SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
ISSUE 12 - March 25, 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.
Mr. Miller's Introduction to Sports classes just completed their end of unit badminton tournament. Competition was tough, but winners were recognized. Check out all the details and the names of students who won here!
March 31st, 2016 The Greater Fall River Inter-agency Transition Team cordially invites you to a workshop on guardianship, alternatives and other transition topics. Speaker Annette Hines will be offering guidance on what can often be a difficult, confusing process. Check out this flyer for more information. You don't want to miss this!
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!
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
Seekonk Juniors join workshop at URI
AP European History will travel to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
Cheyenne Ayotte finds success in gymnastics at state competition!
Two important items for Spring!
Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL this Monday, March 28 due to a staff professional development day.
Now the the weather is getting nicer and the year is getting long...
Please continue to help us with your students attendance. There is no substitute for being in class with the excellent teachers we have here at Seekonk High School. Too many absences carry a wide variety of consequences from detentions to ultimately, loss of credit for classes. In short, the best way to ensure success is to be present and on time every day.
Seekonk High School is currently working with the other schools in the district to make sure our truancy policies are in compliance with the most recent version of Massachusetts State Law. Once the new policy has been finished, it will be in the handbook and published here in the SHS Warrior Call.
Here is the most recent episode of The Principal's Corner. This show highlights students who have been recognized for awards. Victoria Cabral and Cameron Garabian speak about their athletic achievements and Tim Fortin follows up with his musical accomplishments. The final guest is Anne Silveira discussing her successful career at Seekonk high School as a scholar athlete. Remember this show (along with others) is now hosted on my YouTube page. I encourage you to subscribe so that you receive any new videos I post concerning Seekonk High School.
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.
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:
I really don’t like talking about myself, but ask me about my kids and I can go on for days. I have 3 boys who are doing quite well for themselves.
The oldest, Matt (27 years old), is a grad student at Stanford University, where he is continuing his academic success after graduating from Bishop Hendricken High School and then Bowdoin College. He is building his resume (and working off his tuition) in pursuit of a coaching career by serving as a Special Teams Grad Assistant Coach on the Cardinal football staff. Matt is marrying his long-time girlfriend, Melisa, this coming June, in San Diego.
John, Jr. (25) just started a new job at Hexagon Metrology, Inc. (the former Brown & Sharpe), which is close to his home in North Kingstown, RI. Johne also graduated from Bishop Hendricken and then he earned his BA and MBA from Bentley University a few years ago. He’s doing quite well for himself in the corporate world. He and his high school sweetheart and now fiancé, Alyssa, are getting married in August 2017.
Jacob (19) is the youngest. He is my third son to graduate from BHHS, and is now a sophomore at URI, studying kinesiology, which explores all facets of human movement, and more importantly, how they relate to our health. He wants to be a chiropractor. In the meantime, he is very involved in his fraternity, Sigma Chi.
I'm a late starter. I didn’t start teaching until I was 38 years old. I went to Providence College when I was 18, but I was too immature and too distracted to stick with it. I worked in the circulation department of the Providence Journal for 20 years before I started teaching. My original goal in life was to be a writer or journalist, but I would never pursue that goal. Life got in the way. I got married, had 3 kids, a station wagon, and mortgage payment, before finally deciding that I hated my job. I enrolled at the New England Institute of Technology in July of 1993, when I was about to turn 31. It was the best thing I ever did. I graduated number one in my class, and the school offered me a job as an adjunct instructor before I even walked in the graduation ceremony. Since then, I worked in a variety of video production jobs, including Amica Insurance, Titleist & Footjoy Worldwide, NBC 10, and ESPN. By way of a glowing recommendation from a former professor who lives in Seekonk, I ended up working for the school department, where I applied for a Massachusetts Vocational Teaching License and became a teacher. I’m the only teacher in the district with a voc license.
I’m also a geek. I am an avid reader. My favorite genre is Fantasy. When I was young I loved the “classics,” like The Arabian Knights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Later in life I got hooked on Tolkien and read all of his books about the middle earth. Some of my favorite authors became Terry Brooks, Tad Williams, and Robert Jordan. I invested about 15 years of my life reading Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. If you don’t know anything about these authors or their writings, stop by and ask me or see Mrs. Larson in the library. They are awesome. I’ve also always loved comic books.
Of course, I’m also very interested in television and movies. If it’s been on TV, I’ve probably seen it. Currently I’m hooked on The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, and Game of Thrones. My all-time favorite movies include The Sting, The Man Who Would Be King, The Longest Yard, and all of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies.
Speaking of being a late starter... Through the years my wife and I grew apart and we decided to divorce after 22 years of marriage. Around the same time, I attended my 30-year high school reunion. There, I rekindled a friendship with Lisa, who is now my “significant other.” We started dating and now live together, with her very special daughter, Nicole (28). I’m very happy now.
I’m competitive. There aren’t many sports that I haven’t played at some time or coached. I’ve coached Little League Baseball, from T-Ball to coaches-pitch, to majors. I’ve coached all levels of youth football through high school. I’ve also coached youth soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. When I was young I played the traditional football, basketball, and baseball. In my neighborhood we always found a way to make things competitive. We played whiffle ball, globetrotter ball, street hockey, manhunt, and wrestling. We competed in push-car racing, apple stealing, and garden raids. We played mumbly-peg, marbles, off-the-wall and muckle. Then there was bowling, horseshoes, jarts, and now cornhole. I get pretty obsessed with something if I like it. You could say I’m a pretty good cornhole player.
So now you know a little more about me.... tell me about you!
Mrs. Heather Kinniburgh..."for setting a high standard with her freshman honors English classes. I have seen marked improvement throughout the year in their writing ability in my US I Honors classes. Keep up the great work!" - Mr. Hoogerzeil
Mrs. Suzanne Larson and Mrs. Borden...for running an incredible Model United Nations trip to Boston. I not only heard about how it was great, but have also been privy to a recent series of emails by parents praising Mrs. Larson. Statements such as; "You have made a great impact on both of my daughters lives", "THANK YOU for all that you do for our children", and finally "Our children are better people because of your tireless leadership. You are creating future leaders and that impact may not be felt in our lifetimes, but rest assured that you have made major impacts in ways that we may never know." pretty much say it all! - Dr. Jones
Music News - Mr. Smialek
Tri County Music Association Study Grants Available:
We have had several students over the years receive scholarships and study grants from the Tri-County Music Assoc. These can be used for private instrument lessons as well as attendance at summer music camps like MIRIC at RI College, or SYMS at UNH. The Tri-County Music Association will, once again, be offering summer study grants and college scholarships to students in the Tri-County area (Barnstable, Bristol and Plymouth Counties of Massachusetts). Over $12,000 will be distributed to music students in grades 9 through 12 (summer study grants) and graduating seniors who will be attending college next fall as music majors (college scholarships). The application deadline is April 1, 2016.
Final Great East Band Festival payments due soon:
Invoices have been given to students who elected to make two payments for the May 13, Great East Festival trip with the Band. These are due back to the SHS Band Office by April 7th. Please contact Mr. Smialek if this did not make it home.
The Seekonk Music Parents Association is having a Spring Fundraiser which will be a Raffle Calendar for the month of May. If anyone would like to donate a gift card, gift certificate or own a business that could provide a service as a prize, it would be much appreciated. If you wish to donate, please send in the donation to Mr. Smialek in an envelope marked Calendar Fundraiser by Tuesday, March 29, 2016 If you have any questions please contact Liz Marulis 508-336-5564 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have SHS Marching Band T-shirts available in all sizes for $17. See Mr. Smialek in the Band Office if you wish to purchase one (or two).
from the library - mrs suzanne larson
Seekonk High School Continues to use Turnitin
SHS Model UN Goes to Boston!
Congratulations to the 35 members of the SHS Model UN Team for an outstanding performance at the Boston College Model United Nations competition in Boston last weekend! For the 4th year in a row, Seekonk students competed with over 600 high schoolers from around the world to address global issues. In the words of Seekonk junior Audrey Rose Wooden, “One minute we can be discussing the effectiveness of solutions to human trafficking, the next hour we’ll be debating deep web versus darknet, and a few hours after that everyone lets loose at the delegate dance; you truly have a completely immersive experience.”
Team members included: Alexis Ackell, Nate Amaral, Emily Botelho, Noah Brennick, Matt Broadmeadow, Holly Carroll, Filipa Carvalho*, Tommy Ciolfi, Jon Field, Celina Fonseca, Tim Fortin, Anthony Heng*, Samantha Hess, Jason Ho, Griffin Hoskins, Runda Jenblat, Brittney Keeley, Christina Keeley, Ankit Kotwal, Hannah MacDonald, Hannah Machado, Giovanni Mannino, Jessica Moszkowicz, Gabrielle Oliver, Madison Paine, Isabella Pezzulli, Annabel Schneider, Ryan Silveira, Ariya Sonethavy, Maddie St. Michel, Tatiana Urias, Barbara Wang*, Sasha Wilhelm-Hart, AudreyRose Wooden, and Sophie Zirkel
Sports with Mr. Crippen
Congratulations to Coach Caitlin Pereira on the birth of her child, a daughter, this week. Coach Pereira has served as the Seekonk High School Head Girls Softball and, while out on maternity leave, will be assisted by Coach Mike O’Connell who will assume the head coaching responsibilities. Coach Keri Kozlowski will return this season to assist on the varsity level with Coach O’Connell. The Seekonk Athletic Department is very proud to announce that long time veteran Seekonk High School Field Hockey Coach, Kim Pellerin, will join the Girls Softball staff this season as the Junior Varsity Coach.
Good luck to the Seekonk Boys Varsity and J.V. Baseball teams as they will travel Saturday to scrimmage Barrington High School at 10 AM.
Finally, good luck to the Seekonk Girls Varsity Softball team this Saturday as they will do battle in the Rhode Island Softball Jamboree featuring the likes of LaSalle High School, St. Ray’s, Tolman, Shea and North Providence. The action will begin at 10 AM at Slater Park in Pawtucket.
For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule