Community WBL Breakfast

We look forward to hosting our first Community Work-Based Learning (WBL) Breakfast next Wednesday, December 11th.  Our intent is to build a meaningful connection between our community partners and students.  We are challenging ourselves to create as many applied and work-based learning experiences for our students as possible.  Our Work-Based Learning Program will provide underclassmen with internships and all students with classroom and site-based experiences that provide insight into professional habits of mind and applications of learning.  We look forward to working with our community partners to make this a reality for all students!

9th Grade Goes to College

CHS 9th graders went to College!  This past Thursday, December 5th, 278 freshmen visited and toured one of eleven colleges and universities in RI, including the Naval War College and the National Guard Training Center.  By offering this experience to our students, our hope is that they imagine themselves in higher learning.  We are building a Ladder to Learner Autonomy...Autonomy is developed when students are challenged to imagine themselves thriving in environments outside their comfort zone.  Our charge is to provide those opportunities!  See below for some images from this exciting day!

Peer Mentoring 

This semester we are piloting a Peer Mentoring Program, targeting support for 9th grade students who are struggling to acclimate socially and academically to our school.  We see a tremendous opportunity for model student mentors to connect with 9th graders and share their experience, develop relationships, and guide them as they navigate the many challenges of freshman year.  As designed, mentors participated in mentorship training and have agreed to connect with their mentee at least 5 times during or immediately after school during Semester 1.  We are convinced that establishing this program and providing struggling students the opportunity to connect with a role model in our school will support improved student investment, engagement and success.  If your 9th grader may benefit from a peer mentor or if you are a 9th grader and would like to refer yourself, please contact Principal MacKenzie at

State Accountability Rating 

We are proud to share that we have received a 4-Star Rating as part of the RI School Accountability Reporting System.  A variety of data sources are used to evaluate school performance like test scores, graduation rates, chronic absenteeism, and assessment growth, to name a few.  Every public school in RI receives a Star Rating based on this data.  For more information on RIDE's Accountability system, please click here

Here is some information about our Star Rating from the RIDE website:

The CHS Theatre Company Presents...

Holiday Buffet 

Our CHARIHOtech Culinary Arts Holiday Buffet will be held next week on Dec 12th and 13th from 11:00am-12:30pm.  Chariho Culinary is hosting a joyous holiday buffet featuring many classic holiday dishes for $12 a person.  A meal sure to warm the soul.  Tickets can be purchased ahead of time, walk-in's are also welcome.  Here is a preview of our menu.  Hope to see you there!

Hospitality & Event Planning

We are excited to share that Nicole Carnevale was awarded the Hospitality Student of the Year last night at the Stars of the Industry event at the Twin River Event Center.  There were over 800 attendees for this special event which was hosted by RI Hospitality Association.

The 9th graders toured the RI Convention Center, Dunkin' Donuts Center, and the Omni Hotel.  They met with the Senior Sales Manager of the RI Convention Center, Executive Director of the Dunkin' Donuts Center, and the General Manager of the Omni Hotel. 

The 10th graders facilitated and executed the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon with over 100 attendees.  We are touring the American Cruise Line executive offices this month.  We will meet with the President, Vice President, Sales and Marketing departments.

The 11th and 12th graders executed and planned the annual Red Ribbon Week event in the High School.   They also participated in a field trip to the 5 star Castle Hill Inn in Newport.

Make sure to check out @CharihoHospitality on Instagram for photos of the great things happening with our Hospitality & Event Planning program!   

Basket Raffle Fundraiser!

The basket raffle fundraiser is underway! Please consider purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a great basket and also support the Gingerbread Express and all four graduating classes. If interested in purchasing tickets see a class advisor or class officer. Tickets are also available in A7. The drawing for the baskets will be held December 13th and winners will be notified the same day. 

From Jostens about the CHS Yearbook:

Support Chariho FBLA!

The Charger Zone is accepting orders. Please consider purchasing something this holiday season.   Click here for the Charger Zone Order Form.  If you have any questions, please contact Melisa Ritacco or Rachael Franklin.

Accessing Canvas & PowerSchool 

As we near Quarter 2 Progress Reports, this is a reminder that parents/guardians have the ability to view teacher's Canvas pages, which contain helpful course resources and assignments.  Click here for directions on how to become an observer in Canvas.

