Friday, November 4, 2016

This Week & The Week Ahead

With two months of the school year now in the record books, we are quickly approaching the Term 1 deadline on Thursday, November 10th.  Please check X2 Parent Portal for updated grades and contact any teachers with questions.  We are also excited for our sports teams who played and continue to play in the postseason this week.  We wish our Student-Athletes the best of luck!

Senior Acceptances: Each week we will post our senior’s acceptances into prospective colleges, universities, military plans or any career pathway.  We are proud of their accomplishments.  Keep up the great work and continue to representing the “DR Difference.”
  • Matthew Hebert
    • Michigan State University
  • Benjamin Loell
    • United States Navy
  • Joel Papp
    • Baylor University
    • University of Pittsburgh

The DR Difference: David A. Marsden Scholar-Athlete Track: DR Alumni Class of 1987, Mr. Collins went before the School Committee to get approval for the dedication of the David A. Marsden Scholar-Athlete Track.   See article below from Mr. Collins in the Rehoboth Reporter.  

Posted Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:00 am
Edward J. Collins
One of the most enjoyable aspects of attending Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School (DR) was the sense of esprit de corps, not just on the athletic fields, where you’d expect it, but overall, in the classrooms, on the theater stage, amongst the majorettes and members of the marching band. DR was a fun and inviting place to receive an education. It still is. I know that I speak for many of my peers when I say that I am very satisfied, even proud, to be an alumnus. As a current student at DR, my youngest son is learning to appreciate the very same things about his school.
Like any school with a significant history, DR has certain institutions that embody what Doug Kelley, our current Dean of Student Activities, promotes as the “DR Difference”. Wrapped around the football field is one of those institutions. Thousands of students have run thousands of miles around the DR track. Those compelled to voyage beyond the beloved oval took to the cross-country courses as well. For runners, miles turn into life lessons, battles fought, intestinal fortitude tested. Win or lose, something is gained beyond an improved stride. Such endeavors manufacture transcendent characteristics in a person. These were the truest of all goals, and they were set long before any student-athlete ever crossed a finish line. They were the foundation of the institution, crafted under the watchful, encouraging eyes of our beloved coaches.
DR was fortunate to employ those willing to groom students into scholars, and then scholars into athletes. This has been a long-standing philosophy of treating runners, jumpers, and throwers as respectable people first, students second, and then athletes as the culminating presentation of what may best be described as the “scholar-athlete”. For almost four decades, teacher and instrumental track/cross-country coach David A. Marsden dedicated himself to instilling this philosophy into the DR student body. With accolades far too lengthy to list, Mr. Marsden humbly submits the following thought.
“I want to feel that I was respected as a teacher who ever treated all of his students as equal human beings before he met them either as a student or as an athlete, ever realizing my job was to instill not only a pride in each of my students but also to prepare them for the adult world in which they were to enter and to participate fully and responsibly.”  – David A. Marsden
As evidenced by his own words, it’s no wonder Mr. Marsden received the highly esteemed Mustard Seed Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award and numerous Coach of the Year awards, voted on by his students, his peers, and his community. It’s often best to think of people like Mr. Marsden in terms of philosophy rather than accomplishments, even when there are so many.
It’s a difficult prospect to capture a community’s gratitude towards a philosophy and an individual that has exemplified it. Nonetheless, we believe we have achieved this with the recent dedication of the David A. Marsden Scholar-Athlete Track. A plaque has been created in commemoration. Vice-chairperson of the DR school committee and alumna, Kathy Cooper shares, “It is a great tribute to Mr. Marsden's philosophy of the scholar-athlete, exemplifying part of the ‘DR Difference’. This plaque will serve as a token of appreciation of his commitment and contribution to the Dighton-Rehoboth district." The plaque now hangs on the side of the concession stand, a perfect viewing spot for visitors passing through the gates into the athletic complex.
It’s a good thing for a community to not only recognize the value of the scholar-athlete, but to also rally around the institution and its attendants responsible for helping a community instill such things into the impressionable hearts and minds of its children. These are the thoughts embraced at every level of the DR community, from the highest offices of our superintendent, Dr. Anthony Azar, and our principal, Mr. Kevin Braga, to one merely involved citizen, like myself. "We have so many dedicated educators who continue to be the definition of the DR Difference. [Coach Marsden’s] legacy of hard work and dedication is still present in DR Athletics," states Mr. Braga.
Special thanks goes out to all of those working tirelessly for our students, for they are many, too many to list, actually. May this small token of appreciation cascade beyond a single philosophy or even a deserving dedication to a beloved teacher and coach. May it extend the message to those still serving our community, encouraging them, knowing that many of us see what they’re doing, and we appreciate it – truly.
Sincerely, Edward J. Collins, Class of 1987
In the Classroom:
  • Señora Vander Kaaden's Spanish 3 Class:  Students in Señora Vander Kaaden's Spanish 3 class got to work on their first skit done entirely in Spanish. Students worked in pairs and did a mock DR News skit within the classroom describing a trip through Spain. The students produced phenomenal work and thoroughly enjoyed working together to make their projects super creative. Students Ryan Wood & Shahdan Patricio (pictured below) produced a terrific skit that was both funny and impressive. A short clip of that skit can be seen here. Señora Vander Kaaden was very pleased with the work from her Spanish 3 students and looks forward to a great year of more fun learning!

