SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
September 16, 2016 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 3
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.
Your Vote is Magic Assembly - Monday, September 19 - (held in Auditorium)
Students will view a magic show explaining the importance of voting. More information on this program may be found here. As an addition to this programming, Seekonk High School will be holding their class elections at the same time.
The Portuguese Club will be hosting an informational meeting on Monday, September 19th right after school in Senhora Almeida's room #323.
Advanced Placement Kickoff Assembly - Thursday September 22 - (held in Auditorium)
This event is held by the Massachusetts Institute for Education as a way to highlight the success that our students are having, the hard work our teachers are putting in, and how the number of students taking and succeeding in the AP program continue to increase!
The Class of 2018 would like to invite you to Chelo's Night being held Tuesday, September 27th from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the Chelo's located at 450 Newport Avenue, Rumford, RI. Coupons will be made available to next week!!
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!
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:
School Committee Meeting - Monday, September 26 - (SHS Library)
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.
The class of 2017 will again this year be holding an Orange Leaf Fundraiser on Thursday September 22nd, at the Orange Leaf on Route 6 in Seekonk. All you need to do is mention Class of 2017 at checkout! Come support your class and buy a delicious treat!
Abbie Hopkins takes equestrian championship in Rhode Island!
I want to thank the parents who attended our annual Open House last night. Somewhere between 225 and 250 people came to hear about expectations and class structure from teachers. It is a good night at SHS when we run out of parking! It was also interesting to hear so many teachers share a little about themselves and even in one case make a video because they could not attend. It served as a nice example of some of the technology teachers use daily with students.
I want to wish everyone a Happy Constitution Day and Citizenship Day! I urge you to take some time to research or reflect what our Constitution and being a citizen means to our society. This day has an interesting history that you may be interested in reading. For those of you who prefer to watch something or are short on time, I have also included a short, surface level video as well. Seekonk High School will be connecting our curriculum to this day by holding an assembly called "Your Vote is Magic" on Monday afternoon for juniors and seniors. Freshmen and sophomores will be holding their class elections at the same time. Recognizing the importance of the Constitution and citizenship, Seekonk High School will be proposing a civics course for next year. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Salisbury and Mrs. Horton for organizing these events!
Our Advanced Placement Kisckoff Assembly is fast approaching! Seekonk hgih School will be hosting visitors from Massachusetts Insight, the media, and state government this Thursday, September 22 as we gather to celebrate the hard work our students and teachers are doing to learn more, do more, and be more. We will be discussing last year's AP scores as well as comparing enrollment numbers. Stay tuned for more information!
We received our scores from the most recent SAT test!
Critical Reading - Our students' average was six points higher than the state average and the scores have trended up 10 points over the past five years - MA has increased four points over that same time period.
- Math - Our students' average was two points higher than the state average and the scores have trended up 15 points over the past five years - MA has not increased over that same time period.
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.
Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
Colleges presentations are back! Seniors are allowed to attend six presentations and juniors are allowed three. Students sign up in the guidance office. Their period teacher will give them permission to attend the day of the presentation. Here is the list of visits and times through November 17th. Students should check the bulletin board outside for any college presentation updates.
Guidance counselors visited all of the senior English classes this week and distributed information on the college application process. Information for requesting transcripts signing up for college presentations, NCAA registration and a number of other topics were presented. Please ask your senior about the information sheets that they received.
PSAT- Seekonk High School will be administering the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, PSAT, on Wednesday, October 19th beginning at 7:30 AM. All sophomores will be participating in the testing and the testing fee will be paid for by the district. Testing will be optional for juniors. Any junior that wants to participate in testing will need to register by bringing a check to the guidance office for $15 made payable to the Town of Seekonk. Payment should be made by October 12th. Students should see their guidance counselor with any questions.
