Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

May 2016

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

Monday, May 2

7:30 a.m.
First Cong. Church

12:00 p.m.
First Cong. Church

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Booster Club
7:00 p.m.
SHS Commons / Store

Tuesday, May 3

7:30 a.m.

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

Wednesday, May 4

7:30 a.m.
First Cong. Church

Thursday, May 5

7:30 a.m.
First Cong. Church

Friday, May 6

7:30 a.m.
First Cong. Church

Jr/Sr Prom
Riverview in Simsbury
6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Monday, May 9

7:30 a.m.
First Cong. Church

11:30 a.m.
SHS Guidance Office

1:30 p.m.
SHS Guidance Office

Tuesday, May 10

7:30 a.m.
First Cong. Church

11:30 a.m.

NCCC Support Groups
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Suffield High School Room 221, Pampered Palace, and LMC

Wednesday, May 11

7:30 a.m.
First Cong. Church

12:00 p.m.
First Cong. Church

Thursday, May 12

9:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
SHS Chorus/Vocal Room #210

11:30 a.m.
First Cong. Church

Suffield Idol
6:30 p.m.
Suffield High School

Friday, May 13

7:30 a.m.
First Cong. Church

SHS Track Naming
5:00 p.m.
Suffield High School Track

Saturday, May 14

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

Monday, May 16

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17

SHS - Early Release - Professional Development
12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18

Scholars Breakfast
8:00 a.m.
SHS Auditorium and Commons

11:30 a.m.
SHS Guidance Office

Unified Theater Performance
6:30 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Monday, May 23

FFA Banquet Rehearsal
2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Suffield High School Auditorium

Wednesday, May 25

FFA Banquet / Award Ceremony
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Suffield High School Auditorium

Thursday, May 26

Spring Concert
7:30 p.m.
Suffield High School Auditorium

Monday, May 30

No School & All Offices Closed - Memorial Day

SHS Band - Memorial Day Ceremony
8:00 a.m.
Suffield High School Auditorium

Tuesday, May 31

Senior Outing
High Meadow

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Suffield High School Student Handbook



Principal's Message

Spring has finally sprung and the excitement and energy around Suffield High School continues to grow as the temperatures rise and we finalize preparations for the Class of 2016 graduation date which has officially been set as June 18th.  The spring is always a busy time of the year with one school year coming to a close and scheduling preparations beginning for the next.  For spring time events and athletic dates/times, I direct you to the Suffield High School website and calendar.  Please come and help us cheer on and support our students in their variety of activities.

On a separate note, I wish to inform everyone that on Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00PM the Suffield Local Substance Abuse Prevention Council (SLSAPC) is sponsoring a presentation in the Suffield High School auditorium.  While the first use of drugs often occurs prior to high school, I am hopeful that this presentation will be helpful to parents and students who wish to combat the constantly changing world of drugs including the ways it is packaged for distribution, concealment options, and methods of use.  The use of illegal drugs is rising across the region with heroin leading the way.  The event will also discuss social media’s role and alert parents how to use those same sites to keep track of new drugs and methods of taking drugs. Following the presentation there will be time for questions and answers.  Thank you to the Suffield Local Substance Abuse Prevention Council for their attempts to increase knowledge regarding the dangers and signs of drugs in both the school and town.

2016 Connecticut Technovation Challenge

Marissa Guzzo and Alexandra Smith recently won first place for the Connecticut High School Division of the 2016 Connecticut Technovation Challenge. Every year Technovation challenges girls all over the world to build a mobile app that will address a community problem. The girls came up with the idea for an app, conducted user research, created a business plan, and built a prototype which was then judged by technology and business sectors judges. Marissa and Alex’s app addresses feeling and anxiety allowing the user to enter a feeling or worry and then receive strategies to deal with the emotion as well as inspirational quotes. Congratulations to both for an outstanding achievement.

Agriscience Update

On April 4th, the Suffield Agriscience program welcomed 13 piglets in our Large Animal Facility.  A pregnant sow named “Mama” arrived a few weeks earlier and students were given the opportunity to learn how to work with pigs and monitor them for signs of birth.  The agriscience program was also given the opportunity to purchase a camera monitoring system which allowed students and members of the community a chance to watch the piglets arrive and monitor their growth.  Students were on site to help during the delivery and it served as a highly educational opportunity.  In addition, students have worked with a vet in order to learn about vaccinations and other procedures to help with the health of the piglets.