Also, a reminder that parents and students in grades 5-12 can access grade and attendance information online through PowerSchool, our student information system.  For more information on how to access PowerSchool, please visit:


~Craig MacKenzie, Andrea Spas & Gerald Auth

NOVEMBER 2019 Blog

Re-imagine & Immersion Experiences

CHS is going to College!  During the week of December 9th, we hope to provide all interested CHS students the opportunity to visit and tour one of eleven colleges and universities in RI, including the Naval War College and the National Guard Training Center.  Our goal is to help students imagine themselves in higher learning.  We are building a Ladder to Learner Autonomy...Autonomy is developed when students are challenged to imagine themselves thriving in environments outside their comfort zone.  Our charge is to provide those opportunities! Students are registering for their school of choice via a Google Form.  

Last week, 22 seniors and juniors were trained as Peer Mentors as part of our initiative to connect students struggling to engage in our school community.  Mentors will support students personally and academically, sharing their experience and encouraging our young Chargers to become actively involved in their learning experience and in Chariho extracurriculars.  Teachers and parents can refer students who could benefit from Peer Mentoring through our Mentee Referral Form

On Friday, Oct. 25th, 22 students from Chariho and Hope High Schools participated in our first 'Imagine' experience at URI.  Students got to know each other and learned about essentials of success in transitioning to college from URI students, toured campus, ate at the dining hall and discussed service learning with URI faculty, and learned about the admission process. 

See Tweets below capturing some of these experiences from the past couple of weeks!

School Improvement Team Update

Our School Improvement Team has met twice this year and we have created 3 goal areas to focus efforts towards during the 19-20 academic year.  Our goal areas include 1) a focus on providing proactive supports for 9th graders, 2) creating imagine/immersion experiences where CHS students can see themselves in various post-HS opportunities and 3) creating mentoring supports for our students.  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 21st at 2:30 in the CHS Library.

Community Pineapples

This past month, we hosted a week of pineapples where faculty opened their classrooms to colleagues as well as the Chariho community in order to observe best instructional practices.  Some of this past month's pineapple topics included research design, self-directed learning, peer accountability partners, student self-pacing, ceramics design, small group text-based discussions, station rotation, differentiated instruction, rhetorical strategies, project-based learning presentations, growth mindset work, kinesthetic modeling and more!  There will be additional weeks of Pineapples to come!

Support Skills USA on 11/7

The Murder Mystery Dinner that was scheduled for 11/1 has been rescheduled to Thursday, 11/7 from 5:00-7:00.  Come out to support our Skills USA Program! 

From the Art Department

Register by 11/14!  More information and registration can be found here. 

From the Athletics Department

High school winter sports begin on Monday, December 2nd.  Athletes must register on Family ID in order to tryout.  Thank you.

On Behalf of the Class Advisors

The class advisors of all four grades are organizing a basket raffle to be held the first two weeks of December. The fundraiser is going to benefit all grades and, starting November 11th, students will be invited to participate by creating a theme-based gift basket in their advisory. Advisories may fill their own basket or pair up with another group and fill one basket together. Students are encouraged to be creative and purchase/donate theme related items.  Raffle tickets will be sold the first two weeks of December and winners’ names will be drawn on December 13th. 10% of money raised will be donated to Gingerbread Express, the rest will be split evenly among the four classes for class activities.  

From the Class of 2022

The Class of 2022 will be having a dine in at Friendly's in Mystic on Thursday November 21st from 5pm to 9pm.  Students will be given voucher slips via advisory the week before the dine in.

On behalf of FBLA

FBLA will be selling 22 inch wreaths for $13.  Please contact an FBLA member or club advisors, Rachael Franklin or Melisa Ritacco.

Spirit Week Festivities

We just closed out a very spirited 4-days of Spirit Week and look forward to still having our Color Day & Pep Rally, which will take place on Thursday, November 7th.  A special thank you to Mr. Shiels and the students in his Leadership in Recreation class for organizing all events and to our PE department for their coordination as well.  Here are some highlights from a very fun past week with high-levels of student participation:

OCTOBER 2019 Blog


Faculty and students are looking forward to seeing you at Open House on Thursday night, October 3rd, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

At this year’s Open House you will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet the CHS/CTC Leadership Team at 5:30 PM in the library to hear our vision for our school community.
  • Visit with your child’s teachers during the locations indicated in the Big Picture Showcases & Departmental Offerings listed on the pages below.  At these offerings you can attend scheduled presentations highlighting courses, meet teachers, learn about department themes and opportunities for students, and hear and see students demonstrate their learning.
  • Connect to important student support resources and learn about ways you can get involved in our school community at our Parent Outreach Fair in the cafeteria.

This event is not designed for 1:1 conferencing with your child’s teachers; it is an opportunity to Explore, Connect and Learn.

