Category Archives: Clubs / Activities

Eighth Grade Open House: Total Success!

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

1-11-18

As the thought of high school starts to dawn on the Class of 2022, RHS took the opportunity to hold an open house for the incoming eighth graders last night, Jan. 10.

This year, RHS Principal, John Harrison decided to switch things up a bit at Open House with the introduction of a quick video to go over all the educational departments here at RHS.

After a greeting by Athletic Director, Gary Graziano, Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding, RHS seniors Jill Donahue and Zachary Peterson, and a panel discussion held by students to talk about RHS culture, parents and eighth graders went to the cafeteria where they had the opportunity to learn more about the clubs and activities available here at the high school.

In the cafeteria, RHS students came to be able to meet the eighth graders and discuss clubs and sports they are apart of to show them that there is something for everyone here at Rockland High School.

Principal Harrison concluded that he was pleased overall with the turn-out, the student involvement, and the professionalism of the informative presentations. All in all, the Open House was a success. With a higher attendance than previous years and more student involvement, the eighth graders and their parents left the school last night feeling more informed about life here at RHS.

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2017 Year in Review at RHS

Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief

After a fun filled and busy year here in the Bulldog community, the Veritas staff looked back at the events that took place throughout 2017.

January, 2017

Jan. 5 – Three RHS students receive awards for Voice of Democracy entries. First prize Meaghan McDonough, second Jad Bendarkawi, and third senior Sophie McLellan.

Chris Herren spoke to students at RHS on Friday, January 13 about substance abuse. photo by Maddie Gear

Jan 13 – Chris Herren speaks at RHS.

Jan. 20 – Genesis Rojas takes first place in Poetry Out Loud; Adiza Alasa and John Ellard come in second and third.

Jan. 26 – Mock Trial team opens season with a win.

Jan. 29 Rockland High School SGC hosts Bocce tournament.

February, 2017

Girls and boys basketball, hockey and wrestling teams win SSL Championships

Feb. 5   Sean Vo and Erin Field are accepted for the SEMSBA choir; Lauren Zaremba makes it for the concert band.

February Vacation – Harvard Model Congress attends regional conference.

March, 2017

March 4 – RHS Theater Guild performs “Room 404” at annual METG Drama Festival.

March 5 – Genesis Rojas makes it to State Finals of Poetry Out Loud competition

March 8-10 – RHS SGC receives Gold Council of Excellence Award at MASC conference.

March 12 Rockland hockey team’s tournament run ends in D3 South Finals at Gallo Arena in Bourne; OR takes game 3-1.

The Bulldogs line up before their quarterfinal game. photo by Kelley Reale

March 14 – Rockland – Abington Unified Basketball game

March 16 – Music Department hosts Broadway Night

March 18 – Rockland High School’s cheer team wins Division 4 New England Regional Championships.

March 22 – Seven alarm fire engulfs Park St. Factory; all schools’ starting times delayed two hours: Jefferson School closed.

The king and queen, Susan Patton and Gary Graziano, lead the procession of faculty and student cast members in the Shakespeare Festival. photo by Kimberlie Jean-Poix

March 24 and 25 – Shakespeare Festival- Several groups of students come together, under English teacher, Kristen Walsh’s direction, and give the audience two nights filled with performances of Shakespeare’s works.  Gary Graziano and Susan Patton are the King and Queen of the Festival.

April, 2017

March 31April 2 – 20 World Languages students visit Quebec.

April 5 – Evan Murphy comes in first at the annual Spellman Oratorical contest sponsored by the English Dept. and held in the lecture hall.

April 11 – Cheerleaders are honored at Fenway Park.

April 12 – Rockland Public Schools holds annual Arts Festival.

Rockland High School’s Adam Royle fits into Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” painting at the Rockland Public School’s annual district-wide arts festival last month. Madeline Gear photo

April 26 – Dr. Cron proposes new elementary school for Rockland.

April Vacation – 46 students in the Travel Club visit England, Ireland and Scotland.

April 15-22  – 15 students go on service trip to Guatemala.

May, 2017

May 3 – SGC holds annual awards banquet.

May 4 – Senior chorus and band students honored at annual Pops Concert.

May 5 – The Veritas print and web editions win Highest Achievement Awards from the New England Scholastic Press Association; Maddie Gear and Joe Taft win Special Achievement Awards.

