Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

Dec. / Jan. 2015

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

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, Dec. 1 -
Friday, Dec. 4

Agriscience Holiday Sale
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Fall Sports Awards
6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 3

Little Women Show
7:00 p.m.

Hockey Booster Meeting
7:00 p.m. SHS LMC

Friday, Dec. 4

Little Women Show
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5

SHS Safe Party Bottle Drive
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SMS Cafeteria Parking Lot

Agriscience Holiday Sale
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Little Women Show
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 7

Booster Club
7:00 p.m. SHS Commons
SHS Room 221

Tuesday, Dec. 8

NCCC Support Groups
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
SHS Room 221

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
6:00 p.m.
Main Office Conference Room

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Winter Concert
6:00 p.m.
Suffield High School Auditorium
(Snow Date 12/14)

Sped PAC
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Suffield High School LMC

Thursday, Dec. 10

Parent/Athlete Meeting
7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 23

Early Release
Winter Vacation
12:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 24
Friday, Jan. 1

No School - Winter Vacation

Monday, Jan. 4

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Booster Club
7:00 p.m. SHS Commons
SHS Room 221

Saturday, Jan. 9

SHS Basketball Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
SHS Commons

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Sped PAC
9:20 a.m.
SHS Room 610

Chorus Performance
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
No School

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22

Student Council Meeting
7:30 a.m.

Virtual Backpack:

2015 - 2016 District Calendar

2015 - 2016 SHS Program of Studies

College Planning Calendars

Suffield High School Menus

Suffield High School Student Handbook



A Message From The Principal

In this edition of the school newsletter I wish to alert parents of two recent happenings at the high school. The first occurred during a recent advisory class when students were led through a lesson regarding drug and alcohol awareness. As part of that lesson, students were provided with national statistics and facts regarding drug and alcohol usage among high school age students. A link was provided and each class was asked to work collaboratively in taking the 2015 National Drug IQ Challenge. The multiple choice challenge allowed students to review important information while the embedded video links provided depth and further understanding.  At the conclusion of the lesson, students were reminded of three district policies that help administration ensure students are able to come to a safe and drug free school.  One of those policies was 5145.122 – Use of Dogs to Search School Property.  This particular policy provides schools the ability to utilize K-9 units to search lockers, classrooms, parking areas, and storage areas.  While this was a single advisory lesson meant as a reminder for students, please know that administration continues to work collaboratively with other local agencies to ensure each student benefits from a safe environment.

The second was a recent decision to utilize letter grades as the reporting mechanism on report cards.  The determination of using letter grades aligns the school’s reporting mechanism with the district’s academic eligibility policy regarding athletics and extracurricular programming.  While letters are now being utilized on report cards, I do wish to remind parents that PowerSchool does continue to display specific information regarding assignments and numerical averages. 

With fragmented months between Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter break, this will be the last newsletter for quite some time.  The next edition will be coming out in early February and we will continue to post and update information through the school website.   Please be sure to keep an eye out as mid-year exams will be here January 19-22 (pending snow days) before we know it.

I want to end by wishing everyone a joyous and happy holiday season from everyone here at Suffield High School.  We all hope that you find time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. 

Ag News

Last month, students in the Agricultural Sciences program attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Students went for four days to compete at the national level. The Agricultural Issues team of Ryan Cleaves, Nathan Ratti, Jessica LaRosa, Claire Collins and Grace Artioli  earned  bronze in the competition.  However, all team members agree they earned gold when it comes to the overall experience of competing at such a high level. Two graduated students, Sarah D’Agata and Brandon Marquis were awarded their respective American Degrees which is the highest award in FFA.

The Suffield Regional Agriscience Center recently held an Open House with well over 175 people in attendance. Current parents and students from the school were available to greet prospective students and help them with the presentation and tours.  January 15th is this year's application deadline for next year's freshman class.

The annual FFA Holiday Sale runs November 30th through December 5th(Flyer-PDF). Students are busy building birch reindeer and cemetery boxes and decorating wreaths, swags and kissing balls. Please stop by the LAF and check out the students’ hard work!


This year's annual NCCC Music Festival was held at Stafford High School. Students representing Suffield's band and chorus rehearsed with students from other NCCC schools on Tuesday, November 17th. The concert was performed on Thursday night, November 19th. Suffield students participating in this event were: Nicole Elsinger, Hayley Edwards, Paul Falvo, Cameron Gallagher, Adam Hart, Jenna McCue, Lauren Moriarty, Joshua Podgorski, Kimberly Suzenski, Ciera Tseka, Nicholas Vavalle, and Cynthia Webster.

Wendy’s Heisman Award Program

Congratulations to senior Austin Mankouski who was recently named a State Finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Program.  The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership.  Austin was one of only 10 senior guys from throughout CT chosen for State Finalist status, so congratulations to him on this exceptional accomplishment!

Best Buddies Friendship Walk

Members of the Suffield High School Best Buddies Club attended the Annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk on Sunday, November 8th at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, CT. The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the latest and greatest life-changing movement created by Best Buddies. Since 2009, more than 40,000 participants have walked in over 22 states, and raised over 3 million dollars for Best Buddies.

The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and development disabilities.


Epilepsy Awareness


At the recent November monthly meeting, members of the SHS Best Buddies Club tied purple ribbons around trees on the high school campus for Epilepsy Awareness Month (November). The nationwide Epilepsy Foundation mission is to stop seizures and death in epilepsy, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.


Little Women


The SHS Drama Club presents Little Women, a classic tale about growing up, love, and becoming the person you always wanted to be. Director, Stephanie Holland, with help from all cast and crew in the SHS Drama Club breathes new life into the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. It is sure to be a fantastic production full of joy and sorrow; a show that will definitely immerse the audience into the world of lower middle class family that struggles with money, disease, and more during the Civil War, while also finding moments to enjoy the little things in life. This is a great holiday show, as cast members will be singing Christmas carols.

Dates for the show are December 3, 4, and 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The December 5th matinee will be at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets can be bought at the door for $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.


Rotary Club Student of the Month

  Claire Margiatto has been selected as November’s Rotary Student of the Month. Claire is very involved in extracurricular activities at Suffield High School, including an anchor and crew member for the morning announcements, starting catcher for varsity softball, a member of Concert Choir, and  she has a lead role in “Little Women” to be presented in December. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Wildcat Outreach and the Wildcat Advisory Group. Outside of school, Claire teachers CCD to first graders at Sacred Heart Church. Colleges under consideration are UConn and Rutgers State University.  

Message from Safe Grad


Don’t forget about our next bottle drive on Saturday, December 5th. Volunteers are ALWAYS needed.


Athletes of the Month


The Suffield High School Athletic Booster Club has chosen Justin Walch and Julia Picard as their Athletes of the Month.  Students are awarded the honor based on their athletic and academic accomplishments, attitudes, and leadership skills. 

Justin Walch is a four year member and senior captain of the cross country team and has been one of the top runners on the team during that time.   Always looking for ways to improve, Justin finished fourth at the conference championships and is on the all-conference team.  He placed 9th at the state meet and is a class M All-State runner, qualifying for the state open. Justin is involved in a number of organizations at Suffield High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society.

As a member of the girls soccer team, Julia Picard is known for leading by example.  She has earned the respect of her peers, teammates, coaches, and administrators for her dedication and work ethic. A committed person who takes pride in everything she does, Julia was voted team captain this year by her teammates.

Congratulations to Justin and Julia on being outstanding role models for the SHS community.


Sports News


As the fall sports season comes to a close, we would like to thank all our parents and students for their spirit and support over the last couple of months.

Our Football Raiders completed their season on November 25th against Stafford/E.Windsor/Somers at Windsor Locks.

At the conclusion of the regular season for the girls swim team, 9 out of 17 swimmers qualified for States. They finished with a record of 6-6-1 with a team that consisted of 11 freshmen. The future looks bright for our swim team.

The varsity field hockey team ended the season playing inspired field hockey. The team played with great pride and effort as they competed until the final buzzer with perennial powerhouses Granby and Lewis Mills. On senior night, the team took the defending class S state champion, Lewis Mills, to the final minutes before surrendering a goal. Fighting until the very end, this team can be proud of their efforts.

Our Girls Cross Country team won the NCCC and finished 2nd in the State Class M Championships out of 18 teams behind state open champ Tolland. In the Conference, they were 12-0 on the regular season and 24-0 after NCCC championships-4 girls were named to the All-Conference team. The boys cross country team finished 2nd in the league and 3 boys made the All-Conference team - Justin Walch, Ryan Cleaves, and Kyle Englander. This very young team has a very promising future ahead of them.

Suffield Boys Soccer finished the regular season at 16-0 and was NCCC champions. Girl’s varsity soccer ended the regular season 16-0 and was NCCC champions. Scoring 73 goals and conceding only 2. Junior varsity girls soccer also had a very successful season with a record of 10-4.

In girls volleyball we have expanded our volleyball program to include a freshman team, and have put together one of the most competitive JV and Varsity teams that our school has had.  The varsity Volleyball team had a strong season, going 9-11, while qualifying for the league and state tournament.

Thanks to our Suffield cheerleaders for supporting all our teams this season!!!


Student Recognition Award


Congratulations to senior Deana Pileika on being chosen as Suffield High School’s recipient of the Farmington Valley Superintendents’ Association Student Recognition Award. Deana has an outstanding academic record, including honors and Advance Placement courses. She has earned Scholar Athlete and All-Conference recognition in cross country and is also a member of our varsity indoor and outdoor track teams. Deana is to be commended for her positive influence on her peers at Suffield High School.


SHS Unity Team Update


On Friday November 13th the SHS Unity Team hosted National World Kindness Day here at SHS by decorating the school with posters and positive messages…

Each member of the Unity Team wrote out over 100 sticky notes each with kindness messages on them…this created almost 1000 kind and positive messages so that every student in the school had a positive and kind message left for them on their locker that day.

In addition to the posters and messages, the Unity Team was present during all lunch waves and encouraged students to join the initiative of “Suffield Unites” and asked students to sign a banner committing to bringing positive change and awareness to Suffield High. 

The Unity Team also played thematic music during the lunch waves that day that centered on the messages of kindness and promoting tolerance and respect…

The Team also unveiled its new slogan for defining what true Suffield High WILDCATS are…and they are…

W = Welcoming
I = Inclusive
L = Leadership (Exhibit Leadership)
D = Diversity (Celebrate Diversity)
C = Community (Respect Community)
A = Acceptance (Promote Acceptance)
T = Tolerance (Promote Tolerance)
S = Suffield Unites!!! (Bringing everyone together in a positive and kind way)

We will keep you posted with upcoming SHS Unity Team Events…

Thank you and be kind to one another!!!

The SHS Unity Team


Sped PAC Meeting Schedule


The Suffield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Sped PAC) was started as a way for parents and Suffield Special Services to exchange information and ideas, ask questions, and solicit input.  We encourage all parents whose children receive services from Suffield Special Services to attend the meetings. Your attendance and participation are welcomed!







7-8:30 p.m.

SHS Library Media Center



9:20-10:50 a.m.

SHS Room 610



7-8:30 p.m.

SHS Library Media Center



9:20-10:50 a.m.

SHS Room 610



7-8:30 p.m.

SHS Library Media Center



9:20-10:50 a.m.

SHS Room 610



Suffield Public Schools
350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: 860-668-3800 (Central Office)


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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