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´╗┐Suffield High School November Newsletter

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

https://www.suffield.org

Upcoming Events:

11/07
6:30 PM
Suffield Middle School Auditorium
 
11/09
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Suffield High School Agriscience
 
11/10
7:00 AM
Suffield High School Gymnasium
 
11/14
6:30 PM
Suffield Middle School Auditorium
 
11/15
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Commons/Main Office Conference Room
 
11/16
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Suffield High School
 
11/16
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Suffield High School
 
11/17
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Suffield High School
 
11/17
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Suffield High School
 
11/18
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Suffield High School
 
11/19
10:00 AM
Suffield High School Commons
 
11/21
6:30 PM
Suffield Middle School Auditorium
 
11/23
12:00 PM
 
11/29
6:30 PM
Suffield High School Auditorium
 
12/02
6:00 PM
Suffield High School Commons and Gymnasium
 

Principal's Message

In this edition of the school newsletter I want to remind parents of three different ways to provide the school with input and perspective.  They are the Parent Advisory Council Meeting, an upcoming survey to assist the school regarding its upcoming New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) self-study for the accreditation process, and parent report card conferences.   Please consider taking part in these opportunities.  More information regarding each is below.

 

Parent Advisory Council

The meeting will take place November 15th in the Main Office Conference Room at 6:00pm.  The topic to be discussed will be class rank and the school's desire to eliminate the calculation and communication of class rank on transcripts.  Many schools around the state have previously moved away from this system and the school is currently determining how best to report our student data to colleges while not providing such specific comparisons which allow colleges to make premature decisions before looking deeper into what our students know and are able to do. 

 

Accreditation Parent Survey

The school is beginning a yearlong self-study process as part of an upcoming New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation.  As part of this process, the school is requesting parent input through a 15-20 minute survey.  The purpose of this survey is to help the school determine its strengths and areas for improvement.

 

Parent Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 16th, 17th, and 18th where parents will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a teacher in a 10-minute meeting.  Please see the newsletter article below for more details.

Agriscience Update

The Suffield Agriscience program was extremely busy this past month.  A Chapter meeting was held on October 6th during 5th period in order to inform the students about upcoming committees such as Holiday Sale, Fundraising, Constitution, and Scrapbook!  The Committees are created to have other students in the Chapter take a leadership role and plan out upcoming activities.  The meeting covered the responsibilities and dates of the meetings, along with applications the students can fill out to be a candidate for being Chairperson of a committee.  


Suffield Regional FFA also had eighteen students attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Students attended the convention for four days and had the opportunity to learn more about agriculture through tours to agricultural landmarks, leadership workshops, and a massive career fair.  Suffield Regional FFA also sent their CDE team to compete at Nationals for Agricultural Issues.  The team won a bronze medal and represented the chapter very well for the competition discussing fish hatcheries in Connecticut.

Athletic News

The SHS Field Hockey Team has shown marked improvement the second half of the season.  The Wildcats now post a 6-8 record.  Only one point is needed by the team to qualify for the State tournament. Swimming is approaching the end of season and they have a 500 record. The swimmers are starting to get ready for swimming in the H.K. invitational and getting better times to qualify for the State tournament. The girls' soccer team remains undefeated with a record of 13-0.  For the first time in the program's history they are ranked in the top 50 in the country.  This week's rankings placed Suffield at #5 in the Northeast Region and # 49 in the Country. The boys' soccer team continues to play great soccer and is looking forward to a long run in the state tournament. The girls' volleyball team is enjoying a great season so far with a record of 11-5 and eyes on hosting home playoff games for the first time in our Volleyball team's short tenure as a varsity sport. The girls finish the regular season with three home games this week ending with their senior night game this Friday. Boys Cross country won the NCCC Championship and recently competed at states on Saturday. The girls cross country team continue to work hard and prepare for states on Saturday. The Football team's next home game is on November 5th at 1pm at Windsor Locks High School against Coginchaug. Come out and support our team.

Students of the Month

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The Physical Education Department would like to congratulate Morgan Wells and Brendan Looney for being recognized as Physical Education students of the Month for September, as well as Shlok Patel, John Dion and Brianna Tarasek for the month of October. Keep up the outstanding sportsmanship, hard work, and determination!!

