Category Archives: Features
October 17, 2019
Toward the end of the 2018-2019 school year, student government advisers, Joanne White and Jill Delaney announced they would be departing from their positions.
That is when Kirsten Bartoloni, (Ms. MacDonald), a social studies teacher at Rogers Middle School and Greg Rowe, a high school social studies teacher, stepped up to the plate. Since then, even though “Miss Mac,” is a middle school teacher she has put forth her best efforts and is really making an impact on our high school student government.
Mr. Rowe states that he initially said no to the position, due to many other commitments, but with Mrs. Bartoloni’s help he felt he could take on the role.He said, “My favorite part is all the excitement. It really shows that you kids want to make an impact.” A big goal of his, he says, is to achieve gold council status at this year’s MASC conference.
SGC President, Katy Buckley and SGC Vice President, Maddie Gear both agree that the advisers are doing a great job and they both are clearly hard working people. They said that both advisers have done so much for the council already due to their great energy.
With it being their senior year, Buckley and Gear would like to leave a mark on the council such as growing in numbers and becoming more organized.
Buckley said, “I want to make student council the place to be at Rockland High.”
One thing that Mrs. Bartoloni has done is to include the middle school student government members in one high school activity a month. The first one was the fundraising activities and the walk to support breast cancer awareness.
The RHS and RMS fundraisers for breast cancer took place the last two weeks of September and raised a record of $5,750 for the American Cancer Society.
On Sept. 29, 150 students from the high school and middle school went into Boston for the Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
The next big event for the student government will be Project Pumpkin which is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m at RHS.
The week leading to Rockland’s first Unified Pep Rally and Homecoming dance consisted of a fun filled spirit week with great participation school wide. The following spirit days were:
Monday: Rockland Pride Day
Tuesday: USA Day
Wednesday: Boston Sports Day
Thursday: Throwback Thursday
Friday: Unified Pep Rally Day
On Friday, Rockland High School hosted the first unified Pep Rally, which was a school wide gathering held in the stadium to symbolize inclusiveness within the Rockland community. The Pathways program and the Bulldog Buddies had the opportunity to enjoy fun hands-on activities such as tug of war, a push-up competition, a school wide roller coaster conducted by Owen Shea, and a running through the banner. All students of Rockland High School were highly encouraged to wear white to show unity amongst the community. Here are some photos from the event.
RHS senior Caroline Elie was crowned Miss Rockland for the Class of 2020 tonight at half-time of the Homecoming football game. Principal John Harrison and Athletic Director Gary Graziano presented the crown and a bouquet of roses to Caroline who was accompanied by her mother, Jill .
Six seniors were nominated by the faculty at RHS for the honor of being named Miss Rockland. Each nominee is a positive role model, and a leader in the school and community.
The senior class votes for the finalist.
The six seniors are Stephanie Beatrice, Katy Buckley, Maddie Gear, Lara Glennon, Hannah Wyllie, and Elie.
For biographies and statements from each of the nominees, be sure to pick up a copy of the print edition of the Veritas which will be available next week!
Veritas Staff Report
Each year a group of Rockland High School students, sponsored by the Student Government Council, spends a Sunday morning at the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” held in Boston. This year, on Sept. 29, Rogers Middle School students teamed up with high school students for the walk. With all their fundraising activities, together they raised a record $5,725 for breast cancer research and awareness programs.
The Rockland group “all decked out in pink” totaled about 150 students and traveled on four busses to the event. Chaperones included Mrs. Kirsten Bartoloni, the advisor of both the middle and high school student government councils, Ms. Jacqui Gervais, seventh grade middle school teacher and asst. advisor, Mr. Greg Rowe, high school social studies teacher and asst. advisor for the high school SGC. Several parents also accompanied the students.
Once students arrived at the Hatch Shell they joined 25,000 other participants and walked around to different kiosks. They also got to listen to cancer survivors who were speaking on the stage along with Boston’s Mayor, Marty Walsh.
Click on the photos below provided by Greta Russo, Kiara Miguel and Olivia Milso.
After students got to the starting line at 8 a.m. they decided if they would take the long walk (6 miles) or the short walk (2 miles). At the finish line, students received snacks and water for free. Students also got to enjoy the beautiful scenery and nice weather along the Charles River before they returned to the high school around 11:15 a.m.
A few weeks before the Walk, RHS and RMS Student Government Councils held fundraising activities to raise money for the American Cancer Society. According to Mrs. Bartoloni the high school students “raised $2,300 through t-shirt sales, penny wars, and donations from the September 27th football game.” This was $800 more than last year’s total. She reported that the middle school “raised $3,425 through t-shirt sales and teacher jean day donations.”
Photos from the high school’s “Pink-Out” Day on Friday, Sept. 27 were taken by Verias Staff photographer, Alana Miller.
Student Government Community Services Chair, senior Zach Webb, along with other SGC leaders organized many of the fundraising events and recruited participants for the Walk. Webb said, “All you really can do is just put the information out there with announcements, flyers, and just talking to people.”
SGC advisors shared many statistics about breast cancer with students. Mrs. Bartoloni said, “This year an estimated 41,760 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.”
According to the Making Strides mission statement, they raise money “to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline.”
September 30, 2019
The Rockland Girls Volleyball team breezed through their first eight games this year, not even losing a set. That changed on Monday afternoon as they faced their toughest opponent so far in Hingham. But in the end, in five exciting sets, the Bulldogs came out with a 3-2 win to make it nine wins in a row this season.
The Lady Dogs began the day with a 26-24 win in the first set. But the second and third sets put them in a bind as they lost both, 25-19 and 25-18.
The girls did not fold, however, and came back to win the fourth set 25-17. That tied the match at 2-2.
You couldn’t have asked for a more exciting finish as the Lady Dogs got the win in a 17-15 nail-biter in the fifth and final set to remain undefeated.
Senior Hannah Wylie ended with eight kills and seven blocks while senior Caroline Elie had seven kills in the team’s win.
The girls will look to make it ten wins in a row on Wednesday as they go up against Randolph at home.
The auditions will be held on Monday, Sept. 30 at 3:00 in Room 205 or on Tuesday, Oct. 1st at 3:00 in Room 205.
Callbacks are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 2nd at 3:00 and rehearsals will begin on Thursday, Oct. 3rd.
The play will be performed in December. Just to give you a quick preview, it’s a play made up of several vignettes, some funny, some serious, all having in common the fact that they all take place in cars. Some of the scenes include a couple having an argument, teenage girls who have run over a squirrel and, well, you’ll have to wait ’til December to see the rest.
Joanne White, faculty director of the Theater Guild, said they chose the play because it’s different and allows for a lot of flexibility with the cast. She’s hoping many will try out.
See you next week in Room 205!
September 6, 2019
As the new class of freshmen arrived at Rockland High School they were greeted with a new program designed to welcome and assist them. The HYPE Program (Helping Your Peers Excel) consists of twenty-three RHS juniors and seniors who will be mentors to the freshmen. The junior and senior mentors, selected after an in-depth application process, signed a contract in which they agreed to commit fully to checking in with their assigned freshmen at least once a month and also to respond to any emails, or texts they receive from their mentees.
The mentors went through training on August 14, a week before the Freshmen Orientation Night on August 21. In the training they learned what they should expect with the program. They also went through multiple scenarios to practice and improve their leadership skills. At the open house freshmen met their mentors and accompanied them on a tour of the building.
Mrs. Adrienne Donovan, Family Consumer Science teacher at Rockland High and the faculty advisor to the mentor program, explained the initial reason for instituting the program. “We wanted to provide a sort of bridge between junior and senior high, so that people could have a ‘familiar face’ when they enter their freshman year.” Mrs. Donovan compared the mentoring program to a “group hug that has many benefits.”
Mrs. Donovan says the need for a program that provided guidance to the freshman class has been talked about for almost two years. With the help of staff and Principal John Harrison, it finally became a reality in this 2019-2020 school year.
Dr. Harrison said, “The Freshmen Mentoring Program is an opportunity for us to create a more supportive community where our upperclassmen are taking care of our new students.”
Along with the benefits to the incoming freshmen there are many positives to the program for the mentors. Senior Tyler Johnson said, “So far, this program has been beneficial to me as well. I have learned so much about how to be a better leader and I have met a lot of the new freshmen.” Johnson explained, “I feel as if I have just the right number of freshmen to mentor. Although I am mentoring eight freshmen, I am able to do group and individual conversations or activities with my mentees. It also helps them feel comfortable talking to me, knowing that they have their peers there as well.”
Senior mentor, Elizabeth McGaffigan described how Dr. Harrison came to her last year and encouraged her to apply. So far she’s very happy she did. McGaffigan says she is looking forward to continuing to help the freshmen through their first year and preparing for sophomore year.
Mentors will be contacting their mentees at least one time per month. They are also encouraged to have informal conversations with their freshmen and create a friendship with them to make them feel welcome. Freshmen can contact their mentors any time with questions or issues they need help with.
Dr. Harrison said, “My hope for the program is that each freshman feels connected to an upperclassman student.”