Saturday, April 18, 2015

NHS PTO Meeting Minutes: April 16, 2015 

I. Call to Order at 7:05 with 9 parents and 9 staff members in attendance

II. Annual presentations by Department Heads. Mr. Warner introduced each Department Head and each member gave a summary of activities and plans for the future in their respective department. Each person was very informative and the following are just a few highlights from each department:

Guidance: Juniors will receive flash drives with all senior documents and information and guidance website is continually being updated.

Science: The department continues to work on new science standards and curriculum. Students will be able to take AP Physics next year.

Unified Arts: Narragansett Art students have work being shown at the Hera Gallery. Family and Consumer Science continue to teach cooking and serving nutritious, affordable meals and a guest chef from Johnson and Wales visited. There will be two new classes in Music: Musical Theater Singing and Music History. Physical Education will have a new class called Competitive Sports Program.

Math: The department continues to work on implementing common core and devising new strategies and techniques for students to succeed. They will continue the successful new course Introduction to Engineering and add a new course entitled Computer Gaming (programming).

Special Education: The department continues to prepare each student to transition to life after NHS and the Unified Basketball and Volleyball teams are as popular as ever among all students at NHS.

World Language:
 The department will offer AP French next year and they expect to add a Spanish V (4 college credits) in two years. There is a trip planned to Quebec over Memorial Day Weekend.

English: Their goal is to produce clear writers and thoughtful readers. They continue to add digital tools to the classroom such as Noodle Notes, Google Classroom and Curriculate. A performance of Hamlet by the AP English Class will occur toward the end of the school year.

Social Studies: They have invited guest speakers such as political candidates, judges and veterans into the classroom. Mrs. Zaborski is holding a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

III. Treasurer’s Report: prepared by Pam Page was approved with a balance of $10,704.89

IV. Minutes from March meeting: tabled until next meeting when copies can be made.

V. Request for Funds:

1. Mike Millen returned unused portion of the funds that he had requested

2. Bill for Ceili O’Connell’s Senior Project Custodial staff not yet received but will cost $50.00

3. Request for $500 to Friends of Mariner Hockey was approved

4. Request for $200 for World Language Honor Cords was approved

VI. Discussion on rallying new members

1. Arturo Joes on May 14, outreach gathering to faculty and parents

2. Scheduling back to back meetings or holding meeting after an event like a concert

3. Holding meetings in pods where parents can go to different meetings on same night

4. Parent Café, make meeting a social event

VII. Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM

Important Dates:

May 1: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

May 14: Arturo Joes Gathering

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hood Scholarships - VOTE for Narragansett Students TODAY

Several Narragansett High School seniors have applied for Hood Scholarships. Please vote for them! You can vote for your choice once per day. Click on the link below to get to the vote form! Vote often!!!

Hood scholarships

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PTO Meeting Minutes

March 19, 2015 
Number in Attendance: 9 

1. Call to Order at 7:05

2. Review and accept minutes from January, 2015 meeting were approved

3. Treasurer’s Report was approved: Current balance of $11,951.53 in savings and Scholarship CD balance of $12,427.67

4. Request for Funds:

Part I: 
For this year only the PTO will set aside $2000 to be used to offset the cost of Senior Projects. If given, the amount of money will be determined by the PTO according to each individual case. Additionally, students must submit a request for funds no later than May 1, 2015 and must come to the PTO meeting either on April 16, 2015 or May 14, 2015 to briefly present their project. Funds used thus far:

· Roughly $200 (custodial services, exact amount to be determined) for NHS senior Ceili O’Connell who will be hosting a dance a thon fundraiser to benefit the Mustard Seed Organization

· Roughly $150 (custodial service, exact amount to be determined) for NHS senior Mark Manocchia Jr who will be donating the revenue from his theater project to benefit the Insight Organization.

Part II: 
 NHS Senior Kimberly Barker requested funds to assist the PTO in the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, which is her senior project. The PTO approved $500 to fund this event as we do each year for this event.

Part III
· $100 approved for Mrs. Archambault and FACS students to prepare and serve refreshments during Arts Night.

· $146 was approved to reimburse Mrs. Archambault for costs that exceeded the Fuel Up To Play grant

· $1000 was approved for Mr. O’Brien’s request to pay for lunch for senior project judges and goody bags for seniors on Senior Project Presentation Day

5. Department head Presentations: This meeting has been moved to Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 in the NHS Media Center

6. Remarks and Future of PTO:

· Have Mr. Warner rally parents, reach out to individual parents and announce our meetings at different parent nights, such as Junior College Night on April 9

· Invite 8th grade, 9th grade and 10th grade parents to a meet and greet/Open House event at Arturro Joes.

