Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

June 2014

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

Upcoming Events:

High School Athletic Booster Club

Monday, June 2nd
7:00 p.m.
SHS Commons

SPED PAC meeting

Tuesday, June 3rd
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
McAlister Intermediate School Portable 4

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, June 3rd
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SHS Media Center

Scholars' Breakfast

Wednesday, June 4th
8:00 a.m.

SHS Film and Video Festival

Thursday, June 5th
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Senior Banquet

Friday, June 6th
6:00 p.m.
Chez Joseph

Spring Sports Awards

Monday, June 9th
6:30 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Final Exams

Tuesday, June 10th -
Friday, June 13th
Early Release 12:15 p.m.

Suffield High School Graduation

Saturday, June 14th
9:30 a.m.
Beneski Field

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, June 17th
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SHS Media Center


Virtual Backpack:

2013-2014 School Calendar

2014-2015 District Calendar

School Lunch Menu

College Planning Calendars

2013-2014 Suffield High School Student Handbook

College for Kids at Westfield State University

North Central Community Collaborative Support Groups

Potential Harmful Use of Digital Apps

School Climate Survey - Now Available

Science Department Spotlight

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




There are just a few days left of the school year – and the energy in the air at SHS is palpable! Students are gearing up for final exams, anxiously anticipating graduation, and planning for summer. Over the next two weeks, we will celebrate the very many accomplishments of our students and say goodbye to our seniors. Once again, I am listening to Pomp and Circumstance in the car and gearing up for the last hurrah! We hope you will join us for some or all of these celebratory events – please see our school calendar for specific times and dates for events.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Suffield High School, I wish you and your family a safe and restful summer – and on behalf of Mr. Joe Blake and myself, I wish the students and families of Suffield many happy and healthy years ahead!


Donna L. Hayward



Suffield High School Graduation

Saturday, June 14th
9:30 a.m.
Beneski Field



Martha Beringer, Kira Bourret, and Nicole Wagner – all juniors -- will receive recognition in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program in the fall of their senior year, based on their PSAT scores this past October.  These students scored in the top 50,0000 of more than 1.5 million students sitting for the PSAT. 


On May 17th, the Suffield Model UN attended a competition at Trumbull High School.  This competition provided students with the chance to examine the role the United Nations plays in promoting and working for world peace.  This was also an opportunity for high school students to discuss with students from other schools the real world applications of diplomacy that delegates to the UN engage in on a day-to-day basis.

Suffield delegates participated in two separate divisions:  Varsity and Junior Varsity.  The Varsity team debated with students from over 15 schools about the situation in North Korea, and the JV team discussed and wrote resolutions protecting the independence and stability of South Sudan. 

The Suffield High School Model UN is pleased to announce that Julian Bodnar was selected as “Outstanding Delegate” in the varsity level of this debate competition.  Julian represented the nation of Luxembourg, and was instrumental in the debate, as well as the writing of diplomatic documents that expressed the feelings of UN Security Council members about the crisis in North Korea.  Congratulations Julian!!


Senior Liam Starr and Katie Carson were two of 294 top Connecticut seniors who excel in the arts that were honored at the recent Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) High School Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet held on April 8th at the Aqua Turf in Southington. Two seniors from each high school are recognized for outstanding work in the performing or visual arts. More than 1,300 attended.


Congratulations to seniors, Erin Reynolds (track) and Nicholas Mangiameli (baseball), who were named as April’s Athletes of the Month by the SHS Booster Club!




The boys golf team currently has an undefeated record and is ranked second in the state. The team’s 11th win of the season was particularly impressive. The team’s No. 1 player, Matt Stafford, shot a 34 in a tight, three-shot victory over Avon.  The varsity girls' golf team, meanwhile, has improved each week. They have moved from a team of mostly inexperienced players to one that can throw a scare the way of the veteran teams this year and one that should be able to compete across the board next year.

The varsity boys baseball team enjoyed its best start in nearly a decade with a 12-2 overall record to date (10-2 in the NCCC).  Through those 14 games, the team showed great balance. The offense was hitting .386; the pitchers had posted a 1.23 earned run average, and the defense had made only nine errors.  The softball team has made great strides this year as well, working diligently to improve upon both their offense and defense.  This resulted in a 13-3 start and share of first place in the NCCC with two other squads.  Through those 16 games, the team’s batting average was a respectable .377 with an on base percentage of .476.  The players have an excellent work ethic and a “can do” attitude.  In several games, the team has had to come from behind in the late innings to win. 

The girls and boys track and field teams have enjoyed a highly successful regular season (11-1 start) and look to continue to improve at the end of the season big meets such as the JI Invitational, NCCC Championships, and Class M State meet. The teams have been balanced all season with contributions coming from all corners.

The girls tennis team has been very successful, winning 14 of its first 16 matches.  During several highly-competitive matches, the team has displayed its ability to strategize and compete against different types of players. The boys team recorded its fifth win of the season recently, surpassing the win total from the past two seasons.

The record of the girls lacrosse team does not indicate the hard work the team has put forth this season. The defense has improved immensely from the start of the year, and the offense benefitted from a variety of players scoring. The boys lacrosse team’s season was marked by a very nice senior day ceremony on a May Saturday afternoon.




The school’s new large animal facility has welcomed its first guests. The chili cook-off was held at the facility to celebrate the grand opening, and a group of first graders toured both the facility, seeing the animals, and the school. Those first graders took part in harvesting tomato seeds, transplanting plants, and participating in an aquaculture scavenger hunt.

Eighteen agricultural students received the highest the FFA awards at the state level. The degree requirements include 25 hours of community service, 300 hours of agriculture experience outside of the classroom, and participation in five or more state FFA activities.

A total of 44 students participated in career development events (CDE). These competitions challenge a student’s knowledge and skills in a variety of agriculture applications. Congratulations to our winners in Job Interview, Agriculture Issues and Nursery Landscape; they will compete at the national level.

The FFA chapter raised $1,200 with the help of Artilio Dodge in Enfield. The money will help students attend the National Convention next October. Agrisicence students also raised $250 and participated in the Suffield Crop Walk in May. Also of note, over 300 geraniums were grown and distributed for the VFW as part of the Memorial Day recognition of Suffield Veterans.




The Academic Quiz Team, which displayed its talent at the National History Bowl, will close its season with a spicy competition; it’s one you won’t want to miss! The five-student team is scheduled to challenge representatives from the faculty on June 4th at 5pm in the SHS auditorium.

The Quiz Team recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete with over 135 other teams from across the country in the National History Bowl. Headed by Captain Ben Gee and coached by English teacher Christina DeAngelis, the team reached the top-tier bracket in its morning rounds before falling in the afternoon. Senior Ryan Englander, junior Erin McGann and sophomores Lukas Baker and Joseph Howarth completed Suffield’s list of competitors. These students finished in the top-half of the field.




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


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