Chris Herren speaks at RHS

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

This morning, RHS students and faculty congregated in the RMS/RHS auditorium to listen to the story and message of drug abuse and self-confidence from Chris Herren. This event was sponsored by Dan Biggins, Rockland school committee chairman.

The ex-Celtics star spoke of his high school drug abuse leading into his professional basketball career and overdoses. He explained the impact drugs have on families and provoked many high school students to contemplate their decisions and ask themselves “Why?”.

His story and message, although saddening, was quite inspirational. He went from overdosing four times on heroin to being someone his children can look up to and admired by many. Herren suggested others can bounce back just as he has if they make the effort. He urged students to be someone younger family members can look up to and to be someone their parents could be proud of while sharing the stories he has encountered on his journey.

All in all, Herren’s speech was inspirational and eye opening to many.

The RHS students and faculty would like to thank Mr. Herren for his wonderful presentation and to Mr. Biggins for this generous event.

 

Eventful Day and Night at Rockland High School Tomorrow

Students at Rockland High School will have an early release day tomorrow (12:30 pm), Friday, January 13, leading into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday / long weekend. But before their weekend begins students will be attending an assembly in the morning.

Chris Herren captivated RHS students with his life story aimed at showing the horrific effects of addiction.

Four years ago Chris Herren captivated RHS students with his life story aimed at showing the horrific effects of addiction.

Former Boston Celtics basketball player, Chris Herren will visit RHS at 9 am to speak to students about the dangers of substance abuse leading to addiction.  He speaks from personal experience and his message is a powerful one.  Herren visited RHS  four and a half years ago in Sept. 2012 (story here and interview with Chris Herren here )

Students have been asked to wear purple to support the Purple Project Initiative that Herren has established.

Chris Herren's powerful book about his addiction to alcohol, pain killers and heroin is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and can also be downloaded on your Kindle or Nook devices.

Chris Herren’s powerful book about his addiction to alcohol, pain killers and heroin is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and can also be downloaded on your Kindle or Nook devices.

The next events of note will happen in the gym and the auditorium.

The girls basketball team will play Norwell at 6:30 pm to see if they climb into a tie for the SSL league lead with the undefeated Lady Clippers.  Should be a great game.  Over in Norwell the boys will also take on Norwell in another game of meaning.

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In the auditorium at 7:15 pm the first in the series of Jazz performances and jazz culture experiences will be taking place.  Talkin’ Bout Jazz will feature the RHS and RMS band members performing and learning about the jazz experience.  Students can attend for free and adults are welcome for a small donation of $5.

This project is made possible by the Rockland Education Foundation and the RHS Music Boosters.

John Piazza, Rockland Music Director said, “We’re trying to build a jazz culture in Rockland starting with this first concert/clinic exposing kids to an approach that gets to the root of how jazz is really learned. The concert/clinics that follow will expose students to seasoned jazz musicians who will speak about their process, tell stories and answer questions. Most importantly, students and the Rockland community will experience jazz music live in an intimate setting. It’s an up close and personal approach.”

Voice of Democracy Winners

Rockland High School Voice of Democracy Contest winners received awards at a ceremony at the VFW on January 5. From left: Old Colony Post 1788 Commander Joe Pollini; RHS freshman Jad Bendarkawi, 2nd place winner; Rockland High School Principal John Harrison; RHS senior Sophie McLellan, 3rd place winner; Scholarship Committee Chairman, Claire Payne; RHS sophomore Meaghan McDonough, 1st place winner; and Old Colony Post 1788 Voice of Democracy Chairman Jeffrey Najarian. Veritas photo

Rockland High School Voice of Democracy Contest winners received awards at a ceremony at the VFW on January 5. From left: Old Colony Post 1788 Commander Joe Pollini; RHS freshman Jad Bendarkawi, 2nd place winner; Rockland High School Principal John Harrison; RHS senior Sophie McLellan, 3rd place winner; Scholarship Committee Chairman, Claire Payne; RHS sophomore Meaghan McDonough, 1st place winner; and Old Colony Post 1788 Voice of Democracy Chairman Jeffrey Najarian. Veritas photo

Veritas Staff Report

Some students in David Murphy’s Digital Media and Journalism classes may not  have been excited about an essay assignment last November in which they had to write on the theme,  “My Responsibility to America.”

But, for three students it paid off… literally.

Three students were awarded first, second and third place prizes by the Rockland Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Old Colony Post 1788 in the local “Voice of Democracy” competition.

First prize ($150) went to sophomore Meaghan McDonough, second ($100) to freshman Jad Bendarkawi, and third ($50) to senior Sophie McLellan.

Voice of Democracy is an annual nationwide scholarship program sponsored by the VFW. It is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. This year’s theme was “My Responsibility to America.”  Students were required to write an essay and then do a voice recording of it. Tapes and essays were sent to the local VFW Post judges.

McDonough’s winning essay went on to the Eastern Mass. District 12 Regional round of judging where it was awarded second place.

VFW Post 1788 Commander Joe Pollini. and Voice of Democracy Chairman Jeffrey Najarian presented the certificates along with scholarship committee chairwoman, Claire Payne.

 

RHS to Host Special Olympics Bocce Tournament on January 29

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Last year’s team Bocce Bulldogs at Whitman-Hanson- Back Row: Julia DiCienzo & Keith Wiley Front Row: Michael Bodley & Caitlin Yannizzi.  Veritas file photo

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

The Bocce Tournament scheduled on Sunday, January 8 at Rockland High School has been postponed because of the snowstorm predicted for this weekend.

The tournament will now be held on Sunday, January 29.

On that date Special Olympians and members of the Student Government Council will be participating in the annual regional Bocce Tournament.

This year, the event will be held at our very own RHS!  It will be going on from 10 am til 3 pm.

Come support our Special Olympians in the RHS gym where the tournament will be held. There will also be food sold in the cafeteria.  In the RMS gym will be the Olympic Town you can walk around and enjoy a variety of games.

Alumni Visit RHS To Give Advice To Senior Class

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Alumni visited RHS on Thursday, Dec. 22

John MacDonald, Veritas Staff

The fall has come and gone, Christmas vacation is here, and soon it will be 2017.

This means the seniors are coming closer and closer to graduating. The nerves are high all around the school as seniors are deciding which college they might want to attend.

Thankfully, on Thursday, Dec. 22 close to 30 Rockland alumni were generous enough to come back and give advice to students about college. English teacher Kristen Walsh and guidance director Margie Black organized an assembly in the lecture hall where seniors got the chance to ask all the questions that are bothering and scaring them about college.

The 12 alumni on the panel were very patient and serious with the seniors, giving them great advice that they can take with them to benefit them in the future. This was truly a great experience and hopefully the seniors next year will get the same benefits that this assembly gave to this year’s seniors.

