Monthly Archives: March 2017

RHS Shakespeare Festival was a Success!

Sophie McLellan, Co-Editor-in-Chief

3-28-17

The RHS Shakespeare Festival took place March 24th and 25th in the cafeteria, and was a complete and total success. Several groups of students came together, under the individual direction of each of the English department’s teachers, and gave the audience a night filled with wonderful performances of Shakespeare’s works.  

With classics like Romeo and Juliet, the cast portrayed a beautiful story of love and rivalry while the ensemble of Hamlet depicted the tale of a man gone mad. The cast of Macbeth brought forward a story of murder and madness, while the actors of A Midsummer Night’s Dream had the entire audience rolling in the aisles. From the talented actors to the brilliant sonneteers, the entire night was filled with beautiful words and exciting stories. With the roles of the King and Queen played by Mr. Graziano and Mrs. Patton and humorous anecdotes provided by the jester, Mr. Finn, the night was filled with joy and a delicious stew made by the King himself.

Everyone was pleased with how the night went and many left with a new love of Shakespeare.

“I have a newfound appreciation for Shakespeare,” says senior Shandi Austin, who played the role of Macbeth, ”I never thought I’d ever be in any play done by Shakespeare, and I’m so glad I decided to audition.”

The entire Shakespeare Festival was co-ordinated by Ms. Walsh, and the English Department, and  was funded in part by the Rockland/Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Link to pictures from each performance.

Link to cast and group photos.

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RHS students attend annual SEMBSA Festival

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Lauren Zaremba, Erin Field and Sean Vo participated at the Senior SEMSBA Festival” on Friday and Saturday held at Durfee High School.  SEMSBA festivals bring talented students from 33 schools in Southeastern Massachusetts together to sing or play in a combined choral or orchestral group. photo courtesy of Sean Vo.

Sean Vo, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

3-27-17

This past Friday and Saturday, March 24 and March 25, seniors Lauren Zaremba, Sean Vo and junior Erin Field went to Durfee High School in Fall River to represent the Rockland Music Department at the Senior SEMSBA (Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association) Music Festival. Zaremba performed as part of concert band on tenor saxophone, while Field and Vo performed as part of the choir, soprano and tenor respectively.

While rehearsing with the choir conductor, Field and Vo learned a new and valuable lesson: to have your “heart on fire, mind on ice,” which was exactly quoted from the conductor Mr. Jeremy Young. The wise and final words of Mr. Young before the choir headed out to perform inspired each and every member. All in all, SEMSBA reminded seniors of the friendships they made through music and through festivals such as this one.

Erin Field and Sean Vo performed with the Senior SEMSBA chorus. courtesy photo

Lauren Zaremba is an accomplished saxophonist. She played at Senior SEMSBA courtesy photo

RHS Shakespeare Festival Taking Stage This Weekend

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

3-24-17

shakespeare festival logoThis Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, come join RHS students and staff and enjoy all their hard work and preparation for the Shakespeare Festival.

For both nights doors will open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7 pm.

On Friday, tickets are being sold for $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Light refreshments will be served along with the show.

On Saturday, tickets are being sold a little more pricey at $12 in advance and $15 at the door. This is because a dinner feast will be served during the show.

Come this weekend to enjoy a night of wonderful Shakespeare presented by the talented students and staff of the Rockland High School.

Tickets will be sold in advance at school lunches, and as well by emailing Kristen Walsh at kwalsh@rocklandschools.org.

The Shakespeare Festival is supported by the Rockland/Massachusetts Cultural Council!

New England Champs Will Be Honored at Red Sox Champions’ Night

3/20/2017

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Rockland High School Varsity Cheerleaders holding their victory trophy Saturday Night. Bottom Left: Jordan Rothwell, Taylor Pendleton, Talia Rindone, Haley Rice. Top Left: Jocelyn DeSousa, Bella Burns, Hallie Molineaux, Brittany Keefe, Becca Keefe, Mia Comeau, Alyssa Patten, Kelly Anderson, and Arianna Roosa.

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor

On Saturday, March 18, 2017 Rockland High School’s cheer team beat out the top eighteen cheerleading teams from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts In Providence, RI. making RHS Cheer Division 4 New England Regional Champs!

Coach Jeanine Reale Reardon congratulated her team by stating after the victory Saturday night, “We had an unforgettable season and I am so proud of ROCKLAND High School cheer.”

Because of Saturday night’s victory, on April 11 at the Red Sox’s Champions Night game, the thirteen Rockland girls will have the opportunity to be honored on the field. Reardon said, “The opportunity to go on the field and be recognized before a major league game is a once in a life time chance! We can’t thank you enough Peter Tolan.” Mr. Tolan, who works at Fenway, was a key figure in having the team included at the Champions Night event.

Over the past 10 seasons under Coach Reardon the RHSVC athletes have earned 6 South Shore League titles, 7 Regional Titles, 7 State Titles, 2 New England Titles, & a National Title, not to mention the dozens of Invitational 1st placements, making cheer one of Rockland’s most successful athletic teams.

Seven Alarm Fire Engulfs Park St. Factory

Joe Taft, RHS Veritas Sports Editor

A massive fire began during the early hours of the morning at 65 Park street in Rockland. For those who aren’t familiar, that is the one-way street off of Union Street in the center of town. What is being reported as a 7 alarm fire (as of this publishing) has led to nearby home evacuation, as well as power outages scattered through the area. The fire was reported to be so big that the amounts of black smoke were being picked up on local news radars.

Rockland Public Schools were originally delayed two hours by Superintendent Dr. Alan Cron, but we are now awaiting a statement from the Department of Education in regards to MCAS testing, which was scheduled for this morning at 8:00. RHS principal John Harrison sent out a mass email regarding the situation. The testing was supposed to last until 10:38 this morning, but we are all on hold until after 8:00 when the Department of Education is expected to make a statement.

Thank you to the brave men and women battling the fire to keep our beloved town safe.

UPDATE (8:49)

School will begin at 10:00am for Rockland High School. MCAS testing has been delayed until tomorrow and pushed up to Friday for the final day. All students must report to A Block at 10:00am. The schedule is as follows:

A – (10-11)

E – (11:04-12:34) Lunch block

F – 12:37-1:34

G – 1:38-2:35

MCAS Man on the Street

The following video was produced by Veritas Web Editor Jasmin Morse, and Veritas staff members, Jake Lauria and Austin Woods.

Take a look and see what people think about the MCAS. Sophomores are in the middle of taking their Language Arts MCAS tests this week.

Shakespeare at Rockland High School

The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company on stage at Rockland High School on March 9. They presented Twelfth Night to students. Veritas photo

On Thursday, March 9, the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company performed Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for students at Rockland High School. The performance was sponsored by the RHS English department. The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company is based in Marshfield, MA. and is an award winning theater company that specializes in bringing professional Shakespearean performances to local schools through its Performance in Education Program (P.I.E.).

Members of the troupe took time out and spoke to Veritas editor, Sophie McLellan after the performance.  They gave a shout out to all the students who attended their performance!

For more information about the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company go to: http://www.baycolonyshakespeare.org

Rockland High School is gearing up for its own Shakespeare Festival this weekend, March 24 and 25. The Festival features two nights of Elizabethan drama, entertainment and frivolity. Students will recreate scenes from several of Shakespeare’s most popular plays including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet.”


The doors will open on both nights at 6:30 p.m. On Friday night light refreshments will be served during the entertainment. On Saturday night a full feast will be served. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door on Friday night. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door for Saturday’s show and feast. Tickets will be sold at all the lunches this week. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by emailing kwalsh@rocklandschools.org.

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