FEBRUARY 2019 Blog


Learner Qualities & the Report Card

Since September, all students have been instructed in five learner qualities through their advisory classes.  By now, all students have been expected to rate their performance within each of the learner qualities for their seven, academic courses.  Throughout December, teachers held individual conferences with each of their students to discuss their learner quality performance, including the student's self-ratings as well as the teacher's ratings.  Please click here for the rubric that has been used to guide this discussion.  As we have shared, the following learner qualities will be rated as “meets" or "does not meet" on the upcoming semester report card:

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. Learners 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.

The semester 1 report cards will be issued the week of February 4th.  You will notice that two, new columns have been added for learner quality scores, titled: LQ1 and LQ2.  LQ1 column is for the first semester LQ grade and LQ2 is for the second semester LQ grade.  Towards the top, there is information about how LQs are scored for the report card: 100=5 of 5 learner qualities met, 80=4 of 5 met, 60=3 of 5 met, 40=2 of 5 met, 0=0 of 5 met.  There is a message at the bottom of the report card informing parents that they can access more detailed information about learner quality performance by logging directly into PowerSchool.  In order to view Learner Quality performance per course within PowerSchool, please do the following:

  1.  Login into PowerSchool (students can also login to check as well)
  2.  Click on the grade in the "L1" column next to the course you want to view the LQ rating
  3.  It will then bring up the Learner Qualities and the rating associated with each LQ

Learner quality ratings are specific to the Chariho High School report card and will not be reported to colleges via transcripts.  Here is a preview of what the report card will look like:


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.  Be on the lookout for your child's LQ ratings on the upcoming semester report card!


Program of Studies


The 2019-2020 Program of Studies is now available to parents and students!  Please encourage students to access the Program when selecting their courses.  Our hope is that students are thoughtful in their course selection process and use the Program of Studies as a guide in determining what courses best match their needs and future interests.   The table of contents is now hyperlinked so they can jump to the desired section by clicking on the page # to the right.  The Program of Studies can be found on the HS webpage as well as the School Counseling/Guidance page:

Career Fair

Chariho parents: we need your support creating a meaningful career fair experience for our CHS students:
  • Do you have a career you would like to promote?  
  • Would you like to help our students understand the expectations and pathways offered through your field?  
  • Are you looking to recruit seasonal or full-time employees?
We will be hosting a career fair on February 8th for CHS and CTC students. At this event, representatives from various businesses, unions, and organizations will have their opportunity to meet with Chariho Regional High School students during advisory to discuss pathways to professions, expectations for professionals in the field, and expected income for various positions within the profession. Professionals will have tables/displays set up at in the HS Gymnasium. We need you to help our students understand the skills, expectations and pathways to success in your profession. Please contact CTC Director, Gerald Auth, at Gerald.Auth@Chariho.k12.ri.us or CHS Principal, Craig MacKenzie, at Craig.MacKenzie@chariho.k12.ri.us for more information. If you are interested in registering for this event please click the following link: Chariho Career Fair.

Your Voice: SurveyWorks

We are pleased to announce that you and your children in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to give feedback about Chariho Regional High School through SurveyWorks. SurveyWorks is a statewide survey that asks you questions about the learning environment of schools.  This is an opportunity to let Chariho Regional High School leadership know what you think about your child’s experience.  We are always open to suggestions on how to improve the learning environment for your children.

Topics on the survey include school safety, school climate, learning strategies, family support and others. As in previous years, all surveys are anonymous. Students will take the survey during advisory time on Thursday, January 31 and Friday, February 1, 2019. Make up days will be Monday, February 4, and Tuesday, February 5, 2019.   All educators, students and families are invited to participate in SurveyWorks.  We encourage families to go to:  http://surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter the access code: 98101family.   All surveys are available in English and Spanish. Accommodations will be offered as necessary.

The survey results are most useful when all parents participate.  Please participate as we are looking for 100% participation! Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important.  By taking this short survey you can help our school leadership and School Improvement Team. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you. For more information about Survey Works, please click here. If you don’t have access to the Internet, please contact Mrs. Nikki Scott at 364-7778 ext. 2102 to access a paper survey.

Post-Secondary Planning Night

The 2019 Chariho High School 
Post-Secondary Planning Night will be held on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 pm in the High School Cafeteria. Parents and students are encouraged to join us for a presentation on the options for students after high school. The evening will primarily focus on the 4-year college application process, but we will also introduce 2-year schools, technical programs, and the military.  Come with your questions ready!


Yearbook Ordering Information!


Pre Order your yearbook now at bit.ly/OrderCharihoYearbook and guarantee you receive a yearbook before they sell out.  Personalization options (such as name and icon stamping on the cover) end on February 24th.

