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March 17, 2017 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 24


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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Tuesday, March 28 - Thursday, March 30, 2017: The Seekonk Save A Pet Annual Auction will be held. Check out all the event details here or for quick reference; they have provided this flyer!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017: The Greater Fall River Interagency Transition Team will be holding another meeting. They strive to provide transition related information to students and parents that’s accurate, legally clear, and positive. They also share professional development, resources, and information between local public schools and state agencies to improve the transition process for students and their families as they leave public school and enter into adult service centers. This team works to develop collaborative relationships through regular meetings that support all agencies and schools to provide supports to the student and family as they navigate through the transition process. Check out their flyer for more detailed information!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Second Annual Portuguese Club Soccer Tournament from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the High School Gym! Sign up sheets for teams are located outside of Sra. Almeida's room and are due by March 24th. Teams consist of five players plus one alternate. A $10 dollar fee per team is due at time of registration. Providence College Soccer players will be joining us once again this year. So come out, support and have a great time!!!


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:

Prom - Friday, April 28, 2017; Biltmore, Providence @ 6:30

Honor Societies Induction Ceremony - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 6:30

Senior Trip - Saturday, May 13, 2007 - Monday, May 15, 2007

Senior Class Day - Friday, May 26, 2017

Senior Class Night - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 7:00PM

Graduation - Friday, June 2, 2017 @6:30PM

THE CLASS OF 2018 INVITES YOU TO THE HISTORICAL PROVIDENCE BILTMORE

PROM TAKES PLACE FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH FROM 6:30PM - 10:30PM
CHECK-IN BEGINS at 6:00PM

VALET PARKING IS AVAILABLE FOR $20 (includes tip) PER VEHICLE

PROM TICKETS ON SALE NOW THROUGH FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH - $75.00.

Seekonk High School Presents!

The Seekonk High School Drama Club will be performing Guys and Dolls this year! Shows will be on March 24th and 25th at 7:30PM. There will also be a Sunday matinee on March 26th at 2PM. Check out the flyer for more details!
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Cammy Garabian grabs national ranking!

Congratulations to Seekonk High School Shot Putter Sophomore Cammy Garabian who represented Seekonk High School at the New Balance National Indoor Track Meet in New York City last weekend. Cammy tied for tenth place in the nation in the Emerging Elite Division of the Shot Put with a throw of 39 feet 9 inches. Based upon these accomplishments, Cammy is now the number two-rated Sophomore Shot Putter in the United States.

Mr. Peter Hoogerzeil wins state award!

After winning the regional Daughter's of the American Revolution Outstanding Teacher of American History Award; Mr. Hoogerzeil has gone on to win the state award after surpassing the other nominees in his accomplishments! This is a special honor and highlights his passion for the subject and dedication to the profession. As a result, Mr. Hoogerzeil has received a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives acknowledging his accomplishment. Here is the article that appeared in the Sun Chronicle when he won the regional award.

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Dr. Jones

Weekly Message...

This message has a few additions to my normal message of Being Purposeful, Acting with Integrity, and Building Your Character. It came to me as I was thinking about the message I wanted to send to students today during an assembly. It was about expectations. Not just the expectations we as teachers and parents have for them, but those they have for themselves. In todays world of distractions it is becoming increasingly important for all of us to both model and stress the act of being present, active, and not waiting. In other words...



  • Be present. Put the phone away, enjoy the moment for what it is rather than worrying about tomorrow or yesterday. Enjoy the time you have.
  • Be active. You have to do more if you want to become more. Life is not about being static. It is about taking action and working with the consequences of that action. If you don't act; you will never have anything to move forward to and become stagnant. Mediocrity is another word for falling behind while remaining comfortable.
  • Don't wait. Do not hesitate if you ever have an opportunity to do something special that you have never tried before. You never know how great you can be until you get there. Many great people have looked back only to scratch their head at the thought they could have ever gotten there in the first place.



Check out the video, give it a listen, and ask your students about the film today. After all;, in the end, it is about them and if they decide to be a better version of themselves. Warriors...you know this to be true. Now make your decision and surprise yourself with the results.

3/17/17 Weekly Newsletter Message

Around School..

I had the opportunity to check out Mr. Bonneau's class this week as they performed an experiment that illustrated how bile breaks up fats in the stomach. This is much better than reading it a book or watching it in a movie. Just one more example of how teachers are making the curriculum more exciting and interesting for students.
Mr Bonneau's Bile Experiment
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 blog (I do not write nearly as often as I should) for updates and posts about character and educational (mostly) issues/topics/resources.
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Guidance - Mrs. Whatley

Thank you to all of the students and parents that attended the College Planning and Information night last Wednesday. A representative from the state run Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority presented a very informative presentation. For those who did not attend the information can be found at www.MEFA.org. Families were reminded that April vacation is an excellent time for college visits.


Parents of juniors- Is your student planning on taking the SAT in May or June? Please encourage them to register online at the CollegeBoard website. The deadline to register for the May 6th testing is April 7th. The deadline for the June 3rd testing is May 9th. Additional fees apply for late registrations.


Wentworth Institute of Technology is sponsoring a STEM event for high school girls. The event is on March 25th in Boston and includes visits to Harvard, Boston University, Emmanuel and Biogen labs. For more information visit

http://click.iwsend.com/?qs=91a5694ca45e70030b3682bb07a81c334a870ec3eab315d2f84a0067492a67e2402d5a6fb803a1d0a4e69e81b8277715f9c03ae5d9d09dfa


We received information for job openings for graduating seniors to work at Barrington Town camps during April vacation and also for the summer vacation. More information can be found by speaking to Ms. Louro the high school career specialist or a guidance counselor.


Scholarships are coming into the guidance office! We will continue to receive scholarship applications and update the information weekly. Check out this breakdown of the information for scholarships we have to date.

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Warrior Cries!

The Cafeteria Staff..."for always helping and going out of their way to recognize students for both academic and extra-curricular accomplishments. They always try to bring a cheerful attitude to the cafeteria." -Mr. Wills


Mr. Michael Petrucci..."for moving out of his comfort zone, facing complications, and pushing through difficulties to integrate technology into his classroom. He is finding more success as he continues to experiment with various strategies as he works with students to improve their experience." - Dr. Jones

Art - mrs. machado-cook

Massachusetts Art All-State Nominees: Aubree Lawson and Russell (R.J.) Donahue!

The Massachusetts Art All-State will be held at UMASS Dartmouth, June 9th & 10th, 2017.


Selection to this prestigious event is determined from teacher recommendations, student portfolio, written/application/essay and an interview process on March 17. Juniors from all cross Massachusetts are given the opportunity to meet their peers, work with professional artists, learn about post secondary art training, and investigate art careers.


This year Seekonk High School has nominated two deserving juniors; Aubree Lawson and RJ Donahue. Aubree and RJ are gifted young artists who wish to pursue careers in the arts. We are very proud to support their efforts.


Good Luck March 17 on your interviews Aubree and RJ!! And Congratulations on your Nominations!!

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Science - mrs. cunard

2017 Summer Science Academy!

2017 Summer Science Academy at Bridgewater State University is now looking for registrations. This academy is a wonderful opportunity for all high school students. Participants work in a state of the art laboratory, performing numerous laboratory experiments/procedures. Another added benefit...it will make a college application standout among others when admissions offices are making their decisions! Check out this link for more information!

Science Opportunities for Students:

Explore your career interests & make your college application stand out!


SET in the City: http://www.bostongirlsstem.org/setinthecity/


UCONN Explore Engineering: http://edoc.engr.uconn.edu/explore-engineering/

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model united nations - mrs. larson

SHS Model UN Team Heads to Boston!

Good luck to the SHS Model UN Team as they head to Boston this weekend to compete in the Eagle Model UN Conference sponsored by Boston College!


Thirty Seekonk students will join over 900 students from across the region and the globe as they simulate the real world of international politics and decision-making. This year’s conference theme is “The Interplay of Power and Ethics” and delegates will explore the well-known maxim: “all power corrupts.” In a variety of settings and time-periods, the committees challenge delegates to wield their power not only for their own benefit, but for the good of the world around them.
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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

The Polished Program will provide dental cleanings at no cost on Tuesday, March 14th during the school day. If you want your child to participate, please pick up a form on Monday.


Spring sports physicals will be held on March 23rd at 2 PM in Mrs. Rok’s office. An updated physical is required on file to participate or try-out for a sport. Please pick up form if you plan on attending.


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDH) has responded to the opioid abuse crisis by requiring all districts to have Narcan (Naloxone) available in all schools in the event of a drug overdose. The Seekonk Public Schools passed a policy and protocol in the fall in response to this law. The MDPH requires all athletes to read and sign-off on 4 fact sheets about opioid misuse, injury management, prescription opioid facts and guidance on communication after a non-concussion sports injury. The health education curriculum in the high school will also provide an updated curriculum on drug use and abuse. There will be more information available soon on SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Refer for Treatment), a required initiative for grade 9 students during the 2017-2018 school year, which screens for risk of drug use and abuse.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

Coach Kristin Nelson, along with Seekonk student-athletes Kathleen Santos, Alizabeth Almeida, Dan Jenson and Heather Fraga, represented Seekonk High Thursday at the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit at the Yawkey Sports Center in Marlborough, MA. Ms. Nelson’s group took part in the day-long activities along with other Unified Champion Schools at this event sponsored by Special Olympics of Massachusetts.


Congratulations to Senior Matt Heaney and Freshman Mia DiBiase who have been chosen to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle All Area Basketball Team for 2016-2017. These two student-athletes will be photographed at the newspaper office next week and featured in an upcoming edition.


Tryouts for Spring Sports will begin this Monday, March 20th. The Gym schedule in case of inclement weather will be as follows:


2:30-3:30 (Outdoor Track/Unified Track)

3:30-4:30 (Boys and Girls Tennis)

4:30-6:30 (Softball)

6:30-8:30 (Baseball)


Reminder to all student-athletes who are in need of an updated physical examination: Nurse Rok will be conducting free physicals on Thursday, March 23rd in her office at 2 PM. Interested student-athletes will need to pick up and fill out the necessary forms from the Nurse and bring them to the physical exam.


Be sure to check out the Athletic Website for more information about requirements, deadlines, scores, and schedules.

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.

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