Friday, December 11, 2015

This Week & The Week Ahead- Mr. DR Edition

This week we received excellent news that Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School has been designated a “Level 1 high performing school.”  Only 26% of schools are Level 1, which signifies that Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School is “Meeting gap narrowing goals” set by the Department of Education.  In addition, we were also designated as a Commended School, which only a handful of high schools in the state earn this title.  See Dr. Azar, Superintendent of School’s statement that explains DRRHS’ success.  You can also click here for the article in the Taunton Gazette.  


PRESS Release from Dr. Azar, Superintendent of Schools:
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School Commended By the State
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anthony Azar has announced today that The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, based on the most recent MCAS scores, has been designated by the state as a Level 1 high performing school.  Dr. Azar further stated, “Equally important is that the high school was classified as a Commendation School for narrowing proficiency gaps.”  Last year only a handful of high schools received this designation.
“During my first year as superintendent it was very clear that the high school needed strong leadership after a rather tumultuous previous year.  With that being said, through a search process we chose Mr. Kevin Braga to lead our high school to excellence,” Azar said.
Principal Braga commented on the status, “We are excited that we met our ESE target for 2015 by narrowing our proficiency gaps.  This is a clear example that our students’ hard work and teacher efforts are in sync with the high demands from the state. Over the last two years we have developed programs that specifically target closing our achievement gaps.  We will continue to analyze data to make adjustments in instruction to ensure that we remain on target by consistently meeting our student growth targets.”
Dr. Azar continued, “We have solidified a team of administrators at the high school and district-wide to form a formidable group to move the learning.  We are extremely proud of our students, faculty and staff at the high school for this achievement which is a testament to the hard work, dedication and growth mindset that is the DR Difference.”
This commendation from the state is specific to “narrowing the proficiency gap” for students who have barriers to academic success such as special education needs. We have every confidence that what was accomplished at the high school level will now be carried throughout the district to ensure that our achievement gap is narrowing for all of our special populations.
We applaud our high school administrative team, students, families and staff for this high achievement recognition from the state.
Overall, despite our high school success and three of our schools earning the Level 2 status, our school district was designated as Level 3.  This was due to Palmer River Elementary School receiving a Level 3 designation for scores in specific subgroups.  This designation is disheartening because Palmer River School actually had higher scores overall during the 2014-2015 school year and is showing an upward trend in a all areas including closing the proficient gap.  However, because the status of a school is calculated with data from the previous four years, the increase this year was not enough for the subgroup and thus the school was placed in Level 3 status. Beckwith Middle School, Dighton Elementary School and Dighton Middle School all maintained their Level 2 status.
Dr.Azar said, “We are steadfast in our resolve to bring all of the district schools to the level achieved by the high school.  Through data analysis, professional development and strategic planning, the work to increase student achievement for all students is underway on a daily basis in our buildings and at the district level. We are confident that the plan that we have in place which includes allocating resources to areas of high student need, will result in district-wide gains in student achievement that will be further recognized by the state in subsequent years.”


Mr. DR TONIGHT:
Come see our 12 contestants tonight put on great show!  They have rehearsed for the past two weeks and are ready to go!
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Congratulations to Gregory Fine on his acceptance to Brown University!
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CTE Spotlight - Drafting Design & Engineering

The Drafting Design & Pre-Engineering career pathway introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and design, enabling them to develop logical thought processes and a broad technical knowledge base. Through their immersion into this STEM rich program, students will have hands-on experiences in various technology systems and manufacturing processes that continually reinforce the problem solving process used to benefit people. Students will design, build, test,problem-solve, and analyze, using solid modeling computer design software (AutoCAD and Revit). Students will also apply STEM principles through the use of robotics, automation, and CNC equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs.


PCC ( Project Contemporary Competitiveness) Summer Enrichment Program for current 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students



PCC is offered in partnership with Stonehill College in Easton, MA. It is an intellectually enriching, socially stimulating, affordable six week residential summer program. Students from 25 other southeastern Massachusetts school districts send around 400 students in total summer to PCC.
Each student selects 2 classes from over 36 subjects. There are numerous field trips, formal productions, and awards and certificates given at the end of the program. Students live in the dorms at Stonehill College Monday - Friday. There are weekly motivational speakers, dances and other special events. Students are to be picked up by their parents each Friday afternoon.
Last year's Dighton Rehoboth students who attended had a "blast" and "the time of my life" and “can’t wait to go this summer.” Below is the 2016 promo video. If you are interested and would like materials that include the application, the courses offered, and the tuition cost, please see your Guidance Counselor for further info. Completed Applications must be returned to Guidance no later than January 22, 2016. Click here for the video for more information.  


DR Leos, Pro Musica, Select Choir, & Saxophone Choir Volunteer at Hillside Country Club

Last Sunday, Dec. 6, the D-R Leo Club, Pro Musica Select Choir, and Saxophone Choir volunteered their time to help out at the Hillside Country Club for the Senior Holiday Dinner sponsored by the Rehoboth and Anawan Lions.  Thanks to the following students for their time and efforts!
Leo Club members:  Andrew Carden, Alyssa Damiano, Kelsey Dickison, Andrea Duncan, Kyle Humphries, Tyler Jacob, Victoria Proulx, Holly Wentworth
Pro Musica members: Madison Burtan, Jarrett Cordeiro, Jaime Fastino, Chris George, Surrey Houlker, Tyler Jacob, Celie Little, Pat Newman, Kristina Perez, Jessica Rose, Eveline Rossi, Gina Rufo, Derek Samreth, Toni Scott, Tori Scott, Liza Sousa, Molly Torres
Saxophone Choir: Garrett Paquette, Ben Herman, Shea Herman, Matt Hebert, Chris Hoskins,  Tyler Jacob, Max Kimber.


Students Learn Math and Build Gingerbread Houses:
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NCCAS selects high school theatre assessment pilot team

The Education Theatre Association submitted the following article last month
November 19, 2015
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has selected sixteen high school theatre educators to pilot the National Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) during the 2015-2016 school year. Pilot teachers were also chosen in the disciplines of dance, media arts, music, and visual arts. The pilot, partially funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, follows a similar project conducted during 2014-2015, in which seventy-five arts educators piloted the MCAs in grades two, five, and eight. The 2015-2016 pilot teachers, working with the MCAs at the high school benchmark levels of Proficient, Accomplished, and Advanced, will put the example tasks on their feet, and assess students’ application of their knowledge and skills in authentic and relevant contexts. Each pilot educator will gather and submit portfolios of student work that demonstrates the MCA task performed at or above standard. A second team of benchmarking assessment experts will review the pilot samples and come to agreement about those they feel meet the MCA’s rubric criteria and are performed at a level of standard proficiency. The ultimate goal is to create a bank of examples that will be posted on the Core Standards website to serve as a resource for other arts educators.
The MCA High School Theatre Pilot Team is:
  • Abra Chusid, Lake Community High School, Lake Villa, Illinois.
  • Mary Hayes Ernst, North Forsyth High School, Cummings, Georgia.
  • Matthew Evangelista, Performance Fine Arts High School of Lawrence (Kansas).
  • Kristie L. Fuller, Indian River High School, Philadelphia, New York.
  • Phillip Goodchild, Lennard High School, Ruskin, Florida.
  • Kathy Harris, Mission Viejo (California) High School.
  • David Tate Hastings, Olathe (Kansas) South High School.
  • Jo Strom Lane, Roosevelt High School, Portland, Oregon.
  • Ellen O’Reilly-LaSalle, Digthon Rehoboth Regional High School, North Dighton, Massachusetts.
  • Rick Osann, Bonny Eagle High School, Standish, Maine.
  • Anne-Marie Roberts, Skyline High School, Howell, Michigan.
  • Patricia J. Santanello, Dublin Scioto High School, Dublin, Ohio.
  • Shira Schwartz, Basha High School, Chandler, Arizona.
  • John Stephan/Elisabeth Campbell, Cumberland Regional High School, Bridgeton, New Jersey.
  • Aileen Zeigler, Brownell-Talbot High School, Omaha, Nebraska.
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The Week Ahead:
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015
Time
Event
Details
TBD
Basketball:Boys JV Scrimmage
Westport @ Westport High School
09:00am
Basketball:Boys Varsity Scrimmage
Westport @ Westport High School
1:00pm
Indoor Track:Girls Varsity Meet
Bourne, Case vs. Wareham @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS
1:00pm
Indoor Track:Boys Varsity Meet
Bourne, Case vs. Wareham @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS


Sunday, Dec 13, 2015
Time
Event
Details
10:00am
Swimming:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Norton @ East Providence Boys & Girls Club
10:00am
Swimming:Boys Varsity Meet
vs. Norton @ East Providence Boys & Girls Club


Monday, Dec 14, 2015 -GREEN


Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Basketball:Boys Freshman Game
vs. Fairhaven @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:30pm
Swimming:Boys Varsity Meet
Apponequet @ Apponequet Regional High School
3:30pm
Swimming:Girls Varsity Meet
Apponequet @ Apponequet Regional High School - Pool - GRAIS
5:00pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game
vs. Fairhaven @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
5:00pm
Basketball:Girls JV Game
Fairhaven @ Fairhaven High School
6:30pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Fairhaven @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
6:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game
Fairhaven @ Fairhaven High School

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015-GREEN
  • Winter Concert: 7:00- Auditorium
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015-GOLD


Friday, Dec 18, 2015-GREEN
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Basketball:Boys Freshman Game
Bourne @ Bourne High School
5:00pm
Basketball:Girls JV Game
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game
Bourne @ Bourne High School
6:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
6:30pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game
Bourne @ Bourne High School


Saturday, Dec 19, 2015
Time
Event
Details
09:30am
Indoor Track:Girls Varsity Relays
Apponequet, Bourne, Case, Fairhaven, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk, Wareham vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS
09:30am
Indoor Track:Boys Varsity Relays
Apponequet, Bourne, Case, Fairhaven, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk, Wareham vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS