Raider Family News

January, 2022 Volume 7

Course Selection for the 2022-2023 School Year Is Upon Us

Happy New Year Raiders!! It is time to schedule courses for next school year! Teachers have already inputted course recommendations in major subjects (math, science, history and ELA). Courses that are mandatory are also pre-scheduled into student requests. However, students must request electives, including Advanced Placement coursework, that they intend to take next year. Students should select a few electives, in the event that they cannot get into their first choice.

On Friday, January 21, 2022, during BRB, we will be explaining the course selection process to all underclassmen. Students will need to select their classes for next year by Friday, January 28, 2022. To begin reviewing our program of studies and course offerings for next year, please click the link which will bring you to the information on our website.

We ask all students and their families to have discussions regarding coursework for next year and review the course offerings so that students can make good, informed choices. We determine which courses will run and the number of sections for each course based on these selections. Students will not be able to potentially get into classes that they do not select as choices or alternates after this point in time.

If a student or family has any questions, please call or email your guidance counselor for additional support.

Test & Stay Information

Who: COVID rapid tests are available for asymptomatic students who have been identified by a school nurse as close contacts to an individual who is positive with COVID. Test and stay is not being used for symptomatic students. If a student has symptoms, please keep your child home and contact the school nurse.

Where: School Committee Room at central office, which is located at 580 Whetstone Hill Road. This room is located at the gymnasium entrance of North Elementary and is identified from the outside as the door labeled W1 adjacent to the fenced-in preschool playground. Testing begins at 6:45 AM.

How: Students may only participate with permission from a parent or guardian. To participate in the program, parents or guardians must submit a consent form through this link: on behalf of your student.

Any questions regarding your student should be directed to Nurse Kelly Andrade: 508-324-3115 x1141 or

Academic Support--Free Tutoring for All Students

With the end of term 2 upon us, we wanted to remind everyone that Academic Support (free tutoring) takes place in the library Monday-Thursday from 2:15-3:30 p.m. We have also added a new option--World Language Academic Support, on Tuesday afternoons. If needed, late buses transport students home at 3:40 p.m. and leave from outside of the student dining center. This is a great opportunity to review for a test, get clarification, catch up on missed information in class, or simply get your homework done!

Monday: Science with Ms. Tinkham

Tuesday: Math with Mrs. Rebello & Mrs. Eldridge

Tuesday: World Language with Mr. Gleason

Wednesday: Social Studies with Mr. Dionne

Thursday: ELA with Mr. Fallon

Dismissing Students Through the Main Office

Please be aware that, due to various reasons, there may be different people in the attendance booth when you arrive to pick up your child. It is school policy that if a staff member does not recognize you, they are required to ask for identification before dismissing a child. This is for obvious safety reasons. Please always have your identification with you when dismissing your child through the main office.

Mid Year & Final Exams

As was explained in a previous email, due to attendance issues related to COVID, we decided to cancel mid year exams. In addition, we have made the decision to cancel final exams in June as well. This includes Senior Final Exams. This changes the percentage of each term slightly and each term will now be worth 25% of a student's final grade.

The final exam half day schedule in June, however, will not be changing. Students will still have a summative assessment on this day that will be the final assessment of their fourth term grade. Learning and review will continue in classes up until the week of summative assessments and will culminate with this assessment. It is imperative that students attend these assessment periods in June as this assessment may significantly impact their fourth term grade. Teachers will be providing more information as the date gets closer but please understand that every class in a student schedule will have an assessment associated with them. There will be a make up period at the end of the week for students who miss one of their exams. Students who have attended all of their summative assessments on time in June do not need to attend the make up assessment period.

Attention Class of 2022--Final call for John & Abigail Adams Scholarship/ Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery

For any student in the senior class that wants to take the MCAS for scholarship purposes, please see the message below from the Department of Education. Please note: The Class of 2022 is exempt from the MCAS requirement for purposes of graduation. This is ONLY if you want to attempt to qualify for the scholarship/certificate.

From DESE:

In recognition of 2021 being a disrupted school year, DESE is permitting students in the classes of 2022 and 2023 to participate in the March 2022 MCAS retests for scholarship purposes. All students attempting to qualify for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and/or the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery must have MCAS scores in ELA and Mathematics.

Please note: If you are a member of the Class of 2022 and have already taken the test for qualifying purposes, you do not retest again now. This is a "last call" for anyone that still has not participated and wishes to do so.

If you are interested in having your child qualify and take the test, please fill out the attached Google Form.

Students Named to Emerging Young Artists (EYA) 2022 Juried Exhibition

Our sincere congratulations to Sophia Couto, Grade 12, and Marissa Medeiros, Grade 10 for being selected to participate in the Emerging Young Artists (EYA) 2022 Juried Exhibition! This year, the EYA received submissions from 656 students from which the juror, CVPA’s Dean A. Lawrence Jenkens, selected 178 works to be in the exhibition. Congratulations to Sophia & Marissa, whose artwork was selected for this highly competitive New England juried exhibition! We encourage everyone to attend a virtual opening reception on Friday, January 21, 2022.

The Emerging Young Artists 2022 Juried Exhibition is online this year. Starting January 21, it will be featured on the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ website:

Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award

Abigail Gajewski has been chosen to be the SBRHS Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen designee. This contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. It recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. She will be presented with a certificate and pin on February 9, 2022 at the Somerset Public Library. Congratulations Abigail!

Welcome Ms. Cote & Mrs. Cabral-Lafreniere

We would like to welcome Ms. Monique Cote and Mrs. Jessica Cabral-Lafreniere to our Raider Family. Ms. Cote joins our Art, Technology & Design Department as our Robotics teacher and Mrs. Cabral-Lafreniere is our new Library Media Specialist. Follow the latest library news at or on Twitter at @Cabral_Lafren.

Get Your Raider Gear

Looking for the latest in Raider gear? Visit our online school store and place your orders by February 7, 2022. There are many new items available for purchase including jackets, quarter-zips, rugby shirts, dress shirts, ranger, pajama bottoms, jogger sweatpants, socks and accessories. You will be notified of pickup dates. For any questions, please contact Happy Shopping!

Spring Sports Try-Outs

Spring Sports tryouts/practices begin on Monday, March 21, 2022. Be on the lookout for Family ID signups which will be posted in early February to the Athletics website at:

From the Somerset Friends of Music....

In the past few months the Friends of Music has been happy to be able to award a few grants that have been requested.

We were able to fund a students Capstone project which will study the effects of introducing music to Elementary students. The High School Senior will work with her Mentor Mr. Young along with the music teachers at North Elementary during her project.

We are also able to provide a grant to the Berkley Middle School Drama department to assist with their upcoming performance of Frozen Jr which is scheduled for March 11th and 12th.

SFOM is happy to be able to support these programs. If you are aware of any school programs that can use some support please reach out to us at

Become a Member of the SFOM

We encourage all K-12 music department families to become members of the Somerset Friends of Music. Signing up to become a member is very easy and membership annual dues are only $10 for an individual and $15 for a family. By joining as a member of Friends of Music, you will receive information on the happenings within the music department, and networking, volunteer and scholarship opportunities. Our organization not only supports, but also advocates for, the music students and staff in our schools. We encourage you to join the music community! Details on being a member of the SFOM can be found on our website:

Follow SBRHS on Twitter

Many of our departments/teachers have Twitter handles. Be sure to follow us on Twitter:

Dr. Brelsford: @SBRHSBrels

Mrs. Pereira: @PereiraSbrhs

Mrs. DoCouto: @SBRHS_DoCouto

Art, Technology & Design Department: @ArtTechDsgnSBR

Social Studies Department: @SBSocialStudies

Science Department: @SBRScience

Music Department: @SBRHS_Music

World Language: @SBRHS_WLDept

SBRHS Innovation Pathways: Healthcare, Biotech & Computer Science/IT: @SBRHSInnovation

Media Center: @Cabral_Lafren

Athletics: @sb_raiders

Boys' Basketball Team: @SBRHS_BoysHoops

Raider Baseball: @SBRHS_Baseball

SBHRS Boosters: @SBRHSBoosters

Mrs. Medeiros, Athletic Trainer: @athtrainerSBRHS

Science Club & Science Competition Teams: @SbrhsE

Science Olympiad: @SBsci_olympiad

The Breeze: @SBRHS_Breeze

Anti-Bullying Coalition: @sbrhsabc1

Blue Raider Studios: @SBRaiderStudios


School Resource Officer: @sroroberts

Somerset & Somerset Public Schools: @Somerset_PS