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April 28, 2017 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 28

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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Wednesday, May 3, 2017: The National, Portuguese, and Spanish Honor Societies Induction Ceremony will take place at 6:30PM in the auditorium.

Filthy car? The Class of 2017 will be hosting a car wash on Sunday, May 7th from 10:30am-2:30pm. The car wash will be located at Seekonk High School, near the bus entrance by the library. Come join us!

Saturday, May 13, 2007 - Monday, May 15, 2007: The senior trip will be taking place. Please see the class advisors for details.

Thursday, May 18, 2017: One night, three great Science Club events! There will be, Science Cafe with students talking and presenting, Envirothon soil testing for just $5.00/sample, and a Greenhouse plant sale fundraiser

Friday, May 26, 2017: Senior Class Day

Tuesday, May 30, 2017: The Seekonk High School Senior Student-Athlete Banquet will be taking place at 6:30PM. This event will be held at the Attleboro Elks Club.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017: Senior Class Night will be taking place at 6:30PM in the auditorium. All seniors are expected to be present and in their graduation gowns.

Friday, June 2, 2017: GRADUATION takes place at 6:30PM! The location will depend on the weather.

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:

Underclassmen Exams - Monday, June 12, 2017 - Thursday, June 15, 2017

Last Day of School - Friday, June 16, 2017

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Seekonk Students Recognized as Academic All Stars!

A HUGE congratulations goes out to Jacob Ciolfi, Madison Gilmore, Madison Paine, Joshua Lane, and Griffin Hoskins 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

Important announcement!

I usually do not address a topic like this in the newsletter and my weekly message, but thought it important enough to do so this time. Especially due to the possible safety risks to some of our most vulnerable students. So please take the time to read and listen to these messages.

You may have heard of, heard your students talking about, or even watched a newer series on Netflix titled 13 Reasons Why. This series is based on a novel of the same title. Why the novel tells a complex and difficult story; it may be taken a piece at a time and properly debriefed. The series does not afford the same safeguards. Rather it is extremely graphic and has "raised concerns among suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide." We are concerned about this because some of our students are watching this and most likely binge watching with no time to process difficult content. The series portrays:

  • glamorization of suicide
  • failure of adults to notice/respond to crisis
  • graphic suicide, which is connected with 4-5x greater risk for suicide for vulnerable people
  • no alternate ways to seek help

While we do not recommend students watch this series, the Seekonk High School Guidance Department and Support Personnel have created a quick handout for you to read that offers resources and methods to assist you if you find that your student has or is viewing this show. Please take a look at it here.

In fact, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has issued a briefing for schools and parents that includes sections that address cautions about the series, guidance for educators, guidance for families, and safe messaging for students. Most important, this document provides additional resources for individuals needed help or those who care about them. Please, although it is long, take the time to read it here in its entirety.

Weekly Message...

This weekly message is directly tied to the message above. I believe it is that important. While many of us enjoy movies as an escape to another time, place, or existence; there are those who have difficulty processing the difference between cinematic dramatization and factual life. That difference becomes even more difficult for those of us who suffer from depression or thoughts of harming ourselves. The truth is that there is help out there, suicide is never the answer, and often it is a much more complex issue than portrayed on film. Please take the time to read the provided documents and listen to the message.

4/28/17 Weekly Newsletter
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assistant principal - mr. aguiar

As we head into the final few months of school I want to bring your attention to the following policy once again:

Obligations - Obligations for the purpose of this handbook include, but are not limited to textbooks, library books, detention hours, materials fees and lunch program balances.

Students who do not fulfill their obligations to Seekonk High School by the designated times will receive consequences. Specifically, students who have outstanding obligations will be restricted from the following: participation in or attendance at any extracurricular activity, all sports, all dances (including prom), participation in graduation ceremony.

The administration holds the right to assign additional, appropriate consequences based upon the circumstance if necessary. Obligations as well as their consequences carry over from year to year.

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On Thursday, April 27, the Seekonk High Model United Nations Team held its annual “Evening of Desserts and Diplomacy” for students, parents and family members. The coffee and dessert reception included senior presentations and the announcement of officers for the 2017-18 year. The elected officers are:

Noah Brennick, '18 - President

Jason Ho, '18 - Vice President

Tommy Ciolfi,'19 - Secretary

Erin Keough, '20 - Treasurer

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Music - mr. smialek

The Seekonk High School Band had a great time and performed wonderfully during their trip to Disney over April vacation. Their level of dedication shone through as they had a great public performance at the Waterside Stage in Disney Springs. Check out the pictures below.

Music Department Scholarships: Seniors are reminded that the Seekonk Music Parents Association sponsors three scholarships each year to students who participated in Band at SHS. Applications for these scholarships are available in guidance and usually need to be returned early in May.

Upcoming Music Dept. events: Spring Concert, Wednesday, May 17th, Great East Band Festival, Friday, May 19th, SHS Band Banquet, Sunday, May 21st at 6:30 pm, tickets go on sale May 1st.

