SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
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!
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
Cammy Garabian grabs national ranking!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!
Science - mrs. cunard
2017 Summer Science Academy!
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.
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.
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)
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.