Friday, October 31, 2014

This Week & The Week Ahead

Greetings Students, Parents, and Community Members,
            We celebrated another Falcon Friday this week where students and staff dressed in green and gold to show their school spirit and show their support for our teams who have made it to the postseason.  This week both our boys and girls soccer teams clinched a berth in the postseason and the details of the schedule will come out today. Stay tuned! 
            High school administration had a unique pleasure of walking through some classrooms at Palmer River Elementary School and Dighton Middle School this week.  It was great to see the hard work and dedication of our colleagues preparing our students for success.  On several occasions, we witnessed students: taking ownership of their learning and creating authentic assessments; making connections to “big ideas;”  and students were held to high standards and teachers supported students to ensure they achieved success.  We look forward to working with these students when they get to DR!  Keep up the great work!
            In the spirit of Halloween, many students and staff incorporated decorations into their classroom.  Teachers Mrs. Pimento, Mr. Tichacek, and Mr. Kulpa worked with their students to create designs, then students worked in small groups to decide on a creation to carve once it was finalized.  See the pictures below of our students having fun while experiencing authentic learning.

Mrs. O'Gara performing an experiment with the pumpkins. 

             The Art Department led by Mr. Schifone’s sculpture classes used pumpkins to create Jack-o-Carvings.  In addition, the art department created a “Spooky Corridor” for our preschool students to travel through, and get a taste of some DR Halloween spirit. 

From left to right: Art teachers: Mr, Schifone, Ms. Tache, and Mrs. Rutkowski. 

Pumpkins decorated in sculpture class. 

            Our district preschool program in collaboration with our Early Childhood Education program students toured the school and “Trick or Treated” throughout the office.  Check out some great costumes from our staff, students, and preschool students!  Great work team!

DR News:  Click the LINK to play this week’s edition of DR News:

Check out this month’s edition of the Falcon Flyer:

The Week Ahead:

Saturday, November 1, 2014-
DR Hosts First Annual Speech Tournament.  Click here for the article in the Taunton Gazette

Monday, Nov 3, 2014- Green
Football: JV Game 

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014-No School

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014-Gold

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014-Green
Football: Freshman Game 

Friday, Nov 7, 2014-Gold 
Football: Freshman Game 

Go Falcons!

Daily Announcements 10/31

Question: Is your Fall sport over & you want to stay in shape? Are you looking for a spot to get ready for your winter season sport? Are you NOT on a team & just want to get/stay in shape?
Answer: Check the white board in the cafeteria during lunch to find out WHEN the Fitness center will be open after school with a faculty monitor.
All are welcome!

Anyone interested in playing freshman, JV, or varsity basketball should report to an organizational meeting in room 109 on Wednesday, November 5 @ 2 p.m.

There will be a Falcon Flyer meeting on Monday, November 3rd, from 2:30-3:00 in Room 320.
The October issue of the Falcon Flyer, D-R's student newspaper, is out today! Get your copy at lunch or read it online at!

Be in style, support your class by buying spirit week t-shirts.  They are available for purchase until Nov. 5th.  If you need more order forms see Ms. O'Gara in room 114.

Boy's soccer practice will run from 2:15-4:00 today on the JV field. All JV players should return their home uniforms to Coach Kulpa or Coach Augusto.

The D-R Freshman Football team defeated Apponequet yesterday by a score of 22 to 8. It was a great team effort. Their record is now 7 wins and no losses. They will have an away game next week against Wareham.

Anyone interested in Joining the WRESTLING team should go to a short general-interest meeting NEXT Monday (the 10th) at 2:00 in room 112. If you cannot attend, see Coach Lovejoy for more information.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Daily Announcements 10/30

Tomorrow we are encouraging students and staff to wear green and gold or any DR attire to support our fall teams as they make a run into the postseason.  Friday night, our football team will be hosting Sandwhich at 7:00 pm.  Come out and show your support! Go Falcons!

Don't forget to wear green and gold or any DR attire to support our fall teams as they make a run into the postseason.  Friday night, our football team will be hosting Sandwhich at 7:00 pm.  Come out and show your support! Go Falcons!

There will be no comic book club after school today.

