SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


October 21, 2016 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 8

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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SHS Model UN Team Kicks Off Season in Shrewsbury!

Good luck to the 32 members of the SHS Model UN Team as they head to St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury this Saturday for their first competition of the season. Seekonk will compete with over 330 students from across Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Saturday, October 29th from 2:00PM-6:00PM... Come enjoy Trunk or Treat! This will be a fun event for kids of all ages. Come dressed to impress in you favorite Halloween Costume.

Saturday, October 29th, The Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) at Seekonk High School will be holding another used clothing and household items drive. Items that can be donated are clothing, shoes, sneakers, pocket books, backpacks, bedding, curtains, toys and sporting goods. Items can be placed in any garbage bag or box . Bags can be dropped off at the high school from 9am until noon on October 29th. If you would like to leave your items earlier they can be left in the lobby of the school or dropped off at 153 Jean Dr. anytime before the 29th. All money raised will help support school year student activities as well as the PAC scholarship. Any questions feel free to email Colleen O' Halloran.

There is a Cheerleading Competition on Sunday October 30th at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School at 1pm. Take some time and come out to support the Seekonk High School Cheerleaders!

The Class of 2017 is currently selling 1/4 zip personalized sweatshirts for $50. Show off your Warrior Pride and support the Class of 2017! Email Ms. Wilson for the order form or more information! Deadline for the sweatshirt order is November 17th. Delivery will be before the holiday break

The Class of 2020 is running a Pokemon Go Fundraiser on Wednesday November 9th from 3 pm-4pm. Students will participate in a team-oriented scavenger hunt to find paper Pokemon hidden throughout the school. Students must compete in a 4 person team ($5.00 per student to play). Winners will be awarded a Pokemon theme gift basket filled with prizes. Please see Miss Jones (Rm 357) or Miss Nastari for more details. Don't forget to register by November 2nd!

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:

Parent Conferences - Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 6:30

College Financing Seminar - Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 6:30

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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Seekonk Students Shine at 29th Annual WPI Math Meet!

Jacob Ciolfi, Griffin Hoskins, Giovanni Mannino and Audreyrose Wooden did an excellent job representing Seekonk High School with a great showing as they participated in the 29th annual WPI Math Meet on Tuesday, October 18th. Griffin Hoskins was the team's top scorer; earning himself a $1000 scholarship to Worcester Polytechnic Institute should he choose to attend school there. In addition to the competition, the students got to tour the campus, speak to admissions and financial aid officers, and participate in a tradition college cafeteria-style lunch. It was a great opportunity for these students and they showed everyone what Seekonk students are capable of in both the academic and social realm! Be sure to congratulate them when you see them!

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Dr. Jones

Looking Forward

I just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that Monday, October 24th is picture day. All students are expected to have their picture taken. We will be moving to IDs on lanyards in the near future.

Saturday, October 29th is Senior Supper at the Hilton Providence in Providence, RI.

Monday, October 31st will not look like it has in the past. It is School Spirit Day! Students are all encouraged to break out their favorite Seekonk High School gear or just put something together that is blue and white. Remember that the goal is to be in blue and white! Students have asked if costumes are allowed. My response: they may dress in whatever blue and white outfit they wish as long as it adheres to the dress code. Remember that the reason privileges are removed is due to a group that abuses it. The more trust that is built among people and responsibility displayed, the more freedoms are found in rules and codes of conduct.

Some student life...

I thought I would share in the event you missed some of these videos on our Facebook page. Yes we are about academics, but learning is not limited to the classroom. These always go on Facebook, but I will share here every once in awhile.
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

Seniors- A reminder that the RI Regional College Fair is this Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00-3:00 at the Rhode Island College Field House. Parking and admission are free. This is a good time to meet the admission representatives and ask questions you may have about particular programs. Representatives from over 200 schools will be in attendance.

SAT Registration- Late registration for the November 5th SAT ends on October 25th (this late registration will cost you more). Regular registration is still open, until November 3rd for the December 3rd SAT testing. To register go online to A complete list of testing dates and registration deadlines are posted in the guidance office.

The Guidance Department, Transition Coordinator and Career Specialist are teaming up to provide our students with various forms of career exploration!

This year, the goal is to kick start the Career Spotlight Program. Teachers have been asked to request career speakers based on their students interest and class topics. Planning has commenced for our first Career Spotlight of the year which hopes to include a Reporter from WPRI Channel 10 news as well as a Sound Engineer from Triad Normandy Sound.

We will also be using a new career exploratory tool with our students, Virtual Job Shadow. This program allows students to take career interest assessments, search for post-secondary programs that correlate with career interests, create resumes, cover letters, and so much more.

We are always looking for recommendations for Career Spotlight speakers. If you or someone you know is interested in coming into the school and speaking with students about career and life experiences please email Ms. Louro or Mrs. Mello.

