SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


April 3, 2018 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 29

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

April 7: Math Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM)

English Language & Composition Advanced Placement final Saturday Session at New Bedford High School. Students need to be at SHS at 6:45 AM and should be back by 1:00 PM. Attendance is mandatory.

April 11: Honor Societies' Induction Ceremony at SHS (6:30PM)

April 16 - 20: April Vacation

April 28: Science Advanced Placement review session at NBHS (8AM-12PM)

May 3: Senior Class Picture (12:45PM)

May 11: Junior/Senior Prom at the Newport Marriot (6:30PM)

May 17: 100 Hour Community Service Breakfast at SHS (7AM)

May 19: Senior Day Trip to Boston

May 23 & 24: MCAS Math Test

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

Courtyard Clean UP 2018!

Thanks to all the warriors who really who truly want to beautify their school! members of the Key Club and National Honor Society worked to improve the area around their school two weeks ago. Their actions show how much respect they have for Seekonk High School. Go WARRIORS!

3rd Annual Portuguese Club Soccer Tournament a success once again!!

The Portuguese Club members worked diligently to host this event from creating brackets, decorating, acquiring raffle items, selling tickets and DJ'ing.

The Portuguese Club would like to thank the teachers Mr. Gibbons, Miss. Kozlowski, Mr. Rubin, Miss Jones-Pearson, Mr. Mello and Mrs. Pereira for valiantly playing against the contending champions. Congratulations to Sporting F.C. for taking the title of champions this year. Mrs. Borden was rocking the mic with her GOLO screaming sidekick Benjamin Almeida. Mrs. Limperis was holding down the fort at the door with her assistant, Mrs. Fasteson. Can't forget the delicious cookies served about by our amazing PTO moms and Mr. Medeiros, Dave and Mr. Hoogerzeil for all their technical help. Another thank you goes out to Cheryl Geremia and Hilda Pelicano for their moral support!

We would also like to send a shout out to the Providence College Friars for volunteering their time to ref the games and show us some of their moves. The Friars that attended the event were Simon Fisher, Garret King, Malcom Duncan, Danny Griffin, Liam Wilson and Matt DePerro. A shout out to Ms. Bouchard and the middle school teams for their great showing. A big obrigada to the community for supporting this event!!!

Seekonk Jazz Band Banquet a large success!

A huge thank you goes out to the Seekonk High School Band Parents for being excellent hosts and putting together a fantastic night of good food and great music! Uncle Tony's provided the food and the Jazz Band provided enough music to last beyond the event as those who attended enjoyed full stomachs and the incredible talent on display!

Graphic Novel Creator Gareth Hinds to Visit SHS on April 25!

The SHS Art & English Departments will welcome Gareth Hinds, an award-winning author and illustrator of graphic novels, to Seekonk High on Wednesday, April 25. Students will have the opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime presentation with this critically-acclaimed illustrator to learn more about the creative process and bridge the gap between art and English. Hinds will talk about how he started as a video game designer and animator and become an author of award-winning graphic novels. To attend this one-hour presentation in the SHS Library, students need to ask their English or art teacher for a free ticket.

Hinds’ work includes Beowulf (which Publisher’s Weekly called a “mixed-media gem”), King Lear (which Booklist named one of the top 10 graphic novels for teens), The Merchant of Venice (which Kirkus called “the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation), The Odyssey (which garnered four-starred reviews and a spot on ten "best of 2010" lists), Romeo and Juliet (which Kirkus called "spellbinding"), and Macbeth (which the New York Times called "stellar" and "a remarkably faithful rendering").

This special event is supported in part by a grant from the Seekonk Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional support has been provided by DonorsChoose campaign contributions and a grant from the Seekonk Parents Association.

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.

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around town

Come Meet Your Adult Agencies

May 3 is an opportunity for local families of students with disabilities who will require additional support after high school. Representatives from the Department of Developmental Services, Department of Mental Health, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission will be there to help people understand how students may become eligible for services. Click here for more information!

summer program at the attleboro arts museum

The Attleboro Arts Museum’s weeklong summer art sessions combine looking at professional artwork in our gallery with fun, age-appropriate art-making experiences in the Museum studios. Students will try new approaches, materials and

gain self-confidence. Our faculty of artist/educators will provide individualized attention to our budding artists. See this flyer 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!
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Victoria Cabral honored by East Providence/Seekonk Rotary!

Victoria Cabral has been named Rotary Rising Star Student of the Month for her commitment to service. Borrowing from her own experiences as a child with Cerebral Palsy, Victoria decided to organize a school wide toy drive for pediatric patients spending the holidays at Hasbro hospital. Armed with her dedication to serve, Victoria organized and expedited a hugely successful toy drive. Always smiling, this brilliant, passionate, resilient young woman is a valued member of our SHS community. Victoria truly exemplifies the Rotary motto of service above self. Congratulations Tori!

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Dr. Jones

Who Are You...Really?

"Never underestimate the power of people's need to belong and be accepted."

I ran across this phrase the other day when I was reading a book on culture and student behaviors. I immediately thought about how true and powerful it is in both a positive and negative way. We are often telling our students to not worry about what other people say about them while we, as adults, often fall victim to the very same thing. The same appears to hold true for behaviors.

Just think about the last time someone said something negative that you didn't agree with, but stayed silent. Or when you behaved differently because you knew the people near you at the time wouldn't agree with or like what you said. Are there times you go along to get along? I know I have personally fallen victim to all of these scenarios.

It is a fine line to walk, but in the end we must help our students be true to themselves through both encouragement and modeling. Students reading this are not an exception. If they are getting better at this then they must assist their friends in the same. I talk about three ways to do this in the video below. Three strategies in three minutes. They are easy to understand, but difficult to consistently implement.

  1. Accept who you are and the fulfillment that comes from that.
  2. Realize and accept that people are different.
  3. Don't get caught up in living another person's life.

Have a listen. It may make a difference.

Vaping issues

This small quiz is meant to provide some information to everyone about the dangers of vaping. Unfortunately, vaping has become a massive problem due to number of devices that are provided. From small containers to pens that are disguised as USB drives, vaping has become more secretive and as a result pervasive. I realize the picture may be hard to read, so please ask me if you wish to receive a paper copy and remember; honest, open conversations with students always work best.
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around school

Seekonk High School's musical production of the Addams Family. Students rocked the house with this awesome production! All photos contained in this video are courtesy of and available (along with more) at
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

Course selections are now overdue. Ask your student if they have submitted their course requests for next year in the portal. A hard copy course selection sheet with a parent signature should also be returned to the guidance office for back up. Thank you.

Thank you to Mrs. Calverly and Mr. Byrne for taking a great group of students to Future Educator's Day at Bridgewater University this past week. Students were impressed with the offerings at Bridgewater and excited about the career opportunities.

Rachael Servidio was honored last Wednesday night at a ceremony hosted by the Attleboro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rachel was selected by her class a a student that exemplified dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Congratulations Rachael.

The Newman YMCA in Seekonk is looking for volunteers to help with Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 21 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They need volunteers to help with setup and breakdown, and running activities for the kids such as crafts, games, and planting. This is a fun event for anyone looking for community service hours. Sign up by Thursday, April 12 in Guidance.

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Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar

Positive Behavior Committee

March Winners

For Displaying Kindness & Compassion

Nicole Kach

Aubrey Lawson

Jaidon Mayo

Ashley Morgado

Ryan Riordan

AJ Stiness

Robert Teves

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Science - Mrs. Cunard

Mr. Matt Wills Wins Local Award!

On Tuesday, April 3rd, the Seekonk Land Conservation Trust presented Matt Wills with the Mary Wilson Community Conservation Award at their annual meeting. Each year, the Seekonk Land Conservation Trust honors an individual for his or her contribution to the advancement of conservation in Seekonk. The award is named for Mary Wilson who founded the land trust in 1967. Congratulations Mr. Wills!

What is happening with the Water Bottle Filler?

We were all so excited when the water bottle filler was installed in the science hallway and then so disappointed when it didn't work. The manufacturer sent parts to repair the filler, but it was unable to be repaired.. We are anxiously awaiting a replacement filler from the manufacturer and look forward to unveiling and using the filler in the near future! Friday night, April 6th, the Roots & Shoots group together with the Science Cafe group will be showing the movie " The Plastic Ocean" in the library. Water bottles with the SHS logo will be on sale at the movie.

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Social Studies - Mrs. Salisbury

Students visit museums for visual analysis

On Wednesday, April 4th, the Advanced Placement European History and Advanced Placement Language classes attended a field trip to Boston to review for the upcoming exams. The group went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to refine their visual analysis skills. The museum teachers were very impressed with SHS students’ subject knowledge and intellectual curiosity. The students, Mrs. Salisbury, and Mrs. Pomfret had a great time, had a chance to walk through the city, and then rode the T home - a first for several students!

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Art - Ms. Jones

Graphic Arts is hard at work creating posters to advertise our visiting artist Gareth Hinds visit Wednesday 4/25! Tickets to attend are available through your art and English teachers- stop by to learn more!

