Suffield Public Schools

Suffield High School

June 2016

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

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, June 1

Best Buddies Fundraiser
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Red Robin Enfield, CT

Film Festival
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Thursday, June 2

Last Day of Late Busses

Senior Banquet
6:00 p.m.
Chez Josef

Saturday, June 4

FFA State Convention

Monday, June 6

Drama Awards
6:00 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, June 7

NCCC Support Groups
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
SHS Room 221, Pampered Palace, and LMC

Underclass Awards
6:30 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Wednesday, June 8

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

Friday, June 10

Chromebook Collection Begins

Monday, June 13 - Wednesday, June 15

Early Release
Final Exams
12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15

Graduation Rehearsal
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 16

Early Release
Final Exams & Last Day of School
12:15 p.m.

Graduation Rehearsal
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sr. Scholarship Night
7:00 p.m.
SHS Auditorium

Saturday, June 18

9:30 a.m.
SHS Beneski Field
Seniors Arrive at 8:45

Monday, June 20

Suffield BOE Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Virtual Backpack:

2015 - 2016 District Calendar

2016 - 2017 District Calendar

2016 - 2017 SHS Program of Studies

College Planning Calendars

Suffield High School Menus

Suffield High School Student Handbook



Principal's Message

There are just a few days left to the school year and the excitement of the end of the year is palpable. Students are gearing up for final exams and I encourage all students to keep pushing hard toward a successful end to the school year.  Many end-of-the-year events have begun and I am excited and proud to celebrate the many accomplishments of our students.  I am hopeful that you will join us for some or all of these celebratory events so please check the school calendar for specific times and dates for each event.

For the next few weeks, parents and guardians have the ability to complete an anonymous survey administered by the Panorama Education group.  We strongly encourage all parents to take a few moments to complete the survey as it provides the high school with valuable feedback regarding your experiences and interactions.  A link was sent directly from Panorama with directions provided and all submissions are confidential. Thank you in advance for your participation and support of Suffield High School.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Suffield High School, I wish everyone a safe and restful summer. Whether off to college, the military, or a vocation, I wish our seniors the best of luck in all of their future endeavors and look forward to hearing of their successes.

Agriscience Update

Suffield Agriscience will be hosting this year’s Connecticut State FFA Convention on Saturday, June 4th. The State Convention is an annual event that allows all chapters from around Connecticut to come together and enjoy workshops, CDE competitions and meet other Connecticut FFA members. A college/trade fair allows students to discover options for after high school as well as fascinating careers. The day begins with opening ceremonies which includes interactive games and activities that get all FFA members excited for the rest of the day.  With hundreds of FFA members flooding Suffield High School, the facility will be full of corduroy for this event.

In addition, agriscience students worked alongside Veterans of Foreign War members to place red geraniums along the grave sites of veterans in Suffield. This is a great way for students to partner with members of our community to honor all of those that have served our country. Lastly,the agriscience department would like to congratulate the 22 seniors who will be graduating from our program.These students have grown through their involvement in the FFA, competitions, classroom activities, and leadership events over the four years. We are all very proud of them.

Final Exams

FINAL EXAMS will be held on Monday, June 13th thru Thursday, June 16th.

The exam schedule is as follows:
Monday, June 13th - Periods 1 and 2;
Tuesday, June 14th - Periods 3 and 4;
Wednesday, June 15th - Periods 5 and 6;
Thursday, June 16th - Period 7.

Make up exams will be held on Thursday, June 16th following the Period 7 exam. Buses will leave SHS Monday through Wednesday at 12:20 p.m. and 2:10 p.m. On Thursday, June 16th, there will be only one bus pickup at 12:20 p.m.

Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Kate Marie Colson on being chosen as the Rotary Student of the Month. Kate is a National Merit Commended Scholar, winner of the Harvard Book Award, and the recipient of numerous underclass awards. Kate was also selected as the only SHS candidate for the Governor’s Scholar Award. She is a member of the NHS, the Earth Club, the World Language Honor Society, the swim team and was a Student Council Representative during her junior and senior years. Kate’s interested include reading, lifeguarding during the summers, volunteering her time tutoring and spending time with her family.

Kate plans to attend the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in the fall with a major in Marine Biology. She hopes to one day obtain her PhD.

Connecticut High School Outstanding Arts Awards Recipients Honored at CAS Banquet

Suffield High School students, Joshua Podgorski and Jonathan Hagenow, were two of 296 top Connecticut seniors who excel in the arts that were honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) High School Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet held on April 5th at the Aqua Turf in Southington. The students  are pictured here receiving their awards from left to right with Jennifer Lajoie, Bearingstar Insurance Representative; Jonathan Gilman, Educator, Dramatist, and Author and the keynote speaker for the event; Erika Metevier, Jostens Representative; Jackie Coleman, Arts Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education; and Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of CAS.

The CAS Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet annually recognizes two seniors in each high school for their outstanding ability in the performing or visual arts. The students are chosen by their school to receive this honor. The banquet, with over 1,400 in attendance, is sponsored by Jostens and Bearingstar Insurance.


Athletes of the Month


Ryan Girardini is known for his “team first” attitude. He is always looking for ways to improve and is willing to do what it takes to help the team. Ryan was named captain of the indoor track team this season due to his leadership abilities. He is an NCCC qualifier in a variety of track events. Ryan displays sportsmanship at every meet and is responsible for a number of new people joining the team this season due to his genuine excitement about the sport. He is an honors student and a member of the National Honor Society. Ryan plans to attend UConn in the fall and major in Mechanical Engineering.

Claire Margiatto is the softball team’s catcher and clean-up hitter. Last year, Claire had the 2nd highest batting average on the team and this year she has the highest. Known for her great attitude on and off the field, Claire is good at taking charge and serves as the liaison between the coach and the team. Claire is an honors student and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Northeastern University and major in Psychology.

Congratulations to Ryan and Claire!




Congratulations to the Aces High Team 176 for a job well done in St Louis at the World Championship! About 600 teams from all over the world were there to compete.

After two days of qualifying rounds, we ranked 12th in our division of 71 great teams. This was good enough to make the finals on Saturday. Although we were eliminated after two rounds, it was a huge accomplishment to be "finalists in the World Championship".  

Our team represented themselves and our school well with "gracious professionalism" and all of us at Suffield High School are extremely proud of their accomplishments this year.   


Teacher Appreciation Luncheon


A sincerest thank you for the amazing response demonstrated by a very large pool of parents who contributed to a successful SHS Teacher’s Appreciation luncheon on Friday May 6th.

Judging by the cooking, assembling and baking done, along with the monetary offerings provided, it is evident how loved and supported our SHS teachers and staff are.  

A special thank you to Janet Werenski and Anne Danek for their much-needed and greatly appreciated extra set of hands, and to Paula Anderson and Trish Martin for always chipping in to help keep things running smoothly.

Congratulations to our raffle winners Mitchell Charkiewicz, Lisa Goodwin, Joe Grimard, Noreen Harnett, Kristin Johnson, Sara Kaplan and Katherine Vanase.

Lastly, thank you SHS teachers and staff for attending and celebrating with us your special day!

-Tracy Bedlack & Cari Cieri


Students Share Stories in Spanish


By Amanda Ndaw

On Thursday, May 12, a group of Suffield High School Spanish students visited McAlister Intermediate School to share stories they had written in Spanish. Students visited many third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms and were accompanied by Amanda Ndaw, Steve Shultis (SHS Spanish Teachers) and Patty Nunes (MIS Spanish Teacher).

The “Storytime” experience was the final sequence in learning to use the past tense in Spanish. The high school students learned the different past tenses and how to differentiate their use. To put it in practice, they brainstormed, drafted, revised and illustrated children’s stories in Spanish. What came next simply made sense: read their stories to children, in particular, young students of the Spanish language.

This trip has taken place approximately 10 times in the past 13 years and everyone involved continuously praises the activity. The younger students not only learn new words but they see what one can do when they continue their study of a language. The older students are able to practice their reading and pronunciation and find purpose in having written their story.  What a great way to engage students in their language learning!


Student Shares Global Perspective


In April, Sara Kaplan's ninth grade International Studies classes started their study of African history, culture, and current issues. Ninth grader Grace Domashinski made presentations to two ninth grade classes about her visit to Uganda.

Grace visited the Kampala Children’s Centre, in Kampala, Uganda. The center is an orphanage and school for the poorest children from the slums of Uganda. The school was founded in 2005. Children from the school take part in Destiny Africa Children's Choir, which goes on world tours to raise money and awareness. The next tour is in 2017 and there will be a performance in New England.

Grace showed the ninth graders slides from her trip and discussed several cultural topics, such as the school day, languages, and housing. She answered questions from her peers about poverty in the slums of Uganda. Her presentation was well received by the students.


Sports Update


The girls’ golf team has made great strides for this year and the future. They have played competitive golf in every match, and the new players have impressed our coaches with their quick progression. The boys’ golf team is currently undefeated and looking for an NCCC title for the second year in a row.

The girl’s lacrosse team has worked hard throughout the season. The seniors have done a nice job leading the team on and off the field. The boys’ lacrosse team has qualified for the state tournament and finishes the regular season away at Housatonic.

The girls’ track team had a strong regular season finishing with an 11-2 record. They go into the NCCC championships as a balanced team that looks to score points in a variety of events. The boys’ track team also looks to score a lot of points at the NCCC league meet on Tuesday May 24th.

Boys’ tennis is having the best season in 15 years. With an 11-5 record they have qualified for States, with their number 1 double team of Zach Yahne and Peter Connolly being undefeated so far this season. The girls’ tennis team currently has an 8-11 record and is looking forward to competing in the league tournament on Thursday May 26th.

The varsity softball team has had its ups and downs this season both winning and losing lopsided games. The highlight of the season was beating undefeated E. Granby 2 to 1. Although we were disappointed not to qualify for the NCCC tournament for the first time since its inception, the team has shown marked improvement and we are looking forward to our last two regular season games and the state post season tournament. In addition to playing softball, we had a successful car wash fundraiser and visited Suffield House nursing home to spend time with the elderly residents there.

The varsity baseball team is currently 13-6. They are looking forward to continuing their season far into the state tournament.


Scholars’ Breakfast


This year, the Scholars’ Breakfast honored over 300 students who achieved the honor roll for the first three quarters of this school year. The morning began with a delicious brunch for the honorees and their families prepared by students in Mrs. Haefner’s food classes. This was followed by a ceremony where students received a certificate of excellence.   We are thankful for the support of the First National Bank of Suffield who helps fund this event every year, to Mrs. Haefner for her assistance with the food and to the Agriscience Department for the beautiful table flowers.


Chromebook Collection


Dear Families,

It has been a year with much excitement here at Suffield High School. The school is constantly looking at ways to enhance the learning of all students. The 1:1 Chromebook initiative entered a second year and the tools have proven to have a positive impact on our learning environment.

As we quickly approach the end of the school year, the school wishes to notify students that we will be collecting all students' Chromebooks and chargers (students will keep their cases for the following year). All Chromebooks will be assessed by our technology department this summer and repairs will be made. If there are damages, families will be billed with payment being required before the device is returned in the fall. The total cost of any damage or loss will be determined by the Suffield Public Schools Instructional Technology personnel.

Chromebooks will be collected in the Library Media Center beginning on June 10th during the Yearbook Picnic and will continue throughout the week of final exams. We ask that you take a minute at home to check in on the condition of your child's device. Students concerned about the current condition or feel there is something that needs to be addressed on their device can visit the S.W.A.T. team for a "spot check" prior to turning in the device. As a reminder, the insurance and coverage letter is posted to our Suffield Public School website. This will be a helpful guide as you look over the device. It is important that all students hand in their Chromebooks on time so that we can efficiently repair, maintain, and reissue Chromebooks next fall.

SENIORS ONLY may buyout the device for $130. A form has been included with this letter and is also available on the Suffield Public Schools website. Senior parents wishing to take advantage of this option are asked to return the form and payment prior to June 3rd with checks being payable to "Suffield Public Schools." Seniors returning their Chromebook are responsible for any payment of repair which is included in their senior obligations prior to graduation. All obligations must be paid in full prior to June 16th in order to receive your cap, gown, and diploma or other district documentation.

We thank you in advance for your partnership and attention to this collection. The addition of the Chromebooks over the last two years has been a positive experience and we look forward to continuing to provide devices to our students in order to enhance their educational experience here at Suffield High School.

Respectfully Yours,

Steve Moccio

Gina Olearczyk
Assistant Principal
Brendan M. Canny
Assistant Principal

Letter - PDF

Senior Chromebook 2016 Buyout Form - PDF


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


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