Mentors usually available in the following areas

    • Art and Art Therapy
    • Auto mechanics
    • Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center in Narragansett
    • Clean Energy
    • PMS English teacher willing to work with an education project, preferably related to technology and its effects on learning
    • Town of Portsmouth has some projects underway and a mentor willing to assist
    • Sandy Point Beach in Portsmouth needs maintenance - mentor available
    • Topics with Save the Bay
    • Marketing and Social media
    • Working with a non-profit
    • Farm-to-table movement
    • Writing articles to cover the boys hockey team and post on their website

Project Ideas

  • We have received the following project ideas. The name next to the idea is the person who suggested it, not necessarily a mentor volunteer. Keep in mind you may not be paid for Senior Project work.

    • With 2018 as our midterm elections, consider a project where you work with a local candidate's team.
    • Check with the local board of canvassers to see if they have any volunteer positions available that might give you some ideas.
    • Organize a voter registration drive. 
    • Work with the boys hockey coach to follow the team and write articles about their games to post on the website - learn about sports journalism
    • At least one senior who is interested in food production and/or the farm-to-table food movement.  There are many directions these topics can lead prospective students working with Aquidneck Farms and Stoneacre Pantry (a restaurant in Newport). (Contact Mr. Betres at PHS)
    • Common Fence Point Improvement Association, a local non profit, is looking for help with marketing and social media. (Conley Zani - see SP office for contact info)
    • Common Fence Point Improvement Association, a local non profit, is looking for help with the publishing of our weekly electronic newsletter. (Conley Zani - see SP info for contact info)
    • Sandy Point Beach - repair and maintenance projects (Tim Dunbar - manages Sandy Point)
    • Identify an area of need and work with a local or state representative to learn how to submit a bill
    • Identify an area of need and go through the process of changing a school policy or town ordinance 
    • Maintain a STEAM graduate of the week feature on our school webpage.
    • Plan an exercise trail around campus and Ft. Butts. 
    • The Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center in Narragansett would like to work with a senior. 
    • Clean Ocean Access is always looking for students to perform and assist in research and/or to be beach clean-up organizers. (see Ms. Amaral - science - for details)
    • Save the Bay has opportunities for students in research and other areas
    • Institute recycling at Green Valley Country Club (Ms. Dame - PMS)
    • Build a green house on the south side of the new gym (Mr. Arsenault)
    • Plan and execute Earth Day Fest (Mr. Arsenault)
    • Implement composting in the caf (Mr. Arsenault)
    • Work with a retirement home to develop a program and/or class 
    • Work with a teacher at PMS to develop a district-wide anti-bullying campaign (Ms. Kingman has contact info)
    • Organize and run Portsmouth's Gay Straight Alliance and/or volunteer at the Providence Youth Pride Center (Ms. Kingman)
    • Prepare and teach an art class at the elementary level 
    • Care for and upgrade a community playground in need of attention (Ms. Kingman)
    • Adopt a "grandparent" in a nursing home and work with the staff to support the person
    • Develop a program for the homeless in Newport -- work with the Winters' family or the McKinney shelter 
    • Work with the Kate Grana Music and Arts Foundation on fundraisers for improving our theatre facility
    • Study Aquidneck Island or Little Compton history and create a video or database for a local library (Ms. Bisbano)
    • Organize the Science Olympiad (Ms. Beebe)
    • Design and implement a science research project (Ms. Beebe)
    • Work with art department to design and install shelving in the sculpture classroom (Ms. Brandley)
    • Work with Mr. Escher (PMS-science) to get a hydroponics competition off and running--great for a student with biology interests.  He mentioned needing one to two students for help with the greenhouse/hydroponics.
    • Work with Dr. Nancy Breen (Roger Williams University, Chem prof) in forensics
    • Digital classroom resources for future computer/digital media specialists
    • Fundraise and Acquire a 3D printer for the schools
    • Learn to use a 3D printer and work with (pick your age group) on a 3D printing project.
    • Robotics---Help coach/work with the robotics program at the Middle School (new Gr. 3/4 team and existing 6-8 team.  Great for a Robotics first senior.
    • Organize math/science/engineering enhancement activities at the elementary schools (for potential science/math educators).
    • Collect and archive for your 10th year reunion self-recorded 1-minutes videos from all of your classmates concerning a "message to my future self". (Mr. Innis)
    • more to come...