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Students show support for the Patriot’s Super Bowl victory

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman at the parade on Monday, Feb. 5, 2019. Boston Globe photo by Barry Chin.

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

2-6-19

With last Sunday’s New England Patriots victory against the LA Rams by a whopping score of 13-3 at Super Bowl LIII, yesterday, Tues. Feb. 5, called for a Boston tradition: a Super Bowl Victory Parade.

This occurrence almost seems to become annual: the parade takes place in Boston and people from all over New England come to celebrate the Super Bowl victory of their beloved hometown football team, the Patriots. The last parade was actually two years ago, in 2017,

Tom Brady holds the Lombardi trophy as he rides a duck boat through the crowds lined up for the Patriots Victory Parade on Feb. 5, 2019. USA Today photo

Yesterday, people crammed onto the streets of Boston and Boston Common to celebrate their favorite players, coaches, staff, and cheerleaders as they rolled down the streets in duck boats and were welcomed home with the Lombardi trophy as their souvenir from Atlanta.

This year was one of the highest attendances ever for a Boston sports parade. The MBTA noted that they saw the highest total of riders on the trains ever. Furthermore, the Boston police estimated about 1.5 million people to have attended the parade. (boston globe.com)

As for Rockland, many teachers planned for their class attendances to be lower than normal on the day of the parade as many students noted that they would not be coming to school. In total, RHS noted nearly 200 students to have been absent on parade day. Whether these absences were parade-related or due to it being flu season is not specified.

All in all, with unseasonably warm weather, the crowds flocked to Boston to show their love and support for Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and all the New England Patriots. People young and old celebrated their outstanding year and all the accomplishments the team had as a whole. Whether seeing Brady was your favorite part of the day, going out into the balmy spring-like weather, or simply absorbing Patriot pride, everyone who went to Boston yesterday is sure to have had an unforgettable day.

 

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Mock Trial closes out 2018-2018 season

Back left to right: Giovan Soares, Emmy Kelley, Annie Kelley, Callie Gillan, Jasmin Morse, and Caitlin Cameron. Font left to right: Maria Pala, Ngan Nguyen, Ashley Galliger, and Brynn Dempsey.

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

1-29-19

After months of preparation and hard work, RHS’s Mock Trial team finished off the season on Mon. Jan. 28 after winning the trial’s verdict against Norwell.

At the beginning of this year, the team and advisors, history teachers Greg Rowe and Randal Grimmett were faced with the task of filling the team with fresh new faces after a majority of the team graduated last year. Thankfully, several underclassmen came to some meetings and decided to commit to the club.

On Fri. Jan. 18 the team kicked off the season on defense at the Hingham District Court where they faced Hull. The following week on Fri. Jan. 25, they faced Thayer Academy on prosecution at the Brockton District Court. Finally to close out the season they won as defense against Norwell at the Brockton District Court.

At the close of this season, yet again the team will be losing some key seniors including Giovan Soares, and captains: Jasmin Morse, Caitlin Cameron, and Elizabeth Kelley.

Attorneys:

  • Jasmin Morse
  • Elizabeth Kelley
  • Callie Gillan
  • Ashley Galliger
  • Giovan Soares
  • Maria Pala
  • Makayla Andre

Witnesses:

  • Caitlin Cameron
  • Annie Kelley
  • Ngan Nguyen
  • Ashley Galliger
  • Brynn Dempsey

For more information about the Mock Trial Team’s season see the print edition of the Veritas on Feb. 14.

New Year, New Midterm Schedule

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

1-8-19

midterm schedule

As the new year is kicking in gear, the students at RHS are preparing for their midterm exams. To help benefit the students and staff of RHS Principal Dr.  John Harrison has implemented some changes.

Not so new this year, but made a guarantee is the promise of an exam in every class. Whether it be AP Calculus or gym, to even cooking, there will be an exams in every class with the exception of study blocks. As for more hands-on classes like cooking or woodworking will also be given a midterm, whether it be a typical test or a project based test is up to the teacher’s discretion.

Also new to this year is the implementation of different classes acting as study periods in between the lunch blocks. Dr. Harrison explains, “We didn’t love how D block was everyday [in previous years].” So now the faculty has worked to make it so that each day during the lunch periods a different class would meet prior to their testing dates in order to prepare for the exam.”

The second change Dr. Harrison has established is the elimination of the the makeup period that used to be held on the last day of midterm week. Now to make up exams students must stay after school On Tuesday through Friday or go to Saturday School. Mr. Dan Kimball will be in charge of after school makeup exams that will run from 2:45-4:15 p.m. Furthermore, students must speak to an administrator in order to get permission to miss an exam due to an excused absence.

Additionally, students who have a study are allowed to leave school at 12:35 p.m. if their study falls during the afternoon exam portion. If their study falls during the morning session, students are allowed to come to school at 11 p.m.  During the week of midterms, the school day will start at 9 a.m. and end at 2:20 p.m., versus the normal start time of 8 a.m. and ending at 2:35 p.m.

Midterm grades count as 10% of students’ overall end of the year grades and will be displayed on  term two report cards that will be opened on Fri. Jan. 25.

Be sure to hit the books because midterms will start next week on Tuesday,  Jan. 15 and finish up on Friday, Jan. 18 unless of course there is a snow day.  In that case, everything will be moved up a day.

Class of 2018 Alumni Return to RHS Halls

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

12-21-18

alumni are back

Members of the Class of 2018

As students waited anxiously for the 2:35 bell to ring on the last day of 2018 classes, RHS seniors had the privilege of learning about the college experience many will be going into from former students of RHS.

Today, many of the members of the Class of 2018 returned to their former school to not only inform the Class of 2019 of their post-high school life, but to also visit their former teachers, and catch up with old friends.

The day began with a question and answer session in the RMS/RHS lecture hall where the RHS graduates sat in front of the senior audience to provide information and advice on life after high school.

After that, the bunch made their way to the cafeteria where they were eagerly greeted by former teachers, old friends, and seniors with questions about their experiences and the transitioning process. Here, they stayed for all three lunch blocks in the cafe, while others managed to slip away into the halls of RHS where they roamed the school in search of their former favorite teachers.

All in all, as many of the students wait impatiently to leave the halls of RHS for Holiday Break, it’s safe to say the members of the Class of 2018 were happy to be back at RHS where “once a bulldog, always a bulldog.”

SGC Honors SRO Schnabel

School Resource Officer Ethan Schnabel was honored with a Top Dog Club t-shirt for his contributions to all the schools in Rockland.

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

12-20-18

After a year of weekly announcements of who will be named the Top Dog amongst highly acknowledged members of the senior class, RHS’s Student Government Council felt it was necessary to recognize the faculty who go above and beyond their duties. This Monday, RPS’s School Resource Officer, Ethan Schnabel was honored as the Staff Top Dog.

For the past two weeks, SGC’s treasurer, senior Justin Sherlock as well as other members of the Executive Board have worked to create a video of staff and students for the hard work he dedicates to the Rockland schools. In addition, as you can see around the halls of RHS, they’ve hung posters everywhere thanking Officer Schnabel for all his hard work. This video was shown at the Wednesday, Dec. 19 SGC meeting.

Furthermore, at this meeting, Officer Schnabel was greeted by his wife and children as well as members of SGC to watch the video and in the end, presented him with his very own “Top Dog” shirt.

Be sure if you see him in the halls to thank him for the time and dedication he puts into making this school a safe environment for us all.

RHS Achievements Featured in School Committee Meeting

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

12-11-18

AP Scholars

Michelle Ramoska, Caitlin Cameron, John Ellard III and Declan Rogers were presented certificates by Principal John Harrison. They were recognized as AP Scholars due to their achivements on last spring’s AP exams.

During the school year, the Rockland Public School Committee meets monthly to discuss and make decisions regarding our school system. Each meeting, the committee tries to highlight the achievements and students in the Rockland schools.

At last night’s meeting, special education teacher, Joanne White, and students from her Pathways class gave a presentation about what goes on daily in the Pathways class.

Here, Anthony DiNino and Dillion Doyle talked about the new Bulldog Buddies program that started this year to connect kids from the Pathways class with other members of the student body with their Bulldog Buddies, senior Tyler Beatrice and Caroline Eli. Additionally, Pathways student Emily Hunt-Grandmont talked about the unified gym class that she takes with seniors Ashley Murphy and Amelia Dalton. Lastly, Alex Anzivino highlighted the Pathways Grille and Dog Depot and the skills they learn through these businesses.

Ms. White also mentioned the fact that Pathways students have their own page in the monthly edition of the Veritas!

Also during the meeting, RHS Principal John Harrison recognized RHS’s AP scholars for their incredible achievements on last year’s AP exams. The AP Scholar Program recognizes three categories of achievers in the AP exams held each spring.

Awarded were the four current seniors who received certificates from Principal John Harrison. Caitlin Cameron and Declan Rogers were recognized as AP Scholars, Michelle Ramoska was noted as an AP Scholar with Honor, and John Ellard III was regarded as an AP Scholar with Distinction.

AP Scholars receive a score of 3 or better on three full-year course AP exams. Additionally, AP Scholars with Honor receive a score of 3 or better on four full-year course AP exams. Finally, AP Scholars with Distinction receive a score of 3 or better on five full-year course AP exams.

All in all, 18 total RHS students who took the AP exams in the spring of 2018 were recognized as AP Scholars, 14 of them being members of the Class of 2018. Principal Harrison congratulated all four current students, calling their achievement “remarkable.”  He also said that this year was “a great year for the Advanced Placement Program,” citing the fact that 47% of all AP students who took the AP exams passed with a 3, 4 or 5 score.

Additionally, Ellard was recognized as a Commended Scholar for scoring in the top 3% in the country (out of 1.6 million test takers) in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in October.

Overall, the December School Committee meeting was full of recognition for all the hard work the students here at Rockland High do on all levels.

New Member of the RHS Family: The Hydration Station!

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

12-10-18

new water filter for bottles

Jad Bendarkawi Lizzie McGaffigan filling up their bottle at the brand new Hydration Station.

After many requests, and complaints, about the bubblers the Environmental Club made a substantial change to the water services here at RHS. Last Thursday, a filtered and chilled water bottle filler was put in our very own school. The system has been dubbed as the “Hydration Station.”

Advisor to the Environmental Club and biology teacher, Angela Armstrong excitedly explained that its purpose is to not only provide fresh, cool drinking water, but to also reduce our ecological footprint on the earth by minimizing the use of single-use plastic bottles. The club fundraised money for its installation by selling stainless steel reusable bottles decorated in Bulldog pride for $20 each.

Principal John Harrison noted he was very excited about its arrival, and like the club, hopes to reduce the amount of non reusable cups and bottles being used here at RHS.

While in use, the device calculates how many bottles it is saving and after its third full day of being in use so far the school has saved 403 bottles with the hopes of saving hundreds of more.

Be sure to stop by the auditorium entrance where it is located to give it a try and to save a bottle!

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