RHS Weekly Update #1 Welcome Back🙂
Review of the Bell Schedule
Student Picture Day
Summer Reading Information
Information from the Nurse’s Desk
Updates from the Cafeteria
First Day of School Paperwork
Extracurricular Activities and Athletics News
Entry Plan Parent Meeting
Back to School Night Information
If you like the idea of sitting outside on a summer day listening to the sounds of classic and contemporary jazz, an upcoming, family-friendly, community event in Rockland may be just for you.
Hosted by the Rockland Public Schools’ Music Department with funding by the Rockland Cultural Arts Council and One Rockland, the Kenny Hadley Big Band will perform on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 1 to 4 pm at the Rockland High School/Middle School outdoor concert area. Admission is free.
Drummer Kenny Hadley’s 16-member jazz band has performed classic and contemporary big band jazz selections for over 30 years. The band’s musicians have extensive resumes that include playing with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Buddy Rich. Some members also perform and travel with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the band also has played at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival.
For more information about the Kenny Hadley Band go to the band’s Facebook page.
On the following Friday evening, Aug. 26 at 6 pm, a Beatles tribute band, Studio Two, will perform at the same venue. For more information about this event go to this link.
For the Rockland community it will be two opportunities to enjoy live music, geared to all ages. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy the shows; food and drink will be available. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the high school auditorium.
What a great way to close out a great summer!
For additional information about the Kenny Hadley show, contact RPS Music Director, John Piazza at email@example.com
As most know, John Harrison is the new principal at Rockland High School. He assumed his position on July 1. The Veritas will therefore be updating the Principal’s Page on the Veritas website, beginning with Mr. Harrison’s first post on his blog (below). So, as always, check this page on the menu bar throughout the summer and the school year to get the latest from Rockland High School’s Principal https://rhsveritas.wordpress.com/principals-message/ or go directly to his blog: http://rocklandhs.blogspot.com
Friday, July 1, 2016
Greetings from the new RHS Principal!
July 1, 2016
Dear Rockland High School Community,
It is with great excitement that I begin as Principal of Rockland High School. I feel very fortunate to join a learning environment with a committed staff, passionate student body, and supportive community.
Over the past few months, I have enjoyed attending a variety of school-wide events that have allowed me to start to understand the culture of Rockland High School. I was impressed by the thoughtful expression of ideas and strong presentation skills our students displayed at the Spellman Oratorical Contest. I was amazed by the high quality talent our art and music students displayed at the Arts Festival. The care students exemplified for each other at the Student Government Council Awards Night not only indicated how strong this leadership organization is but the strong values our students have to support each other. I observed the level of rigor involved to be a National Honor Society member at the Induction Ceremony and left impressed at how the students ran the entire night from start to finish under the direction of their advisor. When I attended the prom and graduation, the strong connections between staff and students were evident and the tightly knit sense of community in Rockland stood out. The past four months have afforded me the opportunity to realize how lucky I am to be Principal of Rockland High School.
Over the the next few months I will be working on my entry plan as Principal. While I will be meeting with all stakeholders within the Rockland community throughout the course of the entry plan, one of the elements of this plan is to meet with students and parents. When the school year begins, I will sit down with students to better understand the strengths and needs of Rockland High School. Throughout the summer and into the fall season, I have set-up the following dates and times for parents to meet with me this summer:
Tuesday, July 19th
8am-9am: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
6pm-7pm: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
Tuesday, August 23rd
8am-9am: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
6pm-7pm: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
Wednesday, September 14th
6pm-7pm: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
It would be helpful if all students and parents could take the time to complete this brief survey so I can get to know the Rockland High School community in anticipation of the upcoming school year. Throughout the summer, I encourage you to stay informed by visiting my blog at http://www.rocklandhs.blogspot.com or following me on twitter @RocklandHS. I wish you a restful, well-deserved summer and I am very much looking forward to working with you.
John M. Harrison
Rockland High School
Mike Ivanoskos, Veritas Staff
It is time at last for another edition of the alumni series!
Recently, I was able to catch up with Rockland High School’s Class of 2013 alumna Molly Hurley and conduct an interview. Hurley is a great developing writer and journalist who cannot thank RHS enough for the lending hand to success that it has provided in her life.
We asked her if she feels about her Bulldog roots. Hurley responded, “For me, being a Bulldog brings me so much pride. It reminds me of where my roots are, and how I’ve struggled and conquered some of my greatest battles. Being a Bulldog means I’m never alone. I have classmates, teammates, teachers and faculty members all rooting for me. From these statements we can see how being bulldog made Hurley battle tested in every challenge she has encountered up until now.
It is always important to remember where you came from to know where you are going. Hurley seems to understand that perfectly as she references how her experience at RHS helped her learn and grow during her tenure there. Hurley explained, “I’ve accomplished a lot since graduation and I can’t possibly thank all the teachers, coaches, and faculty members for providing such a stable foundation for me to grow. If I’m being honest, my education at RHS made me realize that school only gets harder. The advice and constructive criticism was always sincere and I wish I hadn’t taken it for granted.”
Ms. McDonough wrote on one of my last papers, “Smart, beautiful women make it far in life.” Those words have followed me in everything I’ve set myself out to accomplish. The teachers I had while attending RHS knew I was capable of applying myself more to my schoolwork than I did when I sat in their classrooms. So, I think that’s what helped me succeed, the lessons that I learned.” This is a great credit to our teachers and other mentors at RHS for setting the tone for a supportive and motivation in-fused atmosphere.
You know the old saying, “High school is some of the best years of your life”? Well, that saying has not fallen on deaf ears when we hear the positive feedback about what RHS alumni have missed about their time here. Hurley said, “ RHS is a memorable place. There’s not much that I don’t miss. For starters, I miss the social life that RHS provided me! Most importantly, I miss Friday night football games.”
After Hurley’s RHS experience she was able to turn the page to the next chapter in her life. Hurley says, “After graduation I attended the University of Maine, where I studied Journalism. UMaine is a D1 school. The transition from being a big fish in a little pond to being little fish to a big pond was a little overwhelming. I had a blast in Maine, but realized how much I appreciated home once I left. I spent three semesters in Maine before I transferred to Bridgewater State University. I wanted to continue studying Journalism, but BSU didn’t offer Journalism as a major. After meeting with advisors I decided to enroll in Communication Studies and a Concentration in Media and Film. When I transferred, I told myself I wanted to start writing and telling stories again. I found out about the Comment, Bridgewater’s school newspaper and joined their staff. I wrote my first story on the 175th anniversary of Bridgewater State University.
This was my first time writing a story since my departure from The Veritas. The void that I felt when I was in Maine was suddenly filled. I’ve been writing for the Comment for three semesters now. I’m excited to enter my senior year as Editor-in-Chief. This summer I’ll be involved in a double internship with WCVB-TV and BTV which I’m also super excited about!” Hurley’s life has shown that sometimes change can be beneficial.
Hurley told us about her big long term plans for her future. Hurley tells, “The number one goal I set for myself when beginning my college education was to graduate. If all goes as planned I’ll graduate in 2017. I would like to graduate cum laude which is determined by your cumulative GPA. Someday, I’d like to see myself as a news reporter. I’ve learned so much about the media industry thus far and admire all the career opportunities this industry has to offer.”
Hurley had some great lasting advice for the Class of 2016. Hurley stated, “Don’t let anyone tell you that what you’re doing is insignificant or that you can’t do something. Life after high school is fun, but it’s time to take control of your life. I remember being told Journalism was a dying field and pursuing a career related to Journalism was pointless. I think of how much I’ve grown and how inspired I’ve been over the past few years. I’m proud of the choices that I’ve made. If you want something so badly, you’ll do anything and everything to get it. Class of 2016, get excited, be nervous and set goals for yourself. Rockland High School has prepared you to succeed, so go out and do just that.
Click here to see one of Molly’s pieces from her senior year at RHS!
In closing, a special thanks to RHS Class of 2013 alumna Molly Hurley for agreeing to conduct this interview and an on-camera interview with us (below). We wish her the best in her future endeavors.
This marks the final edition of the RHS Alumni Series for the 2015-16 school year! The Veritas would like to wish reporter and graduate, Mike Ivanoskos the best of luck in all his future endeavors. We will look forward to doing an alumni interview with him in the near future.
Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor
The second annual Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball Tournament at Rockland High lived up to the hype. The returning champs, ‘God’s Children’, came back for a second run at a title. The large crowd in the gym saw an all-girls’ team battle through a couple of close games, as well as some other intriguing opening round matchups.
The ‘Spartans’, led by Kevin Strobel (WNE) as their goalie, defeated ‘The Lumberjacks’ in the first round and took ‘God’s Children’ to overtime before losing on day two. ‘Devil’s Disciples,’ led by the Kimball brothers, used a heavy-soccer tactic, and had a goal differential of almost +20 heading into the final day. ‘Bar Down’, captained by Joe Taft and Brett Schneider, played the Cinderella role after losing their opening game. They won both their games on the second day, including an upset win over the ‘Spartans,’ to advance to play on Friday. The ‘Thunder Donkeys,’ a team of strictly sophomores, rolled through the tournament to advance to the final day as well.
Though seventeen teams entered, only eight found themselves playing on the final day of the tournament. In the first game, ‘Bar Down’ continued their underdog prowess, defeating ‘Diversity’ in an overtime match. ‘Donnie’s Burgers’, led by Ian MacDonald and Pat Gorman, beat the ‘Barn Burners’ in the second game, also an overtime win, to move on to the next round. Bar Down was defeated by last year’s runner up, Team NB, and the young ‘Thunder Donkeys’ very nearly reached the championship before losing in a shootout with the whole crowd on their feet.
After the dust cleared, it was the championship matchup everyone was hoping for. Joe Kimball’s ‘Devils’ Disciples’ taking on Matt Clougherty’s ‘God’s Children.’ ‘God’s Children’ took the first game, setting up a decisive final game to crown the champion. The team’s battled hard, and at the end of regulation, defense was clearly the name of the game. A zero-zero tie heading into regulation was not what everyone expected from two high-flying offenses. Sam Collyer ripped a shot past Dylan Bernache in OT to capture the championship trophy for the ‘Disciples’. Collyer’s superior arm strength led him to the tournament MVP trophy as well.
In the end, the tournament raised nearly $4,000 for the Jared Quirk ‘Good Guy” Scholarship. Some feelings may have been hurt on the court, but everything was for a great cause. Jared’s name will live on forever through the tournament, as well as through the mark he left on all of his classmates and friends.
photos by Abby Condon, Carolyn McCarthy and Hannah Boben.
Teams in addition to those mentioned were: Angels, Hands Off, Vicious and Delicious, Magical Mambas Scoop and Score, Hell Hounds, Diversity, and Italian Meats
Three Rockland High School alumni were inducted into the Rockland High School Academic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 8 at the Emerald Hall in Abington. They are Susan J. Darwin from the Class of 1979, Janet Colebourn Begin from the Class of 1982 and David Oliver-Hussey of the Class of 1984.
After the Hall of Fame Induction academic underclassmen awards were given out. Following is a list of award winners and a photo gallery of some of the winners.
National Leadership Award (formerly I Dare You Award) – Colleen McCarthy
Rensselaer Medal Scholarship Award – Mathematics and Science – Mitchell Ryan
Recognition of Math Team – Grade 11 – Michael Belmonte, Luana Lima, Caitlin McArthur, Vivian Nguyen,; Grade 10 – Elias Csubak, Ronan McNally, Saoirse McNally, Alexander Domina, Joseph Naughton, Sean Sugrue, Haley Chase-Crocker, Nicholas Walker, Rebekah Panaro Grade 9 – none
Art Awards: Shawn Ward – Boston Globe/Scholastic Art Show–- Two Honorable Mentions for Drawing; Colleen Burke – Second Parish Church of Hingham Art Show – 3rd Place for 3D Art
Veritas Journalism Award – Adiza Alasa – Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association
High Honors Three Terms This Year – Grade 11 – none; Grade 10 – Stephanie Blaney, Sabrina Sprague, Sean Sugrue; Grade 9 – Adiza Alasa, Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska, Declan Rogers
St. Michael’s College Book Award – Luana Lima
National Energy Education Award – “Amped up in Rockland Project”, earned the Massachusetts Rookie of the Year Award for: Joseph Naughton, Saoirse McNally, Ronan McNally, Alexander Domina
Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:
Juniors: Jessica Lutts;
Sophomores: Kellie Berry, Stephanie Blaney, Eden Dalton, Alexander Domina, Olivia Elie, Rebecca Elliott, Aiden Glennon, Harrison Hunter, Margaret Jones, Meredith Long, Lily Matson, Joseph Naughton, Danielle O’Brien, Harrison O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, Christopher Penney, Zachary Peterson, Jocelyn Reera, Sean Sugrue, Isabelle Uong
Boys State – Matthew Dunn, Leonard Field III Girls State – Julia DiCienzo, Colleen McCarthy Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award – Jillian Schofield Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award – Aiden Glennon
Gr. 9 Elizabeth Kelley,
Gr. 10 Jillian Schofield, Samantha Stodder
Gr. 11 Shawn Ward, Hannah Millen
Gr. 9 Justin Sherlock
Gr. 10 Aiden Glennon, Andrew Wile
Gr. 11 Andrew Finerty, Sara Boucher
Gr. 9 Francisco Oliveira
Gr. 10 Meredith Long, Kellie Berry
Gr. 11 Luana Lima
FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE
Gr. 9 Jasmin Morse
Gr. 11 Isabel Pica
Gr. 9 Katie Houde
Gr. 10 Sabrina Sprague, Rebecca Taylor
Gr. 11 Tatianna Hill
Gr. 9 Jacob Nunn, Lanaya Dutcher
Gr. 10 Joseph Naughton
Gr. 11 Michael Belmonte
Gr. 9 Angelina Vuong, Mireese Wilson
Gr. 10 Erin Field
Gr. 11 Sean Vo, Lauren Zaremba
Gr. 9 Sean Morrissey, Megan Diver
Gr. 10 Joseph Campanile
Gr. 11 Nicole Reera
Gr. 9 Marissa Smith, Alyssa Antoniewicz
Gr. 10 Danielle O’Brien, Stephanie Blaney
Gr. 11 Jessica Lutts
Gr. 9 Justin Wright
Gr. 10 Nicholas Stanton
Gr. 11 Mitchell Ryan, Richard Pattison
Gr. 9 Declan Rogers
Gr. 10 Saoirse McNally
Gr. 11 Matthew Rocha, Julia DiCienzo
Gr. 9 Elias Jones
Gr. 10 Ryan Kelley, Harrison O’Brien
Gr. 11 multi-winners
Gr. 9 Adiza Alasa English, World Language
Tyler Beatrice Family Consumer Science, Mathematics
Michelle Ramoska Mathematics, History/Social Science
Sarah Pollard Art, Technical Education
Gr. 10 Sean Sugrue Mathematics, History/Social Science
Gr. 11 Shannon Lindahl English, Science
Noelle Atkins World Language, Mathematics
Derric Trudeau Technical Education, Physical Education
OVERALL OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVER
Grade 9 John Ellard
Grade 10 Eden Dalton
Jill Donahue, Veritas Asst. Managing Editor
Class elections took place on June 8, and officers were announced. Speeches were played in history classes throughout the week and students got to vote on who will be the best representative for them. Each class has a President, Vice president, Secretary and Treasurer. The final results are below.