The alumni panel in the lecture hall answered questions about their college experiences.

The alumni panel in the lecture hall answered questions about their college experiences.

 

The 12 panelists included:

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Kallie Morss -UNH, Danielle Hill -Mass College of Art, Molly McDonough – Plymouth State, Richie Walls – US Marine Corps.

Class of 2016

Mark Ewell – Winthrop University, AJ Clark – Massasoit,  Caroline Kilduff – Curry College, Owen Mahoney – UMasss Boston, Joe Kimball – Bridgewater State, Matt Kirslis – Rhode Island College, Haley Macray – Bentley, Lexie Carchedi – Elon

 

Winter Spirit Week is Soon Approaching

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

With Winter Holiday Break soon approaching so isn’t the Spirit Week that comes the week before! Students and teachers have the fun opportunity to celebrate the break and holidays with fun and silly themed days leading up to the break.

Last year Mr. Johnson on Cozy Day.

Former RHS Math Teacher Mr. Johnson all dressed up in his holiday onesie

Next week’s themed days are:

Monday: Cozy Day- A day dedicated to getting comfy and going to school in your comfy clothes.

Tuesday: Favorite Sports Team Day- On Tuesday you can support you favorite sports and teams, whether its a national team or RHS sports team is up to you!

Wednesday: American/Camo Day- Support you country by wearing red, white, and blue and camo on Wednesday.

Thursday: Ugly Sweater Day- Friday is the perfect day to wear the pitiful sweater you might have received as a gift last Christmas. Or just dress up in holiday themed clothing.

SGC thought it would be fun to get the teachers involved too, sooooo they have an incentive for them.  For each spirit day, whichever teacher shows the most spirit both through dress and overall attitude, they will receive a $15.00 gift card from Target.  The students on Big 5 in SGC will make the final decision at the end of each day.  SGC can’t wait to see everyone’s spirit!!!!

RHS Theatre Guild performs musical Grease

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

On Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at the RHS auditorium 7 pm Rockland High Schools Theatre Guild performed the musical Grease. 

The cast and crew have been preparing for the show since October along side directors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan. Sophie McLellan played the leading role of Sandy Dumbrowski with Ryan Struzziery playing leading man, Danny Zuko.

By the roar of RHS the days following the production it is safe to say that the production was a success. The cast and crew  were pleased with the oucome as well as the directors. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the high energy production including fun filled songs and choreography by the award winning musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Gearing Up For Grease

Sean Vo, Veritas Co-Editor -in-Chief

The Rockland High School Theatre Guild will perform the musical Grease on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday Dec. 10 at 7 pm in the Rockland High School Auditorium.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at ShowTix4U.com for $6.   Tickets will also be available at the door for $8.

The cast and crew have been rehearsing since the beginning of October and directors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan say they are pleased with the progress they have made.

Sophie McLellan has the lead role as Sandy Olsson, and Ryan Struzziery will play her leading man, Danny Zuko.

McLellan says taking part in Grease “has been amazing so far. It’s been so much fun, and I’m feeling optimistic about it.”

Shandi Austin who plays Kenickie says Grease has been “going well.” She added, “Theatre is a family and we all work very well, so just seeing everyone progressing through the show has been pleasing.”

The Theatre Guild is excited for opening night on Friday, December 9. Don’t miss this high energy production with the songs and choreography you’ll remember from the award winning musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Shakespeare Festival Auditions Dec. 13 and 14

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Do you recognize this witch from the 2013 Shakespeare Festival?

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

Every two years or so Rockland High School puts on a highly anticipated and well put together Shakespeare Festival to commemorate the classic works of art from the great poet and playwright William Shakespeare. This spring we will be putting it on yet again.

Auditions will take place on December 13-14 in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall. For scripts and additional information see your English teachers. Students of all ages and experience are welcome to participate.

English teacher, Ms. Walsh is in charge of the production with the help of many faculty and staff members.

The following photos are from the Shakespeare Festival in 2013.

 

 

The cast of Henry V take their bows: Danielle Hill, Lisa Howes, Christianne Daley, Pearse McNally, Chris Landy, Ryan Sugrue and John Kamande.

The cast of Henry V take their bows: Danielle Hill, Lisa Howes, Christianne Daley, Pearse McNally, Chris Landy, Ryan Sugrue and John Kamande.

Bob Gasdia and PJ Butler

Bob Gasdia and PJ Butler

Sean Vo as Caesar; Chris Catania as Mark Antony

Sean Vo as Caesar; Chris Catania as Mark Antony

Holiday Stroll Video

Many students from Rockland High School as well many Rockland citizens took part in the Holiday Stroll on Nov. 26. Enjoy the festive atmosphere in this WRPS/Veritas video!

Winter Athletic Schedule Revised

Following is the Winter Athletic Schedule, revised on Nov. 29.  Check Graz’ Twitter for any additional changes.  Good luck to all the teams this winter!

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Holiday stroll taking place 11/26

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

After you’ve packed up your Thanksgiving leftovers, it’s time to jump into the Winter Holiday spirit. On 11/26 from 4-7 pm, the Saturday after Thanksgiving Rockland is closing off Union Street for their 22nd annual Holiday Stroll.

This annual town event hosted by the Rockland Friends Committee is a great time for the town to come together and kick off the holiday season. Citizens are able to walk around and socialize go to different shops, enjoy treats, and drink hot cocoa; there’s even events and activity for the kids to do.  Also, the big man himself, Santa Claus makes a star appearance for the children to tell him their wishes and take pictures with.

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Rockland competes in WGBH Quiz Show

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

On November 13, Rockland seniors and current members of National Honors Society, Mo Youssef, Lulu Lima, Julia DiCenzio, and Noelle Atkins represented RHS in the WGBH Quiz Show. Rockland was one out of 125 Massachusetts schools that competed for 16 spots on Season 8 of High School Quiz Show on Channel 2 WGBH.

The group was accompanied by Mrs. Donovan to Brighton on “Super Sunday.” Once there, the teams had to answer 100 questions in separate rooms in the studio. Although Rockland’s team was not one of the 16 teams that was selected, Mrs. Donovan said it was a lot of fun and they excelled in answering the science and math questions.

RHS principal John Harrison said, ” We were well represented by these outstanding seniors.” He hopes that Rockland will compete again next year.

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Left to right: Rockland High School seniors, Mo Youssef, Lulu Lima, Julia DiCienzo and Noelle Atkins. These seniors, all members of the National Honor Society represented Rockland High School in the WGBH Quiz Show competition held on Nov. 13, known as Super Sunday. The Rockland was one of 125 schools from throughout Massachusetts that competed for 16 spots on Season 8 of High School Quiz Show on Channel 2 WGBH. Photo from Facebook.com/HighSchoolQuizShow/

Veritas News Broadcast Goes Live

The Journalism class has produced its first news broadcast of the year.  Senior co-editors, Sophie McLellan and Sean Vo served as anchors.  Jake Lauria, Julian Tarpey and Madeline Gear were on camera while Brittany Keefe and Jayden Libby directed the show.  Brooke Kimball and Rylee Kimball ran the audio and the teleprompter in the control room.  More Veritas News broadcasts are planned for the upcoming weeks so keep your eye on our website!

2016 Powder Puff Game

The Class of 2017 kept up the seniors' winning streak

The Class of 2017 kept up the seniors’ winning streak

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

Last night on November 18, the 2016-2017 senior girls played the junior girls in the annual Powder Puff game. In the end, the seniors won with a final score of 12-6.

Seniors Maddie Olsen and Mariah Richards both scored a touchdown for their team. The team’s quarterbacks were  Maddie Olsen and Erin Buckley. The seniors were coached by John Goode, Matt Dunn, Leo Field, and Mike McPeck.

Junior Erika Ochenduszko scored their team’s touchdown. Their quarterback was  Sydney McKenna. The junior coaches included Jake Lauria, John Baar, Aiden Glennon, and Jimmy Fitzgerald.

All in all, it was a fun, well played game by the girls that viewers and participants alike thoroughly enjoyed.

Click on Veritas photographer Maddie Gear’s photos from the game.

 

Powder Puff Game Set For Tonight at 6

The annual Powder Puff game played between the girls of the junior class versus the senior class is set to start at 6 pm on Thursday at Rockland Memorial Stadium. There is a $5 admission fee.

The Class of 2017 came close to beating the seniors in last year’s game, so they will be looking to come out on top this year.  Don’t miss this annual Powder Puff battle!

Juniors came out for the game and gave the seniors a game.

Team photo of the Class of 2017 at last year’s Powder Puff Game.

Juniors win the coin toss.

Maddie Olsen, Bridget Reardon and Colleen McCarthy won the coin toss last year. The Class of 2017 will look to win the toss and the game this year! Veritas Photo

Girls Soccer in South Sectional Final Sunday

The girls soccer team got by Cohasset on Friday, Nov. 11 in the Div. 4 South Semi-finals by a score of 2-1.

Rockland (14-4-3) will play South Shore League rival and two-time defending Division 4 South Sectional champion East Bridgewater (19-1-1) in the Sectional Final at 2:30 p.m. at Brockton High School.

Sophomore Brooke Jones got the first goal in the first half; freshman Lauren Buker got the second goal in the second half. Junior goalie Jaymie Atkins had several key saves and Bridget Reardon and Emily Beatrice kept Cohasset from advancing on numerous plays.

Coach Lauren Rizzotti, who is happy for the girls and pleased to advance to the final on Sunday, said, “This is a big win for us.’’

Click here for more details.

Cheerleaders win South Shore League Championship; go on to Regionals

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The Rockland High School Cheerleaders came out on top on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Abington High School in the South Shore League Championships.

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The girls now go on to the Division 4 South Regionals starting on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Marshfield High School.

They are scheduled to compete at approximately 2:45 p.m.
Admission: $7/$5

2016 Pizza Palooza

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Yesterday, on November 9, the day after the Presidential Election, another important election took place in Rogers Middle School gym. Rockland citizens young and old gathered together to vote on the best pizza place in Rockland. The People’s Choice was Player’s Sports Bar and Grille of Rockland, Kids’ Choice went to Domino’s, and lastly the Judges’ Choice, done by a blind taste test, went to Yianni’s.

This event was sponsored by the Rockland Chamber of Commerce and families could get in for $20 and individuals for $10. All proceeds went to One Rockland, the fundraising group for all activities and sports in Rockland.  Mrs. Carla Dunn, head of OneRockland said, “We made over $2,400 and I would say over 200 people came.  I thought it went very well.  Lots of families and everyone that left said they were looking forward to it again next year.” 

The pizzas were  judged on the texture of the crusts, amount of sauce and cheese, the appearance of the pizza, and most importantly, the taste. Pizza shops that were involved include:

Dina’s Pizza

Dominio’s

Mike’s Pizza

Themis Pizza

Player’s Sports Bar and Grille

Yianni’s Pizza

Rockland Bar and Grille

CeCe’s Pizza and Catering

Click on the photos below to see all the mouth-watering food and fun in photos by Veritas photographer, Austin Woods.

Tournament Teams Advance

All three tournament teams advanced to the quarterfinal round of the MIAA tournament; these games will be played tomorrow and Wednesday.

The volleyball team will take on Ursuline Academy Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the MIAA So. Sectional quarterfinals at Xaverian High School.  Game time is at 6 pm.  The Lady Dogs advanced with a 3-1 win over Sturgis East on Friday.  Find MIAA tournament info here.

The boys soccer team also advanced to the quarterfinals and will play at home on Tuesday at 2 pm against Apponequet.  The boys defeated Scituate in Rockland on Saturday by a score of 3-2 in a nail-biter.  Click here for tournament information.

The girls soccer team also won their first round game. They defeated  Ursuline Academy  3-1  and will play Sturgis West on Wednesday, Nov. 9  at 2 p.m.  at Cape Cod Academy.  Click here for MIAA standings.

Images Magazine Publishes Dreams and Nightmares

Images Magazine’s latest webzine edition is now on-line.  It’s called “Dreams and Nightmares” and includes drawings, photos and writing submitted by students.

From Images: “Dreams and Nightmares” :  “It’s a well known fact that everyone dreams. Each individual experiences their own, personalized dreams and nightmares. Whether literal or theoretical, we (the Images staff) wanted to know what the students of Rockland High dream of. Fall down the rabbit hole with the first webzine of the 2016-2017 school year.”

Click Here to see the creativity of RHS students.

Samples from Images: “Dreams and Nightmares” are below:

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by Colleen Burke

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Nicole Reera

My eyes close slowly

I wait for it to come back

To creep through the web

Of my skittish thoughts

My heart pulses quietly

Pumping fear through me

The cloud of silence

And black encases me in

A tomb of terror

I feel the nightmare

On the edge of my sleep

I feel the nightmare

Waiting

 

Project Pumpkin Video

By Senior C0-Editor of the Veritas, Sean Vo!  Enjoy!

Senior Football Players and Cheerleaders Honored at Game

Rockland High School senior football players and cheerleaders had plenty to celebrate as they were introduced with their parents before the game with Pembroke on Friday night.  The Dogs went on to beat Pembroke 28-7 to complete the night, while  the cheerleading squad captured the South Shore League Championship on Thursday night.  Congratulations to both teams!!

It’s Tournament Time!

Three Rockland High School teams, girls’ volleyball, girls’ soccer and boys’ soccer, will be entering postseason MIAA tournament play starting on Friday, Nov. 4. Congratulations to all the players!

