Monday, August 31, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Summer in Review and the Week Ahead

We are looking forward to next week when school is back in session and our students are filling our hallways and classrooms.  We have had a busy summer with summer school, freshman transition, hiring new personnel, and several projects that students will notice on September 2nd.  

Summer Checklist:
With the start of school on September 2nd, we wanted to share a back to school checklist to ensure your child is ready for what will be a successful school year. Here are some reminders before the start of school:

1) Summer Homework- Be sure to have completed your summer reading and any other summer homework assignments (math, honors, AP courses, etc). Here is a blog entry regarding links to each of the assignments. This information is also located on the summer assignments tab on our school website. Summer reading assessments will be conducted on September 10th and 11th. Teachers will provide more information on the first day of school.

2) Bus Lists- If you will be taking the bus to school, bus routes are located on our school website. For your convenience, the Dighton bus route is here and the Rehoboth bus route is here. Students not taking the bus should not arrive before 6:45am. At 6:45am, the doors open to school. First bell is at 7:14am where students are expected to report to their Green Day Period 1 Class.

3) Payment for Athletics/Marching Band- Please be sure to submit payments for Athletics and Marching Band no later than September 8th to Ms. Connors in the Athletic Office. Payments can also be handed in to the  main office if that is more convenient. For more information on how to register for fall sports or marching band, please click here.

4) Bring Your Schedule the First Day- Schedules were mailed home the third week of August. Please bring your schedule the first day of school since you need to know where to go first period! Freshmen enrolled in Technical Exploratory should report to the cafeteria for their first period.  The X2 Student/Parent Portal is now active online for the 2015-2016 school year. Students can find their schedules there as well. If a student or parent has forgot their shared password, please call Mrs. Shillan 508-252-5050 who can assist you. To view your schedule in X2, please follow these steps:
If you need to make a schedule change, please contact the guidance office this week to schedule an appointment. There is limited availability left for those students wishing to change electives.

5) Return Paperwork- Please be sure to return all the paperwork sent home in the mail to your child’s Green Day Period 1 teacher. It is great if paperwork is returned the first day of school but please make sure all forms are returned no later Friday, September 4th. These forms are also located on our website on the left side under “First Day of School Forms.”

6) Stay Informed- A school year is very busy we know for all the students and families in the D-R community. We encourage everyone to stay informed. Here are three easy ways:
  • All information is posted to the D-R Blog. You may sign up to receive daily emails generated from the blog, which includes daily announcements. Please follow these instructions.
  • Check this online calendar throughout the school year for all athletics, activities, and academic events.
  • Check this academic calendar which highlights MCAS testing dates, AP testing dates, term closing dates, and other key academic programming dates throughout the year. This is a less overwhelming calendar without athletics and activities!

Please enjoy the final weekend before the start of the school year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Summer Renovations: :

Some of the updates have been featured in past blog entries such as the DR Falcon at center court, the culinary project, and our Auditorium clean up day and fundraising efforts.  

Culinary Update: We are excited to launch our new and much anticipated culinary program this year.  Our maintenance staff along with contractors have worked diligently to make sure we are operational on day 1.  The plumbing was completed last week and all our equipment has arrived and it will be installed this week.    
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Auditorium Community Service in Progress: Several students attended today's Auditorium clean up day!  Thank you for your hard work and your dedication to the DR Difference!

Preschool Update: This year we increased our preschool program to include full day services to our community.  Due to higher demand we utilized a storage space that will now function as a preschool classroom.  


DR Gymnasium:  We updated our basketball/volleyball court to include our DR Falcon logo.  

Freshman Transition conducted another successful summer transition program with over 90% of the freshman class participating in the program.  Here is the article from the Taunton Gazette

We would like to introduce some new faculty members to our DR Family.  

  • Media Center Specialist: Mrs. Katrina Elich (Reynolds) is originally from Mansfield, MA and graduated from Mansfield High School.  She graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy in Virginia with a Bachelor’s in English.  She recently graduated from the University of Rhode Island in Library Science.  She really looks forward to encouraging our students to read more for fun and wants to promote transliteracy and ethical social media behavior awareness.  She enjoys animals and making desserts! Yummmm!  
  • Special Education: Mrs. Victoria Bruce is originally from Fall River and graduated from Skidmore College, NY with a degree in Business Management.  She obtained her graduate degree in Education, then went to Simmons to receive her licensure in Moderate Special Needs.  She looks forward to creating strong relationships with students, parents, and peers.  She enjoys playing golf and spending time with her 5 children.  Fore!
  • Special Education: Ms. Kate McChesney is originally from Walpole, MA and graduated from Walpole High School.  She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Westfield State, MA and went to Simmons College, MA for her Master’s in Special Education.  She wants to provide her students with skills as they transition into adult placements.  Welcome Aboard!
  • Spanish: Mr. Daniel Demers is originally from Norton, MA and graduated from Norton High School.  He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.  He previously worked as an ESL in South Korea.  He looks forward to making a successful transition into Dighton-Rehoboth.  He has visited 25 countries and he likes to play the piano and golf.  
  • Math: Mrs. Joanna Braga (no relation to Mr. Braga)  is originally from Rehoboth and attended the Dighton-Rehoboth School District and graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth.  She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering.  She previously worked in at Dighton-Rehoboth for six years and left to begin a family.  She looks forward to creating lasting relationships and connections with students and families.  We welcome Mrs. Braga back to Dighton-Rehoboth!
  • Environmental Technologies: Mrs. Tabita Yeager is originally from Standish, ME and went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Natural Resource Studies.  She has worked in vocational education and has established a successful Environmental Technologies.  She looks forward to being part of the DR community and wants to help the surrounding community become more sustainable.  She enjoys whitewater kayaking and photography.  We look forward to going GREEN!
  • ELA: Ms. Katherine Carroll is originally from Smithfield, RI and graduated from Smithfield High School.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education.  She previously worked for the RI Writing Project. She looks forward to working in the DR community and getting students excited about reading and writing.  
  • Drafting and Engineering: Ms. Jessica Harwood is originally from Dighton and attended the Dighton-Rehoboth School District and graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth.  She previously worked in at Dighton-Rehoboth and we are looking forward to having her back!  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University.  She worked in the architecture industry for seven years.  She looks forward to aligning our drafting curriculum to encompass engineering.  She enjoys working with the Freshman Transition team this summer and wants to reestablish the DR Dance Team.  
  • Culinary Arts: Mrs. Lisa Maiden is born and raised in Brockton, MA and went to Newbury College, MA for Culinary Arts.  She worked as a Culinary Instructor at Southeastern Vocational Technical High School since 1998.  She is excited to starting our new culinary arts department and looks forward to working with our community to make strong partnerships for our students.  Bon Appetite!

We want to wish everyone the best of luck on the last few days of summer vacation and we look forward to seeing you soon!  

Go Falcons!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Volleyball Court is Ready to GO!

Tomorrow is the official start to our Fall Season.  We want to remind all of our student athletes to ensure they have an updated physical, registered on Family ID, and concussion testing.  Good luck and we look forward to seeing you give your best effort! Go Falcons!

Monday, August 24, 2015


Interested students  may sign up in advance in the Guidance Center.  Sign-ups will not be allowed the day of the college visit.
Monday September 21 7:30 AM Dean College
Monday September 21 1:00 PM Lasell College
Tuesday September 22 7:30 AM Curry College
Thursday September 24 9:00 AM Mitchell College
Friday September 25 9:00 AM Salve Regina University
Monday September 28 7:30 AM Westfield State University
Monday September 28 12:30 PM University of Rhode Island
Tuesday September 29 12:30 PM National EMS Institute (EMT School)
Wednesday September 30 7:30 AM University of Southern Maine
Friday October 2  12:30 PM Lesley University
Tuesday October 6 9:00 AM Lincoln Technical Institute
Friday October 9 9:00 AM Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wednesday October 14 9:00 AM Salem State University
Thursday October 15 9:00 AM Wheaton College
Friday October 16 7:30 AM Framingham State University
Tuesday October 20 7:30 AM Stonehill College
Thursday October 29 9:00 AM Worcester State University
Wednesday November 4 7:30 AM Western New England University
Friday November 13 7:30 AM Saint Anselm College

2015-2016 Academic Calendar

Here is the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar.

On line concussion forms

Dear Arhletic Families,
Some of you maybe having difficulty getting access to the online concussion  portion  of Family ID. We have been in touch with them and should be running smoothly this morning. Thx.  Go Falcons!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Summer Homework Reminders

Summer Homework

School-Wide Summer Reading 2015
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
By: Stephen Puleo
Directions: All students enrolled in college, honors, or AP English will read the school-wide summer reading title. In addition, students enrolled in honors or AP English will read three additional titles. Students should consult the reading list for their specific course.

Assessment: All students are expected to have read the work before school begins in September. Teachers will assess summer reading in various classes on September 9th and 10th . These two days are cross-curricular days in which teachers from across subject areas will incorporate lessons based upon the book into their classes. Thus, students will receive credit in multiple classes. Students will earn a grade for their work. Any work not completed will receive a grade of zero.

Book Signing/Presentation:  On Monday, September 14 Stephen Puleo will  be visiting our school. Bring your questions about the book and your book for him to sign.

