December 2009/January 2010
PHONE: 792-9400 FAX: 792-9410 www.Narragansett.K12.ri.us/NHS/index.html
The faculty, staff and administration at
Narragansett High School would like to wish you
a happy, healthy & safe holiday season!!
Music Department, COURSE SELECTION
Language Club & for 2010-2011
Agriscience During December and January we will go through the
course selection process for the 2010-2011 school year.
Invite you to………... All scheduling information will be presented to the stu-
An evening of Friends, dents, and course request forms must be signed by a
Dining, Music & Song parent before they are finalized. This is a good opportu-
nity for you to discuss post high school plans with your
Wednesday, December 16th child and then use all of the school resources to ensure
that the courses match the plans. Course selection in-
International Holiday Dinner formation will be shared with 8th grade students, and
6:00 PM Cafeteria there will be a special
Please bring your favorite dish to share (including 8th Grade Parent Course Selection Night
utensils). Dinner will be followed by a
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Holiday Concert 7:00 PM Auditorium
7:30 PM Auditorium
This year’s concert will include performances by the
Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, The Narri-
Thank You for Giving
CLOTHING DRIVE: The National Honor Society is
tones and a guest appearance from our guitar and sponsoring a clothing drive for the Big Brothers
piano classes! The Music Boosters invite you to do- & Big Sisters. Please clean your drawers and
nate a baked good for their refreshment table which closets and support the clothing drive which
they will be hosting during the concert. Don’t forget will run through January 20th!
to buy a ticket and take a chance on the Music Boost-
ers 50/50 raffle. Closing of School Announcements
Announcements on TV/radio for no school or a delayed open-
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS ing will begin at approximately 6:00 AM. The Alert Now
January 26—29, 2010 system will also be used in which a phone call will be made to
—See Attached Exam Schedule— your home. Please be sure the school has your correct phone
Graduation Portfolio/Senior Project
Freshmen: the Class of 2013 will receive their second “Maritimes”
training session the week of December 21st. Students will
learn how to upload assignments into the electronic portfo- Yearbook
lio system (RIEPS) so they can be rated by their teachers. If
all goes well, the freshmen will have one or more tasks up- Parents of Seniors…
loaded into RIEPS before they head off on vacation! It is
• Place an all color PDA TODAY, so you don’t
important that students learn early on the importance of
regularly uploading their completed tasks and monitoring
• Create a lasting memory by designing your
own ad for the graduating senior.
Seniors: January will be an important month for seniors.
Those seniors who either have completed or can complete
their Graduation Portfolio during the month will have the Order forms for purchasing yearbooks, for creating
opportunity to submit their completed Portfolio for review PDA (Public Displays of Affection) ads, and for plac-
at the end of the first semester. Seniors who have not made ing business ads were sent to you with the first Mari-
sufficient progress towards completing their Graduation ner Forecast. You can still place color PDAs for your
Portfolio will need to put in the effort to catch up. The senior. The deadline for those ads is January 15,
school will continue to provide them with support. Students 2010.
who do not have the required number of entries at the begin- The cost of a yearbook now with personalization is
ning of February will be required to attend Extended School $80.00. That figure will remain until January 22,
Day two afternoons a week. It is important that seniors
2010. After that date, we will not be able to take or-
complete their Portfolio as early as possible in the second
semester before they start ramping up their efforts to pre-
ders for personalizations.
pare for their Senior Project presentations. Although the Please consider giving the yearbook as a birthday or
school will provide appropriate support, it is the students’ holiday gift to your child. What a wonderful way to
responsibility to put in the time and effort needed to com- give countless, enjoyable memories to the students.
plete their Portfolios. We have certificates at school for you to use as a holi-
day gift announcement.
The best way to become familiar with the Senior Project is Extra order forms are available in the NHS office.
to see it firsthand. Approximately seventy community
We encourage you to support the Narragansett High
members are needed to serve as judges for Senior Project
presentations on Friday, May 28th, from 8:30 am to 2:30
School Class of 2010 by purchasing a yearbook
pm. Those community members who generously served as and/or by placing an ad.
judges last year are welcome to participate again. They will Please make the checks payable to Narragansett High
receive an invitation in the spring. If you have never par- School. Call Robert Shields at the school (792-9400)
ticipated as a judge and would like to, please contact John if you have any questions.
O’Brien at email@example.com. Please type
“Senior Project Judge” in the subject line. The presentation Thank you for your support of the
day will consist of a morning session during which judges
will have the opportunity to review the Senior Project Port- Class of 2010 and the
folios of the students for whom they will serve as judges.
After a nice lunch, the presentations will begin at approxi-
mately 11:45 and last until approximately 2:30. All new
judges are required to participate in a training session. This
session will be held in the evening on the Monday or Tues-
day of presentation week. The process for training return- The Vendor Fair was a tremendous success! All who
ing judges will be different this year. Training will not be participated did a wonderful job this year — we had
required for returning judges; however, any returning judge many vendors with a variety of items sold. We want
who would like a “refresher” will be welcome to attend the to thank everyone who came and participated in our
training session for new judges. The reason for the change fundraising event. We would also like to thank all of
in the training process is to provide judges with more time our student volunteers! There is no December meet-
to review the Senior Project Portfolios the morning of pres- ing…the next meeting is:
Thursday, January 21st
Information about Graduation Portfolio and Senior Project 7:00 PM Media Center
is available online at http://www.narragansett.k12.ri.us/ The NHS Leadership Team will attend
NHS. Please contact John O’Brien with questions by tele-
phone at 792-9400 or via email at to answer any questions.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please plan on joining us!
