Friday, February 10, 2017

This Week & The Week Ahead

This week we had a short week due to the snow storm on Thursday, school was cancelled on Thursday and Friday.  Even though we had a short week, we still found time to appreciate our Guidance Staff through National School Counselor Week.  On Wednesday students expressed their gratitude to our guidance department for their support by writing THANK YOU messages to their counselor and adjustment counselor. We would like to thank our Guidance staff for working with our students to ensure they have established a career pathway, support them in their quest for adulthood, and provide guidance and encouragement along their journey.  
Black History Month:
For this week’s segment on Black History month, we wanted to provide local history and the impact on African-American history in Massachusetts.  Having taught United States History during my tenure at Dighton-Rehoboth, we learned to appreciate brilliant and strong minds like Frederick Douglas who has local ties to our school community.  The information below can be found on multiple sites which include:
It is important to appreciate our history to understand who we are as a nation.  Prominent figures like Frederick Douglas have made an enormous impact on our country’s landscape.  The United States has deep roots and a rich history of success stories like Frederick Douglas who embodied the American Dream and was able to enjoy our one true right, the pursuit of happiness.  
Frederick Douglass (born born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey 1818-1895) was an American abolitionist, author and orator. He was born a slave, but escaped at age 20 from Maryland, and settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts and became a world-renowned anti-slavery activist. His three autobiographies are considered important works of the slave narrative tradition as well as classics of American autobiography. Douglass’ work as a reformer ranged from his abolitionist activities in the early 1840s to his attacks on Jim Crow and lynching in the 1890s. For 16 years he edited an influential black newspaper and achieved international fame as an inspiring and persuasive speaker and writer. He was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.  

Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all peoples, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant. He was also a believer in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides, and in the liberal values of the American Constitution. When radical abolitionists, under the motto "No Union With Slaveholders", criticized Douglass' willingness to dialogue with slave owners, he famously replied: "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong." (wikipedia)

In thousands of speeches and editorials, he levied a powerful indictment against slavery and racism, provided an indomitable voice of hope for his people, embraced antislavery politics and preached his own brand of American ideals.

PRESS RELEASES College Board Recognizes Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School on it’s 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll
DIGHTON – On Monday, February 6th Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School was notified by College Board that we received the distinguished honor of the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll.  The following honor roll consists of the 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and also maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.  This honor was received by only twenty-five high schools in the state of Massachusetts.  
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School has had the pleasure of being on the AP Honor Roll for four consecutive years for both our increase in Advanced Placement offerings and student achievement.  For the 2015-2016 school year, there was a 10% increase in AP participation with 429 AP tests.  76.4% of our students received a passing grade (3,4,5), which can be used toward college credit at many state colleges and universities.  
For more information regarding College Board’s AP Honor Roll, please visit the College Board website (www.collegeboard.org)  For a full list of schools that achieved the status of AP District Honor Roll, please click here.  

PRESS RELEASE: DRRHS Women’s STEM Team wins at BCC Women in STEM Challenge
DIGHTON – On Saturday, February 4th,eight women from Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School competed in the first annual BCC Women in STEM Challenge. The events consisted of Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering challenges, where the students had to work in teams of three or four to complete a challenge within a designated time frame. DR was represented by seniors Jillian Henrique, Gina Rufo, Katherine McCombs, Juliana Springs, Camilla Fiorucci, and juniors Brielle Michener, Grace Tremblay, and Peyton Maccarone. The advisors for the event were Science Teacher Mrs. Hopkins and Science Teacher Mrs. Rose. The students had an amazing day competing against nine other teams from five area high schools. In the end, the team of Grace, Brielle, Gina, and Peyton won the Math Challenge and were the overall champions for the day.
For more information about the BCC Women in STEM Challenge please contact Science Teacher Mrs. Karen Rose (KRose@drregional.org).  For additional information about the program please visit the BCC Women in STEM Challenge.  

CTE Program Survey:
Last week we sent out this survey to ask for your input.  Below we shared our survey results to date and we will keep the survey open until Thursday, February 16th. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is not the same that it was in the 1990s and early 200s.  CTE has evolved to include several career pathways that incorporate a rigorous course selection and opportunities that prepare students for the next step in their career including post-secondary education.  Click here to get more information.  

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School is interested in determining 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 check all that apply to your interest.  If you are not interested in any of the programs listed below, please mark the box below labeled “NOT INTERESTED.”


DRRHS NHS Hostos Honor Bowl:
DRRHS was the site of the second Honor Bowl of the year.  We hosted the Seekonk Warriors and the Fairhaven Blue Devils.  Our NHS seniors won BIG against Seekonk and took the L against Fairhaven.  The toss up questions were not for the faint of heart... for example they were asked to define and spell Ichthyologist.  However, our team pulled through on many mathematics questions and also a play on words starting with "gal".  We enjoyed delicious pizza and salad provided by Chef Maiden's sophomore culinary students.  DR's NHS students can mark today as a success in our books!
NHS seniors who participated today: Brooke Barlow, Hannah Barlow, Alexis Braz, Grace Harrison, Megan Moran, Kaitlyn O'Connor, Joel Papp, Emily Parker, Stephanie Ruta, and Abigail Teixeira.
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National School Counselor Week:

It's National School Counselor Week. Pictured here are our School Counselors in their T-Shirts "If you think my hands are full you should see my heart". The Guidance department is always here to support our students.


Attention Seniors

Attention Seniors who still may be undecided about their plans after high school, no need to worry, we will be hosting a  "On the Spot Admissions" Day at DRRHS on March 14th. The following schools will be in attendance: See flyer for more info
  • Bristol Community College
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Fisher College
  • Universal Technical Institute
Attention Sophomore’s, Junior’s, and Senior’s- Paid Science Internships Available:
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is excited to announce the launch of a new internship program for high school students! The High School Apprenticeship Challenge is an innovative program that facilitates and funds paid internship opportunities for high school students. The program subsidizes intern stipends for small businesses and academic researchers to enable them to hire paid interns. Host companies and research institutions will commit to providing a dedicated mentor and hands-on learning experience.
This internship program is modeled on our highly successful Internship Challenge for college students, which has been running year-round for eight years and placed nearly 2,800 students in internships with over 600 companies. Many of these companies are looking forward to hosting high school students in addition to the college students that they hire through our program.
They are now accepting applications from eligible students via their website. Students will sign up via a secure, password-protected, online portal and their information will be removed from the database after eight months (or once selected). Interns must be Massachusetts high school students that are at least 16 years old and currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior year. There is no application deadline, but internships will take place between June and August.
Applications will be made available to prospective host institutions that have completed the required registration form and have been approved by MLSC. Representatives from these organizations will review applications and reach out directly to candidates to inform them about the opportunity. Students are interviewed, hired, and paid directly by the employer. The MLSC provides the online portal for host institutions to connect with students, and reimburses hosts for intern stipends, but does not play any role in candidate selection or the internship itself.
The MLSC will reimburse eligible host institutions for intern stipends of up to $2,880 for students selected through the program (amount is based on a pay rate of $12/hour for 6 weeks).
For further details regarding this program, please visit their website: www.masslifesciences.com/programs/hsapprenticeship

Dean’s Desk:
  • Activities:
    • Mock Trial: Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who defeated Bishop Connolly & won the division for the 5th consecutive season. Playoffs are on March 5th, with only 32 teams left in MA!
  • Girls Basketball:
  • Swimming: Overall Record, SCC Record
    • The DR Falcons Swimmers held their final meet of the regular season this past Saturday at Seekonk High School, during which the Falcons added to their list of qualifying times for the State Sectionals being held this upcoming weekend at MIT in Cambridge!
    • The Falcon Girls will compete this Saturday. Megan Alves will race for laurels in the 50 Yard Freestyle individual event. With the times achieved during the Seekonk meet, the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Kaitlyn O'Connor, Caroline Enos, Madison Correia and Megan Alves  will compete at MIT, as well as the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Kaitlyn O'Conner, Emma Wheeler, Madison Correia and Megan Alves.
    • The Falcon Boys take over MIT on Sunday. Henry Ciannavei qualified for the individual events of 100 Yard Butterfly and 500 Yard Freestyle. Jeff Tran qualified for the individual events of 50 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Butterfly and 100 Yard Backstroke. The team of Jeff Tran, Owen Conti, Henry Ciannavei and Bryan Abbot will compete in two relay events; the 200 Yard Medley Relay and the 200 yard Freestyle Relay.
    • Congratulations, and good luck this weekend, Falcons Swimmers!!

On to Sectionals! The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Alves, O'Connor, Enos and Correia.

The formidable 400 Yard Freestyle Relay team of Wheeler, Correia, O'Connor and Alves travels to MIT this Saturday
The outstanding relay team of Owen Conti, Jeff Tran, Bryan Abbot and Henry Ciannavei will compete in two events this Sunday at MIT. Tran and Ciannavei are also entered in multiple individual events.

The Week Ahead:
Friday, Feb 10, 2017
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Basketball:Boys Freshman Bye

5:00pm
Basketball:Girls JV Bye
Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Basketball:Boys JV Bye

6:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Bye
Dighton-Rehoboth
6:30pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Bye


Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
Time
Event
Details
10:30am
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
10:30am
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
12:00pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game  (Rescheduled from 02-09-17)
vs. Bishop Connolly @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
1:30pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game  (Rescheduled from 02-09-17)
vs. Bishop Connolly @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
5:30pm
Ice Hockey: Varsity Game
Wareham @ Gallo Ice Arena
6:00pm
Indoor Track:Boys Varsity Conference Championship   (Date Changed to 02-11-17)
Apponequet, Bourne, Case, Fairhaven, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk, Wareham vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS
6:00pm
Indoor Track:Girls Varsity Conference Championship   (Date Changed to 02-11-17)
Apponequet, Bourne, Case, Fairhaven, Old Rochester Regional, Seekonk, Wareham vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS

Sunday, Feb 12, 2017
Time
Event
Details
12:00pm
Basketball:Boys Freshman Game  (Rescheduled from 01-31-17)
vs. Apponequet @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
12:01pm
Basketball:Girls JV Game  (Rescheduled from 01-31-17)
Apponequet @ Apponequet Regional High School
1:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game  (Rescheduled from 01-31-17)
Apponequet @ Apponequet Regional High School
1:30pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game  (Rescheduled from 01-31-17)
vs. Apponequet @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:00pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game  (Rescheduled from 01-31-17)
vs. Apponequet @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Monday, Feb 13, 2017-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
5:30pm
Ice Hockey: Varsity Game
Durfee @ Driscoll Skating Arena

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017-GREEN
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Basketball:Boys Freshman Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth
5:00pm
Basketball:Girls JV Game
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional
5:00pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth
6:30pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Old Rochester Regional @ Dighton-Rehoboth
6:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game
Old Rochester Regional @ Old Rochester Regional High School

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
7:00pm
Ice Hockey: Varsity Game
vs. Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ TBA
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017-GREEN
Time
Event
Details
TBD
Indoor Track:Boys Varsity Championship
TBA @ Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center
TBD
Indoor Track:Girls Varsity Championship
TBA @ Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center

Friday, Feb 17, 2017-GOLD
Time
Event
Details
3:30pm
Basketball:Girls JV Game
vs. Seekonk @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
3:30pm
Basketball:Boys JV Game
Seekonk @ Seekonk High School
Gym HS
5:00pm
Basketball:Boys Varsity Game
vs. Seekonk @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School
5:00pm
Basketball:Boys Freshman Game
Seekonk @ Seekonk High School
Gym HS
6:30pm
Basketball:Girls Varsity Game
vs. Seekonk @ Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017
Time
Event
Details
7:00pm
Ice Hockey: Varsity Game
vs. Southeastern Reg. Voc/Tech @ Driscoll Skating Arena

The Following Week
  • February Break: School Closed Monday, February 20-Friday, February 24- Be Safe