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science - mrs. cunard

2017 Summer Science Academy!

2017 Summer Science Academy at Bridgewater State University is now looking for registrations. This academy is a wonderful opportunity for all high school students. Participants work in a state of the art laboratory, performing numerous laboratory experiments/procedures. Another added will make a college application standout among others when admissions offices are making their decisions! Check out this link for more information!


Science Cafe: Friday, March 31st, marked the second Science Cafe for the Science Club. Dr. Peter Shank of Brown University gave a talk entitled "Viral Pathogens, Past, Present and Future". Twenty-two students attended the event in the SHS library. The next Science Cafe will be on Thursday, May 18th during the Seekonk Arts & Exhibition Festival. SHS seniors will present their performance-based projects and Bio II and AP Biology students will present their research on the Runnins River. The club is hoping to have a guest speaker as well.

Envirothon Team: Members of the team will be attending a workshop at Alden Labs in Holden, MA on Saturday, April 8th in preparation for the Envirothon Competition May 18th. The team will be accepting soil samples for testing at the Seekonk Arts & Exhibition Festival on the evening of May 18th. The soil testing is a fundraiser and is related to the current topic of soil and water sustainability. Each sample will cost $5 to test. Test results and recommendations will be provided.

Greenhouse Group: The Greenhouse Group will be selling plants at the Seekonk Arts & Exhibition Festival. The plants will have been raised in the greenhouse which the group obtained through a grant from Mass Agriculture in the Classroom.

science opportunities for students:

Explore your career interests & make your college application stand out!

UCONN Explore Engineering:

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Summer Community Swim Hours

Summer is here! Do not forget to register for swimming classes or stop in for open swim. There are many levels of swimming available for everyone to take part. Lessons are based on the American Red Cross model. Reserve your spot before they all fill up! Check out the flyer for more details and contact Seekonk High School Aquatics Director Megan Giammarco to get registered.
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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

Glaxo Smith Kline has issued a voluntary recall for Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers for possible package leakage. The lot numbers are: 6ZP0003 and 6ZP9944. Patients may call the company with any questions: 1-888-825-5249.

There has been an update on expanded Epi-pen recalls. Please read this link for the lot numbers and expiration dates. Some students have the Epi-pens that were recalled. Mylan Specialty Co. has issued the steps to take with a recall Epi-pen and the link is attached.

Spring weather is finally here and parents need to make sure that students with asthma are carrying updated inhalers if needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mrs. Rok.

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance of abuse among teens in the US and may put your health and safety at risk. The following facts on alcohol are from National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens on the effects on teen’s brains:

Short-term Consequences of Intoxication (being “drunk”)

  • An intoxicated person has a harder time making good decisions.

  • A person is less aware that his/her behavior may be inappropriate or risky.

  • A person may be more likely to engage in risky behavior, including drinking and driving, sexual activity (like unprotected sex) and aggressive or violent behavior.

  • A person is less likely to recognize potential danger.

Long-Term Consequences as the Teen Brain Develops:

  • Research shows that drinking during the teen years could interfere with normal brain development and change the brain in ways that:

  • Have negative effects on information processing and learning.

  • Increase the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder later in life.
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Sports - Mr. Crippen

Seekonk High School’s baseball team now sits at 6 wins and 3 losses as the season approaches its midway mark. Thursday afternoon Senior co-captain Tanner Emond throttled the Apponequet Lakers 3-0 with a complete game one hitter. Monday Junior Terry Smith threw a three-hit complete game striking out nine as the Warriors downed the Case Cardinals 8-1 in Swansea and running his pitching record to 3 wins and 0 losses. Fellow Junior Luke Robitaille had the big blast of the day, a grand slam homerun.

Congratulations to Seekonk High swimmer Troy Pina who has just signed his letter of intent to join the St. Peter’s College swim team next year. Troy joins the likes of fellow Warrior student-athletes like Allyson Patterson who will play on the Ladies’ Soccer Team at Southern New Hampshire University next year, and Abigail Hopkins who will join the University of Tennessee’s Equestrian team next year.

The following Seekonk student-athletes have been chosen to attend the South Coast Conference Leadership Workshop May 11 at Bourne High School: Mia DiBiase, Abigail Tenreiro, Katie Provazza, Charlotte Drainville, Matt Silveira, Adam Horowitz, Kevin Moszkowicz, Brendan Morales, Robert Strycharz, and Jake Gausland.

Rain has played havoc with recent Seekonk athletic events so please take the time to go the Athletic website to check out make up dates.

Do not forget to clear your calendars for Tuesday, May 30th. That evening will be the Seekonk High School Senior Student-Athlete banquet at the Attleboro Elks Club at 6:30.

Seekonk tennis player Junior Claudette Elkhoury remains undefeated in singles and doubles play for the 3-3 Warrior Girls Tennis team who defeated Case High School 4-1 Thursday.

The Seekonk Girls Softball raised their record to 4 wins and 3 losses downing Apponequet High School 6-0 Thursday. Sophomore Kelsey Majkut shut out the Lady Lakers fanning 9 and allowing only 2 hits and contributing two hits of her own. Nicole Silva and Ashley Wyrostek chipped in with two hits each.

Good luck to the Seekonk Girls and Boys Outdoor Track teams at this Sunday’s Massachusetts State Relays at North Reading High School.

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.

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