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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!

Welcome!

December 9, 2016 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 13


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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Progress Reports have been uploaded!

The second term progress reports have been both uploaded to the Parent and Student Portals and distributed to the students today. This will be the last time we distribute paper copies. Please be sure to log into your account so that you will have access to all your students academic information.


Parents and students will need to go to their home screen once they have logged in and then click on E-Locker to access their reports. I have included two screen shots below to show the screens.

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Seekonk Holiday Ornaments are still available! Ornaments are $8 each. Please contact Ms. Wilson if you are interesterd in purchasing an ornament to help support the Class of 2017!


Looking for a great Christmas or Graduation gift? Seekonk Parks and Recreation are offering two great opportunities. Skiing on Fridays at Wachusett (details here), during the months of January and February and Open Water SCUBA certification (details here) in May of 2017. Spaces are filling up very quickly so be sure to act on these great opportunities soon.


Make sure your American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is up to date! Mrs. Giammarco is offering a re-certification class on Tuesday, December 27 at 8:00am-1:00pm. To be eligible to participate you need a: Current Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR Card, Lifeguard manual, and CPR pocket mask. Contact our Aquatic Director for more information.


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:

Winter Ball - Saturday, February 11, 2017; Venus de Milo, Swansea @ 6:00

Prom - Friday, April 28, 2017; Biltmore, Providence @ 6:30

Honor Societies Induction Ceremony - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 6:30

Senior Class Day - Friday, May 26, 2017

Senior Class Night - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 7:00PM

Graduation - Friday, June 2, 2017 @6:30PM

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Unified Awards Presented

Seekonk’s first-ever Unified Basketball team concluded their fine season with an Awards Party Monday. Leo Pettey and Iris Scherma were named the team’s Most Valuable Players, Heather Fraga and Marc Reakes were named Most Improved, and Kaylee Crooks-Letourneau and Matt Gallup received the Coaches Award. A special shout out to all the team members, Coach Kristin Nelson and her staff on an outstanding season.
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Dr. Jones

2016 Speak up survey

Seekonk High School needs your input as we continue to move forward with technology. Please take the next few minutes to complete this survey by the Speak Up Project. Just click on who you are (parent, community member, student, or educator) to get started.


The Speak Up Project for Digital Learning, facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives education stakeholders the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools. By participating today, you are ensuring your voice is heard not only by your school and district but at the state and national level as findings are summarized and shared with national and state policy makers every year.

Around School...

This clip comes from Mrs. Borden's class. Students were testing the effect of saline (and other pollutants) on seed germination. The tests helped them determine at what point the saline became harmful (or stopped completely) the sprouting of seeds. This in turn may be generalized to the larger effects of pollution on our environment.
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The school report card has been published

MCAS scores and what they mean for the high school have been published. Please be sure to read this cover letter and the overview of the school's report card. Much more detailed information may be found at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website.

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 blog (I do not write nearly as often as I should) for updates and posts about character and educational (mostly) issues/topics/resources.
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Guidance - Mrs. Whatley

Progress Reports-All students received a paper copy of their second quarter progress report grades on Friday. Please review the grades with your student and know that there are still 5 weeks remaining in the quarter before midterm exams. More information should be available in the SHS Plusportal where all students and parents have been given an account. We are still working on sending progress reports to a section of the student and parent plus portal. More information will follow regarding how to access your elocker reports in the portal.


Financial Aid- Thank you to the families and guidance counselors that came out on Thursday night to hear a presentation on understanding financial aid. Valuable resources and a copy of the presentation can be found on the Massachusetts Educational Financing authority site at www.mefa.org A reminder that the FAFSA is an online document that must be completed by all families seeking financial aid to college. The FAFSA is now available. Please check with your senior about any important college application deadlines.


PSAT SCORES- Monday the PSAT scores will be available online to all grade 10 students and the juniors that took the PSAT in October. CollegeBoard is releasing the scores to students on December 12th. The high school will receive a paper copy of the score reports in January.


Please remind your senior that we request a 2 week window to process transcript requests for college applications. Please check the due dates and deadlines for the college applications and allow enough time for accurate processing. Thank you

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Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar

Parents and Students -


Take advantage of the opportunities provided to receive additional academic assistance at SHS in the following two ways:


Library Open Extra Time


The library is now open after school on Monday's & Thursday's 2:30 - 3:30.


Extra Academic Help Available


Teachers are available twice per week (varies by teacher) to give extra assistance to our students from 2-2:45. I encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity to receive small group academic assistance throughout the school year.

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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!

Mr Mello..."his passion and love for science truly shows in how he teaches his classes and he constantly challenges the students. When the students see how excited he gets about science it makes them want to know more as well." - Mr. Berwick

who we are - getting to know our staff

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Various staff members are being asked to share 5 things about themselves in an effort to let everyone know about who makes up Seekonk High School's community. This week is:


Mr. Robert Darran


Hello, I am Mr. Darran, an English teacher here at Seekonk High School. I have loved English and Literature before I ever even thought of becoming a teacher.

When I was a sophomore in high school, long before the days of Netflix, I would binge read and over the period of one year I challenged myself, and read 46 novels in the Dragonlance series. (Each novel being 300+ pages) In my youth I was also a binge video game player. To this day, I still own my regular Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64 and have close to 300 games. I also started doing time trials and can beat Super Mario Brothers in less than 6 minutes.


I was an Ice Hockey goaltender growing up. I love Ice Hockey and am a die-hard Philadelphia Flyers fan, much to the sadness of my Bruins fan wife. When I was 14, I made it to the alternate spot on Team South of the Junior Olympics. Sadly as life and injuries mounted, I stopped playing, but now hope to pass on that love to my four children, Abigail, Nina, Westley, and Bennet.


Here at Seekonk High School, I run both the Film Club and the Chess Club. A few years ago a student asked me if I would be the advisor for the Chess Club. Little did that student know that I am an avid chess player and when I was in college at RWU, I was the co-founder of the chess club. One of the best times we had was organizing and participating in a Live Human Chess match!


Speaking of Human Chess... Shortly after I graduated from RWU, I moved to a horse farm in Maine. While there, I worked for a company called Autumn Tree Productions doing photography of horses, knights, and jousters for the King Richard’s Fair. While there, I also learned how to ride a horse, joust, and swordfight in full combat armor.


And going back to college… When I was a student at RWU, I had a really close friend who was in the ROTC program. After graduation he went into the military and left for boot camp. Little did I know that years later I would wind up working here at Seekonk High School with his sister, Mrs. Borden!

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science - mrs. cunard

teens start science cafe

The Science Club is starting Teen Science Cafe which a national thing (http://teensciencecafe.org/). We have guest speakers from Brown lined up for December 9th in the library at 6 pm. their talk will be "Colonizing the Final Frontier: How to Live on Mars".

PAC Gift Cards are back!

The Parents Advisory Committee is able to place the orders for these gift cards and they receive a percentage of every gift card ordered. The way it works is that you fill out the order form for the gift cards you need and attach a check made out to PAC. Have your student bring this order form into the main office once it is completed. PAC places the order and we will deliver the cards either to you or have your student bring the cards home for you. Some of the great benefits of this program is that it allows you to order most cards needed for the holidays without paying activation fees for the cards or running store to store to get the cards. You get 100% of the value of the card and the PAC is rewarded with a percentage of the cards you order. Some cards pay up to 18% of the value of the card. So if you buy a $100 LL Bean card, you get the $100 card and PAC gets $18. This is a great program during the holidays to generate some additional money for the PAC and help you with your holiday shopping. Cards can also be purchased for places you frequent yourself, Stop and Shop, local restaurants, Dunkin and gas stations. Buy a few cards and use at your convenience and help support student activities in the high school!


The order due dates will be 11/23, 12/2, 12/9 and 12/15. The orders will all be delivered before the students leave for holiday break.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

Congratulations to Seekonk High Senior football players Matt Heaney, Isaac Elkhoury, Dan Loiselle and Ryan Lamoureux who were all named to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle All Star team. The boys were photographed Thursday and will be featured in an upcoming issue of the paper.


Seekonk High’s Head Football coach Vernon Crawford has been named Coach of the Year by the Attleboro Sun Chronicle.


Good luck to the Seekonk Boys Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball teams who will open their 2016-2017 season on the road tonight against Norton High School.


The Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams will open their season tomorrow with a 1 PM meet at New Bedford Voke High School.


The Seekonk High Girls Basketball opens their Winter campaign Tuesday at home versus Mt. Hope High School. The JV game will begin at 5 and the Varsity game will tip off at 6:30.


Also on Tuesday, the Seekonk Boys and Girls Swim teams open their season at Durfee High School. The meet will begin at 4 PM.


The Seekonk High School Girls Soccer team will hold their banquet Tuesday night at 6 PM in the cafeteria.

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.