SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
ISSUE 13 - April 1, 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.
Advanced Placement Prep Session
The Advanced placement English Literature and Language students have their AP Saturday Prep Session this Saturday at Case High School! The bus leaves SHS at 7:00 a.m. SHARP!
One of Seekonk High's hardest-working students, senior Nate Girard needs your help! His PSA video is entered in a scholarship contest and he needs VOTES! Take the time and visit this link to vote!
Last call for “Ads for Grads”. If you own a business or know someone that owns a business, or you are the parent or guardian of a member of the senior classplease consider submitting an ad to put in the SHS Yearbook. Your "Ad" can feature a business ad or photos and encouraging words for your senior so they will see that they are appreciated and will look forward to the future.
It is easy to create an ad for you grad. Just click here to send your ad via email. Your support makes a difference to the student community and strengthens the greater community as well.
The cost of the advertisements are as follows:
· ⅛ page: $50,
· ¼ page: $100,
· ½ page: $200,
· full page: $350.
Please make your check payable to the Town of Seekonk.
The FINAL DEADLINE for the "Ad for your Grad" is Monday, April 4th
Portuguese Students Take National Exam!
Seekonk High School's Portuguese students will be testing their skill as they take the national exam next week.
Class of 2017 PROM RAFFLE!
Prom is around the corner! The Class of 2017 has designed some ways to help you try and save money this prom season. We will be holding a raffle every day during all three lunches, from April 4th to April 8th. We will be raffling off:
· 3 tuxedos from Mens Warehouse,
· a $25 gift card for Casper Nails,
· a $36 photo package for Chestnut Hills studio,
· two floral gifts cards with a value of $25 each, and
· lastly one of our $75 prom tickets.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 for one and $5 for three. Prom tickets will be on sale the following week from April 11th untill April 29th. Happy prom season from the Class of 2017!!
Class of 2018 Fundraiser
The Class of 2018 is raising funds for next year's prom. Join them at Chelo's on April 4th between 5pm and 8pm. Just print out the coupons located here, bring your family and friends, and present it when you sit down for some dining fun. The Class of 2018 thanks you for your support.
April 5, 6, and 7 of 2016. The Seekonk Animal Shelter will be holding their annual Save a Pet auction. Check out all the details in their flyer!
The Portuguese Club is sponsoring a soccer tournament on April 13th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. This is going to be a great time for everyone that enters. There is only a little time left to get a team together and enter. The deadline is April 1st. Check out the sign up form here! There will be many raffle items donated by local businesses from a Vera Bradley bag, gas cards and restaurant gift certificates.
Learn to Scuba Dive
Registrations are due by April 23, 2016. Check out this flyer for all the information!
Yearbooks are officially on sale!
If any student would like to purchase the 2016 SHS yearbook they can go online to this site and just follow the on screen prompts. Another option is to pick up an order form in the main office or print one out and return the money and form to Ms. Marinucci. Yearbooks are $70 (plus engraving or cover costs if you choose) and checks can be made payable to the Town of Seekonk. Do it soon because orders are DUE BY: APRIL 29, 2016!
School Year Memories - Photo Access!
Did you know that your sports and events images from this school year are available online? Just go to this website, enter your email address, and the password seekonk to see the amazing collection of images! You can even purchase some of your favorites!
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
Thursday, June 9 - AP Night @ 6:30
Jessica T. Moszkowicz wins Scholarship!
The Rhode Island Polonia Scholarship Foundation selected senior Jessica T. Moszkowicz to receive a $1,000 scholarship for the coming academic year. It is great that Jessica has been recognized for her talents and potential. Competition for the Rhode Island Polonia Scholarships was keen and this recipient brings pride to your school, their families and the Polish-American community. I am sure she and her family are very proud. Be sure to congratulate her on this accomplishment!
Bethany Murphy and Jessica Moskowicz move on in competition!
Being a better person
As the end of the year is drawing closer, I wanted to point out not only something very important for seniors, but all students as they continue to mature and move through the grades. We focus on a lot of things here at Seekonk High School. This newsletter has been highlighting many students who are excelling at both academics and in other areas. We like to talk about educating the “whole child”. While that is a great phrase that encompasses many aspects of a student’s life, we often forget that it isn’t just about academics, sports, or the social emotional components of life.
For me, it’s about supporting students to live life purposefully, act with integrity, and build their character as they continue to grow. In short, all of us want to have students leave this school not only prepared to succeed with the next step of their life, but also ready willing and able to make a positive impact on other around them. This goal is never far from the forefront, but does become difficult to focus on with all of the other “noise” of our daily existence. Until now…
I was listening to the radio when a phrase from a song caught my ear so I found it on YouTube. I listened to the lyrics and thought it was such a simple clear way to get a difficult concept across. Please take the time to not only listen, but think about these words and ask yourself…
Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
SADD is organizing Distractology- The science of distracted driving. Students who have a drivers license of driving permit were able to sign up to participate in Distractology, a mobile simulator experience on how to become a safer driver by learning to avoid and ignore distractions on the road. Partners Insurance group is providing the special training for teens funded by Arbella Insurance Foundation. The week of April 11-15 there will be trailer on site to provide students with a free training on the dangers of distractions while driving. Students were able to sign up for a spot to attend a 30 minute training taking place between 7:30 am-3:30 PM the week of April 11th. For more information you can visit their website found here.
Who We are - getting to know our staff
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. Ed Cunard
- As an adult I feel that we always brag about and feel that our children are our greatest accomplishments; I’m no different. My oldest daughter, Audrianna, is 30 and a hairdresser in Boston; her husband is a chef; they have 2 chihuahuas. My younger daughter, Chelsea, at 29 just received her PHD and is a Plant Biologist at the University of Georgia; her wife is soon to get her PHD and is also a Plant Biologist. They live in Athens Georgia with their dog. I also have 2 Stepsons, Sean and Seth. They live local and work and go to college full time.
- I’ve held many different jobs; feeling this helps immensely when dealing with students as a Guidance Counselor. Here’s the chronological list: Restaurant Kitchen Help, Landscaper, US Air Force Computer/Radar Specialist, Mover, Carpenter, Camp Counselor/Naturalist, Sandwich Artist, Boat builder, Science Teacher, Guidance Counselor. Boat building is what I miss most.
- Hobbies: My Dogs, Target Shooting, Biking, Hiking, 1988 Mustang, Reading, Watching Various TV Series.
- I’m married to Mrs Cunard – yes the science teacher - who actually did an observation in my science class years before we even knew each other and before she started working here. We live with 2 horses, 3 dogs, 5 chickens and a cat; in Rehoboth.
- As my wife will tell you, I’m very scheduled, predictable and content in how my days are spent. I'm also very much a homebody and love vacationing in Falmouth and Bermuda; but we will start going to new places soon.
Ms. Bianca Jones-Pearson...for her help with the Positive Behavioal Support Committee's Community Service Tree in the Cafeteria. Bianca readily volunteered to help us during her prep period. Paul Cote and I would not have been able to do it without her!" - Ms. Kayla Nastari
English - Mrs. Hellmold
The journalism students have been hard at work. Enjoy your copy of the Warrior News featuring stories on the school play, Credit for Life, Project Unify, AP Environmental Science, and.....Mr. Crippen!!! Check out some of these great stories here!
Library News - Mrs. Larson
Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week @ SHS - April 4-8!
Seekonk High students are encouraged to discover the joy of reading through Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time. During the first 10 minutes of each day next week, students and teachers are invited to start off the day with a good book or magazine.
Every participating reader can enter to win a $5 Dunkin' Donuts Gift card! One gift card will be given away each month and winners will be announced on the final day of each DEAR Week.
What’s the SHS Book Group Reading?
The SHS Book Club will meet on Wednesday, April 27 right after school in the library.
We’ll be talking about Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. All students welcome to join the group at any time! Talk to Mrs. Larson in the SHS Library.
Sports with Mr. Crippen
Congratulations to Coach Kristin Nelson and her Unified Track and Field program. The group ran its first practice last Wednesday in a most impressive fashion. Thanks to all who lent a helping hand. The team will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays between 2:30 and 3:30 PM.
It’s hard to believe but the Spring Season will begin this Monday with an Outdoor Track Dual Meet between the Warriors and Apponequet High School at 3:30 at Seekonk High School. Mother Nature may throw us a nasty curve so pay attention for cancellations and reschedules.
For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule