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Department Announcements
The 2017 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest

Facing History and Ourselves is thrilled to announce the 2017 Facing History Together Student Essay Contest. Inspired by a powerful quote from the late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, this year's essay prompt asks students to reflect on what story, book, or person has influenced their thinking about ethical decision making.

With the generous support of Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation's Holocaust Remembrance Project, Facing History is excited to offer more than $25,000 in scholarships and awards to students and their educators.

Timeline: The contest will open for submissions on Wednesday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. EST until Wednesday, March 15 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Finalists will be announced on or about Wednesday, April 12. Public voting to help select the winners will open the same day, running until Friday, April 21. Winners will be announced in the beginning of May.

Eligibility: Students must be at least 13 years old and reside in the United States, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), or the United Kingdom to participate.

Questions? Contact contest@facinghistory.org.

THE WESTERLY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WINTER /SPRING 2017 EVENTS
All talks are located in the Carriage House at the Babcock-Smith House, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. Programs are free for members and $5. for non-members.

Feb 12th Sunday, 2pm. Lorén Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum will share about Narragansett history and culture, the Indigenous Empowerment Network and the growth of the award winning Tomaquag Museum. http://www.tomaquagmuseum.org/

March 5th, Sunday, 2pm. Joy Emery, Professor emerita & curator of the URI Commercial Pattern Archive will speak about Historic Sewing Patterns. http://web.uri.edu/specialcollections/copa/

April 2, Sunday, at 2pm. Jane Elizabeth D. Warburton, Senior Architectural Historian, Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (SHPO) and her talk is on the National Register of Historic Places, and historic preservation in Westerly.
http://www.preservation.ri.gov/

Roger Williams Scholarship

The Roger Williams Scholarship helps Rhode Island students who appreciate and embody Roger Williams’s values and legacy attain a college education. This annual scholarship program is intended to inspire students and their parents to think big about what’s possible for their future and to value the role of education.

Rhode Island founder Roger Williams was a remarkable man. He came from a very modest background, and access to education was absolutely key in shaping his character, beliefs, and actions throughout his life. Roger Williams set the standard for separation of church and state that the nation adopted, and his vision and determination built the “lively experiment” that was and is Rhode Island. Many of his values are more relevant than ever.

The Roger Williams Scholarship was conceived of and funded by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter and is managed by the Rhode Island Foundation.

NUMBER AND AMOUNT OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The program will award three scholarships per year. The maximum scholarship will be $20,000 per year per student. The awards are renewable for up to three consecutive years following the first award, with proof of the recipient’s continued financial need and academic good standing.

Our intent is to help support enrollment at a college or university that may have otherwise out of reach of the student and his/her family. Awards will be made by April 25.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be current residents of Rhode Island.
  • Be current seniors at any high school (public, independent, or private) in Rhode Island.
  • Have been accepted by an accredited post-secondary institution (by date of award).

SELECTION CRITERIA

The advisory committee will evaluate potential candidates according to the following criteria:

  1. Financial need (45%)
    Student must demonstrate evidence of financial need, as demonstrated by the FAFSA and supplementary information about his/her family’s financial resources and projected expenses, and prove that this scholarship will make a meaningful difference in their educational plans.
  2. Comprehension and application of Roger Williams’ legacy (35%)
    Student must demonstrate comprehension of Roger Williams’ principles and legacy and embody Roger Williams by proving application of his principles to his/her life, as demonstrated by a personal essay (in written, video, or audio format) and interview.
  3. Academic and community track record (20%)
    Student should demonstrate a track record of strong academic performance, intellectual rigor, and involvement with the local community, as demonstrated by a transcript and statement of activities

SELECTION PROCESS

The Rhode Island Foundation will administer a competitive scholarship application process overseen by an advisory committee. The selection process will consist of two stages:

  • Stage 1: Application. Applicants will submit an application form, a personal essay (to be submitted in written, video, or audio formats), and supporting and financial information.
  • Stage 2: Interview. A small group of finalists will be invited to interview with the advisory committee.


DEADLINE

Please submit your application by midnight on February 16. Please note that staff assistance will not be available after 5 p.m.

A full application consists of:

  1. Completion of an online application form
  2. A personal essay: Please respond to the following prompt in written (no more than five pages), video (no more than five minutes), or audio (no more than five minutes) format.

    Rhode Island founder Roger Williams was a remarkable man, both for his day and in modern times. In this personal essay, we want to see how you comprehend and seek to apply Roger Williams’s legacy in your life. Share your thoughts on one of the following options.

    Option #1: If Roger Williams were delivering the commencement address to your high school this year, what would you want him to say?

    Option #2: Consider a value, character trait, or principle that you believe Roger Williams exemplified. How have you chosen to apply, or not apply, that value in your life? Do you aspire to something that Roger represented? How has your knowledge of Roger Williams influenced the way in which you view your community.
  3. The following documents:

    • Financial Information Worksheet: Please download this template, complete the form, and upload the document to your application.
    • Student Aid Report: Please upload the latest version of your Student Aid Report (SAR).
    • Transcript: Please upload the most recent version of your student transcript. This does not have to be the official transcript supplied by your school.
    • Proof of residency: Submit proof of Rhode Island residency (driver’s license, voter registration card, letter from your school).

10th Grade Washington Trip
Packets regarding the second payment and all necessary forms for this spring's trip to Washington were distributed in advisory on January 4th. If you have made your initial deposit and did not receive this packet, please stop by Ward 321A and pick one up from Mr. Lementowicz. The due date for the second payment and all forms is March 3, 2017.
Department Contacts
+ Fusaro, Joe
+ Fusco, Jay
+ Gleason, Mike
+ Lementowicz, Anthony
+ Luppe, Chris
+ McCann, Judie
+ Mirando, Mariane
+ Muccio, Jeri
+ Murphy, Amanda
+ Nichols, Matt
+ Servidio, Steve
+ Walsh, Anthony
Click on name to see details.
Department Files
 September Washington Trip Letter.doc
This is the initial letter to sophomores regarding the 2017 Washington trip.
 Social Studies Department Grading Policy.docx
Social Studies Department Grading Policy
 Social Studies Do Over Contract.docx
Social Studies Department Re-Do Contract
 SS Work Habits Rubric.doc
Social Studies Department Work Habits Rubric
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