Suffield High School  October 2016

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


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Principal's Message

It seems as though every year the first month of school goes by as fast as a blink of an eye.  As I sit to finalize this month's newsletter we are entering the 5th week of school and Quarter 1 Progress Reports were just mailed home.  The beginning of the year is always a time to reset practices and habits.  I always suggest continual reminders regarding the importance of established routines regarding homework completion and school work.  While PowerSchool was experiencing some difficulties with parents accessing grades earlier this year, we believe this situation has been resolved.  Parents can access the most up-to-date grades by visiting the Parent Portal section of PowerSchool.  I would also like to alert you that the school is investigating a move toward all electronic notification so please be sure your information is updated and correct.  Office secretaries will be more than willing to update information for you if you are no longer able to access information through InfoSnap or are having connection issues with PowerSchool. 


For those parents that are requesting transcripts you may notice a slight change as letter grades are now being printed.  This change brings all grade reporting mechanisms into alignment as progress reports, report cards, and now transcripts will all show letter grades.  The change only affects the reporting of grades and no other changes have been made at this time.  The school presented information to the Board of Education last spring regarding class rank practices and will continue the conversation during an upcoming Parent Advisory Council meeting.  I invite any parent interested in the topic to attend the next Parent Advisory Council meeting on November 1st at 6:00pm. 

I'd like to close by thanking all of the parents that visited during our annual Open House on September 22nd.  The school appreciates the support and looks forward to a strong school-family partnership and productive enjoyable school year.  As a reminder, our parent conferences will be on November 16-18 and parents will be able to sign up for slots of time.  Please keep an eye out as more information will be sent in early November.

Agriscience Update

The Suffield Regional FFA chapter has started the 2016-2017 year off with our Welcome Back Picnic.  This event is held each year to introduce our incoming freshmen and their parents about our program.  Freshmen and parents are informed of the things involved in Agriscience, the purpose behind the entire program, and  are notified of the many events coming up for the next few years!  This is also a time for students that already attend the program to step up and be role models for our new students.  At this event we had 55 students and 65 guests attend.  The event was fun and successful!


The Suffield Regional FFA chapter was also lucky enough to have the National FFA Organization's CEO, Mark Poeschl, visit our program and take a tour of our facilities.  He was in the area for the FFA contest at the Big E.  It was a huge honor for our staff and students to meet him.


The Suffield Regional FFA's made their annual presence known at the Big E.  Teams competed in landscape and floral exhibits as well as the creation of the duck pond exhibit in the Farm-A-Rama building.  FFA chapter members also spent Friday, September 30th handing out corsages, educating the public about agriculture, and marching in the Big E parade.

Athletic News

The football team has been working extremely hard since the middle of August preparing a very young and inexperienced team for play.  The coaching staff is extremely pleased with the effort, improvement, and competitive nature of this team. The SHS Field Hockey Team is working hard despite injuries and numbers.  The girls are continuing to develop their skills and work as a team.  Their team goal is to improve their record from last year.  Team members appreciate all the support from friends and family. There are currently 53 boys playing in the soccer program this year. The varsity squad is young and in what could be considered a rebuilding year but the guys are working hard and are hungry to make the tournament. The girls' swim team is off to a great start with 20 members and eight new swimmers. The team has a diver who has set a new school record in diving and five swimmers who have already qualified for States. The Boys' XC team is currently 3-1. They lost by one point to Ellington who have not lost a league meet in almost four years (last loss was to Suffield in 2012). The girls' cross country team had some early injuries which kept a few key performers out of their meet on Tuesday against Ellington and Bolton. So far they won against Stafford and lost against Ellington and Bolton by only a few points. They feel they will be very competitive at the NCCC Championships in October. The girls' volleyball team is currently 2-2 and looking to qualify for the league and the state tournament. The girls had a big win over Ellington on Wednesday evening. The girls' soccer team improved to 3-0 and stayed undefeated with a big victory over Coventry on Wednesday.  The Raiders Football Team played against Coventry here at SHS on September 23rd.  The final score was 71 Coventry-38 Raiders.

Students of the Month


Congratulations to Lindsey Connolly and Jason Werenski who were chosen as Booster Club Athletes of the Month for September.  Students are awarded this honor based on their athletic and academic accomplishments, attitude and leadership skills.