Theater auditions

Thursday, August 20, 2015

2015-2016 Student Schedules

2015-2016 Student schedules were mailed out this week. If you have questions, please call Ms. Shillan in the Guidance Office at 508-252-5050. Guidance counselors will be available next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to meet with students regarding any potential scheduling changes. Students must have an appointment in advance.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Auditorium Community Service in Progress

Several students attended today's Auditorium clean up day!  Thank you for your hard work and your dedication to the DR Difference!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bus Route Information 2015-2016

Dighton Bus Route Information

Rehoboth Bus Route Information

DR Auditorium Clean-Up Day-Community Service

Our DR High School Auditorium is utilized for town government as well as for town meetings, school assemblies, chorus, band, awards presentations, talent shows and drama club shows.  A DR Auditorium clean-up day has been set for August 19th beginning at 9:30 am.  Please email Mrs. Lasalle if you are able to lend a hand painting, cleaning or organizing that day.  Thank you for your anticipated help with this improvement project that will benefit many that utilize the DR auditorium. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Basketball Center Court

Take a look at the NEW DR center court logo!  Thank you to everyone who participated in the voting process.  2 more weeks until we are back in full swing.  Enjoy the remainder of vacation.  Don't forget to read your summer reading book(s) including our school wide book "Dark Tide."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Sun Chronicle: D-R Regional High to get school resource officer

Click here to access the full story on The Sun Chronicle:

REHOBOTH - Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, like many other schools in the state, will be increasing security with an on-site police presence.
D-R is getting a new school resource officer later this fall.
Rehoboth selectmen discussed the details with Dighton selectmen at Rehoboth's meeting this week.
Dighton Selectmen Patrick Menges and Dean Cronin said an officer from the Dighton Police Department will be assigned to the school resource position.
Rehoboth selectmen Chairman Mike Costello suggested that the towns share the cost.
Dighton Selectman Patrick Menges said there is money in the high school budget for the officer.
The cost will come from the police department budget and the school will reimburse the town for the officer's salary.
Dighton Police Chief Robert MacDonald will make the assignment.
D-R Principal Kevin Braga says that in this day and age, a resource officer is necessary.
"With the increase in security threats that happen on a daily basis, it is important to have an officer to help maintain safety. In addition it is important to have a police officer to build trust in the community and to build a positive rapport with students and families," Braga said.
The officer is expected to start the job sometime in November.
LAURA CALVERLEY covers Rehoboth for The Sun Chronicle. She can be reached at

Sun Chronicle: New programs, faces in Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District

From the Sun Chronicle:  Click here to visit The Sun Chronicle story.

REHOBOTH - The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional school district will be starting the new school year with a new assistant superintendent, as well as several new programs and activities.
School starts on Sept. 2 for K-12 students.
Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou is the new assistant superintendent. Quinlan-Zhou, originally from Fall River, worked for the past 11 years as director of fine arts in the office of instruction for New Bedford schools.
"I am excited about the opportunity to be part of the D-R team because the district is very student-focused and is interested in continuous improvement," Quinlan-Zhou said.
The district has experienced a lot of administrator turnover the past few years.
"There are no interims this year. It's been a long time coming. The consistency that people wanted, they finally have it," Superintendent Anthony Azar said.
Several vacant positions were filled over the past year.
Stasia Peters was hired as director of career and technical education and Doug Kelley as director of student activities and athletics at the high school.
David Nappi is the new director of buildings, grounds and operations.
Several new programs are being added at the high school including AP statistics, bringing the number of AP offerings to 17.
The career and tech ed program is being expanded this year to include culinary arts and environmental technologies.
Other additions at the high school will be a new ski club, boys and girls lacrosse team and lunch time DJ program.
The district is implementing a new math curriculum for kindergarten to fifth-grade students, changing from Everyday Math to the Envisions program after a successful pilot of Envisions last year.
The preschool program is being expanded to include an additional 15 to 18 children. The full-day kindergarten program, which was started last year, will continue to be fully funded for the coming year.
A revamped before and after school program in the elementary schools, managed by Champions, is starting.
Students on the high school soccer team and their families were happy to finally be able to play a few games on their home field last year.
This year, most practices and some games will still be at Bliss Field in Rehoboth, but administrators are hoping that the first South Coast Conference game in more than 12 years will be played at home.
"That's going to be huge," Azar said.
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District at a glance
First Day: Wednesday, Sept. 2., K-12; Tuesday, Sept. 8, preschool.
School Times: Palmer River Elementary School (K-4) Grades 1-4 and full day kindergarten: 9 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. Beckwith Middle School (grades 5-8) 8 a.m.- 2:15 p.m.; Dighton Elementary (K-4) Grades 1-4 and full-day kindergarten: 8:50 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Dighton Middle School (grades 5-8) 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.; Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, 7:17 a.m.-1:51 p.m.
Bus policy: Free to all students
Lunch: High school and middle school: $2.75, elementary school: $2.50. Adult: $3.25
Superintendent: Anthony Azar, 508-252-5000, ext. 139.
Principals: Palmer River Elementary: Arlene Miguel, 508-252-5100; Beckwith Middle School: Debra Pincince, 508-252-5080; Dighton Elementary: Paula Manchester, 508-669-4245; Dighton Middle School: Richard Wheeler, 508-669-4200; D-R Regional High School: Kevin Braga, 508-252-5025
Address: Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District, 2700 Regional Road, North Dighton, MA 02764, 508-252-5000.