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Congratulations to Kelly Carucci who was chosen as the Rotary Student of the Month for November. Kelly is a member of the Interact Club, Student Council, and Unity Team at Suffield High School. Kelly is a Captain on the Varsity Basketball team and has also played AAU Basketball through the years. She has also played on our Varsity soccer team. In her spare time, Kelly finds time to work as a hostess at a nearby restaurant, referees basketball games, enjoys tutoring students and has earned many community service hours. Kelly has received many honors and awards such as the "Unsung Hero Award" for Varsity Basketball, as well as being recognized in Civics, Pre-calculus and Physical Education. Kelly plans to attend College in the fall and is interested in Pharmacy as her major. Congratulations to Kelly on this well-deserved award.

National Honor Society Induction

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held on October 24, 2016 at Suffield High School.  Seventeen new students were inducted into the National Honor Society joining the 38 current members.  These students were chosen based on scholarship, service, leadership and character.  The induction address was given by Ms. Jennifer Plourde and refreshments were enjoyed by all after the ceremony.

Inductees

Jenna Apanowitch

Michael Baron 

Emily Bernabe 

Julia Bishop
Mackenzie Bly
Caitlin Bombard

Amy Colson
Apurva Gangakhedkar
Kaitlin Greco
Rylee Harfouche
Sydney Lupone
Amanda Martin-Ryan

Henry Mayne
Anna Mervosh
Emlyn Muska
Payton Salvaggio
Mackenzie Shaw

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

I remind everyone of the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences November 16, 17, and 18 where parents will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a teacher in a 10-minute meeting.  Conferences are available between 12:30-2:30 on all three afternoons and from 6:00-8:30 on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  Starting November 1st, you can use pick-A-time, an internet based online appointment scheduling system, to select your meeting times. https://pickatime.com/client?ven=11608505&event=297824 The link will remain open until the last day of conferences and additional communication will be sent from the school with details on how to schedule those conferences.  In order to access pick-A-time, you will need your student's district ID, which was included in the letter sent home.  Office secretaries are ready and able to assist anyone, so please do not hesitate to call as we are always happy to help.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to partner with the school and teachers.

National Merit Scholarship Program

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Congratulations to Caitlin Kirschbaum and Cooper Mitzel who have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  Congratulations on this well-deserved award.

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Nominee

Congratulations to sophomore Anna Casinghino on being chosen as Suffield High School's nominee for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY) Connecticut Leadership Seminar. Congratulations also go to sophomore Peyton Beiter who has been chosen as the alternate nominee. The mission of HOBY is to seek out, recognize and develop leadership potential commencing with high school sophomores. Congratulations to both Anna & Peyton!

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Wendy's High School Heisman Award Winners

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Congratulations to seniors Erin Sheridan and Jason Werenski on being named School Winners in the prestigious 2016 Wendy's High School Heisman Award Program! The Wendy's High School Heisman program, awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, celebrates the achievements of the nation's top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the top award in college football, the WHSH award is known for being the most prestigious award at the high school level. Congratulations to Erin & Jason!

Message from Safe Grad

A HUGE THANK YOU for our October bottle-drive volunteers! Don't forget about our next bottle drive on Saturday, January 7 from 9-11:30am at Suffield Middle School. Volunteers are ALWAYS needed.


Thank you to all parents and administration for supporting our annual pie sale. Don't forget to pick up your pie purchases at Suffield High School on November 17th!


We're off to a great start and we wouldn't be able to do it without your continued support. Thank you!!

News from the Art Department

Suffield Fine arts will continue to present a rotating gallery throughout the school. Works from the Graphics, Studio, Photography and Ceramics classes are on display and changed numerous times over the course of the school year. This rotating gallery allows students and visitors to see the creative and interesting ideas and art that Suffield has to offer. Make time to stop into the school next time you are in the area to see all the great artwork!!!!!
 

SHS Core Value of Responsibility

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Congratulations to the following students for exemplary demonstration in Suffield High School's core value of Responsibility.

  • Seniors: Elle McCusker, Kelly Carucci
  • Juniors: Joseph Rossi, Anna Mervosh
  • Sophomores: Ziad Hassan, Gabriella Zeller
  • Freshmen: Nathan Loos, Brian Lin

Farm to Table Brunch

On October 3rd, the Foods Classes went to Bushy Hill Farm in Granby, CT.  The students picked apples and enjoyed a "farm to table" brunch!   We learned about the economics behind the farming industry and learned how apples are harvested.  In class, the students made apple crisp and apple pie with the apples from the farm!

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