Lindsey has played Varsity Soccer for four years and has been a major contributor to the success of the team.  She was chosen Captain of the team this year by her peers and was selected to the All-Conference Team as a junior.  Lindsey leads by example on and off the field and underclassmen look up to her.  Lindsey is a High Honors student.  Her combined success on the field and in the classroom is impressive and inspirational to others.

Jason Werenski has played Varsity soccer for the past three years and is Captain of the Boys' soccer team.  He has a true passion for the game of soccer and has been playing since 3rd grade.   Jason is a High Honors student and demonstrates his leadership qualities on and off the field.   Jason has earned the respect of teammates, officials and his coach.  Jason is the perfect example of what a student athlete at SHS should be. 

Congratulations to Lindsey and Jason on being outstanding role models for the SHS community.


Congratulations to Giancarlo Isotti and Caelie Flanagan on being chosen the Rotary Students of the Month for September and October, respectively.


Giancarlo is the student representative from Suffield High School for the State Student Advisory Council on Education and the Suffield Board of Education.  He is Treasurer of the National Honor Society and a member of the World Language Honor Society as well.  Giancarlo is also part of Suffield High School Wildcat Advisory Group, A-Team and Unity Team.  Giancarlo is on our high school Golf Team and Basketball Team and is an officer on Student Council.  He is also involved in community service for his church, Habitat for Humanity, Emergency Aid, and tutoring middle school students.  After graduation, Giancarlo plans to attend a four-year college and is considering majoring in Political Sciences with the possibility of law school in the future.


Caelie is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the World Language Honor Society.  Caelie is very active in the performing arts here at Suffield High School and beyond.  She has been in multiple plays and musicals, and still finds time to participate in Suffield High School's Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band.  Caelie has also worked for a local theater where she has been involved with five children's theater shows and has been a member of the "Around Town Singers" for several years.  Caelie also works on our "Morning Update" here at Suffield High as an anchor and a crew person.  Caelie has been a student ambassador for both the START Leadership Conference as well as the Connecticut HOBY Seminar.   She volunteers her time by helping out with our Unified Theater Program, teaches CCD to 2nd Graders, and is in the choir and a cantor at Sacred Heart Parish.  Caelie plans to attend college and obtain a degree in Musical Theater.


For her exceptional improvement during the 2015-16 school year and continued dedication to improving her language skills in Advanced Placement French, Roseanne Leach is awarded the World Language Student of the Month for September, 2016.  Rosie has shown great progress on the path to expressing herself clearly and comfortably in French.  She shows a highly engaged attitude, kindness to others, creativity, and a strong work ethic in class and throughout her high school activities.  She also has shown strong initiative to communicate in French both in class and through cultural immersion activities.  A few of those activities include a trip to Montreal last spring and both a written and video exchange with a class of young high school pastry-chefs-in-training from France.


This season, Rosie is one of the captains of the Suffield Varsity Swim Team.  She also sings in the school Chamber Choir while also playing the hand bells in church.  Additionally, she serves our town as a proud explorer/cadet for the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association.  She says she loves learning French because "It makes me think about my own language in a new way.  While it may be difficult at times, I think it is cool that I can now hold a conversation with someone who doesn't know English."  She is working hard on her senior year courses and is excited to finalize and submit college applications.  The World Language Department is excited to start off the new school year with this well-deserved award to Advanced Placement French student Rosie Leach.

State Student Advisory Council

Congratulations to Giancarlo Isotti who was chosen to represent Suffield High School as a member of the State Student Advisory Council on Education (SSACE).  The Council gives Connecticut students a voice in education planning and enables the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education, State Department of Education personnel, the Governor, and state legislators to become familiar with high school students' perspectives on key issues.

Carl Casinghino ~ NCTE Media Literacy Award


Annually, The National Council of Teachers of English, or NCTE, bestows the Media Literacy Award on an individual, team of educators, or department that has implemented and refined exemplary media literacy practices in their school environment.  The award is given at the annual conference which this year is being held in Atlanta, Georgia.


In August, Carl Casinghino was informed by the Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of English and the NCTE Media Literacy Award Selection Committee that he was selected as the recipient of the Eleventh Annual NCTE Media Literacy Award.  The National Council of Teachers of English commended Carl for his dedication to media literacy and said he has shown persistent, innovative and imaginative application of media analysis and media composition in the English studies. 

The criteria for this award is that the recipient must demonstrate evidence of sustained implementation of media literacy principles over time; collaboration inside and outside the classroom to develop skills in accessing, analyzing, evaluating, and creating media messages; and exemplary work through lesson and unit development as well as student compositions and production.


Congratulations to Carl Casinghino on this well-deserved award!  


The 2016 Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be administered during the school day on Wednesday, October 19th to all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.  The test will begin promptly at 7:25am and is free of charge as it has been funded by the Suffield Board of Education.  The test is co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation and is an important step in making college plans.  All 12th grade students will be required to arrive at school for the senior group picture at 11:00am.  A regular class schedule will begin at 11:30am with periods 4 (lunch), 6, and 7 classes meeting during the remainder of the day.

College Fair


The SHS Guidance Department will host a College Fair on Thursday, October 27th from 1:00pm-2:00pm in the gymnasium. More than 140 college representatives, as well as representatives from many technical schools and the military, will be present to talk with students and their parents about their institution's programs and options for post-graduate study. Students are encouraged to meet with their guidance counselor to obtain a "ticket" to the fair, which will allow them to attend with parent and teacher permission. This is a great opportunity for both students and parents to learn more about some of the many college programs, find out about admission requirements, and ask specific questions. We encourage all of our students AND PARENTS to attend the College Fair on Thursday, October 27th.

Message from Suffield High Safe Party

Safe Party will be holding a bottle drive on Saturday, January 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Suffield Middle School. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours, while helping raise money for a Safe Grad Party. 

Safe Party will also be holding a fall fundraiser through Lyman Orchard Pies & Sweet Crumbs Cookie Dough from October 5th-19th.  All profits will go to SHS Safe Party Graduation Night.

Save the Date for 11/4 - Safe Party Senior Parent Social to be held at Suffield Country Club.  Details to follow…..

Science Fair Club


On Tuesday, September 19th, the Science Fair Club held its first meeting of the year. For the very first time, three Suffield Middle School students joined the Science Fair Club.  Our middle school and high school students will be working on creative science projects for the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair which will be held at Quinnipiac University from March 14th-18th, 2017.  This will be the 5th year for the Suffield Science Fair club to compete in our state science fair.


Science Fair Club Advisor, Mitch Charkiewicz has been selected as one of 200 science fair advisors nationwide by the Society for Science and the Public to participate in the Science Research Teachers Conference in Washington, DC from Sept 30th through Oct 2nd.  Mr. Charkiewicz was chosen to co-chair a session on Science News in High Schools. 

Fall Drama Production

The Fall Drama Production "Happy Daze" will be on November 10th, 11th and 12th here at Suffield High School.  Happy Daze takes the audience on a frank and humorous tour of a boy named J.T's world.  JT is an awkward high school student who aspires to be an athlete and find a girl who likes him.  His problems begin to upset his home life and his parents exile him to his room where there is nothing but a television set.  JT begins watching "nostalgia" programs, set in what seems to him a much happier time. He becomes convinced that he's a 1950's personality trapped in the body of a modern teenager.  In a climactic scene, J.T. fights through his problem and comes back prepared to cope with the real world of today.  Please come out and enjoy the show!

Farmington Valley Superintendent's Student Award

Giancarlo Isotti has been chosen to represent Suffield High School at the Farmington Valley Superintendents' Association Luncheon on November 4th.  This award is based on Giancarlo's community service and service to others, academic achievement and leadership service to the school community.  Congratulations Giancarlo!!

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy


September 22nd was the first official meeting of the all New Chick-fil-A Leader Academy! Over twenty students joined this exciting new group which focuses on learning leadership skills and community outreach. For the first meeting the students got to know one another, got inspired to become leaders, and even packed 75 meals for a local food bank! Mr. Senger and Mrs. Domina are excited to watch this group grow together and help the Suffield community!

SHS Color Run

Come out and participate in the 2016 SHS Color Run on October 15th!  The event is a one or two mile course between Suffield High School and Bruce Park.  Get a group of friends together to make a team, create a name, and coordinate your outfits.  To register for the event complete this online registration form  Participants can pay by cash or check ($20 per individual/$15 per team member) to "SHS Class of 2017" before the event date or on the day of the Color Run.  Contact Giancarlo Isotti at with any questions.


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