Thursday, February 15, 2018

Letter to EGHS Community 2-15-2018

Dear Members of the EGHS Community;

“A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It's about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.”- Yehuda Berg

In the wake of yet another school shooting we are once again faced with the struggle to find peace of mind, a reassurance of personal and collective safety, and anything approaching a reasonable explanation of “why?”. We are reaching out to you today to reaffirm to you that regardless of the date or time of year, the first goal of every school day is to create and maintain a safe and supportive environment at East Greenwich High School. The ultimate achievement of this goal, however, relies on the collective efforts of our entire school community. It is through you--our students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, grandparents, siblings, coaches, anyone and everyone in our school community--that we will find our greatest asset to provide strength, comfort, and protection for all of us at East Greenwich High School. We ask that all members of the EGHS community take time to reflect and reaffirm our commitment to take all actions necessary to keep everyone at EGHS both safe and supported.

Students:

Are you worried about a friend or someone you know? Tell a teacher, counselor, police officer, principal, or any adult in the building. We want your job to be that of a student, and every adult’s job at EGHS is to help those in need (and we love our jobs), so please let us know if you or anyone you know might be in need of some support.

  • Don’t open doors to the outside of the building to let someone in. Anyone who has a valid reason to gain entry to EGHS has a key or can gain entrance through the monitored main entryway.
  • If you see or hear something that doesn’t look or sound right- alert someone.
  • If you see or hear a threat to someone or something on social media- don’t dismiss it as joke. Alert an adult in the building. If it is outside of the school day- alert your parents, guardians, or the East Greenwich Police Department.

Parents, Guardians, Community:

  • If you have any information about a child who is being abused or neglected, please call 1-800-RI-CHILD
  • If you are concerned about the well-being or behavior of your child, please notify the EGHS guidance office so we can work together and address both the behavior and the cause.
  • If you are concerned about the well-being or behavior of one of your child’s friends or someone else’s child, please consider reaching out to the parents and guardians of that child to let them know what you are seeing and why you are concerned.
  • If you have any information you believe suggests a threat to any individual or group at EGHS, please contact the East Greenwich Police Department immediately.

We know that taking some of the actions listed above might be uncomfortable. However, we believe that the feelings of being uncomfortable pale in comparison to the weight of emotion one would feel if tragedy strikes and one could have taken action, yet didn’t. 

On behalf of everyone at East Greenwich High School, we thank you in advance for your recommitment to do all that is necessary to achieve a safe and supportive environment at EGHS so that we can focus on the achievement of our mission--to empower all members to achieve their full potential as learners, thinkers, and responsible global citizens.

Sincerely,

Michael Podraza- Principal, Jeffrey Heath- Assistant Principal, Officer Stephen Branch- School Resource Officer/EGPD, Lyn Hostetler- Director of Guidance, Rebecca Braman- School Psychologist, and Robert Houghtaling- Director of East Greenwich Drug Program

Monday, February 12, 2018

EGHS Principal's Newsletter 2-12-2018

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Principal Michael Podraza’s EGHS Update
2-12-2018

EGHS News and Information!

A newsletter with information about upcoming events related to East Greenwich High School
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Course Selection for SY 2018-2019

The course selection process for the 2018-19 school year will begin for current freshmen, sophomores and juniors on Wednesday in Advisory. Course selection sheets will be distributed to students in Advisory, along with the link to the 2018-2019 Program of Studies. Students and families are encouraged to review both the program of studies and both sides of the course selection sheet in their entirety. Course selection sheets will be collected in advisory on Wednesday- 2/28.