Additionally, the Suffield FFA hosted a Dodge Fundraiser on April 2nd where 60 adults test drove Dodge vehicles and helped to raise $1200 for the Suffield FFA Chapter which will help with off-setting costs to conferences and leadership conventions.  On May 7th, the Suffield FFA looks forward to participating in the Suffield May Market where flowers and vegetables will be sold to the community.

Best Buddies – Autism Awareness

To show support for Autism Awareness Month, the Suffield High School Best Buddies members tied blue ribbons around trees at the high school.

Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Michelle Pine on being chosen as the Rotary Student of the Month. Michelle is involved in many aspects of life at Suffield High School. Tennis Team co-captain – singles, Debate Team co-captain, Quiz Team co-captain as well as a member of National Honor Society and the Wildcat Advisory Group, are among her activities on campus. The “go-to” person in her family for technology, Michelle aspires to be a movie director and would like to someday publish a novel or screenplay. Michelle has been named Salutatorian of the Class of 2016 and is considering such colleges as Northeastern, Brandeis, Emory, and Wesleyan.   

Teacher Spotlight

Suffield Agriscience teacher, Leah Gawlak-Leach, has been chosen to participate in a year-long program in marine technology and ocean sciences at the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center. This project focuses on providing opportunities for teachers and students to explore new technologies in ocean sciences. Teachers are also studying at the University of CT at Avery Point.

During the spring, teachers will build hydrophones, remotely operated vehicles, observational buoys and sensor-based instruments during weekend sessions at UConn. In July, teachers, accompanied by teams of their high school students, will participate in a week-long program at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography where they will use and deploy their instruments and take part virtually in seagoing expeditions.

Congratulations to Mrs. Gawlak-Leach!

Athletes of the Month

The Suffield High School Athletic Booster Club has chosen Meredith Randall and Corey Walch as their March Athletes of the Month. Students are awarded this honor based on their athletic and academic accomplishments, attitudes and leadership skills.

Meredith Randall is a model student athlete. Dedicated and hardworking, she motivates herself and others with an exceptional work ethic. Meredith is known for her positive attitude and holds herself to a high standard. New to indoor track this past winter, Meredith made a huge impact on the team. She has been a leader at practices, meets and in school. She is also involved in outdoor track and can be seen cheering on her teammates in any event. Meredith is a member of the National Honor Society and an honors student at Suffield High School. Meredith has been accepted at Lafayette College where she plans to study Political Science and International Relations.

Corey Walch is considered one of the best two ice hockey players in the NCCC conference. A three year varsity player, he also excels at lacrosse. Corey is a known as a hard-working, team player and was voted captain by his teammates. He is a positive motivator to others on his team and is willing to help them be the best they can be. He plays with integrity and class and is always respectful of his teammates, opponents, coaches, and officials. After graduation, Corey plans to enter the U.S. Coast Guard.

Sports Update

The girls’ lacrosse season is off to good start. The team won both of their scrimmages and is improving every day.

The boys’ lacrosse team is looking to make the state tournament this year. They won the first game of the season with a 19-3 win over Canton.

The girls’ tennis team is currently 1-1 heading into the second week of the season.  The young team is motivated and excited for the upcoming matches.  They believe they will have a great season despite having a fairly inexperienced team.

Suffield boys’ tennis is back for another winning season. Their number one team of Zach Yahne and Peter Connolly look to take the NCCC title this year. Come out to the courts to cheer on your Suffield High School boys’ tennis team.

The girls’/boys’ outdoor track season started on a chilly day, but that did not stop the team from turning in a strong performance against East Granby and Classical. The teams won both meets and had strong performances from Deana Pileika, Cameron Shaw, Caelee Sorto, and Mary Rusnock. The teams look to continue to improve as the NCCC season rolls on.

Suffield girls’ golf has high hopes. With 3 seniors, 2 juniors and 5 freshmen, they have a solid core of experienced golfers that should bring the freshman along quickly. In addition, Emma Heim should prove again to be one of the top high school golfers in the state.

The boys’ golf team also has a solid core of experienced golfers this season. They finished as the state runner-up last year and hope to take another shot at the title again this year.

The baseball/softball teams have fairly inexperienced teams this spring. However, they both have a lot of young talented athletes that will keep them competitive and improving throughout the season.




The regular Robotics season ended on April 9th with a competition at Hartford Public High School.  The team ranked 20th out of 164 New England teams and  qualified to go to the New England District Championship, April 15th at the XL Center in Hartford.  

New England Championship Recap:
At the end of qualification rounds we were forced to replay our last match of the day. The resulting replay reversed our match from a win to a loss which dropped us from 14th to 23rd in the ranking. In the second match we set the new World Record score of 257.

During the semifinals we faced off against the 2nd place alliance and would have won the first match on points but lost the match due to a red card assigned to our alliance partner. This was a very controversial call for which many have strong opinions about.

The second match of the semifinals ended with what seemed a loss at first. Then we realized that points had not been awarded for boulders scored in autonomous.  After deliberating with New Hampshire we were declared the match winner. Then a complaint was filed by the other alliance and the decision was later declared a field fault which meant a replay instead of a match win. Ultimately we lost this match and got knocked out by the team which went on and won it all.

In summary, the team is ranked 17th of 181 teams in New England and  will attend the World Championship in St. Louis.
(submitted by Team Advisor, Peter Davis)


A Message from the SHS Safe Grad Party Committee


Attention SHS Seniors & Families!   Senior packets will be sent out the last week of April and will include information about this year’s post-graduation party taking place at the Sports Center of CT, Shelton on Saturday, June 18th (10PM - 4AM).  Students will meet at SHS at 8:30PM for 9PM departure, arriving back at SHS at approximately 5AM Sunday, June 19th.  We encourage you to check it out online at  Guaranteed to be something for everyone!   Included in the packet will be two order forms, one for the grad night event and the other for “Congrats Grad” lawn signs which happens also to be an important fund-raiser to fund the Safe Grad event.

Dates to note:                  

  • Saturday, May 14th  - our final Kicks & Cans shoe/bottle drive for this school year.  Drop off from 9AM-11:30AM at Suffield Middle School garage.  Shoes should be in good wearable condition without holes or missing parts.
  • Friday, May 20th  - Congrats Grad lawn sign order form & payment due.  1 sign for $15, two signs for $25. 
  • Tuesday, May 31st – Grad Night @ Sports Center of CT order forms & payment due.  $40 per student.

We’re still very much in need of continued support for this event.  Please consider donating a $25 or $50 gift card (Amazon, gas, food venues, etc.,) or a monetary donation of any size to help with raffles and scholarships awarded at the grad night event.

 Parent volunteers are desperately needed to keep this annual event going next year.  Time commitment is one meeting/month plus a handful of fundraising events as your schedule allows.  Please contact us at for how to get involved and for information or questions regarding the information provided above.


SHS – French and Spanish Honor Societies Induction


By: Caitlin Little and Yash Mehta,
Students, Suffield High School

On March 31, the World Language Honor Society at Suffield High School held its annual induction ceremony for new members of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica and Societe Honoraire de Francais.  In recognition of high academic achievement in the study of French and Spanish, the following students were inducted into the respective Societies: French – Tatum LaRochelle, Henry Cutler, Olga Semyanko, Rylee Harfouche, Katelyn Andrade, Caitlin Bombard, Cailin Christianson, Marissa Guzzo, Kristina Lester and Emlyn Muska; Spanish - Elle McCusker, Julia Bishop, Jenna Apanowitch, Kenneth Bigos, Vanessa Curti, Joseph LaValla , Anna Mervosh, Nathan Ratti, Courtney Daigle, Bradshaw Pines, Emily Bernabe, Destiny Gonzalez-Delgado, Brianna Mailloux, Henry Mayne, Maia Morrison, MacKenzie Shaw, Alexandra Smith and Julia Smith.

Congratulations to all new members of the Spanish and French Honor Societies.  “Thank you” to Mrs. Kruk for all her guidance and dedication, and to all of the members of the World Language Honor Society for their diligent work promoting cultural sensitivity and understanding, which results in our school being a better  and more accepting place for all.


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


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