SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
November 3, 2017 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 10
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!
Set Your Calendars to Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences!
SHS will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This year, SHS will again use the online service called “SignUp Genius” to schedule conferences. The sign up portal will open on Monday, November 6 at 7 pm and remain open until Sunday, November 12 at 7 PM. Click here to to access the sign up portal.
Families can then sign up for 5-minute time slots to meet with particular teachers and receive e-mail reminders. Please note that it is not possible to sign up before November 6 in order to be fair to all families.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Suzanne Larson at (508) 336-7272, ext. 62110.
SHS PAC Clothing and Household Item Drive!
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS!
The Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) at Seekonk High School will be holding another used clothing and household items drive on Saturday, November 4th. Items that can be donated are clothing, shoes, sneakers, pocket books, backpacks, bedding, curtains, toys and sporting goods. Items can be placed in any garbage bag or box . Bags can be dropped off at the high school from 9am until noon on November 4th. If you would like to leave your items earlier they can be left in the lobby of the school or dropped off at 153 Jean Dr. anytime before the 4th. All money raised will help support school year student activities as well as the PAC scholarship. Any questions feel free to email Colleen O' Halloran.
November 6, 2017: 1st Term Grades
November 7, 2017: Picture Retakes
November 7, 2017: Last Day for Senior Pictures
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
2018 Ski Program
or at the informational meeting on November 15th at the SHS cafeteria @630. Sign up ASAP. Limited Registration. And you can sign up today. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Think Snow 2018
The end brings new beginings...
First Quarter (for better or worse) has ended. Grades will be posted on Monday. While some are concerned about this, I urge everyone to take it as a chance to remain dedicated to the task at hand or rededicate themselves in areas they have fallen short.
This is the time of year to get settled into routines and make sure you are moving forward in the direction that will help you secure a better future. You can do this by connecting to the work at hand; finding what you can be excited about; and then deciding how you can improve what you are doing today.
Now is the time to start. Not tomorrow or next week because very soon you will notice that we are already into January and at the end of the first semester. The it will be too late to change those bad habits you created in September and nurtured through December. So, today...what are you doing to get better because it will not all happen in one giant step. Identify and understand what your bad habits are and then begin changing them; one at a time. Before you know it, you will be improving beyond your expectations and replacing bad habits with good.
Parents, please speak to your students (whether or not they are excelling or struggling) and find out what inspires them. How can they connect that to their work at school to create relevance to what they are doing? Help show them the way to do that because once they become inspired...life becomes awesome! No matter what difficulties lay in the way, students will succeed if they purposefully set goals, work towards them with integrity, and build their character along the way.
I recently wrote a post about the role of purpose, integrity, and character. Check it out if you want to read more. I appreciate it!
Weekly video message...
The School Report Card Has Been Published
Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
The high school has mailed out the MCAS scores for students in grades 9, 10 and 11 that participated last year in MCAS testing. The state provided their explanation of how to interpret the results on the score report. Feel free to contact the guidance office for any questions regarding the MCAS scores.
Due to the storm day on Monday the first quarter has been extended for 1 day. The quarter closes on Friday, November 3rd. Teachers will have first quarter grades available in the portal on Monday afternoon. A reminder that parents will be able to sign up for the November 16th parent/teacher conferences using Sign-Up genius beginning Monday night, November 6th at 7 PM.
The high school will be hosting a parent information night on November 8th at 6:30 PM in the high school library for parents of grade 8 students. This night follows up after the grade 8 student visits and tours of the high school. Parents will have an opportunity to hear from Mrs. Whatley about the high school programs, course offerings, ask questions and take a tour following the presentation.
UMASS Dartmouth is hosting an Open House of Sunday, November 5th. Registration begins at 9 AM and programs begin at 10 AM. There will be an opportunity for tours, meet faculty, tour the residence hall and meet with housing and financial aid staff. You can register to attend on the home page at www.umassd.edu
Seekonk High School is again serving as a drop off site for winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, mittens and blankets. Coats of any sizes, men,women and children are needed. The Rotary Club of East Providence/Seekonk is coordinating the drive. Please drop off your donations by November 20th in the collection box outside the high school main office. The free Coat Giveaway for those in need will take place November 25th from 9:00-12:00 at BridgePointe Christian Church on Waterman Ave in East Providence. Thank you
Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar
Positive Behavior Committee
The following students were chosen by our staff
for exemplifying the theme for October
Positive School Spirit
Interdisciplinary Project - English/Art
Please Help Bring Author Gareth Hinds to Seekonk High!
The Art & English Departments would like to introduce SHS students to Gareth Hinds, the award-winning author and illustrator of graphic novels based on literary classics. Students will have the unique opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime presentation with this critically-acclaimed illustrator to learn more about the creative process and bridge the gap between art and English.
We need YOUR help to fund this project! Please read about this exciting project and consider helping at the DonorsChoose page: Gareth Hines: Bringing the Classics to Life!. And to get it started, donations will be doubled up to $50 by adding the promo code LIFTOFF at checkout through this Sunday.
Hinds’ work includes Beowulf (which Publisher’s Weekly called a “mixed-media gem”), King Lear (which Booklist named one of the top 10 graphic novels for teens), The Merchant of Venice (which Kirkus called “the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation), The Odyssey (which garnered four-starred reviews and a spot on ten "best of 2010" lists), Romeo and Juliet (which Kirkus called "spellbinding"), and Macbeth (which the New York Times called "stellar" and "a remarkably faithful rendering").
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, a voice actor, 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
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. Brochures will be coming soon.
Flu season is fast approaching and now is a good time to have your family receive a flu vaccine. Any person with asthma, diabetes, cardiac condition or immunocompromised conditions, should receive a flu shot. The Seekonk Board of Health has vaccines available for adults and children older than 4 (limited supply). Please call Jessica Horsman, Health Agent, to schedule a flu shot. Her number is (508) 336-2952.
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. My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.
athletics - Mr. crippen
Good luck to the 4-4 Seekonk Football team who will be traveling to Cohasset High School for a 7 PM game this evening against the Skippers.
The Seekonk High School Field Hockey team, SCC Small Division Champs, defeated Westport High School Wednesday in the opening round of the South Sectional MIAA State Tournament behind a Chloe Lunnie goal and will travel today to Dover-Sherborn High School for a second round date at 3:30.
The Lady Warrior Soccer team, also the SCC Small Division Champs, will travel to East Bridgewater High School for a first round South Sectional MIAA State Tournament game this evening at 6 PM.
The undefeated South Coast Champion and number one seed Seekonk Boys Soccer team will host the Indians of Hanover High School in the first round of the South Sectional MIAA State Tournament Saturday evening at 6 PM under the lights on the football field. Admission will be five dollars for everyone over the age of 12.
The boys and girls cross country teams dominated the South Coast Conference Championship meet last Saturday. The boys varsity team won the title with great runs from Andrew Cabral, Henry Jordan, Roth Santos, Hunter Studley, and Jacob Klang. Freshman Andrew Cabral won the race by a large margin and was voted the outstanding male runner in the South Coast Conference. The girls cross country team upset the favorite Old Rochester Lady Bulldogs with outstanding runs from Abigail Tenreiro, Hannah Bradbury, Julia Rickard, Vanessa Jacome, and Sara Mallon. Abigail Tenreiro won the race with a comfortable margin over Hannah Bradbury. Abigail was chosen the 2017 SCC outstanding female runner. The teams will compete in the Frank Mooney Invitational tomorrow.
The Warrior Blue Unified Basketball team defeated Case High School 48-32 yesterday here at Seekonk High on Senior Appreciation Day. Darius Saleeba had his best game of the season, scoring 10 points for Seekonk High School. Mackenzie Almeida and Jordan Bernard helped the Warriors by playing strong defense. The Warrior Unified Green team played a tough and aggressive game against the SHS staff. Heather Fraga and Jacob Beard led the offense and Mitchell Thorton and Dan Cabreja led the defense. The Faculty team put in a good effort, led by Mr. MacKnight's 9 points on offense and Mr. Berwick's defensive skills. In the end, the Unified Warrior Green team beat the faculty 39-25. Monday the Warrior Green Team will travel to Durfee, and on Thursday the Warrior Blue team will travel to Dartmouth High School. Both teams remain undefeated on the season.
Congratulations to Seekonk High Senior golfer Ben Brady who shot 83 in the MIAA State Individual Golf tournament this Tuesday.
Wednesday evening the Seekonk Volleyball team ended their season with a 3-0 victory over Providence Country Day on Senior Night.
The Seekonk High School Cheerleading squad turned in a fine performance at the South Coast Conference competition last Sunday at Old Rochester.
All winter student-athletes are reminded to register for the sport of their choice on line as soon as possible. Registrations will close Monday, November 20 and no one will be permitted to tryout for a winter sport unless they are registered and have a current physical. Those tryouts will begin the following Monday, November 27.
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.