Friday, February 3, 2017

This Week & The Week Ahead

This week we started Third Quarter and grades have been updated on X2 (see post below about X2 Gradue Update Notifications).  We are looking forward to a smooth second half of the year.  We also welcomed in the month of February and “Black History Month.” We will have a weekly contributions to Black History in the Week Ahead (see below).
February is a time for us to reflect on our African-American history in the United States.  There are countless contributions that African-Americans have played throughout our history including fighting in all of the wars fought in the United States (see below).  “Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.” (
We are looking to gather information on student interest in the vocational technical education programs we offer and ones we are thinking of offering. The list below contains both current and possible new programs. Please fill out this brief survey and check all that apply to your interest.  

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 represent the “DR Difference.”

  • Aliyah Ashton: Becker College, Curry College, Rhode Island College
  • Brooke Barlow:  Suffolk University
  • Hannah Barlow: John Cabot University
  • Jenna Barlow: High Point University, Seton Hall University, Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Westfield State University
  • Jason Berube: Quinnipiac University
  • Ben Biello: Bryant University, Johnson & Wales University, Lasell College, Suffolk University
  • Alexis Braz: Boston College, Bryant University,  Emmanuel College, High Point University, New England College, Northeastern University, Quinnipiac University, University of Alabama, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of South Carolina, Villanova University, Washington College, Western New England University
  • Mitchell Brown: Texas A&M University, West Virginia University
  • Elisabeth Burns: Assumption College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Rhode Island
  • Sophia Burrows: Becker College, Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Framingham State University, Merrimack College, Roger Williams University, Westfield State University
  • Madison Burtan: Emerson College
  • Colby Cardarelli: Nova Southeastern University, Stetson University
  • Jenai Childs: Quinnipiac University
  • Jarrett Cordeiro: Hofstra University, Pace University, State University of New York Purchase
  • Julia Coute: Endicott College, Sacred Heart University, Saint Anselm College, Salve Regina University, Stonehill College, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of New England, University of Rhode Island
  • Nate Cummings: Colby-Sawyer College, University of Vermont
  • Angela Dalpe: Assumption College, Stonehill College
  • Robyn D’Ambrosio: Stonehill College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of South Carolina
  • William Davis: Franklin Pierce University, Roger Williams University
  • Caitlin Downs: Liberty University
  • Caterina Duarte: Curry College, Endicott College
  • Madison Fagan: Roger Williams University, Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of South Carolina
  • Cristian Fernandes: Roger Williams University, University of Maine Orono, University of New Hampshire
  • Jacob Furtado: Citadel Military College of South Carolina, George Mason University, Norwich University
  • Korey Gendreau: Dean College
  • Sarah Guimond: Quinnipiac University, Salve Regina University
  • Meagan Gustafson: Quinnipiac University, Roger Williams University, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Alexis Harris: Emmanuel College, High Point University, Rhode Island College, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire
  • Grace Harrison: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Matthew Hebert: Michigan State University
  • Jillian Henrique: George Mason University, Hofstra University, Plymouth State University, Quinnipiac University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Kara Hermenegildo: Bridgewater State University
  • Lauren Labouliere: Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, Saint Joseph’s University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of New Hampshire
  • Ben Loell: United States Navy
  • Jack McGuirk: Fisher College, Johnson & Wales University
  • Matt McGuirk: Salem State University, Suffolk University
  • Kylah McKeon: Bryant University, Roger Williams University, Stonehill College, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Stephanie Moore: Nichols College
  • Megan Moran: University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Noah Morris: Becker College, Plymouth State University, Rivier University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Jennifer Mourato: Rhode Island College
  • Kyle Moynihan: Colby-Sawyer College, Saint Anselm College, Saint Michael’s College, West Virginia University
  • Madeline Nees: University of Alabama
  • Joel Papp: Baylor University, University of Pittsburgh
  • Emily Parker: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Katie Parker: Anna Maria College
  • Kristina Perez: Providence College
  • Hevyn Pray: Assumption College, Nichols College
  • William Quirk: Seton Hall University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Kyle Rendon:  George Mason University, Quinnipiac University, University of Kansas, University of Tampa
  • Evaline Rodrigues: Adelphi University, Franklin Pierce University, Saint Joseph’s College, Southern  Connecticut State University
  • Stephanie Ruta: Regis College, Rhode Island College
  • Sean Silva: University of New England, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont
  • Alexis Springer: Curry College, Westfield State University
  • Abigail Teixeira: Saint Michael’s College, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Vermont, Utica College
  • Eve Wyman: Roger Williams University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Black History Month:
Each week during February we will provide historical context to the achievements from African Americans in the United States.  As discussed in this brief video, the history of African-Americans dates back to the colonial time period, when Africans were brought to this country as slaves to work the fields.  February was chosen for Black History month due to the original Annual Negro History week, created by Dr. Carter Woodson in the 1920s.  The original Negro History week took place during the second week of February to coincide with President Abraham Lincoln and Abolitionist Leader Frederick Douglas.  Below are just a few examples on how African-Americans have played a vital role in United States history.  

  • The Revolutionary War: (both freed black men and slaves):  9,000 black Patriot soldiers counting the Continental Army and Navy, and state militia units.
  • The War of 1812: African-Americans served in both the Army and the Navy during the war.  Over 15% of the United States Navy contained African-American sailors.   
  • The Civil War: (both Union and Confederate soldiers totaling over 179,000 men served in over 160 units
  • World War I: Over 350,000 soldiers played a role in America’s war effort.  At the conclusion of the war the black community tried to make America truly democratic by ensuring full citizenship for all its people. Black soldiers, who continued to serve in segregated units, were involved in protest against racial injustice on the home front and abroad.
  • World War II: Over 125,000 African-American soldiers were overseas, including the famous Tuskegee Airmen units (332nd Fighter Group).  This unit alone completed over 1500 combat missions, destroyed 112 enemy aircrafts in the air and another 150 on the ground.  The unit was awarded, 96 Distinguishing Flying Crosses, 14 Bronze Stars, 744 Air Medals, and 8 Purple Hearts.  
  • Vietnam War: Over 7,000 African-Americans served during Vietnam.  20 African Americans received the Medal of Honor
  • War on Terror: Thousands of veterans continue to fight for our freedom and protect us against enemies both foreign and domestic.  

4 Lunches starting Monday: We analyzed our cafe this week and made the decision to go back to four lunches due to capacity.  Thank you for your flexibility.  Below is the new lunch schedule.
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X2 Grade Updates/Notifications:
We wanted to remind students and parents that every 10 days, our staff updates X2.  A great way to stay informed is to download the Follett Notifications app which notifies you each time a teacher updates their gradebook.  Follett Notifications_Page_1.jpgFollett Notifications_Page_2.jpg

Dighton-Rehoboth Radio:
Dighton-Rehoboth has their own talk radio show hosted by Mr. Caron.  Mr. Braga was slated for a visit on Saturday, February 4th, but it will be rescheduled for a later date.  Tune into WVBF 1530 on Saturday’s from 11:00 am-12:00 pm.  The Studio Call-in Line is (508)822-1106.  
CTE Update:
Our Machine Tech III students updated Dr. DiGioia’s name plate for her office.  We would like to thank Mr. Souza,  Keegan Pearson, and Desmond Rose.  

DR Joins Taunton JROTC:
This year we created a community partnership with Taunton High School.  DRRHS does not have a JROTC Chapter, but Mrs. Payne in Guidance coordinated with Taunton High School to create this partnership so Senior Caitlynn Rebelo could take part.  #Hooah #DRPride
Superintendent Award:
Congratulations to Alexis Braz on receiving the South Coast Collaborative Superintendent’s Award on Tuesday, January 31st.  Below is the description that was read at the Award Ceremony:

Alexis is a phenomenal student, a confident leader, a young lady comfortable with herself and respectful of others.  She is ambitious and has earned my utmost respect for how she carries herself on a daily basis.  She is ranked in the Top 5% of her senior class.  Alexis has enrolled in a very rigorous curriculum including her senior year where she is enrolled in 4 AP classes.  As a junior, Alexis was awarded the St. Lawrence University Junior Book Award.  

Alexis’s extracurricular accomplishments and volunteer time are equally as impressive as her academic record.  Alexis has volunteered her time for many causes including the Freshman Mentor program, Best Buddies, Project Helping Hands, and can drives and Town Clean Up committees.  When Alexis gets involved in an activity she takes on a leadership role.  Alexis is Student Body President, Treasurer of NHS, Best Buddies President, and a two year captain of Cheerleading.

She is looking to major in International Business with a minor in Spanish.  She has not decided what college or university she will pursue yet, as she is deciding whether or not she wants to stay local or head south for the warmer weather.
Overall, Alexis is an outstanding student whose character is consistent with her academic record and most deserving of this award.
In the Classroom:
  • AP Biology students developed models of the Calvin Cycle. Students had to build interactive models that showed what substances plants need to build sugars. Once models were complete students used models to teach each other. Here are a few pics of the completed models.
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  • Attention Seniors: Updated mid year transcripts including grades for term 2 will be sent to colleges that have already received an initial transcript by Wednesday February 8th.  Any questions please contact the Guidance Office.
  • Future Planning Night: On Thursday, February 9th from 6:00-7:00 PM in the high school auditorium Junior class counselors, Lisa Maidment and Jacquelyn Tremblett will be presenting information regarding The Future Planning Process to Parents. This powerpoint presentation will already be given to Juniors in their English classes during the week of January 30th, but the counselors feel it is important to present the same information to parents to provide them the opportunity to understand the process and ask any questions. We hope to see you there!

Freshman Transition:
Anyone interested in joining the Freshman Transition Program should see Mrs. Hopkins in RM 217.  
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In the Classroom:
  • Students in Honors Anatomy observed nervous tissue under a microscope after learning about the structure and function of a neuron. Students found a neuron under low and high power to observe the cell body, axon, and dendrites. Below are pictures taken by students with their cell phones.

Low Power 100x
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High Power
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Community Service:
Mr. Moura and 20 students served the Fall River community on Tuesday, January 31st at the First Baptist Church on North Main Street.  This tradition has taken place for the last ten years and it has been a great experience for our students and it is always great to give back to our community.  Thank you for representing the “DR Difference.”

Dean’s Desk:
  • Baseball:
  • Activities:
      • The World Language Department is organizing a MULTICULTURAL NIGHT on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The evening will include dinner and entertainment with foods, dance and music performances from several cultures.
      • We are looking for donations for DOOR PRIZES, such as gift certificates to local restaurants or services, clothing or other useful items!
      • If you are willing to DONATE food for dinner or door prizes, please contact Mrs. Cardea at
    • Mock Trial: The Mock Trial Team defeated Bishop Stang in their first competition last week, with exceptional performances by Emily Greenberg and Jarrett Cordiero. They compete against Case High School next week.  
    • Best Buddies/Leo Club: Leo Club and Best Buddies Video Game Night. Students had a lot of fun, eating good food, and playing video games. Students played games together on the Wii, PlayStation, and Xbox.
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  • Boys Basketball: The boys basketball team won a nail biter on Thursday night against Greater NB Voke winning 62-61 in the final seconds.  
  • Cheerleading: SCC Cheer Competition has been relocated to Bristol Plymouth High School on February 11. The competition was originally scheduled to be held here at DR but two teams had to bow out. Please support our cheerleaders at BP.  
  • Ice Hockey:
    • The DR/Seekonk Hockey team had won 3-2 against the Bourne Canalmen in a heated SCC matchup. Matt Gallup had scored the first goal for DR/Seekonk being assisted by Kyle Frias and Matt Mcdonald. Luke Robitialle had netted the 2nd goal for the Falcons making it 2-2. Kyle Frias scored the game winner for the DR/Seekonk Falcons pushing them over the edge to win the game 3-2.  In the final seconds of the game, the game was secured by a face off win by Kyle Frias and a strong game in net for Dan Loiselle, making their record 6-8-1.
  • Swimming:
    • Scores Apponequet 62- DR 31 Girls
    • Apponequet 54-DR 40 Boys
    • Sectional Championships will be February 11-12at Seekonk High School
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Senior Kaitlyn O'Connor is honored by her teammates
DR Falcons competing at the 2017 Bay View invitational meet at Brown University
  • The DR Falcons Swimmers competed in the South Coast Conference meet in front of a capacity crowd at Seekonk High yesterday. The cheering rocked the rafters and the close races had everyone on their feet as the swimmers sprinted to the finish!
  • Thanks to their outrageous speed, the DR Boys Relay team of Bryan Abbot, Henry Ciannevi, Owen Conti and Jeff Tran are going the State Finals in not one, but TWO events: the 200 yard Medley Relay and the 200 yard Freestyle Relay. The MIAA State Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19 at Boston University. Great job guys!! GO FALCONS!
Picture of DR Swim Team showing support and welcoming a Seekonk HS student at Thursday’s meet at Seekonk.  

  • Wrestling: DR Wrestling is wrapping up quickly. Our big sectional tournament is February 11th in Foxboro. The team season ended last weekend in Hanover with a demanding win over Whitman Hansen. A loss to Hanover and a very close loss to Nauset. Wrestlers will continue to workout and are hopeful to send a couple AOL wrestlers to the State Tournament. The team would like to thank everyone for their support this year. Coach Weaver.
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The DR Boys Relay team (pictured with Coach Bob Hassan, right) of Owen Conti, Jeff Tran, Bryan Abbott and Henry Ciannevi are States bound!! Photo bomb by Megan Alves!
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Mr. Braga and Mr. Kelley cheered on the Falcons at the Conference Meet.

Week Ahead:
Monday, Feb 06, 2017-GREEN
  • Winterball: Venus deMilo @ 6:30-10:00 pm

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017-GOLD
Basketball:Boys Freshman Game
Wareham @ Wareham High School
Basketball:Girls JV Game
vs. Wareham @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
Basketball:Boys JV Game
Wareham @ Wareham High School
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Wareham @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game
Wareham @ Wareham High School
Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017-GREEN
Basketball:Girls JV Game
vs. Carver @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Carver @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
Ice Hockey: Varsity Game
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional High School
Tabor Travis Roy Rink

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017-GOLD
Basketball:Boys JV Game
vs. Bishop Connolly @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
Indoor Track:Boys Varsity Conference Championship   (Date Changed from 02-11-17)
Apponequet, Bourne, Case, Fairhaven, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk, Wareham vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS
Indoor Track:Girls Varsity Conference Championship   (Date Changed from 02-11-17)
Apponequet, Bourne, Case, Fairhaven, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk, Wareham vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Bishop Connolly @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Friday, Feb 10, 2017-GREEN
Basketball:Boys Freshman Bye

Basketball:Girls JV Bye
Basketball:Boys JV Bye

Basketball:Girls Varsity Bye
Basketball:Boys Varsity Bye

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
Ice Hockey: Varsity Game
Wareham @ Gallo Ice Arena
Indoor Track:Boys Varsity Conference Championship   (Date Changed to 02-09-17)
Apponequet, Bourne, Case, Fairhaven, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk, Wareham vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS
Indoor Track:Girls Varsity Conference Championship   (Date Changed to 02-09-17)
Apponequet, Bourne, Case, Fairhaven, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk, Wareham vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS