SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
May 19, 2017 - Volume 2 - 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!
Monday, May 1, 2017 - Monday, July 31, 2017: Bus registrations are open. Please review these forms and print the ones you need. This will help you be prepared for next year.
Sunday, May 21, 2017: The Seekonk High School Band Banquet will take place at 6:30 pm. Tickets went on sale May 1st.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017: Senior Class Day
Tuesday, May 30, 2017: The Seekonk High School Senior Student-Athlete Banquet will be taking place at 7:00PM. This event will be held at the Attleboro Elks Club.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017: Senior Class Night will be taking place at 7:00PM 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.
Monday, June 12, 2017 - Thursday, June 15, 2017: Underclassmen Exams
Friday, June 16, 2017: Last Day of School (Early Release)
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!
Martin Elementary School's spring fling is here!
Eagle project underway...
Aidan Morrison (a junior) is a Boy Scout currently working toward the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Project involves the Seekonk Schools. From May 17th to June 2nd, he will be collecting toiletries that will benefit Doorways in Seekonk. These toiletries are toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, toilet paper, soap, combs, razors/shaving cream, and shampoo. There will be two large boxes with bright green posters attached to them in the school’s lobby. All donations will end up distributed at the local food pantry, and will accompany the food that many Seekonk residents need. Aiden offers a special thanks to all who donate as this will help greatly benefit the town of Seekonk and its residents who need help the most. If there are any questions, contact him through his email.
Unified track Team goes undefeated!
The Unified Track Team finished their regular season undefeated winning a tri-meet against DR and Case. The scores were as follows:
Seekonk -1st place- (342)
DR- 2nd place-(296)
Leo Pettey was the star of the meet. He won the shot, javelin and his heat for the 400m. Also, he was on the 4x400m relay that took first place! Be sure to congratulate the team on a job well done when you see them and do not miss out on the excitement next week when they competing in the Division 1- South Sectionals at Walpole High School.
Some other highlights from the meet: (FIRST PLACE FINISHES)
100m-Cheyenne Frausto, Felicia Prata, Alexis Aguiar, Jaidon Lima
400m- Cheyenne Frausto,Leo Pettey, Jaidon Lima, Austin Amaral
800m- Troy Pina
4X400 Relay-1st place
Javelin- Leo Pettey
Students recognized for over 100 hours of community service!
Thirty students were recognized by the local Kiwanis and Key Club in the library on the morning of March 18 for exceeding the community service graduation requirement by completing at least 100 hours of volunteer work! Do not forget to congratulate them when you see them! Find the complete list here!
The message of gratitude is often focused on the act of being grateful instead of the broader picture in which the source of that gratitude is recognized. Take a moment and thank those who have given you something to be grateful for. If you are anything like me that alone should keep you busy for awhile.
As a result, I want to start this section off by acknowledging some donations a Seekonk High School program recently received from some generous community partners. Seekonk High School as a whole would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Four Town Farm, PV Farm, Arruda’s Dairy and Fruitland for graciously supporting our interdisciplinary Farm to Table project. They lavished our project with generous donations of meat, dairy, and vegetables. Provisions from all them were carefully composed and gregariously shared at a culminating student prepared farm to table meal.
For more messages about gratitude, integrity, and character I invite you to visit (and follow if you like what you see) my new blog. The material is along the same lines; just a new platform. All I ask is a little patience and a lot of feedback as I learn the platform and put more material up. I am grateful to all of you who followed my other one and offered comments and feedback.
guidance - mrs. whatley
Parents of Seniors: All graduation requirements and obligations need to be met by the last day of final exams on May 25th in order to participate in graduation on June 2nd.
Scholarship applications for our seniors continue to come in each week. You cannot be selected as a recipient if you do not apply. Please encourage your senior to review the available scholarships, select some that are suited to them and to apply. Many community organizations and families work hard to provide scholarship opportunities for our seniors. Here is a complete list of the scholarships remaining.
assistant principal - mr. aguiar
Spring is here and as we head into the final portion of the school year I would like to reiterate several policies that could affect students at SHS. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Obligations for the purpose of this handbook include, but are not limited to text books, library books, detention hours, materials fees and lunch balances. It is important that part of the learning process include responsibility and accountability for fulfilling one’s obligations. Therefore, 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.
Mrs. Michelle Salisbury...for "taking the time and having the thought to place a personalized motivational note on every student's desk who was taking the Advanced Placement European History Exam. The notes gave words of encouragement and boosted the students' self confidence as they sat down to take this challenging exam." -Anonymous Parent
who we are - getting to know our staff
Various staff members are being asked to share 5 things about themselves in an effort to let everyone know about who makes up Seekonk High School's community. This week is:
Miss Kristin Nelson
- Education: I graduated from URI with a double major in Secondary Education and History with a concentration in Social Studies. I then went to Rhode Island College and earned a MA in Secondary Education.
- Path to Social Studies: I did not always love social studies, as a middle school student my favorite subject was math. I discovered my love for the social sciences in high school because I had amazing teachers who sparked my curiosity about the government and law. Students often ask me if I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and I explain that I entered college as a Political Science major and I thought I would do something with law. It wasn’t until my Sophomore year in college that I decided I wanted to teach.
- Coaching: Last year I started coaching Unified Sports at the high school. This is not my first time coaching. Before coaching here I was a competitive cheerleading coach in West Warwick at the MS and HS for 8 years. Coaching Unified sports is a completely different experience. The program has been rewarding for me because it fosters an environment of acceptance for all students and at the same time it still promotes healthy athletic competition.
- Competitive Spirit: My best and worst quality is my competitive spirit. It is good for goal setting and motivation. For example, when I was a student I had a teacher who entered our class in a year long national competition sponsored by Micheal Jordan where we had to set personal and academic goals. At the end of the year we wrote a reflective essay about our goals and progress. I was one of the national winners and I won a trip to Chicago for a weekend to meet Michael Jordan. On the other hand I can be too competitive. For example, I don’t think Spirit Week will be bringing back Teachers’ Musical Chairs :(
- Leisure: As the summer approaches I am looking forward to watching the Red Sox, spending time with my friends and family (especially my niece and nephews) and relaxing at the beach with a book.
art - mrs. machado-cook
Art Students win again at the Attleboro Arts Museum's High Art!
On May 12 Seekonk students installed their Art work "A Journey of Life" inspired by the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Students have been working on this installation after school for many months in Mrs. Machado-Cook's room. Several Massachusetts schools are invited to create an installation with a specific theme. This year the theme was Architecture; World Icons. Seekonk won second place for their work.
High Art juror, Andy Amatruda of Attleboro, MA had this to say about Seekonk's installation; "A striking visual interpretation of the structure from a “journey of life” perspective. Pillars of different heights support the various stages of the journey and are tied together by an excellent selection of form, color and materials. Congratulations – very well done!"
science - mrs. cunard
MESSAGE TO ENVIROTHON PARENTS: Michelle Fineblum, a parent of an Envirothon alum, is making an effort to include parents in the Mass Envirothon community. She wants you to know how the work of these young people is valued. She is also asking for your continued support by inviting you to contribute as you can to making the Envirothon happen. Take a look at her full letter here.
Jonathan Gray of Gray's Greens was the keynote speaker at last evening's Science Cafe. The Science Cafe also hosted student performance based project talks along with presentations by the Bio II and AP Biology classes. The greenhouse group held a plant sale in the evening as well. They still have Italian and French Mesculan Mixed greens available!
2017 Summer Science Academy!
Nurse - 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.
Sports - Mr. Crippen
Congratulations to Seekonk Sophomore Cammy Garabian who was named the Outstanding Field Performer at the MSTCA Coaches Invitational girls' meet held at Sharon High Saturday. Cammy won both the shot put and discus events. In addition, Freshman Abby Tenreiro took fourth place in the two-mile event. Great job Ladies!
There were even more outstanding performances from the Girls Outdoor Track team at Thursday’s South Coast Conference Championship at Apponequet High School: Cammy Garabian won the Shot put, AudreyRose Wooden won the discus, Abby Tenreiro won the 2 mile and came in third in the mile, Hanna Bradbury came in 5th in the 400, the 4x800 relay team came in third place with Tiffany Rainho, Madison Bedrosian, Jessica Kogut and Megan Accardi, and the 4x400 relay team came in 4th with Rachel Pion, Chloe Lunnie, Mia DiBiase and Hanna Bradbury.
The Seekonk Boys Tennis registered an exciting 3-2 home victory over Case High School this week. Ethan Santos, Jon Hung, and Trevor Lopez won their singles matches and secured the big win.
The Seekonk Girls Tennis team is on a roll after defeating Bourne High School 3-2 in a double match yesterday at Seekonk High School. The team’s record now sits at 10 and 4. Morgan Anderson, Jennavie Semedo, Charlotte Drainville, Hannah MacDonald, Claudette Elkhoury, Isabella Pezzulli, and Monica Maziarz have been key contributors this magic season. The team now awaits seeding in the MIAA State Tournament.
The Seekonk Baseball team has qualified for the post season using outstanding pitching from Tanner Emond, Josh Machado and Terry Smith along with timely hitting from Matt Gallup to propel them into the post season. The Warriors play Apponequet this afternoon in a conference tilt.
Do not forget about the Senior Sports Banquet that will be held Tuesday, May 30th at 7 PM at the Attleboro Elks Club.
All students interested in participating in Fall Sports next year should take advantage of Early Registration. Just go to the school’s website and click on Athletics and start the registration process.
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.