Also, three first year varsity coaches, Dan Kimball (soccer), Emily Murphy (volleyball), and Lauren Rizzotti (soccer) will be coaching in their first postseason tournament games.  Congrats to these coaches!

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On Friday at 5 pm the volleyball team will take on Sturgis East from Hyannis in a first round game.  The girls with a record of 14-4 were seeded 5th in the Division III South Sectionals, therefore getting a home game in round one.  With a win the girls would play on Tuesday, Nov. 8 against Ursuline Academy. Good luck girls and Coach Murphy! For MIAA bracket link click here.

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On Saturday at 2:30 pm the boys soccer team will take their 13-3-2 regular season record into the post season as the number 4 seed in the South.  They will go up against Scituate whose record was 9-7-2.  With a win, the boys would get another home field advantage and play the winner of the Blue Hills vs. Apponequet game on a day to be determined.  Good luck to Coach Kimball and the guys.  MIAA bracket link.

Also, Congratulations to SSL All Stars Jake Crawford, Darcy Guimaraes, Liam Lenihan and Lucas Gonsalves. Jake also received EMASS All Star honors.

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On Monday at 2:30 pm, the girls soccer team will also play at home against Ursuline Academy.  The girls finished up the regular season with an 11-4-3 record.  They hope to continue on and would play the winner of the Monomoy/Bourne vs. Sturgis West game.   While it is Coach Rizzotti’s first venture into tournament play, she will be surrounded by veterans like Grace Oliver and Bridget Reardon who will look to make a run this year: one game at a time though!  Good luck to the girls!  MIAA girls soccer brackets.

2016 Project Pumpkin

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

This past Sunday RHS’ Student Government Council held its annual Project Pumpkin Halloween event. Kids were able to Trick or Treat in the halls, get their faces painted, venture down the Haunted Hallway, and have fun. Overall, the event, organized by SGC’s Jillian Donahue was yet again, a success and everyone involved had a good time.

Photos by Maddie Gear

Honoring SSG Sean O’Connell

Sophie McLellan, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

On the cool, Tuesday morning of October 25, SSG Sean O’Connell was laid to rest after passing away from natural causes on the 15th.

O’Connell graduated from Rockland High in 1998 and went on to serve his country. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, he was a recipient of the Combat Action Badge. He is survived by his parents John and Susan O’Connell, brothers Michael and Kevin O’Connell and grandson of Patricia Comeau. Though the family was grieving, they were not alone.

Stretching from the town hall and making their way all the way up to the Holy Family Church, students and teachers from Rockland Middle School and Rockland High School lined the funeral procession route to show their respect for the late veteran and Rockland native.

“He had a zest for life and lived every day to the fullest.” His obituary reads in The Patriot Ledger. “Sean’s laugh was as big as his heart. He will be dearly missed.”

With hands over their hearts and American flags held into the air, Rockland joined together to honor SSG O’Connell one final time. It truly exemplified the Rockland motto of “Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.”

 

Students from Rockland High School and Rogers Middle School stood along the funeral procession route on Tuesday morning, Oct. 25 to honor the service and passing of SSG Sean O’Connell, a 1998 RHS graduate.   Veritas photos by Jayanna Parham.

Student Government Having a Busy Month!

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Student government participated in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk on October 2. This event concluded the fundraising drive they organized in September, placing jars in all the classrooms and collecting $1700 for breast cancer. Because they raised that much money, Mr. Finn, Mrs. Shaughnessy, Mrs. Armstrong and Ms. Paulding all dyed their hair pink.

SGC also organized Spirit Week and the Mr. Rockland Contest, both big successes, leading up to Homecoming Weekend October 17-18.  Ryan Leavitt and Kaylee Patten were selected as Mr. and Miss Rockland this year!

Next, the Big 5 and committee chairs represented Rockland at Officer Shop on October 20.

Their next event is hosting Project Pumpkin on October 30th from 1 to 4 pm in the high school.  This is a big community event and everyone in SGC is working hard preparing for the day so that all the trick or treaters won’t be disappointed.  Click here to see last year’s Project Pumpkin Photo Gallery.

 

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Shannon Lindahl, Julia DeCienzo, Noelle Atkins, Adam Royle and Taylor Gallagher at the Making Strides Walk for Breast Cancer. SGC photo.

Good job Student Government Council!

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Shannon Lindahl, Taylor Gallagher, Noelle Atkins, Julia DiCienzo, Adam Royle, Jill Donahue, Sydney Wells, Macie Jones and Hannah Murphy.  SGC photo.

Student Government has a website now along with instagram, and twitter. Check it out for more information.

Pep Rally October 14, 2016

Last Friday the 14, Rockland held its first pep pally of the 2016-2017 school year. From many class roller coaster rides, and cheerleader performances, to numerous toilet paper mummies, everyone had a good time. All the classes had many laughs, sore hands from clapping, and lots of fun at the rally.

Below are photos taken by Veritas photographers Maddie Gear and Jayanna Parham.

RHS Reacts to Creepy Clowns

Mr. Rockland Photo Gallery October 12, 2016

Wednesday night, October 12, the Mr. Rockland competition was held. Out of the six competitors: Cornell McWilliams, Leo Field, Ryan Leavitt, Jeff Donahue, Adam Royle, and Evan Murphy, in the end, Ryan Leavitt won it all.  Check out the photo gallery below and look for our November edition of the Veritas to get more details.

photos by Sophie McLellan and Maddie Gear

Mr. and Miss Rockland Are Crowned

Spirit Week and Homecoming Weekend are now history! Highlights of Spirit Week included the pep rally, the Homecoming game (the Dogs won!) the Homecoming dance and also the crowning of Rockland’s new Mr. and Miss Rockland.  Congratulations to Kaylee Patten and Ryan Leavitt who received the honors and to all who participated.

Check back to this website in the days ahead to see our photo galleries of Mr. Rockland, Miss Rockland, the pep rally and Spirit Week.

Colleen McCarthy, Julia DiCienzo, Kaylee Patten, Noelle Atkins and Sophie McLellan.

Nominees for the title of Miss Rockland were left to right: Colleen McCarthy, Julia DiCienzo, Kaylee Patten, Noelle Atkins and Sophie McLellan.  Patten was crowned at the Homecoming Game last Friday night.  photo by Maddie Gear

Contestants for the annual Mr. Rockland Competition were seniors left to right: Cornell McWilliams, Leo Field, Ryan Leavitt, Jeff Donahue, Adam Royle and Evan Murphy. photo by

Contestants for the annual Mr. Rockland Competition were seniors left to right: Cornell McWilliams, Leo Field, Ryan Leavitt, Jeff Donahue, Adam Royle and Evan Murphy. Leavitt was crowned on Wednesday night, Oct. 12.  photo by Sophie McLellan.

