This week’s SHS Faculty PD!

I would like to give a shout out to the coaches and parents of the girls and boys soccer teams for hosting successful pink out games recently.  The love and support for our cancer survivors is appreciated by the community.

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month
2017 – Matt LaForest
2018 – Luke Alexander
2019 – Megan Kiernan
2020 – Grace Horton

Our new pep band made their first public appearance at last night’s football game.

Check out this awesome video from SHS student Angelo Zaccagnini.  It is slow motion video from a project in Mrs. Russillo’s Intro to Engineering course.

A few members of the girls tennis team celebrating a victory.  Photo courtesy of Mr. Lenore.

Grades 10 & 11 will be taking the PSAT’s this Wednesday.  We will be adjusting the schedule that morning.

The NHS Induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 20th in the auditorium.  It also happens to be Senior Night for the girls soccer team.

Senior Night for the football team will take place on October 21st.  Pre-game ceremonies will begin at approximately 6:40.

The RIDOE approved new diploma system regulations this week.  Here is a summary of the regulations from RIDE.  SHS will be reviewing the new regulations and make adjustments as
necessary.

Council approves new Diploma System

On Tuesday (October 11), the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education unanimously approved revisions to the Rhode Island graduation requirements that give students more personalized “ownership” over their high-school diploma.The revisions to the Secondary School Regulations eliminate the use of standardized assessments as a statewide graduation requirement.

The revised regulations retain the requirement that graduating students demonstrate proficiency through a “performance-based assessment,” such as a senior project, exhibition, or portfolio of work. For the first time the regulations specify that the scoring criteria for these assessments must be “aligned with high-school, level state-adopted content standards and applied learning standards.”

The revised regulations also contain a section on “improving literacy and numeracy” for students performing below grade level; the previous regulation focused only on students reading below grade level.

The revised regulations leave unchanged the requirements for course completion: 20 courses including 4 in English, 4 in mathematics, 3 in science, 3 in social students, and 6 determined locally.

Under the new regulations, students can earn a Commissioner’s Seal by demonstrating their proficiency in literacy and mathematics on the statewide assessments or on other assessments, such as the SAT. At a later date, the Council will approve a list of assessments and the performance level students must attain to earn the Commissioner’s Seal.

Students can also earn optional Pathway Endorsements, such as a Seal of Biliteracy, by demonstrating their learning in a topic of personal interest (e.g., world languages, science and technology, public service, career-technical education). Following guidance that the R.I. Department of Education will develop, local school districts will establish lists of Pathway Endorsements that their graduates can earn, as well as the criteria for demonstrating learning (e.g., completion of a series of courses, completion of an advanced or experiential learning project, earning industry-recognized credentials).

The revised Diploma System will go into effect for the Class of 2021 (today’s 8th-graders).

RIDE is in the process of developing a new system for school and district accountability, which may include the percentage of graduates earning the Commissioner’s Seal or Pathway Endorsements to measure school and district success.

Our new diploma system provides a menu of options for students, recognizing that one size does not fit all. The diploma belongs to the student, not us. The new Diploma System lets students personalize and own their diploma as it will better reflect their interests and strengths.

Under a new accountability system, we may set goals to encourage schools to increase the percentages of graduates earning these designations. We are moving to a system that holds schools and districts accountable for helping more and more students navigate personal pathways through the K-12 system that reflect their strengths, interests, and levels of achievement that prepare them for college and the 21st-century workforce.

Have a great week!

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