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March 10, 2017 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 23

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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Wednesday, March 15, 2017: Join the Class of 2017 at Chardonnay's. A percentage of your dinner will be returned to the Class of 2017 and help fund Senior Class Day! Just mention Seekonk High School to your waiter/waitress while you dine.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: College Planning Night at 6:30 in the high school library.

Thursday, March 16, 2017: SHS Jazz Dinner to be held at 6:30PM in the SHS Cafeteria. Tickets are available until March 14th and are $15. (make any checks payable to SMPA). Tickets can be purchased from any Jazz Band member or by contacting John Smialek at the SHS Band Office.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: The Greater Fall River Interagency Transition Team will be holding another meeting. They strive to provide transition related information to students and parents that’s accurate, legally clear, and positive. They also share professional development, resources, and information between local public schools and state agencies to improve the transition process for students and their families as they leave public school and enter into adult service centers. This team works to develop collaborative relationships through regular meetings that support all agencies and schools to provide supports to the student and family as they navigate through the transition process. Check out their flyer for more detailed information!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Second Annual Portuguese Club Soccer Tournament from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the High School Gym! Sign up sheets for teams are located outside of Sra. Almeida's room and are due by March 24th. Teams consist of five players plus one alternate. A $10 dollar fee per team is due at time of registration. Providence College Soccer players will be joining us once again this year. So come out, support and have a great time!!!

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:

Prom - Friday, April 28, 2017; Biltmore, Providence @ 6:30

Honor Societies Induction Ceremony - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 @ 6:30

Senior Trip - Saturday, May 13, 2007 - Monday, May 15, 2007

Senior Class Day - Friday, May 26, 2017

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

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





Seekonk High School Presents!

The Seekonk High School Drama Club will be performing Guys and Dolls this year! Shows will be on March 24th and 25th at 7:30PM. There will also be a Sunday matinee on March 26th at 2PM. Check out the flyer for more details!
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Dr. Jones

Weekly Message...

This week's message is about not paying attention to how long the month of March appears to be, but instead setting goals and working through. I am a firm believer in the idea of delayed gratification and intrinsic motivation. In other words put the work in now so you can enjoy it later. You will always be more successful if it is something inside of you that motivates you to succeed rather than some possible award you may receive. That is nice to say, but how does it translate for a student in a classroom. Check out my blog here that talks about Clint Page's Top 10 Skills for High School Students for some really good information about getting ahead in academics.
3/10/17 Weekly Newsletter Message
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

Our third Credit for Life Fair in collaboration with Bay Coast Bank was a great success! The entire Junior class was able to experience financial planning and budgeting as if they were 25 years old and working in their career of choice. This year we changed things up a bit and had students attended break-out sessions with guest speakers after the fair. This allowed students to reflect on their experience and hear insightful financial and life advice from Seekonk High School alumni. Some student feedback included:

  • Being surprised at the cost of furniture and other necessity items.
  • Realization that student loans are often a huge financial burden on monthly income.
  • Buying store brand products is much cheaper and the way to go!
  • Living with a roommate has great financial benefits!
  • It is never too early to start thinking about your future.

Many thanks to our Guidance Department, Mrs. Fitzgerald, and Ms. Amanda Louro for organizing this event and to our amazing students for being awesome participants!

Juniors and their parents re reminded of the College Planning Night this Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30 PM in the high school library. We hope that you will be able to attend this informative presentation.

Students interested in a state wide computer coding are invited to register for this free event in Boston in May. More information can be found at

Wentworth Institute of Technology is sponsoring a STEM event for high school girls. The event is on March 25th in Boston and includes visits to Harvard, Boston University, Emmanuel and Biogen labs. For more information visit

We received information for job openings for graduating seniors to work at Barrington Town camps during April vacation and also for the summer vacation. More information can be found by speaking to Ms. Louro the high school career specialist or a guidance counselor.

Scholarships are coming into the guidance office! We will continue to receive scholarship applications and update the information weekly. Check out this breakdown of the information for scholarships we have to date.

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Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar

As we head into the second semester I wanted to offer a refresher related to regulations listed in our SHS Handbook. We ask for your continued cooperation in following these guidelines as they pertain to the safe, positive and academically focused atmosphere we are promoting at SHS.

  • Food / Drink - Students are not to carry/consume any food or beverage (with the exception of water) in the hallways or classrooms during the school day.

