Narragansett High School Newsletter
A Message from Mr. Warner
December 2019
I hope this message finds everyone enjoying the beginning of the holiday season. We have much to be thankful for, as our school continues to be a safe and nurturing place where all in our school community feel supported and appreciated. We are truly blessed here at Narragansett High School with a great faculty and an outstanding student body.

 Another piece of wonderful news is that our Assistant Principal, Mr. Toby Gibbons has been named the
Rhode Island High School Assistant Principal of the Year . Anyone who knows Mr Gibbons knows he is a person of integrity, who works hard on creating a welcoming culture here at NHS. He goes above and beyond what is expected of a high school assistant principal. Our entire school community took a few minutes on December 4th to honor Mr Gibbons and share in this most deserved accolade. Mr Gibbons will be honored at a state dinner in the spring, highlighting his efforts.
Please join me in congratulating Mr Gibbons on a job well done.

On behalf of the faculty, staff and student body here at NHS, we extend our heartfelt "Seasons Greetings" to the entire Narragansett community for a safe, and wonderful Holiday Season.

Dan Warner

Important Reminders

December 11 - NHS Winter Concert
December 23rd - January 1st - NO SCHOOL - Winter Recess
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School Highlights
Congratulations Toby Gibbons, RIASP Assistant Principal of the Year!

We are excited to share the wonderful news that Assistant Principal Toby Gibbons has been named the  Rhode Island Association of School Principals  (RIASP,) Assistant Principal of the Year!

NHS Principal Dan Warner nominated Mr. Gibbons back in October due to his work at Narragansett High School and how greatly it has influenced the many students and faculty he has worked with over the past 7 years that he has served in this role.

Mr. Gibbons was honored at a ceremony at Narragansett High School this Wednesday morning, December 4th with the entire faculty and student body in attendance. The executive director of the RIASP, Don Rebello, was present as well to announce that Mr. Gibbons was chosen.

Principal Warner shared that the assistant principal is truly the day to day operations for the school. Mr. Gibbons spends a majority of time with students and faculty, helping in whichever ways needed. One of the most recent crucial pieces to his role was how he showed unparalleled support when Principal Warner was on medical leave for 4 months receiving his life-saving kidney transplant last December. Mr. Gibbons stepped in as the interim principal and seamlessly continued Principal Warner's vision so the school didn’t miss a beat.

When Principal Warner was asked, the three words that describe Mr. Gibbons are advocate, personable, and visionary. Students can count on him to meet their needs while holding a strong respect for his discipline, which enables students to continually achieve success.

On May 20th, 2020 at 5pm, a formal recognition dinner is planned in Cranston where Mr. Gibbons will join the new Rhode Island Principal of the Year as well as all the first year principals across the state to celebrate this well-deserved accolade. Tickets will be available for purchase as the event nears if you wish to join in the event!

NHS Athlete of the Month- November

The athletics department has developed a way to share the many successes of their athletes. The new Athlete of the Month campaign highlights a student who exemplifies sportsmanship, dedication, and standout participation in any sports offered at the school. Students receive a certificate as well as their head shot featured on the wall in athletics for the entire month.

Congratulations to the November athletes of the month!

Lauren Aldrich, Junior, Girls Volleyball
Lauren helped push the girls volleyball team into the playoffs for the second year in a row. In the quarterfinal match, Lauren led the team in Kills, Digs and Aces. 

Brian Vaganek, Senior, Football
Brian scored 2 touchdowns during the Turkey Bowl Game against Exeter West Greenwich/Prout. One of which was an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Brian's touchdowns and defense not only helped his team to a victory, winning 41-18, but he was also personally awarded with Defensive Player of the Game.

This year's RI All-State Music results are out, and Narragansett HS students once again represented our school so very well! I've included a list of students who were accepted to this years All-State Band and Chorus. If you see these students in class, be sure to give them a big CONGRATS! :)

RI All-State Chorus Students:
Selina Amargo
Charlie Baer
Noah Boldt
Juhree Casey
McKenzie Gardner
Alex Gould
Josh Hanby
Mackenzie Killilea
Evan Marley
Isabella McElroy
Shayelin O'Connor
Kimberly Perry
Gabriella Pimental
Natalie Portillo
Nathanael Richard
Georgia Schiffer
Sofia Sweet

RI All-State Band Students:
Rianna Dunne
Ava Orabona
Helping Students With Stress

A Message from our Friends at the Narragansett Prevention Partnership:

Parents, do you find it stressful to see your kids stressed by the pressures they are under? Narragansett Prevention Partnership is pleased to announce 2 new ways we’ve developed to help kids learn to deal with and reduce their stress during the school day.

“Mindful Mariners” will begin on November 20th the at NHS as drop-in practice sessions to teach effective stress management skills. Mindful Mariners sessions are available to all NHS students by simply signing
up with their Advisor.

Also launching this month is a de-stress video library resource for classroom teachers at NPS & NES. This
library includes 30 second to 2 minute videos of deep breathing, relaxation, or energizing exercises that
are a gift from a group of NHS students to help address stress in younger students. The videos are being
released 2 at a time so that staff can be trained in their objectives and proper use.

You can be part of your child’s stress reduction solution by asking your NES or NPS student to show you what they’ve learned through the videos or encouraging your high school student to sign up for a "Mindful Mariner" session. The stress management skills kids learn in school can carry over to every facet of their lives.

 On November 30th, the Robotics Team had their first scrimmage of the year, leading up to the qualifier in January. After 5 rounds of qualifying matches and 5 finals matches, the team finished in 2nd! They also scored the most match points overall.  
On February 16th-20th, 2020, thirteen high school honors students are planning to attend a conference in San Diego to showcase their poster projects.

These Juniors submitted abstracts to the American Geophysical Union's  Ocean Sciences Meeting and found out in early November that their projects were accepted for a special  K-12 Student Poster Presentation . The abstracts and experiments the students are currently conducting all relate to the environmental impacts that affect a coastal state such as ours. One example of a project is one focused on photodegradation, which is the alteration of materials by light. Students placed plastcis in 4 different tanks full of salt water where UV lights act as the sun and show various forms of the plastics breaking down as they would in an ocean.

These projects are driven under the leadership of Science Teacher Kathy Couchon. She introduced the Oceans Science Meeting to the Eco-Club, then to the AP Biology Class where student groups formed and began working last year on projects that would soon be tailored for presentations and opportunities like these. At the event, students will stand by their posters in a fair-like setting, and speak with career scientists, experts, grad students, and problem solvers to share an overview of their research and findings.

The students shared that they are excited to see opportunities like these available through the school and through teachers who help provide programs that will be beneficial in future careers. They will join students from South Kingstown who were also accepted as well as students across the country.
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
Welcome to the start of a new school year. For more information on the PTO, please visit the NHS website:   or contact us at or via messenger on Facebook.  

PTO MEETINGS 2019-2020
Our remaining PTO meetings for the 2019-2020 school year are: December 5 th , January 23 th , March 5 th , and May 7 th.  December’s meeting will be held at the Bike Stop at 6:30 PM followed by a Mariner Mingle at 7PM for parents at NHS, PTO will be providing pizza!!!  
Please ‘Like us’ on Facebook!!!!  
Please contact Ronnie Biafore via messenger on Narragansett High School PTO FB or email her at with all the great happenings at NHS with students, teams, clubs and any other school activities that you want to share with the NHS families.  
The Narragansett School Department and the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale are partnering to help brighten the holidays for local children this year. 
If you are a family that would like to donate , we suggest you purchase gift cards for Walmart, Amazon, Wakefield Mall retailers, Marshalls, VISA/Mastercard, and/or Game Stop. Alternatively, you could donate clothing, art supplies, games,toys, beauty products or sports equipment. 

The NHS PTO will also be helping by collecting donations at the Narragansett High School Office by December 12 th , or you can mail or deliver gifts directly to the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, 1231 Kingstown, Peace Dale, RI 02879 by December 13 th .
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Special Thanks 
from the 
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