SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
ISSUE 24 - August 19, 2016
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.
Parents of Freshmen and New Students Open House August 25th from 6:30 - 8:10: Parents will move through three 20 minute workshops about academic expectations, guidance and support services, and school policies. There is a lot of information so it is important to attend this event. We do our best to take as little of your time as possible while explaining some important aspects of our school.
Freshman Orientation August 29th from 7:15am - 12:15pm:
Run by students for students, this is a great opportunity for students to get acquainted with their new school. There will be activities, a meet and greet with teachers, a run-through of their personal schedule, an activities fair, and lunch! Be sure to reply to the email if you have any concerns about the buses.
Students who have Mr. Censabella for a teacher:
All students who have been assigned to Mr. Censabella's class should feel free to purchase a 1.5 inch, 3 ring binder for class. He will use this to help you organize your materials.
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:
Thursday, August 25 - Parent Night
Tuesday, August 30 - First Day of School
Thursday - Friday, September 1 and 2 - Interdisciplinary Days
Thursday, September 8 - State Primary (held in the gym)
Thursday September 15 - Open House
Friday September 19 - Your Vote is Magic Assembly
Thursday September 22 - AP Kickoff Assembly
seekonk high school team earns envirothon community award!
The 2016 Seekonk High School Envirothon team of Alizabeth Almeida, Emily Botelho, Matthew Broadmeadow, Jess Leech, and Jacques Turcotte were recognized for the learning and service they undertook for their community this past year. Here is the official letter. The focus in 2016 was on Managing Invasive Species and proved a great opportunity for teams to get to know their local ecosystems and the people who manage and protect them, as well as to get involved themselves. This is just one more example of how are students are challenging themselves and making a difference in their community. Be sure to congratulate them on their efforts when you see them!
Please take a moment...
What is it you want to accomplish?
How did you do last year?
How can you do better?
High school is a time in a student's life that offers great opportunity if they are willing to take advantage of the moments that offer that chance. If you are a freshmen it is the chance to remake yourself and have new friends. Seniors, it is your last time in these halls before you head out into the next phase of your life. The responsibilities will begin to mount as the year progresses. Have you prepared yourself?
One last thought...
Remember that while education is incredibly important, you always learn best when you are having fun, engaged, and intrinsically motivated to make yourself better! See you soon!
Tell yourself this is the year that I...
- greet all students at the door
- teach my best lesson on the first day
- make questions more important than answers
- put students in the driver’s seat
- make student work something that students want to keep
You have the power to build, inspire, and help students realize their best days.
Light the world on fire this year!
More and more research shows that your positive involvement in your students education is the key to their success academically, socially, and post high school. Now is not the time to step back, but instead be an integral part of your child's life. They may say they don't like you being involved, but they do. Be positive and proactive, but let them struggle, fail, and learn lessons that they will keep for the rest of their lives. I have included a short video on this subject.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming orientations and at the start of the school year. Let's fill these halls and be the WARRIORS we are!
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Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
Guidance Counselors are in for Schedule Adjustments:
Monday, August 22 - Seniors
Tuesday, August 23 - Juniors
Wednesday, August 24 - Sophomores
Thursday, August 25 - Freshmen
Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar
In preparation for the upcoming school year...
I want to stress the importance of students being involved in extra curricular activities throughout the school year. I continue to be impressed by the variety of extra curricular activities offered as SHS and I encourage all students to sign up and take advantage of the opportunities available to all students.
Ms. Keri Kozlowski, Ms. Kate Wilson, and students of S.P.E.A.K....for planning a new type of Freshmen/New Student Orientation that promises to be meaningful and fun while helping students adjust to the new atmosphere and culture of high school. - Dr. Christopher Jones
Mrs. Angela Cunard...for the work she has done coaching the Seekonk High School Envirothon Team towards receiving an award. Specifically, as stated by Mrs. Arlene Bosco; "Mrs. Cunard deserves particular recognition since she continues to seek out important, relevant, hands-on, community-based opportunities and experiences for her students. Job well done!" - Dr. Christopher Jones
As a part of this partnership the school is provided with a Career Specialist. Our Career Specialist, Amanda Louro, began working with our students last year and is excited to continue working with the faculty and students for the 2016-2017 academic year. She will be available as of September 1st to meet with students and help them with all aspects of career exploration. Many students were able to take advantage of resume writing, applying to part-time jobs and internships, and preparing for interviews with Ms. Louro last year. Students can also see Ms. Louro if they are interested in finding opportunities to shadow professionals in the workforce or tour post-secondary, vocational training programs. Students may schedule an appointment to see Ms. Louro with their Guidance Counselor or they can stop by her office (447) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Math - Mrs. Horton
Summer Mathematics Packets
All student in grades 8-11(except those who are enrolled in the semester courses of Statistics, Trigonometry and Accounting) have been issued summer review mathematics packets that must be completed for the first of classes in the fall. The material in the packet covers prerequisite concepts that the students have been taught in a previous course. All material will be reviewed upon return to school and will be followed by an assessment that will become a part of the student’s first quarter average. The specifics for each assignment and required material needs for the fall have also been addressed in a welcome page included in the envelope.
Copies of all summer packets (except AP Calculus and AP Statistics) can be found on the school website. Additional packets are also available at the high school throughout the summer. If you have any questions please contact Linda Horton, Mathematics Department Head at 508-336-7272 ext 317 or by email.
Nurse - Mrs. Rok
Welcome back to school!
Any student who takes a daily or as needed medication should bring it in to school before the first day of school. I will be in my office August 22, 23, 24 26 and 29th. My hours are 7:30-2:00 and you may call ahead if needed.
All grade 10 students will need to submit an updated physical (MA Department of Public Health requirements). Students who are participating in a fall sport needs to have a current physical on file. Our new school physician, Dr. Heidi Peterson, will be doing free sports physicals on September 1st at 2 PM in the nurse's office. If you plan on coming, please pick up a form from Mrs. Rok.
The MA Department of Public Health mandates screening for scoliosis for all grade 9 students. Grade 10 students will be screened for vision, hearing, height and weight. If you do not want your child to participate, please send Mrs. Rok an email stating a declination.
You may contact me by email or phone (508) 336-7272 if you have any questions or concerns.
Sports - Mr. Crippen
Welcome to what we expect to be an exciting Fall Season of SHS athletics.
Thanks to all the student-athletes and their parents for attending the August 1st Fall Pre-Season Meeting held at the high school.
Here are the first dates, times and locations for Fall practices:
Cheerleading-Tuesday, 8 AM, SHS track
Football-Friday, August 19, 12 PM get helmets, 2 PM Meeting, 3:30-4:30 practice, SHS Football Field
Boys Soccer, Thursday August 25, 8 AM, Cole Street Fields
Girls Soccer, Thursday, August 25, 8-10 AM and 3-5 PM, Cole Street Field
Field Hockey, Thursday, August 25, 8-11 AM, SHS Field Hockey Field
Volleyball, Thursday, August 25, 8-11 AM, SHS Gym
Golf, Thursday, August 25, 8 AM at Firefly Country Club
Cross Country, Friday, August 26, 8 AM on SHS track
On Monday, August 29 no practice will begin before 1 PM to accommodate the first day of school for teachers and the Freshmen Orientation Program.
Any student-athlete who was not able to register for a Fall Sport online may have to the opportunity to do so in person up until August 25 between the hours of 10 AM and 1 PM by reporting to the Trainer's Office, Paul Lonczak. Any student-athlete who has an expired physical or has recently received a new physical may drop them off at the same place and during the same times. It is important to note that no student-athlete will be allowed to practice or tryout until they are registered and have an updated physical that has not expired.
For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule