Suffield High School March Newsletter

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Principal's Message

Late winter, early spring is always an interesting time of the year in New England.  The last few weeks sure make it seem as though winter has moved on and I'm hopeful that school cancellations due to snow are behind us.  Personally, I'm hoping for the roller coaster of temperatures to come to an end so I can shed the long overcoat for a light coat so the golf season can begin.  Please remember that each cancelled day of school backs up our projected last day of school.  As of this submission (March 3), we have had 2 snow days so the projected last day of school for students is Tuesday, June 13th.  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 and that the Board of Education is not able to set the official graduation date until April 1st.  Hopefully I will be able to formally announce the graduation date in the next newsletter so families can begin planning.


Speaking of seasons, I want to thank all the fans I have seen at the variety of events this winter season.  No matter what event I have been to, whether at the basketball court, pool, rink, or track, at a school debate, or the recent Pop's Concert in the auditorium, the fans and support I have witnessed is outstanding.  As you can see from the newsletter to follow, the school has many celebrations to share in a wide variety of arenas and I also celebrate the support, sportsmanship, and proper etiquette shown by our fans.  This month's accomplishments are a perfect reminder of all the good work happening at Suffield High School.  Please check out the school website and calendar as we would love to have more people come and enjoy the wonderful events.

Athletic News

The Girls Wildcats Hockey Team wrapped up its first season with a win over the UCONN Club team 3-1.  Inaugural season achievements:  15-4 record. The highly charged offense lit the lamp 82 times this season coupled with the team's goalies and solid defense combined for 6 shutouts and only 23 goals against the Wildcats.   Wins against varsity programs include Simsbury, Mercy/Northwest Catholic and the Nighthawks.  This demonstrated the team's first season capabilities as did their 1-0 OTL to last season's D1 State Finalist East Catholic.  More importantly, 18 girls can forever say, "We were the first, we paved the way and oh, how much fun it was!"


The indoor track team had a great winter season. The boys finished third at the NCCC Championships and the girls finished fourth. Nick Sinofsky, Ryan Cleaves, Leroy Lawson, Jared Sharp, and Cameron Shaw were named to the All-Conference team. Both teams performed well at the Class M State Championships and the 4x800 relay of Kyle Englander, Samatar Wehelie, Nick Sinofsky, and Jared Sharp qualified to compete at the State Open Championships. It was a successful winter on the track!


The boys' hockey team has had an exceptional season.  They are competing against the best teams in the state and motivated for the state tournament.  The Wildcats Hockey team always plays with teamwork, 100% effort, dedication, and sportsmanship.


Wildcats' swimming is off to their best start in the last few years.  They have had notable wins against traditional swimming programs.  Their current record stands at 9 wins and 3 losses with 2 meets remaining.  The team hopes to make some noise in Class M states in mid-March.


The boys' basketball team finished the regular season 15-5. The team is playing at a high level and has come together as they prepare for the NCCC tournament as well as the CIAC tournament.


The girls' basketball team finished the regular season at 18-2, securing the #1 seed in class M for the state tournament. The girls also won the regular season NCCC title for the first time since 1978. They went on to win the NCCC tournament as well with a 53-29 win over East Windsor in the final. Kelly Carucci and McKenzie Rusczyk both garnered All-Conference honors. The girls are now 21-2 as they prepare for the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday, February 28th against WCA.

Congratulations-Nicole Stryjek

Congratulations to Nicole Stryjek on signing her letter of intent to play Division I soccer at Fairfield University in the fall.  Pictured below from left to right:  Mike Bosworth-Athletic Director, Ann Stryjek, Nicole Stryjek (center), John Stryjek and David Sullivan-Coach.


PE Students of the Month


Congratulations to the following students who were chosen as Physical Education Students of the Month for February.

Gianna Carestia

Zach Cieri

Sarah Johnston

Kathy Moore

Fletcher Seymour

Alexandra Smith

Joe Smith


Rotary Student of the Month

Congratulations to Zachary Del Vaglio who has been chosen as our Rotary Student of the Month for February.


Zach is a senior at Suffield High School and plans to attend a four-year college majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics.  His goal is to obtain his MBA after college.  Zach's dream is to someday work on Wall Street as a stock analyst.


During his four years at Suffield High School, Zach has received honors such as the International Studies Award and the HOBY Youth Leadership Award.  Zach is a member of our Varsity Golf Team and has received All-Conference Honors and the Coach's Award in 2016, as well as being named a Scholar-Athlete.   Zach is involved in many extracurricular activities at school such as our A-Team, Writing Center Coach, Math Team, Unified Basketball Participant and our National Honor Society.  Zach is the Vice President of his class and has been a Student Senate representative for the last three years.


In his spare time, Zach enjoys golf, fishing, reading, playing the piano and Finance/Wall Street.  He works at the Suffield Country Club Golf Course and also tutors underclassmen in Math, US History and Biology.  Zach is also employed by a local restaurant as a waiter.  Zach's Guidance Counselor, Ned Sullivan, says that Zach is well liked and highly respected by peers and faculty alike.  He states, "Zach is a goal-oriented and dedicated student who's grown in self-confidence along the way.  His easy-going and laid back manner belies an inner drive to seek excellence in all that he does."


With all this said about Zachary Del Vaglio, it is clear why he has been chosen as the Rotary Student of the Month.  Congratulations Zach!!

World Language Student of the Month - January

Congratulations to Brooke Tillotson, the World Languages Student of the Month for January, 2017.  Brooke is a sophomore at Suffield High School and is currently enrolled in Spanish IV Honors.  Brooke continuously produces exemplary work, is an avid participant in class, and puts forth maximum effort. Brooke pushes her classmates to use the target language as often as possible and is enthusiastic about the cultures and communities that she is learning about.


Brooke looks forward to using the language beyond her years at Suffield High School. She hopes to use her language skills not only in her future career in agriculture, but also to travel internationally to countries she has studied in her World Language classes.


Brooke is actively involved in the FFA, earning the Star Greenhand and Excellence in Supervised Experience awards, and currently serves as the Treasurer for the Suffield Regional FFA. She is also an athlete for the Suffield High School Swim Team.

Brooke's passion for global awareness and dedication to her studies of the Spanish language set a strong example for her peers. Brooke maintains a positive attitude, bold and undaunted approach to language learning, and is supportive of her peers. These positive attributes paired with her academic and personal successes have earned her this esteemed spot. Felicidades Brooke!

World Language Student of the Month - February

Felicidades to Vansh Patel, the World Languages Student of the Month for February, 2017.  Vansh is a freshman at Suffield High School and is currently enrolled in Spanish III Honors.  Vansh demonstrates exceptional skill in written and oral Spanish and has an aptitude for language learning.  A world traveler, Vansh has visited India on several occasions and is a fluent speaker of Gujarati.


Spanish will be the third language for Vansh to conquer and he enjoys the cognates that English shares with the romance language.  He also appreciates the complexity of the Spanish language that creates a welcomed challenge for him.  Although being trilingual would be advantageous in any field, Vansh aspires to become a doctor.  He says, "Knowing Spanish could help me better communicate with patients." 


Vansh has consistently achieved High Honor Roll and his favorite academic subjects are math and science.  His extracurricular activities include Math Team in addition to set building and backstage work for the SHS drama department.  Working on the current musical, Cinderella has kept him busy.  When he is not studying or helping out backstage, he likes to engage in physical activity, especially bike riding and swimming. 


Vansh's propensity for language makes learning Spanish appear effortless.  His hard work, positive attitude and academic excellence across all subjects have earned him this well-deserved recognition.

Core Values – Integrity

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

  • Senior                   Caelie Flanagan and Emily Karam
  • Junior                    Malik McPherson and Olga Semyanko
  • Sophomore           Jared Lobo and Camden Miller
  • Freshman             Victoria Kent and Brooke LaDuke

Suffield High School Musical - Cinderella

The musical "Cinderella" will take place on March 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Students can purchase tickets during all three lunches during the week of the performance, and family and friends can purchase tickets at the door.  Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults.  Come out and enjoy the show!


Agriscience News

February was a very exciting month for Suffield Regional FFA! The group started the month off with their Greenhand and Chapter Degree Ceremonies. In order for a student to earn a Greenhand Degree, freshmen have to take a test on FFA knowledge, offices, and history and earn an 85% or higher. The candidates receive a certificate, FFA Handbook and a pin of bronze to put on their blue corduroy jackets. To earn their Chapter degrees, sophomores have to learn parliamentary procedure and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of it.   The candidates received a certificate and a pin of silver. As spring approaches, the chapter is preparing for the Ag Expo event to be held on April 19th and 20th. The event will have demonstrations by students, guided tours through our facilities and activities for children and adults to participate in to expand their knowledge of agriculture. All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there!

Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair

Suffield High School will be participating for the fifth consecutive year in the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair. This year, for the first time in Suffield history, Suffield Middle School will be represented at the state science fair by two students who have reached the semi-finals.  Suffield will have 14 science projects with 21 students in the semi-finals.  You are cordially invited to attend the Science Fair Showcase on Monday, March 13th from 2:30-4:00 pm in the Suffield High School Commons.  The Science Fair Showcase will feature our students along with their science projects created for the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair.  The Science Fair Showcase is open to all students, teachers, parents and the Suffield community.  Come and visit with our Science Fair students and see their projects before they travel down to Quinnipiac University for the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair.  All are welcome!  Come and share some snacks and creative conversation with our science students.  You can also visit the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University.  Visit the website at for the Science Fair Week schedule and Public Viewing days and times.

Science Curriculum Chair Award

Congratulations to Steve Autieri, our Science Curriculum Chair for being recognized by the NSTA with the Robert E. Yager Excellence in Science Teaching Award.  This is a National Award for a teacher who exemplifies excellence and innovation in the classroom.  Steve is being honored at a black tie dinner event in Los Angeles where he will be speaking.  Congratulations Steve on this well-deserved award.

Teacher of the Month Award

Every other month at Suffield High School, Student Senate chooses a "Teacher of the Month."  Our teachers submit names of colleagues who have made a recent positive contribution to the school.  Members of the Student Senate gather to review the responses submitted and choose a recipient.  Congratulations to Mark Janick who was chosen for December 2016 and to Domenico Casolari who was chosen for February 2017.  

Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting

The next PAC meeting will take place at Suffield High School in the Media Center on March 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  The agenda will include information from the Suffield Local Prevention Council regarding an upcoming Youth Assessment Survey.  Also, the four 6-12 Curriculum Leaders will be providing curriculum updates as a continuation of our conversation from last month regarding college and career readiness.  


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