Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

February 2015

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

Upcoming Events:

8th to 9th Grade Orientation

Wednesday, February 4th
6:00 p.m.
Suffield High School
(Snow Date Feb. 5th)

Sped PAC

Tuesday, February 10th
9:00 a.m.
McAlister Café

FFA Degree Night

Wednesday, February 11th
6:00 p.m.
(Snow date Feb. 12th)

No School

Monday, February 16th -
Tuesday, February 17th
February Vacation

BOE Meeting

Wednesday, February 18th
6:30 p.m.
SHS Media Center

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Tuesday, February 24th
6:00 p.m.
SHS Main Office Conference Room

SHS Pops Concert

Wednesday, February 25th
7:00 p.m.
SHS Auditorium
(Snow date Feb. 26th)

Virtual Backpack:

2014-2015 District Calendar

2015 - 2016 District Calendar

2015 - 2016 SHS Program of Studies

College Planning Calendars

Suffield High School Menus

Suffield High School Student Handbook

2014 - 2015 Parent Letter about Enterovirus D68

2014 - 2015 Special Services Tri-fold Flyer

2014 - 2015 Weather Related Closing, Delayed Opening, and Early Dismissal Protocol

January 2015 SHS Guidance Newsletter

NCCC - Parent and Sibling Support Groups

NCCC - Recreational Family Activity Group Calendar

Playschool at Suffield High School

Purchase a Suffield HS 2015 Yearbook and/or Advertisement

School Lunch and Breakfast Payment Information

Suffield Ski Club 2015 Bus List


A Message from the Principal

The new leadership team has learned that in past years the high school has contracted with a variety of organizations to run assemblies such as Rachel’s Challenge and Names Can Really Hurt Us. I am excited to announce that Suffield High School will be welcoming Chris Herren, who will speak about his struggle with drugs and alcohol and how to help young people make good choices. For those that are not aware, Chris Herren was a high school basketball stand-out that went on to great success at Boston College and eventually to the NBA playing for his hometown Boston Celtics. His basketball career has been chronicled in Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone, on 60 Minutes, and in the ESPN documentary Unguarded. The Herren Project’s Project Purple initiative goals are to create awareness and educate the public on the epidemic of substance abuse while encouraging teens and people of all ages to make positive decisions and stand up to drugs and alcohol. Chris will be speaking to all students during a daytime program and all families from the community are welcome to attend an evening program as well. The program is geared for junior high and high school students. Both the daytime and evening programs will take place on Monday, May 18th with the evening program beginning at 6:30pm – there is no charge for admission to the evening program and other communities have found attendance to be “standing room only” so we ask for people to plan accordingly.

Teens for Jeans

The Class of 2018 will be running a gently-used jeans drive to collect jeans for homeless young people in the US powered by Aeropostale. The drive will run for two weeks: February 2 - 13, and the collected jeans will be delivered to the closest Aeropostale store that weekend. Discount coupons will be distributed to any student contributing as part of the drive. Please look at their website for more information.

Northern Regional Music Festival

This year, three Suffield High School students have been chosen to perform at the Northern Regional Music Festival.  Juniors Joshua Podgorski and William Ocampo, as well as sophomore Lauren Moriarty have received the honor to play during Regionals. Joshua performed with the band. He showed off his drum skills that he has been practicing for the past 6 years. William played the cell with the orchestra. He has been diligently working on his skills for the past 13 years. Finally, Lauren played the French horn with the orchestra, which she only started playing 3 years ago. The Northern Regional Music Festival took place on Saturday, January 17th. All three students will be going on to audition for the All State Music Festival this coming April.

Offense-Defense All-American

Congratulations to Jarvis Miller who was named an Offense-Defense All-American. Jarvis was selected as one of the best football athletes in the nation and played in the 2015 Offense Defense All-American Senior Bowl at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL. The selection committee identifies players based on talent, prospective college program impact, and potential NFL upside.

Senior Reminder

Senior Reminder - As part of the developing plan to encourage independent study and self-responsibility, the Suffield Board of Education approves the practice of permitting high school seniors release time from school prior to their first class of the day or after their last class of the day. To be eligible for senior privileges, students must have a 70 or better in every class each marking period (privilege is suspended for students who are academically ineligible or on academic probation). Seniors are also expected to perform 15 hours of community service with evidence of that service submitted to administration on designated forms.

Community Service Form - PDF | Community Service Form - Word

2015-2016 Scheduling

A reminder to all students in grades 9 -11 that completed Course Request Pages, including parent/guardian signature, are due back to your Advisory Teacher. Students who fail to return completed pages on time will have their courses chosen for them. Any questions, see your Counselor. We encourage you to refer to the Program of Studies booklet, with information about all the courses offered here at SHS, found on the high school website. It is extremely important that you make the wisest choices for next year's courses because you will not be able to make big changes later! We encourage you to discuss your choices for next year with your present teachers, your parents, and your counselor so that you end up in the "right" schedule for you next year! Counselors are always available at lunch to assist with any questions you might have.

College Planning Guidebook

Attention students and parents! Did you know that our Guidance Department offers a very helpful College Planning Guidebook? It can be found on our website at This regularly-updated booklet is designed to serve as a comprehensive resource for high school students and parents throughout the college planning process and supports both students and parents though the entire process. Students can find a timetable for each year, information on the search, selection and admissions processes, categories for types of decisions as well as hints to help make visits productive. Students can also find many important forms as well as information about costs and financial aid. Alternatives to attending a four-year college are also addressed. Prior planning can prevent stress, so please be sure to check out this guide book sooner than later! In addition, counselors schedule meetings with every junior and a parent to do an individualized college planning session. Any parent of a junior who has not yet come in for such an appointment is encouraged to call the office (860-668-3813) to schedule one.


