SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
February 16, 2018 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 23
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!
February 19 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
March 3 - Science Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM)
March 5 - 8 - STEM Games
April 7 - Math 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
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.
Yesterday, a tragic school shooting occurred in Parkland Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
This shooting is the deadliest our nation has seen since Sandy Hook. With 17 people dead and 16 wounded, many of us are left speechless over this senseless act of violence. While we are stunned, we cannot imagine the feelings of loss and grief those who have been personally affected are feeling.
Schools are meant to be places of friendship and community; not hate and violence. It is up to all of us to make sure that this occurs by focusing on building relationships and welcoming all individuals for who they are. Together we are stronger, safer, and able to live a better life.
Please join me now in a moment of silence where we offer our thoughts and prayers for all those who lost someone close to them yesterday.
Thank you for your kind attention to this matter."
I have received various feedback about bringing this topic to the forefront because it is so disturbing and uncomfortable. My reasoning was as follows:
- It is at times like this that we are reminded of the importance of building a strong community.
- It is important that we support one another and stand strong in the face of such sensless acts.
- I believe that we need to take these opportunities to reflect and learn. Unanswered questions often lead to even more fear, anxiety, and rumors.
I encourage all students to take the time to talk, reflect, and process this with a trusted adult. I also encourage parents and guardians to take the time to speak with their students about it. The story is on the news and social media. We owe it to our students to make sure they can speak with us face to face in an unbiased, objective manner. If you are unsure how to approach such a conversation, I encourage you to take a look at this link. If you feel you need more assistance, please feel free to call one of our counselors.
guidance - Mrs. Whatley
This week, the guidance counselors visited all grade 11 English classes to present information on the Credit for Life Fair (to be held on 3/15/18) and post-secondary planning steps and resources. We covered topics such as SAT prep and registration, the college search process, and financial aid. Students also had time to go on laptops to complete activities such as linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts and/or completing a Big Future college search. We encourage families to continue having conversations with their students about post-secondary plans. A copy of the handout is available here:
Assistant Principal - Kevin Aguiar
Positive Behavior Committee
The Positive Behavior Committee, with support from the SHS Fund, have randomly selected 8 student theme of the month winners from Semester One to receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
The winners are:
The Second Semester winners will also have a gift card drawing on June 1st.
Band - Mr. Smialek
Tickets for the 2018 Jazz Dinner will be going on sale in the beginning of March and will be $12. This event will be held on Thursday, April 5th from 6:30- 8 pm in the SHS Cafeteria. This dinner will feature an Italian buffet from Uncle Tony's along with two sets of music from the SHS Jazz Band. Tickets will be available from the Band Office or from any Jazz Band member.
After we return from vacation we have several events happening in the Music Department. On Saturday, March 3rd the Marching Band will be playing in the Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade at 12 noon. Band members will report to the SHS Band Room at 10:15 and will be bused to MCCoy Stadium for the start of the parade. We should return around 1:30
On Monday, March 5th, the SHS Marching Band will be performing a concert at the Hurley Middle School for all HMS Band members. Mr. Smialek and band students will also be presenting information about the High School Band program to 8th grade students and will be answering any questions about joining Band at SHS. Band students going on this trip should return permission slips ASAP.
The SHS Jazz Band will be performing in the Somerset/Berkley Jazz Festival on Wednesday, March 7th. Jazz Band students should also return permission slips and the $5. bus fee to the Band Office ASAP for this event as well. Anyone who would like attend the Jazz Festival, which will feature 7 or 8 local High School Jazz Bands from MA and RI are welcome. Tickets will be available at Somerset/Berkley Regional HS the night of the performance, which starts at 5 pm.
Finally, the SHS Jazz Band will also be performing a set at the Hurley Middle School Jazz Dinner on Thursday, March 15th (note that this was originally going to be the date of the SHS Jazz Dinner, which is now moved to April 5). This will be at the Hurley Middle School Cafeteria starting at 6:30 pm.
portuguese - Ms. Almeida
Students celebrated Dia dos Namorados in Portuguese class creating their own Valentines whether for a parent, grandparent, a boyfriend, a girlfriend etc. They learned how grammatical agreement can change the response you receive from your loved one. Students enjoyed expressing their amor. Check out some examples below...
science - Mrs. Cunard
STEM Award applications are due March 1st for seniors.
STEM Games will be held March 5th -March 8th. Teams need to get their registrations in to Mrs. Cunard ASAP!
Roots & Shoots
The Roots & Shoots group of Science Club led by Hannah Hendricks is proud to announce that they reached their monetary goal with Donor's Choose and will be getting a water bottle filler! They also just got word that they received a $200 grant from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots to help with this same project! This money along with the funds raised through water bottle sales will be put towards installation and maintenance of the water bottle filler. There was an error with the production of the water bottles and they had to be remade. Water bottles should be here soon. Thank you to everyone for their support!
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
The flu is widespread in the state. Please read this CDC link to understand the difference between the flu and a cold. If your child has the flu or flu-like symptoms, please keep them home until the have no fever for 24 hours(without taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin).
