SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
ISSUE 14 - April 8, 2016
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.
One of Seekonk High's hardest-working students, senior Nate Girard needs your help! His PSA video is entered in a scholarship contest and he needs VOTES! Take the time and visit this link to vote!
The Class of 2018 would like to thank all who "weathered the storm" on Monday, April 4th and dined in or ordered take-out at Chelo's. They are thankful for your support!
The Portuguese Club is sponsoring a soccer tournament on April 13th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. This is going to be a great time for everyone that enters. There is only a little time left to get a team together and enter. The deadline is April 1st. Check out the sign up form here! There will be many raffle items donated by local businesses from a Vera Bradley bag, gas cards and restaurant gift certificates.
The Class of 2017 will be selling Prom tickets starting next week. Tickets will be on sale during all three lunches from April 11th until April 29th. Tickets will be $75 each. Cash or checks made out to the Town of Seekonk are acceptable. All students will receive a Prom Seating Arrangement Request form which they must fill out and return by April 29th. Thank you and happy Prom Season!
Learn to Scuba Dive
Registrations are due by April 23, 2016. Check out this flyer for all the information!
34 students completed the National Portuguese Exam this week. Everyone should be proud of their effort, willingness, and eagerness to take the exam! We look forward to receiving the results in early May!
The Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) at Seekonk High School will be holding another used clothing and household items drive on Saturday, April 30th. Items that can be donated are clothing, shoes, sneakers, pocket books, backpacks, bedding, curtains, toys and sporting goods. Items can be placed in any garbage bag or box . Bags can be dropped off at the high school from 9am till noon on April 30th. If you would like to leave your items earlier they can be left in the lobby of the school or dropped off at 153 Jean Dr. anytime before the 30th. All money raised will help support school year student activities as well as the PAC scholarship. Any questions feel free to email Colleen O' Halloran.
New England Tech is Holding Their Summer Camp
Current high school juniors and seniors to participate in NE Tech’s Summer Tech Camp. Check out the invitation here! The NE Tech Admissions Tech Camp is designed as an exploratory hands on program offering a variety of technical majors. Take a look at them here. Seating is limited so look into this great opportunity fast!
Yearbooks are officially on sale!
If any student would like to purchase the 2016 SHS yearbook they can go online to this site and just follow the on screen prompts. Another option is to pick up an order form in the main office or print one out and return the money and form to Ms. Marinucci. Yearbooks are $70 (plus engraving or cover costs if you choose) and checks can be made payable to the Town of Seekonk. Do it soon because orders are DUE BY: APRIL 29, 2016!
School Year Memories - Photo Access!
Did you know that your sports and events images from this school year are available online? Just go to this website, enter your email address, and the password seekonk to see the amazing collection of images! You can even purchase some of your favorites!
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:
Thursday, May 5 - Honor Societies - Induction Ceremonies @ 6:30 PM
Saturday, May 14 – Prom at the Viking Hotel in Newport from 6:30-10:30 PM
Friday, May 27-Saturday, May 28 – Senior Trip to Six Flags and Lake George
Wednesday, June 1 - Senior Class Night @ 7 PM
Friday, June 3 - Graduation @ 6:30 PM
Thursday, June 9 - AP Night @ 6:30
Seekonk high School Model United Nations Team Makes news!
Katherine Silveira wins daughters of the american revolution (DAR) award!
Carly Sias gains acceptance to Massachussetts Art All State!
The Art Department is proud to announce that junior Carly Sias has been accepted to Massachusetts Art All State. It is a great honor to be chosen to participate in this program. Carly will be attending on June 11 and 12, 2016. Art All-State is a two-day event at the UMASS Dartmouth. Students nominated and accepted into the program spend two days working in studios directed by professional artists.
Art All-State brings together some of the most talented juniors from across the state. The students, competitively selected, collaborate with artist/mentors to create group installations. Through gallery and studio experiences Art All-State challenges and inspires these participants to think creatively about themselves and the role that art can play in life after high school. Carly is going to have a great experience. Congratulations Carly Sias!
Set expectations, not excuses and success will come
Now that we have reached the end of the Third Term, I thought it may be helpful to point out something as the year is officially in the “last lap”. Whether we have good grades, have met some goals, or failed at both; many of us can do better. Unfortunately, often when we are faced with a failure or adversity it is easy to make an excuse as to why it cannot be done rather than shouldering some hardship and a lot of responsibility in an effort to get it done. Additionally damaging is when we use the excuse that we either cannot do it or are not good at it because that’s “just the way it is.” This is where expectations come into play. I often think of a quote attributed to an unknown 6th grader that said, “My teacher thought I was smarter than I was – so I was.”
Just recently an article was forwarded to me that illustrated the power of expectations. It rehashed an old experiment known as the Rosenthal Experiment and how it relates to the Pygmalion effect. I have included this short article for you to read here. You may have never heard of either of these two things, but a quick summary is that this study illustrates “the phenomenon that explains better performances by people when greater expectations are put on them.” So how does this apply to the beginning of the end of the school year?
That is one thing I expect you already know.
If you need a higher grade to pass a class…set a goal and expect you can accomplish it.
If you are not doing well in a sport…expect to do better and get it done.
If there is anything you want to get or do better at…think you can and then do it.
This sounds great, but you need to remember nothing comes without work and sacrifice. It is supposed to be uncomfortable. That is the only way we know we are pushing ourselves hard enough to grow. In the end, we are the only ones who really decide how successful we are and that is by expecting the best of ourselves and believing that we have the ability to achieve it.
Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
SADD is organizing Distractology- The science of distracted driving. Students who have a drivers license of driving permit were able to sign up to participate in Distractology, a mobile simulator experience on how to become a safer driver by learning to avoid and ignore distractions on the road. Partners Insurance group is providing the special training for teens funded by Arbella Insurance Foundation. The week of April 11-15 there will be trailer on site to provide students with a free training on the dangers of distractions while driving. Students were able to sign up for a spot to attend a 30 minute training taking place between 7:30 am-3:30 PM the week of April 11th. For more information you can visit their website found here.
Mrs. Heather Kinniburgh...This is most of the message forwarded by a student who wished to remain anonymous. The only section that was edited would have possibly given away the identity of the student. "She shows all of her students that even though she expects a lot from us and a lot of hard work needs to be put in, she understands how stressful life can get at times and she does everything she can to help us along. She's also always after school and willing to provide help." - Anonymous student
Advanced Placement Language and Literature Students..."Shout out for all the AP Lang and Lit students who attended their AP session this past Saturday deconstructing their mock exam. Presenters from other schools all commented on how respectful and engaged the Seekonk students were. Seekonk and Durfee had the highest attendance percentages at 95%." - Mrs. Hellmold and Mrs. Pomfret.
Mrs. Cunard, Mrs. Borden and Mr. Bonneau..."for serving as positive role models and mentors in STEM education. They all chaperoned a motivated group of students to UMass Dartmouth on Thursday evening to hear first hand the inspiring words from Dr. Jane Goodall. Students were able to participate in the Green Fair and hear about the International Shoots and Roots program." - Mrs. Whately
Science - Mrs. Cunard
SHS GOES TO THE JANE GOODALL EVENT
Library News - Mrs. Larson
What’s the SHS Book Group Reading?
The SHS Book Club will meet on Wednesday, April 27 right after school in the library.
We’ll be talking about Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. All students welcome to join the group at any time! Talk to Mrs. Larson in the SHS Library.
National Honor Society
In other news, the National Honor Society will wrap up the year with Earth Day Cleanup on April 23rd and Teacher Appreciation on May 6th, while new members will be contacted soon and inducted into the National Honor Society on May 5th.
Our biggest event of the quarter was the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Students came to weekly meetings to fill over 3000 eggs. The inclement weather pushed the hunt to Saturday, but that didn't stop the kids from coming, as we still had a great turnout! Thank you to all who made our event successful and fun! On another note, as the seniors depart, we are looking for new members for the Key Club Exec Board. Students can be current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors. Those interested should see Mrs. Marinucci by next Friday, 4/15. The next meeting will be on April 28 to elect the EBoard's newest members.
Sports with Mr. Crippen
Once again weather has forced most of Seekonk’s Spring Sports teams indoors as the weather just refuses to cooperate.
The Baseball games scheduled with New Bedford Voke this week were obviously postponed Wednesday and Thursday, and have been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 24. The JV and Varsity Baseball Friday home game with Fairhaven has been postponed as well. They will be played this Saturday, April 9 at 10 AM. The Varsity will play at the high school and Junior Varsity will play at the Middle School.
The track meet scheduled for Monday with Dighton Rehoboth has been postponed, as well, to Thursday.
There is no definite word, as of now, about our Softball team’s road games with Fairhaven Friday, but it is likely they will be rescheduled as well.
For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule