Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

March 2016

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

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, March 1

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

Wednesday, March 2

SAT ("new") - All Juniors

Thursday, March 3

Hockey Booster Meeting
7:00 p.m.
Suffield High School LMC

Friday, March 4

Volleyball Marathon
4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 5

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

Monday, March 7

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.
SMS Library Media Center

Booster Club
7:00 p.m.
SHS Commons

Tuesday, March 8

Early Release
Professional Development
12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9

9:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
SHS Room 610

Saturday, March 12

Debate Tournament
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, March 14

Science Fair Showcase
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 17

ASVAB - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

Musical - Wizard of Oz
7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 18

Musical - Wizard of Oz
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 19

Musical - Wizard of Oz
7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 21

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.
SMS Library Media Center

Tuesday, March 22

Winter Sports Awards
6:30 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Wednesday, March 23

International Café and Open Mic Night
6:30 p.m.
SHS Commons and Auditorium

Friday, March 25

No School & All Offices Closed - Good Friday

Tuesday, March 29

Benefit Concert ~ Jordyn Engler
Blue Jupiter and SHS Choir
5:30 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Wednesday, March 30

Band ~ Disney Trip ~ Parents Meeting
6:00 p.m.
SHS Band Room

Thursday, March 31

WLHS Induction Ceremony
5:00 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

It’s that time of the year again – the usual winter question: Will it ever stop snowing?  While we have had a roller coaster of temperatures, I find myself writing this edition of the principal’s article while yet another storm is approaching and we wonder if school will be delayed or cancelled.  What started as a mild winter is surely catching up with us.  Personally, I’m ready to shed the long overcoat for a light coat and hit the golf course.  Please remember that each cancelled day of school backs up our projected last day of school.  As of this submission (February 21), we have had 2 snow days so the projected last day of school for students is Thursday, June 16th.  Let’s hope for no more school cancellations and an uneventful beginning of spring.  I remind everyone that all dates and events are listed on our school calendar.  The Board of Education is not able to set the official graduation date until April 1, so hopefully I will be able to formally announce that date in the next newsletter so families can begin or continue planning.  As you can see from the newsletter to follow, the school has many celebrations to share in a wide variety of arenas.  This month’s accomplishments are a perfect reminder of all the good work happening at Suffield High School and we would love to have more people come and enjoy the wonderful events!

Agriscience Update

The students and staff of the Suffield Regional Agriscience department have been busy the past few months. We have enjoyed some of the program’s favorite events such as our Senior SAE Capstone night and the Greenhand and Chapter Degree Ceremony.

You may have noticed a balloon arch in celebration of our seniors recently. Senior Capstone is a special night on January 28th where seniors present capstone projects about their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA experience throughout the past four years.  It is a great opportunity to view their accomplishments and enjoy their memories of our organization.

The freshman class and sophomore class also had a big event held on February 9th, where they received their Greenhand and Chapter FFA Degrees.  

As new members of our program, the freshman received their Greenhand FFA Degree. To obtain this, students must pass the Greenhand test, which tests knowledge on the FFA organization, history and creed. Freshmen studied and trained hard in order to become Greenhands.

In order to receive their Chapter FFA degrees, sophomores also had to meet many qualifications. Student must complete at least 45 hours in their supervised agriculture experience in addition to understanding parliamentary procedure. This night celebrates a year of growth and prepares them to strive for higher degrees in the FFA.

National FFA week will be celebrated here at Suffield High School on the week of February 22nd-26th with a variety of activities to excite the students as well as the school and community about FFA and agriscience.  The FFA students will be hosting a Staff/Faculty brunch on Wednesday, February 24th from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. in our agriscience wing to promote FFA, agriscience and to showcase food products from our local agricultural business.  Feel free to come down and enjoy!

Athletes of the Month - March

The Suffield High School Athletic Booster Club has chosen Katie Roy and Dan Bahl as the January Athletes of the Month. Students are awarded this honor based on their athletic and academic accomplishments, attitudes, and leadership skills.

Katie Roy is a team captain for SHS varsity girls’ basketball. Katie transferred to Suffield from Houston, TX just before her junior year and immediately made an impact at the varsity level. So far this year, she is averaging 9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.3 steals per game. An exceptionally hard working student, Katie constantly looks to improve herself and the team. She is interested in continuing her education after high school at a four year school majoring in business.

Dan Bahl is a four year varsity ice hockey team member. Known for his positive attitude and hard work, Dan leads by example. He was voted team captain because of his dedication and willingness to do whatever it takes for the team to succeed. Dan is an honor roll student who has already been accepted to several colleges. He is interested in pursuing the study of broadcast journalism.

Congratulations to Dan and Katie!

February Sports Update

The boys swim team continues to be competitive.  Seven of the 12 boys (2 from East Windsor) have qualified individually for the Class S state swim meet, with three more closing in on qualifying times. Many of the athletes have hit their goal times for the year and had to re-establish a new goal. With less than a month to the state meet, the boys continue to work hard as the season; wraps up.

The Suffield girls’ basketball team is 9-7 and looking to finish the year strong. The team has a tough schedule to end the season with games against Granby, Bolton and Southington coming up.

The Wildcats Hockey Program continues to play at a high level of work ethic, teamwork, and perseverance.  The JV hockey team is currently 9-1-1 and continuing to improve every time they touch the ice.  The varsity hockey team is 9-3-1 and proving itself against some of the best teams in CT.  There has been excellent fan support! Keep coming to the rink to watch great hockey!

The boys’ basketball team is 10-3 and tied for 3rd place in the NCCC. The team is playing inspiring defense holding opponents to 45 points per game. With great leadership and unselfish play, this team is fun to watch.

The Dance Team has performed at 15 home varsity basketball games and will perform at the multicultural community event at SHS after school on March 23.

The Cheerleading team starts the competition portion of the season this Saturday at Central Connecticut State University.  Good luck to the team!!

The boys’ indoor track team finished in third place at the NCCC Championship meet with a very strong performance by all. The sprint medley relay team that consisted of Justin Walch, Jake Arciszewski, Lukas Baker, and Jason Werenski finished first. It was a team effort as 15 boys scored points and the team medaled in 13 out of 15 events.

The girls’ indoor track team finished in fourth place in the NCCC Championships, an impressive finish considering the youth of the team. The team was paced by Kaitlin Girardini and Deana Pileika. Girardini won the 600m run and set a new meet record in the event. She also placed fourth in the 300 and was on the 5th place 4x400m team. Pileika won gold in the 1000m run and was second in the 3200m. Thirteen girls contributed by scoring points to the overall team effort.

The wrestling team is currently 6-1 in the league and finishes the regular season against Sports Medical Science Academy on Wednesday February 10th at 6 pm.


Rotary Students of the Month


Alexis Ratti has been chosen as the January Rotary Student of the Month. Alexis is a very active member of the Suffield Regional Agriscience Program, including holding the offices of FFA Suffield Regional Chapter President and CT FFA Association District 4 President. Alexis works breeding and training dogs – Labrador Retrievers specifically. Instilled with a love of helping others, Alexis would one day like to volunteer for the Peace Corp. A degree as an Agriscience Educator is her career goal and she is hoping to attend Colorado University.


SHS Unity Team News


International Cafe and Open Mic Night is a go!!!

The SHS Unity Team, SHS GSA and Suffield Unites are teaming up to bring you all a night of awareness, acceptance and fun!!!  International Cafe Night and Open Mic Night will be held here at Suffield High School on March 23rd, 2016 from 6:30-8:00pm. This event will be hosted by a combination of students from the SHS Unity Team, SHS GSA, and Suffield Unites and will be take place in the commons and the auditorium.

We are looking for all types of performances such as singing, dancing, film, poetry and much more.   In addition, there will be a fusion of cultural foods, cultural music and decorations from many countries around the world in the commons.

Any students and/ or faculty are welcome and encouraged to join us for this event. If you would like to help plan this event or be a part of it in any way, please see Giancarlo Isotti, Kelly Carucci, Mrs. Olearczyk, and / or Mr. Canny.

Thanks and we hope to see you all there!

SHS Unity Team, SHS GSA, and Suffield Unites


World Language Student of the Month


Felicidades to Gabrielle Zeller, the World Languages Student of the Month for February.  Gabrielle is a freshman at Suffield High School and currently enrolled in Spanish III Honors.

Gabrielle first started her language learning journey at Suffield Middle School, where she excelled in both Spanish I and II.  She continues to shine this year as she encounters new and increasingly challenging aspects of the Spanish language.  Gabrielle is an enthusiastic and naturally inquisitive learner.  She demonstrates a strong desire to go above and beyond, asks probing questions and strives to understand the Spanish language on a deeper level.  She plans to advance to AP Spanish at SHS and travel to Spain.

Gabrielle finds communicating in Spanish fascinating and fun, especially when she practices with her friends.  She often practices Spanish outside of the classroom for personal enjoyment.  She frequently converses with her brother, who was a former Spanish student at SHS, and follows recipes in Spanish.  In addition, Gabrielle and her peers recently won t-shirts as recognition for outstanding participation during a Spanish Student Chaton Twitter.  She enjoys connecting with other Spanish learners throughout the country and discussing topics she has learned in class.  She has also participated in a photography activity with captions in Spanish.  


Suffield High School Student Wins Trip to Ecuador


By Magdalena Kruk
French and Spanish Teacher, Suffield High School
Advisor, World Language Honor Society

Caelie Flanagan, a junior at SHS, has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Bertie Green Junior Travel Award sponsored by the Spanish National Honor Society.   This national award is a prestigious honor, as only 24 students from over 2,400 chapters of the Society across the United States are chosen in recognition of excellence in their study of the Spanish language and cultures.  The competitive selection criteria include evaluation of linguistic skills, academic achievements, leadership qualities, community involvement, and dedication to the local chapter of the Society.  Caelie will be travelling to Ecuador this July on a 10-day trip – a linguistic and cultural endeavor that will certainly be filled with unforgettable experiences and memories.

Suffield High School has maintained an active chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica for the last 8 years.  Previous Bertie Green Travel Award winners from SHS include Sarah Voisine, who in 2010 travelled to Mexico, Daniel Moroney, who in 2011 travelled to Argentina, and Alexander Voisine, who won a trip to Costa Rica in 2013.  Our students’ successes serve as a testimony to the excellent language program the high school offers and the many opportunities that membership in the Spanish National Honor Society presents.


Message from Safe Grad


There seems to be some confusion about where this year’s Class of 2016 Safe Grad night will be held.  To clarify, the event will be held the night of graduation at the SportsCenter of CT in Shelton ( for a jam-packed night of food, mini golf/double-decker driving range, paint ball shooting range, arcade, ice skating, laser tag, bowling, batting cages games, and more.  There will definitely be something for everyone.  To help make this night possible, here are our two upcoming drives for February / March: 

  • Bottle drive on Saturday, MARCH 5th at SMS from 9-11:30 a.m. – with possible shoe collection added– more to come.  VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!  Please email to sign up at the address below.
  • Lyman Orchards Butter Braids by February 29th for March 22nd delivery in the SHS Commons.  Order forms were sent home with February report cards and can also be requested by contacting us via email at  Order forms can be dropped off at the SHS main office or contact us to make alternate arrangements.

We’re also now happily accepting donations through Just search under Suffield High School Parents Association to log-in and register.  Or consider sending a check payable to SHS Safe Grad Party, PO Box 21, Suffield CT 06078.  Donations go towards event costs, raffle gift cards and scholarships.

As always, THANK YOU for your ongoing support!


8th to 9th Grade Parent/Student Orientation


SHS recently hosted a special 8th to 9th Grade Orientation Night on February 3rd.  The evening is designed to provide 8th grade students and their parents with an overview of the 9th grade program here at the high school.  Those attending got to hear from a variety of speakers, including four current SHS students who shared what their experience at SHS has been like.  They also viewed a short film about the high school created by our film class under the direction of Mr. Casinghino.  In addition, parents and students got to take a self-guided tour of the building and speak with faculty members from each department, while students representing various SHS Clubs & Activities were also available in the Commons to answer questions as well.  Feedback from students and parents about the evening program was very positive and we look forward to welcoming the incoming Class of 2020 to SHS in August.


Northern Region Music Festival


Two students from the SHS Band represented Suffield at the Northern Region Music Festival on January 15th and 16th.  Senior Josh Podgorski played percussion for the orchestra and junior Bailey Martin played percussion for the band.  After two days and 12 hours of rehearsing with college conductors, they performed in a concert at New Britain High School.  The audition process was highly competitive, and both students worked hard to participate in the ensembles.


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


Suffield High's Drama Club presents the well-loved musical The Wizard of Oz! Suffield High's drama productions have been known for their excellence for many years! Experience the live orchestra and cast and crew of more than 70 students! Come out to the Suffield Performing Arts Center on March 17, 18 or 19th at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $10.00 for children $15.00 for adults. All proceeds support the future Drama Club productions.


Pops Concert


On Thursday, February 25th, the Suffield High School Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble will present their annual Pops Concert. Support the arts at SHS by joining us at 7 p.m. in the Suffield Performing Arts Center.


Science and Engineering Fair


The 2016 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is being held at Quinnipiac University during Science Fair Week, March 14-19, 2016.  There are about 670 projects from approximately 120 schools.  Suffield, in its fourth year, has 11 projects with 14 students, including our first student project from the Middle School.  It is hard to believe that in September over 10,000 students statewide started with project ideas and now we are down to these approved projects.  Please add Monday, March 14th, to your calendar to stop by the SHS Commons to visit all the Suffield semi-finalists with their projects at our Science Fair Showcase from 2:30-5:00.


Benefit Concert ~ Jordyn Engler ~ Tue. March. 29


Benefit concert in loving memory of Jordyn Engler featuring Blue Jupiter and Suffield High School Choir.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
6:00 p.m. - Doors open at 5:30 PM at Suffield High School
Tickets: $20 each (Checks made payable to SMS PTAC)
Limited Seating Available!

Flyer - PDF


Internet Safety Workshop for Parents


INTERNET SAFETY ~ Workshop for parents by Scott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts

  • Apps and programs children are using
  • Cyberbullying, Sexting and Social Networking
  • Creating a "digital footprint" (positives and negatives)
  • Current on-line trends and potential dangers
  • Tips on how to use technology in the safest way
  • Strategies on keeping families safe

Where : Suffield Middle School 350 Mountain Road Suffield, CT
When : April 5, 2016 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

This presentation is for parents only.

Flyer - PDF


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


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