Monthly Archives: October 2012

Mr. O’Donnell bids RHS farewell

CAD teacher, Mr. O’Donnell is retiring on Nov. 1 after teaching for 33 years.

“Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.”
 Famous Massachusetts educator Horace Mann’s words describe the teaching career of veteran woodshop and tech ed teacher, Mr. O’Donnell who is retiring today after 33 years as a teacher.

Though O’D as his students called him spent much of his time tucked away in the woodshop, the effect he and his course had on students was never hidden. Freshman Ryan Sugrue says, “ Even though I only had Mr. O’Donnell for two months, he is one of my favorite teachers at Rockland High School. He made his classroom a fun, working environment and always gave his students a good laugh.”

Check out the November issue of the Veritas for more info about Mr. O’Donnell as reported by Molly Garrity.

Job Shadowing gives students career experience

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Some RHS sophomores got to explore a few answers to that question when they participated in the Job Shadowing program last week.  Read more about the program and many of the RHS students’ experiences on the job in the next issue of the Veritas due out on November 15th.

School Committeman Mike Mullen (right), who also works with State Senator John Keenan, accompanied these students to the State House on October 24th. Left to right the sophomores are: Edward Yeadon, P.J. Butler, Ian Welch and Michelle Cavalieri.

Project Pumpkin at RHS


On Saturday night, Oct. 27th from 5-7 the Student Government hosted Project Pumpkin at RHS. RHS students handed out candy to trick or treaters. Fun and games in the gym and a scary hallway added to the event for the children of Rockland! Congratulations to RHS Student Government for another successful event for the community!

Mr. Rowe, his wife, Erin and daughter, Isla at Project Pumpkin

For more photos check out our photo gallery.

Parking problems at RHS

These are the spaces that faculty and staff want because they are closest to the school.

Joe Rizzotto,  Veritas staff

The high school construction project has affected everyone. Whether you’re a student or employee of the school, the construction has changed your routine in some way,  and if you drive to the school you know how insane it is to find a place to park.

With the tearing down of the old middle school the parking spots were drastically reduced because all the destroyed materials and the construction vehicles are taking up the space where people would park.

“Hopefully the parking situation will be solved in about four weeks,” explained Ms. Susan Patton, Vice Principal. As for now students should try to carpool or try to park on Brian Duffy Way near Memorial Park. “This has been hard for everyone, even the staff and the teachers,” said Ms.Patton.  Read full story

Cheerleaders voted Grand Champions in Saturday’s Braintree Competition!

At Braintree Invitational Saturday October 20. The girls were named Grand Champions!

The RHS Cheerleaders competed in the Braintree Invitational on Saturday, October 20 and placed first in the co-ed division and tied for Grand Champion with Ipswich in Session 1 of the competition. The rest of the field included Division 3 and 4 teams from Middleboro, Hull, Winthrop, and Seekonk among others.

Cheerleaders Maddie Daley and Macayla Sheehan won individual recognition in the Spotlight Contest. Maddie won first place for best jumper at the competition. Macayla won second place for best tumbling!

The cheerleaders are captained by Tyler Lewis and Macayla Sheehan and coached by Jeanine Reardon. A large crowd from Rockland, most wearing their Bulldog camouflage t-shirts, supported the girls.

Upcoming competitions include the Marlboro Invitational next Saturday, and the league, regional and state competitions for the next three Sundays, Nov. 4, 11th and 18th.
Click on the image below to see a small photo gallery of Saturday’s event.

Three seniors commended on test results

RHS seniors Shannon Doyle, Chris Carchedi and Joe Palana were notified of being Commended Students as a result of their excellent scores on the PSAT/NMSQT that they took in October of 2011.

Rockland High School Principal Alan Cron has announced that Joseph Palana, Christopher Carchedi and Shannon Doyle, seniors at RHS, were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Commended Students are seniors who have scored in the top 5% of those who took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last October as juniors.

Last October 1.5 million 11th graders in the United States took the PSAT test. Out of those, 34,000 students achieved scores high enough to be named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.

Congratulations Shannon, Chris and Joe!!

Miss Rockland is crowned


Shannon Gray was crowned Miss Rockland at half-time of the Homecoming Game which the Bulldogs won 21-7!!   The six nominees,  Leah O’Bryan, Dawn Bille, Brooke MacDonald, Macayla Sheehan, Danielle Oliver and Shannon, were escorted by their parents onto the field.   Congratulations to all the girls!!

Danielle Oliver, Macayla Sheehan, Dawn Bille, Shannon Gray, Brooke MacDonald and Leah O’Bryan.

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