SKHS Principal's Newsletter
Robert Mezzanotte January 2016
From the Desk of Mr. Mezzanotte
Please remember to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 401-360-1003.
Go Blue for Dorian Murray
SKHS Students Honored for their Fine Arts Achievement
The following students were honored as Rhode Island Scholastic Art Award Winners:
- Chad Sherman - Gold Key- printmaking
- Julia Kutcher - Gold Key - Sculpture
- Hailey Parente - Gold Key - Photography
- Thomas Crudale - Silver Key - Photography
- Sara Demoranville - Siver Key - Photography
- Gulianna Signorelli - Silver Key - Photography
- Jamie Thomas - Silver Key - Photography
- Katarina Tinkova - Honorable mention- Printmaking
- Anthony Diebold - Honorable mention- Photography
- Piper Aube- Honorable mention - Drawing
- Andrew Meyer - Honorable mention -
- Suki Ullrich - Honorable mention - Drawing
- Kyle Palma - Honorable mention - Drawing
Gold and Silver key winners will be on exhibit for two weeks and honored at an award ceremony on January 24th at the Hamilton Gallery at Salve Regina University. Congratulations to all recipients!
Mrs. Blakeney's Class Mural Livens up the Library
We are thrilled that 32 SKHS students have been accepted into RIMEA All State Ensembles. They will be rehearsing four times leading up to their final performances on March 16 for Jazz and March 20 for Band, Chorus and Orchestra.
Michael Robinson and Callan Napier were also accepted into the Southern New England Honor Band at URI. They will be performing on Saturday, January 30th!
The drama and music departments will be presenting "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" this Thursday through Sunday in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults.
The SKHS Pep Band has been playing at some of the home basketball games. With a new list of energetic tunes, they are supporting their classmates and keeping the crowd pumped during the games.
Finally, the holiday concert was a huge success as were our two in-school mini concerts leading up to Winter Break. Our next concert is scheduled for March 31st and we are planning a diverse program of new, challenging music.
Here are our 32 All-State students:
SKHS Debate Team
Looking forward to our last debate on February 6 and the state meet on February 27.
Drunk Driving Presentation
Students Show their Stuff in Science
The SKHS annual science fair was held on Tuesday Jan 12th, under the leadership of Mrs. Russell. A total of 85 projects were presented. The winners were as follows:
1st place - Alyssa Bader for her project on the strength of acrobatic harnesses
2nd place - Timothy Burnap for his project on humans' ability to carry a tune
3rd place - Hossam Zaki for his project that tested multiple types of water filters to see which worked best.
The Best in Fair voting chose Chris Nadeau's project on the aerodynamics of different types of nosecones
In addition, the Narrow River Preservation Association came and judged any environmental projects. They gave several awards:
Their winner was Abby Cobb for her project on the best way to clean up an oil spill.
Honorable Mentions were: Hossam Zaki for the water filter project; Matthew Kutcher for a project on creating energy through the electrolysis of water; Cristian Rodriguez-Gervais for his project on natural remedies against bacteria; and Sierra Rowley for her project on the amount of microplastics found in Narragansett Bay.
SKHS will send the top 14 students on to the RI Science and Engineering Fair taking place the first weekend in April. Congratulations to all winners!
YMCA Cardboard Regatta
On December 8th, Mrs. Dillmann’s Maritime Science Class, in a cooperative venture with Heather Sargeant, the aquatics director at the YMCA, hosted the 3rd annual cardboard boat regatta. As part of a unit on density, buoyancy and boat building, members of the class, either in teams or working alone, designed and built their own cardboard vessels. The vessels had to support the weight of all members of the group and travel the required distance in the pool. All vessels required a theme and team members came dressed in a costume that complemented their theme. As part of their grade, team members were interviewed by YMCA staff about their calculations and design process. Students calculated total hull volume, vessel density, displacement, and the depth to which their fully loaded boat will sink in the water. Prior to this culminating event students had built and completed their calculations on smaller-scale prototypes. These prototypes provide a basis for final design and engineering modifications, such as changes in hull shape, center of gravity and the design of better reinforcing structures. Many thanks to the YMCA for hosting this event.
Academic Success Academy Students of the Month
Zachary Neighbors - Positive Attitude and Outstanding Achievement
Cameron Brown - Outstanding Work Ethic and Attitude
Papa Badiane - Outstanding Work Ethic and Attitude
Julie Byrnes - Outstanding Work Ethic and Attitude
Tahira Haughton - Outstanding Work Ethic and Attitude
Jenna Hannafin - Outstanding Attitude and Performance
Nastasha Martinez - Outstanding Work Ethic and Attitude
Bo Brutti - Outstanding Achievement
Jared Day - Outstanding Achievement - Leadership
Colby Hagemosher - Outstanding Achievement
Blaine Lidsky (pictured below with Mr. Young)- Outstanding Leadership
Dar-Nell Morales - Outstanding Work Ethic and Attitude
History Comes Alive!
Also, students in Military History, the History of the Holocaust and Rhode Island History classes set out for an historical adventure in Newport, Rhode Island on December 10th. The holiday-dressed Breakers Mansion was a remarkable site for all those who attended. Other major historical stops included Fort Adams, The Great Friends Meeting House and Touro Synagogue.
Tutoring is taking place every Tuesday, during advisory, in the library. Tutors will be available in all subjects. Please remind your son/daughter to bring their notebook, recent homework assignments, and upcoming projects to tutoring.
The South Kingstown High School Post-Secondary Planning Night is sponsored by the Guidance Department. It will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. A panel of five post-secondary schools admissions officers will be present to review sample student transcripts. Samples will be reviewed by the admissions officers. The admissions process will also be discussed for each school.
This allows grade 9, 10, and 11 students and families the opportunity to consider current course selection, prepare for college admissions testing, and develop a clearer understanding of how the transcript is reviewed by various post-secondary schools. All aspects of forward planning will be covered.
All students and families are invited.