School Improvement Team Update

Our School Improvement Team has met twice since the start of school and we have created 3 goal areas to focus efforts towards for the 20-21 academic year.  Our goal areas include: 1) providing our 9th grade students with academic skills and disposition training early on 2) creating interdisciplinary lessons for our students with a focus on bridging courses and applied learning experiences and 3) measuring virtual and concurrent learning outcomes so that we can monitor both our in-person and distance learning performance.  Click here to learn more about our SIT goals and to see the guiding questions that will help drive this critical work.

Please consider attending our next School Improvement Team meeting, which will take place on November 19th via Zoom!  Email Assistant Principal, Andrea Spas, if you are interested in attending:  
All are welcome to attend!

Open House Follow-up

Thank you to all who attended our Virtual Open House last month. It was nice to connect with parents virtually. A reminder that you can view any of our pre-recorded offerings at any time. We have recordings that provide an overview of various programs and supports like peer mentoring, graduation portfolio, mental health services, guidance programming, internships, academic support, extracurriculars and information from our clinic, to name a few. We also have pre-recorded messages from our various academic departments as well as our special education and school counseling departments. Please find the Open House document here and scroll through to view the various pre-recorded sessions.

From the Class of 2021:

The Class of 2021 is compiling a CHS Community Cookbook and would like CHS families and staff to share a favorite recipes (or two!).  Please use this link to submit recipes.  All submissions need to be completed by November 23rd.  Consider submitting a photo along with the recipe!  If you have any questions, please contact a class of 2021 Officer or Class Advisor.  

From Our Mental Health Providers

Our clinical staff in the building have been working on curating resources to help students work through some of the mental health challenges that come along with COVID-19 and Distance Learning.  These resources can be found on the Student Supports page on Canvas.  Additional mental health resources for parents and students can be found on our Chariho Parent Virtual & Concurrent Learning site:

From The School Counseling Department

Attention Seniors & Juniors: Are you are considering serving in the military after graduation?  If so, please complete the form at the link below to take the ASVAB on Tuesday November 17 (Seniors) and December 8 (Juniors) at CHS. The ASVAB is a test required to gain entrance to any of the armed forces.  If you have any questions, please contact your school counselor.  Link here:

URI Presentation
Are you are interested in attending URI or would you like to learn more about their admissions process, academic programs or scholarship opportunities?  If so, please attend this virtual presentation by Beth Tikoian, Admission Advisor, on Monday November 16 at 8:30am.   This will be a great opportunity to learn more about URI and ask questions directly to admissions staff.  Please see the zoom link that was emailed to your email accounts on November 4th to attend this meeting.


Open House

Open House will look a little different this year...we are going Virtual!  Our CHS/CTC Virtual Open House is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th from 6-8pm.  We will kick-off at 6:00 with a live Zoom Open Forum with administration.  This will be similar to the Open Forum we held this summer, where we will provide an overview of virtual and concurrent learning expectations, share our vision for the year ahead, and answer some of your questions through the online chat feature.  We hope to see you at 6:00!  

At 6:30, immediately following our virtual forum, parents can either attend a live Zoom session with a CTC teacher (if they have a child enrolled in a CTC program) or view a pre-recorded session on important high school topics.  Our pre-recorded sessions include the following:

  • Learn about School Counseling & Mental Health Supports
  • Important Updates from our School Nurse
  • What you Need to Know About Portfolio
  • Extracurricular Outreach Fair
  • Internship/Independent Study Opportunities for Students
  • and MORE!
Then at 7:00 and 7:30, departments and teachers will be hosting live Zoom sessions to provide an overview of department and course expectations. Parents are encouraged to view your child's schedule and identify two sessions that you would like to attend. To access your student’s schedule in PowerSchool please visit:  If you need login access, on that same page is a link that states, “Request Parent/Guardian Access Codes for your Students”; click this link, fill out the form and our clerks will assist in getting you that information.  

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as our Open House will look a bit different this year. Please click here to see a mapping of the evening's agenda as well as all offerings and related Zoom links. (Please note: all session links will be inserted once we near the Open House date).

Looking forward to seeing you virtually at this year's Open House!

Craig M. MacKenzie, Principal     

Andrea J. Spas, Assistant Principal      

Gerald T. Auth, CTC Director

Virtual & Concurrent Learning Site for Parents

A reminder that we have created a website for Chariho parents covering all topics related to Virtual & Concurrent Learning.  We have also created this video which provides an overview of the site as well as virtual and concurrent learning expectations and resources.  When at the site, make sure to click on the CHS tab where you can find teacher, student and parent expectations, our Green/White Calendars as well as our Block Schedules.  

SAT School Day Updates

This past year, our 11th grade students were unable to take the SAT due to the Rhode Island Department of Education cancelling the assessment because of COVID-related mandates.  College Board and the RI Department of Education are rescheduling the required SAT assessment, for this October.  All current 12th graders will take the SAT assessment on Wednesday, October 14th with a make-up day of October 27th.  On test day, October 14th, only 12th graders will be reporting to the building in order to take the SAT. Grades 9-11 will remain at home for distance learning that day.

The SAT is a paper-based assessment and students will not be using their devices for the assessment itself, but are still expected to bring them to school for once they are dismissed from the testing room.  A graphing calculator is recommended for use on one or more sections of the math-calculator portion of the SAT. Students should bring their own; however, the school will have some calculators available.

For more information, please see our 20-21 SAT Letter to Parents HERE.

PSAT NMSQT Information

The PSAT NMSQT is being offered to grade 11 students on Saturday October 17th at 8am at CHS.  It is recommended students take this exam if they are planning on attending a 4 year college.   Taking the PSAT NMSQT will better prepare students for the SAT and could make them eligible for potential merit scholarships.   The deadline is October 9, please see the attached link for more information on registration.

A Message from Health Careers

I would like to give thanks to our community including our immediate Chariho community, our Alumni, and our extended South County family.  COVID-19 has put a lot of limitations on our CHARIHOtech Health Careers Program.  Normally, we collaborate with South County Hospital to create experiences for our students to get face to face exposure to many different Healthcare careers.  This opportunity has been suspended during the pandemic.  I have been reaching out over the past couple of days to people I knew from the community and within 48 hours have received replies back from 11 different healthcare providers who are willing to donate their time to allow my ninth grade class to interview them and learn about what they do. Two of them are my former students!  I am so appreciative for the support of this amazing community during this difficult time.  People are stepping up in big ways to support us and it means the world to my students and I.  Thank you.  

Martha Dion, Health Careers Instructor and Science Educator

From the Athletic Department

High school fall coaches and athletes are excited to start the high school fall sports season.  The following sports began on 9/21:  Field Hockey, Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Cross Country, and Boys and Girls Soccer.  Go Chargers!

Free Flu Clinic 

We will be hosting a Free Flu Clinic for the Chariho Community on Monday, November 2nd at the high school.  It will be held from 4:00-7:00 in our High School gymnasium.  Please see information below about this free clinic as well as other flu clinics being offered at our Chariho schools:

Blood Drive

On Thursday, October 15th, our CHARIHOtech Health Careers Program is proud to sponsor a Blood Drive using the mobile unit from 7:30am – 2:00pm in front of the Career and Technology Center.  This Blood Drive will only be open to students (16 years of age and older), staff and faculty.   The RI Blood Center has been holding community blood drives since early June.  Every drive follows strict safety protocols to insure both donor and staff safety.  The need for blood donations has never been greater.  The RI Dept of Health is asking all eligible donors to please recognize the need and give whenever possible. For more information re: Covid safety measures and the RI DOH’s support, please visit our website at  Thank you for your support!  Please see below for more information:

CNA Certification!

We are very proud to share that 5 of our Health Career students passed their state CNA certification exam this past Saturday!!!  Congratulations to our Health Careers students for this major accomplishment!

Bethany MacLeod, Health Careers Instructor

From the School Counseling Department

Our Annual College Fair is going Virtual! On Monday, October 19th we will be holding our Annual College Fair via Zoom. Over 25 area colleges and universities will be logged-in and ready to meet with our students to answer questions and share information about all their school has to offer.  Stay tuned for more information on how to participate.  All grades welcome!

Federal Student Aid for College

Attention parents and guardians of Seniors!!  If your child is college-bound you should be filling out the FAFSA!  Completing the parent portion of the FAFSA accurately and correctly is crucial to helping your child get help paying for college.  That's because the FAFSA can open doors to all forms of financial assistance for students. The application is crucial to access federal student aid such as Pell Grants or low interest federal student loans.  Chariho is participating in FAFSA Day on October 20th by offering free, half-hour individualized appointments for parents who would like help with the FAFSA form.  To sign up visit the link  Please note that you will need to file for a FAFSA ID and collect some important tax information prior to your appointment.  If you have questions, please contact your child's school counselor.

Also, CHS will be hosting a Virtual Financial Aid Night for students and parents on Thursday October 22 at 6:00pm.  A representative from the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) will be presenting an overview of the financial aid process including information on the FAFSA/Federal Aid, loan options, grants and scholarships.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the financial aid process for college or technical schools!  An email with the link to this virtual presentation will be sent to parents and students as we near the date.

The 20-21 Robotics Season

The 20-21 Robotics Season Has Begun!  The first meeting of the High School Robotics Team was Tuesday, September 22. Preparations have begun for the annual First Tech Robotics Competition Any High School student is allowed to attend meetings, even if the student is a full virtual learner. Meetings will take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 until 4p.m. The team is looking for local business sponsors. We have a sponsorship packet for any potential supporters. Any interested student or parent may contact the team mentor at:

From Hospitality & Event Planning

Hospitality and Event Planning is proud to announce that all of the 11th grade class has successfully passed the Hospitality, Tourism Management Certification with honors.
We are also happy to announce 20 new students to the Hospitality Program this year.
Please follow us on instagram @CharihoHospitality to see all of our students.




We can’t emphasize enough how impressed we were with our school community's transition to distance learning this past spring.  Our faculty and staff continue to learn and refine practices that best support students through both in-person and distance learning.  We are eager to welcome students, faculty and staff into the building, while ensuring that safety and readiness are at the forefront of our intentions.  As messaged by Superintendent Picard, students will begin on 9/14 and will follow this schedule:

Please note that Mondays will be Distance Learning and will follow this 8-Block Schedule HERE (scroll down to page 2).  Tuesdays and Thursdays will be GREEN days and Wednesdays and Fridays will be WHITE days.  Students will follow this schedule HERE (see page 1) on Tuesdays through Fridays. The intention is to ease into a full reopening on 9/28.  More information to follow as that time approaches.

For more information on Virtual & Concurrent Learning, please visit our Virtual Learning Site and view this video which provides an overview of the site as well as virtual and concurrent learning expectations and resources.  When at the site, make sure to click on the CHS tab where you can find teacher, student and parent expectations, our Green/White Calendars as well as our Block Schedules.  Our detailed Reopening Schedule & Planning Logistics document can be found here; this provides a detailed overview of CHS/CTC reopening plans.  For all block schedules and in all re-opening scenarios, the "school day" will be in session from 7:40-2:10.  Student drop-off is between 7:20 and 7:30.  Students are expected to report directly to their first block class, unless picking up a boxed breakfast in the cafeteria.

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is at the top of our list.  To ensure we meet expectations for social distancing and best practices in maintaining safety, we ask parents and students to view this Reopening Guidance video.  This video provides information on masking expectations, hallway directional patterns, arrival procedures, and additional information on mitigating risk.  We encourage parents and students to view these resources together.  We all need to do our part in supporting each other's health and well-being! 


Parents/Guardians will be required to submit a Daily Self Check for every child in PowerSchool using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. You must use the parent account for the self check. Click HERE for more details.  Students who are 18 or older may do the Daily Self Check reporting, themselves.  Below are directions for how to access the Daily Health Check Link using the Mobil App:
  • COVID 19 Daily Health Check Link for PowerSchool Mobil App To access the COVID 19 Daily Check on the PowerSchool Mobil App click the link below. You will be required to login again. Once you are logged in use the arrow to scroll to the left side of the screen. Click on the Face with the Mask. Click New, answer the questions, sign and submit. COVID 10 Health Check


Canvas is the learning management system teachers use to post daily agendas, class assignments, lessons, and any related class resources.  This is a go-to resource for our students and parents.

Students, please view these slides to learn how to access your Canvas courses.

Parents can have access to their children's courses through Canvas. See the steps below to get a Parent Observer account. 

How to become a Canvas observer:
  1. You will need the child's login and password to Canvas (same one they use for Powerschool and to log onto the laptop). You may ask your child for the login or call guidance to request the password be mailed to you. 
  2. Use any computer or device with internet connection.
  3. Go to
  4. Click the ribbon that states "Click Here for an Account"
  5. Fill in the prompts and begin to navigate as an observer (your child will have to provide you his/her password).


We are extremely proud to share that our high school students recorded their highest-ever Advanced Placement scores this year.  The results were released this July and 82% of our students scored a 3 (proficient) or higher!  This is a huge achievement, especially seeing the unique virtual circumstances we were faced with during both instruction & testing windows.  Our AP test scores have consistently risen over the past few years; 57% of our students were proficient in 2017 and we have seen substantial growth since then.  This year’s strong performance is a testament to the targeted focus we have placed on preparing students for college and career and speaks to the effective AP readiness instruction and study skills taking place by our teachers and students.  We are also pleased to share that one-third of our students taking AP exams were enrolled in a CHARIHOtech program.  We are proud our CTC students can work towards four years of a CTC program while also pursuing college credit opportunities through Advanced Placement courses.    


New federal regulations that went into effect last month elevate our collective responsibility to report sexual harassment in the school setting.  All faculty and staff in our school are now mandated reporters of any incidents of sexually charged language or actions between students, students and adults, or between adults.  Parents and students must understand that any (even casual) use of sexually charged language that could undermine the learning experience of a student or students trigger a formal, comprehensive investigation that includes building and district administration and our Title IX Coordinator. Administrators, faculty and staff are receiving training in the new regulations. We are encouraging our students to do the following:

  • Be kind and respectful of each other
  • Be careful, not casual, in your communication, both live and electronically (including images), with each other.
  • Report any concerns or incidents to a staff member or administration.

JUNE 2020


It's hard to believe we are now in Week 11 of Virtual Learning!  Our seniors will be graduating on Friday and our underclassmen will be heading into exam week.  It's truly amazing how our faculty, staff, students, parents and community have all rallied together to make virtual instruction as successful as possible.  We have received kudos from the State on the work that is being done here at Chariho.  Everyone in Chariho owns this recognition and all should be proud, especially our students who have shown that they can adapt, face the unexpected, and rise to the challenge.  Please know that we are working closely with the State and the RI Department of Education in planning for what school may look like in the fall.  We know that it can be unnerving not knowing what lies ahead, rest assured that we will communicate with you along every step of the way.  In the meantime, our June blog shares ways in which our underclassmen can close out the year strong.  There is information on the upcoming exam week, summer night school and summer schoolwork expectations.  We close with a year in review through Twitter.  Enjoy!

Mr. Mac, Ms. Spas & Mr. Auth


As we head into the last few weeks of school, our message to our students is to finish strong and to end on a positive.  Our faculty have prepared some brief clips, specific to their courses, to prepare our students for their final exams and to provide strategies that will help them close out their year on a high note.  Teachers have created clips on study skills, organization, and exam prep strategies.  Our related service providers have prepared clips on goal-setting, coping skills, sustaining engagement, and prioritizing tasks, to name a few.  We encourage our students to also think about their social/emotional health at this time and to make healthy choices as we head into the summer.  We ask that students and parents take some time to scroll through the Flipgrids and find topics relevant to their courses and needs.  The Flipgrids can be found at the following link:


Underclassmen exams will be held the week of June 10th - June 15th.  The exam schedule can be found here.


We have a new website for all summer portfolio, reading & math work.  Make sure to locate the section specific to the grade-level you are entering next year. The summer study website can be found here:


New to this summer, we are offering students the opportunity to take advantage of summer credit-bearing experiences through our Summer Learning Leap Program.  Students can choose to complete a Summer Internship, an Independent Study or enroll in a Virtual High School (VHS) course.  To learn more about each of these opportunities, please connect with our STEM Coordinator, Susie Scanapieco at or our Humanities Coordinator, Dana Hall at  Please keep in mind that the Virtual High School seats are contingent upon grant funding.  There will be a maximum of 20 VHS seats.


Night School is an opportunity for students to recover high school credits.  The Summer Session for Night School will run from June 22nd - June 30th, this excludes Friday, June 26th.  For more information about Night School and how to sign-up, please go to the following site:


MAY 2020


We have some important updates for virtual learning regarding the revised calendar as well as grading and assessment practices.  Last night, the School Committee voted to approve a couple of key changes that will help you plan for the rest of the academic year:

  1. The revised District Calendar has been approved to align with guidance from the State.  Based upon the revised district calendar, we have updated our Green/White Calendar, found here.  You will notice that there are PD days on May 6th, May 20th and June 1st.  So, students do not report to virtual instruction those days.  Also, May 15th will be a Holiday.  If your child has an AP exam scheduled for May 15th, this AP exam session will still take place that day.

  1. The School Committee also voted to approve grading and assessment procedures.  The updated procedures can be found here.  In summary:
    1. We will continue with our traditional, numerical grading practices.  Students will NOT have the option of Pass/Fail.
    2. The Semester Weighting will remain the same at:  Q3: 40%, Q4: 40% and Major Course Assessment: 20%
    3. The Q4 Weighting will change to as follows, this allows for less emphasis/weighting on major assessments/projects: 
      • The following may count for 50% of the final grade:
        • Homework (no more than 15%), quizzes, daily assignments, reviews, warm-ups, and similar short assessments.
      • The following may count for 50% of the final grade:
        • unit assessments, district assessments, performance tasks, major projects, research papers, and similar more substantive, summative assessments
    1. Instead of the “typical semester exams”, each course will create an “Alternative MCA” which will be a summative assessment, performance task, and/or project-based assessment that captures the Essential Power Standards that have been taught over the course of the semester. 
    2. We will be waiving the “Must Pass” expectation for all classes that are graduation requirements.  This means, as long as the student’s semester final average is 70 or above, the student is not required to pass the Alternative MCA to pass the course. 
    3. For students who fail their Alternative MCA, but have a passing grade (70 or above) for the semester (prior to the exam), they will have the opportunity to do a retake. 

Here are some important end-of-year dates:

  • Last Instructional Day for Seniors: May 29th
  • Senior Summative Assessment Window:  May 26th - 29th
  • Senior Assessment/Assignment Make-Ups: June 2nd – June 3rd
  • Senior “Graduation”:  June 5th

  • Underclassmen Summative Assessment Window:  June 10th, 11th, 12th & 15th
  • Underclassmen Summative Assessment Make-Ups:  June 16th & 17th
  • Last day of School:  6/17

We thank you for your continued support of virtual instruction.  

Stay healthy,
Mr. MacKenzie, Mr. Auth & Ms. Spas


Please know that we continue to work with our senior class council, senior class advisors and central office in planning for a way to celebrate and honor our senior class.  It is very important to us that we plan a celebration that honors our seniors while also ensuring their healthy and safety; we continue to look for guidance from the State in our decision-making.  Once a formal plan has been developed, we will make sure to communicate all specifics with you once that time comes.

Also, we are working on a plan for cap, gown, and yearbook distribution.  Once this plan has been finalized, we will share next steps.  Faculty are also in the process of nominating students for senior and underclassmen awards.  We have a plan for how senior awards will be shared and will send that out shortly.  For our underclassmen awards, we hope to be able to hold the award ceremony in-person this upcoming fall.


A few weeks ago, faculty and administrators shared words of encouragement to the senior class, check out their videos here:

May 1st was Decision Day, a day that celebrates the post-secondary decisions that students make to pursue college, career or military.  In the following link, faculty and administrators share their former post-secondary decisions and offer words of advice; while seniors share their plans for their future, check out the videos here:


AP Exams will take place online this year during the weeks of May 11th through the 22nd.  Most of the AP Exams will be 1 or 2 free-response questions and all of the exams will be open book and open notes.  Each exam will be approximately 45-minutes, however, students are expected to login 30-minutes prior to the exam.  If your child is taking an AP exam this year, you and your child are encouraged to view the following site: where all updated AP Exam information can be found.  To see which day a specific exam will take place, please see this link:  AP teachers will be reviewing the AP exam protocol and process with students next week and we will be working together for a smooth testing process. You are encouraged to view the following resources:

  • AP Testing Guide for the online exams:  2020 AP Testing Guide.  This guide explains the exam day process, the steps students need to take before exam day, and details about the e-tickets students will need to participate.  
  • Exam Day Checklist for students 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist  Teachers should have their students complete this checklist for each exam they take and keep it next to them while testing.
  • Student Video Lessons:  Please encourage students to access the AP YouTube channel to get review information to help prepare for the exam. All of the live courses are recorded so students can access them on demand. We have begun airing Master Classes hosted by well-known and/or celebrity guest instructors. Here is the link to the AP YouTube channel:
  • Parent Webinar:  The parent webinar that was held last week is recorded and can be accessed here: The focus of this webinar is on how parents can help their students prepare for this year’s exam and how colleges and universities consider AP in their admissions policies. The panelists provide generous examples from their role as AP parents as well as educators.


As we continue with virtual learning for the remainder of the academic year, it will be very important for students to get into the habit of checking their emails daily.  This helps to ensure communications aren't missed and is an important life skill for our students to develop.

From the Chariho FFA

The FFA is excited to announce that the Plant Sale Fundraiser will still be happening this year!  Instead of holding the plant sale at the school, the FFA is partnering with Our Kids Farm in Exeter.

How to support this fundraiser:
  • Shop online at to choose from beautiful, quality hanging baskets, annuals, vegetables and herbs
  • Place an order between May 6 - May 20
  • In the checkout, arrange for a pickup time/ date and mention ‘CHARIHO FFA’ in the checkout notes to have your purchase applied to our fundraiser
  • Pick up your order at 555 Gardner Road, Exeter, RI (just past Wawaloam Campground)

Just as in years past, the FFA would like to thank you for your continued support of our program!