Friday, June 15, 2018

East Greenwich Technovation Team Makes It to WORLD Semifinals!

From press release for Technovation-

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Description generated with very high confidenceA team representing East Greenwich High School in the Technovation Rhode Island senior division has been officially named a semifinalist for the Technovation World Pitch!  The team - composed of juniors Katie Cretella and Lauren Shanos and sophomore Morgan Prior - is mentored by Holly Eaves, a mathematics and computer science teacher at EGHS.   Code Trip, as the team is named, is one of only nineteen US teams to make it to the world semifinals.

Code Trip’s app is titled “Easy Eats, provides simple step-by-step recipe instructions that aim to increase the independence of those with intellectual disabilities. The app is cognizant of sensitivities of these individuals, which is why it adheres to specific visual and audio preferences. Additionally, a personalization page allows the user to select their preferred foods. Overall, the app provides users with the ability to cook safely on their own.

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Description generated with very high confidenceMrs. Eaves shared that, “The Technovation Challenge is a great opportunity for young women to utilize coding in ways that help their community.  East Greenwich was fortunate to enter two teams, both of which approached this learning opportunity with a positive, productive attitude.   I am very proud of both teams.  We all learned a great deal about app development and entrepreneurial

Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Over 19,000 girls around the world registered to participate in Technovation 2018, building apps and starting businesses that solve problems in their communities. Technovation RI just finished its first season and worked with Technovation MA to host a New England Regional Showcase. This past 2018 season, eight Rhode Island teams participated in Technovation and four teams finished an app and showcased at the New England event.  A second EGHS team, Code Mood, also presented at the New England showcase.  Code Mood, also mentored by Eaves, was composed of senior Lucy Yu and juniors Sarah Brusini and Jillian Valente.

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Description generated with very high confidenceTechnovation RI is another great success story involving the state’s CS4RI initiative, one of the most comprehensive statewide computer science (CS) initiatives in the country. Before CS4RI only 1% of RI high school students were enrolled in CS courses. Now all students K-12 have access to CS courses. By 2025, CS4RI aims to double the number of computer science graduates in Rhode Island.
For more information regarding Technovation RI and how you can get involved as a mentor or participant next season, please contact the Technovation RI Regional Ambassador, Joe Mazzone (

For more info about the girls’ submission, visit the following links:

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Monday, June 4, 2018

EGHS Update for Week of 6/4/2018

Good morning. Below is information/updates/reminders for East Greenwich High School for the week of 6/4/2018. Have a wonderful week.
Week of 6/4/2018
  • Monday 6/4/2018
    • Seniors- Class of 2018 Block Island Trip Moved to Wednesday
    • JOINT PUBLIC HEARING on Operating Budget FY 2019- East Greenwich Town Council and School Committee 7PM at Swift Gym. Full agenda can be found here
    • 10th Grade Humanities Night- Night 1.
  • Tuesday 6/5/2018
    • Seniors- 6 Flags
    • East Greenwich School Committee 7PM at Cole. Agenda can be found here.
    • 10th Grade Humanities Night- Night 2.
  • Wednesday 6/6/2018
    • Seniors- Block Island (No graduation rehearsal)
    • Advisory Block- Freshmen Gun Control Forum (Social Studies) in Auditorium
  • Thursday 6/7/2018
    • Seniors- 8 AM Rehearsal- Graduation & Ivy Day. Followed by Field Day Activities.
  • Friday 6/8/2018
    • Seniors- 8 AM Rehearsal- Graduation & Ivy Day Class of 2018
    • Underclassmen- Early dismissal- 11:35 AM
    • Ivy Day 1 PM- Guests are asked to please consider bringing a lawn chair as seating in the courtyard is very limited. Community is welcome to arrive beginning at 12:00 PM.
  • Sunday 6/10/2018
    • Graduation- 1 PM at The VETs- One Avenue of the Arts, Providence.
      • No tickets needed. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 12 PM. Graduates must report by 12:15 PM.
      • Free parking is available in State Offices parking lots. Limited parking is also available on side streets.
Future planning/Other
  • Underclassmen Exams/Last day- Underclassmen exam schedule (18th-21st) and last day of school (22nd) can be found here.
  • Elections- Underclassmen elections occurring week of 6/11. See class advisors for specific details.
  • Chromebook/iBoss filtering- according to the District's technology department, the device controlling filtering (iBoss) was replaced and reinstated Friday morning. If students are experiencing difficulty connecting their Chromebook at home, please email describing the issue and we let the tech department know.
Have a great day.
Mr. Podraza

