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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


February 17, 2017 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 22

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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Saturday, February 25, 2017: PawSox will Host Gameday Job Fair at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox are in search of seasonal employees to fill many important roles around the stadium for the upcoming season. The team is seeking highly-motivated, fan-friendly team players to become part of their gameday staff.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: Annual Opportunities Fair at Attleboro High School. Be sure to contact your guidance counselor or Ms. Louro before this event!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Meeting the Challenge Night. Want to challenge yourself, but are not sure? Do you have questions? Come see us at 6:30 as we (as well as students) open up the school and explain what taking Advanced Placement courses is like!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017: 21st Annual Seekonk Taste of the Town. 6:00PM - 9:00PM at the in the grand Rose Ballroom at the Clarion Inn; 940 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: College Planning Night at 6:30 in the high school library.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: The Greater Fall River Interagency Transition Team will be holding another meeting. They strive to provide transition related information to students and parents that’s accurate, legally clear, and positive. They also share professional development, resources, and information between local public schools and state agencies to improve the transition process for students and their families as they leave public school and enter into adult service centers. This team works to develop collaborative relationships through regular meetings that support all agencies and schools to provide supports to the student and family as they navigate through the transition process. Check out their flyer for more detailed 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:

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

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

Senior Trip - Saturday, May 13, 2007 - Monday, May 15, 2007

Senior Class Day - Friday, May 26, 2017

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

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

Spread the Word to End the Word!

Miss Nelson's Social Justice Class is working on ending the R word as part of an annual national campaign that takes place on March 1. Students will be able to pledge during all the lunches on this day and can also be eligible to win a $10 Dunkin Donuts gift card by using #respectSHS. The class started Twitter and Instagram accounts for the campaign named @endthewordSHS. Follow for information on the campaign.

Prom is approaching!

Raffle tickets for a prom ticket, tuxedo, flowers, nails, hair, & make-up will be sold at most lunches from Tuesday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 7. Tickets will be $1 each, $5 for 6, or $10 for 12 DON'T MISS OUT!

Prom tickets will be sold at most lunches from Wednesday, March 8 through Friday, March 17. Tickets are $75.

21st Annual Seekonk Taste of the Town!

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 the Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk is sponsoring the 21st Annual Taste of the Towns. This fantastic food tasting event that features the areas finest restaurants, raffles, a 50/50, and auction! It will be held from 6:00PM - 9:00PM in the Grand Rose Ballroom at the Clarion Inn (940 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA) and tickets are only $30 each! To find out more and purchase tickets contact either Beverly Hart (phone: (508) 336-9352) or Beverly Della Grotta (phone: (401) 749-4841). Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible for this great event!

Seekonk High School Presents!

The Seekonk High School Drama Club will be performing Guys and Dolls this year! Shows will be on March 24th and 25th at 7:30PM. There will also be a Sunday matinee on March 26th at 2PM. Check out the flyer for more details!
The senior class is invited to intend the 2017 Opportunities Fair on Tuesday, February 28th. If students are interested in attending they should see their Guidance Counselor or Ms. Louro! All students who wish to attend will meet with Ms. Louro beforehand to make a resume and prepare for this networking event. If you have any questions please feel free to email Ms. Louro.

Seekonk parks and recreation offer Scuba!

The Seekonk Parks and Recreation Department is offering a PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA CERTIFICATION course during the month of May. Any town resident, employee and a family member or guest over the age of 14 may sign up for the certification class. SCUBA is a great family hobby and or graduation gift. There is limited enrollment, so sign up ASAP. Find all the details by checking out this flyer!
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Dr. Jones

Weekly Message...

This week's message centers on the upcoming event: AP in Action.

This is a night designed to explain the importance of students challenging themselves academically as they register for next year's classes. We will be showing a short film and having a discussion concerning the requirements, struggles, and benefits (both tangible and intangible) of taking advanced placement courses.

We start offering advanced placement courses sophomore year! So, whether you are going to be a sophomore, junior, or me; this is a night you do not want to miss!

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AP in Action!

Wednesday, March 1st is an important date you do not want to miss! Two years ago we started a movement called "Take the Challenge". It was designed to have more students challenge themselves academically by taking higher level courses; specifically advanced placement. I have included the video we used to kick off the event below.

This year we are presenting "AP in Action". It is an assembly to both highlight the progress we have made and encourage more students to challenge themselves. There will be another video like the one below and a chance to discuss any questions you may have before students register for next semester.

This is something you definitely want to attend in an effort to be better informed about course selection!

AP Challenge Video

Around School...

Today we had a showing of AudreyRose Wooden's performance based project paying respect to Black History Month. It was followed with discussion questions. AudreyRoses' explanation of the film is as follows:

"Breaking Culture Code is a student project made with the hopes of spreading awareness of how history affects current day events, specifically looking through the lens of the black community in regards to fine arts. It was put together with the goal of providing insight to how an entire community of people can understand their contribution to a larger society, despite how they are portrayed by mass media. This project is the synthesis of a semester's worth of hard work to show a small portion of real life. A guiding factor in this project is that the perspective found in history books is often biased, Winston Churchill said that "history is written by the victors," and this was a chance to rewrite the narrative, share a different viewpoint, and learn about what is often left out of the curriculum. Happy Black History Month!"

This is a fine example of what students at Seekonk are capable of when given the opportunity to follow their passion. Check it out!

Culture Code

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

Juniors all received a flyer with information on an upcoming SAT Prep Class being offered in the evening at Seekonk High School. The cost of the class is $120 which will include their own copy of the Official SAT Prep Study Guide. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 PM for 8 weeks prior to the spring SAT test dates. Meeting dates are March 8,15,22,29 April 5,12,26 May 3. Interested students should complete the bottom of the registration flyer and bring a check for $120 payable to the Town of Seekonk by March 1st. Students can see their guidance counselor with any questions.

Parents of Advance Placement Students- Is your student taking an AP class? This is a reminder that all students taking AP classes are required to participate in the College Board AP testing in May. The families/students are responsible for paying for the exam fees to College Board. Depending on how many exams your student is taking this can add up. Through our partnership with the MA Insight Education we will be able to provide students taking English, math and science exams a fee reduction due to a rebate they provide.

College Board suggests that we charge $93/exam. Seekonk High School will be able to cover part of the cost of each exam. Here is the final cost breakdown for the 2017 AP exam fees at Seekonk High School:

  • AP US History and AP European History $85/exam
  • AP English Literature, AP English Language,AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science $70/exam.
  • Students on Free/reduced lunch $25/exam

Payment will be required before testing takes place. More information on due dates will follow. Checks should be made out to the Town of Seekonk. Speak to your student's guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Grade 11 students and their parents/guardians are invited to join us for our annual College Planning Night on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 in the high school library (grades 9 and 10 are also welcome to join us though the focus of the presentation will be on college planning and application steps for juniors). Hope to see you there.

Scholarships are coming into the guidance office! We will continue to receive scholarship applications and update the information weekly. Check out this breakdown of the information for scholarships we have to date.

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

As we head into the second semester I wanted to offer a refresher related to regulations listed in our SHS Handbook. We ask for your continued cooperation in following these guidelines as they pertain to the safe, positive and academically focused atmosphere we are promoting at SHS.

  • Food / Drink - Students are not to carry/consume any food or beverage (with the exception of water) in the hallways or classrooms during the school day.

  • Electronic Device - Cell phones or other electronic devices should not be visible at any time in classrooms unless otherwise allowed by a staff member for educational purposes only. Students are not to voice record, photograph or video in school.

  • Dress Code - Examples of unacceptable attire include, but are not limited to: Blouses, shirts, sweaters, halter-tops, tube-tops, tank tops, T-back shirts, muscle shirts, pants, and midriff shirts that do not cover the stomach, back, chest or undergarments. Low riding pants or jeans that display underwear. Revealing shorts, “pencil skirts,” or skirts - Legs should not be exposed above fingertip length when a student stands with arms fully extended downward. Clothing depicting alcoholic substances and/or illegal substances. Pajamas, slippers, etc.

  • Obligations - Obligations for the purpose of this handbook include, but are not limited to textbooks, library books, detention hours, and materials fees. 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, 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.

  • Prohibited Items - Possession or use of illegal substances, weapons, mace/pepper spray and tobacco are strictly prohibited within the school buildings, the school facilities or on the school grounds or on school buses by any individual, included school personnel.

2017 -2018 Handbook Feedback

We are continuing to seek input from parents, students and the community regarding suggestions for revisions to our handbook. Please send suggestions to Assistant Principal Kevin Aguiar via email or by phone at (508)336-7272 ext 120. All suggestions should be submitted by March 1st so that they can be reviewed by the PBS committee at SHS.

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. Jennifer Billings

  1. Teaching is actually my second career, as my undergraduate degree is from JWU where I majored in Baking & Pastry Art/Hospitality Management. I worked in the hospitality industry for just over 15 years but then decided to return to school so that I could earn my Master’s degree in Education. I feel like I definitely made the right decision.
  2. Although I left my full time job in the restaurant industry years ago, I have never been able to escape my love for cooking and baking. I spend much of my free time on Pinterest trying to find new recipes that I can experiment with. Lucky for me, I always have people around me that are will to taste test for me.
  3. My family is very important to me. My husband and I got married in July of 2016 and are now expecting our first bundle of joy at the end of April. We have decided to wait until the baby is born to find out its gender.
  4. New England sports have become a big part of our lives, which might be why our living room has become our sports haven, decorated with Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots memorabilia. We love having friends and families gathered together for football Sunday’s especially when the Pats are playing.
  5. Retirement might be many years away, but my dream is to someday open a Bed and Breakfast in either Maine or Vermont. We spend a lot of time, all throughout the year, in both areas. We enjoy the ocean and beaches during the summer but also enjoy spending time in each of the areas during the fall and winter. Just think, one day you may be able to stay at DF’s Bed & Breakfast.
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Math - Mrs. Costello

Great News!