Do you have a student interested in a career in Law Enforcement? The East Providence Explorers is for students ages 14-20 who wants to learn more about this career field. The group meets every other week from 6:30-9:00 PM at 610 Waterman Ave in East Providence. The first meeting will be October 12th at 6:30 pm. For more information contact Dpacheco@cityofeastprov.com
A low-cost home internet service may be available to you. If you have a school age child and qualify for free or reduced lunch you may be able to receive Internet Essentials from Comcast for $9.95 per month. More information is available at https://internetessentials.com/ or by calling 1-855-846-8376 Having home internet is helpful to ensure that students and families stay connected to online information.
College Financial Aid 101 is a webinar sponsored by Discover Student Loans. With changes taking place with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, the are offering two evening webinars in October. The links to register for these webinars are listed below. The links are a resource for financial aid information, not a recommendation to use Discover Student Loans.
Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar
Detentions are starting on Monday, Sept. 19th.
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)
Bus transportation will not be provided.
If you have any questions related to detentions please contact Mr. Aguiar.
SHS Library Now Has Extended Hours!
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
Music - Mr. Smialek
The Seekonk Music Parents Association is having a Bake Sale at the Seekonk Save A Pet Societies' Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday, September 17th if anyone would like to donate baked goods for this event. A flyer has been sent home with the details about the bake sale with the Band students.
Nurse - Mrs. Rok
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is requiring all athletes to become aware and knowledgeable about Opiod abuse and misuse. This link has four fact sheets that all students and parents should read and discuss about the epidemic. Those participating in a fall sport will receive a copy from the coach.
The MDPH requires an updated physical exam for grade 10 students before December 22. All new students need to submit a physical exam to Mrs. Rok within 30 days of enrolling at Seekonk High School. If your child has not submitted one, please do so by the end of September.
Mandated screening (scoliosis, vision, hearing, height and weight) begins in October for all grade 9 and 10 students who have Physical Education this semester. If you do not want your child to participate in the screenings,an email or note needs to submitted to Mrs. Rok by October 1, 2016.
You may contact me by email or phone (508) 336-7272 if you have any questions or concerns.
Sports - Mr. Crippen
Good luck to the Seekonk Field Hockey team as they travel to Nantucket Island this Saturday to battle the Lady Whalers. The Warriors are off to a hot start at 2 wins and 1 loss behind the outstanding play of Alyssa Poland, Chloe Lunnie, Abby Hopkins and a total team effort.
Last Friday after a convincing 9-1 victory over Wareham, Coach Pellerin was honored for her thirty years of service coaching Field Hockey at Seekonk High as well as her assistant coach Cathy Fernandes who entered her twentieth year with “Pell”. Over 50 former Lady Warrior Field Hockey players attended the ceremony in which both coaches received plaques courtesy of the Seekonk Boosters Club. A rousing alumni game followed the ceremony before the entire group of friends and players had a cookout near the Seekonk Concession stand.
The Seekonk Boys Soccer team is off to a hot start this Fall winning its first two matches of the year over conference foes Fairhaven and Old Rochester. Junior Goalkeeper Luke Robitaille and Senior Captain Matt Motta have had excellent matches.
The Seekonk Golf team has won three matches in a row shaking off a slow start while making some noise in the South Coast Conference. Tanner Emond, Chris Fernandes, Ben Brady, Ryan Sheahan and Ethan Santos have all sparked the suddenly hot Warriors.
Congratulation to Coach Vernon Crawford and the Seekonk Football team on its impressive opening night road victory over New Bedford Voke 41-6. The Warriors forced six turnovers and cruised to a 35-0 halftime lead with Junior Quarterback Terry Smith completing three touchdown passes, one to Senior Captain Matt Heaney who also rushed for 131 yards on 11 carries. The Warriors attempt to keep their motivation when they host the Blue Devils of Fairhaven High School Friday night at 7 PM.
Special thank you to staff member Rob Fontaine who stepped up and substituted as the Boys JV Soccer coach last Friday guiding the Warriors to a 2-1 victory, and likewise a thank you to Keri Kozlowski who filled a last minute void as the Freshmen Volleyball coach and has the young Warriors off to a 3-0 start.
Coaches Frank Mooney and Linda Horton have the young Warrior Cross Country team off on the right foot defeating Case High School in their first meet of the 2016 Fall Season.
For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule