Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Lunch Menu

Here is the October Lunch Menu.

Daily Announcements 9/30

Attn: Seniors....Monday, October 6 you will be getting measured for your cap and gowns during period 1.

This week's Leo Club meeting will take place after school today in room 120.  See you there!

All Junior and Senior student government members need to report to Ms. Beckett in room 108 immediately.


The JV football team continued it's unbeaten status as they beat Wareham 24-0. Ashton Marshall and Shawn Pereira each had rushing touchdowns and 2 point conversions while Arthur Correira connected with Shawn Walsh on another TD score through the air. Anderson LaPierre and Noah Morris both recorded sacks on defense while Leroy Araujo had an interception late in the game to seal the victory.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Why should students take the PSATs?

Why Should You Take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) /NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) if it is preliminary and not required for college admission?
Regardless of what you may have heard, the PSAT/NMSQT may be the most important test a high school student will ever take; even more important than the SAT itself because of the opportunities it offers.  The PSAT names the highest achieving students in the nation and is used as a qualifying test to identify National Merit Semifinalists who have the possibility of becoming Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. This title and honor can, at many colleges, result in larger amounts of scholarship, more than any amount received from the SAT.  In fact, many colleges and universities will seek out National Merit Scholarship recipients for admission and scholarships to their institutions.  Attaining the coveted title of “National Merit Finalist” and the hefty scholarship awards and prestige that easily come along with it isn’t as daunting a task as it seems.  Unlike the SAT, in which students aim for higher scores with the goal of being even closer to a perfect score; the PSAT requires that students reach the designated threshold to be named a Semifinalist. Thresholds are set nationally and differ in each state; however, by looking at previous years’ cutoffs, it’s fairly easy to predict what threshold a student will need to reach in the state where they attend school.
The PSAT is a two-hour test given once a year in October. Many students take it not only as preparation for the SAT which is widely used as one of the major criterion for college admissions, but also to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  It is important to understand how valuable that designation is in being considered a strong applicant for colleges and universities.  As with the SAT, the PSAT has separate math and verbal sections and a third section testing English grammar. Each subject is scored on a scale of 20 to 80, for a maximum of 240, and these scores are combined to create the National Merit Scholarship selection index.  Students should take the PSAT during their junior year, but can elect to take it when they are sophomores and even freshmen in order to get the feel of the test and an indication of areas where they need further study. Only scores from the PSAT taken in junior year are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition, and the test is only administered once per year.
The scholarship competition awards approximately 8,200 scholarships annually. The selection process starts with identification of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and Commended Students based on their selection index. Eligibility scores for Semifinalists vary in each state and may change slightly from year to year; a national standard is also set for Commended Students annually.  The 2015 graduating class in Massachusetts was required to score at or above 223 on their 2013 PSAT in order to be selected as a Semifinalist.  In order to be named a Commended Student they had to score at or above the 2015 national standard of 201 but below the Massachusetts cutoff of 223 for Semifinalists.  In contrast, Rhode Islanders needed a score of 213 to be a Semifinalist, and it is important to note that Massachusetts has one of the higher thresholds in the country.   Semifinalists and Commended Students together represent the top scoring 50,000 students of  the more than 1.5 million test takers; 16,000 go on to become Semifinalists and are eligible for Merit Scholarships and the other 34,000 are distinguished as Commended Students but do not continue in the scholarship competition.  Recognition by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a credit to students and an additional nationally recognized accomplishment to reference in the college admissions process.       
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

o   To receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses in regards to skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
    • To see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
    • To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
    • To help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
o    To receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

Thus, the PSAT is an extremely important test and offers vast opportunities for test takers who understand the rewards.  Every college-bound junior should plan on taking the test.  Sophomores and freshmen have the distinct advantage of becoming familiar with the format as well as opportunities for improvement prior to junior year.  Extra preparation can assist all students in potentially attaining higher scores.  Many students use SAT preparation books or the College Board website to access online practice materials.  The bottom line is that taking the PSAT cannot hurt you in the college admissions process, but can really help you in that same process if you do well. 


Students may sign up for the 2014 PSAT by bringing $25 cash to Mrs. Shillan in Guidance by Wednesday, October 15th; the test date is Saturday, October 18th    and the exam is administered at the High School.  If you or your parents have additional questions, please contact your Guidance Counselor for assistance.    

Daily Announcements 9/29

Mia Rogers placed 8th at the Division 2 state invitational cross-country meet in Wrentham this weekend, the best DR girls showing at the meet since 1998. Also placing for DR was Kyle Rendon with a 23rd place showing in the boys varsity race. Megan Alves, Kylie Furtado and Emily Parker each won medals as well.

The Varsity Football Team defeated Wareham 35-0 on Friday night. Kyle Rose rushed for two touchdowns  and Matt Goss and Jake Salera rushed for one each.  Cam Reed returned a fumble for a touchdown and Nate Kowalski tossed a two point pass to Christien Quevedo.  Mitch Green and Norman Manchester played well on defense.

Do you like to act? Argue? Discuss? Make stories come alive? There is a great team that let's you travel to different parts of the state and compete! It's fun and a wonderful activity college admissions reviewers love!Come to an informational meeting for the Speech and Debate Team tomorrow after school in room 127 or see Mrs. Loell and she can give you the information. 

Attention Juniors and Seniors:  Representatives from Unity College, Bryant University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Newbury College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Franklin Pierce University 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.

The girls' varsity soccer team settled to a 0 - 0 tie in their game against Bourne on Friday.  The girls take on Case at Bliss on Wednesday.

Congratulations to the following students on their election to student government: for class of 2017 representatives Robyn D'Ambrosio, Lydia Sirois, Ryan Ferrara, and Alexis Braz; for class of 2015 representatives Matt Couture and Alyssa Masciarelli. There will be elections to determine Freshmen positions.

All newly elected members should join student government at our next meeting after school on Thursday, Oct 2nd in the small cafeteria. Attendance will be taken. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Beckett or Mr. Cooke. 


A single key with the letter "R" on both the key and the brown keychain was found today.  Please come to the main office if it is yours.

Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Ups- NOW LIVE!

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE PORTAL


Dear Parents/Guardians:

On Monday, September 29th, an online portal will open at 7am that will allow parents and guardians to set up conferences with teachers. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, October 9th from 11:30-2pm and 6-8:30pm.

Here are the directions to sign up for parent teacher conferences:



2) Register  by completing YOUR (not your child’s) First Name, Last Name, Email Address, and Password (twice). Click Register.

3) Go back to http://www.ptcscheduling.com/app/login.asp?HID=8575658 and log in with your email and password.


4) Select Add and Edit Children to enter your child’s names in.




5) Once you have added your children, select Schedule inside the box where it says “Current Child on File.”


6) Select Conference Date “10/9/2014” and then select ALL the Teachers you would like to meet with. Select Submit.







7) Check off one time for each teacher that you previously selected when you are available. Do not book times back to back since you need to consider the time it takes to move between classrooms.  After you have checked off your times, select Home at the top of the screen.



8) Select Schedule Conferences again. This time select print/email to verify and have a record of the conferences you scheduled.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

This Week's Edition of DR News

College Visits

SCHEDULE OF COLLEGE VISITS (updated 9/26/14) 
Interested students  may sign up in advance in the Guidance Center.  Sign-ups will not be allowed the day of the college visit.
DATE TIME COLLEGE
Monday September 29 9:00 AM Anna Maria College
Monday September 29 12:30 PM University of Rhode Island
Tuesday September 30 12:30 PM University of Massachusetts Amherst
Wednesday October 1 12:30 PM Castleton State College
Thursday October 2 7:30 AM Utica College
Thursday October 2 12:30 PM University of New England
Friday October 3 7:30 AM University of Connecticut
Friday October 3 9:00 AM Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Tuesday October 7 9:00 AM Bryant University
Tuesday October 7 12:30 PM Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wednesday October 8 7:30 AM Newbury College
Wednesday October 8 9:00 AM Junior Commonwealth University
Thursday October 9 9:00 AM Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Friday October 10 9:00 AM MA College of Pharmacy & Health Sci
Friday October 10 12:30 PM Franklin Pierce University
Tuesday October 14 7:30 AM Framingham State University
Tuesday October 14 9:00 AM University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Wednesday October 15 7:30 AM Quinnipiac University
Wednesday October 15 12:30 PM Rhode Island College
Thursday October 16 9:00 AM Southern New Hampshire University
Thursday October 16 12:30 PM University of New Hampshire
Friday October 17 7:30 AM Saint Anselm College
Friday October 17 12:30 PM Suffolk University
Wednesday October 22 7:30 AM University of Southern Maine
Wednesday October 22 12:30 PM Nichols College
Thursday October 23 7:30 AM University of Massachusetts Boston
Thursday October 23 12:30 PM Sacred Heart University
Friday October 24 7:30 AM Plymouth State University
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
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

Scholarship Information

DUE DATE
SCHOLARSHIPS (updated 9/26/14)
CRITERIA






10/25/14


Horatio Alger Scholarship
$7,000--$22,000
Apply on-line www.horatioalger.org/scholarships

Less than $55,000 annual family income

11/04/14

Prudential Spirit of Community Award
$1,000
Apply on-line http://spirit.prudential.com


Volunteer service


12/05/14

National Elks “Most Valuable Student” Scholarship
$1,000--$15,000 renewable for four years
Apply on-line www.elks.org/enf/scholars, 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

12/31/14

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


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

01/09/15

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
General Scholarship
Apply on-line www.apiasf.org/scholarships


Asian American or Pacific Island descent

01/14/15

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Gates Millennium Scholarship
Apply on-line www.apiasf.org/scholarships


Asian American or Pacific Island descent

01/30/15

National Elks Legacy Awards
$4,000
Apply on-line www.elks.org/enf/scholars


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

02/01/15

Massachusetts Elks Scholarship
Renewable for four years
ORIGINAL APPLICATION ONLY—Available in Guidance


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

Friday, September 26, 2014

This Week and the Week Ahead

Good Afternoon Students, Parents, and Community Members,
   
      This week I had the opportunity to congratulate two seniors Rebekah Phillip and Alyssa L. Carlson for being named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for the program entry.  Click here to see our blog entry yesterday. 

  From left to right: Alyssa L. Carlson and Rebekah Phillip)

      On Thursday night, our two senior Guidance Counselors, Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Donahue presented an outstanding presentation to our seniors and their parents in attendance.  During the presentation, our guidance team discussed the importance of knowing specific college deadlines, filling out the common application that many schools use for the admission process, requesting letters of recommendation, and scholarship opportunities.  Click here for last night’s presentation. 

     Today during lunch we launched our new pilot radio station WDRHS, where DJ Senior Jordan Perreault was taking requests to play their favorite hits while they ate lunch and carried out peer discussion about today’s events.  Taking a quick poll of students, they really enjoy the music at lunch and would like to see it continue.  Look for avenues for students to submit requests live to DJ Jordan Perreault via social media.  Stay TUNED!
From left to right: Senior Jordan Perreault, Mr. Nardozzi, and Mr. Kelley)

Tonight, our Student Government is hosting our first Outdoor Movie Night, featuring The Princess Bride. Admission is $3.00, and popcorn, candy, and refreshments will be available to purchase.  Show time is 7:30 in our courtyard, so come early and enjoy this great night outdoors watching a classic film!  
    
Here is a look at the week ahead 9/29-10/03

     On Monday, September 29th, the Parent Teacher Conference Scheduler will open for you to make appointments with teachers on October 9thHere is information on parent teacher conferences that was sent out last week by Mr. Harrison. 

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014
Time
Event
Details
Comments
TBD
Cross Country:Girls Varsity Invitational 
TBD
Cross Country:Boys Varsity Invitational 


Monday, Sep 29, 2014-Green
-      Parent Teacher Conference Scheduler goes live @ 7:00 am. 
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Football: JV Game 

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014-Gold
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Game 
vs. Wareham @ Dighton-Rehoboth

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014-Green
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Field Hockey: Varsity Game 
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Game 
Fairhaven @ Whaling City Country Club
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Game 
vs. Case @ Bliss Field
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Game 
vs. Case @ Bliss Field
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game 
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game 
5:00pm
Field Hockey: JV Game 
5:00pm
Volleyball: JV Game 
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth
6:00pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game 
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014-Gold
-      Freshman Transition visits DMS and BMS to discuss DRRHS opportunities
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Football: Freshman Game 
Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Game 
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth

Friday, Oct 3, 2014-Green
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Game 
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Game 
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game 
vs. Apponequet @ Bliss Field
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game 
vs. Apponequet @ Bliss Field
4:00pm
Field Hockey: Varsity Game 
5:00pm
Field Hockey: JV Game 
5:00pm
Volleyball: JV Game 
6:00pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game 
7:00pm
Cheerleading: Varsity Game 
vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
7:00pm
Football: Varsity Game 
vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Dighton-Rehoboth