Friday, February 14, 2020

Daily Announcements 2-14-20

Congratulations to Taegan Salera on her acceptance to Curry College, Merrimack College, and Northern Vermont University. YAHOO!!

Attention all DR Softball players there will be a meeting right after school today in the cafeteria at 2 pm with the new coaching staff and Mr Kelley.
Everyone please attend.

There will be a student government meeting on Monday, February 24th. Please make every effort to attend as we are discussing important events. See Ms. Beckett prior to the meeting if you cannot.

On Monday night the DR Boys Basketball team will be holding its annual Senior Night against Bishop Connelly at 6pm!  Please come show your support.

Attention all DR softball players.
There will be a meeting in the cafeteria this afternoon at 2 pm with the new coaches. Everyone please attend.

The boys’ basketball team plays at Fairhaven tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Do not forget that the Falcons play at home Monday night against Bishop Connolly at 6:30 p.m. That game is senior night. Seniors Ishmael Christmas, Shayne O’Neil, & Shane Mello will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.  The Falcons also play at arch-rival Seekonk on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

DRS Hockey

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DRS Hockey won over New Bedford Wednesday night 3-1.  Two points each for Wyatt Nastar & Noah Bastis.  Saturday night 2/15 DRS takes on O'Bryant @ home.  Senior night begins @ 4:30pm with game immediately following @ 5pm.   Come support DRS and our Seniors!

Daily Announcements 2-13-20

There will be a brief but mandatory meeting of the NHS in the Media Center after school today. Any issues, see Mr. Pacheco

Signups are going on now for the annual blood drive. Sign up at all lunches or with Ms. Beckett after school in 108. All students must have a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian to participate.

There is NO Pro Musica rehearsal this Thursday.

Students from the transition program will be selling bracelets for $5 during the lunch shifts today.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Daily Announcements 2-12-20

The boys’ basketball team earned a hard-fought 54-51 win over Old Rochester last night before a large & raucous crowd. Clutch free throws by Shane Mello & John Marcille sealed the victory.. Ryan Ouellette had 18 points, 8 rebounds, Marcille added 14 points, 6 rebounds & 6 assists while Mello had 12 points.  With the victory the Falcons earn the SCC Blue Tier Championship!

The girls' basketball team dropped a tough game last night to first place Old Rochester 58-34. The team will play its final regular season home game this Friday against Fairhaven

Attention DR Softball players. There will be a meeting tomorrow in the cafeteria at 2 pm after school with the new coaching staff.  Anyone interested in playing softball must attend.

Family ID is now open! If you plan on playing a Spring sport you must sign up. Make sure your physicals are up to date as well.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

DRS Hockey

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DRS Hockey tied Apponequet Saturday night 1-1.  Next game is on the road Wednesday 2/12  @ 4pm @ Hetland Arena.

Daily Announcements 2-11-20

Attention all Spring sport athletes.
Family ID is now open. Please sign up and make sure your physical is up to date.

Attention members of the Falcons’ Nest: the SCC boys’ basketball championship is at stake in tonight’s game against Old Rochester here at DR at 6:30:p.m. Plan to arrive early!

Congratulations to Brandon Bourgault on his acceptance to Curry College. YAHOO!!

Mrs. Donahue's advisory students will not meet in room 305 today but will meet her in the auditorium instead.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Daily Announcements 2-10-20

Appreciation Carnations for Valentine's Day will be sold during lunch until February 10th. Show your friends, teachers, and loved ones how much you appreciate them!!! Deliveries will be made on Valentine's Day. Carnations can also be purchased after school in Room 110.

Attention Spanish Club members, We will be meeting Tuesday, February 11th right after school in room 132 to plan for Taco Tuesday.

The will be a meeting for all boys interested in playing volleyball on Tuesday February 11th at 2:00pm in the cafeteria. Anyone who cannot attend should contact

There will be a student government meeting on Monday after school in room 108. Please see Ms. Beckett if you cannot attend.

There will be a yearbook meeting afterschool on Tuesday 2/11. All members are to attend and plan to work on laptops developing pages. Any questions, please see Mrs. Tremblett

Trailing by one at halftime, Wareham rallied to defeat the Falcons 74-55 on Friday night. Shane Mello had 17 points, John Marcille 15, and Ryan Ouellette added 11.
The Falcons host Old Rochester in another crucial SCC contest Tuesday night here at DR at 6:30 p.m.

This week's Leo Meeting will be Wednesday after school in room 111.

There will be a brief but mandatory meeting of the NHS in the Media Center after school Thursday. Any issues, see Mr. Pacheco

The girls' basketball team defeated Wareham on Friday night and Seekonk on Sunday afternoon. With those wins, the team qualifies for the state tournament for the 5th straight season. The tema plays tomorrow night at first place Old Rochester

There will be a brief informational meeting for all boys interested in playing Tennis this spring. The meeting will be in room 122 right after school. Any questions please see Mr. Augusto.

Congratulations to the DR winter track teams who wrapped up their season on Saturday night in Boston. The girls team ended their 4-1 season by finishing in fourth place at the conference meet. The boys team ended their undefeated season with a dominating victory. They scored 90 points as a team, defeating second place greater New Bedford who scored 60 points. It was an incredible performance highlighted by Jaren Ramos who broke a decade old school record in the 300, running it in 36.33 seconds. Great season Falcons!

There is a student government meeting today after school. Please be sure to come and go to your assigned lunches! See Ms. B with any questions.

Signups are going on now for the annual blood drive. Sign up at all lunches or with Ms. Beckett after school in 108. All students must have a permission slip signed by a parent/guardian to participate.

Cold-Flu Comparison

Colds versus Flu: How to Tell the Difference

Are you coming down with a cold? Do you have the flu?
Look below to see some differences and similarities between colds and flu.

Differences Between Colds and the Flu



Symptoms are usually less severe than flu symptoms

Symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms

Symptoms develop gradually over a few days.

Symptoms come on quickly and severely.

You rarely have a fever.

You almost always have a fever.

You feel sick mostly in your head and nose.

Your entire body feels sick.

Body aches, headaches and pain are usually mild if you have them.

Body aches, headaches and pain are common and can be severe.

You may or may not feel tired and weak.

Tiredness and weakness are common.

There is no vaccine to protect you.

You can get vaccine to protect yourself.

Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

The flu can result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

Similarities Between Colds and the Flu



Caused by a virus.

Caused by a virus.

Affects the body’s breathing system
(nose, throat, windpipe and lungs).

Affects the body’s breathing system
(nose, throat, windpipe and lungs).

Usually goes away on its own.

Usually goes away on its own.

You should contact your doctor if symptoms change or get worse.

You should contact your doctor if symptoms change or get worse. There are antiviral medicines, by prescription, to treat the flu.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Updated 2016

The Flu:
A Guide for Parents

Flu information              
What is the flu?
Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by influenza viruses that are constantly changing.  Flu causes illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year.  Flu can be very dangerous for children.  Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.

How serious is the flu?
Flu illness can vary from mild to severe.  Flu can be especially dangerous for young children and children of any age who have certain long term health conditions, including asthma (even mild
or controlled), neurological conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders (such as diabetes), and weakened immune systems due to disease or medication.  Children with these conditions, and those receiving long-term aspirin therapy, can have more severe illness from the flu.

How does the flu spread?
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get the flu by touching something that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.

What are the symptoms of flu?Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, head-ache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomitingand diarrhea.  Some people with flu will not have a fever.

How long can a sick person spread the flu? People with the flu may infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5-7 days after. Children and people with weakened immune systems
can shed virus for longer, and might still be contagious past 7 days, especially if they still have symptoms.

Can my child go to school, daycare or camp if he or she is sick?
No.  Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children or to caregivers.

When can my child go back to school after having the flu?
Keep your child home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, without using fever- reducing medications, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). A fever is defined as 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.

Protect your child             
How can I protect my child against flu?
The first and most important thing to do is to get flu vaccine for your child, yourself, and everyone else in your household every year. Get the vaccine as soon as it is available.

Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

It's especially important that young children an children with certain health conditions get vaccinated.

It's very important for parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers to get vaccinated.

Everyone caring for infants under 6 months (who are too young to be vaccinated) should be vaccinated if possible.  Vaccinating pregnant women can offer some protection to the baby during pregnancy and after birth.

About flu vaccine           

What kinds of flu vaccine are there?
There are two kinds of flu vaccine:

      Inactivated (killed) flu vaccine, the “flu shot,” is given by injection with a needle.
      Live, attenuated (weakened) flu vaccine is sprayed into the nostrils.

The kind of vaccine your child will get depends on their age and health.  Your child may be eligible to receive either kind of flu vaccine.

Every time your child receives vaccine, your healthcare provider will ask questions which will help determine whether the child should receive vaccine that day, and what kind of vaccine your child should get.

Are there any risks from flu vaccine? Vaccine reactions, if they occur, are usually mild and can include soreness, redness and swelling where the shot is given, or runny nose after getting the nasal spray.  Some people have experienced fever, body aches, headache and fatigue. These reactions usually begin soon after the vaccine is given, and last 1-2 days.

A vaccine, like any medicine, could possibly cause more serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions.  The risk of a vaccine causing serious harm is extremely small.
Life threatening allergic reactions from vac- cines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination.

More detailed information about flu vaccine is available at this site you will find Vaccine Information Statements about inactivated and live influenza vaccines (the shot and the nasal spray) designed to educate and inform in many languages

Is influenza vaccine effective?
Yes. While no vaccine is 100% effective, influenza vaccine is the best protection against getting the flu.

Influenza vaccine tends to be most effective in people who are younger and healthy.  It takes about two weeks after vaccination to protect against flu, so vaccination does not protect immediately.  Also, flu viruses are always changing, so the vaccine needs to be updated every year, before flu season starts. When the vaccine isn’t a good match with flu viruses that are circulating, it offers less protection.

People who get flu vaccine are much less likely to get the flu than those who don’t get vaccine, and if vaccinated people get sick with the flu their illness is not as severe.

Other steps to take            
What else can I do to protect my child?
      Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
Throw the tissue in the trash after use.
      Stay away from people who are sick.
      Wash hands often with soap and water.
      Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
      Contact your healthcare provider if your child gets sick, especially if the child is very young (under 5) or has long-term health conditions.
      Seek emergency care if your child has trouble breathing, fast breathing, turns bluish or gray, has severe or persistent vomiting, has trouble waking up, or doesn’t interact normally.

Much more information is available at:, and
      Or call 617-983-6800 or your local board of health.

Adapted from CDC and developed as per legal requirements pursuant to An Act Relative to Annual Immunization Against
Influenza for Children, MGL Chapter 111, Section 229, Amended 2012.  Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2013