SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
ISSUE 18 - May 13, 2016
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.
Order the summer all-school read!
Thursday May 19, 2016 The Greater Fall River Inter-agency Transition Team presents "Come Meet Your Adult Agencies." This is a great opportunity to learn about 3 state agencies and higher education that can help adults with disabilities meet employment, independent living, recreation, and education goals. Check out this flyer for more information. You don't want to miss this!
School Year Memories - Photo Access!
Did you know that your sports and events images from this school year are available online? Just go to this website, enter your email address, and the password seekonk to see the amazing collection of images! You can even purchase some of your favorites!
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:
Tuesday, May 17 - MCAS Math
Wednesday, May 18 - MCAS Math
Friday, May 27-Saturday, May 28 – Senior Trip to Six Flags and Lake George
Wednesday, June 1 - Senior Class Night @ 7 PM
Friday, June 3 - Graduation @ 6:30 PM
Thursday, June 9 - AP Night @ 6:30
Molly O'Halloran honored for service!
Having fun is about being safe!
Here it is...Prom and Graduation season! It seems while everyone knows we have four seasons in New England students actually live through six. For those of you who haven't noticed; it is not Spring right now. It is the season of Prom to be quickly followed by the one we refer to as Graduation.
While these are great times that should be celebrated as much as possible, they have also been the starting point for many tragedies. Keeping that in mind I urge you to help keep all students safe by encouraging them to make good decisions.
- Discuss all the details with students. Know start and end times, locations, and plans for the evening.
- Students...stay away from getting involved in anything that will distract your driving or the person who is driving you.
- Have a plan - Things happen. Parents...let your students know that they can call you at any time for a ride without an explanation until later...and then honor it no matter what.
These seem like three easy steps to follow...until we are in the moment. We need to remember that our actions affect the lives of others. Bad choices on out part can have terrible consequences for others. This Allstate PSA offers a good example.
Please take a moment to view this public safety tips news announcement. It talks about reminding students of the effects of alcohol. Unfortunately, we live in a society today where many people ignore the effects of marijuana. So, please add that one in as well when talking to your teens.
Remember that open, honest communication is always the best. Make sure everyone is on the same page about start and end times. If there is an after party at a friends house, all the parents should be communicating to make sure there is supervision. The end goal is to have as much fun as possible while remaining safe.
Have a great Prom and Graduation season!
Guidance - mrs. whatley
4th quarter Progress Reports for underclassmen will be distributed on Tuesday afternoon to all grade 9, 10 and 11 students.
MCAS math testing-On May 17th and 18th all grade 10 students will be participating in the testing beginning at 7:25 am. Please help us out by seeing that your student arrives on time, well rested and nourished for testing.
Congratulations to all the teachers who teach AP courses - Ms. Cunard (Biology), Ms. Salisbury (European History), Mr. Hoogerzeil (US History), Ms. Schebel (Calculus), Ms. Cloutier (Statistics), Mr Mello (Chemistry), Ms. Camara-Pomfret (Lang. and Composition) and Mrs. Hellmold (Literature) - for preparing SHS students for their spring exams and helping them excel as they "take the challenge." - Mrs. Larson
Mr. Ben Gibbons..."for volunteering his time after school to help students design and build raised plant beds in the court yard. All have been working hard moving the lumber and piles of soil for the garden." - Mrs. Whatley
Prom is here!
Ms. Wilson and Mrs. Almeida
Just a few things that we would like to inform you about for the upcoming prom, from.
The prom is being held at The Viking Hotel in Newport RI.
The prom begins at 6:30pm. Please do not arrive before 6:15pm. We will not be ready for you to enter the ballroom before 6:30pm.
If you are taking a limo or a party bus, there is room at the entrance of the Viking Hotel to be dropped off. Limos and party buses will be instructed to park off the property. If you are driving yourself, there is valet service at the hotel for the cost of $5.
The prom begins at 6:30pm. You will not be allowed into the prom after 7:00pm.
The prom ends promptly at 10:30pm. You will not be allowed to leave the prom any earlier than 10:00pm. Please make sure that if you are being picked up, your ride has arrived by 10:30pm.
Dance policies and procedures can be found in the handbook.
art news - Mrs. Elizabeth Machado-Cook
Library - Mrs. Larson
Time to Think Summer Reading!
Seekonk High School is pleased to announce that for summer 2016, we will again have our “One School, One Book” reading program where all SHS students will read a book that has been selected by their peers and teachers.
This year’s selection is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (368 pgs, 2013), a gripping work of historical fiction set during WWII.
Check the list for all classes - students enrolled in honors English classes and Advanced Placement (AP) classes will also be required to select and read an additional book or books.
SHS families can order books through the school and receive them before the end of the year. Print out the order form here. Students can bring in their book orders and payment and drop them at the school’s main office or library through Tuesday, May 17, 2016. We can accept cash or checks made out to “Town of Seekonk.” Books will be delivered to students at school during the week of June 13, 2016.
music news - mr. smialek
Upcoming dates for Music Department activities:
Sunday, May 22- Band Banquet, 6:30 pm, Riviera Restaurant, E. Prov. Tickets $16., will go on sale after spring vacation
Saturday, May 28- Memorial Day Parade and Dedication of Veteran's Memorial at Library, 10 am
Friday, June 3- Graduation, 6:30 pm- All Symphonic and Concert Band members.
Friday, June 17- Band Picnic @ Colt Park, Bristol, 12-4pm
Saturday, June 18- Brass Ensemble and Horn Quartet performance at Seekonk Meadows 2 pm
For your summer planning:
We anticipate that we will be offering some summer lessons here once again and may have openings for Senior or Junior students to work as instructors. We will also be offering community service opportunities in the Music Department as well. See Mr. Smialek if you would be interested in one of these possible positions.
Marching Band Camp will be Monday, August 8- Friday, August 12 from 8:30 am- 12:30 pm
Sports - Mr. Crippen
Seekonk’s new Unified Track and Field team under the direction of Coach Kristin Nelson has certainly taken the school by storm. The team hosted its first ever Unified Track meet and defeated Plymouth North, Plymouth South, Brocton and Carver High Schools in convincing fashion with key performances from Darius Saleeba, Leanne Sllva, Merry Cronin and many others. Hats off to James McKnight and all the members of the High School Special Education staff for their hard work at the meet in support of the program. The meet would not have been the success it was without the able assistance of SHS track coaches Linda Horton, Earl Berwick and Matt McCartin and a number of the athletes from the track team who worked the meet. The team ended their regular season with a 6 win 2 loss record and will compete in the Sectional Meet this Tuesday at Taunton High School. Congratulations!
Speaking of the Seekonk High School Boys and Girls track team, they had their own impressive performance the day before at their home meet. The Girls team defeated Fairhaven and Wareham High Schools keeping a strangle hold on first place in the South Coast Conference, while the Boys team split, defeating Fairhaven but losing to Wareham.
Tuesday, the Seekonk Softball Girls team stunned league-leading Dighton-Rehoboth High School 3-2 at Cole Street and evened their record at 5 wins and 5 losses. Freshmen Kelsey Majkut pitched the complete game victory. The Warrior victory came in walk off fashion with Lindsay Petit delivering the game winning hit to score her sister Kaleigh, who also delivered a 2-run double earlier in the game.
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 26. That will be the date of the Senior Athletic Banquet at the Attleboro Elks Club at 6:30.
For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule