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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


June 8, 2018 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 37

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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important dates

June 11: Underclassmen Awards (8:00AM)

June 13, 14, 15, & 18: Underclassmen Finals (Early Release)

June 20: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (Early Release)


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The 2018 Video Yearbook is in!

Producer Luke Robitaille and crew did a fantastic job putting together a show for you that you will want to watch over and over again. This year's Video Yearbook is one of the best ever. It is over 2-hours of memories of the 2017-18 school year. You don't want to miss it.

The seniors of the Class of 2018 who purchased a copy will receive theirs with their graduating material after the ceremony.

We also have some available for purchase for a limited time - only $25.

See Mr. Moran in the TV Studio to grab your copy.

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Lost and Found!

Students, there is still time to make sure you are not left with any outstanding obligations! Make sure to check all the spots you can think of for books, clothes, etc.!

One place everyone forgets...the CAFETERIA! Make sure to check their lost and found for anything that may be missing.

coming soon - Online Progress Reports & Report Cards

Seekonk is pleased to announce that starting in the fall of 2018, all student progress reports and report cards will be e-mailed to parents/guardians and available exclusively online through Rediker Plus Portal, the grading management system.

This move is to streamline school/home communication and provide quick access for families to monitor student progress. This move also saves money on expensive mailings at a time when many students say their families prefer online access for ease of use and convenience.

For families that prefer paper reports, they will have the option of visiting the Guidance Office to request a printout.

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around town


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!
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Matt Silveira Wins Rotary Award!

Congratulations to Matthew Silveira for being recognized as the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Student of the Month. Matthew excels as a student, athlete, musician, and in his extracurricular pursuits. He truly embodies the Rotary's mission of service above self. Way to go, Matthew!
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Dr. Jones

3 Stumbling Blocks of Dreams

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

We all have dreams. The question is: Are we willing to push through three barriers to achieve them?

First, we have to make sure we can identify exactly what our specific dream looks like and how we accomplish it. We have to create achievable goals before jumping to the finish line.

Second, we need to be willing to put in the hard work, sacrifice, and stay focused long enough to achieve the end result. Large successes are not the product of one time effort. Rather they are the sum of many goals being achieved through struggle and effort.

Finally, the hidden obstacle. Repeated success (and failure) bring changes to our lives that were unaccounted for when we first set out. Sometimes these changes are for the better and sometimes they are not. We cannot plan for all the changes, but we can mange them.

Reflect on who you are, stay true to your core values, and you will always make the right decision; even if it sometimes doesn't feel like it. Always remember that sometimes dreams are just that and that is ok as well. The decision is yours to make.

Vaping issues

This small quiz is meant to provide some information to everyone about the dangers of vaping. Unfortunately, vaping has become a massive problem due to number of devices that are provided. From small containers to pens that are disguised as USB drives, vaping has become more secretive and as a result pervasive. I realize the picture may be hard to read, so please ask me if you wish to receive a paper copy and remember; honest, open conversations with students always work best.
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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 my blog for updates and posts about character and educational (mostly) issues/topics/resources.
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guidance - Mrs. Whatley

Underclassmen Awards Day is Monday, June 11th beginning at 8:00 AM in the auditorium. Students that have made the honor roll for the first three quarters will be recognized along with College Book Awards, Art awards, STEM awards, Audio visual and other individual department awards. The program is designed to celebrate the student accomplishments with their peers. Parents are invited to attend. The program is scheduled to end by 9:30.

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assistant principal - Mr. Aguiar

The end of the year is a good time to remind all students about fulfilling all obligations. The following is the Obligations List language from the SHS Handbook. Please be sure that obligations are taken care of as soon as possible.


Obligations for the purpose of this handbook include, but are not limited to text books, library books, detention hours, and materials / fees. It is important that part of the learning process include responsibility and accountability for fulfilling one’s obligations. Therefore, 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 including Spirit Week.

• 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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culinary - Mrs. Dahmer

Culinary Arts 2 class enjoyed a meal using the greens grown in our courtyard greenhouse. Mrs Cunard became our visiting chef for the class. Spinach, radish greens, and lettuce was mixed with a garlic sauce on pasta. All enjoyed this cross- curriculum event!
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Music - Mr. Smialek

There will be an informational meeting for all Band students in grades 8-11 who are interested in going on the Band Trip in June of 2019. This trip is the Cruise Festival to Bermuda aboard Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12th at 7 pm in the Seekonk High School Band Room.

SHS Director of Bands John Smialek will give a presentation on the trip with a sample itinerary, a slideshow presentation of past SHS Band cruises along with students and parents that participated in the last Cruise Festival in June of 2015. During this meeting you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the trip and get a breakdown of the payment schedule we plan to use. If you have any questions prior to the meeting please email the Band Office.

Permission slips and the $5. bus fee for the Annual Band Picnic, which we be at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI on Monday, June 18th from 12:00- 4:00 are due to Mr. Smialek byThursday, June 14th. Please note the type of food item you should bring on the day of the picnic as it is a pot-luck type event. In the event of rain there will be a lunch in the band room from 12-2:00. If you need an information sheet or permission slip, there are more available in the Band Room.

Any student that has not returned their Marching Band uniform should do so immediately to avoid being placed on the "Obligations List".

Finally, any students interested in auditioning for the S.E. Mass All-District Festival in November should see Mr. Smialek now for the solo and other requirements for this audition.

Band Camp will be held from Monday, August 6, to Friday August 10 from 8:30am- 12:30pm. This year's field show will be a tribute to American composer Leonard Bernstein's centennial and the music of Stevie Wonder.

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art - Mrs. machado-Cook

Congratulations to Savanna Amaral who is attending the Massachusetts Art All State this weekend at UMass Dartmouth. Art All-State was designed by prominent art educators and artists to give students the opportunity to meet their peers, work with professional artists, learn about post secondary art training and investigate art careers.

Beautifying SHS

You may have noticed around SHS there are paintings apearing all over the school. Lauren Shanahan has been painting the cafeteria walls, a history room table and the art room cabinets with stunning works of art! Izzy Patterson has also been painting trash barrels and cabinets in the art room. Both are doing a great job in making SHS beautiful! ​

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

Dr. Wendy Cohen, School Physician, will be conducting sports physicals on August 30, 2018 at 2 PM in my office. If your child is participating in a fall sport, a current physical (within the last 13 months) needs to be submitted before try-outs. Please schedule your child’s summer physical accordingly.

The MA Law 105 CMR 200.00 (Physical Examination of School Children) requires a physical examination by a student’s health care provider “at intervals of either three or four years thereafter”. Seekonk Physical Examination of School Children Policy stipulates that a current physical must be submitted and filed for grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. All grade 9 parents will need to submit a recent physical exam for grade 10 by December 20, 2018.

The FDA and Mylan Pharmaceuticals has put Epi-pens on the list of drug shortages. Any student who has an Epi-pen that is expiring soon may be prescribed a generic Epi-pen or AuviQ pen. Both have the same amount of epinephrine (adrenaline) as the brand Epi-pen. The school has stock Epi-pens in the event of an emergency.

Summer letters will be mailed soon about medications, Epi-pens, etc. If your child has any health issue over the summer, please email me so I can plan a meeting before school starts. I start back to school on August 20, 2018.

Please contact me with any concerns. My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.

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athletics - Mr. crippen

Good luck to the 15-6 Gold Division SCC champion Warrior baseball team as they open first round tournament play today hosting Norfolk Aggie in a 4 PM start.

Congratulations and good luck to Cammy Garabian, Abby Tenreiro and Ashleigh Wyrostek who will be competing in the New England Regional Track and Field Tournament tomorrow at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Last weekend at the Massachusetts State Meet, Cammy won the shot put event and took third in the discus, Abby took sixth in the two-mile, and Ashleigh took third in the javelin. Great job!

The Seekonk Girls Tennis team (7-8) closed out their very successful season Thursday dropping a 5-0 match to Bishop Stang in the first round of the MIAA State Tournament. The Lady Warriors made the tournament for the second year in a row. Congratulations! Charlotte Drainville was named to the South Coast Conference All Star team and also won the team’s Most Valuable Player Award. Isabella Pezzulli and Claudette Elkhoury received SCC Honorable Mention and Hannah Hendricks won the SCC Sportsmanship Award.

All student-athletes interested in playing a Fall Sport next year at Seekonk (Football, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Golf and Soccer) should register online as soon as possible. The registrations will close July 1 and no athlete will be permitted to try out unless they are registered and have a valid physical on file.

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Seekonk High School Boys Varsity Tennis

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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