  • Electronic Device - Cell phones or other electronic devices should not be visible at any time in classrooms unless otherwise allowed by a staff member for educational purposes only. Students are not to voice record, photograph or video in school.

  • Dress Code - Examples of unacceptable attire include, but are not limited to: Blouses, shirts, sweaters, halter-tops, tube-tops, tank tops, T-back shirts, muscle shirts, pants, and midriff shirts that do not cover the stomach, back, chest or undergarments. Low riding pants or jeans that display underwear. Revealing shorts, “pencil skirts,” or skirts - Legs should not be exposed above fingertip length when a student stands with arms fully extended downward. Clothing depicting alcoholic substances and/or illegal substances. Pajamas, slippers, etc.

  • Obligations - Obligations for the purpose of this handbook include, but are not limited to textbooks, library books, detention hours, and materials fees. 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.

  • Prohibited Items - Possession or use of illegal substances, weapons, mace/pepper spray and tobacco are strictly prohibited within the school buildings, the school facilities or on the school grounds or on school buses by any individual, included school personnel.

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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, Mellissa Melo, and Ms. Amanda Louro..."for planning, organizing, and facilitating and outstanding Credit for Life Fair and follow up sessions. These events offered an eye opening experience for students as to the realities of financial responsibilities they face in life." -Mrs. Whatley

Mr. Miller and Mrs. Pereira..."for being flexible with their classes and gym so that students could participate in the Credit for Life Fair. Not everyone realizes that the gym is their classroom." -Mrs. Whatley

Mrs. Angelini, Mr. Bonneau, Mrs. Borden, Mrs. Costello, Mr. Devlin, Mr. Gerbi, Mrs. Horton, Mrs. Larson, Mr. Mello, Mr. Perry and Mr. Wills..."for taking the time after school to help organize and facilitate the various contests students entered each day. This great event would not be possible without their going above and beyond to support it!" -Mrs. Cunard

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Science - mrs. cunard

2017 Summer Science Academy!

2017 Summer Science Academy at Bridgewater State University is now looking for registrations. This academy is a wonderful opportunity for all high school students. Participants work in a state of the art laboratory, performing numerous laboratory experiments/procedures. Another added will make a college application standout among others when admissions offices are making their decisions! Check out this link for more information!

Science Club News

SHS Science Club was represented last weekend at the Northeast Regional Science Bowl at UCONN by Jacob Ciolfi, Thomas Ciolfi, Jack Doorley and Jason Ho. Team member Kyle Sanborn was unable to attend. Teams had to compete by answering questions related to all disciplines of science along with some math questions in high pressure timed rounds. The team made a very respectable showing for their first time out!

S.T.E.M. Games!

STEM Games were held this past week. Thirty-two teams competed Monday through Thursday afterschool each day in Technology (coding), Engineering (Marshmallow towers), Math (puzzles, Sudoko,etc) and Science (molecule building, equipment, scientist, etc ID, questions) respectively. Thanks to all the teachers who helped may STEM games possible! Thanks also to the science club members who helped out: David Abbott, Erin Broadmeadow, Jason Ho, Brittany Keeley, Evan Lima, Hannah MacDonald, Celia Mendez, Mackenzie Morris and Audreyrose Wooden. Winners will be announced on Monday...stay tuned!

Science Opportunities for Students:

Explore your career interests & make your college application stand out!

SET in the City:

UCONN Explore Engineering:

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Library - mrs. larson

DEAR Week is Next Week, March 13-17!!!

It is Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week, March 13-17 at Seekonk High! Bring a book and start each day by reading for the first 10 minutes of first period.

Every student and teacher who reads during the first 10 minutes of the day during DEAR Week will be eligible to win a $5 Dunkin' Donuts Gift card. Classroom teachers have the entry forms – be sure to write your name neatly!

And don't forget, students and teachers can ALSO enter the raffle 1 additional time by sending an e-mail from their Seekonk Schools account to Just put "DEAR Week" in the subject line of a blank message, hit "send" and you will be entered!

Be sure to bring a good book for Monday!

Mrs. Larson

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model united nations - mrs. larson

Seekonk students show their skill!

Congratulations to 9th graders Erin Keough, Grace MacDonald and senior Hannah MacDonald for their outstanding performance at the Boston College High School Model United Nations competition in Boston this past weekend. Seekonk competed with nearly 600 students from across New England.