Mr. Rockland pageant tonight!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

Don’t forget! Tonight at 7:00pm in the RHS auditorium is Rockland’s annual Mr. Rockland Pageant. The contest is an all senior boys “beauty” pageant in which the winner receives  $200 in scholarships, a Chipotle gift card, and a designated parking space.  Some of the categories they will compete in will be talent, lip-syncing, formal wear and question and answer.  Good luck to the contestants!

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L to r: back: Adam Royle, Leo Field, Evan Murphy, Ryan Leavitt, front: Cornell McWilliams and Jeffre Donahue will be competing for the title of Mr. Rockland in the auditorium tonight! Don’t miss it.

First Veritas Print Edition Is Now Available

The first print edition of the Veritas has been published. Reporters in the Journalism class at RHS have written updates on all the high school sports as well as reporting on the major events and issues in the high school.

Copies of the newspaper are available in Room 126 or see one of the Veritas staff members.  Members of the community can get copies of the newspaper in the high school office.  We will be publishing some of the stories on our website in the next few days.  Check for new stories in the pulldown menus of the website.

Congratulations to the Veritas Staff for publishing its first edition.

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Veritas Staff 2016-2017

The Veritas Staff 2016-2017

Don’t forget Spirit Week!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

As next week’s Homecoming events start coming around the corner, RHS is having their annual Spirit Week! This will be held all next week from Tuesday to Friday.

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Last year’s juniors pose for Superhero Day for 2015 Spirit week.

The days include:

Tuesday: Neon and Tie Dye Day. Wear your favorite tie dye shirt and/or your brightest clothing.

Wednesday: Workout Wednesday. This can be as simple as throwing on a pair of basketball shorts or you can go full out with some awesome old fashion 80s gear.

Thursday: Hawaiian Day. Throw on a lei or Hawaiian shirt, it’s as easy as that!

 Friday: Class Tee Shirt/ Color Day. Show your class pride by representing with your shirt or colors for the Pep  Rally at the end of the day!

Spirit Week is a fun opportunity to come together as a school to participate in something as a whole. It also serves as a fun way to countdown to the Homecoming Game and Dance at the end of the week. The Homecoming Game will be on Friday and the Dance will be on that Saturday the following day from 7:30-10:30. Tickets will be on sale all week during Spirit Week.

 

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2016 Seniors during Pep Rally’s Roller coaster.

Art teacher retires after 19 years at RHS

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Superintendent of Schools, Alan Cron presented retiring art teacher, Sandy Gibson with a congratulatory plaque. Outgoing superintendent, John Retchless was on hand as well to congratulate Gibson on 19 years at RHS. Veritas Photo

Sophie McLellan, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

When looking around at the halls of Rockland High School, it would be hard to miss the numerous pieces of students’ art that decorate the walls. There has been some unbelievable artistic talent at RHS but the true origin of it comes from Ms. Sandra Gibson. Ms. Gibson has been an art and photography teacher here at Rockland High since September of 1997.

After going to Rhode Island College and earning bachelor of science a degree in art education, Gibson began teaching at the age of 21 in Rhode Island. After years of teaching there and in an elementary school in Vermont, Ms. Gibson eventually found her way to Rockland.

From singing ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ at Faculty Follies to taking her photography students into Boston every year, Gibson has many fond memories of her time at the High School. She says that teaching was never a struggle for her and that she has loved her time here. “Teaching art was always great. You have to work for a living and it’s really nice if you like what you do, and I like what I do. I’ve been really lucky. Making money wasn’t a hassle, I like what I do. I like coming here. It’s been my home.”

And every home has a family. Ms. Gibson was well liked among her colleagues and adored by many students. As the news spread of her retirement, many people came to say goodbye and wish her happiness. Senior Nicole Reera was one of the many who will miss Ms. Gibson. “I think she is an awesome person who is dedicated to what she does,” Reera says. “and [she] is a great teacher that has a passion for art.”

After nearly twenty years of inspiring young artists at RHS, Gibson had only one piece of advice left to give. “You’ve got to find your passion and go for it,” Gibson says “Because if you’re not happy with what you’re doing then you won’t be happy anywhere else.”

September 30th is her last day. Goodbye Ms. Gibson and thank you for everything!

Kata Medeiros and Cheryl Thompson congratulate Sandy Gibson at a reception held on Thursday, Sept. 29.  Gibson will retire on Sept. 30 after 19 years as an art teacher and department head at Rockland High School.  Veritas photo

Kata Medeiros and Cheryl Thompson congratulate Sandy Gibson at a reception held on Thursday, Sept. 29. Gibson will retire on Sept. 30 after 19 years as an art teacher and department head at Rockland High School. Veritas photo

 

In October, RHS wears pink!

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

Every year, people raise awareness of a disease that many has been touched by, Breast Cancer. Whether it’s a fundraiser, walk, or simply a day to dress in pink, schools all over the country come together in the month of October to raise awareness to end this horrid illness.

This includes the RHS! Throughout September, A-Block classes have been asked to donate money to help support the fight against Breast Cancer. Whichever class raises the most money by October 1 will win a free breakfast of their choice. Also, the two runner ups will receive a box of munchkins. If the high school is able to raise at least $1,000, Mrs. Armstrong, Ms. Paulding, Mr. Finn, and Ms. Shaughnessy will dye their hair pink.

cquwluiweaa0aaw RHS science teacher, Angelina Armstrong and RHS Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding pause for a photo op with their newly dyed pink hair October of last year.

Another event the RHS participates in to support the fight is the annual Making Strides Breast Cancer walk in Boston. Numerous clubs, teams, and students have signed up to participate in this year’s walk which is occurring this Sunday, October second. Students of all ages look forward to this walk every year because it is a time to spend time with friends, exercise, receive community service hours and raise awareness for a great cause.

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Don’t forget! Tomorrow, September 29, is RHS’s annual Pink Out Day! Get decked out in pink to show your support.

Images Magazine Looking for Submissions

Images Magazine is looking for submissions for its first webzine of the year.  The theme is “Dreams and Nightmares.”

Submissions can include any creative genre including poetry, stories, drawings, photos etc.  Students can go to the Images website at http://www.imagesrockland.com/to get some ideas. Look under Gallery.

Submit entries to imagesrockland@gmail.com

The deadline is October 17, 2016.  See Mr. Bigsby or Mr. Neal for more information.

Below is a photo by Shannon Lindahl from an Images Webzine: Hope and Change.

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Shannon Lindahl

And this poem is from the same edition:

As the Seasons Change, Anonymous

 Change follows everyone

It is with you when you grab a coat instead of a sweatshirt

Or when you rake the leaves instead of mowing the grass

Fall is coming

 The harsh winter soon arrives

The snow starts piling up

Everyone shivers as the cold wind flies

As they clutch their hot chocolate cups

 Spring slowly creeps around

Its time short but sweet

Then summer comes in without any warning

And brings along the heat

See more examples from the Images Gallery!

