NSHS Counselor Connection

2018-2019 Quarter Three Edition


The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its yearly SurveyWorks Parent Survey, which is an opportunity for parents to provide feedback about our school and our children’s opportunities to learn. The survey results are most useful when all parents participate, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey.

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey you can help our school leadership and our parent-teacher organization to make improvements to our school. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you.

Please take the short survey online between now and February 15th. To take the survey, visit: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/RIDE/login and enter code 25108family. You may complete the survey one time for each child you have at the high school.

5 Easy Steps to Complete Your Family Survey

Step 1: Visit surveys.panoramaed.com/ride

Step 2: Enter your school’s unique access code (25108family).

Step 3: On the Welcome page, your school’s survey will be displayed. Click “Start Surveys”

Step 4: You have now accessed the family survey. In the top left hand corner, there is a drop down menu. Select English or Spanish or Portuguese.

Step 5: For each question, select the answers that best apply to your experience and beliefs. Once finished, click “Submit,” and you are done!

Career Fair Speaker Invite

Dear Community Member, On behalf of the staff and students at North Smithfield High School, we cordially invite you to participate in our 2019 Career Fair on Wednesday, April 24th from 8:00-11:00 AM. Our high school strives to provide our students with meaningful experiences that will enhance their college and career readiness by giving them tools to research ideas and pathways for their future.

The event begins with a short orientation in the school library followed by the career fair itself. The career fair is broken into three 30 minute sessions with students rotating through presenters. School staff will be in all rooms for the duration of the Career Fair. Students will have a list of career fair questions to reference throughout the fair that will be reviewed with them prior to the career fair. At the end of the fair, presenters will be escorted back to the library for a brief review and evaluation of the event.

This year, we are organizing our career fair around our student pathway and CTE programs. A link to those programs can be found here:



We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our young adults by participating in this year’s event. Please kindly RSVP before Friday, March 15, 2019, by using the brief Google Registration Form located at: https://goo.gl/forms/nPIVu8ae5Pj4KZJ73

Thank you for your commitment to our students and community and we look forward to your participation in this year’s fair. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions about this wonderful event!

Spring 2018 College Coffee Hours

The NSHS School Counselors will be hosting four sessions of “College Coffee Hour” for parents this fall. Each session will take place in the High School Guidance Office from 7:30-8:15 AM. These sessions are intended to give parents going through the college search process an opportunity to meet with school counselors and ask questions. We also welcome parents who have been through the process before to come and share their experiences with parents who have not been through the process. Topics will be discussed at each session and afterwards, there will be time for questions.

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/HQvJmafGnWhI414G2

Thursday, February 28, 2019: The College Search

Thursday, March 28, 2019: Financial Aid/Scholarships

Thursday, April 25, 2019: Summer Programs

National School Counseling Week 2019

National School Counseling Week 2019, "School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life," will be celebrated from Feb. 4-8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

“Vaccinate Before You Graduate” program

Thursday, April 25th, 7:30am-2pm

412 Greenville Road

North Smithfield, RI

A free immunization clinic will be held on Thursday April 25, 2019 as part of the “Vaccinate Before You Graduate” program. Any student in grades 9 through 12 may receive free vaccinations to promote optimum health and immunization compliance. Contact Mrs. Ethier at extension 3321 or register at http://www.thewellcomp.com/vbyg12gr.htm

SAT TEST DAY for Juniors is Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The State of Rhode Island has established Tuesday, April 9, 2019 as the SAT test date for all Rhode Island Juniors in public high schools. This is a free program for which students are already registered.


Please bring:

  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
  • An approved calculator
  • A watch (without an audible alarm)
  • Extra batteries and backup equipment—you’ll have to ask for permission to access them. They cannot be on your desk during the test.
  • A drink or snacks (for your break)

Calculator Smarts

  • Bring your own calculator. You can’t share one.
  • Don’t bring a brand-new calculator. Bring one you know. Practice for the test using the same calculator you’ll use on test day.
  • The Math Test includes some questions where it’s better not to use a calculator, even though you’re allowed to.
  • It may help to do scratch work in the test book. Get your thoughts down before using your calculator.
  • Make sure your calculator is in good working order and that batteries are fresh. The test center will not have batteries or extra calculators. If your calculator fails during testing and you have no backup, you'll have to complete the test without it.


PSAT TEST DAY for Sophomores is Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The State of Rhode Island has established Tuesday, April 9, 2019 as the PSAT test date for all Rhode Island Sophomores in public high schools. This is a free program for which students are already registered.

This year the PSAT 10 will be a digital test given to students on their chromebooks. Students must bring charged chromebooks and their power cords on the day of the test. Students may not use a device other than the school provided chromebook on test day.

Students should also bring drinks and a snack for the testing break.

More information on the PSAT 10 will be sent home before test day.


AP Exam Registration

The 2019 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks in May: May 6 through 10 and May 13 through 17. Registration will run from now to March 1, 2019. Only students who register and pay will be allowed to take the exam. The fee for each exam is $94 and only checks or money orders will be accepted, no cash. Please fill out the registration form in google classroom or below, and give the checks to Ms. Olson in the NSHS main office. If you register and decide later to not take the exam, you will be refunded all but the $15 deposit. Financial Assistance is available for students in need, please see your counselor for details

Register here:


AP Exam Schedule

2019 AP Exam Dates-Morning 8:00 a.m.Afternoon 12 p.m.

Week 1

Monday May 6, 2019

  • United States Government and Politics

Tuesday May 7, 2019

  • Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Wednesday May 8, 2019

  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History

Friday May 10, 2019

  • United States History
  • Computer Science Principles

Week 2

Tuesday May 14, 2019

  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC

Wednesday May 15, 2019

  • English Language and Composition

Friday May 17, 2019

  • Music Theory
  • Computer Science A

2019-20 SAT Dates

2019-20 SAT Administration Dates (Anticipated)

SAT Date

August 24, 2019

October 5, 2019

November 2, 2019

December 7, 2019

March 14, 2020

May 2, 2020

June 6, 2020

Google Classroom Accounts for School Counseling

The NSHS School Counselors have created Google Classroom Accounts for each grade level. Please encourage your child to join and to share with you. We post information on summer programs, scholarships, college visits, and more on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis.

Class of 2023 (Current 8th grade students)


Class of 2022


Class of 2021


Class of 2020


Class of 2019


NSHS Contact Information and Counselor Assignments:

Please contact the Guidance Office at (401) 766-2500. Our Fax number is (401) 597-6198. Counselor assignments are listed below. Please click on the name of a counselor in order to email that person.

Mrs. Gibbons Grades 10 & 12

Mr. Pepin Grades 9 & 11

DO NOT email a counselor if you are in crisis. Please ask to see a counselor immediately. If it is after school hours, please call 911 if you are in crisis.