SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
January 12, 2018 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 18
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!
January 15 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 17 - January 22, 2018: Midterm Exams
January 20 - English Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM). STUDENT ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY! A great thing about this is that students get to experience the full exam and receive feedback on their performance before taking the real exam in May.
January 27 - Math Advanced Placement review session at New Bedford high School (8AM-12PM)
February 10th, 2018 - SAVE THE DATE! The SHS Winterball will be held at the Venus De Milo in Swansea from 6:00-10:00. Tickets are on sale an can be purchased during most lunches or at the end of the day in Ms. Jones' classroom (Room 357). If you have any questions please email Ms. Nastari or Ms. Jones for more information!
February 16 - Early Release (11:25AM)
February 19 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
March 3 - Math Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM)
March 3 - Science Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM)
May 11, 2018: Junior/Senior Prom at the Newport Marriot
May 30 2018: Senior Class Night at 7:00PM
June 1, 2018: Graduation at 6:30PM
Opportunities Fair – Registrations now being accepted
The Attleboro School to Career Partnership is once again holding its Opportunities Fair for students who are looking for alternatives to a 4-year college. The Opportunities Fair is designed to allow Juniors and Seniors to explore post-secondary options such as full-time jobs, part-time jobs, vocational training programs, internships, and volunteer work. The Fair will take place at Attleboro High School on Wed, Feb. 28 8:30 am to 10 am. A bus will be provided to and from Seekonk High School for the event. Anyone interested, please see Laura Calverley in Rm. 447 to pick up a Field Trip Request Form.
Bob McKenna Blood Drive!
Please join the McKenna Family on Saturday, January 13, 2018 for the 5th Annual Blood Drive in Memory of Bob McKenna. Bob was the former President of the Athletic Boosters and his family is still donating their time at the Robert McKenna Concession Stand. They have had great success with this event in the past and they'd like to keep that record going. Appointments can be made directly at www.ribc.org
Walk-ins are also welcome.
Once again, we will provide all kinds of homemade goodies for you to enjoy while you are there.
Interested in knitting for a cause?
The “Little Hats, Big Hearts” project is helping raise awareness for babies born with congenital heart defects by knitting red baby hats to be distributed in local hospitals throughout the month of February. Our goal is to make a minimum of 15 hats to donate to participating hospitals. We need you to help us reach our goal! We are looking for donations of either knit baby hats, red yarn, 6 mm (US size 10) knitting needles, or even ziploc sandwich bags. As far as yarn is concerned, the American Heart Association asks that all yarn be red, either cotton or acrylic, and medium or heavy weight. An example would be Red Heart yarn. Any simple hat patterns are recommended. We currently have a group at the high school knitting hats for this project Fridays after school and your donations of red yarn and knitting needles would help us tremendously! A bin will be located in Mrs. Marinucci’s room 341 for all donations. If you wish to donate, all donations are due by February 16, 2018. All donations help! Thank you for your support!
Taste of The Towns is here again!
Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk is sponsoring their 22nd Taste of the Towns on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Rose Ballroom in the Clarion Inn, 940 Fall River Avenue (route 114A), Seekonk.
Restaurants offering samples of their menus include: Applebee's, Bone Yard Barbeque,
Buffalo Wings, Chick-fil-A, Clarion Inn, Country Kitchen, Davenport's, Ds'Lectables, Honey Dew Donuts, Lemon & Oil, Longhorn Steakhouse, Old Grist Mill, Sullivan's Publick House, Toti's, Tropical Smoothies, Wharf Tavern and Young's Catering. The Dublin Rose Sports Bar will offer Wine and Beer Tasting. There will be raffles of gifts from the various vendors and local businesses and a 50/50 raffle.
We would like to thank our GOLD SPONSOR Herb Chambers of Seekonk for his generous support. Also, thanks go to our SILVER SPONSORS: Angell Street Dental, Blu-Sky Real Estate, Frank Casarella DMD, Lisa Daft DMD and Associates, Michael Gross Chiropractic, Beverly Haley, Horizon Beverage Group, State Representative Steve S. Howitt, Lynn Kent Certified Medium, and David & Lisa Spencer Atlantic Paper Company.
Kiwanis is a world-wide organization dedicated to helping children and their communities. For questions or information call Bev Hart.
Weekly video message...
As we move towards the second semester I just wanted to say a few words about planning for success and the problem with excuses. It is very important that we schedule specific steps that will get to whatever goal we set. Please take some time to think about the points below as we move forward in an attempt to be successful.
You have to make time for your own success by acting on what you value and ignoring excuses.
We often talk about the things we want to do in life. Whether it is a better grade in English, researching an environmental issue, or learning a new language, we have to be honest about what we are currently doing to reach that goal.
We value what we schedule.
Think about what you currently spend you time on each day. Are you spending it working towards your definition of success or are you spending it in front of the TV, surfing the internet, or taking part in some other activity that saps your time. All too often we talk about not having time to complete what we want while in actuality, we have the time; we just spend it doing other things.
Excuses limit our ability to succeed.
I know it sounds simple, but it is true. Whenever we make excuses we do three things: avoid responsibility, try to feel better about ourselves, and become victims. The problem is that excuses are everywhere and if we look hard enough we can even find ones that are good. Unfortunately, no matter how good or valid, they are still excuses. Think about it. We only argue for the limitations we want to keep. otherwise, we refuse to acknowledge them and move forward.
Remember that life does not owe anyone anything. So if you want something, you need to actively pursue it until you get there. If you want to read a more in-depth piece about the importance of planning your success by focusing on what you value and ignoring excuses, I wrote a blog post you can access here.
guidance - Mrs. Whatley
Due to the snow days the start of second semester is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Report cards for the first semester will be mailed home the week of January 29th.
This is a good time to check your student's progress using the Parent Plusportal. If you have problems accessing your account you can email the Guidance Director, Christine Whatley.
Congratulations to sophomore Page Fecteau for being selected to represent Seekonk High School at the 2018 HOBY Leadership weekend. Page will attend the program at Bently University from June 15-17, 2018.
Assistant Principal - Kevin Aguiar
As we head into the final weeks of the semester, I would like to remind students and parents about our attendance policy. It is understood that there are occasions when a student may not be able to be in school. We acknowledge the following examples as acceptable excused absences. Documentation for these absences should be turned into the main office on the first day of a child’s return to school.
- Illness, hospitalization, or medical appointment: medical evidence [may be] required
- Disability related absences
- Court appearances
- Approved school activity
- Religious holiday
- Death in immediate family
- Pre-approved college visitation: seniors only, maximum three (3); junior maximum two (2)
Any student who has missed more than six (6) days of a class during a semester course may be denied academic credit for that course. Denial of credit letters will be sent home after seven (7) absences indicating that a student has lost credit for that class.Any student who has missed more than twelve (12) days of a class during a year-long course may be denied academic credit for that course. Denial of credit letters will be sent home after thirteen (13) absences indicating that a student has lost credit for that class.
The next Saturday Detention is scheduled for January 20th from 8-11 am
College and Career readiness - Mrs. Fitzgerald
Local Professionals Needed to Help Guide Students' Career Exploration!
Can you help a student make more informed choices about their career and college plans? Consider volunteering to be a job shadow host and/or the subject of an informational interview. We will put your name on a list of possible contacts for students interested in doing in depth career exploration.
We welcome professionals from all fields to come forward; currently, however, we have three specific areas in which students would like to make contact. We are looking for a social worker and an engineer. If you or anyone you know works in one of those areas and are willing to help a student investigate career paths, please reach out to Mrs. Calverley, Career Specialist, at 508-336-7272, xt.62447.
FYI: Job shadow hosts allow a student to visit you at your place of business to get a first-hand look at the job and have time to ask questions and get expert advice. Informational Interviewees would come to Seekonk High School to meet with a student or small group of students who are interested in knowing more about your line of work. There is no minimum time commitment in either role--this is done at your convenience.
Anyone wishing to be on the list must consent to a CORI (background) check, which can be processed at the Main Office.
Feel free to spread the word to your friends, neighbors, and SHS alumni.
Questions? Please contact Janet Fitzgerald, Transition Coordinator, 508-336-7272, ext. 62459
Nurse - Mrs. Rok
athletics - Mr. crippen
Last Sunday the Attleboro Sun Chronicle published its Fall Season All Area Team and the Seekonk Warriors were well represented. Terry Smith, Shane Smith and Ryan Riordan were named to the Football All Area Team. Rony Morales, Matt Silveira, Luke Robitaille and Kevin Moszkowicz were named to the Boys Soccer All Area Team while Trinity Cloud made the Girls All Area Team. Ben Brady (Golf), Henry Jordan and Andrew Cabral (Boys Cross Country), Hannah Bradbury and Abigail Tenreiro (Girls Cross Country), and Alyssa Poland and Nicole Silva (Field Hockey) were also named to the All Area Team. Congratulations.
Congratulations to Lady Warrior sophomore distance runner, Abigail Tenreiro, who captured second place in the mile run last Sunday at the Auerbach Freshman-Sophomore Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center. Tenreiro clocked a personal-best time of 5:20.57, finishing less than a second out of first place. Members of the Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams will travel to Providence Saturday morning to compete in the East Coast Track and Field Invitational.
Seekonk Junior Ice Hockey player Ben Lunnie scored a big goal Monday night against SCC powerhouse Old Rochester in a home loss. Next up for the team will be a conference showdown Wednesday against the Wareham Vikings.
Wednesday night at home the Warrior Boys Basketball hit on 17 of 20 free throws in the fourth quarter to upset Wareham for a key South Coast Conference victory. The 4-3 Warriors were led by Senior James Jackson’s 20-point effort while Seniors Terry Smith and Mitchell Blanchard chipped in with 15 and 11 points, respectively. The Warriors will travel to New Bedford Friday night for a key conference matchup with the Bears of New Bedford Voke.
Come on out and support the Lady Warriors Basketball team who will hosting the Lady Bears of New Bedford Voke Friday night at 6:30 and the Lady Cardinals of Case High School Tuesday night at 6:30.
Tuesday afternoon the Seekonk Boys and Girls Swim teams defeated Brockton High School on the road. The Boys team downed the Boxers 91-78 and had winning performances from Robert Strycharz, Blake Anderson, Mike Nadeau and Tom Ciolfi. The Lady Warriors downed Brockton 94-81 behind winning performances from Lauren Shanahan, Sydney Cayer, Natalie Kach, Emily Rieben, Liza Gagnon, Hayley Fournier, Isabella Patterson, Erin Broadmeadow and Lyla Carvalho. The teams will open conference play next week when they host the Lakers of Apponequet Thursday afternoon at 4 PM.
SHS/DRRHS HOCKEY ACTION (01/03/2018)
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.