SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


December 15, 2017 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 15

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

December 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018: Christmas Break

January 16 - January 19, 2018: Midterm Exams

May 11, 2018: Junior/Senior Prom at the Newport Marriot

May 30 2018: Senior Class Night at 7:00PM

June 1, 2018: Graduation at 6:30PM

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There is still time for Ski Club!

If you want to be a part of the Seekonk Parks and Recreation Ski and Board Club there are still a few spots left on the bus. See Mr. Wills in room 451 for details.


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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Dr. Jones

One last push...15 to 20 Minutes of your time!

We have still not received enough responses to consider our NEASC survey a valid measurement. Thank you if you have already completed it. If you have not, you can use this link or the one I emailed last week. If you have any issues accessing the survey, please contact me for assistance.

Seekonk High School is currently preparing for a visit from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
In an effort to prepare for that, we are undergoing a in depth assessment of who we are as a school, what we are trying to accomplish, and where we need to improve. Part of this process includes surveying staff, students, and community members. It is incredibly important that you participate.

Family Survey

It is very important that we have as many families as possible complete this survey. The school needs a minimum response rate of 25% for the data to be meaningful. Here is some information:

  • It is anonymous, but because there is no “login” for the survey, it should be completed once you begin.
  • Your responses are automatically recorded so you will be unable to return to the survey without starting over.
  • If you the the survey before completing it, we will only have the answers you completed.

You do not need to complete more than one survey if you have multiple students in our school. The survey takes about 15 minutes. Click this link to access it.

Weekly video message...

This weekly message discusses the idea of making connections with people. We often push the idea of self-advocacy and communicating. The idea of making authentic connections with people goes further than that. It starts with listening, comparing, and asking questions. After listening to the video, I invite you to Check out the blog post I wrote about this topic called: 3 Ways to Make That Connection. It has much more information.
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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Assistant Principal - Kevin Aguiar

Attendance Policy

As we head into the final weeks of the semester, I would like to remind students and parents about our attendance policy.

It is understood that there are occasions when a student may not be able to be in school. We acknowledge the following examples as acceptable excused absences. Documentation for these absences should be turned into the main office on the first day of a child’s return to school.

  • Illness, hospitalization, or medical appointment: medical evidence [may be] required
  • Disability related absences
  • Court appearances
  • Approved school activity
  • Religious holiday
  • Death in immediate family
  • Pre-approved college visitation: seniors only, maximum three (3); junior maximum two (2)

Any student who has missed more than six (6) days of a class during a semester course may be denied academic credit for that course. Denial of credit letters will be sent home after seven (7) absences indicating that a student has lost credit for that class.Any student who has missed more than twelve (12) days of a class during a year-long course may be denied academic credit for that course. Denial of credit letters will be sent home after thirteen (13) absences indicating that a student has lost credit for that class.

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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!

Mrs. Osterle for... "for going to the Seekonk Landtrust presentation and for always being supportive of students' emotional and academic needs" - Matt Wills

Abigail, Collin, and James Tenreiro..."Abigail, Collin and James were instrumental in creating a magical event with us. Out of 20 volunteers that signed up to help with the event (15 JWU students and 5 SHS students), they were the only ones that showed. Your students were amazing!!! They arrived on time and stayed until every last detail was taken care of. They jumped into action, worked non-stop and were completely engaged with the children and families at the event. We were truly impressed by your students. Abigail, Collin and James were a true pleasure to work with!!!" -The Newman Y

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ceramics - Miss Jones

Students in ceramics I have perfected the art of coil! Cool inlay bowls and intricate cool ornaments are ready for display.
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science - Mrs. Cunard

Science Club News

The Roots & Shoots group has a campaign underway to reduce plastic waste. To that end, there is currently a reusable water bottle sale underway. Pre-order a bottle from any science club member or Mrs. Cunard for $10. Proceeds will go towards the installation of a water bottle filler in the school! The group is also writing a grant for funds as well.
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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.

Please fill out this brief form to indicate your interest and someone will be in touch to follow up with you as soon as possible.

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

Career Spotlight - Neil Nadeau

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On December 12th, the Culinary Arts classes welcomed guest speaker Neil Nadeau, owner of Lemon and Oil Deli & Catering. The visit was coordinated by career specialist Laura Calverly and guidance counselor Melissa Mello in collaboration with Culinary Arts teacher Joanne Dahmer. Mr. Nadeau shared his career path, spoke open and candidly about his business, answered questions from the students and even shared the back story of the Three Against One Salad on the menu! It was a great opportunity for students to hear about owning and operating a restaurant, as well as offering excellent universal advice such as asking yourself your definition of "success" and remembering that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Thank you to Mr. Nadeau for sharing his time with our school community!

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

The Polished Program, a dental cleaning program, is coming to Seekonk High School on January 10, 2018 during the school day. If you would like to have your son/daughter receive a free dental cleaning, please email Mrs. Rok. Forms are in the health room or main office.

The MDPH and CDC have provided fact sheets and information of “Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes”.”In 2016, the FDA established a rule for e-cigarettes and their liquid solutions. Because e-cigarettes contain nicotine derived from tobacco, they are now subject to government regulation as tobacco products, including the requirement that both in-store and online purchasers be at least 18 years of age.” For more information, please see the link and visit the FDA’s webpage, The Facts on the FDA’s New Tobacco Rule.

Pat Rok My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.

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athletics - Mr. crippen

Congratulations to Seniors Terry Smith, Shane Smith and Ryan Riordan who have been chosen to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle All Area Football Team.

The Seekonk High School Fall Cheerleading squad held their banquet last week and the following awards were given: Most Valuable Player (Cheyenne Ayotte), Most Improved Player (Katie Kane) and the Coaches Award (Celine Glaude). Congratulations to all the girls on a fine season.

Good luck to the Seekonk Boys Basketball team who hit the road Friday to take on the Lancers of Norton High School. Tuesday the Warriors opened their season in dramatic fashion downing Mt. St. Charles 60-25 in front of the home crowd. Seniors Mitch Blanchard and James Jackson led a balanced scoring attack for the Warriors. Congratulations to the Seekonk Winter Cheer squad for an impressive debut at the game.

Congratulations to the Seekonk Boys and Girls Swim teams who opened their seasons at home Tuesday thumping Durfee High School. The Lady Warriors downed the Hilltoppers 122-53. Lauren Shanahan, Jenna Dunphy, Sydney Cayer, Natalie Kach, Erin Broadmeadow, Emily Rieben and Lyla Carvalho all registered wins. Meanwhile the Boys downed Durfee 91-41. Robert Gerardi, Robert Strycharz, Blake Anderson, Brady Fournier, Collin Braga, Michael Nadeau, Brett Mancini and Tom Ciolfi all registered first place finishes. This Tuesday the Warrior Swim team will host powerful Bishop Feehan High School at 4 PM.

Good luck to the Seekonk High Girls Basketball team who will be hosting Central Falls High School this evening. The Lady Warriors have a 1 and 2 record having defeated North Providence High School Monday evening on the offensive strength of Mia DiBiase, Lauren Tortolani and Sabrina Russell’s offense as well as the fine defense of Kiarra Sandoval.

The Warrior Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams will open their season tomorrow morning in a Tri Meet at New Bedford Voke.

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.

Contact Information

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