SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


ISSUE 19 - May 20, 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.

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Seekonk High School's literary magazine Paper Cuts is done! It includes all different types of student writing. Be sure to get a copy!

School Year Memories - Photo Access!

Did you know that your sports and events images from this school year are available online? Just go to this website, enter your email address, and the password seekonk to see the amazing collection of images! You can even purchase some of your favorites!

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:

Tuesday, May 17 - MCAS Math

Wednesday, May 18 - MCAS Math

Friday, May 27-Saturday, May 28 – Senior Trip to Six Flags and Lake George

Wednesday, June 1 - Senior Class Night @ 7 PM

Friday, June 3 - Graduation @ 6:30 PM

Thursday, June 9 - AP Night @ 6:30

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Kendra Adams honored again!

On Sunday, May 15th, Kendra Adams was honored along with other students at the RI Elks Scholarship dinner. She received an $800 scholarship from the Elks. This marks the fourth scholarship she has been awarded so far from organizations such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Massachusetts Knights of Columbus, and Simon Youth Foundation. It is clear from the types of organizations recognizing her, that Kendra is an outstanding citizen who believes in service and community. Be sure to catch her in the halls and congratulate her on these great accomplishments!
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Dr. Jones

Finish Successfully: Support, Trust, and Understanding

I wrote this blog post previously about ending the year. Someone recently brought it to my attention again. No matter how many times I read it, I am reminded that it is relevant for both seniors and underclassmen who are trying to get across the finish line we call graduation or June 20.

It is too long to put here in its entirety, but I have included the first part and a link to continue reading. I encourage you to take a look or read and offer any thoughts...

As the year draws to a close and we all start reflecting on the successes and failures of the year, I just wanted to share a thought I had to teachers, students, and parents alike…STOP! The truth is that the year is not over yet. Take a step back; pull your heads from the overwhelming cyclone that is the end of a school year; and focus. I know that there are students who are giving up on the year; celebrating a good year; or hoping beyond hope that they can pass all their classes.

My point is this…do not finish until you cross the finish line. I was taught two (of many) critical lessons if I wanted to be successful in sports:

1. Hit to the whistle.

2. It doesn’t matter if only one person is out of bounds, keep wrestling until you are both out.

So the question remains…how do we instill this in the students now? The short answer is this: we instill it by modeling the urgency of the situation and staying with what we all know creates a successful educational experience. When I say we, I mean the only three that have a major impact on student success: students, families, and teachers.

First are the students; because it is their responsibility to be successful. Yes, the journey, during which there are many individuals responsible for supporting them, is important, but eventually when all is said and done; they are the individuals who must live with the result.

Second are the families; because they have and will spend the majority of time during the formative years with the students. It is easy to say; “But the schools are supposed to be teaching them everything they need to be prepared for the future.” In reality, most of what they will need is non-academic and while schools do teach some of that, the family has a much greater impact on a student’s morals, character, and values.

Lastly are the teachers; because they are charged with everything in between the previous two. They need to support the student by reinforcing the positive values necessary to continue the existence of and productively contribute to a civil society by opening student minds for learning.

So, here is the issue. This winning mixture is successful only when all three groups are working together. How is that done? ....continue reading here....

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Guidance - mrs. whatley

Parents of seniors! Please remind your student that ALL graduation requirements and outstanding obligations need to be completed before they receive a cap/ gown. This includes course work, community service hours, outstanding financial obligations and detentions to serve. The deadline for the graduation list is due to the printer on Friday, May 27th. There is 1 week to meet their requirements.

Service Academy Information Night
- If your student is interested in attending one of our nation's Service Academies, please attend an informational session. Representatives from all of the major Service Academies have been invited to attend, West Point, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Air Force Academy. Congressman Joe Kennedy's office is hosting the event at Attleboro High School 100 Rathburn Willard Dr. on June 1st, from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM in the mini auditorium. If you plan to attend please RSVP Sean Malone at 617-332-3333
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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 characteristices that make us proud to be part of this community. Please contact Dr. Jones if you wish to give a "warrior cry" to someone!

"Thanks to Mrs. Machado-Cook and Ms. Jones for their hard work and dedication to the Arts! Awesome job with the Minoo Emami inspired art piece!" - Mrs. Salisbury

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music news - mr. smialek

Upcoming dates for Music Department activities:

Sunday, May 22- Band Banquet, 6:30 pm, Riviera Restaurant, E. Prov. Tickets $16., will go on sale after spring vacation

Saturday, May 28- Memorial Day Parade and Dedication of Veteran's Memorial at Library, 10 am

Friday, June 3- Graduation, 6:30 pm- All Symphonic and Concert Band members.

Friday, June 17- Band Picnic @ Colt Park, Bristol, 12-4pm

Saturday, June 18- Brass Ensemble and Horn Quartet performance at Seekonk Meadows 2 pm

For your summer planning:

We anticipate that we will be offering some summer lessons here once again and may have openings for Senior or Junior students to work as instructors. We will also be offering community service opportunities in the Music Department as well. See Mr. Smialek if you would be interested in one of these possible positions.

Marching Band Camp will be Monday, August 8- Friday, August 12 from 8:30 am- 12:30 pm

SHS Special Education Department

The Seekonk Special Education Department has started a school garden in the courtyard at SHS! Thus far we have built two raised beds and will now begin the planting phase. Plants will include vegetables and perennials to be maintained by students at the high school. Many thanks to the Seekonk Land Conservation Trust for awarding the grant, and to J & L Landscaping for helping out with soil and plants!
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Sports - Mr. Crippen

The Seekonk Girls Softball team held “Senior Day” yesterday as they hosted Case High School. The seniors are Erika Costa, Katelyn Leclerc, and Kaileigh Petit. The Lady Warriors need only two more victories to make the post season.

The Boys and Girls Tennis teams are winding down their seasons. Morgan Anderson, Monica Maziarz, Hannah MacDonald and Jennavie Semedo have had fine seasons for the girls while Brandon Costa and Matt Alves have played well for the boys.

Seekonk High School’s first Unified Track and Field season continues to be a tremendous success under the direction of Coach Kristin Nelson. On Tuesday, the team traveled to Taunton High School for the South Sectional Meet and the team had many team members who qualified for the State Tournament. They were Emily Balasco, David Abbott, Merry Cronin, Joceyln Fournier, Dan Jensen, Ashley Morgado, Francisco Pacheco, Olivia Palange, Leo Pettey, Darius Saleeba, Kathleen Santos, Leanne Silva, Robby Vallee, Abby Hopkins, and Mitchell Avilia. These team members will be competing at Fitchburg State this Tuesday at 2 PM in the Unified State Meet.

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 26. That will be the date of the Senior Athletic Banquet at the Attleboro Elks Club at 6:30.

For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule

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.