Friday, September 9, 2016

This Week and The Week Ahead

This week we had our students start the 2016-2017 school year.  Each graduating class had an assembly in the first two days to go over expectations for this school year.  In addition, students we also went over our security protocols and reinforced how our safety is our top priority.  The hallways were full of students and classes were full of learning.  It seems that our Freshman Transition experience over the summer was a success, since only a handful of students who did not attend the summer program had difficulties navigating their schedule.  We look forward to a positive and productive school year.

Remembering 9/11:
Today we joined Massachusetts schools in having a moment of silence for the 15 year anniversary of September 11, 2001.  Today we read the statement below at approximately 8:46 am which is when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.  
Good Morning,
        On Sunday, September 11, 2016, our nation will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks in our nation’s history.  In Massachusetts, our great sorrow was intensified as we mourned 206 victims with local ties.  Since 2001, that sense of loss has grown, as we have grieved over 200 Fallen Heroes who have died in active duty military service.  Join us in a moment of silence to remember our fallen.

Click here for a short video called “Fifteen September's Later”.  Click here to view the

New DR Faculty Family:
  • Spanish: Ms. Francisco
    • Ms. Francisco grew up in Dighton and then moved to Lakeville, where she graduated from Apponequet Regional High School.  She earned B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Portuguese.  She is looking forward to getting involved in the DR community in an extra-curricular activity.  She is also obtaining her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Spanish at UMass Dartmouth.  
  • Math: Ms. Smith
    • Ms. Smith grew up in Berkley and graduated from Somerset High School.  She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Lesley University.  She was previously employed at Durfee High School.  She enjoys boxing, crafting, traveling, and home remodeling through HGTV.
  • ELA: Rachel Hayes
    • Mrs. Hayes grew up in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from Evans High School.  She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Georgia and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Piedmont College.  She has taught several grade levels at multiple high schools in Georgia and was the advisory for Yearbook, Prom Coordinator, Junior Class Advisor, Cross Country Coach, and many others.  She is looking to create a comfortable and engaging classroom where students will be introduced to fresh perspectives and regularly recognize the connection between what we do in class and the “real world.”
  • Criminal Justice: Beth Christensen
    • Ms. Christensen grew up in Bourne and graduated from Bourne High School.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.  She was previously employed with Barnstable County Sheriff’s Dept, DCF, and Quincy High School.  She is looking forward to certifying our Criminal Justice program to be Chapter 74.  She enjoys camping, cooking, and loves animals.  
  • Art: Carly Brasier
    • Ms. Brasier grew up in Rehoboth and graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School.  She attended Montserrat College of Art and obtained her degree in Fine Arts.  She was previously employed at Hamilton Wenham High School.  She looks forward to engaging students in the arts in new and exciting ways.
  • Music: Samuel Costa
    • Mr. Costa grew up in Somerset and graduated from Somerset High School.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Education from Rhode Island College and obtained his Master’s Degree from Kent State University.  He was previously employed at Westport High School where he taught multiple courses.  He is looking forward to helping students get excited about music.  
  • Early Childhood Education (CTE): Holly Cartin
    • Ms. Cartin grew up in Rehoboth and graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School.  She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bridgewater State University.  She was previously employed at Head Start.  She is looking forward to getting students interested about early childhood education.  
  • Special Education Coordinator: Lisa Karantonakis
    • Mrs. Karantonakis is a resident of Taunton and graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Sociology degree.  She obtained her Master’s Degree from American Internation College and she is currently pursuing her Ph. D at Northeastern University.  She was recently employed at New Bedford High School as a teacher and she worked two years as an Assistant Director of Student Services in Medway.  She has four children and a German Shepherd Spartacus.  She enjoys to travel and spend time with her family.  

