SHS Spartan News

Summer Update August 2020

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Welcome Superintendent Andries!

Superintendent Andires sends out weekly updates to families, please use these as your primary source of information for back to school plans. All of her correspondence are available on the SSD Website
Scituate Public Schools Superintendent's Message 7/31/2020

Scituate School Dept. Reopening Plans

A team of Scituate educators, school nurses, principals, central office administrators, students, and parents worked on a daily basis to review the re-opening school guidelines produced by the RI Department of Education and Department of Health. The team met frequently and submitted our district plan to the RI Department of Education on June 17th. We are pleased to announce that Scituate's plan was commended for its thoroughness and emphasis on student and staff safety. While the plan includes many details of what school may look like, there are still MANY details to be finalized. The plan includes four possible scenarios including full in person, 50% in person, 25% in person and full distance learning. It is our understanding that the Governor's' office and the RIDOH will make an announcement on August 17th, letting us know which plan we will re-open to. We thank families and teachers for their patience and partnership as we continue to re-design school in what will be a less than perfect situation to say the least. We encourage families to review the plan and to attend a virtual "town hall" meeting on Thursday, August 6th at 6:30 PM to learn more. Lots more info coming soon!


As a parent myself, I understand how stressful this situation is for families. Please know that student and staff safety are at the forefront of every decision and flexibility will be needed by all. Please stay healthy and reach out to me with any questions or concerns.


Michael Hassell,

Principal

Community "Town Hall" Meeting Aug. 6th

The Scituate School Department will host a virtual presentation using Zoom on the evening of August 6th at 6:30. The presentation will focus on the reopening of school plans. The link for the meeting will be sent out by the Superintendent's office. Please consider asking a question before Thursday using the link below!

If you are interested in asking a question at the town hall...

School Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 4th, 7pm

Zoom

Technology

We are pleased to officially announce that ALL students in grades 9-12 will receive a district chromebook!


Incoming freshmen will be issued a brand new chromebook, our incoming 10th grade will continue to utilize the chromebook that was issued last school year, and 11th and 12th grade students will receive slightly used chromebooks as well. (one-two years old)


We are looking at the week of Aug. 17th to arrange a drive through pick up by grade level, including some evening time slots. More info to come!

Save the Date! New Student - Transfer Student Orientation

Are you joining the Spartan family from another community for the first time this year? Join us on August 20th from 5:00-6:00 PM We are hoping to have an in person orientation however, we may have to host a virtual meeting as we get a bit closer to that date. More details to be sent out soon!

Freshmen (Class of 2024) Meet the Admin Zoom August 20th 4:00

We are so excited to welcome the class of 2024! Please consider joining a "Meet the Admin" Zoom meeting on Aug 20th at 4:00 PM. Save the date now and a zoom link will be emailed to your school email in the coming weeks! You will also receive an invite to a "Class of 2024" Google Classroom which Ms. Hart and Mr. Hassell will operate through the school year.

2020-2021 Student Schedule

While we are still unsure what the opening of school may look like in the fall, our Director of Guidance, Christine Testoni, is in the process of finalizing a school schedule to represent an ideal world where we enter school under normal circumstances. In addition, our district school reopening task force will meet weekly through the summer to develop plans for reopening as we receive more guidelines from the state.


SHS school counselors spent some time last week meeting with students (virtually) with schedule conflicts and proposed options for potential solutions. We ask that you continue to be patient and proactive as we finish this process. We try our best to accommodate each student's scheduling need, however, scheduling conflicts can create some compromises within student schedules. Please contact your teenager's school counselor with any concerns. Students will have the first two weeks of school in Aug/Sept. to make any schedule changes.


Final student schedules will be available on Powerschool two weeks before the start of school.

  • As in the past, student schedules will be available to view and print on PowerSchool at 4:00 PM on August 24th. Students and families that may have lost their username and password or are new to Scituate High School should contact the school at 647-4120. We ask that parents and students remain patient with any schedule errors as our guidance staff is working hard to “clean up” any loose ends. https://scituateschoolsri.powerschool.com

School Supplies

Scituate High School typically does not have an "official" student material list as we find that there are not many items that parents/students are expected to purchase. Considering that lockers will not be utilized this year due to CDC regulations and also considering that all students will be given a chromebook, we expect that required materials will be minimal. Students will receive a clearly outlined syllabus during the first week of school with any suggested materials.

Yearbooks and supplements are here!!

For people that ordered a yearbook, please know that the supplement is free. You can pick up them Tuesday, Aug. 4th between 9:00-11:00 AM in auditorium lobby. There are also extra yearbooks for sale if you did not purchase. They are $85 cash only.

scituate.ybc@gmail.com

From our School Nurse

According to RIGL 16-38-2 every person entering any public or private school must provide proof of immunization. It is important to keep up to date with your child’s immunizations. Don’t forget to obtain an updated copy for your personal records as well as for the school. Consult with your pediatrician’s office with any questions or concerns about their current protocols for office visits and make your appointments as soon as possible.


The RI Department of Health requires that all students entering the 12th grade provide documentation of the following:


  • 1 booster dose of meningitis vaccine - received on or after their 16th birthday.
  • Physical health examination completed after the students 16th birthday.
If you have not already submitted the above state requirements please do so by the first day of school.

Approved Scituate School Calendar 2020-2021

RI School Reopening Resources

Class of 2021

Great job incoming seniors who continued our tradition of painting their spots while following social distancing rules! Check out the creative designs below! Also follow our AMAZING Athletic Booster Club on Facebook below with all parking spot pics.

Student Parking

Juniors and Seniors will have priory for a parking spot at SHS on a first come first serve basis. Students are encouraged to continue to check their school emails for a parking permit google form during the first week of school.

Teen Mental Health Resources

RI Kids Link

Kids’ Link RI is a behavioral health triage service and referral network. A program offered in collaboration with Gateway Healthcare, Lifespan, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Bradley Hospital, Kids’ Link RI is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week to help triage children and youth in need of mental health services and refer them to treatment providers.


Call 1-855-543-5465 if your child is:

*feeling excessive anger or sadness

*Lashing out at siblings, friends and adults

*Having behavior problems at school

*Hurting himself/herself or others

*Having severe worries

*Free, confidential phone line connects parents and caregivers to an experienced clinician

Senior Project Update

Summer Work

Summer Work: Our High School department chairs have detailed any summer work requirements and have shared those with your current eighth grade team teachers. If there are any questions, please contact the appropriate department chair and they can help you out! www.scituatehighschool.com


Career and Technical Education Update

Career and Technical Education: Scituate High School is proud of the work that has taken place to develop and implement four career and technical education academies (pathways). Students are still able to apply for these amazing courses and are continuing to accomplish career and industry standards to prepare them for the next level of education.



Please help spread the word to surrounding towns. Students in grades 9 or 10 can still apply to come to Scituate through October of this year and we can provide busing to surrounding towns and communities!


Students from out-of-district in grades 9 or 10 can still apply to come to Scituate through October of this year. Please spread the word to surrounding communities!


Contact Ms Donovan (STEAM/CTE Coordinator) with any questions shannon.donovan@scituateschoolsri.net

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Scituate Athletics

From our Athletic Director Sal Gelsomino: Scituate coaches have been following an approved conditioning plan utilizing the turf field and track. These plans are comprehensive and follow guidelines from the RIIL, RIDOH, and CDC. Coaches will be allowed to lead conditioning through August 31st. Unfortunately, we are still uncertain what the fall season will look like. We are still moving forward with scheduling and will keep you all posted when we find out more! Please reach out with any questions at all!


Sal

Athletic Director

Scituate High/ Middle School

94 Trimtown Rd

North Scituate, RI 02857

sal.gelsomino@scituateschoolsri.net

(401)226-1359

Visit our Athletic Website

Non-Discrimination

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: EEO@ScituateSchoolsRI.net. 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: OCR.Boston@ed.gov. 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.