Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

February 2016

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

Upcoming Events:

Monday, Feb. 1

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Booster Club
7:00 p.m.
SHS Commons

Wednesday, Feb. 3

8th to 9th Grade Orientation
6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Suffield High School Auditorium
(Feb. 4 - Snow Date)

Tuesday, Feb. 9

NCCC Support Groups
5:30 p.m.
SHS Room 221, Pampered Palace, LMC

Wednesday, Feb. 10

7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11

SHS Badminton Tournament

Monday, Feb. 15

No School & All Offices Closed - Feb. Vacation

Tuesday, Feb. 16

No School [All Offices Open] - Feb. Vacation

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Budget Information Sessions for Parents/Community
6:30 p.m.
(Snow date - 2/25)

Thursday, Feb. 25

Pops Concert
7:00 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

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

All families recently received a communication from the Superintendent of Schools relative to school attendance and truancy.  I wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate and share the importance of regular school attendance, especially as we start the beginning of the second semester.  While classwork can often be made up, there is no replacement for classroom instruction, direct dialogue with students, and immediate feedback from a teacher.  As the communication from the Superintendent detailed, the state requires schools to monitor and provide notice regarding two separate indicators: chronic absenteeism and truancy.  My hope is to clarify the differences between the two in this issue of the newsletter.

Chronic absenteeism is based solely on the total number of absences, whether excused or unexcused.  Students are considered chronically absent when they have missed 10% of the total number of school days.  As an example, a student who has missed six (6) days in the first 60 days of school is considered chronically absent from school per state guidelines.  Suffield students are scheduled for 183 school days, meaning the threshold for a year is 18 school days, or almost a full month of instruction.  You can imagine how being chronically absent can negatively impact our students over the course of a school year.  Letters notifying parents will be periodically sent as thresholds are met.

Truancy is based on the number of unexcused absences with four (4) being the threshold allowed in a month and ten (10) being the threshold for a school year.  An important factor when looking at truancy is documentation.  Per state guidelines, the first nine (9) absences are excused as long as parents have notified the school either by phone or in writing of the absences.  Each absence after nine (9) requires written documentation and must fall within the guidelines set forth by state guidelines.  Please refer to the superintendent’s communication regarding those criteria.  Should the school receive the appropriate documentation and the absence meet the state guidelines, the absence is considered excused and truancy can be avoided.  Letters notifying parents will be periodically sent as thresholds are met.  It is important to note that while a student may not be truant, they may still be considered chronically absent as the two distinctions follow separate indicators.

Attendance is key factor to student success and one of our first indicators of an issue or concern regarding graduation.  Everyone at Suffield High School wants only the best for all students and we look forward to continuing our partnership in order to create this school year and the future as successful as possible.

Ag News

The Suffield Regional Agriscience Program hosted the annual FFA Holiday sale this year during the first week in December. The holiday sale was quite a success this year thanks to the hard work from the staff, students and parents as well as the assistance of the school staff and community members who came to support the cause!    For the first time in history, all the wreaths decorated and sold. On Saturday, the FFA hosted the Suffield Farmer's Market in the Large Animal Facility. Students helped vendors setup and greeted excited customers. Within a blink of an eye, everything was sold, bringing the 2015 holiday sale to a close.

Overall, the holiday sale was a fun activity from the workshop nights with hot chocolate and pizzas, constantly playing of holiday music, making of our popular birch reindeer in the shop and being around fellow FFA members. Thank you to all who help make our program a success.

Athletes of the Month - November

The Suffield High School Athletic Booster Club has chosen Holly Corcoran and Deana Pileika as their November Athletes of the Month.  Students are awarded the honor based on their athletic and academic accomplishments, attitudes, and leadership skills. 

Known for her team spirit and positive attitude, Holly Corcoran is a four year member and current captain of the SHS varsity swim team.   She is well respected by her teammates and is always one of the first to congratulate an opponent and thank meet officials.    Holly is interested in the health care field and plans to pursue this interest in college next year.

Deana Pileika has been an outstanding member of the Girls’ Cross Country team for the past two years, leading the team to a 12-0 record this year.    Also team captain, Deana is known for her dedication to the sport and as a role model to others on the team.   She is a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor society.    Deana is interested in the field of nursing and is currently in the college selection process.

Congratulations to Holly and Deana on being outstanding role models for the SHS community.


