December 3, 2020
The Student Government Council at RHS has announced the opening of their on-line Bulldog apparel store.
Junior Maria Pala who is the SGC member overseeing the store answered some questions from the Veritas. “I was put in charge of the project, but I was working closely with our advisor, Mrs. Bartoloni, and I had a lot of help from my committee members with choosing designs.”
She also explained,”The money will go towards the SGC so we can host more school wide events in the future. Our store is only online and the deadline for orders is December 11th.”
Orders will be delivered after Christmas. Here is the link for the store: Bulldog Apparel Store
If you have any questions, contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 25, 2020
James Tsiantoulas, Veritas Staff
With the fall sports season officially all wrapped up, we take a look back at all of the teams who gave it their all this year
Girls soccer led by captains Kendra Peretzman, Chloe Jones, Allison Trainque, and Hannah Rich had a great year. They finished their season with two crushing losses to Middleborough in the tournament but that does not affect their heart and drive.
Peretzman commented on the team. “The team struggled a bit since we had our first tournament game right after the two week quarantine which meant we went in with having not played as a team for two weeks. This definitely showed in the first game. However, we played the same team in our second game and greatly improved. We went from a 5-0 loss to a 1-0 loss.”
The seniors leaving the program are Mckenzie Tsiantoulas, Hannah Rich, Hannah Makarski, Chloe Jones, Devin Cavicchi, Allison Trainque, and Greta Russo and Kendra herself.
Boys soccer led by their captains Nick Blonde and Andrew Norton had a great year as well. They finished their season after losing in the SSL championship with their heads held high.
Norton had some high praise for his team. “I thought that this was a great team this year, out of my four years playing for Coach Kimball it was one of the best teams. Absolutely I wish we could get a season redo, it would have been nice having a full season.”
The team finished their year on an incredibly high note and look to repeat their success next year. The seniors leaving the program are Nick Blonde, Andrew Norton, Daniel Donahue, Fernando Alexander, Renan Souza, and Yggor Batista.
In addition, the boys and girls cross country teams finished out their season with a few more meets. Captains Arthur Norton, Jimmy DiCarli, and Billy Robinson finished out their season with three wins.
Norton had some words about his team’s season. “We got 4th in our all league meet and ended up beating Abington in our final meet.” They looked to notch another win during the season but that was cut short for them.
Also, the girls cross country team led by captains Sarah Gormley and Maggie Flaherty finished the season with four wins. They had a fantastic season and look to improve next year. The seniors leaving the program are Arthur Norton, Jared Allen, Damon Welles, Jimmy DiCarli, Billy Robinson, Robert Ivil, Nick Earner, Zach Solomon, and Sarah Gormley.
Finally, golf had wrapped their season up during those sudden two weeks of in person stoppage in the school. The team did not participate in the SSL tournament, but the seniors gave it their all during the season. The team led by athletes from every grade finished with two wins on the year. The seniors leaving the program are Cullen Rogers, Joey Nguyen, Hunter Wardwell, Ryan Dobay, Anthony Morreale, Emily Marquis, Zach Phripp, and myself.
With the teams participating in these tournaments and extended seasons, it really shows that sports right now are in good hands. Check back for news about the upcoming winter season which is now scheduled to begin on Dec. 14.
Nov. 6, 2020
Below are the times and breakdowns of the Hybrid Schedule that begins on Nov. 9.
Cohort A will be in person the week of Nov. 9 – Nov. 13.
Cohort B will be in person the following week Nov. 16 – 20.
When each cohort is in its remote week they will have their synchronous classes two days a week.
See the images below. Click on the images to see a larger view of each.
Here’s the breakdown that indicate which classes will meet remotely on Monday / Wednesday and Tuesday / Thursday.
Nov. 2, 2020
This is the first page of our first edition of the Veritas for the 2020-2021 year. Our regular print edition will not be distributed in school at this time.
Journalism students, along with senior editors, Althea Olsen and Emily Gaboriault, have worked hard through the ever changing schedule and academic environment to produce this paper. Click on the page to see the entire paper.
James Tsiantoulas, Veritas Staff
Oct. 9, 2020
2020 has been a rough year for the students of R.H.S. As the virus continues to sweep through the nation more and more changes have affected students in schools, one big change being linked to athletics.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) which governs high school athletics voted to issue an extra sports season (Fall 2) to allow some fall sports to compete later in the year. Football, volleyball and fall cheerleading are now scheduled to play in February after the winter season and before the spring sports season.
The sports that have been given the green light to compete right now are golf, soccer, and cross country. There are multiple students who are taking their talents to those sports.Fall sports athletes began practices at RHS on Sept. 25.
RHS Athletic Director Gary Graziano feels it is important to get some form of team sports going, “I think it will be difficult but I also think it’s essential for us to get the kids back to some sort of normalcy and get them on the field exercising.. I think the kids will respond well!”
Senior football captain Cullen Rogers, says, “I am planning on participating in golf,” and the season has gotten underway. Cullen has been doing his best in his new role as well as the other students who have decided to take on a new opportunity.
Football Coach Nick Liquori commented on the move of three sports to February. “It is certainly different, but more of a necessary evil, to be able to get as many student athletes participating/competing and give the feel of a ‘normal”
There are some concerns with the virus still active across the state and the U.S.
Mr. Liquori shared his insight. “Obviously, not being in the medical field, I don’t want to speak if it is safe or not, but I feel that if the data shows that other states are able to play HS sports, why not in our state? As long as the athletes and parents feel safe allowing them to compete. If we can do it safely and smart…why not?”
Mr. Graziano elaborated further. “I am concerned with the season and the possibility of it (the virus) spreading, but I also trust the people guiding us to play and follow the guidelines in place and feel safe.”
With administration doing everything to prevent the spread, students could be faced with possible consequences if they violate the rules. Mr. Liquori said, “One thing for certain that I think everyone is in agreement with is the safety of the student/athletes. I feel everyone involved needs to be as diligent and disciplined to the rules, so that no one team or person or school for that matter is having to deal w/consequences that could result in missed games and/or seasons.”
Finally, some students are alarmed with all of these changes that it could be difficult to focus both in the classroom and on the field. Rogers gave his opinion on the matter, saying, “I think we need sports right now. Being focused in the classroom and on the field will be a struggle at first, but I know we can all do it.”
With school finally going back into session and students getting used to the new systems put in place, sports add another thing they will need to adjust to.
Hopefully students realize this is a serious issue and they all do what they are told. Fighting this virus is going to take everyone and one false move might spell disaster.
Only time will tell.
The golf team have played two matches so far. The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams open their seasons today (Friday, Oct. 9) against Cohasset. The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will play Cohasset tomorrow morning (Saturday, Oct. 10) at Cohasset.
On Wednesday September 30th, the RHS Student Government Council elected their new Big 5!
President: Senior, Miku Yoshioka
Vice President: Senior, Emily Gaboriault
Secretary: Junior, Gabriella Gambon
Treasurer: Junior, Maddie Smith
Publicity coordinator: Junior, Carolayne Lage
Treasurer, Maddie Smith says, “It’s nice to be one of the leaders of STUCO now. I can have more of a say in the events and can help to make the school an even better place!”
Vice President, Emily Gaboriault says,”This has been a goal of mine since freshman year and to finally be able to say I am on Big 5 is a dream come true!”
Student government advisor, Mrs. Bartoloni, states, “This year’s elected board members and Big Five are all very driven young ladies who are looking to find creative ways to make this untraditional year the best one yet.”
These Bigs 5 ladies plan to lead student government during these difficult times to ensure that this year is full of fun, safe, and inclusive activities the whole school and community can enjoy.
Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
Sept. 13, 2020
Although 2020 has been far from the social norm, the Rockland School district has worked diligently to deliver a safe plan for students to begin the school year.
Even though the first day of school will be through the screen, Dr. Harrison believes remote learning will allow RHS students to “develop unique and advanced skills” due to these ongoing challenges they are facing.
As far as the challenges of this new learning experience, Dr. Harrison advises, “We need you (students) to ask questions.” He added,”Students should “lean on and rely on their teachers” for help. Despite the different scheduling and academic approach, Harrison says that staff members “are not just ready, but excited.”
In order to limit the number of students inside the building, RHS has divided students into cohorts (groups of students) A or B. Emails were sent to students with their assigned cohort. If a student is uncertain of their cohort, they can check online at Aspen X2, or call the RHS guidance office.
Cohort A was the first to enter the building for orientation on Thursday, September 10 from 8-11:20 am, and cohort B was second on Friday, September 11 from 8-11:20 am. During orientation, students met their teachers for the school year, and were given a glimpse of the safety precautions put in place for when in school learning occurs.
While at orientation, students were excited to be in the building, despite the new changes. When asked about scheduling, some agreed they understood the new arrangements, while some were confused.
When it comes to safety, Dr. Harrison outlined four important safety rules everyone in the building should follow. In order of importance, his list is the following:
- Wear a mask that covers both the nose and the mouth.
- Sanitize always. Dr. Harrison expressed the RHS hand sanitizer as the “best around”.
- If one is not feeling well, do not attend school. They will be given work to do remotely.
- Remain socially distant (6 feet). Dr. Harrison knows this is the hardest one to follow, but he promises students will be able to feel as if they are socializing even with the precautions put in place.
From a student’s perspective, the new way of learning is definitely a challenging change at times. Not being able to walk with friends in the hallway or socialize at the end of class is the biggest challenge for most.
Every student from RHS, regardless of their cohort, will begin remote learning together on Monday, September 14 and will continue until Wednesday, September 23. During this two week period, they will follow the schedule below. This schedule ONLY applies for the two weeks of combined cohort remote learning.
|8:15-8:50 AM||A Block|
|9:00-9:35 AM||B Block|
|9:45-10:20 AM||C Block|
|10:30-11:05 AM||D Block|
|11:15-11:50 AM||E Block|
|12:50-1:25 PM||F Block|
|1:35-2:35 PM||Office Hours|
During office hours, students can schedule to seek extra help for their classes, or spend extra time with teachers. Dr. Harrison said that the new way of learning “is confusing,” but explains we should “rely on our teachers and make sure to ask questions.” Guidance will also be available to meet with students on a virtual basis. Academic and emotional support will be available for students no matter the circumstances. After school academic support will continue to be provided from 2:45 to 4:15 pm. It is still being decided if it will be remote or in person support.
Beginning on September 28, the hybrid model will begin. Cohort A will begin in person learning, and cohort B will learn remote. Starting on the week of October 5, cohort B will begin in person learning, and cohort A will be remote. The two cohorts will switch every week from in person and remote learning.
During the week of September 28, cohort A will follow the regular RHS scheduling for IN PERSON learning.
During the week of September 28, cohort B will have the following schedule for REMOTE learning:
|Periods||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6|
|10:30-11:25||(no class)||History||History||World language||(no class)||World language|
|12:35-1:30||World language||World language||Science||Science||Science||(no class)|
|1:40-2:35||Science||Student homework||Student homework||Student homework||Student homework||Student homework|
On October 5, the two cohorts will switch learning methods and follow the scheduling that correlates with their way of learning for that week.
August 23, 2020
Class of 2020 graduates are now beginning to head off to college. So here is a list of their destinations. We wish everyone good luck and hope they have a great freshman year whether they are attending classes in person or remotely.
Jake Adams -Massasoit Community College
Melyssa Almeida – Harvard
Jonathas Amaral-Numeriano- Salem State University
Kirsten Andrews – Massasoit Community College
Taylor Anzivino – Massasoit Community College
Crystal Arena – Massasoit Community College
Eric Barber – Bridgewater State University
Stephanie Beatrice – Regis College
Keiland Beckford -Quincy College
Zachary Belcher – Nichols College
Sean Belmonte -U Mass Amherst
Jad Bendarkawi – Princeton University
Jakob Benson – Coastal Carolina University
Makayla Berardi – Bridgewater State University
Molly Boggs – U Mass Boston
Robert Bono – Massasoit Community College
Taina Bruno – Quincy College
Mathew Bruzzese – U Mass Amherst
Kathryn Buckley – Worcester State University
Emily Bugbee – Massasoit Community College
Lauren Buker – Johnson & Wales University
Riley Cadogan – Massasoit Community College
Nicholas Cedrone – Bentley University
Victoria Churchill – Quincy College
Maria Ciano – Regis College
Samuel Coleran – Massasoit Community College
Mia Comeau – Coastal Carolina University
Erin Connors – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Jordan Cunningham – Anna Maria College
Adam Dalton – Bridgewater State University
Kerin Dalton – Saint Joseph’s University
Jordan Delorey – Bridgewater State University
Jessica DeMarco – Saint Anselm College
David derKinderen – Westfield State University
Paige Donnelly – Bridgewater State University
Jillian Dorney – U Mass Amherst
Jonathan Dorney – Massasoit Community College
Jacob Dunham – Bridgewater State University
Neleh Dunn – U Mass Dartmouth
Michael Dutton – Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Caroline Elie – Roger Williams University
Cynthia Elliott Massachusetts – College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Arianna Esposito – Champlain College
Hailey Estabrooks – Massasoit Community College
Andrew Evans – U Mass Boston
Elyse Finerty – Westfield State University
Ava Fiore – Merrimack College
Liam Flaherty – Bridgewater State College
Ashley Gallagher – University of New England
Tyler Gambon – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Madeline Gear – U Mass Lowell
Lara Glennon – Emerson College
Matthew Griffin – Clemson University
Nicolle Guidiel Winter – U Mass Amherst
Jaylen Haltiwanger – New England Institute of Technology
Jacob Harris – Ursinus College
Melanie Harris – Roger Williams University
Zachary Harris – Nichols College
Frank Hawe III – Plymouth State University
Natalia Hernandez – Keene State College
Kylie Houde – Southern New Hampshire University
Steven Hoye – Bridgewater State University
Oliva Janis – Salem State University
Tyler Johnson – Northeastern University
Erin Kearns – Massasoit Community College
Rebecca Keefe – Plymouth State University
Brooke Kimball – Curry College
Grace LaPlante – Salem State University
Emma Lauria – Regis College
Kyle Lenihan – Bridgewater State University
Chase MacDonald – University of New Hampshire
Kayla Mantell – Massasoit Community College
Jameson McCardell – Wheaton College
Elizabeth McGaffigan – U Mass Amherst
Kathryn McGuirk – Westfield State University
Sarah McLellan – Bridgewater State University
Lydia McWilliams – U Mass Boston
Olivia Milso – Massasoit Community College
Hallie Molineaux – Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy
Maryn Monett – Plymouth State University
Sabrina Morgan – Stonehill College
Hannah Murphy – University of Maine
Joseph Murray – Wentworth Institute of Technology
Samantha Nachtman – Salem State University
Keely Naughton – Suffolk University
Haley Nee – Massasoit Community College
Jennifer Nguyen – Massasoit Community College
Steven Nguyen – Massasoit Community College
Dhruvi Patel – U Mass Boston
Alyssa Patten – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Philip Pattison – Bridgewater State University
Selena Peguero-Martinez – Massasoit Community College
Jordan Pierce – Curry College
Dakota Pike – Coastal Carolina University
Oliver Reera – Wentworth Institute of TechnologyO
Owen Shea – Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Juliana Smith – Massasoit Community College
Lucas Sprague – U Mass Lowell
Michaela Sugrue – Bridgewater State University
Bryce Taylor – Rochester institute of Technology
Megan Uong – U Mass Boston
Dante Vasquez – Framingham State College
Zachary Webb – U Mass Amherst
Jacob Willis – Texas Christian University
Hannah Wyllie – Colby College
Julia Yeadon – U Mass Lowell
Danting Zhu – Assumption University
Let us know if you have any updates or additions to the list by emailing email@example.com
On July 30, 2020 at 7PM, Rockland High School inducted five seniors and ten juniors into the National Honor Society. Twenty five current senior members were also present at the ceremony, along with friends, family, and multiple staff members to support new and old members of the Society.
In order to deliver a safe induction, the number of guests were limited to immediate family only. Families along with students had to remain six feet apart throughout the induction, and all attendees were required to wear a face mask upon their attendance.
To start off the ceremony, previous and new members entered the stadium led by Jad Bendarkawi, the Class of 2020 National Honor Society president. After giving the pledge, Jad delivered an introduction of the National Honor Society, along with a history of the societies background. Following Jad’s speech, the class of 2020 secretary, Madeline Gear announced the senior roll call, to congratulate the members on their college acceptances. Following roll call, Virtues were presented by the following students:
Character: Zach Webb
Scholarship: Katy Buckley
Leadership: Tyler Gambon
Service: Julia Yeadon
Led by Jad, the new inductees recited a pledge in order to become members. Following the pledge, Jad presented the pins to the new inductees, and principal Dr. John Harrison presented certificates to all senior members.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, students, families, and faculty members had the opportunity for photos. Inductees were able to receive gifts from their sponsors, which could have been a faculty member, or an immediate family member that had attended the ceremony.
Senior Members (25)
August 1, 2020
Two months after their originally scheduled ceremony, Rockland High School’s Class of 2020 finally had its Graduation. On August 1, a beautiful Saturday night, 149 members of the Senior Class paraded into Veterans Memorial Stadium, ready to finally say their goodbyes to this year and to their high school careers. They were led by Junior Class Marshals Cullen Rogers and Lauren Draicchio, and RPS administrators. Members of the faculty followed the class into the stadium.
Senior Class President Mathew Bruzzese conducted the ceremony that had most of the same elements as always. He addressed his classmates during the program as did Class Valedictorian, Tyler Gambon.
(see WRPS video below)
Speakers included Robert Murphy, science teacher, who was invited to speak by the class. He referenced Charles Dickens’ first lines of A Tale of Two Cities in his opening remarks: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” words appropriate he said to the school year that saw great success for the class but ended abruptly with the pandemic. He also, as did all the speakers, commended the class for its resilience and good humor in dealing with the events of their senior year.
Also speaking were Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan Cron, Chair of the Rockland School Committee Jill Maroney, and RHS Principal Dr. John Harrison. All the speakers wished the class good luck and bright days in their futures.
Class Vice President Katy Buckley presented the class gift to Lauren Draicchio, president of the Class of 2021.
As they came forward to get their diplomas, Dr. Harrison read the names of graduates along with noting their future plans.
With one last roller coaster led by Owen Shea and the traditional tossing of hats, Graduation 2020 was over.
Graduates, parents and teachers will long remember this most accomplished and resilient Class of 2020. Good luck to all!
Photos below courtesy of Pat Glennon
The WRPS video of the ceremony is below:
RHS SENIOR ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC BANQUET
Ms. Kristen Walsh, Senior Class Advisor conducted the introductions of award winners at the Class of 2020 Academic and Athletic Award night held in the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, July 31. In her opening remarks she commended these students who had their end of year activities turned upside down because of the pandemic. She said they “have shown grace and resilience despite a challenging end of their high school career.”
Mathew Bruzzese, the Senior Class President, led the Pledge of Allegiance and then introduced special guests including Ms. Jill Maroney, Ms. Jaime Hennessy, Ms. Emily Davidson, Mr. Dan Biggins, Mr. Richard Phelps, Dr. Alan H. Cron, Superintendent and Ms. Colleen Forlizzi, Assistant Superintendent.
The awards program began with the presentation of the athletic awards by Mr. Gary Graziano, the Athletic Director.
First was a presentation to Maryellen Woodward, long-time administrative assistant in the athletic office who retired this year. Mrs. Woodward, served in that capacity for over 30 years. She was a familiar face at athletic events scoring, taking tickets and registering the results back in the office with the MIAA. Mr. Graziano said, “She did all she could for the kids of Rockland and made me look good. Happy well deserved retirement after 34 years!”
Following are the individual athletic awards and the winners:
The Woman’s Coaches Award is presented to a female student-athlete. This year’s award was presented to Hannah Murphy.
The Vicki Solari Award is awarded to the most inspirational female athlete. This year’s recipient was Stephanie Beatrice.
The John Bell Bulldog Award is presented to the female and male players who play over and above abilities. This year’s recipients were Taylor Anzivino and Zachary Belcher.
The Warren Najarian Bulldog Pride Awards recognizes the female and male athletes that never give up. This year’s recipients were Jessica DeMarco and Vitor Santos. The John Delorey Awards are presented to the female and male athletes who best exemplify sportsmanship. This year’s recipients were Maria Ciano and Michael Dutton.
The Charles E. Leverone Award is awarded to the top male and top female track or cross country runner. This year’s recipients were Tyler Johnson & Melanie Harris.
The Senior Female Athletic Award is presented to the top senior female athlete. This year’s recipient was Caroline Elie.
The Peter J. Crowley Award is presented to the top senior male athlete. This year’s recipient was Dante Vasquez.
The Marion Mansfield Donovan Award is awarded to the top female student-athlete. This year’s recipients were Caroline Elie and Hannah Wyllie.
The Joseph Dondero Award was awarded to Tyler Johnson in recognition of being the top male student-athlete.
The Dr. Joseph Dunn Award is awarded to the top student-athlete and football player. This year’s recipient was Owen Shea.
The Silver Bowl Winner was Owen Shea.
Ms. Walsh then introduced the following students who received cords for graduation to reflect their future military service.
Jahri Francis- United States Air Force, Gabriel Fiorot-United States Air Force, Jamille Araujo Soares- United States Marines, Robert Whitman- United States Army
Next were special academic awards:
The RHS Journalism Student Newspaper Award is presented to an outstanding senior who has demonstrated a commitment to the RHS Veritas. This year’s recipient was Arianna Esposito.
The Senior Academic Letters for Excellence in Education are awarded to students who have been on the honor roll for six consecutive terms or a total of ten terms while a student at Rockland High School. This year’s recipients were Taylor Anzivino, Mia Comeau, Pierre Comeau, Haley Cotton, Jillian Dorney, Lara Glennon, Nicolle Gudiel Winter, Erin Kearns, Kyle Lenihan, and Danting Zhu.
The Community Service Awards are given to students who have demonstrated a diversity of service, completed a minimum of 75 hours of completed service, and completed the majority of their service in Rockland. This year’s recipients were Melyssa Almeida, Maria Ciano, Nicolle Gudiel Winter, and Danting Zhu
This next recognition was to seniors who earned high honors the first three terms. This year’s senior who received High Honors the First Three Terms were Melyssa Almeida, Jad Bendakarwi, Kathryn Buckley, Tyler Gambon, Tyler Johnson, and Julia Yeadon.
The Phoenix Award is presented to the senior who has persevered despite many obstacles and challenges. This year’s recipient was Jordan Delorey.
The Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award was presented by Mr. Richard Phelps in honor of his wife, Ann E. Phelps who passed away on July 8, 2017. Mrs. Phelps worked at RHS as the head nurse from 1986-2003. In addition to being an outstanding nurse, Ms. Phelps was instrumental in organizing Senior Issues, the Academic Awards Ceremony, and Retirement Parties. Ann was also the founder of Rockland Holiday Magic back in 2003 and the program continues to this day, helping hundreds of families in need during the holiday season. Ann was regarded as a faculty member who truly made a difference in the lives of our students and families. The recipient of the Ann E. Phelps Make a Difference Award this year is Hannah Wyllie.
Ms. Walsh recognized two seniors who have held leadership positions in the Travel Club. President Maddie Gear and vice president Tyler Johnson were honored for their outstanding commitment to providing leadership in preparation for and while traveling to Japan and Central Europe, as well as representing Rockland High School and their community proudly.
The Senior Academic Achievement Awards are presented in each discipline. These students received a plaque to acknowledge their outstanding accomplishments.
Ms. Kata Medeiros of the RHS Art Department presented the Senior Art Award to Bryce Taylor and Krystal LaFrance.
The Outstanding Scholarship in English Language Arts Award is presented to two graduating seniors who have excelled academically in English Language Arts classes, are in good standing in both the school and the community, and demonstrate characteristics and attributes determined by the English Language Arts faculty
The Outstanding Scholarship in History and Social Science Award is presented to two graduating seniors who have excelled academically in History/Social Science classes, are in good standing in both the school and the community, and demonstrate the characteristics and attributes determined by the History/Social Science faculty.
Mr. Rich MacAllister presented the History and Social Studies Department’s Award to Nick Cedrone.
The Mathematics Department Award goes to the senior who is among the top mathematics students at Rockland High School and is a leader in the classroom. Mr. Casagrande, Math department chair presented the award to Melyssa Almeida.
The Family and Consumer Science Award is in recognition of students who displayed the highest level of: team-oriented enthusiasm, attention to time management and organization, outstanding leadership, exemplary respect for safety, and excellent skills. Mrs. Brenda Folsom presented the awards to Philip Pattison and Michaela Sugrue.
The Construction Technology Award recognizes students that display a high level of knowledge and safety in Wood Technology. These students have dedication and hard work in order to get the work complete. The Technical Department award was presented to Pierre Comeau by Mrs. Folsom.
The Physical Education Department went to two students who are academic athletes: Kyle Lenihan and Hannah Murphy. These students take pride in everything that they participate in both on and off the playing field. They are the students who do not think twice about helping and supporting all aspects of health and wellness.
The Senior Music Department Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding musicianship, a strong personal work ethic, dependability, and dedication to the Rockland music department. Dr. Harrison presented the Music Department’s Awards to Adam Dalton and Kayla Mantell.
The Communication Digital Media/Journalism award is presented to students who have contributed significantly to the RHS in-house media arms, including the Veritas and WRPS. Awardees possess the ability to communicate to their peers and others through various media platforms and understand the crucial role media play in our culture and lives. The Communication and Digital Media Department presented its award to Stephanie Beatrice.
Ms. Angela Armstrong, the Science Department Head, presented the following Science Department Awards.
Environmental Club – (marimo ball) were presented to Jad Bendarkawi, Mathew Bruzzese, Ashley Gallagher, Tyler Gambon, Elizabeth McGaffigan, Dhruvi Patel, Oliver Reera, Zachary Webb and Hannah Wyllie
Also, Zachary Webb and Hannah Wyllie received the Computer Science Award; Robert Whitman received the Engineering Award and the Science Award was given to Maria Ciano and Dhruvi Patel
Ms. Shaughnessy, World Language Department chair presented that department’s award to Julia Yeadon. She explained that one of the main goals in the World Language department is expanding the horizons of our students to new cultures and diversifying their language learning. This award recognizes a senior who has far exceeded obligations and expectations in the Spanish classroom, making a conscious effort every class to use as much of the target language as possible and welcoming risk-taking in their communication.
The following multi-award recipients were:
Joseph Messier– Health & Construction Technology
Tyler Johnson– History & Social Science & Mathematics
Jad Bendakarwi– English & World Language
The Overall Academic Achievement Award was presented to Tyler Gambon.
Dr. Harrison presented the Principal’s Award to Mathew Bruzzese, saying, “It gives me great pride to present this year’s Principal Award to you this evening. Each year the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrator’s Association Student Achievement Award– known as the Principal’s Award is presented to an outstanding senior who has impacted our community significantly. The recipient of this award tonight is someone who I am very proud of. He has led with an open-mind, aspires to include all students, and has a natural kindness that leads us all to gravitate toward this senior.
Dr. Cron then joined Dr. Harrison to present the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s Academic Excellence Award to the Valedictorian of the Class of 2020, Tyler Gambon. The Valedictorian Award is given to the student with the highest grade point average at the conclusion of senior year and described Gambon, in addition to being a top academic student, as a person who has an admiration for his classmates and community.
Gambon then presented the yearbook dedication to Principal John Harrison. Dr. Harrison’s bond with this class runs deep as his first year as principal at RHS in 2016-2017 was also the first year for the Class of 2020 in the high school! The events of this year and Dr. Harrison’s efforts to provide a fitting and safe closure to the seniors’ high school experience have solidified this bond. Dr. Harrison’s caring nature, good humor, attention to detail, and attendance at all the school’s academic and athletic events are beyond compare.
June 5, 2020
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What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Westfield State University and will major in early childhood education.
What was your favorite after school activity? I will definitely miss softball most.
What are your post high school plans? Going to Massasoit for 2 years
What will you miss most about high school? Murph yelling at me for being late every day.
What was your favorite class? Chemistry
What was your favorite after school activity? Sleep
What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned that as long as I try my hardest that’s all that matters.
Any final thoughts? Time flies faster than you think.
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology and major in computer science.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies, car parade, making tournament in men’s tennis
What was your favorite class? AP Physics/AP Computer Science Principles. I can’t choose. They were hard work but a lot of fun and very interesting subjects to me.
What was your favorite after school activity? Tennis and Environmental Club
What was your favorite lunch? Buffalo mac and cheese
Any final thoughts? Congratulations to all seniors. We made this year our own, and I will never forget it.
What are your post high school plans? I will be studying in the health science major at UMass Boston.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss the RHS spirit. My teachers and friends have been super supportive and welcoming of me, and I’ll miss seeing them.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies and direct studies in the library.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was Anatomy & Physiology with Ms. DiCanzio. She taught human anatomy in an incredibly exciting way. I loved her techniques of memorizing difficult names of the human body.
What was your favorite after school activity? Environmental Club and Yearbook Club.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned that it’s important to stay positive because better days are always on their way.
Any final thoughts? Thank you for the great memories!
What are your post high school plans? I’m attending Salem State University to major in exercise science. After, I’ll be doing a masters program in athletic training.
What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss the teachers and seeing people I love every day.
What was your favorite class? Anatomy with Ms. DiCanzio. It’s by far the most interesting class I’ve ever taken.
What was your favorite after school activity? Definitely doing track in the spring, but when I wasn’t doing that probably just going to the gym.
What was your favorite lunch? Pasta bar
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Anna Maria College to major in music education with a minor in music performance.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss performances and rehearsals with the music department.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Regular runs to Chipotle Mexican Grill after school, getting cast in a play for the first time, attending HMC, and being accepted to AMDA.
What was your favorite after school activity? Theatre and Harvard Model Congress
What was your favorite lunch? Buff chic dip
What have you learned about yourself this year? That working hard, keeping you head high, and taking the best steps will lead to outstanding success.
Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS for teaching me lessons in character, and the idea of leaving a community or place better than how you had found it.
June 1, 2020
It’s been so much fun getting to see so many of our classmates who are now graduates! We wish everyone the best in the future and we hope to see you all on August 1 at Graduation.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst to major in public health sciences.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss helping out with Mrs. Zalocha’s class and my chit chats with Ms. Medeiros the most.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was French because I loved learning a new language and exploring the French culture.
Any final thoughts? Thank you.
What are your post high school plans? Attending school at Coastal Carolina University to major in marine biology
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing people in the halls in different grades and all my favorite teachers.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember fall, the school spirit, sports games, and senior events.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was art class because whenever I was stressed out I would go to art and it would calm me down being able to draw.
What was your favorite after school activity? Cheerleading
What was your favorite lunch? Buffalo chicken dip
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned that change is good and it’s so important for people to help them focus on themselves and be the best person they can be.
What are your post high school plans? I’ll be attending Plymouth State University to major in criminal justice.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing my friends in the halls and being able to joke around with them as we walk to our next class.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I’ll always remember every State’s win I’ve had and the feeling of all the hard work paying off.
What was your favorite class? My favorite classes have to be junior year English with Neal or stats my senior year with Hoff. Both of these teachers always came in with so much enthusiasm and energy and were ready to teach the class, and it made learning so much more enjoyable.
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were cheer practice, cheering at football games on Friday nights, hanging with friends, going to Marylou’s, and driving around with my friends.
What was your favorite lunch? Grilled cheese
What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned this year that everything happens for a reason and that your friends will always be there for you.
Any final thoughts? I want the underclassmen to know how fast the four years at RHS truly flies by and I want them to know to cherish every small moment. Also, I would like to thank the whole RHS staff for an unforgettable four years of high school. I’m going to miss walking the halls of RHS.
What are your post high school plans? To attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy to study marine transportation and play lacrosse.
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing my friends every day
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Beating Norwell in football to be Undefeated SSL Champs.
What was your favorite class? Junior English with Bigsby
What was your favorite after school activity? Football and lacrosse
What was your favorite lunch? Chicken Caesar salad wrap
What have you learned about yourself this year? No matter the obstacle we will get through it.
Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS! Go Dogs!
What are your post high school plans? I plan on taking a gap year to work.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing my friends and my teachers every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember all the pep rallies and all the arts festivals.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class is cooking because I got to make a lot of yummy food.
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activity was robotics club.
What are your post high school plans? Attending the University of Massachusetts Boston and majoring in nutrition
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing all my friends in-between classes or before school. Bugging my favorite teachers, and sitting in my favorite window space before class in the early morning hours
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Sitting on the field or the bleachers during track meets, eating and sharing snacks with teammates and other teams. And yelling and singing with friends on our way to DQ after Mr. Rockland.
What was your favorite class? English class with Mr. Bigsby, sophomore and junior year. Bigsby makes such an open and honest environment where students can feel comfortable and don’t feel like they have to censor themselves. He also had so many creative and fun projects, individual and group. His class always made my friends and I excited for the end of the day, and not want to leave.
What was your favorite after school activity? First would be Images Magazine, surrounded by artists and friends. Wacky, but exactly as it should have been. Then track, while I sometimes wanted nothing more than to lie down or scream, my friends’ encouragement and equal exhaustion helped me push through. Track meets were my favorite, even if we left the losers.
What was your favorite lunch? A newer addition, the Chicken Dippity. The chicken was better and crispier than the regular grill sandwich, and it came with waffle fries!
What have you learned about yourself this year? My procrastination didn’t get any better, even after 4 years :’). Also, I can understand and explain Shakespeare better than I could simply read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
Any final thoughts? Shout out to Mrs. Shaughnessy for listening to all my problems this year and last year, Mr. Bigsby for simply being Bigsby and checking in on my friends and me, Mrs. Hoffman for her positivity, Ms. Medeiros and Ms. Thompson for encouraging my interest in art, and JD for always being okay with me passing in late work.
May 29, 2020
On what would have been Graduation Night we are publishing our 7th set of profiles. There are more to come, so it’s not too late to submit yours. Congratulations Class of 2020!
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Johnson and Wales University to major in hospitality management.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember my senior night for soccer and the school dances.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class is statistics with Mrs. Hoffman because she made learning fun.
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were soccer and track.
What was your favorite lunch? Salad bar
What have you learned about yourself this year? I learned to cherish the special moments before they are over.
Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS for all of the memories!!
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute and major in civil engineering with an environmental concentration.
What will you miss most about high school? Above all I will miss the extremely welcoming and supportive community at RHS. I would definitely not be where I am today without all of my friends and the many genuinely caring teachers and faculty members.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? There are many simple memories that just made my high school experience feel more complete such as pep rallies, student government events and conferences, Envirothon competitions, and tennis bus rides. These memories and many more helped me feel truly at home at RHS. Probably my most unforgettable memory was when I had the opportunity to travel to Europe in 2019.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was either Bigsby’s English or Mac’s history class. Both classes were extremely laid back and an enjoyable way to begin the day. I felt like I managed to learn so much and both teachers without a doubt opened my eyes to the world and allowed me to see in a different light.
What was your favorite after school activity? Tennis, Environmental Club, Student Government Council
What was your favorite lunch? Chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and gravy
What have you learned about yourself this year? From truly understanding how to persevere and pursue goals to the very end to really getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things, this school year has been quite the year of self-discovery. Yet, the most important thing I have learned is that you genuinely need to take advantage of every opportunity you have because Andy Bernard is right, there is no way of knowing you are in the good old days until you have actually left them.
Any final thoughts? Thanks RHS for each and every one of the unforgettable memories! It truly has been a crazy ride and while it is certainly sad to leave, I cannot wait to see what comes next. To the underclassmen, you have probably heard this so many times before but high school truly does fly by and you never know when your journey will not go as planned. Cherish the memories and do all that you can to discover yourself and make the most of your time at RHS.
What are your post high school plans? Next year I’ll be attending Framingham State and majoring in marketing. I will also be continuing football.
What will you miss most about high school? Friday night lights with the boys and Monday film sessions
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Beating Abington this year 34-13, pep rallies, game day for basketball and football, all my teachers and classmates, and American Conspiracies with Jojo.
What was your favorite class? History. I love learning about past events and how they shaped us
What was your favorite after school activity? Football
What was your favorite lunch? Chicken Caesar salad
What have you learned about yourself this year? Be different, standout, and always work your butt off.
Any final thoughts? Thank you to the community of Rockland, the staff at Rockland High School, coaches, friends, and many others for the non-stop support and love for the last four years! Thank you…none of this is possible without you guys believing in me.
What are your post high school plans? The goal is going to college and majoring in actuarial science.
What will you miss most about high school? Friends and teachers
What was your favorite class? AP Statistics because Mrs. Hoffman is a wonderful teacher who helped me a lot and made the class so interesting.
What was your favorite after school activity? Swimming
What was your favorite lunch? Buffalo chicken dip
What have you learned about yourself this year? This year wasn’t a big change.
Any final thoughts? I am an adult now. Not a kid anymore. I hope I can go back to school to visit all my friends and faculty.
What are your post high school plans? Attending Emerson College to major in media art production
What will you miss most about high school? The teachers! Seeing my teachers made every class fun even if I didn’t love the subject.
What was your favorite class? This is so hard to choose because I had favorite subjects, but I also also had favorite teachers. I don’t love science and math but I loved having Casa, Hoff and Ms. DiCanzio. I loved APUSH with Mr. MacAllister and AP Seminar with Hoyo. Spanish with Mrs. Shaughnessy might be my favorite.
