Friday, September 4, 2015

This Week and The Week Ahead

SCHOOL IS BACK IN SESSION!

Off We Go!
This week we welcomed back our students and staff to school.  Our maintenance staff worked hard over the last eight weeks to meticulously clean and prepare our school for another year.  As we walk through the hallways, their hard work does not go unnoticed.  Our floors have never shined so bright!  

We would like to remind students and parents to use our blog to remain current with activity at the high school.  In addition, registering your email address on the blog (top left corner “Enter your email address”) will enable you to receive a daily email with updates.  If you currently have Facebook you can also “Like” our page to receive updates.  

This week, the administrative team hosted student assemblies for each grade level to go over expectations and safety procedures for the upcoming school year. Here is a copy of the presentation.

First Welcome Back Night with Administrative Team:
September 16 @ 6:30 in Auditorium
This year the Administration will host a “Welcome Back Night” with parents and students.  During Welcome Back Night, the Administrative team will host a meeting in the Media Center to present the following:
  • 2015-2016 Expectations for students
  • Communication Plan: How to stay informed
  • Vision for 2015-2016
  • SIP Update
  • Security Protocols-ALICE

We will not be having the traditional Open House this year with staff.  Due to feedback collected last year from students, parents, and community members, instead of meeting with teachers in September we will have two parent teacher conferences in October. The format would look like the following:

October 8th- Parent Teacher Conference 11:30-2pm (All families: A-Z)
October 8th- Parent Teacher Conference 6:00-8:30pm (Last name: A-K)
October 15th- Parent Teacher Conference 6:00-8:30pm (Last name: L-Z)

The Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduler will go live tentatively Monday, September 28th.  More information about scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences will be coming soon.  As a result of our feedback collected last year, all conferences will be 10 minutes in duration.  

Student Drop-Off Notice:
Students should not be getting dropped off in the morning anywhere near the Gym Entrance. The buses drop students off at this entrance and staff and student drivers are arriving to park in the morning in their assigned spots. All parents and guardians MUST drop off students at the Main Office Entrance.

Parent Drop off / Student Parking

Near Gym: Bus Drop off/Gym Parking

Guidance Updates:
The last day for add/drop on student schedules is Friday, September 18th. Please have your child see their guidance counselor with any questions.

For Juniors taking the PSAT in October, Kaplan Test Prep will be hosting free online PSAT Cram Sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming New PSAT.  Sessions will be offered mid-September through October. To sign up for a session today, please visit kaptest.com/psatcram. Sign up today since space is limited!

For seniors interested in attending college visits, please click this blog entry for colleges that will be visiting and the process for signing up.

Lunch Information:  
Here is September's Lunch Menu! Here is information on how to sign-up for lunch payments.


In the Classroom:
This week Chef Maiden and our students began a new journey at DRRHS through the Culinary program.  Below Chef explains her expectations for the class this year including shop safety and the importance of communication.  Chef also posted a “Recipe for a Great School Year!”  We look forward to seeing the fruits of Chef’s labor!  
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Classroom Expectations: In our Environmental Technologies program, our students came together to create this collage of classroom expectations.  Keep up the great work!
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Anonymous Letter from Student:
This year our staff opened up the school year with a letter from an anonymous student that was circulating on social media.  To view the letter on the website, click here.   We asked a handful of students to read the anonymous letter to be played for our staff on Tuesday, September 1st.  To hear our students audio, click here.  Below is the letter that was read to our staff.  It is a powerful

Dear Teacher:
Hi, you don’t know me yet, but I will be a student in your class this year.
For the next nine months, you will be one of the more important people in my life, though I will never say this to you or anyone else.
On some days, you will be the MOST important person.
Thank you for being my teacher.
Thank you for giving me and other children enough hope to continue struggling against the poverty, prejudice, abuse, alcoholism, hunger, and apathy that are a daily part of so many of our young lives.
Many of my fellow students, who come from homes where they are loved, will come to school ready to learn.
Others, like me, will come to school first to be loved.
I know you went into teaching to make a difference. I am here to tell you, I am that difference. I am a child who needs you. I promise, if you reach me, you will change my life. You might not see the difference today or tomorrow, but if you stick with me, you will make a difference in my life that no test can ever measure.
I must warn you. It will not be easy.
I will sometimes be hard to handle and I may take every ounce of patience you have. I have learned to push buttons well in order to get attention from adults. There will be times that I challenge you in ways that make you second guess what you are doing. But I need you. I need you to keep pushing me. I need you to set limits and help me understand them.
I will also pretend like I don’t like school to avoid admitting that I am not as book smart as some other kids. Yet school is the most stable part of my life. I don’t know how I would survive without it.
I know you don’t know me. If you did, we would get along a lot better. I look and sound like many of the other kids, but I am different in so many ways. To survive in my world, I will always portray myself as tough on the outside. It will take work to discover the softness inside me. I hope you can do it.
You might be the only one who can get to the real me. It will take time and patience. It might even take learning about something you know nothing about. But, teacher, I need you. I need you to give it your all to see me—the real me.
I will be bringing a lot of baggage to your classroom everyday. I am dealing with things someone my age should not be expected to handle. Yet, I will fight to keep my personal life a mystery to you because I have to learn to trust you first. I have to know that you won’t use this information to judge or embarrass me. I have made this mistake before.
I know you have 25 other kids in class. All of them will need you sometimes too. I will need you every day. I need you to find my good qualities because those other kids won’t see them. My teacher last year didn’t see them, and most days, if not all, I don’t even see them.
But, please, teacher, I need you to fight to get to know me. I can’t tell you with my words what I need you to know, so I might act out instead. Take that as my sign that I need you. You might be all I have.
I know I throw fits. I’ll talk when I am not supposed to. I will fidget because I cannot sit still for very long. I know I will occasionally disrupt your class and the lesson you had planned for that day. But teacher, I need you to believe in me. I need you to believe that my actions are a cry for help, not an act against you. Please don’t take it personally. I need you to believe that I want to fit in, but just don’t know how.
Finally, I want to thank you for consistently giving respect to children like me who don’t know what to do with it and don’t realize what a valuable gift you are offering.
And for caring about children whose own families don’t care — or don’t know how to show that they do.
Thank you for spending your own money on pens and pencils, erasers and chalk, paper, tissues, bandages, birthday gifts, treats, clothing, shoes, eyeglasses — and a hundred other things that your students need and don’t have.
Thank you for raiding your own children’s closets to find a pair of shoes or a sweater for a child who has none.
For spending sleepless nights worrying about children like me, wondering what else you might do to help overcome the obstacles that life has placed in our paths.
For putting your own family on hold while you meet with my family or that of another struggling student.
For believing in the life-changing power of education.
For maintaining your belief that I can learn if you are patient and learn how to teach me.
For risking your job to give me a much-needed hug instead of just a high-five.
For taking on one of the most difficult, challenging, frustrating, emotionally exhausting, mentally draining, satisfying, wonderful, important and precious jobs in the world.
Thank you for being YOU and for loving ME!
After School Activities and Athletics Update:
Thursday: Field Hockey defeated Taunton 3-1.  Keep up the great work!
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Thursday: Freshman Football worked with Dartmouth yesterday to get some experience playing against an opponent.  
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Thursday: Girls Soccer defeated West Bridgewater 4-0.  Keep up the great work!
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The Week Ahead:
Monday, Sep 07, 2015- NO SCHOOL Labor Day
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2015- GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Match
vs. Bourne @ Hillside Country Club

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015-GREEN
  • Summer Reading Day
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Field Hockey: Varsity Game
Case @ Joseph Case Junior High School - Lt. Robert Cabral Field (JCJHS)
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Match
Fairhaven @ Fairhaven
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game
Bishop Feehan @ Bishop Feehan High School
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Bishop Feehan @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
5:00pm
Field Hockey: JV Game
Case @ Case

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015-GOLD
  • Summer Reading Day
  • New England Patriot’s Day
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Football: Freshman Game
vs. Wareham @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:30pm
Football:Boys Freshman Game
vs. Wareham @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Match
vs. Seekonk @ Hillside Country Club

Friday, Sep 11, 2015-GREEN
  • Wear GREEN and GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Field Hockey: Varsity Game
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Game
Case @ Case
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Game
Case @ Case
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Case @ Bliss Field
3:30pm
Volleyball:Girls Freshman Match
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
5:00pm
Field Hockey: JV Game
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Volleyball:Girls JV Game  (Location Changed)
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
6:00pm
Volleyball:Girls Varsity Game  (Location Changed)
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
7:00pm
Cheerleading: Varsity Game
vs. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
7:00pm
Football: Varsity Game
vs. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Saturday, Sep 12, 2015
Time
Event
Details
10:30am
Football: JV Game
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional @ Lincoln-Sudbury Regional