SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
February 2, 2018 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 21
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 10th, 2018 - The SHS Winterball will be held at the Venus De Milo in Swansea from 6:00-10:00. Be sure you your completed Breathalyzer forms have been submitted! If you have any questions please email Ms. Nastari or Ms. Jones for more information!
February 16 - Early Release (11:25AM)
February 19 - 23 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
March 3 - Science Advanced Placement review session at SHS (8AM-12PM)
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
Science Club Project!
The Roots & Shoots group has set up a Donor's choose Page to obtain funds needed to purchase a water bottle filler. the page is at the following link:
Please consider contributing.
Interested in knitting for a cause?
The “Little Hats, Big Hearts” project is helping raise awareness for babies born with congenital heart defects by knitting red baby hats to be distributed in local hospitals throughout the month of February. Our goal is to make a minimum of 15 hats to donate to participating hospitals. We need you to help us reach our goal! We are looking for donations of either knit baby hats, red yarn, 6 mm (US size 10) knitting needles, or even ziploc sandwich bags. As far as yarn is concerned, the American Heart Association asks that all yarn be red, either cotton or acrylic, and medium or heavy weight. An example would be Red Heart yarn. Any simple hat patterns are recommended. We currently have a group at the high school knitting hats for this project Fridays after school and your donations of red yarn and knitting needles would help us tremendously! A bin will be located in Mrs. Marinucci’s room 341 for all donations. If you wish to donate, all donations are due by February 16, 2018. All donations help! Thank you for your support!
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.
"My Day" and "Say it for Pennies"
There was such a large and positive response from the last video and blog that discussed changing perception from "I have to" to "I get to" that I decided to give just a little of my personal reasoning in the video below. I explain a little about my day and why I am grateful to be the Principal at Seekonk High School. I get to:
- Work with awesome colleagues that truly care about students. I sat in a meeting this morning (I don't typically like meetings) in which the conversation was strictly about what steps we need to take to better support all students who are struggling academically. There was no blame, no accusations, just a discussion about symptoms and the problem.
- Interact with high school students all day. You read that right. I think high school students are awesome! It is such a time of growth, decision, and questioning (even when they think they already know everything) that it makes for a great journey of learning.
- Talk to parents and hear their very real concerns for their students and then try to help in any way I am able. True, most parents care mainly about their own student (who wouldn't), but many are able to step back and see the big picture concerning all the students at the high school.
Finally, I issue a challenge to everyone and look to hear some feedback. It will only cost you some time (it's at the end of the video message) and the ability to carry around 10 pennies. Give a listen and take the challenge.
I thrive on feedback so please share your thoughts, comments, and questions.
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guidance - Mrs. Whatley
Student report cards for the first semester were mailed home on Wednesday, January 31st. Please look at the report card and review the progress with your student. A reminder that the Parent Plusportal has updated information available throughout the semester for your review.
All students that took the PSAT in the Fall received a paper copy of their Score Report this week. School counselors delivered a presentation in the auditorium to all test takers on Thursday afternoon. Information on how to interpret their scores, how to link results to Khan Academy for tutorials, next steps with Big Futures and Road Map to Careers was explained by the counselors. Ask your student to see their report. Scores were also available for the PSAT from CollegeBoard to all students online in December.
Seniors interested in applying to Bristol Community College have an opportunity to complete their application online and meet with a college representative here at SHS. BCC counselors will be available in the morning on Wednesday, February 7th to discuss programs, financial aid and schedule required placement tests.. Any interested senior who has not met with their counselor about signing up for this opportunity should see them ASAP.
Assistant Principal - Kevin Aguiar
The start of Semester Two is a good time to remind all students about fulfilling all obligations. The following is the Obligations List language from the SHS Handbook. Please be sure that obligations are taken care of as soon as possible.
Obligations for the purpose of this handbook include, but are not limited to text books, library books, detention hours, and materials / fees. It is important that part of the learning process include responsibility and accountability for fulfilling one’s obligations. Therefore, students who do not fulfill their obligations to Seekonk High School by the designated times will receive consequences.
Specifically, students who have outstanding obligations will be restricted from the following:
• participation in or attendance at any extracurricular activity including Spirit Week.
• all sports
• all dances (including prom)
• participation in graduation ceremony
The administration holds the right to assign additional, appropriate consequences based upon the circumstance if necessary. Obligations as well as their consequences carry over from year to year.