COA and EGHS Student Council Pleased to Present: Mentalist Rory Raven

THIS WEEK’S
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Monday 2/12
    • 7PM Joint Meeting of Town Council and School Committee at Swift Community Center.
  • Wednesday 2/14
    • Advisory
      • Course selection documents disseminated
      • Optional performance: COA Presents- Mentalist Rory Raven
ADVANCED PLANNING
  • Monday 2/19- Friday 2/23 No School- February Recess
  • Tuesday 2/27 School Committee 7PM @ Cole
  • Wednesday 2/28 Mandatory Senior Class Assembly (Advisory), Course selection sheets collected (Advisory)
  • Thursday 3/1 and Monday 3/5 After school in Auditorium- Talent Show Auditions (email Mr. Petrucci for details)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Do you strive to be a change agent in your field? Do you sometimes feel like you're spinning your wheels when trying to improve and innovate? This week’s food for thought offers a potential solution- Stop Asking How? by Will Richardson  “When we ask How?, Block suggests, we immediately constrain ourselves in the task. We immediately become slaves to practice and deflect from our deeper values. And our deeper values, those teased out when we ask “What matters?”, are the ones that lead us to powerful answers to the How?, answers that we already carry within us.”
I hope you have a wonderful week.
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East Greenwich High School exists to EMPOWER
We, the EGHS community, strive to empower all members to achieve their full potential as learners, thinkers, and responsible global citizens. We take risks in order to inspire learning and discover passions.


We, the East Greenwich High School community, live our values:
  • Respect: Be considerate of others' ideas and opinions while maintaining personal integrity and self- confidence.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Embrace flexibility and individuality when explaining and demonstrating knowledge and skills.
  • Relevance: Link concepts across subjects and make connections to today's global society.
  • Enthusiasm: Generate excitement and curiosity about learning.
  • Achievement: Work vigorously to obtain knowledge and skills measured against the highest standards.
We hold ourselves and each other accountable to these values in support of our mission.

East Greenwich High School
300 Avenger Drive, East Greenwich, RI, 02818

Monday, February 5, 2018

Repeat for EGHS Cybersecurity Team

The EGHS Cybersecurity team has repeated their victory (2nd year in a row) in the State Round of the CyberPatriot cybersecurity competition. They outscored their competition by more than 25 points.

They have earned a spot in the highest level of competition, the National Semifinals. If they place in the top 12 they proceed to nationals.

Congratulations to the team of Sam DeLong, Andy Babb, Chris Teng, and Jack Gecawich on their 1st place finish in RI. Good luck in the semifinals.

Monday, January 29, 2018

EGHS Principal's Newsletter 1-29-2018

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Principal Michael Podraza’s EGHS Update
1-29-2018

EGHS News and Information!

A newsletter with information about upcoming events related to East Greenwich High School
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

2nd Quarter Report Card Timeline

Today, 1-29-2018, marked the beginning of the 2nd semester. All 2nd quarter grades will be posted by teachers by the close of school Tuesday. Final grade calculations for Semester 1 classes will be run Wednesday and GPA calculations run/validated Thursday. Report cards will be issued on Friday to students and posted on ASPEN.

College Planning Night Thursday 2/1

The EGHS Guidance Department will host its annual College Planning Night on Thursday, February 1st from 6:30 - 8:00 in the high school auditorium. This informative evening is open to all parents and students who are interested in the college admissions process.  In the past this evening has proven to be both informative and entertaining as the speaker points out what not to do, as well as how to systematically approach and navigate this sometimes overwhelming process. Please contact the EGHS Guidance Department if you have any questions.

Rhode Island Department of Health Issues Statewide Guidance on Flu and Norovirus

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is urging everyone to practice good health habits to prevent the spread of norovirus, flu, and other respiratory illnesses circulating throughout the state. Please click here to read the Department’s guidance notice.

Reminder- Parent & Guardian SurveyWorks for EGHS is Now Open

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its yearly SurveyWorks Parent Survey, which is an opportunity for parents to provide feedback about our school and our children’s opportunities to learn.  The survey results are most useful when all parents participate, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey.
Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey you can help our school community make improvements. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual.
You can take the short survey online between January 16th and March 30th. To take the survey, visit: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter 09106family in the box provided.  If you don’t have access to the Internet, please contact the school to access a paper survey.
I thank you in advance for your help and input.
THIS WEEK’S
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Monday 1/29
    • 1st Day of Q3/2nd Semester begins
  • Wednesday 1/31
    • Freshmen Class Elections- Advisory
  • Friday 2/2
    • Quick Advisory Block for Q2 Report Cards
ADVANCED PLANNING
  • Monday 2/5 through Friday 2/9- “Start With Hello” week throughout East Greenwich Public Schools
  • Tuesday 2/6- School Committee
  • Wednesday 2/7- Junior Post High School Planning (Advisory Block)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“New research about the intense pressure young women face to share nude photos of themselves is raising questions about how we address some of the norms that have taken hold among today's teenagers.” How to change teen sexting culture: "Don't ask for nude photos"
Thank you to everyone who helped to make our early Senior Project Presentations such a success last week. It truly takes a full community effort to make such valuable learning experiences take place. Thank you for all of your help.
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East Greenwich High School exists to EMPOWER
We, the EGHS community, strive to empower all members to achieve their full potential as learners, thinkers, and responsible global citizens. We take risks in order to inspire learning and discover passions.

We, the East Greenwich High School community, live our values:
  • Respect: Be considerate of others' ideas and opinions while maintaining personal integrity and self- confidence.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Embrace flexibility and individuality when explaining and demonstrating knowledge and skills.
  • Relevance: Link concepts across subjects and make connections to today's global society.
  • Enthusiasm: Generate excitement and curiosity about learning.
  • Achievement: Work vigorously to obtain knowledge and skills measured against the highest standards.
We hold ourselves and each other accountable to these values in support of our mission.


East Greenwich High School
300 Avenger Drive, East Greenwich, RI, 02818

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

EGHS Principal's Newsletter 1-2-2018

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Principal Michael Podraza’s EGHS Update
1-2-2018

EGHS News and Information!

A newsletter with information about upcoming events related to East Greenwich High School
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Student Handbook Getting Revamped for 2nd Semester

At its most recent meeting, the East Greenwich School Committee was given a glimpse into a revised and updated draft of the EGHS student handbook. The draft handbook, which can be viewed by clicking here, looks harness the power of new publishing platforms and put on display many of the artistic talents of our students, by using 100% student generated artwork and photographs throughout the handbook.
There are very few changes proposed in terms of draft policies and rule changes, however there is one change we are particularly proud of-- the new dress code. We believe that the code, adapted from dress code policies from Evanston High School in Illinois and the Oregon NOW Model Student Dress Code, accurately reflects the openness and inclusivity that members of East Greenwich Public Schools strive to achieve everyday.
Should members of the EGHS community have any recommendations, questions or comments about the handbook before it goes before the East Greenwich School Committee for approval and adoption later this month, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

In case you missed it- As We Enter School Cancelation Season Due to Weather

  • Sign-up for RI Broadcasters Association Alert Text Messaging. Details here.
  • Keep track of the impact cancellations have on the school’s major events by checking for updates on the Google doc “SY 17-18 EGHS Major Events”. While not immediate, it is routinely updated after cancellations to reflect the changes due to cancelled school days.
  • Sign-up to be included on Mr. Podraza’s “Remind” account. Instructions to join the group “EGHS Parents Important Information” can be found here. Please note that this account is used very sparingly. (I promise, you will not be inundated with texts if you sign up.)
THIS WEEK’S
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Tuesday- Welcome back!
  • Wednesday-
    • Period rotation change: 3-4-Advisory-6-5
    • Advisory: Guidance counselors continue to visit Sophomore Advisories to engage members of the Class of 2020 in a career interest inventory lesson.  

ADVANCED PLANNING
  • 1/9 School Committee 7PM @ Cole Middle School
  • EGHS Drama Program Presents- “13 Ways to Screw up My College Interview” is a  short comedy, immediately followed by a streamlined version of High School Musical. Showtimes:
    • Thursday January 11th and Friday January 12th at 7pm,
    • Saturday January 13th at 1pm & 7pm
    • Tickets are $11.00 in advance or $13.00 at the door

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Hope you had good winter vacation and a Happy New Year.
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East Greenwich High School exists to EMPOWER
We, the EGHS community, strive to empower all members to achieve their full potential as learners, thinkers, and responsible global citizens. We take risks in order to inspire learning and discover passions.

We, the East Greenwich High School community, live our values:
  • Respect: Be considerate of others' ideas and opinions while maintaining personal integrity and self- confidence.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Embrace flexibility and individuality when explaining and demonstrating knowledge and skills.
  • Relevance: Link concepts across subjects and make connections to today's global society.
  • Enthusiasm: Generate excitement and curiosity about learning.
  • Achievement: Work vigorously to obtain knowledge and skills measured against the highest standards.
We hold ourselves and each other accountable to these values in support of our mission.





East Greenwich High School
300 Avenger Drive, East Greenwich, RI, 02818