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

EGHS Enters Two Teams in 2018 Technovation Challenge

From Mrs. Eaves-

East Greenwich High School had two teams submit entries to the 2018 Technovation Challenge. This is an entrepreneurial tech challenge for middle school and high school women.  These young ladies worked hard to enter this challenge having to submit: a working app, business plan, pitch video, demo video and other artifacts describing the design process.

Team Code Mood submitted an app called, In the Mood, designed for personalized emotional management and communication geared toward the special needs or 504 population.  Code Mood team members: Sarah Brusini, Jillian Valente, and Lucy Yu.

Team Code Trip submitted an app called, Easy Eats, designed to help people with special needs cook.  It provides step by step pictures, text and text to speech.  The clientele could expand to children learning to cook and possibly Alzheimer patients. Code Trip team members: Katie Cretella, Lauren Shanos, and Morgan Prior.

Six teams from Rhode Island submitted to the challenge; three teams from RI attended the showcase in Boston Massachusetts.  I am proud of the teamwork, process, and product these young ladies displayed and I am happy to report that our team, Code Trip, with the app Easy Eats made top ten in the Massachusetts regional showcase. 

Team Code Trip's Pitch Video can be viewed below and found here. The team's Demo Video can also be viewed below and found here

Congratulations to both teams! Great job Avengers!

Class of 2018 Valedictorian Wins National Merit Scholarship

The Principal, Michael J. Podraza, of East Greenwich High School is pleased to announce that Senior and EGHS Class of 2018 Valedictorian, Laura C. Murphy has been selected as a winner of a National MeritⓇ $2500 Scholarship. All winners of about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships were chosen from the group of approximately 15,000 distinguished Finalists.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curriculum and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay. Further information about Merit Scholarship® awards and the selection process can be found at

Our congratulations go out to Ms. Murphy on being awarded this scholarship. It is a wonderful testament to her dedication, hard work and constant pursuit of excellence.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Student Poem "In My Head" Selected by Wickford Art Association for 2018 Poetry & Art Exhibit

I am pleased to share the following poem, written by East Greenwich High School Junior-- Ariel Finkle. We have recently been told that this poem has been selected to appear in the upcoming Wickford Art Association's 2018 Poetry and Art exhibit. Congratulations Ariel!

In My Head

I stare into space
Hoping to find something new out there, floating among the stars.
“Space junk,” they call it, everything from way out there,
But nobody realizes that if it falls to Earth
It can become a  m e t e o r.

I don’t need a spacesuit or even a helmet
To go on my trek, people don’t need them on TV. All I need to do is
"go to lightspeed"
And I’m there,
Speeding past the stars
Somewhere inside my head (i can feel myself caving inwards towards my mind, like a camera zoomed in on my brain), hunting for ideas.

I see
All these bits and pieces
Open books with fluttering pages and highlighted phrases
A phone streaming a movie I just saw, paused during THAT scene
Some notes from school about the symbolism of nature
(so that's where they went. i lost them yesterday after class.)
I bring them all together into a cluster
Give them a new coat of paint
Breathe new life into them (because i feel bad, they’ve all been discarded)
Until I’ve made something entirely new.

Now if only it could get out, get noticed, get a  b r e a k t h r o u g h --

On the other side. I'm back home now. (reality. boo.)
Out here, these neighbors of the stars are just scribbles in a journal.

But not for long.

Monday, April 23, 2018

EGHS Update/Reminders for Week of 4-23-2018

A few EGHS updates/reminders as we return from April break:
  1. Monday- PTG meeting 6:30 PM at EGHS.
  2. Tuesday- School Committee 7 PM Cole Library.
  3. Wednesday- National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 7 PM in the EGHS auditorium.
  4. Friday-
    • Report cards distributed in Advisory and posted to ASPEN
    • Senior Project Presentations (Early release @ 11:35 AM. Busses depart at 12:00 PM)
Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Trial Period of Potential New Schedule 4/2-5/4

Dear Members of the EGHS Community;

For over a year now members of the EGHS faculty and administration have been working to respond to some of the shortcomings of the current EGHS schedule. Specifically, many faculty, staff and students have expressed frustration with the schedule’s unpredictability, seemingly irregular class meeting patterns, and a shortage of time designated for students to meet with teachers, advisors, counselors, and administration during the school day. In an attempt to resolve these and other issues, a scheduling committee of faculty engaged with students, fellow faculty, staff, and both school and district administration to create a new framework and a potential new schedule for East Greenwich High School.

In keeping with the iterative process that led to this schedule’s design, last week the majority of EGHS faculty voted to support a trial period of the proposed schedule. We believe that a trial of this schedule has the potential to benefit all of EGHS before decisions are made and final votes are cast. Through this trial period all stakeholders will have a prolonged sample of what the new day-to-day operations will consist of. It will also allow us multiple opportunities to find any hidden costs or flaws that would need to be addressed before potentially moving forward with this schedule in totality for SY 18-19.

The trial of the schedule is set to begin on Monday April 2nd and run until Friday May 4th. During the trial window the daily schedule rotation at East Greenwich High School will run as follows:
We will continue to use the same start and end times for each period and for the school day. This includes Wednesday’s early dismissal that has been in effect this academic year.
It is our hope that through this schedule experiment we will verify that we have designed a schedule that has simplified class meeting patterns and rotations, as well as found a way to give students valuable time during the school day to access the supports they need to succeed academically and thrive personally.

As April 2nd approaches we will be sure all students are well prepared and have an accurate understanding of how the trial of this schedule will proceed. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you for your support of East Greenwich High School, our students and our mission.

Monday, March 12, 2018

EGHS Students Uses Senior Project to Travel to the Dominican Republic to Help Others

EGHS Senior Lauren Lake enlisted the help of her classmates and used her Senior Project and February recess to not only travel to the Dominican Republic to help others, but also promote education and engage in service learning. Below are some details of her unique project and experiences. 

We salute Ms. Lake and all those who helped to make this project and experience possible.

Great job Avengers!


I went to the Dominican Republic along with 11 other EGHS students. The name of the group and the project is called EG-DR. 
For my Senior Project I shadowed a Curriculum developer and created a series of workshops on the importance of education. I then was able to plan this service trip to go along with these lessons. The lessons were taught to the students in a school in the small village of El Pedregal, Dominican Republic.  

I am very proud of all of the EGHS students who changed many lives, and certainly made an empowering difference this past break. Our fundraising even allowed for us to purchase arm braces for a little boy in the village, as well as paint an extra home, which was much more than we had planned-- all due to the hard work and determination of EGHS students. 

EG-DR's Mission: 
Our mission is to ignite interest and advancements in education through projects and workshops within the  community of El Pedregal, Dominican Republic. 

EG-DR's Values:

  • Unity- working to not only unite within our own group but with those in the Dominican Republic to carry out our mission and achieve success through many memorable and humbling experiences
  • Integrity- upholding the utmost respect and kindness as we work with those in the Dominican Republic so our mission can be carried out in a respectful and effective way
  • Community- creating a sense of community not only in our own volunteer group but also with the people of El Pedregal we will be working alongside and teaching
  • Empowerment- Using education importance workshops run by Lauren Lake to spread the seriousness and importance of education, also inspiring our volunteers to share their own knowledge meanwhile they will learn from the community of the Dominican Republic.

Friday, March 9, 2018

EGHS Principal's Newsletter 3-5-2018

Principal Michael Podraza’s EGHS Update

EGHS News and Information!

A newsletter with information about upcoming events related to East Greenwich High School
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Valedictorian and Salutatorian for Class of 2018.
Congratulations go out to the Class of 2018 Valedictorian Ms. Laura Murphy and Salutatorian Mr. Matthew Sommer. Both Laura and Matthew are wonderful exemplars of East Greenwich High School students. Their commitment to excellence has helped them excel both inside and outside of the classroom and achieve these recognitions. We congratulate them, their families and all of the educators and coaches who have helped them achieve this honor. We look forward to hearing them address the EGHS community at this year’s graduation on June 10th at the VETs in Providence.

Exciting Opportunity for Class of 2019: Paid Summer Internships Through PrepareRI Initiative.

The PrepareRI Internship Program provides paid summer internships for rising public high school seniors in Rhode Island. Successful student candidates will be placed in an internship based on preparedness, skill, and interest. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a rising 12th grade student enrolled in a RI public school 
  • Be 16 years of age or older (by March 1, 2018) 
  • Live in Rhode Island 
  • Be eligible to work in the US and have proper documentation 
Complete the online application at

Please click here to read the full PrepareRI flyer. Students can also see their guidance counselor for more details.

Course Selection Sheets Overdue. Need Parent Signature.

The course selection process for the 2018-19 school year has begun. Course selection sheets were collected in Advisory last Wednesday, however many either were not turned in, or lacked a parent/guardian signature. If you have not turned in a course selection sheet, please make sure it is signed and return it to the EGHS guidance office ASAP. For those interested or still in need, here is a link to the 2018-2019 Program of Studies.

EGHS Grab & Go Breakfast Program Expansion

The East Greenwich Schools Health and Wellness Committee along with Aramark recognized that a nutritious breakfast plays an essential role in all aspects of a child’s life, including their ability to learn, grow and thrive in the classroom. Since many children today consume half of their daily calories while at school, we want to ensure the healthy choices are easy to choose for them and their families. With grants provided by the RI Dairy Council, Fuel Up to Play 60, we are able to expand the breakfast program at East Greenwich High School and Cole Middle School by implementing breakfast carts as students come into the school with a Grab and Go concept. These carts will now include smoothies, parfaits, yogurt, hot breakfast options like sandwiches and oatmeal and many other nutritional breakfast options daily. This new Grab and Go breakfast will begin on Monday March 5th at 7:30am. Smoothies will also be an addition to the lunch menus starting on Monday as well.

Parent SurveyWorks Remains Open

Thanks go out to everyone who has already participated in this year’s survey. However, please be aware that it is not too late to participate in this year’s RIDE SurveyWorks survey. To participate, please go to and enter the access code of 09106family . Thank you for your help.
  • Monday 3/5 After school in Auditorium- Talent Show Auditions
  • Tuesday 3/6 (Mid-Quarter Mar of Q3) School Committee 7 PM @ Cole
  • Wednesday 3/7- Advisory Block: COA Presentation- Hip Hop Dance Troupe Presentation (Optional)
  • Thursday 3/8
    • International Idol 6:30 @ EGHS
    • School Committee 6:30 PM @ Cole
  • Friday 3/9 Mid-Quarter Grades Posted by End of School Day
  • 3/13 School Committee (Budget Workshops for Elementary and Secondary)
  • 3/14 & 3/15 Talent Show @ EGHS
  • 3/16 No School- Professional Development Day
***UPDATE: STATE TESTING April 10th SAT (Juniors) and April 11th PSAT (Sophomores). New Science test TBD.***


This week’s food for thought is “Adventures in Unveiling: Critical Pedagogy and Imagination”.
“Without imagination, education shrivels to training, which is an occupation without hope, and one which doesn’t even long for hope. Training seeks to maintain the status quo, and assumes that the systems already in place are not only satisfactory, but beyond question. Systems that are, as Freire laments, “ as obvious as that Saturdays precede Sundays.
Education that doesn’t withhold or resist imagination inquires, assumes questionability—and does so benevolently, with the hope that inquiry leads to deeper understanding, to improvement, to equity, and to mending the flaws of systemic bias, discrimination, and disparity.”

I hope that you all managed the power outages safely and that your power has been restored (or will be soon). Have a wonderful week.

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, February 27, 2018

EGHS Cybersecurity Team Earns Semifinalist Award

This morning, our EGHS Cybersecurity team received a Certificate of Excellence for earning a position in the Platinum Tier of the Semifinals in the CyberPatriot X National Cybersecurity Competition. 

Our EGHS Cybersecurity Avengers placed among the top 75 of over 4,400 teams nationwide. 

They bested their nearest Rhode Island competitor by more than 40 points, winning the Platinum Tier Rhode Island State Cybersecurity Award for the second year in a row!

Congrats to Ada Oancea, Andy Babb, Sam DeLong, Jack Gecawich and Chris Teng!

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.


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.


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

Principal Michael Podraza’s EGHS Update

EGHS News and Information!

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

  • 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
  • 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)


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.

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