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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


January 13, 2017 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 17

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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Friday, January 13, 2017: Midterm exams begin. Please take a look at the schedule so that you are prepared.

Saturday, January 14, 2017: Seekonk High School is hosting their own Model United Nations Conference.

Friday, January 20, 2017: Second semester begins with "Day 7".

Saturday, January 21, 2017: The Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Mock Exams are being held at Seekonk High School. Students should plan on arriving by 7:45 AM. The testing should end by 12:00PM

Saturday, January 21, 2017: The boys soccer team will be holding their banquet at 6:00PM in the school cafeteria. If any of the players and their families are planning to attend please notify Coach McCartin or email Patti Paiva if you have not already done so.

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:

Winter Ball - Saturday, February 11, 2017; Venus de Milo, Swansea @ 6:00

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

Hey Warriors! Looking to get involved?

The Youth Services Librarian (responsible for teen programming) at the Public Library is trying to start a teen advisory group of kids who would like to help plan programs at the library. Get involved and have a say in what is being offered to you! Contact Amy Greil at the Seekonk Public Library for more information.

fourth Annual Robert J. McKenna Blood drive.

This event will be held at Seekonk High School Cafeteria from 9AM - 2PM on Saturday, January 14, 2017. This is an excellent way to give to other who may be in need. Take the time, come out, and make a difference in somebody's life.

2017 yearbook information!

Don't miss out! Buy the 2017 Reflections Yearbook!

Its that time of year already! Parent Ads for the YEARBOOK! For the holidays, have your parents give you a gift that will last forever...

Seekonk adds a walking trail

The Runnins River has always held a special place in the minds of the high school students and teachers. The Science Department uses it as an educational tool to collect and report on its health and ecology. Now it has a little something extra; a walking trail and bridge. Two great places to find out more information on this project are the article by the Sun Chronicle and a video by TV9 News. Check them both out!

Buffalo Wild Wings opens in seekonk

The faculty at Seekonk High School were given special treat this past Tuesday. The new Buffalo Wild Wings that just opened in Seekonk catered our staff meeting. They also employ some of our recent graduates. It appears as if they are not just opening a business, but interested in becoming part of the community. Stop in and check them out when you get the chance.
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Dr. Jones

Weekly Message...

Midterms...time to get better!

Midterms are here and many students are nervous about taking them. Here at Seekonk High school we are all trying to make these assessments more meaningful to both the students and teachers. The best way to accomplish that is by making them an authentic application of the knowledge the students learn. After all, Howard Gardner informs us that the only way to demonstrate understanding is by being able to take learned knowledge and apply it to a different situation.

I talk about just a few of the assessments that do just that and the importance of reflecting so that we may keep improving. Have a listen to my weekly message below and subscribe to this YouTube channel for more!

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Around School...

I had the chance to check out the students in Mrs. Pereira's Team Sports class as they played "Lunar Assault" this week. This game is a perfect example of individualizing education. It is a combination of basketball, handball, and soccer. Students appeared to be having a great time competing while being afforded the opportunity to play to their strengths. It was fun to watch as everyone became involved!

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

Free College Financial Aid assistance- FAFSA Day Massachusetts is set for late January early February. Assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, is available at nearby colleges beginning, Sunday January 29th. Families interested in the assistance can learn more about the available sites and dates by going to

Students received their second semester schedules and student ID cards at lunch time on Wednesday. If your student was absent they can pick up their schedule and ID in the guidance office.

Parent Plusportal: A reminder that student grades are posted online to the portal. If you have not activated your parent account you can ask your student to login and view the information through their account. Report cards for the second quarter will again be posted to the portal for you to review as well as mailed home.

On Thursday, February 2, an admission counselor from Bristol Community College will be at Seekonk High School to meet with interested seniors for an on-the-spot admission day. This is a great opportunity for grade 12 students to learn more about BCC and receive an acceptance (conditional on graduating). To sign up, seniors should see their guidance counselor.

Scholarships are starting to come 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

The number of tardies for each student will restart on January 20th. Please be aware of this policy and make every effort to be in school on time every day to maintain eligibility.

Tardy Policy Reminder

Students who accumulate 9 tardies during a semester will lose their extracurricular eligibility for the remainder of the semester. Extracurricular activities include sports, clubs, dances etc.

Students will be ineligible for membership on athletic teams and clubs and will not be allowed to attend school sponsored activities including the prom, other dances, and end of the year activities.

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. Michelle Salisbury

Disney-fanatic!!!! I love all things Disney. I have probably been to Disney over 25 times since I was 16 years old. Like Walt Disney said, “You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway,”… who doesn’t like to be a big kid. I love Disney so much that I even ran two Half-Marathons in Disney World… it was the only way I could motivate myself to run 13.1 miles for fun!

Crossfit! When I have time I like to hit the Crossfit gym. It is a great, supportive community. I even had my cheerleading team do Crossfit this summer to get in shape for the season and many of them liked it. It is a workout I wouldn’t be able to motivate myself to do at home, but the sense of accomplishment after finishing what seems like an impossible workout is amazing!

SHS Alumni- I graduated in 1997 from Seekonk High School, and am what I like to call a “Seekonkian for life!” This is a great community and I am proud to teach where I was once a student, and to raise my family in the town I grew up in.

Sibling- I have a younger sister who is also a teacher in Seekonk. She teaches at Martin Elementary School, and often we are mistaken for one another. Often on the first day school students will ask if I am related to Mrs. Medeiros. Not only do we look alike, but act alike too.

Mom- My other career in life is that of being a mom. I am the mother of an amazing little boy by the name of Marshall. My husband and I chose that name, as it is a mix between each of our first names.

English - Mrs. Hellmold

Members of the Drama Class garnered the laughs that they had hoped for during their performance of Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher. Roth Santos played Mr. Stevenson, a seemingly neurotic invalid worried about a telephone conversation he overhears about two men planning a murder. Stevenson desperately asks his switchboard operator (Riley Ferreira) for help. Despite numerous calls, to a police sergeant (Ikwan Cleaves), Information (Trinity Cloud) and even a Hospital Administrator (John Medeiros), no one seems able to offer the help he needs. Audience members commented favorably on the performances and thoroughly enjoyed the surprise plot twist at the end of the play. Check out the video below!
Modern Drama Class Scene Night
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Sports - Mr. Crippen

Congratulations to the Seekonk Boys and Girls Swim team on their convincing triumphs over the Boxers of Brockton High School Tuesday here at the Seekonk Pool. The teams will be training hard for their first conference meet of the year next Thursday at 4 PM at the Seekonk Pool. Swimmers Maddie Paine, Abigail Tenreiro, Lauren Shanahan, Lyla Carvalho, Andrew Silveira, Robert Strycharz, Troy Pina and Blake Anderson have already qualified for the Sectionals and States.

A very special thank you to the Seekonk Grid Iron Club for hosting this year’s Seekonk High School Football Banquet. Over 120 people attended the event held Thursday in the Seekonk High School cafeteria.

Student-athletes interested in participating in Seekonk High School Spring Athletics may register online now. The portal is up and running. Please do not forget about current physicals. Spring Sport offerings include: Boys and Girls Unified Track and Field, Boys and Girls Outdoor Track and Field, Boys Baseball, Girls Softball, Boys Tennis and Girls Tennis.

Good luck to the Seekonk High School Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams this Saturday when they travel to Providence, Rhode Island to compete in the “East Coast Invitational.” The following student-athletes will be competing: Cammie Garabian, Audrey Rose Wooden, Ashley Wyrostek, Rachel Pion, Chloe Lunnie, Allison Houle, Amanda Read, Connor Pozzi, Adam Horowitz, Brendan Morales, Ethan Paiva and Matt Silveira.

The 4 and 4 Seekonk High School Girls Basketball will try to stay on the playoff track travelling to Wareham High School this Friday for a key conference game. Freshman Mia DiBiase continues to be the South Coast Conference’s leading scorer. The 3 and 5 Boys team will hope to get back on the winning track when they host the Wareham Vikings.

And finally, do not forget to get out and support the Boys and Girls Basketball teams this Tuesday at home for a special doubleheader against the Dighton-Rehoboth Falcons in which the Varsity Girls game will start at 5 PM followed by the Boys Varsity game which will tip off at 6:30.

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

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