Senior College Information:  
FALL
Stay on track in the college application process.  This checklist  will help you know what you should be doing and when!
First narrow your list of colleges to between 5 and 10. Meet with your counselor about your college choices and if you haven't visited the colleges yet, schedule visits as soon as possible.
  • Create a master calendar that includes:
Tests you will take, their fees, dates and registration deadlines.
College application due dates
Required financial aid forms and their deadlines
Other materials you will need (recommendations, transcripts, etc...)
  • Ask your counselor to help you request  an application and or testing fee waiver if you are on free or reduced lunch.
  • Take the SAT and/or ACT again. Additional course work since your last test could help you boost your performance and you already know what to expect on test day.
  • Complete the  FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  In addition to determining your eligibility for federal funds, many colleges use the form when distributing institutional aids and grants, so don't delay.  You can file the FAFSA beginning October 1"'·  Check the mail  for your Student Aid Report (SAR) - it should arrive 4 weeks after the FAFSA is filed.
  • Research possible scholarships. You should never pay for scholarships!
WINTER
  • Give the appropriate form to your counselor for mid-year grades to be sent to colleges.
  • Keep your grades up!
  • Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (IF REQUIRED). PROFILE is a financial aid application required by certain colleges and scholarship programs to determine  eligibility for aid dollars.
  • Be sure to have your SAT/ACT scores sent to the colleges to which you are applying. These scores have to be sent directly from the testing agency.
  • Ask your  counselor and two academic teachers for recommendations. Provide each recommender with the request form (one for teachers, one for Guidance counselor- available in Guidance), your transcript and resume and be sure to invite them to be a recommender through Naviance.
  • Prepare early decision/early action applications as soon  as possible. Many schools have early application deadlines of November 1 or 15th.
  • Finalize your  essay and ask a teacher and someone who knows you well to read it. Be sure they don't over-edit the essay- it needs to be in your voice!
  • Complete at least 1 application by Thanksgiving
  • Ask your  counselor to send  your transcripts to colleges.  Give counselors at least two weeks
before the colleges require them.Complete regular decision and rolling admissions applications.
SPRING:
  • Keep active in school. If you are wait-listed, the college may want to know what you have accomplished between the time you applied and the time you learned of its decision.
  • Visit/re-visit your final college before accepting.
  • You should receive regular  decision acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April.  Notify your counselor of your choice. If you have questions about financial aid or housing, contact the appropriate office at the  college.
  • Complete and submit applications for Rockland scholarships - information and applications will be available in April.
  • Inform every college of your acceptance or rejection of their offer of admission and/or financial aid by May 1. Colleges cannot require your deposit or your commitment to attend before May 1''· Talk to your counselor if you have questions.
  • Send your deposit to one college only.
  • Take AP exams. Show colleges what you've learned in your AP classes.  A successful score may earn you credit in college.
  • Pre-orient yourself. Get ready for orientation by familiarizing yourself with central academic information about your college. Research the academic requirements, schedule of classes for the Fall, specific major requirements (if you declared  a major), and research any credit you might be able to get for AP courses.
  • Check to see if you need to complete Accuplacer or other placement  testing- and take care of it as soon as possible.
  • Waitlisted by a college? Lf you  intend to enroll if you are accepted, tell the admissions office your intent and ask how to strengthen your application. Need financial aid? Ask if those funds will be available if you are accepted.
  • Work with a counselor to resolve any admission or financial aid problems.
  • Review your financial aid awards: not all financial aid awards are the same, so it's important to choose the aid package that's best for you and your family.
  • Be sure to note what you have to do to continue receiving financial aid from year to year and how your aid might change in future years.
  • Notify your guidance counselor of your school of attendance. They will send your final transcript
  • No senioritis! The college that you plan to attend will want to see your final grades!
  • Secure summer employment.  College expenses add up quickly. Work hard and save so that you are ready to help with your expenses in the Fall!
  • Get into the college  "mindset". You're used to having your parents, teachers and others keep you on track Your college professors will expect you to operate  as an independent adult  Use the summer to meet your responsibilities, get in the habit of making a schedule and take control of your life.
  • Make sure to spend time with family and friends!

