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									                                      April 3, 2009
                 Link to the District Website: www.seekonk.k12.ma.us


The purpose of this newsletter is to provide the parents and community with information
about programs and events at the high school. If you are no longer interested in
receiving this or you have any questions, please email mcgovernm@seekonk.k12.ma.us.


                     SHS Mission Statement
All students will achieve their maximum potential by becoming
     responsible, productive citizens and life-long learners.

Mark your calendars:
  • SHS Talent Show – Thursday, April 9 @ 7 PM - $5 in advance; $7 at the
      door
  • School Play – “Sweet Charity” – Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3
  • Honors Night - May 7
  • Spring Concert - May 13
  • Prom - May 22 @ Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet
  • Awards Night - June 9
  • Senior Class Night - June 10
  • Graduation – Friday, June 12 @ 6:30 PM

The town election will take place at the high school on
Monday, April 6, 2009, from 12 noon – 8 PM. The
parking spaces in front of the building are being
reserved for voters. Parents who drop off their children
in the morning or pick up their children at the close of
school will enter the parking lot near the tennis courts
and wait near the cafeteria exit. They will be directed to
circle that side parking lot near the tennis
courts/stadium and exit where they entered. We
appreciate your cooperation and encourage everyone to
get out and exercise the right to vote.


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                                      From Mrs. McGovern
   •   Thank you so much to the 144 people who have already responded to our parent
       survey regarding our efforts at communication. For those of you who haven’t
       responded and have a few minutes, you can access the survey at
       http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?
       formkey=cDNyNEVPbXZ2ME56TW1sb29XQ1Y4Q0E6MA. We have also
       mailed surveys to parents who haven’t signed up to receive the e-news.

       Listed below are a few of the comments from the survey and our responses.
       There were numerous requests for information related to student progress
       -homework, tests, etc. – We have begun to address this. In last week’s newsletter
       (included today under “previous announcements”) is information about our
       piloting of Edline by 12 of our teachers. Parents whose child has one of those
       teachers will be receiving an access code in the mail so that they can check their
       child’s progress. Teachers are being asked to update the information every two
       weeks. We are really optimistic about this as an important tool to share
       information regarding your child’s academic performance beyond progress
       reports and quarterly report cards.
       Emails from parents/guardians often end up in teachers’ junk mail – This is true.
       The system doesn’t recognize new addresses and kicks the message to “junk.”
       Teachers know that this happens and most do check their junk mail, too. I will
       send another reminder out to faculty/staff. The Edline program which will are
       piloting should eventually solve this problem.
       It would be helpful if there was a link to the district website in the newsletter –
       This has been done. It appears under the date at the top of the newsletter.

   •   Thank you to Mr. Mello, Mrs. Fitzgerald, and Mrs. Marinucci for overseeing a
       great project for SHS. Last Saturday morning, they worked with 43 students to
       clean up the quadrangle. It looks great out there. The students earned community
       service hours for their efforts.
   •   The next SCRIP order is due on Thursday, April 9, 2009.
   •   Grades for 3rd quarter close today.



Thank you to seniors Michael Maio, Lauren DeLeo and parent Mrs. Kim DeLeo for their
informative presentation as part of the College Night for juniors and Parents. There were
over 90 parents and students who attended the information session and heard from the
panel that included the guidance counselors in the high school library on Thursday, April
2nd. Thank you all for helping to make it a successful evening.


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MCAS extra help is available in math after school every Wednesday and Thursday from
now until test time in May. Mrs. Lord and Ms. Costello are providing this valuable help
to any interested grade 10 students.

MCAS extra help is available in Biology every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday after school in the science wing from now until test time in June. Room
locations and extra help topics are listed in the science hallway or ask your science
teacher for more details.




                               Video Production Department
Seniors Mason Turcotte and Tim MacKay submitted entries to the second annual
“Dance. Don’t Chance.” Prom/Graduation Safe Driving Campaign and Video Contest.

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is working with corporate
partners such as JAM’N 94.5, AAA Southern New England, Macy’s, Boston Limo,
Men’s Wearhouse and Tux, glacéau smartwater® and Dellaria Salons to make this prom/
graduation season safer for teenagers on Massachusetts roads.

