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Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


April 27, 2018 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 31

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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important dates

April 28: Science Advanced Placement review session at NBHS (8AM-12PM)

May 3: Senior Class Picture (12:45PM)

May 11: Junior/Senior Prom at the Newport Marriot (6:30PM)

May 17: 100 Hour Community Service Breakfast at SHS (7AM)

May 19: Senior Day Trip to Boston

May 23 & 24: MCAS Math Test

May 29: Senior Athletic Banquet at the Elks’ Lodge in Attleboro (6PM)

May 30: Senior Class Night (7:00PM)

June 1: Graduation at SHS (6:30PM)

June 6 & 7: MCAS Science Test

Gareth Hinds visits SHS!

Gareth Hinds, creator of numerous award-winning graphic novels based on literary classics, came to Seekonk High School on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 to discuss his works, his art career and answer questions from students.

“We are incredibly excited to host Mr. Hinds for this discussion with our students and teachers,” said Dr. Christopher Jones, Seekonk High School Principal. “We are so grateful for the donor support that has given our students the opportunity to hear from a unique artist who brings classics, many of which are on our curriculum, to life for our students.” The program was organized by a collaborative team, including Seekonk High art teachers Elizabeth Machado-Cook and Bianca Pearson-Jones, English Dept. chair Morgan Hellmold and librarian Suzanne Larson.

Gareth Hinds is the creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics, including Beowulf (which Publisher’s Weekly called a “mixed-media gem”), King Lear (which Booklist named one of the top 10 graphic novels for teens), The Merchant of Venice (which Kirkus called “the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation), The Odyssey (which garnered four starred reviews and a spot on ten "best of 2010" lists), Romeo and Juliet (which Kirkus called "spellbinding"), and Macbeth (which the New York Times called "stellar" and "a remarkably faithful rendering"). Gareth is a recipient of the Boston Public Library’s “Literary Lights for Children” award. His books can be found in bookstores and English classrooms across the country, and his illustrations have appeared in such diverse venues as the Society of Illustrators, the New York Historical Society, and over a dozen published video games.

This special event was made possible in part by a grant from the Seekonk Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional support was provided by DonorsChoose campaign contributions and a grant from the Seekonk Parents Association.

And the winner is...

The Summer Reading Selection Committee is pleased to announce the winning book that will be the SHS all-school summer reading book:

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus!

Described as “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” ( in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.

Over 50 books (and readers!) were part in the schoolwide selection process that lasted though much of April. This week, it came to a spirited finish in the Summer Book Smackdown, when readers passionately defend their book and vote using a bracket similar to a March Madness elimination system. “By including as many students and teachers as possible, we really hope to choose a book that the Seekonk High community can connect with and enjoy during the summer,” explains Mrs. Larson, SHS librarian and the organizer of the selection process.

Thanks to ALL the members of the Summer Reading Selection committee, the students of Ms. Pomfret's two AP Lang. classes and everyone who made reading suggestions!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for information about placing summer reading book orders!

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coming soon - Online Progress Reports & Report Cards

Seekonk is pleased to announce that starting in the fall of 2018, all student progress reports and report cards will be e-mailed to parents/guardians and available exclusively online through Rediker Plus Portal, the grading management system.

This move is to streamline school/home communication and provide quick access for families to monitor student progress. This move also saves money on expensive mailings at a time when many students say their families prefer online access for ease of use and convenience.

For families that prefer paper reports, they will have the option of visiting the Guidance Office to request a printout.

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around town

clean out your closets!

The Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) at Seekonk High School will be holding another used clothing and household items drive on Saturday, April 28th. Items that can be donated are clothing, shoes, sneakers, pocket books, backpacks, bedding, curtains, toys and sporting goods. Items can be placed in any garbage bag or box . Bags can be dropped off at the high school from 9am until noon on April 28th. If you would like to leave your items earlier they can be left in the lobby of the school or dropped off at 153 Jean Dr. anytime before the 28th. All money raised will help support school year student activities as well as the PAC scholarship. Any questions feel free to email Colleen O' Halloran.

PAC Staff Appreciation Luncheon!

The Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) will be sponsoring the annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 10th. The luncheon is a way for everyone to show all staff at the high school how much they are appreciated by the parents of all students. This year PAC has decided to have the lunch catered from Uncle Tony's. The luncheon serves about 80 staff members at the high school. The PAC would appreciate monetary donations to help offset the cost of the luncheon. Donations can be left in the main office with PAC written on the envelop. Cash or checks(made out to PAC) would be truly appreciated. Any questions please feel free to contact Colleen O'Halloran.

seekonk public library

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Come Meet Your Adult Agencies

May 3 is an opportunity for local families of students with disabilities who will require additional support after high school. Representatives from the Department of Developmental Services, Department of Mental Health, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission will be there to help people understand how students may become eligible for services. Click here for more information!

summer program at the attleboro arts museum

The Attleboro Arts Museum’s weeklong summer art sessions combine looking at professional artwork in our gallery with fun, age-appropriate art-making experiences in the Museum studios. Students will try new approaches, materials and

gain self-confidence. Our faculty of artist/educators will provide individualized attention to our budding artists. See this flyer for more information!


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!
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Seekonk Students recognized as Academic All-Stars!

A HUGE congratulations goes out to Jason Ho, Connor Pozzi, Alexia Desrochers, Kyle Sanborn, and Brian Marulis for receiving the South Coast Conference Academic All Star Award! They were recognized as the top five students at Seekonk High School! There was a banquet held in their honor and short passages were read about them as they were presented with a certificate and medal signifying their achievement. It was an honor for me to hear just a piece of their journey. These students have not only made their parents incredibly proud, but the school and community as well. It was clear that they will find success in their future no matter the circumstance or path they take. Be sure to congratulate them all when you get the chance!
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Dr. Jones

Morning is the most important

We have routines for everything in our lives; whether we realize it or not.

The most important routine we have takes place in the morning because it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Think about it for a second. Do you wake up a little late, rush around to get out of the house for either school or work, get to your destination just in time, and then rush to get started? This kind of routine creates stress, anxiety, and frustration. My challenge to you is to create a morning routine that will set you up for success the rest of the day. It doesn't have to be long or complicated, but it has to be meaningful. It also has to include the following three parts.

Wake Up

Start by waking up. You can use some type of exercise, reading some news, or a cup of coffee or tea to accomplish this. Whether you decide to get in some yoga, cardio, or the paper (ok, it can be online) take the time to get your body fully awake to take on the rest of the day. This will be difficult at first as you battle the snooze button, but I promise it gets easier and better.


Take a few minutes to reflect on what is going on in your life by journaling. Have a dialogue with yourself about what is going well, what isn't and how to get better by improving (or maintaining) your situation. It doesn't have to be long, but it is important to write something down. A good way to start in this area is by writing down three things you are grateful for and take it from there. They can be anything from people to situations. Its just important that you acknowledge them to yourself.

Set Goals

This is different than the long term SMART goals we are always talking about. This is about your day. Take a few minutes and think about what you really need to get accomplished during the course of the day for it to be considered a great day. Write down your top three focus on completing them. This helps you stay focused on what is important and control how you approach (and run) your day.

Doing this may seem difficult at first, but remember that it doesn't have to be a long period of time. Start small and grow it from there. The benefits will be noticeable! I share a general view of this (and my routine) in the video. Getting better at whatever you do is about taking consistent, small steps. Think about it, are you creating your routine or is it creating you?

Vaping issues

This small quiz is meant to provide some information to everyone about the dangers of vaping. Unfortunately, vaping has become a massive problem due to number of devices that are provided. From small containers to pens that are disguised as USB drives, vaping has become more secretive and as a result pervasive. I realize the picture may be hard to read, so please ask me if you wish to receive a paper copy and remember; honest, open conversations with students always work best.
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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 my blog for updates and posts about character and educational (mostly) issues/topics/resources.
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guidance - Mrs. Whatley

This past week 25% of the sophomore class was selected by the MA Department of Education to participate in the MCAS Computer Based Field test. All high schools across the Commonwealth were designated to test 25% of grade 10 students in the field test.The students should be commended on their willingness to participate and take the assessment. Their cooperation and diligence was appreciated. I hope that it may be a benefit as they prepare for the actual MCAS math test at the end of May.

All seniors received their 4th quarter progress reports on Friday afternoon. The senior progress reports were also uploaded to the portal in the e-locker- portfolio. Please review them. Guidance counselors completed possible senior failure letters and mailed them out this week to parents of seniors in danger of failing a course or not meeting their graduation requirements. Please encourage your senior to finish strong and make time during this busy time of the year to make their final projects and exams a priority. Thank you for your help through the years supporting their school effort.

Time is getting short! Make sure you apply for all the scholarships possible! Check out the complete list here!

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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. Machado Cook and Ms. Jones Pearson..."I just wanted to take a moment to express how impressed I am with the Seekonk High School art department. This is my son's second year at SHS and has taken art classes throughout both years. The level of teaching and the products of these classes is at the highest level. Both teachers , Mrs. Machado Cook and Ms. Jones Pearson deserve the highest praise. Well done." - Anonymous Parent

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Science - Mrs. Cunard

SHS is going green!

The water bottle filler is here! When we returned to school after vacation, the water bottle filler was finally up and running! In just 4 days time, we have prevented 575 disposable plastic water bottles from going into the trash! The installation of the water bottle filler is a project of the Roots & Shoots Group of the Science Club spearheaded by senior Hannah Hendricks with help from senior Alexia Desrochers and other Science Club members. Funds for the project came from a Donors Choose Campaign and reusable water bottle sales. Additional funds from a Roots & Shoots Donation will help maintain the water bottle filler. Thank you to all who donated to the Donors Choose campaign and all who have bought water bottles! There are still water bottles with the Seekonk logo for sale. Proceeds will help maintain the water bottle filler. The bottles make a great grad gift!

