Poetry Out Loud Tonight!

Come watch your favorite Bulldogs battle for Poetry Out Loud supremacy!  

The winner will go on to Regional Competition next month!!

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Eighth Grade Open House: Total Success!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor

1-11-18

As the thought of high school starts to dawn on the Class of 2022, RHS took the opportunity to hold an open house for the incoming eighth graders last night, Jan. 10.

This year, RHS Principal, John Harrison decided to switch things up a bit at Open House with the introduction of a quick video to go over all the educational departments here at RHS.

After a greeting by Athletic Director, Gary Graziano, Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding, RHS seniors Jill Donahue and Zachary Peterson, and a panel discussion held by students to talk about RHS culture, parents and eighth graders went to the cafeteria where they had the opportunity to learn more about the clubs and activities available here at the high school.

In the cafeteria, RHS students came to be able to meet the eighth graders and discuss clubs and sports they are apart of to show them that there is something for everyone here at Rockland High School.

Principal Harrison concluded that he was pleased overall with the turn-out, the student involvement, and the professionalism of the informative presentations. All in all, the Open House was a success. With a higher attendance than previous years and more student involvement, the eighth graders and their parents left the school last night feeling more informed about life here at RHS.

Hockey Team Welcomes New Year with Wins

2017-2018 Captains: Mike Flaherty, Harry O’Brien, Joe Campanile and Matty O’Brien. Veritas photo

The RHS hockey team, coming off a Cashman Tournament championship on Jan. 1, added two more wins in the first week of the New Year, giving them a record of 7-1-1, including a 7-2 win Saturday, Jan. 6 against Cohasset.

Below is our hockey team profile from the December issue of the Veritas.

Mark Shields, Veritas Staff

Dec. 20, 2017

D-Y game photo by local photographer, Steve Gilbert (@stevegilbert4).

This year the Rockland hockey team hopes to carry its success from last year into this year. After winning their league and making a deep tournament run last year the Dogs hope to go even further and make it to the Garden this year.

Coming off a season where they went an amazing 21-2-3, they will need to  play fundamental hockey in order to continue their success this season. No one knows that better than Coach Mike Flaherty.

“To continue our previous success we need to keep this simple and make simple plays,” said Flaherty

This season the Dogs have already started and are at a 2-1 record with a big win against the Abington Green Wave in their season opener, a tough loss to Hanover, and a dominating 5-0 win over EB.

These early successes and an early defeat will fuel the team as they have goals set for the season that are nothing short of difficult.

“Our mindset is to repeat as league champs and be difficult to play against, and this year we have a real opportunity to make it to the Garden,” said Flaherty when asked about his goals for the season.

The hockey team is very excited for an opportunity to repeat as league champs. This would make them the first hockey team in school history to repeat as league champs.

With a few freshmen and sophomores providing meaningful minutes the Dogs are set up for a pretty successful team in the future. However, the juniors and seniors will play a huge part this year, and could be the determining factor if this team repeats or not.

Coach Flaherty is confident about his returning players. “The guys coming back from last year are a big difference maker for us with their experience and hockey knowledge,” said Coach Flaherty.

Four of the returning group include captains Matt and Harry O’Brien, Joe Campanile and Mike Flaherty.

Coach Flaherty is very optimistic about this season and even though they were so successful last year he is not dwelling on the past.

Coach Flaherty, who was inducted into the Rockland High School Athletic Hall of Fame recently, is fully concentrated on the future of the program.

 

School Cancellations Lead to Revised Schedule

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor

1-8-18

Due to RPS snow cancellations this past Thursday and Friday, the schedule here at RHS has been reformatted to compensate for the time lost.

Most importantly to most, this year’s midterm schedule has changed. Originally, the tests were formatted to start this upcoming Tuesday (Jan. 16). Due to the snow, now they are starting next Thursday, Jan.18 and will come to a close Tuesday, Jan. 23. Along with an end of midterms on Tuesday, Term II will come to a close as well.

For further information regarding midterms, go here or to our menu bar and click on the Principal’s page pull-down menus.  Go to: Dr. Harrison’s Weekly Updates January 5.

Both the girls and boys basketball teams had cancellations due to the snow. The girls are scheduled to play at home against East Bridgewater Jan. 11. The boys will have to travel to East Bridgewater on Jan. 22.

One activity that has not changed is the Class of 2022 (8th Grade) Open House scheduled for Weds. Jan. 10.  This will be held at 6:30 pm and will begin in the auditorium with a presentation. Parents and students will then proceed to the cafeteria for individual slideshows and presentations by student club and sports leaders.

2017 Year in Review at RHS

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

After a fun filled and busy year here in the Bulldog community, the Veritas staff looked back at the events that took place throughout 2017.

January, 2017

Jan. 5 – Three RHS students receive awards for Voice of Democracy entries. First prize Meaghan McDonough, second Jad Bendarkawi, and third senior Sophie McLellan.

Chris Herren spoke to students at RHS on Friday, January 13 about substance abuse. photo by Maddie Gear

Jan 13 – Chris Herren speaks at RHS.

Jan. 20 – Genesis Rojas takes first place in Poetry Out Loud; Adiza Alasa and John Ellard come in second and third.

Jan. 26 – Mock Trial team opens season with a win.

Jan. 29 Rockland High School SGC hosts Bocce tournament.

February, 2017

Girls and boys basketball, hockey and wrestling teams win SSL Championships

Feb. 5   Sean Vo and Erin Field are accepted for the SEMSBA choir; Lauren Zaremba makes it for the concert band.

February Vacation – Harvard Model Congress attends regional conference.

March, 2017

March 4 – RHS Theater Guild performs “Room 404” at annual METG Drama Festival.

March 5 – Genesis Rojas makes it to State Finals of Poetry Out Loud competition

March 8-10 – RHS SGC receives Gold Council of Excellence Award at MASC conference.

March 12 Rockland hockey team’s tournament run ends in D3 South Finals at Gallo Arena in Bourne; OR takes game 3-1.

The Bulldogs line up before their quarterfinal game. photo by Kelley Reale

March 14 – Rockland – Abington Unified Basketball game

March 16 – Music Department hosts Broadway Night

March 18 – Rockland High School’s cheer team wins Division 4 New England Regional Championships.

March 22 – Seven alarm fire engulfs Park St. Factory; all schools’ starting times delayed two hours: Jefferson School closed.

The king and queen, Susan Patton and Gary Graziano, lead the procession of faculty and student cast members in the Shakespeare Festival. photo by Kimberlie Jean-Poix

March 24 and 25 – Shakespeare Festival- Several groups of students come together, under English teacher, Kristen Walsh’s direction, and give the audience two nights filled with performances of Shakespeare’s works.  Gary Graziano and Susan Patton are the King and Queen of the Festival.

April, 2017

March 31April 2 – 20 World Languages students visit Quebec.

April 5 – Evan Murphy comes in first at the annual Spellman Oratorical contest sponsored by the English Dept. and held in the lecture hall.

April 11 – Cheerleaders are honored at Fenway Park.

April 12 – Rockland Public Schools holds annual Arts Festival.

Rockland High School’s Adam Royle fits into Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” painting at the Rockland Public School’s annual district-wide arts festival last month. Madeline Gear photo

April 26 – Dr. Cron proposes new elementary school for Rockland.

April Vacation – 46 students in the Travel Club visit England, Ireland and Scotland.

April 15-22  – 15 students go on service trip to Guatemala.

May, 2017

May 3 – SGC holds annual awards banquet.

May 4 – Senior chorus and band students honored at annual Pops Concert.

May 5 – The Veritas print and web editions win Highest Achievement Awards from the New England Scholastic Press Association; Maddie Gear and Joe Taft win Special Achievement Awards.

May 10 – Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn are recognized as the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year.    

Two cars were provided for the mock accident on Monday, May 15.

May 15 – Mock drunk driving crash is presented to juniors and seniors at RHS.

May 17 – National Honor Society induction held – 20 juniors and one senior join the 2017 seniors of NHS; Teachers, Melissa Shaughnessy and Patrick Finn are honorary inductees.

May 19 – Junior-Senior Prom held at Canoe Club in West Bridgewater. 

May 23 – Last day of classes for senior Class of 2017

May 25 – Boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams make tournament for first time ever.

June, 2017

June 1- Seniors, wearing their caps and gowns, visit elementary schools

June 1 – Senior Academic and Athletic Awards Banquet held in auditorium: Luana Lima recognized as Valedictorian of Class of 2017.

Veritas photo

June 2 – Graduation Day for Class of 2017!!

June 8 – Underclassmen Academic Award / RHS Hall of Fame Banquet held at Emerald Hall: Overall Ourstanding Achievers are Grade   9   Tyler Gambon, Grade    10   John Ellard and Grade 11   Ronan McNally

June 10 – God’s Children wins third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial Speedball Tournament.

July

July 8 – Long-time Bulldog, staff member and supporter, Ann Phelps passes away.

August, 2017

August 7-9 – SGC Camp

August 23 – Fall sports practices begin (Football began August 18).

August 28 – First Day of School!

September, 2017

Top Dog Club instituted

First six Top Dogs united on September 29. From left: Ronan McNally, Aiden Glennon, Chris Penney, Sydney McKenna, Hannah Murphy and Eden Dalton. Veritas photo

Sept. 6 – Girls’ soccer team opens season with win over No. Quincy

Sept. 8 – Football team opens season with win over Cohasset.

Sept. 13 – Summer reading discussions

Sept. 28 – Unified Kickball Game held in gymnasium

October, 2017

Images Webzine 1st Edition published

Oct. 1 – Breast Cancer Walk held in Boston; SGC, several teams attend

Oct. 6 – Music Department hosts Talkin’ Bout Jazz program

Oct. 12 – Racist graffiti found at RHS

Oct. 16 – Volleyball team clinches undefeated SSL championship

Oct. 17 – Golf team earns first trip to postseason tournament in over 20 years

Lou Casey: Mr. Rockland

Oct. 18 – Louis Casey is crowned Mr. Rockland.

Oct. 20 – First pep rally of the year held

Oct. 20 – Macie Jones is crowned Miss Rockland.

Miss Rockland nominees. From left: Hannah Murphy, Jaymie Atkins, Macie Jones, Lily Matson and Sydney McKenna. photo by Ryan Mott

Oct. 20 – Football team wins Homecoming Game, 20-8, over Middleboro.

Oct. 21 – Homecoming Dance held in the gym.

Oct. 30 – SGC sponsors annual Project Pumpkin.

November, 2017

Volleyball, football and cheerleading teams win SSL League Championships; They along with golf and boys and girls soccer teams make postseason tournaments.

Nov. 17 RHS receives a Massachusetts District C Athletic Sportsmanship Award from the MIAA.

Seniors celebrate their 26-0 win.

Nov. 17 – Seniors defeat juniors in Powderpuff game 26-0.

Nov. 27 – Winter sports teams begin work-outs.

December, 2017

Dec. 7, 8 and 9 – Theater Guild’s Moon Over Buffalo performed at RHS.

Dec. 11– Positivity Club’s second initiative announced.

Dec. 14 – RHS Band and Chorus perform annual Holiday Concert.

Dec. 18-22 – Spirit Week

Dec. 22 – Alumni visit RHS.

Dec. 23-Jan. 1 Happy New Year!

Festive Final Hours at RHS

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor

12-22-17

Of course all students and staff were anxious to flee the building and start their holiday break, but RHS students were still awfully busy in the final hours of their last school day of 2017.

In the Music Department, the RHS Band traveled to each of the three Rockland elementary schools and the senior center to play some Christmas music for the students and seniors.

Later, juniors were called down to the auditorium for a brief meeting to review their final shot at PSATs before the students hopefully take them in the spring. At the meeting students learned how to analyze and break down their scores and also were given tools on how to improve scores and study for the SATs.

The senior class had a meeting in the lecture hall where RHS alumni returned to give them a little more knowledge about some schools they might be considering. At the Alumni Panel assembly students were able to ask questions of their graduated friends regarding post high school life.

After all of that was said and done,  both students and staff anxiously waited to hear the final school bell of 2017 marking the beginning of their holiday break.

Big Day at RHS for SGC

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor

12-21-17

During school yesterday, Dec. 20, teachers throughout the building were shown appreciation on the annual Teacher Appreciation Day. Yesterday, teachers were honored with a complimentary lunch donated by Mike’s Pizza in Rockland. The event was set up by Student Government Council members including the Finance and Fundraising chair, junior, Tyler Beatrice, and junior class Head Representative, Caitlin Cameron. Help was also provided by the Executive Board in setting up and donations of food, drinks, and utensils from other members.

After the school day was over, SGC held its monthly meeting. Yesterday’s meeting was extra special because it was the annual, December Ugly Sweater meeting. SGC members were surprised last night by the Big Five with a party in the Middle School cafeteria. At the party, everyone played holiday themed games and activities and was able to snack on the leftovers from the Teacher’s Lunch earlier in the day.

All in all, SGC had an action-packed day in and out of school and was able to provide teachers, and members with a fun filled day.

Don’t Forget! Spirit Week Coming Soon

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor

12-15-17

Hannah Boben is ready for Ugly Sweater Day next week.

As the Christmas break is rapidly approaching, RHS is celebrating the holidays all next week from Dec. 18-22 with a Spirit Week!

The SGC planned Spirit Week was lead by sophomore, Jacob Leahy and the Unified Spirit Committee. Here’s a look at next week’s themed schedule:

Monday: Cozy Day

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: America Day

Thursday: Superhero Day

Friday: Ugly Sweater Day

Be sure to get your outfits ready over the weekend to go all out next week!

Moon Over Buffalo Makes a Shining Impression on Audience

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor

12-13-17

This past weekend, from Dec. 7-9, the RHS Theatre Guild performed their annual fall play, the Broadway comedy, Moon Over Buffalo.

The play starred senior, Ronan McNally (George Hay) and junior, Megan Diver (Charlotte Hay). Other cast members included, freshman, Emily Gaboriault (Rosalind Hay), junior, John Ellard (Paul Singer), and seniors, Kellie Berry(Ethel), Ryan Struzziery (Howard), Erin Field (Eileen) and Ryan Mott (Richard Maynard).

The comedy was directed by Pathways teacher, Joanne White and biology teacher, Julia DiCanzio. Senior, Maddison Parlee worked on the play as Stage Manager and working by the side of Parlee was  junior, Ali Landi who helped as Assistant Stage Manager.

After all the crew members hard work and effort, they were finally able to reap the benefits after finally performing their work this past weekend. Along with the crew, the audience enjoyed themselves as well. Laughter filled the auditorium and smiles filed out of the building each night the play came to a close.

Ms. Paulding, RHS Asst. Principal said (via Twitter), “Amazing performance of Moon Over Buffalo by the RHS Theater Guild cast and crew. Always impressed by our students abilities.”

Moon Over Buffalo Eclipsing this Week

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor

12-4-17

RHS Theatre Guild’s winter play of the year, Moon Over Buffalo, is premiering this Thursday, Dec. 7 in the RMS/RHS auditorium. The comedy is being put on this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm each night. Tickets are on sale now at showtix4u.com for $5 each or can be bought at the door for $8.

The comedy features senior, Ronan McNally and junior, Megan Diver as the main characters of George and Charlotte Hay. The Theatre Guild has been hard at work perfecting the play with help from their directors, Joanne White and Julia DiCanzio.

At the play, be sure to stop by the Engineering Club table! Before and after the play they will be selling 3-D holiday ornaments. 3-D ornaments are being sold for $5. Bulldog plaques are also being sold for $7. They can also be customized for a total of $10.

ornaments

Above on the left shows an example of the $10 customized plaques. Above to the right shows the $7 plaques. On the bottom displays the $5 bulldog ornaments.

 

Students Assemble Bicycles for Holiday Magic

Students at RHS visited  the headquarters of Holiday Magic to deliver 12 bicycles they had assembled that were donated for children at Christmas. photo courtesy of Holiday Magic

December 3, 2017

Students in Mr. Parker’s class at RHS visited the McKinley School gift center of Holiday Magic last week to deliver  12 bicycles that they had put together. The bicycles had been donated to Holiday Magic for children at Christmas.

Holiday Magic is  a group in the town of Rockland whose members come from civic organizations, local businesses, Parent/Teacher Organizations from the public schools, interested individuals who are sponsors, and school children who also volunteer.

In 2000 they established a single unified holiday charitable program that coordinates their funds and energy, with the mission of helping some of the less fortunate families in the town of Rockland during the Christmas/Hanukkah holidays.

The Giving Tree on the wall of the Nurse’s Office at RHS is also part of Holiday Magic.  Students can take an ornament and bring in an unwrapped gift for a child whose age is indicated on the ornament.

The organization is also having its annual fundraiser at the 99 Tuesday night, Dec. 5  from 4-10 pm.  Use the voucher below so that 15% of your bill will be donated to Holiday Magic.  Raffles will also be available for Bruins tickets and more!

 

Aiding Homeless in Time for the Holidays

Jasmin Morse, Veritas co Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor

12-1-17

RHS is bringing back an annual holiday cause this upcoming Monday, Dec. 4, the Friends of the Homeless drive. The drive is geared to help end homelessness in the area by providing basic necessities for those in a time of need.