Class of 2017:
President: Kaylee Patten
Vice president: Colleen McCarthy
Secretary: Shawn Ward
Treasurer: Julia DiCienzo
Class of 2018:
President: Hannah Boben
Vice president: Jillian Donahue
Secretary: Hannah Murphy
Treasurer: Izzy Uong
Class of 2019:
President: John Ellard
Vice president: Abby Condon
Secretary: Madison Blonde
Treasurer: Justin Sherlock
ROCKLAND ATHLETIC AWARDS -2016
WOMAN’S COACHES AWARD – Samantha DeMarco
(Senior female student/athlete)
VICKI SOLARI AWARD – Kyra Rose
(Most inspirational female athlete)
SENIOR FEMALE ATHLETIC AWARD – Caroline Kilduff
(Top senior female athlete)
MARION MANSFIELD DONOVAN AWARD – Caroline Kilduff
(Top female student/athlete)
JOHN BELL BULLDOG AWARD – Alexandria Carchedi
(Female who plays over and above abilities)
JOHN BELL BULLDOG AWARD – Harrison Shields and Shane Murray
(Male who plays over and above abilities)
PETER J. CROWLEY AWARD – Stephen Norris
(Top senior male athlete)
JOSEPH DONDERO AWARD – Matthew Kirslis
(Top male student/athlete)
LOUIS CIFELLO AWARD – Ryan Shea
(Most inspirational male athlete)
JOSEPH DUNN AWARD – Kevin Levesque
(Top student/athlete football player)
WARREN NAJARIAN BULLDOG PRIDE AWARD – Angela Turner
(Female athlete that never gives up)
WARREN NAJARIAN BULLDOG PRIDE AWARD –Jonathan Nguyen
(Male athlete that never gives up)
JOHN DELOREY AWARD – Kylie McKenna
(Female athlete that exemplifies sportsmanship)
JOHN DELOREY AWARD – Ryan Sugrue
(Male athlete that exemplifies sportsmanship)
ROBERT ELLIS AWARD – Joseph Kimball
(Top Male Student/Athlete Basketball Player)
CHARLES E. LEVERONE AWARD – Sarah Margolis
(Top Female Track or Cross Country Runner)
CHARLES E. LEVERONE AWARD – Shane Darcy
(Top Male Track or Cross Country Runner)
The final Veritas broadcast of the year includes an interview with retiring Superintendent of Schools John Retchless, and RHS Principal Dr. Alan Cron. Highlights of the Class of 2016 Graduation and interviews with teachers about their summer plans are also included.
This broadcast was produced by members of the Journalism class. Jill Donahue filmed the graduates’ walk through elementary schools; Molly Grass conducted the interviews with teachers about their summer plans. Sarah Boucher and Rebecca Elliott of the Digital Media class filmed graduation; Hannah Boben conducted the interview with John Retchless and Adiza Alasa served as anchor for the broadcast with Theodora Panagiotidis, Kaylee Ellis, Joe Taft, Patrick Murphy and Hope Geary in the control room.
The Class of 2016 Graduation on Friday night June 3, 2016 was a bittersweet ceremony in which 129 received diplomas. Following are details about the class.
Valedictorian: Ryan Sugrue
Salutatorian: Lexie Carchedi
Class president: Michael Ahern
Class color: Navy Blue and White
Class flower: Rose
Class motto: Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog
Quote of the day: “Class of 2016, I wish you nothing but the best of luck. Don’t mess it up.” – Teacher Nicholas Liquori
ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2016
Michael Ahern, Ashley Arena, Justin Arena, Trevaughn Augustine, Samantha Aylward, Erika Barstad, Sara Bistany, Lucy Boggs, Riley Bouchard, Jeremy Bradley, Mickey Burns, Joseph Callahan, Jonathan Cannon, Alexandria Carchedi, Sean Carney, Albert Clark, Samuel Collyer, Liam Connelly, Kevin Costello, Dylan Cunningham.
Shane Darcy, Leah DeCecco, Samantha DeMarco, Marquis Denis, Ashley DeWolfe, Andrew Doig, Kaitlin Dorney, Shane Driscoll, Shelise Dutcher, Kaylee Ellis, Mark Ewell, Meghan Foster, Austin Gareau, Brad Gasdia, Tamara Gibson, John Glennon, Brendan Goudy, Anthony Gramazio, Lauren Grisolia, Garritt Guerrero, Alyssa Hatch, Caitlin Hedges, Ryan Hooper, Sarah Hunter, Christie Hurley, Cassidy Hyson, Lauren Illes, Michael Ivanoskos.
Taia Johnson, Sarah Kane, Kylie Keefe, Caroline Kilduff, Samuel Kimari, Joseph Kimball, Brittany King, Abigail Kinlin, Matthew Kirslis, Elizabeth Knobel, John Lampert, Riley Lang, Raye LaPlante, Jr., Thomas Lavertue, Talya Lazisky, Daniel Leary, Jr., John Lenihan, Kevin Levesque, Jr., Kalee Lucier-Hill.
Brian MacDonald, Haley Macray, Owen Mahoney, Gregory Makarski, Liam Maloney, Jennifer Manning, Jillian Manning, Sarah Margolis, Russell McCauley, Brianna McConville, Kylie McKenna, Thomas McKim, Jr., Hunter Morris, Jeremy Morrison, Tyler Murphy, John Murray, Shane Murray, Jonathan Nguyen, Stephen Norris, Jenna O’Connor, Jared Ochenduszko, Prisca Okonkwo, Ryan Palmer, William Parlee, Myah Parsons, Ana Paula Pedra, Ashley Pezzella, Kaleigh Pishkin, Rebeca Portela, Zachary Pransky.