Grease Cast List Posted

Sean Vo, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

From Sept. 12th-15th, a great number of students auditioned for Grease, the upcoming December musical. Congratulations to all those who have been cast:

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Front: Shandi Austin, Olivia Janis, Max Shepard, Navaeh Clara, Paige Donnelly; Second Row: Jocelyn Reera, Kerin Dalton, Jacob Leahy; Third Row: Sophie McLellan, Leah Drago, Megan Diver, Ryan Mott; Fourth Row: Michael Belmonte, Morgan Foster, Erin Field, Ali Landi; Back (top row): Jurnee Dunn, Madison Parlee, Ryan Struzziery, Michael Bodley

Missing from the cast picture: Kellie Berry, Yousra Bendarkawi, Adam Royle, Angelica Pacombe, Hannah Millen, Julia Dicenzo, Bridget Reardon, and Bonnie Gasdia.

T-Birds

  • Danny Zuko – Ryan Struzziery
  • Kenickey – Shandi Austin
  • Doody – Michael Bodley
  • Putzy – Morgan Foster
  • Roger – Madison Parlee
  • Sonny – Kellie Berry

Pink Ladies

  • Sandy – Sophie McLellan
  • Rizzo – Olivia Janis
  • Frenchy – Jurnee Dunn
  • Jan – Erin Field
  • Marty – Navaeh Clara
  • Vince Fontaine: Michael Belmonte
  • Cha-Cha: Yousra Bendarkawi
  • Eugene: Adam Royle
  • Johnny Casino and Teen Angel: Angelica Pacombe
  • Miss Lynch: Kerin Dalton
  • Patty Simcox: Ali Landy

Chorus

  • Max Shepard
  • Jacob Leahy
  • Jocelyn Reera
  • Paige Donnelly
  • Ryan Mott
  • Genesis Rojas
  • Leah Drago
  • Hannah Millen
  • Julia Dicenzo
  • Bridget Reardon
  • Megan Diver
  • Bonnie Gasdia

Grease will be performed on December 9th and 10th.  Once again, congratulations to all those who have been cast!

 

Students Attend Internet Safety Presentation.

Sophie McLellan, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief

Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat, oh my!

Many social media pages are being used by the youth of our country to connect with others and represent themselves online. This is not always a good thing. From stalkers tracking your photo to colleges finding embarrassing tweets, there is a lot that could go wrong on these sites.

As the internet grows and plays a bigger part in everyone’s lives, it is essential to learn how to protect ourselves from the dangers it can bring. Katie L. Greer, an expert in internet and social media safety, came to the high school last Wednesday to lecture the students on how to keep themselves safe online.

Meeting with the middle school and high school students in the morning and then concerned parents at night, Greer gave advice to all who would listen.

After the presentation, senior student Luana Lima said “It was informative and I think it scared at least one kid into being more safe online.”

The event was sponsored by the Rockland Education Foundation and Rockland School Resource Officer Ethan Schnabel who worked to make the event a reality.

SGC Has First Meeting

The leaders of SGC posed for a picture after being elected last spring.

The leaders of SGC posed for a picture after being elected last spring.

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

As the school year kicks off, one of RHS’s most influential clubs, Student Government Council, got off to a great start at its first meeting which was held last Wednesday. With the new year comes new leaders, and this year’s SGC has new advisors: Ms. Amanda Lanigan and Ms. Joanne White, as well as the new ringleader of it all, President Noelle Atkins.

Atkins says she was pleased with the meeting. “[the first meeting] went better than expected. Honestly, I didn’t think a lot of people would show.” She said there was a pleasantly unexpected large turnout for the new faces of the freshman class. Ms. White also mentioned that she and Ms. Lanigan were impressed with the organizational skill of the Big Five- which aside from Noelle consists of Shannon Lindahl as VP, Taylor Gallagher as secretary, Julia DiCienzo working as treasurer, and Adam Royle, as publicity coordinator.

Some of the major events that took place at this meeting were class and committee meetings. Sophomore meeting attendee, Justin Sherlock said, “At the meeting we got a lot accomplished. The sophomore class finalized our class tee shirt design and solidified our class fundraiser.”

Later he explained what occurred at his Spirit Committee meeting which is led by senior Sydney Wells. “Being in Spirit Committee, we worked on ideas for Spirit Week and Pep Rally.” Both of these major school events are soon approaching.

The advisors and the club’s president left me with some final words of advice for the students looking to get involved, especially to the freshmen. Ms. Lanigan said if you are contemplating attending or getting more involved: “Take the risk- you won’t know till you try.” Ms. White also stated, “[SGC has an] eclectic group of the student body,” so there’s a spot for everyone. Although Atkins warned that her advice may sound “cheesy”, she said for the members to just be themselves and get involved as much as possible.

Student Government Council has officially started the 2016-2017 year with a fantastic first meeting turnout and some great plans for the club and school to look forward to. So, check out social media or listen to morning announcements for an upcoming SGC meeting and stop by; there’s a spot for everyone.

Bulldogs Defeat Cohasset 28-7 On Gridiron

Joe Taft – Veritas Sports Editor

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Photos courtesy of Rockland High Sports and Jeanine Reardon

The Rockland Bulldogs took on the Cohasset Skippers in the first game of the new football season.

They fell behind early, but the Dogs did not back down. They scored 28 unanswered points after going down in the first quarter to start the season off on the right foot with a win.

Senior running back John Goode found the end zone to tie the game at 7 with 2:51 to go in the first quarter. Goode ran for the one score and 50 yards.

Senior quarterback Matthew Dunn was finding success through the air on Friday night. He found junior tight-end Zach Sharland open in the end-zone for a nine yard touchdown.

Rockland led 21-7 after Dunn ran a 1-yarder right past the goal line for a score. Dunn finished the night 11-16 passing for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns, (one passing, one running).

Senior running back Noah Mazzilli ran for 47 yards. Junior Jon Barr ran for 72 yards, including a 52 yard touchdown run that ultimately pushed the score out of the reach of Cohasset.

Rockland takes on Abington this Friday at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, as they look to start a winning streak. They will try to avenge the loss they suffered at home against the Green Wave last year.

FINAL: Rockland 28-Cohasset 7

 

Weekly Update #4

Click on the following to read RHS Principal Harrison’s fourth community update.

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Included is an update on Rockland’s sports teams’ records so far this year:

Sports Recap
We had a great first week of sports. It was fun to see the kids engaged athletics after school hours. Despite some challenging weather at the start of the week, by the end of the week we were enjoying the start of fall sports outside. If only we had the Fall weather :).

