SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
ISSUE 10 - March 11, 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.
Rotary Youth Leadership Applications Due March 14th!
Required Spring Sports Meeting Tuesday, March 15, 2016 for parents and athletes at 7 PM in the SHS Auditorium. All Head Coaches and staffs will be on hand.
College Planning and Information Night March 16th at 6:30 PM
A college admissions specialist will be the speaker for the evening presenting in the high school Library/Media Center.
The DEADLINE for the "Ad for your Grad" is Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - See further down for more information!
Credit for Life Fair and Community service
On Wednesday, March 16, all juniors will be attending the Credit for Life Fair in the SHS gymnasium starting at 8:40. Students will be imagining that they are 25-year old professionals trying to create a monthly budget; at various booths they’ll be doing things like renting an apartment, buying a car, selecting a cell phone plan and other personal luxuries.
At the Community Service booth...
students can either get money deducted from their budgets for charitable contributions, or they can really do something good for our community and bring in a non-perishable food item that we will be donating to Doorways Food Pantry. There is a particular need for pasta, veggies, and stews/soups. Please encourage your juniors to bring in at least one non-perishable item with them to the fair on Wednesday, March 16.
Aitken Elementary School hosts a "Discover Seekonk" event Friday, March 18th! Be sure to check out all the details in their flyer. Everyone will be there!
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!
April 5, 6, and 7 of 2016. The Seekonk Animal Shelter will be holding their annual Save a Pet auction. Check out all the details in their flyer!
Learn to Scuba Dive!
Registrations are due by April 23, 2016. Check out this flyer for all the information!
Yearbooks are officially on sale!
If any student would like to purchase the 2016 SHS yearbook they can go online to this site and just follow the on screen prompts. Another option is to pick up an order form in the main office or print one out and return the money and form to Ms. Marinucci. Yearbooks are $70 (plus engraving or cover costs if you choose) and checks can be made payable to the Town of Seekonk. Do it soon because orders are DUE BY: APRIL 29, 2016!
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:
Thursday, May 5 - Honor Societies - Induction Ceremonies @ 6:30 PM
Saturday, May 14 – Prom at the Viking Hotel in Newport from 6:30-10:30 PM
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
Victoria Cabral wins the frank kelley adversity award!
Sophie Zirkel, Griffin Hoskins, and Nathan Amaral selected for the Boys and Girls State Program!
Jessica Moskowitz and Bethany Murphy garner awards and move to state competition!
March is the month for Perseverance
Thinking about the past few weeks of students highlighted in the newsletter for receiving awards the theme for this month’s character initiative, and the long stretch that March is during the school year; I can’t help but focus on the importance of perseverance.
We should be proud of all those students who have taken a risk and stepped into an unknown experience because they wanted to and found success in the face of sacrifice and struggle, but we should also be incredibly proud of those students who do the same, fall short of accolades, and still continue to push forward. Those students are harder to spot because they are often silent in their determination or feeling down because of their most recent failure. I know we all say that you cannot learn without failing and that you need to fail before you can succeed…yeah…while that is true...it’s a little easier to say when you aren’t the one failing.
Speaking of failures and persevering through to success; check out this list of famous individuals who did just that!
What I’m saying to everyone is that if you:
- are trying or even thinking of trying something to be a better version of you, do it
- see someone working hard and struggling to continue, don’t distract, but support them.
Because in the end, we only find out how good we can be by pushing until we fail…and then doing it all over again to get a little farther
We all need to support our students who are giving it their all and motivate those to achieve what they can…
Or as Kid President says in this video pep talk; "We were made to be awesome!" Now go out there and do what you were made for today. Not tomorrow, but today...get started.
Here is the latest episode of The Principal's Corner. Remember this show (along with others) is now hosted on my YouTube page. I encourage you to subscribe so that you receive any new videos I post concerning Seekonk High School.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone (508-336-7272 ext. 124) if you have any questions. I also post information on my blog and tweet (@DrCSJones) as often as possible. Please feel free to follow both for tips and updates.
Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
Rotary Youth Leadership Applications Due March 14th!
The Rotary Club of East Providence/Seekonk is once again sponsoring a grade 10 or 11 student to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership weekend from May 20th - 22nd.
College Information Night is this Wednesday evening, March 16th, at 6:30 in the high school library. Sophomores, juniors and their parents are the target audience. We hope that you will be able to attend the informational presentation.
Guidance counselors have met will all students to distribute the Course Selection sheets for next year. Please take some time over the next two weeks to discuss the course placement that your student is being recommended by their teachers to take. Students who have questions should sign up to meet with their guidance counselor. We are asking that all Course Selection sheets be returned to the guidance office with a parent signature by March 24th. Thank you
You should have received a progress report for your student on Monday for the third quarter. Please ask your student to see this report if it has not been shared with you.
If you want to learn more about important dates, forms, and contact information; make sure you visit the Guidance Office Website!
