Another new blog post: Building the Foundation for our Equity Work (Part 12of 2) https://judypaolucci.edublogs.org/2021/05/01/building-the-fou…uity-work-part-2/
New blog post: Building the Foundation for our Equity Work (Part 1 of 2)- https://judypaolucci.edublogs.org/2021/04/29/building-the-fou…-our-equity-work/
In May, school lunch pick-up will be on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Smithfield High School. Meals are free for all children!
Smithfield's May District Newsletter is available on this link: https://tinyurl.com/2mh6hnk8
COVID Vaccination Clinics for 16-18 Yr Olds - Vaccination clinics will be held at SHS on Friday, April 30th and Monday, May 3rd for 16-18 yr olds. We will also be able to serve their parents and any staff who have not already been vaccinated. The clinic will be exclusively for Smithfield High School students from 11am to 1pm then will be open to their families, to other town 16-18 yr olds, to staff, and to Bryant University students from 2pm to 5pm (SHS students can also register for that time if it is more convenient). A link for registration will be forwarded over the next day. Please consider vaccination. Seniors will be better able to enjoy their prom and will be eliminating the risk of missing their graduation due to a quarantine or illness!
More vaccine information.... Vaccine clinics are allowing same-day walk-ins. While registering through the vaccine clinic link in advance is always the best. Please spread the word that No Appointment is Necessary moving forward. Tri-County will be hosting the following vaccine clinics at 33 Maple Ave, North Providence: Today, April 23rd 9am-3pm April 29th 9am-Noon April 30th 8:30am-3pm Here is the registration link for 4/29 https://www.vaccinateri.org/reg/6157100912
Nothing seems to stop the Killdeer from returning to McCabe for their nesting season! Construction crews have set cones out to protect the ground nests from disruption.
Parents and Students (age 16 and older) - Our Northwestern Regional Pod (Smithfield/Johnston) has appointments available for first dose Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine tomorrow, April 22nd from 9:00AM - 2:00PM. The Northwestern Regional Pod offers weekly first dose vaccine clinics at the Johnston Recreation Facility - 1741 Atwood Avenue. To schedule an appointment, visit Vaccinateri.org. All Rhode Islanders age 16 and older are eligible to register and be vaccinated. (Residents under 18 require a parent to be present) Following your vaccine appointment, team members will help you to schedule your second dose appointment 3 weeks after your first dose. The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus disease. Vaccination, along with continued efforts to wear facial coverings, social distance, and hand washing is our best defense against COVID-19.
This week, students are replaced with almost an equal number of construction workers as Ahlborg takes advantage of empty buildings to made substantial progress on renovations. Two boilers are being demolished; work is being done on the McCabe roof, cafeteria, and courtyard; interior work is being completed on additions; and more! Meanwhile, our own facilities staff are completing projects of their own, including the baseball scoreboard and GMS external PA system installations.
RI Student Assistance Services and RIDOH are offering a webinar on April 28th at 6:30 PM: “What On Earth Were You Thinking? Why Adolescents Take Risks.” For more information and to register visit www.risas.org.
New blog post: Achieving Change https://judypaolucci.edublogs.org
Screenagers: The Next Chapter - Uncovering skills for stress resilience. Join us for a free virtual presentation. Licensed clinicians will be available to answer any questions after the film. Watch Live Stream at April 28th at 7pm. To Register: https://watch.screenagersevent.com/screenings/nextchapter-spc-regional-prevention-coalition
Thank you to Leigh Reposa from RISAS for presenting a suicide prevention workshop for staff and families this evening. Suicide is most common in spring and is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 and 24. Learn more at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
As vaccines are becoming more widespread and infections have decreased, SHS and GMS will be welcoming back all students - 5 days per week - on April 26th. There will no longer be a hybrid schedule. Students who are virtual option may remain virtual option. We will continue to follow all RIDOH and RIDE guidelines to keep our students and staff safe. Principals will be communicating specifics about this return over the next few days.
Large scale pictures of students now adorn the walls of central office, reminding all about the focus of our primary mission - our students.
The Smithfield District Newsletter for April is available on this link: http://bit.ly/3sbnrIE . Keep up with everything happening in Smithfield schools!
Congratulations and thank you to Elizabeth Shepard, who participated in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)’s 2021 Students of the Year fundraising competition this spring. She raised an incredible $2,665 in just seven weeks! 258 students participated in this competition while representing their schools and advocating for cancer patients.
Thank a teacher! This has been a challenging year for educators but Smithfield teachers have met the challenge head-on. There are several ways to show our appreciation. Consider.... Nominate a Teacher for Smithfield Teacher of the Year - Send nominations to Lisa Petrone, email@example.com, by April 16th. Nominate a Teacher for a Golden Apple Award - NBC 10 and the Rhode Island Department of Education recognizes outstanding teachers. Winning educators will receive a $250 contribution from Ocean State Credit Union. You can nominate teacher using the form at turnto10.com. Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest - The 2021 My Favorite Teacher contest will run the entire month of March. The winning teacher will receive $5,000 for themselves and $5,000 for their school, and the student who writes the winning entry will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card! To enter and see official rules, please visit the Barnes & Noble website.
New blog post: Emerging Innovations and Vocabulary Resulting from the Pandemic https://judypaolucci.edublogs.org/2021/03/16/emerging-innovations/
Seeing Smithfield teachers vaccinated at a town clinic brought joy to my heart and brought state leaders in for a visit.