Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DR LAX 2015!!

DR Lacosse Teams ready for the upcoming season . Go Falcons! 

Regional Agreement Amendment Committee

The Regional Agreement Amendment Committee has been working on amending the school district's regional agreement and is now ready to ask for the public's input. There will be a public forum on April 9th at 7:00 pm n the auditorium at the D-R High School. Click here for an article describing changes and updates, and click here an informational sheet which breaks down the process.

The Redesigned PSAT

The redesigned PSAT will be offered for the first time this October. To help students prepare, College Board just released a full-length practice PSAT.  You can copy and paste the link below to access the practice test and answer key.

Daily Announcements 3/31

Attention Seniors, Your last opportunity to pay Senior Dues is at the Senior breakfast April 10, 2015. 
Please check your dues status with Mrs. O'Gara or Mrs. B before that date. Remember only those students who are paid in full will get a free yearbook, free cap & gown, and reduced prom ticket.

The following girls have been named Varsity Cheerleading captains for next years football season.  Congratulations to Kristina Perez, Gloria Garcia, and Alexis Braz. 

The Honor Bowl tryouts scheduled for today after school has been canceled due to not enough participants.  The students who signed up on Mrs. Payne's door will be the students going to Honor Bowl on Wednesday.  Please see Mrs. Payne or Mr. DeLano for further questions.

Chess club will meet this afternoon.  All are welcome to attend!  Thanks!

A reminder to Tennis  Team players that the user fee of  $160.00 is due by tomorrow.

Unified Track will be practicing this week after school on Wednesday and Thursday. Athletes should meet in the gym and dress to go outside. Please see Mr. Antani with questions.

There will be NO student government meeting on Thursday after school. See you all next week.

Unified track practice will be after school Wednesday and Thursday this week. Athletes should meet in the gym and be prepared for practice outside. See Mr. Antani with any questions.

There will be a Portuguese Club meeting on Thursday after school in room 122. Our next outing will be discussed. Thank you.

A reminder to Leos, our meeting this week is today--Wednesday--instead of Thursday, due to the day off on Friday.  The meeting will be held at the regular 4:30 time.

Monday, March 30, 2015

DR Softball Team.

DR softball team finally gets outside!! GO FALCONS

Daily Announcements 3/30

This is Haley-Jade Araujo's transition piece from a light bulb to a penguin. 

Daily Announcements 3/30

The Varsity Cheerleading team would like to announce and congratulate the three captains for this upcoming football season: Gloria Garcia, Kristina Perez, and Alexis Braz. Congrats Girls!

The Boys Tennis Team is to report to the locker room toady after school. The boys play their first match tomorrow at Old Rochester.

All softball players should report for practice at 2:00. All freshman will end practice at 3:30. Returning players will end at 4:30. We will be going outside. Please dress appropriately.

Attention Seniors, Your last opportunity to pay Senior Dues is at the Senior breakfast April 10, 2015. 

Please check your dues status with Mrs. O'Gara or Mrs. B before that date. Remember only those students who are paid in full will get a free yearbook, free cap & gown, and reduced prom ticket.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Beauty and the Beast

Just a huge shout to the cast, crew, pit ,parents and directors for an awesome effort on Beauty and the Beast!!  So many rehearsals cancelled due to the weather and you all knocked it out of the park!  Every show was so well attended. Individual and group performances were very impressive. I was at every show and you could just see it building momentum with every perfomance.  On behalf of the entire DR school system. Thank you and Bravo!! That's the DR Difference!!    Mr Kelley

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Scholarship Information

SCHOLARSHIPS (updated 03/27/15)


Massachusetts Broadcasters Association
Application available in Guidance

Planning to major in a broadcasting field


Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship
$3,000 to $15,000
Apply on-line www.phillips-scholarship.org

Minimum 3.0 GPA, community, school, and work activities


Taunton Women’s Club
3 @ $500 each
Application available in Guidance

School and community activities


St. Andrew Knights of Columbus
Application available in Guidance

Member of St. Andrew’s Parish in Taunton, MA


Alyssa E. Correira Memorial Scholarship
5 @ $2,500 each
Application available in Guidance