  • AP Europe: Students in AP Euro dressed up as their designated historical characters as they put Louis XIV "the Sun King" on trial for crimes against humanity and the state. Student completed research in the media center to get into their role and served as James I of England, Jacques Bossuet, a Hapsburg representative and Louis XIV himself. The prosecution and defense called their witnesses and presented their cases. In all, students understood the impact of absolutism not only on France, but also on the rest of European politics. 

  • Physical Education: The junior and senior physical education classes are currently participating in a unit of badminton, which some students call, "the most wonderful time of the year!". Students are taught the proper rules, rotations, history, and skills of Olympic badminton. Class champions include, Elijah Brewster, Will Taylor, Mitch Brown, Cam McIntyre, Dylan Snook, Josh Ranley, Billy Davis, Ben Loell, Joe Medeiros and Jacob Rogers.

  • Senior ELA: In Mr. Morrison and Mrs. Andrews’ class students  are some photographs of students in used their phones to turn Shakespeare sonnets (140 syllables) into tweets.  

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  • Adventures Across Latin America

    • In Adventures Across Latin America, students played dress-up and acted out a Quinceañera celebration. The Quinceañera has roots in Mayan and Aztec culture, and commemorates a girl's "coming of age" on her 15th birthday. Modern celebrations are often extravagant and draw parallels with Sweet 16 parties, bar mitzvahs, and even weddings.

  • Forensics: Students in forensics class have been learning how fibers, a form of trace evidence, can be transferred from one person to another and thereby left behind at a crime scene. Students have been trying out various methods used in collecting fibets and carrying out microscopic examinations of fibers, chemical tests on fibers and as seen below, burn analysis tests on fibers.
  • Transition Program: Jasmine with her mentor at BSU today where they encouraged students to make peace flags which will be hung around the campus.  

  • Art Field Trip: Art students went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  

This Week's High Fives!

Congratulations to Senior Jarrett Cordeiro:
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DRRHS Trail Update:
After 4 weeks of volunteer efforts, Junior Noah Avila would like to thank all of his volunteers as they have exceed expectations and progress on the trail during the month of October.  Last weekend, Noah and volunteers continued refining the trail, worked on the entrance and started removing rocks from the trailhead. (Pictures below)

This weekend they will continue to refine and leveling of the trails.  He is requesting volunteers to help spread the gravel and bring gloves and wheelbarrows if available.  See below for details:

Volunteer hours are as follows:
  • Saturday, November 5th from 1pm-4pm
  • Sunday, November 6th from 9am-4pm

Portions of the walls blocking the trail were removed to create easy access.

Debris from the dead trees taken down were cleared from the path

Rocks and other debris were removed from the path and walls.  
The volunteers helped landscape and improve the entrance of the trail, much more work is still needed to complete.  

Mr. Koussa operates the tractor to help the level the main entrance and bring the fill donated by the town of Dighton down to the trail.  

A portion of the wall has been cleared to open up the access.  

Volunteers helping to clear the path and finalize efforts.  

Rocks and roots being removed and replaced with a gravel filler to provide a safe trail.  

Landscaping of the main entrance to help with the runoff.

Dean’s Desk:
  • Activities:
    • DR Theatre Company:
    • The Speech and Debate Team hosted a successful tournament for 16 area schools and over 350 competitors, judges, and coaches this past Saturday. The team wishes to thank the DR Community for their support and cooperation.

    • The Team wants to congratulate our team's winners:

      • Magdalena Prophitt- 1st place Group Discussion

      • Elijah Houghton- 1st place Radio Broadcasting

      • Madison Burtan - 5th place Play Reading

      • In team Improvisation - Sierra Candeias and Sam Stone took 6th place and Jill Henrique and Jarrett Cordeiro -7th place.

