Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

May 2014

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

Upcoming Events:

Safe Party Semi-Formal "Masquarade in May" (Freshman/Sophomore)

Friday, May 2nd
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
SHS Commons

SAT Administration

Saturday, May 3rd
7:00 a.m.

High School Athletic Booster Club

Monday, May 5th
7:00 p.m.
SHS Commons

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, May 6th
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SHS Media Center


Friday, May 9th
6:00 p.m.

SPED PAC meeting

Tuesday, May 13th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
McAlister Intermediate School Portable 4

Early Release

Tuesday, May 13th
12:00 p.m.
Professional Development

Hypnotist / Comedy Show starring Jim Spinnato

Tuesday, May 15th
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 20th
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SHS Main Office Conference Room

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, May 20th
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SHS Media Center

FFA Banquet

Wednesday, May 21st
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
SHS Auditorium / Cafe

SHS Spring Concert

Thursday, May 22nd
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Suffield High School Auditorium

No School

Monday, May 26th
Memorial Day

Spring Sports Awards

Friday, May 30th
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Suffield High School Auditorium

Safe Party Committee - Bottle Drive

Friday, May 30th
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Suffield High School




Virtual Backpack:

2013-2014 School Calendar

2014-2015 District Calendar

School Lunch Menu

College Planning Calendars

2013-2014 Suffield High School Student Handbook

2014 AP Exam Guidelines & Schedule

College for Kids at Westfield State University

North Central Community Collaborative Support Groups

Online Auction - Suffield Foundation for Excellent Schools

SHS May Guidance Newsletter

SHS earned a silver medal designation

Summer Camps and Recreational Activities for Children with Special Needs

Transition Skill Programs for Families, Parents, Guardians and Caregivers of Adolescent/Young Adult Children with Disabilities




Suffield High School was recently ranked as one of the best high schools in CT according to the U.S. News and World Report.  We ranked 26th in the state of Connecticut and in the top 2% in the nation!  Please click on the link below to read all about it!


On April 24th, Suffield High School was delighted to host the Make A Wish foundation, a charity organization which grants “wishes” to seriously ill children.  They have granted a wish to our very own Nico Piccolo.  Nico will be receiving a special vacation for his whole family in May.  They will be traveling to a resort called “Give Kids the World”, which is a resort for children with life threatening illnesses. He will be taken by limo to and from the airport, and granted passes to visit Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, MGM Studios, Sea World, and more!  Nico will be a super-star for a week!  Make a Wish always holds a presentation ceremony and Nico’s special request was to receive his wish here at school – since school is so very important to NicoHis senior class and the Best Buddies club celebrated with Nico by having pizza and cake, and releasing balloons to commemorate the occasion.  We wish Nico and his family the absolute best vacation and special time together! 


We are so proud of senior Nicholas Karangekis who recently received the Luminary Award sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.  This award is the first-ever Student Global Engagement Award given by the Council.  The award notice states that, “Nick was nominated by his former social studies teacher, Mr. Katulka, in whose class he first began his research of human trafficking and modern day slavery.  He created a compelling YouTube video on the topic and has used it to raise awareness in other classes, church groups, and to schools and organizations outside of Suffield.”  Nick will be honored on May 7th at the Luminary Event in Hartford.  Congratulations to Nick!


Ryan Jones enjoyed his April vacation, but his time off qualified as anything but a spring break! 

The senior ran 125 miles over five days, raising approximately $1,700 for the American Cancer Society.  Ryan’s goal during his run, entitled “125 Hope”, was to demonstrate support and provide encouragement for those battling cancer. He went from one state line to another, starting in Port Chester, N.Y. on April 16th and finishing at Westerly, R.I. on April 20th.

Ryan covered about 25 miles per day, running in three different segments with rest breaks in between segments. He would rise at 5 a.m., stretch for an hour and then run ten miles before taking a break for an hour. He would restart around 8:30am and run another ten miles by 10 a.m. After a longer break, he would run the last five miles starting at noon.  His run encompassed his birthday, April 18th.  Ryan reported that during his down time he had a chance to enjoy the shore towns.