May 10 – Julia DiCienzo and Matt Dunn are recognized as the top senior male and female scholar-athletes of the year.    

Two cars were provided for the mock accident on Monday, May 15.

May 15 – Mock drunk driving crash is presented to juniors and seniors at RHS.

May 17 – National Honor Society induction held – 20 juniors and one senior join the 2017 seniors of NHS; Teachers, Melissa Shaughnessy and Patrick Finn are honorary inductees.

May 19 – Junior-Senior Prom held at Canoe Club in West Bridgewater. 

May 23 – Last day of classes for senior Class of 2017

May 25 – Boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams make tournament for first time ever.

June, 2017

June 1- Seniors, wearing their caps and gowns, visit elementary schools

June 1 – Senior Academic and Athletic Awards Banquet held in auditorium: Luana Lima recognized as Valedictorian of Class of 2017.

Veritas photo

June 2 – Graduation Day for Class of 2017!!

June 8 – Underclassmen Academic Award / RHS Hall of Fame Banquet held at Emerald Hall: Overall Ourstanding Achievers are Grade   9   Tyler Gambon, Grade    10   John Ellard and Grade 11   Ronan McNally

June 10 – God’s Children wins third annual Jared Lewis Quirk Memorial Speedball Tournament.

July

July 8 – Long-time Bulldog, staff member and supporter, Ann Phelps passes away.

August, 2017

August 7-9 – SGC Camp

August 23 – Fall sports practices begin (Football began August 18).

August 28 – First Day of School!

September, 2017

Top Dog Club instituted

First six Top Dogs united on September 29. From left: Ronan McNally, Aiden Glennon, Chris Penney, Sydney McKenna, Hannah Murphy and Eden Dalton. Veritas photo

Sept. 6 – Girls’ soccer team opens season with win over No. Quincy

Sept. 8 – Football team opens season with win over Cohasset.

Sept. 13 – Summer reading discussions

Sept. 28 – Unified Kickball Game held in gymnasium

October, 2017

Images Webzine 1st Edition published

Oct. 1 – Breast Cancer Walk held in Boston; SGC, several teams attend

Oct. 6 – Music Department hosts Talkin’ Bout Jazz program

Oct. 12 – Racist graffiti found at RHS

Oct. 16 – Volleyball team clinches undefeated SSL championship

Oct. 17 – Golf team earns first trip to postseason tournament in over 20 years

Lou Casey: Mr. Rockland

Oct. 18 – Louis Casey is crowned Mr. Rockland.

Oct. 20 – First pep rally of the year held

Oct. 20 – Macie Jones is crowned Miss Rockland.

Miss Rockland nominees. From left: Hannah Murphy, Jaymie Atkins, Macie Jones, Lily Matson and Sydney McKenna. photo by Ryan Mott

Oct. 20 – Football team wins Homecoming Game, 20-8, over Middleboro.

Oct. 21 – Homecoming Dance held in the gym.

Oct. 30 – SGC sponsors annual Project Pumpkin.

November, 2017

Volleyball, football and cheerleading teams win SSL League Championships; They along with golf and boys and girls soccer teams make postseason tournaments.

Nov. 17 RHS receives a Massachusetts District C Athletic Sportsmanship Award from the MIAA.

Seniors celebrate their 26-0 win.

Nov. 17 – Seniors defeat juniors in Powderpuff game 26-0.

Nov. 27 – Winter sports teams begin work-outs.

December, 2017

Dec. 7, 8 and 9 – Theater Guild’s Moon Over Buffalo performed at RHS.

Dec. 11– Positivity Club’s second initiative announced.

Dec. 14 – RHS Band and Chorus perform annual Holiday Concert.

Dec. 18-22 – Spirit Week

Dec. 22 – Alumni visit RHS.

Dec. 23-Jan. 1 Happy New Year!

Big Day at RHS for SGC

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

12-21-17

During school yesterday, Dec. 20, teachers throughout the building were shown appreciation on the annual Teacher Appreciation Day. Yesterday, teachers were honored with a complimentary lunch donated by Mike’s Pizza in Rockland. The event was set up by Student Government Council members including the Finance and Fundraising chair, junior, Tyler Beatrice, and junior class Head Representative, Caitlin Cameron. Help was also provided by the Executive Board in setting up and donations of food, drinks, and utensils from other members.

After the school day was over, SGC held its monthly meeting. Yesterday’s meeting was extra special because it was the annual, December Ugly Sweater meeting. SGC members were surprised last night by the Big Five with a party in the Middle School cafeteria. At the party, everyone played holiday themed games and activities and was able to snack on the leftovers from the Teacher’s Lunch earlier in the day.

All in all, SGC had an action-packed day in and out of school and was able to provide teachers, and members with a fun filled day.

Don’t Forget! Spirit Week Coming Soon

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

12-15-17

Hannah Boben is ready for Ugly Sweater Day next week.

As the Christmas break is rapidly approaching, RHS is celebrating the holidays all next week from Dec. 18-22 with a Spirit Week!

The SGC planned Spirit Week was lead by sophomore, Jacob Leahy and the Unified Spirit Committee. Here’s a look at next week’s themed schedule:

Monday: Cozy Day

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: America Day

Thursday: Superhero Day

Friday: Ugly Sweater Day

Be sure to get your outfits ready over the weekend to go all out next week!

Moon Over Buffalo Makes a Shining Impression on Audience

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

12-13-17

This past weekend, from Dec. 7-9, the RHS Theatre Guild performed their annual fall play, the Broadway comedy, Moon Over Buffalo.

The play starred senior, Ronan McNally (George Hay) and junior, Megan Diver (Charlotte Hay). Other cast members included, freshman, Emily Gaboriault (Rosalind Hay), junior, John Ellard (Paul Singer), and seniors, Kellie Berry(Ethel), Ryan Struzziery (Howard), Erin Field (Eileen) and Ryan Mott (Richard Maynard).

The comedy was directed by Pathways teacher, Joanne White and biology teacher, Julia DiCanzio. Senior, Maddison Parlee worked on the play as Stage Manager and working by the side of Parlee was  junior, Ali Landi who helped as Assistant Stage Manager.

After all the crew members hard work and effort, they were finally able to reap the benefits after finally performing their work this past weekend. Along with the crew, the audience enjoyed themselves as well. Laughter filled the auditorium and smiles filed out of the building each night the play came to a close.

Ms. Paulding, RHS Asst. Principal said (via Twitter), “Amazing performance of Moon Over Buffalo by the RHS Theater Guild cast and crew. Always impressed by our students abilities.”

Moon Over Buffalo Eclipsing this Week

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

12-4-17

RHS Theatre Guild’s winter play of the year, Moon Over Buffalo, is premiering this Thursday, Dec. 7 in the RMS/RHS auditorium. The comedy is being put on this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm each night. Tickets are on sale now at showtix4u.com for $5 each or can be bought at the door for $8.

The comedy features senior, Ronan McNally and junior, Megan Diver as the main characters of George and Charlotte Hay. The Theatre Guild has been hard at work perfecting the play with help from their directors, Joanne White and Julia DiCanzio.

At the play, be sure to stop by the Engineering Club table! Before and after the play they will be selling 3-D holiday ornaments. 3-D ornaments are being sold for $5. Bulldog plaques are also being sold for $7. They can also be customized for a total of $10.

ornaments

Above on the left shows an example of the $10 customized plaques. Above to the right shows the $7 plaques. On the bottom displays the $5 bulldog ornaments.

 

Seniors Dominate at Powder Puff Game

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

11-20-17

senior celebrate 2018

Seniors celebrate their 26-0 win.

One of Rockland’s favorite community events took place at 6:30 on Friday, Nov. 17 at the Veteran Memorial Stadium, the annual Powder Puff Game!

On Friday, the junior girls faced off against the seniors in a fun game of flag football. The game is played as a fundraiser for each class and the money goes to events such as the Junior/Senior Prom.

During the game, the seniors had one 2 point conversion for a total of 26 points along with scoring four touchdowns. They crushed the juniors with a final score of 26-0 with two touchdowns by Lily Matson, one by Grace Oliver, and another by Sarah Lovell.

The game was set up by SGC’s Finance and Fundraising Committee who is led by junior, Tyler Beatrice.

The junior class was coached by CJ Armstrong, Anthony DeCecco, Mark Sprague, Dylan Kirby, and class president, John Ellard. Coaching the seniors were Lou Casey, Will Breadmore, Jonathan Barr, and Anthony Vasquez.

Lastly, the game could not have taken place without help from the refs, Peter Harrison and Damien Ricci.

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