Congratulations to Victor DaCosta for making 1st team All-SCC. Cody Boehner and Jason Berube made Honorable Mention. Seth Lundstrom received the Sportsmanship Award. The boy's soccer team also won the league Sportsmanship Award.

Question: Is your Fall sport over & you want to stay in shape? Are you looking for a spot to get ready for your winter season sport? Are you NOT on a team & just want to get/stay in shape?
Answer: Check the white board in the cafeteria during lunch to find out WHEN the Fitness center will be open after school with a faculty monitor.All are welcome!

If you have lost your keys today and they are on a 2015 lanyard with a planet fitness tag on it.. please come to the main office to claim them.

All The Kings

School Council Approved Minutes 9/23

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
School Council Minutes
September 23, 2014
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Main Office Conference Room

Committee members present: Kevin Braga, John Greenlees, Pat Gouveia, John Harrison, Brendan Henrique, Rachel Philip, Rebekah Philip, Ann Siachos

I. Approval of Minutes from June 10, 2014 Meeting
Committee members approved minutes from meeting held on June 10, 2014

II. New School Council Members
Rebekah Philip, Class of 2015, Student Representative
III. Guidance Update
Senior Guidance Night slated for September 25 at 6:30 p.m. in auditorium

IV. Curriculum Coordinators Update
Monthly meeting agenda is aligned with the School Improvement Plan
Facilities Improvements
Proposals in discussion: National Honor Society for each content area, D-R Academy: (must be active in two activities, one sport, in a leadership position during senior year, etc.), nationally recognized awards for juniors
V. Advanced Placement Summer Academy
AP students will compile a guide for review

VI. NEASC Update
Panel discussion, teacher interviews, and welcome reception on Sunday, November 16 will kick off the NEASC visit.

VII. School Improvement Plan
1. Student Achievement
2. Instruction and Learning
3. Communication
4. Technology
5. Facilities Improvement

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daily Announcements 10/29

Monday the JV football team defeated Fairhaven 33-0 to remain undefeated. Shawn Periera, Ashton Marshall, and Shawn Walsh all scored for the Falcons. Chris Joachim recorded 3 sacks while Dylan Sousa played well on defense.

Students interested in joining the swim team this year should plan to attend a meeting next Wednesday, November 5 at 2:00pm in the small cafeteria.

A reminder that there is a brief Portuguese Club meeting after school in in room 122 to discuss the Coat Drive.

The boy's soccer team lost to Bishop Feehan yesterday 2-0. The team is now waiting for its State tournament pairing which will come out on Friday. Practice will run from 2:15-4:00 today. All JV players should return there uniforms to Coach Kulpa or Coach Augusto by Friday, October 31st.

Area high schools to battle it out for chance to be on quiz show - The Sun Chronicle : Local News

Area high schools to battle it out for chance to be on quiz show - The Sun Chronicle : Local News

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Daily Announcements 10/28

There will be NO jazz band rehearsal today (Tues. 10/28).

Attention Portuguese Club members.  There will be a brief Meeting Thursday after school in room 122 to discuss the upcoming coat drive. Please be prompt.

The boy's soccer team tied Case yesterday 1-1. Joel Papp scored the lone goal. Next game is at Bishop Feehan tonight. Game time is 6:00. The bus leaves for Bishop Feehan at 2:45 sharp.

If anyone has found a cheerleading varsity warm-up jacket please return it to the office.

Please join us in Room 311 this afternoon for chess club.  Our guest faculty player just might be Mrs O'Gara.

Monday the JV football team defeated Fairhaven 33-0 to remain undefeated. Shawn Periera, Ashton Marshall, and Shawn Walsh all scored for the Falcons. Chris Joachim recorded 3 sacks while Dylan Sousa played well on defense.

Rehoboth PTSA "Rehoboth Reflections Calendar"

Click here to order a Rehoboth PTSA "Rehoboth Reflections" calendar.  Any question, please contact Lori Rossi at

Monday, October 27, 2014

Class Dues

Daily Announcements 10/27

Attention Juniors and Seniors:  Representatives from Stonehill College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Westfield State University, and Mount Ida College will be visiting next week.  Interested students may sign up in advance in the Guidance Center.  Sign-ups will not be allowed the day of the college visit.

Class Dues will be collected all week during lunches and before/after school with your class advisors.
There will be a meeting of the Gay/Straight Alliance immediately after school today in room 302. All are heartily encouraged to attend!

The field hockey team defeated arch rival Seekonk on Friday 2-1. The go ahead goals were scored by Mckenzie Kapsimalis and Kylie Fletcher. Ashleigh Botelho and Paige Saxon played well on defense. The team finished their regular season with a 10 and 4 record in the SCC.

Just a reminder that the first Mock Trial practice will be tonight from 5:30-7:30 in the media center. 

The boy's soccer team defeated Bishop Feehan on Friday 3-1. Goals were scored by Dominic Bethiaume, Gavin Turner and Victor DaCosta. The team travels to Case today. There is no JV practice or game today.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Best Buddies Halloween Party

The Best Buddies held their 4th annual Halloween party on Thursday night. The over 65 guests came dressed as baseball players, nurses, zombies and even Sheldon Cooper made an appearance. The group will now begin preparation for their next big event. 

School Council Agenda-10/29 5:30pm in Main Office Conference Room

1) Student Achievement: increase & improve all aspects of student achievement.
2) Instruction and Learning: improve instruction and learning for all students.
3) Communication: expand communication between parents, school, and community through both traditional and non-traditional methods.
4) Technology: increase/maximize the use of technology for teaching and learning.
5) Facilities: improve facilities and ground for maximum students, faculty, and community utilization; instill pride in DRRHS.

1.    Approve September 28, 2014 minutes
2.  8th Grade Parent Night moved to 12/3
3. Bullying Training Update
Phase 1: Staff -10/20 Complete
4.   Junior Book Awards
5.   NEASC Update
6.    2 New Staff
 .                       Director: Stasia Peters
              Special Education Coordinator: Janet Griffith 

Schedule of College Visits

SCHEDULE OF COLLEGE VISITS (updated 10/24/14) 
Interested students  may sign up in advance in the Guidance Center.Sign-ups will not be allowed the day of the college visit.
Tuesday October 28 12:30 PM Tufts University
Wednesday October 29 12:30 PM Johnson & Wales University
Thursday October 30 7:30 AM Salem State University
Thursday October 30 9:00 AM Worcester State University
Friday October 31 7:30 AM Plymouth State University
Monday November 3 7:30 AM Stonehill College
Monday November 3 9:00 AM Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Wednesday November 5 7:30 AM Westfield State University
Thursday November 6 7:30 AM Mount Ida College

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Science Dept and the Project Clean Outreach Program

Four of our Science Teachers (pictured below): Mr. Lovejoy, Ms. Saxon, Ms. Dubois, and Ms. McCabe attended a workshop on Saturday, October 25th at BCC, regarding Teaching Sustainability. Project Clean Energy Outreach is a MassCEC-funded program dedicated to increasing awareness among educators about the ever-changing clean energy environment.  Through coursework, professional development opportunities,and industry externships, Project CEO encourages teachers to infuse sustainable concepts within their current curriculum.  Additionally, it strives to make teachers and guidance counselors aware of the skills needed and the opportunities available within this fast-growing industry.  Keep up the great work Science!

Science Selfie from left to right: Mr. Lovejoy, Ms. Saxon, Mrs. Dubois, and Ms. McCabe

This Week's High Fives

Congratulations to this week's high fives:

Updated Scholarship Information

SCHOLARSHIPS (updated 10/24/14)


Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Apply on-line

Volunteer service


National Elks “Most Valuable Student” Scholarship
$1,000--$15,000 renewable for four years
Apply on-line, print completed application, and deliver to Mr. Don Cleary, Taunton Lodge of Elks (VFW Hall), 85 Ingell Street, Taunton, MA

Academic performance, financial need, leadership, community service, and any significant accomplishments of the applicant


National Elks Emergency Educational Grants
Up to $4,000
Apply on-line or call 773-755-4732

Child of a deceased or totally disabled Elk member in good standing


Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
General Scholarship
Apply on-line

Asian American or Pacific Island descent


Massachusetts JCI Senate Scholarship
2 @ $1,000 each
Apply on-line http:\\

Graduating senior


Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Gates Millennium Scholarship
Apply on-line

Asian American or Pacific Island descent


National Elks Legacy Awards
Apply on-line

Child or grandchild of an active Elk who has been a member in good standing since 4/1/14


Massachusetts Elks Scholarship
Renewable for four years

Academic scholarship, leadership, community service, extracurricular activities, and financial need


Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship
Apply on-line

Planning to major in a fashion related field


Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship
Apply on-line

Planning to major in an animation related field

This Week's Edition of DR News

Friday, October 24, 2014



16 educators will conduct an on-site accreditation visit of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School on Sunday, November 16th through Wednesday, November 19th, Principal Kevin Braga announced today. The accreditation visit will be conducted under the direction of the Committee on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The visiting committee will be chaired by Michele Saulis, a curriculum leader at Connecticut River Academy in East Hartford, CT. Michele Saulis has had extensive experience in the Association’s accreditation process.

Principal Kevin Braga said “The purpose of this accreditation visit is to review and determine from an outside professional viewpoint the extent to which the school is meeting the Standards for Accreditation. As part of the evaluation, the visiting committee will meet with all school constituents, review the school’s self-study, visit a number of classes, and examine examples of student work submitted by the school. During the comprehensive self-study, the faculty attempted to identify the school’s strengths and determined those areas in which changes would be beneficial.”

The chair of the visiting committee, Michele Saulis, said “Our purpose in visiting Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School is to assist the faculty in its pursuit of quality education for its students and provide support for decisions by leaders related to school development.”

Principal Kevin Braga pointed out, “The members of the visiting committee are contributing their services to the school. This spirit of professional cooperation is one of the noted features of the New England Association. The goal of an accreditation visit is to stimulate drive for improvement in the school.”

Mr. Braga also notes that, “While accreditation by the Association does not imply perfection, it does ensure that the school has the resources, leadership, and organization necessary to support the ongoing improvement required of all schools.”

One of the major requirements for NEASC membership is that the entire school be evaluated following the extensive self-study by the professional staff. This evaluation is conducted by a visiting committee of professional educators, sent by the Committee, who review all materials prepared by the faculty in self-assessment, visit classes, and talk with students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members during their four-day visit to the school.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, founded in 1885, is the oldest accrediting agency in the country and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the sole agency to award accreditation to PreK-12 schools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in New England.

For more information contact:

John Harrison, Assistant Principal
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
North Dighton, MA 02764


This Week and The Week Ahead

Greetings Students, Parents, and Community Members,
       This week we were back to a full week as students tried to keep themselves dry as they entered each.  Students who drive to school are reminded to wake up earlier as weather conditions will get more severe with the winter season.  
DRRHS Staff adds two new staff members: Ms. Stasia Peters as the new CTE Director and Mrs. Janet Griffith as the Special Education Coordinator.  Click the links above for the full story on the blog.   
The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High girls' soccer team clinched its berth in the MIAA Tournament -at the expense of arch-rival Seekonk High.
Emily Cronin finished off a through ball from Sarah Guimond in the 71st minute of the South Coast Conference match Monday at the Bliss Soccer Complex for the match-winning goal for the Falcons (8-4-3). Click here for the full story in the Sun Chronicle.

The Girls Volleyball team hosted Senior Night versus Seekonk and won in straight sets.  Nice work ladies!  
On Tuesday, we met with CSF Representatives Mr. Gouveia, Ms. Bell, and Ms. Franczyk  about expanding our scholarship opportunities.  One of the topics of discussion was the annual Door to Door Campaign that will take place in March or April.  Click the following link for information on how to be a CSF Captains

On Wednesday, October 22nd, the Rehoboth Lions Club held their 14th Annual Citizens Recognition Night Banquet at the Venus de Milo.   The Lions Club presented 14 awards ranging from Outstanding Service Awards to Educator of the Year.  It was an excellent ceremony that started with sophomore Pianist Kristina Perez playing the pre-program music.  Kristina has studies piano since the age of four and is nationally recognized member of the Piano Guild. She has performed a number of concerts including one at Carnegie Hall.  Click here for the full story and pictures.    

Sophomore Kristina Perez plays the piano

Senior Brendan Henrique presents the Educator of the Year Award to Mrs. Rose

Science Teacher Mrs. Karen Rose accepts her Educator of the Year Award

 SCC Collaborative Teacher Mr. Kevin Hurley accepts his Educator of the Year Award

On Thursday, Mrs. Walsh worked with her Chemistry class to help them visualize complex properties, such as an atom.  Mrs. Walsh described, “Scientists create models to help them visualize complex properties, structures or behaviors.  Since the atom is too small to be seen even with the most modern and advanced technologies, scientists must gather indirect evidence to develop their models.  Indirect evidence is evidence gathered without being able to directly observe the object.  The atomic molecular theory of matter is based upon a vast amount of indirect evidence gathered over a long period of time.  Just like pieces being added to a puzzle, each new bit of information gives us a better understanding of atoms."
Students were asked:
“What is it like to imagine the nature of the atom?  How difficult is it to produce a model of something that can’t be seen?”  This activity allows students to appreciate the challenges associated with understanding things we can’t see, such as atoms. 
The students observed as the instructor manipulated strings (see photo) coming out of an opaque tube.  Students used observations of how the strings moved to create a model of the arrangement of strings inside the tube.
The demonstration is designed to create discrepancies in the minds of the students.   The goal of the demonstration is to have students hypothesize and develop a possible model of exactly what is happening inside the tube. 
Students were also given the opportunity to build a model to test their own hypothesis for extra credit.

Mrs. Walsh explains complex properties 

Students tying to figure out how the strings are working behind the pipe.

Red Ribbon Week concluded with students pledging at lunch today to be Drug Free.  Great work Peer Leaders on promoting such a great event!

Mr. Kelley organized a new space for the radio station that is currently playing music at lunch on Friday’s.  Given the overwhelming positive feedback from students, we are looking to continue to have music throughout the week and eventually evolving into a radio station in the morning playing music as students walk into school, announcements, etc. 

Mr. Botelho and Junior Seth Amaral set up the new WDRHS Studio

DR News: Click HERE for the online version of DR News

Click here for this year’s Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Report Card Overview.  The report cards help parents/guardians and the general public see where schools and districts are succeeding and where there is still work to do. 
Coming Soon: 
Attention 8th Grade Parents: 
We are hosting an 8th Grade Parent Night on December 3rd at 6:30 at DRRHS.  We are changing our traditional 8th Parent Night, to showcase Dighton-Rehoboth with live classroom tours, student presentations, and mentor DRRHS guided tours.   Stay tuned!  

The Week Ahead:
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
9:30amCross Country:Girls Varsity Conference Championship Apponequet, Bourne, Fairhaven, Greater New Bedford RVTHS, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk vs. TBA @ TBA
9:30amCross Country:Boys Varsity Conference Championship Apponequet, Bourne, Fairhaven, Greater New Bedford RVTHS, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk vs. Old Rochester Regional @Washburn Park
10:00amField Hockey:Girls Varsity Game  (Rescheduled from 10-23-14)vs. Somerset Public Schools @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Monday, Oct 27, 2014-GOLD
3:30pmFootball: JV Game Fairhaven @ Fairhaven High School
3:30pmSoccer:Girls JV Game  (Rescheduled from 10-01-14)vs. Case @ Bliss Field
3:30pmSoccer:Boys Varsity Game  (Rescheduled from 10-01-14)Case @ Case High School
3:30pmSoccer:Boys JV Game Case @ Case High School
3:30pmSoccer:Girls Varsity Game  (Rescheduled from 10-01-14)vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014-GREEN
3:30pmSoccer:Girls Varsity Game vs. Bishop Feehan @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
4:00pmSoccer:Boys Varsity Game Bishop Feehan @ Bishop Feehan High School

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014-GOLD

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014-GREEN
3:30pmFootball: Freshman Game vs. Apponequet @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Friday, Oct 31, 2014-GOLD
7:00mFootball: Playoff Game vs. TBD