SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!


November 18, 2016 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 11

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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3.. 2.. 1.. DODGEBALL

It’s that time of year again for the students to rally together, make t-shirts, fight for bragging rights and earn their medals at the annual Dodgeball Tournament, Tuesday November 22nd from 6-9pm. The HMS Tournament will begin promptly at 6:00pm followed by the Girls and Boys Sports, Clubs, and Open Tournaments. All proceeds from the night go to the Staff Helping Students fund which helps many students in a variety of ways. We would love to see you there supporting all of our HMS & SHS students. Admission is $3. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, baskets being raffled off to support the ice hockey team, and the concession stand will be open!

The Seekonk/DR Hockey Parents Association is holding a fundraiser at Uncle Tony's Restaurant on Tuesday, November 29th from 11:30AM - 10:00PM! Make sure to come out and support our student athletes. Check out the flyer here!

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 ofJanuary 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:

College Financing Seminar - Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 6:30

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

Seekonk students on High School Quiz Show!

This past Sunday, the team of Jack Morais, Griffen Hoskins, Josh Lane, Hannah MacDonald, Julia Vieria, and Jacob Ciolfi from Seekonk participated in the qualifying round for the TV game show High School Quiz Show, an award-winning single-elimination academic team competition for high school students in Massachusetts. They also filmed a commercial for the show! Look for them on WGBH.
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Dr. Jones

Being and saying thank you

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. In celebration of this holiday, I also wanted to express my thanks for the trust you place in us at Seekonk High School every day you send your students. I say this because I believe it is important to stop, take time, and reflect on the positive in life rather than letting the overwhelming nature of our negative thoughts take control. It is not easy to always stay positive. If it was, we would all be happy all the time. Remember to take time to be thankful for everything that you have. You could always have more, but you could also have less.

Around School...

A little something from Advanced Placement Statistics Class this week...

Mass Insight for Education's Assistant Director for Math Services Mimi Letourneau stopped in to co-teach Advanced Placement Statistics with Seekonk High School's Jennifer Angelini!

MIE Visits AP Statistics
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Guidance - Mrs. Whatley

Seekonk High School hosted a grade 8 Information Night on Wednesday, November 16th in the high school library. More than 75 parents attended to hear about the programs we offer, ask questions and take a building tour. The feedback was positive and the families were pleased to see the variety of courses, elective, clubs and athletic opportunities. This evening presentation followed up a day where the 8th graders visited SHS. Upperclassmen lead the tours around the building for the 180 eighth grade students who were bused up for their morning visit. Students were able to hear about our programs and watched a student produced edition of STV News.

Thank you to the parents who came out for parent conference night. I hope that you were able to stop by the Parent Portal booth for assistance with the new online grading program. If you are having trouble accessing the parent portal to view your student's grades you may email the Guidance Director, Christine Whatley for login help.

SAT Registration- November 22nd will be the last day for Late Registration for the December 3rd SAT testing. Students can register at

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

Policy Reminder


Laser pointers are not to be brought into or used within the building. Cell phones, CD players, MP3 players, IPods, or headphones of any type are only allowed in the cafeteria and halls during school hours because they are not conducive to good study habits or a positive school environment when used in the classrooms for non-educational purposes. The previously mentioned electronic devices should not be visible at any time in classrooms unless otherwise allowed by a staff member.

Students are NOT to voice record, photograph or video record etc.

Excessive use of these devices that causes a disruption or disturbance in the hallways will result in disciplinary consequences.

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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!

Janet Fitzgerald..."for consistently working with staff, outside agencies, and students to help the transition to the post high school world. Much of her work is done behind the scenes where people do not recognize the enormous positive impact she is having on students!" -Dr. Jones

Mrs. Whatley for..."for hosting a very successful (about 75 parents) 8th Grade Parent Information Night at the high school. She was very informative and even set up an impromptu tour!" -Mr. Aguiar

Mrs. Caitlin Pereria..."for picking up the ball and working so hard to make the dodgeball tournament a success. Organizing the brackets, refereeing the games, keeping it all under control...I'm sure it is exhausting. It has been a great event that is enjoyed by so many students and families in the past." -Mrs. Whatley

Model UN Team has a great showing!

Congratulations to the Varsity members of the Model UN Team for an outstanding performance at the Brown University Model United Nations competition in Providence this past weekend. Seekonk competed with nearly 900 students from around the world. Congratulations to:

Emily Botelho, Audrey Rose Wooden, Nate Amaral, Griffin Hoskins, Sophie Zirkel, Samantha Hess, Brittney Keeley, and Madison Paine!

And a special congratulations to Hannah MacDonald for winning an award for her debate skills!

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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.

First Career Spotlight a large success!

This Thursday we had our first Career Spotlight of the year! Joan Hartel Cabral, founder and CEO of Vantel Pearls, came to speak with students about her life experiences, career path, and making the most of mistakes and opportunities. Joan's main message was for the students to believe in themselves and persevere through life's challenges. Students were encouraged to follow their interests and not to worry if they are not sure what they want to be when they "grow up." To help explain her business, Joan brought some oysters to the presentation and two students were picked at random to open one and take home the pearl they found inside! Students who attended had an array of interests and career aspirations. One student, Iris Scherma, has an interest in owning her own business someday but is still figuring out what the best career path is for her.

Iris said, "I was very undecided about what I wanted to do in the future and what Joan said really resonated with me. She explained how important it is to know yourself and narrow down career possibilities by what your strongest interests are. Her stories were very relatable. I found it very inspirational and Joan is a positive light in the world."

We hope to have at least one Career Spotlight speaker a month for the rest of the year. Please email Melissa Mello or Amanda Louro if you have any speaker recommendations or requests!

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

Flu season will be upon us soon and parents and students should consider a flu shot, especially those with asthma, diabetes, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, cancer or immunosuppressed illnesses.

About 75% of grade 10 students have submitted a recent physical exam that is required by the MA Department of Public Health. Please send physicals by December 22, 2016.

You may contact me by email or phone (508) 336-7272 if you have any questions or concerns.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

Congratulations to Seekonk High School Cross Country runner Roth Santos who was honored Wednesday at the MIAA Cross Country Recognition Breakfast highlighting those runners who have exhibited excellence in academics, cross country and community service.

The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association will be treating the Seekonk High School Boys and Girls Cross Country team to pizza party after Thanksgiving for their outstanding efforts in the area of community service. The team collected over 581 canned or dry goods to donate to local food pantries, the most by any team in the Commonwealth.

Seekonk High School’s Unified Basketball concludes their season this Friday with a home Jamboree Double Elimination Tournament versus Dighton-Rehoboth High School. The Athletic Department would like to express its gratitude to Coach Kristin Nelson and her staff for all the hard work and dedication in making this first season so successful.

Parents and Student-Athletes are encouraged to sign up online for this year’s Winter Season. The registration will close this weekend on November 20th. The first date of tryouts will be Monday, November 28th and no student-athlete will be able to tryout without a current physical and completed registration on file.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 1 for the MIAA Mandatory Winter Pre-Season Meeting to begin at 6 PM in the Seekonk High School auditorium. Following the short presentation coaches of all the Winter Sports will conduct a short team meeting for parents and student-athletes.

Finally, good luck to the champion Seekonk High School football who will take to the road Thanksgiving morning to battle Dighton-Rehoboth at 10 AM. This will be the fiftieth year the teams have played this Thanksgiving Rivalry game.

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.