Carly Reardon, Gustavo Ribeiro, Mitchell Rice, Bella Rindone, Jo Roberts, Michael Rocha, Celia Rosa, Kyra Rose, Levi Sahn, Alecio Sampaio Jr, Taylor Schell, Ryan Shea, Harrison Shields, Steven Shorrock, Treasure Smith, Thomas Spengler, Alyssa Stanton, Adria Stephens, Ryan Sugrue, Timothy Sullivan, Jon Sylvester, Syann Teixeira, Kiera Tobin-Rosman, Angela Turner, Taylor Whitley, Erika Wiley, Patrick Winter, Makayla Wright, Hao Xu, John Yandle, Caitlin Yannizzi, Fanting Zhou.
Link to Graduation in photo gallery. with more pictures to be added as we receive them!
Before graduation seniors gathered in the gym to get ready for the ceremony. Some steamed their gowns, all posed for pictures, and some showed off their decorative caps. Following are photos by Hannah Boben and Michelle Downey, Veritas Photographers. First a look at some of the decorated caps.
Pictures with friends, classmates, teachers and some selfies! We will be adding more to these galleries so keep checking back.
Check back to see our gallery of the ceremony itself!
Check back to see more photos of the graduates and the ceremony!
Joe Taft, Veritas Sports Editor
As the end of the school year is upon the student population at Rockland High, usually the kids would have their minds set on summer vacation.
Since just last year, a newfound tradition at RHS has the whole school buzzing.
At the Jared Lewis Quirk Speedball Tournament, held at the high school from June 8th through 10th, 17 teams will all be vying for school-wide greatness.
The games will be 15 minutes long with no stoppages in play, and on-the-run substitutions are implemented, like hockey.
Ms. Walsh is in charge of the tournament, and has seeded all the teams and created all the match-ups. The champions of last year’s tournament, God’s Children, captained by Matt Clougherty, is the number one seed. Team NB, captained by Ryan Quirk, will be the 2-seed. These two team’s faced each other last year in the championship, and it took a shootout to crown the victor.
Though those teams are the heavy favorites, there are some other teams to watch out for heading into the tournament. The Barn Burners are led by Eddie Yeadon and features a team of 2016 grads, while Tyler and Terrence Gibson look to lead the Lumberjacks to the title.
The tournament will also feature an all-girls squad, named Hands-Off, who will go up against Italian Meats in the first game of the tournament.
No matter what the outcome, the tournament is sure to be a success. All proceeds will go towards Jared’s scholarship fund.
Let the madness begin!
About 50 members of the Rockland High School Class of 2016 visited each of Rockland’s elementary schools on Tuesday, May 31. The seniors walked down to Memorial Park School after visiting the Rogers Middle School. After being greeted by the school children and some of their former teachers at Memorial Park School, they boarded a bus and traveled to Jefferson Elementary where they processed once again through the halls, the cafeteria and the playground. The final stop was Esten Elementary where they were applauded by the school children as they visited the cafeteria, the gym, and the playground and walked the halls that many of them had once walked in their early days of school.
RHS Asst. Principal, Kathy Paulding, said, “This event serves two unique purposes. For the younger students in the district who look up to our student athletes, or have them as a baby sitter, or are related to them, the walk serves as another way for them to see what their hard work can lead to. The goal was to inspire the younger students to strive to wear the cap and gown in the future. The other benefit of the walk is for our seniors to reflect on where they started this journey and to walk the halls of the elementary and middle schools again and remember how long they have worked for this goal and take pride in the accomplishment.”
Haley Macray was one of the seniors who took a stroll down memory lane. “I think the event went really well. It was a reminder of how far I’ve come in the Rockland school system. Going to Esten, my former elementary school was the most special part. That’s where it all began. Rockland schools have made me who I am and I owe them a lot.”
Macray also thought that the experience was great for the elementary school children. “Being able to say hi and give high fives to the graduating classes to come was an incredible experience and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it!”
Rockland High School’s graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016 at Rockland Memorial Stadium.
Photos below are by Hannah Boben and Michelle Downey, Veritas Staff Photographers
Veritas Staff’s Joe Taft and Kaylee Ellis put together this video getting students and teachers’ reaction to the Class of 2016. What will you miss about those lovable seniors?
The RHS Pentelic Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction of new members on Wednesday, May 19. Senior NHS President Ryan Sugrue presided as sixteen juniors and two seniors were inducted.
They include juniors, Noelle Atkins, Erin Buckley, Julia DiCienzo, Luana Lima, Shannon Lindahl, Jessica Lutts, Colleen McCarthy, Christopher McHugh, Michael McPeck, Vivian Nguyen, Kaylee Patten, Dana Peck, Meghan Saucier, Sean Vo, Sydney Wells, Mohammed Youssef and seniors Kylie McKenna and Fanting Zhou.
Senior members (shown in photo) were also recognized. Each senior member stood as NHS Secretary Haley Macray called the roll and announced the school that each will attend next year.
In a traditional salute to their educational mentors, two honorary members of the seniors’ choice were inducted: math teacher, Steven Casagrande and Superintendent of Schools, John Retchless.
Two Rockland High School student print publications, The Veritas and Images Magazine, received Highest Achievement Awards on Tuesday, May 2 at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference.
Highest Achievement awards, according to NESPA Director Helen Smith, are given to only those publications considered to be of highest quality in content and editing. In addition, the Veritas website also received a Highest Achievement award. With a Highest Achievement designation each publication is then entered into the All-New England contest.
This year, for the second year in a row, The Veritas newspaper came in first in the All-New England contest in Class III.
Awards are given in four classifications that are based on student enrollment. A school with an enrollment between 400 and 699 students is Class III.
Individual Special Achievement Awards were also announced at the conference. Adiza Alasa, a freshman in the Journalism class received an award for her sports story, “Girls basketball team wins league title,” printed in the February edition of the Veritas.
Smith said that Special Achievement Awards are given to individual stories, photos, and graphic designs that are “truly exemplary.” Out of over 1,000 individual entries, only 125 students were recognized individually. Alasa’s story competed against student submissions in all four enrollment classes.
Madeline Lannin-Cotton, advisor to the Veritas, said, “The All-New England first place award is quite an honor, considering that publications from all six New England states are entered into the competition. This year’s Journalism students were very excited to learn about their achievement. For our senior editor, Haley Marcy, it is her second first-place award as an editor of the Veritas.”
Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor
Hectic teen schedules and lack of information can no longer be reasons for RHS students to skip registering to vote, thanks to NHS.
On May 16th and May 17th, the Rockland High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be sponsoring a voter registration drive in the high school cafeteria during all three lunches.
During this drive students who are Massachusetts residents may register to vote and students aged 16 and 17 will be able to pre-register to vote before they turn 18. Students will need either their license number or the last four digits of their social security number in order to register.
As the flyer emailed to students about the drive says, “Your vote is power, don’t let it go to waste.”
Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor
On April 14th, 19 Rockland High School Seniors and three RHS faculty members ventured off on a ten-day grand tour of Italy.
The group first landed in Milan where they met their tour guide Pablo. From Milan, the group traveled by bus to their first destination, Verona, the home of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Students and teachers visited what is said to be Juliet’s balcony and posed with the famous statue of her in the same courtyard. This day trip served as a great start to a wonderful trip.
The next day, RHS’s travelers took a boat to the famous city of Venice. There they started their day with a walking tour where they were taken into historical buildings, such as Doge’s Palace, with beautiful architecture and paintings inside. The students went on gondola rides, another great way for them to take in the beautiful scenery, and spent the remainder of the day sampling food and shopping in the heart of the city.
The next two days of the trip were spent in Florence. There, students and teachers participated in various activities.
A large number of students chose to spend their day climbing one of Florence’s most famous landmarks and one of its highest views, the Duomo di Firenze (Cathedral of Florence). Climbing over 400 stairs, students were able to take in one of the most incredible views of the entire trip.
After their time spent in Florence, the group was off to Assisi for another adventure. They explored the area and students and their chaperones visited the famous Basilica of Saint Francis.
Following Assisi, RHS’s travelers were off to Pompeii where they were able to visit the famous ruins, shop, and have lunch. The same day students were able to explore the Sorrento region of Italy, some trying its famous lemon gelato.
After the Sorrento region, it was on to the beautiful island of Capri. With its bright blue water and incredible mountains, the island was a sight to see. There, many students chose to take a ski-lift type ride up one of the island’s large mountains. At the top, they stopped to take in the scenery and pose for photos.
The trip concluded with a day spent in Rome. Trip members toured the Vatican and ended their trip at the Trevi Fountain, a symbol of Italy and Rome. It is said that if a coin is thrown into the fountain over your left shoulder, you will return to Rome again in your lifetime. Students captured this moment with many photos.
Overall, the trip to Italy was an unforgettable experience for all those who attended.
The Rockland High School Art Department has announced that many of its art students are currently having their work displayed in two shows.
The first show is the annual Second Parish Church Arts Festival.
The festival is going on from May 5 to May 15. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The Second Parish Church is on Main St. in Hingham.
The second show is at Bella’s restaurant on Hingham St. in Rockland. This show will be going on until the end of June.
These two shows provide great opportunities for people to see the work that Rockland art students are doing.
The following list includes RHS students and the art pieces that were selected for the Second Parish show.
Second Parish Church Show: May 5-15. Open daily 10 am to 8 am; Sundays Noon-4 pm. For more info click here.
Students: High School
- Caitlin Hedges – 3-D eye mixed media
- Celia Rosa – Surreal Hands colored pencil
- Shawn Ward – Pastel Still life
- Alyssa Hatch – 3-D diver mixed media
- Celia Rosa – Acrylic portrait
- Colleen Burke – String and painting mixed media
- Chistine Hurley – Buddah mixed media
- Caitlin Hedges – photography dog
- Syann Teixeira – Computer art Diamond Lion
- Kylie McKenna – ceramic gargoyle
- Shawn Ward – ceramic box and cover
Bella’s Restaurant Show : May 2- June 30: The art work is displayed in one of the lounges at Bella’s. Click on a photo to see a sampling of some of the work.
Though there is still controversy, plans to build new athletic facilities in the town moved forward Monday night at the annual town meeting. The $3.9 million plan put forward by the Park Department would feature a new football facility with turf field and seating for 800 spectators. The plan also provides an eight lane track and field facility, and would modernize Bicentennial Park on Lower Reed St. by adding two new softball fields and a soccer field in between. Baseball games will still be played at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
A new sports complex would benefit Rockland’s youth and high school sports immensely for generations to come, but some local veterans are opposed to the idea as it is now laid out. Because of the construction of the new complex, two veterans’ memorials in the area would have to be relocated. The veterans say that they are not against the new fields but are disappointed that they were not included in the planning.
Representing the veterans, Jeff Najarian said the softball field that would be relocated is dedicated to a Vietnam veteran. He also said that the pine trees called the Groves that would have to be displaced are also dedicated to veterans. Speaking for the plan Parks Commission member Steven Murphy said that the memorials could be relocated and the new fields could be rededicated. Murphy also said that the plans are not set in stone, but that the softball field by Memorial Park would have to be relocated to make room for the new facility.
After discussion from several townspeople who spoke both for and against the plan, the proposal was put to a vote and was passed by town meeting, allowing the plan to go to the next step, a special town election. This election will be held on June 11 when the public will vote on the $3.9 million debt exclusion that would fund the new sports facilities.
A community group called Rockland Fields Project has been formed and have a Facebook page. They have announced that an informational meeting to discuss the fields project will be held on Wednesday May 11th, 7pm at the Harmon Club on Concord Street. There will also be a meeting with all local veterans to discuss the replanting of trees, covered pavillion in the memorial area and rededication of the softball fields at 6pm, also at the Harmon Club. A post on the Facebook page states, “All are encouraged to attend so that together we can have a project that the whole town will be proud of.”
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At an awards ceremony held at the Plymouth Center for the Arts on April 29, Rockland High School senior Syann Teixeira won 2nd place in Computer Art for her digital collage, “Diamond Lion.” Congressman Bill Keating sponsored the 9th Congressional District’s Art Show held in Plymouth.
Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by members of the House of Representatives.
Students interested in participating in the Congressional Art Competition submitted original artwork in one of seven different categories: Collage, Computer-generated art, Drawings, Mixed Media, Paintings, Photography, and Prints.
On Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, the Rockland High School Theater Guild under the direction of Rockland High School teachers, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan, put on the spring musical, A Chorus Line in the high school auditorium.
The talented cast of Rockland High School Theater Guild members featured seniors Leah DeCecco, Lauren Illes, Sarah Hunter, Jeremy Bradley and John Glennon.
Other cast members included: Jurnee Dunn, Sophie McLellan, Ryan Struzziery, Angelica Pacombe, Kellie Berry, Morgan Foster, Sean Vo, Shandi Austin, Erin Field, Ali Landy and Tatianna Hill.
Also involved in the production were: music director, John Piazza Jr.; choral director, Lindsay Crook; sound director, Lisa Breeden, and sound assistant, Chris Burnieka; stage manager, Kimberlie Jean-Poix, and asst. stage manager, Maddi Parlee; stage crew, Taylor Vernava, and Michael Belmonte; lighting director, Jamie Canaan; student choreographer, Shandi Austin; lighting operator, Seth Rosczewski; spot operator, Rebekah Panaro; and audio Assistant, Tatianna Hill.
In the orchestra in addition to directors, John Piazza and Lindsay Crook were Keven Delaney and Jeff Popadic (trumpets), Alan Cron (trombone), Mark Pinto, and Terry Anthony (reeds), Ron Zack (piano), Chris Rathburn (bass) and Kenny Hadley (drums).
RHS English Department Chair, Carol Cahill said about Saturday night’s performance, “It was a great night of theatre! Hats off to all the performers, tech crew, musicians, and to the directors, Kendra Donovan and Joanne White.”
For a complete story about the show with interviews of the cast, check the next issue of the Veritas print edition, due out on May 25.
The photo gallery below is by Hannah Boben!
Additional photos can be found in the Photo Gallery Menu
By Hannah Boben, Veritas Staff
As the RHS Drama Club, Theatre Guild and newer theatre members team up for this weekend’s production of A Chorus Line, we are eager to learn more about the production itself.
A Chorus Line is a musical that follows the auditions that a group of dancers, singers and actors have to go through in order to get on the cast for a show. Throughout this casting progress, we will also learn more about each character as they either give us a short monologue or song to add depth to their characters.
As we in the audience learn more about the play’s cast’s difficulties in learning the choreography and musical numbers behind the play, we will also watch our own Rockland students become more adept with their performances and the challenges that go along with them.
Between learning the tough choreography, and the lyrics and music cues, the RHS cast is doing well according to their directors, teachers Joanne White and Kendra Donovan. “The cast has been amazing in terms of learning dance choreography. We are so proud of their overall progress. They have been more than willing to learn and take corrections.”
A Chorus Line will take place on April 29 and 30 at 7pm in the auditorium. Come out to see the cast shine and give the audience their all in A Chorus Line.
You can get tickets online at showtix4u.com for $6 or $8 at the door.
The National Honor Society has named this week, April 25-29, a week to promote positivity around Rockland High School and beyond.
Monday is Positive Affirmation Day
Tuesday is Random Acts of Kindness Day
Wednesday is Compliment Day
Thursday is Reasons to Smile Day,
Friday will be Rockland Pride Day.
Click on each of the posters below to see the special instructions for each day!
The Rockland Public Schools Arts Festival held last night featured displays of creativity in several different areas. The visual arts were well represented with displays of drawings, paintings, photography and 3D designs. Displays included work from pre-school to elementary to middle school and high school, including AP Portfolio collections of senior art students.
Technology Education was represented with exhibits that included woodworking projects, and computer drawings from the Auto Cad and Chief Architecture classes.
The Family and Consumer Science classes displayed a variety of sewing projects including quilts, fleece blankets and pillows.
Robotics and Engineering had their robotic creations on display which provided a lot of fun for the younger visitors to the arts festival. Robotics teacher Jennifer Wozniak said, “Kids and parents were excited about the engineering and robotics projects, including our humanoid robot, NAO. We need to make sure we are encouraging our younger students who show interest in science and math – especially the girls!”
Images Magazine, the Rockland High School Art and Literary Magazine, was on sale at the event. The magazine also has a website that you can access here.
Below is our photo gallery!
Adiza Alasa, Veritas Staff
The annual Spellman Oratorical Contest occurred on Tuesday, April 12 at Rockland High School. This contest was created in memory of the late Ellen Conway Spellman of Whitman.
This year’s topic was “Nonconformity, Society, and the Human Condition” as seen in art or literature. The essays written by all seniors were narrowed down by AP English teacher, Mr. Neal, to the top eight contestants. The winners were chosen by three impartial judges, Laura Whittaker, Kevin Whitaker, and Bill Cunningham. Contestants were judged based on content, delivery, diction, and poise.
Ashley Pezzella won first place with a prize of $1200 in college scholarship money. Mark Ewell took second place and the $1000 scholarship. Leah DeCecco came in third place and received a $700 scholarship. In fourth place was Bella Rindone who received a $500 scholarship. Brad Gasdia came in fifth place and received a $300 scholarship. Meghan Foster, Haley Macray and Celia Rosa tied for 6th place and each received $100 scholarships.
Tahmya Cappra, Veritas Staff
Rockland High School students, Leah DeCecco, Lauren Illes, Rebekah Panaro, Rebeca Portela, and Sean Vo represented Rockland High School at the Southeastern Massachusetts Bandmasters Association (SEMSBA) Festival held on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at Milton High School.
The festival is organized into four groups that rehearsed together on Friday and then took part in concerts on Saturday that were open to the public.
SEMSBA is a festival that students must audition for.
RHS senior Leah DeCecco talked about her experience in this festival and if she would recommend it to her fellow music peers.
DeCecco said that the festival went “excellent” for her. She also said that it was her “last festival of high school,” and that “it was an incredibly emotional and wonderful experience.” She said that she “will truly never forget it,” and that she would “10 out of 10” recommend SEMSBA to fellow music peers.
Jaymie Atkins, Veritas Asst. Managing Editor
The girls lacrosse team went to varsity status this year for the first time, after competing as a sub-varsity team the last two years.
Since they will be underdogs against more established teams, it is not a surprise that they have lost their first three games to Norton, Cohasset and Pembroke.
Senior captain Caitlin Yannizzi provided insight on these losses.
“Losing games, I believe, pushes us to work harder to prove not only to ourselves but each other, and most especially our coach that we do have the skills to win, and we want to win.”
Yannizzi admits the first game against Norton was discouraging, but says the Cohasset game was uplifting.
“We may have lost, but we pushed through and gave it our all, and I was very proud of myself and the team.”
Coach Lauren Rizzotti has some input on these losses as well.
“Unfortunately we started out with some of our best competitors.They [the girls on the team] need to have it in their head to just play their absolute best. We are a newer team against teams who have been playing for years. We are not always going to get the result we want, but I have not been disappointed in what I am seeing on the field.”
Coach Rizzotti also said that things have been looking up for the girls considering the rocky start. “The girls need to realize this is now a varsity team; everything needs to be different: dedication, attitude, versatility on the field. The group of girls are a fantastic group and we are finally feeling like a team again.”
The girls were to face last year’s state champions, Norwell, today at home with a start time of 4 o’clock, but the game has been postponed due to lack of officials according to the Norwell Athletic Department.
On Tuesday, April 5, the Rockland High School Student Government Council elected its president for the 2016-2017 school year. Current RHS junior, Noelle Atkins was selected for the position by her fellow council members.
Atkins, presently secretary of RHS SGC and current RHS SGC Publicity Coordinator Adam Royle were both nominated for the position of council president.
“Noelle and Adam are incredible individuals. I am so very proud of all that they have accomplished this year. Seeing them grow and become more mature and experienced leaders over the course of the time that I have known them has been a wonderful experience.” says current RHS SGC President Haley Macray, “Noelle and Adam will be amazing resources for this council next year and I know that they will accomplish so many things. They were both extremely qualified candidates for this position and they will make RHS very proud as they enter their senior year.”
Atkins will assume the position of council president on May 4, at the annual RHS SGC Awards Banquet when Macray passes her the RHS SGC gavel. The remaining council officer positions will be determined at the first RHS SGC meeting of the 2016-2017 school year in June.
The annual Spellman Oratorical Contest will be held on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the RHS/RMS Lecture Hall. Eight seniors will be competing for $4,000 in scholarship money. The seniors will present original speeches commenting on this year’s topic: “Nonconformity, Society and the Human Condition.”
In order to participate in the contest, RHS seniors submit a written essay on the specified topic and the top eight are then chosen to compete in the oratorical portion of the contest. Judging will be based on delivery, content, diction, and poise.
The contest is open to the public and admission is free.
The Spellman Oratorical is traditionally held during the same week as the Rockland Public Schools’ annual Arts Festival. The Arts Festival is on Thursday, April 14 this year in the high school gymnasium. The gym will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and artwork from all grade levels in the Rockland Public Schools will be on display.
Also, the Consumer Science, Tech Ed and Robotics classes will have their creations on display. Photos from last year’s Arts Festival can be seen here.
Students in the journalism class have produced a special report to introduce students and the community to the incoming principal at RHS, John Harrison, who will be taking over for Dr. Cron on July 1.
Adiza Alasa conducted the interview with questions suggested by students in the journalism class. Theodora Panagiotidis directed the broadcast with Hannah Murphy, Michelle Downey and Jill Donahue on camera. Patrick Murphy, Kaylee Ellis, and Joe Taft also worked in the control room.
For more information read Veritas reporter, Francisco Oliveira’s article on Mr. Harrison in our News/Feature tab.
The Athletic Department and the Guidance Department are teaming up to present a look at the myths and realities behind college athletics, scholarships and recruitments. All student-athletes and their parents are invited to this information session in the lecture hall at 6:00 pm. See or call Mr. Graziano for details.
The Rockland High School Music Department held their annual Broadway Night on Friday, April 1 in the high school auditorium. The band and chorus performed excerpts from two Broadway shows: Into the Woods and Rent. High energy and talented singers provided a special musical event featuring cabaret style entertainment by the full chorus along with selected solos and duets.
Our latest print issue features the following stories. They are now on-line as well.
Taunts, chants and cheers: Are they offensive or part of the game?
Two Veritas reporters give their opinions about the recent controversy over the taunting at a local high school tournament game between Newton North and Catholic Memorial. The fans were barred from attending the following game because of the racist taunts. Website link to Zach Pransky and Greg Makarski’s pro/con opinion stories are now available.
Rockland blasts off into leadership at MASC
Hannah Murphy, Hayley Macray, Abby Condon and Jill Donahue recount the events of Student Government’s trip to MASC’s spring conference including Caitlin Yannizzi’s Polar Plunge fundraising efforts. Here is the website link: Rockland Blast Off Into MASC Spring Conference
Spring teams look to compete for titles
Adiza Alasa and Joe Taft talked to the spring coaches and athletes to get their take on how baseball, softball, tennis, track and lacrosse teams will fare this season. Go Dogs! Click on reporters’ names to link to their stories.
RHS grad helps battle poverty in Guatemala
Reporter Mike Ivanoskos continues his series on RHS graduates: Where Are They Now? In this story, Mike interviews Julia Rayberg, Class of 2011, who has started her own non-profit company called Worthy Village. Read this story here.
Don’t Miss Out on this issue; it will be our best yet and may even sell out!!!
The Music Department’s annual Broadway Night will be held next Friday night (April 1) at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.
The chorus and band students will be playing and singing excerpts from Rent and Into the Woods.
Last year the Music Department wowed the crowd with selections from South Pacific and Phantom of the Opera. Traditionally the band opens up the show and then members of the chorus act, sing and dance to selections of their choosing.
Don’t miss it! The cost is $5.
Adiza Alasa and Hannah Boben, Veritas Staff
The team called “Who’s the Teacher?” took home the championship trophy for the Nets for Nets three on three basketball tournament.
The tournament was a fundraiser for an organization called Nothing but Nets. This organization helps to fight malaria in third world countries. The tournament was held on Weds. March 16 in the high school and middle school gyms. Junior Shannon Lindahl and English teacher Kristen Walsh came together with the idea of a fundraiser to help donate to this cause.
20 teams made up of middle and high school teachers and students battled in a double elimination tournament that featured some intense games. On the winning team, SSL all-star three point shooter, Danielle O’Brien and boys varsity center, Aiden Glennon owned the outside and inside game with Social Studies teacher, Brian Smith directing the play at the point.
“They both played fantastic. Danielle was hitting shots from Steph Curry range…Aiden was taking care of every person down low,” said Mr. Smith. Though Mr. Smith denied having played well, he scored when his team needed it and outworked his opponents for clutch rebounds. “Mr. Smith was the best rebounder in the tournament,” said Glennon.
For all the details on the tournament, see the next issue of the Veritas on sale April 1. Follow this link to a Photo Gallery that includes pictures by Haley Macray and Hannah Boben.
One Rockland is holding its third fundraiser of the year Monday night from 6-9 pm at Players. All proceeds of these fundraisers go to the sports teams and clubs and organizations at Rockland High School. There will be raffles again, and a great buffet. All are invited to come for a short time or to stay all night!
Mike Ivanoskos, Veritas Staff
The Irish holiday of Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. What was once celebrated as a religious feast day has become a date on which Irish culture is demonstrated through holding town-wide parades, taking part in Irish Step Dancing, eating special Irish food and representing the culture by wearing as much green as possible.
The figure whom the holiday was named after is ‘the Apostle of Ireland’ Saint Patrick himself. He was born around 460 A.D. In his early life, we’ve learned through his letters, he was captured in the city of Wales, Scotland which is just outside of Ireland. There he was made a slave. It was not until years later that he was able to escape and make a return to his family. Patrick’s family was made up of Romans who lived in Britain. It was finally around the 600’s that he returned back to the country of Ireland to continue his missionary work within the Christian faith by becoming a Cleric then a Bishop. Through this he became known as the Patron Saint of Ireland.
There are many legends and other folklore surrounding the holiday of Saint Patrick’s Day. Originally, people believed the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, illustrated the Holy Trinity. It has now become a symbol of the “luck of the Irish.”
Another popular legend is that Saint Patrick banished snakes from Ireland. The story entails him fasting and getting attacked by a swarm of snakes. As a result he proceeded to chase the snakes successfully back into the ocean. It is hard for people to believe in this legend because of the rarity that such an event could occur. There are no accounts of snakes spotted throughout the post- glacial period in Ireland. Another legend has St. Patrick sticking a walking stick into the ground while evangelizing, which turned into a tree.
St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in America in 1737, organized by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston, including a feast and religious service. This first celebration of the holiday in the colonies was largely to honor and celebrate the Irish culture that so many colonists had been separated from. The biggest traditions that do not seem to be fading anytime soon are people sporting the color green and the holding of the annual St. Patty’s Day Parades.
To learn more about why Saint Patrick’s Day is so important and such a special occasion to the people who are truly Irish, we went out and interviewed a couple faculty members about Saint Patrick’s Day.
The first person we interviewed was Mr. Finn who is one of the foreign language teachers at Rockland High. He teaches both French and Spanish but he is most definitely Irish.
Mr. Finn dove into why the holiday of Saint Patrick’s day is important to him. “I am very Irish and I have more family in Ireland than I have in the United States, says Mr. Finn.” Mr. Finn additionally mentioned,” I take this day to look back on and remember what my Irish ancestors had to go through to make it to this country.”
He went on to talk about what this holiday should mean to anyone with an Irish identity. ”It is great to remember and know where you came from when thinking about where you’re going to go.”
Mr. Finn looks forward to attending a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day feast with his family and friends. Mr. Finn explains,” The feast includes potatoes, cabbage, ham, corned beef, beer and Irish soda bread.”
