N arragansett H igh S chool
N ewsletter

February 2019
A Message from Mr. Gibbons

Happy February!
And just like that, we are into the second semester!
Students and teachers worked feverishly from January 22nd-25th in preparation to taking their end of semester exams. 
We just started the second semester and our 2 week add/drop period. Guidance is a really busy place as we work to accommodate student's requests for new classes. We are also hosting Shadow Days for some of our 8th grade students from the Pier School. 
Mrs. Lopes has done a nice job transitioning from a Health and Physical Education teacher to the role of Dean of Students.
 Our winter sports teams are doing well and our students continue to work hard. 
Finally, we also had a first place finish in the Rhode Island Ethics Bowl, nicely coached by one of our seniors, Molly Melnick, AND our Robotics Club qualified for the

Best Wishes,
Toby Gibbons


February 7 -
Blood Drive 9 - 2 - Gym

February 12 -
Graduation Portfolio Night - 7 pm Media Center
and
8th Grade Parent Night - 7pm - Aud.
February 15
No School
February 18
No School
Office News

New Visitor Sign In

All of our schools have recently launched a New School Visitor Management System in an effort to keep security a priority with our students and staff. 

This system now requires anyone visiting or needing to get into the school to present a driver's license which will be scanned at our new check-in kiosk in the front office. You will also be asked to share information such as your name, date, time of check-in, reason for visit, and where you're going. Once all of the information is entered, a screen is completed before a temporary badge is then printed out for you to wear for the duration of your visit.

If you do not have a driver's license on hand at the time of your visit, another form of photo identification will be required. 

We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this as we continue to evolve our security measures to ensure the safety of you and your child in our school community. If you have any questions, please reach out to our main office.

ATTENDANCE
If your child is home sick, please remember to call the attendance line!
792-9400 ext - 1
NHS Principal Gets New Lease on Life
NHS Principal Gets New Lease on Life
Posted on 01/21/2019
On December 10th, Narragansett High School Principal Dan Warner, received a life-saving kidney transplant. It was thanks to selfless donor, Dan Wagner, who was also his former colleague in Colorado.

As Dan and Dan both continue their recovery, ABC 6 News followed their inspiring story of friendship and strength.

CLICK BELOW to watch the segment that aired on the morning of January 21, 2019.
School Highlights


The NHS Robotics team (Welcome to the Machine) participated in a robotics competition on January 26th at New England Tech and qualified for the State Championship!
We had 4/5 successful winning runs and also came in 2nd for the Connect Award. We’ll be at New England Tech Automotive in Warwick Feb 9th for the Championship. 



Our talented NHS Music students attended the Berkley Jazz Festival in Boston on Saturday January 26th and did a fantastic job! So proud of all!
Click below to listen to our talented students!
My name is Mollie Melnick. Recently, for my Senior Project, I decided to coach two teams of Narragansett High School students for the Rhode Island Ethics Bowl. The National Ethics Bowl is run by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and our regional competition was run by Brown University. The Ethics Bowl, while somewhat similar to a debate, differs from a debate in a few ways. Firstly, it asks students to analyze the ethicality and morality of certain issues ranging from China's Social Credit System to reading someone's diary. Secondly, it does not force students to pick one side of an argument, it asks them to recognize all sides and develop their argument from there. This past Sunday, January 27th, the competition took place and expectations were blown way out of the water! One of our teams did a really good job, but unfortunately did not make it the semi-final rounds, but our other team ended up winning the whole competition! The students on the winning team were Mollie McGrady, Nick Archambault, Desiree Hubbard, and Charlie Ashworth. I could not be any more proud of both teams and we all look forward to what comes next. Our winning team will be competing in a "Virtual Round" to determine if we make it to Nationals. Fingers crossed we make it to UNC! 

Mariner Chapter of the National Honor Society News & Happenings

Semester 1
 
Service Project - First annual movie night at Narragansett Elementary School on Thursday December 13th. The event was held on teacher conference night and allowed parents the opportunity to meet teachers knowing that their children were in a safe and fun environment.
  • 100% National Honor Society student participation - thank you so much for your commitment to this service project! 
  • 100 elementary students enjoyed a movie with homemade popcorn, National Honor Society student led activities, and a movement break in the gym.
  • In addition to this complimentary movie night for NES students, the National Honor Society donated half of the cost of an umbrella license, granting the elementary school permission to show legally obtained movies throughout the school year. 
  • Promotion of the fall Blood Drive in partnership with the RI Blood Center - October 4, 2018 and February 7th.
  • Fourth annual Candy Gram outreach project providing encouragement for students to study for their midterm exams. 
  • The National Honor Society welcomes 27 new members who will attend their first meeting on February 7th. NHS will be considering another small group at the beginning of semester 2. Congratulations!!
  • The National Honor Society is currently planning our Semester 2 Service Project - details to be announced!
Boosters News
News From The Nurse
Na r News from the Nurse……………
                                                                                                           


 Please Help!   As I’m sure you know, cold and flu season is here!  With the availability of cell phones, students may call/text a parent and ask to get picked up or allowed to go home because they are feeling ill.  Please……….. if your child contacts you because he/she is feeling ill and wants to go home, please instruct him/her to see the nurse for a nursing assessment . By doing so, not only may I be able to provide you with information that may help you decide on how best to care for your child, but it also gives me valuable information that help me identify outbreaks of certain diseases that may need to be shared with staff, students, parents, or perhaps the RI Department of Health.  Thank you for your cooperation!  

Please contact the nurse if you have any questions or concerns and be sure to inform the nurse or office staff if your child has a contagious illness such as the flu, strep throat, pink eye, intestinal virus, etc.

Not sure if it’s a cold or the flu?   Please check out this link for information!
   
Of course prevention is key for any contagious illness. Please keep in mind the following, taken from the RI Department of Health Website:  http://health.ri.gov/flu/     
                                      
Practice good health habits
Flu viruses spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes near another person. They may also spread when people touch something covered with infected droplets and then touch their eyes, mouth, or nose.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel. MORE
  •   Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Flu is spread through coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  •  Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  •   Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.

I know we hear the above a lot, but practicing these health habits will go a long way to keeping you, your family, and our community healthy! As a reminder, students should be FEVER FREE for at least 24 hours (without the use of a temperature lowering medication such as Advil or Tylenol) before returning to school!

And remember………It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine!

ragansett High School
245 S Pier Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 792-9400
Narragansett High School
245 S Pier Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 792-9400
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