Parents/Guardians of Seniors:
The deadline to purchase a recognition ad for your graduating student is February 8th.  Recognition ads can be purchased at www.jostensadservice.com or by sending in the order form given to your senior during advisory last week.

Hospitality & Event Planning

The Hospitality, Event Planning students are planning two events right now:  Artessy and the Chariho Career Fair.  In January, the Freshmen class took part in an opportunity to tour the Rhode Island Convention Center and The Omni Hotel in Providence.  In addition, several students are competing in Skills USA with Hospitality Presentations, Customer Service, Interview and I-Movie Video on Safety and Security.  In February, the Junior class will participate in a sponsored event by Rhode Island Hospitality called Pro-Start and compete against all of the other Career and Technical Schools in Rhode Island.  In March, all four levels of Hospitality will tour the World Class Mohegan Sun and have an opportunity to speak to the CEO, Food and Beverage Executive Committee, Hotel Rooms Division, and the Director of Human Resources.  Finally, in March, students will have guest speakers from The Shelter Harbor Golf Course and The Ocean House Resort that they will discuss summer employment and internship opportunities.  


Mental Health Newsletters

Please click here for January's mental health newsletter and here for the February newsletter.  The focus of the January newsletter is on behavioral and emotional regulation.  The February newsletter addresses grief and provides resources for coping with the loss of a loved one.

RI Scholastic Art Awards!


Please join the Chariho Art Department in congratulating the following Chariho students on their win(s) in the 2019 RI Scholastic Art Awards:

Bailey Alter, Honorable Mention in Ceramic & Glass for fantasia
Haley Argo, Silver Key in Digital Art for Goblin Jacks
Haley Argo, Honorable Mention in Mixed Media for Trash Fish
Dehlia Beaudry, Silver Key in Painting for Blue Footed
Grace Bueno, Honorable Mention in Digital art for In the Shadows
Asher Ford, Honorable Mention in Photography for Color Wheel
Miranda Hoxie, Honorable Mention in Photography for Electric Blue
Makayla Lembo, Honorable Mention in Drawing and Illustration forBall and Chains

Dehlia and Haley, who both were awarded Silver Keys, will have their work exhibited at the Dorrance Hamilton Gallery at Salve Regina University.

The Awards Ceremony will be held February 3rd at 1:00 at Salve Regina University.  For more information please visit: http://www.riaea.org/scholastics


A Message from the French Program


On January 16th, CHS/CMS French teacher, Claire Leatham, and her CHS French 3, French 4 and French 5 students held 2 back-to-back assemblies in the CMS auditorium, the first assembly for an audience of CHS students and the second for the entire sixth grade. One of the goals of the assemblies was to familiarize Chariho students with French and with the Chariho French program to help them with language course decisions as part of their upcoming course selections.

Mrs. Leatham and her students presented their exciting and challenging Véronique, Fille Unique  French film project in which small student groups each produced a film in French of a scene from the same 12 scene French play, Véronique, Fille Unique.  After showing the films, many of the participating students participated in a panel on stage and shared their reflections on the experience of the film project as part of the proficiency-oriented French program at CHS. Mrs. Leatham has encouraged participating students to submit their films to the 2019 Chariho Film Festival as this would provide another audience for  their French film accomplishments.




DECEMBER 2018 Blog

Learner Qualities Update

In our September blog, we shared that a building-wide focus this year will be on instructing students on essential learner qualities. Industry professionals and our postsecondary and community partners have consistently weighed in on what skills they are looking for from our graduates.   Learner qualities encompass the critical skills that are integral to success in workplace and in post secondary education.  We value the feedback from our partners and are preparing Chariho students with the skills to prepare them for their next steps following graduation.  

Since September, all students have been instructed in each of the five learner qualities through their advisory classes.  By now, all students have been expected to rate their performance within each of the learner qualities for their seven, academic courses. Now through December 21st, teachers will be individually conferencing with students to discuss the student's self-ratings as well as the teacher's ratings. A rubric is used to guide this discussion and to assess the final learner qualities.  Please click here for the rubric.  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. Learners 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.

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.  Be on the lookout for your child's LQ ratings on the upcoming semester report card!

This Year's Career Fair

Chariho parents: we need your support creating a meaningful career fair experience for our CHS students:
  • Do you have a career you would like to promote?  
  • Would you like to help our students understand the expectations and pathways offered through your field?  
  • Are you looking to recruit seasonal or full-time employees?
We will be hosting a career fair on February 8th for CHS and CTC students. At this event, representatives from various businesses, unions, and organizations will have their opportunity to meet with Chariho Regional High School students during advisory to discuss pathways to professions, expectations for professionals in the field, and expected income for various positions within the profession. Professionals will have tables/displays set up at in the HS Gymnasium. We need you to help our students understand the skills, expectations and pathways to success in your profession. Please contact CTC Director, Gerald Auth, at Gerald.Auth@Chariho.k12.ri.us or CHS Principal, Craig MacKenzie, at Craig.MacKenzie@chariho.k12.ri.us for more information. If you are interested in registering for this event please click the following link: Chariho Career Fair.