What does Ryan think he proved with his effort? “From a monetary standpoint, about $1,700 was raised,’’ he wrote. “But more importantly I believe that the marathon helped people realize that cancer affects many people in our society and that we must all collectively support those who are affected by it.”


Ryan, who has enlisted in the Army National Guard and will be attending the University of Connecticut, plans to pursue a degree in Human Nutritional Sciences. 

Congrats to Ryan on an unbelievable accomplishment that was featured on our local NBC affiliate; the clip can be viewed here:

Donations to support Ryan’s effort can still be sent in care of Mr. Joe Grimard at Suffield High School, 1060 Sheldon Street, Suffield, CT 06093. Mr. Grimard, of course, is a science teacher at the school.


What could be better than making crepes and playing laser tag?  Answer:  Doing those things while being immersed in French culture!  Students from AP French and French 5 did just that on their recent trip to Tours, France.  While there, they stayed with French host families for six days, eating meals together and taking part in daily life.  The students also learned much about being a student in France, attending school with their host “siblings” and attending classes such as history, philosophy, math, science, English, and more.  Individually, students visited chateaux, museums, and other points of interest with families, including Amboise chateau, Azay-le-Rideau chateau, a horseback riding center, a zoo, and more.

The trip also included three days in Paris.  Students made their way around the city - taking the metro and buses, ordering their own meals in restaurants, and visiting points of interest including the Seine River for a boat ride, the Louvre and Orsay museums, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, and much more. 




Bravo to all those involved in the musical “Legally Blonde” as it was another smash hit offered up by our Drama Club. Amazing work was on display as those who performed on stage and those who worked behind the scenes showed great talent in filling their roles. Ms. Hoffacker and Ms. Holland served once again as directors.  Well over 50 students participated in what was the most ambitious performance by the group here at Suffield!

Congratulations to Liam Starr, who won the prestigious and coveted Mr. Suffield title.  The senior class sponsors this fundraising event each year, a good-natured play on the classic beauty pageant.  Great job by all involved!

The month of May will be filled with celebrations, including the FFA Banquet on May 21st and the Spring Concert on May 22nd.  These events kick off a list of enjoyable activities to close the school year with undergraduate awards and numerous senior activities set for early June.  Check the school calendar to stay connected to all the happenings at this time of the year.




Our spring teams seem ready, willing and able to enjoy success and continue what has been a remarkable school year for our sports program.

The softball and baseball teams both opened in impressive fashion.  The baseball team won its first five games and was the only team in its conference to have a perfect overall mark as we returned from our break; the softball team opened 6-0 and stood as one of only two teams in its conference to finish vacation week with an unbeaten overall mark.

The April successes did not stop there.  The girls outdoor track team posted a 6-0 mark through its first three meets. Like the boys team, the girls posted their share of state qualifying times.  In tennis, the girls won their first five matches, and the boys team split its first six matches.  The 6-0 individual record posted by the first doubles team of Alex Voisine and Luke Peterson helped the boys.  The pair had an especially solid win over their counterparts from rival Avon.

Freshman Austin Rupp’s 39 against Canton at Tower Ridge Country Club in Simsbury led the season-opening victory for a golf team that has plenty of young talent. The girls’ golf team, meanwhile, dropped 20 shots off its score from its first match to their second.  The boys’ lacrosse team is 2-2 after strong wins over Canton and Ellington, while the girls’ team beat Ellington 11-8 for its first victory.




Suffield High School's Child Development classes will be hosting a playschool for children ages 3-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 29.  A fee of $20.00 covers art supplies and snacks.  The high school students will serve in the capacity of teachers, observers, and lesson planners.  If you are interested in having your child take part, please email Mrs. McCluskey at for more information.  You may also call the school at 860-668-3810.




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



Suffield Public Schools 350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
Central Office Phone: 860-668-3800 | Central Office Fax: 860-668-3805 |   Site Map

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