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Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar

Policy Reminder

Attendance Requirements - Potential Denial of Credit

During the course of the year attendance will be monitored.

Any student who has missed more than six (6) days during a semester course may be denied academic credit for that course. Warning letters will be sent home after three (3) unexcused absences per semester, indicating that a student may be in danger of loss of credit. 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 during a year-long course may be denied academic credit for that course. Warning letters will be sent home after six (6) unexcused absences indicating that a student may be in danger of loss of credit. Denial of credit letters will be sent home after thirteen (13) absences indicating that a student has lost credit for that class.

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:

Mrs. Angela Cunard

1. I am not his sister. Freshmen, don't believe Mr. Cunard. We have been married for 13 and a half years. I have 2 sons, Sean & Seth who graduated from SHS in 2005 and 2007, respectively. I also have 2 step-daughters, Chelsea & Audrianna.

2. Teaching is not my first career. Prior to teaching I worked in scientific research at RI Hospital and Brown University. I became a teacher so I could share my love of science.

3. In my spare time...I ride my horse, Lodi. I compete in dressage, hunter shows (over jumps/fences) and horse trials which combine dressage, jumping in a stadium and cross country jumping over fixed obstacles. I keep him at home with my retired horse Myriah. I have to mention my beloved dog Tess & cat Nala here too!

4. What's with the pineapples? Each year since I started teaching here in 2001, my AP Biology students have to complete a plant related scavenger hunt in April. One clue invariably leads them to take their pictures with a pineapple. I have saved those pictures and have made a collage. Another collage is in the making!

5. Science Stuff... I am the advisor for the Science Club, coach for the Women of Science, Envirothon and Science Bowl teams, and the force behind STEM Games, STEM Award and Science Cafe. Look for the greenhouse in the courtyard in the near future!

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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!

This "Warrior Cry" is not in the same format as usual because of how many people it addresses. Seekonk High School hosted a regional Advanced Placement Saturday Session last Saturday. There were approximately 8 schools present with student attendance totaling around 450. A huge GREAT JOB goes out to Mrs. Hellmold and Mrs. Camara-Pomfret for making this a great event as well as teaching three classes (each) of the visiting students. Mrs. Pomfret was in touch with the teachers of the cohort this week and reported back the following:

"It was such a success, in fact, over the past 2 days at the workshop, teachers in our cohort and who presented were telling us how impressed they were with our kids in their sessions, the teachers all have "building envy", and they were very impressed with our "wonderful principal". It is a credit to our faculty and staff that the building is so beautiful and our students are so respectful, kind, and well-prepared."

Because it is easy to overlook the hardworking, caring staff we have at Seekonk High School as we get busy throughout the course of the year; it is always nice to be reminded that we are an impressive school that from our custodians to our students to our faculty does the best we can for our whole community.

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

Flu season will be upon us soon and parents and students should consider a flu shot, especially those with asthma, diabetes, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, cancer or immunosuppressed illnesses.

About 75% of grade 10 students have submitted a recent physical exam that is required by the MA Department of Public Health. Please send physicals by December 22, 2016.

You may contact me by email or phone (508) 336-7272 if you have any questions or concerns.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

Congratulations to Unified Sports Coordinator Kristin Nelson for all her preparation work for Seekonk’s inaugural Unified Basketball team. This Tuesday the team held a very successful intersquad game. Thank you to staff members John Moran, Keri Kozlowski and Caitlyn Pereira for all their help. The teams will open their regular season this Tuesday at Seekonk High School against Dighton-Rehoboth with the first game tipping off at 3:15 and the second game tipping at 4 PM.

Last Friday, the Seekonk High Volleyball had a huge home win over conference foe Wareham High School. Coach Berwick’s Varsity squad has been sparked by some fine play from Luke Klegraefe, Alexia Desrochers, Kristin Fernandes and Jennvie Semedo. Coach Pereira’s JV team’s record sits at 9 wins and 8 losses behind the fine play of Kayla Banna. Coach Kozlowski’s Freshman team’s record is a highly respectable 7 wins and 3 losses. The future looks bright in Warrior land!

This Saturday night will be the big football showdown between the Lakers of Apponequet High School and the Warriors. The game will begin at 7 PM with a “Senior Night” ceremony taking place at 6:45. The life of former Seekonk cheerleader Hayley Sanford will be celebrated in a halftime ceremony.

Congratulations to Coach Kim Pellerin and the Seekonk Field Hockey team who have raced to the top of the South Coast Conference courtesy of clutch wins like the one over Apponequet High School last Friday on a last second goal from Junior Alyssa Poland. Go Seekonk Field Hockey!

The Seekonk Boys Soccer team are atop the South Coast Conference and will entertain Case High School today in a 3:30 match at Cole Street.

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.