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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


January 19, 2018 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 19

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

January 17 - January 22, 2018: Midterm Exams

January 20 - English Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM). STUDENT ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY! A great thing about this is that students get to experience the full exam and receive feedback on their performance before taking the real exam in May.

January 27 - Math Advanced Placement review session at New Bedford high School (8AM-12PM)

February 10th, 2018 - SAVE THE DATE! The SHS Winterball will be held at the Venus De Milo in Swansea from 6:00-10:00. Tickets are on sale an can be purchased during most lunches or at the end of the day in Ms. Jones' classroom (Room 357). THE LAST POSSIBLE DAY TO BUY TICKETS for the winter ball is Thursday, January 25th. Also, be sure you your completed Breathalyzer forms have been submitted! If you have any questions please email Ms. Nastari or Ms. Jones for more information!

February 16 - Early Release (11:25AM)

February 19 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

March 3 - Math Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM)

March 3 - Science Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM)

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

Class of 2018 fundraiser!

The Class of 2018 will be holding a Kettle Corn Fundraiser Jan. 24th thru Feb. 2nd. Profits will be used for Senior end-of-year activities!

Science Club Project!

The Roots & Shoots group has set up a Donor's choose Page to obtain funds needed to purchase a water bottle filler. the page is at the following link:

Please consider contributing.

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around town

Interested in knitting for a cause?

The “Little Hats, Big Hearts” project is helping raise awareness for babies born with congenital heart defects by knitting red baby hats to be distributed in local hospitals throughout the month of February. Our goal is to make a minimum of 15 hats to donate to participating hospitals. We need you to help us reach our goal! We are looking for donations of either knit baby hats, red yarn, 6 mm (US size 10) knitting needles, or even ziploc sandwich bags. As far as yarn is concerned, the American Heart Association asks that all yarn be red, either cotton or acrylic, and medium or heavy weight. An example would be Red Heart yarn. Any simple hat patterns are recommended. We currently have a group at the high school knitting hats for this project Fridays after school and your donations of red yarn and knitting needles would help us tremendously! A bin will be located in Mrs. Marinucci’s room 341 for all donations. If you wish to donate, all donations are due by February 16, 2018. All donations help! Thank you for your support!

Taste of The Towns is here again!

Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk is sponsoring their 22nd Taste of the Towns on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Rose Ballroom in the Clarion Inn, 940 Fall River Avenue (route 114A), Seekonk.

Restaurants offering samples of their menus include: Applebee's, Bone Yard Barbeque,

Buffalo Wings, Chick-fil-A, Clarion Inn, Country Kitchen, Davenport's, Ds'Lectables, Honey Dew Donuts, Lemon & Oil, Longhorn Steakhouse, Old Grist Mill, Sullivan's Publick House, Toti's, Tropical Smoothies, Wharf Tavern and Young's Catering. The Dublin Rose Sports Bar will offer Wine and Beer Tasting. There will be raffles of gifts from the various vendors and local businesses and a 50/50 raffle.

We would like to thank our GOLD SPONSOR Herb Chambers of Seekonk for his generous support. Also, thanks go to our SILVER SPONSORS: Angell Street Dental, Blu-Sky Real Estate, Frank Casarella DMD, Lisa Daft DMD and Associates, Michael Gross Chiropractic, Beverly Haley, Horizon Beverage Group, State Representative Steve S. Howitt, Lynn Kent Certified Medium, and David & Lisa Spencer Atlantic Paper Company.

Tickets are $30 and are available from Beverly Della Grotta at 401-749-4841 or, Bev Hart at 508-336-9352 or, or the town clerk's office at 508-336-2921.

Kiwanis is a world-wide organization dedicated to helping children and their communities. For questions or information call Bev Hart.


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

Weekly video message...

A lesson in choosing!

How do we know that students are learning? How do we get them engaged?

Mr. Censabella took on these questions as he wrapped up Seekonk High School's new Civics class! Teaching a truly heterogeneous class (grades and skill levels), Mr. Censabella, working collaboratively with Mrs. Larson in the Library, gave students a hand in designing what their final project would be and it paid off. Check out the write up he provided below and be sure to check out the website the students created!

This past semester Mr. Censabella’s Civics class completed a final project in which they surveyed freshmen at Seekonk High School to determine their civic opinions and level of civic engagement. The idea for this project emerged from a collaboration between Mrs. Larson, the school librarian, and Mr. Censabella.

In the initial stages of the project, students did an online exploration of several surveys on the topic. The most useful site was Harvard’s Institute of Politics’ Public Opinion Project (, which has conducted a series of polls over the past several years to assess civic opinions from young Americans between the ages of 18-29 years old. As a class, students went through these polls and then copied or adapted thirteen questions for their freshmen poll utilizing Google Forms. Prior to the Christmas break the polls were administered to the freshman history classes at Seekonk High School via the Chromebook computers and the iPads. All totaled, the survey included responses from 148 students.

Afterwards, students self selected into small teams to analyze the data and develop a website, utilizing Google Sites, to present their findings. During this process students worked cooperatively under team leaders of their choosing. One group even utilized their skills developed in the school media course to create a fun and information video to supplement the survey data. Other than some occasional feedback and editing suggestions from their teacher, students enthusiastically spearheaded this project by evaluating data, formulating hypotheses, and then reaching a consensus on how to best display their findings.

Anyone interested in viewing their work can either directly access the website by going to the following link: or via a link on the school’s webpage:

Around School...

Students in Mrs. Dahmer's Culinary class have to compete in a chopped competition as part of their mid term exams. They are given a set of ingredients and then have to cook, serve, and explain their dishes to a panel of judges.
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

Local scholarship applications are rolling into the guidance office. The list of available scholarships has been updated! They are also posted inside the guidance office. Have your senior stop in and see if they meet the criteria for application.

Midterm exams will be completed on Tuesday, January 23rd. The first day of the third quarter is on Wednesday, January 24th. Report cards will be mailed out the week of January 29th and also posted in the e-locker in the Plusportal.

Any parent who has not yet activated their Parent Plusportal account can email Mrs. Whatley in the guidance office to have their activation and password information sent to them. This can be a very useful resource for helping to support your student academically.

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Assistant Principal - Kevin Aguiar

Attendance Policy

As we head into the first weeks of the second 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.

Saturday Detention

The next Saturday Detention is scheduled for tomorrow, January 20th from 8-11 am

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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. Joanne Dahmer for... "her final assessment in Culinary Arts. I had the honor of being one of the food judges for the "competition." The students were so engaged and clearly worked so hard to prepare their selections which needed to contain chicken and ancient grains. The variety of dishes was great along with beautiful presentations. Yummy!! The event was well planned, the criteria for judging was clear both to judges and students. Kudos to Joanne!" - Mrs. Cunard

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ceramics - miss jones

Ceramics I and II students are just about finished with their houses! These will go on display in the library next week. Ceramics II students are finally getting to take home their 'positive thought' jars, complete with lids and positive affirmations. Well done and thank you all for a fantastic semester!​
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Opportunities Fair – Registrations now being accepted

The Attleboro School to Career Partnership is once again holding its Opportunities Fair for students who are looking for alternatives to a 4-year college. The Opportunities Fair is designed to allow Juniors and Seniors to explore post-secondary options such as full-time jobs, part-time jobs, vocational training programs, internships, and volunteer work. The Fair will take place at Attleboro High School on Wed, Feb. 28 8:30 am to 10 am. A bus will be provided to and from Seekonk High School for the event. Anyone interested, please see Laura Calverley in Rm. 447 to pick up a Field Trip Request Form.

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

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

The students from the Lifeguard Class had a surprise on January 18th---they participated in a mock Code Blue medical drill with Mrs. Rok. The students were randomly assigned roles, given a scenario and got into action delivering CPR to a manikin.Throughout the drill, they alternated performing CPR and giving a shock with the AED. This was a valuable experience for them and all did a wonderful job. They will be part of the Seekonk Code Blue Team.

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 the Seekonk High School Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving teams who opened conference play yesterday downing Apponequet High School in two tight meets. The Lady Warriors (4-1, 1-0) dunked the Lady Lakers 92-88 with quality performances from Lauren Shanahan, Isabella Paterson, Natalie Kach, Lyla Carvalho, Erin Broadmeadow, Sydney Cayer, Haley Fournier, Emily Rieben, Caroline Turenne, Jenna Dunphy and Liza Gagnon. The Boys (3-2, 1-0) defeated the Lakers 84-76 with multiple wins by Blake Anderson, Robert Strycharz and key contributions from Thomas Ciolfi, Jared Kogut, Robert Gerardi, Brady Fournier, Brett Mancini and Michael Nadeau. The teams will be back in action next Thursday when they travel to New Bedford High School to take on conference foe Old Rochester.

Seekonk High Swim team members who have already qualified for the MIAA State Meet are Robert Strycharz, Blake Anderson, Brett Mancini and Mike Nadeau.

Good luck to the Seekonk Boys Basketball team (5-4) as they continue their quest for a SCC divisional/conference championship and for a post season berth when they take on the Blue Devils of Fairhaven tonight at home. The Warriors saw their three-game winning streak over SCC foes Bourne, Wareham, and New Bedford Voke snapped Tuesday night when the Case Cardinals downed Seekonk 64-53 despite the hot shooting of Senior Mitch Blanchard who connected on six three-point field goals and finished with 24 points.

The Seekonk Cheerleaders will be presenting their “Future Cheerleaders Program” during halftime of tonight’s game. The High School cheerleaders will teach a short routine to the elementary and middle school cheerleaders who will then perform.

The Seekonk Girls Basketball (4-7) used pressure defense and a balanced scoring attack to get back in the win column Tuesday night downing Case 58-37 at home. Sophomore Mia DiBiase and Freshman Lauren Paulo led the Lady Warriors in scoring. The girls will travel Friday night to Fairhaven to play the Lady Blue Devils of Fairhaven.

Good luck to the Seekonk-DR Ice Hockey team who will hosting Apponequet High School Saturday at the New England Sports Village at 4:30, and likewise to the Seekonk Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams this Sunday as they compete in MIAA Division 5 Relays at the Reggie Lewis Center at 10 AM.

Please mark your calendars for next Friday, January 26 when the Boys Basketball team will take on the league-leading Apponequet Lakers on “Respect Night.” The evening will celebrate diversity, acceptance and respect with donations accepted for Meeting Street School who will be holding their Telethon next Saturday.

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

We strive to keep communication open and ongoing. You may contact us through any of the following ways. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or comments.