SHS Warrior Call
Respect: Earn It, Give It, Live It!
October 27, 2017 - Volume 3 - ISSUE 9
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!
Set Your Calendars to Nov. 6 to Sign Up for Parent Teacher Conferences!
SHS will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This year, SHS will again use the online service called SignUpGenius.com to schedule conferences.
From Mon., Nov. 6 at 7 PM to Sunday., Nov. 12 at 7 PM families will have access to a button on the SHS homepage that connects to the Seekonk High SignUp Genius forms. Families can then sign up for 5-minute time slots to meet with particular teachers and receive e-mail reminders. Please note that it is not possible to sign up before November 6 in order to be fair to all families.
Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, SHS is again using this system to better stay on schedule and show respect for everyone's time. If you are unable to schedule a convenient time during the evening or feel you would like more time with a teacher, we encourage you to contact teachers directly to schedule an appointment on another day.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Suzanne Larson at (508) 336-7272, ext. 110.
November 6, 2017: 1st Term Grades
November 7, 2017: Picture Retakes
November 7, 2017: Last Day for Senior Pictures
November 16, 2017: Parent/Teacher Conferences
December 2, 2017: Senior Supper at the Squantum Association from 6:30pm - 10:00pm
January 12 - January 18, 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
Attention all Sophomores!!!
CLASS OF 2018 Reflections Yearbook
As the Class of 2018 begins their final year of high school, the SHS yearbook staff is working on creating an awesome yearbook that includes photos of all students throughout the school and a special senior section. In order to have memories that will last a lifetime, we need your help!
Please click on the links below for all the forms that need to be filled out no later than the dates listed, as well as pictures that should be sent in, to be included in the 2018 yearbook.
Questions? Contact: Shaelyn Fiske, Rachel Pion, or Connor Pozzi, 2018 Yearbook Editors, OR advisor Deanna Marinucci.
Learning...excitement, connections, and committing
I had the pleasure of setting aside some of the paperwork and getting into many different classrooms this past week. The best part about it was that I found many different examples of students being excited about learning, making connections, and committing to getting better.
The "Around School" clip below shows a little of an anatomy lab where students were dissecting a cow's eye. It was great to hear the students so excited (because they were experiencing it) about doing such a thing, but even better was when I overheard them talking about how this class was helping them in AP Psychology. They said that the classes overlap so much that each one informs the other. Specifically there were a few students who said they really felt like they knew what was going on during lectures because they could picture what was being talked about. This looks like the beginning of some interdisciplinary work...more on that later.
I often talk about our desire to connect to the broader community. Some of our students did just that this past Saturday. They volunteered to participate in a community service project at Baldwin Elementary School in Pawtucket. The school is remodeling to make it a better place for students to learn. They needed painters for the halls. Think about that...painting...on a Saturday...all day. I have included pictures of the students below. We should all be incredibly proud of them for helping those less fortunate.
Notice a pattern? Here it is just in case you didn't. Seekonk High School teachers continue to provide great educational opportunities for our students and those very same students are taking advantage by making connections, committing themselves, and getting excited about the possibilities!
All of this inspired me to write a blog post (a little long) about treating students as individuals and letting them make these connections so they can take their learning in different directions and new heights.
The School Report Card Has Been Published
Guidance - Mrs. Whatley
Seniors needing assistance with the Common Application-Guidance counselors will be available after school every Wednesday in November to assist seniors with their Common Application. Students should speak to their guidance counselor to request a time to meet for one-on-one assistance. Counselors also are available during the day to help answer any questions about the college application process.
Seekonk High School is again serving as a drop off site for winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, mittens and blankets. Coats of any sizes, men,women and children are needed. The Rotary Club of East Providence/Seekonk is coordinating the drive. Please drop off your donations by November 20th in the collection box outside the high school main office. The free Coat Giveaway for those in need will take place November 25th from 9:00-12:00 at BridgePointe Christian Church on Waterman Ave in East Providence.Thank you
UMASS Dartmouth is hosting an Open House of Sunday, November 5th. Registration begins at 9 AM and programs begin at 10 AM. There will be an opportunity for tours, meet faculty, tour the residence hall and meet with housing and financial aid staff. You can register to attend on the home page at www.umassd.edu
Dear Parents-The 1st quarter closes in just one week on November 2nd. Please log into your Parent Plusportal account and check on your student's progress. Speak to your student about completing any missing work or assessments. Teachers all stay at least two days a week to provide extra-help and to complete missing work due to absences. Starting off strong will help provide the foundation for the rest of the year. For help with the Plusportal contact Mrs. Whatley in the guidance office.
Seniors looking to take the SAT on December 2nd are reminded that the deadline to register without additional fees is November 2nd. Registration can be done at sat.org/register
Assistant Principal - Mr. Aguiar
Positive Behavior Committee
The following students were chosen by our staff
for exemplifying the theme for September
Congratulations to all students for starting strong this school year - Keep up the good work !
Interdisciplinary Project - English/Art
Please Help Bring Author Gareth Hinds to Seekonk High!
The Art & English Departments would like to introduce SHS students to Gareth Hinds, the award-winning author and illustrator of graphic novels based on literary classics. Students will have the unique opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime presentation with this critically-acclaimed illustrator to learn more about the creative process and bridge the gap between art and English.
We need YOUR help to fund this project! Please read about this exciting project and consider helping at the DonorsChoose page: Gareth Hines: Bringing the Classics to Life!. And to get it started, donations will be doubled up to $50 by adding the promo code LIFTOFF at checkout through this Sunday.
Hinds’ work includes Beowulf (which Publisher’s Weekly called a “mixed-media gem”), King Lear (which Booklist named one of the top 10 graphic novels for teens), The Merchant of Venice (which Kirkus called “the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation), The Odyssey (which garnered four-starred reviews and a spot on ten "best of 2010" lists), Romeo and Juliet (which Kirkus called "spellbinding"), and Macbeth (which the New York Times called "stellar" and "a remarkably faithful rendering").
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, a voice actor, 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.
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
ceramics - Miss Jones
Displays are up in the library and cafeteria hallway!
Ceramics I students test tiles are on display as well- see what interesting effects and color combinations students were able to achieve outside the library!
Nurse - Mrs. Rok
Screening for scoliosis (grade 9) and vision, hearing, height and weight (grade 10) will begin during PE classes the week of October 30, 2017. If you do not want your child in the state mandated screening, please send me a note or email.
The Polished Program, a dental cleaning program, is coming to Seekonk High School on December 13, 2017 during the school day. If you would like to have your son/daughter receive a free dental cleaning, please email Mrs. Rok. Brochures will be coming soon.
Flu season is fast approaching and now is a good time to have your family receive a flu vaccine. Any person with asthma, diabetes, cardiac condition or immunocompromised conditions, should receive a flu shot. The Seekonk Board of Health has vaccines available for adults and children older than 4 (limited supply). Please call Jessica Horsman, Health Agent, to schedule a flu shot. Her number is (508) 336-2952.
Winter sports start on November 27, 2017. All athletes need a sports physical on file from October 27, 2016 or later. The school doctor will conduct sports physicals on November 30, 2017 at 2 PM. Please see Mrs. Rok if you plan on attending.
Pat Rok. My hours are 7:15 AM to 2PM. My phone number is (508) 336-7272 ext. 62119.
athletics - Mr. crippen
Congratulations to Senior Seekonk Golfer Ben Brady who qualified for the Division 3 MIAA Individual State Final Golf Tournament based on his fine round of 80 shot Tuesday in the Division 3 South Tournament at Glenn Ellen Country Club in Millis, MA. Ben will represent Seekonk High School Monday, October 30th in the Division 3 State Finals.
Congratulations to Coach Matt McCartin, his staff and all the members of the Seekonk Boys Soccer team for ending their season as the undefeated South Coast Champions for the first time in the history of Seekonk High Soccer. The Warriors, the Small Division champs, took down the Large Division Champ Bears of New Bedford Voke yesterday 2-0 in the winner-take-all Conference Championship game in New Bedford Thurday. Evan Pacheco scored first goal assisted by Alejandro Tabares and Senior Captain Rony Morales closed out the scoring for the victorious Warriors. The Warriors end the year with a school record 15-0-3 record and await seedings in the Massachusetts State Tournament.
The stage is now set for two of Seekonk’s Fall teams to play in the South Coast Conference winner take all games Friday. The SCC Small Division champ Seekonk Girls Soccer team will host the Lady Bulldogs of Old Rochester this evening at 7 PM, then turn around and host Old Rochester Saturday night at 6 PM on “Senior Night.” Those Lady Warriors being honored are Seniors Jaiden Mayo, Kristyn Botelho, Madison Rego, Jillian Machado, and Emily Crafford.
The road-weary SCC Small Division Champion Seekonk Field Hockey team, fresh off weekend victories over Fairhaven and Nantucket, will host the Blue Raiders of Somerset-Berkley High School in the SCC Championship Game Friday afternoon at 3:30, and then host Nantucket High School Saturday afternoon. Liza Gagnon, Alyssa Poland, Nicole Silva and Hannah Bedrossian have been supplying the offense for Warriors.
The boys and girls cross country teams competed in the McIntyre Twilight Cross Country invitational last Saturday running under the lights in the only high school cross country meet of its kind in America. Andrew Cabral won the freshman championship race with an outstanding time. Others winning medals were Roth Santos, Henry Jordan, Hannah Bradbury, and Abby Tenreiro. Those members of the team setting personal goals were Brandon Gomes, Serena Cabral, Nate Fournier, Brady Fournier, Jacob Klang, Tyler Gomes,Sara Mallon, Robert Gerardi, and Samantha Studley. Congratulations for a great showing at this meet. The Warriors next meet will be tomorrow when both teams compete in the SCC Championship Meet. Good luck!
Good luck to the Seekonk High School football who will travel to Abington High School Friday night to battle the Green Wave in the first round of the MIAA South Sectional playoffs. Game time is 7 PM.
The Seekonk Volleyball team will conclude their 2017 season when they host Providence Country Day Monday evening on “Senior Night.” Those seniors begin honored are Azurae Cruz, Claudette Elkhoury, Cheyenne Frausto, Alexia Desrochers, Sabrina Russell and Michaela Ludwig.
The Seekonk Cheerleading Squad will travel to Old Rochester High School this Sunday to compete in the South Coast Conference Championships.
This Thursday, the undefeated Seekonk High School Unified Basketball team will host the Cardinals of Case High School on “Senior Celebration Day.” The game will be followed by an exhibition game pitting the Seekonk High Faculty against the Unified Green team.
Winter student-athletes are reminded to start registering on line for the Winter sport of their choice. No athlete will be permitted to try out or participate without this registration and a current physical.
The Athletic Department would like to thank Nurse Pat Rok who has arranged for a physician to give student-athletes free physicals in her office on November 1 at 2 PM. Please see Ms. Rok for the proper paperwork.
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.