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SHS Model UN Closes A Successful Year

This week, the SHS Model UN team celebrated the end of their competitive year, bid farewell to the graduating seniors and announced the new slate of officers for the 2018-19 year. The graduating seniors were: Noah Brennick (president, 2017-18), Jason Ho (vice president, 2017-18), Aiden Morrison, Roth Santos and Kyle Sanborn.

The newly MUN elected officers for 2018-19 are:

Hanna Saisslin - Treasurer

Logan Zonfrillo - Secretary

Erin Keough - Vice President

Madeline Whelan - President

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music - mr. smialek

Congratulations to Senior trombone player Devlin Danner and sophomore bassoonist Madison Khan as they represent Seekonk High School as members of the 2018 Lions All-State Band. They will be performing with this group of students from high schools throughout the Commonwealth form Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28th.

On Friday, May 4th SHS students in the Symphonic and Concert Bands will be performing at the Great East Band Festival in Westfield, MA. These students will be meeting at the High School on the 4th at 6:20 am and expect to return around 8:00 pm.

The SHS Music Department will be having their annual Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 pm in the SHS Auditorium. The SHS Concert Band, Jazz band and Symphonic Band will be performing at this concert. Tickets will be sold at the door and are a $5.00 donation. All students are admitted free of charge. All are invited to attend.

Tickets for the annual SHS Music Department Awards Banquet are now on sale. The Banquet will be held at the Riviera Restaurant, 580 N. Broadway in East Providence. Tickets are $16.00 and are available from Mr. Smialek in the Band Office. All Band students and their families are invited to attend the banquet which starts a 6:30 pm. Tickets will also be on sale at the Spring Concert.

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College and Career readiness - Mrs. Fitzgerald

Seekonk High School Job Shadow Program

Parents, please encourage your juniors and seniors to set up a job shadow to help with their career exploration.

New opportunities! We are looking for a radiologist and a computer animation professional.

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 radiologist and a computer animation professional. 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.

Please fill out this brief form to indicate your interest and someone will be in touch to follow up with you as soon as possible.

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

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

Seasonal allergies have started so please discuss with your doctor if your child needs to start his/her antihistamine regimen.

Pat Rok: My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.

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athletics - Mr. crippen

Tuesday, both the Seekonk Boys and Girls Track teams downed Bourne High School on the road to remain undefeated on the season. Matt Silveira was a double winner taking first place in both the shot put and the 400 as well as being a member of the 4x100 winning relay team. Roth Santos qualified for the Division 4 championship in the two mile and also won the 800. Other winners for the boys included Mike Araujo, Cam Sears, Mike Braga, Connor Pozzi and Andrew Cabral. Double winners for the girls included Cammy Garabian, Allison Houle, Chloe Lunnie and Abby Tenreiro. Other fine perfomances came from Katherine Perry, Libby Dyson, Charlotte Millette, Mackenzie Gingras, Page Fecteau, Deirdre Rocha, and Ashleigh Wyrostek.

Just before Spring Break at the South Coast Conference Relay Meet, Seekonk High weight-throwing star Cammy Garabian teamed with Ashley Wyrostek and McKenzie Gingras to win both the discus (233-feet) and shot put (100 1/4 feet).

The Seekonk Varsity baseball team won their sixth game in a row downing Case High School 3-1 Thursday afternoon at Warrior Field. Coach DeMelo’s Warriors now sit atop the South Coast Conference with a 5-1 record and a 7-2 overall record. The red-hot Seekonk nine used some exceptional pitching from Junior Adam Horowitz and Sophomore Kevin Moszkowicz, who also went two for three at the plate, to shut down the Cardinal offense. Senior James Jackson went two for three, and Captain Luke Robitaille went one for three with a run batted in and two stolen bases. The Warriors travel to Apponequet Friday for a non-conference tilt.

Congratulations to the Seekonk Boys tennis team who notched their second win of the season downing Fairhaven High School 3-2 Thursday afternoon at home. Ethan Santos and Trevor Lopez won in singles while Blake Anderson and Aiden Morrison won their doubles match. The Warriors will be in action again Monday when they host the Falcons of Dighton-Rehoboth.

Coach Petrucci’s surprising Seekonk High Girls Tennis team saw their three game winning streak snapped on the road at Fairhaven Thursday. Isabella Pezzulli won in singles and the doubles team of Hannah Hendricks and Sophomore Macy Anderson were victors. The Lady Warriors are now 3-4 on the young season and are positioning themselves for a post-season berth. Seekonk has received outstanding efforts from Charlotte Drainville, Claudette Elkhoury, Jackie Sicard, Hannah Saisselin, Hannah Desmarais, Mia DiBiase, Jessica Elkhoury, Hannah Henricks, Sarah Cabral, Emily Jankowski, and Meredith Riordan.

The defending Division One State Champion Seekonk High School Unified Track team downed Brockton High School and Case High School in a tri-meet Thursday at the Frank Mooney Track to remain undefeated on the season. First place finishers were Darius Saleeba in the 100 meter, Josh Carroll in the 400 meter, Cam Flores in the Long Jump, Glenn Catt in the shot put and Leo Pettey in the Javelin. The team will host Norton High School next Thursday.

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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