SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!

Welcome!

December 2, 2016 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 12


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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thank you!

2016 Dodgeball Tournament

THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported the Dodgeball Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 22. It was a great event that ran smoothly thanks to the tremendous help of our wonderful staff, the marvelous student participants, and supportive fans. We were able to raise almost $2000 for the SHS Fund (Staff Helping Students) which provides assistance to many students with senior packages, field trips, other school expenses and especially the holidays.


Special thanks to those who helped out on the night and those who came to support the kids.

Mrs. Horton, Ms. Kozlowski, Mr. Medeiros, Ms. Nelson, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Fontaine, Mr. Perry, Mr. Berwick, Mr. Devlin, Mr. Moran, Dr. Jones, Mr. Aguiar, Mrs. Whatley, Mrs. Billings, Mrs. Laliberte, Ms. Jones, Mrs. Kinniburgh, and Mr. Hoogerziel.


And the winners are...


Club: National Honor Society

Girls Sports: Volleyball

Boys Sports: Varsity Football

Open: #Free Ferrick

Picture Retakes We will be holding picture retakes on Thursday, December 8 at 12:30-1:30PM.


College Financing (MEFA) Meeting Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:30 in the Seekonk High School Auditorium.


New Science Cafe December 9, 2016 in the Seekonk High School Library at 6:00. The topic will be "Colonizing the Final Frontier: How to Live on Mars".


Looking for a great Christmas or Graduation gift? Seekonk Parks and Recreation are offering two great opportunities. Skiing on Fridays at Wachusett (details here), during the months of January and February and Open Water SCUBA certification (details here) in May of 2017. Spaces are filling up very quickly so be sure to act on these great opportunities soon.


Make sure your American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification is up to date! Mrs. Giammarco is offering a re-certification class on Tuesday, December 27 at 8:00am-1:00pm. To be eligible to participate you need a: Current Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR Card, Lifeguard manual, and CPR pocket mask. Contact our Aquatic Director 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!


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 Class Day - Friday, May 26, 2017

Senior Class Night - Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 7:00PM

Graduation - Friday, June 2, 2017 @6:30PM

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Allyson Patterson named to the All State Team!

A very special congratulations to Seekonk Senior Girls Soccer player Allyson Patterson who was named to the Division 4 Massachusetts All State Team by the Eastern Massachusetts Girls Soccer Coaches Association.

Three Seniors make the SCC All Star Football Team!

Seniors Matt Heaney, Ryan Lamoureux and Isaac Elkhoury have been chosen to this year’s South Coast Conference All Star Football team. The hard work and dedication clearly paid its dividends this season. Congratulations!

Seven Seekonk Athletes named to The Sun Chronicle 2016 Fall All-Star Teams!

Congratulations to the following Seekonk High School student-athletes who have been chosen to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle All Star team for the Fall Season: from the Field Hockey team Alyssa Poland, Abigail Hopkins and Nicole Silva, from the Boys Soccer team Ethan Paiva, from the Girls Soccer team Ally Patterson, from the Vollyball team Luke Klaegrafe and from the Girls Cross Country team Freshman Abigail Tenreiro. All of these athletes were photographed and will be featured in upcoming issues of the newspaper.

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Dr. Jones

2016 Spirit Week!

This year's Spirit Week was a huge success! There were many of the same games that students participated in, but a few new ones were added to the mix. Human sized Hungry Hungry Hippos made an appearance along with the latest craze called the Mannequin Challenge. I definitely do not want to forget to mention that the seniors won!


Most importantly is what Spirit Week is really all about. Sure it looks as if students are just blowing off steam, their classes, and work, but actually they are learning a very important lesson through it all; teamwork and engagement. Through friendly competition, students learn that they need to put in the work to reap the rewards. They learn that it takes the whole team rather than one person working hard while the rest relax. I was very proud of all the students who participated. At times they won and at times they lost, but the acted respectfully, heard some important messages, and learned some valuable lessons.

SHS Spirit Week 2016

smells like school spirit...

Harriet Turk came to speak to the students at Seekonk High School on Tuesday, November 22. Her message of being true to yourself, engaging everyone, leading by example and authenticity was powerful and well accepted by our students. Another speaker/vlogger accompanied Harriet. His name is Josh Drean and his reaction to our school was; "It was a pleasure meeting you and your students yesterday. I have never seen a school with so much spirit! Very much appreciated their energy and enthusiasm towards a healthy rivalry." He documented his experience in the short video below. You have to check it out!
Smells like SCHOOL SPIRIT!

Around School...

This clip comes from Mrs. Machado's class. Sculpture students studied the artist Robert Indiana who is famous for using letters and numbers to tell a story in his artwork. You may recall his “LOVE” sculpture found around the world. Students were asked to choose a word that they have a personal connection to. They constructed the letters using recycled cardboard then covered the cardboard with plaster craft. Once the letters were constructed, students painted a design on the surface that helped enhance the meaning behind the letters/words.
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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

Financial Aid Night!- Seekonk High School is hosting Financial Aid Night on Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium. A representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, MEFA a non-profit organization sponsored by the state, will present college financial aid information. Explanations on Cost of Attendance, FAFSA , grants, loans and other important topics will be addresses. Parents of seniors new to the financial aid process and any other interested parents of college bound students are encouraged to attend. Feedback from past years has revealed that attendees found the information extremely useful.


Have you activated your Parent Plusportal account? This is the method, new this year, for teachers to post student grades and assessment information for courses. We will be looking at loading progress reports and report cards into the portal in the future. STEP 1 is to activate your account. An email was sent to the email address of the primary contact on file in our school database management system. If you have not received your login information please call to check on the email address we have on file. In the enews next week we will be sending information on how to view your student's progress report for second quarter.


All juniors received information this week on participating in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Seekonk high school will host testing the morning of December 14th in the cafeteria. We use the assessment results as a career exploration tool to help identify occupations that are in line with their interests and skills. Each students receive a summary report which identifies their percentile scores as compared to other 11th grade students in areas of Career Exploration Scores and sub test scores. Interested students must submit their name to the guidance office by December 6th to participate.


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

Parents and Students -


Take advantage of the opportunities provided to receive additional academic assistance at SHS in the following two ways:


Library Open Extra Time


The library is now open after school on Monday's & Thursday's 2:30 - 3:30.


Extra Academic Help Available


Teachers are available twice per week (varies by teacher) to give extra assistance to our students from 2-2:45. I encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity to receive small group academic assistance throughout the school year.

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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!

"We are very fortunate to have two amazing art teachers, Mrs. Machado Cook and Ms. Jones, who not only have expertise within their content area, but also always go above and beyond to best meet the needs of all students. Their flexibility and positive student/teacher relationships are greatly appreciated!" - Mrs. Mello

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art - Miss Jones

Period A students collaborated to create a mural installation inspired by the work of street artist Keith Haring. Keith Haring's playful and colorful installations promote love, equality, and unity. Take a walk by in the math hallway to view this amazing student work! Want to add a piece of the mural? Stop by Miss Jones room, 357. It only takes a minute!

culinary - Mrs. Dahmer

Omelets!

Students learn to make all types of food in Mrs. Dahmer's classroom. Here are a few pictures of their latest assignment...
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science - mrs. cunard

teens start science cafe

The Science Club is starting Teen Science Cafe which a national thing (http://teensciencecafe.org/). We have guest speakers from Brown lined up for December 9th in the library at 6 pm. their talk will be "Colonizing the Final Frontier: How to Live on Mars".
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Library - Mrs. larson

Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week is Back - Dec. 5-9!

DEAR Week is back and Seekonk High students are again encouraged to discover the joy of reading through Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time. During the first 10 minutes of each day next week, students and teachers are invited to start off the day with a good book or magazine. Every participating reader will be eligible to win a $5 Dunkin' Donuts Gift card! One will be given away each month and winners will be announced on Friday of each DEAR Week.


On Monday, be sure that your student brings a book or magazine to Drop Everything And Read!

PAC Gift Cards are back!

The Parents Advisory Committee is able to place the orders for these gift cards and they receive a percentage of every gift card ordered. The way it works is that you fill out the order form for the gift cards you need and attach a check made out to PAC. Have your student bring this order form into the main office once it is completed. PAC places the order and we will deliver the cards either to you or have your student bring the cards home for you. Some of the great benefits of this program is that it allows you to order most cards needed for the holidays without paying activation fees for the cards or running store to store to get the cards. You get 100% of the value of the card and the PAC is rewarded with a percentage of the cards you order. Some cards pay up to 18% of the value of the card. So if you buy a $100 LL Bean card, you get the $100 card and PAC gets $18. This is a great program during the holidays to generate some additional money for the PAC and help you with your holiday shopping. Cards can also be purchased for places you frequent yourself, Stop and Shop, local restaurants, Dunkin and gas stations. Buy a few cards and use at your convenience and help support student activities in the high school!


The order due dates will be 11/23, 12/2, 12/9 and 12/15. The orders will all be delivered before the students leave for holiday break.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

The Seekonk High School Football team closed out an historic season with a dramatic come-from-behind overtime 34-28 road victory over Dighton-Rehoboth High School Thanksgiving morning on the fiftieth anniversary of this Turkey Day rivalry. Junior Quarterback Terry Smith ran for one touchdown and threw four touchdown passes including the game tying strike to Senior Nathan Ferrick with 40 seconds remaining in regulation and the game winning 10-year pass to Isaac Elkhoury in overtime. The team finished with an 8-3 record, captured a three-way tie for the conference championship, made it all the way to the MIAA Division 4 South Sectional Finals, won three overtime thrillers and upended the Falcons for the first time since 2010. Congratulations to Coach Crawford, his staff and all the student-athletes for a memorable season!


Senior Nate Ferrick and Junior Brian Dias were given Honorable Mention for this year's South Coast Conference All-Star Team and Senior Isaac Fernandes won the team’s Sportsmanship Award. Congratulations!


Winter tryouts began Monday, November 28th and all Winter Schedules are available now on the school website.


Good luck to the Girls Basketball team who will be travelling to Diman Voke High School in Fall River today for a scrimmage.


Good luck to the Boys Basketball team who will be traveling to Randolph High School Saturday morning for their first scrimmage of the season.


The Athletic Department would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Jim Roy and his staff for the outstanding job done in maintaining all of Seekonk High School’s playing fields during this Fall Season.

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.