The SGC run event is going on December 5-15, just in time for the holidays. Donations will graciously be taken in A Block classes where there’ll be wrapped boxes provided. The A Block class that brings in the most donations will receive a complimentary breakfast.

Items Needed:

Mittens/ Hats/ Gloves/ Scarves

Socks

Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

Pens and Pencils

Markers

Soap/ Body Wash

Hand Sanitizer

Wipes

Nail Clippers

Hair Elastics

First Aid Items

Deodorant

Crayons and Coloring Books

Stuffed Animals and Toys

Recognition for High Honor Recipients

Jasmin Morse, Veritas co Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor

11-30-17

high honors term 1

At the close of Term 1 and at the beginning of Term 2, students achieving all grades at or above an -A, are awarded the title of High Honors.

Yesterday, on Wednesday Nov. 29 recipients of High Honors recognition received an award ceremony and banquet in praise of their hard work and achievements. At the banquet in the library media center 40 students were rewarded with a lunch-in catered by Chipotle.

Term 1 Freshmen Recipients:

Jared Allen

Devin Cavicchi

Julia DeLima

Mardally Freitas

Bridget Hughes

Russell Jones

Ann Kelley

Colin McKerrell

Joseph Nguyen

Cullen Rogers

Patricia Ryan

Jeileanie Tejeda

Damon Welles

 

Term 1 Sophomore Recipients:

Melyssa Almeida

Sean Belmonte

Bendarkawi, Jad

Buckley, Kathryn

Cynthia Elliot

Tyler Gambon

Tyler Johnson

Sabrina Morgan

Alyssa Patten

Jordan Pierce

Oliver Reera

Zachary Webb

Jacob Willis

Julia Yeadon

 

Term 1 Junior Recipients:

John Ellard

Ingrid DeCarvalho Oliveira

 

Term 1 Senior Recipients:

 Jonathan Baar

Eden Dalton

Natalie Draicchio

Sarah Lovell

Ronan McNally

Joseph Naughton

Zachary Peterson

Robert Rossman

Sean Sugrue

Isabelle Uong

 

Fall Sports 2017 Round-up

Matt Dalton, Veritas Sports

The fall sports season was a resounding success and all teams had fantastic seasons. Almost all of the Rockland teams qualified for the 2017 MIAA tournaments in their respective sports. Girls soccer made it the furthest into their tournament by winning the first two games in dramatic fashion, one of those games ending in overtime by an absolute firecracker from the 30 yards out by senior captain Graces Oliver. Here is Danielle O’Brien’s story on the girls soccer team’s season.

Also making a splash in the tournament was the Rockland High football team. The team earned  their first playoff win in 17 years, but unfortunately lost in the second round to the two seed Old Rochester. The team also won the title of league champs finishing with a 5-2 record in the regular season. This was the first year under new head coach Nicholas Liquori. (Go here for Matt Dalton’s story._

Zach Sharland catches a pass on Thanksgiving Day. photo by Dave DeMilia Brockton Enterprise

The football team wrapped up their season on Thanksgiving with a big comeback win at East Bridgewater 15-14, giving their eighteen seniors a fitting send-off. Zach Sharland had two TD’s on passes from Sam Gray.

Girls volleyball made a statement this year by being undefeated league champions. They had one of the best regular seasons that this town has ever seen. The volleyball team fell short in their second game of the tournament losing to last year’s state champion, Case High School in the quarterfinals. Here is Harry O’Brien’s story about the team.

The boys’ soccer team had to win their last regular season game against Hanover to qualify and thanks to a second half comeback and a score on a penalty kick, they made it, beating Hanover 2-1. Follow this link for Matt O’Brien’s season summary.  

Golf also snuck into the playoffs and made the tournament for the first time in over 20 years. This was a huge accomplishment for the program.  Here is Mark Shield’s  summary of the golf team’s season.

The cheerleaders went for another state championship last weekend but came up with second place instead, a great accomplishment. They wrapped up the SSL title and South Regional title for fall cheer.

Last, but certainly not least, was boys and girls cross country. Both girls and boys teams made long strides this season to improve their game but did not qualify for tournament. Next year they look to take the next step and get to their tournament dreams going.

This season was an exciting one for the whole town to experience and we saw so many great moments throughout it.

Click on the links throughout to access our sports page stories on each of these fall sports, and check out the Fall Sports Unsung Heroes.

All-Stars in each of the sports are listed below:

Boys Soccer: Jon Alvarenga, Matty O’Brien, and Vitor Santos! Alvarenga also awarded Eastern Mass All Star!

Girls Soccer:  Grace Oliver, Maddie Blonde, Nicole Blonde and Hannah Rich

Cheerleading:  Mia Comeau, Katie Fitzgerald, Hallie Molineaux, Bella Burns

Football: Jon Baar, Will Breadmore, Lou Casey, Connor Shea, Zach Sharland, Anthony DeCecco and Coach of the year Nick Liquori.

Volleyball: -Jess DeMarco, Lily Matson, Caroline Elie, and Player of the Year: Olivia Elie. Coach of the Year:  Emily Murphy

Seniors Dominate at Powder Puff Game

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Veritas Co Editor-in-Chief

11-20-17

senior celebrate 2018

Seniors celebrate their 26-0 win.

One of Rockland’s favorite community events took place at 6:30 on Friday, Nov. 17 at the Veteran Memorial Stadium, the annual Powder Puff Game!

On Friday, the junior girls faced off against the seniors in a fun game of flag football. The game is played as a fundraiser for each class and the money goes to events such as the Junior/Senior Prom.

During the game, the seniors had one 2 point conversion for a total of 26 points along with scoring four touchdowns. They crushed the juniors with a final score of 26-0 with two touchdowns by Lily Matson, one by Grace Oliver, and another by Sarah Lovell.

The game was set up by SGC’s Finance and Fundraising Committee who is led by junior, Tyler Beatrice.

The junior class was coached by CJ Armstrong, Anthony DeCecco, Mark Sprague, Dylan Kirby, and class president, John Ellard. Coaching the seniors were Lou Casey, Will Breadmore, Jonathan Barr, and Anthony Vasquez.

Lastly, the game could not have taken place without help from the refs, Peter Harrison and Damien Ricci.

Mattress Fundraiser Helps Music Department Programs

The Mattress Fundraiser that the Music Department sponsored on Sunday, Oct. 22 was a big success.  The Music Department received a check from Custom Fundraising Solutions for $4,930.

The fundraiser was held from 10-5 in the Rogers Middle School Gym.  The value of the mattresses, all brand new and some 50% off retail price, drew many to the event.

The proceeds will be used by the Music Department programs.

Annual Powder Puff Game Scheduled for Friday night

Lily Matson and Erika Ochenduszko are ready for tonight’s Powder Puff challenge from the junior class.

Because of the rainy weather, the annual Powder Puff game is scheduled for tomorrow night (Friday) in the Rockland Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.  The kick-off between the juniors and senior girls is set for 6:30 pm.

In the game, juniors and senior girls will reverse roles and play a version of flag football with the guys coaching and cheering.

The Student Government Council is running the event as a fundraiser.

The Class of 2018 will be trying to keep the tradition alive that the seniors come out winners.  But the juniors will mount a  challenge, and this year the tradition could be broken.

In last year’s game the Class of 2017 narrowly beat the Class of 2018 12-6.  Erika Ochenduszko scored the only touchdown in that game for the then juniors. Look to her to lead the way along with the other senior girls who have last year’s game as valuable experience.

Help make a global impact with RHS fundraisers

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

11-14-17

After an extremely successful service trip to Panajachel, Guatemala last year, RHS plans to bring 17 students and four teachers back again on another service and learning trip over February break. The trip is supported by Worthy Village with the goal of teaching Guatemalan villagers about hygiene and safe drinking water.

In order to go, students are running fundraisers to help raise money for the trip. Tonight, at Chipotle on Derby Street, Hingham the kids have set up a fundraiser where  50% of the proceeds from buying dinner there between 5-9  will help offset the costs of the trip. Be sure to bring in a flyer, show the cashier on your phone, or tell them you are supporting RHS in order to impact the cause.

In addition to that, every Tuesday in November at Not Your Average Joe’s a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the group in order to directly impact the lives of the people of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

If you’re still looking for more ways to make an impact, drop off any spare soft items such as clothes, towels, blankets, etc. from 9-1 in the High School Parking Lot on Saturday December 2nd. These goods will be donated to Savers via their FUNDrive program and will also benefit our kids!

Project Pumpkin Video

Rockland High students, Emily Marquis and Kendra Peretzman filmed Project Pumpkin activities on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 for the Veritas.  Take a look!

 

Conjuring spooky fun at annual Project Pumpkin

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor

10-30-17

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Yesterday, on October 29, RHS hosted its annual Halloween event, Project Pumpkin. Rockland citizens were able to come up to the high school with their children to trick-or-treat, venture down the haunted hallway, get their faces painted, and participate in other Halloween events in the gym.

After all the hard work put into planning the event hosted by SGC and run by sophomore, Haley Nee and her committee, Project Pumpkin definitely accomplished their mission in spreading spirited Halloween fun for the community.

Getting Ready for Halloween

The Veritas staff interviewed RHS students about their favorite candy, Halloween costume and their plans for Halloween this year!

 

Miss Rockland Interview

Veritas senior staffer Ryan Mott sat down with newly crowned Miss Rockland, senior Macie Jones and asked her about herself, her experiences in high school and what she plans to do in the future.  After you watch the interview go here to see our photos of all the Miss Rockland nominees at halftime of the Homecoming game.

Homecoming weekend a total success

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-23-17

the crowning

Mr. Harrison crowns Lou Casey at the Mr. Rockland competition. photo by Jasmin Morse.  Click on the photo to go to our photo gallery from the Mr. Rockland competition.

The craziness of Homecoming Weekend has finally come to a close, the excitement and buzz is still filling the halls of Rockland High.

Some of the most memorable moments from the past week was the crowning of Mr and Miss Rockland.

On Wednesday evening, Oct. 18 in the RMS/RHS auditorium, after some stiff competition winner of the Mr Rockland pageant for 2017-2018 was Louis Casey. Participants included Aiden Glennon, Louis Casey, Jake Lauria, Joe Lauria, Chris Penney, Ronan McNally, Elie Chubik, and Joey Yeadon. After recieving the corwn, Casey was rewarded with a prime spot parking space, Chipotle gift card and a scholarship.

On Friday, after the shortened class periods, students filed into designated areas per grade for class meetings. In these, each class discussed fundraising, class accounts, and what plans they have for the 2017-2018 school year. After that, students piled into the gym for Pep Rally. There, the band played, Julia Yeadon sang the National Anthem, and the cheerleaders performed their routine. On top of that, athletic awards were handed out, competitions between clubs and sports teams took place, as well as the highly anticipated Roller Coaster competition between classes.

Principal Harrison awards the Miss Rockland crown  to Macie Jones. Click on the photo to go to our photo gallery of all the Miss Rockland nominees.

Miss Rockland was announced at half-time of the Homecoming Game on Friday night, Oct. 20.   Chosen by the faculty and members of the senior class, Miss Rockland represents a positive role model and is involved in activities in the school and community.   Nominated for the honor were seniors, Hannah Murphy, Jaymie Atkins, Lily Matson, Sydney McKenna and Macie Jones. Jones was selected as Miss Rockland for the Class of 2018 and will also represent Rockland High School in the Veteran’s Day parade.

The Homecoming Game itself on Friday night was also a major success for the football team as well. The Dogs beat Middleboro in the 7 pm game in the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium 20-8. They will be kicking off playoffs next week at home against Cardinal Spellman.

Natalie Draicchio and Chris Penney, queen and king of Homecoming 2017.
photo courtesy of Ms. Walsh

Finally, to close out the weekend, the Homecoming Dance was held from 7-10 pm on Saturday, Oct 21 in the RHS Gym. The dance had one of the largest attendance in recent years with over 200 students buying tickets. Because of this, the cheerleaders, the coordinators of the event, were able to open up the whole gym up for the dance.

After such a momentous weekend, students are finally back in focus with their schoolwork.

Mr. Rockland Interviews

The Veritas’ Matt Dalton interviewed third place winner, Aiden Glennon and Mr. Rockland winner, Lou Casey after the Mr. Rockland competition on Oct. 18. Silvio Cordero Zapata was the cameraman. After this video, check out the full length WRPS video of the whole Mr. Rockland competition.
Also click here to go to the Veritas photo gallery with photos of all the contestants. Veritas web editor, Jasmin Morse was the photographer.

Get pumped for Pep Rally!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-19-17

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This year’s seniors at last year’s Pep Rally performing the roller coaster. Veritas photo

Don’t forget! Tomorrow, October 20 is the annual, highly anticipated fall Pep Rally. The event is stacked with special performances by the band and the cheerleaders, class competition, and all out fun.

Also don’t forget to go all out in your class colors. This year, the freshmen class’s colors are Carolina blue. The sophomores are decking out their class in white. The juniors will be a sea of red. Lastly, the seniors will be covered head to toe in black and gold. So don’t forget to represent your class by wearing your class shirts and class colors.

As for the schedule, the Day 1 rotation will remain the same yet all classes will be cut down to 45 minutes.

Mr Rockland pageant tonight!

Jasmin Morse, Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-18-17

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Mr. Harrison crowns Mr. Rockland Ryan Leavitt at Mr Rockland last year.

As many Rockland citizens know, Mr Rockland is an annual event held at the RHS with senior boys who compete in a male pageant. The event is being held tonight at 7pm in the RMS/RHS auditorium. The admission is $5, although if you bring a can good you will receive a $1 off.

Judging this year’s pageant will be math teacher, Mr Nicholas Liquori, history teacher, Ms Amanda Lanigan, guidance counselor, Mr Christopher Devine, and principal, Mr John Harrison.

Competing in the pageant are Aiden Glennon, Louis Casey, Jake Lauria, Joe Lauria, Chris Penney, Ronan McNally, Elie Chubik, and Joey Yeadon. At stake is a prime spot parking space, Chipotle gift card and a scholarship.

Come support the senior boys tonight!

2017 Fall Sports Seeing Success

The 2017 fall sports teams are experiencing success this fall.

The girls varsity volleyball team. photo by Emily Marquis

Foremost among them is the girls volleyball team who have clinched an undefeated South Shore League Championship. They clinched the undefeated title yesterday, Monday, Oct. 16 with a 3-0 victory over Norwell; their record is now 14-1.   Read the Veritas‘ report on the team here.

Also on Monday, which was the boys’ soccer team’s senior night, senior Matty O’Brien scored the game winning goal for the boys soccer team (6-5-3) to give them a big 1-0 win over EB.  Read sports editor O’Brien’s article about the team here.

The girls soccer team lost a tough one on Monday to EB, 3-1. This gives them a season split with archival, EB. That leaves their record at 9-3-1 and they are in great position as they look forward to the last games of the season and the tournament. Read Danielle O’Brien’s article on the team here.

The golf team is having their best season yet. Yesterday, Rockland beat SSVT 38.5- 15.5: Chase MacDonald had the low score for the second straight match for the Bulldogs (8-7). Also winning their matches for Rockland were: Evan Gormley, Jake Johnson, Aiden Glennon, Peter Kohler, Devin Gallagher, and Eden Dalton. Today, the golf team earned a trip to the state tournament with a win over Abington!  Here is a story from the October print Veritas about the team.

The cross country teams have gotten their share of wins and both teams’ records stand at 2 wins, 3 losses.  They will honor their seniors today in the last home meet against Cohasset/Hull at 4 pm. Veritas reporter Erin Connors’ report on the cross country teams is here.

The football team’s record is 4 wins and 2 losses and they are coming off a big 40-7 win at Randolph last Friday night.  This Friday the Dogs will honor their seniors as they celebrate Homecoming against Middleboro at 7 pm. Here is Matt Dalton’s story on the team.

 

Don’t forget! Next week is Spirit Week

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-13-17

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Sophomores, Alyssa Patten and Tyler Johnson dressing up for Beach Day last year during Spirit Week

The upcoming week is an important one here at RHS. From Homecoming to Mr. Rockland, students and staff will be busy going to and from these events so don’t forget starting next Monday, Spirit Week begins!

The following is the list for the Spirit Week themes of each day:

Monday: Lazy Day

Tuesday: Nerd Day

Wednesday: Dad Day

Thursday: Beach Day

Friday: Class Shirt/Color Day

October Schedule at Maximum Capacity

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

10-11-17

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This year’s graduating class doing the roller coaster at the October pep rally last year. Veritas Photo

With the coming of fall comes school work and all the exciting after school sports. On top of that some students also have jobs with shifts they manage to squeeze into their already busy schedules. Well, this fall season is about to get a bit busier with the approaching of October.

To many, the arrival of October marks the true start of the school year. This is the time of year where classes start to really dive into the curriculum, fall sports are in their prime, and extra curriculars start to take shape. Second year principal Mr. John Harrison reminds us that this is one of the best times in the school year stating, “I definitely look forward to it, it’s busy but it brings the school together.”