Math League has made it into the Regional Play-offs! Aiden Morrison, Sophie Zirkel, Noah Brennick, Jason Ho, Kyle Sanborn, Richard Curzake, Nathan Costa, Gabby Blum, Ben Brady, Jon Doorley, and Olivia Pagano pulled through on the last meet with a score of 46. This score bumped Apponnequet High School out of the running for the play-offs. The top eight schools of Southeastern Massachusetts Region will compete March 15th at Fairhaven High School, where Seekonk's Math League will compete to make it into the State Competition.

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Music - Mr. Smialek

Tim Fortin has also just learned that he was selected to perform with the Massachusetts Music Educator's All-State Festival Concert Band. Tim auditioned at Shrewsbury High School last weekend and was selected for this honor competing against bass players from across the state. The Festival will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston from March 9-11 and Tim will perform with the All-State Band in Boston's Symphony Hall on March 11th.

Upcoming Band events: Please make note of these dates:

Wednesday, March 1- Somerset Jazz Festival, 4- 7 pm

Saturday, March 4- Marching Band in Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade, noon

Thursday, March 16th- SHS Jazz Dinner, 6:30-8:00 in the SHS Cafeteria. Tickets will go on sale before February vacation.

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

The Polished Program is offering free dental cleanings to all students during school on March 14th. If you are interested in having your child receive this service, please pick up a form in Mrs. Rok’s office, the Main Office or the Guidance Office. All signed forms are due by March 13th to Mrs. Rok.

Dr. Heidi Peterson, School Physician, will conduct sports physicals on March 23rd at 2 PM in Mrs. Rok’s office. If your child is participating in a spring sport and has a physical expiring during the season or invalid for try-outs, please pick up a form in Mrs. Rok’s office.

The annual eyeglass, sunglass and hearing aid collection for the Lion’s Club is under way. Any donation of 2 pair of eyeglasses/sunglasses will give 1 community service hour. Hearing aids will give 3 community service hours. All donations may be returned to Mrs. Rok.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

All prospective Spring student-athletes and their parents should please take not that a MIAA Mandatory Preseason Meeting will be held Monday, March 6 in the Seekonk Auditorium at 6:30. Following a short presentation, student-athletes and their parents will have the opportunity to attend individual spring sports meetings and meet the coaching staff to go over Team Rules, Schedules and Expectations.

Congratulations to Senior Swim Captain Maddy Paine who had a sensational day at MIT last Saturday at the MIAA Sectional Swim Meet taking 3rd place in the 100 freestyle and 7th place in the 200 freestyle. Maddy and some of her teammates will be competing this Saturday and Sunday at Boston University in the MIAA State Swim Meet. Good luck!

The South Coast Conference honored many Seekonk swimmers at their annual All Star Meeting following the regular season’s conclusion. Freshman Robert Strycharz, Sophomore Brett Mancini, Junior Troy Pina and Senior Andrew Silveira were named to the All Conference Team. Senior Jake Ciofi and Freshman Blake Anderson received Honorable Mention and Senior Andrew Silveira also received the Sportsmanship Award. For the Lady Warriors, Freshman Abby Tenreiro and Senior Maddy Paine were named All Conference while Sophomore Lauren Shanahan and Senior Jocelyn Fournier received Honorable Mention and Senior Meghan McLaughlin received the Sportsmanship Award. Congratulations!

Following a stirring 54-40 home “Senior Night” victory Wednesday over Norton High School, the Boys Warrior Basketball team has set up a “win and you’re in” scenario when they travel to Dighton-Rehoboth High School Friday night. The 9-10 Warriors used Junior James Jackson’s 15 points off the bench to provide the winning edge over the Lancers. A win on Friday will put the Warrior boys back into the MIAA playoffs for the first time in a decade.

Those Warrior senior basketball players honored at Wednesday night’s game were Captain Matt Heaney, Captain Dawson Brosnahan, Captain Nathan Pickett, Isaac Elkhoury, Nathan Ferrick and Devynn Slaughter.

Do not forget to start registering online for Spring Sports. The cutoff date for registration is Friday, March 17th and no student-athlete will be able to tryout or participate unless they make that deadline.

Seekonk High School Nurse Pat Rok is proud to announce that Seekonk High School will be providing students with “free” physicals on Thursday, March 23rd at 2 PM in the Nurse’s office. Anyone interested should pick up the necessary forms from Mrs. Rok and get them filled out before going for the physical.

The Boys and Girls Indoor Track all stars were voted on last week by the coaches. Sophomore Cammy Garabian and Senior Audrey Wooden were named All Conference, Juniors Chloe Lunnie, Rachel Pion, Sophomores Jake Gausland, and Ethan Paiva received Honorable Mention while Senior Amanda Read and Junior Connor Pozzi were given Sportsmanship Awards. Congratulations!

Be sure to check out the Athletic Website for more information about requirements, deadlines, scores, and schedules.

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.

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.