SHS Warrior Call

Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!

Welcome!

December 8, 2017 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 14


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!

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important dates

December 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018: Christmas Break


January 16 - January 19, 2018: Midterm Exams


May 11, 2018: Junior/Senior Prom at the Newport Marriot

May 30 2018: Senior Class Night at 7:00PM

June 1, 2018: Graduation at 6:30PM

Notary

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!
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Jason Ho receives Superintendent's award for academic excellence!

Senior Jason Ho was recognized on December 7, 2017 by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents for his achievements. As reported to the newspaper, this award is; "To recognize senior students who have selected the most rigorous course of study in their local high schools and have succeeded in that course of study because of hard work and the support of their teachers and families." Having designed this award for excellence, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents gives this award "to high school students who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of excellence during their high school careers." I was lucky enough to give a brief speech about Jason at this ceremony that focused not on a list of achievements, but instead who he is as a person and the positive impact he will continue to have on those around him. CONGRATULATIONS JASON!
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Dr. Jones

Even More Important! Last chance to help us improve!

Your help is needed! I am running this again because we have not received enough responses to consider the survey a valid measurement. Thank you if you have already completed it. If you have not, you can use this link or the one I emailed last week. If you have any issues accessing the survey, please contact me for assistance.


Seekonk High School is currently preparing for a visit from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
In an effort to prepare for that, we are undergoing a in depth assessment of who we are as a school, what we are trying to accomplish, and where we need to improve. Part of this process includes surveying staff, students, and community members. It is incredibly important that you participate.


Family Survey

It is very important that we have as many families as possible complete this survey. The school needs a minimum response rate of 25% for the data to be meaningful. Here is some information:


  • It is anonymous, but because there is no “login” for the survey, it should be completed once you begin.
  • Your responses are automatically recorded so you will be unable to return to the survey without starting over.
  • If you the the survey before completing it, we will only have the answers you completed.


You do not need to complete more than one survey if you have multiple students in our school. The survey takes about 15 minutes. Click this link to access it.

Weekly video message...

Whenever we have a difficult conversation it is important to prepare by allowing for a REF. Take the time to reflect, empathize, and frame the discussion so that it can be authentic and meaningful. Check out the blog post I wrote about this topic called: 3 Ways to REF Crucial Conversations. It has much more information.
https://youtu.be/aJn9AZAmXC8

Around School...

A short little view of Spirit Week; a time when the students compete for the right to say their class is the best! Its all about competition, fun, and cutting a little loose. Its a little longer than usual and in no particular order, but worth watching...check it out!
https://youtu.be/4boJhKJxfoQ
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 my blog for updates and posts about character and educational (mostly) issues/topics/resources.
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Guidance - Mrs. Whatley

This week, the guidance counselors visited grade 12 English classes to review important information about exploring options, college applications, financial aid, job shadows, and career exploration. The topics were a continuation of the work we have been doing with seniors since our class visits in September. Students had an opportunity to ask questions and spend some time on the program Virtual Job Shadow. Be sure to see this copy of the handout!


Thank you to the parents and students that came out last night for the College Financing Seminar. A representative from MEFA presented a wealth of information on the college financial aid process. If you missed the presentation you can have your student pick up a handout of the information from the guidance office or log onto www.mefa.org and located the college financing PowerPoint in the resources.


Second quarter progress reports were distributed to all student during last period today. A copy of the progress report can also be found under the E-portfolio section of the Plusportal accounts. Please review your student's progress. Second quarter is currently scheduled to end on January 19th, pending any snow days.

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Assistant Principal - Kevin Aguiar

Positive Behavior Committee


The following students were chosen by our staff for

exemplifying the them for November


Thankful & Giving


Nick Santana

Jade Desmarais

Mackenzie Almeida

Aidan Perkins

Bernie Mallon

James Tenreiro

Emily Fasteson

Madison Sirois

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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!


Lou Gerbi for... "being a consummate professional. He is extremely organized and efficient. He completes tasks such as inventory, budget, and exams immediately. And, he does it all pleasantly with a smile!" - Angela Cunard


Ed Cunard for... "anytime I have a concern and have to cover a class in an hurry, I always think of Ed Cunard first and he is always willing to help in anyway. It probably isn't fair to Ed, however, I know I can count on him and I wanted you to know he always steps up to the plate. Thank Ed for all you do!" - Mrs. Chianese


Kayleigh Medas for... "was sitting in lunch when she recognized that a student was very upset about a mistake he had made with his lunch. She immediately went into the kitchen and worked with the staff to get him a new lunch. Her awareness, quick thinking, and compassion avoided a stituationin which a student could have become distressed. Instead, she stepped in, fixed the issue, and helped calm the student down. For this, she certainly deserves a shout out and overall thanks for her actions." -Mrs. Sicard


Mike Petrucci for... "becoming Seekonk High school's newest Advance Placement Authorized teacher. His work preparing and submitting the AP Psychology course syllabus was reviewed and approved by the College Board. He becomes the 10th SHS AP authorized teacher." - Mrs. Whatley


Kim Pellerin... "Teachers are expected to model what they want from their students…being able to think on their feet and act in such a way that will make a difference. Thank you is to Mrs. Kim Pellerin, who rose to the occasion with such grace and composure, assuredness and urgency, in a time when others may have faltered. Again, thank you for going above and beyond what is truly is expected."

- Teacher’s from 3rd lunch

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Art - Mrs. Cook

Sculptures

Students completed their Robert Indiana inspired letter sculptures. They chose words they had a strong connection to construct into a beautiful form. Sculptures are displayed in the library.
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science - Mrs. Cunard

Science Club News

The Roots & Shoots group has a campaign underway to reduce plastic waste. To that end, there is currently a reusable water bottle sale underway. Pre-order a bottle from any science club member or Mrs. Cunard for $10. Proceeds will go towards the installation of a water bottle filler in the school! The group is also writing a grant for funds as well.


Four sophomore students represented Seekonk High School at the Women in STEM Challenge at Bristol Community College on Saturday, December 2, 2017. They are Laura Catalano, Elizabeth Dyson, Kaylee Fonseca, and Vianne Turcotte. The students had to investigate a crime scene and determine the perpetrator by creating a crash model, performing computer forensics and testing unknown substances by pH, spectroscopy, presence of blood and blood typing.

Greenhouse Group

It was Harvest time at the Greenhouse on December 6th. Students from Mrs. Dahmer's Culinary class harvested the kale and swiss chard that the Greenhouse group grew this fall. They are preparing the vegetables in class and will eat them on Friday, December 8th!
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culinary - Mrs. dahmer

Soups On!

This week the Culinary classes studied soups. Each group researched and prepared a different type of soup for the class to try. They made everything from Creamy Roasted Tomato to Italian Wedding Soup, Corn Chowder, Potato Soup and the old standby Chicken Noodle.
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New dishes from the greenhouse!

Students had to cook various dishes and then explain what they had made as well as the process used. Not only did they look great, but they were VERY GOOD to test!
https://youtu.be/5KpH-I-Q-j4
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College and Career readiness - Mrs. Fitzgerald

Local Professionals Needed to Help Guide Students' Career Exploration!

Can you help a student make more informed choices about their career and college plans? Consider volunteering to be a job shadow host and/or the subject of an informational interview. We will put your name on a list of possible contacts for students interested in doing in depth career exploration.


We welcome professionals from all fields to come forward; currently, however, we have three specific areas in which students would like to make contact. We are looking for a social worker and an engineer. If you or anyone you know works in one of those areas and are willing to help a student investigate career paths, please reach out to Mrs. Calverley, Career Specialist, at 508-336-7272, xt.62447.


FYI: Job shadow hosts allow a student to visit you at your place of business to get a first-hand look at the job and have time to ask questions and get expert advice. Informational Interviewees would come to Seekonk High School to meet with a student or small group of students who are interested in knowing more about your line of work. There is no minimum time commitment in either role--this is done at your convenience.


Anyone wishing to be on the list must consent to a CORI (background) check, which can be processed at the Main Office.


Please fill out this brief form to indicate your interest and someone will be in touch to follow up with you as soon as possible.


Feel free to spread the word to your friends, neighbors, and SHS alumni.


Questions? Please contact Janet Fitzgerald, Transition Coordinator, 508-336-7272, ext. 62459

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Music - Mr. Smialek

The SHS Concert Band and Symphonic Band will also be repeating much of the program from their winter concert as part of the Swansea Mall's Holiday Concert Series. They will be performing on Friday, December 15th starting at 11 AM by the Food Court in the Mall. These concerts are free and open to the public, so all are invited that want to hear the program again or may have been unable to get to the Winter Concert at SHS.

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Nurse - Mrs. Rok

SBIRT screening will occur December 11,12,and 13th for grade 9 students. Parents received a letter explaining this state mandated screening with 8th grade report cards and on the first day of grade 9. If you choose to have your child opt out of the screening, please submit an email before Dec. 11, 2017 to Mrs. Rok. There is a link explaining this mandate and the state’s fight to combat the opioid crisis. There will be information about substance use and abuse for parents to read and open up a discussion with their teen.


The Polished Program, a dental cleaning program, is coming to Seekonk High School on January 10, 2018 during the school day. If you would like to have your son/daughter receive a free dental cleaning, please email Mrs. Rok. Forms are in the health room or main office.


The MDPH and CDC have provided fact sheets and information of “Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes”.”In 2016, the FDA established a rule for e-cigarettes and their liquid solutions. Because e-cigarettes contain nicotine derived from tobacco, they are now subject to government regulation as tobacco products, including the requirement that both in-store and online purchasers be at least 18 years of age.” For more information, please see the link and visit the FDA’s webpage, The Facts on the FDA’s New Tobacco Rule.


Pat Rok rokp@seekonkschools.org. My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.

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athletics - Mr. crippen

The official start of the 2017-2018 Winter season will commence this evening when the Seekonk High School Girls Basketball team hosts the Lady Lakers from Apponequet. The Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams will kick of their season Saturday at New Bedford Voke while the Seekonk-Dighton Rehoboth Hockey team will also be in action Saturday in Fall River. Good luck! On Monday, the Seekonk Boys Basketball team will open their season when they host the Mounties of Mt. Saint Charles of Rhode Island.


Congratulations to the following Seekonk student-athletes who have been chosen to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle All Area Fall Sports Team: Abigail Tenreiro and Hannah Bradbury (Girls Cross Country), Andrew Cabral and Henry Jordan (Boys Cross Country), Alyssa Poland and Nicole Silva (Field Hockey), Ben Brady (Golf), Rony Morales and Luke Robitaille (Boys Soccer) and Trinity Cloud (Girls Soccer).


Special thanks to Julie Braga, Tim Hicks and all the members of the Seekonk High Grid Iron club who helped put on the Seekonk High Football banquet last week in the school cafeteria. Members of the 2017 team, which finished 6-5 for the year, received many awards. Shane Smith, Terry Smith and Ryan Riordan were all named to the South Coast Conference All Star Team, Justin Coelho and Spencer Dowty received Honorable Mention and Brian Dias received the SCC Sportsmanship Award. In addition, Shane Smith was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, Terry Smith was named the Offensive Player of the Year, Spencer Dowty was named the Defensive Player of the Year, Joe Ferreira and Ryan Riordan received the Coaches Choice Awards, Brett Mancini was named the Most Improved Player, and Cam Sears received the Newcomer Award. The following players were given Warrior Pride Awards for their four years of service to the football program: Justin Coelho, Brian Dias, Spencer Dowty, Joe Ferreira, Nathan Hicks, Andrew Lancellotti, Tom Neto, Cam Sears, Terry Smith, Shane Smith and Matt Tortolani.


The Seekonk Athletic Department is proud to announce the return of Winter Cheerleading this year. Ms. Halsey Gargano, a former standout Cheerleader at West Warwick High School, will coach the Warrior squad who will be returning to action after a ten-year hiatus. Unified Sports Coordinator and Head Coach Ms. Kristin Nelson will assist Coach Gargano with the program. The girls will be on the sidelines cheering at all home Boys Basketball games.


The Seekonk Athletic Department is also happy to announce the addition of two new coaches who will assist third-year Head Seekonk Swim Coach Brian Cameron this season. The new coaches are former Bishop Stang swimming standout Brooke Michaude as well as Seekonk High alum and current Faculty member Matt Wills.

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.