SHS Spartan News

Week of March 29, 2021 Week A

2021 Top Ten

Last week Scituate High School officially greeted our “Top Ten” students representing the class of 2021! We are beyond proud of the work that these students displayed over the past four years. Even in a world-wide pandemic, they displayed perseverance, grit, and outstanding character! Congratulations to the 2021 Top Ten! We will celebrate them with their families at our top ten breakfast on April 30th. Go Spartans!

Students Displaying any Symptoms

As we enter one whole year since we left the school and started distant learning, we certainly have come a long way. With that said, we are seeing so many hopeful steps including vaccinations throughout the state.

Unfortunately, we are not at the end of the pandemic yet. We are asking that students and parents continue to pay close attention to any symptoms before attending school or a practice/game.

If any student is experiencing symptoms, they should err on the side of caution and stay home. If you are on one of our teams and there is a positive COVID-19 case, the entire team will be under quarantine. Please stay home and get tested if needed. If a student tests positive and was in school, we ask that parents contact the school so that we can get a "head start" on any contact tracing.

Thank you for your anticipated partnership

Last Chance! Please take this important survey

Dear Scituate Spartan Community, While we understand that we are in no way under normal circumstances this year due to the global pandemic, we acknowledge the fact that reflection is a large part of improvement. At Scituate High School we strive for excellence and your voice is important! We need to know all of the amazing areas that we are doing well in and where we need to improve. Each year, the RI Department of Education asks families and students to complete an anonymous survey. The data from this survey will be reported on our yearly school accountability rating for all to see. This year, we hope to get as close to 100% as possible! Let's show the state that the Scituate Spartans are the best! The SurveyWorks Stakeholder Survey Initiative is an effort to gather information that will help improve the quality of schools across Rhode Island. The surveys capture and assess information that helps educators understand and act upon what students, teachers, support professionals, administrators, and parents say about the climate, culture, and learning environments in their schools. The survey window will close on March 31, 2021. (Click links below) Thank you for your support, partnership, and commitment to Scituate High School! Student Survey: access code: 30104student612
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Student Survey Click Here

access code: 30104student612

Meet our New District Social Worker Ms. Ricci!

My name is Jennifer Ricci, I would like to introduce myself as Scituate School Department’s new School Social Worker. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I wanted to let parents and guardians know some of the ways that I can be helpful to you and your child. My role is to assist in facilitating increased communication between home and school and to counsel kids at school both individually and in groups. I am also available to provide outside resources for support to children and families (ie: referrals to things such as therapy and family services, financial assistance programs, and other community resources).

As a team, the school staff and I will be able to meet the academic, mental and emotional needs of all students. I have outlined some of my responsibilities so you will know what a social worker can do for you and your child in the school setting.

❖ Crisis Intervention: bereavement, self-injury or harm to self

❖ Individual Brief Counseling: meet with students weekly or monthly working on issues such as loss, behaviors, divorce, death, peer relations, anxiety, stress.

❖ Classroom Interventions: work with classroom teachers and develop programs such as getting along with peers, social skills and current events.

❖ Consultation: I’m available for parents/guardians and teachers to ask questions regarding any social/emotional/behavioral observations in students.

If at any time during the year you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Due to the fact that I travel from school to school, it is best to email me at or call the school office and leave a message of when I can contact you. I look forward to serving Scituate’s students, staff and parents/guardians!


Jennifer Ricci

Jennifer Ricci, LCSW (she/her)

School Social Worker

From National Honor Society

All juniors who submitted a candidate form received an email with a membership decision on Thursday, March 25 or Friday, March 26. Juniors, check your email!

All Senior members are reminded to check the NHS google classroom.

The school is planning a recognition/induction ceremony to be held April 27. NHS members will be informed of those details through the NHS google classroom.

GoGuardian Letter to Students Parents

Linked below is a letter explaining everything that GoGuardian does and does not do at SHS. Please review carefully and reach out with questions

Scituate Bus Monitors Needed

Immediate openings for part time and full time bus monitors. Please call 647-4100 for an application.

From Social Studies

Students in Mrs. Seger‘s USII Class enjoyed a digital field trip to and Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam. Students were amazed that two entire families lived in such a small space for over two years, without being able to go outside. They truly enjoyed the opportunity to leave the country, although virtually, and experience history coming to life, empathizing with real human beings.

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Academy of Engineering

Civil Engineering and Architecture:

Scituate's engineering students were recently equipped with high performance laptops. The students in Civil Engineering and Architecture have used this opportunity to learn the professional architecture software Autodesk Revit, both while in-person and distance-learning. Seen below is Zach Spinella and Ricky Audette hard at work in-person, and the fruits of their labor along with the work of distance learners Sam Cerullo and Kyle Misiaszek.

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Introduction to Engineering Design:

In the era of COVID, all students are all on different schedules. Undeterred, their yearn-to-learn remains unabated. In the last week, the 20 students of IED worked on 12 different projects and summoned the motivation to make great strides on all of them. Shown below, we see Toby Baldwin's digital bridge, where he's practicing his skills in trigonometry, static force calculations, and the overall design process. We also see Gio Verducci's selfie stick, where he showed his prowess at CAD modeling, particularly with regard to making assemblies and "controlling the six degrees of freedom."

From Student Council

The Student Council will be holding a Food Drive for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank from March 19th to April 1st. All donations can be dropped off at the collection boxes in the Gym Lobby. Students will compete in two divisions Freshman & Sophomores and Juniors & Seniors. Teachers can participate as well, helping whatever team they want. Get those donations in.

From Academy of Biomedical Science

Students in Biology II (honors) dissecting a flower. The class is currently investigating biological classification and were studying the plant kingdom. Thanks to Alex Sampalis for delivering the flowers to her distance learning classmate.
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From Our Seniors

The senior class’s flocking fundraiser is starting this week so be on the lookout for the flock around Scituate. Make sure to follow @shs_flocking on Instagram for updates” and maybe add a picture of a flamingo or something!

Also would you mind letting the senior seminar leaders know that a handful of DL students are planning on coming in school for the period to take pictures so they might not be in class?

Thank you

-Alexandria Sampalis

Senior Project Virtual Judges Needed

Attention Scituate Community: You can volunteer to be a Virtual Senior Project Judge. Our seniors have worked so hard all year and they would love to see some of the members of their community as judges during their presentation! Please read the information flyer and complete the volunteer form to volunteer to be a Virtual Senior Project Judge. For more information, please contact the Senior Project Coordinator, Jill Morton (

Request for Virtual Senior Project Judges- Community (Google Doc)

Request for Virtual Senior Project Judges- Community (PDF)

Senior Project Virtual Community Judges Information Flyer

Senior Project Virtual Community Judges Volunteer Form

From SPP (Scituate Prevention Partnership) Raising Healthy Kids Spring Edition

SPP Meetings - Open to all!

Topic: SPP Monthly Meeting

Time: Mar 18, 2021 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every month on the Third Thu, until Sep 16, 2021, 7 occurrence(s)

Mar 18, 2021 02:30 PM

Apr 15, 2021 02:30 PM

May 20, 2021 02:30 PM

Jun 17, 2021 02:30 PM

Jul 15, 2021 02:30 PM

Aug 19, 2021 02:30 PM

Sep 16, 2021 02:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 5960 0810

Passcode: 613343

From Mr. Reed

Opening Weekend Fishing Tournament

Sponsored by the the Scituate PE/Health Dept & the Adventure Club

Weekend of April 10th and 11th

Please join us in our first ever virtual Scituate Student/Staff fishing tournament

Send your info to

Submit entry by monday april 12


Name, age, grade, school, picture of you with your fish,

Optional: length and weight

Must be a Scituate student or staff member to participate

Don't forget to hold that fish out for the camera!

Remember fish only in legal fishing waters

If you are 15 or older you must have a freshwater fishing licence.

For more information about obtaining a fishing licence see:

“The prizes are small but the experience is priceless!”-Mr Reed

Draft SHS End of Year Events

Please click below to view our event list from now through June. The list will be updated weekly and will be subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to all!

Class of 2021

As you can see in our draft events list, we are moving forward with several events for the class of 2021. There has been a workgroup meeting every Thursday which includes, Mr. Hassell, Mrs. Johnston, Superintendent Andries, class of 2021 student officers, and parents. We are hopeful that this senior class can have as many in-person events as possible. Our admin team continues to meet with colleagues throughout the state and work with RIDE and RIDOH to ensure we are planning safley. A senior packet of information will be released in the coming weeks.

We love our seniors! Hang in there!

April State Assessments

RI Department of Education waived our state testing last year because of the pandemic. It is clear that the state WILL expect schools to participate in state testing this spring. What that means for Scituate High School is the PSAT's for grade 10, the SAT's for grade 11 and the NGSS (Next Generation Science Assessment) for grade 11. These assessments will be in person.

In order to successfully prepare for this please review the info below:

  • April 13th All 11th Grade Students will take the SAT
  • April 14th All 10th Grade Students will take the PSAT
  • April 28th All 11th grade students will take the NGSS

All students NOT taking a test on a given day will stay home for a asynchronous (no live teaching) distant learning day.

We had extremely successful in person sessions in October and January with our PSAT's and SAT's and will continue to adhere to all COVID safety protocols to ensure safety on these days!

Scituate COVID-19 Updates

Scituate Schools now providing BINAX COVID-19 Testing to Student Athletes and Staff

COVID-19 Testing for students athletes and SHS staff will continue on Thursday, March 4th. Please see the updated parent/student letter and the new link to signup for a timeslot. Thank you!

BINAX Consent Form (Winter Athletes Only)

Parents only need to email this form once

COVID-19 Daily Screener

Our parent screener can be found on our high school website. Visit and go to the tab, Students & Parents and click "Parent/Guardian Attestation Form"

Free Tutoring!

Free Tutoring Opportunity Launching with is a new online platform from Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, that matches students around the world with free tutors. The tutors provide small-group math and SAT prep tutoring for students in grades 6-12, building on the Khan Academy curriculum. Rhode Island is one of two state-level partnerships offering this opportunity to students across the state. Registration is now live on the All Course Network (ACN) and students can sign up here on EnrollRI. There is no deadline for students to sign up (though schools will still need to approve their enrollment via the ACN), no cost to LEAs or students, and no requirement to participate. Please help us spread the word to your students, teachers, parents, and communities! More information on the partnership can be found here.

From School Counseling

2020-2021 Scholarship List

Please view our scholarship link. The spreadsheet will be updated on a weekly basis

Scituate Scholarships Now Open!

The Scituate Scholarship Fund, formerly the Scituate Scholarship Foundation, has opened the application period for the 2021 Scituate Scholarships.

To be eligible an applicant must be:

1. A student in good standing, graduating from Scituate (RI) High School in 2021, or a resident of Scituate, RI who is graduating from another high school program in 2021.

2. Planning to attend a post-secondary program as a full-time student (with the exception of the Lions Hayden Trade/Tech Scholarship).

In 2020, the Scituate Scholarship Fund made over 30 awards amounting to over $70,000 to graduating Scituate seniors.

To apply, contact the Guidance Department at Scituate High School and begin the process. The application period closes April 3, 2021. For additional information please contact Mr. William Lenox by email at


All Course Network (ACN) RFP for Summer 2021 and School year 2021-2022 Courses now LIVE

The ACN is a RIDE initiative that allows students to take advantage of supplemental coursework outside of the traditional school day at no cost to a district or student. There are different types of courses available on the ACN: Enrichment, Work-based learning, Dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and Career Credential courses. All students (K-12) in Rhode Island can participate in these opportunities. RIDE is currently seeking provider proposals to offer courses on the ACN for Summer 2021 and school year 2021-2022. The RFP and application are now live on RIDE’s website and will be due by 5 P.M. on April 7th. An additional technical assistance (TA) session will be offered on April 1 from 3 to 4 P.M. Additional information about the RFP process and Zoom details for the TA sessions can be found online and questions about the ACN can be directed to

Mental Health Support

April Lunch Menu

Spartan Athletics

Students, Parents/Guardians, Registration for Spring Season 2 sports is now open. These sports include Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Lax, Boys Tennis, Boys and Girls Track, Boys Volleyball, and Golf. We are still waiting for word on wrestling and Competitive cheer. If your child is interested in participating in any of these sports please register at as soon as possible.

For all students interested in baseball, coach will have a Zoom meeting on Monday night at 7pm. Here is the link Sal Gelsomino is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Baseball Zoom Meeting Time: Mar 29, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting

For all players interested in softball there will be a zoom meeting also on Monday night at 7pm. Here is the link: Topic: Softball Zoom Meeting Time: Mar 29, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting

As always feel free to contact me with any issues or concerns.

Sal Gelsomino
Athletic Director Scituate High School
(401) 226-1359

Volleyball Spectator Rules

Football Spectator Rules

Scituate Community

From Scituate Youth Basketball (SYB) and Scituate Recreation

SYB need lots of helpful kids!!! Service hours for, Scituate Foster Little League. Students would be getting stuff ready for our season. Also helping coaches prep/line fields, and concession and more

The rec dept.also needs students for summer camp counselors (paid) and lifeguards. Scituate rec will pay students to get trained. Please feel free to call or text anytime.

Thanks for your help.

Erin Pannone

Scituate Youth Basketball (SYB)


Scituate Foster Little League

From our Athletic Booster Club

CALLING ALL STUDENTS WHO NEED COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS! The Boosters concession stand can use your help from 10:30-12:30! We provide all PPE and abide by all RIDOH COVID regulations.

Visit Scituate High School's Website!

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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.