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April 7, 2017 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 27

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!

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Saturday, April 8, 2017: English Advanced Placement session at New Bedford High School. Students need to be at Seekonk High School by 6:45 AM and will return at 1:00 PM.

Monday, April 10, 2017: The Class of 2018 is holding a fundraiser at Uncle Tony's from 11:30am–10pm. All you need to do is present this coupon when getting your food (dine in or take out) and Uncle Tony's will donate 20% of the amount you spend to the class!

Filthy car? The Class of 2017 will be hosting a car wash on Sunday, May 7th from 10:30am-2:30pm. The car wash will be located at Seekonk High School, near the bus entrance by the library. Come join us!

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:

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

Underclassmen Exams - Monday, June 12, 2017 - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Last Day of School - Friday, June 16, 2017

Seekonk students participate in refugee symposium at UMass Boston!

On Tuesday, April 4th, Mrs. Hellmold, Ms. Jones, and Mrs. Pomfret took 13 students to UMASS Boston for a Youth to Youth Symposium hosted by the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences on the topic of War and the Refugee Experience. This symposium was part of Seekonk High School’s collaboration with the Joiner Institute that began last year with the Art and English departments’ work with Iranian artist Minoo Imami. As a result of the positive student response to that project, we have continued to embrace opportunities to continue our work with the Institute. For this symposium SHS students, along with students from two Boston high schools, met refugees from Somalia, Uganda, and Syria. After a brief introduction by each, and a lunch provided by the Joiner Institute, students were broken into three discussion groups. These groups provided students with the chance to ask questions and hear the very real and personal stories of these three amazing individuals. Later, there was a presentation by Oxfam and “Next Steps” were discussed. SHS students were a credit to our community. Their clear engagement and thoughtfulness was evidenced by the questions they asked and their ideas and excitement for how to bring their experience to the broader Seekonk High School community.

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S.P.E.A.K. promotes annual Anti-Bullying Week April 10th-13th!

Seekonk High S.P.E.A.K. remember Kindness and Pass it on as we promote our annual Anti-Bullying Week April 10th-13th.

Here are a list of activities for next week:

Monday: Take the Pledge to pass on Kindness at Lunch

Tuesday: Black out Bullying......wear black

Wednesday: Rainbow Day for LGBTQ awareness

Thursday: Autism Awareness..... wear blue

Remember Kindness..... PASS IT ON!!!!

Seekonk students participate in Student Government day!

This year, Jessica-Lyn Sweet took on the role of our State Representative from the Fourth Bristol District, and Joshua Lane served as her alternate. This was Massachusetts' 70th official Student Government Day. It is designed to provide an opportunity for high school educators and students from across Massachusetts to learn firsthand about state government. Student Government Day provides an opportunity for high school educators and students from across Massachusetts to learn firsthand about state government as students take on the roles of governor, state senators and representatives, and Supreme Judicial Court justices. This was a great opportunity and experience for both Jessica-Lyn and Joshua. They are pictured here with their State Representative, Steven Howitt and State Senator, James Timilty

SHS's Portuguese club's 2nd annual soccer tournament a huge success!

The Portuguese Club held their second annual soccer tournament this past Wednesday. Mrs. Almeida wanted to thank all the members of the Portuguese Club for coming out in full force and showing off their skills. Also, thank you to parents for donating their time and raffle items: Tricia Prata, Ginny Pacheco, Mr & Mrs. Albuqurque, Mr. & Mrs. Santos, and Mr. & Mrs. DaRocha. Finally, thank you to Head Assistant Coach John Mark Andrade of the PC Men's Soccer team and his players for volunteering their time to ref the games.

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Dr. Jones

Weekly Message...

This weekly message is about the upcoming week at Seekonk High School. The group, Students Promoting Equality and Kindness (S.P.E.A.K.) has planned an anti-bullying week. Take a listen and learn a little more about deciding to like yourself more instead of disliking others to feel better. Its all a matter of focusing on improving who you are through purposeful actions rather than taking the easy, low character road and only improving the image of who you wish you were. Life is a journey, be the type of person you would want taking it with you.

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Around School..

I was lucky enough to catch one of Mrs. Limperis' math classes today as they competed against each other in a game of Fear "Factor". This had all the tenants of Game Theory. Students were broken into teams of even ability and given multiple problems to solve by working together. All members of the team were involved in the process. Students were teaching each other different concepts, Mrs. Limperis was assessing their knowledge, and students were applying concepts they learning in the class. It was great to hear the conversations about learning occurring between the students as they competed against each other. Check out the video and notice students enjoying learning; an active motivational classroom; and yet another example of some of the excellent students and teachers we have here at Seekonk High School!
Mrs Limperis' Math Class
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Guidance - Mrs. Whatley

Parents of grade 9, 10, 11 students- Have you signed the course request sheet for next year? If not, please ask your student to see their course request sheet for next year. They were due today, April 7th, signed by a parent to the guidance office. Students should also log in to their student Plusportal account and submit their course requests. Please ask them if that has happened.

Thank you.

Third Quarter report cards were distributed to each student last period today. An electronic copy of the report card has also been uploaded into the Plusportal accounts. To view the report card electronically, log in to your parent Plusportal account, select e-locker in the tool bar then click on the 'portfolio' tab. I hope that you and your student are please and proud of what you see.

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assistant principal - mr. aguiar


As we head into the fourth quarter I wanted to offer a refresher related to regulations listed in our SHS Handbook. We ask for your continued cooperation in following these guidelines as they pertain to the safe, positive and academically focused atmosphere we are promoting at SHS.

  • Food / Drink - Students are not to carry/consume any food or beverage (with the exception of water) in the hallways or classrooms during the school day.

  • Dress Code - Examples of unacceptable attire include, but are not limited to: Blouses, shirts, sweaters, halter-tops, tube-tops, tank tops, T-back shirts, muscle shirts, pants, and midriff shirts that do not cover the stomach, back, chest or undergarments. Low riding pants or jeans that display underwear. Revealing shorts, “pencil skirts,” or skirts - Legs should not be exposed above fingertip length when a student stands with arms fully extended downward. Clothing depicting alcoholic substances and/or illegal substances. Pajamas, slippers, etc.

  • Obligations - Obligations for the purpose of this handbook include, but are not limited to textbooks, library books, detention hours, and materials fees. Students who do not fulfill their obligations to Seekonk High School by the designated times will receive consequences. Specifically, students who have outstanding obligations will be restricted from the following: participation in or attendance at any extracurricular activity, all sports, all dances (including prom), participation in graduation ceremony. The administration holds the right to assign additional, appropriate consequences based upon the circumstance if necessary. Obligations as well as their consequences carry over from year to year.

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Warrior Cries!

Warrior cries are shout outs to staff and students here at Seekonk High School. They are our way of recognizing hard work, creative thinking, and characteristics that make us proud to be part of this community. Please contact Dr. Jones if you wish to give a "warrior cry" to someone!

Kayla Nastari, Ben Gibbons, John Moran, David Rubin, Eli Mello, Caitlin Pereira, Rob Fontaine, and Bianca Jones for..."representing the teachers in fierce form during the final game of the Portuguese Club's Second Annual Soccer Tournament! Peter Hoogerzeil for being a fantastic DJ. Tricia Prata for being our banker and all the custodians for helping with both setting and cleaning up." -Mrs. Almeida

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Music - mr. smialek

The Seekonk Music Parents Association is having a Spring Fundraiser which will be a Raffle Calendar for the month of May. Calendars are now available from any Band students or in the SHS Band Office. They are $5. each or 3 for $10. and feature a daily prize drawing for each day in the month of May. They will be on sale until April 30th.

Music Department Scholarships: Seniors are reminded that the Seekonk Music Parents Association sponsors three scholarships each year to students who participated in Band at SHS. Applications for these scholarships are available in guidance and usually need to be returned early in May.

Upcoming Music Dept. events: Spring Concert, Wednesday, May 17th, Great East Band Festival, Friday, May 19th, SHS Band Banquet, Sunday, May 21st at 6:30 pm, tickets go on sale May 1st.

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science - mrs. cunard

2017 Summer Science Academy!

2017 Summer Science Academy at Bridgewater State University is now looking for registrations. This academy is a wonderful opportunity for all high school students. Participants work in a state of the art laboratory, performing numerous laboratory experiments/procedures. Another added will make a college application standout among others when admissions offices are making their decisions! Check out this link for more information!


Science Cafe: Friday, March 31st, marked the second Science Cafe for the Science Club. Dr. Peter Shank of Brown University gave a talk entitled "Viral Pathogens, Past, Present and Future". Twenty-two students attended the event in the SHS library. The next Science Cafe will be on Thursday, May 18th during the Seekonk Arts & Exhibition Festival. SHS seniors will present their performance-based projects and Bio II and AP Biology students will present their research on the Runnins River. The club is hoping to have a guest speaker as well.

Envirothon Team: Members of the team will be attending a workshop at Alden Labs in Holden, MA on Saturday, April 8th in preparation for the Envirothon Competition May 18th. The team will be accepting soil samples for testing at the Seekonk Arts & Exhibition Festival on the evening of May 18th. The soil testing is a fundraiser and is related to the current topic of soil and water sustainability. Each sample will cost $5 to test. Test results and recommendations will be provided.

Greenhouse Group: The Greenhouse Group will be selling plants at the Seekonk Arts & Exhibition Festival. The plants will have been raised in the greenhouse which the group obtained through a grant from Mass Agriculture in the Classroom.

Seekonk Land Trust Meeting

The Seekonk Land Conservation Trust Annual Meeting is on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:00PM. It is open to the public. The topic is locally grown food and complements the Envirothon team's current topic of soil sustainability in Climate Change. Be sure to come check out the meeting!

science opportunities for students:

Explore your career interests & make your college application stand out!

UCONN Explore Engineering:

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

Glaxo Smith Kline has issued a voluntary recall for Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers for possible package leakage. The lot numbers are: 6ZP0003 and 6ZP9944. Patients may call the company with any questions: 1-888-825-5249.

There has been an update on expanded Epi-pen recalls. Please read this link for the lot numbers and expiration dates. Some students have the Epi-pens that were recalled. Mylan Specialty Co. has issued the steps to take with a recall Epi-pen and the link is attached.

Spring weather is finally here and parents need to make sure that students with asthma are carrying updated inhalers if needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mrs. Rok.

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance of abuse among teens in the US and may put your health and safety at risk. The following facts on alcohol are from National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens on the effects on teen’s brains:

Short-term Consequences of Intoxication (being “drunk”)

  • An intoxicated person has a harder time making good decisions.

  • A person is less aware that his/her behavior may be inappropriate or risky.

  • A person may be more likely to engage in risky behavior, including drinking and driving, sexual activity (like unprotected sex) and aggressive or violent behavior.

  • A person is less likely to recognize potential danger.

Long-Term Consequences as the Teen Brain Develops:

  • Research shows that drinking during the teen years could interfere with normal brain development and change the brain in ways that:

  • Have negative effects on information processing and learning.

  • Increase the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder later in life.
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Sports - Mr. Crippen

As the Spring Season commences, the Athletic Department would like to say thank you to Athletic Trainer Paul Lonczak whose tireless efforts have helped Seekonk High’s student-athletes remain healthy and have contributed greatly to the school’s highly successful athletic year.

A similar thank you from the Athletic Department to Colleen O’Halloran, Michelle Silva and all the members of the Seekonk High School Boosters Club whose generosity and hard work have provided a very special athletic experience for our student-athletes.

Seniors Matt Gallup and Josh Machado had two hits apiece, while Junior Luke Robitaille chipped in with two hits of his own Wednesday in Seekonk High School’s baseball opener, a 10-4 road loss against New Bedford Voke. Senior Tanner Emond took the loss while Sophomore Adam Horowitz pitched two innings of scoreless relief. Freshman Brendan Morales made his varsity debut and contributed a run batted in.

This year’s Senior Sports Banquet will be held Tuesday, May 30th at 6:30 at the Elks Club of Attleboro.

Saturday’s originally scheduled home dual meet against Bourne High School has been rescheduled to Monday, May 22nd at 3:30.

Today’s originally scheduled Girls Varsity Softball game at Cole Street has been postponed and rescheduled to Tuesday afternoon, April 11th at Cole Street at 3:30.

Come on out Monday afternoon and support the Warrior Baseball and Softball teams in their home openers against the Blue Devils of Fairhaven.

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.

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