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Veritas senior staffer Ryan Mott sat down with newly crowned Miss Rockland, senior Macie Jones and asked her about herself, her experiences in high school and what she plans to do in the future. After you watch the interview go here to see our photos of all the Miss Rockland nominees at halftime of the Homecoming game.
The Veritas’ Matt Dalton interviewed third place winner, Aiden Glennon and Mr. Rockland winner, Lou Casey after the Mr. Rockland competition on Oct. 18. Silvio Cordero Zapata was the cameraman. After this video, check out the full length WRPS video of the whole Mr. Rockland competition.
Also click here to go to the Veritas photo gallery with photos of all the contestants. Veritas web editor, Jasmin Morse was the photographer.
The 2017 fall sports teams are experiencing success this fall.
Foremost among them is the girls volleyball team who have clinched an undefeated South Shore League Championship. They clinched the undefeated title yesterday, Monday, Oct. 16 with a 3-0 victory over Norwell; their record is now 14-1. Read the Veritas‘ report on the team here.
Also on Monday, which was the boys’ soccer team’s senior night, senior Matty O’Brien scored the game winning goal for the boys soccer team (6-5-3) to give them a big 1-0 win over EB. Read sports editor O’Brien’s article about the team here.
The girls soccer team lost a tough one on Monday to EB, 3-1. This gives them a season split with archival, EB. That leaves their record at 9-3-1 and they are in great position as they look forward to the last games of the season and the tournament. Read Danielle O’Brien’s article on the team here.
The golf team is having their best season yet. Yesterday, Rockland beat SSVT 38.5- 15.5: Chase MacDonald had the low score for the second straight match for the Bulldogs (8-7). Also winning their matches for Rockland were: Evan Gormley, Jake Johnson, Aiden Glennon, Peter Kohler, Devin Gallagher, and Eden Dalton. Today, the golf team earned a trip to the state tournament with a win over Abington! Here is a story from the October print Veritas about the team.
The cross country teams have gotten their share of wins and both teams’ records stand at 2 wins, 3 losses. They will honor their seniors today in the last home meet against Cohasset/Hull at 4 pm. Veritas reporter Erin Connors’ report on the cross country teams is here.
The football team’s record is 4 wins and 2 losses and they are coming off a big 40-7 win at Randolph last Friday night. This Friday the Dogs will honor their seniors as they celebrate Homecoming against Middleboro at 7 pm. Here is Matt Dalton’s story on the team.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief and Veritas Web Editor
September 14, 2017
Yesterday, September 13 marked RHS’s second annual school-wide Summer Reading Discussion. The event was created to try to put a fun spin on the normally dreaded summer reading.
In June, teachers submitted their books, then students signed up to read one from the collected list. This year the option to read several articles from the NY Times newspaper was added. Over the summer, both the students and the teachers had to read their assigned books and then return in the fall to take part in a 30 minute discussion of their book, or the articles that they read. Each teacher had about 15 students in their discussion groups.
Overall, RHS principal, Mr. Harrison said that at yesterday’s event many good conversations took place. He said he truly appreciates the teachers for their dedication and hard work. On the other hand, he did say that there is definitely room for improvement as he felt that not all the students had read the books that they had selected. Mr. Harrison led a discussion on one of the most popular selections, Chris Herren’s memoir, Basketball Junkie.
Mr. Harrison concluded that he hopes the activity sparked interest in students to read these and other books.
Book choices included a variety of genres including: non-fiction choices: biography, autobiography, history and science. Fiction selections included science fiction, mystery, fantasy and more.
The NY Times articles were also separated by topics: Politics/US and World News, Sports, Arts/Style, Science and Travel. Students could choose to read articles in one of the areas.
Below is the list of books that teachers submitted and that students selected to read.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert M. Pirsig
NY Times Politics/US News/World News
We Are Okay By Nina LaCour’s
Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism By Ron Suskind
One Shot At Forever By Chris Ballard
The Cases That Haunt Us By John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
NY Times Sports
The Silmarillion By JRR Tolkien
The Tailsman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
Siddhartha By Hermann Hess
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. DickTBA
The Power of One By Bryce Courtenay
Thirteen Days By Robert F. Kennedy
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies By Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
NY Times Science
The Trials of Apollo Book Two The Dark Prophecy By Rick Riordan
The Nightingale By Kristin Hannah
NY Times Health
Caraval By Stephanie Garber
Basketball Junkie By Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds
The Zookeeper’s Wife By Diane Ackerman
Between the World and Me By Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age By Matt Richtel
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman
The Little Prince By Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry
NY Times Arts/Style
NY Times Travel
By Matt O’Brien
Veritas Sports Editor
It was an exciting Friday afternoon as the Dogs’ football team would be opening up their season later that night. In the lunchroom, junior kicker Matt Dalton sat sharing a few laughs with a couple of friends. Some friends jokingly mentioned to Dalton, with no belief in the world that it would actually happen, that the game would be tied 0-0 and he would have to win the game with a field goal.
To the shock of Dalton, and his lunch table, their prediction came true. With 14 seconds left in the game, Dalton put the Dogs up 3-0 and in a position to win the game. Despite having the entire game on his shoulders in this moment, Dalton remained calm and collected.
“I took a breath, cleared my head, and tried to kick the ball like I always do.”
The Dogs were able to hold on in the remaining seconds of the game and came out on top with the victory.
The game was a grudge match as yards and points were hard to come by. Both defenses played exceptionally well and it wasn’t until the last drive of the game, after adjustments, where Rockland put the first successful drive together of the game. Rockland marched flawless down the field utilizing an array of running backs. A huge moment in the game was when senior Anthony Vasquez recovered a Rockland fumble to keep the drive alive. This play was a huge momentum boost for the team.
“When I dove on the pile head first and saw that we had got the ball back, we all felt we had the momentum and it definitely helped us win the game,” said Vasquez.
With many new parts to the team, it was important for the team to start their season in the right direction. With new quarterbacks Jon Barr and Dante Vasquez making their debuts under center, as well as new head coach, Coach Liquori, there was a lot riding on the line in this season opener. For senior captain Louis Casey, it meant a lot to him for the team to win their first game of the season, and to win it for Coach Liquori.
“Winning that game meant a lot. The game showed how great of a job Coach Liquori has been doing preparing us for the season. The victory gave us a lot of excitement for the season,” said Casey.
As their season opener fell on Coach Liquori’s birthday, the Dogs were able to secure the win and start their season off right. The Dogs are feeling good and working hard heading into their game at Abington against the Green Wave this Friday.
The girls varsity soccer team opened up its season at home on Tuesday, Sept. 5 with a convincing 6-1 win over North Quincy in a non-league contest.
Rockland was led by Madison Blonde and Grace Oliver, who each had two goals.
Maryn Monet and Sydney McKenna also scored for Rockland
The girls play Wednesday against league opponent, Randolph, and on Thursday against Abington.
The boys soccer team opened its season on Tuesday as well with a 5-5 tie at Randolph. The boys play Abington on Thursday.
Below is part of Principal John Harrison’s Weekly Update. For the complete update go to Dr. Harrison’s blog.
RHS COMMUNITY WEEKLY UPDATE #2
AUGUST 24, 2017
IN THIS EDITION:
With the start of school on Monday, August 28th, we wanted to share some reminders before the start of school. If you have not had a chance, please review last week’s RHS Community Weekly Update #1 with a more comprehensive list of back to school information. In this week’s edition, you will find information on the following:
- A Back to School Checklist
- Introduction of New Staff Biographies
- Review of the Bell Schedule
- Attendance Policy Reminder
- Homework Club and Saturday School
- A Recap of New Student Orientation Night
- School Picture Day Information
- What’s for Lunch?
- Activities and Athletics
- Join the Journalism Club!
- Fall Sports Schedules
- Discounted Internet Service
- The Week Ahead
BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST:
1) Summer Reading– Students should make sure they have completed their summer reading and any other summer homework assignments. On Wednesday, September 13th, students will be discussing their summer reading book with faculty in groups.
2) Bring Your Schedule the First Day– Students may log-in to X2 to check their schedule for the next school year as of now. X2 Parent/Family Portal Accounts are also active now. To access a student schedule in X2, please do the following:
- Log-in to X2: https://ma-rockland.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do
- Go to MY INFO Top Tab.
- Select CURRENT SCHEDULE on the left Side Tab.
Every effort was made to schedule students into electives of their choice, however graduation requirements need to be a priority. Students may have electives they didn’t request because those were the classes that were available and accommodated the academic needs of the student. No schedule changes will be made based on teacher preferences. The last day for a schedule change is August 31st.
4) Return Paperwork- Please be sure to return all the paperwork sent home on the first day of school by Tuesday, September 5th. Signed Handbook Contracts, Parent Contact/Dismissal Cards, and filled- out or corrected Emergency Contact Information should be returned.
5) Stay Informed- Throughout the school year, we are encouraging families to stay informed by doing the following:
- Visiting our website at www.rocklandschools.org .
- Following Mr. Harrison on twitter at https://twitter.com/@rocklandhs for frequent Rockland High School news alerts.
- Visiting Mr. Harrison’s personal blog (www.rocklandhs.blogspot.com) and subscribing to daily emails. To receive daily emails, enter your email address at the bottom of the page and then select submit. You will need to log-in to your email account and verify your email address before you start to receive the emails.
See you all on Monday!!