Congrats to the Field Hockey Team

We are very proud of our Chariho Field Hockey Team who won this year's RI Field Hockey Officials Association 2018 Sportsmanship Award!  






A Message from the Athletics Department 

The Winter sports season has begun and the Chariho Athletic Department would like to remind parents and spectators that appropriate behavior and sportsmanship is required at ALL athletic events, both home and away.  Remember that you represent the Chariho Regional School District at all sporting events and that you are there to support and cheer for our teams and to enjoy the skill and competition, not to intimidate or ridicule the other team, its fans and coaches, or game officials.  Come be a positive supporter of our athletic teams and enjoy the season!

A Message from the Clinic

The Chariho High School Clinic and school nurse, Marc McGiveney, would like to share with students and families a great program for students who might be behind in immunizations or might need a particular immunization(s) that might be required by colleges, the military or employers. The program is called "Vaccinate before you Graduate". This is a FREE program in which students receive these needed boosters or first time immunizations at school. If interested contact the clinic or visit  schoolflu@thewellcomp.com. You do not have to be a senior to participate, this is available to ALL high school students. 

Mental Health Newsletter

Please click here for this month's mental health newsletter.  This month's focus is on depression in children and adolescents .

From the Special Education Advisory Committee

There will be a presentation by SEAC on 1/17/19 focusing on technological support for parents.  Come and learn about Google Classroom, how to check grades, apps that can support students, and more!  To learn more click here.

Senior Apparel

Senior apparel will be sold November 26 - December 7.  Seniors have been given an  order form in all advisories.  Additional copies of order forms will be available outside of T3. Sample clothing is available for viewing.  For more information please email Melisa Ritacco or Rachael Franklin.  Orders should be submitted to Ms. Ritacco or Ms. Franklin.

A Message from the Hospitality Program

The Junior class from Hospitality and Event Planning will be touring the newly renovated Mystic Marriott on Friday, December 7th.  The students will spend time working with managers from several departments.  Front Desk, Catering, Restaurant, Housekeeping, Accounting, Revenue Management, Security, and The Spa.  The students are also going to learn about how the Marriott forecasted and budgeted for the renovation by having a working lunch with the Human Resources Director, Lisa Morganweak, and the General Manager, Brian Hunt.  He was previously employed by The Lake Placid Lodge, Vail Marriott Resort and Spa, and The Delray Beach Marriot:  https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gonmm-mystic-marriott-hotel-and-spa/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

Also in December, the freshmen and junior class will have an opportunity to hear from guest speaker from Johnson and Wales University.  Barbara DiSaia, JWU Admissions Representative and Professor Michal Sabitioni, Hospitality and Tourism Instructor will work with students and discuss topics such as: programs offered, campus life, news and features, academics, admissions, athletics, and take a virtual tour of all four campuses: Providence, North Miami, Denver and Charlotte: https://www.jwu.edu/campuses/providence/index.html

CHS Chorus Benefit Concert

On Wednesday, November 14th over 40 Chariho Staff joined the CHS chorus in their annual Benefit concert. Over $1500 was raised in support of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, which provides help to music programs across the country who have experienced natural disasters. It was an evening of amazing music, where students and staff came together to share their love of the arts for a great cause.




'Miracle on 34th Street' this Weekend!

Save the Date! CHS Theatre Company performs ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ next weekend! Showtimes: Nov. 30 (7pm), Dec. 1 (7pm) and Dec. 2nd (2pm) at Chariho Middle School Auditorium.






Craig, Andrea & Gerry 

NOVEMBER 2018 Blog


School Improvement Team Update

Our School Improvement Team has met twice this year and we have drafted 3 potential goal areas to focus efforts towards during the 18-19 academic year.  Our tentative goal areas include a focus on improving absenteeism, building an alumni network, and efforts aimed to ensure our incoming 9th graders remain academically on-track.  Research tells us that students who have multiple failures in grade 9 put themselves in jeopardy of becoming off-track to graduate.  We want to focus efforts on keeping students on track during this critical year.  

On a related note, our final District Strategic Planning meeting was held on 10/25.  Over the course of three evenings, community members, district and school administrators, teachers, parents and students met to develop our 5-year strategic plan.  This plan will likely be released during the December School Committee meeting.  Our School Improvement Plan will also be guided by the prioritized goals of the District Strategic Plan.

Please consider attending our next School Improvement Team meeting, which will take place on November 29th at 2:30 in the CHS Library.


High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island

We are proud to announce that a team from Chariho Regional High School has made it the next round of the High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island, a PBS Production.  After competing in a "Super Sunday" event, our students have advanced to the televised round of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island.  Congratulations to our students who are part of this team:  Noah Nicolla, Noah Liguori-Bills, Riley Amaral, Stewart Mead, Jayna Thornley and Matt Dickerman.  A special thank you to Dana Hall and Susie Scanapieco for coaching this great team!




Click here to find out more about HS Quiz Show: Rhode Island.

Spirit Week Festivities

In early October, we had record levels of student participation during spirit week capped off by our pep rally, which was organized by students in our Leadership in Recreation class.  A special thank you to Mr. Shiels and our PE department for their coordination as well.  Here are some highlights from a very spirited week:












Mental Health Newsletter

Our mental health clinicians within the district have created a monthly newsletter to focus on mental health.  Please click the following to read more:

Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon

Please see the following flyer for a special invitation to the Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon, which will take place on November 16th:  

Thanksgiving Luncheon Flyer


Class of 2019 Apparel


Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your Senior student?  Class of 2019 apparel will be sold November 26th - December 7th.  Prior to sales starting, seniors will be given a flyer/order form in all advisories.  During sales, additional copies of order forms will be available outside of T3. For more information please email Melisa Ritacco or Rachael Franklin.


Rotary Club of Chariho Italian Dinner

It’s that time of year to buy your tickets to the Rotary Club of Chariho Annual Italian Dinner! Proceeds support scholarships for local high school seniors, community programs and area charities.
  • Tickets: $12 Adults, $6 Children under 12.  Free Door Prize Drawing and Additional Raffle Baskets.
  • Location: November 13th (Tuesday), 5:00-8:00pm, at the Richmond Country Club
  • Dinner Includes: Salad, Spaghetti with Meatballs or Sausage, Larry's Famous Linguine with Clam Sauce, and Strawberry Shortcake.  
Please contact Jeff for tickets, 401-595-5837.







OCTOBER 2018 Blog

Open House 

Faculty and students are looking forward to seeing you at Open House on Thursday night, October 4th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  Open House will follow a similar structure to the redesign of Open House last year, but with a few improvements to scheduling.

You can:
  • 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 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 in this link to shape your own evening and get the most out of this important event.  
In order to plan your itinerary for the evening, your child can assist in highlighting their teachers’ names below or you can pull your student’s schedule from PowerSchool in order to find their teachers.  To access your student’s schedule in PowerSchool please visit: https://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/powerschool.  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


Grade-level Meetings 


During the first two weeks of school, building administrators, deans and class advisors met with all students during grade-level meetings to share expectations for the upcoming year including information on our school-wide focus on learner qualities, our vision for students to work towards autonomy, summer study focus, and expectations for academic integrity and the behavior code.  Please click here to see the grade-level slides that we shared with all students.  



Financial Aid Date

Dear Senior and Junior Parents:

Chariho High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night for students and parents on Tuesday, October 2 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!  

Canvas Observer

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 chariho.instructure.com
  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).

Yearbooks are on sale now!
Yearbooks are on sale from September 24th through October 6th.  Purchase a yearbook for the discounted price of only $70 . Purchase online at bit.ly/OrderCharihoYearbook or students can purchase at all lunches during spirit week (October 1st-5th).  Cash or Check is accepted (checks made out to HS Yearbook).

In Search of Host Family

Wang Ling, our Mandarin teacher, is looking for a host family with whom to live.  Hosting comes with a $1000/month housing stipend for the host family.

Contact craig.mackenzie@chariho.k12.ri.us if you are interested in hosting this amazing teacher!


Reading in French...

On September 12, 2018 the General Consulate of France in Boston announced its selection of the pedagogical project submitted by CHS/CMS French teacher, Claire Leatham, as part of the initiative “The Magic of Reading in French.” Mrs. Leatham is very pleased that Chariho is thus one of 25 winning school districts in New England. Each winning school receives 70 books in French for its library media center. These French books selected by Mrs. Leatham promise to help develop a francophone environment at CHS and CMS and to spark students’ interest in French language and culture. The books are expected to arrive in a few short weeks.  

(The "Magic of reading in French" project is made possible by the generous support from the following sponsors of the Consulate General of France in Boston: Edenred and The Family Charitable Fund - Catheline van den Branden & Jeffrey Plunkett).



Hospitality Program Updates

10/4/18:
On Thursday, October 4th, the CHARIHOtech Hospitality and Event Planning class will welcome Human Resources Specialist Lisa Morganweck from the MARRIOTT HOTEL as a guest speaker with the Junior Hospitality class. 

11/5/18:

The RI Hospitality Education Foundation has invited our Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTMP) students to attend their 2018 Hospitality Student Career Conference on November 5th. CHARIHOtech Hospitality students will have the opportunity to do the following...