Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

March 2014

1060 Sheldon Street | West Suffield, CT 06093 | 860-668-3810 |

Upcoming Events:

Athletic Booster Club

Monday, March 3rd
7:00 p.m.
SHS Commons

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, March 4th
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SMS Media Center

Safe Party Semi-Formal Dance

Friday, March 7th
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Suffield High School Commons
(Freshman and Sophomores)

Science Fair Showcase

Monday, March 10th
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Suffield High School Commons


Tuesday, March 11th
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
MIS Portable 4

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 18th
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, March 18th
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SMS Auditorium

Winter Sports Awards

Thursday, March 20th
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

NHS Volleyball Marathon

Friday, March 21st
7:00 p.m. to
Saturday, March 22nd 6:00 a.m.
SHS Auditorium

No School

Friday, March 28th
Professional Development


Virtual Backpack:

2013-2014 School Calendar

School Lunch Menu

College Planning Calendars

2013-2014 Suffield High School Student Handbook

Technology Tools for Parents & Guardians

School Closing, Delayed Opening, and Early Release Protocol Letter - PDF

January Curriculum Newsletter

Suffield High School February Guidance Newsletter

SHS World Languages Department Spotlight

Summer Camps and Recreational Activities for Children with Special Needs



Spring CrocusWhat a busy month it has been!  As we await the arrival of spring, we have celebrations to share in a wide variety of arenas.  Our students continue to make their mark through many different avenues, as befits their individuality and impressive array of strengths.  From the arts and the sciences to our debate and writing leaders to our athletes, this month’s accomplishments are a perfect reminder of all the good work happening at the high school!


Kyle Laviana has been selected as a National Merit Finalist from a pool of over 15,000 applicants. All finalists will be considered for the National Merit Scholarship to be offered in 2014.

Laviana and Melissa McCarthy, meanwhile, will be honored at the 31st Annual Connecticut High School Scholar - Athlete Awards Program. Honorees must be seniors with a grade point average equal to or better than a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. They must also have demonstrated excellent community and public service as well as possess a high level of integrity.

The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) has selected its Suffield honorees in the arts for this year. Katie Carson and Liam Starr were picked to attend the 19th Annual Arts Recognition Banquet that honors Connecticut’s outstanding visual and performing arts students. Ability in the arts was the primary criteria for this award.


Senior Abigail Martin-Ryan earned two prestigious regional honors in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards competition. Abigail earned a coveted Gold Key for her creative writing in the highly-competitive short story category. Only four Gold Keys were awarded to Connecticut writers in short story.  As a Gold Key winner, Abigail advances to national competition in that category. She also won a Silver Key in journalism and is awaiting word on her entry in the creative writing novel category.

Scholastic Art and WritingThe Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards program divides competition into four large regions, and ours is considered an especially tough one thanks to the presence of Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York. Past national winners include Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Truman Capote, and John Updike.


Suffield’s Unified Theatre group, which includes around three dozen students, recently staged a wonderful and memorable performance that wowed an appreciative audience. Unified Theatre’s goal is to dissolve barriers between young people through a performing arts program.  Individuals stage a production as equals, and the performance is entirely organized, written, and directed by those participating. Ms. Holland and Ms. Siegel advise the group.


The SHS Writing Center has been officially open for a little more than a month. A total of 21 trained student coaches offer sessions free of judgment to peers during the school day and after school. The Writing Center follows a college writing center model and stresses the philosophy of "better writers, not better papers" in its approach. Questions should be directed to Ms. Monahan at or Mr. Efland at For appointments, e-mail Mr. Efland.


DebateThe school’s debate team completed its season with three competitions on Feb. 8, and once again our students performed spectacularly well in the Connecticut Valley Debate League. This year’s topic centered on debating a substantial increase in economic engagement with Mexico, Cuba or Venezuela.
Suffield's two varsity teams finished the season in a dead heat and squared off in the final tie-breaking exhibition round. The Stephen brothers, Jaime and Taylor, edged the sensational sophomore duo of Michelle Pine and Priya Mehta by a single point. Award winners included Jaime Stephen as best speaker and Taylor Stephen as second speaker. Each also received a four-year senior medal. Ben Hawkins and Meredith Randall placed third – despite entering one less meet than most other teams – in the novice category, while Amelia Picard and Alyssa Wessner took fourth.






The Science Fair Club’s Science Fair Showcase will be staged on Monday, March 10th, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. All are welcome to view the eight projects to be entered in the Connecticut State Science & Engineering Fair scheduled for Tuesday, March 11th, at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. Students will be on hand and available to explain their projects and take questions. Good Luck to our students!






Jarvis MillerCongratulations to a pair of athletes for impressive accomplishments. First, Jarvis Miller announced that he verbally committed for football to Division I Penn State. Second, co-op wrestling team member Khamri Thomas captured the Class M state title at 182 pounds with a 7-0 victory Feb. 22 at Milford. Four wrestlers in all qualified for state open competition.

All sports teams are finishing strong. Meredith Ouellette scored 23 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers, to help the girls’ basketball team beat Coventry 54-28 and finish the regular season at a sparkling 14-6. Ouellette and Tashua Sotil were selected all-conference in the NCCC.

Sam Flynn scored 16 points and four others had at least eight as boys' basketball beat Ellington 54-51 to even its record at 9-9 as it came down the stretch of its season.

The boys' hockey team has posted an impressive record, winning 10 of its first 15 games. They were scheduled to have their senior night on Feb. 27. The boys swim team will hold its senior night meet March 6 (4 p.m.) at Windsor Locks. Three swimmers have qualified for state competition. Taylor Stephen qualified for New England's for indoor track.






volleyballRest up for the annual volleyball marathon run by our National Honor Society! The event will run from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22. Games start at 9 p.m. Funds raised provide scholarship monies for our students. Best wishes to advisors Mr. Casolari and Ms. Pierce as well as all others for a great – if long – night.




Suffield Public Schools
350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: 860-668-3800


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