Band - Mr. Smialek
Congratulations to senior Devlin Danner who was selected to perform on the bass trombone with the Massachusetts All State Concert Band at Boston's Symphony Hall on March 3rd. He will participate in the All State Music Festival at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center with the top Massachusetts high school musicians for two days to rehearse with the ensemble before playing in the concert.
Tickets for the 2018 Jazz Dinner will be gong on sale before February vacation. This event will be held on Thursday, March 15th 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.
Information about the Band's May 4, 2018 trip to the Great East Band Festival and Six Flags New England was sent home with students in January Permission slips and the 1st payment are due by February 7th. This year the Concert Band and Symphonic Band will be giving adjudicated performances at the North Middle School in Westfield, MA.If there are any students who are not able to get this in (or if there is an issue with payments), please Mr. Smialek as soon as possible
Other upcoming Music Department events: Jazz Band performs at the Somerset-Berkley Jazz Festival on Wednesday, March 7th at 5:30 pm and the SHS Marching Band will be marching in the Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 3rd at noon. The SHS Marching Band will also be performing a concert at the Hurley Middle School on Monday, March 5th during periods A and B.
Art - Ms. Jones
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.
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 country. Please read the CDC flu facts that are attached to determine the difference between the flu and a cold. Please reinforce frequent hand-washing with your child and have them stay home if they have a fever, chills, body aches or nausea and vomiting. Click here for more information on the flu.
Pat Rok: My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.
athletics - Mr. crippen
Congratulations to Coach Brian Cameron, his staff and the student-athletes from the Seekonk High School Swimming and Diving team for an outstanding performance at Thursday’s SCC Championship Meet held here at Seekonk. For the second year in a row, the Seekonk Girls Team won the meet making them the SCC Champs. Outstanding performances were registered by Jenna Dunphy, Lauren Shanahan, Lillian Birch, Erin Broadmeadow, Sydney Cayer, Isabella Paterson, Rachel Servidio, Emily Rieben, Brooke Michaud, Katerina Mihailedes, Haley Fournier, Ashley Boutin, Lyla Carvalho, Liza Gagnon, Sara Letourneau, Natalie Kach, Jillian Fournier, Caroline Turenne, Jayden Vincente, and Madison Sirois. The Boys team finished second despite only having an eight-member squad including two divers. Brett Mancini, Michael Nadeau, Robert Strycharz, Robert Gerardi, Blake Anderson, Brady Fournier, Jared Kogut, and Tommy Ciolfi led the way for the Warriors who will host Dighton-Rehoboth in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at 1:30.
Good luck to the Seekonk-DR Hockey squad who travel this evening to Lynch Arena in Pawtucket to take on St. Ray’s at 6 PM and to the Freshman and Sophomore members of the Seekonk Indoor Track and Field team who will compete in New Bedford tomorrow morning.
The Athletic Department, on behalf of Seekonk High School, would like to thank Coach Kristin Nelson and all the students and staff who helped make last Friday’s “Respect Night” such a success. Over $1000 was raised for the Meeting Street School and was presented to Cheerleader Olivia Soares and her family. Olivia’s sister, Sammy, attends Meeting Street School and co-anchored the Telethon last Saturday night.
Congratulations to Seekonk High School Junior Cammie Garabian who won the shot put event in the small schools division of the MSTCA Coaches’ Invitational last Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Fellow Junior Ashleigh Wyrostic took fifth in the same event while Sophomore Abby Tenreiro finished sixth in the two-mile.
The banquet honoring the Conference Champion Undefeated Boys Soccer Warriors will be held Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 in the Seekonk Cafeteria.
Spring Sports Registration is now open on line. Spring Sports offerings include Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Outdoor Track and Field, Boys and Girls Tennis and Unified Track and Field. All student-athletes who wish to compete must register and have a current physical on file with the Athletic Department. This registration will close on Friday, March 9th. No one will be permitted to sign up or register after that date and will be shut out of try outs which will begin Monday, March 19th.
Next week, the 7-8 playoff hungry Seekonk Boys Basketball team will travel to Fairhaven Tuesday and then host Case High School Thursday evening, while the Girls team will host Fairhaven Tuesday night and travel to Case Friday evening.
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.