Use the map and overview of scheduled showcases and departmental offerings included below to shape your own evening and get the most out of this important event.  In order to plan your itinerary for the evening, please follow the following steps:
  1. Step 1: Print/screenshot your child’s schedule in Powerschool. 
  2. Step 2: Review the Departmental Showcases (page2) & highlight the teachers you would like to visit
  3. Step 3: Consider also visiting classes that your child might like to take in the future & highlight
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.  Please note that usernames and passwords will not be given out over the phone or via email.  You can pick them up in person or they can be mailed home.

Hope to see you at Open House!

Craig M. MacKenzie, Principal      

Andrea J. Spas, Assistant Principal       
Gerald T. Auth, CTC Director


Parents/guardians have the ability to view teacher's Canvas pages, which contain helpful course resources and assignments.  Click here for directions on how to become an observer in Canvas.


Attention Juniors and Parents:
The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered at Chariho HS on Wednesday, October 16.  This is a great opportunity to practice for the SAT or to be potentially eligible for National Merit Scholarships.  The cost is $20 and checks can be make payable to Chariho SAF 211G.  Registration forms can be picked up in the School Counseling office and the deadline is Monday September 30.  If you have any questions, please see your school counselor.

Attention Juniors and Seniors:
A admissions representative from URI will be presenting on Friday, October 25 at 9am in the library about admissions requirements, programming and other opportunities at URI.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about URI and ask specific questions.  Sign up information will be coming soon to students through your school email and will be posted to the junior and senior guidance canvas page.

Attention Juniors and Seniors:
The school counseling department will be an essay writing workshop on Tuesday, October 8 for students interested in a 4 year college after high school.  An admissions representative from Salve Regina will be presenting to interested students.  Please sign up here:

Attention all students:
Chariho’s school counseling department is hosting our annual college fair on Friday, October 11.    This is a great opportunity for students of all grades to get familiar or ask questions to representatives from 4 year colleges, 2 year colleges, technical schools and the armed services.  Please sign up here:


Culinary will be hosting our Annual Chicken Parmesan Dinner, Friday October 18th.  Dinner will be served from 4:00pm-6:30pm by all levels of our Culinary student.  Tickets will be available early October, $12 for Adults $6 for Children.  We are looking for volunteers to help in the kitchen or serve in the dinning room.  


We look forward to welcoming all students to kick-off another school year!  We had a great turnout for new student orientation last Tuesday night and enjoyed meeting with our new, incoming students.  A special thank you to our upperclassmen who helped support orientation by guiding tours and hosting our extracurricular fair.  

We will be convening grade-level meetings next week where we will meet with the full student body to discuss our expectations for the year ahead.   

We are entering our second year of Learner Quality implementation.  Students will be rated on five learner qualities in each class at the close of each semester, with a summary rating reported on student report cards. The following learner qualities will be rated as “meets" or "does not meet":

Self-Directed Learner:  Learners take initiative and are active participants in the learning process. Learners make meaning by linking their story, their new learning and their purpose. Learners carefully plan their learning journey.

Quality Producer:  Learners create organized and professional products. Learns always wonder about why and how. Learners take risks and explore in order to arrive at new solutions.

Collaborative Worker:  Learners work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort. Learners fight for inclusion and work to ensure all voices are represented and heard.

Respectful Citizen:  Learners are positive participants who engage others in the academic and social aspects of work. Learners have a sense of belonging, of being part of a learning community at school, at work, at home, and in social networks.

Growth Mindset:  Learners recognize that effort creates ability. Learners know that those who work, learn. Learners demonstrate an openness and readiness to learn and understand that they are in control of their own destiny.

A rubric will be used to assess learning qualities.  Please click here for the rubric.  Students will be expected to rate their performance in these areas and teachers will individually conference with each student to discuss the student's self-ratings as well as the teacher's ratings.  As always, we appreciate the support of our parents and community in reinforcing these essential skills for our students and in continuing our practice of holding our Chariho High School students to the highest of expectations.

We look forward to the year ahead!

Craig MacKenzie, Principal Twitter: @dflamturnover
Andrea Spas, Assistant Principal Twitter: @Andrea_Spas
Gerry Auth, Director of CHARIHOtech Twitter: @CHARIHOtech


CHS is a finalist for a $500,000 XQ RI Grant to re-imagine high school.  Our Vision statement reads "CHS is building a Ladder to Learner Autonomy that empowers students to: Access, Imagine, and Achieve". We understand that incoming 9th graders need support, training, and practice to develop essential skills that allow them to be increasingly independent as learners. Through mentoring, systems of support for 9th grade transition and applied learning experiences with community businesses and organizations, we propose to help students access, imagine and achieve social, academic and professional learning experiences. Our goal is to promote responsible, self-directed community members. We will support all our students in this progression towards independence, and provide incentives to students who demonstrate learner autonomy. We need parent and community support in realizing our goals for our students through this grant!


