SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!

Welcome!

January 20, 2017 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 18


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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Congratulations to Devon Bento, Lillian Birch, Logan Casala, Jake Gausland, Brett Mancini, Iris Sherma, and Lauren Shanahan for successfully completing Lifeguard Training!


Saturday, January 21, 2017: The Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Mock Exams are being held at Seekonk High School. Students should plan on arriving by 7:45 AM. The testing should end by 12:00PM


Saturday, January 21, 2017: The boys soccer team will be holding their banquet at 6:00PM in the school cafeteria. If any of the players and their families are planning to attend please notify Coach McCartin or email Patti Paiva if you have not already done so.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017: The 2nd deposit of $50 for Senior Trip is due! Cash or Checks (payable to the Town of Seekonk) are due to Mrs. Almeida or Ms. Wilson on, or before Wednesday February 8th. Do not be late with your payment. It may not be accepted.


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:

Winter Ball - Saturday, February 11, 2017; Venus de Milo, Swansea @ 6:00

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

Hey Warriors! Looking to get involved?

The Youth Services Librarian (responsible for teen programming) at the Public Library is trying to start a teen advisory group of kids who would like to help plan programs at the library. Get involved and have a say in what is being offered to you! Contact Amy Greil at the Seekonk Public Library for more information.

2017 yearbook information!

Don't miss out! Buy the 2017 Reflections Yearbook!


Its that time of year already! Parent Ads for the YEARBOOK! For the holidays, have your parents give you a gift that will last forever...

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SHS Model UN Hosts 2nd Annual Conference for Area Students!

by Hannah MacDonald, Class of 2017


On Saturday, January 14th, Seekonk Model UN hosted their second annual Model United Nations Conference, WarriorMUN II. Over 75 delegates from 11 schools in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut participated. The student-run conference was designed to connect local Model UN teams and challenge them to find solutions to important global issues. For five hours, delegates worked to counteract the illegal wildlife trade, mosquito-borne illnesses, and the proliferation of lethal autonomous weapons.


Secretary General Hannah MacDonald, an SHS senior, delivered her opening remarks and challenged the delegates "to work together to tackle significant world problems." She added that the success of WarriorMUN II indicates a bright future for Model UN at Seekonk High School. She also recognized the many volunteers who made it possible, saying “We could not have hosted such an ambitious event without help from team members, parents and school administrators.”


WarriorMUN II was supported in part by a grant from the Seekonk Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Dr. Jones

Weekly Message...

This message discusses some of the reasoning behind my moving to video messages.

It mentions 21st Century teaching, learning, and leading. Leading by example is the key to building community and successful schools. I believe that part of my responsibility as a 21st Century leader is to create an asynchronous environment for the whole community so that the opportunity to learn, understand, and collaborate is available in a variety of communication methods. Essentially, the goal is to be as transparent as possible through thorough communication while creating the best educational environment and opportunities for our students.


This message also discusses the need for feedback and asks a favor of the community at large (students, teachers, parents, etc). Please take the time and offer your thoughts. If you think something is good, let us know. Please share if you have a suggestion. I also need to know if you think something is not going well. Feedback (honest and open) is the only way a person can improve. We cannot tell our students that if we do not practice it ourselves. So, please think about it, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, read the newsletter, watch the videos, and subscribe to the YouTube channel. Most importantly...offer your feedback.


Have a listen to my weekly message below and subscribe to this YouTube channel for more!

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Around School...

This week saw midterms and the start of the second semester. I was lucky enough to catch Mrs. Almeida's Portuguese class using Kahoot! A great technology tool that helps teachers review and check for student understanding. It's quite simple. The students answer a question (this section was constructing sentences for proper structure) and then the percentage of correct answers is shown. Concepts or skills that have a low percentage are immediately reviewed with the class. Two great things...efficient and effective!

The school report card has been published

MCAS scores and what they mean for the high school have been published. Please be sure to read this cover letter and the overview of the school's report card. Much more detailed information may be found at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website.

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

Free College Financial Aid assistance- FAFSA Day Massachusetts is set for late January early February. Assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, is available at nearby colleges beginning, Sunday January 29th. Families interested in the assistance can learn more about the available sites and dates by going to www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-2/


Parent Plusportal: A reminder that student grades are posted online to the portal. If you have not activated your parent account you can ask your student to login and view the information through their account. Report cards for the second quarter will again be posted to the portal for you to review as well as mailed home.


On Thursday, February 2, an admission counselor from Bristol Community College will be at Seekonk High School to meet with interested seniors for an on-the-spot admission day. This is a great opportunity for grade 12 students to learn more about BCC and receive an acceptance (conditional on graduating). To sign up, seniors should see their guidance counselor.


Parents of Advance Placement Students- Is your student taking an AP class? This is a reminder that all students taking AP classes are required to participate in the College Board AP testing in May. The families/students are responsible for paying for the exam fees to College Board. Depending on how many exams your student is taking this can add up. Through our partnership with the MA Insight Education we will be able to provide students taking English, math and science exams a fee reduction due to a rebate they provide.


College Board suggests that we charge $93/exam. Seekonk High School will be able to cover part of the cost of each exam. Here is the final cost breakdown for the 2017 AP exam fees at Seekonk High School:

  • AP US History and AP European History $85/exam
  • AP English Literature, AP English Language,AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science $70/exam.
  • Students on Free/reduced lunch $25/exam


Payment will be required before testing takes place. More information on due dates will follow. Checks should be made out to the Town of Seekonk. Speak to your student's guidance counselor if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!


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.


Please remind your senior that we request a 2 week window to process transcript requests for college applications. Please check the due dates and deadlines for the college applications and allow enough time for accurate processing. Thank you

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Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar


FOOD AND DRINK POLICY


Students are not to carry/consume any food or beverage (with the exception of water) in the hallways or classrooms during the school day.


For example, No Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate etc. will be allowed in the hallways or classrooms during the day. Drinks are allowed during breakfast in the Cafeteria before 7:20 a.m.


ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY


Laser pointers are not to be brought into or used within the building. Cell phones, CD players, MP3 players, IPods, or headphones of any type are only allowed in the cafeteria and halls during school hours because they are not conducive to good study habits or a positive school environment when used in the classrooms for non-educational purposes.


The previously mentioned electronic devices should not be visible at any time in classrooms unless otherwise allowed by a staff member. Students are NOT to voice record, photograph or video record etc. Excessive use of these devices that causes a disruption or disturbance in the hallways will result in disciplinary consequences.

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Library - Mrs. larson

DEAR Week is Next Week, January 23-27!!!

It is Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week, January 23-27 at Seekonk High! Bring a book and start each day by reading for the first 10 minutes of first period.


Every student and teacher who reads during the first 10 minutes of the day during DEAR Week will be eligible to win a $5 Dunkin' Donuts Gift card. Classroom teachers have the entry forms – be sure to write your name neatly!


And don't forget, students and teachers can ALSO enter the raffle 1 additional time by sending an e-mail from their Seekonk Schools account to the Seekonk High School Library. Just put "DEAR Week" in the subject line of a blank message, hit "send" and you will be entered! Have a great weekend and be sure to bring a good book to school!

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

Last Saturday Seekonk High School track athletes competed in the East Coast Invitation along with over 1400 athletes and 67 relay teams held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. Senior Audrey Rose Wooden took first place in the emerging shot put while Sophomore Cammy Garabian captured third place in the championship shot and qualified for nationals which will be held in New York this March.


Congratulations to the following Seekonk High Football student-athletes who were honored at last week’s Banquet: Coaches Choice Awards: Isaac Fernandes and Shane Smith; Newcomer Award: Isaac Elkhoury; Most Improved Player: Spencer Dowty; Warrior Pride Awards: Ryan Lamoureux, Matt Heaney, Nathan Ferrick, Dan Loiselle, and Brian Silva; Defensive MVPs: Dan Loiselle, Brian Dias, and Ryan Lamoureux; Offensive MVP: Terry Smith; Team MVP: Matt Heaney; Freshman Warrior Award: Vivek Patel; Sophomore Warrior Award: Brian Pires; Junior Warrior Award: Justin Coelho.


This Saturday the 2016 MIAA Tournament Qualifying Seekonk High School Boys Soccer team will hold its Banquet in the Seekonk Cafeteria at 6 PM.


Good luck tonight as both the Girls and Boys Basketball teams attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive as they do battle with Old Rochester High School. The 4 and 5 Boys will travel to ORR, while the 5 and 4 Girls will host the Lady Bulldogs.


Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Swim teams who upped their records to 5 and 2 defeating Apponequet High School Thursday for the first time in ten years. The Boys team won 95-87 behind winning swims from Andrew Silveira, Robert Strycharz, Troy Pina and Blake Anderson as well as a first place finish in diving Michael Nadeau. The Girls defeated the Lady Lakers 97-83. Lauren Shanahan, Jocelyn Fournier, Abby Tenreiro, and Maddy Paine registered winning swims while Jenna Dunphy won the diving competition. Next up is another home conference meet against the Lady Bulldogs of Old Rochester High School this Tuesday at 4 PM.

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.

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.