Athletes of the Month - December


The Suffield High School Athletic Booster Club has chosen Sam Flynn and Caelee Sorto as their December Athletes of the Month. 

Sam Flynn is a four year varsity basketball player who has been team captain during his junior and senior years.   He was chosen NCCC as a junior.     During his four years at Suffield High School, Sam has worked hard to become a better student and player and is a great role model for younger students.    Sam is currently considering colleges and would like to major in either Marketing or Criminology.

Caelee Sorto represents the indoor track team well.  Her dedication to the sport and her leadership skills led her to being named team captain this year.    Caelee models the behavior expected in a Suffield high school athlete.   A high honors student, Caelee is a member of the National Honor Society .  She  plans to pursue a Physician Assistant major at  DeSales University in Pennsylvania .
Congratulations to Sam and Caelee!


Sports Update


Congratulations to all of our Suffield fall athletes for a tremendous fall season!!!
The following have received All-Conference honors:
Bruce D'Agata - football
Julian Frare – boys’ soccer
Kevin Lancioni – boys’ soccer
Max Vinick – boys’ soccer
Alyssa Bergamini – girls’ soccer
Lindsey Connolly – girls’ soccer
Hannah Consolini – girls’ soccer
Julia Picard – girls’ soccer
Nicole Stryjek – girls’ soccer
Justin Walch – boys’ cross country
Ryan Cleaves – boys’ cross country
Kyle Englander – boys’ cross country
Deana Pileika – girls’ cross country
Hanna Englander – girls’ cross country
Nina Begley – girls’ cross country
Katie Baker – girls’ cross country
Anna Casinghino - field hockey
The following have received All-State honors:
Julian Frare – boys’ soccer
Julia Picard – girls’ soccer
Nicole Stryjek – girls’ soccer
The following has received All-New England honors:
Nicole Stryjek – girls’ soccer


Athletic Update


The boys and girls indoor track teams are rapidly approaching their championship portion of the season with the NCCC Championships coming up on 2/2/16 and the Class M State Championships on 2/13/16. There have been strong performances and state qualifiers from athletes like Kaitlin Girardini, Caelee Sorto, and Deana Pileika for girls and Justin Walch, Lukas Baker, Shawn Andrade, and James Bonner for boys. Both teams have seen tremendous growth and improvement this season! The Wildcats Hockey Team has done very well during the first half of the season.  Because of their teamwork, positive leadership, perseverance, and hard work the team is 7-3 and ranked among the top teams in the state.  Expect the team to continue to improve with their balanced attack and strong depth. The boy’s basketball team has started the season 9-1. Good for 2nd place in the NCCC league standings. The team has shown a blend of unselfish team first offense combined with passionate and sound defense. The wrestling team has improved to 6-0 on the season. They are in first place and are trying to win the NCCC title for the first time since 2007. The girls basketball team has started the season with an 8-4 record. They have been working hard each day and making some giant improvements. The boys swim team currently has a record of 3-3. The following boys swimmers have qualified for the state tournament Kinser Bonner, Adam Hart, Trevor Sharp, Matt Winter, Timur Couture, and Mike Stavalone. We would like to thank the Dance and Cheerleading teams for all the support they give us throughout the season!! Our Unified basketball team participated in their first game of the season at Ellington high school on Tuesday January 26th. We had many great passes and made a tremendous amount of shots during our two games against Ellington and Windsor Locks High School. Our Unified Physical Education class ended the semester with a trip to Bradley Bowl. Many pins were knocked over and pizza was enjoyed by all. 


Rotary Club Student of the Month - November


Julia Picard has been selected as November’s Rotary Student of the Month.    Julia has been an outstanding contributor to life at Suffield High School.   Among her many accomplishments are four years on the girls varsity soccer team (named MVP and All-State for her junior and senior years ), National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, four years on Student Council, member of the A-Team, Giraffe Club and a sixth grade tutor at the middle school.   Julia has received many awards during her four years at Suffield High School, including the PSAT Writing Achievement Award, St. Michael’s Book Award, and the Rotary Citizenship Award during her freshman and sophomore years. Julia has earned the respect of her peers, teammates, coaches and administrators for her dedication and work ethic. Currently considering colleges, Julia is interested in a career in the care-giving profession. Congratulations to Julia!


