ABINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents, Students and If you have any questions or
Friends: concerns regarding the Parent
Our mission is to provide a Portal, or require additional
Abington High School will pilot
learning environment that information, please e-mail parent-
promotes the intellectual, the opening of an online Parent/
artistic, physical, cultural Student Portal program. This pilot
and emotional development We ask that you not call the high
program will give you and your
of our students. We seek school office or technology center
to create an educational student twenty-four hour a day
with your questions. You will
experience based upon a access to your child’s academic
curriculum reflecting the receive a reply in a timely manner.
information as posted by teachers.
standards set forth in the
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frameworks. Recognizing use the “Parent/Student Portal provide parents and students with
and serving individual Login” link at the bottom left of an additional tool to support their
differences, interests and the Abington High School home efforts in overseeing student WWW.ABINGTON.K12.MA.US
abilities, our educational
community aims to prepare page (www.abingtonps.org). progress.
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Sincerely, Guidance Office 781-982-2165
skilled and responsible citizens username and password that has Athletic Office 781-982-0070
been provided to you in a separate
letter mailed to you as well as
provide a new unique password Teresa Sullivan,
for your future use. Principal
Inside this issue:
John and Abigail 2 I would also like to bring your the images can automatically I strongly encourage you to
Adams Scholarship attention to what appears to be defined by law to constitute talk to your child about the
Things Your Kids 2 be an escalating frequency of child pornography. As a result, possible legal and social
Probably Know…….. “Sexting” among young teens. the taking, sending, receiving, consequences of sending
Parent Conferences 3 In its various forms, Sexting or distribution of such images these types of pictures. It
is the transmission of can, under the letter of the law, is important for parents to
Sophomore Class 3
suggestive material via text constitute varying degrees of address the very real possibil-
Fundraiser messages. When images taken child pornography offenses that ity, and even likelihood that
on a cell phone involve teens may be charged with a criminal any embarrassing pictures
Junior Class Auction 4
or their friends, and the images offense. could also end up posted on
involve some form of nudity, the Internet.
An Evening of Short 4
Guidance News 5
JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS SCHOLARSHIP
Thirty seven Abington High School seniors have qualified for (3) have a combined MCAS score on these
the prestigious John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. The assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district.
Adams Scholarship provides a tuition waiver for four years
of undergraduate education at Massachusetts state colleges AHS students recognized as potential scholarship recipients are
and universities for students who are accepted. Massachusetts Evan Baxter, Abigail Beatson, Meredith Bouchard, Meredith
public high school students automatically qualify for the Brown, William Caseley, Ryan Chambers, Robert Chiodi, Erin
scholarship when they: Connors, Robert Cornish, Carolyn Creighton, Gregory Cronin,
Taylor Darmetko, Nicole D’Attilio, Jaryd Delehanty, Matthew
(1) score in the Advanced category in either the DiCarli, Melissa Donaher, Amanda Dutcher, Jennifer Esau,
Mathematics or the English language arts section Robert Gentile, Brenda Gleason, Elizabeth Griffin, Allison
of the grade 10 MCAS test; Griggs, Christine Harvey, Erin Hollander, Sean Lawton, Kyle
(2) score in the Proficient or Advanced category Linehan, Nicholas Malafronte, Kelly Mitchell, Deanna Moore,
on the second subject (Mathematics or English language Jennifer Ngo, Erin O’Brien, Cory Pickering, James Polito,
arts); and Joseph Polito, James Rota, Livia Silva and Emily Welch.
THINGS YOUR KIDS PROBABLY KNOW
BUT DON’T TELL YOU……………….
Music Parents Meeting on November 10th in AHS Faculty Room @ 7:00 pm
No School on November 11th - Veteran’s Day
Parent Teacher Organization Meeting on November 12th in the AHS Faculty Room @ 7:00 pm
Term 1 Report Cards issued on November 13th during Advisory
Cheerleading South Sectional Regionals on Sunday, November 15th @ Taunton High School
Early Release on November 18th @ 10:45 am (Parent Conferences)
Early Release on November 25th @ 10:45 am (Thanksgiving Break)
2010 Yearbook payment ($95.00) is due to Ms. Chiasson no later than Monday, November 30th
Payment may also be made online at www.ybpay.com
Athletic User Fee of $250.00 for winter sports is due no later than Monday, November 30th
School Committee Meeting on December 1st in Cotter Room at Town Hall @ 7:00 pm
Abington Greenwave Boosters Meeting on December 1st in AHS Cafeteria @ 7:00 pm
The Abington High School branch of Sovereign Bank will close its doors on December 18th. Sovereign will send a letter to branch
customers within the next few weeks. Our relationship with Sovereign and, prior to that, Abington Savings Bank was a mutually
beneficial educational and vocational program for our students. We appreciate the positive experience for Abington High School
since May 1986.
Parent Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm and Thursday, November 19th from 7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm. Parents will wait in line outside a teacher’s door to speak to the teacher. There will be a 10:45 am dismissal on November 18th.
Because the dismissal is for high school students only, buses will run at the usual time. Students who choose to ride the bus home on
November 18th should wait in the cafeteria until 1:57 pm.
ABINGTON GREENWAVE BOOSTERS HOMECOMING
The Abington Greenwave Boosters Abington, MA. Congratulations to members of the Class of 2010
conducted their annual Door-to-Door Drive Carolyn Creighton, Jennifer Esau, Emily Lyons,
The Boosters have provided extensive aid
on October 18th. We would like to thank Lauren Marella, Deanna Moore, Ian Campbell,
to the athletic programs at the high school
our adult drivers, students and coaches for Andrew Crosta, Corey Donlan, Kristian LaPointe
by providing athletic equipment and fields,
their participation. and Nick Malafraonte. These students were
as well as funding award jackets to varsity
chosen by members of the senior class as best
Unfortunately, we were unable to visit athletes. This year the Boosters are
every residence and apologize if you had funding junior varsity sports as well as exemplifying the qualities of leadership,
a donation ready. If you would like to help attempting to raise funds for freshmen school spirit and character.
continue Abington’s athletic tradition, sports. We also provide promotional
Nicholas Marella was voted Homecoming
please send your contribution to Abington events such as homecoming festivities and
King and Carolyn Creighton was voted Home-
Greenwave Boosters, Post Office Box 2140, “Pack the Place”.
coming Queen at the Homecoming Dance.
SOPHOMORE CLASS FUNDRAISER
Would you like to attend a fundraiser where you make money? The Class of 2012 will be hosting
a “Cash For Gold Party” on Thursday, November 19th in room E103 from 6:00—9:00 pm.
What should you bring — any gold, silver or platinum jewelry that you no longer wear, an earring
that you lost the match to 5 years ago, a necklace that is tied in so many knots that you will never
get it untangled. It doesn’t have to be jewelry. You could bring sterling silverware or silver bowls.
How does this work? The sophomore class will have a team of jewelers on hand (check them out
at www.RJCgoldparties.com) and they will determine if you jewelry is real gold, silver or platinum;
they will weigh it and you will receive a fair price for it.
Please come and support the sophomore class and make some money for yourself while you are at
it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karin Daisy at email@example.com.
SCHOOL COUNCIL EDUCATION WEEK CAP & GOWN
Elections for a parent representative This year’s American Education Members of the Class of
to the School Council were held on Week theme, “Great Public 2010 will be measured for
October 7th. Congratulations to Schools: A Basic Right and Our their graduation cap and
Beth Golden. Responsibility”, highlights the
gown on Friday, December
importance of bringing together
Elections for student representatives 10th in the cafeteria during
educators, school staff, parents,
from the Class of 2011 to the School both lunches. The cost of
students, and communities in a
Council were held on October 16th. the cap and gown is Twenty
unified effort to build great public Class of 2010
Congratulations to Jessica Golden,
schools. The theme also reflects ($20.00) Dollars. Payments Graduation
Jennifer Manning and Megan
NEA’s vision of calling upon should be made to Mrs. Saturday,
America to provide students with Kelliher in the main office June 5, 2010
The next meeting of the School quality public schools so that they 4:00 pm
during the first week of
Council will be held on December can grow, prosper, and achieve in December.