Who We are - getting to know our staff
Various staff members are being asked to share 5 things about themselves in an effort to let everyone know about who makes up Seekonk High School's community. This week is:
Ms. Kayla Nastari
- Although I work as one of the school-adjustment counselors here at Seekonk High School, I am also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. I completed my internship in the Seekonk school district during the 2014-2015 academic year. I am grateful to have continued my time here. Not many people can say they love coming to work everyday, but I truly love what I do. I understand that in order for students to succeed they need to feel cared for and supported and this is essentially my job description.
- Most people are not aware that I am an avid traveler. I plan to visit 30 or more countries before my 30th birthday. So far, I’ve been to about 13. I was fortunate enough to spend my winter vacation wandering around Central America. This summer I am doing a backpacking trip to the Netherlands, France, Spain, and Portugal. I have many travel recommendations, but I am a huge fan of British Columbia, Canada. The hiking and scenery is incredible!
- What many people may not know about me is that I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I have read and re-read the book series more times than I care to admit. I will probably read it many more times during my lifetime. On the rare occasion that I am at home with nothing to do, my favorite way to waste time is a Harry Potter movie marathon.
- My mother was born and raised in Saskatchewan Canada so it goes without saying that I am a major hockey fan. It also doesn’t hurt that my second cousin is Hailey Wickenheiser (olympic medalist on Team Canada)! I love all New England Sports, but the Bruins are my favorite. I’ll admit that you can often hear me shouting loudly at my tv when the Bruins aren’t doing well.
- I believe in the power of exercise. I talk a lot with my students about coping skills and having an “outlet” to channel frustration or anger. The gym is my best coping skill. Whenever I have a tough day at work, I go for a run or take a class at my gym. I have run three Tough Mudder races, and am currently training for my first half marathon in May! I will say...I have a new respect for runners!
Mrs. Pat Rok... A special thank you to Seekonk High School Nurse Pat Rok for coordinating free physicals for student-athletes on March 10. About fifteen student-athletes took advantage of this opportunity. - Mr. Fred Crippen
National Honor Society
Congratulations to the juniors who received the invitation to apply to become members of the National Honor Society.
On Tuesday, 30 students received information about the application process and should be working on filling the out application. The applications are due no later than Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Good Luck!
Science News - Mrs Cunard
1st Annual Stem Games Competition a HUGE Success!
The Science Department held the stem games this past week. The amount of students who participated was incredible. The events, activities, and awards had students builing and creating using different principles from all the STEM areas. You have to check out this summary to understand everything that occured! It contains the winners and activities. Kudos all around to the teachers and students who made this possible!
AP Mock Exam for Biology & Chemistry is Wednesday, March 16th after school.
Jane Goodall is coming to UMASS Dartmouth on April 7th!
Seekonk High School Science Department chose a winner of the essay contest to have dinner with Jane Goodall. That winner's essay has been submitted for a final round against the winners of other schools in the area. Good Luck to Rachel Crafford!!! The department has secured free tickets to the event. There are a few seats remaining for anyone interested in hearing this influential woman speak. See Mrs. Cunard if interested.
advertise or send a message in the yearbook!
Whether you own a business and want to advertise in the yearbook, or you are the parent or guardian of a member of the senior class you can create an "Ad for your Grad". Your "Ad" can feature photos and encouraging words for your senior so they will see that they are appreciated and will look forward to the future.
It is easy to create an ad for you grad. Just send your ad via email. Your support makes a difference to the student community and strengthens the greater community as well.
The cost of the advertisements are as follows:
⅛ page: $50,
¼ page: $100,
½ page: $200,
full page: $350.
Please make your check payable to the Town of Seekonk.
The DEADLINE for the "Ad for your Grad" is Wednesday, March 16, 2016
If you have any questions, please email our yearbook advisor Ms. Deanna Marinucci or call her at 508-336-7272 ext. 341.
Key Club - mrs. marinucci
The annual Pennies for Patients drive will be from March 7-18, so stay tuned.
Key Club is excited about the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 25 (Good Friday). The event is from 10:00am - 12:00am. This is a great time that has children of all ages laughing, running, and smiling!
Sports with Mr. Crippen
Seekonk High School’s Athletic Department reminds you that you have until Sunday, March 13 to register your student-athlete online and electronically by going to the school website and navigating through “athletics.”
The first day of Spring Practice (tryouts) will be Monday, March 21. Only student-athletes who have registered online and have a current physical will be permitted to participate.
This Tuesday, March 15, the Seekonk High School Athletic Department will host its Pre Season Spring Sports Meeting in the High School Auditorium at 7 PM. Attendance is required for parents and student-athletes interested in participating in interscholastic sports this Spring. An overall orientation will be presented to everyone before individual members of the coaching staff will host a follow up for their sport in assigned areas of the school.
Seekonk High School Head Baseball Coach Joe DeMello and his staff will conducting a fundraising Baseball Clinic at Seekonk High School the week of March 14-18 from 5-6:30 in the Seekonk Gym.
For a complete listing of upcoming contests be sure to check out the full Athletic Schedule