What was your favorite after school activity? Hosting a radio show on WRPS was my favorite. It was something I did every week for all four years of high school so it really became a significant part of my time at RHS. It’s something that not a lot of students do but it’s such an incredible opportunity.
What was your favorite lunch? Macho Nacho!
What have you learned about yourself this year? My goal for this year was to just have fun and make the most of my last year of high school. With the year ending how it did I’m extra thankful that I was able to spend time with my friends after school and have fun in my classes. Academics have always been important to me so sometimes I felt like I was missing out on the social aspect of RHS, I wanted to turn that around and try to experience senior year to the fullest.
Any final thoughts? Thank you, RHS!
What are your post high school plans? My post high school plans are to attend Massasoit Community College to take core classes and then transfer to Cape Cod Community College to major in Dental Hygiene.
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing my friends every day and trying to find my car in the parking lot!
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep Rally senior year, chorus concerts
What was your favorite class? Anatomy because we learned so much and it was so interesting!
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activity is dancing!!
What was your favorite lunch? Macho Nacho 100%
What have you learned about yourself this year? I stopped caring what other people think of me!
Any final thoughts? I’m proud of everyone in this class and I hope you all do amazing things 🙂
What are your post high school plans? I plan on attending Harvard University to study neuroscience.
What will you miss most about high school? The teachers, my friends, and my morning convos with Ms. Cahill 🙂
What was your favorite class? AP Biology because Mrs. Armstrong is the best!
What was your favorite after school activity? Math team and going home
What have you learned about yourself this year? I learned to stop doubting myself.
Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS!
May 27, 2020
We have had a great response to our profile survey with 45 seniors responding. As long as we have responses we will keep publishing profiles in order to celebrate the Class of 2020 graduates who have gone through so much at the end of their senior year.
What are your post high school plans? Attend Nichols College in the fall to major in sports management.
What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss coming to school and knowing that I’ll see the boys every day, and yeah, I’m going to miss my friends.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I remember the first time I played in a match in golf my sophomore year I played horrible, but it allowed me to grow. I also remember how competitive speed ball was.
What was your favorite class? History with Mac because he made class interesting.
What was your favorite after school activity? Sports like golf, swim, lacrosse
What was your favorite lunch? Pizza dippers or macho nacho
What have you learned about yourself this year? How many balls you can lose on a golf course. No, I’m joking. If I had to say something I’d probably say that I learned to use the resources given to me, and also that I can set a goal and focus to strive toward that goal.
Any final thoughts? Change is good. In life we make big changes from transitioning from schools to making key life decisions. No matter what life throws at us nothing can change what happened here for us: the good times and even the bad, but the possibility to create new change is great.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending the University of New Hampshire.
What will you miss most about high school? The people who I would consider “school friends” because I will probably never see them after high school.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Senior year golf was fun and JV ball sophomore year was so fun.
What was your favorite class? Anatomy with Ms. DiCanzio because she was a great teacher and really chill.
What was your favorite after school activity? Golf and hanging out with friends.
What was your favorite lunch? Spicy chicken wrap
What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned that I am strong.
Any final thoughts? Goodbye RHS. Thank you for all the good and bad times.
What are your post high school plans? To attend UMASS Amherst to pursue a degree in astronomy
What will you miss most about high school? Friends and teachers
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Arsenic and Old Lace, and Marcus is Walking
What was your favorite class? AP Physics. It was challenging in a good way, but after a while it mostly made sense.
What was your favorite after school activity? Astronomy club, cross country, environmental club
What was your favorite lunch? Breakfast for lunch
What have you learned about yourself this year? Sometimes I need time to just chill or hang out with friends; you get burnt out from doing too much all at once and it’s overwhelming at times.
Any final thoughts? Congrats to all the other seniors. We made it together, that’s all that counts.
What are your post high school plans? After graduating from high school, I plan to attend Bridgewater State University.
What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss not seeing my closest friends every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? One event I’ll always remember is when I performed during the halftime show for the first time.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be band class. There I got to learn to play the trumpet, which is a passion I plan to further pursue in college.
What was your favorite after school activity? Two of my favorite school activities would have to be the band and the art club.
What was your favorite lunch? My favorite lunch was a chicken patty sandwich.
What have you learned about yourself this year? This year I’ve learned to be more outgoing and social. Because of this I’ve made great friends.
What are your post high school plans? Continue in schooling for nursing and paramedics
What will you miss most about high school? Being able to spend quality times does create forever friendships.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember prom and the pep rallies the most. I will also miss being in class with my best friends who I have grown up with.
What was your favorite class? My independent studies because it allowed me to create whatever artwork I could imagine.
What was your favorite after school activity? Participating in track
What was your favorite lunch? 2nd lunch because it allowed me to have a break during the longest class.
Any final thoughts? The memories from Rockland High School will forever stay with me. This school gave me a huge opportunity to grow and succeed. The teachers and staff I am most thankful for. Developing relationships and feeling comfortable in school has made my high school experience amazing.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Massasoit Community College.
What will you miss most about high school? All the teachers and friends I’ve known for years, being able to see everyone every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Football and tournament games, pep rallies, playing at the TD Garden.
What was your favorite class? Anatomy was probably my favorite class because I found learning about the body very interesting and Ms. DiCanzio made it even more fun!
What was your favorite after school activity? I enjoyed having soccer and basketball practice everyday!
What was your favorite lunch? My favorite lunch was burger bar.
What have you learned about yourself this year? To enjoy what you’re doing, and to make the most out of everything I did.
Any final thoughts? Enjoy your time at RHS. It goes by in the blink of an eye. Also, get involved in everything you can.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science majoring in public health my first year, and then I’m planning on changing to occupational therapy.
What will you miss most about high school? The memories I made with Pathways and friends.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember our first unified pep rally and how close everyone was. I will remember all the dances and all the fun pep rallies, and the cold football nights.
What was your favorite class? Unified PE because it was my passion and it made me so happy to be at school.
What was your favorite lunch? Breakfast
What have you learned about yourself this year? That you can’t take the little things for granted and you need to be open to everything.
Any final thoughts? Rockland High was the best and taught me the most valuable lessons, thanks to the great encouraging staff!
May 26, 2020
Here we go with our fifth set of profiles of seniors. Keep the responses coming in and we will keep posting profiles!
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Keene State College to major in criminal justice.
What will you miss most about high school? All the teachers; they have helped me so much.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember prom the most because it was honestly the best time.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was junior year English. I felt I was able to express myself more. Also Mr. Bigsby is the best.
What was your favorite lunch? Buffalo chicken salad with Feta cheese.
What have you learned about yourself this year? That I actually will miss high school, mostly for the people.
Any final thoughts? I spent $590 on my prom dress and if I can’t wear it I will cry.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending the University of New England with a major in medical biology. There I will be entering an 8 year medical program to receive my doctorate in osteopathic medicine.
What will you miss most about high school? My friends, the teachers I was close with, and the traditions I had with some of the people there.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies, having fun in classes with my friends on certain days, the holidays, and all the moments I had with my favorite teachers.
What was your favorite class? My favorite classes were with Mrs. Shaughnessy, Mr. Bigsby, Mr. Neal, Mrs. Armstrong, Ms. DiCanzio, and Casa because they made learning fun
What have you learned about yourself this year? That when I put my mind to it, I can work hard to achieve things I am proud of.
What are your post high school plans? Attend Massasoit for one year and then transfer to a four year school.
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing all my friends every day
What was your favorite class? English class last year with Mr. Neal. It opened my eyes about others and I saw different points of views.
What was your favorite lunch? Pasta bar!
Any final thoughts? Everything went by extremely quick. Do not take anything for granted.
What are your post high school plans? After high school I’m going to Curry College in Milton, MA to study forensic science
What will you miss most about high school? Talking to my friends at lunch, or at gym
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? The pep rally this year where we all dressed as aliens.
What was your favorite class? Anatomy. Ms. DiCanzio is really good at teaching and I just thought it was a really fun class.
What was your favorite after school activity? I didn’t do too many sports or clubs, but I enjoyed the time after school with my friends.
What have you learned about yourself this year? That if I try my hardest I can excel and get good grades
What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss seeing my friends and teachers every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I’ll remember the pep rallies, prom, powderpuff and my teams.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was Unified Gym. I loved getting to know all the Pathways kids and making some great friends through the class.
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were soccer, track and Bulldog Buddies.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned not to take things for granted and that it’s crazy how fast things can change.
Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS for a great 4 years!
What will you miss most about high school? Dog Depot
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Prom, homecoming, and pep rallies
What was your favorite class? Cooking
What was your favorite after school activity? Art club
What was your favorite lunch? Burger bar
May 25, 2020
This is Day #4 of our Senior Profiles. There will be a fifth day of profiles tomorrow and you still can be part of it! Send your responses and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don’t forget about Wednesday’s Senior Parade!
What are your post high school plans? I plan on attending Princeton University to study electrical engineering with a concentration in robotics.
What will you miss most about high school? I’m going to miss the people. My friends and teachers have always been compassionate and supportive of me and I’ll definitely miss that sense of community.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Swim meets and pasta parties, Envirothon competitions, WRPS 88.3 with Lara, Molly, and Jad, the lab and my fellow lab assistants, and of course, Virtual High School ❤
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was being a research lab assistant. I will never forget the experiences I’ve shared with my fellow lab assistants (Lizzie, Hannah, and Caroline). From counting the dead rats in the closet to taking down and assorting chemicals that I can’t pronounce I have learned and seen so many new things this year. Thank you science department for your patience and support 🙂
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were environmental club, swim, and teaching a coding class at Memorial Park.
What was your favorite lunch? Chicken Dippity
What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned to appreciate everything in my life both big and small. This year we missed a lot of our senior memories but I’m glad I can look back on my time at RHS with joy and pride.
Any final thoughts? Thanks RHS for an awesome 4 years!
What are your post high school plans? Quincy College for natural science.. working at Shaws in Hanover part-time.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? All the pep rallies and the fun events that went on
What was your favorite class? Anatomy and physiology because we learned so much and it was entertaining as well.
What was your favorite after school activity? Hanging out with friends
What was your favorite lunch? Macho nacho
What have you learned about yourself this year? That I am an independent person
What are your post high school plans? I will study business administration at UMass Lowell.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing my friends, traveling with the Travel Club, playing lacrosse, and Student Government.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Prom, MASC, and being an MC for Mr. Rockland
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was Spanish because I found it interesting and class was always enjoyable.
What was your favorite after school activity? Student Government, Images, and lacrosse
What was your favorite lunch? Chicken patty
Any final thoughts? Thanks RHS for a great four years 🙂
What are your post high school plans? I applied for the Local 103 Electrical Union. I hopefully will have an interview this summer and start classes in the fall to become an apprentice.
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing all my friends every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? All my athletic accomplishments in track and basketball throughout high school. Also the parties and hanging out with all my friends over the last 8 years.
What was your favorite class? Junior year English class with Mr. Neal because his class really opened my eyes about society and gave me a clearer vision about life in general.
What was your favorite after school activity? Basketball
What was your favorite lunch? Chicken tenders with mashed potatoes and gravy
What have you learned about yourself this year? If I really apply myself and try my hardest I can accomplish anything in life.
Any final thoughts? Crazy how fast life flies by.
What are your post high school plans? Attending Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia to major in the humanities
What will you miss most about high school? Being so close to all of my friends
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies, football games and Mr. Rockland
What was your favorite class? AP Lang and AP Lit because I enjoyed our in depth class discussions. I also made some of my best memories in these classes with my peers.
What was your favorite after school activity? Rehearsals and practices were always the best because it gave me more time to spend with my friends and it gave us something to talk about other than school.
What was your favorite lunch? The chicken sandwich with waffle fries
What have you learned about yourself this year? Consistency is the key to success and everything happens for a reason.
Any final thoughts? I’m going to bigger places, but I’ll never forget where I came from. I’ll always be a Bulldog at heart and will never forget everything RHS gave me
What are your post high school plans? I am attending UMass Boston in hopes to pursue a career in the health science field.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing all my friends and teachers every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will always remember prom, every pep rally, and the sports games.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be Anatomy with DiCanzio because she made it very interesting and exciting to learn about the human body.
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were the volleyball and tennis practices, as well as the sports games.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I learned that things can come when you least expect it and how to prepare myself for them. I also learned that you can’t always hold onto your past.
Any final thoughts? High school does go by quicker than you think, so enjoy every second of it with your friends and classes. Thank you RHS for the great memories!
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Coastal Carolina University to major in business.
