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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
March 16, 2018 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 26
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!
March 22: College Admissions Informational Meeting at 6:30 in the SHS Library.
March 24: SHS COURTYARD CLEAN-UP Want to help beautify our COURTYARD? Bring your rakes and gloves Saturday, March 24th to the high school from 8am to 12pm. Sign outside the main office, cafeteria or KC Board (near elevator). See Ms. Marinucci for details.
March 27 - 29: MCAS English Language Arts Test
April 7: Math Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM)
April 28: Science Advanced Placement review session at NBHS (8AM-12PM)
May 11: Junior/Senior Prom at the Newport Marriot
May 19: Senior Day Trip to Boston
May 23 & 24: MCAS Math Test
May 30: Senior Class Night at 7:00PM
June 1: Graduation at 6:30PM
June 6 & 7: MCAS Science Test
Credit for Life Visits Seekonk!
Seekonk High School just hosted the Credit for Life Fair, an event where juniors pretend they are 25 years old and living on a budget. This is a role-playing exercise in which high school juniors pretend they’re 25-year-olds getting by on a budget. The fair itself is a collection of booths with varous titles (education, housing, transportation, clothing, etc.) where students have to make purchases as they would in "real life". At the end of the fair they have to get their balance sheet tallied with a lesson on how well they did and why.
We were incredibly proud of how our students moved through this event. Julie M. Ramos Gagliardi, Vice President Corporate Giving and Community Relations, remarked; "Many of the booth captains who participated today commented on how polite, respectful and pleasant Seekonk High School Juniors were today. It was a pleasure to work this fair on their behalf!! Your staff was also very helpful in filling some of the vacancies that we had at the booths. I think one of the biggest rewards that all the volunteers get from participating in the fair are the great conversations with students as they visit the booths. One student remarked to me after completing their budget worksheet, "Wow, life is difficult!". The day was a great success!
We also want to thank the volunteers from following businesses/organizations for giving their time to run the various booths: Rockland Trust, Bristol County Savings Bank, Bank Five, BayCoast Bank, Partners Insurance Group, ReMax Associates, UMass/Dartmouth, New Bedford Credit Union, Roberts Formals, Attleboro School to Career Partnership, and Seekonk High School Parent Advisory Council.
A Workshop on Guardianship, Alternatives and Other Transition Topics
summer program at the attleboro arts museum
The Attleboro Arts Museum’s weeklong summer art sessions combine looking at professional artwork in our gallery with fun, age-appropriate art-making experiences in the Museum studios. Students will try new approaches, materials and
gain self-confidence. Our faculty of artist/educators will provide individualized attention to our budding artists. See this flyer for more information!
When Is It Too Late To Change
I ran across two quotes the other day that, when looked at together, really made a lot of sense when considering how well you are currently doing and what you can do to improve your current circumstance.
The first quote is: "You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream." -C.S.Lewis
Think about the power of those words. There is nothing worse than knowing something can be better; that we can be better and doing nothing about it; and as a result, settling for good enough. If you are not happy with your current situation because of your behavior, effort, grades, etc.; you can still improve it. All you have to do is reexamine where you are, have a vision of where you want to be, and set a goal of getting there.
It doesn't matter if you made some bad choices; unless you accept them as final and do nothing to change course. Yes, that is hard, but not impossible.
So where do we start? This is where the second quote that inspired this post comes in.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle
The only way to make meaningful change that lasts in our lives is to embed the steps we take as habits and then behaviors. Otherwise it is just fleeting. Because of this, our small day to day actions matter. It is impossible to be successful at anything by attending to it on an irregular basis. True success comes from the consistent, intentional focus on small acts of self improvement. Have a vision, set a goal, and then faithfully implement the steps to get there.
So the question remains. When is it too late to change? According to those who are inspired to continuously improve themselves and those around them...never!
If you are interested in reading more about this, I have a more in-depth post on my blog.
Mike Braga captures an important event!
Seekonk High School's Mike Braga participated in the student walkout in memory of the 17 victims killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday March 14th. He was not just there to watch, but capture the event for a larger audience to witness.
The students conducted themselves perfectly as they made their voices heard by stating their points and working with the school administration and Seekonk Police rather than against. They were a fine example of just how mature and capable they are. This student led walkout was inclusive and a great combination of both protest and memorial of this tragedy. Mike Braga caught this balance in the video below.
guidance - Mrs. Whatley
A reminder to parents of juniors that we are hosting a college application and information night on March 22nd at 6:30 pm in the high school library. If you are new to this process please make every effort to attend with your student. Important information about the whole process will be discussed.
MCAS- All grade 10 students will be participating in the MCAS English Language Arts Test on March 27, 28, 29. Testing will begin at 7:30 am and continue through the morning each day. Please help your student to come in on time, well rested and ready to do their best. Math testing will be on May 23 & 24. Science testing June 6 &7. Thank you
Juniors looking to register for the May 5th SAT need to register by April 6th to avoid paying any late fees.
Band - Mr. Smialek
Tickets for the 2018 SHS Jazz Dinner are now on sale. The Jazz Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 5th at 6:30 in the SHS Cafeteria. It will feature an Italian Buffet from Uncle Tony's of East Providence and two sets of music by the SHS Jazz Band.
The cost of tickets is only $12. and can be purchased from any Jazz Band member or by contacting the SHS Band Office, Get your tickets TODAY!
science - mrs. cunard
STEM Games 2018
The winners were:
1st place Sanyam Shilpakar, Nick Santana & Olivia Stralzka
2nd place Gabby Blum, Connor Pozzi & Rachel Pion
3rd place Aidan Morrison, Ben Brady & John Doorley
1st place Lily Carlson, Aditi Patel & Tommy Ciolfi
2nd place Brandon Gomes, Casey Merola & Robert Gerardi
3rd place Samantha Silviera, Erin Broadmeadow & Lillian Birch
1st place Josh Valente, James Tenreiro & Jordan Henry
2nd place Eli Morrison, Abby Tenreiro & Ben Pope
3rd place Laura Catalano, Natalie Kach & Bailey Adams
1st place Madison Sirois, Katherine Corbett & Alex Medeiros
2nd place Bethany Pucino, Hailey Bodick & Faith DaSilva
3rd place Nick Jankowski, William Smith & Jackson Kinney
art information - Mrs. Machado-Cook
UMASS DARTMOUTH is offering High School Students FREE Art Workshops during April Break!!
Creative thinking and critical response make the job of the emerging artist even more exciting. CVPA offers these young artists the opportunity to explore and develop their artistic voice and vision with four different April Break FREE Workshops (and PIZZA!)
SOCIAL PRACTICE - Never heard of it? Join Professor Ellen Mueller to collaborate, experience, and exchange ideas and more!
GRAPHIC DESIGN - Can your t-shirt be statement piece, and make you some $$$?
COLOR THEORY AND PRACTICE - Examine chromatic ideology by additive and subtractive color mixing, visual color relationships, tonality, contrast, and more.
UNCONVENTIONAL MATERIALS - Who ever thought you could wear these things? Challenge yourself with this unconventional workshop!
***See Mrs. Machado-Cook for more information***
Space is limited to 20 students per workshop so don't wait!! Deadline to register is Friday April 13 at 5PM.
College and Career readiness - Mrs. Fitzgerald
Local Professionals Needed to Help Guide Students' Career Exploration!
Can you help a student make more informed choices about their career and college plans? Consider volunteering to be a job shadow host and/or the subject of an informational interview. We will put your name on a list of possible contacts for students interested in doing in depth career exploration.
We welcome professionals from all fields to come forward; currently, however, we have three specific areas in which students would like to make contact. We are looking for a social worker and an engineer. If you or anyone you know works in one of those areas and are willing to help a student investigate career paths, please reach out to Mrs. Calverley, Career Specialist, at 508-336-7272, xt.62447.
FYI: Job shadow hosts allow a student to visit you at your place of business to get a first-hand look at the job and have time to ask questions and get expert advice. Informational Interviewees would come to Seekonk High School to meet with a student or small group of students who are interested in knowing more about your line of work. There is no minimum time commitment in either role--this is done at your convenience.
Anyone wishing to be on the list must consent to a CORI (background) check, which can be processed at the Main Office.
Feel free to spread the word to your friends, neighbors, and SHS alumni.
Questions? Please contact Janet Fitzgerald, Transition Coordinator, 508-336-7272, ext. 62459
Nurse - Mrs. Rok
Screening for vision, hearing, height and weight (grade 10) and scoliosis (grade 9) will begin for second semester physical education classes. If you do NOT want your child screened, please send me an email stating this.
Pat Rok: My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.
athletics - Mr. crippen
Congratulations to Junior shot putter Cammie Garabian who competed in the New Balance National Indoor Championships last weekend in New York City. Cammie’s throw of 43 feet 5 ¼ inches was good enough for eighth place in the United States. This represents quite an accomplishment for Cammie, the Massachusetts and New England Regional shot put champion.
This Monday, March 19th, will be the first day of tryouts for Spring Sports. The Gym schedule (in the case of inclement weather) will be as follows:
2:30-3:30 Boys and Girls Outdoor Track
3:30-4:30 Boys and Girls Tennis
Seekonk High’s Unified Track and Field team will be conducting their first practices one week later, beginning on Tuesday, March 27th and, in the case of inclement weather, will be following the same “indoor” schedule as the SHS Boys and Girls Outdoor Track team.
The Seekonk High School Swim Banquet, originally scheduled for March 22nd, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 in the Seekonk High Cafeteria. The Boys Basketball Banquet will be held on Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 in the Seekonk High School Cafeteria, and the Boys and Girls Indoor Track Champions will hold their banquet Wednesday, April 4th also at 6:30 in the SHS Cafeteria.
This Wednesday, March 21st Coach Kristin Nelson and Unified Track members Kathleen Santos, Christina Tetreault, Dan Jensen, and Felicia Prata will be representing Seekonk High School at a Leadership Conference sponsored by Special Olympics of Massachusetts in Marlboro, MA.
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.