Friday, September 16, 2016

This Week and the Week Ahead

This week was our first full week of the 2015-2016 school year.  We were able to witness a lot of exciting lessons that took place this week in the classroom.  On Wednesday and Thursday this week, each classroom had a portion of the lesson dedicated to our summer reading title Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis.

Left for Dead Classroom Lesson Examples:
Math: All math classes in addition to their summer math homework addressed the summer reading, Left for Dead, with a math application.  Using an almanac or other online resources, students were asked to create a graph and analyze data collected concerning the number of casualties by branch.
Science:
  • Several physics and chemistry students calculated the density of sea water, through experimentation, and then compared the density to that of freshwater.  Students then had to build a "ship" that would be buoyant in the said sample of sea water and experiment to determine how much "cargo" their ship could hold.
  • Biology classes focused on the effects of sea water on the human body and what caused the symptoms that many of the service men on the USS Indianapolis experienced.  Other biology classes did research on the species of shark responsible for many of the deaths.  
  • Elective classes focused on the eyewitness accounts given by several survivors.  How were those accounts used in the court marshal of the Captain?  Was due process followed?  Was the captain given fair representation?
Foreign Language: Students watched a video clip of one survivor, Edgar Harrell, who recalled his memories and how he survived.  Students were provided a handout with quotes and then students discussed them in class.  Students were able to identify the themes of the quotes.  In the upper levels, students had to write in the language on a theme or give their opinion about the event. In some classes students shared their own stories about a family member or friend who had served in World War II or Vietnam.
  • Some of the Quotes read with our Foreign Lang Dept:
    • “This journey I have made has allowed me to learn the true cost of freedom. Throughout history, men and women have put their lives on the line…to ensure that you and I and all Americans can enjoy liberty.” (p. xx - Hunter Scott)
    • “We’re all going to die…..talking that way made it a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, so he decided if you could talk yourself into dying you could just as easily talk yourself into living.”(p. 68, Moseley)
    • “I’m not going to die —if anybody is going to live, it’s going to be me —I’m going to control my mind…” (p. 68, Moseley)
    • “He had no plan, other than to keep everyone together until the morning. No one else seemed to be taking charge, and as far as he knew, he was the only officer in the group.” (p. 62, Twible)
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Physical Education: In our PE classes students referenced current training/ testing of today's United States military standards and compared it with the training of the 1940's regulations in the military. Students compared the similarities and differences. It seems as though the military of the 1940's was ahead of the times as a lot of their training consisted of "cross fit" like exercises. The students actually participated in a modified physical fitness test. Students also looked at how PE in America changed because of the World War. Other countries seemed to be ahead of the game with a much more active schedule, thus making the US change their PE requirements to have a more prevalent role in a student's education.
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Art: Students looked at different paintings that stemmed from the story, Left for Dead. The students compared and contrasted how in earlier times, sightings of sharks were limited and paintings were made through the stories of others, not pictures!
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Music:  Students had a great time exploring the different sounds of the late 1930's through the 40's. There was discussion on how music is more on demand as you can pick and choose what it is you want to hear compared to the 1940's. They also discussed how modern American music stemmed from the sounds of music during the World War II era
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Andy Kershaw and Ainsley Cronin getting some feedback from Mr. Greenlees.
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DRRHS School Profile:

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The Comprehensive High School Experience:
The benefits of attending a comprehensive are explained really well by this handout provided by College Board.  Our students have the benefits of learning a trade and the rigorous academics to prepare them for both the college and the workforce.
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Congress of Future Science & Technology Leaders in Boston (Lowell), MA: Congratulations to Senior MacKenzie Warren on her selection to represent Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School at the Congress of Future Science & Technology Leaders in Boston (Lowell), MA.  MacKenzie was surrounded by many fellow high school students who share her passion, ability, and potential.  MacKenzie was personally taught by some of the greatest living minds in science and technology- winners of the world's most prestigious international prizes, such as:
  • Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Ph.D., Recipient of National Medal of Science
  • Robert S. Langer, Ph.D., Recipient of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D., Inventor of Ethernet, Founder of 3Com and Recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Aneesh Chopra, United States Chief Technology Officer (2009-2012)
  • Marc Raibert, Ph.D., Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms
  • David Reitze, Ph.D., Excutive Director at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO)
  • Amy S. Hess, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI's Science and Technology Branch


CTE Spotlight:
The 2016-2017 school year is underway! The upper class students have been busy organizing, cleaning and preparing their career areas for live work and services. Starting on Monday, September 19th, 2016 Automotive Technology, Carpentry, and Machine Technology will accept appointments and entertain proposals for outside work.

Automotive Technology

Appointments can be scheduled:
If you are looking to make an appointment, you can do so by calling the CTE Office (508) 252-5030, during working hours on Monday thru Friday (8:00-2:00), or via email you can contact Mr. Justus at:djustus@drregional.org
Carpentry
Within the course of a school year, the Carpentry shop will take several projects from outside interests based upon time needed for completion and instructional alignment to our curriculum.
Machine Technology
Machine Technology welcomes inquiries for small projects from both Dighton and Rehoboth residents. Accepting an outside job is dependent upon the time frame needed for completion as well the alignment of the skills to our Vocational curriculum framework.
***All Inquiries for possible project consideration can be made by submitting an email to the CTE Director: Stasia E. Peters at SPeters@drregional.org.***

Community Service Opportunity:
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Proposal for Multipurpose Trail at DRRHS:

Class of 2018 student Noah Avila is in the process of getting approval for a Multipurpose Trail at DRRHS.  Anyone interested in community service and working with Noah should fill out this form.  Any questions, please contact Noah Avila at ndaavila@gmail.com for more information.
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Please have all EMERGENT Medications (Inhalers, Epi-pens, Benadryl) in ASAP. There are several students with allergies and there are no meds here at the school for the student.  Also please see the school Medication, Reporting illness, and Physical procedures listed below:

Medication Procedures and Reporting Illness Guidelines
Dear Parents,
        Please read this communication and keep it handy so you can refer to it should the need arise.
MEDICATION PROCEDURE:
1.       NO OTC “over the counter” medications will be given without a doctor's order. This includes (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Tums, Midol, Excedrine….), homeopathic (Zycam,), and prescription.
2.       All OTC (over the counter) medication must be kept in the Nurse’s Office. ONLY emergent medications can be self carried with a doctor's order.
3.       Only medication ordered by your doctor will be given.
4.       Long Term Prescription Drugs will be dispensed only by the school nurse. Return the parent’s consent form and the doctor’s written order form in order for the medication to be given.
5.       Short Term Prescription Drugs need only parent’s written permission and medication in the original prescription container (for example antibiotics).
6.       ALL MEDICATION MUST BE IN THE ORIGINAL PRESCRIPTION CONTAINER OR IT WILL NOT BE GIVEN.
7.       Some pharmacies will provide an extra container for school use upon request.
8.       Parents must bring the medication to the nurse in its original sealed bottle – medication is not to be brought in by the students.
9.   A one time dose of regular strength Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen will be dispensed to your child until their needed medication arrived in the nurse’s office. A parent’s signed permission slip needs to be on file in the health office and the med will be dispensed under the School Physician’s standing medication order.

REPORTING ILLNESS:
If your child is ill with a contagious illness/disease, notify the school nurse.  Strep Infections, Conjunctivitis, Chickenpox, and Mono: require a doctor’s note to return to school. The diagnosis must be written on the note.
If your son/daughter is excused from physical education for and illness or injury by his/her medical doctor they will need a medical note from their doctor to return to physical education.
Report all concussions to the school nurse/athletic trainer regardless of missed school or not.
FEVER:
If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, it is advisable that he/she remain at home until the child is fever-free for a period of 24 hours, without taking fever reducing medication. Let the office know they are out with a fever as the school procedure request.
PHYSICALS:
Chapter 71, Section 57, of the Mass General Laws and the Department of Public Health Regulations mandates that each school system adhere to the following:
1.      Physical examinations to be performed on all students upon entering school and every 3 years. In our school district this is done PRIOR to entering school, prior to grade 3, prior to grade 7, and prior to grade 10. These physicals are not provided by the school.  Students in Grade 11 may not attend school after the first semester unless they have had the required physical exam.
2.      Immunizations are required at regular intervals per Massachusetts state guidelines.
3.      Students participating in interscholastic athletic activities MUST have a current physical on file in the Nurse’s Office. Current is referring to 13 months from the students last completed physical.

IMMUNIZATIONS:
If your child receives any type of immunization booster, please make certain the nurse is notified in writing with a note specifying date and type of immunization signed by the doctor.

*** School Health Policy for exclusion from school due to incomplete immunization for medical and religious reasons:
If a student who is not fully immunized is exposed to a diagnosed case of a vaccine preventable disease, he/she will be excluded from school according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulations.  The most common diseases include, but are not limited to the following: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox and Pertussis.  As soon as a physician confirms the diagnosis, the parent will be notified.  Specifics regarding the time of exclusion vary with each illness and will be explained when pertinent.                                   

Please feel free to contact the Nurse with any questions or concerns.
Dawn Dailey-Begin MSN, RN
D-R School Nurse
508-252-5025 X5500
ddailey@drregional.org


Dean's Desk:
Fall SEASON:

  • Activities: All of our DR Activities Are just getting together as school has just got under way. See Mr. Kelley if you're interested in joining a club after school.
  • Football: Record: 0-1.   After leaving Lincoln Sudbury last Friday night  the Falcons had mixed emotions on the ride home but one thing was for sure, they played one heck of a game up there,  taking the LSHS football team into overtime! This Friday night the team
Will be playing Somerset-Berkley.
  • Boys Soccer: Record: 2-2.  The DR  Boys Soccer team made the trek to Fairhaven coming away with a W beating the Blue Devils 1-0 (thanks to Domenic’s chip shot) As coach Kulpa stated “it was a beautiful thing”. The boys are back at work against Seekonk on Friday
  • Girls Soccer: Record 3-1. The DR Girls soccer team beat Coyle Cassidy in a non- conference game coming away with a win,  giving the Lady Falcons their second of three wins on the season. On Wednesday,  the Falcons ran into a pesky Fairhaven  team losing 1-0 with a Blue Devil score late in the second half. They play arch rival Seekonk Friday in the Konk!
  • Volleyball: Record: 0-4   DO NOT let this record fool you!  This is one the best volleyball teams I've seen in a long time here at DR. Wins will come for this team! They are competitive, and  balance the floor very well. Check out a game if you can get in. Crowds have been big! Keep it up Lady Falcons! The team travels to Seekonk Friday
  • Golf: Record: Undefeated and incredible. Our DR Golf Team has been averaging 170 points per match. We are gathering so much material they will be our featured story next week full of pictures, stats and stories. Keep ‘Em in line Mr Cute. This could be the best year yet!!
  • Field Hockey: Record: the DR field hockey team just rolls along this week beating Fairhaven 4-1. JV had to stop play due to lighting, in Wednesday night's game against Fairhaven, but we were really playing well until the officials called the contest off. DR Field hockey team travels to Seekonk as well this Friday at 3:30
  • Cross Country.  Coach Ben Pease certainly has our X Country ready! The team traveled to Washburn Park and the boys came away with their first win of the season beating Old Rochester. Waiting on the ladies results  to report.
  • DRMB:DR Marching Band prepares for Friday night's home opener against Somerset. Go Power Pride and Passion!
  • Cheerleading- The spirit of our school is also getting ready for Friday Night under the lights.  Good Luck to our awesome cheerleaders!  Go Falcons!!!


Week Ahead:

Friday, Sep 16, 2016
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

Saturday, Sep 17, 2016
Time
Event
Details
10:00am
Field Hockey: Varsity Game
Durfee @ Durfee High School
10:00am
Football: JV Game
Somerset Public Schools @ Somerset-Berkley High School
10:00am
Volleyball: JV Game
vs. Dartmouth @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
11:00am
Volleyball: Varsity Game
vs. Dartmouth @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
11:30am
Field Hockey: JV Game
Durfee @ Durfee High School

Sunday, Sep 18, 2016

Monday, Sep 19, 2016-GREEN
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Bliss Field
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Bliss Field
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional High School
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional High School
3:30pm
Volleyball: Freshman Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
5:00pm
Volleyball: JV Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
6:00pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Cross Country:Boys Varsity Duals
Fairhaven @ Mariner Field
3:30pm
Cross Country:Girls Varsity Duals
Fairhaven @ Mariner Field
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Match
vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Hillside Country Club

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016-GREEN
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Field Hockey: Varsity Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:30pm
Golf: Varsity Match
Apponequet @ Lakeville Country Club
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Game
Somerset Public Schools @ Somerset-Berkley High School
5:00pm
Field Hockey: JV Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls JV Bye
Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Girls Varsity Bye
Dighton-Rehoboth
3:30pm
Soccer:Boys Varsity Bye

3:30pm
Soccer:Boys JV Bye

5:00pm
Volleyball: JV Bye
Dighton-Rehoboth
6:00pm
Volleyball: Varsity Bye
Dighton-Rehoboth

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:00pm
Golf: Varsity Match
Old Rochester Regional @ The Bay Club
3:30pm
Football: Freshman Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Friday, Sep 23, 2016-GREEN
  • Teacher’s Updated grades in X2.  If you do not have access to X2, please contact Mrs. Shillan in Guidance at 508-252-5025 x5605
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Field Hockey: Varsity Game
vs. Wareham @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
5:00pm
Field Hockey: JV Game
vs. Wareham @ Dighton-Rehoboth
7:00pm
Cheerleading: Varsity Game
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional High School
7:00pm
Football: Varsity Game
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional