SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
November 11, 2016 - Volume 2 - 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!
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.
Set Your Calendars to Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences!
SHS will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This year, SHS will again use the online service called “SignUp Genius” to schedule conferences. You may use the link below for ease of access.
From Mon., Nov. 7 at 7 PM to Sunday., Nov. 13 at 7 PM families will have access to a button on the SHS homepage that take them to the Seekonk High SignUp Genius. 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 7 in order to be fair to all families.
Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, SHS is again using this system to better stay on schedule and show respect for everyone's time. If are unable to schedule a convenient time during the evening or feel you would like more time with a teacher, we encourage you to contact your student’s teachers directly to schedule an appointment on another day.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Suzanne Larson at (508) 336-7272, ext. 110.
This button will be live from Mon., Nov. 7 at 7 PM through Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 PM.
Monday, November 14th there will be a Portuguese Club meeting from 2:00-2:30.
The Portuguese Club will be selling biscoito on Thursday, November 17th at Parent-Teacher Conferences.
The Class of 2017 is currently selling 1/4 zip personalized sweatshirts for $50. Show off your Warrior Pride and support the Class of 2017! Email Ms. Wilson for the order form or more information! Deadline for the sweatshirt order is November 17th. Delivery will be before the holiday break.
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:
Parent Conferences - Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 6:30
College Financing Seminar - Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 6:30
Prom - Friday, April 28, 2017; Biltmore, Providence @ 6:30
Honor Societies Induction Ceremony - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 6:30
Senior Class Day - Friday, May 26, 2017
Senior Class Night - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 7:00PM
Graduation - Friday, June 2, 2017 @6:30PM
Seekonk Student Athletes Attend Workshop
Maximizing face to face time with your student's teachers
Seekonk High School is holding Parent Teacher Conferences this Thursday, November 17th. This is an important time to sit with teachers to ask questions about your student's progress. It is imperative to be as informed as possible in our students’ education if we are to ensure their success. Contrary to popular opinion (or action), the need for this information grows as students grow older. Rather than dwindling, at open houses and parent conference nights, high school parent attendance should grow.
Often, many teachers can be overheard commenting that they wished as many parents of struggling students showed up as those achieving high grades. Many times, parents (especially those who struggled in or didn't like school themselves) feel as if conferences with teachers are unclear, confrontational, uncomfortable, or embarrassing. Therefore, why not avoid the whole experience? Unfortunately, that only causes a larger problem to develop.
In an effort to help I wrote a blog that gives helpful tips for before, during, and after parents meet with teachers. Following them will not only provide for a good experience when meeting, but also keep lines of communication open. In fact, these are good pointers for any meeting throughout the year. Whether you are a veteran of these conferences or new, there may be something that helps. Check it out here.
Students were definitely engaged as they had the opportunity to listen Daniel Shays (or at least his spirit) tell his side of the story as they crafted their arguments as to whether he was a patriot or traitor!
Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
Seekonk High School is partnering with the Seekonk/East Providence Rotary to serve as a Drop-Off site for winter coats, hats, mittens, gloves and blankets. Donations can be left in the large box outside the main office. Items can be dropped off until November 22nd. Election day would be a great time to drop off any items you have to donate. Coats will be distributed to the community the Saturday after Thanksgiving from 9:00-12:00 at the BridgePoint Church , 850 Waterman Ave East Providence.
The Guidance Department, Transition Coordinator and Career Specialist are teaming up to provide our students with various forms of career exploration!
We are always looking for recommendations for Career Spotlight speakers. If you or someone you know is interested in coming into the school and speaking with students about career and life experiences please email Ms. Louro or Mrs. Mello.
Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar
Attendance Policy Reminder
ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL
The school must be contacted by telephone at 508-336-7272 on the day a student will be absent; no notes for absences will be accepted. The attendance secretary will contact the home of every student who is absent if the parent/guardian does not contact the school.
If a student willfully misses school or class for an unexcused reason, no make-up work will be allowed. If any situation should arise where a student’s absence is in question, a parent conference will be held with the principal or her designee. Finally, the responsibility for proper conduct in school rests with the parent/guardian and student. The school committee recognizes its responsibility to provide whatever services that are needed to assist the parent/guardian in meeting his or her obligations, but maintains that the school cannot and should not attempt to do this alone
During the course of the year attendance will be monitored.
Any student who has missed more than six (6) days during a semester course may be denied academic credit for that course. Warning letters will be sent home after three (3) unexcused absences per semester, indicating that a student may be in danger of loss of credit. Denial of credit letters will be sent home after seven (7) absences indicating that a student has lost credit for that class.
Any student who has missed more than twelve (12) days during a year-long course may be denied academic credit for that course. Warning letters will be sent home after six (6) unexcused absences indicating that a student may be in danger of loss of credit. Denial of credit letters will be sent home after thirteen (13) absences indicating that a student has lost credit for that class.
"A BIG THANK YOU to all the students and parents who baked for the Election day bake sale and who helped throughout the day. It was a VERY successful day for the PAC and will help support student events and scholarships." -PAC
Mrs. Larson and Ms. Nelson for... "putting together the mock election for the students at SHS. Thanks to Ms. Nelson for coming up with the idea, Mrs. Larson for putting together the ballot, and to Mr. Hoogerzeil for getting the "I Voted" sticker for the student to proudly wear." - Mrs. Salisbury
Library - Mrs. Larson
Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week is Back - Nov. 14-18!
DEAR Week is back and Seekonk High students are again encouraged to discover the joy of reading through Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time. During the first 10 minutes of each day next week, students and teachers are invited to start off the day with a good book or magazine. Every participating reader will be eligible to win a $5 Dunkin' Donuts Gift card! One will be given away each month and winners will be announced on Friday of each DEAR Week.
On Monday, be sure that your student brings a book or magazine to Drop Everything And Read!
Nurse - Mrs. Rok
Flu season will be upon us soon and parents and students should consider a flu shot, especially those with asthma, diabetes, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, cancer or immunosuppressed illnesses.
About 75% of grade 10 students have submitted a recent physical exam that is required by the MA Department of Public Health. Please send physicals by December 22, 2016.
You may contact me by email or phone (508) 336-7272 if you have any questions or concerns.
Sports - Mr. Crippen
One of the most successful Seekonk High Sports seasons is coming to a close. All told seven Seekonk High School varsity teams qualified for the MIAA State tournaments, including Seekonk Golf, Field Hockey, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Football, Boys and Girls Cross Country. Congratulations to all the Warrior student-athletes and their coaches.
Coach Kim Pellerin’s Field Hockey team concluded their season as the South Coast Conference Champion for the first time since 1996 and was seeded number one in the South Sectional Tournament for the first time in school history. The team fell in an opening round thriller in triple overtime to Medway High School 2-1.
Coach Fil Fontes’ Seekonk High Girls Soccer team treated the home team fans to a stirring 4-2 first round MIAA tournament victory over Coyle-Cassidy last Friday behind All Conference area leading scorer Senior Allyson Patterson’s two goals before falling to Medway High School Sunday night in the second round on the road.
Coach Matt McCartin’s Boys soccer team finished a highly successful season with a 4-0 first round tournament loss at the hands of Holliston High School Saturday night in Seekonk.
Coach Frank Mooney’s Cross Country teams continue to excel behind the efforts of Freshman sensation Abigail Tenreiro. The Boys and Girls teams will compete in the State Division Meet this Saturday at the Wrentham Developmental Center.
And finally, the record setting Seekonk Football team continues their dream season with a trip to Mashpee High School for a 7 PM showdown in the MIAA South Sectional Division 4 Final. The South Coast Conference tri-champion Warriors are coming off back to back overtime victories in the opening two rounds of the South Sectionals, most recently tripping up undefeated and Number One Seeded Nantucket High School 19-13 last Friday night. A special thank you to the Seekonk Grid Iron, to Seekonk High School Nurse Pat Rok and to all the parents who made the trip to the island so special.
Good luck to Coach Kristin Nelson and her 3-3 Unified Basketball teams who will travel to Dartmouth High School for a Jamboree this Saturday.
I would be remiss not to applaud all the efforts of the Seekonk Boosters Club including Colleen O’Halloran and Michelle Silva for all their efforts in making this record-setting season one that few will never forget.
Student-athletes and parents are reminded that Winter Registration is now open for all those interested in participating in Seekonk High Winter Sports (Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Boys and Girls Indoor Track as well as Boys and Girls Basketball). The first day of tryouts will be Monday, November 28th.