February is National Heart Health awareness month. The American Heart Association and the Heart Foundation state that “ heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is an equal opportunity killer which claims approximately 1 million lives annually.” If you think someone is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Every minute you delay can result in more damage to the heart muscle. Begin performing CPR immediately to double or triple a victim’s chances of survival.
Screening for vision, hearing, height and weight (grade 10) and scoliosis (grade 9) will begin for second semester physical education classes. If you do NOT want your child screened, please send me an email stating this.
Pat Rok: My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.
athletics - Mr. crippen
Seekonk High School will be holding a MIAA mandatory Spring Pre Season Sports meeting for all parents and their Spring student-athletes Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 PM in the Seekonk High School gymnasium. Following a brief presentation to all, Head Coaches of all Spring Sports will conduct their own individual meetings for parents and players.
Congratulations to Junior Cammie Garabian on a record-setting week. Saturday she set the school record, the South Coast Conference record, and the New Bedford Voke Field House record in the shot put last Saturday with a throw of 42 feet 8 inches at the South Coast Conference Championships and then turned around Thursday afternoon in the Division Five Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center with another record-setting throw of 44 feet one-half inch smashing the Seekonk High School record and the MIAA Division Five Record. Her throw is the sixth best all-time in the state of Massachusetts. Other outstanding performances in both the South Coast Conference Championships and the Division Five Meet were turned in by Abby Tenreiro, Ashleigh Wyrostek, Julia Rickard, Hannah Bradbury, Vanessa Jacome, Chloe Lunnie, Rachel Pion, and Page Fecteau. On the boys’ side, it was a big week for Roth Santos , Henry Jordan, Jacob Klang, James Tenreiro, Matt Alvarez, Matt Silveira, Connor Pozzi, Collin Brown, Andrew Cabral and Jake Gausland.
Congratulations to Coach Earl Berwick and the members of the Seekonk High School Girls’ Indoor Track team who were presented the Division Five MIAA and MSTCA Sportsmanship at the Division Five meet at the Reggie Lewis Center Thursday afternoon.
The Boys and Girls Soccer teams held their banquet here at Seekonk High School Tuesday evening. This season Coach McCartin’s boys team won the South Coast Conference for the first time in school history and Co-captain Rony Morales was not only named to the All Conference team but won the team’s Most Valuable Player Award and the South Coast Conference’s Most Valuable Player Award. Co-captain Matt Silveira won the SCC Sportsmanship Award and was named the team’s Most Improved Player. Evan Pacheco was named to the SCC All Conference team and won the team’s Coaches Award. Luke Robitaille and Devon Bento were also named to the SCC All Conference team while Jared Cabral and Ethan Paiva received SCC Honorable Mention. For the Lady Warrior Soccer team, who were the SCC Gold Division Champions, Junior Trinity Cloud was named to the SCC All Conference team and won the team’s Most Valuable Player award. Sophomore Charlotte Drainville was also named to the All Conference team. Meredith Riordan won the SCC Sportsmanship Award and the team’s Most Improved Player award. Junior Deirdre Rocha won the team’s Coaches award while teammates Bethany Smith and Morgan Halpin received SCC Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to Seekonk Diver Mike Nadeau and Seekonk swimmer Robert Strycharz who made it into the finals at the MIAA South Sectional Swimming and Diving meet last Saturday up at MIT. Both Michael and Robert along with teammates Brett Mancini, Brady Fournier, Tommy Ciolfi, Robert Gerardi and Blake Anderson will compete this weekend in the MIAA State Swimming and Diving Finals at Boston University.
The Seekonk Boys and Girls Basketball teams will close out their seasons tonight in South Coast Conference “cross-over” action. The Girls will host Somerset-Berkley on “Senior Night” in a varsity contest with tip off set for 6:30. Senior Sabrina Russell and her family will be honored. The Boys team will travel to Dighton-Rehoboth with the Freshman game starting at 3:30, the Junior Varsity game beginning at 5 PM and the Varsity game tipping off at 6:30.
Wednesday night, the Seekonk Boys Basketball team hosted Norton High School on “Senior Night.” Those seniors honored were Jacob Beard, Mitch Blanchard, Terry Smith, Ryan Riordan, James Jackson and Shane Smith. Earlier in the afternoon, Freshman Kyle Blanchard scored 30 points in a thrilling 63-61 victory over Norton in the Ninth grade game. The Warrior Frosh improved to 10 wins and 5 losses on the season.
Don’t forget to register online for the 2018 Spring Sports Season. Registration will close March 9th and no student-athlete will be allowed to try out or participate this Spring without this registration and a current physical. On Thursday, March 1st the Seekonk School Nurse Pat Rok will be holding free physicals for all interested by the Seekonk School Doctor at 2 PM in her office. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please have your student-athlete drop by the Nurse’s office before that date to get the necessary paperwork that will have to be signed by parents.
Swimming Action (1/29/2018)
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