What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss playing sports and seeing my friends every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I’ll definitely remember the last day of total chaos before we got the official announcement about schools closing.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be science with Mr. Murphy. He was a great teacher.
What was your favorite after school activity? Football, basketball, lacrosse
What was your favorite lunch? The chicken dippity with waffle fries
What have you learned about yourself this year? That life kind of punches you in the stomach sometimes.
What are your post high school plans? I plan to go to New England Institute of Technology to study robotics engineering.
What will you miss most about high school? Spending time with my friends. And the senior events I had to miss and the feeling of accomplishment while watching the countdown reach its final day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rallies and just spending time with friends in the mornings.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was probably Neal’s or Bigsby’s English classes because I had the most fun in both classes and I could feel like myself in them.
What was your favorite after school activity? IMAGES, robotics club, track and soccer
What was your favorite lunch? Burger bar
What have you learned about yourself this year? It’s ok to ask for help; you don’t have to do everything alone.
Any final thoughts? I wish we weren’t in quarantine. But don’t take anything for granted, the last four years flew by.
What are your post high school plans? I plan to study business at a four year university.
What will you miss most about high school? Friends and sports
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? TD Garden, States at Worcester, Unified Gym
What was your favorite class? Unified Gym. Mrs Folsom trusted me which allowed me to really become a great leader.
What was your favorite lunch? Popcorn chicken bar
What have you learned about yourself this year? I can become a leader at certain times; friendliness can become a game changer when having people look up to you.
Any final thoughts? Seniors should have had more privileges.
May 23, 2020
Here’s another set of senior profiles. There’s still time to get your profile submitted. We would like to get everyone to participate!!
If you have tried to submit a profile on the form but could not, or it said you needed permission, you can email us at email@example.com and submit your answers directly based on the questions below.
What are your post high school plans? Work force
What will you miss most about high school? The fun moments and the teachers
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Prom, pep rally, football games
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was English junior year with Mr.Bigsby. He is a great teacher and very funny! He was a good teacher to learn from.
What was your favorite after school activity? I’m not really sure. But I liked the idea of having extra help if you needed it in a class.
What was your favorite lunch? Burger bar
What have you learned about yourself this year? That in order to succeed you have to try to get where you want to be.
Any final thoughts? High school is a fun learning experience and I will miss it!
What are your post high school plans? Attend Massasoit and then transfer to Bridgewater
What will you miss most about high school? Telling people that aren’t percussionists to not touch the equipment.
What was your favorite class? Art because at least I’m allowed to draw in class.
What was your favorite after school activity? Art club and astronomy club.
What was your favorite lunch? Spicy chicken
What are your post high school plans? I am going to take a gap year, and then go to Massasoit for radiologic technology.
What will you miss most about high school? Definitely the routine, and the feeling of accomplishment for good work, plus seeing my friends, as well as the potato puffs and nachos!
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? The moment Ms. Delaney told me I was going to move on to senior year.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class had to be chemistry with Mr. Murphy plainly because I like the way he runs his class, by letting us work more independently.
What was your favorite after school activity? Going home and taking a nap!
What was your favorite lunch? My every day pepperoni pizza and potato puffs with carrots or nachos when it was nacho day.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I am capable of more than I think. I just need to push myself.
Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS!
What are your post high school plans? Attending Wheaton College in Norton, MA, majoring in physics and astronomy
What will you miss most about high school? My friends and the community
What was your favorite class? Spanish IV Honors because Mrs. Shaughnessy is fantastic
What have you learned about yourself this year? That I can often accomplish more than I think I can
Any final thoughts? Good luck to everyone! Even if I never spoke to you, know that I believe in you.
What are your post high school plans? College with a criminal justice major
What will you miss most about high school? The memories and the fun times
What was your favorite class? Art or Spanish
What was your favorite after school activity? Just hanging with friends
What was your favorite lunch? Spicy chicken sandwich
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester NY. I will be studying in the School of Film and Animation.
What will you miss most about high school? Cliche but true, I will miss my friends and teachers most.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Rockland High School really knows how to celebrate our school with their pep rallies.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was art. I used every opportunity I could to improve. I was very lucky to have Ms. Medeiros and Ms. Thompson teaching me over the years.
What was your favorite after school activity? Surprise! Art Club. It was fun and filled with great people.
What was your favorite lunch? Ummm, usually skipped lunch but they do have great nachos.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned to be more confident in myself and appreciate my work.
Any final thoughts? Best of Luck to Rockland’s Class of 2020!
What are your post high school plans? My plan is to go straight into the workforce and hopefully take some part time classes at Massasoit specifically to get my prerequisites done.
What will you miss most about high school? The planned meet-ups with good friends during passing time, even though they were for all of 3 minutes.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? One special day I love was when the senior count-down got into the 50s. It was like a weird turning point; everyone was like, “Oh my gosh in 50 more days we will be out of here, nooo.” But we were and are so excited for new adventures.
What was your favorite class? Probably my math class with Mr. Anzalone. Even though I wasn’t the best at math and I didn’t have many friends in that class, we had a heck of a good time.
What was your favorite after school activity? It didn’t necessarily have to do with school but I loved hanging out at that tiny church across the street with my friends every Wednesday. Looking forward to those days got me through a LOT of harsh weeks of both middle school and high school.
What was your favorite lunch? Macho nacho, obviously!
What have you learned about yourself this year? That I need to rely on my friends a bit more while they are here. I need to get over my shyness and text them cause after all this, we will get busy with our own lives.
Any final thoughts? While I’m angry and frustrated with how this year went, I’m still proud of us.
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Bridgewater State University to major in secondary education and history.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss being able to see my friends each day during and after school.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember every cross country meet and practice with my team and friends, track, and all the little but fun moments.
What was your favorite class? APUSH because it made me love history and Mac always found a way to make it interesting and fun.
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were cross country and track.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned that I can always turn things around for myself as long as I put in the effort.
Any final thoughts? Underclassmen, enjoy high school while you can and never take anything for granted. You never realize how much fun something is until it’s over.
May 22, 2020
Here is our second group of senior profiles! Check back later for more profiles. We also hope that we will get more responses from seniors who have not had a chance to take the survey! We are learning a lot about the Class of 2020. Congratulations to all!
What are your post high school plans? Attend Colby College and major in environmental science and continue playing volleyball
What will you miss most about high school? I think I’ll miss the Rockland community the most; their supportiveness and pride is one of a kind.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Playing at TD Garden, playing in the volleyball state championship, winning two South Sectional Championships, Travel Club trip to Europe, Thursdays and Fridays at the Grille and Dog Depot, Envirothon competitions, The Lab ❤ , and salad lunches with Graz
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was AP Environmental Science. We had an interesting mix of students in the class which made it very entertaining; we did a lot of cool labs and got to go outside for many of them.
What was your favorite after school activity? 3-way tie for basketball and volleyball practices/games and environmental club
What was your favorite lunch? Chicken Dippity
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned not to take anything for granted. If I knew that our senior year would have ended this way I would have valued every day at school so much more. I have also learned that being counted out and being an underdog in anything can give you that motivation and drive to prove people wrong, and it is really fun to prove people wrong.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Regis College to major in nursing and play on their girls tennis team.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss all the friends I have made in every grade, the sports teams I played on, and the community of the school.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember Dog Depot, being nominated for Miss Rockland, prom, homecoming, pep rallies, and especially spirit weeks when I would go all out for each day.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was probably Anatomy because it had to do with nursing ideas, and I easily understood the material, and I loved the teacher (Ms. DiCanzio).
What was your favorite after school activity? I loved sports especially tennis even though I didn’t get to do it this year, and I also loved soccer too because I loved the teams.
What was your favorite lunch? My favorite lunch was the make your own sandwich or wrap.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned that I can make an impact on people and that I am very social with everyone.
Any final thoughts? I will miss Rockland High School so much, and I hope the underclassmen do not take anything for granted.
What are your post high school plans? After high school I plan to pursue my career in cosmetology at Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy.
What will you miss most about high school? What I will miss most about high school is seeing everyone you know essentially every day. Later on in life we will no longer be able to see half the people we went to high school with.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember each and every pep rally, school dance, and cheerleading competition.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class would have to be Mr. Neal’s English class. I had him my sophomore and junior year and his classes were without a doubt the classes I learned the most from.
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activity was going down to the back gym for cheer practice.
What was your favorite lunch? Buffalo chicken dip
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned this year to be my my own person, and also that not every person in your life will stay.
Any final thoughts? People always say high school goes by in the blink of an eye. While you’re living it you have no idea that it actually does. So enjoy school and the people you see every day.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Worcester State University to major in Elementary Education.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing my friends and teachers every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will always remember Junior Prom. I will also always remember my internship in the Rockland Public Preschool; it was so much fun and I loved the kids so much!
What was your favorite class? My favorite class was Anatomy because Ms. DiCanzio always has a way to make it exciting!
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activity was Student Council.
What was your favorite lunch? My favorite lunch was macho nacho.
Any final thoughts? Thank you RHS for all of the memories.
What are your post high school plans? I wish to go to Massasoit for a year or two and then transfer to Bridgewater State University to major in musical education.
What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss walking into school every day and meeting my friends for breakfast. I’ll also miss the musicals and performances from the chorus and band.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Most of the special moments that happened were in chorus. I had the most fun with my friends there, singing together, goofing around, and I will never forget the Six Flags field trip from last year. It was so much fun even though I didn’t go on any rides. I spent the whole day outside with my friends who I consider family, and that’s all I could ask for.
What was your favorite class? Definitely chorus because I absolutely love singing and performing. Even though we didn’t do much this year due to covid, I know I had more fun in chorus than any other class during the four years of my high school life.
What was your favorite after school activity? It would absolutely be the musicals. Every day after school practicing and having fun with my friends was just amazing. I also made many new friends and connections through the musical and became a role model for the middle schoolers.
What was your favorite lunch? 1st lunch, I was always hungry before D block class.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned to be more confident and calm during confrontations, and that teaching is what I want to do. I want to follow in Ms. Allen’s footsteps and direct high school choirs to be something amazing.
Any final thoughts? I just wish we had the full senior year experience like the graduates years before us. It’s so sad and disappointing that we can’t have all of the fun senior things that were planned for us.
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a major in education
What will you miss most about high school? I’m going to miss everything- from the football games to the morning announcements. Also, being a part of a team and playing the sports that I love. But also, my teachers and friends because without them I would not have made it through these past 4 years.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I’ll remember all the sport events I attended and especially all the ones I played in (whether it was tennis, swim, or volleyball). Everything from these last 4 years was unforgettable.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class had to be Anatomy or Spanish. I found those classes easy which was nice, but the teachers were awesome and I actually enjoyed those subjects
What was your favorite after school activity? Definitely going down to the tennis courts and hitting around whether it be practice or not. Tennis was definitely one of the most important things to me throughout high school.
What was your favorite lunch? I’m gonna have to go with the popcorn chicken bar.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I’ve learned that life isn’t always going to be easy or go my way but I just need to have a positive outlook. I need to not take anything for granted and cherish every moment and memory.
Any final thoughts? It’s been a good ride RHS, thanks for all the mems!
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Regis College to major in Registered Nursing.
What will you miss most about high school? I will miss seeing my friends and teachers every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will remember fun soccer games and track meets.
What was your favorite class? Anatomy and Physiology because I enjoyed learning about the human body and its functions.
What was your favorite after school activity? Participating on the track and soccer team and hanging out with friends
What was your favorite lunch? Pizza
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned to never take anything for granted and to always be appreciative. Rockland High School has successfully prepared me for my future and I am proud to say I am a graduate from this community.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Northeastern University to double major in business finance and economics.
What will you miss most about high school? Out of all the great things at RHS, the thing I will miss the most is the vast amount of encouragement and support that both students and faculty showed.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? There are many moments that I will always remember, but the most memorable was traveling the world with my teachers and classmates.
What was your favorite class? AP Statistics because the curriculum was interesting and Hoff was always caring and helpful.
What was your favorite after school activity? My favorite after school activities were cross country, the travel club, and the Guatemala service trip.
What was your favorite lunch? My favorite lunch was the popcorn chicken.
What have you learned about yourself this year? This year I have gained the mentality to have the determination to persevere despite challenges, and also that complaining only makes the challenges harder.
Any final thoughts? Thanks RHS for all the great memories!
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May 21, 2020
No one will deny it has been difficult for the seniors at RHS (and everywhere) to end their high school careers without all the traditional activities such as the cafeteria countdown, the last days of classes, senior pranks (maybe), and Senior Week activities including Graduation in their new caps and gowns. While the Senior Week activities are scheduled for later this summer, we at the Veritas want to get the celebration started now.
We usually dedicate our last print issue of the year to seniors, but instead we are going to profile as many seniors as respond to our questionnaire here on our website. We will let them tell you in their own words what the last four years have meant to them and how they view the years ahead.
We will publish Q and A profiles each day (about 7 or more at a time) until we have completed the class (hopefully all 158 of you), so keep checking back to see your favorite seniors from the RHS Class of 2020!
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Salem State University to major in psychology in hopes of opening my own private therapy practice one day.
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing my friends every day.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Track meets and prom.
What was your favorite class? Guidance was my favorite class.
What was your favorite after school activity? Working or having track practice in the spring.
What was your favorite lunch? Homemade lunches!
What have you learned about yourself this year? That I am very independent and way too old to still have been in high school.
Any final thoughts? May 20th was the happiest day of my life.
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend Ursinus College located in Collegeville PA
What will you miss most about high school? All of the family and friends I’ve created through sports, classes and work.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rally roller coasters, all five years of swim team, two time league all-star in swimming, Five Guys with the tennis team, tournament with the tennis team, RHS varsity soccer, scoring a goal to beat EB 8-1 and being featured on Sports Center.
What was your favorite class? Art. It was a class where I could relax for a bit and take my mind off other classes.
What was your favorite after school activity? Soccer, swim team and tennis.
What was your favorite lunch? Spicy Chicken Wrap
What have you learned about yourself this year? I can be a leader and succeed at whatever I put my mind to.
Any final thoughts? The four years went by so fast and this year ended too soon. To the future students at RHS, don’t take anything for granted; make the most of the time you have and make fishing club a real thing.
What are your post high school plans?
Attending Coastal Carolina University to major in psychology with a concentration in forensics
What will you miss most about high school? Softball
What was your favorite class? Spanish because Mrs. Shaughnessy made it fun to learn.
What was your favorite lunch? Macho Nacho
What are your post high school plans? I plan to attend UMass Amherst and major in accounting.
What will you miss most about high school? I’ll miss all of my friends, the teachers, and the rest of the staff.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Pep rally, prom, tennis bus rides, Friday night football games, playoff games
What was your favorite class? Calc, it was tough but I enjoyed the challenge, and there was never a dull moment in Casa’s class
What was your favorite after school activity? Tennis
What was your favorite lunch? Pasta bar
What have you learned about yourself this year? I learned that I still need to work on managing my time better.
Any final thoughts? Thank you for everything RHS, and to any underclassmen who may see this, enjoy high school, because as cliche as this sounds, it does fly by.
What are your post high school plans? Major in pediatric or trauma nursing at Westfield State University
What will you miss most about high school? Macho nacho and seeing all the kids that I grew up with.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? I will always remember when Jesus came in our junior pep rally to do the roller coaster and we completely blew it out of the park. Everyone had a great time during that. Also, when a chicken came in to sing happy birthday to Graz our sophomore year.
What was your favorite class? Anatomy because Ms. DiCanzio truly connects with her students and makes sure that we understand what we’re learning so that we do well in the class. Also the dissections were pretty cool.
What was your favorite lunch? MACHO NACHO
What have you learned about yourself this year? I can push myself further than I ever thought.
Any final thoughts? I will truly miss the time I spent at RHS.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan to major in forensic psychology and double minor in Spanish and law.
What will you miss most about high school? Hanging out in my favorite teachers’ rooms and chatting with them.
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Our last pep rally and powderpuff game. Traveling to Guatemala as well as Japan and Europe. Also playing at TD Garden with the basketball team.
What was your favorite class? My favorite class this year had to have been Anatomy A block because I loved learning about the human body and our class was the best. However, I really loved Spanish class this year and learning about all the different cultures and styles of music and dance.
What was your favorite after school activity? Basketball
What was your favorite lunch? Make your own wrap.
What have you learned about yourself this year? I have learned a lot about my resiliency throughout this hard time and just how much support I have from people all around me.
Any final thoughts? Although our senior year was cut short I wouldn’t trade it for the whole. The Class of 2020 has been through so much together and this year just showed how strong we all truly are. I’m so thankful for the memories I made at RHS that I will cherish forever.
What are your post high school plans? I will be attending Bridgewater State University to double major in criminal justice and psychology to be able to obtain a career in the FBI.
What will you miss most about high school? The support from friends and teachers
What special moments, events etc. will you remember? Junior Prom
What was your favorite class? Spanish because my teacher was like one of my friends. She was always there for me when I needed it and always gave you a true and honest answer. She never sugar coated things, I am gonna miss her most of all. Thank you Melissa Shaughnessy!
What was your favorite after school activity? Hanging out with friends on days I didn’t work
What have you learned about yourself this year? That everyone has struggles, and it is what you do in your life to make them better, and how hard you work.
Any final thoughts? Don’t take anything for granted upcoming seniors; every moment counts.
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May 21, 2020
Kelly Kearns, Veritas Staff
With the Covid-19 pandemic turning everyone’s world upside down, it’s not hard to see why students at RHS would lose their motivation for doing hours of school work. And while you might think students would welcome the chance to get school work done, if only to fight off boredom, the truth is that many are finding it difficult to stay on-track.
However, here at Rockland High School, many students are keeping up with their school work. Senior Erin Kearns says that although most of the work she was assigned was optional, she still wanted to get it all done.
“As a senior a lot of my work has been optional, but I’ve still been working hard to get all the work done because I still get credit for optional assignments,” says Kearns. Seniors finished up their classes yesterday, May 20.
Freshman Julia Bahnuk agreed, “It depends on the class. most classes I feel the work is mandatory; however, some teachers said the work was optional so we didn’t have to do it at all.”
The Rockland Public Schools are following state education guidelines that say students can’t be penalized for failure to do work that was assigned after March 12. The policy can be found here in the Remote Learning Plan through 6/12.
As if the low motivation levels weren’t making working from home challenging enough, students also have to learn how to teach themselves new topics. Bahnuk said, “It’s harder to learn from home since we don’t have the teachers helping us all the time like at school.”
Freshman Shea MacDougall says that she’s been able to work from home even though teaching herself new topics can get challenging.
Kearns says that because students are doing all the work online, it can feel like there is more work than they would typically get at school. Bahnuk and MacDougall both feel that sometimes the work can be overwhelming, but not all the time.
Even if students are not always swamped with work, it can be hard to focus. MacDougall says that it is harder to “focus at home because there are more distractions.”
Kearns says that she tried to focus by scheduling her days out. “I’ve been able to focus on my work by keeping my day somewhat scheduled out,” Kearns says. “I set an alarm and get up, eat breakfast and get ready for the day like I would for school and then do my best to get my work done.”
Even though it is much harder to do work at home, many RHS students are continuing to get their work done, knowing that going forward learning is still important.
Dear Rockland Community,
The administration was approached over the weekend by members of the senior class about having a senior car parade to each of the schools within the district. After speaking with the senior class officers and the Rockland Police Department, we are planning to support a Car Parade on Wednesday, May 27th starting at 2 PM.
Seniors will have the opportunity to decorate their cars, beep their horns, and be loud as they go by each one of the schools in the district. Only one senior is allowed per car in keeping with social distancing expectations. If a senior does not have a license or car, the senior’s parent/guardian is encouraged to drive in the car with the student. Seniors must drive responsibly, adhering to the speed limits, leaving appropriate space in between each car, and remaining inside the car at all times.
On Wednesday, May 27th the senior class will meet in the Veterans Memorial Stadium parking lot at 1:45 PM. The students will form a line (escorted by the Rockland Police Department) and they will follow a set route. The parade will begin promptly at 2 PM.
The students will go from the Veterans Memorial Parking lot down Brian Duffy Way to Memorial Park School, around the circle, and back up Taunton Ave to Union Street.
The parade will then go down Union Street to Crescent Street. They will take a left on Crescent Street and head toward George Street. They will take a right onto George Street and go by Jefferson School.
The students will then take a left onto Market Street and take a right onto Levin Road. They will drive down Levin Road into the entrance of Esten School.
The students will drive around the circle at Esten and then students will return to the Veteran Memorial Stadium parking lot by taking a left onto Summer Street and going up Concord Street, taking a left on Market Street, and then a right onto Union Street. The parade will go down Taunton Ave and end at the stadium parking lot.
We would like to invite the Rockland community to get out and show these seniors some love. If you are available to stand along the route with supportive signs and/ or decorations and cheer on the senior class of 2020 it would be greatly appreciated.
Officer Ethan Schnabel
School Resource Officer
Senior Class Advisor
RHS Assistant Principal
Rockland High School English Department Coordinator, Carol Cahill has announced the winners of the 2020 Spellman Oratorical Contest. They are:
1st place: Lara Glennon – $1300
2nd place: Tyler Gambon – $1100
Tied for 3rd & 4th: Sarah McLellan and Ashley Gallagher – $750 each
Tied for 5th and 6th: Kerin Dalton & Neleh Dunn – $300 each.
Ms. Cahill was happy to have been able to coordinate and continue the awarding of the Spellman scholarships under these unusual circumstances. The prize money is made available from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman, who resided in Rockland. The judges of this year’s contest, who also judged last year, were Laura Whitaker, Steve Waisgerber and Karen Bonn.
The topic for this year’s contest was devised by AP Literature teacher, Chris Neal of the RHS English Department. It was “Monsters as a Reflection of the Human Experience.” Students who participated discussed the question: “How do literature and other works of art depict monsters, real or imagined, and how do they serve as a reflection of human experience?” After students wrote their speeches and practiced them, they then recorded them on YouTube. Public Speaking and Digital Media teacher Dave Cable-Murphy provided each student with instructions on how to do a good video speech and YouTube presentation.
After Ms. Cahill received and compiled the students’ Youtube submissions, she sent them to each of the three judges. Next, the judges held a zoom meeting and deliberated the merits of each student’s presentation. Speeches are judged on content, delivery, diction and poise.
In her video announcing the results, Ms. Cahill said, “I and the whole English Department were wowed by the results from the six students who entered the contest.” She said that the essays were well written and well thought out and the videos were “fantastic.” Addressing the students she said, “We couldn’t be more proud of the work you have done under these very non-traditional circumstances.”
First place winner, Lara Glennon explained her motivation for entering despite having to do it independently. “I always knew I wanted to compete in the Spellman Oratorical; doing it remotely didn’t change that. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I feel that it’s something I’m good at, so an essay contest was a perfect way to try for a scholarship.”
She admitted that doing it remotely was difficult without being able to “bounce ideas off my classmates and teachers.” But she said, “It was totally worth it.” As far as the process she said, “The prompt was monsters as a reflection of the human experience and I had some ideas immediately after hearing the prompt, so it didn’t take me too long to write the essay. Recording it was the hardest part.”
But doing her speech on video also had an upside. “Since I had the opportunity to send in the perfect take, I didn’t stop until I got it right.” Lara will be attending Emerson in the fall where her scholarship will come in handy!
Tyler Gambon who placed second said, “Preparing and reciting my speech honestly didn’t take that long and I’m glad I could be a part of continuing this valued tradition at RHS despite the circumstances.”
Ashley Gallagher said that writing the speech was “really fun due to the interesting topic of monsters given this year. It took me one night to write and multiple hours of revision to bring it to my standards.” She also said, “The recording portion took me at least 7 hours to bring the video close to my standards.”
Ashley gave credit to her classmates. “Every submission this year was amazing and I am glad I got to compete with them all this year.”
Kerin Dalton commented on the experience as well. “Spellman was definitely an interesting experience this year to say the least. The one nice thing about it was that if I messed up I could just stop the camera and start over. Of course that also turned a six minute speech into an hour and a half video shoot. But it was worth it.”
She too enjoyed writing to the prompt. “English has always been my strong suit. It is usually required for AP students to take part, but since it became optional I knew I had a better chance of placing and earning some easy money, also inclining me to pursue the opportunity.”
She says she is glad that she got to see the other seniors’ speeches on YouTube.
Here are the speeches. The “entrants” were numbered for judging purposes. Congratulations to all of these remarkable seniors!
April 9, 2020
More than 35 RHS staff delivered lawn signs to members of the Class of 2020 this morning. In pairs and maintaining safe social distancing faculty and staff members set up lawn signs that read: “Proud Home of a 2020 R.H.S. Senior Bulldog.” Needless to say it was a labor of love for RHS staff; many seniors and their parents also expressed thanks and appreciation from their doorways for the surprise visits from their teachers.
Principal John Harrison sent a message to seniors this morning saying:
“Dear Seniors, The RHS staff is coming together this morning, April 9, (we will adhere to social distancing rules) to deliver a small but special surprise to your residence. If you see an RHS staff member beep from their car, they are going to drop something off outside for you. If you hear a horn and see a staff member – come outside and give us a wave! If for some reason you do not get a surprise delivered to your house today-please let me know and we will drop something off tomorrow! Thank you, Mr. Harrison”
One parent wrote on Facebook: “To the Teachers and Staff at Rockland High School. To say I am beyond moved is an understatement. Our kids have had an unusual amount of anxiety, wondering if their prom, graduation, senior activities, and the general bonding that goes with that will be cancelled, and your gift made my daughter’s day.”
Senior Hannah Wyllie expressed the feelings of all the seniors: “It was an awesome surprise to see some of my teachers today. I think all of the seniors are disappointed about everything we are missing right now, but we are so lucky and I am so grateful that we have such supportive teachers and staff. This surprise really made my day!”
Ms. Walsh coordinated the making of this video message from teachers addressed to students. WRPS’ Chris Burnieika put it together! Click the link twice to get to Youtube.
Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
March 17, 2020
Until April 7th, Rockland Public Schools will be closed in order to contain the ongoing crisis of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Beginning in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus rapidly spread throughout China’s nation, and quickly spread throughout Europe and the United States. As a response to the now declared pandemic, the United States has declared a national emergency and with each day that passes, the U.S. is issuing stricter guidelines to “flatten the curve” of the virus’ spread. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered all private and public schools to be closed for three weeks in order to contain the spread of the virus within Massachusetts. Along with the closing of schools, the MIAA, or the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has decided that the beginning of spring sports will be delayed until April 27.
One of the major ways to keep personal hygiene and protection from the virus is washing the hands with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds. Hand sanitizer with sixty percent alcohol is a great alternative for when soap and water are not applicable. The CDC recommends that individuals do not rely on hand sanitizer to keep them safe, and to wash hands when possible. The CDC also recommends to clean and disinfect surfaces often, and stay home if one is feeling unwell. Wearing a medical mask will only help if the individual wearing the mask is sick. Medical masks will prevent the spreading of illness, but will not prevent the gaining of it. Most importantly, cover the mouth when sneezing or coughing, and keep a six foot distance from individuals who appear to be sick.
Individuals over the age of 60 are most prone to more serious related illnesses from the virus. Those who are immunocompromised, including individuals with heart and lung disease and diabetes are in the most danger. In our local community, grocery stores such as Market Basket and Stop and Shop have established specific time frames within their store that are dedicated for those aged 60 and over. This creates a safer and more comfortable environment for those who are at larger risk for the virus. Check the websites of grocery stores for more information.
Individuals under the age of sixty with healthy immune systems will often have no severe cases of the virus. COVID-19 within younger, healthier individuals is compared to having the cold or the flu. In order to decrease the spread to those who are in greater danger, everyone is urged to keep a distance of six feet, called social distancing, and practice healthy hygiene.
Due to the possible cancellation and delay of spring sports, many seniors fear they will be unable to share their last memories on the field. Yesterday, the MIAA announced that spring sports may be able to begin on April 27.
Schools across Massachusetts have also cancelled important events such as their proms and fundraising opportunities. The RHS music and theatre department’s Mary Poppins that was scheduled on March 27 and 28 has also been cancelled. The College Board has cancelled the May 2 SAT testing. Juniors should check their website for future testing dates. For juniors and seniors AP exams are still scheduled. For more on AP tests, check here.
Here’s a small sampling of how Rockland High School students feel about all of this.
Junior Robert Ivil said, “Everyone and the media are making a huge deal about an evolved cold, but I am worried for my grandparents since they are a part of the high risk age.”
Billy Robinson, also a junior, believes that society is treating this as if it is the Black Plague, but believes that having no school is a positive step, since so many aspects of the disease are unknown.
Zachary Solomon says that he is very bored without school, and is worried for his grandparents since they are in the high risk age and have experienced past illnesses. Most of the students in Rockland believe school cancellation is a positive in order to contain the virus.
It is strongly advised that individuals follow quarantine rules to the best of their abilities.
During the school closing, Rockland High School will have free grab and go lunch available Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the “Mainstreet” entrance of the high school.
Dr. Alan Cron has also announced that administration and teachers have worked “to develop a district-wide, comprehensive ‘work from home’ plan for all students and parents. Also, the district will provide laptops or Chromebook computers to those who only have a phone to connect to the internet. Dr. Cron said those that would like to borrow a laptop should email their building principals.
If you are without internet service at home, Comcast is providing a 2-month free internet package for families. Information on the program can be found at http://internetessentials.com/.
Students and parents should check the RPS website for updates.
March 8, 2020
The girls basketball team, for only the second time in 20 years, will be playing in the Division 3 State Semifinals. The game will be on Weds. March 11 at TD Garden in Boston at 2 p.m. Due to the timing, RHS Principal Dr. John Harrison has scheduled Wednesday to be an early release day at 12 p.m. so that students and staff can attend the game and support the girls. Busses will be provided for all who wish to attend the game. Principal Harrison said, “I feel this is a special moment for our school community.”
The girls advanced to the state semifinals by defeating Archbishop Williams on Friday night by a score of 53-37. That game gave them the Division 3 So. Sectional title and a chance to continue to the State Tournament where they will face another private school, St. Mary’s of Lynn. St. Mary’s played in the State Championship game last year. They lost to the West Champ, Hoosac in that game.
Captains Caroline Elie, Hannah Murphy and Hannah Wyllie led the girls in the game Friday night as the team looked to avenge their loss to Archbishop Williams in the semifinals last year. The team took care of business right away by going out to a 10-0 first quarter lead and continued to dominate the Bishops with suffocating defense and precision offense.
Coach Diana Newcomb said, “We followed the game plan exactly.” Expect the team to be ready for another great game on Weds.
Information about busses will be available and the schedule for Weds. is below. Go Dogs!!
8:00-8:41 A Block
9:28-10:09 C Block
Lunch and Class Time D Block
1st 10:56 – 11:16 Class 11:16-11:56
2nd 11:16 – 11:36 Class 10:56-11:16; Lunch; 11:36-11:56
3rd 11:36- 11:56 Class 10:56-11:36
**F will not meet!!
For students who have third lunch, they will be dismissed from the lunch room.
Photos from Friday night!
Feb. 14, 2020
Today is not only Valentine’s Day, it is also Kindness Day in the schools and in the Town of Rockland.
The Veritas asked a few people about Valentine’s Day to help celebrate and the Student Government Council posted notes to every student at RHS to BE KIND to all on #KindnessRockland2020.
So, pass on the love and the kindness today and everyday!!
Forty RHS students were recognized on Tuesday, Feb. 11 with a special luncheon, catered by Chipotle, in the media center. The luncheon was in recognition of the students’ achieving high honor grades in term 1, term 2 or in both terms. Principal John Harrison and Asst. Principal Kathy Paulding as well as Guidance Coordinator, Margie Black, and the RHS Guidance Department were the hosts.
Mr. Harrison congratulated the students saying that being one of 40 students achieving high honors was a special accomplishment since they represented less than 10% of the student population of Rockland High School with an enrollment of 600.
Students received certificates after lunch!
The students included:
Terms 1 and 2: Melyssa Almedia, Monalisa Almeida, Jad Bendarawi, Sydney Blaney, Kathryn Buckley, Olivia Golemme, Patrick Hitchcock, Toni Hawe, Tyler Johnson, Matthew Medford, Petr Quinn, Oliver Reera, Julia Yeadon,
Term 1: Stephanie Beatrice, Riley Cadogan, Shane Daly, Julia DeLima, Robert Ivil III, Kayla Mantell, Tyler Gambon, Colin McKerrel, Isabelle Polvere, Emma Radzik, Nathaniel Rivas, Aaron Steeves, Troy Therrien, Hannah Wyllie,
Term 2: Michael Caron II, Nicholas Cedrone, Esabella DeFillippo, Callie Gillan, Lara Glennon, Nicolle Ligia Gudiel Winter, Olivia Jones, Mary Kate Leoncavallo, Victoria Murray, Lina Nassif, Ngan Nguyen, Cullen Rogers, Emilie Scannell
Alana Miller, Veritas Staff
January 31, 2020
All good things must come to an end and so on Friday, Jan. 31, Rockland High School had to say goodbye to Mrs. Jane Ellis who is retiring after 32 years as the principal’s secretary at RHS.
In those 32 years Mrs. Ellis has seen many classes come and go through Rockland High and she was responsible for coordinating each graduation and senior awards ceremony that took place each year. She was secretary for five principals: A. Scott MacKinlay, James Kerrigan, Steven Sangster, Dr. Alan Cron and the present principal, Dr. John Harrison. In the many years that she has been here Mrs. Ellis said that she “was very fortunate that she was able to work with all of the great principals because they were awesome to work with.”
Dr. Harrison who has been principal for four years said that she taught him “most of my position. She has also given me a wealth of information about everything such as this job, helping with tasks, and she does everything with a sense of humor and patience.”
Reflecting on her retirement, she said she is sad that she will be leaving people she spends every week day with, but she also has a good feeling about it, saying she will now be able to enjoy more free time and also cherish all of the memories that she made with her coworkers.
Mrs. Ellis also said she is going to miss “all of the activities that happened in and around the office” with all of her coworkers and the students. Also, she added that she will miss “telling kids what’s on the ‘yummy lunch menu’ every morning over the loudspeaker during announcements.”
Mrs. Susan O’Brien, secretary of the general office, will be taking over for Mrs. Ellis.
We wish Mrs. Ellis the best in her retirement and thank her for all she has done for RHS over the years.
For profiles of both Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. O’Brien check the February issue of the Veritas!
January 28, 2020
Senior Mat Bruzzese came in first last night in the annual Poetry Out Loud contest held at Rockland High School. His first place award enables him to move on to the Poetry Out Loud regional competition in Yarmouth in March.
Bruzzese was one of four contestants in the poetry recitation event. Sophomore Kathleen Nee came in second while freshmen Anabelle MacDonald and Emilly Costa shared the third place prize.
English Department head, Carol Cahill hosted the event in the lecture hall and congratulated all the students for their poetry recitations. Each student recited two poems, one in each round of competition.
Students choose their poems from a library provided by the National Poetry Out Loud organization. A list of the students’ poems is below.
The three judges of the contestants included Karen Bonn, Bill Boyer, and Danny Bolton.The judges evaluated each student’s performance on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding and overall performance. Accuracy scorer was RHS English teacher, Kendra Donovan.
Congratulations to Mat and to all the contestants.
Kathleen Nee – “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and “Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser
Annabelle MacDonald – “Broken Promises” by David Kirby and “I Remember, I Remember” by Thomas Hood
Emilly Costa – “I Am Offering this Poem” by Jimmy Santiago Baca and “I heard a fly buzz when I died” by Emily Dickinson
Mat Bruzzese – “The Days Gone By” by James Whitcomb Riley and “Sweet Tooth” by Russel Edson
January 24, 2020
Six RHS students are preparing for the annual Poetry Out Loud competition to be held on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the RHS lecture hall.
This year the six students will compete for the honor of representing Rockland in the Regional Competition to be held in March.
They include: Kathleen Nee, Mat Bruzzese, Abigail Procter, Annabelle MacDonald, Emilly Costa, and Abby Moran. Each student will recite one poem in two separate rounds of competition.
More than a competition, the night will feature the opportunity to listen to poetry dramatically presented. Each student has chosen their two poems based on the Poetry Out Loud catalog. One poem must be from pre-20th Century.
Come support this year’s six Poetry Bulldogs on Monday night in the lecture hall!
Below are photos from last year’s event.
January 10, 2020
Students attending a service trip to Guatemala in April are encouraging students, staff and community members to clean out their closets for the New Year.
As a fundraiser, the group would like to collect 800 bags of clothing, shoes and soft accessories which would earn them approximately $2,000 toward their travel expenses.
Donations can be brought to the high school on Saturday morning, Jan. 18 between 9 and 11 am. The bags will then be transported to Savers in Hanover.
Melissa Shaughnessy, RHS Spanish teacher and one of the trip’s coordinators, says that this fundraiser has been successful in the past with 600 bags donated in one year. For every 400 bags, the service learning group will earn $1,000.
The service trip to Guatemala gives students the opportunity to help people who live in poverty. Through the organization Worthy Village students team up with other service workers and provide families with water filters, hygiene products and other materials to help improve their lives.
Senior Alyssa Patten went to Guatemala with the RHS group last year and is returning again this year. She explained her reason for going back again this year. “Traveling down to Guatemala with the school and Worthy Village has truly made such an impact on my life. After returning home last year I immediately wanted to continue to make a difference and wanted to go back and help out more. I am so excited to be able to travel again this April.”
Patten described the experience that has meant so much to her. “Seeing the faces on the families in Guatemala when we arrived with water filter systems changed me for the better. It showed me how much we truly take for granted here and how the littlest things make them so happy.”
She says that she is going back not only to “change more lives,” but also she said, “I get to go back and have my life changed for the better. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity and am so excited to see what this group of students will do!”
Senior Lara Glennon will also be returning to Guatemala in April. She said, “I’m going back to Guatemala because the trip last year truly changed my life. While in Guatemala I was able to change so many people’s lives while also bettering myself by understanding parts of the world outside of my own and what I can do to make a difference.”
Glennon added, “I’m so thankful I’m about to go again with RHS and help bring the same experiences I had to more students.”
To help out students with this fundraiser, bags of clothing can be brought in on Friday, Jan. 17 or on Saturday, Jan. 18. Donors will receive one hour of community service per three bags.
On Thursday, January 16 at 6 pm, Morissa Vital, program manager from the Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership will speak to parents about vaping and nicotine addiction. The presentation will be mainly focused around the high school vaping epidemic. Morissa Vital will specifically address ways to prevent secondhand smoke, ways to help individuals quit nicotine and tobacco, along with helpful ways to prevent youth members from starting nicotine and tobacco products.
Parents deserve to be informed about the harmful impacts a high school social norm can induce. 20% of Massachusetts high school students report currently using e-cigarettes and vape pens, and 41% have tried them at least once (see attached flyer). As a generation, students and even parents are being exposed to toxic and harmful chemicals. Parents are encouraged to attend the presentation in order to raise awareness for themselves and their children.
A table representing Rockland Cares will also be available to visit on the night of the presentation. Rockland Cares is a community organization that provides information and support for individuals and families who suffer with addiction.
Both the presentation delivered by Morissa Vital and the Rockland Cares table are extraordinary steps the town of Rockland is taking in order to raise awareness about the dangers of nicotine and addiction. As a community, Rockland thanks everyone for their undivided support and commitment in hopes to make a difference.
If you have any questions please contact Freea Leahy, Director of Adjustment Counseling, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-871-8406.
We hope to see everyone there on January 16th!
December 20, 2019
Rockland High School alumni from the Class of 2019 visited RHS and spoke to students about their college experiences in an assembly in the auditorium. Alumni had a chance to visit with students and staff in the cafeteria after the assembly. The visit was organized by English teacher, Kristen Walsh and RHS Principal, John Harrison. Thank you alumni!!
December 20, 2019
The RHS band and chorus under the direction of John Piazza and Victoria Allen visited the elementary schools this morning as well as the Rockland Rehab. Center and the Rockland Senior Center. This is an annual “holiday stroll” that the band and chorus have taken part in annually to spread some holiday spirit and music in the schools and the town.
They played and sang several holiday tunes at each location and involved their audience in a few songs as well.
Back at RHS they gave a concert during the last block.
Emily Gaboriault, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
December 12, 2019
On December 5th, 6th, and 7th, the RHS Theater Department put on “Marcus is Walking.” The show featured various scenes all based around a car; for instance, running over a chipmunk, a car accident and a night trick or treating.
When asked about the show , director Julia DiCanzio stated, “I love directing the fall play and seeing each student take risks, grow in confidence, and become part of the wonderful community that was formed around the play…The performances showed the commitment and effort that each student, cast and crew, put into the play.”
When asked how they thought the show went, actors Katy Buckley and Jordan Cunningham stated that they thought it went really well! Buckley states, “It was so awesome to hear such great reviews!” Cunningham also adds, “I loved the amount of students who attended to support the theatre department!”
The Rockland High School Theater Guild’s fall production “Marcus is Walking: Scenes from the Road” will be performed beginning tonight (Thursday, Dec. 5) at 7 p.m. in the Rockland High School Auditorium. The play is directed by RHS teachers, Joanne White and Julia DiCanzio.
The show features several short stories all revolving around a car or driving somewhere. But there is more to the stories than just an automobile and the members of the cast (see below) do a great job of creating memorable characters in a short amount of time. There is a great deal of humor, sometimes for mature viewers, and the audience will surely be entertained.
The play will be performed Thursday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Rockland High School auditorium at 7 p.m. The cost will be $8.00 at the door but you can get tickets on-line at showtix4u.com for $5.00.
The play by Joan Ackerman is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc. New York
December 5, 2019
Yani Soares, Veritas Staff
On December 2nd, at a Special Town Meeting, Rockland residents joined together in nearly unanimous approval to appropriate funds for a new elementary school to be built in the district. The school, an entirely new, state-of-the-art school for first to fourth graders would be funded by both Rockland and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). The School Building Committee, along with the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, have been working with the MSBA in order to approve the project for this new school since February of 2017. (See Project Powerpoint below).
The town’s work with the MSBA has been done in order to receive a grant for the project, which will provide roughly $36 million of the project costs, leaving approximately $51 million that the town would have to pay.
December 7, 2019 marks the day that residents will vote in a Special Election on a temporary debt exclusion under Proposition two-and-a-half. This is needed to raise property taxes (see ballot below). As a result of this contribution, Rockland’s residents will face some changes in how they are taxed. For 30 years, the average property taxes per year will be raised by approximately $412, based on a home’s value.
Rockland Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alan Cron says that a new, comprehensive elementary school in Rockland’s district will bring various benefits, such as an easier way to react to population changes in the town. This addition will also bring a more streamlined education experience, better control of supplies to schools, the enhancement of teaching practices and curriculum. The superintendent also says that this new method of organizing a single building will be simpler than having to organize three, which lightens the burden of administrators.
Dr. Cron also says failing to approve the project would leave the town facing approximately $40 million in future costs for renovating the aging elementary schools without adding the upgrades a new state-of-the-art school would provide.
A new school containing every elementary student should also provide each student with an equal beginning to the fifth grade, as separating elementary classes by building can lead to an inequality in their learning experiences. In a newly built school, paths towards innovative methods of modern teaching and creativity will be improved, as technology that is vital for later years will be introduced. This will make students’ transition into middle school easier.
Following the construction of the new school, the buildings that are currently in use will be repurposed for various goals. Esten School will become an early childhood center with free preschool and kindergarten education. Memorial Park will be torn down and replaced with a turf field per the project, and Jefferson School will be taken down and turned over to the Parks Department. In the future, the land at Jefferson may also be used as a playing field.
When the new school is finished, the elementary students in Esten, Memorial Park, or Jefferson at the time will be transferred to it.
Dr. Cron says, “If realized, a new, combined 760 student Rockland Elementary School would provide a world-class, state-of-the-art education for ALL Rockland children grades 1-4 for decades to come, allowing all of Rockland’s children the opportunity to maximize their unique potential and to become whatever their imaginations and talents will allow them to become.”
Nov. 30, 2019
As Rockland tradition, the Holiday Stroll will return the Saturday after Thanksgiving in order to get ready for the Christmas holidays. This community-held event that began over 25 years ago holds activities and demonstrations that satisfy everyone’s interests.
Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend to enjoy activities such as Joe’s Crazy Critters, a meet and greet with Santa and Ms. Claus, character meet and greets, hayrides, and much more!
Businesses and churches along the route also participate in the event by providing accommodations such as clam chowder, cookies, and face paintings.
RHS students will also take part with the Chorus caroling and seniors decorating Santa hats at Mountain One Bank.
The stroll this year will occur on November 30th from 4pm to 7pm. All are encouraged to attend!
Althea Olsen, Veritas Editor-in-Chief
Thanksgiving is a joyful holiday used to celebrate friends, families, and of course the food that it set out onto the table during the celebration. In communities such as Rockland, some families struggle to find ways to give thanks during the holiday. Even something as simple as setting the dinner table can be a daunting task for some. During this Thanksgiving season, in order to give thanks back to your local community, here are some ways that you could make a difference and give thanks this holiday season.
- Donate nonperishable goods to a food pantry
Rockland High School is currently running a Turkey Trot to raise food for families during this Thanksgiving season. Until November 21, students were encouraged to bring in canned goods and nonperishable items to donate to the local food pantry. The class with the most items will receive points towards the class cup!
- Go through clothing and textile items at home and donate anything that is no longer needed to a local clothing bin or Salvation Army
- Participate in volunteer work at places such as the senior center
- Support the troops by creating care packages and letters
- Simply give thanks to an individual in your life; someone at school or a member of your family
When asking around the high school, students and faculty frequently respond that they are thankful for their friends, family, roof over their heads, cars, school, and the access to food. Below is a video made by WRPS and The Veritas asking students for their feelings about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
November 25, 2019
Last Thursday night, Nov. 21, the Class of 2020 won the annual Powderpuff game against the Class of 2021 The score was 30-8.
For the seniors Lydia McWilliams, Hannah Wyllie (2) and Maryn Monett scored touchdowns. For the juniors Hannah Rich had their only touchdown.
Even though the score was a little lopsided the game was competitive and the event was a success! The juniors with this experience will be able to get a victory next year against the Class of 2022.
Nov. 22, 2019
The Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA) Fall Cheerleading State Championships will be held on Sunday Nov. 24 at Worcester State University. The RHS Cheer Team will be competing in Division Four and will be hoping to land a tenth state title!
They qualified for the state tournament by coming in first in the South Regionals held at Plymouth North last weekend. Also qualifying in the D4 South were Abington HS, Bellingham HS, and Archbishop Williams. Hull HS and Case HS received at large bids.
Rockland is scheduled to go on the floor at approximately 11:30 a.m.
November 20, 2019
Spirit Week began on Wednesday, Nov. 20 with “Workout Day” as the theme. The Student Government Council established the following “days” for Spirit Week:
Wednesday, Nov. 20 Workout Day
Thursday, Nov. 21 Beach Day
Friday, Nov. 22 Groutfit Day
Monday, Nov. 25 Neon or Tie-Dye Day
Tuesday, Nov. 26 Class Colors Day for the Pep Rally
Junior Grace Henry, the Unified Spirit Chair said, “Spirit Week is designed to unite all grades of the high school and spread Bulldog pride!”
She also explained that she, along with the SGC Spirit Committee and the Eboard came up with the ideas for the days. Individual class officers decide on the class colors which “generally stay the same for each grade,” according to Henry.
So, get your spirit on and check back to this post to see photos for each day. Look for a Veritas photographer to get you and your friends on the website!!
November 18, 2019
RHS senior Zachary Webb was crowned as Mr. Rockland on Thursday, Nov. 14. He was one of seven seniors who competed in various categories such as talent, lip synch, school spirit, formal wear and question and answers. Senior Student Government Council members Lara Glennon and Maddie Gear served as emcees for the contest and the faculty judges were dean of students, Fredrick Damon, math teacher, Steve Casagrande, math teacher Kathy Hoffman and science teacher Julia DiCanzio.
The judges said that it was a really difficult decision to narrow the seven to down to three. Coming in third in the judging was Joey Messier while Owen Shea came in 2nd place.
Webb assured his win with a unique talent but most of all with his musical lip synch and dancing duet with Bruzzese. (see photos below!)
The Mr. Rockland contestants were Jake Benson, Jordan Cunningham, Joey Messier, Zachary Webb, Owen Shea, Mathew Bruzzese and Phil Pattinson. All the seniors had a lot of fun and the audience did as well.
Congratulations to all the contestants, the emcees and the Student Government Council advisor, Kirsten Bartoloni who coordinated the event with WRPS.
Veritas Staff photographer Arianna Esposito got some great photos of all the contestants!
The volleyball team will play tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 16) at Worcester State University in the Division 3 state volleyball finals at 12 p.m. Their opponent will be the champion of the Central and West semifinals, Frontier High School from Deerfield, MA.
Their appearance in the State Final was assured with their convincing win on Wednesday night at Newton South High School where they defeated the North Champions, Ipswich in a fairly lopsided game, 3-0.
The entire team contributed to this win with superlative serving, and very good teamwork between the front and back lines. The four seniors Hannah Wyllie, Caroline Elie, Jessie DeMarco and Hannah Murphy have provided strong leadership every step on the road to this last game on Saturday.
The girls had gotten to the state semi-finals by virtue of their win over Case High School for the South Sectional title on Saturday, Nov. 9 in New Bedford. The South Sectional title was one major goal that the team had, having never advanced that far in the tournament.
But they certainly are not satisfied and are now focused on completing their mission to bring home another State Championship banner to the Rockland High School gym.
The fan support of the team has been excellent and it is sure to be a loud group that accompanies the team to Worcester. Don’t miss it!