What excites people the most might be the annual pre-Homecoming Game Pep Rally. Mr. Harrison’s favorite October event because it’s really the only time in the school year that the whole school can come together as one and share their bulldog pride. Junior Caitlin Cameron agrees that this is one of the only events of the whole school year reminding us that it’s the freshman class’s first experience being with everyone and definitely a solidifying moving up moment and aside from the boo-ing they may or may not receive it is by far the most exciting event for the incoming class.

Although this is going to be a hectic month for RHS it’ll definitely be one to put down in the books in regards to all the memories made for all the students and faculty. Make sure to clear your schedules and get involved!

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

Spirit Week: October 16-20 (see below for more info)

Mr. Rockland: Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm

Pep Rally: Friday, October 20

Homecoming Game: Friday, October 20 at home against Middleborough 7 pm (Miss Rockland announced at half-time)

Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 21 7  pm

Project Pumpkin: Sunday, October 29 1 pm to 4 pm

Spirit Week Days:

Monday, October 16: Lazy Day

Tuesday, October 17: Nerd Day

Wednesday, October 18: Dad Day

Thursday, October 19: Beach Day

Friday, October 20: Class Shirt/Color Day

RHS Shows Support for Breast Cancer

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief

10-2-17

photos above by Jasmin Morse

It is common in the month of October to show support for finding a cure and raising awareness for the devastating illness, Breast Cancer. At RHS, students annually show their support in many forms.

Throughout the month of September in preparation for Breast Cancer Month students and teachers have a “change war” in their A-Block classes to see which class can raise the most money. This year, Mr. Rowe’s A-Block class raised the most money with Mr. Bigsby and Mrs. Shaughnessy coming in second and third.

On September 29, the Friday before the Breast Cancer walk RHS students and staff participated in the annual Pink Out Day. On Pink Out Day RHS decks out in pink to show their support for those affected by the illness. Students usually wear the Breast Cancer walk shirt they had pre-ordered in the weeks coming up the the walk. Teachers also donate $1 to participate in a jean day where all the money goes to the cause.

After all the lead up had passed, RHS achieved its final goal for the year in raising money and awareness of breast cancer. On Sunday, October 1, RHS students walked in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Boston. Here students donated the $2000 raised throughout the previous month and walked to help support and raise awareness of breast cancer.

Since RHS raised over $1000 for breast cancer awareness, some teachers have committed to dyeing their hair pink. Language teacher, Melissa Shaughnessy, art teacher, Kata Medeiros, science teacher, Angelina Armstrong, and vice principal, Kathy Paulding are all due to dye their hair.

Dog Depot: A New Lunch Hit

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co-Editor-in-Chief

10-4-17

With the new school year came the addition of the very fun and exciting, Dog Depot. This is the new school store that is around every Friday at all three lunches where students can go to buy snacks and school spirit gear. The program was created and is managed and run by the RHS Pathways program.

Veritas reporter, Erin Connors interviewed Pathways teacher, Joanne White and students Alex Anzivino and Anthony DiNino about the store in this video produced by Journalism and Digital Media students. Click on the link below.

Finding Unity in the Bulldog Community

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor

9-29-17

On one of the first real fall nights of the school year, Thursday, September 28, Rockland’s Pathways program teamed up with some of RHS’s Adaptive Physical Education students to face Hanover in a Unified Kickball game. The game started at 7 pm in the RHS Gym. The participants were cheered on by enthusiastic and excited students and parents from the communities who came together to support both teams in this game celebrating the unity of the players in their schools.

Both of the teams played phenomenally, and even more importantly, had a great time that night. Although Hanover won 7-5, both Hanover and Rockland had an amazing night of fun, sports, and teamwork. Thank you to all that contributed to the event and came to support the players!

The following is a list of all the RHS students involved in the game

Pathways Players:

  • Alex Anzivino
  • Michael Bodley
  • Nicholas Cara
  • Brianna Conley
  • Anthony DiNino
  • Dillion Doyle
  • Emily Grandmont
  • Jake Swanson

 

Adaptive Physical Education Players:

  • Joseph Campanile
  • Peter Coleran
  • Jillian Donahue
  • Ashley Murphy
  • Harrison O’Brien
  • Madison Parlee
  • Brianna Peppino
  • Zachary Sharland
  • Marissa Smith
  • Louis Casey

 

Field Monitors:

  • John Ellard
  • Tyler Beatrice
  • Peter Kohler

 

RHS Continues Going Global

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor and Co Editor-in-Chief

9-20-17

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Ms. Walsh and the Travel Club will be having a meeting on Sept. 26 at 7 pm in the Lecture Hall to give information on upcoming trips. photo by Jasmin Morse

On Tuesday, September 26 at 7 pm in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall the RHS Travel Club is holding an informational meeting on their upcoming trips. As many students already know, trips have been planned to Japan (June, 2018) and Europe (April, 2019). This year they are introducing another trip to Australia and New Zealand (June, 2020).

At the meeting on Tuesday night, Travel Club adviser, Kristen Walsh will provide in-depth information about the trips’ itineraries, fundraising, and time frames. Parents are strongly encouraged to go with students to the meeting.

Sign-ups for the Europe and Japan trips have been going on for two years, but spots are still available for each.

The Japan, Land of the Rising Sun, trip in the Summer of 2018 is open to current 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The April Vacation of 2019 Central European Quartet trip is open to this year’s 10th and 11th graders. The trip includes tours of Munich, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

At the meeting Ms. Walsh will introduce the opportunity to current 9th and 10th graders to the Journey Down Under trip to explore Australia and New Zealand in June of 2020.

For more information see Ms. Walsh in Room 121 and join them at the meeting next Tuesday.

 

Students Take Part in Summer Reading Discussions

RHS principal, Mr. Harrison was one of several administrators who led discussions of the book, Basketball Junkie by Chris Herren. The book is Herren’s memoir of the addiction that led to his fall from NBA star to heroin addict. Veritas photo

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor

September 14, 2017

Yesterday, September 13 marked RHS’s second annual school-wide Summer Reading Discussion. The event was created to try to put a fun spin on the normally dreaded summer reading.

In June, teachers submitted their books, then students signed up to read one from the collected list. This year the option to read several articles from the NY Times newspaper was added. Over the summer, both the students and the teachers had to read their assigned books and then return in the fall to take part in a 30 minute discussion of their book, or the articles that they read.  Each teacher had about 15 students in their discussion groups.

Chris Herren’s powerful book about his addiction to alcohol, pain killers and heroin.

Overall, RHS principal, Mr. Harrison said that at yesterday’s event many good conversations took place. He  said he truly appreciates the teachers for their dedication and hard work. On the other hand, he did say that there is definitely room for improvement as he felt that not all the students had read the books that they had selected. Mr. Harrison led a discussion on one of the most popular selections, Chris Herren’s memoir, Basketball Junkie.

Mr. Harrison concluded that he hopes the activity sparked interest in students to read these and other books.

Book choices included a variety of genres including: non-fiction choices: biography, autobiography, history and science. Fiction selections included science fiction, mystery, fantasy and more.

The NY Times articles were also separated by topics: Politics/US and World News, Sports, Arts/Style, Science and Travel. Students could choose to read articles in one of the areas.

Below is the list of books that teachers submitted and that students selected to read.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert M. Pirsig
NY Times Politics/US News/World News
We Are Okay By Nina LaCour’s
Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism By Ron Suskind
One Shot At Forever By Chris Ballard
The Cases That Haunt Us By John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
NY Times Sports
Newela.com
The Silmarillion By JRR Tolkien
The Tailsman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Siddhartha By Hermann Hess
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickTBA
The Power of One By Bryce Courtenay
Thirteen Days By Robert F. Kennedy
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies By Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
NY Times Science
The Trials of Apollo Book Two The Dark Prophecy By Rick Riordan
The Nightingale By Kristin Hannah
NY Times Health
Caraval By Stephanie Garber
Basketball Junkie By Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds
The Zookeeper’s Wife By Diane Ackerman
Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age By Matt Richtel
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman
The Little Prince By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
NY Times Arts/Style
NY Times Travel

Dogs Win Season Opener over Cohasset, 3-0 on Dalton Kick

By Matt O’Brien
Veritas Sports Editor

It was an exciting Friday afternoon as the Dogs’ football team would be opening up their season later that night. In the lunchroom, junior kicker Matt Dalton sat sharing a few laughs with a couple of friends. Some friends jokingly mentioned to Dalton, with no belief in the world that it would actually happen, that the game would be tied 0-0 and he would have to win the game with a field goal.

To the shock of Dalton, and his lunch table, their prediction came true. With 14 seconds left in the game, Dalton put the Dogs up 3-0 and in a position to win the game. Despite having the entire game on his shoulders in this moment, Dalton remained calm and collected.

“I took a breath, cleared my head, and tried to kick the ball like I always do.”

The Dogs were able to hold on in the remaining seconds of the game and came out on top with the victory.
The game was a grudge match as yards and points were hard to come by. Both defenses played exceptionally well and it wasn’t until the last drive of the game, after adjustments, where Rockland put the first successful drive together of the game. Rockland marched flawless down the field utilizing an array of running backs. A huge moment in the game was when senior Anthony Vasquez recovered a Rockland fumble to keep the drive alive. This play was a huge momentum boost for the team.
“When I dove on the pile head first and saw that we had got the ball back, we all felt we had the momentum and it definitely helped us win the game,” said Vasquez.

With many new parts to the team, it was important for the team to start their season in the right direction. With new quarterbacks Jon Barr and Dante Vasquez making their debuts under center, as well as new head coach, Coach Liquori, there was a lot riding on the line in this season opener. For senior captain Louis Casey, it meant a lot to him for the team to win their first game of the season, and to win it for Coach Liquori.

“Winning that game meant a lot. The game showed how great of a job Coach Liquori has been doing preparing us for the season. The victory gave us a lot of excitement for the season,” said Casey.
As their season opener fell on Coach Liquori’s birthday, the Dogs were able to secure the win and start their season off right. The Dogs are feeling good and working hard heading into their game at Abington against the Green Wave this Friday.

Girls Soccer Team Begins Season With Big Win

Grace Oliver goes after the ball on Tuesday against No. Quincy as the Lady Dogs opened its season with a 6-1 win. Oliver had two goals and one assist. Veritas photo

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The girls varsity soccer team opened up its season at home on Tuesday, Sept. 5 with a convincing 6-1 win over North Quincy in a non-league contest.

Rockland was led by Madison Blonde and Grace Oliver, who each had two goals.

Maryn Monet and Sydney McKenna also scored for Rockland

The girls play Wednesday against league opponent, Randolph, and on Thursday against Abington.

The boys soccer team opened its season on Tuesday as well with a 5-5 tie at Randolph.  The boys play Abington on Thursday.

Breast Cancer Walk Buzz

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

9-5-17

One of RHS’s favorite school-wide October events is right around the corner. The annual Breast Cancer Walk is taking place Sunday, October first and plans are already in gear.

Since last week Student Government Council has been selling shirts for the walk at all three lunches for $20; they will be on sale until September 13. Along with that, bus sign-ups to and from the walk are starting today at all three lunches for $5.

For the walk donations are also being collected throughout the month of September. The goal is for RHS to raise over $1000. Ms. Shaughnessy, Ms. Medieros, Ms. Paulding, and Ms. Armstrong have all committed to dying their hair pink if the school can achieve this goal.

Donations are being collected in jars in A Block classes. Whichever class raises the most money will recieve a free breakfast.

Time to Buy your 2017 RHS Shirts!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

8-31-17

As the new year begins, so do school activities and events. Already, groups have started organizing events, and they have even started promoting the shirts they plan to sell to raise money.

Already within the first week back the Pathways Program has started selling brand new shirts of their own. Their annual Unified Kickball event is coming up soon and the shirts will be coming in just in time to show your support. They will be sold at all three lunches for $20 until today, August 31.

Along with Pathways, SGC is already selling their annual Breast Cancer Walk shirts. They are on sale now until September, 13. The shirts are $20 each and will be here in time for the Walk on Sunday, October 1.

Kicking off the 2017-2018 School Year

Jasmin  Morse, Veritas Web Editor

8-28-17

After a long, hot summer the Rockland Public Schools are back in action. With the incoming of a new freshmen class and the stepping up of the upperclassmen the 2017-2018 school year is bound to be full of growth, learning, and fun.

This morning each of the high schools’s classes met in the auditorium to review the ground rules and expectations with their teachers, Ms Paulding, Mr Graziano, and Dr Harrison. The freshmen were told about how the rotating schedule works and all students reviewed their assignment of guidance counselor.

Dr. Harrison encouraged all students to ask themselves the question: “What will my legacy be?’  He also showed students two video clips from the Class of 2017 Graduation ceremony and emphasized the pride and excitement that could be seen. Dr. Harrison told each class that they will continue to grow as a class and as students as the years progress to their graduation.

After the pep talks everyone returned to their classes to figure out their schedules and new teachers and continue the day marking a new beginning for all here at RHS.

Are You Ready For The First Day of School?

Below is part of Principal John Harrison’s Weekly Update.  For the complete update go to Dr. Harrison’s blog.

RHS COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE #2

AUGUST 24, 2017

IN THIS EDITION:

With the start of school on Monday, August 28th, we wanted to share some reminders before the start of school. If you have not had a chance, please review last week’s RHS Community Weekly Update #1 with a more comprehensive list of back to school information. In this week’s edition, you will find information on the following:

  • A Back to School Checklist
  • Introduction of New Staff Biographies
  • Review of the Bell Schedule
  • Attendance Policy Reminder
  • Homework Club and Saturday School
  • A Recap of New Student Orientation Night
  • School Picture Day Information
  • What’s for Lunch?
  • Activities and Athletics
  • Join the Journalism Club!
  • Fall Sports Schedules
  • Discounted Internet Service
  • The Week Ahead

 

BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST:

1) Summer Reading– Students should make sure they have completed their summer reading and any other summer homework assignments. On Wednesday, September 13th, students will be discussing their summer reading book with faculty in groups.

 

2) Bring Your Schedule the First DayStudents may log-in to X2 to check their schedule for the next school year as of now. X2 Parent/Family Portal Accounts are also active now. To access a student schedule in X2, please do the following:

  1. Log-in to X2: https://ma-rockland.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do
  2. Go to MY INFO Top Tab.
  3. Select CURRENT SCHEDULE on the left Side Tab.

 

Every effort was made to schedule students into electives of their choice, however graduation requirements need to be a priority. Students may have electives they didn’t request because those were the classes that were available and accommodated the academic needs of the student. No schedule changes will be made based on teacher preferences.  The last day for a schedule change is August 31st.

 

4) Return Paperwork- Please be sure to return all the paperwork sent home on the first day of school by Tuesday, September 5th. Signed Handbook Contracts, Parent Contact/Dismissal Cards, and filled- out or corrected Emergency Contact Information should be returned.

 

5) Stay Informed- Throughout the school year, we are encouraging families to stay informed by doing the following:

  • Visiting our website at www.rocklandschools.org .
  • Following Mr. Harrison on twitter at https://twitter.com/@rocklandhs for frequent Rockland High School news alerts.
  • Visiting Mr. Harrison’s personal blog (www.rocklandhs.blogspot.com) and subscribing to daily emails. To receive daily emails, enter your email address at the bottom of the page and then select submit. You will need to log-in to your email account and verify your email address before you start to receive the emails.

See you all on Monday!!

Fall Sports 2017 Ready to Hold Work-outs in Coming Days

Football work-outs begin today, August 18.  The rest of the fall sports will begin on Weds. August 23.

New head football coach Nick Liquori in practice last year.  Greg Derr photo

Here is the schedule for fall sports!

Fall Sports Schedule 2017

Fall Sports Schedule 2017 page 2

 

Here is an article from Wicked Local about new head coach, Nick Liquori

 

SGC Kicks off the Year with Camp

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

8-10-17

big five student government

The leaders of SGC take a break for lunch on Weds. August 9, the last day of the Student Government Camp. They include President Hannah Murphy, Vice President Jill Donahue, Publicity Coordinator Francisco Oliviera, Secretary Jaymie Atkins, and Treasurer Macie Jones. Advisor Joanne White is behind them.

This past Monday through Wednesday RHS’s successful Student Government held its annual summer camp. From class meetings, exciting energizers, to Committee Wars many members thought it was another successful start of the year for SGC.

Many plans have already been made for the year to come whether it was for the classes, workshops, to the SGC Committees that were formed this week. The committees included Community Service, Finance and Fundraising, Unified Spirit, and Student Services.

All the work aside, members were able to enjoy themselves in many fun activities. The crowd favorite by far was on the last day when Committee Wars were held. During this activity every committee had to compete in a series of events trying to rack up the most amount of points in hopes to win overall. At the end of the day, after lots of hard work and fun the Community Service Committee won.

SGC Committees:

Unified Spirit Committee (Blue):

Jacob Leahy, Sydney McKenna, Taylor Anzivino, Lara Glennon, Jakob Wells, Keely Naughton, Chris Penney and Greta Russo

Community Service Committee (Red):

Justin Sherlock, Jasmin Morse, Caitlin Cameron, John Ellard, Erin Field, Julia Yeadon, Molly Boggs and Brandon Gallagher

Finance and Fundraising (Green):

Tyler Beatrice, Hannah Boben, Aiden Glennon, Marissa Smith, Jon Dorney, Matthew Bruzzese, Maurice Wilson, and McKayla Sugrue

Student Services (Yellow):

Haley Nee, Maddie Gear, Katy Buckley, Zach Peterson, Tyler Gambon, Eric Barber, Kate Burke and Jillian Dorney

 

God’s Children: A Speedball Dynasty

Julian Tarpey, Veritas Staff

6-14-17

God's Children win

God’s Children and the Quirks at the end of the tournament. courtesy photo

The third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial speedball tournament ended with a blow-out on Saturday, June 10. God’s Children faced off against the Thunder Donkeys in the final game and won 8-2. Thunder Donkeys wore white and God’s Children wore red. The MVP of the tournament was Justin Nugyen of God’s Children.  Even more impressive than the six goal victory margin is the fact that the tournament raised $4,280 for the Jared Lewis Quirk “Good Guy” Memorial Scholarship.  Fifteen teams competed in the three day event.

Justin Nguyen is awarded the MVP trophy. photo by Julian Tarpey

Here’s a link to all the action pictures taken by Julian Tarpey and team photos supplied by Ms. Walsh

Wrapping up the year with Underclassmen Academic Banquet

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

6-9-17

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Sophomore letter winners

Many people were recognized this past Wednesday at the RHS Hall of Fame Induction and the Underclassmen Awards Banquet. The event took place at Emerald Hall with food being served at 6pm and awards starting around 7:15.

The night began with a few words from RHS principal Dr. John Harrison as well as vice principal Ms. Kathleen Paulding.

Ms. Paulding gave the introductions to the three Hall of Fame Inductees, who then talked a bit about their work and gave advice to the students attending the banquet. The Hall of Fame Inductees include: Robin Paulding McGowan, Class of 1979; Denise Wallace Spriggs, Class of 1979 and Charles Tetzlaff, Class of 1991.

Charles Tetzlaff, Denise Wallace-Spriggs and Robin Paulding McGowan were inducted on June 7 into the Rockland High School Academic Hall of Fame.

Next, Dr. Harrison announced several special awards which were then followed by the academic awards and honor roll mentions. Ms. Paulding, along with Mr. Damon, and individual department heads and teachers, presented the academic achievement awards.

All in all, the evening was filled with fun, friends, and giving recognition well deserved to the students and inductees. Thank you to the Rockland Hall of Fame Committee for making this night possible and all the teachers involved.

Here is a list of all awards given out and the recipients:

 

The Math Team

 Grade 11 – Sarah Lovell, Haley Chase-Crocker, Alexander Domina, Ronan McNally, Joseph Naughton, Rebecca Elliott, Sean Sugrue, Nicholas Walker, Sabrina Sprague, and Zachary Peterson

Grade 10 – Angelina Vong , John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska , and Tyler Beatrice

Grade 9 – Kayleigh Harris

 

National Leadership Award– Jaymie Atkins

The Rensselaer Medal– Sabrina Sprague

9th District Congressional Art Show Honorable Mention– Isabelle Uong

Veritas Journalism Award– Jasmin Morse

Special Achievement Award– Madeline Gear

Outstanding member of the Veritas Award– Erin Kearns

St. Michael’s College Book Award– Lily Matson and  Christopher Penney

 

High Honors All Three Terms This Year:

In Grade 11 – Sabrina Sprague

In Grade 10 – Adiza Alasa, Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska

In Grade 9 – Melyssa Almeida, Kathryn Buckley, Nicholas Cedrone, Kerin Dalton Tyler Gambon, Madeline Gear, Melanie Harris, Sabrina Morgan, Oliver Reera, Zachary Webb, and Julia Yeadon

 

Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:

Last year, 20 academic letters were awarded to students in the Class of 2018. Congratulations to these students for their continued academic success.

  • Kellie Berry
  • Stephanie Blaney
  • Eden Dalton
  • Alexander Domina
  • Olvia Elie
  • Rebecca Elliot
  • 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

Junior Academic Letter Winners: Jaymie Atkins, Ronan McNally, Jillian Schofield, Sabrina Sprague, and James White

Sophomore Academic Letter Winners: Adiza Alasa, Alyssa Antoniewicz, Tyler Beatrice, Madison Blonde, Caitlin Cameron, Abigail Condon, Kaitlyn Diver, Leah Drago, John Ellard, Katie Houde (HOOD), Kevin Jean-Poix, Matthew Karoutas , Elizabeth Kelley, Nicholas LaBollita, Matthew Macarski, Meaghan McDonough, Matthew McPartlin, Sean Morrissey, Jasmine Morse, Rebecca Mullen, Shannon Murphy, Alexis Nastasia, Nevaeh Nilson, Francisco Oliveira, Sarah Pollard, Michelle Ramoska, Justin Sherlock, Marissa Smith, and Kara Sullivan

Boys State/Girls State– Sean Sugrue, Eden Dalton and Margaret Jones

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award– John Ellard

Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award– Francisco Oliveira

 

THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

ART:

Gr. 9         Bryce Taylor, Jacob Harris

Gr.   10         Sarah Pollard, Kaili Rose Dummott-Hill

Gr.   11         Isabelle Uong

 

COMMUNICATION/DIGITAL MEDIA:

Gr. 9    Lara Glennon

 

ENGLISH:

Gr. 9         Jillian Dorney

 

FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE:

Gr.  9         Hannah Wyllie

Gr.   10         Matthew McPartlin

Gr.   11         Christopher Penney, Brianna Peppino

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

Gr. 9         Orion Carroll

Gr.   10         Peter Kohler, Kaitlyn Diver

Gr.   11         Justin Bowman, Samuel Gray

 

TECHNICAL EDUCATION:

Gr. 9         Noah Coughlin

Gr.   10         Michael Ebersole, Christopher Armstrong

Gr.   11         Ryan Kelley, Zachary Sharland

 

WORLD LANGUAGE/SPANISH:

Gr. 9         Jad Bendarkawi, Kathryn Buckley

Gr.   11         Caitlin McArthur

 

WORLD LANGUAGE/FRENCH:

Gr. 9         Matthew Griffin, Jonathas Amaral-Numeriano

Gr.   10         Elizabeth Kelley, Sean Morrissey

HEALTH

Gr. 9         Destinie Irvin, Adrian Quezada

 

MATHEMATICS:

Gr. 9         Oliver Reera, Sean Belmonte

 

MUSIC:

Gr. 9         Jordan Cunningham, Kerin Dalton

Gr.   10         Mireese Wilson, Bonnie Gasdia

Gr.   11         Ryan Struzziery

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE:

Gr. 9             Elizabeth McGaffigan

 

PRE-ENGINEERING/ROBOTICS:

Gr. 9         Maria Ciano, Caroline Elie

Gr.   11         Jonathan Baar, Aiden Glennon

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE/HISTORY:

Gr. 9         Zachary Webb

Gr.   10         Kevin Jean-Poix

Gr.   11         Harrison O’Brien

 

MULTI-AWARD WINNERS:

Gr. 9  

Madeline Gear          Communication/Digital Media, Physical Education

Tyler Johnson           Science, English, Family Consumer Science

Sabrina Morgan        Social Science/History, Science

 

Gr.   10   

Tyler Beatrice           Mathematics, Science, Pre-Engineering/Robotics

Michelle Ramoska    English, Mathematics,Spanish

George Selados III Pre-Engineering/Robotics, Science

Caitlin Cameron       Social Science/History, Family Consumer Science

Adiza Alasa             English, Spanish

 

Gr.   11

Eden Dalton         Art, English, Music, Social Science/History

Sabrina Sprague       Mathematics, Science

Sean Sugrue             English, Mathematics

Joseph Naughton     Science,Spanish

 

OVERALL OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS:

Grade   9   Tyler Gambon

Grade    10   John Ellard

Grade 11   Ronan McNally

 

The following is a link to all the pictures of the inductees and the student award recipients.

Time to Vote for your 2017-2018 SGC Big Five!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

6-6-17

SGC Big 5 and Advisors

Last year’s Big FIve with the SGC Advisors. From left seniors, Julia DiCienzo, Shannon Lindahl, Noelle Atkins, Adam Royle and Taylor Gallagher led the SGC this year. Joanne White and Amanda Lanigan are SGC advisors. Maddie Gear photo

Tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 in the RHS cafeteria, all SGC members and all who want to get involved in Rockland’s Student Government will have the opportunity to vote on the upcoming year’s Big Five positions.

Each candidate for each position will have to give a speech in hopes to receive your vote. Once all the speeches are done, all who attend will get to vote for each student they see fit for each position.

 

This year running for Big Five positions are:

 

President:

  • Pre-Determined to be Hannah Murphy

Vice President:

  •  Jill Donahue
  •  Chris Penney

Treasurer:

  • Jasmin Morse
  • Macie Jones
  • Sydney McKenna

Secretary:

  • Caitlin Cameron
  • Jaymie Atkins

Publicity Coordinator: This position is a write in and will not be voted on but determined by the advisors and President

  • Francisco Oliveira
  • Sydney McKenna

 

Senior Awards Night, Thursday, June 1

Matt Dunn receives the prestigious silver bowl for earning eight varsity letters in four year of athletics at RHS.

The annual Senior Awards night took place on Thursday, June 1.  This year the Athletic Awards were also given along with the traditional Baccalaureate and Scholarship Awards.

The awards part of the evening began with Athletic Director Gary Graziano recognizing recipients of Senior Athletic Achievement Awards.

They included:
Woman’s Coaches Award (Senior female student/athlete) – Kaylee Patten

Vicki Solari Award (Most inspirational female athlete) – Noelle Atkins

Senior Female Athlete Award (Top senior female athlete) – Emily Beatrice

Marion Mansfield Donovan Award (Top female student/athlete) – Julia DiCienzo

John Bell Bulldog Award (Female athlete who plays over and above abilities) – Jessica Lutts

John Bell Bulldog Award (Male athlete who plays over and above abilities) – John MacDonald

Peter J. Crowley Award (Top senior male athlete) – Matt Dunn

Chris McHugh receives the Joseph Dondero Award from Rich MacAllister

Joseph Dondero Award (Top male student/athlete) – Christopher McHugh

Louis Cifello Award (Most inspirational male athlete) – John Goode

Dr. Joseph Dunn Award (Top student/athlete football player) – Matt Dunn

Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Award (Male and female athletes who never give up) – Bridget Reardon and Jake Crawford

John Delorey Award (Male and female athletes who exemplifies sportsmanship) – Hannah Millen and Leo Field

Robert Ellis Award (Top male student / athlete basketball player) – Mo Youssef

Charles E. Leverone Awards (Top male and female track or cross country runners) – Matthew Rocha

Silver Bowl Winner: Matthew Dunn

Old Colony Post 1788’s and United States Army veteran, Jeffrey Najarian presents Brian McCullogh and Renata Batista with cords signifying their entering the military after graduation.

Military Awards: Three seniors who are going directly into the military after graduation were recognized.  Jeffrey Najarian of Old Colony Post 1788 presented the awards to Brian McCullough, United States Marines, and Renata Batista, United States Army. The third senior is Jessica Cameron, United States Navy.

The Art Department gave certificates of achievement to artists Hannah Millen, Colleen Burke and Alexa Leduc.

Journalism Awards were given to Veritas editors, <strong>Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo</strong>.  Sports Editor and writer, <strong>Joe Taft</strong> received a Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association.

The Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award was given to Shawn Ward

Colleen McCarthy receives her Academic Letter Award at the Senior Awards Banquet, Veritas photo

Senior Academic Letters were awarded to Emily Delaney, Colleen McCarthy, Vivian Nguyen, Kelsey Willett and Mohamed Youssef

Community Service Awards went to Adam Royle and Julia DiCienzo

Excellence in Mathematics Awards were received by Luana Lima and Vivian Nguyen

The John Philip Sousa Band Award was presented to Michael Belmonte

High Honors for the first three terms – Luana Lima

Scholarship Awards were as follows:

Patrick J. Sullian Memorial Scholarship: Alexa Murphy

The Quirk Family presented five seniors with “The Good Guy” Scholarship in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk. From left: Matt Dunn, Alexa Murphy, Regina Quirk, Ryan Quirk, Quirk, Mike McPeck, Ryan Leavitt. Missing from picture is Mitchell Ryan. photo Laurie Dunn

“The Good Guy” Scholarship in memory of Jared Lewis Quirk: Ryan Leavitt, Lexi Murphy, Matt Dunn, Mike McPeck, Mitchell Ryan
Christine J. Biggins Memorial Scholarship: Sara Boucher
George and Betty Domigan Memorial Scholarship: Kelsey Willett

Leo Field receives the Jimbo Award Scholarship from Jimmy Cahill

The Jimbo Award: Leo Field
The John Mahoney Memorial Scholarship: Mohammed Youssef
The Rockland/Hanson Rotary Community Service Scholarship: Taylor Gallagher
The Edward Sokolowski Award: Lauren Zaremba
The Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Foundation Award: Noelle Atkins and Matt Dunn
Mr. Rockland Award: Ryan Leavitt
Share the Spirit Award: Taylor Gallagher
Spellman Oratorical Scholarship Awards: Jurnee Dunn, Jessica Lutts, Sophie McLellan, Evan Murphy, Emily Delaney, Luana Lima, Michael Belmonte and Lauren Zaremba.

Academic Achievement Awards were presented by teachers and department heads in each department.

The Art Department presented their Academic Achievement awards to Shawn Ward and Hannah Millen.

The Communication and Digital Media Department presented their award to Sean Vo.

Shannon Lindahl receives the English Department’s Academic Achievement Award

The English Department recognized Shannon Lindahl.

The Family and Consumer Science Department presented their award to Adam Royle.

The Health Department presented their awards to Jakigh Marcelin and Rachel Buker.

The Social Science/History Department recognized Noelle Atkins and Sydney Wells as their Academic Achievement winners.

The Mathematics Department recognized Luana Lima.

The Physical Education Department presented their award to Cornell McWilliams II.

The Pre-Engineering and Robotics Department recognized Christopher McHugh and Brian McLaughlin.

The Science Department presented their award to Kaylee Patten and Kelsey Willett.

Tim Kane received an award as the top academic achiever in the Technical Education department.

The Technical Education department presented their award to Timothy Kane and James Sheehan.

The World Language Department recognized two students. In French, Leonard Field III received the Academic Achievement Award. The Spanish department presented their award to Lauren Zaremba.

Several seniors were Multi-Award winners.

Michael Belmonte Jr. was recognized by both the Computer Science and Music Departments.

Jessica Lutts was recognized by the English and Mathematics Department.

Emily Beatrice was recognized by the Family and Consumer Science Department and Physical Education Department.

The Communication/Digital Media and Music Departments recognized Sophie McLellan.

The Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association Student Achievement Award – Principal’s Award went to Noelle Atkins

The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award was presented to Luana Lima

The final “award” was the dedication of the yearbook to English teacher, Amanda McDonough and to Jimmy Cahill.  Matt Dunn, Mike McPeck and Megan Saucier made the presentations.

Class of 2017 Graduation

photo by Austin Wood

 

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

6-5-17

On last Friday, June 2, at 7 pm at the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium, the Class of 2017 took their final walks across the field to grab their diplomas and throw their caps in their final step to completing their high school education.The rain held off long enough for one of the last groups born in the 1900s to graduate.

The senior gift presented by 2017 Vice President, Colleen McCarthy was passed down to the junior class President, Hannah Boben. It was a bronze bulldog, a symbol of RHS representing each graduating class.

During the ceremony, the RHS Band played “German Dance” by, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and the Recessional “Pomp and Circumstance”.

At the graduation, there were several speakers who spoke about “Bulldog Pride”, how the graduating class can make a change in the world, and the changing world they’re being sent off to.

These included 2016-2017 Class President, Kaylee Patten, Valedictorian, Luana Lima, freshman biology teacher, Julia DiCanzio, and RPS Superintendent, Dr. Allan Cron.

Principal Dr. John Harrison announced the Rockland Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation Award winners, and prior to the presentation of diplomas, School Committee Vice Chairman, Richard Phelps said a few words about Bulldog Pride.

While Dr. Harrison called the graduates’ names and spoke about their plans, Mr. Phelps, Vice Principal of RHS,  Kathleen Paulding, Guidance Director Margaret Black, and Senior Class Advisor, Samantha Hoyo presented the seniors with their diplomas and handshakes.

The following links will take you to our photo galleries: Pre-Graduation and the Graduation Ceremony.

 

Final look at the School Year of the Graduating Class of 2017

 

The following is a photo gallery that covers the Class of 2017’s senior year as photographed by Veritas photographers.

Come support the class of 2017 one last time at their graduation tonight in the Veterans’ Memorial Stadium at 7 pm.