Financial need, paid and volunteer work history, academic achievement


American Legion Auxiliary Unit 302
Application available in Guidance

Female graduating senior


Somerset Federal Credit Union
2 @ $1,000 each
Application available in Guidance

Civic activities and community service


South Coast Community Chorale Scholarship
Application available in Guidance

Planning to major in a music field


Stony Brook Camera Club Scholarship
2 @ $500 each
Application available in Guidance

Planning to major in a photography related field


Taunton Art Association
Application available in Guidance

Planning to major in a visual arts related field


Portuguese American Civic Club
6 @ $500 each
Application available in Guidance

Student successfully completed two or more years of Portuguese language study


Somerset Garden Club
Application available in Guidance
Planning to major in biology, earth sciences, horticulture, environmental studies, flower design, landscape architecture, or weather


Student-View Scholarship Program
1 @ $4,000; 1 @ $1,000 each; 10 at $500 each
Apply on-line www.student-view.com

Complete survey about colleges in this area


Mechanics Cooperative Bank Scholarship
4 @ $500-$1,000 each
Application available in Guidance

Top 30% of class, character, extracurricular activities


David G. Borden Scholarship
2 @ $1,000 each
Application available in Guidance

Planning to major in a business related field


Citizens for Citizens Edward J. Sullivan Scholarship
Application available in Guidance

Academics, financial need, extracurricular activities, community service


Honey Dew Donuts Scholarship
Application available in Guidance

Honey Dew Donuts employee with B average or better who participates in community and charitable activities


Prince Henry Society
Application available in Guidance

Resident of Dighton and of Portuguese descent


Rehoboth American Legion Post 302
3 @ $500 each
Application available in Guidance

Descendant or sibling of a United States military veteran


Little Theatre of Fall River
$1,500 Performing Arts Scholarship
$1,100 Jimmy Tavares Memorial Scholarship
$500 REX Performing Arts Scholarship
Application available in Guidance

Planning to major in theater arts, music, or dance


Rob Roy Academy
Application available in Guidance

Planning to attend Rob Roy Academy


Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship
Apply on-line http://www.fashion-schools.org/aspiring-fashion-professional-scholarship-program

Planning to major in a fashion related field


Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship
Apply on-line http://www.animationcareerreview.com

Planning to major in an animation related field


Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
Apply on-line www.abottandfenner.com/scholarships



Aspiring Nurse Scholarship
Apply on-line www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com

Academic excellence in science and math and planning to major in a healthcare field


College Sports Recruiting Scholarship
Apply on-line www.collegesportsscholarships.com


Friday, March 27, 2015

This Week Ahead

            The snow is melting and the weather is getting a little warmer.  Our spring musical Beauty and the Beast hosted their first performance last night and there will be two additional shows tonight at 6:30 pm and tomorrow at 1:00 pm.  Last night was a great performance from our students and we encourage all to attend.  In addition, we celebrated Falcon Friday today where students and staff displayed their DR Pride. 
Budget Update:       
On Tuesday, March 24th, the School Committee approved the 2015-2016 budgets, which was a 3.44% increase.  The budget will not be finalized until both Dighton and Rehoboth towns vote to approve the budget.  In developing our budget, we looked at our School Improvement Plan and used data to drive the budget process.  In order to meet some of our needs this year, we reallocated funds to maximize our budget.   
·         Goal 1: Student Achievement: increase and improve all aspects of student achievement.
o   Blended Learning:
§  Edgenuity: allows us to create courses based on students’ needs
§  VHS: Expands our course offerings and adding 10 additional Advanced Placement opportunities
o   Freshman Transition: previously paid through grants, however, the grants have expired
§  60% enrollment increase and 60% of grant decrease
·         Goal 2: Instruction and Learning: improve instruction and learning for all students.
o   Professional Development: decrease the gap in special education in both Math/ELA
o   Pilot E-Books for Math
o   Increase text complexity in ELA
o   Rigorous Programming
§  Medical Assisting
§  Environmental Engineering
§  Engineering Technology
§  Culinary Arts
·         Goal 3: Technology: increase/maximize the use of technology for teaching and learning.
o   Infrastructure:
§  Improving Wifi Access
§  Upgrade to computer server and network
o   Hardware:
§  Chromebook cart for classroom use
§  Teacher computer upgrades
·         Goal 4: Facilities and safety:
o   School Resource Officer
The following reduction in personnel for DRRHS for FY15 was approved on Tuesday:
  1. 1.0 FTE School Psychologist
  2. 1.0 FTE Health Teacher
  3. 0.5 FTE Business
  4. 0.5 FTE Office Technology
  5. 0.5 SY   Secretary

**Based on these reductions we will be able to offer our students 4 rigorous pathways (Medical Assisting, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Technology, Culinary Arts) at no additional increases in terms of salaries.
Last Day of School:
The School Committee approved the last day of school for students which will be Friday, June 26th.  The final exam schedule will be released at a later date.  The School Committee voted to reduce the 181st school day to the state minimum 180th school day (Friday, June 26th).  As faculty we will be required to attend on Monday, June 29th

ALICE Informational Parent Night:
            On Thursday, April 2nd @ 7:15 pm the Dighton-Rehoboth Crisis Team will be making a presentation to our community on the enhanced security protocols of ALICE in the high school Auditorium.  Last week the Sun Chronicle published a story about “getting teachers prepared-for anything.” This eight minute Auburn University video gives a brief overview of the ALICE philosophy.  On April 9th, students will be receiving the 1st part of the 3 series trainings of ALICE.  During this presentation, students will be informed on ALICE protocols and procedures and how this enhances their security while in school.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Braga (KBraga@drregional.org).
MCAS Next Week:
Attention Parents/Guardians of Class of 2017:

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School is about to administer the state-wide testing program, known as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).  Due to the inclement weather this year, the Department of Education has granted an alternate testing window.  Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District has opted to take advantage of this extended testing period.  See the new extended testing window dates below:  

Extended Testing Window
Grade 10 ELA
March 31-April 1, 2015
Grade 10 Math
May 19-20, 2015
Grade 10 Science & Tech
June 8-9, 2015

Any students who are absent for a testing session will be required to take the missed test during a make-up session.  The ELA Composition Make-up testing date is scheduled for April 8th.  All other make-up sessions will take place when the student returns to school.  Please have your child plan accordingly.

            On Thursday, March 26th the Freshman Transition Team held an informational student and parent night presentation about the Freshman Transition program.  This will be our 4th year offering this program to our incoming freshman.  The Freshman Transition Program aims to provide an open environment for all 8th grade students to transition smoothly into their first year at Dighton- Rehoboth Regional High School. The main objectives of the program are to focus on strategies that center on study skills, interpersonal relationships, and team building exercises.  Students will have a network of peer mentors and advisors they can use to guide them through their first year of high school.  There are four phases of the program that have different objectives, but the same goal of a smooth transition into the high school. Click here for more information on the Freshman Transition program.  Any incoming freshman, who would like to register for the summer program in August, can fill out the Summer Registration online by clicking this link.  Click here for our FAQ handout. 

Congratulations to our Art Students:
Our seniors are hearing back from colleges and universities about their acceptance and our talent at DRRHS is recognized among the finest art institutions in the country.  The following students will be attending colleges and universities with a major in Art:

Alyssa Domingos –Massachusetts College of Art and Design -  Animation
Brittany Hunt- Munroe College Major- Graphic Design
Kerri Sullivan -Bridgewater State University  Major- Fine Arts
Clarice Lemay - Montserrat College of Art  & Massachusetts College of Art and Design  Major-  Fine Arts
Emily Moran – Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design,  & Pratt Institute - Major Painting
Ashley Rossi - Roger Williams University  Major- Graphic Design
Sam Strojney- Maryland Institute College of Art-  Major - Illustration

Art Work of the Week: Jaime DeSousa's pitbull relief sculpture with cardboard and duct tape.

Monday, Mar 30, 2015-GREEN
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015-GOLD
MCAS:  Schedule Modification: Period 1, 4, 3, 2
Tennis: Boys Varsity Match 
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional High School
Tennis: Girls Varsity Match 
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional High School
Wednesday, Apr 01, 2015-GREEN
Thursday, Apr 2, 2015-GOLD
MCAS:  Schedule Modification: Period 4, 2, 3, 1
Outdoor Track:Girls Varsity Meet 
vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Dighton-Rehoboth
Outdoor Track:Boys Varsity Meet 
vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Dighton-Rehoboth
Tennis:Boys Varsity Game  (Rescheduled to 04-17-15)
Friday, Apr 3, 2015-NO SCHOOL 
Baseball: Varsity Game 
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
Baseball: JV Game 
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
Softball: JV Game 
Softball: Varsity Game