SENIORS !! FINANCIAL AID SENIOR ALERT!!!
All students who will seek postgraduate education
should file the FAFSA—the Free Application for SENIOR ALERT!!!
Federal Student Aid — online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Although this form cannot be filed before January
1st, parents are encouraged to apply for a pin num-
Seniors who are applying to college should be busy
ber ASAP if they haven’t done so yet in preparation
working on essays and applications. Counselors are
for filing this report—
available to help with all aspects of the process. Re-
minder to parents: A transcript release form should
CSS/Profile form: Some colleges require be signed and returned to Mrs. Chapin in the guid-
this form in addition to the FAFSA. When you have ance office.
developed your final list of colleges, check to see if IMPORTANT REMINDER: Submit cover sheets
this form must be submitted. The CSSProfile is to Guidance at least two weeks prior to the dead-
available in the guidance office, or online at line to allow sufficient time for processing!
www.collegeboard.com. Need Help or more infor-
mation? Come to: FINANCIAL AID NIGHT GUIDANCE OFFICE IS OPEN
Tuesday, December 15th
TUESDAY EVENINGS UNTIL 7:30
7:00 PM Media Center
IN THE FIRST SEMESTER
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE
GUIDANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The next two meetings are: 1st Quarter Report Cards
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Students should have received a report card in their
advisory. Copies are available in the guidance office.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 First quarter failure letters have been mailed home.
7:00 PM Media Center Any student who failed a course in the first quarter
YOUR INPUT WOULD BE APPRECIATED !! has only the second quarter to improve
the grade. SENIORS who fail a required
Sensational Senior Newsletter course in the first semester must make it
Seniors receive this bulletin of valuable information up to graduate. Check with your child’s
in their advisories. Parents should ask to see this bul- counselor if you have any concerns about
letin or review it on the guidance website. your child’s status.
SAT Registration Deadline INTERVIEWS
DECEMBER 23rd for the JANUARY 23rd SAT Counselors have begun sophomore & junior inter-
REGISTER ONLINE: www.collegeboard.com views in the second quarter. Students will be en-
couraged to use “WaytoGoRI,” a college and career
search program which is web-based. All sopho-
COLLEGE FORUM—JANUARY 14, 2010
The Guidance Department is planning a College Forum
mores & juniors should reschedule the appointment
for our seniors this year. The panel will be comprised of if they are unable to come at the scheduled time.
NHS graduates who will lead a discussion and question/
answer period scheduled for January 14, 2010. Topics are
related to the college transition, as well as their college Guidance Website
experiences. Discussions will include what to expect re- Remember to access the guidance website
garding college level classes, professors, social life, time for valuable guidance information:
management and getting along with roommates. www.narragansett.k12.ri.us/nhs/guidweb/guidhome.html
NARRAGANSETT HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
January 26 - 29, 2010
Examinations will be scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
January 26 January 27 January 28 January 29
8:30-10:30 AM Period Period Period Period
1A 2A 3A 6A
11:30-1:30 PM Period Period Period Period
1B 2B 3B 6B
Examinations are given in all subjects at the end of each semester. Each student is expected to take an
Examinations will be given to classes in rooms where classes normally meet. Exceptions due to con-
flicts will be posted prior to the examination period.
Students will remain in class until the conclusion of the examination period.
Students may review corrected examinations by making arrangements with their classroom teachers.
All students will be expected to take the examinations. Only those who are given an excused absence
from any particular examination may be extended make-up privileges.
Requests for changing a student's examination period are permitted only in the most serious instances.
In the event it is absolutely impossible for a student to take an examination at the scheduled time, the
parent must request an Alternate Exam Request Form from the counselor. All requests must be ap-
proved by the Assistant Principal.
Students are expected to be at school only when they have a scheduled examination unless they are
studying. Those students who need to study quietly should be in the media center, and those students
who want to relax and chat should be in the cafeteria. No students are to be in the corridor during ex-
amination periods. Parents: be sure to communicate with your child regarding his/her exam schedule.
No student will be allowed to leave the school grounds between exams without parental permission.
Busses will pick up students at the regular time each morning and make a return trip at 1:30 PM each
afternoon. (In addition, there will be four busses, 2 North/2 South, at 10:45 AM each day.)
All semester examinations will count as 20% of the semester grade.
High School lunch must be pre-ordered; money and orders must be brought to the cafeteria by January
20, 2010 (including orders for free and reduced). The lunch will be cold cut grinder, fruit, bag of chips
and milk and must be picked up at the office between 10:30 and 11:00 am on the exam date the lunch
was pre-ordered for.
Also, students must return/pay for textbooks before they are allowed to take the exam.
Students tardy for exams will NOT be granted additional time to complete the exam.