SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
ISSUE 5 - February 5, 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.
Athletic Registration for the 2016 Spring Sports Season has begun and ends on Sunday, 3/13/16. Physicals scheduled through the School's Nurse, will be on Monday, 3/14/16. It is extremely important that if an athlete suspects that their Sports Physical Exam is going to expire "prior to" or "during" the Spring Sports Season, they should contact Mrs. Rok, to schedule a Sports Physical Exam on that day.
Graduating Seniors are invited to attend this program facilitated by the School to Career Partnership on February 25th. Students interested in attending may see their guidance counselor or Ms. Louro.
2016 Spring signup for the town Girls Softball League
Town league signups are fast approaching! Please check this flyer for important dates and regulations so you do not miss out on any opportunities!
PHN Peer Tutoring will be every Thursday from 2-2:30 in the library. Please sign up in guidance for the subject you wish to cover.
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:
Thursday, May 5 - Honor Societies - Induction Ceremonies @ 6:30 PM
Saturday, May 14 – Prom at the Viking Hotel in Newport from 6:30-10:30 PM
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
Ariya Sonethavy Helps Seekonk High School's Clubs and Classes
Character Initiative Winners!
Cheyenne Ayotte: For working diligently and consistently to be a positive influence in class.
Francisco Pacheco: Giving 150% on a daily basis without ever complaining.
RJ Donahue: He is very focused on and has a positive attitude toward meeting his potential.
Skyla Jenson: Making good strides toward an internship.
Katelyn Silvia: Working very hard to improve in Advanced Placement Biology.
Julia Viera: Setting her sights on and successfully staring the Outdoors Club and promoting environmental activism.
Dylan D’Amaral: Set a goal to get his driver’s license and accomplished it.
Jade St. Pierre: Setting and achieving the goal of always being polite and helping others she is with.
The focus for the month of February will be “MOTIVATION TO LEARN”
National Portuguese Exam!
34 Seekonk High School students who take Portuguese have taken the initiative to challenge themselves by signing up for the National Portuguese Exam. These students are enrolled in levels 1-4 and will be taking the exam in late March or early April...stay tuned!
Winter Ball a HUGE Success!
Social Media and Self Confidence
Whether it is me, a few more than normal occurrences at school, or national news that has drawn attention to this topic is not the issue in the end. The issue is just that...THE END of going back and forth. Social media is a fantastic tool, but like every tool can be wielded with poor judgement that ends up damaging surrounding things. Digital citizenship and in the event it is not present, self confidence and resilience are key.
I wrote a few blog posts about this. One was titled: Media That Isn't So Social? and the other was Online, Underground, and In the Air: Connect to Disconnect. While they are focused on some deeper issues the same line of thought applies. A strong foundation in digital citizenship and responsibility is what is needed in an age where anonymity allows an increased sense of bravery, uncaring, and/or treachery.
Please take the time to discuss this with students. There will be times in their lives when individuals say things (often on social media) that hurt their feelings or embarrass them, are lies, or just plain make them mad. Responding in kind is not the answer. It does nothing but fuel the flames and let the offender know they have hit their mark. Doing nothing doesn’t work either and isn’t a realistic expectation on the part of adults. Instead we need to have students ask an adult for help. They need to let someone know what is happening so it can stop. People who bully or harass others will not stop until someone who has the ability or authority to make them does just that. Report things early and they stop early. Inaction leads to larger problems further down the road.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone (508-336-7272 ext. 124) if you have any questions. I also post information on my blog and tweet (@DrCSJones) as often as possible. Please feel free to follow both for tips and updates.
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.
Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
Report cards were mailed on Tuesday February 2nd. Parents should have received them by now. Please let us know if you have not and we will address the situation.
If you want to learn more about important dates, forms, and contact information; make sure you visit the Guidance Office Website!
Mrs. Suzanne Larson...for being such an integral part of student learning. She is involved in all facets, from helping teachers plan assignments, incorporating technology, creating incredible lib-guides, giving helpful student tutorials for research, to always balancing library availability and overall being extremely accommodating. Thank you, Mrs. Larson! - Mrs.Ashley McVeigh
Mrs. Prata and Mrs. Chianese...for their welcoming and smiling faces each and every morning. They are considerate, EXTREMELY helpful, and always have a kind and encouraging word to share. Muito obrigada! - Mrs. Lisa Almeida
Mrs. Karen Abbott and Mrs. Sharon Zarzycki...for doing a great job as class advisors and organizing a fantastic Winter Ball! - Dr. Christopher Jones
Sports with Mr. Crippen
The Seekonk Girls Basketball are only two wins away from qualifying for the MIAA State tournament for the first time since 1996.
Congratulations to swimmers Maddy Paine, Troy Pina, Andrew Silveira, Lauren Shanahan, Matt Broadmeadow, Lindsay Scott, Jocelyn Fournier, and Jake Trenteseaux who will represent Seekonk High School in the MIAA State Sectional Swim Meet.
Good luck to our Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams as they travel to New Bedford Voke tomorrow morning for the South Coast Conference Championship Meet.
For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule
It’s a Special Duck-livery!
Send a rubber duck to your student and help the Model UN team go to Boston! Make a student’s day with a cute quacker, complete with a personalized message attached with a ribbon around the neck. The cost is only $3 per duck and includes delivery right to the recipient’s classroom during last period on Thursday, Feb. 11!
Students can order ducks during all 3 lunch periods for the next 2 weeks. Family members can PRINT OUT THE ORDER FORM HERE and send it into the main office.
Please Give a Quack and Help the Model UN team!
Free E-book and Audiobooks for SHS Students!
SHS students now have access to the Commonwealth eBook Collections by using their Seekonk High library usernames & log-ins. Students can access an exciting collection of new and popular fiction, non-fiction and audio books and access them through an app on their phone or personal device.
Students should log in using their SHS Library username/password. Need help? Stop into the library or send Mrs. Larson a e-mail!