      • Overall the team took 5th place in small school division.  Go DR Speech and Debate!

    • Mock Trial: Mock Trial begins season with new criminal case.  The Massachusetts Bar Association meets with coaches to outline this year's case and students begin analyzing the case.

    • Spirit Week: Attention all students! It's almost that time of year again. Spirit Week is just around the corner. Order forms for t-shirts are being handed out first period. If you'd like to order a shirt, please return the form and payment to the senior class officers during lunch, or see Mr. Boisvert in room 503 before or after school. Don't miss out on this one of a kind item!

    • Spanish Club: 21 people attended the Spanish Club's outing to El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant. The waiters held the students accountable with ordering in Spanish and everyone managed to get the food they asked for!

  • Football:
    • Here we go!  After pounding the Bulldogs from Old Rochester last Friday night the Falcons fly to the second round of the MIAA tournament and it will not be a walk in the park for our boys as they travel to Holliston MA for the MIAA Tournament this Friday night. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.  Go Falcons!
  • Boys Soccer: Record: 8-7-3
    • MIAA Tournament:  DR Boys Soccer team is looking at our neighboring town Somerset Berkley for a tilt this Friday afternoon at 2:30 at DRHS.
  • Girls Soccer: Record 9-2-3
    • The Girls Varsity soccer team finished the regular season with a 4-1 win over Old-Rochester yesterday. The win secured second place in the conference, just one point shy of the championship, with a record of 9-2-3. And don't forget Senior Day.  Thanks Moms And Dads.  
    • Girls JV:  The girls capped off a successful season with a 2-0 victory over Old Rochester yesterday. Alyson Rego scored in the first half and Hannah Jordan added an insurance goal in the 2nd. Megan Reed earned the shutout in net thanks to a great team defensive effort led by Mya Beausoleil, Alexa Goyette, and Shea Herman. Great season girls!
  • Volleyball: Record: 7-13. SCC 6-10
    • Congratulations for a very improved year and here's to looking forward to next season.
  • Golf: Record: 16-0. SCC 18-0 Overall
    • The Golf Team's very successful season concluded yesterday when the team finished 8th in the Division II State Finals. Senior Blake Cox concluded his high school career on a high note, finishing 5th in the Individual Tournament with a fine round of 76; junior Sam Taraian turned in a score of 79 and finished tied for 12th. Senior co-captain Mitch Brown (86), and freshman Adam Housley and junior Jack Chrystie (both 87) rounded out the scoring for the Falcons.
  • Field Hockey:
    • Click here for the Article in the Taunton Gazette
  • Cross Country:  XC boys Kyle Rendon won the 5k race at Wrentham with a time of 16:57.  SCC All Stars were: Kyle Rendon, Dean Bullock (7th.)  Billy Davis,Peter Marcille,  Chris Estes scored well for DR
  • Girls XC Captain Emily Parker placed 9th overall with a time of 21:39.  Also receiving SCC All Star status. Kristen Murphy, Jessica Sylai, Cassidy Vincent, Sara McNaughton led the team to the Eastern Mass Division tournament on Nov 12th
  • DRMB: we be performing at Araujos Art and music Festival this Sunday at 10am. Check out the Power Pride and Passion.
  • Cheerleading: Congratulations to the Varsity Cheerleaders on winning second place in the South Sectionals Cheerleading Competition. Good luck at Regionals ladies!

Week Ahead:
Saturday, Nov 5, 2016
Cross Country:Boys Varsity Invitational
TBA vs. TBA @ Wrentham Development Center
Cross Country:Girls Varsity Invitational
TBA vs. TBA @ Wrentham Development Center

Sunday, Nov 06, 2016

Monday, Nov 7, 2016-GOLD
Football: JV Game
vs. Bourne @ Dighton-Rehoboth

Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016-NO SCHOOL - TEACHER WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Nov 09, 2016-GREEN
Thursday, Nov 10, 2016-GOLD
Football: Freshman Game  (Cancelled)
vs. Apponequet @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Friday, Nov 11, 2016-NO SCHOOL-VETERAN’S DAY
  • Thank a VETERAN for their SERVICE
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016
Cross Country:Girls Varsity Meet
TBA vs. TBA @ Wrentham Development Center
Cross Country:Boys Varsity State Tournament
TBA vs. TBA @ Wrentham Development Center