Friday, January 16, 2015

This Week & The Week Ahead

This week our students were in the midst of preparing for midterm exams next week.  Today for the second straight week we celebrated New England Patriot’s Friday, where students and staff displayed their favorite Patriot’s attire.  We even had a handful of student’s wearing their Indianapolis Colts jerseys.  It is great to see our students come together and support their favorite teams.  We wish everyone a safe a restful long weekend.    
On Tuesday night, members of our scheduling committee hosted a Parent Focus group regarding the current block schedule at our high school.  During the presentation the committee presented the journey of the process.  The committee explained to our parents that we are still in the data collection phase and there has been no alternative schedule proposed at this time.  The scheduling committee has researched several scheduling options for Comprehensive High Schools in addition to the top schools in Massachusetts.  Here is some feedback from our Parent Focus group:

* My student likes how he has two days to prepare for classes
* Block allows additional days for students to get extra help
* Block gives students more time on learning and more opportunity to do work in class.
* Concerns over decrease in homework if school went away from Block.
* Number of students participated in survey and focus group is a concern. There should have been more data.
* Has there been Professional Development to train teachers on block schedule?
* Concerning to change high school schedule after 4 years.
* Electives are good for college
* Need more time to build a schedule and work out negotiation contracts.
* Students need time to do work and block provides the time to do work.
* More time allows students to take honors classes
* Clean up from science lab cannot be done in 47 minute period.
* Preparing students for science needs longer periods for hands on learning.
* Students enjoy time to complete homework in class.
* Communicate to students that block is not necessarily going away. There are a lot of rumors out there (see below).
BREAKING NEWS: On Thursday, January 15th the Scheduling Committee announced that we will postpone a schedule change for the 2015-2016 school year, but rather look for a proposal for the 2016-2017 school year.  As a result, when students register for classes this year (February-March), it will be for the current block schedule.  The committee expressed that they did not want to rush the process and wanted to ensure that teachers received the proper professional development needed if a schedule change was to occur. 

Attendance Bulletin: With the cold weather upon us and the easiness to silence alarm clocks in the morning, we would like to remind students of our attendance policy.  Our tardies and attendance have increased since December.  Attendance is the number one factor to increase student achievement.  Without students present in the classroom, they are missing valuable instruction which can lead to learning gaps.  Please see our Attendance Policy below which is in our Student Handbook.  If you have any questions, please contact the main office.
CONSEQUENCES

Absence
Tardies/Dismissals
Consequence
Every 4 unexcused absences per term=Saturday School.

Every 5 unexcused tardies/dismissals per term=Saturday School.

Social
8 unexcused absences in a semester will result in student losing social privileges.
8 unexcused tardies/dismissals in a semester will result in student losing social privileges.
Driving
8 unexcused absences in a semester will result in student losing driving privileges.
8 unexcused tardies/dismissals in a semester will result in student losing driving privileges.

School Committee:
During the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Dr. Azar recognized students for participating in the NEASC visit and Open House night.  These students provided over six hours of their personal time.  We are fortunate to have a student body who takes pride in showcasing their high school.  Keep up the great work!

Pictured Above: Students Zach Doane, Matt Hebert, Alex Rebelo, Dan Medeiros, Andrea Duncan, and Maddie Fontaine. Mr. Antani, and Mr. Braga.

Leo Club:
On Saturday, January 10th fourteen members of the Dighton-Rehoboth Leo Club journeyed to Hyannis for the annual Lions Mid-Winter Conference.  At the conference, the Leos met with Lions Club members from around southeastern Massachusetts, discussed new events that the club will be participating in and possible plans for future activities.  They also met with District Governor Bev Dillon and International Director Carla Harris to discuss the role and extent of Lions International, which is the largest charity organization in the world.   Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund Director Randy Pinch also spoke to the Leos regarding the history of the Lions, and the challenge that Helen Keller gave the club to become "Knights of the Blind."  Over $31 million dollars in donations have been given to research hospitals in the commonwealth by Massachusetts Lions Clubs, which have greatly expanded the realm of knowledge regarding vision care, leading to numerous developments that have changed innumerable lives.

Advanced Placement:
            If you are interested in learning more about Advanced Placement courses, please click here for conversation starters with you students.  This guide will help you start thinking about why Advanced Placement might be right for your child and how AP demonstrates college readiness.  For more information click here or contact your guidance counselor.

Community Awareness:
Recently, CNN had a story about the emerging trend of high school students using synthetic drugs. CNN wrote a powerful story entitled "How Synthetic Drugs are Killing Teenagers." You can read the article here. The US Government has also shared facts about Synthetic Drugs which you can view here.  These products may be sold locally and many adolescents do not understand the dangers of using these products.  We hope this information may prove helpful for you as we work toward creating a safe environment in and out of school.   

The ASVAB is coming to DR-FREE:

For the first time in recent history, Dighton-Rehoboth is offering the ASVAB Career Exploration Program on February 4th at no cost to our students.  The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a comprehensive career exploration and planning program that includes a multiple aptitude test battery, an interest inventory, and various career planning tools designed to help students explore the world of work.

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is intended for use with students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, as well as students in post-secondary schools. The Program provides tools, including the test battery and interest inventory, developed by the Department of Defense to help high school and post-secondary students across the nation learn more about career exploration and planning. Results of the aptitude test and the interest inventory enable students to evaluate their skills, estimate performance in academic and vocational endeavors, and identify potentially satisfying careers. These results are integrated with work values to help students identify and prioritize possible career choices. Students are   encouraged to consider their own work-related values and other important personal preferences as they explore the world of work and learn career exploration skills that will benefit them throughout their work lives.

Sign up deadline is January 28th.  Please sign up in the Guidance Office today!  For more information please visit the ASVAB webpage.

Athletics Update:
DR Golf All-Stars: Over winter break, 2 Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School golf players were named to the Sun Chronicle Golf All Stars: Nick Soares and Sam Taralan.  Brandon Botelho was named as Honorable Mention.  Congratulations and keep up the great work!

DRNews:

Midterm Schedule:
Next Tuesday, January 20-Thursday, January 22, students will be in school from 10:30 am-1:51 pm.  As stated in last week’s email, we will be providing lunch to students since over 200 students stay after school on a daily basis.  On Friday, January 23, we will start school at our normal time of 7:17 am, but the students will be released at 10:50 am, with no lunch. The expectation is that all students will be in school during these assigned days.  Even if classes do not have exams, instruction will be taking place.  
            Bus transportation would be provided starting at approximately 9:30 am.  If your child takes the bus, they should ask their bus driver for an estimated pick up time for these three school days.  For students who would like to be dropped off earlier at school, the Media Center will be open from 7:30 am to 10:30 am.  In the Media Center, students will have an opportunity to sign up in the Media Center starting on Monday, January 12th to have access to computers, meet peers for small and focused study sessions, and silent studying.  Attached you will find a sample schedule with lunch assignments. 

*Sample Lunch Schedule:
·         First Lunch: If your student has English or a History exam Green Day Period 1, they will report to first lunch after attendance and announcements in their Period 1 classroom.
·         Second Lunch: If your student has Unified Arts (physical education, art, music, health, business) or a CTE exam Green Day Period 1, they will report to second lunch. 
·         Third Lunch: If your student has a Math exam Green Day Period 1, they will report to third.  After third lunch they will report to their Green Day Period 2 exam. 

MID TERM EXAM SCHEDULE 2014-2015 School Year
Tuesday, 1/20
Wednesday, 1/21
Thursday, 1/22
10:30 AM
Students report to Green Period 1 Day Class for Attendance and Daily Announcements
Students report to Gold Period 1 Day Class for Attendance and Daily Announcements
Students report to Green Period 3 Day Class for Attendance and Daily Announcements
10:30 AM-12:26PM (85 Minutes)
Green Period 1 Exam
Gold Period 1 Exam
Green Period 3 Exam
1st Lunch 10:35-11:05AM
English, History
(*If you have the above class during this lunch exam period
English, History
English, History
2nd Lunch 11:15-11:45AM
Unified Arts  or CTE
Unified Arts  or CTE
Unified Arts  or CTE
3rd Lunch 12:00-12:30PM
Math, Science, Foreign Language
Math, Foreign Language, Science
Math, Foreign Language, Science
12:30-1:51PM   (81 Minutes)
Green Period 2 Exam
Gold Period 2 Exam
Green Period 4 Exam
Friday, 1/23
7:17 AM
Students report to Gold Period 3 Day Class for Attendance and Daily Announcements
7:17-9:00 AM (103 Minutes)
Gold Period 3 Exam
9:00-9:10 AM
Break
9:10-10:50 AM (100 Minutes)
Gold Period 4 Exam
NO LUNCH

Today & The Week Ahead:
Friday, Jan 16, 2015
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Basketball:Boys Freshman Game 
5:00pm
Basketball:Girls JV Game 
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game 
6:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game 
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
6:30pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game 

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015
Time
Event
Details
TBD
Ice Hockey: Varsity Game 
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
09:00am
Wrestling: Varsity Match 
Somerset Public Schools @ Somerset High School
12:45pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game 

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015
Time
Event
Details
TBD
Swimming:Boys Varsity Invitational 
TBA @ Roger Williams University

Monday, Jan 19, 2015-NO SCHOOL
Time
Event
Details
09:00am
Swimming:Boys Varsity Meet 
vs. East Providence @ East Providence Boys & Girls Club
09:00am
Swimming:Girls Varsity Meet 

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015-GREEN
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Basketball:Boys Freshman Game 
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth
4:30pm
Swimming:Boys Varsity Meet 
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional
4:30pm
Swimming:Girls Varsity Meet  (Rescheduled from 01-22-15)
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional
5:00pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game 
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Basketball:Girls JV Game 
6:30pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game 
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth
6:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game 

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
6:15pm
Ice Hockey: Varsity Game 

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015-GREEN
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional

Friday, Jan 23, 2015-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:00pm
Wrestling: Varsity Match 
3:30pm
Basketball:Boys Freshman Game 
vs. Apponequet @ Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game 
vs. Apponequet @ Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Basketball:Girls JV Game 
6:30pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game 
vs. Apponequet @ Dighton-Rehoboth
6:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game