8th to 9th Grade Parent/Student Orientation


An evening presentation has been planned for February 4th from 6:15 – 8:00 p.m. at Suffield High School to provide students and their parents with an overview of the ninth grade program. The evening will provide those in attendance with a better understanding of course and extracurricular offerings at Suffield High School. Participants will hear from administration, school counselors, and students regarding student life at the high school. Parents and students together are encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the building and speak with faculty members from each department as well as students representing various SHS Clubs and Activities.


All American Honors


Two Suffield High School seniors received the recognition of All-American Honors. Jarvis Miller and Colton Grob, both already known for being athletes of the month, were chosen for the All-American Honors games. Jarvis Miller, captain of the football team, was among the 88 players chosen for this honor. Colton Grob, another senior and captain, was also awarded All-American Honors for his prowess on the soccer field. The All- American Banquet was held in Philadelphia on January 17th.


December Athletes of the Month


The Suffield High School Athletic Booster Club has chosen two seniors for the December Students of the Month – Jake Pallotti and Merideth Ouellette. Jake Pallotti is the current captain of the hockey team, where he has been playing varsity for three years. He has earned to play in all situations, such as 5v5, power-play, and penalty kill. Jake is also the all time leading scorer during this year’s preseason. Merideth Ouellette is currently enjoying her second year as captain of the girl’s basketball team. She has been on the varsity team all four years of high school. As a sophomore and junior, Merideth was All-Conference player. On December 17th, she earned the honor of scoring her 1,000th point at the home opener, something that very few Suffield High School female athletes can boast. Congratulations to Jake Pallotti and Merideth Ouellette for being Athletes of the Month! They join an elite list of talented student athletes that stand as excellent role models at Suffield High School.


November Athletes of the Month


The Suffield High School Athletic Booster Club has chosen two seniors for the November Students of the Month – Colton Grob and Arianna Flagg. Students are honored with this achievement based no their attitude, leadership abilities, sportsmanship, team spirit, academic standing, and athletic accomplishments. Colton Grob is the current captain of the soccer team. Freshmen year he was award MVP, Sophomore year he received All-State, Junior year he received All New England, and now for Senior year he made it to All American. Arianna Flagg is the captain of the volleyball team. Arianna received All Conference, which was the first time anyone from Suffield was honored by this. Congratulations to Colton Grob and Arianna Flagg for being Athletes of the Month! They join an elite list of talented student athletes that stand as excellent role models at Suffield High School.


Parent Advisory Council


All interested parents are invited to attend the second meeting of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The meeting is an opportunity for parents to attend information sessions about the high school and also allows the administration an opportunity to better understand parental views and concerns. Meetings are held throughout the year and the next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Office Conference Room. We will be discussing the February 8th to 9th grade parent/student transition night and what resources would be most beneficial to parents on the resource page of the website. We hope to see you then!


Man of La Mancha Spring Musical


Dates: March 19th, 20th, 21st
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Suffield High School Performing Arts Center
The spring musical this year will be Man of La Mancha which tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. We hope to see you there.



Science Fair Club


The Science Fair Club has fully registered 12 students and 8 science fair projects, including 5 individual and 3 team projects, into the Connecticut State Science & Engineering Fair. All science fair research projects have been approved and accepted by the Science Research Committee. The students will present their projects in a statewide competition with over 600 HS students from over 120 other high schools during Connecticut Science Fair Week set for March 10-14, 2015. The Science Fair will be granting over $200,000 in awards and prizes on Saturday, March 14th at Quinnipiac University. The Suffield High School Science Fair Club will present all our projects at the Science Fair Showcase on Monday, March 9th from 2:30-4:30 in the Commons. All are welcome to view the projects and meet the young scientists. The Science Fair at Quinnipiac University is open to all students, parents, teachers and the public. Check the Science Fair Website - - for full details.


Agricultural Science Recognitions


Congratulations to Laura LaFlamme and Leah Gawlak as they have both been nominated for two prestigious awards from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). Laura LaFlamme was nominated for the current National Outstanding Service Citation by a Suffield High School graduate from the Class of 2009. The citation recognizes current or retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels. Leah Gawlak was nominated for the National Agriscience Teacher of the Year by fellow colleague Celia Wagner. The award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightened their students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture. Congratulations to both and we wish them the best in their nominations!


Rotary Club Students of the Month


The Rotary Club Student of the Month for December and January are Emily Powell and Thomas Rigby. The Rotary Club is the town of Suffield’s organization for promoting and participating in community service activities, directly felt in their motto “Service above Self.” Emily Powell is currently the president of the Interact Club. She has volunteered at the food drive on Election Day, participated in the Source to Sea River Cleanup, has worked Habitat for Humanity numerous times, worked for the We are the Children toy drive around Christmas, and has also worked to run the Child Identification Alert System through the Rotary Club. When she is not devoting her time to others, meeting with class council, or keeping her grades up for the National Honors Society, Emily is an avid baker, tennis player, and reader. To sum Emily up as a person, one should look at her own description in her Rotary Club speech saying, “When I look in the mirror, I like who looks back at me.”

The January winner is Thomas Rigby. Thomas also keeps quite busy as he is the Treasurer of Class Council, involved in Student Senate and the Interact Club, and is captain of the Track and XC team. Thomas is an avid Frisbee player, but also keeps a balance from school and sports by being involved in his church’s youth group. As a person however, Thomas is the youngest of five children in a very close-knit family. He likes to travel, specifically globe-trotting to Honduras, Washington, and Canada, especially because he loves the outdoors. Thomas is a problem solver, likes to keep active, and hopes to continue his journeys next year in Boston at Northeastern University. Congratulations to both for being named the Rotary Club Student of the Month!


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

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