Raider Family News

May, 2023

Meet the Social Studies Department

Each month we are highlighting a different department and providing exciting news about the activities occurring within that department. This month we highlight the Social Studies Department.

Number of Department Members: 13

Alice Ferris, Social Studies Content Coordinator

Emily Cabral

John Correia

Matthew Dionne

Jason Farias

Nicholas Freitas

Stephanie Freitas

Brian Horta

Raymond McDonald

Steven Melo

Sarah Pavao

Mitchell Pettey

Emily Vasconcelos

Total Number of Years of Teacher Experience: 218 years

Types of Degrees Held By Members of the Department:

  • BA History

  • BA Psychology

  • BA Sociology

  • BS Finance

  • MAT Business Education

  • MAT History Education

  • Juris Doctor (Law)

We bring these strengths to our students:

  • A passion for the content knowledge connected to History, Psychology, Business and Social Science curriculum to make learning relevant.

  • The acquired knowledge and skills to assist the students in their career pursuits as well as in becoming active and engaged citizens.

  • Dedication, patience, and concern for student’s learning and social emotional needs.

  • Course Program of Studies:

    • Required Courses: US History I, US History II, Modern World History

    • Strong AP program of studies

    • Various Social Science and Business Electives

  • Academic Support: Every Wednesday

  • Experience and involvement in community service, coaching, mentoring, and a variety of sports and extracurricular clubs:

    • Football

    • Basketball

    • Hockey

    • Volleyball

    • DECA

    • Model UN

    • Amnesty International

    • Ski Club

    • Grade 11 & 12 Class Advisors

Our Department Vision Is:

In the Social Studies department all students will develop into responsible, engaged citizens who are prepared to succeed in the world beyond graduation. The perspectives gained through the study of Social Studies allows for the growth of empathetic individuals who are respectful of global and cultural diversity. The academic rigor and instruction within the department coursework fosters independent critical thinkers with coping skills to persevere through challenges. Skills that students develop will be applied in the ever changing technological world.

Interesting Facts About Our Social Studies Teachers:

  • Four SHS and Three SBRHS Graduates

  • Four careers prior to teaching: law, finance, construction and jewelry industry

  • One teacher coached an athletic team at Gillette Stadium

  • One coach of an undefeated 2023 conference championship team

  • Four college athletes

  • Three high school “Hall of Famers”- 1 player, 2 teams

  • One teacher worked at a movie theater 14 years

  • One member loves to collect historical items at yard sales

  • Six avid gardeners and cooks

  • We all consider ourselves a "work family"

Class of 2023 Senior Activity Dates

Classs of 2023 Students and Families: Please mark your calendars with these important dates/times:

May 12, 2023

  • Junior-Senior Prom 6pm-10pm Wyndham Newport, RI

May 19, 2023

  • Senior Lunch

  • Students will report to their regularly scheduled lunch

  • Cap and gown distribution during Senior lunch-Please remember all financial obligations need to be met prior to receiving your cap and gown.

May 26, 2023

  • Last Day of School for Seniors (Grades close)

May 30, 2023

  • Senior Breakfast, Whites of Westport 9:00am

  • Somerset and Berkley Middle Schools Walk–12:15 p.m.

    • Students are asked to wear their graduation caps (& gowns if you’d like)

    • Middle School students will cheer, greet, and honor the Class of 2023

    • Get a few yearbook signatures from your Middle School teachers and principals

  • Elementary School Walk-throughs–1:30 p.m.

  • The principals of North, South, Chace and Berkley Community School invite students back to elementary school

  • Students are asked to wear their graduation caps (& gowns if you’d like)

  • Elementary students will cheer, greet, and honor the Class of 2023

  • Go back to where it all started and, maybe get a few yearbook signatures from your elementary teachers and principals

May 31, 2023

  • Senior Field Day- Hanson Memorial Field

  • NHS & Scholarship Night SBRHS @5:30pm (invitation only--students/families will receive an email if they need to attend this ceremony)

June 2, 2023

  • Graduation Rehearsal 9:00am-10:30am PAC

    • accessible seating/parking tickets to be given out

June 2, 2023

  • Graduation 5:00 pm Hanson Memorial Field

  • Students will report at 4:00 pm

June 3, 2023

Rain Date for Graduation 5:00 p.m. Hanson Memorial Field


  • Students please be sure to clear out your school Google Drives. For information on Google Transfer please click the link.

  • As of August 1, 2023 you will NOT have access to your school Google accounts (emails, files, etc.) and all email, files etc. will be deleted and unrecoverable so please plan accordingly.

  • Upon graduation, you should be using a private email account to communicate with colleges, military, etc.

Senior Summative Assessment Schedule

Below you will find the assessment schedule for seniors. These are full school days for seniors. The last day of classes for seniors is Friday, May 26, 2023. Should you be sick on the day of a final, you should arrange a make up time with your instructor during that week.
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Underclassmen Final Exam Schedule

June 12-June 16 are early release days so that students can concentrate on preparing for their summative assessments. Below you will find the schedule of class assessments on each day.
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Get a $3 Sub at Jersey Mike's To Benefit SBRHS

On May 31 or June 1, bring a coupon from SBRHS to Jersey Mike's and pay $3 for any regular sub. All proceeds will go to the Kyla McGarry Scholarship Fund. Coupons can be picked up in the Main Office and are good from opening to close at Jersey Mike's in Somerset on May 31 or June 1.
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Ocean State Star Award Winners

This year, the SBRHS Drama Club participated in the Ocean State Star Awards based out of the Providence Performing Arts Center. OSSA (Ocean State Star Awards) was set up to highlight the fantastic work of high school theater programs and give students and teachers critical feedback on their performances.

We are thrilled that SBRHS was nominated for 25 awards and have officially won 8! Our winners and a few of our nominees will now perform at PPAC on June 4th at 7 PM.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Orchestra
  • Best Costumes
  • Best Lead Performer - Maya Rezendes
  • Best Lead Performer - Morgan Machado
  • Best Lead Performer - Cole Lema
  • Best Lead Performer - Jaden DaCruz
  • Best Lighting Design - Robert Lomax
  • Best Stage Manager - Robert Lomax
  • Best Musical Direction - Stephanie Isidoro
  • Best Choreography - Taiylor Medina
  • Honorable Mention - Rachel Uon
  • Honorable Mention - Madison Rutkowski
  • Honorable Mention - Lily Mis
  • Honorable Mention - Hailey Shea
  • Honorable Mention - Claire Daigle
  • Best Supporting Performer - Lily Raposo
  • Best Supporting Performer - Julia Colbert
  • Best Supporting Performer - Erin Rausch
  • Best Supporting Performer - Emily Shea
  • Outstanding Dance Performer - Ty Medeiros
  • Outstanding Dance Performer - Madison Rutkowski
  • Outstanding Dance Performer - Hailey Shea
  • Outstanding Dance Performer - Lily Mis
  • Outstanding Dance Performer - Emily Shea

Here is the complete list of winners:

  • Outstanding Lead Performer - Maya Rezendes
  • Outstanding Supporting Performer - Lily Raposo
  • Outstanding Dance Performer - Ty Medeiros
  • Outstanding Dance Performer - Madison Rutkowski
  • Outstanding Dance Performer - Lily Mis
  • Outstanding Dance Performer - Hailey Shea
  • Outstanding Choreographer - Taiylor Medina
  • Outstanding Lighting Design - Robert Lomax

Morgan Machado, Jaden DaCruz, Claire Daigle, Cole Lema, and Emily Shea have also been invited to perform for the awards show on June 4th.

Congratulations to our entire "Shrek: The Musical" cast and good luck to all of those up for awards!

Best Buddies Prom

Students from SBRHS, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School and Oliver Ames High School attended the Best Buddies Prom at SBRHS on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Special thanks to David Berube, for donating his DJ-ing skills, the SBRHS Best Buddies Leadership Team, Ms. Hipolito and Ms. Keith and all of the chaperones for volunteering their time. It was a fun night for all involved!

Orchestra & Chamber Ensemble Recognition

We are pleased to announce that students in the Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble earned Silver Medal Awards for their performances at the MICCA Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The hard work and dedication of our ensembles was recognized and we congratulate all of our students for the following awards:

Lilly Medeiros - Silver Medal Award for Solo Performance

Chamber Ensemble - Silver Medal Award for Ensemble Performance

Orchestra - Silver Medal Award for Ensemble Performance

PLTW Award Recipients

We are very excited to share that industry professionals have selected Serena DaSilva, Lily Botelho, Paige Uon and Alexis Ivy for the exceptional project they submitted to Mass STEM Hub’s Student Industry Connect program! Out of all the high school biomed projects submitted, they’ve earned 2nd place.

In recognition of their achievement they are awarded an opportunity to participate in an industry internship this spring and/or summer. In addition, your students will receive a certificate and a banner to display your much-deserved bragging rights in Mr. Talbot's classroom.

2023 Congressional Art Competition Award Recipients

Congratulations to Henry James who was the runner up for the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. His photograph titled "Lost" was selected to hang in Congressman Jake Auchincloss's office in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Recognitions also go out to Aaron Almeida, Abby Kinnane, Sara McNally, Leandra Paul, and Analise Winslow who also had work on display yesterday at the Attleboro Arts Museum.

BCC Award Recipient

SBRHS student Loren Botelho was honored on May 11, 2023 at Bristol Community College's Student Awards evening. Loren was recognized for all her hard work at Bristol Community College over the past two years. She received the Curriculum Award for Perseverance and Growth.

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