2-Hour Delay on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 for Smithfield Public Schools - Stay safe, everyone!
We wish Smithfield families & staff a wonderful Thanksgiving and a restful long weekend. Hopefully, you'll have some time for catching up on district news. The December newsletter is available at http://bit.ly/2QP9KiH
Keep up with all that's happening in Smithfield schools! The December district newsletter is available on this link: http://bit.ly/35FKAHr
The Super Scoop blog post for November is titled, “Human Capital ” and provides an overview of a 2-day leadership meeting attended by 4 Smithfield administrators. See: www.judypaolucci.edublogs.org
November 1st: Due to debris in the road from last night's storm, buses may be running late this morning.
Valley Breeze article on RICAS test scores describes improvements made on state testing in Smithfield. http://bit.ly/2N1MYSj
Architects are completing detailed drawings for the elementary building projects. For plans presented on October 28th, see http://bit.ly/2pqHqI1 Also, concerns about the potential traffic at McCabe was discussed. Principals are investigating procedures to alleviate concerns.
From the RIDE field memo: Shout-out to Kristine Straus, innovative art educator at Smithfield High School. Kristine consistently moderates the Art Education Twitter Chats. Join her on Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. for a virtual art studio using #artedrichat. Make some work, share some work, critique some work, learn and collaborate with one another. Amazing job, Kristine Straus! .
New Blog Post: Leadership Beyond Compliance - Why is leadership at all levels - students, teachers, and administrators - important for our schools? http://judypaolucci.edublogs.org
American Legion volunteers visit with OCRS 5th graders to teach care and respect for the American flag.
The Vaping Workshop originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 17th, at 7:00 PM at SHS is being postponed. We will send out the updated date as soon as it is available.
Families: Like the SPC Regional Coalition Facebook page to see updates on teen health topics. https://www.facebook.com/SPC-Regional-Prevention-Coalition-721871718159831/
Our Athletic Facilities Capital Committee is one of many good examples of strong town-school collaboration. If anyone can find a solution to our athletic capital needs, we can! http://bit.ly/322XfTz
New blog post, Why Teach Summarizing? explains a tool being used in schools to improve comprehension and writing: http://judypaolucci.edublogs.org/2019/10/09/why-teach-summarizing/
Forecasted temperatures during early Saturday morning hours will not reach low enough or for a duration long enough to eliminate the EEE and WNV threat from mosquitoes. Avoid outdoor activity at dusk, wear insect repellent and cover exposed skin to prevent a mosquito bite.
New Blog Post: Don't stop talking! available at: judypaolucci.edublogs.org
McCabe students were featured on NBC 10's Sunrise shout-out on Friday morning, September 20, 2019/ Here's a link to see the video: https://tinyurl.com/yysjhv5x
Smithfield Elementary Families: Join us on October 8th at 6:30 in the SHS Library to learn helpful tips for building resiliency, promoting mental health, navigating social media, and starting the conversation about substance use. Register: https://forms.gle/NW5q1qXJZV3V2iSp6
DBVW Architects are refining plans for the additions and renovations to our elementary schools.Plans will continue to be refined under the direction of the school building committee. For updates, visit: http://bit.ly/2mff0yT
Both the Smithfield Educational Foundation and the Smithfield Rotary provide resources to teachers and to families of Smithfield. Consider supporting their upcoming fundraisers: SEF RUBBER DUCKY REGATTA - adopt a duck to race down the Woonasquatucket River Saturday, 9/21, 2019 at 11:00 am. To ‘Adopt’ a duck online using a credit card: https://rubberduckregatta.cheddarup.com/ SEF FIVE GUYS DINNER - Help SEF earn 15% of proceeds of meals served to SEF supporters on 9/16 from 5-8pm. ROTARY SAVOR THE FLAVOR EVENT - Buy tickets on Eventbrite to the September 24th event at Bryant. Enjoy food from local restaurants and support our Rotary! Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2kbLuJC
Here is a timely news story for parents inquiring about bullet-proof backpacks. https://www.wpri.com/…/analyst-bulletproof-backpacks-provi…/
EEE/Mosquito Update - Town and School Departments are working together to monitor the EEE risk and decrease mosquito populations in Smithfield.
Dear Members of our School Community (and those from throughout the state!), Unfortunately a sentence I included in an email was misinterpreted from its intended meeting. I had stated, "I hope all the news about Providence schools doesn't let people think that poor attendance is a characteristic of all teachers!" My meaning was that all the negative statements from the press should not be applied to all teachers. Unfortunately, social media has altered the meaning of the sentence. Again, the sentence was not meant to be disrespectful but, instead, was meant to indicate that the press's comments about the attendance rates should not be applied to all teachers and I meant ALL teachers - both in Providence and Smithfield. I am sorry for any bad feelings this misinterpretation has caused. I was a former Providence teacher myself!
School lunch menus are now posted on our website and will be updated the 23rd of each month. https://smithfieldps.nutrislice.com/
The telephone provider for several RI schools is experiencing technical issues & our phones at the schools have been periodically affected. Please email your school if you have to contact them about an issue today & we will update you when Cox Communications resolves the issue.
Three of the four RI schools named by the Special Olympics as Nationally Recognized Unified Champion Schools are right here in Smithfield. Congratulations McCabe Elementary, LaPerche Elementary, and Smithfield High School. http://bit.ly/2lt3krU
Congratulations to Lindsay Burrows on being selected as the 2020 RIAEA Outstanding New Art Educator of the Year! Your dedication and service to art education have been recognized by your peers. Thank you for implementing a model art education program in Smithfield!
Smithfield's September District Newsletter now available at http://bit.ly/30MLzn0 and on our website
WPRI School Survey for Smithfield available here: https://www.wpri.com/superintendent-survey/2019-superintendent-surveys-smithfield/
New blog post - 8 Tips for a Successful School Year - judypaolucci.edublogs.org
BUS ROUTES POSTED Please see the 2019-2020 bus routes which have been posted on our website under Family Resources (https://www.smithfield-ps.org/o/smithfield-public-schools/page/transportation--244). Most routes have been updated in an effort to improve efficiency and equity.
The school year is almost here! Get connected to news in Smithfield Schools. The August/September District Newsletter is available at http://bit.ly/2Z8lddT
Happy to share our friends at the East Smithfield Public Library's Summer meal schedule for July - visit https://5il.co/8ho0
Congratulations to GMS that was awarded a Career Exploration Grant from the RI Department of Education! http://www.ride.ri.gov/InsideRIDE/AdditionalInformation/News/ViewArticle/tabid/408/ArticleId/585/RIDE-Awards-Career-Exploration-Grants-to-18-R-I-Middle-Schools.aspx
Congratulations Smithfield Graduates!!! New Blog Post: Address to the Class of 2019 http://judypaolucci.edublogs.org/2019/06/12/address-to-the-class-of-2019/
Bullying Policy - The Smithfield Public Schools' bullying policy is easily found on our webpage by clicking "explore." You can also find it through this link: http://bit.ly/2I1MxF2
Smithfield High School is one of 20 RI high school teams to receive a $25,000 XQ+RI Planning Grant!!! From now until December, a Smithfield Design Team will work together to rethink high schools and create a school redesign proposal. "Let's build a super school!" #XQRI http://ride.ri.gov/InsideRIDE/AdditionalInformation/News/ViewArticle/tabid/408/ArticleId/581/20-RI-High-School-Teams-to-Receive-XQ-RI-Planning-Grants.aspx
Join us on June 6th at 6:30 in the high school media center to learn more about the Academic Honors Proposal and provide input. The full proposal can be found at http://bit.ly/shsacademichonors.
The June District newsletter is now available on the district website as well as through this link: http://bit.ly/2XeQ2gI. The next newsletter will probably be put out in mid-July, followed by one in mid/late-August, then back to the first of the month in October.
The SHS students and staff evacuated the building this morning for a short time due to an odor observed. The fire and school departments worked together to determine the source of the odor, an exhaust fan with a faulty belt, and remedy the situation. Thanks @SmithfieldFire !
Budget update slides from last night's Smithfield School Committee meeting is available on the district website. Explore --> Departments --> Business Office --> Budget Info --> Budget Update Slides & through this link: http://bit.ly/2HUl6vV
Great instruction takes planning, good routines, a repertoire of strategies, and hard work! Mrs. Friel has it all and does it all!
The District Improvement team meeting is scheduled for May 20th at 4:30pm at the PD Training Room. Our goals for this meeting will be to assess the progress on each of the action steps for our DIT, review data, and set action steps for next year. This year, we have a new tool at our disposal - the District Dashboard. For each of the "strategies" listed, we can determine the percent completion (I did estimates a month or so ago just as a start) and we can also look at the data on the indicators tab and discuss what other data should be included. Please checkout this dashboard (go to district webpage then to explore then to District Dashboard). There's much to celebrate and much to do. Please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in joining this team.
Please join us at the annual Evening of the Arts at Smithfield High School on May 16th from 6-8 pm. This event features the breathtaking artwork of the Fine Arts Department, two comical performances by the World Language Department, the exciting Playschool Open House, student work displays from the Family and Consumer Science Department and much much more! There will be a silent auction sponsored by the Class of 2021 during the event. Gift baskets and gift cards will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
New Smithfield superintendent blog post: Technology Learning; Technology for Learning https://judypaolucci.edublogs.org
Do you know a family with a child ready to go to kindergarten next year in Smithfield? Remind them to register. As of this date, 123 students are registered to attend kindergarten next year. Last minute registrations may result in last minute hirings and revised class lists!
Annual Alumni Golf Tournament to benfit the Smithfield Baseball Boosters. Contact Amy Antunes 401.261.1826 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or sponsor. RSVP by May 31st 2019.
Smithfield Public School invites bids for School Photography Services. Please visit http://smithfieldri.apptegy.us/o/smithfield-public-schools/page/doing-business-with-sps for documentation and further information.
Kids Reading Across RI encourages students in grades 4 - 6 to read the same book. You are invited to the kickoff event at the State House on May 4, 2-4 p.m. to meet Molly Brooks, author of the 2019 selection Sanity & Tallulah & receive a free copy of the book.
PARENTS DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT? Join us at Smithfield High School on April 10th at 7:00 PM for an interactive exhibit that allows adults to explore a teenager’s mock bedroom. Prevention specialists will guide attendees to be able to recognize & identify signs & symptoms that may indicate alcohol or drug use and other risky behaviors.
SHS students earn career credentials! Twenty-seven students achieved RIDE certification. Fifteen students took and passed the para pro test at CCRI, certifying them as paraprofessionals once classwork is completed.
Hold the Date! Opioid Town Hall Meeting for Smithfield residents. April 30th at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall. Dr. Matt Malek will speak on opioid use disorder and medication assistance treatment. Come hear from a recovery support specialist.
New blog post: Mathematics and Civic Engagement. Understanding the math behind the budget... https://judypaolucci.edublogs.org
"5 Tips to Encourage Reading at Home" This ED.gov blog post focuses on five ways to encourage reading in children by making the experience engaging and fun. https://blog.ed.gov/2019/03/5-tips-to-encourage-reading-at-home/
The Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council aims to increase public awareness about available resources for individuals and families struggling with an addiction. Please complete this short survey on the effort's effectiveness. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2DDPD9L
New blog post details the Superintendent's shadowing experience at Gallagher Middle School https://judypaolucci.edublogs.org/
A meeting for the Smithfield Education Foundation will be held on Monday, 3/11 at 7pm at the SHS media center. This is a great opportunity for involvement in Smithfield Schools! http://smithfieldtimesri.net/2019/03/smithfield-education-foundation-seeks-members/
Dick Lynch, who served as Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent in Smithfield and had strong connections with athletics across RI and New England, passed away. We are grateful for his service to our community. Funeral information may be found here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/providence/obituary.aspx?n=richard-b-lynch-dick&pid=191752545&fhid=6907
The annual 5th-grade FLAVA event took place at Winsor this afternoon. This performance is the culmination of a 12-week project integrating physical education, music, and art. This year's theme is POSITIVITY and the importance of positive messaging. Thank you to Mr. Marino, Ms. Burrows, and Mrs. Preston for their collaborative effort on this project!