Rotary Club Student of the Month - December


Zach Guilmette has been selected as December’s Rotary Student of the Month.   Zach is involved in many aspects of life at Suffield High School.  Among his extracurricular actives are   Student Council Representative, volunteer for Unified Basketball, member of the cross country and track teams for all four years, Giraffe Club, Earth and Outing Club and Math Team.   He also is a member of the First Congregational Church choir and works at Highland Park.  An honor roll student, Zach is considering the University of Rhode Island or UNC- Wilmington for college next year.   Congratulations to Zach!


Drama Presentation - "Little Women"


Two casts of students performed in four shows to present the Suffield High School fall drama:  Little Women.    Based on the Louisa May Alcott novel,   the Suffield High School actors, led by Director Stephannie Holland, brought to life the story of the March family during the Civil War.     This wonderful holiday performance was complete with the first ever Suffield High School revolving set designed and built Student Director Jon Hagenow, Tech Director Mr. Lowell,  Ms.  Holland’s Technical Theater class and student volunteers. More than 50 students were involved in this production.

Special thanks go to Suffield High’s music teacher, Jason Stammen, for his assistance with the musical portion of the show.


World Language Student of the Month - November


Kelley Dias is Suffield High School’s World Language Student of the Month for November. She continuously speaks in Spanish in many situations, whether it is with her teacher, in front of the class, or with a peer. She often tried to engage her peers in conversation or assists them with words they do not remember. Kelley’s persistence to continually use the Spanish language in a spontaneous way is what makes her the Student of the Month. Congratulations, Kelley!


World Language Student of the Month - December


Kelly Carucci is the World Languages Student of the month for December, 2015. Kelly has excelled in French this year since arriving at Suffield High School during her junior year.  She immediately brought a positive, can-do spirit to class, showing her strong drive to succeed and an engaged presence in class right from the start.  She helps to ignite discussion and communication in French consistently with her classmates through inquisitive participation and strong problem-solving skills.  She also shows strong interest in learning about diverse cultures and exploring the world. 

Kelly is a member of an exceptional French 5 class here at our school and is a fine representative of the commitment to learning and helping each other that our students consistently demonstrate.  While she is a seasoned athlete and strong competitor, she also shows care in working attentively with collaborators and finding success in paired work and team activities.  Kelly displays the finest qualities of all-around success that we strive to nurture at our school, and she is a genuinely deserving recipient of our World Language Student of the Month award.


Message from Safe Grad


A big thank you from the Safe Grad Committee to those who turned out to help with our December 5th bottle drive.   We had about 10 students and 2 additional parent volunteers to help take in, count and package thousands of cans bottles for delivery to the recycling center in Windsor.  Over $750 was raised for the  Safe Grad night-out for graduating seniors.   Volunteers are being sought for our next drive scheduled for Saturday, March 5th at Suffield Middle School.  Look for coming announcements in February.


Toys for Tots


Children at the Bergdorf Clinic had a happy holiday this year thanks to donations from Suffield High School students totaling over $6500.  

Students from the National Honor Society, accompanied by Mr. Dudeck’s period 2 Business Law class, purchased toys at Enfield Square.  These purchases, combined with donated toys from SHS students, were transported to a very happy staff at the clinic in Hartford just before the holidays. We are so thankful to all who participated in making this annual Toys for Tots drive a reality once again.


8th to 9th Grade Parent/Student Orientation


An evening presentation has been planned for Wednesday, February 3rd , 6-8 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.    Snow date:  Thursday, February 4th. 


Parent Advisory Council


All interested parents are invited to attend our next Parent Advisory Council on Tuesday, March 1st. 6 p.m. in the Main Office Conference Room.    PAC meetings are an opportunity for parents to attend information sessions about the high school and also allow the administration an opportunity to better understand parental views and concerns.   


Wizard of Oz – Spring Musical


Dates:   March 17th, 18th, 19th
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Where:  Suffield High School Performing Arts Center
Mark your calendars for this year’s spring musical – “The Wizard of Oz.”     Based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by  L. Frank Baum, this story is set to music and promises to be a  great family night.      More than 75 SHS students will be involved in this production.


2016-2017 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 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 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.


Northeast Regional Music Festival

  This year, two Suffield High School students are participating in the Northern Region Music Festival.  Junior Bailey Martin and Senior Josh Podgorski will be performing with the band at the Festival on Saturday, January 16.   Both students are excellent percussionists, participating in both band and Jazz Ensemble at Suffield High School.   Josh will also be auditioning for the All State Music Festival to be held in April.  

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



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