SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
ISSUE 17 - May 6, 2016
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.
Advanced Placement Exams!
We are all proud of the effort the students have been putting in all year. We are certain our Warriors will do great! The remaining schedule is as follows:
Monday, May 9: Biology
Wednesday, May 11: English Language
Thursday, May 12: Statistics
Thursday May 19, 2016 The Greater Fall River Inter-agency Transition Team presents "Come Meet Your Adult Agencies." This is a great opportunity to learn about 3 state agencies and higher education that can help adults with disabilities meet employment, independent living, recreation, and education goals. Check out this flyer for more information. You don't want to miss this!
School Year Memories - Photo Access!
Did you know that your sports and events images from this school year are available online? Just go to this website, enter your email address, and the password seekonk to see the amazing collection of images! You can even purchase some of your favorites!
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:
Friday, May 27-Saturday, May 28 – Senior Trip to Six Flags and Lake George
Wednesday, June 1 - Senior Class Night @ 7 PM
Friday, June 3 - Graduation @ 6:30 PM
Thursday, June 9 - AP Night @ 6:30
Seekonk Students Inducted Into National Honor Societies!
Anne Silveira Selected Massachusetts student-athlete of the month!
Honor Society Pillars important for all
I just wanted to take a second to share some of the words from the Honor Society Induction Ceremony last night. As I was sitting there listening to the students (who did a great job) read the descriptions of the National Honor Society's four pillars I could not help but think about how everyone should not only hear them, but strive to follow them.
I underlined a few phrases for emphasis. I have also included some of my own thoughts on each pillar and how I believe it looks in a practical manner, but put them on my blog in an effort to keep this newsletter brief. I invite you to read them.
"Scholarship means a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend hours in reading and studying, knowing the lasting benefits of a cultivated mind. We should continue to learn even when formal education has ended, for education ends only with the end of life.
Knowledge is one great element in life which leads to the highest success, and it can be acquired in only one way-through diligence and effort. Candidates have the charge to continually expand their work through the opportunities inherent in scholarship."
"Service can be described in various ways. In the routine of a day’s work, may opportunities arise to help others. Willingness to work for the benefit of those in need, without monetary compensation or without recognition, is the quality we seek in our membership. We are committed to the idea of volunteering our time and abilities to the creation of a better tomorrow."
"Leadership should exert a wholesome influence on the school. The price of leadership is sacrifice -putting the interests of others ahead of one’s own. A leader has self-confidence and will go forward when others hesitate. Leadership is always needed; thus, to lead is a substantive charge to each of our members."
"Character is the force within each of us which distinguishes that person from others. It gives each on individuality. Without character, there is no self-respect, nor hope to attain the respect of others. Character guides one through life and, when once developed, grows steadily. Character is achieved and not received. By demonstrating such qualities as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship, we may hope to prove by example that we value character."
There is a new episode of The Principal's Corner. This show highlights what goes on behind the scenes at Seekonk High School by speaking with some of the individuals who make sure everything is in place and getting done for the students and community. It starts with Mrs. Gini Chianese and Mrs. Tricia Prata (Main Office Secretaries) discussing what they do as the day progresses at the high school. Mr. John Medeiros (Head Custodian) joins us to illustrate how long our building is actually open and what it takes to keep it looking nice. Mr. Roger Melo (District Network Manager) takes some time to explain some of the technology behind ensuring that students and teachers alike have a good experience when integrating technology into the classrooms and finally the show is joined by Mr. Matt Gardner (School Resource Officer). He explains how the school and police department work together through him.
Guidance - mrs. whatley
As we enter May we have a good deal of Advance Placement and MCAS testing taking place. All grade 10 students will participate in the MCAS math testing on May 17th and 18th beginning at 7:30 each morning.
Congratulations to seniors Lindsey Scott, Micheal Ho, and Nathan Girard who were honored on Thursday evening at the Attleboro Elks Youth Appreciation Night. These students were honored for their outstanding contributions to their community.. The students along with their families and guidance counselor, Mrs. Mello, enjoyed a dinner in their honor and received numerous certificates and citations.
I read this during the week and fully agree with the author. From the US Dept of Education Blog. "I've spoken to thousands of students over the years and when asked about who had the greatest influence on their accomplishments, without fail, nine out of ten times, they named a parent or guardian. Your support and encouragement not only inspires them to go to college, but will sustain them through their pursuit of their degree. I encourage you to stop, be present, and tell your student how proud you are of them."
Prom is here
Ms. Wilson and Mrs. Almeida
Just a few things that we would like to inform you about for the upcoming prom, from.
The prom is being held at The Viking Hotel in Newport RI.
The prom begins at 6:30pm. Please do not arrive before 6:15pm. We will not be ready for you to enter the ballroom before 6:30pm.
If you are taking a limo or a party bus, there is room at the entrance of the Viking Hotel to be dropped off. Limos and party buses will be instructed to park off the property. If you are driving yourself, there is valet service at the hotel for the cost of $5.
The prom begins at 6:30pm. You will not be allowed into the prom after 7:00pm.
The prom ends promptly at 10:30pm. You will not be allowed to leave the prom any earlier than 10:00pm. Please make sure that if you are being picked up, your ride has arrived by 10:30pm.
Dance policies and procedures can be found in the handbook.
Library - Mrs. Larson
Time to Think Summer Reading!
Seekonk High School is pleased to announce that for summer 2016, we will again have our “One School, One Book” reading program where all SHS students will read a book that has been selected by their peers and teachers.
This year’s selection is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (368 pgs, 2013), a gripping work of historical fiction set during WWII.
Check the list for all classes - students enrolled in honors English classes and Advanced Placement (AP) classes will also be required to select and read an additional book or books.
SHS families can order books through the school and receive them before the end of the year. Print out the order form here. Students can bring in their book orders and payment and drop them at the school’s main office or library through Tuesday, May 17, 2016. We can accept cash or checks made out to “Town of Seekonk.” Books will be delivered to students at school during the week of June 13, 2016.
art news - Mrs. Elizabeth Machado-Cook
music news - mr. smialek
Upcoming dates for Music Department activities:
Wednesday, May 11- Spring Concert 7 pm SHS Auditorium
Friday, May 13- Great East Band Festival, 5:30 am report time, 7 pm return
Sunday, May 22- Band Banquet, 6:30 pm, Riviera Restaurant, E. Prov. Tickets $16., will go on sale after spring vacation
Saturday, May 28- Memorial Day Parade and Dedication of Veteran's Memorial at Library, 10 am
Friday, June 3- Graduation, 6:30 pm- All Symphonic and Concert Band members.
Friday, June 17- Band Picnic @ Colt Park, Bristol, 12-4pm
Saturday, June 18- Brass Ensemble and Horn Quartet performance at Seekonk Meadows 2 pm
For your summer planning:
We anticipate that we will be offering some summer lessons here once again and may have openings for Senior or Junior students to work as instructors. We will also be offering community service opportunities in the Music Department as well. See Mr. Smialek if you would be interested in one of these possible positions.
Marching Band Camp will be Monday, August 8- Friday, August 12 from 8:30 am- 12:30 pm
Sports - Mr. Crippen
Seekonk Senior Annie Silveira has been named the “MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month” for April. Ms. Silveira was nominated and chosen from every student-athlete in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will be honored by the MIAA with a plaque at a banquet at the Doubletree Inn in Milford, Massachusetts.
Wednesday, the Seekonk Varsity Baseball team took an important step in their quest for a return to postseason play defeating Somerset-Berkley High School 4-0 in a rain-shortened five-inning affair behind the one hit pitching of Sophomore Terry Smith. The team’s record now sits at 4 and 6.
This Tuesday, May 10th, Seekonk High School will host its first ever Unified Track and Field Meet at the track at 4PM! The other participants in this meet will be Brockton High School, Plymouth North, Plymouth South, and Carver High School. Our team looks great and is doing awesome! Be sure to come check them out!
Do not forget that this year’s Senior Athletic Banquet will be held Thursday, May 26 at 7 o’clock at the Attleboro Elks Club. The event is sponsored by the Seekonk Boosters Club and admission and dinner is complimentary for all Senior athletes and $25.00 for parents and friends.
For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule