Friday, March 3, 2017

This Week and The Week Ahead

This week we returned from February break and we hope everyone enjoyed the spring like weather that we had. This week our Best Buddies organization held its annual Spread the Word to End the Word campaign (see below for more information and pictures).  
As part of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School's Drug Prevention program, Dighton Police and DRRHS administration requested assistance from the Bristol, Plymouth, and Barnstable County Sheriff's Office, as well as Rehoboth Police to conduct a search using K-9 dogs.  Today at 8:16 am Mr. Braga instituted DR Security Protocols for a Stay in Place.  5 K-9 dogs swept hallways, random classrooms, and the locker rooms.  Once the Stay in Place concluded, the K-9 units went into the parking lots to continue to search.  At 8:49 am Mr. Braga ended the Stay in Place.  No contraband was found during our search.  We appreciate everyone's patience and dedication to safety.
I would like to thank the Dighton-Rehoboth school community for all the support.  This will be my final Week Ahead newsletter.  It has been a pleasure to work with you, your students, and members in the community.  I wish you the best of luck and I hope our paths cross in the future.  Continue to embody the DR core values and work hard to make your dreams a reality.  

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, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Brooke Barlow:  Suffolk University
  • Hannah Barlow: John Cabot University
  • Jenna Barlow: High Point University, Niagara University, Seton Hall University, Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Westfield State University
  • Jason Berube: Quinnipiac University, University of Hartford
  • 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, Texas Tech University, University of Vermont, 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
  • Colin Bushell: University of Maine, University of New England
  • 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
  • Allison Cronan: Pennsylvania State University, University of Southern Indiana
  • Nate Cummings: Colby-Sawyer College, University of Vermont
  • Jayde D’Agostino: University of New England
  • 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, Merrimack College, University of Rhode Island
  • 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
  • Kylie Fletcher: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Madison Fontaine: Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Jacob Furtado: Citadel Military College of South Carolina, George Mason University, Norwich University
  • Korey Gendreau: Dean College
  • Christopher George: Roger Williams University, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Morgan Gerrish: Western New England University
  • 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, Salem State University, 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, Rhode Island College
  • Alison Kraatz: Bridgewater State University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Hunter Kraatz: Bridgewater State University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Lauren Labouliere: Fairfield University, Quinnipiac University, Saint Joseph’s University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of New Hampshire
  • Ben Loell: United States Navy
  • Peter Marcille: New England College
  • Kailey McConnell: Franklin Pierce University, Rhode Island College
  • 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, Curry College, Dean College, Franklin Pierce University, Lyndon State College, Plymouth State University, Quinnipiac University, Rivier University, University of Hartford, 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, Trinity University, University of Pittsburgh
  • Emily Parker: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Katie Parker: Anna Maria College
  • Kristina Perez: Providence College
  • Brittany Perry: Westfield State University
  • Hevyn Pray: Assumption College, Endicott College, Nichols College, Quinnipiac University
  • 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
  • Gina Rufo: University of Rhode Island
  • Stephanie Ruta: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Regis College, Rhode Island College, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Sean Silva: University of New England, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont
  • Dylan Souza: Bridgewater State University, Quinnipiac University, Springfield College
  • Alexis Stephens-Springer: Curry College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, New England College, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 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

Student Scheduling UPDATE Grades 9-11:
Beginning Monday, March 13th,  students may select their classes online through the X2 Portal.  Teacher recommendations have been automatically inputted into a student’s schedule requests for required core courses. Other courses, such as electives, students will select on the X2 portal. Students were provided the following checklists to guide them when selecting courses for the 2017-2018 school year.

Please review  your child’s teacher recommendations on the X2 Student/Parent Portal.
1) Log-in to the X2 Student and Parent Portal. If you  need your child's username and password for X2, please call the Guidance Office at 508-252-5050.
2)  Select the MY INFO top tab
3)  Select the REQUESTS side tab.

There are prerequisites listed in the Program of Studies.  Prerequisites are intended to give students the recommended placement for next year so that they can be most successful. Teachers have recommended students for courses in X2 based on the student’s performance. Students and parents may override a teacher’s recommendation using the Override Form on p. 93 of the Program of Studies. All overrides should be submitted to your child's Guidance counselor no later than the last day of the 2016-2017 school year.

We are asking students (Grade 9-11) to make their course selections next week (Monday, March 13th through Sunday, March 19th). Then, the guidance counselors will be checking in with students during the month of March and April to make sure their course selections meet the student’s needs and interests.

To select courses using the X2 Student Parent Portal, students should do the following:
2)  Select the MY INFO top tab
3)  Select the REQUESTS side tab.
4) Under PRIMARY REQUESTS, select the preferred electives. Select as many as you would like so that you have signed up for 40 credits (including core classes recommended by your teachers). Full year electives are 5.0 credits and semester electives are 2.5 credits.
5) Under ALTERNATE REQUESTS, select a minimum of 3 electives in case you do not get the courses you selected as primary requests. Please be sure to prioritize them.
6) Select POST.

If you have any questions about your child’s schedule for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact your child’s teacher and/or guidance counselor who can best assist you.  If the instructions on signing up for classes using the X2 Student/Parent Portal above are overwhelming, please do not worry since the guidance team is prepared to assist students during the month of March and April.

If you have any questions about your child’s schedule for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact your child’s guidance counselor who can best assist you. If you have any specific questions about the high school courses, please contact Ms. Peters (

Former DR Graduate to appear on Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship (The  story below is from the Taunton Gazette):
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In a few weeks, Courtney Silva Rezendes' future could be a lot sweeter, depending on how she does as a competitor on the Food Network's Spring Baking Championship.
Fall River resident Silva Rezendes, a graduate of the Baking and Pastry Arts program at Bristol Community College, will be vying against some of the country's top bakers on the seven-episode series. Season 3 of the Spring Baking Championship begins airing Sunday, March 12, at 9 p.m. with the second episode at 10 p.m.
"It's one of the biggest cooking competition shows on TV," said Silva Rezendes, in an interview at her home in Fall River.
Though she's limited to how much she can say about her experience on the show, Silva Rezendes said, "It was the best and the hardest experiences I've had in my life. I've been in this industry for over 10 years now. We've had disasters happen. That was the hardest, most challenging thing I've done."
Competing at SkillsUSA while she was a student at BCC, Silva Rezendes was a two-time state gold medalist in Commercial Baking, and she placed fourth in the nationals post-secondary competition. Even the grueling 5.5-hour competition at the nationals didn't prepare her for the intensity of competing on the Food Network show, she said.
"I was by myself, cohones to the wall.... I didn't expect it to be that hard," she added.
But it's likely her competitors faced a tough challenger in Silva Rezendes. Gloria Cabral, the instructor at BCC who inspired Silva Rezendes to become a baking and pastry instructor herself, recalls her student as "an amazing woman."
"She would push to conquer any obstacles with grace and passion," said Cabral. "She was a high honor student who was also a valedictorian candidate. She always pushes herself to reach higher goals. A teacher's dream."
A native of Rehoboth, Silva Rezendes graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. Though her parents, Lenore and Rui Silva, wanted her to become a pharmacist, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a baker. After obtaining her associates degree at BCC, she earned a bachelor's degree from the New England Culinary Institute in hospitality and restaurant management, with a minor in wine studies, and a master's degree in education from Fitchburg State University.
Silva Rezendes realized her next goal of becoming a baking and pastry arts instructor at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton in 2012. Though her contract ended at the end of the 2016 school year, Silva Rezendes is hoping her exposure on the Food Network show might lead to her teaching baking on a TV show.
Silva Rezendes originally tried out for the casting call for the Food Networks' Holiday Baking Competition last February at Cabral's suggestion. Though the casting agency didn't think her personality would be a good fit with that cast, they mentioned the Spring Baking Championship as a possibility, she said.
In June, she got a call to begin the screening process for the competitors. After a few Skype interviews, background checks and making a plated dessert, she was told she would hear back within two weeks. A few days later, just as she was leaving the gym, Silva Rezendes said she got the call saying she was headed to California. "I was screaming on the phone ... and I started freaking out."
Commercials promoting the series feature Silva Rezendes saying, "Let's get baking!" — and have caught the attention of some of her former students. "I love teaching. They inspire me as much as I inspire them. And now they see me on TV and they're so excited," she said.
On the night of the premiere, Silva Rezendes said she'll gather with husband Matt Rezendes and friends and family to watch the first two episodes.
If she wins the $50,000 prize, she said she'll use it to add a garage to her house so she doesn't have to shovel snow anymore. And if she doesn't win, it's an experience she won't forget anytime soon.
"Did it changed me? Absolutely," she said. "My mantra with my life is if you're not learning something every day, then you're dead. I just feel like life has so many learning opportunities and experiences. And this taught me that I'm hungry for more information. I want to learn more."

A Note from Central Office:
To be in compliance with “An Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention” (H. No. 4056), DRRSD has policies concerning opioid abuse on our website. These can be accessed at the following web address:

In the Classroom:
The Environmental Technology and Sustainability students are conducting some volunteer work in collaboration with Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. On Thursday students went out to a vernal pool and were introduced to the research process and met a local conservation agent who taught them about the study. Students had the opportunity to observe the trapping procedure and even got to see many spotted salamanders which were captured in one of the traps!

In addition, students will be assisting with nighttime migration surveys. The first night out was Thursday and over the next few weeks they will be heading out on warm rainy nights to look for rare species of migrating salamanders. On Thursday we saw more spotted salamanders, red backed salamanders, a spring peeper, and a wood frog!
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Skills USA Competition:
Students from the D-R CTE programs participated in the District 2 Skills USA competition on Thursday, March 2nd at Southeastern Regional Technical HS.  Students competed on behalf of the programs in Carpentry, Television, Early Ed, Culinary, and Business.  Student took skills based technical exams in his/her career field.  The television team of Grandon Klegraefe and Jack McGurik placed third overall in the Digital Cinema Production category.
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SAVE THE DATE: DRRSD district-wide STEAMposium on March 25th from 10am-2pm at the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School.

This is a free, large-scale, family friendly event where PK-12 students can explore STEAM learning through hands-on fun and career oriented presentations. There will be activities for every age group including an interactive exhibit hall, presentation on our 'STEAM Talks' stage and STEAM themed rooms such as Coding Corner, Design Challenge, Robotics Ring, Sustainable Communities, and Musical Makerspace. Student projects will be displayed alongside professionals from colleges and universities, community organizations and private industry.

Dr. Seuss Day
In honor of Dr. Seuss March 2nd Birthday, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Azar, read a Dr. Seuss book to the Little Falcon Preschoolers in Mrs. Tella's , CTE Early Education & Care classroom at Dighton Rehoboth ​Regional ​High School.
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DRRHS College Fair:
There will be a college fair held in the DRRHS gym on Thursday, March 9th from 6 to 7:30 PM. Various colleges and branches of the military will be present. This event is FREE. We courage all students and families to attend. It is never too early to think about future options! See you there!

Blood Drive:
Student Government Representatives will be registering students that wish to participate in the annual blood drive that will take place on Friday, March 10th in the Small Gym from 8 am - 1 pm. Students must be at least 16 years old and attain a parental waiver form from the main office in order to sign up for whole blood or power red donations. In addition, please be sure to pay special attention to the following height/weight requirement. Please see a student government rep at lunch to sign up and see Ms. Beckett if you have any questions!

Best Buddies:

Multicultural Night:
Do you want to eat good food, learn to dance salsa and sing along with Mr. Demers? Then you should come to MULTICULTURAL NIGHT! The event will be on Thursday, March 23rd from 6:00 til 8:30. We will eat foods from various cultures and have entertainment that includes songs, Irish Step Dancing, the bossa nova, salsa, a mariachi group and bagpipes! ALL THIS for only 5 dollars! Tickets will be on sale SOON. If you want to participate and celebrate your cultural talents, see Mrs. Cardea in Room 121.
The ASVAB is offered to high school and post-secondary students as part of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. The program provides tools to help students learn more about career exploration and planning, in both the civilian and military worlds of work. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is free of charge to participating schools.  Interested students in grades 10-12 should see their guidance counselor to sign up.

Yearbook Update:
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Dean’s Desk:
  • Activities:
  • Boys Basketball: Overall Record, SCC Record
  • Girls Basketball: Overall Record, SCC Record
    • Congratulations to the Girls' Basketball Team for being named as the SCC Sportsmanship Team of the 2016-2017 season. SCC All Stars are Senior Julia Campezato and Sophomore Gwyn Tatton. The SCC Sportsmanship Award goes to Sophomore Rebecca Howard. SCC All Star Honorable Mention goes to Seniors Sarah Guimond and Grace Harrison. Congratulations to all!!
  • Ice Hockey: Overall Record 7-12-2

Week Ahead:
Monday, March 6, 2017-GOLD
Tuesday, March 7, 2017-GREEN
Wednesday, March 8, 2017-GOLD
Thursday, March 9, 2017-GREEN
  • DRRHS College Fair: 6:30-9:30 in the Gym (Contact Dr. Tench with any questions
Friday, March 10, 2017-GOLD
Monday, March 6, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017