STUDENTS  are responsible for:
 
•    Application & fee (almost all can be completed and submitted online)
Sending standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) through College Board at www.collegeboa:rd.org or ACT at www.actstudent.org
•    Requesting recommendation letters from 2 teachers & Guidance Counselor (if required)
•    Essay(s)
•    Supplemental material (if needed)
•    Notifying Guidance when he/she applies to school online
•   Connecting Common App + Naviance and requesting teacher recommenders to complete information through www.connection.naviance.com
•   Researching available scholarships (www.fastweb.com; www.connections.naviance.com
•   Completing the Transcript Release Authorization form in guidance
PARENT/GUARDIANS are responsible for:
•    Parents and students need to obtain a PIN#  for FAFSA (www.pin.ed.gov)
•    Submitting a completed FAFSA beginning October 1'1 (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
•   Completing CSS Profile through the College Board (www.collegeboard.org) if required;
Please visit www.collegeboard.org for a list of colleges requiring the CSS Profile
GUIDANCE  COUNSELOR is responsible for sending/uploading:
 
•   High School transcript
•   Guidance Counselor recommendation letter and forms via Naviance or by mail
•   Teacher recommendation letters + forms via Naviance or by mail
•   School profile
GENERAL  INFORMATION
  • There is a $3.00 per college/school processing fee ($1.00 for NHS Members). Please bring payment (cash or money order) to Mrs. Dunn in Guidance
  • Students who are on free or reduced lunch can qualify for a test fee waiver. Students who have used a test fee waiver are entitled to waivers for up to four college application fees.
  • Some schools do not require standardized test scores as admissions criteria. A list of these schools and policies can be found at www.fairtest.org

Helpful Websites
 
Financial Aid & Scholarship Websites


Athletics:

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The Week Ahead:
Friday, Sep 9, 2016
Time
Event
Details
3:15pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game   (Cancelled)
Case @ Case High School
Veteran's Memorial Park - Top Senior Field
3:15pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game
Case @ Case High School
Cardinal Stadium (JCHS)
3:30pm
Field Hockey: Varsity Game
Bourne @ Bourne
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Game
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Field Hockey: JV Game
Bourne @ Bourne
5:00pm
Volleyball: JV Game
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth
6:00pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game
vs. Case @ Dighton-Rehoboth
7:00pm
Football: Varsity Game
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional @ Lincoln-Sudbury Reg. High School

Saturday, Sep 10, 2016
Time
Event
Details
10:30am
Football: JV Game
vs. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
11:00am
Field Hockey: Varsity Game
vs. Somerset Public Schools @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
12:30pm
Field Hockey: JV Game
vs. Somerset Public Schools @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Sunday, Sep 11, 2016

Monday, Sep 12, 2016-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Game
Bourne @ Bourne
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Game
Bourne @ Bourne
5:00pm
Volleyball: JV Game
Bourne @ Bourne
6:00pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game
Bourne @ Bourne

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016-GREEN
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Cross Country:Boys Varsity Triangular
Bourne vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Washburn Park
3:30pm
Cross Country:Girls Varsity Triangular
Bourne vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Washburn Park
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Match
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Scrimmage
Coyle & Cassidy @ Coyle & Cassidy High School

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Field Hockey: Varsity Game
vs. Fairhaven @ Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Game
vs. Fairhaven @ Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Fairhaven @ Dighton-Rehoboth
3:45pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game
Fairhaven @ Hastings Middle School
3:45pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game
Fairhaven @ Hastings Middle School
5:00pm
Field Hockey: JV Game
vs. Fairhaven @ Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Volleyball: JV Game
vs. Fairhaven @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
6:00pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game
vs. Fairhaven @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Bye
Dighton-Rehoboth

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016-GREEN
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Match
Wareham @ Wareham

Friday, Sep 16, 2016-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Field Hockey: Varsity Game
Seekonk @ Seekonk High School
Field Field Hockey
3:30pm
Football: Freshman Game
Somerset Public Schools @ Somerset-Berkley High School
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Seekonk @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game
vs. Seekonk @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Game
Seekonk @ Seekonk High School
Cole St.
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Game
Seekonk @ Seekonk High School
Cole St.
5:00pm
Field Hockey: JV Game
Seekonk @ Seekonk High School
Field Field Hockey
5:00pm
Volleyball: JV Game
Seekonk @ Seekonk High School
6:00pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game
Seekonk @ Seekonk High School
7:00pm
Cheerleading: Varsity Game
Somerset Public Schools @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
7:00pm
Football: Varsity Game
vs. Somerset Public Schools @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School