We also found out that Mr. Finn is one-hundred percent Irish. Mr.Finn states, “As far as I’ve traced my family tree back on both sides it’s shown nothing but Irish roots.”
This year Mr. Finn is excited to participate in a road race that takes place in South Cambridge called the Craicfest 5k. Mr. Finn says, “I really enjoy running anytime I can, especially on the Charles River, and there is also a party after the race.” It is important to note that “Craic” is an Irish word that translates to having a fun time.
Mr. Finn reflected back on his favorite Saint Patrick’s Day childhood memory. “As a kid, going to the Saint Patrick’s Day parades held in South Boston were a great time, and it was also a tradition to watch my cousins do Irish Step- Dancing.”
The second person we interviewed was Ms. Lauren Sullivan who is another one of the foreign language teachers here. She is one of the Spanish teachers.
Ms. Sullivan sees Saint Patrick’s Day as a looked forward to annual holiday where people can express their Irish roots. Ms. Sullivan says, “Saint Patrick’s day offers an excuse to throw a party and be Irish for a day.”
Ms. Sullivan takes this holiday as a chance to do two things. ”On Saint Patrick’s Day I wear the color green and get together with friends.”
Ms. Sullivan is almost all Irish. Ms. Sullivan explains, “I believe I’m about ninety percent Irish.”
Ms. Sullivan is going to a parade to celebrate this upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day on Sunday. “I am going to the parade in South Boston because I love enjoying that atmosphere with friends.”
For Ms. Sullivan in her history of celebrating the Irish holiday one event in particular stands out. Ms. Sullivan reminisces, “During, my senior year at Boston College we had this huge school-wide festival to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day; it was a very good time.”
A special thanks to Mr. Finn and Ms. Sullivan for being such great interviews. Thanks to them for giving us more insight on why Saint Patrick’s Day is such a special day. We at the Veritas wish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day.
See more at about St. Patrick’s Day here.
Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor
HYANNIS, MA – From Wednesday, March 9 to Friday, March 11, seventeen Rockland High School students of all ages attended the annual Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (MASC) spring conference. Their days were filled with leadership training workshops, roundtables, activities, and more.
Please check out a summary article of the week’s events as well as a senior’s take on four years of attending the conference in the April print edition of The Veritas.
Follow this link to the MASC Photo Gallery
Photos by Haley Macray and other MASC Delegates.
Michelle Downey and Brianna Peppino, Veritas Staff
On Tuesday, March 8, Google Expeditions representative, Kristen Thomas came to Rockland’s Rogers Middle School to give 6th grade students what they refer to as a 360 degree virtual reality experience. Two high school classes also had the opportunity to participate.
Richard MacAllister’s U.S. History class spent their class period taking a virtual reality tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park. Mr. MacAllister said that the students seemed to be really excited about this immersive way to learn about the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg. This is the largest battlefield site in North America where 160,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought. Mr. MacAllister said, “It’s a unique way to view history, allowing the students to be able to engaged and immersed, creating a stronger learning environment.”
Joanne White’s Pathways students were able to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world and one that is visible from outer space. They also explored the Grand Canyon and many other habitats.
Virtual viewers, made out of a smartphone and a cardboard cut-out, were given to each student during their half hour session to take them on a trip to different and often hard to reach destinations. Lead teachers received a tablet that allowed them to guide their students on their “trips.”
In the morning 6th graders had visited the library where they were led on their Google Expeditions of the Tolbachik Volcano in Russia.
When first looking into the devices, students reacted with audible “ooohs” and “ahhhhs,” filling the library.
Sixth grader Callie Gillian said, “It’s amazing; [it’s] nothing I’ve ever seen before.”
Sixth grade student Dar-Rentz Bernard said, “The experience is pretty different. It’s like taking a field trip, but we’re still in the classroom.”
According to Thomas, that is exactly what the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program is trying to achieve. With each of these cardboard viewers students take a virtual reality, panoramic trip to places such as the Tolbachik Volcano in Russia, the pyramids in Egypt and the Grand Canyon. In each of the 20 half hour sessions, teachers were able to guide each student and explain different aspects of the places that students wouldn’t be able to see by just looking at a textbook.
Sixth grade science and geography teacher, Mara Carey said, “The students are so engaged and so into it. The enthusiasm is great.”
Lisa Ryan, RMS technology teacher, said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to travel anywhere in the world or even in space and learn about it. There’s dozens of different expeditions already available, so there are many ways that it can be integrated in every part of the curriculum.”
She also said that this virtual explorer could be included in a variety of classes and further help students learn about certain subjects and landscapes. Thomas said that the program will be available in the fall for schools to purchase.
Google will be returning to Rockland on April 1 when 4th and 5th graders will be participating along with several more high school classes.
Below is a photo gallery of some of the classes taken by Hannah Boben and Michelle Downey
If the attendance and fan participation at recent tournament basketball games at Rockland High School are any indication, basketball is a big time passion in Rockland.
That is why Rockland High School Physical Education teacher, Brenda Folsom spent a considerable amount of time preparing her Adapted P.E. class for the annual unified basketball game held every year with Abington High School.
This year on Feb. 24, athletic director at Rockland High School, Gary Graziano, donated his free time to set up the gym at RHS for this annual game.
Unified basketball brings the high school players together with students in the Special Education Pathways class to compete against their rivals, the Green Wave of Abington. Wearing camo t-shirts, girls and boys varsity basketball players joined together, rebounding and passing to their Pathways teammates, who made more shots than they missed.
The Bulldogs came away with the win, 50-34.
After a night of fun, medals were given to each of the participants. Pariticipant and girls varsity basketball player, Adiza Alasa said that the best part about the night was “seeing the happiness that the unified players got every time they scored a basket as well as the excitement of the general ed students.”
Instrumental in organizing this fun, spectator event was Student Government Vice President Caitlin Yannizzi. Others who helped out were SG advisor, Kristen Walsh and Pathways teacher, Joanne White. Special Education Aides also involved were Diane Mahoney and Paula Reyno.
Rockland Pathways players were: Emily Grandmont, Nick Cara, Mike Bodley, John Gorman, Josh Keating, Alex Anzevino and John Yandle
Pathways Players from Abington were: Anthony Ambrose, Mary Cartier, Brianne Fisher, Christopher Hagerty, Alexx Jenner, Kerrie Morgan, Kim Oberlander, Taylor Piccuito, Grace Quinlan, Liam Casey.
Click here to see photos by Veritas photographer, Hannah Boben
Music students at Rockland High School and Rogers Middle School were treated to a concert/clinic on Thursday, March 10 when the Alliance Brass of Chicago visited Rockland.
The quintet is on tour in the northeast area and is also attending the Massachusetts Musicians Education Association’s conference in Boston this week.
Members of the group performed pieces from their classic/pop repertoire in the high school auditorium for chorus students, and then moved to the middle school lecture hall where middle school and high school band students listened to them perform.
They also answered students’ questions about their music and their careers in music, encouraging students to follow their passion wherever it takes them in life.
Their website says, “Whether through performance, clinics, or workshops, the Alliance Brass has an infectious enthusiasm they use to inspire a passion for music wherever they go.”