· Announce this meet and greet at middle school concert , advertise on listserve and announce at NPP Parents Café meeting on March 31.

· Find a point person to take over Stop and Shop A+ Bucks

7. Meeting Adjourned at 8:35

8. Important Dates:

· Next meeting with Department Heads is April 16, 2015

· Teacher Appreciation Lunch is May 1, 2015

· Last Day for seniors to submit request for funds is May 1, 2015

· Last PTO meeting is May 14, 2015

· Senior Project Presentation Day is May 29, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

To Curfew or Not to Curfew - That is the Question

What are your thoughts on a curfew for your teens.

Read what experts have to say and let us know your opinion.

Teen Curfews

Monday, March 9, 2015

Prom Season is Coming! What are your thoughts on the Promposal???

The Promposal is relatively new to our lexicon.  Read all about it and share your thoughts on this teenage trend.

The Promposal???

Friday, February 27, 2015


The Girls Basketball team WON last night!!!! Way to go Mariners!!! TONIGHT, the BOYS team plays at Roger Williams. There is a FAN bus for students that will leave the high school at 5pm sharp. The cost is just $5, and it includes admission to the game!! Please like, share and repost so we have a huge crowd to cheer on our boys!! Wear RED! Go MARINERS!!!

Teens and Addiction

An informative read on what is happening with our kids' brains.

Addiction Prone Teens

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

College Bound Families - Read THIS!

Read this great article about colleges that pay you back.

If you are the parent of a senior, be sure to fill out the FAFSA early!  Early matters!!

Colleges That Pay You Back

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What we can learn from our teens

Here is a great article about what parents of teens can learn from the young adults in our homes.


For Parents of Teens

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thursday, January 22 at 7pm - NHS PTO Meeting!!!

The next NHS PTO Meeting will be on Thursday, January 22 at 7pm in the Media Center at Narragansett High School. Bring your friends!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

NHS PTO Meeting will be on Thursday, January 22 at 7pm

The next NHS PTO Meeting will be on Thursday, January 22 at 7pm in the Media Center at Narragansett High School. Bring your friends!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Keep Phones OUT of Teens' Bedrooms

Sleep, teens and smart phones don't mix.  Teens need restful nights to be productive at school.

Read the article below for more information.

Teens, sleep and smartphones

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Junior Parents College Information Night - 7pm on Thursday January 8

Join us at Narragansett High School at 7pm on Thursday, January 8 for Junior Parents College Information Night.

Come learn about the SAT, ACT, college visits and how the guidance department can help you and your student.

This event is a MUST for all junior parents!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nasty Weather on Tuesday December 9

Narragansett Parents - 

If you have a teen driver, tell them to slow down on the way to school on Tuesday morning.

The weather is going to be horrible all day long.

Be careful!

FLOOD Warnings

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Open House TONIGHT - December 3 at 6:45pm

There is an open house for all prospective students at Narragansett High School TONIGHT at 6:45pm. 

Come see the number 1 rated high school in Rhode Island, meet the faculty and staff, learn about our amazing sports programs and understand why NHS is the place for your students. 

NHS regularly has its students accepted into Ivy League and highly competitive universities including Dartmouth, Harvard, Georgetown, Brown, Stanford and Boston College. We have many state championship-winning sports teams. We have an inclusive culture, wonderful teachers and many support programs. 

See you Wednesday, December 3 at 6:45pm.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

RAFFLE WINNERS!!! Please read to the bottom to see if you WON!!

Long POST!! Be sure to read to the bottom --

Mariner Marketplace Raffle Winners

Here are the winners of the raffle that were not present at the drawing. These are the names as we read them from the backs of the tickets. We will have two opportunities for you to pick up your prizes:

- Dec. 3rd from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at NHS at the back entrance where the marketplace was OR

- Dec. 6th from 10 – 11:30 am in the foyer area of the building with Washington Trust at 885 Boston Neck – the one on the north end of town.

If these times work do NOT work for you please contact Kathleen at and we will see what we can work out. Thanks everyone for making our raffle a huge success!

1. Jeannie’s Crafts, expandable bracelet, barrette and brooch – Annette DeSilva

2. Beach Bummer’s t-shirts – Susan Farley

3. Ocean Catch $25 and stained glass boat – Jen Lubic

4. Stampin’ Up cards and Good Nature Body Products necklace - Deborah

5. Beach comber’s seaglass necklace and Earrings – Inez Crowley

6. 2 tickets to Wine and Paint – Tess Rhoat

7. Red Board t-thirt and rock you wear necklace – Todd Williams

8. Silverwear bracelet and earrings – Linda M.

9. Infusion RI fragrance spritzers and JL Creation necklace – Mark Davis

10. B&D Fashion Doll Outfit – Letty Mills

11. Unique Glass Works hand blown glass bowl – Tish Rhoat

12. Pearl Waves necklace – Mary Beth Flynn

13. Seed2Bead bracelet and VIP Nails mani & Pedi – Tracey Cronin

14. Deb’s Designs necklace and Swiss Just $25 – E. Shwcab

15. Peace of Heart Creations sea glass pendant & Funky bijoux mosaic – Felicity Smith

16. St. Thomas More pashmina and earrings – Kim O’Connell

17. Newport Restaurant Group $25 – Anthony B.

18. Coast Guard House $25 – Mike Kelly

19. Island Deli $25 – Etter

20. Arturo Joes’s $25 – Frank Guarin, Mary Beth Flynn

21. Block Island Ferry 2 round rip tickets - Meaghan Murray

22. Edible Arrangements $20 – Nancy Toth

23. Bike Shop Café Dinner for 2 – Margaret Frank, Carol

24. Phil’s Restauant $25 – Choiniere

25. South County Choppers 1 month of tanning – Donna Peterson

26. Sleepy’s $75 – Dorich

27. Five Guys $20 – Jane

28. Mews Tavern $25 – Dave Correira, Donna

29. Just the Basics house cleaning – Beth Burgess, Al Butler, Bill Hinnier, L. Florence, Sue Tassone

30. NBX Bikes $25 – Mike Kelly

31. 2 Ten Oyster Bar $50 – C. Potter

32. Jerry’s Paint and Hardware $30 – Laurie McConnell

33. Critter Hut $25 – Karen McPeake

34. DB’s Pizza $20 – Jane Wallace , Chris

35. Sweenor’s Chocolates $15 & Shell Boutique $ 20 - Nick Shmaruk

36. Charlie O’s $25 - Cathy DeLuca

37. Moe’s Southwest Grill $50 – Max Sahagian

38. Portraits by Loomis $25 – Sally Pratt, Mary Wojiechouski

39. Shades Plus Hello Kitty and Friends Basket – Michelle Landry

40. Lisa Ferrucci snowman, Made by Vicki canned goods/ towels & Carolyns 3 jars of Jam –Cher

41. Zero Wampum – Travis Kelly

42. Diane Morisette 2 starfish ornaments & Ink MeetsPaper notebooks and pendant –Maureen

43. Spangles earrings & Lovie and The GreenMan herbal salve and scarf – Jillian Flynn

44. Boy Scouts wreath and Bag – Andrew

45. Photography by Sand Hill Cove photo – Susan Depot

46. Lovely Glass Works sea glass candle holder – Rich Ansaldi

47. Crosswynds Traders sweats and t-shirts – Alexandra Provost

48. Joe’s Bottle Art Christmas lighted bottle – Alfonso

49. John MacNamara Photography ariel photo & decorative chargers – Kyle Kelly

50. Hiroko numbered print – Charleen Gill

51. Pampered Chef and Tupperware $15 – Betty Larmie

52. Crystal’s Creations Doorswag & Barb’s Cookies and Breads wooden sign – Patty Zuchowski

53. Artwork by Marty Pena Little Joe Book & Angelo Budano sweatshirt – Jacob Wojiekouski

54. Wildtree Grapeseed Oil & cookie mix and cocoa gift jars – Kat Jackson

55. Rainbow writer kit & Pensational bucket of pens – Harinder Cronin

56. Kecheneny Fish Print & tshirt – Carolyn

57. Becara design silk scarf & Cookie Lee stretch bracelet & $25 – Danielle Kopf

58. Barefoot Books – Lisa Alves

59. Nana’s Ice cream pizza & Gabbygirls slippers – Gates

60. Creations of Cromomma – 3 scarves &Missy &Me designs bracelet and earrings – Alfonso

61. AAA membership bag – Mary Beth Flynn

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Be well, Narragansett!

Rain and snow are expected on Wednesday.

Safe travels.

Happy Thanksgiving