Tonight's School Committee Meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held on March 18th at 7:00 PM at Smithfield High School.
There will be NO SCHOOL tomorrow, March 4th, due to the anticipated snow storm. All after-school activities are also cancelled. Stay safe!
The Smithfield School District newsletter for March is available on this link: http://bit.ly/2SrJPuu
There will be a 1 hour delay tomorrow, Thursday, 2/28/19, due to the impending weather conditions. Travel safely everyone!
A good reminder - It is so important to #SaySomething to a trusted adult if you see, hear, or read a threat of violence. Please watch and RT: http://bit.ly/1G2r2cW
There are three road closures in Smithfield that may affect bus dropoff today (2/25). One is on Woodland Avenue at Waterman Avenue. The second is on Mann School Road between the 2 Conners Farm entrances. The third is at #24 Colwell Road.
Each year there are 2 million acts of violence in schools. Even though Smithfield is a relatively safe community, everyone should know, when you #SaySomething, you can help prevent acts of violence. http://bit.ly/2vMArHM
The Smithfield School Committee will be considering the FY20 budget at its February 25th meeting - 7pm at SHS Media Center.
The Smithfield Art Department invites you to an exhibition of student art work. February 27th, 3pm- 5:30pm. RI State House, 2nd Fl. Featuring: Eva Chaput, SHS; Kileigh Hodgkins, GMS; Eli Thimas, OCRS; Alana Roman, LaPerche ES; Isabella Ramieri, Winsor ES. Kaya Gaffney, McCabe ES.
There will be a 2 hour early dismissal tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12th, due to the impending storm. There will be no after school activities.
Tonight's budget workshop included information about a variety of District needs and updated the School Committee on the draft FY20 budget. To view the workshop slides, go to: http://bit.ly/2WJV7xx
Keep up with district work by reading our newsletter each month. The February newsletter is available at http://bit.ly/2SgVy2W
Extremely cold weather tomorrow morning will necessitate that parents carefully supervise students at bus stops. We are planning to start school on time unless issues with buses arise due to the cold weather. Please stay tuned!
The budget process is especially difficult this year in Smithfield. Keep up with our progress by visiting the finance page of the district website. For the slides presented at the January 22nd budget workshop, click on this link: http://bit.ly/2T9VwY9
Smithfield Public Schools will be on a one hour delay for Tuesday, January 22, 2018 to prepare for icy conditions around our schools. 12 month employees should report on time.
Even with a one hour delay tomorrow, it's important to bundle up and watch for children at bus stops. Drive safe everyone!
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services asked us to share information with SNAP recipients. See this link: http://bit.ly/2FwMIs8
Today's blog post is a letter to Governor Raimondo in response to her State of the State address. It's vitally important to our community and our state for everyone to understand the issue being faced by SPS for FY20. http://judypaolucci.edublogs.org
Kuddos to our facilities director, Angelo Mencucci, our middle school principal & assistant principal, Laurie Beauvais & John Burns, & our custodial & maintenance staff for safely & efficiently installing furniture for GMS's 2nd floor. What a difference this makes for students!