As outlined in Mr. Ricci's September e-newsletter, there are two significant policy changes that will take place this upcoming year.  First, cell phones will only be allowed in instructional spaces with teacher permission.  Second, a social suspension (which is exclusion for 30 days from participation in or attendance at all extracurricular events and athletics) and mandatory attendance at a Prevention Retreat will be required when there is a substance abuse violation.  The policy can be found here.


We are very pleased with this year's Advanced Placement performance results.  Our exam pass-rates continue to rise.  Seventy-eight percent of students scored a 3 or better!  Click here for an article from the Westerly Sun outlining our AP performance. 


Dear Senior and Junior Parents:

Chariho High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night for students and parents on Monday, September 30th at 6:30pm in the library.  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!  


Calling all students to audition for A Christmas Carol, coming this December...


The entire CHS campus was sprayed for mosquitoes on Friday August 30th, we do this every year.
Smart scheduling is in place throughout the week in regards to all practices, teams are off the field an hour before sunset, 630 pm is the time we are using.  All teams have been supplied mosquito repellant which is  used at every practice/game by players and coaches.  Coaches have spoken to athletes about wearing long sleeves and sweatpants when appropriate for competition and also when not participating, such as sitting on the bench during a soccer game, etc. The sports boosters will have repellent available for all patrons when entering the stadium.

JUNE 2019 Blog

Summer Study Expectations

Each summer, all 9th grade CHS students complete a summer study project that connects their summer experiences to the Chariho 10--the ten expectations that define our graduation portfolio. Returning CHS students will complete a grade-specific assignment to help them define, refine, and target their post-high school goals. Students present their Summer Study in advisories during the month of September.  

We understand that summer is a busy time, and we are conscious of the many demands on students’ and parents’ time.  However, we also believe that in an increasingly competitive world it is our responsibility to provide students with opportunities to enhance and advance their college and career readiness.  With that in mind, we will provide students with the same opportunity that was afforded during this school year to complete and deliver their presentation in advisory by the end of September.  We also have designed alternative approaches to the grade-level projects that consider the varying resources and flexibility of some of our students.

On the reverse side of this letter there is an overview of the summer study assignments and a link to the Summer Study website.  You can also find a link on the CHS webpage. Please click here to view Summer Study Expectations for each grade level.  The site is rich in resources that support each grade-level summer study assignment.  

Thanks in advance for your support of this initiative.  

US News & World Report High School Ranking

We are excited to share that Chariho Regional High School has been ranked #6 in the state of Rhode Island and in the top 10% of high schools in the USA by the US News & World Report.  

Important Info About 1:1 Initiative

1:1 Sign off (needs to be returned annually)


Expectations for AP Students

Please click here to read about summer deadlines for Advanced Placement Exam payment as well as summer coursework expectations.  Chariho reimburses exam payment to students scoring 3, 4 or 5 on their AP Exam.

Night School: Summer Session

Night School for the Extended School Year (Summer School) is now available on the Night School calendar.  
  • This Summer Session will start on Monday, June 17th and end on Friday, June 21st, 2019. 
  • There will be two time slots for each day and it is encouraged that the students attend both time slots in their entirety to get the most out of this session of Night School. 
  • The times slots are  9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm 
  • The session will be located in the High School Library. 
To register a student go to the Chariho High School web page, click on the Student Resources tab and click on the Night School link.  You can also contact your child's School Counselor to find out more. 

Reflections from the Quebec Trip!

Twenty-six CHS students from grades 10-12 participated in the highly successful 2019 Québec Trip this year. Students and chaperones spent April 10-13 in the wonderful, historic Quebec City.  Each day of the trip included the challenge of using the French language in context as well as numerous fun, cultural discoveries. In the first photo, taken at a crêpe restaurant called “Au Petit Coin Breton”, students are speaking French on the daily prompts about weather, tour visits and meal experiences of that day. The second photo shows students doing Québécois folk dancing at the maple sugar shack “L’Entailleur”. In the third photo, also, at the sugar shack, students are enjoying the maple treat “Tire sur la neige”. The fourth photo was taken at the dinner dance held at the famous water falls outside Québec City called les Chutes de Montmorency. Mrs. Leatham would like to thank all the parents for helping their sons and daughters take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and to congratulate the student travelers on their enthusiastic engagement in all the trip activities and challenges. “ Vive le Québec”----“Je me souviens”

From the Athletic Department

The Fall sports meeting will be Monday, July 29th at 7 pm in the Chariho Auditorium.

A year in review via Twitter...

We wish all Students, Staff & Chariho Families a safe, productive and fun summer!

~Craig, Andrea & Gerry