SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


ISSUE 23 - June 17, 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.

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This is the last newsletter until later this summer! Have a great vacation!

The Class of 2018 Advisors and Student Council wish to thank everyone who dined in or out at Chelo's on Tuesday, June 7th. Your support was and is greatly appreciated!

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:

Parents of Freshmen and New Students Open House:

August 25th from 6:30 - 8:15

Freshman Orientation:

August 29th from 7:15am - 12:15pm

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Dr. Jones

Seekonk Teachers - Thank You

As the year draws to a close I want to publicly thank everyone who has made a contribution to the effort to have another successful year at Seekonk High School. Many of us often get so caught up in our own personal circumstance that we forget to take a step back and look at the big picture. That picture should center on those individuals who are making a difference for the most students every day; teachers.

I ran across this video clip the other day. It reminded me in so many ways of the staff we have working here every day. Please take a moment to watch it when you get the chance. Personally, I feel very lucky to have so many teachers here at Seekonk High School that embody the traits shown in the video.

freshmen and new student orientations

There will be a new format to the Freshmen and New Student Orientation this year. Please note the dates and times in the announcement section above.

Students will now spend a half day at the school participating in team building activities, a scavenger hunt, schedule run through, and lunch. The buses will run their normal routes that day to provide transportation.

Parents will follow the same format as usual. There will be a night of various discussions concerning the handbook, academic expectations, and guidance resources. This is an important evening with too much information to miss.

More details will follow this summer!

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Guidance - Mrs. Whatley

A reminder that students are to empty their lockers by the close of school on Monday, June 20th. This includes their gym locker and student lockers. All contents will be removed after Monday.

Summer school information will be mailed out by the guidance counselors on Tuesday, June 21st. Enrollment for summer school is taking place now. The cost to enroll in a class is $160.00 for Seekonk residents. Summer school offers two sessions from 8:00-12:00, Monday-Friday starting June 27th until July 29th. Mrs. Horton is the Summer School Coordinator. She can be reached at 508-336-7272 x. 317

Summer is a great time to complete community service hours. Remember to pick up community service forms in the guidance office before leaving for the summer. The number of community service hours on record for each student is listed on the final report card.

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warrior cries

Warrior cries are shout outs to staff and students here at Seekonk High School. They are our way of recognizing hard work, creative thinking, and characteristics that make us proud to be part of this community. Please contact Dr. Jones if you wish to give a "warrior cry" to someone!

Seekonk High School's Instructional Aides..."for their continuous efforts and contributions to the success of our department and all students at Seekonk High School. Karen, Gail, Dee, Earl, Renee, Samantha, Beth, Mary, and Sharon go above and beyond in their work to help students (and teachers!) reach their full potential. Their tremendous devotion to Seekonk High School is recognized by all of the staff members and students they impact on a daily basis. Thank you for all you do!" - The Special Education Department

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Math - Mrs. Horton

Summer Mathematics Packets

All student in grades 8-11(except those who are enrolled in the semester courses of Statistics, Trigonometry and Accounting) have been issued summer review mathematics packets that must be completed for the first of classes in the fall. The material in the packet covers prerequisite concepts that the students have been taught in a previous course. All material will be reviewed upon return to school and will be followed by an assessment that will become a part of the student’s first quarter average. The specifics for each assignment and required material needs for the fall have also been addressed in a welcome page included in the envelope.

Copies of all summer packets (except AP Calculus and AP Statistics) can be found on the school website. Additional packets are also available at the high school throughout the summer. If you have any questions please contact Linda Horton, Mathematics Department Head at 508-336-7272 ext 317 or by email.
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Science - Mrs. Cunard

Wax Museum

Students in AP Biology had their "Wax Museum" project presentations this week. Students had to dress as the scientist that they were investigating. The thesis for the presentation was "The scientist influenced many scientists and continues to influence science today". Three scientists directly influenced along with a current science research paper had to be argued.
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music news - mr. smialek

The SHS Brass Ensemble and Horn Quartet will be giving a free performance at the Seekonk Meadows (Next to Seekonk Library) for their Summer Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, June 18th at 2 pm in the gazebo. All are welcome to attend.

SHS Drumline will have their summer rehearsals with Rob Martin on Wednesdays from 12:30- 2 pm in the SHS Band Room, beginning on July 6. All members should attend if possible.


Band Camp

Monday, August 8th- Friday, August 12th at Seekonk High School.

Camp will run from 8:30 AM- 12:30. Pizza lunch on the last day. Pick up Marching Band music anytime during the summer.

To contact Mr. Smialek- email at school: Also check your SHS email from time to time for Band updates

Community Service: If you would like to pick up some Community Service hours, we have plenty of music filing to do here. Email Mr. Smialek any time. We will be starting the 2ndweek of July, going through 2nd week of August. Most likely days will be Tues, Wed and Thurs. between 9 and 12. Work as many or few hours as you like.

Private Study: If you want to start private lessons with one of the local teachers, get a list of teachers from Mr. Smialek before school gets out. We will also be having SHS alumni who are currently in music school, giving very inexpensive lessons at the High School as well. They will begin on July 5th and go into August. These lessons are only $10. Get a flier with complete information on this before school gets out. Take some lessons this summer!

Work with Mr. Smialek: See times above by “Community Service” if you would like to work on any playing issues or want to start on your District Audition piece with Mr. Smialek. Just email the day before you want to come in.

Stock up on supplies: Go to Bravo Music on Rt. 44 in Rehoboth, Symphony Music on Rt. 6 in Dartmouth, check Weiner Music Website or Woodwind and Brasswind Website to buy stuff you need for next year: like boxes of reeds, reedguards, valve oil, slide oil, slide grease, etc. All clarinet and saxophone players should be playing on a professional mouthpiece, all brass players should have a metal straight mute. Make the upgrade this summer. Information on these items are in the “Woodwind and Brass Player Resources” handouts.

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

As another school year ends, there are a few reminders.

  • All grade 10 students are required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to bring in an updated copy of a recent physical before December 22, 2016.

  • Mandated scoliosis screening (grade 9) and vision/hearing/height and weight (grade 10) begins in October during PE classes. If you do NOT want your child screened, please send me an email by September 15, 2016 stating this.

  • All prescribed and as needed medications are due in the health room by August 30, 2016. Required forms and health care plans have been mailed home. If you need any health-related forms, you can access them from the Nurse website.

  • Sports physicals will be performed on September 1, 2016 at 2 PM in the health office. Any student participating in a fall sport needs an updated physical in the health office before try-outs. Physical exams are good for 13 months from the day they were performed. Please check the expiration date of your child’s physical because they will not be permitted to play until an updated one is in the health office (MIAA regulations).

  • Dr. Heidi Peterson is the new school physician who will start in September. Dr. Peterson will be conducting sports physicals in September, November and March.

Wishing all students, parents and staff a safe and fun-filled summer!
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Sports - Mr. Crippen

Captains of all the Seekonk Fall Sports teams along with Seekonk High Athletic Director Fred Crippen visited the eighth graders at Hurley Middle School Thursday to discuss athletics on the high school level and to sign up prospective student-athletes for next year.

Parents of incoming Freshmen student-athletes are reminded that a current physical needs to be on file here at Seekonk High School in order for that student-athlete to work out and try out for a high school team. Any new and/or old physical information can be sent or dropped off at the high school to the School Nurse Pat Rok or the Athletic Director. You must also register your student-athlete for sports online through the High School’s website.

Sign up sheets were available last week and much of this week for Seekonk High students to have the opportunity to play on a Fall Sports team this year. It is important to realize, however, that no student-athlete will be allowed to try out and practice unless they have completed the online registration process and have a current physical on file.

The first dates of practice for upcoming Fall Sports are as follows:

Football/Cheerleading August 19

All other Fall Sports August 25

Congratulations to class of 2011 SHS graduate/student-athlete Ashley Hurst who was hired this week by the Wheeler School to serve as the school’s Field Hockey Coach and assistant to the Athletic Director. This year Ashley served as an intern to High School Athletic Director Fred Crippen and performed countless roles including assisting Coach Kristin Nelson with the Unified Track team this spring. Good luck Ashley!

For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule

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.