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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


December 22, 2017 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 16

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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important dates

December 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018: Christmas Break

January 16 - January 19, 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

Important redistricting survey!

Superintendent Mrs. Arlene Bosco has created a survey that allows all our community to have input into the upcoming redistricting decision that is being made. Your voice is important in this process! Please take the time to complete it as soon as possible. It will not be ope for very long. You may access it here by clicking this hyperlink.

Opportunities Fair – Registrations now being accepted

The Attleboro School to Career Partnership is once again holding its Opportunities Fair for students who are looking for alternatives to a 4-year college. The Opportunities Fair is designed to allow Juniors and Seniors to explore post-secondary options such as full-time jobs, part-time jobs, vocational training programs, internships, and volunteer work. The Fair will take place at Attleboro High School on Wed, Feb. 28 8:30 am to 10 am. A bus will be provided to and from Seekonk High School for the event. Anyone interested, please see Laura Calverley in Rm. 447 to pick up a Field Trip Request Form.


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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Victoria Cabral spreads joy to children at Hasbro!

It all started as an idea. An idea that Victoria Cabral was determined to see succeed. She wanted to spread joy to the children who have to spend Christmas at Hasbro Children's Hospital. She organized, advertised, and ran a very successful toy drive. Victoria started by hoping to fill one large box that was decorated like a present. Her excitement and surprise was evident when the end result had four boxes that were overflowing so much that they were not only full, but surrounded with toys! Great job Victoria! You have made an impact with a large number of children who were in need of a little extra joy this season!
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Dr. Jones

S.P.E.A.K. delivers for the holidays once again!

Students Practicing Equality and Kindness (S.P.E.A.K.) did another fantastic job of supporting Seekonk families in need again this holiday season.

This wonderful group of students led by Ms. Keri Kozlowski and Ms. Kathleen Wilson held their household items drive to benefit those who may be struggling this season. With the help of teachers and students, they were able to provide multiple boxes of many different items to 11 families!

Weekly video message...

Gratitude and joy! Embrace one while spreading the other. This message is about having empathy for others and changing our perspective so that we are able to better enjoy the holiday season. It also contains the same message concerning "just one, living a purposeful life with integrity, and building your character."

Around School

The seniors of Seekonk High School enjoy their last holiday concert! Remember these days Class of 2018!
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

All students that participated in the fall PSAT should have received an email with their scores. Guidance will be having an assembly after midterms to explain the score report and present next steps for students to help improve their scores. Full copies of the score report and their PSAT test booklet will be distributed to students for their review.

There are nine school days after vacation until midterm exams. Teachers will be letting students know when the last day will be to complete work for the second quarter as well as providing study guides for the midterms. Midterms are scheduled for January 16th-19th. A reminder that parents must document any absences for students during midterm exams in order to receive a make-up for midterms.

Happy Holidays to you and those you love.

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Assistant Principal - Kevin Aguiar

Positive Behavior Committee

The following students were chosen by our staff

for exemplifying the theme for December


Olivia Pagano

Nicole Silva

Victoria Cabral

Abigail Lafleur

Tayla Handy

Brooke Parks

Caidynce Lariviere

Ryleigh Smith

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Social Studies - Mrs. Salisbury

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, the Social Studies department hosted an informational discussion panel comprised of alumni from the past three to five years. High school students were invited to attend if interested in exploring a career in History and/or Social Sciences or interested in learning about the transition process from high school to college from the perspective of a current college student. Thank you to Ms. Nelson and Mrs. Salisbury for putting together a great opportunity for the students to learn from our own alum. Thank you to Mrs. Larson for supporting this program and allowing use of the library. Lastly, thank you to the alumni that took time out of their time home for the semester break to attend.

(left to right) Jordan Young, Hannah Machado, Jonalyn Buffi, Julia Downing, Amanda Reed, Emily DeMelo, Sophie Zirkel, Neil Joyce.

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science - mrs. cunard

Science Club News

The Roots & Shoots Group has been working to install a water bottle filler here at Seekonk High School and reduce disposable plastic waste. We have been selling reusable water bottles for the past month. We would like to thank everyone for their purchases of water bottles especially Mrs. Marinucci for her many purchases on behalf of herself and Key Club. We would also like to thank Mrs. O'Haloran and Boosters for the generous donation to our cause. We just submitted a grant proposal for a Roots & Shoots grant to help with the cost and will be starting a GO Fund Me Page to raise the additional funds needed.

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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

The 9th grade was successfully screened for SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment). All students were given a motivational interview about substance use and abuse by the team--guidance counselors and school nurse,. The data summary shows that 95.3% of grade 9 students are not using any drugs or alcohol. Six students (4%) report very little use of drugs or alcohol while one student admitted to using them more than 2 times a week but less than every day.

There is a link on a tobacco community fact sheet for Seekonk that is from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. It is an interesting fact sheet that parents should read.

The Polished Program will be offering free dental cleanings during the school day on January 10th. If you are interested in having your child participate, please have him/her pick up form in nurse’s office.

Enjoy your holidays!

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

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athletics - Mr. crippen

Many thanks to all who came out Thursday night for the big Varsity Basketball Doubleheader versus Dighton-Rehoboth at Seekonk High School. In the opener, the 3-3 Seekonk Girls Basketball team fell 53-27 to the Lady Falcons despite Mia DiBiase’s 14 points. In the nightcap, the Warrior Boys team evened their record at 2-2 throttling the Falcons 47-38. Sophomore Elijah Leonard led the Warriors with 11 points. The Junior Varsity Boys squeaked out a 59-57 win over D-R as well behind a 13-point effort from Cam Casala, and the Boys Freshman team downed the Falcons 54-36 with Nathan Clarke leading the way with 17 points.

A very special thank you to the Seekonk High School Winter Cheerleading team who decorated the gym, ran raffles and performed during the Thursday night Doubleheader and had everything to do with making it a very special evening.

The Girls Indoor Track team opened their season last Saturday defeating both Wareham and New Bedford Voke in a Tri-Meet. Abigail Tenreiro, Vanessa Jacome, Rachel Pion, Meghan Accardi, Paige Fecteau, Chloe Lunnie and Cammie Garabian all posted wins. Meanwhile the Boys split Saturday’s Tri-Meet defeating Wareham and losing to New Bedford Voke. James Tenreiro, Andrew Cabral, Connor Pozzi, and Henry Jordan all posted wins.

Both the Girls and Boys Indoor teams then turned around and swept a tri-meet on Thursday at New Bedford Voke against Bourne, Fairhaven, and Somerset. First-time runner Jacob Klein was a double winner for the Warriors, taking first place in all three meets in the two-mile and the 1,000-meter while Jake Gausland also achieved a personal best as the champion of the 600-meter. Andrew Cabral, Henry Jordan and Brandon Gomes swept the top three spots in the mile while Devlin Danner achieved a personal best in the shot put. Connor Pozzi, Matt Silveira, Colin Brown and Gausland won the 4x400 relay. Abigail Tenreiro finished first in both the 1,000 and the two-mile runs for the Warriors, while Rachel Pion won the 55 and 300 hurdles. Cam Garabian won the shot put, Allison Houle cleared a personal-best 4-6 in the high jump, and Ashley Wyrostek had personal bests in both the shot put (34-0) and high jump (4-6).

The Seekonk Boys and Girls Swim teams go into the Holiday Break with a 1-1 record. Despite Tuesday’s tough home loss to Bishop Feehan, there were some outstanding performances for the Warrior squad. In the Girls Meet, Jenna Dunphy took second in diving, Lauren Shanahan took second in the 100 Breaststroke, Lyla Carvalho took second in the 50 Freestyle, and Natalie Kach took second in the 100 Butterfly. In the Boys Meet, Blake Anderson won the 200 Freestyle, Robert Strycharz took first in the 100 Breaststroke, the 400 Freestyle Relay team of Robert Strycharz, Blake Anderson, Robert Giardi and Tom Ciolfi took first, and Brett Mancini won the diving competition. The teams will be back in action Tuesday, January 2nd when they host Bishop Stang High School.

Congratulations to Seekonk High School Head Football Coach Vernon Crawford who has been chosen to be on the Coaching staff for this year’s Massachusetts Shiner’s Game.

Good luck to the Seekonk-DR Ice Hockey Team who will host Attleboro High School Friday night at the New England Sports Village and then turn around and host Durfee High School Saturday night.

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