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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


September 30, 2016 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 5

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.

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Pumpkin Somethin' is here again! Saturday, October 1st from 10AM to 3PM at Aitken Elementary School. The PTO is sponsoring a fun filled day of games, food, music, and entertainment. Don't miss out!

The Portuguese Club will be meeting on Monday October 3 from 2:00-2:30 in Senhora Almeida's room.

Boy's Soccer will be holding a "dining for a cause" fundraiser with the 99 Restaurant at 821 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk from 4PM-9PM on Tuesday October 4th. Print out this flyer and present it with your order to participate.

Third Annual Transition Fair - Thursday, October 6th from 6PM - 8PM! This is a great event designed to aid families and students receiving special services in the explanation and exploration of services that are available beyond high school. Come meet many local adult service providers, school and agency representatives. Ask questions, meet people, and gather information and resources to guide you through the transition process to adulthood. Check out the flyer for details!

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:

SAT Test - Saturday, October 1

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

class of 2017 news!

Exciting Events are fast approching!

Congrats 2017! You have made it to Senior year! Time surely goes by fast, and before you know it you will be walking the stage in June. With that said, Senior package sales will begin very soon, and payments for the full package are due no later than October 21st. Your Senior Package will include; Class of 2017 Yearbook, Graduation Cap and Gown, Video Yearbook, Sail Away Senior Spirit week Short Sleeve T-shirt, 1 Senior Supper Ticket, and a Long Sleeve Seekonk Warriors Class Shirt. The Package total will be $185, cash or checks made payable to Town of Seekonk. Please note, that items can be purchased individuality however the overall senior package has a reduced rate.
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Olivia Strzalka wins "award of excellence"!

Congratulations to junior Olivia Strzalka for receiving the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence! Olivia participated in this program over the past summer and was recognized for "outstanding academic performance, leadership potential, and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine" by the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. The certificate is pictured below. This is a great accomplishment! Be sure to congratulate Olivia when you see her!
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Dr. Jones


Progress report went out to students today! There are still a number of parents who have not logged into Parents' Plus Portal. This is a great tool that will help you view your students grades, schedule, and other important information. We have resent an invitation (with directions) to log in this afternoon. Please do so as soon as possible.

Please mark your calendars. Students will be getting dismissed at 11:25 on Friday, October 7th. This is a professional development day for faculty and staff across the district.

Community Support

We often talk about the community supporting our schools in an effort to provide the best educational experience for our students. This week I felt the need to highlight a specific instance to show that support can come in many ways. I had a parent contact me with information concerning the author (Elizabeth Wein) of our last all school summer read. The end result is the press release I have included below.

Our librarian Mrs. Suzanne Larson always attempts to either connect students with the authors of what they are reading or have them participate in something authentic. Elizabeth Wein lives in Scotland, so it looked as if Mrs. Larson would be unable to do that this year. Fortunately we have parents who stay connected and involved. Helping out and supporting comes in many ways. I cannot thank this parent enough for the opportunity they have provided for our students! Again, check out the press release below.

Award-winning Author Elizabeth Wein Visits Seekonk High School


Award-winning Author Elizabeth Wein Visits Seekonk High School

SEEKONK, MA (Event Date: Oct. 14, 2016) -- Elizabeth Wein, author of several highly-acclaimed young adult novels, will visit Seekonk High School on Friday, October 14 to discuss her works, her writing career and answer questions from students. Her visit will focus on her WWII historical novel Code Name Verity, which was the summer reading selection for all Seekonk High students last summer. Published in 2012, the gripping novel focuses on the friendship between two young British women, one English and one Scottish, in World War II – a spy captured by the Nazis in German-occupied France and the pilot who brought her there. It was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book in 2013, and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

“We are incredibly excited to host Ms. Wein for this discussion with our students and teachers,” said Dr. Christopher Jones, Interim Principal at Seekonk High School. “We are so grateful for the parent connection that has provided the faculty and students the opportunity to meet and speak with the author of a book that touched all their lives. This event will bring her powerful novel to life for many of our students.”

Following the program at Seekonk High, the author will sign copies of her books. Ms. Wein will also be appearing at the annual Festival of Children's Books and Authors hosted by The Lincoln School in Providence on Saturday, October 15 from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.

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Suzanne Larson, Library Media Specialist

Seekonk High School

(508) 336-7272 x210

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

Congressman Joe Kennedy is organizing Service Academy Information Night on October 6, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Taunton High School. Representatives from all of the major Service Academies have been invited to attend. Attendees will learn about the Congressional nomination process, gain insight into the types of candidates sought by the academies and have a chance to ask questions of the representatives. If you plan to attend, please RSVP Sean Malone at (617) 332-3333.

SAT registration reminder- Seniors, if you are interested in taking the November 5th SAT you need to register by October 7th to avoid paying a late registration fee. Do not delay.

Congratulations to senior Audreyrose Wooden for being selected to represent Seekonk High School as the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR, recipient. Audreyrose was selected based on the criteria put forth by the Massachusetts DAR Good Citizen Program. They ask for a senior who exemplifies outstanding qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Progress Reports were distributed on Friday, September 30th. Please log into the Parent PlusPortal to view your student's assessments. Login information was emailed to all students and parents on September 16th. Access to the SHS Parent PlusPortal can be fond on the Seekonk school district webpage under the Parent tab at the top of the page. Ask your student for assistance logging into the site. Most of the students have already activated their account.

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Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar


Thank you to those students and parents for your cooperation and assistance with completing detentions owed in a timely manner over the first week of detentions for this school year.

Detention Schedule:

Office Detentions run Monday - Thursday from 2:05 - 2:50 pm.

Saturday Detentions run from 8:00-11:00 am.

(students must be at the front door at 8 am to meet the Detention Proctor)

Failure To Serve Assigned Detention:

Multiple notices have been sent home / hand delivered to students owing detentions. The following will be followed for students skipping / refusing to complete his/ her assigned detentions.

Skipping office detention (pg. 44 of handbook):

1st offense - Additional Office DT

2nd offense - 2 Additional Office DT

3rd offense - Saturday, ISS, OSS

If you have any questions related to detentions please contact Mr. Aguiar.

who we are - getting to know our staff

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Various staff members are being asked to share 5 things about themselves in an effort to let everyone know about who makes up Seekonk High School's community. This week is:

Mrs. Suzanne Larson

Mrs. Larson has been Seekonk High’s Library Media Specialist for 6 years, and she enjoys every minute of helping students find the resources they need for school success. Whether it’s a website, a book or something in-between (e-book, anyone?) it’s all about information and helping Seekonk’s students know how to find and use information.

Five things you may not know about our intrepid librarian:

  1. I LOVE elephants - I have a thing for elephants and my friends and family know it. I have a tiny herd of elephant figurines on my bureau at home and the herd seems to grow with each gift giving occasion.

  2. Globe-trotting?? Yes!! I have lived in Hawaii and South Africa, along with Washington DC, Rhode Island and Connecticut. I wouldn’t mind adding a few more addresses to my list, because I think you really get to know a place when you can settle in for a while.

  3. Don’t you coach the Model UN team? Yes - we started the SHS team in 2012 and it’s grown every year - and I love it! Last year, Mrs. Borden jumped in as a co-advisor and it’s been a wonderful experience, helping kids learn about the world and how to solve problems.

  4. Born to be wild - I have my motorcycle license - I’ve had it since high school, when I would get around my small town via a bright red Honda Twinstar 250CM. I am saving up for a new one but it is hard with my older daughter heading to college next year!

Were you always a librarian? Nope! I started out in Public Relations and Marketing and my first “grown-up” job was working at the Newport Mansions. Ask me about the Gilded Age sometime if you have 5-6 hours. But I always liked learning and it’s no surprise that I have worked my way back to hanging out with kids and books.
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warrior cries

Warrior cries are shout outs to staff and students here at Seekonk High School. They are our way of recognizing hard work, creative thinking, and characteristics that make us proud to be part of this community. Please contact Dr. Jones if you wish to give a "warrior cry" to someone!

Mrs. Elizabeth Machado-Cook..."for always being willing to provide artistic renderings relevant to my English class at a moment's notice...need a thumb in two periods for Macbeth -- no problem!!" - Mrs. Hellmold

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Mr. Moran - STV News

The first episode of STV News 2016-17 will air on Friday at 1:25PM. It will replay on Channel 17 at various times throughout the next two weeks.

We are looking for news topics for our staff to cover. Please send us info about events and happenings that concern the Seekonk Schools community.
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SHS Library Now Has Extended Hours!

Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week is Back - Oct. 3-7!

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!

Great news! Starting September 19, the SHS library will be open until 3:30 on Mondays and Thursdays to allow students more time for studying and group projects. “So many students have asked for more time in the library, we are really pleased to offer this academic support,” says Suzanne Larson, SHS library media specialist.

The new weekly schedule of the library is:

Mondays - 7 AM - 3:30 PM

Tuesdays - 7 AM - 2:30 PM

Wednesdays - 7 AM - 2:30 PM

Thursdays - 7 AM - 3:30 PM

Fridays - 7 AM - 2:30 PM

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Music - Mr. Smialek

The Marching Band will have an evening rehearsal to prepare for Friday's
game on Wed., Oct.5th from 6:30- 8:00 pm. The next performance for Marching Band is Friday, October 7. Students should report for the game at 5:45.

Any students who are planning to go to Gillette Stadium for UMass Band Day
on October 15th are reminded that permission slips and the bus fee is due

Students who are participating in the Pie Fundraiser are also reminded that
all forms and money should be returned to the Band Office no later than
Wednesday, October 12th. Pies will be distributed on Thursday, November

The Seekonk Music Parents association is having a fundraiser on Tuesday,
October 18th at Uncle Tony’s Pizza & Pasta, 260 Newport Avenue, Rumford,
It’s good for lunch or dinner, dine in or take out. Please be sure to
get a flyer for the event. They will be distributed in Band classes next
week, or contact the Band Office to get one.
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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.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

We are rapidly approaching the halfway point of the Fall season with many of Seekonk’s teams sitting near or atop the South Coast Conference.

Coach Matt McCartin’s Boy’s Soccer team remain undefeated and are closing in on a Conference Championship. The Boys have a six win no loss and two tie record despite enduring recent significant injuries to standout Junior Goalkeeper Luke Robitaille and Senior Captain Ryan Mota. Rony Morales and Ethan Paiva have stepped up their play to pick up the slack. The team will play a night contest this Friday on the Football Field against Bourne High School with the JV match at 4:30 and the Varsity at 6:30.

The Seekonk Boys and Girls Cross Country teams are on top of the South Coast Conference with identical 3-0 records. Last Saturday the teams competed in the Ocean State Invitational at Goddard Park in East Greenwich, RI and the Girls Freshmen team came in third place. Congratulations to Freshman Abigail Tenreiro who won the race with the third fastest time ever posted on the course.

The undefeated 3-0 Seekonk High Football team will play Old Rochester this evening after posting a convincing and dominating win over conference foe Wareham last Friday night 20-0 on the road. The Seekonk league-leading defense has been led by Senior Captains Matt Heaney, Dan Loiselle and Ryan Lamoureux. Offensively, Junior Quarterback Terry Smith, Senior Running Back Matt Heaney, Senior Wide Receivers Nate Ferrick and Devyn Slaughter and Junior Wide Receivers Ryan Riordan and Shane Smith have been major contributors to the Warrior success.

Coach Kim Pellerin’s Field Hockey team finds themselves on top of the South Coast Conference with a 6 win 1 loss record. Captain Kaitlyn Silva and Junior Alyssa Poland have been outstanding on defense in front of Junior Goalkeeper Zoe Jennings, while Hannah Bedrosian, Nicole Silva, Eliza Dantas, Chloe Lunnie and Mallory Cartwright have provided much of the offense.

Coach Kristin Nelson has begun workouts for the over twenty members of Seekonk High’s first-ever Unified Basketball team this week.

The Seekonk Golf team continues to compete for a post season berth with a 5 win and 5 loss record. Tanner Emond, Chris Fernandes, and Ben Brady have been consistently productive for the Warriors.

For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule

Contact Information

We strive to keep communication open and ongoing. You may contact us through any of the following ways. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or comments.