SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
May 18, 2018 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 34
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!
May 21 - 24: Senior Final Exams
May 23 & 24: MCAS Math Test
May 25: Senior Class Day (10:00am-1:00pm). Students will pick up cap & gowns, view the video yearbook, and there will be pizza and fun activities out on the football field.
May 29: Senior Athletic Banquet at the Elks’ Lodge in Attleboro (6PM)
May 30: Senior Class Night (7:00PM)
June 1: Graduation at SHS (6:30PM)
June 6 & 7: MCAS Science Test
June 11: Underclassmen Awards (7:30AM)
June 13, 14, 15, & 18: Underclassmen Finals (Early Release)
June 20: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (Early Release)
Paper Cuts 2018 is here!
The new edition of this incredibly popular student collection of works will be ready for distribution on Monday 21 May! Students can pick up their copy in room #529.
A huge shout out to the editorial crew, especially Nicole Kach and Sophie Percival, who helped put this together. It could not have happened without their hard work and dedication!
Time to Think Summer Reading!
Seekonk High School is pleased to announce that we will again have our “One School, One Book” reading program where all SHS students will read a book that has been selected by their peers and teachers. This year’s selection is One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus, a New York Times bestseller that is described as “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.
Students enrolled in Honors English classes and Advanced Placement (AP) classes will also be required to select and read an additional book or books.
Students and families can order books through the school at a discounted, tax-free price through An Unlikely Story bookstore in Plainville. Print out the order form here. Students can bring in their book orders and payment and drop them at the school’s main office or library through Monday, May 21, 2018. We can accept cash or checks made out to “Town of Seekonk.” Books will be delivered to students at school during the week of June 11, 2018.
), through Amazon or wherever books are sold.
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.
Students recognized for excellence in service!
Congratulations to the 35 students of the Class of 2018 who have completed 100+ hours of volunteering - surpassing the community service graduation requirement! These seniors were recognized by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk and the Key Club at the 5th annual 100 Hour Breakfast this past Thursday in the Library. Ms. Marinucci, the Key Club Advisor, opened the ceremony and praised the students for the distinction of "having the smallest graduating class in the last five years, but having the most students receiving this award." Mrs. Hart, President of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk, also addressed the students saying that they "are and inspiration to others" and are beginning to notice that "if you give a lot, you get a lot."
These students are clearly trying to spread the idea of service and helping others. Be sure to congratulate them on a job well done!
Slowing Down Time
We often talk about how fast time has gone by...especially as we get older. How many people can relate to that? How many students can relate to that?
In The Power of Moments, Chip Heath and Dan Heath argue that time seems to accelerate the more routine our life becomes. Think about that statement and compare how fast your life is going by you. If each year seems to move faster than the last, it begs the question: What are you doing to slow down time? Consider this:
- Are you growing or going through the motions?
- When is the last time you tried something new and out of the normal routine?
- What and how long ago was the last good memory you made?
Remember that vacation that seemed to last forever? It stayed that way until the end, when the novelty wore off and moving about doing what we wanted when we wanted became the norm rather than the exception. What about that new relationship? Remember when every moment with that person seemed to last forever? Then it became business as usual to have that person around and the days began to stream together as it became part of the routine.
I am not saying change for the sake of changing. Rather, I am saying relish what you have. Notice all the special aspects of your life and highlight them. Be present instead of on autopilot. Do this and experiences will be richer, relationships more meaningful, and the time that seems to slip away...longer.
Finally, a quote from the book to ponder. "We feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they are not." So, how comfortable do you feel? How alive are you?
guidance - Mrs. Whatley
MCAS Math reminder- All grade 10 students are scheduled to take the MCAS math test on Wednesday and Thursday, May 23 & 24. Testing will begin at the start of the day. Students that enter the testing room with a phone, smart watch or any other electronic devices must turn them in the testing proctor until testing is over each day. Please see help to that your student arrives on time, well nourish and rested each day. Thank you.
Seniors participating in the June 1st graduation are required to attend graduation practice after senior exams next week beginning at 10:45. Students should not plan to go to work or have other obligations until after 11:30 each day.
Time is getting short! Make sure you apply for all the scholarships possible! Check out the complete list here!
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.
art - Mrs. Machado-Cook & Ms. Jones
Mrs. Cook's sculpture students spent Thursday afternoon filming with Lad in a Battle!
Busy week in Ceramics.
Ceramics 2 students finished their three dimensional letters.
Decorative Ceramics is completing their collaborative animal sculptures with Mrs.Walsh's 5th grade illustrations.
Best of luck to our seniors- it's been a pleasure!
Portuguese Club - Ms. Almeida
The Portuguese Club had an educational trip to Portuguese Language Day at Bristol Community College on May 5th. Students enjoyed three short films in Portuguese showing how students in Portugal and Portuguese Speaking Countries are grateful for their education and that education is their way to a better life. Students had the opportunity to listen and to dance to the folk music of the Azorean group Raizes. Seekonk High School has been invited next year to do a presentation at the next Portuguese Language Day on May 2, 2019 which we graciously accepted.
The club had a celebratory lunch to close out another successful year and to bid our seniors a lovely farewell. Até p'ro ano e muito sucesso.
music - mr. smialek
Tickets for the annual SHS Music Department Awards Banquet are now on sale. The Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 24 at the Riviera Restaurant, 580 N. Broadway in East Providence. Tickets are $16.00 and are available from Mr. Smialek in the Band Office. All Band students and their families are invited to attend the banquet which starts a 6:30 pm.
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 radiologist and a computer animation professional. 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.
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 - Mrs. Calverley
Nurse - Mrs. Rok
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.
All grade 10 parents who have not submitted a physical exam this year per MDPH mandates, need to do so by June 1, 2018. Students who received a notice about a polio booster are to bring documentation from a health care provider showing proof of immunity. Please submit documentation by June 1, 2018.
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.
Pat Rok: My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.
athletics - Mr. crippen
Don’t look now but the Tournament Bound Seekonk High School baseball team is making a push toward its first South Coast Conference crown in over 10 years. Monday the Warriors defeated the Dighton-Rehoboth Falcons 10-4 on the road. Senior Terry Smith was the winning pitcher for the 14-4 Warriors while Adam Horowitz, Jack Murphy, James Jackson, Kam Casala and Luke Robitaille provided the offense. The JV fell 1-0. Wednesday the Warriors defeated Fairhaven 7-3 in 12 innings on the road. Spencer Dowty’s three-run double in the top of the 12th sealed the deal for Seekonk. Down 3-2 in the seventh, Warrior sophomore Jack Murphy singled home Adam Horowitz with the tying run. Kevin Moszkowicz pitched five innings of shut out relief ball to register the win. The JV fell 9-7. The Warriors will close out conference play Monday when they visit Case.
The Seekonk Boys tennis team had a huge bounce back week defeating Dighton-Rehoboth 3-2 Monday at home. Ethan Santos, Trevor Lopez and Blake Anderson all won their singles matches. The Warriors then turned around and downed Fairhaven 3-2 Tuesday. Ethan Santos and Blake Anderson won singles matches while Jason Ho and Aidan Morrison won in first doubles. The 5-8 Warriors will host Case Friday at 4 PM.
The 6-5 Warrior Girls tennis team will continue their quest for a SCC divisional championship when they travel to Case High School Friday afternoon.
Lady Warrior student-athletes Cammy Garabian, Ashleigh Wyrostek and Ashley Morgado along with Coach Linda Horton and Coach Kristin Nelson will traveled to Gillette Stadium Tuesday morning representing Seekonk High School in a MIAA “Women in Sports” celebration and workshop.
The SCC Gold Division champion Boys and Girls track teams competed in Thursday’s SCC Championship meet Thursday in Somerset. The Lady Warriors took third place behind winning efforts from Cammie Garabian, Ashley Wyrostek, and Abigail Tenreiro. The boys team finished second with wins from Henry Jordan and Andrew Cabral and second place finishes from Matt Silveira and Roth Santos.
This Wednesday, Seekonk High School will be hosting the MIAA/SOMA Unified South Sectional Track meet at 3:15. The Warriors will be hosting 16 teams and over 300 partners and athletes in this event.
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.