“Why Veteran Teachers Need an Instructional Coach” Liz Russillo, 2019 Smithfield Teacher of the Year, shares about how two veteran teachers have spent the year working with instructional coaches and have been inspired by the best professional development of their career. Read her full post. (Source: RIDE) http://bit.ly/2AFU8oK
The School Committee met w/ the Town Council to share concerns about reductions in state aid and progress on budgeting for FY20. All budget documents, including slides, will be posted on the district website. Slides used at this meeting can be found here. http://bit.ly/2HgVKLF
On December 18, 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General declares use of e-cigarettes among youth an epidemic. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can lead to addiction and can cause harm to developing adolescent brains.
Kindergarten registration for 2019-20 begins January 28th! Call to set up your appointment today. For more information and registration forms see https://bit.ly/2TBE7av.
Children should participate in Child Outreach screening annually, at 3, 4, and 5 years old prior to starting kindergarten. If your preschool child has not yet been screened this school year by Child Outreach, please contact our office for an appointment (231-6608 or email@example.com). Screening is scheduled to take place January 22-25, 2019 at the School Administration Building on Farnum Pike. When it comes to Smithfield preschoolers, our goal is to screen Every Child, Every Year!
Did you know? While 82% of GMS students reported believing that their friends would think negatively about their use of vaping products, this reduces to 38% for SHS students. Let's work together to make vaping history.
Come to an ‘Open House’ for the Smithfield Education Foundation - January 14 at 4pm in the SHS Media Center. The Smithfield Education Foundation is looking for new volunteers. If you are interested but cannot attend, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most (>90%) SHS students report that their peers do NOT use illegal drugs, nor consume alcohol, but almost half report that at least one peer uses marijuana. Let's not be complacent nor turn a blind eye. Let's work together to make sure our youth know the danger of marijuana use.
Monday night's School Committee meeting is posted on the SC webpage on the district site. On Tuesday of this week we'll also be meeting with the Town Council for a joint meeting (5:30pm at town hall) to enhance understanding of school department budgeting, goals, and operations.
New district newsletter for January, 2019 is available on the superintendent page of the district website as well as through this link: http://bit.ly/2GCdNLT Keep up with all the news in Smithfield schools!
New blog post, New Year's Resolutions, provides resolutions for the school district and a New Year's greeting to our school community - go to: judypaolucci.edublogs.org
The Smithfield High School Academy of Finance held its Annual Holiday Breakfast on Wednesday, December 19th. Approximately 90 students, alumni, educators, school administrators, business partners, and members of the school committee gathered to network, reflect and celebrate the past year’s accomplishments.
SAVE THE DATE! Join us on January 24th, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Smithfield High School for SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age. This award-winning documentary and the moderated discussion that follows address the struggles over tech time and social media while offering solutions on how we can help our children navigate the digital world. Sign up today! https://bit.ly/2r4LX0d
New blog post - "A Formula for Disaster" explains the state aid formula in Rhode Island. There's still more investigation to do to determine why Smithfield is predicted to receive about a 20% decrease in state aid for FY20. https://judypaolucci.edublogs.org
Rhode Island Reads partner meeting - important work for all our state’s children. Children who do not read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than their peers.
Power Restored! Power has been restored at LaPerche Elementary School. Thank you National Grid! Thanks as well to our facilities director, fire department, and school staff for developing contingency plans and for keeping students safe and comfortable during the outage.
Richard Iannitelli was elected to the position of vice-chairperson and Jean Harnois was elected as secretary at the December 3rd meeting of the Smithfield School Committee.
Rosemarie Cipriano was elected to the role of chairperson of the Smithfield School Committee at its December 3rd meeting.
No School for Students - Thursday, December 6th - Parent-teacher conferences for elementary schools and professional development day for middle and high schols
School Committee meets tonight at 7pm at the SHS media center.
SHS is hosting a showcase on December 5 from 6-8 pm. The showcase provides information to students & families about programs at the high school. Both Smithfield residents and nonresidents are invited. Non resident students may be accepted into specialized, CTE programs at SHS.