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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
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.
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!
Hey Warriors! Looking to get involved?
Seekonk parks and recreation offer Scuba!
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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!
Science - Mrs. Cunard
S.T.E.M. & E.E.P. news!
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!
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!
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.
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.