The “Dance. Don’t Chance.” is a safe driving video contest that calls on students to write
and produce a 60-second video to promote safe, drug and alcohol free driving during the
prom and graduation season, and year round. Last week, Tim’s video was selected as a
finalist in the contest. The top rated videos will be judged by JAM’N 94.5 radio
personalities and a winner will be publicly announced later this spring.

Also…The Broadcast News class is airing its fourth episode of the STV News program
on Friday, April 3. The show has been getting some rave reviews this year from SHS
faculty and students. Some hot topics covered so far this year are the NYC Trip, the
Courtyard Cleanup, HMS Idol, Jazz & Pizza Supper, and the SHS Blood Drive. Stay
tuned for more STV News every other Friday through June.




                    Ms. Brennan's psychology classes are examining the differences
between PRODUCTIVE vs. NON-PRODUCTIVE ARGUMENTS. The students used
lively role play to re-enact typical arguments that they had in their lives with parents,
siblings & friends, using tactical strategies to de-escalate and quickly resolve arguments.
They are currently examining various "anger styles" and differentiating between passive

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aggressive behavior and overt aggression. They did a great job being mature and realistic
during their demonstrations.




                                    Science Department
Bio II students presented their research on the Runnins River at the Seekonk Land Trust
Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 25th. Each presenting group was from one of 4
different classes. Students presenting were: Abby Voyer, Julia Ryan and Alex Sceeles;
Aaron Renquinha, Haley Coccia, Anne Ransom, Mike Montijo & Connor Berube; Jon
Howard, Rob Fontaine, Ryan McGovern & Tom Garrick; and Liz Jensen & Ashley
Silverman.
AP Biology students traveled to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to study
comparative anatomy & evolution on Thursday, March 26th. At the most recent Science
Department Meeting, staff shared experiences and information from professional
development opportunities such as Massachusetts Association of Biology Teachers
Annual Conference and Microscale Chemistry Safety.




                                         Earth Day Cleanup
Seekonk's Earth Day Cleanup is Saturday, April 25th from 8 am to 1 pm. This is the 8th
year the SHS has participated. Students can earn up to 5 hours community service
working with Ms. Cunard, Mrs. Fitzgerald & Mrs. Marinucci. We have fortunately (or
unfortunately!) collected approximately 1000 pounds of trash each year. Students must
turn in signed permission forms to Mrs. Cunard by April 13th to participate.




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 Scuba course offered SHS. Deadline 5/1/09
Take the scuba certification class that is being offered at the SHS for $325 and earn
college credit. The same course is being offered from $450-1050 elsewhere. This
certification is good for life. Diving is a great opportunity for our students and is
recommended for any student that has family members that dive or plan to be involved in
the biological sciences in the future. The nineteen students and teachers have been
certified in past two years highly recommend this course. One student has changed
colleges to pursue marine sciences at UNH. Another student received her advanced open
water certification in the Mediterranean Sea. Others have dove in Narragansett Bay,
Bonaire, or earned extra cash, scraping boats and locating outboard motors that have
fallen off of boats.

This course is being offered to the students and staff of the SHS and to family members
who wish to dive with those students. First 10 students with deposit accepted. E-mail or
call Mr. Wills for more information. willsm@seekonk.k12.ma.us ph 508-336-7272 ext.
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Seekonk High School will be starting to use Edline as an easy way for parents and
students to keep-up-to-date online. They will be able to see periodic progress reports,
some assignments, and school events. Eventually, Edline may be used to do some of the
following:

    •    Check latest grades
    •    Verify attendance
    •    Receive email alerts when new grades are posted and with school or class
         information



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   •   View a ‘Combined Calendar’ to see all the events from the school calendar,
       assigned classes, and other activities automatically collected and personalized
   •   See what homework is not turned in and read notes from the teachers
   •   Read daily announcements, lunch menus, school policies, and classroom news
   •   View team and club activities
   •   And much more…

The following teachers will be participating this year: Mr. Bonneau, Mrs. Borden, Mr.
Censabella, Ms. Costello, Mrs. Cunard, Mrs. DiBiase, Mr. Gerbi, Mrs. Hellmold, Mr.
Hoogerzeil, Ms. Lawrence, Mrs. Limperis, and Mrs. Marinucci. Students in these
teachers' classes will be receiving account information the week of March 30. Parents of
these students should receive account information by mail. Any parent of these students
that do not receive account information by April 6, or is interested in attending an
information session should contact the Guidance Office at 508-336-0312.




Community Service Hours
  • Sign up in Guidance for upcoming opportunities at the Newman YMCA.
  • Phone-a-thon --April 11th from 10:00-2:00 and 2:30-5:30 (choose one 3 hour
     shift)
  • Healthy Kids Day -- April 18 from 7:00-3:00 (indicate the hours you’re available)
  • Eat Cheap Night-- April 30 &/or May 28 from 4:00-8:00




                Seekonk High School
              Parent Advisory Committee
             Baked Goods and Plant Sale
        Election Day – April 6th, noon to 8pm

The SHS PAC has the good fortune of having the whole town coming to SHS to place
their votes for the next election. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase our
Scholarship Fund.

PAC is in need of volunteers to bake and volunteers to work the table during election
hours.

BAKERS: Please email Laura Smith if you are able to donate baked goods. Items can be
dropped off that morning and through out the day. MLMMSmith4@aol.com




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BAKE TABLE VOLUNTEERS: If you are available at anytime between noon – 8:00
PM on April 6th, please email Laura Smith with the time you can volunteer.
MLMMSmith4@aol.com

PLANT & BULB SALE: The SHS PAC revenue has also been hit with tough economic
times. However, PAC member, Richard Marsland, has generously donated many
daffodil bulbs to the committee. The daffodil bulbs will be on sale at the baked goods
table: 10 for $5.00. Oakdale Farms has also donated soil and pots so that some of the
bulbs will be already planted and ready to beautify your home for the spring holidays.
The potted daffodils will be on sale for $5.00.

Thank you so much for your support! Our students truly appreciate your help!




                   “Celebration” – SHS Post Prom Event, Friday
              May 22nd immediately following the prom
Celebration is an event which provides a safe, alcohol and drug free post prom party free
of charge to juniors and seniors and their dates. Juniors and seniors who do not attend the
prom may still attend the after prom event with a guest. Celebration will take place this
year at Sherwood Ultra Sports in Seekonk 11:30 pm – 3:30 am.

To ensure the success of Celebration, participation and parental support is crucial. This
event provides a venue of multiple activities, including entertainment, food, raffles,
contests and tournaments in a safe environment. Celebration should be the primary
alternative for an after Prom Party – Let us keep your children safe and take advantage of
what Celebration has to offer.

Raffle items and monetary donations are STILL NEEDED TO ENSURE A
SUCCESSFUL EVENT!!
Please consider donating gift certificates from local stores and restaurants that will be
used for the raffles as well.

                     PLEASE SEND DONATIONS OR RAFFLES ITEMS
                 TO THE HIGH SCHOOL MAIN OFFICE marked “Post Prom”.




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                        From the Music Department

Upcoming:
Wed. April 1 and Tues, April 7, 6-8 PM SHS Concert Band rehearsal for Disney
performance.
Seekonk Music Parents meeting, Tuesday, April 14th 7 PM, SHS Band Room.




                                     Art Department
On May 2nd from 5:00-8:00pm the Attleboro Area Council of Churches will be dishing
up soup at the Attleboro Museum to benefit its Food'n Friends Programs located in
Attleboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro and Seekonk. The Food'n Friends kitchens housed
in local churches serves meals to our less fortunate and hungry neighbors. For $20.00
guests can enjoy a meal of soup and bread in the bowl of their choice which they can
keep. Extra bowls can be purchased for $10.00.
This year, Mrs. Wilbert's and Mrs. Machado-Cook’s Ceramics I students will be creating
bowls which will be displayed at the museum for purchase. They will also be recognized
for their contribution in the event catalog. We hope you will see this as a valuable
community service, educational and experience and support their efforts.




Please check www.highschoolsports.net for updated schedules as postponements and
cancellations occur. All spring sports schedules have now been posted.




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