SHS Spartan News

November 25, 2019 Happy Thanksgiving

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We are Thankful for YOU!

On behalf of the Scituate High School community, we would like to wish everyone a restful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We are truly grateful to have such a supportive and caring community at Scituate High School! Thank you for all that you do!

No School Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

-Mr. Hassell and Ms. Hart

Thankful Thursday

Winter Ball

Winterball will be held on Friday, December 6th from 6:30-10:30 PM at Cranston Country Club. Tickets are on sale in the main office and are $45 per person. Students must complete a student expectation form to attend.

Career and Technical Education

Students in our CTE Academies are at the convention center for Junior Achievement's JA Inspire event. Over the next two days over 8100 student in grade 8 from around the state will visit the exhibited focused on career exploration.

Academy of Computer Science

Our Computer Science CTE Academy students are hard at work learning the fundamentals of coding, developing games, building websites, and so much more. We invite students from all experience levels to come join this incredible academy.
Scituate High School's Computer Science Pathway

Academy of Engineering

Are you interested in building solutions to complex problems? Our Engineering CTE Academy gives students a hands-on learning experience in which they learn to use math, science, and technology to solve real-world challenges.
Scituate High School's RIDE-approved Engineering Pathway

Industrial Technology

Students from Industrial Technology completed construction of several projects this week. Jonah Kimmell, Noah Gervasio, and Jake Catanzaro practiced their skills in finishing: sanding, painting, and coating by making signs for their homes. Vinny Brough, Cole Fredrickson, Alden Goulet, Max Pepler, and Mike Pullano utilized carpentry skills to make a set of load-bearing platforms and background set pieces for Scituate Youth Drama’s production of “Legally Blonde.”
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Social Science

Students in Modern World History recently finished up a unit on the Crusades. They then compared fighting over Jerusalem in the Middle Ages to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict of today. This unit culminated with a student debate and a Skype session with Dr. Rania Sadeq. She is a daughter of Palestinian refugees who is a principal and a professor in Chicago. Mrs. Seger met her at the education conference in Istanbul this summer and she was happy to touch base with with Mrs. Seger’s students to answer their questions on this conflict, of which she is an expert. She recently completed research in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. Students are also slated to have a rabbi and an Israeli soldier visit our classes after Thanksgiving to discuss their perspective on the same questions. Students are excited to hear the varied perspectives from people that are immediately affected by this conflict.
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Community Connections

On Saturday, November 16th book restoration expert Ruth Strach, Scituate Preservation Society President Bill Frederickson, five SHS students (Luke Portrais, Charlotte McInnis, Cameron Barry, Haley Kaye and Steven Venditelli) and teacher Dennis Ballou cleaned, cataloged and noted for content seventeen of the Barden journals. Beyond meticulously cleaning page by page (each book averaged an hour and a half), students read and discovered important facts about Mr.Barden, part owner of the Ponagansett mill, that were previously unknown. A few of these facts include the likely existence of a salmon hatchery at the Ponagansett mill site, a terrible drought in Scituate in 1876 and Mr. Barden’s side business of renting out oxen.

The project was continued on Monday the 18th after school by Ms. Strach, Mr. Frederickson, Mr.Ballou and Steven Venditelli joined by students Sam Grigelevich and Yousef Al Jallad who aided in seeing the cleaning to completion a total of twenty four journals. The students commented after on the therapeutic and interesting nature of the project and expressed the desire to work on similar projects in the future.

Thank You to all involved, including Mary Morse for securing the grant money for this worthy project. Dennis Ballou

School Counseling

We are excited to announce that Mrs. Christine Testoni has made the shift from Special Education Department Chair to Director of School Counseling! We are working fast to replace Mrs. Testoni's position in Special Education. In the meantime, please reach out to Principal Hassell, Assistant Principal Hart or Special Education Director, John Magner with any questions.
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Attendance Matters

Thank you for your efforts! The number of students on track to be chronically absent dropped to 9% last year! There is still work to be done. Please make sure your Spartans are attending school!

The RI Dept. of Education has released a new data-board that is updated weekly. The data collected ranks each of the 261 schools in RI based on absenteeism rates.

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.


From Mrs. McGovney:

I am honored and humbled to be able to work with such amazing students and faculty.

Over 100 people joined SADD in honoring the life of 19 year old Charles Erler, a Scituate Spartan, who was victim to a drunk driving accident in December 2003.

Scituate students and SADD club members, Jill, Leah, and Nicole offered a moment of silence and dedicated the night to Chuck’s mother who was kind enough to join us.

We had students come together from La Salle, Hendricken, Ponaganset, Cranston, and of course Scituate, to play the friendliest and most respectful game of dodgeball I have ever witnessed.

Thank you for an amazing night and supporting our mission to end driving under the influence.

2020 Yearbook Info

If you have any gently used digital cameras that you no longer use and would like to donate them, the Yearbook Club would greatly appreciate them. Please send them into the high school labeled Yearbook Club attention Sharon Teceira or Diane Scacco

Scituate In the News

What's Happening on Social Media?

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

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

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Scituate Athletics

Fall Athletic Awards Night

Monday, Nov. 25th, 6:30pm

94 Trimtown Road

Scituate, RI

Mark your calendars for Fall Sports Awards Night on Nov 25, 6:30pm, in the auditorium! This FREE event is open to all Spartan athletes, coaches, fans, families & friends! Each team’s coach will reveal the MVP and Coach’s Award recipient! All varsity athletes will receive a letter! All junior Spartans will receive a special gift from Boosters! Be sure to stop by the Boosters booth on your way in to say hello & grab some refreshments! All attending athletes will be entered into a $25 Dunkin Donuts and Chipotle Gift Card raffle! 8 winners will be announced throughout the ceremony! We look forward to celebrating the Fall 2019 season with you!
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Congrats JV Football Team!

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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.