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February 10, 2017 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 21

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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Tuesday, February 28, 2017: Annual Opportunities Fair at Attleboro High School. Be sure to contact your guidance counselor or Ms. Louro before this event!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Meeting the Challenge Night. Want to challenge yourself, but are not sure? Do you have questions? Come see us at 6:30 as we (as well as students) open up the school and explain what taking Advanced Placement courses is like!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017: 21st Annual Seekonk Taste of the Town. 6:00PM - 9:00PM at the in the grand Rose Ballroom at the Clarion Inn; 940 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: College Planning Night at 6:30 in the high school library.

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!

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

21st Annual Seekonk Taste of the Town!

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 the Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk is sponsoring the 21st Annual Taste of the Towns. This fantastic food tasting event that features the areas finest restaurants, raffles, a 50/50, and auction! It will be held from 6:00PM - 9:00PM in the Grand Rose Ballroom at the Clarion Inn (940 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA) and tickets are only $30 each! To find out more and purchase tickets contact either Beverly Hart (phone: (508) 336-9352) or Beverly Della Grotta (phone: (401) 749-4841). Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible for this great event!

Seekonk High School Presents!

The Seekonk High School Drama Club will be performing Guys and Dolls this year! Shows will be on March 24th and 25th at 7:30PM. There will also be a Sunday matinee on March 26th at 2PM. Check out the flyer for more details!
The senior class is invited to intend the 2017 Opportunities Fair on Tuesday, February 28th. If students are interested in attending they should see their Guidance Counselor or Ms. Louro! All students who wish to attend will meet with Ms. Louro beforehand to make a resume and prepare for this networking event. If you have any questions please feel free to email Ms. Louro.

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...

Seekonk parks and recreation offer Scuba!

The Seekonk Parks and Recreation Department is offering a PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA CERTIFICATION course during the month of May. Any town resident, employee and a family member or guest over the age of 14 may sign up for the certification class. SCUBA is a great family hobby and or graduation gift. There is limited enrollment, so sign up ASAP. Find all the details by checking out this flyer!
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Dr. Jones

Weekly Message...

This weeks message comes in the form of a blog post I wrote a little while back. It is titled "In the Words of Others" and I happened upon it while I was doing some reflecting over these past two snow days. Between working (yes...even on a snow day), shoveling, and playing in the snow I stopped to think:

  • Am I working enough?
  • Am I playing enough?
  • Am I investing in my kids enough?
  • Am I balancing my life enough?

This blog seemed to address some of my thoughts perfectly and I thought I should share it. Just in case you are asking yourself some of the same questions. Too much work will make our lives shorter. Too much play will make our lives less purposeful. Finding the balance can be tough, but essential. Especially if we want to achieve as much success as possible by passing the desire, skill and ability on to our children; through nurturing and supporting the idea of independence, responsibility, and accountability. Have a read...tell me what you think.

Around School...

This week I offer a quick look at some work Mr. Will's Class was doing around the topic of Mitosis. First they learned about it and then identified the various stages by examining cells under the microscopes.
Mr Will's Biology Class

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

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!

Grade 11 students and their parents/guardians are invited to join us for our annual College Planning Night on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 in the high school library (grades 9 and 10 are also welcome to join us though the focus of the presentation will be on college planning and application steps for juniors). Hope to see you there.

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

Attention Parents & Students

2017-2018 SHS Handbook

The PBS committee will be reviewing our school Handbook and we are looking for feedback from the school community.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations please email them to Mr. Kevin Aguiar.

Suggestions will be reviewed prior to submission to the School Committee in the Spring.

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library - Mrs. Larson

DEAR Week is Next Week, Feb. 13-17!

It is Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week, February 13-17 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 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 on Monday!

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Art - Mrs. Machado-cook

Congratulations to Brittny Correia, RJ Donahue, Aubree Lawson, Lauren Shanahan and Carly Sias who each have artwork displayed in the EYA17!

Emerging Young Artists 2017 Invitational Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: January 23-February 11, 2017

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) has the pleasure to present the Emerging Young Artists 2017 Invitational Exhibition at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The exhibition will be on view in the CVPA Campus Gallery on the first floor of the CVPA building at UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth from January 23 to February 11, 2017. An opening reception for the exhibiting young artists, their art teachers, the UMass Dartmouth community, and the general public will be held on Saturday,February 11th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm (Snow day: Sunday, February 12). Awards will be presented at 2:30 pm.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is thrilled to host this 5th annual high school invitational exhibition and showcase the artwork of many of the region's talented art students. The Emerging Young Artists 2017 Invitational Exhibition recognizes the exceptional merit of high school art students from thirty-four high school art programs in Massachusetts.The participating schools were invited to be part of the exhibition for the long-term commitment they have demonstrated to art education and for the quality of work that comes from their art programs. The art teachers from these high schools were asked to select artwork in any media (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, film, video, graphic design etc.) from their best students to be included in this group exhibition. The result is a marvelous exhibition that showcases the talents of these young artists. Over 170 works will be on display.

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Music - Mr. Smialek

Tim Fortin has also just learned that he was selected to perform with the Massachusetts Music Educator's All-State Festival Concert Band. Tim auditioned at Shrewsbury High School last weekend and was selected for this honor competing against bass players from across the state. The Festival will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston from March 9-11 and Tim will perform with the All-State Band in Boston's Symphony Hall on March 11th.

Upcoming Band events: Please make note of these dates-

Monday, Feb. 13- Marching Band Performance at Hurley Middle School, periods A and B

Wednesday, March 1- Somerset Jazz Festival, 4- 7 pm

Saturday, March 4- Marching Band in Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade, noon

Thursday, March 16th- SHS Jazz Dinner, 6:30-8:00 in the SHS Cafeteria. Tickets will go on sale before February vacation.

Model UN - Mrs. larson

It’s a Special Duck-livery!

Send a rubber duck to your student and help the Model UN team go to Boston! Make a student’s day with a cute quacker, complete with a personalized message attached with a ribbon around the neck. The cost is only $3 per duck and includes delivery right to the recipient’s classroom during last period on Friday, February 17!

Students can order ducks during all 3 lunch periods for the next 2 weeks. Family members can PRINT OUT THE ORDER FORM HERE and send it into the SHS main office.

Please Give a Quack and Help the Model UN team!

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Science - Mrs. Cunard

S.T.E.M. & E.E.P. news!

Early Enrollment Program

If you are taking Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Chemistry, or Advanced Physics and want to earn EEP credit you must register for your Spring courses no later than Thursday, February 16th with Mrs. Cunard!

STEM Certificates

Get recognized at graduation for your dedication to Science, Math, and Technology! Certificate of STEM Concentration Applications are due to Mrs. Cunard By March 1st!

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

State mandated screenings for scoliosis (grade 9), vision, hearing, height and weight (grade 10) will begin in a few weeks. If you do not want your child to participate in the mandated screenings and have NOT sent me an email stating this, please do so by February 15, 2017.

The Polished Program is coming to Seekonk High School in March. This free dental cleaning will occur during school and is open to all students. Stay tuned for more details.

Flu season is here and the CDC has sent important information about the virus. “Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever, aches, chills, weakness, fatigue, sneezing, stuffy nose, sore throat, chest discomfort and cough.” It is important to keep your child home from school if symptomatic or has a fever. They may return when they are symptom-free or without a fever.

February 3rd is National Wear Red Day which brings attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Women all over should make changes in their diet, exercise, and stressors to help with their heart health.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

The feel good story of the Winter Season ended in spectacular fashion Saturday afternoon as both the Boys and the Girls Swim teams concluded their regular season as undefeated South Coast Conference champions downing Dighton Rehoboth in a dual meet here at SHS. Freshman Rob Strycharz won both the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle with personal best times. Freshman Abigail Tenreiro won both the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle qualifying for the MIAA South Sectional Meet in both.

A host of Seekonk Swimmers will compete this weekend in the MIAA South Sectional Meet at MIT. They are Maddy Paine, Abigail Tenreiro, Lauren Shanahan, Lyla Carvalho, Sydney Cayer, Jocelyn Fournier, Natalie Kach and Meghan McLaughlin from the Girls team, and Blake Anderson, Jake Ciofi, Tommy Ciolfi, Brett Mancini, Michael Nadeau, Troy Pina, Andrew Silveira and Robert Strycharz from the Boys Team. Congratulations and Good luck!

Friday night’s basketball games, both Boys and Girls, against New Bedford Voke have been postponed due to the storm. The Boys will make up their games this Sunday away with the Frosh game at 3:30, the JV game at 5 and the Varsity game at 6:30.The Girls games will be made up Tuesday, February 21 with the JV game at 1 PM and the Varsity game at 2:30 PM.

The SCC Indoor Track and Field Championships, snowed out on Thursday, will take place tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM at New Bedford Voke. Good luck to our Boys and Girls teams.

Senior Day for the Girls Basketball team will be this Tuesday, St. Valentine’s Day, before the home game versus Wareham. All involved are asked to arrive around 6:15 for this 6:30 game.

Senior Day for the Boys Basketball team will this Wednesday, February 15th, before the home game versus Norton High School. All involved are asked to arrive around 6:15 for this 6:30 game.

The MIAA Spring Pre Season Mandatory meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 8th, has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. No make up date has been scheduled yet.

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.

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.