A very special congratulations to Hannah MacDonald goes out to for winning an award for her debate skills.!

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Math - Mrs. Costello

Great News!

Math League has made it into the Regional Play-offs! Aiden Morrison, Sophie Zirkel, Noah Brennick, Jason Ho, Kyle Sanborn, Richard Curzake, Nathan Costa, Gabby Blum, Ben Brady, Jon Doorley, and Olivia Pagano pulled through on the last meet with a score of 46. This score bumped Apponnequet High School out of the running for the play-offs. The top eight schools of Southeastern Massachusetts Region will compete March 15th at Fairhaven High School, where Seekonk's Math League will compete to make it into the State Competition.

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Music - Mr. Smialek

Tickets for the 2017 Jazz Dinner, to be held in the SHS Cafeteria on Thursday, March 16th at 6:30 pm, are now on sale. Tickets are available until March 14th and are $15. (make any checks payable to SMPA). Tickets can be purchased from any Jazz Band member or by contacting John Smialek at the SHS Band Office. In addition to two sets being performed by the SHS Jazz Band, there will be a BBQ buffet by Boneyard Barbecue of N. Seekonk featuring: pulled pork, buffalo, barbecue and honey mustard chicken, mac & cheese, salad, coleslaw, corn bread, soft drinks, coffee and dessert.

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

The Polished Program will provide dental cleanings at no cost on Tuesday, March 14th during the school day. If you want your child to participate, please pick up a form on Monday.

Spring sports physicals will be held on March 23rd at 2 PM in Mrs. Rok’s office. An updated physical is required on file to participate or try-out for a sport. Please pick up form if you plan on attending.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDH) has responded to the opioid abuse crisis by requiring all districts to have Narcan (Naloxone) available in all schools in the event of a drug overdose. The Seekonk Public Schools passed a policy and protocol in the fall in response to this law. The MDPH requires all athletes to read and sign-off on 4 fact sheets about opioid misuse, injury management, prescription opioid facts and guidance on communication after a non-concussion sports injury. The health education curriculum in the high school will also provide an updated curriculum on drug use and abuse. There will be more information available soon on SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Refer for Treatment), a required initiative for grade 9 students during the 2017-2018 school year, which screens for risk of drug use and abuse.

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Sports - Mr. Crippen

The Seekonk-Dighton-Rehoboth coop Hockey season is over and some Seekonk hockey players have been recognized by the South Coast Conference: Senior Chris Fernandes was named All Conference while Junior Luke Robitaille and Senior Matt Gallup received Honorable Mention. Congratulations!

Good luck to Sophomore shot putting sensation Cammie Garabian who will compete this weekend in New York City in the Indoor Track National Invitational Meet. Cammie got the invitation based on her outstanding fifth place finish in last weekend’s New England Regional Meet with her personal best throw of 40 feet two inches.

Congratulations to Senior Seekonk Basketball players Matt Heaney and Dawson Brosnahan who received Honorable Mention from the South Coast Conference and to Senior Nathan Pickett who won the Sportsmanship Award.

Thursday night the Seekonk Girls Basketball team held their banquet and honored Freshman Mia DiBiase with the team’s Most Valuable Player Award. Kiarra Sandoval and Sabrina Russell shared the team’s Most Improved Player Award. Mia was also named All Conference this year and the South Coast Conference gave Deirdre Rocha the Sportsmanship Award.

The Spring Season is rapidly approaching so please do not forget that you have until Friday, March 17th to register online for the sport of your choosing. Remember that no late registrations will be accepted this season and that you will have to have a current physical to attend tryouts on Monday, March 20th, and that free physicals will be available to student-athletes on Thursday, March 23rd in Nurse Rok’s office at 2 PM.

Seekonk High School Head Baseball coach Joe DeMello and his staff will be conducting a baseball clinic this week, Monday through Friday, March 13th through the 17th, in the Seekonk Gymnasium from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Many thanks to Nurse Pat Rok for arranging the opportunity for all of our student-athletes to obtain a free physical this Spring. The date of the free physicals will be Thursday, March 23 at 2 PM in the Nurse’s Office. All necessary paperwork can be picked up at the Nurse’s Office and should be filled out and signed prior to the date of the physical.

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.

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.