SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
December 16, 2016 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 14
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.
Seekonk Holiday Ornaments are still available! Ornaments are $8 each. Please contact Ms. Wilson if you are interesterd in purchasing an ornament to help support the Class of 2017!
Make sure your American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is up to date! Mrs. Giammarco is offering a re-certification class on Tuesday, December 27 at 8:00am-1:00pm. To be eligible to participate you need a: Current Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR Card, Lifeguard manual, and CPR pocket mask. Contact our Aquatic Director for more information.
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
AudreyRose Wooden is a finalist with disney!
Hannah MacDonald wins two awards at model UN!
Hannah MacDonald not only won an award for best resolution in a committee, but also won best essay by submitting a piece on sustainability in digital information. The instructions were to; “Choose one governmental policy, either state or federal, that pertains to what you feel is a social issue. In a well-crafted essay, assess its application of sustainability and explain how you would make the policy more sustainable.” Hannah’s essay was scored by examining her; level of understanding of the meaning of sustainability; level of diagnostic and applicational insight; originality and creativity; and the cohesiveness of the essay. Congratulations Hannah!
2016 Speak up survey
Seekonk High School needs your input as we continue to move forward with technology. Please take the next few minutes to complete this survey by the Speak Up Project. Just click on who you are (parent, community member, student, or educator) to get started.
The Speak Up Project for Digital Learning, facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives education stakeholders the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools. By participating today, you are ensuring your voice is heard not only by your school and district but at the state and national level as findings are summarized and shared with national and state policy makers every year.
Marijuana law Clarification
As you may know, due to the passing of Question 4 that was on the ballot this year, marijuana has been legalized in Massachusetts. No matter your stance on this question, it is important for everyone to completely understand the complexities that may arise moving forward. The Sun Chronicle ran an article recently discussing the question. While it takes a more pro legalization and "let's compare it to Prohibition" angle that is not very informative or research based, it does offer very clear bullet points at the end that explain what is allowed and not allowed under the law.
The top two things to remember (in my opinion) as it affects schools are:
- Marijuana cannot be possessed, purchased, grown or used by anyone under the age of 21 unless they have a valid medical marijuana permit. It is against the law to provide marijuana to someone under 21.
- Possession of any amount of marijuana remains illegal on school grounds.
All of this aside, we exist in a world full of both correct and incorrect information. Please take the time to educate yourselves about this and any other topic that is either controversial or has the potential to affect you in the long term.
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.
Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
PSAT SCORES- Monday the PSAT scores will be available online to all grade 10 students and the juniors that took the PSAT in October. CollegeBoard is releasing the scores to students on December 12th. The high school will receive a paper copy of the score reports in January.
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
Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar
Obligations for the purpose of this handbook include, but are not limited to text books, library books, detention hours, and materials fees. It is important that part of the learning process include responsibility and accountability for fulfilling one’s obligations.
Therefore, students who do not fulfill their obligations to Seekonk High School by the designated times will receive consequences. Specifically, students who have outstanding obligations will be restricted from the following:
• participation in or attendance at any extracurricular activity
• all sports
• all dances (including prom)
• participation in graduation ceremony
The administration holds the right to assign additional, appropriate consequences based upon the circumstance if necessary. Obligations as well as their consequences carry over from year to year.
SHS Model UN Shines at St. John's Prep!
Congratulations to the SHS Model United Nations team on their excellent performance on Sat., Dec. 10 at the St. John’s Prep Model UN Conference!
All 28 team members exhibited outstanding diplomacy skills as they negotiated global issues with more than 600 other high school students from around the region.Special congratulations to senior Hannah MacDonald for winning two awards: best essay on sustainable approaches to digital technology and best resolution in committee; and also to senior Emily Botelho for her award for debate skills in committee!
science - mrs. cunard
On Friday evening, December 9th, over 20 students attended the Science Cafe held in the library. This was the first official Teen Science Cafe event that the Science Club's Science Cafe has hosted. The speakers were Erica Jawin and Tess Caswell, two Brown University graduate students. They talked with students about the challenges of colonizing Mars and space travel.
The greenhouse committee of the Science club has been busy installing shelves, a compost bin and black painted water jugs to maintain temperature. The compost bin will incorporate vegetable waste from the cafeteria and be used to heat the greenhouse. Students have also started seedlings to eventually be moved out to the greenhouse.
The Science Club also sent 2 teams to the annual Women of Science Competition at Bedford High School. Students competed in four different competions; a prebuild for the slowest vehicle, a mystery build, a general knowledge round and a periodic table round.
The club recently received word that they have been accepted to the Science Bowl Competition which will be held in March at UConn. The club is also busy working on STEM Games and the Envirothon team is preparing for their competition in May.
Finally, the Science Club held a Secret Science Santa on December 6th. All gifts had to include science puns or jokes!
Sports - Mr. Crippen
For those of you who were watching the Patriots and the Ravens on “Monday Night Football,” you did not need to adjust your television set, that was Seekonk High School Head Football Coach Vernon Crawford being honored and holding the American flag during the pre-game ceremony. All of the Commonwealth’s “Coaches of the Week” from this season were invited to the game, announced and did indeed hold the flag. Congratulations Coach Crawford!
The Seekonk High Boys and Girls Swim teams kicked off their 2016-2017 season in fine fashion sweeping Durfee High School Tuesday afternoon in Fall River. The Lady Warriors downed Durfee 105-74 behind the winning efforts of Lauren Shanahan, Abby Tenreiro, Jocelyn Fournier, Maddy Paine and Natalie Kach. Meanwhile the Boys rocked Durfee 96-81 with winning efforts from Troy Pina, Andrew Silveira, Robert Strycharz, Blake Anderson, Jacob Ciolfi and Robert Gerardi. The swim teams will travel to Attleboro High School Monday afternoon to take on the Shamrocks of Bishop Feehan High School.
Closing out yet another tournament qualifying year, the Seekonk Girls Soccer team held their banquet Tuesday night at Seekonk High School. Senior Ally Patterson, who captured All Conference and All State honors this season, was named the team’s “Most Valuable Player,” while fellow Senior Amanda Reid was named the “Most Improved Player,” and Sophomore Deidre Rocha won the “Coaches Award.”
Seekonk High School basketball has burst onto this new season in spectacular fashion. The Boys team has notched back-to-back convincing victories over Norton High School 51-41 and Mt. Saint Charles 66-26. The Junior Varsity team has also won their first two games of the season downing Norton 42-39 in overtime and swamping Mt. Saint Charles 53-28. Make sure to get out and support the team as they open conference play next week at Home Tuesday against the defending state champion Old Rochester Bulldogs.
The Seekonk Girls Basketball team has gotten off to a fast start too defeating Mount Hope High School 45-38 behind Freshman sensation Mia DiBiase’s twenty points at home this Tuesday. That same night, the Lady Warrior Junior Varsity squad made Coach Tyla Martin’s debut as coach a successful one downing the Lady Huskies 20-11. Thursday night, the Girls took to the road and swept Central Falls High School with Varsity winning 51-33 behind Carly Sias’s 9 points and Mia DiBiase’s 21 and the Junior Varsity winning 32-14 behind Daniella D’Amico’s 12 points.
Good luck to the Seekonk/D-R coop Ice Hockey team as they open their season this Saturday afternoon at 5:30 against Attleboro High School at the brand new Attleboro Sports Center.
The Seekonk Grid Iron Club will be selling tickets to this year’s Football Banquet at Seekonk Home Basketball games. The Banquet will be held Thursday, January 12 in the Seekonk High Cafeteria.