemma Principals take pie to the face, dye hair pink for fundraiser challenge

SCITUATE, R.I., Nov. 9, 2018 – It’s not every day school principals allows students to toss pie at their faces, or die their hair pink, but when that involves raising money for the Gloria Gemma Foundation, Scituate High and Scituate Middle schools are all about it.

Fundraising efforts at the schools raised $1,150 for the nonprofit that offers free services to individuals and their families touched by cancer in Rhode Island as well as parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

As part of the fundraiser campaign, Michael Hassell, principal of SHS, promised students he would allow them to throw a pie at his face after the fundraiser challenge culminated, where the junior class of SHS raised the most money of all grade levels.Tonianne Napolitano, principal of SMS, challenged her students to ramp up their fundraising efforts and agreed to spray her hair with pink dye to celebrate the generous donations.

Students piled into the auditorium at the school campus recently, where they cheered and whooped while Napolitano’s hair was given a pink makeover and Hassell had not one, but two pies smothered onto his face. The administrators thanked students for their efforts, and spoke highly of the Gloria Gemma Foundation and its commitment to those living with cancer and their families.

Napolitano spoke of the Gemma family, her neighbors growing up, and said, “This foundation is close to my heart.”

Napolitano said Gloria Gemma was one of her childhood best friends, and said she was thrilled to support the nonprofit.

Hassell said, “I am always trying to instill in our students the idea of giving back to the community and raising awareness for great foundations, and Gloria Gemma is certainly one of them.”

The principal said it was his idea to agree to getting a “pie to the face,” after a student reached out to ask how the school could help spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Jane Iannetta of the foundation, who serves as Gloria’s Angels Coordinator, thanked the Scituate community for its support. She encouraged students to reach out to individuals who are living with cancer, to let them know people care about them and the challenges they are going through.

Iannetta, a cancer survivor, said, “Everybody has a different journey, but it’s all the same - it’s about recovery, about living with cancer.”

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Winter Ball at SHS!

Winterball will be held on Friday, December 7th from 6:30-10:00 PM at Cranston Country Club. Tickets will go on sale in the main office starting on Thursday 11/15 through 11/30 and will be $40 per person. Students must complete a student expectation form to attend.

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Dodgeball at SHS! November 16th

Don't forget to sign up for SADD's Annual Dodgeball Tournament!

5 to a team, $3 per person


11/16 @ 6pm

There's Only One You

There’s only one YOU.

Make it COUNT

I am proud to share with you that Scituate Middle and High School will be hosting “There’s only one YOU- Make it COUNT” an interactive multi-media installation which includes inspirational videos, educational resources and school lesson plans aimed to inspire our impressionable students. This installation builds on social emotional learning along with suicide and bullying prevention.

We are doing this initiative because there is an evident link of suicide to both bullying and mental health. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24 nationwide (2016 CDC WISQARS).

This initiative is the result of working with state and federal agencies, hospitals and clinicians throughout the state to further outreach. Our collaborators noted above have solutions while others are using their creative gifts and inspirational words to help these students see they are not alone and there are resources available.

The installation will be in our newly remodeled library from Tuesday, November 13th thru November 27, 2018. Students will rotate in their PE and Health classes

Note: At no point in the videos do they describe the act of suicide or whether or not the people in the videos have contemplated the act. The videos are to share that people have risen above and have achieved what once seemed unachievable. These videos solely speak regarding how no matter what challenges are put forth, there are ways to achieve a stronger emotional state, whether that be counseling, medication or a trusted mentor. However, these videos do contain subject matter of mental health awareness and may be a sensitive subject for some viewers. If any of the students feel uncomfortable viewing, they are free to walk away and/or talk with staff or guidance counselor.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Northwest Special Education Region

23A Theodore Foster Drive

No. Scituate, RI 02857


School Committee Meeting 11/13/18

Hope Elementary School 7:00 PM

What's Happening on Social Media?

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! @SpartanPrideRI

And... follow our CTE Program on Facebook @SprtanCTE

HOSA Competition

The FLC was a success!! We’re so proud to see our Hosa seniors present and talk about their experiences competing. Thank you to all the speakers and Mrs.Roberge for advising our chapter. We love you! Check out a few pictures from the conference today.

27th Harvest Festival at Clayville!

200 Chromebooks Arriving at SHS!

Gloria Gemma Fund

Unified Volleyball at State Tournament

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Spartan Athletics

Fall Athletic Awards Night Nov. 27th 7:00 PM

CALLING ALL FALL SPORTS (Boys/Girls Cross Country, Boys/Girls Soccer, Football, Girls Tennis, Cheerleading, Unified/Girls Volleyball) ATHLETES, COACHES, FAMILIES & FRIENDS: The Fall Sports Awards Night will take place on Tuesday, November 27, from 7:00pm-9:00pm, in the auditorium! #SpartyOn and celebrate a fantastic season one last time with your coaches, teammates and friends!

Fall Athletic Surveys

Students who participated in a fall sport will complete a survey uploaded to a Google Classroom.

Parents will receive the parent survey via email next week. Please contact Mr., Gelsomino if you do not receive a survey!

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!
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Spread The Word!

Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 SY for students entering grades 9 and 10.


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.