Introduction to Art students have just completed their half and half portraits. Well done on our most challenging assignment yet! Portraits are on display in the cafeteria hallway.

Ceramics 2 student work is on display in the library- stop by to see what our advanced students have been working on this semester!

Decorative Ceramics students have just completed their 'save the bees' wildflower planters. With natural populations of bees declining, you can help by planting bee friendly flowers in your own backyard.

art information - Mrs. Machado-Cook

UMASS DARTMOUTH is offering High School Students FREE Art Workshops during April Break!!

Creative thinking and critical response make the job of the emerging artist even more exciting. CVPA offers these young artists the opportunity to explore and develop their artistic voice and vision with four different April Break FREE Workshops (and PIZZA!)

Workshop choices:

SOCIAL PRACTICE - Never heard of it? Join Professor Ellen Mueller to collaborate, experience, and exchange ideas and more!

GRAPHIC DESIGN - Can your t-shirt be statement piece, and make you some $$$?

COLOR THEORY AND PRACTICE - Examine chromatic ideology by additive and subtractive color mixing, visual color relationships, tonality, contrast, and more.

UNCONVENTIONAL MATERIALS - Who ever thought you could wear these things? Challenge yourself with this unconventional workshop!

***See Mrs. Machado-Cook for more information***

Space is limited to 20 students per workshop so don't wait!! Deadline to register is Friday April 13 at 5PM.

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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

Seasonal allergies have started so please discuss with your doctor if your child needs to start his/her antihistamine regimen.

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

The Seekonk Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams held their end of the season banquet Wednesday in the SHS Cafeteria. The Girls Indoor Team named Abigail Tenreiro the Most Valuable Player, Ashleigh Wyrostek the Most Improved Player, and Cammie Garabian received the Coach’s Award. The student-athletes were also named to the South Coast Conference All Star team. Rachel Pion and Chloe Lunnie received Honorable Mention from the SCC and Sara Mallon won the SCC Sportsmanship Award. The Boys Indoor Track team’s MVP was Jacob Klang, Zachary Read was the Most Improved Player, and Connor Pozzi won the Coach’s Award. Henry Jordan, Roth Santos, and Andrew Cabral were name to the South Coast Conference All Star Team while Connor Pozzi and Jacob Klang received Honorable Mention from the SCC and Matt Silveira won the SCC Sportsmanship Award.

At last, the Spring Sports Season opened Thursday and there was good news from the SHS Girls Softball front. The Lady Warriors took to the road and trounced Wareham 6-1 behind the 10 strikeout effort from Zoe Jennings, who also went 3 for 4 with a run batted in. Tayla Handy also went 3 for 4 for the Lady Warriors. Freshman Lauren Paulo added to the Seekonk 12 hit attack going two for four with a double. The Lady Warriors will hit the road again Monday afternoon taking on the Lady Bulldogs of Old Rochester Regional.

The Boys Baseball team dropped their home opener Thursday to Bishop Stang 4-2. Joe Ferreira’s two-rbi single was the lone offensive highlight for the Warriors who were limited to just four hits on the afternoon. On the mound, Terry Smith struck out five in three innings of work before giving way to Joe Ferreira who took the loss in relief. The team will be taking on the Bulldogs of Old Rochester Monday afternoon at home.

The Boys Tennis team hosted the powerhouse Bulldogs of Old Rochester Thursday falling 5-0 but the Warriors did receive a fine effort from Jack Doorley and Matt El-Jazzar in their first varsity action. The Warriors will travel to Apponequet Monday afternoon to take on the Lakers in their next match. The Lady Warrior tennis team traveled to Old Rochester Thursday and fell 4-1 with Charlotte Drainville registering a win in the number one slot. They will host the Lady Lakers of Apponequet Monday.

There was good news from the Girls Outdoor track team who opened their season Thursday at home defeating Fairhaven. Allison Houle won both the high jump and long jump. Cammy Garabian won the shot put and the discus. Deirdre Rocha won the javelin. Abby Tenreiro won the two mile and the 800. Chloe Lunnie won the 400 hurdles, Rachel Pion won the 100 hurdles and Meg Accardi won the 400. The Boys Outdoor Track team also defeated Fairhaven yesterday. Connor Pozzi won the 400 and 110 hurdles. Henry Jordan won the mile and 800. Matt Silveira won the shot put and took second in the 100. Brett Mancini was second in both the 200 and javelin and took third in the long jump. Other winners included Cam Sears, Sean Carlson, Roth Santos, Jake Gausland and Nolan Rutter. Both Outdoor teams will host the Case Cardinals this Tuesday.

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.

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