Football
W 28-7 v. Cohasset (1-0)
Boys Cross Country
L 50 v. 15 v. Norwell (0-1)
Girls Cross Country
L 50 v. 23 v. Norwell (0-1)
Freshmen Football
L 14-8 v. Cohasset (0-1)
Girls Varsity Soccer
W 6-1 v. Abington (1-0)
W 5-2 v. Hanover (2-0)
Girls JV Soccer
W 4-1 v. Abington (1-0)
Boys Varsity Soccer
W 6-1 v. Abington (1-0)
Boys JV Soccer
W 2-1 v. Abington (1-0)
Varsity Volleyball
L 3-0 v. Middleboro (0-1)
JV Volleyball
L 3-0 v. Middleboro (0-1)
Freshmen Volleyball
W 2-1 v. Middleboro (1-0)
Golf
L 161.5 v. 93.5 Mashpee (0-1)

Weekly Update #3 from Principal Harrison

Principal Harrison’s Update is once again packed with information including a link to the all important September lunch menu, a link to bus route information, scholarship information for seniors, SAT and ACT dates, and a list of events coming up this week.

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Weekly Update #2 from Mr. Harrison

John Harrison, new principal at Rockland High School, has published his second weekly update on his blog.  Go to http://rocklandhs.blogspot.com/2016/08/rhs-community-weekly-update-2  to see the latest information for the beginning of school and for the week ahead!

Also, information about new staff members is included for students who might have one of the new teachers!

RHS Principal Harrison’s 1st Weekly Update Packed With Information

RHS Weekly Update #1 Welcome Back 🙂

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ROCKLAND HIGH SCHOOL
RHS COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE #1
AUGUST 18, 2016
In this first edition of the RHS Community Weekly Update you will find information on the following:
  • New Staff
  • Guidance News
  • Review of the Bell Schedule
  • Student Picture Day
  • Summer Reading Information
  • Handbook Changes
  • Information from the Nurse’s Desk
  • Updates from the Cafeteria
  • First Day of School Paperwork
  • Extracurricular Activities and Athletics News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Entry Plan Parent Meeting
  • Back to School Night Information
  • Staying Informed
  • Reflections
Go to Principal Harrison’s blog for all the back to school information that you will need!!

Music Department to Host Kenny Hadley Big Band / Summer Jazz Concert

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If you like the idea of sitting outside on a summer day listening to the sounds of classic and contemporary jazz, an upcoming, family-friendly, community event in Rockland may be just for you.

Hosted by the Rockland Public Schools’ Music Department with funding by the Rockland Cultural Arts Council and One Rockland, the Kenny Hadley Big Band will perform on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 1 to 4 pm at the Rockland High School/Middle School outdoor concert area.  Admission is free.

Drummer Kenny Hadley’s 16-member jazz band has performed classic and contemporary big band jazz selections for over 30 years. The band’s musicians have extensive resumes that include playing with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Buddy Rich. Some members also perform and travel with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the band also has played at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival.

For more information about the Kenny Hadley Band go to the band’s Facebook page.

Kenny Hadley Big Band scheduled to perform on August 21 from 1-4 pm at Rockland Middle School outdoor concert area.

Kenny Hadley Big Band scheduled to perform on August 21 from 1-4 pm at Rockland Middle School outdoor concert area.

On the following Friday evening, Aug. 26 at 6 pm, a Beatles tribute band, Studio Two, will perform at the same venue. For more information about this event go to this link.

For the Rockland community it will be two opportunities to enjoy live music, geared to all ages.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy the shows; food and drink will be available.   In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the high school auditorium.

What a great way to close out a great summer!

For additional information about the Kenny Hadley show, contact RPS Music Director, John Piazza at jpiazza@rocklandschools.org

 

 

 

2016 Fall Athletic Schedule

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Veritas Updates Principal’s Page

harrisonAs most know, John Harrison is the new principal at Rockland High School. He assumed his position on July 1. The Veritas will therefore be updating the Principal’s Page on the Veritas website, beginning with Mr. Harrison’s first post on his blog (below). So, as always, check this page on the menu bar throughout the summer and the school year to get the latest from Rockland High School’s Principal https://rhsveritas.wordpress.com/principals-message/ or go directly to his blog: http://rocklandhs.blogspot.com

Friday, July 1, 2016
Greetings from the new RHS Principal!
July 1, 2016

Dear Rockland High School Community,

It is with great excitement that I begin as Principal of Rockland High School. I feel very fortunate to join a learning environment with a committed staff, passionate student body, and supportive community.

Over the past few months, I have enjoyed attending a variety of school-wide events that have allowed me to start to understand the culture of Rockland High School. I was impressed by the thoughtful expression of ideas and strong presentation skills our students displayed at the Spellman Oratorical Contest. I was amazed by the high quality talent our art and music students displayed at the Arts Festival. The care students exemplified for each other at the Student Government Council Awards Night not only indicated how strong this leadership organization is but the strong values our students have to support each other. I observed the level of rigor involved to be a National Honor Society member at the Induction Ceremony and left impressed at how the students ran the entire night from start to finish under the direction of their advisor. When I attended the prom and graduation, the strong connections between staff and students were evident and the tightly knit sense of community in Rockland stood out. The past four months have afforded me the opportunity to realize how lucky I am to be Principal of Rockland High School.

Over the the next few months I will be working on my entry plan as Principal. While I will be meeting with all stakeholders within the Rockland community throughout the course of the entry plan, one of the elements of this plan is to meet with students and parents. When the school year begins, I will sit down with students to better understand the strengths and needs of Rockland High School. Throughout the summer and into the fall season, I have set-up the following dates and times for parents to meet with me this summer:
Tuesday, July 19th
8am-9am: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
6pm-7pm: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
Tuesday, August 23rd
8am-9am: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
6pm-7pm: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)
Wednesday, September 14th
6pm-7pm: Room Location H141 (room across cafeteria)

It would be helpful if all students and parents could take the time to complete this brief survey so I can get to know the Rockland High School community in anticipation of the upcoming school year. Throughout the summer, I encourage you to stay informed by visiting my blog at http://www.rocklandhs.blogspot.com or following me on twitter @RocklandHS. I wish you a restful, well-deserved summer and I am very much looking forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

John M. Harrison
Principal
Rockland High School

jharrison@rocklandschools.org

Academic Hall of Fame and Underclassmen Awards

Left to right: Janet Colebourn Begin, Susan J. Darwin and David Oliver-Hussey

Left to right: Janet Colebourn Begin, Susan J. Darwin and David Oliver-Hussey

Three Rockland High School alumni were inducted into the Rockland High School Academic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, June 8 at the Emerald Hall in Abington.  They are Susan J. Darwin from the Class of 1979, Janet Colebourn Begin from the Class of 1982 and David Oliver-Hussey of the Class of 1984.

After the Hall of Fame Induction academic underclassmen awards were given out.  Following is a list of award winners and a photo gallery of some of the winners.

I Dare You Award Winner; Colleen McCarthy

I Dare You Award Winner; Colleen McCarthy

National Leadership Award (formerly I Dare You Award) – Colleen McCarthy

Rensselaer Medal Scholarship Award – Mathematics and Science – Mitchell Ryan

Recognition of Math Team – Grade 11 – Michael Belmonte, Luana Lima, Caitlin McArthur, Vivian Nguyen,; Grade 10 – Elias Csubak, Ronan McNally, Saoirse McNally, Alexander Domina, Joseph Naughton, Sean Sugrue, Haley Chase-Crocker, Nicholas Walker, Rebekah Panaro Grade 9 – none

 Art Awards: Shawn Ward – Boston Globe/Scholastic Art Show–- Two Honorable Mentions for Drawing; Colleen Burke – Second Parish Church of Hingham Art Show 3rd Place for 3D Art

Veritas Journalism Award – Adiza Alasa – Special Achievement Award from the New England Scholastic Press Association

High Honors Three Terms This Year – Grade 11 – none; Grade 10 – Stephanie Blaney, Sabrina Sprague, Sean Sugrue; Grade 9 – Adiza Alasa, Tyler Beatrice, John Ellard, Michelle Ramoska, Declan Rogers

St. Michael’s College Book Award – Luana Lima

Joe Naughton, Alex Domina, Ronan McNally and Saoirse McNally received certificates recognizing their achievements with an environmental project.

Joe Naughton, Alex Domina, Ronan McNally and Saoirse McNally received certificates recognizing their achievements with an environmental project.

 National Energy Education Award – “Amped up in Rockland Project”, earned the Massachusetts Rookie of the Year Award for: Joseph Naughton, Saoirse McNally, Ronan McNally, Alexander Domina

Academic Excellence Certificates and Academic Letters:

Juniors: Jessica Lutts;

Sophomores: Kellie Berry, Stephanie Blaney, Eden Dalton, Alexander Domina, Olivia Elie, Rebecca Elliott, Aiden Glennon, Harrison Hunter, Margaret Jones, Meredith Long, Lily Matson, Joseph Naughton, Danielle O’Brien, Harrison O’Brien, Matthew O’Brien, Christopher Penney, Zachary Peterson, Jocelyn Reera, Sean Sugrue, Isabelle Uong

Boys State – Matthew Dunn, Leonard Field III    Girls State – Julia DiCienzo, Colleen McCarthy    Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award – Jillian Schofield       Mass STAR Youth Leadership Award – Aiden Glennon

Art Awards: Ms. Thompson, Elizabeth Kelley, Hannah Millen, Jillian Scholfield

Art Awards: Ms. Thompson, Elizabeth Kelley, Hannah Millen, Jillian Scholfield

ART

 Gr.     9            Elizabeth Kelley,

Gr.   10            Jillian Schofield, Samantha Stodder

Gr.   11            Shawn Ward, Hannah Millen

DIGITAL MEDIA

 Gr.     9            Justin Sherlock

Gr.   10            Aiden Glennon, Andrew Wile

Gr.   11            Andrew Finerty, Sara Boucher

ENGLISH

Gr.     9            Francisco Oliveira

Gr.   10            Meredith Long, Kellie Berry

Gr.   11            Luana Lima

Jasmin Morse and Isabel Pica, Family/Consumer Science award winners

Jasmin Morse and Isabel Pica, Family/Consumer Science award winners

FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE

Gr.     9            Jasmin Morse

Gr.   11            Isabel Pica

WORLD LANGUAGE

 Gr.     9            Katie Houde

Gr.   10            Sabrina Sprague, Rebecca Taylor

Gr.   11            Tatianna Hill

HEALTH

 Gr.     9            Jacob Nunn, Lanaya Dutcher

 

Mr. Casagrande, Joseph Naughton and Michael Belmonte

Mr. Casagrande, Joseph Naughton and Michael Belmonte

MATHEMATICS

Gr.   10            Joseph Naughton

Gr.   11            Michael Belmonte

MUSIC

Gr.     9            Angelina Vuong, Mireese Wilson

Gr.   10            Erin Field

Gr.   11            Sean Vo, Lauren Zaremba

 PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Gr.     9            Sean Morrissey, Megan Diver

Gr.   10            Joseph Campanile

Gr.   11            Nicole Reera

SCIENCE     

Gr.     9            Marissa Smith, Alyssa Antoniewicz

Gr.   10            Danielle O’Brien, Stephanie Blaney

Gr.   11            Jessica Lutts

Ms. Wozniak with Mitchell Ryan, Justin Wright and Richard Pattison

Ms. Wozniak with Mitchell Ryan, Justin Wright and Richard Pattison

PRE-ENGINEERING

Gr.     9            Justin Wright

Gr.   10            Nicholas Stanton

Gr.   11            Mitchell Ryan, Richard Pattison

HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE

 Gr.     9            Declan Rogers

Gr.   10            Saoirse McNally

Gr.   11            Matthew Rocha, Julia DiCienzo

TECHNICAL EDUCATION

 Gr.     9            Elias Jones

Gr.   10            Ryan Kelley, Harrison O’Brien

Gr.   11            multi-winners

 

Nicole Atkins and Ms. Paulding

Nicole Atkins and Ms. Paulding

MULTI-AWARD WINNERS

Gr.     9            Adiza Alasa                 English, World Language

Tyler Beatrice              Family Consumer Science, Mathematics

Michelle Ramoska       Mathematics, History/Social Science

Sarah Pollard               Art, Technical Education

Gr.   10            Sean Sugrue                Mathematics, History/Social Science

Gr.   11            Shannon Lindahl         English, Science

Noelle Atkins              World Language, Mathematics

Derric Trudeau            Technical Education, Physical Education

Overall Academic Achiever: John Ellard and Ms. Paulding

Overall Academic Achiever: John Ellard and Ms. Paulding

 

OVERALL OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVER

Grade      9      John Ellard

Grade    10      Eden Dalton

 

Elf on a Shelf Spotted at RHS….and Santa too!

Jingle the Elf has been spotted around Rockland High School this month. Where will he pop up next? Send us your selfie if you see him!

Elf catches a ride in robotics

Elf catches a ride in robotics

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Big Brother and elf in Mr. Bigsby’s room.

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Mr. MacAllister’s class captured elf, but not for long.

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Elf seems to be demonstrating a scientific principle for Mr. Robin’s class.

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Elf finds a friend!

 

Santa was also seen on Tuesday in the preschool classes. Word is that he visited all the elementary schools. Why not the high school. We still believe!!

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Santa Claus visited the preschool on Tuesday.

Santa Claus visited the preschool on Tuesday.

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