SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!

Welcome!

November 17, 2017 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 12


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!

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SPIRIT WEEK NEWS 2017

MONDAY: November 20; wear Red, White and Blue (American Day)


TUESDAY: November 21; wear class colors / T shirts


WEDNESDAY: November 22; wear school colors of Blue and White.


FOOD DRIVE:

  • Monday, November 20: Peanut Butter

  • Tuesday, November 21: Canned Soup

  • Wednesday, November 22: Boxed Cereal

All food items must be turned in to Mrs.Horton (Room 317) each morning for counting and boxing. Each day a winner will be determined and all can goods will be donated to Doorways.


HYPNOTIST: Monday, November 20 7PM in the auditorium

Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. The class with the most number of members attending will be declared the winner.


DODGE BALL TOURNAMENT: Tuesday, November 21 6 PM in the gymnasium

Tickets will be sold at the door for $3. All proceeds will go to benefit the Seekonk Helping Students Fund.


BOARD GAME CHALLENGE: Monday, November 20 Period C/D in the library. Students will be called down.


LITERACY CHALLENGE: Tuesday, November 21 Period C in the library. Students will be called down.


TRIVIA CHALLENGE: Tuesday, November 21 Period C in Room 317.

Students will be called down.


GYM DECORATING: Sunday, November 19th from 10 to 2. Come and support

your class. The more hands the faster the job gets done.


GYM ACTIVITIES:

Monday: Obstacle Relay, Floor Hockey, Tug – o –War, Basketball, Warrior Challenges

Tuesday: Artistic, Dodgeball, Warrior Challenges, Sports Finals,

Band, Cheerleaders

Wednesday: Warrior Finals, Volleyball, Mystery Event

From The Superintendent - Mrs. Bosco

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important dates

November 16, 2017: Parent/Teacher Conferences


December 2, 2017: Senior Supper at the Squantum Association from 6:30pm - 10:00pm


January 12 - January 18, 2018: Midterm Exams


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

Notary

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!
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Seekonk High School named "best unified champion school" in Bristol County!

Last Saturday morning the Seekonk Unified team was honored at Gillette Stadium in a special awards breakfast after an official ceremony on the Patriot’s home field. Coach Kristin Nelson and all the Warrior athletes and partners received the “School of the Year” award from Special Olympics of Massachusetts honoring Seekonk’s Unified athletic division one state championship as well as Seekonk’s many initiatives for inclusion within the school community. Congratulations!
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Dr. Jones

Surveys, surveys, surveys...

Seekonk High School is currently preparing for a visit from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In an effort to prepare for that, we are undergoing a in depth assessment of who we are as a school, what we are trying to accomplish, and where we need to improve. Part of this process includes surveying staff, students, and community members. It is incredibly important that you participate.


Family Survey

It is very important that we have as many families as possible complete this survey. The school needs a minimum response rate of 25% for the data to be meaningful. Here is some information:


  • It is anonymous, but because there is no “login” for the survey, it should be completed once you begin.
  • Your responses are automatically recorded so you will be unable to return to the survey without starting over.
  • If you the the survey before completing it, we will only have the answers you completed.


You do not need to complete more than one survey if you have multiple students in our school. The survey takes about 15 minutes. Click this link to access it.


Student Survey

Student voice is very important to us. Because of this we will be giving every student the opportunity to complete a survey during school. If you are interested in reviewing the student survey, it will be available in main office during normal school hours. If you prefer that your student not complete the survey, please send a note to the main office with that request by Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Weekly video message...

https://youtu.be/kLmAMzAsgW4

Around School...

This week's around school is a little different. We have had something very special building for the past two years. Seekonk High School made the commitment to become a Unified Champion School. After a lot of work, there has been success at a level no one expected. As noted above Seekonk High School was named The Best Unified Champion School in Bristol County. Check out a short history of the journey...

UNIFIED BASKETBALL:

This Basketball season there was enough student-athletes to field two teams (Warrior Blue and Warrior Green). Both teams did well. The Warrior Blue team finished out the season with a 3-2 record under the strong leadership of Cam Flores and Steph Allen. Jacob Beard and Leo Pettey led the Warrior Green team. They finished on top of the South Division, staying undefeated throughout league play and the end-of-season Jamboree.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP:

Before the Basketball Season started partners & athletes were invited to a Leadership Breakfast. The breakfast included the topics of student leadership, being a role model in the school and on the team and the purpose of inclusion.

UNIFIED CHAMPION AWARD:

The Special Olympics of Massachusetts named Seekonk High School the 2017 Unified Champion School of the Year for Bristol County because of our commitment to: Unified Sports, Youth Leadership and Whole School Engagement (Spreading the Word). The Unified Basketball team accepted the award at Gillette stadium on November 11th.

DUNKIN DONUTS AD:

During the week of November 26th Dunkin Donuts will make a donation to Special Olympics for every donut that is purchased in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They asked five Seekonk High School Unified Student-Athletes to be featured in an advertisement for this fundraiser. Check it out here!

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 my blog for updates and posts about character and educational (mostly) issues/topics/resources.
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Guidance - Mrs. Whatley

Project Bread- At this time as families prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday it is a reality that many Seekonk families are struggling to put food on the table. Food insecurities are difficult for all involved. Please do not suffer in silence when there are programs here to help you. The Massachusetts Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, Free/reduced Breakfast and Lunch Programs, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), make it possible for children to have nutritious food, in difficult times. The local Doorways Food Pantry is another resource in town. For information on community food resources call 1-800-645-8333 a FoodSource Hotline funded by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance or Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772.

Last Call for donations of coats, scarves, mittens, hats and blankets. There is a drop off bin located outside the main office for distribution to the Seekonk/East Providence community. Items will be picked up next week for distribution on Friday, November 24th from BridgePointe Church at 855 Waterman Ave. East Providence from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Thank you to those who have already donated and to the Seekonk/East Providence Rotary for again organizing this winter clothing drive.


SHS Financial Aid Night has been scheduled for December 7th at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium. A representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, MEFA, will present a comprehensive overview of the financial aid process for students including information on completing the FAFSA.

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Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar

Tardy To School / Loss of Social Privileges


Attending school on time is very important.


Students need to be in their classrooms by the time the second bell rings at 7:25 am.


Policy From Handbook:


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 attendance at school sponsored activities including the prom, other dances, and end of the year activities.


This policy will re-start new each semester.

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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!


Mrs. Laura Calvary..."New to our SHS Staff community, Laura was able to set a informational career interview super rare and specific career choice (voice actor) for a eager Senior. She reached all the way out to Boston to connect with an actor who was willing to video chat. Pretty cool stuff." -Mrs. Capizzo

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Math League- Mrs. Costello

On November 15, 2017 Seekonk High School’s Math League hosted the second meet of the year. Competitors included Seekonk, Bishop Feehan, Somerset-Berkely, Case, Dighton Rehoboth, and Taunton high schools. The Mathletes of Seekonk were excited, ready, and confident they would do well with this meet with all the hard work/ teamwork they’ve been putting in at the weekly practices. Every meet, students who attain a high score are recognized at the end of each meet.


For meet two Seekonk’s Math Team had three high scoring students that should be recognized: Jason Ho, Aidan Morrison, and Nathan Costa. Out of a possible 18 total points, Jason Ho scored a total of 15 points, Aiden Morrison scored a total of 12, and Nathan Costa scored a total of 15! If you see Jason, Aidan or Nathan in the hallway make sure to congratulate them on scoring BIG at our latest math competition!

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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.


Please fill out this brief form to indicate your interest and someone will be in touch to follow up with you as soon as possible.


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

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

SBIRT screening will begin mid-December for grade 9 students. Parents received a letter explaining this state mandated screening with 8th grade report cards and on the first day of grade 9. If you choose to have your child opt out of the screening, please submit an email before Dec. 10, 2017 to Mrs. Rok. This link explains this mandate and the state’s fight to combat the opioid crisis. There will be information about substance use and abuse for parents to read and open up a discussion with their teen.


Screening for scoliosis (grade 9) and vision, hearing, height and weight (grade 10) will begin during PE classes the week of October 30, 2017. If you do not want your child in the state mandated screening, please send me a note or email.


The Polished Program, a dental cleaning program, is coming to Seekonk High School on December 13, 2017 during the school day. If you would like to have your son/daughter receive a free dental cleaning, please email Mrs. Rok. Forms are in the health room or main office.


Winter sports start on November 27, 2017. All athletes need a sports physical on file from October 27, 2016 or later. The school doctor will conduct sports physicals on November 30, 2017 at 2 PM. Please see Mrs. Rok if you plan on attending.


Pat Rok rokp@seekonkschools.org. My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.

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athletics - Mr. crippen

Good luck to the Seekonk Boys Cross Country as they travel Saturday morning to take part in the MIAA State Championship meet in Wrentham. Last Saturday the Warrior boys qualified for this meet after finishing 4th in the MIAA division 5 championship meet. Seekonk Andrew Cabral placed 8th, Henry Jordan 15th, Brandon Gomes 21st, Jacob Klang 37th, Hunter Studley 51st and Connor Pozzi finishing 90th. Four of the 6 had personal best times. Those earning medals from this race were Andrew Cabral who was the top freshman in the race and Henry Jordan. The girls cross country team finished 5th in the Division 5 championships. They missed qualifying by 3 seconds to move onto the All State Meet. This is the best finish by the girls in 6 years. Leading the way was Abigail Tenreiro 5th place finish making her the top sophomore in the race. She was followed by Hannah Bradbury 44th, Julia Rickard 49th, Vanessa Jacome 52nd, and Sara Mallon finishing 63rd. Four of the five girls had personal best times during this race.


Last Friday night the Seekonk High School football team proved there is no place like home shutting out Bellingham High School 30-0 on a frigid Senior Night. The Seekonk defense forced four Blackhawk turnovers including a fumble recovery from Gage French and an interception by Shane Smith. Senior Quarterback Terry Smith had an outstanding game going 23-37 for 295 yards including a 45 yard touchdown pass to Shane Smith who ended the evening with 10 catches for 173 yards. Receiver Cam Sears had four catches for 97 yards. Junior Brett Mancini had 12 rushes for 70 yards and two touchdowns while Gage French added another rushing touchdown. The Warriors are now 5-5 as they prepare for a home Thanksgiving Day clash with the Falcons of Dighton Rehoboth. Congratulations and a special thank you to the Seekonk High School cheerleading squad for a fine halftime performance on a really cold night!


Seekonk High School Unified Basketball teams competed Tuesday in the End of the Year Jamboree at Dartmouth with 10 South Sectional teams. The Warrior Blue team went 1-1- falling to Somerset Berkley in game 1 25-20 and coming back in game 2 to beat D-R 14-6. The team was led by the ball handling of Steph Allen and Cam Flores and the shooting skills of Will Calverley and Darius Saleeba. The Blue team finished their season 3-2. The Warrior Green won both of their games. Their first game was against Dartmouth and it went down to the final seconds, but they managed a 30-29 victory. The second game was all defense from both teams, but Seekonk came out on top with a 20-12 victory. Marc Reakes and Heather Fraga played great defense. While, Bernie Mallon helped the Green team on offense by setting screens and Mitchell Thorton was on fire scoring. The Green team finished their season undefeated. Great Job to both teams!


Tuesday ten Seekonk Student-Athletes were chosen to attend the South Coast Conference Leadership Workshop at Case High School. They were Roth Santos, James Jackson, Shane Smith, Cammie Garabian, Emily Ferrick, Jacob Beard, Deirdre Rocha, Trinity Cloud, Zoe Jennings, and Jayde Monteiro.


Cross Country runners Abigail Tenreiro and Andrew Cabral attended the MIAA Cross Country recognition breakfast at the MIAA headquarters in Franklin, MA.


Winter student-athletes are reminded that on line registration closes today and that no student-athlete will be permitted to try out for a winter sport unless they are registered and have a current physical on file.

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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