2nd at 2:30 pm in the Abington High the 21st Century. TERM 1
Parents are invited to visit the REPORT CARDS
high school during school hours ISSUED
on November 17tth. NOVEMBER 13TH
JUNIOR CLASS AN EVENING OF
AUCTION SHORT STORIES
ABINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Abington High School Drama
CLASS OF 2011 Presents
CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND “An Evening of Short Plays”
(a series of ten minute plays)
THE JR. CLASS AUCTION
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
November 12 and 13
IN THE PAUL K. SMITH MUSIC ROOM
Paul K. Smith Music Room
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM
Abington High School
BIDDING BEGINS AT 7:00 pm
Raffles, Door Prize, and Bake Sale
$5 general admission
Please contact Kerri Murphy @ firstname.lastname@example.org
IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS
You may receive brochures in the mail which will lead you to believe that there is a huge quantity of money available
for financial aid. The mailing will imply that a great deal of money is yours merely for the asking. All you have to do
is complete a questionnaire and send a check for $49.99 (under $50) and such company will come up with six or so
leads which you may pursue. In reality, however, most of these companies offer what is, in many instances, free
information to those who spend the time to research the topic. When asked to provide references of students who have
actually received any financial aid/scholarships from their service, most firms are unable to furnish specific courses.
The most reliable source for financial aid is the Financial Aid Office at the college at which your child is planning to
attend. Ninety percent of all financial aid will be awarded by the college and every college has a competent department
within its organization to research and advise and make scholarship financial aid awardings. Doesn’t it make sense that
this would be the best resource to help you? Advice! If it sounds too good to be true, it more than likely is!
WHAT’S WHAT WITH WHO’S WHO
Every year high school students by virtue of publicity achieved in a local, state or national activity/event are subjected to a variety
of recognition programs generally known as “Who’s Who” program.
Among the more common programs in this area are: Who’s Who Among Music Students in American High Schools, Who’s Who
in High School Athletics, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, Who’s Who in National High School Football and
The Society of Distinguished American High School Students.
Such programs publish a book or pamphlet listing all names which have been obtained and suggest that such a listing has an effect
upon a student’s admission criteria. These programs are designed to play on the vanity of parents and relatives, to sell them the
various products offered (usually the book/almanac, etc.) If students and parents receive information from a “Who’s Who” program,
they should consciously evaluate the program – what it is, what it offers, and what it asks. Did your high school really nominate
you? Questions about such programs should be directed to the your guidance counselor.
Students will receive PSAT scores in mid-December. A package of materials will be sent home from the guidance department
which will include test scores, an individual analysis of answers, the actual test, and an informational booklet. These are provided
to students so that they can fully evaluate their performance on the different types of questions asked by the test. In the booklet,
students will find charts to compare their scores to national norms. There is no passing or failing score on the PSAT and scores
are not reported to colleges.
COLLEGE BOARD TESTING FOR JUNIORS
College-bound juniors should begin making plans to take one or more of the college entrance examinations which occur this spring.
Three test dates are available on which students can take the SAT. Juniors are encouraged to discuss with their counselor a timetable
for taking these exams. The timetable is determined in part by the academic preparation and interests of the student. In general,
students who have not completed geometry and the second year of algebra might be advised to wait until the June test date to take
the SAT. Registration forms can be obtained in the Guidance Office or by using the www.collegeboard.com web site.
Test Date Deadline Tests Available
March 13, 2010 February 4, 2010 Reasoning
May 1, 2010 March 25, 2010 Reasoning/Subj.
June 5, 2010 April 29 2010 Reasoning/Subj.
CONGRATULATIONS GOLF NEWS
Congratulations to our Abington Green Congratulations to Corey Donlan who tied
Wave Cheerleaders who earned a First Place for 11th place out of 140 players at the
Trophy at Braintree High School’s Cheer- MIAA Division III South Tournament.
leading Invitational on Sunday, October 18th. Corey’s finish will send him to the state
finals this week in Great Barrington.
After an incredible display of athletic talent
and heart, the Greenwave Cheerleaders put Another terrific year for the Green Wave
on an outstanding exhibition on November Golfers who for the second year in a row
1st to capture the South Shore League title. qualified for the MIAA Division III South
Tournament. Abington High School finished
eleventh out of twenty-two teams with a team
score of 348. The Green Wave scored better
than Norwell, Cohasset and Spellman, all
opponents this year.
BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE
Great job by our Boys’ and Girls’ Cross The final league standings in the South
Country Teams who recently competed in Shore League were:
the 50th Catholic Memorial Invitational
at Franklin Park. Leading the way for the boys: 4-2 (3rd)
Green Wave was John McKeon, who girls: 3-3 (4th)
captured 7th place in the varsity race out of
122 runners, followed by Mike Mulligan Top runners for the Wave this year
and Brendan Whalen. The team finished were John McKeon, Mike Mulligan,
6th overall out of 22 teams that competed. Brendan Whalen, Kevin Bunszell, Eric
Sophomore Liz Morgan was the top girls' Magnussen Ben Rangel, Liz Morgan,
varsity finisher, while Emily Atkinson was Emily Atkinson, Marissa Lalli, Julie
the top high school finisher in the freshman Bacon, Kristen Lee, and Meaghan
SOCCER NEWS FOOTBALL NEWS
Plagued by key injuries early in the season our Boys’ and Girls’ The Green Wave Football Team continues its undefeated
Soccer teams played with a lot of heart and grit all season long. ways as they continue with South Shore League play with
With the generous donation from Abington Youth Soccer, the the big showdown this Friday against Cohasset.
Green Wave was able to add a Freshmen Girls’ Soccer Team.
The teams finished the season vs. Rockland in a night game on Congratulations to Kristian LaPointe who was selected as
Monday, November 2nd at the Frolio Middle School. Channel 5’s “High Five” player of the week. Come out to
show your Green Wave Pride as the Football Team seeks
its fifth consecutive South Shore League title.
ABINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP
On Thursday, December 17, in the Cotter Room of the Town Hall, the Guidance Department will offer a Financial Aid Workshop
for parents and students. A college financial aid officer will be on hand to explain the various financial aid forms and the manner in
which aid is awarded. While the workshop is targeted to the specific needs of seniors and their parents, other families are welcome
to attend. Time will be announced in school and on Constant Contact.
FINANCIAL AID REMINDERS
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance administers several major programs to help students
continue their education at the postsecondary level. These grant, loan, and work-study programs will provide nearly $40 billion to
students during the 2009-2010 school year, which amounts to approximately 70 percent of all student aid awarded for that year. To
apply for aid from these programs, students who are planning to go to college should fill out the 2010-2011 Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1, 2010.
This year, students are encouraged to make use of electronic information and services. The federal government has developed a
website: www.fafsa.ed.gov for FAFSA on the Web. If students/parents have Internet access, they can apply using FAFSA on the
Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov instead of filling out a paper form. Because of the help screens and checks built into FAFSA on the Web,
the student is much less likely to make an error that will delay the processing of his or her application.
Many students will also have to complete the CSS PROFILE on line. The institutions requiring the PROFILE are listed on the
college board website (www.collegeboard.com). If you do not have your income taxes finished, you should complete the financial
aid forms using estimates. Most colleges will ask for a copy of your income taxes for verification at a later date. (Always note your
user names and password when doing applications on line.)
NCAA ATHLETIC EGIBILITY SENIOR TRANSCRIPT REQUEST NOTICE
Students who are planning to enroll in college as The guidance Counselors would like to remind seniors about two
freshman next fall and wish to participate in important items:
Division I or II athletics must be certified by the
NCAA Clearinghouse. Students should begin the To release transcripts, recommendations, etc. to colleges a Student
Consent Form must be completed and returned to the guidance office
process by completing a NCAA Student Release
two weeks prior to a deadline date.
Form. See your counselor for details.
For those students with a December 31st or January 1st deadline
date, Consent Forms, teacher and counselor recommendations, and
college forms must be submitted to the guidance office by Friday,
Information on scholarships is available in guidance. Seniors should
check the scholarship folder weekly.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT DAY
Congratulations to Jennifer Ngo and James Rota on their election to
represent Abington High School in the Annual Student Government
Day held at the Massachusetts State House on April 9, 2010. Two
students from every Massachusetts high school will participate and
experience the role of the executive, legislative and judicial branches
of state government.