Monday, December 11, 2017

EGHS Entrepreneurship Classes Learn From Local Experts

It is always a pleasure to get members of the larger community into EGHS classrooms to share their expertise with students and have them contribute to the outstanding work our faculty members do on a daily basis. These partnerships provide our students with authentic learning experiences that further develop their knowledge, skills, and curiosities. Most recently, Richard McDonald--a recent Brown graduate and co-founder of Finnest (a mobile app and secure debit card designed to give kids first-hand experience handling money) worked with Mrs. Page and her Entrepreneurship classes. Below is his perspective about the time he spent at EGHS. It is being shared with permission. Our thanks to our students, Mrs. Page, and Mr. McDonald for sharing their learning experiences with us.
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I was honored to have been invited by Pat Page (Mrs. Page to her students) to work with two (2) East Greenwich High School (EGHS) entrepreneurship classes.  It was great to be able to interact with a smart group of driven students. I can’t believe that EGHS is offering such an innovative class in their curriculum. The content of the course is relevant and thorough. They’re learning about entrepreneurship and business models from top to bottom--an invaluable education for students who take this class. I also have to mention that Mrs. Page is the type of teacher one grows up to remember. She sought and encouraged the participation of every student, she made them think, and she helped them think--deeply.
 
As a recent college graduate, I can still remember what it was like to be a high-school student -- to seek relevance in my learning and work. I think the content of our time and work together was relevant. We reviewed and co-developed financial models, refined marketing strategies, and discussed my education and professional experience. I think our conversations helped the students realize that they’re not too far away from being able to realize their vision for their products. which were practical, and for the most part, attainable.Given that these students are exactly the age of the customers who use my company’s product, they were also able to give me valuable commentary on my own product, which makes my company much better for listening.


At the end of the day, I hope these students realize that if they have the desire to build out a product, they are completely capable of realizing their vision. It’s not an easy road, a much longer road than expected, but there are steps they can take to maximize the likelihood of success. And, they’re learning all about those steps in a fantastic classroom environment where they are exposed to the fundamentals of business and hear advice from, and get motivated by, classroom guest entrepreneurs who have experienced it before.

Richard McDonald is a graduate of Brown University's PRIME -- Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship master degree. He co-founded Finnest, a mobile app and secure debit card designed to give kids first-hand experience handling money and parents the ability to maintain control while still setting their children up for a better financial future.

Friday, December 1, 2017

EGHS Principal's Newsletter 12-1-2017

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Principal Michael Podraza’s EGHS Update
12-1-2017

EGHS News and Information!

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

Local “Seal of Biliteracy” Approved for EGHS

The East Greenwich World Language Department is pleased to announce that the Seal of Biliteracy will be awarded to graduating Seniors in June 2018.  The Seal is a distinction on a student’s diploma showing comprehensive knowledge of English and another language. It was approved unanimously by the East Greenwich School Committee on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
In order to be eligible to obtain the Seal of Biliteracy, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all ELA requirements for graduation.  They must also achieve at least a level of Intermediate Mid Proficiency in a World Language.  To measure this proficiency, students will take the standardized AAPPL tests in oral, written, listening, and reading domains in March of 2018.  Heritage Learners of other languages are encouraged to pursue the Seal in their native language.  
East Greenwich Public Schools prides itself on delivering a world class education.  The World Language Department is proud to continue with that tradition by recognizing students’ efforts and ability, ensuring that they are not only bilingual but also biliterate.  These are important skills that will enhance their opportunities in college, the workforce, and beyond.
An information session for Juniors, Seniors, and Heritage Learners who wish to pursue the Seal of Biliteracy was held in the auditorium during Advisory on Wednesday, November 29.  At that time, students were briefed on the requirements of the Seal of Biliteracy as well as given a form of intent. The slides from the presentation can be found here.
If you have any questions about the seal or the requirements please contact Mrs. Kristin Pontarelli, World Language Department Chair.

A Few Reminders 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.)

EGHS PTG Looking for Bakers

Once again the PTG will show our appreciation to EGHS faculty and staff by hosting Cookie Extravaganza.   We are in need of 50 bakers to each bake 4 dozen cookies.  This event will be on Thursday, Dec 21.  
Please click on link below to sign up to be a baker.   If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sally Miranda (smiranda8@cox.net) or Bethany Fain (fainbethany@yahoo.com).
Click here to be taken to the sign-up page.
THIS WEEK’S
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Monday- 8 AM-2 PM EGHS Blood Drive in Auditorium
  • Tuesday- EGPS School Committee Meeting 7 PM @ Cole Library
  • Wednesday- Advisory: Letter/Pin ceremony for Fall Athletes in Auditorium. Advisory: Guidance counselors visit continue to visit Freshman Advisories  
  • Friday- Cabaret 2017 presented by EGHS Drama Program. 7 PM in the EGHS Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and include refreshments while they last.
ADVANCED PLANNING
  • 12/13 Mid-quarter 2
  • 12/13 Music Department Evening Winter Concert in Auditorium
  • 12/25 - 1/1 No School Winter Recess

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

This week’s “Food for Thought” is regarding a way we often unknowingly remove intrinsic motivation as a driving positive force in our children/students and therefore our homes and schools- Against the Sticker Chart; Priming kids to expect rewards for good behavior can harm their social skills in the long term.
Thank you for your support of East Greenwich High School. Have a wonderful weekend.
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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, November 13, 2017

EGHS Principal's Newsletter Week of 11-13-2017

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Principal Michael Podraza’s Weekly EGHS Update
Week of 11-13-2017

EGHS News and Information!

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

EGHS Quarter 1 Report Cards

First quarter report cards will be posted to ASPEN on Tuesday 11-14, with paper copies distributed to students on Wednesday 11-15 in Advisories. Students, parents or guardians who have questions about 1st quarter marks should contact the teacher of record. All teachers can be reached via email by 1st initial, last name @egsd.net (for example Michael Podraza is mpodraza@egsd.net)

SY 17-18 EGHS Major Events Doc Updated

The Google doc “SY 17-18 EGHS Major Events” has been updated to reflect the changes due to the two most recent cancelled school days.

Congratulations to Laura Murphy- High School Heisman National Finalist!!!

Previously announced as a State winner, Laura Murphy has been selected as one of ten National Finalists for the 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship, a program that honors exceptional high school students who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics and through community service.  The National Finalists, five senior males and five senior females, will receive an invitation to the Wendy’s Heisman Weekend, including the National Awards Banquet in New York City, a gold medal, a $100 Wendy’s gift card and a $5,000 college scholarship.  The National Winners – Announced in New York on Friday, December 8 – will receive a $500 gift card and $10,000 college scholarship.
Congratulations to Laura, her family and friends as well as to all of the coaches and educators who have helped Laura grow into a student-athlete who is so worthy of this award and recognition.

From Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL)

Winter pre-participation physicals are being offered at Ortho RI Foundry at 285 Promenade St in Providence. They will be offered on 11/15, 11/16 & 11/17 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. An appointment must be made for the physical by calling 401-459-4001.  All athletes must have a parent or guardian accompany them to the exams.


THIS WEEK’S
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • All Week- Airband Rehearsal After School (Contact Mr. Rath for specific schedules and times)
  • Tuesday 11-14
    • Digital copies of report cards published to ASPEN portal
  • Wednesday 11-15
    • Paper copies of report cards to students in advisory
    • Freshmen Assembly- Presentation from various Regional Career and Technical Schools
  • Friday 11-17 AIRBAND @ 7PM in EGHS Auditorium
ADVANCED PLANNING
  • No School 11/22- Closed for Teacher Professional Development

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

With first quarter report cards being issued, this week’s “Food for Thought” is Why Grades Are Not Paramount to Achievement from Ashley Lamb-Sinclair in the Atlantic.
A willingness to learn for its own sake represents intrinsic motivation, while grades and other accolades represent extrinsic. Research has shown time and again that intrinsic motivation leads to more profound learning.
As always, thank you for your support of East Greenwich High School. 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, November 6, 2017

EGHS Students Place 5th in "Molympics"

EGHS Chemistry students tied for 5th place out of 45 participating schools across the US and Canada in the friendly Molympics competition to celebrate National Chemistry Week and Mole Day.  On Monday 10/23 students participated in 5 events ranging from tower building to a physical challenge all related to the most important unit in chemistry, the mole.  Student results were analyzed and reported to the molympics board via social media and shared google files. 


Friday, November 3, 2017

EGHS Student Named National Finalist for Wendy's High School Heisman

The Principal, Michael J. Podraza, of East Greenwich High School formally announced today that East Greenwich High School Senior Laura Murphy has qualified as Wendy’s High School Heisman National Finalist.

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THE BAR HAS BEEN RAISED: RHODE ISLAND’S WENDY’S® HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN® NATIONAL FINALIST HONORED

Announcement of East Greenwich High School’s Laura Murphy
Qualifying as Wendy’s High School Heisman National Finalist



WHO:   LAURA MURPHY of East Greenwich High School, National Finalist for the
2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship


WHAT:   When you see someone dedicated to excellence, on and off the field, that kind of perseverance deserves recognition. That’s why a surprise announcement was held in honor of LAURA MURPHY, a high school senior from EAST GREENWICH HIGH SCHOOL in EAST GREENWICH. She has been selected as one of ten National Finalists for the 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship, a program that honors exceptional high school students who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics and through community service.


The National Finalists, five senior males and five senior females, will receive an invitation to the Wendy’s Heisman Weekend, including the National Awards Banquet in New York City, a gold medal, a $100 Wendy’s gift card and a $5,000 college scholarship.  The National Winners – Announced in New York on Friday, December 8 – will receive a $500 gift card and $10,000 college scholarship.


CONTACT: Michael Podraza, Principal, (401) 398-1300


CONTACT: Bry Roth, Wendy’s High School Heisman Manager of Communications
bry.roth@wendys.com cell (920) 378.1398


This Month's #EGHSMatters Book Club Book Is???

BOOK CLUB
Date: Thursday, November 30th
Right after school in The Library
Second book:We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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Everyone is welcome!   Questions??

Please see Caroline Reilly (CReilly248@student.egsd.net)
or Ms. Abella (221B) or Mrs. Cotoia (230).

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

1st Model UN Conference Nets EGHS Students Recognitions

Our brand new Model UN Club participated in its first conference and several won awards.  The statistics are below:

  • 17 delegates participated in WMUNC (Wheeler Model United Nations Conference) on 10/15 and was completely student organized. 
  • 6 EGHS delegates won awards and were recognized: 
    • Josh Petteruti - won Best Delegate in the Crisis Committee for the Crimean Crisis
    • Zing Gee - won Best Delegate in the Specialized Committee for the Crisis in South Sudan 
    • Sunny Sait - won Outstanding Delegate in the General Assembly for DISEC
    • John Duke - won Outstanding Delegate in the General Assembly for DISEC
    • Chris Teng - verbally acknowledged as a delegate in the General Assembly for DISEC 
    • Nicholas Holmgren - verbally acknowledged as a delegate  in the General Assembly for DISEC
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DISEC- The Disarmament and International Security Committee

Congratulations to all members on a successful 1st conference!