Raider Family News

October, 2022

Meet the Art, Technology & Design Department

Each month we will be highlighting a different department and providing exciting news about the activities occurring within that department. This month we highlight the Art, Technology & Design Department.

Number of Department Members: 11

Collective Years of Teaching: 208

Collective Years of Teaching at Somerset/SBRHS: 157.5

Number of Degrees Held: 23

Types of Degrees: BED Graphic Design, minor in Spanish, BFA/Design, BFA/Ceramics, BFA/Art Ed., BFA/Sculpture, B.S. Art Ed, BS - Computer and Information Science, B.S., COMM MEDIA, concentration-Film/Video Production, BA Writing/Communications, BA Social Work, BS Technology Education, BS Elementary Education and Psychology, MA Art Ed, MA Library and Information Studies, MA Technical Writing, MA Technology Education, MFA Art Ed, MS - Mathematics Education, MEd Curriculum and Instructional Technology, PhD - Mathematics

Department Vision: In the Department of Art, Technology, & Design, ALL students will explore and engage in a wide variety of art, technology, and written works. As active participants in their learning, students will utilize problem solving and critical thinking skills as they move through the processes of art making, engineering design, and academic research. Students will gain an understanding of and implement the responsible use of technology and materials. Students will use their knowledge and skills to express themselves and make meaningful contributions to society.

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Upcoming Projects, Special Events, and Accomplishments

TechStyles: A Computer Science and Fashion Design Infusion

Last year, Ms. Ashley, Dr. Burke, and Ms. Kyla Schmigle teamed up for “TechStyles,” a computer science and fashion design infusion. The trio are excited to share this project at the upcoming MassCUE Conference to inspire wearable technology projects around the state. More good news- TechStyles is coming back in the 2022-2023 school year! Talk to Dr. Burke and Ms. Schmigle to learn more about TechStyles, year 2. Don’t forget to follow Dr. Burke on Twitter @burke_edu and Ms. Schmigle on Instagram @sbrhsfashion.

Exploring the Chase Preserves in Digital Photography

Students of digital photography classes took a walking field trip to Chase preserve this week. They looked for line, shape, pattern and texture. Students created photographs to practice their observation and composition skills. The students will select photos to print and hang in a gallery exhibit at Somerset Berkley Regional High School in October. Follow Ms. Troutman on Instagram for more happenings in digital photo @troutmandigphoto

Tello Drone Exploration in Robotic Engineering

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Tello drone! This school year, our robotics students will

integrate algebraic thinking and programmatic skills to navigate the recently acquired Tello EDU Drones. Funding for these drones was made possible by the Greater Fall River Development Corporation Education Grant. We’re stoked!

Developing a Promotional Video for the Somerset Police Department in Advanced TV Media Production

Community outreach projects hold a special place in our Blue Raider hearts. This year, under the direction of Ms. Peckham, our Advanced TV Media Production students will be developing a promotional video for the Somerset Police Department. So far, students have been doing research, filming b-roll, and even took a walking field trip to learn the ins and outs of the police station. We can’t wait to see the finished product! Also, don’t forget to check out Blue Raider Studios on YouTube:

Back on the Wheel in Ceramics

This year, we are excited to have students back on pottery wheels in the ceramics studio! Under the direction of Ms. Bowers, pottery students will be introduced to the craft of hand building and wheel throwing. The hand building process will focus on tile making, slab boxes, pinched pots, and coiled vessels. Some projects will be supported by historical references. Students will explore the techniques of low relief carving, piercing, modeling, and stamping. Students will investigate the stages of clay bodies, glazing, and the firing process. In addition, students will be introduced to the potter’s wheel to explore the throwing process. Interested in learning more about our program? Check out @bowpotterysbrhs on Instagram to check out the action in the

ceramics studio this year.

Afterschool Cybersecurity Club- Coming soon!

The SBRHS CyberClub (formerly Coding Club) is an after school club where you can hang out on Tuesday afternoons and compare projects, discuss interests, or just chill with like-minded people who are interested in any of the interests in the world of Computer Science, especially Cybersecurity, Computer Programming, and Artificial Intelligence. The SBRHS CyberClub is a student-led club under the guidance of Dr. Burke. We will meet in 124A on Tuesday afternoons immediately after school. There are no pre-defined projects; students come to the club with their own ideas or to get ideas from our discussions. The club will choose a president (or co-presidents) and any further officers necessary. Reach out to Dr. Burke for more information:

SB Community Service Team (CST)

Under the direction of Mr. Joseph Ramos, the CST’s mission is to provide outdoor community service to a local site in need. Students will utilize the engineering design process to solve a real-world problem in the community, such as the previously completed South Elementary Pond and Bridge Project: For more information, please email Mr. Ramos at

Congratulations to our new Senior & Junior Class Officers!

Last Thursday and Friday, elections were held for our Senior and Junior Class Officers. Elections for our Sophomore & Freshmen officers will be held this Thursday and Friday. Congratulations to all of our participants!

Class of 2023

President--Ian Sullivan

Co-Vice Presidents: Mia Gosson & Abbie O'Brien (tie)

Secretary: Davis Sullivan

Treasurer: Ava Tavares

Class Representatives: Elizabeth Anderson, Joshua Brum, Madison Fisher, Sophia Schoonover, and Reese Swanson

Class of 2024

President: Jack Fredette

Vice President: Trevor Teixeira

Secretary: Mia Gentile

Treasurer: Alissa LaFrance

Class Representative: Elizabeth Costa

Stay Tuned for the Class of 2025 & 2026 election results soon!

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes for all students will be Monday, October 24, 2022.

Parent Teacher Conferences--October 20, 2022

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. and also from 4:00-6:30 p.m. Parents can choose to virtually meet with their child's teachers (links will be emailed in upcoming weeks) OR come to SBRHS and meet in person with their child's teachers. We will send a follow up email with more information but want everyone to be aware of the options.

Attention Class of 2023--Cap & Gown Orders

All seniors were emailed the Cap & Gown order forms from Ms. Ferris on October 3, 2022. It is critical that all seniors fill out the form with their information using their school email. Orders must be placed early to ensure guaranteed delivery.

Although height and weight do need to be documented to ensure proper sizing, the information is kept strictly confidential. It is critical that students complete this form so there are no issues when we pass them out the week before graduation.

Class of 2023--Save the Dates

May, 12, 2023: Junior/Senior Prom 6:00-10:00 pm. (20 hours of community service graduation requirement must be documented in order to purchase tickets)

May 19, 2023: Senior Lunch/ Cap & Gown Distribution (during regularly scheduled lunch)

May 26, 2023: Last Day of School for Seniors (Grades Close on this Date)

May 30, 2023: Senior Breakfast 9:00 a.m. at White's of Westport

May 30, 2023: Somerset & Berkley Middle School Walk--12:15 p.m. Students are invited to wear their graduation caps (& gowns if you would like to). Middle school students will greet and honor the Class of 2023. You may also obtain yearbook signatures from Middle School Staff.

May 30, 2023: Chace, North, South & Berkley Elementary School Walk--1:30 p.m.. Students are invited to wear their graduation caps (& gowns if you would like to). Elementary students will greet and honor the Class of 2023. You may also obtain yearbook signatures from your Elementary School Staff.

May 31, 2023: National Honor Society and Scholarship Night 5:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Invitation only.

June 2, 2023: Graduation 5:00 p.m. on Hanson Memorial Field. Graduates should arrive at 4:00 p.m.

June 3, 2023: Rain date for Graduation. Hanson Memorial Field at 5:00 p.m. Graduates should arrive at 4:00 p.m.

Senior Pictures/ Class of 2023 Baby Pictures

The deadline to turn in Senior portraits is October 24, 2022. Portraits need to be high resolution jpg files (NO TIFF or PNG files can be accepted).

Please submit pictures to Please name your file using the following format: LastnameFirstname.jpg (ex.BrelsfordSusan.jpg)

In addition the deadline to turn in baby pictures of your graduate is October 24, 2022. Please submit photos that are well-composed and where the picture takes up most of the frame. Crop out any distracting elements and/or backgrounds. These files can be in the following formats: jpg, TIFF, or png.

Please submit pictures to Please name your file using the following format: LastnameFirstnameBaby.jpg (ex.BrelsfordSusanBaby.jpg)

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Save these October Dates--All Grades

Musictown Ball: Thursday, October 6, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. (White's of Westport)

Kiddies Day: Saturday, October 8, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. (SBRHS)

Concert Night: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m. (SBRHS)

PSATs (Sophomores & Juniors): Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (SBRHS)

School Advisory Council Meeting: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (

PTO Meeting: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (SBRHS Library)

Homecoming Football Game: Friday, October 14, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m. (SBRHS)

Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 15, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. (Student Dining Center)

Musictown Parade: Sunday, October 16, 2022 @ 11:30 a.m. (2:00 p.m. field show)

Parent Teacher Conferences: Thursday, October 20, 2022 11:45 a.m. -2:10 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. (Virtual or In person conferences available to parents, more information to follow)

Early Release Day for Students: Thursday, October 20, 2022 (11:30 a.m. dismissal)

Early Release Day for Staff & Students: Friday, October 21, 2022 (11:30 a.m. dismissal)

Early Release Day for Students: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (11:30 a.m. dismissal)

National Merit Scholarship Commended Students

We are happy to announce that SBRHS has four students recognized as 2023 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students. These students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Somerset Berkley Regional High School's 2023 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students are:

Elizabeth K. Anderson

Alec D. Ferreira

Lilly A. Medeiros

Caden L. Vertentes

SBRHS Student Appointed to MIAA Student Advisory Committee

Class of 2023's Gabby Fernandes has been selected for a one-year appointment to the MIAA Student Advisory Committee for the 2022-23 school year. Over sixty applicants and forty interviews were conducted by the MIAA. Gabby was chosen to participate in a variety of leadership, sportsmanship, wellness, diversity, equity & inclusion and community service programs, as well as assist in developing initiatives for the benefit of MIAA member schools and its 230,000 student athletes. We know that Gabby will represent us well as a member of this important committee.

Who is a Resilient Raider???

Each month we will be recognizing students and staff who exemplify the skills and competencies that we value in our SBRHS vision. Recognized individuals receive an anonymous email letting them know that someone has recognized them.

October's skill is RESILIENCY. There are many factors that contribute to resilience including:

1. Optimism

2. Attachment to family, school and learning

3. Problem Solving Skills

4. Effective coping strategies

5. Sense of humor

6. Positivity

7. Positive self-image

Who is a staff member or student that demonstrates resilience in their daily lives? Perhaps they start your day by putting you in a good mood or maybe they are always showing positivity. Feel free to recognize as many people, and as many times, as you see fit. Each month we will have a different focus. Remember you can nominate a staff member OR a student (or both)--anyone who is part of our SBRHS family. Anyone recognized will receive an anonymous email detailing why you think they are resilient. One lucky person from each group will win a small prize and recognition on our guidance wall of fame as a representative of the month.

Below please find the two forms:

Staff Recognition

Student Recognition

From the SBRHS PTO...

Please see the attached link and QR code from the SBRHS PTO:

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From the desk of the SRO....

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