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February 3, 2017 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 20

Welcome to the Seekonk High School Newsletter! It is designed to keep everyone (parents, students, staff, and community members) informed of the many events that are happening around the school. It contains links, pictures, and videos so that you have a more interactive experience and the ability to learn more (if you wish) about various topics.

As always, we welcome feedback! Let us know what you think by contacting us and sharing our news!

SHS Core Values

Seekonk High School is committed to creating a safe, supportive environment where our students can develop the skills necessary to become independent thinkers and problem solvers capable of addressing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The staff, students, family, and community members will collaborate to create an atmosphere of compassion, appreciation of diversity, and mutual respect. We will provide stimulating academic and extracurricular programs that are relevant and engaging so we can meet the needs of all learners.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017: The Seekonk Music Parents Association is holding a fundraiser for Seekonk High School's music program. Visit Uncle Tony's at 260 Newport Avenue in East Providence from 11:30AM - 10PM, present this flyer, and enjoy some good food while supporting Seekonk students.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017: The 2nd deposit of $50 for Senior Trip is due! Cash or Checks (payable to the Town of Seekonk) are due to Mrs. Almeida or Ms. Wilson on, or before Wednesday February 8th. Do not be late with your payment. It may not be accepted.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: Annual Opportunities Fair at Attleboro High School. Be sure to contact your guidance counselor or Ms. Louro before this event!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Meeting the Challenge Night. Want to challenge yourself, but are not sure? Do you have questions? Come see us at 6:30 as we (as well as students) open up the school and explain what taking Advanced Placement courses is like!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017: 21st Annual Seekonk Taste of the Town. 6:00PM - 9:00PM at the in the grand Rose Ballroom at the Clarion Inn; 940 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: College Planning Night at 6:30 in the high school library.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: The Greater Fall River Interagency Transition Team will be holding another meeting. They strive to provide transition related information to students and parents that’s accurate, legally clear, and positive. They also share professional development, resources, and information between local public schools and state agencies to improve the transition process for students and their families as they leave public school and enter into adult service centers. This team works to develop collaborative relationships through regular meetings that support all agencies and schools to provide supports to the student and family as they navigate through the transition process. Check out their flyer for more detailed information!

Notary Services are available for residency documents at every school in the district. If you are submitting residency paperwork, just bring it to the school and we will notarize it for you when it is submitted!

For Future Planning:

Winter Ball - Saturday, February 11, 2017; Venus de Milo, Swansea @ 6:00

Prom - Friday, April 28, 2017; Biltmore, Providence @ 6:30

Honor Societies Induction Ceremony - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 6:30

Senior Trip - Saturday, May 13, 2007 - Monday, May 15, 2007

Senior Class Day - Friday, May 26, 2017

Senior Class Night - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 7:00PM

Graduation - Friday, June 2, 2017 @6:30PM

21st Annual Seekonk Taste of the Town!

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 the Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk is sponsoring the 21st Annual Taste of the Towns. This fantastic food tasting event that features the areas finest restaurants, raffles, a 50/50, and auction! It will be held from 6:00PM - 9:00PM in the Grand Rose Ballroom at the Clarion Inn (940 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA) and tickets are only $30 each! To find out more and purchase tickets contact either Beverly Hart (phone: (508) 336-9352) or Beverly Della Grotta (phone: (401) 749-4841). Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible for this great event!

Seekonk High School Presents!

The Seekonk High School Drama Club will be performing Guys and Dolls this year! Shows will be on March 24th and 25th at 7:30PM. There will also be a Sunday matinee on March 26th at 2PM. Check out the flyer for more details!

Hey Warriors! Looking to get involved?

The Youth Services Librarian (responsible for teen programming) at the Public Library is trying to start a teen advisory group of kids who would like to help plan programs at the library. Get involved and have a say in what is being offered to you! Contact Amy Greil at the Seekonk Public Library for more information.
The senior class is invited to intend the 2017 Opportunities Fair on Tuesday, February 28th. If students are interested in attending they should see their Guidance Counselor or Ms. Louro! All students who wish to attend will meet with Ms. Louro beforehand to make a resume and prepare for this networking event. If you have any questions please feel free to email Ms. Louro.

2017 yearbook information!

Don't miss out! Buy the 2017 Reflections Yearbook!

Its that time of year already! Parent Ads for the YEARBOOK! For the holidays, have your parents give you a gift that will last forever...

Seekonk parks and recreation offer Scuba!

The Seekonk Parks and Recreation Department is offering a PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA CERTIFICATION course during the month of May. Any town resident, employee and a family member or guest over the age of 14 may sign up for the certification class. SCUBA is a great family hobby and or graduation gift. There is limited enrollment, so sign up ASAP. Find all the details by checking out this flyer!
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Jacob Ciolfi Receives Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence!

Senior Jacob Ciolfi was recognized on January 31, 2017 by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents for his achievements. As reported to the newspaper, this award is; "To recognize senior students who have selected the most rigorous course of study in their local high schools and have succeeded in that course of study because of hard work and the support of their teachers and families." Having designed this award for excellence, the Massachusetts Association of School superintendents gives this award "to high school students who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of excellence during their high school careers." I was lucky enough to give a brief speech about Jacob at this ceremony that focused not on a list of achievements, but instead who he is as a person and the positive impact he will continue to have on those around him. CONGRATULATIONS JACOB!

Seekonk Student's work hits the stage in providence!

Sophomore Elijah Benson presented his culminating Performance Based project, performances of scenes from the play Spring Awakening, on Friday, Jan. 20th; Saturday, Jan. 21st; and Sunday, Jan. 22nd at AS220 in Providence. His interpretation of the scenes included interludes of modern song, dance and poetry that served as a response to scenes that involved issues such as school pressure, physical abuse and coming to terms with one's sexuality. Elijah learned a lot about the process of directing since he had to hold auditions, create and implement a rehearsal schedule, learn to manage group dynamics, problem solve through some cast changes, book a performance space, create a lighting design, create a set design, and the list goes on. And by the way, not only did Elijah direct the final performances, he also played a starring role. So kudos to Elijah on a job well done and thanks to the many staff and students who came out to support him.
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Dr. Jones

Weekly Message...

While I am still working out the kinks having to do with speaking on video, the message I have this week is an important one. It has to do with success.

We often think of success as being measured against something. While that is true in many instances, we forget that the only bar that really matters is the one we set for ourselves. We, as individuals define our own success and then work to achieve that level. No one else can tell a person what level makes them happy, content, or feel as if they have achieved enough. That is why there will always be those who excel in certain areas where others do not.

Success arrives through the journey, not the destination. It is when you as a person can look in a mirror and know you have done the best you can and that you are, at that moment, the best version of you. Then you work a little harder. I have found that success rarely comes in chunks, rather it is a slow, hard to recognize; one step at a time experience. So that means...

Start now, with a small step. No matter how small; move forward. Tomorrow take a bigger one and soon you will find you are moving forward...getting those better grades, out playing your competition, helping others...being successful.

Around School...

This week I decided to highlight two video clips showing some of the preparation taking place behind the scenes for "Meeting the Challenge Night". Both students and faculty took the time after school to speak on camera about the challenges, supports, benefits, and successes everyone encounters as they progress through a college level curriculum while still in high school.
AP Video Taping First Session
AP Video Taping Second Session

The school report card has been published

MCAS scores and what they mean for the high school have been published. Please be sure to read this cover letter and the overview of the school's report card. Much more detailed information may be found at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website.

Remember to get updates via social media by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter (@SeekonkHS)! You can also follow my Twitter (@DrCSJones) or blog (I do not write nearly as often as I should) for updates and posts about character and educational (mostly) issues/topics/resources.
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Guidance - Mrs. Whatley

Parents of Advance Placement Students- Is your student taking an AP class? This is a reminder that all students taking AP classes are required to participate in the College Board AP testing in May. The families/students are responsible for paying for the exam fees to College Board. Depending on how many exams your student is taking this can add up. Through our partnership with the MA Insight Education we will be able to provide students taking English, math and science exams a fee reduction due to a rebate they provide.

College Board suggests that we charge $93/exam. Seekonk High School will be able to cover part of the cost of each exam. Here is the final cost breakdown for the 2017 AP exam fees at Seekonk High School:

  • AP US History and AP European History $85/exam
  • AP English Literature, AP English Language,AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science $70/exam.
  • Students on Free/reduced lunch $25/exam

Payment will be required before testing takes place. More information on due dates will follow. Checks should be made out to the Town of Seekonk. Speak to your student's guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Grade 11 students and their parents/guardians are invited to join us for our annual College Planning Night on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 in the high school library (grades 9 and 10 are also welcome to join us though the focus of the presentation will be on college planning and application steps for juniors). Hope to see you there.

Scholarships are coming into the guidance office! We will continue to receive scholarship applications and update the information weekly. Check out this breakdown of the information for scholarships we have to date.

Please remind your senior that we request a 2 week window to process transcript requests for college applications. Please check the due dates and deadlines for the college applications and allow enough time for accurate processing. Thank you

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Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar

Attention Parents & Students

2017-2018 SHS Handbook

The PBS committee will be reviewing our school Handbook and we are looking for feedback from the school community.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations please email them to Mr. Kevin Aguiar.

Suggestions will be reviewed prior to submission to the School Committee in the Spring.

who we are - getting to know our staff

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Various staff members are being asked to share 5 things about themselves in an effort to let everyone know about who makes up Seekonk High School's community. This week is:

Mrs. Laura Almeida

One of my favorite daily activities is to take my dog, Stella, to Colt State Park for her favorite thing to do-walk!

I was a 3 sport (tennis, basketball and track) athlete in high school. I also played soccer in the summer. I even went on to play on my college tennis team. We won our conference twice while I was in college and my team was inducted in the Roger Williams University Hall of Fame this past Fall for our undefeated season.

My husband, who is also a teacher, and I love to spend our summers doing crossword puzzles while visiting our various favorite beach spots, including Block Island, Middletown and Maine.

I love to cook! I enjoy spending time each week planning out the meals for my family to enjoy each night.

Despite my father’s affinity for New York sports and attending high school in the same state, I am an avid New England Sports fan! My favorite being the Patriots, who I cannot wait to watch take home the Lombardi trophy this weekend! Go Pats!
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Art - Mrs. Machado-cook

Congratulations to Brittny Correia, RJ Donahue, Aubree Lawson, Lauren Shanahan and Carly Sias who each have artwork displayed in the EYA17!

Emerging Young Artists 2017 Invitational Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: January 23-February 11, 2017

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) has the pleasure to present the Emerging Young Artists 2017 Invitational Exhibition at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The exhibition will be on view in the CVPA Campus Gallery on the first floor of the CVPA building at UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth from January 23 to February 11, 2017. An opening reception for the exhibiting young artists, their art teachers, the UMass Dartmouth community, and the general public will be held on Saturday,February 11th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm (Snow day: Sunday, February 12). Awards will be presented at 2:30 pm.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is thrilled to host this 5th annual high school invitational exhibition and showcase the artwork of many of the region's talented art students. The Emerging Young Artists 2017 Invitational Exhibition recognizes the exceptional merit of high school art students from thirty-four high school art programs in Massachusetts.The participating schools were invited to be part of the exhibition for the long-term commitment they have demonstrated to art education and for the quality of work that comes from their art programs. The art teachers from these high schools were asked to select artwork in any media (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, film, video, graphic design etc.) from their best students to be included in this group exhibition. The result is a marvelous exhibition that showcases the talents of these young artists. Over 170 works will be on display.

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Music - Mr. Smialek

Tim Fortin has also just learned that he was selected to perform with the Massachusetts Music Educator's All-State Festival Concert Band. Tim auditioned at Shrewsbury High School last weekend and was selected for this honor competing against bass players from across the state. The Festival will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston from March 9-11 and Tim will perform with the All-State Band in Boston's Symphony Hall on March 11th.

Upcoming Band events: Please make note of these dates-

Monday, Feb. 13- Marching Band Performance at Hurley Middle School, periods A and B

Wednesday, March 1- Somerset Jazz Festival, 4- 7 pm

Saturday, March 4- Marching Band in Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade, noon

Thursday, March 16th- SHS Jazz Dinner, 6:30-8:00 in the SHS Cafeteria. Tickets will go on sale before February vacation.

Model UN - Mrs. larson

It’s a Special Duck-livery!

Send a rubber duck to your student and help the Model UN team go to Boston! Make a student’s day with a cute quacker, complete with a personalized message attached with a ribbon around the neck. The cost is only $3 per duck and includes delivery right to the recipient’s classroom during last period on Friday, February 17!

Students can order ducks during all 3 lunch periods for the next 2 weeks. Family members can PRINT OUT THE ORDER FORM HERE and send it into the SHS main office.

Please Give a Quack and Help the Model UN team!

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Science - Mrs. Cunard

S.T.E.M. & E.E.P. news!

Early Enrollment Program

If you are taking Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Chemistry, or Advanced Physics and want to earn EEP credit you must register for your Spring courses no later than Thursday, February 15th with Mrs. Cunard!

STEM Certificates

Get recognized at graduation for your dedication to Science, Math, and Technology! Certificate of STEM Concentration Applications are due to Mrs. Cunard By March 1st!

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

State mandated screenings for scoliosis (grade 9), vision, hearing, height and weight (grade 10) will begin in a few weeks. If you do not want your child to participate in the mandated screenings and have NOT sent me an email stating this, please do so by February 15, 2017.

The Polished Program is coming to Seekonk High School in March. This free dental cleaning will occur during school and is open to all students. Stay tuned for more details.

Flu season is here and the CDC has sent important information about the virus. “Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever, aches, chills, weakness, fatigue, sneezing, stuffy nose, sore throat, chest discomfort and cough.” It is important to keep your child home from school if symptomatic or has a fever. They may return when they are symptom-free or without a fever.

February 3rd is National Wear Red Day which brings attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Women all over should make changes in their diet, exercise, and stressors to help with their heart health.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

Congratulations to Coach Brian Cameron and the Boys and Girls Seekonk High School Swim teams for their dramatic victories at Thursday’s South Coast Conference Championship. It is Seekonk’s first conference swim championship in ten years. Highlights from this meet include Maddy Paine who took first place in the 200 free and the 100 free with state qualifying times, Lauren Shanahan who took second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 Backstroke with Sectional qualifying times, Andrew Silveira who took second in the 200 Free and first in the 500 free with state qualifying times, Robert Strycharz who took first in the 200 IM and second in the Breaststroke with state qualifying times, Meghan McLaughlin who took third in the 50 free, Blake Anderson who took third in both the 50 and 100 free, Erin Broadmeadow who took third in diving, Brett Mancini who took first in diving, Michael Nadeau who took second in diving, Abigail Tenreiro who took second in the 100 fly with a state qualifying time and third in the 500 free, Troy Pina who took first in both the 100 fly and the 100 backstroke with state qualifying times, and Jocelyn Fournier who took second in the 100 breaststroke.

A special thank you from the Seekonk Athletic Department to former Seekonk Athletic Director and Head Swim Coach Ray Grant for volunteering his time to run the South Coast Conference Meet.

The snowed-out dual swim home meet with Dighton-Rehoboth will be made up Saturday, February 4th at one o’clock at the Seekonk Pool. The Boys and Girls Swim teams will attempt to conclude an undefeated championship season.

Prospective Seekonk High School student-athletes and their parents are reminded to register online for the upcoming season. No student-athlete will be permitted to try out and participate unless they are registered. That registration will close Friday, March 17th. No late registrations will be accepted.

Spring student-athletes and their parents are reminded of the Mandatory MIAA Pre Season Meeting that will be held Tuesday, March 7th in the Seekonk High School Auditorium. After a general meeting, you will have the opportunity to break down and meet with individual spring sports coaching staffs to go over expectations, rules and schedules. The first date of Spring Tryouts will be Monday, March 20th.

ATTENTION SENIOR STUDENT-ATHLETES AND THEIR FAMILIES: Please clear your calendars for Tuesday, May 30th which is the date for this year’s Senior Athletic Banquet at the Attleboro Elks Club at 6:30 PM.

Congratulations to Freshman Basketball player Kameron Casala who scored a career-high 23 points Tuesday in a 64-44 loss to Somerset-Berkley. Good luck to the Freshmen team today who will take to the road to play Somerset-Berkley again at 3:30.

A special shout out to Coach Sean Smith and the members of the Seekonk Boys JV Basketball team who have won six of their last seven games and currently sit at 10 wins and 3 losses after defeating Bourne High School Tuesday night 49-37 behind the 17-point effort of Sophomore Dom Lopo.

Good luck to our Boys and Girls JV and Varsity basketball teams who will play Case High School tonight and Apponequet High School tomorrow. The 4-8 boys will host Case tonight and will welcome in the Lakers tomorrow night with the Freshman game at 3:30, the JV game at 5, and the Varsity tipping at 6:30. The 6 and 7 Seekonk Girls teams will be on the road at Case High School tonight and will travel to Apponequet tomorrow. The JV game will be at one o’clock and the Varsity game will tip at 2:30.

Be sure to check out the Athletic Website for more information about requirements, deadlines, scores, and schedules.

The Seekonk Public Schools strives to provide a safe, respectful, and supportive learning environment in which all students can thrive and succeed in its schools. The Seekonk Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation and ensures that all students have equal rights of access and equal enjoyment of the opportunities, advantages, privileges, and courses of study.

Contact Information

We strive to keep communication open and ongoing. You may contact us through any of the following ways. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or comments.